Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy


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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
This is a top fermented beer which undergoes a secondary fermentation in bottle. It draws inspiration from the great Belgian Abbey beers. With the color of a friar’s robe, it has aromas of caramel and alcohol preserved fruit (pear, plum and morel) with light roasts. The mouth is warm and complex with an unexpected dry finish that makes drinking easier.
“To all those who still hold dreams and will never cease to search for the happiness they deserve”.

Perfecting this beer was certainly challenging. Countless variations were jettisoned before arriving at the refined version we are proud to brew today. The current Chimera is most easily compared to a Belgian Dark Strong Ale. I travelled frequently in Belgium as a young man and I always enjoyed very much its beers. Today’s Chimera resembles those beers that awakened a lifelong fascination with the creation of this wonderful drink.
“It is like following an illusion we fell in love with a long time ago leaving us with the realization that when we pursue our dreams the immortality of spirit is found”.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ration (2048) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2015
280815. Tap at Gastropub Kaleva, Tampere. Pours dark brown/black with a small head. Aroma Belgian yeast, some spices. Slightly sweet strong body. Almost chocolatey like after taste. Not Bad. .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stefano (1913) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2010
Brown color with a large white head. Spicy malty aroma with some, caramel and brown sugar. Malty, caramel, with citrus notes in the flavor with a nice bitterness finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
fugitive (1745) - Athens, GREECE - JUL 3, 2011
Sampled @ ACBF 2011. Color red/brown with small head. Aroma sugar, plum. Taste citrus, dark fruits, sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reimer96 (1638) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
Pours a hazy deep brown correct with a foamy light brown hat with some lacing. Aroma of dried fruits like figs & dates with some sweet caramel, malts & some nuts. Taste is some dried sweet fruits up front with a well balanced malty body and then a nice smooth sour cherry taste on the finish that leads to a nice dry finish like a syrah & so. E warming from the 8% abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gEUS (1583) - Linden, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2014
Small bottle, kindly shared by Beerlover_ben. Taken from notes. Fruity and very nutty in the taste, quite nice perfect balance between sweetness and fruity character. Nice body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elihapa (1533) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - AUG 4, 2010
7/17/10 notes: bottle. Appearance is murky dark brown with ruby. Aroma is a blast of aged fruit, nuts, toast and chocolate. Flavor shows more dried red fruit and dark candy sugar, with a finish that incorporates mild tartness well. A great drinker from start to finish, interesting at every step.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogreface (1390) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 17, 2011
Courtesy of Balázs, thanks! Sötétebb borostyán vörös színe van, belül ködös és zavaros. A habja nagyon vékony és vizesen buborékos. Illata fűszeres, égetett cukros, érett kék sajtos és kissé fanyar. Az ízében felfedezhetők aszalt gyümölcsök, élesztő, gorgonzola, sok fűszer és egy vörösboros fanyarság. Testes és kevés buborékkal van ellátva. Utóíze kissé fanyar, igen gyümölcsös és száraz. Nagyon érdekes sör, ami kis rokonságot mutat a szárazabb, gyümölcsösebb vörösborokkal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kathouse (1370) - Nevada, USA - SEP 8, 2015
Really murky brown but a smooth, creamy head that really lasts. Raisins, plums, and caramel flavors make up a full body and a rich finish. This is a respectable brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WheatKing (1328) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - FEB 5, 2013
Brown, dark fruit aroma, molasses and banana flavour, bitter finish. Spilled the last half, tragically, as I really enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zer0 (1180) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2013
Bottle shared. Pours deep brown with a light brown head. Aroma is yeast, plums, raisin, somewhat floral and alcoholic. Taste is moderate sweet and light bitter. Pretty decent but not my cup of tea.

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