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

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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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”.
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (13818) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2011
Bottle from Aakjærs. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are yeast, fruits, malt, caramel and hops. Slightly sour.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (13761) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 21, 2010
Bottle @ Brugmansia/Fonefan Tasting, April 2010. Pours clear amber with a red hew and a full creamy head. Nose is yeast and spices. Coriander. Lively carbonation. Flavor is baking powder, caramel, yeast and hops. Medium bodied. Dry and very spicy. Warmth...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (13517) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 17, 2010
Bottle, 6.5%. Fruity and yeasty aroma. Hazy dark brown colour. Very big stable rocky light brown head. The flavour is nicely malty, has some roasted notes. Mild sweetness. A little alcohol in the finish. Actually well-balanced. High carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (13288) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2009
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Cloudy red/amber - offwhite head. Bretty, wine notes, sparkling, wheaty, berries, soapy, wild, light roasted, red berries, nice brett & lacto - but a bit messy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2010
(11.2oz bottle) Pours a hazy amber body with a medium foamy off-white head. Aroma of candi sugar, raisins, earth, mustiness, Belgian yeast, and wet leather. Flavor of apricots, peaches, raisins, Belgian yeast, brett, and florals.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Draft. Creamy large beige head atop dark red-brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some plum. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, some plum/raisin, faint alcohol. Effervescent medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11131) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2008
Bottle @ YNWA, Kolding.
Pours a magnificient deep, metallic red with a giant, staying, creamy head. It is white, but there are tones of yellow and pink. Aroma is sweet, some red berries, red currants, peach, caramel, some apples. Full and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is mild, actually a bit underwhelming. Some yeast - like Tongerlo actually. The fruitiness gets more apparent as it settles. Light cherry and marzipan. Quite nice, actually.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (10809) - DENMARK - FEB 17, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown/amber with tiny beige head. Flavour is malt, caramel, yeast, dark fruit, sour and tart.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10792) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 19, 2010
11.2 bottle from Oak Tree. Pours hazy ruddy with a 3 finger off-white/beige head. Aromas of dark fruit resembling date/raisin and some warm caramel. Near medium body with rather spritely/fizzy carbonation. It’s a little herby, a little oaky, and lightly bitter. It actually suddenly gets pretty bitter. A different beer - as so many of these Italian crafts are. Takes getting aclimated to. Definitely worth the experience. Wonder if there are chestnuts? Suddenly it comes to me that it’s a little sour. Even better.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (10735) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2009
cloudy orange, small off white head. flowery aroma, a little citrussy. flavor is fruity, dates, sweet dark fruity, ends slightly bitter.


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