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 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (16924) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2009 <i>2008-12-03, draught at Pig’s Ear Festival 2008, London, 6-3-7-3-13=32</i>
Cloudy amber color, poor head. Regular ale, grainy, a bit malty, sweetish, low bitterness. Enjoyable, correctly brewed but a bit simple.

<i>2008-08-22, bottle at Enoteca Decanter, Milan, 6-4-6-3-12=31</i>
Cloudy dark amber color. Light malt aroma, caramel, yeast, glue, vegetables; simple. Lightly sweetish, some malt flavor, average bitterness. Simple.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (15792) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle from GBBF 2014 and drunk at home. Dark dark brown beer with thin beige head. Fruity aroma with lots of esters, almost paint like. Yes lots of malt, yes lots of fruit. Some hop on the finish. Some raisin and plum. Definitely malty. But a touch of paint to be honest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (15759) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 22, 2015
On tap at Kick. A dark brown beer with a small beige head. Caramel, prunes, a touch of blackberries and a touch of chocolate on the nose. Some spiced, cellar hints too. Spiced hints. Some cigar. It’s full bodied, soft and lightly warming, with a nice carbonation level. Nutty, caramel flavor with roasted notes, blackberries and a hint of cellar. Low on bitterness. Lasting caramel and roasted malts finish. Not bad at all, but far from my favorite Ducato beer. 151022

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (15393) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (14916) - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (14660) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (14562) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (14316) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2013
Bottle at a pavement bar in the heart of Trastavere, 21/06/13. Light black with a thin tan head. Nose is dark malt, dark fruits, roasted tones, touch of cocoa powder. Taste compries dates, figs,dark fruit, light spice, chocolate malteser light, touch of roast. Medium bodied with bite, fine carbonation, a little booze in the finish. Decent enough Belgian offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (13467) - DENMARK - FEB 17, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown/amber with tiny beige head. Flavour is malt, caramel, yeast, dark fruit, sour and tart.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12952) - 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.

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