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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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10399) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Bottle. Poured hazy dark brown with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate complex dark fruit aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark fruit tart flavor with a medium tart finish of moderate duration. This is a smooth complex beer

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10367) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2011
Bottle. Frothy off-white good mostly lasting head. Amber cloudy colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Slightly sour. Intended? Moderate bitter sour flavor. Average moderate bitter slightly soapy finish. Oily palate. Not my favorite.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2009
Hazy orange with a huge off white head. Aroma had brett, lacto and toasted malt. Sour flavour with brett, lacto, sour berries and toasted malt. Finished dry and sourish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10121) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2011
It’s unclear, red-brown with sediment and a creamy head. The aroma has notes of malt, dark fruits, caramel and sweet coffee. The mouth-feel is slightly fizzy. The flavour is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, filled chocolates, dark fruits, light cocoa, and the finish is dry with a light bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10107) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2009
Bottled. Amber coloured. Very unclear. Huge light brown dense head. ARoma of lacto, fruits, light citrus and spice. Flavour of lacto and sourness, Grape, fruits, light caramel notable. MEdiu to full bodied. very dry. Grapish fresh end. Very nice and refreshing.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle split with maniac. Beautiful deep ruby plum color, bright cream colored head, solid lacing. Aroma of plums and cherry skins. Taste is slightly sour cherry jam, dusty edges, bitter and peppery finish. Nice.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lubiere (9728) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2010
A reddish amber ale with a thick creamy moka head. In aroma, sweet malt, very herbaceous, fusel alcohol, pretty intense. In mouth, a rather surprising (in a bad way) mix of sweet candy sugar and sourish notes, off and unpleasant, medium bodied. Bieropholie import, tasted with GRM, Probstk and Mike H., Oct. 8 2010.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (9245) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 19, 2010
from Mondial de la Bière 2010, Strasbourg - cloudy ruby-brown colour with a little persistent beige foam; aroma of apple, biscuit and candi sugar; a high carbonation and with a good malt body; fizzy finish with notes of apples, pineapples and malt

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (7898) - The ’Sham, Surrey, 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.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JorisPPattyn (7772) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2008
No head, copper-foxy beer. Solvent, diacetyl, powerfull and imposing - and not pleasing. Sharp MF, not finished, worts in full fermentation, hence the diacetyl, etc. Slick, buttery MF... Finish the beer, please.


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