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

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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (14644) - DENMARK - FEB 17, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown/amber with tiny beige head. Flavour is malt, caramel, yeast, dark fruit, sour and tart.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (13928) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2016
Kick 061115. Dark amber colour with a beige head. Flavour is sweet, malt, hop, caramel, sugar, berries, spices, yeast, dried fruits. Nice /OK beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13737) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13163) - 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

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (12937) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (12850) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (12604) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2011
Bottle at Alvinne CBF 2011. Dark red/brown colored beer, opaque, beige head. Smell malts, fruits and distant vanilla. Taste is pretty good, nice carbonation and medium to full body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12594) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (12575) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2015 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. 7-3-5-2-9 A reddish copper ale with a thin light mocha head. In aroma, nice sweet caramel malt with light vinous notes, candy sugar, light coriander, nice and smooth. In mouth, a nice roasted caramel malt with dark fruits, prunes, figs, light treacle, alcohol warmth, very nice. Bieropholie Import, BB 15/12/2011. 8-3-8-4-16

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11931) - 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.


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