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

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RATINGS: 143   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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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2010 My Bottom Line:
Caramel-glazed plums and dried apricots are offset by mild citrusy tartness in this barely carbonated dessert brew.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slim film of foam covers the murky amber-laced dark russet.
-The very low carbonation makes the mouthfeel heavier than it should be. After reading other reviews, it seems to me their bottle conditioning might not be perfectly controlled.
-The finish is very quiet if you consider the loquacious dextrins.
-Orange peel subtleties appear underneath.
-The fruit salad seems to involve cherry allusions as well.
-here is little to no hop presence in here.

Bottles.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olio (9278) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2015
Tap @ Gastropub Kaleva.
Pours murky brown color with a small head. Caramel malt aroma, some ripe fruit notes, some yeast. Flavor is fruity, some berries and earth, mild yeast. Decent.
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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2016
Bottle from old notes. Pours a dark reddish color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, dark fruits, caramel, light roast, fruit skins, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, decent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (8689) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2010
Bottle. High creamy and long lasting white head. Hazy dark amber body. Mildc malty nutty hay bread aroma. Mild malty flavor with caramel and a touch of cocoa as well as notes of plums and raisin. Low carbonation, long sweet aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Draft. Amber-brown beer with a cream colored head. Tart and dark fruit aroma. Dark fruit and tart flavor with light yeast. Medium bodied. Tart and dark fruits linger with light spice and light yeast.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Hansen (8410) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2011
Off? Brown and unclear, sediments. Has an off-white head, mostly lasting. Acidic flavor, light sweet, light bitter. Dry, watery texture. Sharp. Lively carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniele (8009) - ITALY - JUL 7, 2009
ambrato carico maltata un tocco di diacetile lievi tostaure caramello un ppoco etilica in bocca abbastanza dolce un po frutta secca

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Plovmand (7849) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2009
Bottle. Very hazy amber body with a big off white head. Fruity and brett like aroma. Flavour is sweet malty and fruity with a dry sour brett like kick. Ends up sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (7849) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2008
(Bottle, Monk’s Café, Stockholm) Hazy, amber colour with brief, frothy, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of orange and raspberries. Malty taste with dried fruit, orange and caramel. Slightly grassy, citrussy finish. A bit sweet, but nice and well balanced. Less exciting than most of the other Ducato beers though.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (7485) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Sampled on tap at Churchkey, Washington DC. Pours a transparent, copper, gold with a thin, creamy white head. Aroma is sugary, some light belgian yeast, tropical fruits, caramel. Flavor is sweet, sticky fruity, a touch of candy. Finish is medium bodied. Kinda blah.


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