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

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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miksu (4972) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - FEB 3, 2009
0.33 l bottle at Stockholm Beer Festival 2008. Hazy amber color. Sweet aroma with honey, toffee, orange marmelade and solvent. Sweet worty, toffeish and honeyish flavor with orange marmelade, chocolate and nuts. Too sweet with some disturbing solvent.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Zita (4882) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2011
bread, fruit,amber, hazy, light brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, medium body, oily feel, fizzy, alcoholic finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4828) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2010
Bottle: Poured a cloudy light amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet caramel malt with huge caramel malt presence with just the right amount of residual sugar. Taste is also a strange mix between some caramel malt with a right balance of residual sugar with a light hoppy finish and some dry figs and plums notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Hard to categorize but well worth drinking.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mjs (4742) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 8, 2010
(Bottle, 0.33 l, at Pikkulintu) Poured dark brown and cloudy. Head was medium sized and white. Aroma contained intially malts and molasses and after the beer had warmed up a bit the aroma was dominated by paint thinner. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, paint thinner, raisin, mild roastedness, boiled vegetables and mild bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet and bitter. If you drink this drink it very cold and really quickly.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4695) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
Dec 23 CBAC. Big lasting brown head on dark brown head. Malty nose with fruit notes and a faint sour hint. Rich wine like malty flavour. Spice, hint of molasses. Nice winter beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4589) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
(33cl bottle) 2012 Advent Calendar. Pours a thin brown head atop a deep brown body. Nose of good spice, burnt sugar. Nice tart and gritty flavour. Strong peppery, fig, plums and vanilla. Rather complex and tasty. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPod

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (4025) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - AUG 10, 2012
330ml bottle. Slightly cloudy reddish dark amber colour with average to huge, firm, endlessly lasting, moderately lacing, foamy, off-white head. Toasty, caramel malty aroma with fruity notes of berries, yeasty overtones. Taste is yeasty, fruity, toasty caramel malty, has also a tart note; some warming alcohol in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfb (4023) - Freising, GERMANY - DEC 22, 2013
(bottle) pours black in colour with a frothy light beige head. aroma of caramel, pigsty, peaches, sugar icing, light grass, bubble gum and green peppers, with heavy notes of pears and walnuts. flavour is mostly brown sugar and roasted malts, with a hint of liquorice, more pears, fudge and light sugar icing. medium to heavy-bodied with lively carbonation.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
dEnk (3915) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2011
@ ACBF ’11. Aroma is swampy malt. Flavour is fruity swampy malt. Hmm, something not matching my palate here.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3816) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Shared with James. Murky brown purple pour with ample near white. Sweet tart and woody bourbon notes. Fruity tart funk on the tail. Fairly unusual. But good carbonation. One of the better Italian Brews I’ve had.


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