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

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RATINGS: 142   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2010
(11.2oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye) ruddy brown with a long lasting tan bubbled head. Nose of raisin, alcohol and yeast. Taste of sweet raisin, alcohol, yeast, sweet malt, tart orange and somewhat chalky. Soft creamy carbonation with a fruity linger.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (5854) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle thnx to Beerlover_ben Gusher ! Pours unclear brown/ amber Ok white head . Smell is bit funky, very yeasty , sweet, some fruityness . High carbo , fruity, oak , very full , some sourness . Very impressive !

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5795) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy bruin body with an off white head. Fruity and sweet with candied toned esters, banana’s sugar and malt tones. Light candied sugar tones. Mild boozy tones with etoh latent fruit. Average ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfb (5397) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (5358) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2015
Bottle. Pours a deep mahogany brown body with a medium creamy light beige head. Nose is blue plums, raisins, figs, dark malts and hints of caramel, candi sugar and rum. Taste is figs, dates, rum, dark malts, raisins and hints of caramel and candi sugar. Medium to full body, high to fizzy carbonation. Decent and pretty classical BSA, without much more on offer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (5100) - 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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miksu (5047) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4902) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2014
Poured deep reddish brown with a dense tan head. Aroma of spice, yeast, dark fruit, caramel malt. Medium body, quite sweet, nuts, raisins, berries. Dry, bitter finish.


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