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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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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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GRM (2988) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 22, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2010 Brown bottle, 33 cl, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on June 22 2010; eye: bronze with a reddish hue, clear, nice effervescence, beige head that turns into a tiny ring, nice lacing; nose: malt, caramel, light figs; mouth: malt, caramel, light figs, alcohol warmth, finale in malt with good presence of caramel, medium body, rather carbonated, a bit thin, mildly sweet; overall: different FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 33 cl, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 22 juin 2010; œil : bronze avec une teinte rougeâtre, claire, bonne effervescence, mousse beige qui tombe et se transforme en un petit anneau, bonne dentelle; nez : malt, caramel, léger figue; bouche : malt, caramel, léger figue, chaleur d’alcool, finale en malt avec bonne présence de caramel, corps moyen, plutôt carbonatée, un peu mince, moyennement sucrée; en résumé : différent

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (2942) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2010
330ml bottle, hazy dark amber hue, with a thick beige head, yeasty, toasted, caramel, biscuity, bready malt, cookie dough nose with some fruity dark dried raisin, fig and toffee accents, with a soft winey, oaky, tannic note, with some spicy, cakey, wheat muffin aromas follow through on a medium-bodied palate with a warmth yeasty, faint winey, fruity, sweet caramelized, toasted, biscuity malt character with some dried raisin, fig, date, cookie dough, toffee backbones, with some faint oaky, tannic undertones and some bran cake, subtle nutmeg spicy accents, leading towards a warming, malty, caramel, toffee, faint lingering winey, vinous, fruity finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (2926) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 16, 2010
Aroma:Old red apple,light caramel... Appearance:hazy redish brown,good head... Flavor:light sour,old fruit,light caramel....

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
probstblueribbon (2918) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2010
33 cl bottle (attractive!) from Bieropholie, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Deep mahogany with a frail light tan head. Aroma: Tart fruitiness, nutty brown sugar and rum dark-like notes, organic acids that hint of infection, figs, apricots, some tart berries, alcohol, not what I expected for the style. Palate: Medium body, fairly sparse, floppy effervescence, a little astringent. Flav.: Similar to the nose with lots of bright fruitiness, hazelnuts, some brown sugar, alcohol, berries, apricots, some pear drop/solvent, less deep than the nose in terms of malts, no hop notes to speak of; off-dry with tartness and some bitterness than is masked by the acidity, with a decent malty, kinda fruity finish.

Like the name implies, this beast is made up of many parts that don’t really go together well.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jesperhammer (2892) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2010
04-DEC-2010, bottle @home, from "Fish & Beer". Huge fluffy beige head on murky brown body. Sweet nose with a hefty alcoholic bitterness. Fine belgian strong ale type with brown sugar and spices. Quite high carbonation. The alcohol is really not well integrated but overall a fine brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ober (2811) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2011
Bottle @ ACBF 2011. A clear red/brown colored beer, with a beige head. The aroma of malts, fruits and vanilla. The taste of sparkling fruit, citus, winery. The aftertaste sweet fruity with some bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (2605) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
330ml brown bottle from Craft Beer Advent Calendar. Brown pour, some haze. Nicely formed beige head, creamy edges, good stickiness. Spicy nose, caramel, some chocolate malt, nutty, hints of fruit. Taste has chocoalte and nutty malt notes, cherries and assorted fruits. Dries right out at the end, late yeasty notes. Carbonation is on the high side, body is medium. The alcohol stays well hidden. Overall a drinkable Belgian ale, but nothing I would seek out again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2431) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Beautiful 330mL bottle in a mini-Duvel tulip glass. Pours a thick dark amber, cloudy and even cloudier when the bottom is poured. Nothing too special about this beer, a nice mix of Belgian yeast esthers, very very fruity due to that (maybe too high of a temp). Fruity esthers pretty much take over and there is not too much else to it. Medium body with an empty ending, medium-strong carbonation. I could drink it again but nothing grabs me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
armando629 (2408) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 16, 2011
Courtesy of Balázs, thanks!
Deep amber reddish beer with a nice creamy-lacing tan head. Caramel, fruits like fig, some overriped cheese in the aroma. Medium body, fruity character, taste of fig, raisins, light sourish-vinous taste, light roasted-toasted flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2010
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured amber with an off white head. aroma was fruity, cinnamon, and caramel. flavor was spice, cinnamon, and light fruit. light body with fizzy carbonation.


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