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


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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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”.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2969) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ober (2813) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowenbrau (2763) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - MAY 2, 2012
330ml bottle. Malty and spicy aromas. Pours bright dark gold, with nice white head, persistent. Medium body and carbonation. Taste is some sweet, malty, with spices and herbal flavours. Good long finish. Really enjoyable, and a tasty twist for the style. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2641) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Interesting beer. Poured perhaps a touch cold, with a small to medium sized, cream-colored head that soon settles to some swirls and a ring with a tiny bit of lace. Color is a cloudy brown amber opaque in the wider parts of the glass. Aroma is a muted combo of malt, fruit, apricots, plums, yeast, wine. Flavor is a blend of those qualities with interesting interplay between sweet and carbonic tang being slightly more dominant than bitter. Very rich. Body is big, but the sweet, tang and bitter create high points that along with its richness make it a little overpowering. Carbonation is good taken alone. Finish is medium in length. No alcohol warmth. One and done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
armando629 (2453) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (2397) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Bought at a tiny wine shop on Kauai. Poured a deep, hazy amber into ridiculous little hotel glasses. Caramel and fruit aroma. Taste an interesting mix of sweet and tart with noticeable yeast.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2010
draft @ redlight redlight. Spicy malty nose, caramel, brown sugar, with a slight fruitiness. Pours a reddish amber with a thick white head. Malty, caramel, with citrus notes, with a nice bitterness, a bubble gum flavor as well almost floral. I really like this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
VertBaconStrips (2227) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 5, 2012
Ok. I swear I was just saying how I hate del ducato beers. .... Ha. K. This smells like unknown vapors. Brownish with a silty head. The smell is not appealing what so ever. Let this sit for almost an hour and it did improve. Plums, cheap white wine, raspberries, figs - maybe it was the figs. Not gonna finish this, mainly cuz I’m tired. The taste is kinda sour with a quick fade bitterness early, fig, caramel sort of burnt, fruits, wine, heavily carbonated. This ain’t my this at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (2184) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 10, 2010
Bottled sample via boutip. Ruby brown in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of red wine, caramel, red apple, and spicy Belgian yeast. Acidic red fruit flavors dominate the palate, and are backed by minerals, toasted malt, pale malt, and magic marker. Medium bodied, but the tartness and slightly fizzy carbonation make it feel a bit lighter on the palate. A hard beer to pin down, yet it’s quite drinkable.

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