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

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RATINGS: 141   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (3309) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3251) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2009
Bottle @ Mondial 2009. Aroma is sweet candied malt, some wheat notes, deep copper, small toffee head. Taste is a big roasted malt, caramel and nutty. Medium bodied, lucious mouthfeel. Terrific!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowenbrau (3074) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (3048) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 16, 2010
Aroma:Old red apple,light caramel... Appearance:hazy redish brown,good head... Flavor:light sour,old fruit,light caramel....

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 6, 2010
I had this on tap at Beachwood BBQ’s Italian Beer Festival. This reddish-brown pour had some cherry and some spicy notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2970) - 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.

3.8
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (2604) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
armando629 (2455) - 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.


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