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

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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   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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2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
VertBaconStrips (2063) - Assat, 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (1949) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowenbrau (1889) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stefano (1869) - Esbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2010
Brown color with a large white head. Spicy malty aroma with some, caramel and brown sugar. Malty, caramel, with citrus notes in the flavor with a nice bitterness finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (1590) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - AUG 4, 2010
7/17/10 notes: bottle. Appearance is murky dark brown with ruby. Aroma is a blast of aged fruit, nuts, toast and chocolate. Flavor shows more dried red fruit and dark candy sugar, with a finish that incorporates mild tartness well. A great drinker from start to finish, interesting at every step.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogreface (1344) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 17, 2011
Courtesy of Balázs, thanks! Sötétebb borostyán vörös színe van, belül ködös és zavaros. A habja nagyon vékony és vizesen buborékos. Illata fűszeres, égetett cukros, érett kék sajtos és kissé fanyar. Az ízében felfedezhetők aszalt gyümölcsök, élesztő, gorgonzola, sok fűszer és egy vörösboros fanyarság. Testes és kevés buborékkal van ellátva. Utóíze kissé fanyar, igen gyümölcsös és száraz. Nagyon érdekes sör, ami kis rokonságot mutat a szárazabb, gyümölcsösebb vörösborokkal.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
fugitive (1306) - Athens, GREECE - JUL 3, 2011
Sampled @ ACBF 2011. Color red/brown with small head. Aroma sugar, plum. Taste citrus, dark fruits, sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WheatKing (1279) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 5, 2013
Brown, dark fruit aroma, molasses and banana flavour, bitter finish. Spilled the last half, tragically, as I really enjoyed it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reimer96 (1173) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
Pours a hazy deep brown correct with a foamy light brown hat with some lacing. Aroma of dried fruits like figs & dates with some sweet caramel, malts & some nuts. Taste is some dried sweet fruits up front with a well balanced malty body and then a nice smooth sour cherry taste on the finish that leads to a nice dry finish like a syrah & so. E warming from the 8% abv.


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