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


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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   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”.

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gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2014
Small bottle, kindly shared by Beerlover_ben. Taken from notes. Fruity and very nutty in the taste, quite nice perfect balance between sweetness and fruity character. Nice body.

kraddel (8901) - Antwerp, 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 !

leghorn99 (255) - roma, ITALY - AUG 26, 2014
Dal bel colore tonaca di frate, e dalla schiuma non molto ricca. Ha il naso di molte dark o dubbel ale belghe, con molto caramello, una tostatura discreta ma decisa e ricordi di frutta rossa sotto spirito (prugne, uva, ciliegie). Pungente ma anche elegante. In bocca è più rotonda che al naso, con un corpo non certamente esile ma neanche eccessivamente robusto: moderatamente carbonata, ha nel proprio DNA note morbide di malto, una leggera polvere di cacao, frutta secca (mandorle, nocciole) e una leggera speziatura finale che insieme al finale secco e asciutto completano quasi alla perfezione tutto il percorso. Elegante e raffinata, merita la più attenta considerazione.

Beerhunter111 (22513) - P´Castle, GERMANY - MAY 8, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein leicht trübes rötlichbraunes Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr malzig fruchtig, blumig, würzig. Geschmack stark malzig, fruchtig, Gewürze, blumig, reife Früchte.

zaf (308) - ITALY - APR 27, 2014
birra da sufficienza..non mi ha colpito più di tanto..aroma e gusto sono deboli e non da grande birra (la ricordo anche poco..)

sic1314 (4967) - 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.

paologalloni (165) - ITALY - FEB 11, 2014
color tonaca di frate con sfumature rubino e rame. Schiuma nocciola labilissima. Aromi nettiu di prugna, frutta fresca. si sente forte il tostato. Labile il cacao. Ben presenti note di ciliege (marasche?) Gusto pieno inizialmente amaro con finale chiaro di sherry e di nuovo ciliege. Difetti principlai sono l’eccessiva frizzantezza che sacrifica soprattutto il gusto che ho apprezzato di più a fine bevuto quando la CO2 se ne era un pò andata. Pregio principale è non cadere negli aromi e nei gusti medicinali. (che per esempio trovo nella rochefort 10)

mgajdaczewa (2290) - Katowice, POLAND - FEB 3, 2014
W aromacie spora alkoholowość, nawet lekki rozpuszczalnik, nuty karmelowe, lekkie suszone śliwki, ogólnie niezbyt powalająco. W smaku już lepiej, dość wytrawne jak na styl, dobrze przykryty alkohol, kremowe w teksturze, pozostawiające lekką nutę, której najbliżej do migdałów, orzechowość, lekkie przyprawy, przyjemna goryczka ziołowa. Dobrze pijalne, co przy mocy jest zdradliwe. Całkiem udane piwo.

jfb (6672) - 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.

danielecamo (839) - ITALY - DEC 18, 2013
In bottiglia 33cl. Colore marrone con ampi riflessi ramati. Aroma di frutta sotto spirito, prugna, frutta rossa e lievito. Al palatocorpo medio, carbonazione corretta, troviamo sentori di caramello, frutta rossa, con un finale secco e non stucchevolmente dolce.

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