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

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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   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 friars 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. Todays 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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2011
Bottle from Da Aldo. Poured murky, with a brown-amber color and a tan head. Spices, raisins, licorice, nuts and lcohol in the aroma. Medium bodied and carbonated with a roasty, soury finish. Decent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogreface (1390) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 17, 2011
Courtesy of Balzs, thanks! Sttebb borostyn vrs szne van, bell kds s zavaros. A habja nagyon vkony s vizesen buborkos. Illata fűszeres, getett cukros, rett kk sajtos s kiss fanyar. Az zben felfedezhetők aszalt gymlcsk, lesztő, gorgonzola, sok fűszer s egy vrsboros fanyarsg. Testes s kevs buborkkal van elltva. Utze kiss fanyar, igen gymlcss s szraz. Nagyon rdekes sr, ami kis rokonsgot mutat a szrazabb, gymlcssebb vrsborokkal.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
armando629 (2456) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 16, 2011
Courtesy of Balzs, 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (4049) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Shared with James. Murky brown purple pour with ample near white. Sweet tart and woody bourbon notes. Fruity tart funk on the tail. Fairly unusual. But good carbonation. One of the better Italian Brews Ive had.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (8884) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Draft. Amber-brown beer with a cream colored head. Tart and dark fruit aroma. Dark fruit and tart flavor with light yeast. Medium bodied. Tart and dark fruits linger with light spice and light yeast.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wolfbass (1128) - Firenze, ITALY - JUL 12, 2011
Colore mogano con persistente schiuma beige. Al naso deciso tostato, caramello e leggero sentore terroso. In bocca invece mi sorprende abbastanza, quasi vinosa, con frutta sotto spirito in evidenza, e diminuzione del sentore tostato che prevaleva allaroma. Termina con un bel finale secco, che fa ancora riapparire la tostatura nel retrogusto. Tutto sommato un discreto prodotto.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (14678) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2011
Bottle at Alvinne CBF 2011. Dark red/brown colored beer, opaque, beige head. Smell malts, fruits and distant vanilla. Taste is pretty good, nice carbonation and medium to full body.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
fugitive (1936) - Athens, GREECE - JUL 3, 2011
Sampled @ ACBF 2011. Color red/brown with small head. Aroma sugar, plum. Taste citrus, dark fruits, sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13904) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Bottle. Poured hazy dark brown with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate complex dark fruit aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark fruit tart flavor with a medium tart finish of moderate duration. This is a smooth complex beer

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2011
@ ACBF 11. Aroma is swampy malt. Flavour is fruity swampy malt. Hmm, something not matching my palate here.


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