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

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RATINGS: 147   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 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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3.7
SinH4 (4796) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAR 16, 2016
Black color with tan head. Aroma is wood, fresh, charred malts. Taste is fresh, charred malts, a bit caramel, hints of fruits, medium carbonation. Very light for 8%. Good brew!

3.9
sic1314 (4775) - 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.

3.5
jesperhammer (4736) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2010
04-DEC-2010, bottle @home, from "Fish & Beer". Huge fluffy beige head on murky brown body. Sweet nose with a hefty alcoholic bitterness. Fine belgian strong ale type with brown sugar and spices. Quite high carbonation. The alcohol is really not well integrated but overall a fine brew.

3.3
Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle at ACBF 2011. Dark amber orange pour. Aroma is spicy with sugary malts. Flavor is sweet, spicy and creamy.

3.9
Lowenbrau (4277) - Asturias, 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.

3.5
Eructoblaster (4205) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2010
Bottle - 330ml. Nice dark copper body with a decent beige foamy head. Its sharp hoppy aroma carries malty, fruity, and yeasty hints. Taste is well balanced and hides the alcohol pretty well. Fruity and yeasty notes are present. Ends with a fair bitter/sour finish. Enjoyable.

2.1
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.

3.5
Butters (4059) - 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 I’ve had.

3
GRM (4050) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 22, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2010 Brown bottle, 33 cl, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on June 22 2010; eye: bronze with a reddish hue, clear, nice effervescence, beige head that turns into a tiny ring, nice lacing; nose: malt, caramel, light figs; mouth: malt, caramel, light figs, alcohol warmth, finale in malt with good presence of caramel, medium body, rather carbonated, a bit thin, mildly sweet; overall: different FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 33 cl, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 22 juin 2010; œil : bronze avec une teinte rougeâtre, claire, bonne effervescence, mousse beige qui tombe et se transforme en un petit anneau, bonne dentelle; nez : malt, caramel, léger figue; bouche : malt, caramel, léger figue, chaleur d’alcool, finale en malt avec bonne présence de caramel, corps moyen, plutôt carbonatée, un peu mince, moyennement sucrée; en résumé : différent

3.5
beastiefan2k (3981) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, 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.


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