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Chimera - Birrificio Del Ducato

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BA SCORE
86
very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Birrificio Del Ducato visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Suds on 05-08-2009)
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4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL btl. poured into a tulip. Served at 7C.

Dark earthy, chocolaty hazy chestnut brown pour with a huge, limitless head that is unrefined, huge bubbles that leave gaps in some spots and tight and controlled in others.

Roasty well rounded nose. Caramel and separate residual sugars with plums, dark candied dates and raisins in suryp. hints of spice.

Sweet, caramel and toffee with both deep dark stewed/dried fruit and balanced top end citrus notes that is lightly tart. Balance! Smooth rummy raisin and plums; sweet earthy bread filled with dates and figs. Bright but slightly muted lemon peel and lime on top. Malty, but plays a secondary role to the fruit. Balanced woody/hop finish with a mild lingering of residual sugars

Smooth while the carbonation gives some body without being frothy and lifts the citrus nots above the malty sugar depths. Layers the flavour profile perfectly.

WOW! this is the perfect example of a beer whose total is greater than the sum of its parts. Incredibly balance of fruit, both high and low. The low individual rating do it no justice, but I can't give it a 5 as an overall to balance its real value. shame.

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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml half-sized champers-style bottle, day 23 of the 2012 Craft Beer Advent calendar.

This beer pours a hazy, very dark bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of tight, densely packed foamy beige head, which leaves some scattered eroded hoodoo lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of semi-sweet caramel/toffee malt, warming vanilla, black fruit - some cherry and plum notes - a mild earthy yeastiness, and some musty, leafy hops. The taste is more fruity upfront, the plums being joined by some overripe pears, black currants, and softly musty dates, the caramel malt taking a backseat, but still prominent enough, with a soft sourness lingering on the back end amongst some quite faint earthy hops. Very little alcohol heat is apparent throughout.

The carbonation is more than a tad frothy, but generally well-behaved, the body medium in weight, but sporting an airy quality that results in a pervasive thinness, and detracts from an otherwise poised smoothness. It finishes off-dry, bordering on sweet, the complex fruitiness and subdued caramel malt persisting, the yeast flaring up a bit, and the hops assuming a plain, hopeful drying role.

A decent strong Belgian-styled dark ale, the fruitiness well rendered, and weirdly balanced, even though there seems to be little present in the way of natural offsets. Anyway, this is rather agreeable, and nicely warming - in my veins, as opposed to in my gullet, always a plus.

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3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml teardrop bottle poured into tulip 27/9/12

A gusher, light brown with a large 3 fingers of noisy foam that falls quickly like cola and leaves a single patch of lace

S Christmas cake and raisin toast, spices and plums, smells like someone baking goodies, just a little booze and sweet burnt sugars

T spices are stronger but the plums a little sour, not as nice as the nose, just a little cardboard or wet wood

M not as thick as I would guess but there’s enough carbonation too give it some life, sweet spicy finish and just a little heat

O The booze is fairly well concealed but missing a little something, reminds me of a heavily spiced Dubble

Ok beer but a slight let down, something’s not quite doing it for me. Perhaps one of the more expensive brews in my Advent Calendar and with it not bringing up the average it’s a little disappointing

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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the first sniff of the glass and the most supple of sips, immediate comparisons to Rochefort 10 and Malheur 12 come to mind. No doubt this is a very, very good beer!

Dark, rich, and creamy, the beer appeals to the eye with a chessnut colored pour and medium haze. A fluid and froathy head of slightly tanned foam proves very sticky and long lasting. Islands of foam clings to the glass as the beer fades into memeory.

Succulent, effortless, and with elegant complexity, the well rounded nose starts with a creamy confectioner's sugar-type sweetness with embedded esters of grape, dates, figs, plumbs, and red grapes- all leading to a deep aroma that's somewhat beer and somewhat wine. Low on spice and low on hops, this beer doesn't need them; the fruity malty richness carries through the nose.

Flavors are even more supple and smooth than aromas suggest. Malty rich with sweet breads and sugar cookie dough with light earthy bitterness in balance. Rummy alcohols reinforce the sweet and bitter interplay and give strenth to all flavors involved. Fruity throughout with plumbs, grapes, figs, and other stone fruits for a somewhat fruitcake-like roundenss. Background notes of chocolate, medium toast, and pecans all weave into the varying flavor spread.

Creamy and rich to the palate without any approach of cloying sweetness. The balance of sugary feel to warm and dry alcohols allow for a malty-dry finish with a linger of both fruit and malt.

A delicious beer throughout for an effortless nightcap of sweetness, elegance, and masculinity.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 1.5 finger off white, rapidly dissipating head, Brown and hazy with yellow hues.

S: Dark fruit and vinegar. Apricot notes.

T: Sour and tart with a vinegar backbone. Molasses, dark malt and dark fruit intermixed.

M: High carbonation and medium body. semi-dry finish.

Overall: This one took a few sips to get used too. A little strange overall and definitly unique.

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4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - It pours with one finger of medium tan foam on a hazy, dark brown body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - Dark, fruity malt with notes of plum, black cherry, and currants. Some caramel and toffee in the background.

T - Tart fruit and dark, sugary malt up front. More dark fruit appears in the middle with cherries and currants. Darker caramel and molasses creep up in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - For a strong, borderline sour Belgianish beer, this is surprisingly drinkable. The fruit and light sourness go well together while the sugar keeps it balanced and prevents the tartness from dominating.

Photo of BeerNemesis
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chimera | 330 ml. | 8.0% ABV | 2011

Brewer: Birrificio Del Ducato
Style: Belgian Dark Ale
Glass: wine glass

Appearance:
Silky mahogany body with a quickly receding head.

Aroma:
Caramel, figs, pineapple

Taste:
Brown sugar, caramel, pineapple, figs, golden raisins, light toasted malt body. Hint of hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel:
Silky but also a bit anemic.

Harmony:
A nice Dark Ale, sweet, but tempered.

Would I get it again?:
Yes

Bottled: ?
Served: June 28, 2011

Price = $9.99 at Whole Foods (NYC)

Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy brown color with a nice light tan head. As the head settles the lacing sticks really well to the glass. The smell of some sweet dark fruits and a bit of yeast on the nose. The taste is lightly toasted with some dark fruity flavors. The flavors are very good in the beer. The mouthfeel isn't overly heavy and has a pretty good carbonation. Overall I really liked this beer quite a bit.

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brown in color and poured with a thin beige head that quickly dissipated, leaving delicate lacing behind.
S: There are aromas of dark fruits and notes of caramel in the nose.
T: The taste is slightly sweet with flavors of caramel malts in the initial taste and plums towards the finish. Any traces of alcohol and bitterness are well hidden.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a low amount of carbonation. The finish has a hint of dryness.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because it isn’t as full bodied compared to other beers in the style.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I had this brew with some co-workers after we closed shoppe.
We split the beer between 4 people, in small plastic tasting cups.

Chimera poured into my cup a dark amber brown. It poured as creamy white head, that left decent retention and lacing.

The ale smelled of sweet dried fruits, date like. It also had a lingering sourness similar to green apple. Crisp fruit notes as well.

The flavors are malty..and sweet, caramel notes, sour tart notes, almost reminds me of a Belgian Sour, but much more milder.

The percent is good, and subtle on your mouth. It is hard to tell that this beer is anything above 6ABV, but 8...

This is a good beer, I will have it again.

Photo of Derek
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy brown, off-white head, thin ring of retention leaves some lace.

S: Figs, candied pineapple, maraschino cherries, cider, pear, treacle, light spice.

T: Figs, plums, golden raisins, maraschino cherries, candied pineapple, pear, cider, treacle, modest bitterness allows a light sweetness to come through.

M: Light residual sweetness with a slightly drying alcohol finish.

D: A nice drinker, plenty of flavour,but it doesn't seem as strong as it is.

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a reddish amber with good head retention and lacing. The nose is quite sweet, with brown sugar, grapes, light ginger and a hint of chocolate. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, except I got more chocolate than I was expecting based on the aroma profile. The beer is definitely on the sweet side, though I don't think it's overdone. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to light, with a fairly long, flavor infused finish. A hint of hoppy bitterness at the end enhances this beer's drinkability and helps to balance the sweetness. Drinkability is good, with the alcohol well disguised. The beer is not the least bit heavy or tiring on the palate, and I get no heat from alcohol.

Interesting beer. Not sure it's something I'd want to order all the time, but the glass I had at Max's was enjoyable.

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Chimera from Birrificio Del Ducato
86 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.