Chimera | Birrificio Del Ducato

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Birrificio Del Ducato

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Suds on 05-08-2009

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Photo of igl
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TH28
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. No noticeable production dating. Appearance: Dark brown with a touch of ruby red, murky, with minimal khaki colored head that disappears immediately. Aroma: Malty, mostly toasted malt with a touch of caramel. Light sugary dark fruit, most noticeably plum. Taste: Rich malt sweetness, with toasted bread and caramel notes. Dark fruitiness shows up on the back of the palate, plum and prune like with a lot of residual sugar. A lot of sweetness on the swallow. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation and a light alcohol warmth that is smooth. Finish: Finishes with plum fruit and sugar. Some toasted malt retronasally. Overall: A solid quad, noticeable lower in intensity and easier drinking than the more renowned versions. Maltiness is noticeably toasty, and the fruitiness is restrained. While this may not rate up with the best quads, I prefer it’s overall balance and drinkability to most.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a deep, clear reddish honey brown with a thin cap of tan head that leaves distant snowcapped mountain range lace as it recedes. Lots of little floaties.

Smells of toffee pudding, caramel, candied plum and raisin, browning apple, mild vanilla extract, faint alcohol and earthy, leafy hops.

Tastes of caramel apple, more sugary dried dark fruit, gooey toffee pudding, dried vanilla and more faint hops.

Feels surprisingly light. Medium bodied with frothy carbonation. Finishes mildly sweet.

Verdict: Highly recommended. I bought this on a whim and I can't read Italian, so I didn't really know what I was getting into. By those standards, it is very good.

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Photo of ScottL1966
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JonCorbett
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a partially clear-hazy dark yellow-red tinged brown hue almost like a strong iced tea. Tops of with a bubbly off-white head that dissipates a bit quickly to a small ring of bubbles with fair lacing.

Aromatics: I get a few scents that all seem to appear simultaneously - the wine-vinegar smell and hits of apricot and yeast to me are more identifiable than some of the more subtle notes - perhaps roasted plums and toffee malts.

Taste: It is unique combination of fruitiness with the plum family being most prominent, mixed with earthy hops which is smoothed out by the sweet toffee malts.

Feel: Smooth and silky medium body with gentle carbonation. The finish is relatively dry with little of the hops bitterness left behind

Overall: Loved it. It has a unique set of characteristics that I found very appealing - from its unique bottle design, to its poured appearance and its flavour finish, it’s composition definitely has it on my “buy again” list.

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Photo of kwolf23
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dentist666
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NateF90
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Saviour
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

marked all the way down to $4.99, hard to pass up a beer from these guys at that price. its one of their least impressive offerings, but its still tasty, its just the least different, or the most familiar, you get it. the yeast i think is whats lacking for me. i really like the grain build, the mouthfeel, the complexion of the beer as a whole, but the yeast, i always expect a lot from the italian producers on the yeast front, and its not really happening here. the weird thing is for me, it doesnt even have a belgian yeast in it, i dont think, the yeast is like, irrelevant. very uncommon in italian beer in my experience to have a dull yeast. as a result, the beer feels sweet and a little heavy, which is not to say i dislike it, but that it could be a lot more fun. that said, its probably a little old given the markdown, so im not too upset. well worth 5 bucks, i really have enjoyed experimenting with ducato stuff lately. golden raisins and burnt sugar and butterscotch is what i taste the most here, all pleasant enough, but not quite exciting enough to really get me moving.

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Photo of MattMorin
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Svingjo
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours a nice dark brown colour with a tan head that reaches loonie/twoonie sized proportions and sticks around for a while. The nose presents a caramel toffee toasted malt smell, along with a plum and raisins. Kind of reminds me of Christmas plum pudding. The taste presents some of the same flavours but with an earthiness and dates coming to the forefront. I do get a bit of alcohol heat, but given that it's ABV is 8.0% it's not as much as you may expect. The carbonation is mouth filling permeates the tongue. I like this style of sipping Belgian Ales and enjoyed this beverage.

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Photo of hoppecatania
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of HopStoopid120
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Peter1977
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Liquoric3
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of OF001
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of wordemupg
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Chimera from Birrificio Del Ducato
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 49 ratings