Chimera | Birrificio Del Ducato

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49 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birrificio Del Ducato
Italy
birrificiodelducato.com

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Suds on 05-08-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
49
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
9.04%
 
 
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4
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6
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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of ScottL1966
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of igl
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OF001
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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 nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark amber with a frothy root beer type head.

S: Caramel city, toffee malt, English candy.

T: Caramelized malt is the deal here with a fair bit of smoke. Some nice Belgian fruity esters come in with fig and plum, semi-sweet.

M: Medium-bodied, sweet but never cloying. Smooth finish.

D: Didn't know what to expect from this one, but I'm glad I tried it, I liked this beer quite a bit.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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 EPICAC
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chimera pours a cloudy red color, and it topped by a creamy, off-white head. It looks very nice. The aroma is mild with notes of cherry, and a mild acidity, which made it seem like it might be a milder Flanders Red.

It starts off malty and moves into a light, cherry fruitiness in the center. The finish has a pulpy fruit character, notes of chocolate, and a mild bitterness. This beer is medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and dry.

This beer reminded my of a mild Flanders Red that was more balanced and less tart.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brownish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee and caramel malts. The flavor is similar with a little bit of citrus to go with the toffee. There is also some brown sugar in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle, split and shared at a recent Brasserie V tasting

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a small chalice, muddy amber body, creamy tan head

smell: light tartness, caramel, toffee

taste: This was listed as a belgian dark at the tasting too, which didn't seem to fit. I guess the fact is that all of these italian beers i have sampled have been pretty style deviant. Muddy caramel, tart cherry, plum, toffee, tobacco. Interesting - we all liked it

mouthfeel: creamy, smooth finish

drinkability: good

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Photo of Liquoric3
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of NateF90
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of hoppecatania
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of capuozzo84
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Svingjo
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Derek
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Chimera from Birrificio Del Ducato
3.87 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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