Chimera | Birrificio Del Ducato

ChimeraChimera
BA SCORE
73.5%
Liked This Beer
3.83 w/ 49 ratings
ChimeraChimera
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Suds on 05-08-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,947
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
49
Liked:
36
Avg:
3.83/5
pDev:
9.14%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
6
Trade:
1
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of mcann2pu
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: poured from the bottle into the glass a darkish-brown/amber color with a fairly thick, but quickly dissipating, head.

Smell: weird smell, some dark fruits on the finish but a weird-ish sweet malt/ yeast aroma.

Taste: like the smell, mostly a yeasty malt driven beer, has some dark fruits on the finish.

Mouthfeel: appropriate.

Drinkability: an unusual beer, hard to classify or describe.

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

Photo of PeteRiz
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Suds
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a brownish-amber brew, the head is thick and densely packed. The aroma has a distinctly smoky malt scent, complete with a little toast, some yeast, and a lot of spicy peppery smells. Plenty of tobacco aromas. The taste is semi-sweet, with a caramel and yeast flavor. There's a variety of malt flavors, from pale to some moderately-heavy roast tastes. The finish is a little abrupt. Medium body with a smooth mouthfeel. This is a decently drinkable beer, but nothing that I'd go out my way for.

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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 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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Photo of DoubleJ
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

More of a dark amber colored beer, leaning into brown territory. The head doesn't stay up very long, but granted I was drinking from a 5.5 ounce glass. An interesting beer. I get a little plum and some aspects that I'd find in the sauce of Kung Pao Chicken. Taste is interesting as well. There's the plum again, but it's light, and there's also some roastiness going on, like a Belgian Dark/Stout mix. Body is on the lighter side, which was a little surprising. Worth a go? Sure, give it a chance.

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Photo of david18
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had an eight ounce goblet of this at the Ginger Man in Manhattan's midtown. The italian sour and belgian style beers have impressed me quite a bit lately and htis one is as good as any of them.

Very malty aroma and flavor, raisons and other dark fruits. A little bit pricey but worth it.

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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 Peter1977
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of HopStoopid120
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy light amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet caramel malt with huge caramel malt presence with just the right amount of residual sugar. Taste is also a strange mix between some caramel malt with a right balance of residual sugar with a light hoppy finish and some dry figs and plums notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Hard to categorize but well worth drinking.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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)

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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

Photo of drpimento
3.89/5  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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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 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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Chimera from Birrificio Del Ducato
Beer rating: 73.5% out of 100 with 49 ratings
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