Chimera | Birrificio Del Ducato

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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%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
6
For Trade:
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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 27
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 kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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 StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
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 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 westcoastbeerlvr
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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 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 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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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 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 JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
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 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 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 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 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 wordemupg
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Suds
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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 drpimento
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
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 mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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 Kmat10
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of david18
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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 kiki3drt292
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dentist666
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Chimera from Birrificio Del Ducato
3.87 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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