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Demon Hunter - Birrificio Montegioco

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 10
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birrificio Montegioco visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-11-2006

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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 36
Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Tall 750ml (25.4 fl.oz) Belgium style brown glass bottle sealed with a large crown cap. The main label is split vertically in half; the left hand side has a dark black background with a very colorful picture of a Knights glove holding high a horned red colored demonic head from a chain set into a green shield like scroll which has the words ‘Demon Hunter’ in rather gothic looking yellow text. This side of the label lists the beer in a white scripted font as ‘Birra Artigianale Demon Hunter’. The words ‘La Cacciatrice’ which I think translates as The Huntress of Terrorists and that it is the Product of Italy. Listed at 8.5% Alc./Vol. The right hand side of the label has a white background and is dedicated to the Nanny state US Government Warning and lots of other useless bollocks. All this is nicely wrapped in a highly decorated crisp black paper wrapper that has the same pattern as the left hand side of the main bottle label.

Appearance: Deep brown torso has some golden amber refraction at the edges of my Chimay Goblet. Light tanned head fizzes into existence and rises on the initial with a large bubbled consistency. It soon settles with in a relaxed manner to a thin covering which eventually breaks, though it never collapses and always leaves a healthy halo ring. Conditioning is below par but enough to do justice in the beginning, but in the finish is seems to vaporize and evacuate the body all too quickly leaving a rather flat looking effort. Subsequent top-ups do help to reinstate some life and look into this one, but it can struggle if you decide to sip this one slowly.

Nose: Soft Devon toffee, peppered steak, herbs, light spices, roasted Chestnuts, walnuts and a strange hint of the dried out deposit that sticks to the outside of those screw top lids on peanut butter jars. Overall the nose is barely above average in strength but does tend to entice a little.

Taste: This is one of those beers that exhibit an accomplished taste, but not one of the fundamental elements really strikes you neither as outstanding as nor more important than the others. A combination of herbal malts and soft spiced low key hops intermingle with Devon toffee, a nutty base, suppressed toasted dark fruits and a mellow finish with some hint of Belgium chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Marshmallow feel initially gives way to a flatter more liquor like texture later on as the conditioning evacuates the body later on. Smooth feel, honey roasted peanuts and feel of saliva thick with a heavily chewed home made toffee lend some depth and a higher reign to the initial medium feel. Not quite a 4.0 though, but a bit above a 3.5.

Drinkability: I enjoyed the 750ml, no worries there, but I feel that this one could do so much more with just a little more effort. Enjoyable, and above average but it just dips below the “solid beer” feeling, though it does seem to be in reach, criminally close at times, yet desperately far away at others. Needs a bit more work I think to appeal beyond the intrigued “Initial Imbiber”, to the “Second Purchase” crowd.

Overall: As with the earlier ‘Draco’ that I tried from Birrificio Montegioco, I did not really notice the rather steep selling price on this one until it was too late. This offering is much better than the earlier ‘Draco’ though, and whilst I cannot honestly say that it represents good value for money, it is certainly worth trying and not a bad effort. The ‘Demon Hunter’ is aged for 15 weeks and I think helps to raise the bar a tad. An interesting newcomer to the US, at least the West Coast, but if you see the ‘Draco’ and ‘Demon Hunter’, and only want to splash the cash on one, this should be the choice…however….if you have any of the offerings from Panil or Baladin for the same or lesser price, and fancy going Italian, this one would be left on shelves to go dusty I feel. A candidate for future promotion but this offering is not quite in the Italian Serie A League, just yet at least.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a goblet a hazed deep burnt orange color with a quick to form quick to fade white head, a little lighter in color for the style.Brown sugar and yeasty spiced notes in the nose,almost a spiced cake-like element to it.Flavors of dark fruit and brown sugar with some yeasty baking spice to it,not overly sweet,pretty warming.A solid Belgian dark from this Italian brewer and not overly pricey like way to many of the Italian stuff.

Photo of merlin48
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paper wrapped 750 ml bottle, as pictured, pours a murky amber brown body with a small beige head. Some sheet lacing is left on the goblet.

Aroma is interesting. Fruity berry and kiwi, caramel apples, herbal hops,toffee, and spicy nutmeg, clove, and anise.

Body is medium full with an average carbonation. Just a hint of syrupiness here.

Taste is complex. Caramel apple notes are most prominent but a toffee maltiness is present throughout. Herbal hops add a solid bitterness. Lots of spice flavors, with anise, white pepper, nutmeg, and clove, weaving in and out. Finishes clean and even.

Kinda pricey, even for an Italian craft ale, but complex and enjoyable.

Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A superb Belgian beer. Cloudy orange with a slow to dissipitate significant white head. Foremost is the taste, a shared combination of malt, yeast, spice and bitterness and the balance is such that in no way is any sip too bitter, or too sweet, or even too yeasty. Full mouthfeel, a sipper without assaulting the palate.A bit on the drying side in the finish.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Definitely one of the better Italian breweries.

A: Poured a dark, slightly burnt orange with a huge pillowy light beige head that was mostly lasting. Visible carbonation was light-moderate.

S: a spicy alcohol fragrance (nutmeg, cinnamon) along with ripe fruit and a touch of yeast sourness.

T: The initial flavor starts off with some spicy caramel notes, a dry complex oak woodiness and dried fruit. The finish was slightly acidic and bitter with a good spicy alcohol bite. The beer finishes with a very good caramelized and alcohol fade with a dry finish leaving a slightly malty residue lacing behind.

M: creamy and full bodied with warming fruit coming through (apples, pears).

D: Overall a spicy and malty Belgian style beer and a good recommend, easy and a pleasure drinking

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A monster three finger rich tan head erupts with a vigorous pour. Body is a deep brown that almost seems layered twords the bottom of the glass with some amber tints. Slightly zesty mineral spicey notes on the nose are very soft. Also has a hint of soapy hops. At first sip you got a very mineral based feel. Palate includes a bit of grapefruit and soured malt. A slight hop bitter rounds out the mouthfeel. Extremly lighter than I expected. Super easy to drink. Not as complex as I think it could become with some agging. Enjoyable overall but tough to pay 18 bucks a bottle for.

Photo of peabody
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a slightly cloudy ice tea color with one finger of creamy off-white suds. Nice lacing.
Smell is creamy malt and spice with a strong yeasty aroma followed by the alcohol burn.
Taste is bready like a dirty cup of yeast water with sugars and candy caramel stickyness. They hide the alcohol here quite well.
Mouthfeel is dirty and stays dirty for the entire tasting. No alcohol in the aftertaste. Just a dirty sticky sugar flavor.
Drinkability is OK I guess. Not a bad drink but certainly not a great drink.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a hazy, medium to dark orange amber with tons of dark particulates from a careful and not complete pour. Two finger khaki head dissipates to about half and then great retention and lacing. Aroma of dark and light dried and frush stone fruit, apples, Belgian yeast and spicing, slightly oxidized and a bit earthy; a hint of sourness on opening dissipated quickly. Flavor is caramel malt, rich dark and light dried fruit, fresh plum and apple juice, light coriander and Belgian yeast. Finishes with an unusual, but pleasant tannin and hop bitterness that is supported well by the other flavors. Medium bodied with moderate creaminess. A full flavored and nicely balanced dark strong that has a great blend of fruit flavors and deftly handled spicing. The finish was more bitter and dry than most others in this style, but fit well with the other supporting flavors. I liked this quite a bit. The appearance is marred by the numerous particulates, but redeemed somewhat by a cool dark orange color. A somewhat different, but flavorful Belgian dark from Italy.

Photo of dsa7783
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copped a $16.99 bottle from Oak Tree in South Plainfield... very elegantly wrapped - decorated to perfection with a really attractive appearance of a devil's head tied to a chain... Pours a dark chestnut, amber color with minimal frothy head that soon dissipated... smell is replete with grapes, prunes, and honey... taste complements the aroma, with a noticeable pepper-bittersweet aftertaste... flavor is very intricate and high-class, laden with caramel, vanilla, pepper, creamy malts, and well-balanced with a touch of hops which do well to offset the overall rich and sweet character of the beer... a very unique sample, completely distinct from anything I've ever tasted, but in my opinion, still not worth the hefty sum I dished out for this one... Mouthfeel was thick and creamy, and the beer was really drinkable and went down smooth, crisp, and clean... ABV is not noticeable at all... Recommended...

Photo of jwc215
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded brown with a caramel tint. Huge off-white head slowly descends leaving little to no lacing.

The smell is of soured cherries, musty wood, iron and something like flat soda-pop syrup.

Thet taste doesn't quite follow the nose, though there is some resemblance - it's better - but, not much. Iron, caramel, honey, sour cherry and apples (roasted chestnuts?) It has a sweetish, fleeting finish.

It has a creamy, medium body. It's shining moment (even then, doesn't reach great heights - but does reach very good, IMO).

Not bad overall - different - a few things "irked" me about it. Not crazy about the aroma - and, the sourness and iron didn't seem to fit together. Interesting, but not worth the price tag of just short of twenty dollars.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Pours a mostly clear red amber with a finger-and-a-half of white fizzy head that leaves merely a minimal amount of webby lacing behind. The smell holds hints of ginger, figs, cinnamon, raspberries, red grapes, and a touch of molasses. The taste deviates from these sweet fruity notes, opting instead for a more bitter, old-fruity avenue. I'll be straightforward in saying that it's possible that I got a bad bottle, but the flavors I'm getting all seem overly off from the nose: darkly sour grapes, dark wheat, cloves, pepper, and a vein of the ginger that's held over from the nose. As off as the flavors seem, they still are not overtly bad, just out of balance and contrary to the sweet nose (and out of sorts with the usual BSD archetype). The body, on the other hand, is nicely medium, with moderate carbonation, and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, an OK brew, but not one that I would rush to sample again.

Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a dark copper color with a moderate amount of white foam on top.

S: The sugary sweetness is the first aroma to make itself known. Following that, a slightly musty and tart grape note comes into the picture along with a touch of spice.

T: As you might expect from the nose, there is quite a bit of sugar in the flavor. Somewhat surprisingly, there is also a fair amount of bitterness, but it seems to be more tannic/astringent than hop induced.

M: Although it is "only" 8.5%, this beer is somewhat hot and alcoholic. The body is medium and the carbonation is lively and tingling.

D: Not an awful beer, but not something I plan on drinking again.

Photo of Avryle
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought as a kicker to our "Night in the Woods" tasting on 3.29.08. It had seemed that everyone had walked by & seen this beer at Oliver's (the label is catchy!) but the 17.99 price tag had turned them off. This was the perfect opportunity to satisfy our curiosity...

A- pours a clear golden-red.

S- Apples. Didn't expect that. with some slight hoppiness

T- Sweet apples are very dominant in the flavor. Finishes with a hop bitterness

M- Medium bodied. Nothing spectacular though nothing bad.

D- Glad I was able to satisfy my curiosity. Its easy drinking but at 17.99 for the bomber, its unlikely that I'll ever have it again. not worth that price tag.

Photo of mt24turner
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- deep orange color when held to the light, somewhat murky big head leaves quickly little lace
Aroma- apple, fruity, a little musty somewhat like a lambik
Taste- caramely sweet malt, with plenty of fruit flavors and a crispness somewhat brett like dry finish, bitterness is firm and well balanced. alcohol is warming but not tasted.
Mouthfeel- surprisingly drinkable, good carbonation

Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In true Belgian fashion, this Italian brew proves very worthy of the style.

Starting off with a lighter than usual rusty and hazy appeararnce, the beer's more moderate carbonaiton only builds a terse sheet across the beer. Heavier around the edges, the beer laces well and retains quite nicely despite the timid foamstance early on.

Aromas of figs, dates, prunes, raisons, nuts and berries are all shown up front. The esters undoubtedly set the precidence of the beer. Tempered by cotton candy confectioner's sweetness, the nose also includes spices of orange peel, corriander, and white pepper. Very complex and seductive.

Flavors start off with the same fruit-forward notion but the spice soon impeed and then the bitterness of both hops and an odd bite in the throat and jaws that isn't the clean bitterness that is provided by the best bittering hops. Still the spices present themselves but don't compliment the esters or malt sweetness that I expected from the nose. The malt profile does give the softer pilsner character and is also complimented by added sugars for dryness and flavor.

The body starts out efforvescent and sugary- that's how the beer remains. A light feel all the way through because of the efforvescent carbonation, but the sweetness lingers on the mouth surfaces just a little too long.

Demon Hunter is a very solid Belgian Strong Dark Ale with a very complex malt/fruity start but the bite and body of the beer hurt it's drinkability at times.

Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a reasonable head for any but a Belgian, and there it falls short; leaves some lacing behind, however

Smell: Toffee apple, dark fruit (dates, primarily), vanilla and a hint of white pepper

Taste: Opens with a fruitcake flavor that provides much of the aromatic fruity elements, including the toffee apple and dark fruit; after the swallow, some of the deeper flavor elements emerge, with herbal spices adding balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: While this is a good beer, it doesn't have the depth of flavor or the mouthfeel of Belgium's best

Photo of alpinebryant
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat cloudy brown with particles floating in space. Good head and one that stayed around for a while with large bubbles.

Smell of strawberries, grapes, biscuit, raspberries Coriander and belgian yeast. This is a very good smelling Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Possibly the best smelling I have had but I anxiously await the perfect smelling BSDA.

Taste of berries, strawberry raspberry, some sour white grape and a light taste of funk. Oak and aging in barrels seem to be on the menu, although I cannot confirm because I do not know enough about this beer. Very possibly the barrel flavors are just from the yeast, but either way, it is blends together nicely and the sour biscuit malt flavors become most prominent as it warms.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, but adds to the drinkability, good carbonation and a nice smooth rounded belgian taste. Recommended

Photo of jwinship83
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped bottle with no freshness information on it drank from my duvel tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a murky orangeish brown colored body with a finger and a half of bright white colored head. the head lasts the entirety of the glass and leaves behind complete rings of lacing.

S- belgian yeast is the first thing i notice. there are alot of fruit-like malts in here as well. apple, fig, pear, and date. some spicy peppery aromas also.

T- the taste is much like the smell. there is a definite belgian yeast presence. some sweet summer fruits also. apple, pear, plum, fig, and date. small pepper like spiciness at the end along with a small taste of alcohol.

M- medium to full bodied and highly carbonated. palate coating. moderate warming form the alcohol.

D- easy to finish my portion of this bottle, but i dont think a whole 750ml would be able to hold my attention. i look forward to what else this brewery has to offer.

Photo of Wrigfen
4.83/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

May very well be the best beer I ever tasted. Taste is so rich and flavorful, no strong alchohol taste even though this beer sports a great 8.5 ABV. Pours heavy, nice lasting head, almost as dark as a stout with still an amber color. Very full body, can not see through at all. One taste and you will be hooked. The only thing that held down my rating (which I did under overall) was the cost. WOW! Very pricey, but so damn good. Wish I lived near a source to get this reasonably priced. It would then become a regular staple of mine. For now it will just be a rare treat.
Try it once, you will not regret it!

Photo of cbl2
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

3/22/2007 $14.99 750 mL 8.50% No best by date.

Appearance:

Nice paper wrapper with a picture of a severed demons head covers this noncorked 750 mL bottle. Pours a hazy medium brown with a thin film of tan head that rapidly settles.

Aroma:

Loads of fruity esters in this one, with some caramel apple, pear, kiwi and lemon present.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Nice smooth mouthfeel with flavors of raisin, plums and figs with a touch of bready yeast kick things off. A bit of alcohol burn on the palate, though not too distracting. A pleasant, though unexceptional interpretation of the style, especially with the price factored in.

Photo of corby112
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cloudy amber color with some golden orange hues and visible carbonation bubbling up when held to a light source and a thick foamy tan head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Sweet dark fruit aroma with hints of maple, caramel malt, grape and a nice peppery spiciness.

Very smooth medium body with silk caramel maltiness. Hints of maple, dark cherry, grape, plum, raisin, peppery spice and a slightly dry subtle hop finish that is a bit tart.

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

A: Pours nicely with a decent amount of white foam head

S: Tons of fruity flavors and light floral aroma. Has a strong aroma that is close to a white wine

T: Very smooth and refined. Can taste the chocolate mixing perfectly. The taste is really surprising from the smell.

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

A: Slightly cloudy, reddish-brown beer. Not much of a head on this beer, but there is a constant stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass which keeps a thin layer on the very surface.

S: Belgian yeast and candy sugars. Very estery and heady.

T: Sweet, the alcohol is very prominent. Lots of fruits, which bring a tartness, a slight peppery spice and lots of earthy yeast. There is a woody, almost oaky flavor on the end of the beer which pulls it through to the end. A complex beer to be sure.

M: Moderate body, a fair amount of carbonation in the form of small bubbles. Creamy, and slightly sticky.

O: An interesting beer. lots of Belgian characteristics, and in many ways it almost seems like a white wine mixed with a barleywine. Probably not worth the $25 that I paid for the 750, but good none-the-less.

Photo of drpimento
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty interesting beer. Poured with a small to medium sized light tan head and a little lace.Color is a hazy/cloudy medium brown amber. Aroma is different with honey malt tobacco tree bark dark ripe fruits. Flavor is like aroma and more sweet plus plums and a bit of cherry. Body is full round rich with good carbonation. Finish is like a tapering flavor. Not a session.

Photo of vancelin
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

All of Birrificio Montegioco's beers have gorgeous packaging and labels. Check out importer B. United website for pics and descriptions of their other offerings. Aside from the better known "Belgians", Italian's are known for producing some of the finest, most subtle beers in the world. This one is no different.

Poured 750 mL into a Westmalle goblet. At first, it gave off a terribly stinky, barnyard stench. Borderline repulsive, and as such, I expected a nose-pinching mouthfull to follow. To my surprise, the taste was nothing like its smell. Smooth & malty without the yeasty edge of most Belgians. A perfectly balanced hint of bitterness that tightrope walks to the finish. It doesn't go this way and that and then back again for a dramatix finish. It's focused . . single-minded, and yet manages to be complex. I describe this beer as a "laser beam" to my customers. It doesn't try to do too much. It stays within a strict confine of flavor, but manages to weave its wonder without overwhelming the palate. Imagine a Belgian dark ale married to a German Pilsner. Simple & defined. A few component flavors, perfectly executed. Subsequent bottles lacked the off-putting flavor of the original, but in a way, I miss the extreme contrast between what I expected and what it delivered. Definitely a unique brew that a wide range of beeraholics can appreciate. Sessionable, if only it wasn't so expensive. . .

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Demon Hunter from Birrificio Montegioco
86 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.