Demon Hunter - Birrificio Montegioco
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4.84/5 rDev +26.4%
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!
08-25-2013 20:03:47 | More by Wrigfen
4.47/5 rDev +16.7%
Purchased at John's Grocery.
THAT is how you wrap a bottle. It's like some fantastic thing you'd see painted on some kind of scary cathedral.
Pours dark brown with a large head. Just about what you'd expect from a nice-looking Belgian dark.
Smells very crisp and tart. Light on the yeast and alcohol, heavy on the spice.
Tastes more like a nice saison than Belgian dark. Big spice to start things off, white pepper and lemongrass, moving into a very crisp and fizzy tasting middle that consists of hard fruit esters and a lightly sour yeast. This drops off into a heavier yeast with a light peng of brown sugar and a lingering sourness.
I could drink this stuff all day. At 15 bucks a bottle, it's probably not worth what it costs, but it's still an exceptional beer and the packaging alone justifies trying it at least once.
07-22-2007 08:08:03 | More by mynie
4.39/5 rDev +14.6%
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
02-22-2013 16:15:56 | More by mt24turner
4.38/5 rDev +14.4%
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...
02-05-2008 00:11:58 | More by dsa7783
4.33/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
09-27-2009 23:57:00 | More by corby112
4.28/5 rDev +11.7%
I found a bottle at John's Grocery in Iowa City, and paid about $16 for it. The bottle was beautiful, with black printed paper covering like a gueuze or other Belgian specialty, with a side view of an ugly red demon's head hanging from a chain held by an armored hand. Cool and odd.
The first whiff from the open bottle was sour like a Jolly Pumpkin beer or a Flanders Red, so I chose an Orval glass to hold it. The beer was light copper color and murky-translucent, with a nice 1-finger off-white foam which settled quickly. The aroma definitely indicated Brett, smelling like any number of Jolly Pumpkin or Russian River wild ales. The beer was possibly better than any of these competitors though, in that it had a really thick mouthfeel lending a substantial presence to the beer. Very nice taste, sour up front and sweetly malty in the middle, with an after-taste mingling sweet and sour. Awesome, I have to up my taste rating to a 4.5.
Is it worth $16? Possibly not since other beers are comparable at $6-9 for the same volume. But a nice treat and one that I recommend.
10-07-2007 02:17:26 | More by TurdFurgison
4.25/5 rDev +11%
(Intriguingly) Paper Wrapped 750mL bottle precisely like the photograph here on BA. $15,99 Arbor Place Beverage Douglasville, GA USA
Okay, let's be honest. I bought this because of that terrific label, and no other reason, and I'm certainly glad I did. I thought this was corked and caged, but removal of the paper wrapping revealed a standard pry-off bottle top. Removal of the top resulted in a very loud "pop" which actually startled me. Also, there is a plastic bit that protrudes off of the cap down into the mouth of the bottle about half an inch. I've never seen that feature before.
Anyway, onto the beer. The pour was a somehwat murky bronze-red colour with more of an orange colour around the edges. Lots of fine particulates toward the bottom of the glass can be seen when held to a lamp. Head was moderately creamy with moderately knit bubbles. Nonetheless, it faded into a light frost over the liquid's surface in a few moments after pouring. Decent lacing of the glass. A nice looking beer IMO.
Smell was terrific. Loads of sweet toasted cereals/malts and loads of fruit nuances, as well. Perhaps a bit of pear? Some red apple or cherry? Even a trace of freshly sawn timber, I think. Nice indeed. So much so, I felt a 5 was in order.
Sadly, the taste isn't quite as spectacular as the smell, but *is* quite good nevertheless. Taste is dominated by the roasted malt one detects in the nose with the fruit profiles asserting themselves to a much lesser extent. What trace of hop bitterness that *is* present here is detectable only on the finish, and modestly so at that.
To be the style of beer that this is, and to be 8,5%abv, I felt that this was wonderfully drinkable, with the alcohol virtually non-detectable. A mastefully crafted ale that I will certainly spend $16 for again. Brilliant!
09-10-2008 15:55:51 | More by SilentSabre
4.18/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
05-22-2010 23:34:17 | More by drpimento
4.15/5 rDev +8.4%
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. . .
11-21-2009 03:40:59 | More by vancelin
4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
First off the art on the wrapper is simply amazing. Now on to the beer.
A: Cloudy copper color with minimal head.
S: Apples! and cider. Was not expecting that at all.
T: Apples then fruits with a slight hint of the yeast. Finishes with a slight hop bitterness. Not too bad.
M: Nice med body. Nothing good or bad really.
D: Very drinkable. The price on the bottle keeps it from being something to seek out on the norm but it was good. Just not good enough to pick up at 17.99.
03-30-2008 16:02:18 | More by aerozeppl
4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
I think I paid around $15 for this beer. Pour is average enough, no lace, reddish orange color. Vinous malt and hop aroma.
Tastes pretty good, no hint of the alcohol. Lots of caramel malt, dark fruit and nuts. The hops taste pretty fresh, and there are more of them than I am used to in this style of beer. They are earthy, and ready the palate for another sip. Or gulp in the case of this beer. Mouthfeel is nice and light.
This beer lacks the complexity to make me want to just sit and contemplate what I'm drinking, but it has that quality that makes you want another sip right away. The price is the reason for my low drinkability score.
01-28-2007 00:37:19 | More by Sephiroth
4.1/5 rDev +7%
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
11-30-2008 02:57:28 | More by brentk56
4.08/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
06-13-2010 06:31:13 | More by BEERchitect
4.08/5 rDev +6.5%
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
09-06-2010 21:38:09 | More by alpinebryant
4/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
12-21-2008 04:18:00 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
05-01-2013 00:20:31 | More by DaveBlack
Demon Hunter from Birrificio Montegioco
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.