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Demon Hunter - Birrificio Montegioco

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 67
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 12
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Birrificio Montegioco visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-11-2006

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Photo of Wrigfen
4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
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!

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Photo of mynie
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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...

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Photo of mt24turner
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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

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Photo of corby112
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(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!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of vancelin
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of DaveBlack
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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

the beers these guys make certainly do not come cheap. however, i have almost always found them worth it, and this is no exception. a really boldly flavored belgian strong, rich and malty, hopped more than most, and with a classic italian yeast strain that is both delicious and unfamiliar. the packaging is beautiful, i love the art on this one, and i always feel like its an occasion when i drink their beer. this is a little more in the style guidelines than others i have had from them though, and could easily be made by a famous belgian producer, save the yeast, which is what really makes this special. it gives the beer a really creamy feel, it tastes loosely belgian but less fruit more spice, white pepper and sage and some rooty earthy thing. there is a brown sugar note to the malt body, but the yeast cleans it up really well and carbonated this beer beautifully. it also hides its strength really well, which has been the mark of these italian brewers dabbling in belgian types. expensive bottle of beer to say the least, and its probably not as captivating to most as the peach one they do, but still worth picking up if you can find it. i think grapevine may still have some...

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

Decapitated demon is held aloft by a chain and an armored glove, He's a mangy cur, probably deserved it.

Dark crimson coloring, clear at the sides, slim, beige head (starts big, dwindles down).

Malty nose, soft, and slightly sweet. Gets richer and fuller as we go along, feeling like a barley-wine. Ripe fruit, apples and plums.

Taste: again, fruity, rich, ripe. There it is, again. Plums aplenty, a bit rummy, ...a little like a fruitcake. Sweet, sharp, boozy. Nicely rounded, good and malty, ...extra tasty.

Long finish, full body, very rich, and plump. Much goodness involved in this.

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Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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Photo of merlin48
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A loud pop when I popped the cap, which has a curious plastic cylinder thingy attached to it. Hazy copper coloured with plenty of sediment floating around.

The smell is big on toasted malt with side notes of Belgian yeast and some conglomerate of spices.

The taste is spicy, again, not easy to distinguish which, with toasted malt, Belgian yeast...maybe that spice is or at least reminds me of rye. No mention of rye in the beer's description but that won't stop me from mentioning it. This also has a dankness and earthiness to it. And the finish? I get light fruity tones that make it on the dry side.

Okay, this beer really has me befuddled; I'm now getting hints of horse blanket as it warms up and you probably know what that would suggest. Overall, I'd say smell wins over taste.

This is weird and I will just have to let the cards fall where they may. If you see bottles of it, give it a go.

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Photo of dherling
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color and big off white head. The nose gives honey, chestnuts, plum, red wine, caramel, pepper. The taste confirms everything from the nose, mostly honey, but big and clean tasting. A decent mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Has a pretty big finish, clean.

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Photo of Avryle
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Demon Hunter from Birrificio Montegioco
86 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.