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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 codsmith
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Demon Hunter | 750 ml. | 8.5% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Birrificio Montegioco
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Glass: Duvel tulip

Muddy amber with an off-white head.

Surprisingly fruity for a BSDA--strawberries, blackberries, currants are prominent. There's some mild spicing and a dominant barnyard funk.

Rich, ripe fruits--strawberries, prunes, plums--and a light sprinkling of coriander. The body has a musty, or is it funky, characteristic about it, that I've never had in a BSDA. The end is sweet and then it dries up and puckers with a twinge of bitterness.

Middle of the road body with ample carbonation.

A most unusual brew--though Birrificio Montegioco is known for it. It's fresh and light, at least as far as BSDA's go, which is an unsettling, but ultimately pleasant change.

Would I get it again?:
No, but I'm glad I tried it once.

Bottled: ?
Served: January 16, 2010

Price = $18.50 at Public Beer

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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 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 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 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 womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of peabody
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 jwc215
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of drseamus
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A kicker for our tasting on 3/29/08 brought by Avryle

Obviously the artwork on the bottle requires that you try this beer. Amber/reddish body that is crystal clear. There is no head at all. The aroma is straight apple juice. The flavor is sweet apples initially but fades into a slightly more bitter apple cidery flavor. Fairly thin bodied, but that kinda works with the appley feel. Decent drinkability.

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