Demon Hunter - Birrificio Montegioco
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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
4.1/5 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
3.2/5 rDev -16.4%
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.
04-14-2010 21:12:34 | More by womencantsail
3.99/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
07-27-2014 20:40:09 | More by oberon
3.38/5 rDev -11.7%
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.
02-27-2010 05:13:39 | More by TMoney2591
4/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
08-13-2010 22:03:49 | More by feloniousmonk
3.48/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
07-16-2008 13:07:59 | More by jwc215
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
3.95/5 rDev +3.1%
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
01-30-2008 23:59:49 | More by beerthulhu
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
2.93/5 rDev -23.5%
Appearance- Pours a medium brown that has a strong ruby haze. Mediocre head with no lacing and sparse bubbling.
Smell- A little bready with some bitterness that doesn't seem to come from hops. Seems somewhat of a mix between an English and Belgian ale.
Taste- The malts don't seem like a blend of English and Belgian brewing, its more like confusion. Biscuity malts battle with spicey malts. Definite English hops IMHO. Needs better malt balance.
Mouthfeel- Sweet and subtle bitterness. Smooth on the way down until the end of the sip.
02-15-2007 20:08:18 | More by scruffwhor
3.99/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
06-25-2014 03:55:29 | More by LiquidAmber
3.5/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
12-06-2006 06:17:21 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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
4.47/5 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
3.93/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
11-01-2008 16:10:46 | More by merlin48
Demon Hunter from Birrificio Montegioco
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.