Demon Hunter - Birrificio Montegioco
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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
4.38/5 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
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
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
3.6/5 rDev -6%
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.
04-18-2007 19:35:50 | More by SPLITGRIN
3.5/5 rDev -8.6%
3/22/2007 $14.99 750 mL 8.50% No best by date.
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.
Loads of fruity esters in this one, with some caramel apple, pear, kiwi and lemon present.
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.
03-22-2007 23:15:38 | More by cbl2
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
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
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
3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
11-01-2006 02:31:42 | More by dherling
Demon Hunter from Birrificio Montegioco
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.