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Demon Hunter - Birrificio Montegioco

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BA SCORE
86
very good

61 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birrificio Montegioco visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-11-2006)
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Photo of dsa7783
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...

dsa7783, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

RedneckBeerz, May 28, 2013
Photo of aerozeppl
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.

aerozeppl, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of ystazi
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

ystazi, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -21.7%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of jwinship83
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

jwinship83, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of pixieskid
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

pixieskid, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of peabody
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

peabody, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of alpinebryant
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

alpinebryant, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of SilentSabre
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!

SilentSabre, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of SPLITGRIN
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.

SPLITGRIN, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of drseamus
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%

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.

drseamus, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of cbl2
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

3/22/2007 $14.99 750 mL 8.50% No best by date.

Appearance:

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.

Aroma:

Loads of fruity esters in this one, with some caramel apple, pear, kiwi and lemon present.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

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.

cbl2, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of ScaryEd
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

ScaryEd, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of bishopdc0
4/5  rDev +4.4%

bishopdc0, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of PeteRiz
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

PeteRiz, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of DRTBrewster
4.25/5  rDev +11%

DRTBrewster, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of dherling
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.

dherling, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of Vylo
2/5  rDev -47.8%

Vylo, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of DaveBlack
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.

DaveBlack, May 01, 2013
Photo of BeerNemesis
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

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

Appearance:
Muddy amber with an off-white head.

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

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
Middle of the road body with ample carbonation.

Harmony:
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

BeerNemesis, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of bigdaddypolite
4/5  rDev +4.4%

bigdaddypolite, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Sephiroth
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.

Sephiroth, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of Wrigfen
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!

Wrigfen, Aug 25, 2013
Demon Hunter from Birrificio Montegioco
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.