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Draco - Birrificio Montegioco

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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birrificio Montegioco visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Belgian-inspired ale brewed with fresh blueberries.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-11-2006)
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Reviews by dherling:
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dherling

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev 0%

Pours out a nice reddish brown cloudy color with a nice off white head with a tiny amount of red. Has a decent nose, honey, caramel, and a bit of fruityness ot it as well. The taste complments the nose, but also gives off some pepper, and alcohol, with the tiniest amount of hop bitterness. Strange how it's the hop bitterness that lasts longest in the finish.

11-01-2006 02:46:07 | More by dherling
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%

I really don't like fruit beers, but this one is pretty good. It is a hazy pink/orange color with a medium sized, quickly dissipating tan head. I couldn't get much in the aroma, just some sweet fruit. The taste is blueberry, and is initially very sweet, but the alcohol takes over, and there's a nice hoppy finish. The alcohol is not intrusive. I might even try this again sometime.

08-06-2008 22:10:12 | More by lordofthewiens
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dogfishandi

New York

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%

750ml. bottle at about fridge temp split with friends poured into a snifter.

pours out a murky brownish reddish color with a 1 finger off light tan head faded to a ring and some patchy foam. just some very small lacing. chunks visible.

initially very vinious and wine like. mostly bready and yeasty in the aroma. not huge, but whats there is there. hints of blueberry.

initial reaction was blueberry muffin. bready, a light winey blueberry with a spicey cookie like flavored yeast. unique. alcohol is a little noticable towards the finish.

pretty big body with some lingering flavors. goes down very smooth, nice smooth carbonation. just slightly tart as it warms.

overall, a fairly decent and definatly unique beer. blueberry wasnt extremely noticable, but added a nice complexity. i would never drop the huge price tag on this (a friend brought it over) but im definatly gald i tried it.

08-13-2011 00:54:05 | More by dogfishandi
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%

An Mirtilla ale brewed with blueberries 11%abv. Belgian strong dark ale.

A: Pours a dark ruby/cranberry color with a soft tan and moderately diminishing head. There is ample carbonation.

S: fresh and fruity aroma of blueberries on the nose. There is also some spicy rum alcohol notes lingering in the background.

T: The beer starts out with a touch of honey caramel sweetness and a noticeable alcohol presence. There is some spicy cider, apples, ripe fruit (plums), licorice and port/cask notes coming through. There is a noticeable spicy rum alcohol, and caramel bite for a finish with the hops being mostly non-detectable from the alcohol content.

M: slick, and warming, with a medium body and vinous palate. There is a slight sourness with the blueberry flavor being masked by the high alcohol content.

D: Overall this is a nicely crafted Belgian style beer, especially by an Italian brewery, with a good spicy alcohol bite at 11%abv. The beer is meant to be drunk slowly and savored like a fine wine. An outstanding dark Belgian style beer with a noticeable warming alcohol presence and definitely worth a try.

07-02-2008 23:24:54 | More by beerthulhu
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +14.2%

Dark warm brown body hosts a rich tan head about 2 fingers thick produced from a strong pour and decent carbonation. Nose is very soft with presence of malt and zesty minerals. Only a backround hint of blueberries, but nice nose none the less. As it enters th mouth you get a slight tart feel with long dark pronounced bitterness that resembles dark chocolate. Palate includes a slight syrupy sweetness. Alchol is very well hidden. An incredibley complex beer. Mouthfeel is a rich bitter darkness. A lovely drinkable brew. But where are the blueberries?

06-20-2007 18:41:49 | More by SPLITGRIN
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +13.3%

02-01-2013 01:46:21 | More by st9647v3
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Rhf9120

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -15%

06-30-2014 13:28:41 | More by Rhf9120
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oline73

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev -10.8%

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a reddish color with some floaties. There is a half finger of red tinted head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Malt and some fruit. I'm not sure I would have picked out blueberries if I didn't know they were there. There is a slight buttery smell here as well.

Taste: Fruity malt with a slight bitterness. This isn't overly sweet like many fruit beers out there. The buttery note carries over from the smell and detracts from the taste just a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a weird beer. The buttery quality wasn't totally pleasing. I don't think I would have this one again.

03-23-2012 03:04:19 | More by oline73
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

3.15/5  rDev -10.8%

So, over 2 trips to the beer store I see this bottle and it looks great in the paper wrapping. It's also labeled as a barleywine on a handwritten card on the shelf. Looks aside, this one is $25 and I decided to go for it.

A - a neat looking reverse cascade effect in a golden amber brew with a nice white head. Oh, wait, that's not a reverse cascade, that's a ton of leftover blueberry floaties.

S - blueberries, esters and a abv note.

T - a tart / slightly sour aspect, blueberries and sweet malts.

M - medium full bodied, nicely carbonated, slightly tart fruity residual notes.

D - looks aside, this drinks ok. I'd pass on a next time.

02-18-2009 01:19:59 | More by barleywinebrewer
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realmpel

California

3.45/5  rDev -2.3%

This beer is typical of beers that I had traveling in Italy: hazy in appearance and very malty. I don't detect much blueberry, if any. At 11% I would expect this to be hot, but nope. It must be masked by the huge maltiness.

Not bad, not great, definitely not worth the almost $30 price tag.

03-28-2010 02:44:54 | More by realmpel
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NIURicky

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

08-04-2013 03:53:21 | More by NIURicky
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gabrielsyme

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

03-25-2013 00:35:09 | More by gabrielsyme
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

04-07-2012 22:49:21 | More by jaidenjb
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ktrillionaire

Florida

2.45/5  rDev -30.6%

A - Pours a somewhat murky brown with a small, short-lived tan head. Looks a bit fizzy.

S - This beer strangely smells like pork, as well as having a strange berry-ish and leafy aroma.

T - The beer is very strange and scattershot; I get some mead-y yeast (reminiscent of De Dolle's yeast), strange blueberry flavors, it is bread-y, and I am also getting some melon rind. I really think this is haphazard.

M - This beer is somewhat fizzy, on top of all the other mess.

D - Especially considering the considerable price, this is not at all drinkable. It would perhaps make a nice marinade, albeit expensive.

07-21-2010 02:25:38 | More by ktrillionaire
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev 0%

Draco uncaps with a surprising 'pop'. There's a plastic pseudo-cork attached to the cap, which this beer apparently needs. The bottle cap is a standard metal, but there is a mini plastic stopper somehow fixed on the under side that extends into the bottle maybe a quarter inch. I kept it for posterity, if anyone wants it, beermail me.

Appearance - a reddish amber pour. Thick, soapy head of two fingers on top. Cream colored, slow to fade, with some nice ropy lacing.

Aroma - a vague fruit sweetness. A mild yeast and Belgian funkiness. Not sure what to make of this from the smell. As it warms, blueberry becomes easily detectable, so let this one acclimate.

Taste - pleasant flavors of Belgian candi sugar, grainy sweetness, and light yeast. No blueberries yet, but I don't mind. There is a nice little tartness on the swallow that may be the fruit. Some smooth warming alcohol on the finish but mostly the abv is quite well hidden. As the beer warms, blueberry eventually works its way into the palate, well into the aftertaste. Better late than never.

Mouthfeel - smooth, carbonated almost like champagne.

Drinkability - tasty, but despite an impressively artistic label and the inclusion of blueberries, I probably wouldn't revisit this one again.

10-24-2007 17:37:25 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Shaggy9356

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -10.8%

Packaging is great. Nice paper wrapped bottle, twisted at top. Once unwrapped, cool bottle and label. Strange cap with plastic cork-like inlay reading "corona maxitenuta"

Pours an nice amber brown with half inch foam head, nice lacing on side of glass. Nose is sweet, candied fruit, alcohol.

Taste is not what I was expecting. Sweet, medicinal (fruity cough syrup). Alcohol hidden pretty well by the sweetness, but comes on late. Trying to find the blueberries, maybe in the aftertaste but more grape or fig tasting than blueberry.

My lips are sticky after my first glass. This is too syrupy and not looking forward to having to polish off the bottle. For the money ($20+) I expected a little better more drinkable offering.

04-26-2008 02:14:26 | More by Shaggy9356
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Stoutsman

Kansas

2/5  rDev -43.3%

01-14-2012 22:09:50 | More by Stoutsman
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acrawf6

Louisiana

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%

Pours out a dark reddish brown, slightly hazy with an interesting tan color of head. Head seems small, but quite dense.

Smell. My first impression is yeasty and a bit earthy. I keep thinking to myself if this was a blind tasting, i could easily see myself thinking this is a german dark wheat ale. I get a lot of characteristics a dark wheat would have; spices of cloves mostly. If i really think about it, i can get a blueberry aroma, but really not much of one. I guess it does bring a nice fruitiness to the beer, but not enough to make it a fruit beer.

Taste. First off, i get some fruity sweetness, but no blueberries. Cloves are present though. Again, i could mistaken this for a german dark wheat. Alcohol gives it a pepperness that is numbing to my tongue. Aftertaste has just the slightest hint of blueberry.

Mouthfeel. I find this the most interesting part of the beer. It's quite heavy on my tongue and has less carbonation than many others in this style. The alcohol really fills up this beer. Does have a chewy quality, but frankly it seems more like i have food in my mouth than beer.

Overall. This beer was a bit pricey at $17, and it is easy to say you can get one of equal quality for half the price. But i do think this beer has enough unique characteristics to make it worthy of trying, and sets itself apart from others in the style. I like the heaviness of the body and the lower carbonation. The flavor was around average though. So in short, i say give it a go if you have the money and no others beers you want to try, but jsut to let you know this beer probably wont wow you.

12-20-2006 20:28:43 | More by acrawf6
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%

A delicate and fruity beer that, besides being brewed with blueberries, has more of a non-descript fruit character.

Hazy and rust colored, the beer carries a dainty head that struggles to hold on. No lacing and lots of sediment in the glass.

Mostly fruity, the beer has a yeasty-briney aroma of bruised berries, apples, dates, and figs. Light winey elements rise as the beer warms.

Fruit dominant in taste as well, but with the signature cotton-candy sweetness and seamless malt quality of well melded Dubbels. Spicy with white pepper and orange zest, the beer hides its alcohols well.

Medium to the mouth, the textures are thinned from the low-lying carbonation and warming alcohols- this emphasizes the wine-like character even more.

Overall, this is a nice beer that puts on a great display of fruity esters and confectionate malts. The alcoholic punch is hardly noticable in flavor... but in effect, that's a different story.

09-12-2010 21:46:33 | More by BEERchitect
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mcallister

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -17%

Rediculously expensive bottle of Italian beer (18.99). But hell everything is worth trying once.

If I were to guess what was in the glass I would say apple cider. It looks much like apple cider. Opaque, thick cloudy, dirty muddy water brown with an off white seperated head that is large bubbles and less than a half inch on a hard pour. This one is highly carbonated as well. Upon swirling a trailed comet of bubbles sing in tune with one another.

I definitely get blueberry in the nose. Not immense amounts but sufficient enough to recognize what your smelling. Dried blueberries in fact. Blackberry as well as other berry fruit and some figgy hints. Belgian yeasty qualities as well as some other dried fruits and slight malt.

Medium mouthfeel feel, yet somewhat watery. Blueberry flavors as well as other dried berry. Spicy belgian qualities with a malt backbone. Otherwise not much going on.

Will try again if they lower the price too 3.99

02-10-2007 22:49:24 | More by mcallister
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Presentation: Tall 750ml brown glass bottle sealed with a large crown cap. The main label is split vertically in half; the left hand side has a mottled pale green background with a very colorful picture of a dragon warming a goblet of ale with some fire-breathing antics. This side of the label lists the beer in a red scripted font as ‘Birra Artigianale Draco’. Described as a ‘Beertilla Ale Brewed with Blueberries’ and the Product of Italy, if you had not guessed by now. Listed at a whopping 11% Alc./Vol. The right hand side of the label has a white background and is dedicated to the Nanny state Government Warning and lots of other useless bollocks. All this is nicely wrapped in a highly decorated paper wrapper that looks just like the one in the BA Avatar.

Appearance: Horse chestnut brown body, light haze with a somewhat murky look, but it clears with some stagnant rest. A gentle hint of feint purple buffs the tanned head. Formed into a streamlined 3mm thick cap when at rest, blotchy smattered lacing. Conditioning is super fine and highly attenuated.

Nose: A strange affliction of pugnacious sour caramel toffee, rotting apples, damp wicker baskets, pale malts and yeah….Blueberries, but they seem to be fleeting in their contribution to the overall nasal experience.

Taste: Dark Ale with a spiced Malt base that seems to be accentuated with a grainy middle. The Bouncers let the fruits out to play once in a while but they are in the fenced off Kindergarten for most of the time until the Bell rings and it Schools Out….the finish has a signature bitter blueberry trail which barely raises a goodbye. Diluted Ribena-esque trickles into a warming but stern alcohol malt base. As the fruits die quickly the bitterness lingers and steals the show here.

Mouthfeel: Heavy feel with a honey malt texture. Smooth with a lightly rough around the edges acidic malt base which resonates with a tame fruit ending, this in turn never seems to exhibit anything more than a flash of blueberries though.

Drinkability: Quenching dark ale with a spiced nature. A hint of blueberry helps to edge the 11% alcohol and drop the heat a little. Hard to sweep the alcohol below the carpet or stick it underneath the cupboard beneath the staircase, yet the warming dark ale tones dominate, as does the lingering bitterness. Thought I would have polished this one off a long time ago though….drags a bit.

Overall: Well I have to confess to not noticing the “price” on this one until it was too late, but what the heck it’s only money right? So yeah, it is not cheap, in fact, to put it mildly, this one is fucking expensive, as they say in Milano over Cappuccino. Aside from its cost, and focused on the brew, it is a barely above average effort - throw in the cost into the holistic appraisal (lets face it you can’t ignore it) and it is one to avoid, unless you have more Benjamin’s than sense, erm like me...I'm so dumb.

11-30-2006 09:27:54 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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GClarkage

California

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%

10/30/08- Purchased at a beer store in Portland, ME. $20.99 price tag.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, wrapped in paper. Did not note any freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Light purple colored pour..somewhat murky. but no large chunks of yeast. About a 1/2 inch head on the pour. Lacing is light and streaky.

Smell- Definite blueberry notes in the nose. Smells fresh and also lightly sugary. Not really any alcohol noted in the nose.

Taste- Semi-thick blueberry elixer. Not quite cough syrup thick, but getting to that range. All blueberry with a hint of alcohol and a hefty amount of sugar. Seems to be some other herbal notes as well, but I couldn't really pick them out.

Mouthfeel- Thick, viscous with a lower to mid-range carbonation level. Sugar laced fruit aftertaste.

Drinkability- I did like this beer, but it's quite sweet and robust to drink a whole bottle by yourself. I shared mine and was satisfied with half. Would go really good with something like a slice of berry cheesecake.

11-01-2008 01:06:17 | More by GClarkage
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Foxman

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -2.8%

It pours a fair ruby amber, but it looks murky and unkempt. A very sparse spray of white head dinks to nothingness in no time, and any ensuing lacing is minimal and purely incidental.

The aroma is cidery apples with a dash of blueberry syrup in tow. A wheaty tang and estery cloves flit about, and the alcohol is a loud, breathy exhalation.

Upon sipping, A dusky wheat grain sweetness is peppered by a general spice note that fades to a hint of clove. The blueberry is more a rumor here until it warms considerably, and then only damned close to room temperature. The alcohol is hot, and it combines with the spice and green apple crispness to lend a mulled cider reference to the mix. The finish is quite dry, and abrupt in its rapid progression. It's not so much blended as mixed with high hopes, but it struggles to be much more than just okay.

Medium bodied, the carbonation and poignant dry crispiness actually entertain the palate, at least on this level.

For my money, no beer that carries within a fruit presence should need to warm so close to body temperature to give up its berry bounty. Sure, it has some redeeming qualities, chief among them the Belgian yeast component and the resultant esters, but I want more than just that out of a beer. The ABV is big, brash, hot and distracting, which bodes poorly for anything more than a glass. And at this price, I sure as hell want more value for my money. So it goes.

05-10-2007 16:17:02 | More by Foxman
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -5.7%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy caramel color tinged with the color of blueberry flash; the slim head drops to a ringlet very quickly and fails to leave any lace

Smell: Herbacious aroma with clove and tobacco elements; if there is blueberry in here it is pretty hard to identify

Taste: Sweet but herbacious caramel at the outset, with an alcohol laden honey character arriving by mid-palate, along with a subtle hint of blueberries; rather bitter, in an earthy, herbacious manner after the swallow; tastes a bit like Chinotto

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, almost syrupy, with very low carbonation

Drinkability: I can't say I'm a big fan; interesting and worth trying but not something to which I would return

01-17-2009 21:25:24 | More by brentk56
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harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

07-24-2012 14:27:40 | More by harpus
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Draco from Birrificio Montegioco
81 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.