Draco - Birrificio Montegioco

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | 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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Photo of NIURicky
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of lokaen
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A beautiful hazy golden auburn. Thin, persisting white head.

Smell: Upfront alcohol, carmel sugars, saaz hops?, and a hint of blueberry.

Taste: Initial fleeting spicy/peppery followed by sweetness of the malt and blueberry. A faint lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Warm alcohol, full bodied with a slightly dry finish. Drinks much more smoothly than its 11%.

Drinkability: Although it is not an easy drinking beer, it is an pleasant sipping beer. It took me a half hour to have a .4l glass, although it was never a chore.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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?

Photo of woosterbill
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tasting glass. Big thanks to Jahmur for contributing this, the final beer of an epic afternoon/evening of tasting.

A: Cloudy, deep persimmon body under an inch of creamy, frothy foam. Good retention and sticky lace. Lovely.

S: Rich blueberry sweetness, sweet caramel malt, and some lightly tart dark fruits. Pleasant.

T: Sweet, syrupy blueberry; caramel, toffee, port wine. Long, sweet finish. Tasty, if a bit overly sweet.

M: Thick, sweet, sticky; low carbonation. Intense, and effective for this beer.

O: I was impressed by how well the booze was kept in check, although I have to admit that by this point in the tasting I probably wasn't picking up on my alcohol. What I was picking up on was the background goings-on to enjoying this beer, which included listening to Goblin and discussing the finer points of Troll II. It was quite the fitting combination for drinking the Dragon.

Cheers!

Photo of st9647v3
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Mages64
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of FLima
3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mahogany color with a one finger head with short retention, but leaving laces and a constant plate.
Aroma of cognac, dry fruits, caramels, vanilla and strawberries.
Very original flavor with notes of blueberries, you could even say a blueberry muffin, hints of cherries, raisins, booze, licorice, herbal and earthy hops, mild vinous, figs and butterscotch.
Dry, bitter and alcoholic aftertaste.
Medium to full body with medium carbonation. Alcohol of 11% abv is definitely everywhere, but doesn’t burn your palate.
Fruity complexity plays a major role here. But it is a hard to judge beer; it could have lower or higher scores. It definitely improved after it warmed up with alcohol more tamed and showing great complexity.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GClarkage
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of acrawf6
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of PeteRiz
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazed, simple-looking, light brown body with a sudsy, frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Dark, bready, caramel malts in the nose with no more than a modest touch of blueberries and some light background notes of savory, bitterish herbs.

Taste: Malty tastes of sweet caramel and toasted bread crusts. Of course, there's the blueberries (still comparatively mild), as well as some marinated raisins for a little addition boost of fruitiness. An herbaceousness arrives midway along with some peppery alcohol hints. Finishes sweetish and fruity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Fairly soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not bad (it's not exactly worth those exorbitant Italian beer prices, but still)! It definitely goes down fairly easy considering the listed ABV percentage.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed ruby with a sizeable tan head. Nose is mild with some yeast there and an overall musty tone. Flavor is pungently sweet with an almost wheat beer tail end to it. Alcohol peeks out a little bit. There are blueberries in this? How many? Like...one?? Feel is with a good level of bubble. Standard for the style. Definitely drinkable. But like I said. Blueberries. Where are the bloody blueberries man? I am on a quest to find a good blueberry beer.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of dherling
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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Draco from Birrificio Montegioco
80 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.