Demon Hunter | Birrificio Montegioco

Demon HunterDemon Hunter
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66.7%
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Demon HunterDemon Hunter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birrificio Montegioco
Italy
birrificiomontegioco.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-11-2006

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#16,329
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
72
Liked:
48
Avg:
3.82/5
pDev:
12.83%
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of jwinship83
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of peabody
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of vancelin
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

All of Birrificio Montegioco's beers have gorgeous packaging and labels. Check out importer B. United website for pics and descriptions of their other offerings. Aside from the better known "Belgians", Italian's are known for producing some of the finest, most subtle beers in the world. This one is no different.

Poured 750 mL into a Westmalle goblet. At first, it gave off a terribly stinky, barnyard stench. Borderline repulsive, and as such, I expected a nose-pinching mouthfull to follow. To my surprise, the taste was nothing like its smell. Smooth & malty without the yeasty edge of most Belgians. A perfectly balanced hint of bitterness that tightrope walks to the finish. It doesn't go this way and that and then back again for a dramatix finish. It's focused . . single-minded, and yet manages to be complex. I describe this beer as a "laser beam" to my customers. It doesn't try to do too much. It stays within a strict confine of flavor, but manages to weave its wonder without overwhelming the palate. Imagine a Belgian dark ale married to a German Pilsner. Simple & defined. A few component flavors, perfectly executed. Subsequent bottles lacked the off-putting flavor of the original, but in a way, I miss the extreme contrast between what I expected and what it delivered. Definitely a unique brew that a wide range of beeraholics can appreciate. Sessionable, if only it wasn't so expensive. . .

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Photo of corby112
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of merlin48
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(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!

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Photo of jwc215
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of drseamus
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Avryle
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought as a kicker to our "Night in the Woods" tasting on 3.29.08. It had seemed that everyone had walked by & seen this beer at Oliver's (the label is catchy!) but the 17.99 price tag had turned them off. This was the perfect opportunity to satisfy our curiosity...

A- pours a clear golden-red.

S- Apples. Didn't expect that. with some slight hoppiness

T- Sweet apples are very dominant in the flavor. Finishes with a hop bitterness

M- Medium bodied. Nothing spectacular though nothing bad.

D- Glad I was able to satisfy my curiosity. Its easy drinking but at 17.99 for the bomber, its unlikely that I'll ever have it again. not worth that price tag.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mynie
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of cbl2
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of dherling
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Demon Hunter from Birrificio Montegioco
Beer rating: 66.7% out of 100 with 72 ratings
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