Demon Hunter | Birrificio Montegioco

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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:
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Added by Todd on 10-11-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
72
Reviews:
37
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
12.66%
 
 
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11
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of Spreetaper
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Owl Farm (Brooklyn,NY)

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

the beers these guys make certainly do not come cheap. however, i have almost always found them worth it, and this is no exception. a really boldly flavored belgian strong, rich and malty, hopped more than most, and with a classic italian yeast strain that is both delicious and unfamiliar. the packaging is beautiful, i love the art on this one, and i always feel like its an occasion when i drink their beer. this is a little more in the style guidelines than others i have had from them though, and could easily be made by a famous belgian producer, save the yeast, which is what really makes this special. it gives the beer a really creamy feel, it tastes loosely belgian but less fruit more spice, white pepper and sage and some rooty earthy thing. there is a brown sugar note to the malt body, but the yeast cleans it up really well and carbonated this beer beautifully. it also hides its strength really well, which has been the mark of these italian brewers dabbling in belgian types. expensive bottle of beer to say the least, and its probably not as captivating to most as the peach one they do, but still worth picking up if you can find it. i think grapevine may still have some...

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Decapitated demon is held aloft by a chain and an armored glove, He's a mangy cur, probably deserved it.

Dark crimson coloring, clear at the sides, slim, beige head (starts big, dwindles down).

Malty nose, soft, and slightly sweet. Gets richer and fuller as we go along, feeling like a barley-wine. Ripe fruit, apples and plums.

Taste: again, fruity, rich, ripe. There it is, again. Plums aplenty, a bit rummy, ...a little like a fruitcake. Sweet, sharp, boozy. Nicely rounded, good and malty, ...extra tasty.

Long finish, full body, very rich, and plump. Much goodness involved in this.

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Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a goblet a hazed deep burnt orange color with a quick to form quick to fade white head, a little lighter in color for the style.Brown sugar and yeasty spiced notes in the nose,almost a spiced cake-like element to it.Flavors of dark fruit and brown sugar with some yeasty baking spice to it,not overly sweet,pretty warming.A solid Belgian dark from this Italian brewer and not overly pricey like way to many of the Italian stuff.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a hazy, medium to dark orange amber with tons of dark particulates from a careful and not complete pour. Two finger khaki head dissipates to about half and then great retention and lacing. Aroma of dark and light dried and frush stone fruit, apples, Belgian yeast and spicing, slightly oxidized and a bit earthy; a hint of sourness on opening dissipated quickly. Flavor is caramel malt, rich dark and light dried fruit, fresh plum and apple juice, light coriander and Belgian yeast. Finishes with an unusual, but pleasant tannin and hop bitterness that is supported well by the other flavors. Medium bodied with moderate creaminess. A full flavored and nicely balanced dark strong that has a great blend of fruit flavors and deftly handled spicing. The finish was more bitter and dry than most others in this style, but fit well with the other supporting flavors. I liked this quite a bit. The appearance is marred by the numerous particulates, but redeemed somewhat by a cool dark orange color. A somewhat different, but flavorful Belgian dark from Italy.

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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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 beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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 merlin48
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Bitterbill
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A loud pop when I popped the cap, which has a curious plastic cylinder thingy attached to it. Hazy copper coloured with plenty of sediment floating around.

The smell is big on toasted malt with side notes of Belgian yeast and some conglomerate of spices.

The taste is spicy, again, not easy to distinguish which, with toasted malt, Belgian yeast...maybe that spice is or at least reminds me of rye. No mention of rye in the beer's description but that won't stop me from mentioning it. This also has a dankness and earthiness to it. And the finish? I get light fruity tones that make it on the dry side.

Okay, this beer really has me befuddled; I'm now getting hints of horse blanket as it warms up and you probably know what that would suggest. Overall, I'd say smell wins over taste.

This is weird and I will just have to let the cards fall where they may. If you see bottles of it, give it a go.

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Photo of dherling
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of Avryle
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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 codsmith
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours nicely with a decent amount of white foam head

S: Tons of fruity flavors and light floral aroma. Has a strong aroma that is close to a white wine

T: Very smooth and refined. Can taste the chocolate mixing perfectly. The taste is really surprising from the smell.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", my review and possible re-rating comes after I Have this again.
(I probably won't.)

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Photo of nickfl
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BierVogel
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of sludgegnome
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of jwinship83
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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 BeerNemesis
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Demon Hunter from Birrificio Montegioco
3.87 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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