Demon Hunter
Birrificio Montegioco

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Style:
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #191
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,903
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 12.44%
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
76
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Birrificio Montegioco
 
Italy
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
86
Very Good
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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 76
Photo of alpinebryant
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In true Belgian fashion, this Italian brew proves very worthy of the style.

Starting off with a lighter than usual rusty and hazy appeararnce, the beer's more moderate carbonaiton only builds a terse sheet across the beer. Heavier around the edges, the beer laces well and retains quite nicely despite the timid foamstance early on.

Aromas of figs, dates, prunes, raisons, nuts and berries are all shown up front. The esters undoubtedly set the precidence of the beer. Tempered by cotton candy confectioner's sweetness, the nose also includes spices of orange peel, corriander, and white pepper. Very complex and seductive.

Flavors start off with the same fruit-forward notion but the spice soon impeed and then the bitterness of both hops and an odd bite in the throat and jaws that isn't the clean bitterness that is provided by the best bittering hops. Still the spices present themselves but don't compliment the esters or malt sweetness that I expected from the nose. The malt profile does give the softer pilsner character and is also complimented by added sugars for dryness and flavor.

The body starts out efforvescent and sugary- that's how the beer remains. A light feel all the way through because of the efforvescent carbonation, but the sweetness lingers on the mouth surfaces just a little too long.

Demon Hunter is a very solid Belgian Strong Dark Ale with a very complex malt/fruity start but the bite and body of the beer hurt it's drinkability at times.

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Photo of drpimento
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty interesting beer. Poured with a small to medium sized light tan head and a little lace.Color is a hazy/cloudy medium brown amber. Aroma is different with honey malt tobacco tree bark dark ripe fruits. Flavor is like aroma and more sweet plus plums and a bit of cherry. Body is full round rich with good carbonation. Finish is like a tapering flavor. Not a session.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a dark copper color with a moderate amount of white foam on top.

S: The sugary sweetness is the first aroma to make itself known. Following that, a slightly musty and tart grape note comes into the picture along with a touch of spice.

T: As you might expect from the nose, there is quite a bit of sugar in the flavor. Somewhat surprisingly, there is also a fair amount of bitterness, but it seems to be more tannic/astringent than hop induced.

M: Although it is "only" 8.5%, this beer is somewhat hot and alcoholic. The body is medium and the carbonation is lively and tingling.

D: Not an awful beer, but not something I plan on drinking again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Pours a mostly clear red amber with a finger-and-a-half of white fizzy head that leaves merely a minimal amount of webby lacing behind. The smell holds hints of ginger, figs, cinnamon, raspberries, red grapes, and a touch of molasses. The taste deviates from these sweet fruity notes, opting instead for a more bitter, old-fruity avenue. I'll be straightforward in saying that it's possible that I got a bad bottle, but the flavors I'm getting all seem overly off from the nose: darkly sour grapes, dark wheat, cloves, pepper, and a vein of the ginger that's held over from the nose. As off as the flavors seem, they still are not overtly bad, just out of balance and contrary to the sweet nose (and out of sorts with the usual BSD archetype). The body, on the other hand, is nicely medium, with moderate carbonation, and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, an OK brew, but not one that I would rush to sample again.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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 -7.3%
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 +4.4%
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 +11.4%
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 +3.1%
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 +6.7%
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 +1.6%
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 +11.1%
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 -10.4%
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 -19.4%
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 -0.8%
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 +7%
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 +12.7%
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 +2.3%
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 +10.1%
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 +15.8%
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 -7%
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 -8.8%
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 -23.6%
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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