Draco | Birrificio Montegioco

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Birrificio Montegioco

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by Todd on 10-11-2006

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SLeffler27
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours crimson, eerily reminiscent of blood, but almost clear with sediment left in the bottle. There is no head, carbonation or lace. Whatever froth developed during the pour immediately dissipated, allowing each sip to deposit a thin film on the Keiser Karl chalice.

The aroma is dominated by tart, fruity berries with herbal accents. Prominent was raspberry.

Flavor was unexpectedly bitter, followed by sweetness. Tartness builds later into a long, bracing finish of raspberry. Spicing ranges from mince, leaving a mild burn in the throat.

Alcohol is strong, but just short of hot. The body is full with a hard smooth texture and light carbonation.

This beer can be enjoyed on rare occasions and is more candy than beer.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draco pours completely flat although there is plethora of bubbles that stick to the glass like barnacles stuck on a rock. The rather spritzy appearance is enhanced by a glowing and cheerful complexion; the amber beer is illuminated by highlights that give it a much lighter, less intimidating air than its 11% alcohol and the dragon on its label would have you assume.

'Sciroppo di Mirtillo' means blueberry syrup - there's your Italian lesson for the day. Of course, that much is obvious if you've so much as sniffed the beer. Maybe not so much the blueberries - it's a fairly generic ' wild forest fruits' flavour, one you could mistake for other fruits - but the syrup part most definitely; it smells viscous, sugary and concentrated.

Until now I hadn't noticed all the spice shakers floating in this thing; all sorts of holiday spices are roused up on the palate. The summery, brambly pie filling flavour gradually morphs into more of a Christmas pudding kind of thing (and, as it warms, a glass of a Port on the side). And it wouldn't be Italian if panettone and almond biscotti weren't in there somewhere too.

Adding sediment made things look a whole lot uglier but also brought out more of the citrus zest, marzipan and gingerbread notes. It's getting more and more Christmas-y by the minute - especially as the warming sensation sets in. This 2014 bottle has had a full two years to mellow and, while still showing some signs of its strength, is overall soft, plummy and gummy.

Draco is more a beer you'd serve to impress friends than something you'd want to drink all to yourself. That said, it's a relatively distinctive and well-constructed treat that does make a nice before-bed tipple. Birrificio Montegioco were early to the game and their offerings speak to the kind of ingenuity and craftsmanship Italians are bringing to the craft beer scene.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Listed on the "1001", I probably will not Have this again. So, no review.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.99/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Super murky rust coloured with a decent head of foam, some lacing.

The smell starts off with a malty port like aroma that goes a bitter trail as well. Sniffing for the blueberries. .I don't get any.

The taste follows suit with the smell, the only difference being that the finish returns to a more sweet malty side and there's a slight suggestion of something fruity. By golly, I think I have found the wee bit of blueberries after all.

There is no visible dating on the bottle so I have no idea how old this is. Taking a wild guess, this isn't fresh. No revisits for me.

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Photo of fosters9
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of FLima
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of NIURicky
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of gabrielsyme
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of GuzzLah
2.86/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A - cloudy amber with no head and minimal carbonation

S - raisin, caramel malt, butterscotch, booze and very faint blueberry

T - flavor is just like the aroma, but the blueberry doesn't add much to the flavor. The booze is a little hot, but not too bad.

M - oily texture, medium body and flat.

O - overall this was a disappointing beer for the price and there are many BSDA that put it to shame. Would not recommend.

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Photo of st9647v3
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Dyerseve
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of PeteRiz
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of oline73
3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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2/5  rDev -43%

Photo of Mages64
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +14%

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Draco from Birrificio Montegioco
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 52 ratings