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Dolii Raptor | Birrificio Montegioco

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Brewed by:
Birrificio Montegioco

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Demon Hunter matured in Barbera wine barrels for over 6 months.

Added by weeare138 on 05-13-2008

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 19
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3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jmamay22
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy amber with very little head. Aroma of lactic sourness. Very fruity with strawberry tones. Taste is very different. Less sourness, much more earthy and Brett derived flavors. Mild smokiness and background fruit notes. A little cherry pie and horsey flavors. Maybe a hint of enteric. Mouthfeel is light with medium light carbonation. Finishes with a mild fruity and alcohol sweetness. Overall very characterful, but in some ways the Brett may have ran away in he flavor and has become too dominant.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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1.75/5  rDev -54.2%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Get_Lowell
2.84/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.

A: Caramel color, opaque almost murky, lack of any noticable carbonation

S: Heavy oak, tart fruit

T: Mild malt flavor on the front of the palate, follows through with a sweetness that intensifies as it finishes

M: Flatness leaves flavors short lived on the palate, beer texture is ghastly thin

O: Not sure if the lack of carbonation was intentional or the by product of bad packaging but it really leaves this beer mediocre. I was really excited by the aroma and expected more complexity than what hit my palate.

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3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

How served: 12.7 oz hard red foiled cap with a built in plastic mini corked bottle which was poured into an Augustijn tulip.

Notes: 2009 Vintage

A: This bottle opened with a weak hiss. The pour revealed a murky deep mahogany color with only a few tiny bubbles on the surface.

N: The nose was musky, with hints of oak, dark fruits and acidic.

T: The taste was oaky, woodsy & musky with notes of cherries, prunes and raisins. There was a very light sweetness balanced against a mild tartness, neither overpowers the other. The beer finished dry with a slick, smooth warming mouthfeel.

M: This beer had a light to medium body with no carbonation.

O: Overall I like and enjoyed this beer. Also for a beer which poured flat it was quite drinkable. If this beer had a little more carbonation I would have bumped up the scores!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

no head on a murky amber body. lots of dark fruit with fig, cherry, strawberry, caramel and molasses. The flavor is hard to drink. The wine barrel aging is very much a factor with this one tasting like an old cab thats cold or something. Nothing much in the way of hops. The yeast and herbal presence you want from a Belgian are there. Coats the palate and has a chewy presence. No carbonation at all. This is a strange beer that wasnt very enjoyable to drink. Maybe I need more of a wine palate to appreciate it, its just too hard to get down.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of BilbosNuts
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle.

A: Pours a cloudy sunburst orange color with lots of floating particulates. A cream, dense white head sits on top and leaves behind sheets of lacing.

S: Very nice funky smell includes sour green apples and lemons with touches of oak. There is a profound woodiness with notes of blackberries.

T: The taste is quite different from its aroma. It starts off a little citrus-y and moves on to hints of woodiness. There is a big butterscotch finish.

M: It is somewhat chewy and finishes with a dense feel. There is a light crispness from the citrus notes that cleanses the palate.

O: I couldn't really get a grip on this one. It is very complex and seemed to evolve as you drink it. All I know is I like it and I want more.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of PerHops
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Lovely cloudy golden orange. Bubbly head with moderate lacing on glass.

S- Very sour initially, with hints of green apples and lemons, moves into grapes and strawberries with some oak, and also pleasant floral notes.

T- Much different than I anticipated by smelling it. Deceptively sweet, but lethally smooth. Has a butterscotch finish, but is refreshingly dry despite this. Although not what I expected, undeniably pleasant.

M- Low carbonation, but remains somewhat light in body despite the rich flavors.

O- Smells like a geuze, tastes like a quad, drinks like a saison. Really interesting beer. I wouldn't call it a favorite, but I will revisit this one indefinitely.

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3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened with coworkers. It pours a dingy auburn in color, medium in body, with a slight white lacing around the glass. The aroma is very funky and full of brett and bugs. It has a nice tartness. The flavor is so soft and somewhat sweet. It is malty first and you get some slight red fruits with trailing coconut as it fades into the after taste. The tartness is there yet subtle, but it's still nice, it's just that it could be stronger. It makes you wonder if they used American Oak, even though they're Italian. It is really light in body and drinks really smoothly. It could have more body though. The flavor is nice but doesn't live up to the nose. It is drinkable but to me it's overpriced. Overall it's a nice beer but not overly complex and definitely not worth $13 a bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of mrfrancis
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a glowing amber with a creamy, lingering white mousse. It's as attractive as any Montegioco beer.

S: Calvados aromas are heavy on the nose, with toffee, cream, vanilla bean, cider vinegar, and hazelnut scents all taking some time to introduce themselves. Beautiful, complex, and inviting.

T: Notes of heavy cream, vanilla bean, calvados, leather, chestnut, hazelnut, cider apple, wine grape, nougat, and toffee dance across the palate. The finish is gorgeously rounded and smooth with nut, vanilla, leather, toffee, and calvados notes.

M: Full bodied, smooth, silky, and initially slightly oily, though it dries out around mid-palate. Carbonation is very gentle; in fact, it's barely noticeable. This is dangerously drinkable for such a complex brew.

O: This is one amazing ale. As usual, Montegioco's eye for detail and unfettered creativity have produced another stellar concoction. A winner in every sense of the word.

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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seriously earthy with lime, basalmic, and brine, immediate comparisons with Orval insue...

Dolii Raptor pours iwth a semi-froathy decantment of medium amber, strong golden color with a creamy egg shell off white head that retains very well and laces equally. A strong and refined look throughout.

Sharp and pungent aromas of citrusy lime, earthen scent, old woods, slight horse blanket, and an overall musty, dusty, acidic note. Cidery and light vinegar begin to form impressions of Sour Ales.

Sweet flavors of ripe cherries, mild honey, and bready pilsner malt are surplanted by a sharp briney taste of lime, salt, sandalwood, balsamic, cider, vinous, and tanic flavor for a very complex and varying balance. The crazy balance of characteristics seem part beer, part wine, and part vinegar but with a sweeter side that seems of sour candies.

Lightly creamy with a medium mouthfeel, this ale pulls in early acidic sourness for a sharply refreshing and lightly tanic astringency that causes a powdery and dry finish with a linger of English bitters and lime.

All those briney notes make me think of Orval but the balance, sweetness, and sourness seem to polorize the beer and limits its togetherness. A tasty, tasty beer it is, but Orval it is not.

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Photo of corby112
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Received as an extra in a past trade with WilliamD.

Pours a dark, hazy golden amber/chestnut brown color with a two finger frothy off white head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Earthy oak aroma with hints of vanilla as well as some crisp light fruit and vinous dark fruit. Slightly funky with hints of grape and strawberry.

Vinous medium body that is slightly funky/tart but not acidic with hints of dark fruit and earthy oak. I'm picking up hints of cherry, strawberry and grape as well as some subtle vanilla. Dry finish.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My notes started to get shorter here. This beer pours a hazed red color. The head is thin, and is made up of large, thin bubbles. The aroma is acidic with notes of sour cherries, and woody notes.

There are flavors of cherries, dark fruit, and woody notes. The sourness is there, but as an undertone. The finish has a mild bitterness. This beer is dry and crisp with low carbonation.

Despite not being as sour as I normally like I thought that this beer was a good balance between a puckering Flanders Red and a milder beer.

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Dolii Raptor from Birrificio Montegioco
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 33 ratings
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