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Beer – #393 – ParrotDog – DevilBird

I couldn’t help myself  and stopped to pick up a 1 litre bottle from the taps of the ParrotDog DevilBird. For an unemployed man I live it a bit.

Brewed by ParrotDog Brewing and of course no guesses it is in the style of a Belgian Strong Ale and that is out of Wellington, New Zealand.

Its an 8.4% ABV beer and is about 252 calories a serve of 355ml, so about 750 isn for the litre. This would be a 6.63 standard drink units-worth.


Borrowed a bottle

Borrowed a bottle

Golden and complex, featuring hints of fruit, spice and all things nice. ParrotDog’s very first crack at a Belgian-styled beer.

DevilBird’s recipe was inspired by the classic Duvel

Soooo, did not know that it is a homage to Duvel, which I think is slightly emperors clothes if you ask me.

But that’s ok because this is not that.

Light bitter aroma on opening, it’s brim full and I know I’m going to spill this.

ParrotDogPours darker than I though, bit probably because I don’t think things through, but it looks clear, very clear, lightly carbonated and has a head that is small and fading.

Aroma un-missably of Belgium style easters,  and it’s un-misable Belgium style on drinking!

Lots of caramel sweets and a full mouthfeel.

What’s not to like about this then.

This is easy drinking, but it does lack a bit of body and the alcohol is sharp in the end.

This lacks the carbonation of Duvel and it’s not sour in the way that that is either. So a win/win

Second pour the same, lack of head and crystal clear almost lacking on carbonation.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 a of its things from the thing. 7 is good on the random scale of things, that I made up all by myself of course. 

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? I am as a Belgium style beer, indeed yes
  2. Would I have another? I had a lot of it 🙂
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I’d go for a yes, this would be a nice side-by-side with a Duvel, and it might do well. IT would be something that would make a conversation lively.

I’ve been listening to Kasabian – this track ‘eez-eh’ taken from the new album ’48:13′

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Belgian Strong Ales can vary from pale to dark brown in color, darker ales may be colored with dark candy sugar. Hop flavor can range from low to high, while hop aroma is low. The beers are medium to full-bodied and have a high alcoholic character. Types of beers included here include tripels, dubbels and ultra-strong abbey ales.


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2 comments on “Beer – #393 – ParrotDog – DevilBird

  1. kingmidget
    June 12, 2014

    Always hard to know with a Belgian beer, but it almost sounds like the beer was off — lack of carbonation and sharp alcohol at the end. But, again, it’s a Belgian beer — maybe that’s what it was supposed to be like.


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