"My first tropical beer experience and a nice it is with a perfect balanced bitterness"
(Photo by JD)
When bird lovers Rik van den Berg and Ralph van Bemmel decided to found a brewery in 2016, the name was not a surprise. Bird Brewery releases beers that bear remarkable (Dutch) bird-related names, like first release the “Rumoerige Roodborst” (Noisy Robin), an American amber beer that directly gathered attention of the beer geek community. In the meantime they have expanded their collection of beers to a whole flock and do not seem to run out of birdy names. We’ll see several of them here in the coming months. In 2019, they decided to live up to their passion for birds by donating part of their profits for fresh drinking water and planting trees.
Surprisingly fruity with loads of mango, orange, grapefruit and and a decent amount of hop. It is nicely balanced and harbours interesting flavours. The bitterness from the hops stay nicely in check, which I like since I am not fond of too much bitter notes. On the whole, I get in particular mango-orange shake. It is incredibly and pleasantly fresh with tropical summer scents (the weather is getting better). In addition, there are some oat cookies, a repeating short bitterness and candied citrus fruits.
Oh yeah, bags of mango. I love mango, we’re taking of in the good direction. There is a hoppy bitterness, but that does not get in the way of the mango. I also get a light sense of fresh spices and a nice acidity. The palate is complemented with dried papaya, oaty and malty cereals, dried pineapple and a hint of milk to complete the breakfast. I think I even get some cheese. The aftertaste consist of a fairly long fruity-bitter combo.
This is the first time that I tasted this many tropical fruits in a beer. Unexpected, but very nice. I know that IPA enthusiasts might laugh about this, but one day must be the first. Anyway, this taste for more try-outs. The tropical fruits mingle very nicely with the classic beer background. Lovely nose, solid palate. A keeper.