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Doctor's Orders Cephalopod - Doctor's Orders Brewing

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Doctor's Orders Cephalopod
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Reviews: 1
Hads: 4
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 28.09%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Doctor's Orders Brewing
Australia | website

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier | 4.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 02-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A traditional German unfiltered spontaneously and traditionally fermented sour ale with a cephalopod twist. This Black Berliner Weisse showcases a traditional brewing technique of a sour mash and non-boil before being fermented with a German Ale yeast blended with lactobacillus and brettanomyces to produce a refreshingly tart and thirst quenching 4.6% summer ale.

The vibrant visual of ink infused Berliner Weisse prepares you for the unique taste sensation that is sour ales, but in balanced approachable moderation.

15 IBU
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Reviews: 1 | Hads: 4
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3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is a "black berliner weisse", made black (or at least a murky grey) by the addition of squid ink. Yes, this is probably the weirdest beer you'll have this year. Tried on-tap at the Local Taphouse in Sydney.

The appearance is, well, ugly, awful and unpleasant. Inky grey colour looks like ash suspended in greenish-tinged water. Fine but minimal fizzy carbonation. No head whatsoever. It looks like the grey water left in the bucket after mopping a particularly filthy floor. Sure, it's unique, but it's ugly, ugly, ugly and makes you wary of even taking a sip.

Sharp lactic sourness on the nose, quite precise and prickly. Crisp vegetative notes come through along with some mushed grainy notes. It's bright, light and quite pleasant: everything the appearance is not. It's crazy.

Taste is crisp and light again with some prickly acidity right up front. Green appleskin, rubbed lemon along with some mineral water acidity and effevescence. Grape skin comes through as well—in some ways it's almost a soft-drink. In any case it's wacky.

Feel is lovely, fine and bubbly, setting off the acidity with the prickle of carbonation.

Really, this is just weird though. It's a really decent Berliner Weisse underneath the wackness and wackiness, but the quid ink really doesn't do it any favours. As it stands, it's a curiosity, but I'll wait until the non-adulterated version comes along. Good beer should be able to stand by itself, and doesn't really need the gimmicks.

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Doctor's Orders Cephalopod from Doctor's Orders Brewing
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