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Feb112013

DOCTORS ORDERS CEPHALOPOD

I order a Doctors Orders Cephalopod, the barmaid says “I’m just going to warn you it’s blue”. “Yeah, it’s got squid ink in it”, I reply. “Ahh, so you’re a beer nut, are you? We’ve had quite a few people coming in just for this beer”. As she pours it two guys near the bar walk over “Which one is that?!”

As I sit down an overly enthusiastic English guy comes rushing over -  “May I ask what you’re drinking? It looks like dishwater!”

You’ve got to give it to the Doc, he likes pushing the boundaries and this is no exception. It’s a Berliner Weisse which is a traditional German, cloudy, sour wheat beer. This style differs from others in that in addition to normal ale yeast, it’s also fermented with lactobacillus (bacteria) and brettanomyces (yeast), which gives rise to its sour flavour. Interestingly, both these groups of organisms are considered contaminants in other beer styles. To ensure this beer wasn’t too mainstream, they infused some squid ink to give it a funky green/blue colour.

Cephalopods are a class of marine organisms including octopuses, squid, cuttlefish etc hence the beer name.

The strange green/blue liquid before me looks as though someone drank a blue Vodka Cruiser, a few shots of Black Sambuca them promptly did a technicolour yawn into a beer glass. There is no head and it smells acidic like yoghurt. The initial taste is I’ve just vomited in my mouth. It’s thin and draws the liquid from my mouth, like dry champagne with a crisp, acidic, tart finish. Strangly there is very little after taste. I wouldn’t say it’s moreish but it becomes less harsh when you hit half way.

If you’re into sour style beers like Belgian lambics, gueuzes, and Flanders red ale you will enjoy this. For everyone else it’s good for a giggle. 

6/10

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