ClubGonzo’s S.C.O.B.Y. Doo

S.C.O.B.Y.  Doo by ClubGonzo, Berliner Weisse, 4.6% ABV, 3 IBU.

Nice colour, a bit frothy head.

Nice colour, a bit frothy head.

S.C.O.B.Y. Doo, Batch no. 62, fermented with the Kombucha culture.

S.C.O.B.Y. Doo, Batch no. 62, fermented with the SCOBY culture.

The S.C.O.B.Y. Doo is a highly experimental brew: a berliner weisse fermented with the SCOBY (Sybiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast) culture that originally was used for fermenting black tea in the far east. How about that!

It pours a bright, hazy, yellow body with a fluffy white head that stays finger-thick for some time, before reducing to a partially covering film. Hardly any foam sticks to the glass.

The aroma is quite strong and it’s far more interesting than that of your average Berliner weisse (which might be the most boring beer style I know of, right after pale lager). It’s light sour with refreshing notes of lemon, and with a nice funky touch. The gentle horse blanket feeling really enhances the aroma.

Unfortunately it’s not that exciting from the moment it enters my mouth. The flavour isn’t that strong, and the farmhouse feeling is a bit too subtle. It has a simple flavour profile, without very much going on, but there are some crisp notes of lemon, and some pale malts. And it’s an incredibly refreshing and thirst quenching brew, with a light sour taste, very little sweetness and no discernible bitterness.

It’s a very light brew with a fizzy and watery body, but that only confirms that this is a highly drinkable brew, perfect for a hot summer afternoon, I guess.

Conclusion: a simple, light and quaffable beer with a mellow farmhouse influence.

Aroma:      7/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste:      6/10
Palate:     3/5
Overall:    11/20
Ratebeer score: 3.0/5.0


2 comments on “ClubGonzo’s S.C.O.B.Y. Doo

  1. In cases like this, all you can do is pitch the yeast and let the show take its own course. No guarantees. However, I was quite happy with the result; the black tea tones and the lemony lactic notes played well against the light, wheaty body of the Berliner Weisse wort. Rather refreshing, and a pretty unique flavor in my book. It is certainly not groundbreaking in any way, but original enough for me to be content. Brewing with Kombucha? Check. 🙂

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