Remanso by Dr. M, Belgian Ale, 6.6% ABV, 68 IBU.
Dr. M warned me about his 3rd creation, this one didn’t turn out the way he had planned, and he considers it a failure. With this in mind I guess the outcome of this rating will have one of two possible outcomes: either this biased rater will slaughter the beer, or I’m pleasantly surprised and give it a good rating. Only one way to find out, so let’s pop the cap!
It pours a dark brown, cloudy body, a bit dirty looking. The head is large, quite creamy with an eggnog-ish colour. It stays big for some time, before it is reduced to a partially covering film in addition to some bubbles along the walls of the glass.
The aroma is crisp, dry and quite simple: I get mostly spices, a pleasant yeasty touch and dust. There is hardly any fruity notes in here. It is noticeable that the brewer has used saison yeast (in addition to belgian ale yeast).
The aroma may be crisp and dry, but the taste is very far from that. This is definitely very sweet stuff, and with a FG of 1.030(!) that is to be expected. This is a seriously under-attenuated beer, but it actually doesn’t feel as flawed as it sounds. The label claims the beer has a IBU of 68, but to me the bitterness in the finish feels light. I guess the massive sugary sweetness is masking most of the bitterness. Even if the aroma is dominated by saison-like notes this is not the case for the flavour profile. The main ingredients here are very sweet caramel and ditto fruits. Also some dark dried (and sweet!) fruits in the finish. There is some spiciness, but not the saison-kind of spices. I also get some roasted notes in the back, almost a touch of coffee.
This sugary brew is of course full bodied with an oily to syrupy texture. The carbonation is soft. For a .5 L bottle it’s almost a bit too much, but I think it works. I have no idea what beer style this is supposed to be (neither has Dr. M, so I guess I’m forgiven). An black saison-ish abbey dubbel with the body of a heavy russian imperial stout? If the ABV had been cranked up to at least 10%, this would have been the first brew of a brand new and exciting beer style!
Conclusion: too sweet and a bit unfocused, but the pleasant aroma, nice flavours and solid moutfeel makes this a decent brew.
Aroma: 6/10 Appearance: 3/5 Taste: 6/10 Palate: 4/5 Overall: 12/20 Ratebeer score: 3.1/5.0