Dr. M nr. 3 – Remanso

Remanso by Dr. M, Belgian Ale, 6.6% ABV, 68 IBU.

Dr. M nr. 3 Remanso

Dr. M nr. 3 Remanso

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.

Fermented with a mix of saison and Belgian ale yeast.

Fermented with a mix of saison and Belgian ale yeast.

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
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JoKr Brewers Nacht & Nebel

Nacht & Nebel by JoKr Brewers, Dunkelweizen, 5.6% ABV, 15 IBU.

This is a rather unknown beer style to me, I’ve rated no more than three dunkelweizens at Ratebeer. But I guess I should expect a dark German style wheat beer, right?

JoKr Brewers Nacht & Nebel a.k.a. batch 21

JoKr Brewers Nacht & Nebel a.k.a. batch 21

The aroma is strong and has a good balance between yeast, spices and fruity overripe banana. On top of this, I suspect this is the dunkel part of the beer, I also get some nice caramel notes. A really inviting aroma!

JoKr Brewers Nacht & Nebel in the glass

JoKr Brewers Nacht & Nebel in the glass

The taste is light sweet with some bitter hints in the finish. The flavours are not as strong as the aroma made me hope for. There are some really nice banana notes in the finish, but initially and mid-palate the flavours are too weak. However, I do get nice notes of spices, yeast and lemon, the latter giving rise to (or maybe fools my palate to believe that there is) an acidic touch. There is also a disturbing chalky element in the back, this is not the kind of yeast I like in my wheat beers. And, I swear, by the holy mutha of Jeezus von Christ, that I get some stinging alcohol notes in this one as well! Now I’m starting to wonder if it’s the Bergen water that triggers my fusel alarm. These alcohol notes are really not that prominent, but still, a 5.6% ABV brew shouldn’t have such elements at all.

The carbonation is quite lively, and that fits the beer well. With such a light body and close to watery texture, a soft carbonation would have been strange…

Conclusion: very nice aroma but a bit too faint flavours. I won’t mention the alcohol.

Aroma:      6/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste:      6/10
Palate:     3/5
Overall:    10/20
Ratebeer score: 2.8/5.0