Dr. M nr 4 – van Gogh

van Gogh by Dr. M, Belgian Witbier, 5.5% ABV, 64 IBU.

Dr. M seems to like his beers dark brown, with little or no regards to the beer style. His fourth brew is no exception, this time it’s a wheat beer with caramel malt, fermented with both saison and Belgian wit yeast and hopped with Saaz and Citra.

Dr. M nr. 4 - van Gogh. The label is nice. And that's it.

Dr. M nr. 4 – van Gogh. The label is nice. And that’s it.

van Gogh in the glass (and on the iPad in the background)

van Gogh in the glass (and on the iPad in the background)

In the glass the medium brown body looks very cloudy and dirty, but again the head saves the day. It’s large, creamy, egg-white and fully lasting. It laces the glass excellently, and it stays a thick layer until the glass is empty. Or rather, until I pour the remaining beer into the sink. Because this is not a successful brew in my opinion.

It starts out quite all right though, the aroma is rather strong and pleasant, with fruits, banana, spices and sweet caramel. In the back there are hints of noble hops. And then the familiar scent that I’ve come across so many times before on my journey into home brew land, namely stinging, unclean and unpleasant alcohol. It’s not too intrusive though, so if the flavour profile isn’t’ dominated by this, it may still be a pleasant experience.

The taste is moderate to heavy sweet, totally unfitting for the style. A light to moderate bitterness comes creeping in mid-palate, but it fades away remarkably fast, leaving the finish short and dull. The flavours are of moderate strength, and are, ta-daaaa, dominated by unpleasant, stinging alcohol. In addition I get generic, dirty sweetness, fruits and some spices.

The mouthfeel is not that pleasant, it’s wrong on so many levels. Cloying sweetness, short finish, stinging alcohol, watery texture, etc.

Conclusion: definitely not one of Dr. M’s better brews. The aroma and the looks are quite all right, the rest is highly forgettable.

Aroma:      6/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste:      4/10
Palate:     2/5
Overall:    7/20
Ratebeer score: 2.2/5.0
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