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La Bestia Aimable - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.17%


Brewed by:
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: champ103 on 12-10-2010)
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AtrumAnimus

Texas

2.71/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The beer pours an extremely cloudy strong tea color that has a lightly tanned head that is thick and settles at a moderate to fast rate with no lacing down the glass. The beer looks a lot more promising than it actually is.

The smell is weak with a strong sweet malt tone that has sour notes to it. The complexity is rather lacking.

The taste is very disappointing. This is far more a Flemish style sour in flavor that an attempt at a true Belgian style ale. (And I am fully aware the two areas are geographically overlapping, I have visited the area thoroughly and even proposed to my wife there). The Flemish culture is still a distinct region that has very distinct beers from the rest of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. They even have their own language.

That said this beer is a sour ale and not a Belgian ale and not a very good sour at that. The alcohol is prominent in the flavor and the sour leaves a dirty unpleasant finish. The beer is rather unpleasant. I can see why they started to make whiskey from it. The alcohol content makes is a great candidate for distillation.

*Note - the whiskey is actually a lot better than this beer. Not great, but decent and good for Mint Juleps and such.

The mouthfeel is somewhat cloying and is appropriate for a sour. It is also the second best part of this beer.

Overall this beer is so bad I just can't finish it. I am never going to buy it again either. I just don't know what the Ranger Creek guys were thinking. Cause to date I haven't just liked everything I have had from them, I have given it excellent to rave reviews. Their Mesquite Smoked Porter is top notch.

They just fell down on this one in my opinion as there is nothing friendly about this beast.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 20:49:31 | More by AtrumAnimus
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kojevergas

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

9.4% ABV according to the label. Batch #LB-009. 08/20/12. This is nearly 14 months old. 21 Plato. 28 SRM. 25 IBU. Reviewed as a Belgian-style Dark Strong Ale because it identifies as such on the label. Brewed with honey. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded grey pressure cap and generally appealing label art acquired at me local HEB Grocery and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery, which has really disappointed me with their barrel aged offerings lately.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 1.5-2.0 finger wide head of khaki colour. Decent creaminess, frothiness, and thickness. Head retention is pretty good for the high ABV - about 4-5 minutes. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a transparent translucent dark amber of rich vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, it's within style conventions, albeit a bit lighter than I would have expected. Not unique or special. There are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Honey, dark malts, dark fruits (fig, dates, prunes), abbey yeast, cocoa/chocolate malt, brown sugar, raisin, caramel. Any hop presence is too buried to be noticeable. No alcohol is detectable.

Pretty standard fare for the style. I'm surprised at the seeming high amount of residual sugars considering its age and the yeast used. A pleasant aroma of mild strength. I'm looking forward to trying it.

T/Mf: Hm. Sticky residual sugars are abundant and betray a poorly attenuated yeast (relative to the style). The honey also increases the sweetness, and I'm not sure why it's there to be honest. Raisin is present, but the fig, prune, and date notes are much more reticent than the aroma suggested. Dark malts, chocolate malt, brown sugar, caramalts. Maybe sassafras? It might have a kiss of red wine. A hint of anise. It's got a loose cohesion, but it's not particularly well balanced, nor is it gestalt. I don't get a sense that the brewers were fully in control here; it seems more like they followed a Belgian dark ale recipe and hoped for the best. Lacks the complexity and subtlety of the best beers in the style.

Shallow depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

No hop character or true yeast character comes through. Too sweet overall. There is some light noticeable alcohol, but it's not a boozy flavour profile by any stretch.

Sticky, smooth, and wet. A biteen too thick. Medium-bodied. Unrefreshing. Sugary. Suits the flavour profile okay; it's to style. Overcarbonated.

Not harsh, astringent, gushed, or boozy.

Dr: Downable forgettable stuff from Ranger Creek. There's nothing in any way remarkable about this beer. Very mediocre. At this price point, higher quality is needed. I wouldn't get this again or recommend it to friends. If it's this boring with a year of age on it, it must be pretty dull fresh. To its credit, it hides its ABV decently. Just a bit better than average.

If you're looking for an American strong dark ale that can compete with traditional Belgian offerings, look elsewhere. While this is worth trying, it's far from world class.

Low C+

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 04:04:24 | More by kojevergas
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Radome

Texas

4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

A - Moderately cloudy, rich brown color; reddish orange when held up to the light. Head is tan and fairly thick when poured. A skin of tiny bubbles remains on the surface and there is a thick ring around the glass. Huge sheets of Belgian lace on the glass.

S - The nose is hugely malty. Some raisin and spice. Low esthers. A whiff of alcohol and smoke in the background. There is a hint of funkiness that reminds me of an Oud Bruin.

T - Not as much malt as I expected from the nose. Peppery spice and dark fruit in the mid-palate followed by a smoky, earthy hop finish. The resemblance to an Oud Bruin jumps out again. There is some aged funk in the finish that tastes a little vinegar-like to me, but it adds complexity rather than detracting.

M - Thin to medium body. Sparkling carbonation. Hops bitterness is on the high side for the style, but adds a good backbone. Alcohol is there, but not as much as you'd expect for 9.4%.

O - This is like a big, highly carbonated Oud Bruin. Not as much malt body and flavor as I'd like for a Strong Dark, but it's got decent complexity and interesting funkiness.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 03:46:36 | More by Radome
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DRyan

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in Ranger Creek tulip at 50 degrees
Full review at http://lownobudgetreviews.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/ranger-creek-san-antonio-tx-small-batch-5-la-bestia-aimable/ (Ryan's Reviews)

Pours a medium brownish-red with a vigorous light-tan head that sticks around for a long time before slowly fading to a ring of bubbles that coat the inside of the glass and leave behind nice lacing. Held to the light, a deep burnt orange shines through the brown. The nose on LBA reveals its Belgian roots, as the Belgian yeast / ester scents dominate. Some dark fruits, cinnamon, and allspice follow.

The taste is much what one would expect from the smell: it opens with malt intermixed with fig and raisin flavors, and on the backend you get the honey that makes LBA a bit different than your average dark strong ale. These flavors are all pinned to the “standard” Belgian flavors, and if I had to place this in a style I would venture to call it a quadrupel. On the exit, there is a bit of alcohol, but not enough to be bad just enough to warm the belly in a pleasant way.

LBA has a medium body, and a very light mouthfeel that makes it easy to put back, despite it’s near 10% alcohol content. For its color and its strength, LBA is a very easy to drink, easy to enjoy beer, and I greatly enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 00:30:19 | More by DRyan
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videofrog

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an Ommegang tulip. Bottled on 7/14/11. Served as close to label-suggested 48 degrees as possible.

A: Dark reddish brown body, cloudy. Head dissipates so rapidly that I didn't even get a good look. No lacing.

S: Sweet malts, figs, plums, also a tart berry that I can't identify other than to say it's not cherry. Subtle spices there as well.

T: Dark fruits in the beginning, spiciness & peppery alcohol in the middle, and then a very slight hop bitterness in the finish. The honey lingers in between sips.

M: Thick, almost syrupy. Low carbonation, honey coats the throat.

O: I need to get a fresh bottle of this to see how it compares. I liked this one, but so many other great BSDA's are readily available on the shelf. This was unintentionally aged as I picked it up at a store that had nothing from Ranger Creek under a year old. Holds up well enough after 17 months, though. Worth a try fresh or with a little age on it.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 07:24:10 | More by videofrog
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle tried 28 Feb 2011. Served in the 0.4 L Herren Pils snifter.

Large lacy yellow-tan head. Medium to light carbonation. Clear dark reddish brown in color. Aroma is sweet and sour cherries, apples and cola. Starts fairly sweet. Burnt sugars and apple fruitiness. Some figs. Warming ethanol, medium body is a touch flat. Very slight bitterness in the finish. Lingering cola and cinnamon aftertaste.

A didn't like this one quite as much as I did.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 00:39:45 | More by htomsirveaux
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elNopalero

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch LB 007, bottled on 2/21/2012 and enjoyed June 23, 2012.

This pours a caramel amber in color, almost like a dark (oxidized) peach or the color of pureed raisins. There’s a light plum and raisiny aroma with a bit of the raisin/dried fruit notes coming across on the palate as well. I pick up some prunes along with a slight phenolic note. It finishes sweet but slightly off balanced. I pick up a dubble-like sweetness and some bubblegummy notes to it as well as nutmeg, cinnamon, and fig on the aroma. Ultimately it doesn’t do it for me, whether it’s the beer itself or the style I found this one I’ll end up skipping in the future. Sorry guys.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 18:43:47 | More by elNopalero
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harrymel

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2011, I believe.

Pours 2oz with three fingers of light caramel head that falls in a few minutes to a quilt of the same. Spotty lace. Cloudy and dark amber. Smells of cola, sugar, dark malts, belgian yeast, hints of wood and a little bit of plum. Some sugar, some yeast, some good juicy dark stone fruits. Medium bodied with low carb after the head falls. I think this beer is above average for domestic attempts, but falls short of the greats out of the homeland over the pond. Perhaps as they refine and develop the yeast, the beer will take on an outstanding structure.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 09:17:17 | More by harrymel
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zander4dawin

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An dark amber color Belgian dark strong ale. Light fruit notes on the nose like banana. Earthy and almost cheesy in taste with dark fruit notes upfront (fig, raspberry) and cinnamon and spices lingering in the background. Overall a decent Belgian Dark Strong but not better then a lot of the imported ones on the shelf already.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 16:14:13 | More by zander4dawin
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into tasting snifter.

A: Dark brown, no head, but does leave a small ring of brown-white foam, and rim of the glass. No real lacing.

S: Earthy malt, with butterscotch, raspberry, and wine grapes.

T: Slightly sweet and pungent malt with caramel and raspberry. Tastes pretty much like it smells.

M: Hearty feel, pungency fills and coats the palette. Comes across as a little washed out. Slightly dry, bitter finish.

D: Easy drinking.

Atmosphere is ok. Nothing special in terms of appearance, nose is earthy and fruity. Flavor is a sweet and pungent fruit, sweet, and malt combination. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 05:09:37 | More by bmwats
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vickersspitfire

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter and it looked awesome: it’s a dark murky brown color that pretty much resembles apple butter, has some decent carbonation and is topped with a thin, tan head that quickly turns into a thin ring around the glass. Lots of fruity aromas come through, figs, prunes and grapes are all there along with some spices, cinnamon to be exact. Its got a medium body that just wraps you mouth with a dark fruit flavors some peach and pear is detectable. The honey is only noticeable in its aftertaste which is also mildly bitter and has no hint of alcohol. This is my first Ranger Creek taste and I am very impressed so far.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 00:20:27 | More by vickersspitfire
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Atlas1

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Ranger Creek beer. Picked it up at Central Market in SA two weeks ago on a visit up there. Has a hand-written label on the side which says "Bottle Conditioned, Batch # LB-005, Date: 5-01-11." Good to know when it was bottled.

Poured into a barrel pint glass, this beer is a dull mahogany color with a light head and no lace. The nose is nice and fruity. Fig and prune scents with dark berries and pear. Various spices. The taste is sweet up front, again heavy on the dark fruits; plum, fig, prune, maybe some apple and pear. It says it's brewed with honey, and I notice that flavor only when I really focus on it. If not called to my attention, I might not catch it. Sort of a dull herbal aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for what I was expecting, but it finishes with a nice dryness.

On the whole, this is a decent but unspectacular beer. Nothing here really grabs me and demands my attention, but it's completely fine and would, as the bottle says, accompany a number of dishes quite nicely. Nothing too fancy here, but a solid effort from Ranger Creek.

5-31-2013 postscript: I tried this again this week, over a year since my review of it, and found it much more agreeable. I noticed the dark cherry, bitter apple and sweet honey flavors a lot more this time around, and appreciated the beer much more overall. Perhaps this beer grows on you over time, or maybe the recipe has been tweaked a bit. Either way, I would happily revisit this again. Cheers to Ranger Creek for created a much more complex brew than I realized the first time around.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 00:59:42 | More by Atlas1
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TexasBrewSlinger

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown/reddish color with decent head

smells sweet, a little boozy, dark fruit and honey, not hugely complex but nice

taste roasted figs, honey, cola spice, sweet malt, hint of toffee.

overall very nice. the dark rich notes are counterbalanced with a spicy lift. I like it more and more each sip.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 00:39:23 | More by TexasBrewSlinger
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to lnashsig for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured a massively dark red brown with a two finger light tan head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, Coca-Cola, banana, bread, dark fruit, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, banana, alcohol, and caramel. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The Coca-Cola aroma I got on this one was a little strange if I am completely honest. However, the aroma was very nice and quite complex. The flavor on this one was also quite complex and enjoyable. I just wish that some of the alcohol would have been cut out of the flavor to allow some more subtle notes to come through. Worth trying at least once for sure if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 14:48:01 | More by thagr81us
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Thanks to jl28r1 for this bottle!

Review #1700. So far, the only other offering I've had from this brewery has been great. Here's hoping for 2-for-2. It pours a murky cocoa-ruby topped by a sparse gathering of dirty soap bubbles. Methinks the carbonation may be a tad lacking here... The nose comprises black cherry, dusty cocoa powder, toffee, figs, clove, nutmeg, light watermelon, and biscuits. The taste holds notes of red wine, figs, cocoa, toasted biscuits, black cherries, a touch of roasted malts, and a small swig of oak. The body is a smarmy medium, with a light carbonation and a slightly oily feel. Overall, a decent brew, but one that seems to be suffering from young age (beer-wise) and a slight undercarbonation. Something tells me a few batches down the road this thing will be pretty damn good, but right now it's just okay.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 05:35:19 | More by TMoney2591
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle. Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear almost garnet colour with a nice creamy one finger head that fades at the usual rate to live a nice halo.

S - Wow, really nice honey notes to match with malt sweetness. Good belgian yeast notes along with the typical dark fruit esters.

T - Jared and I both said upon tasting this that there was some definate "sugar daddy" candy flavours. Really good smooth honey notes along with dark fruit esters and a touch of chocolate. Good honey sweetness and malt along with dark fruits. Nice and smooth.

M - Typical belgian strong dark ale mouthfeel here. Slightly heavy, decent carbonation, ABV definately noticeable.

O - Overall, glad I got to enjoy this beer. Not a bad BSDA. Loved the strong honey aspect of this beer. Nice big beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 03:44:19 | More by rudzud
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to redredwino(Reddit) for this interesting guy.

Light fluffy head, super dark molasses brown colored beer.

Nose of sweet brown malts, light candi sugar, brown sugar,light nutty malts, hint of honey candy, light creamy soft aged malts.

Taste had soft aged brown malts, some darker Belgian malts, light brown sugar, honey, candy, semi sweet, light cinnamon and nutty malts, light bitterness, touch of fruit, crystal malts and caramel. Light sticky sweet finish, lingering nutty sweet brown malts, light bitterness, long sweet honey and syrupy malt finish.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, lighter carb, light booze.

Overall decent, nice dark soft malts, sugars, honey, sweet syrups but not heavy, light booze, decent bigger beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 03:32:38 | More by jlindros
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Brownish red color beer with a brown head that bubbled up about two fingers. Didn't have great retention but left tons of small spots and a couple big lines along the side.

S - Honey, belgian yeast, dark fruit. Smells fairly tasty with a bit of sweet sugar.

T - Taste is likethe nose with a little bit more phenolic yeast. Sweet with some dry notes that cut into it a little for a bit of an edge. Some dark fruit with a touch of honey.

M - Active carbonation and medium bodied.

O - Good beer, would like to try the barrel treatments of it as it has a nice flavor profile and is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 01:46:59 | More by AgentZero
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annawees

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark, cloudy and not your typical flavored Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Although I did not notice a strong aroma on the first wiff, the beer itself has a lovely fig flavor that I enjoyed and complemented the roasted malts. The beer itself was very creamy, and had a pleasant mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 09:29:15 | More by annawees
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Muddy red/brown color, with a tan two finger head that leaves nice lacing. Some citrus hops on the nose, oak, vanilla, ample dark fruits, malty sweets, and a touch of chocolate as well. Tastes of dark fruits, so woodiness, roasted malts, some chocolate and and slightly sweet linger. Body is medium, good carbonation, with a slight creamy texture.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 16:49:16 | More by EgadBananas
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joefuzz

New York

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 005 bottled 5-1-11 sent to me as an extra by jefferz5000 in a recent trade. 750ml bottle poured into my sierra nevada xxx globe.

Pours dark redish brown with a very small thin head.
Smells of belgian yeast with honey and a small amount of dark cherries.
Tastes of sweet dark fruits like plums and cherries...very sweet honey character as well.
Mouthfeel seems a little light not all that much carbonation either.
Overall good beer, glad I had the chance to try. Thanks jeff

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 04:41:59 | More by joefuzz
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armock

New York

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to turfy for hooking this bottle up in a trade.

A - Poured a brownish copper color with a huge tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet sugar with dark fruits and spiced Belgian yeast

T - Like the nose starts off with sweet malt with dark fruit flavors and finishes with spiced yeast notes

M - This beer has a fuller body with higher carbonation to it

O - I'm very pleased with this beer it's good to see something like this being brewed in Texas it has a good taste that leaves you wanting more worth getting your hands on a bottle to try sometime

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 00:26:06 | More by armock
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claytong

Vermont

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was hard to rate as it's very different from a typical belgian dark and from most beers in general. I also served this way to warm but was on the patio locked out of a house.

Appearance - Not what I was expecting. A murky brown with a bit of amber in there. Decent head, lacing stays.

Aroma - A lot of things going on, hard to get much out of this. Nothing strong though to the nose. Got some belgian yeast and fruit, that was about it.

Taste - All is very mild, belgian yeast, some fig, banana bread. My tastebuds weren't excited but they weren't displeased, like some sort of limbo.

Mouthfeel - light body, medium carbonation. refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 03:30:21 | More by claytong
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an amber-red/brown color, somewhat hazy, with a decent head that pretty quickly dissipated into a nice off-white sheen, leaving sheets of lacing when you sip that quickly rejoin the brew.

Smells of spicy dark fruits, Belgian yeast, a bit of sweetness, lots of spices. Great smelling brew!

Taste is of funky, pungent malts, dark fruits again, plenty of yeast, spices. Pretty strange stuff but enjoyable anyway.

Feel is pretty smoothly carbonated, medium bodied, with a semi-sweet, lightly bitter fruity aftertaste.

Overall it's pretty good. An interesting premium beer from Ranger Creek.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 19:34:23 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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gnemesis

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into snifter on 05/09/2011.
Pours dark red topped by a dirty-white creamy head. Dissipates quickly but leaves decent lace. Smells of Belgian yeast, cider, and sweet honey- strange brew indeed. These flavors appear in the taste but add some earthy notes, dark fruit, raisin, and maybe a touch of vanilla. Again strange but the taste is pretty good. Medium Body and low/medium carbonation. Weird beer, average, but drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 18:45:10 | More by gnemesis
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La Bestia Aimable from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
84 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.