La Bestia Aimable - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
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Reviews by Onslow:
4.43/5 rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pours a dark ruby .. really good lacing .. . nose and mouth of dark plum, orange, berry, coriander and cherry jubilee .. . abv is extremely well masked, this beer and my cat = the troublemaker .. . a delicious well made beer that jumps over fences and runs into the forest .. . a great brew for this young brewery! .. . if we can't do that we'd just be the tallest people living here..
Serving type: on-tap
12-16-2010 14:40:15 | More by Onslow
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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
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-17-2013 04:04:24 | More by kojevergas
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
La Bestia Aimable from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
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