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La Bestia Aimable - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 138
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 6.83%
Wants: 4
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: champ103 on 12-10-2010

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Photo of champ103
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston.

A: Pours a dark mahogany red color. A two finger beige head forms with good retention. Sticky lace is left behind.
S: A big fruity aroma of pears, apples, and figs. I love the fruity aromas. Sweet malt, and a nice musky aroma to let you know this is a Belgian Ale. I love it.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of fruits. Pears, apples, even grapes. Plenty of sweetness. Light wood as well. Earthy yeast that works perfectly with everything else.
M/D: A medium to full body. Creamy and smooth. So easy to drink. The alcohol is not noticeable at all. I can sip on this all day.

A very nice Belgian interpretation. I am so glad to see some Texas breweries doing something like this. I find myself buying more bottles (while they last) and getting this more while out at the bars. Excellent, and one of the best new beers to come out in Texas. (874 characters)

Photo of Onslow
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
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.. (385 characters)

Photo of depechemode1983
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy dark mahogany. With decent a foamy tan cap. With bits of patchy lacing.

S - Smell is sweet and acidic. Grapes, sour apricots and brown sugar are very noticeable. Along with some Belgium spiciness. Trace amounts of alcohol end the nose.

T - Taste is semi sweet and sour up front with a sour alcoholic middle. Ending is sweet and grape like with caramel and spice.

M - smooth and medium to thin bodied. Carbonation Is soft and pleasant.

D/N - Excellent beer. Tasty and drinkable. Hope I can find some more of this. (535 characters)

Photo of DRyan
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
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. (1,298 characters)

Photo of Radome
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (1,153 characters)

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a lush dark amber/red into my snifter about a little over a finger of off-white head that shows nice retention and sticky lacing.

S - Sweet malt and fruit, apple, pear, figs, cherries and yeast.

T - Caramel malt and fermented cherries, pears and apples as well, some sugary sweetness and spice, clove and banana.

M - Medium, creamy and smooth, really nice Belgian take.

D - Well done ranger Creek, I look forward to seeing what you have to offer in the near future. (481 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BarZigKin for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown/red/amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is very nice and definitely Belgian in origin. I get a lot of toffee malt, but I also get some cherries and yeast notes.

The flavor is caramel malt, grassy hops and cherries. I also get some banana and clove notes, which undoubtedly come from the Belgian yeast strain used in this beer. All of the flavors work very well together and make for a very good, Belgian-inspired, Texas-brewed beer.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I am very glad I got to try this and look forward to having additional beers from Texas' newest brewery. (667 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (927 characters)

Photo of Fenris244
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in snifter at the saucer

Dark reddish brown in color, thin tan head, good retention and lacing though.

Fruit aromas, figs come to mind, some cherry and cinnamon as well. also bits of honey and plum. Fruity and spicy much like a Belgian smells pretty good!

Fruity in flavor as well, the fig and plum are more prounced than in the aroma, more dark fruit flavors are there too but I can't identify them, a honey like sweetness is there joined with some spiciness and a plum skin bitterness.

Medium in body, low carbonation it works well with the beer though, pretty smooth.

Overall aside from being the last thing I expected ranger creek to roll out they did a pretty good job, it's tasty complex and a little different. (730 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (852 characters)

Photo of annawees
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of videofrog
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (959 characters)

Photo of TexasBrewSlinger
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of armock
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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 (570 characters)

Photo of gawnphishin
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. I couldnt find a date on the bottle.

This looks great for a bdsa. An opaque red brouwn with a large head.

The smell is of great dark fruits and a slight astringency from the alcohol. Smells sweet.

The taste is biscuty with dark fruits like prune again. Very little alcohol.

The mouthfeel is excelent. Dry and very effervesent.

The beer is great, but a little high octane for my taste. They could hide the alcohol a little better. (465 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of gnemesis
3.77/5  rDev +3%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-very red with a little white lace around the edges

S-Nice funk with a little bit of tartness

T-nice and crisp. Little bit of.honey and fruit. Very nice.finish... nice funk and little bit of tartness.

M-medium body and oh so smooth

O-decent brew. Ok overall and would drink again (284 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.77/5  rDev +3%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up at the downtown Spec's a few days ago. I always have a soft spot for local brewers, especially since I am fortunate enough to be able to call a number of skilled brewers (professional and craft) my true friends. Let's get on with this example, shall we?

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color that I can't really tell how clear it is. There is a standing 1/4" of tan foam on top after a careful pour. You can see that there are quite a few bubbles rising to maintain the head. Even a minute after the pour, there is no noticeable change in the height or appearance of the head. There is some pretty solid lacing left on the glass after drinking, so this is a pretty nicely presented beer.

Aroma: The aroma of the very cold beer was reserved. I got a little bit of dark fruit and some bready yeast, but not much else to speak of. There are some hops coming out as the beer has been sitting for a little bit. As the beer warms, the aroma doesn't really change except that it is getting a bit more fruity, like plums in particular.

Taste: The flavor is also pretty mild for the style. There are a lot of fruity notes to the flavor with plums and raisins a-plenty, but the yeast is a pretty big player in the flavor as well. There are some mild malty components coming out as caramel and some very reserved toasty notes. The mouthfeel is pretty full despite the ample carbonation for the style. Some dark malt acidity lands on the back of the throat pretty quickly after the sip and stays with you for a while.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent beer, but is in a really tough category. I don't know what else to say. I have judged a lot of homebrew in this particular category and this beer is about your 32-37 scoring beer by BJCP guidelines. It has no fermentation flaws, and the category is broad enough to say that just about anything will fit, but the more classic examples of this style are drinkable beyond any reason. These beers are huge, but drink like a milkshake. This beer doesn't hold up to that, which is sad to say because it is a pretty good beer. I personally think that going for a "Belgian Strong Dark" within your career as a professional brewer is a bold move, and to see that this brewery did it with only a handful of beers says to me that they may not be as business savvy as they are enthusiastic about good beer. I commend someone to brew this style, anyone who does, and especially the few that do it well. This is a decent example of the style, but I would think that they would want it to blow me away. It doesn't. There's nothing wrong with it, and maybe on draft it would be a lot more well-rounded. I'd try it again, but would take just about any Trappist or Abby Strong Darks over this one. Sorry, Ranger Creek. This one didn't "do it for me" like I had hoped. (2,818 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks cfh64 for this one... Very interesting brew

Pours a fairly clear orangish brown. A bit of white head. Dissipates quickly. Smells Sweet and funky. Lots of yeasty belgian goodness. Tastes sweet and tart. A nice yeasty flavour that is really floral as well. Vry interesting and tasty. (289 characters)

Photo of claytong
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The pour is a muddy dark amber color with minimal carbonation and some small off-white bubbles.

S: Sweet overall, like a BSDA should be, fairly heavy on the caramel with some nice dark fruit notes. Raisins and prunes seem to be the most prevalent. Brown sugar is in there as well.

T: Not quite as sweet as it smells, and the beer is very toasty, especially for this style of beer. Hints of chocolate and brown sugar with a decent amount of dark fruits and malts.

M: Medium in body with a low level of carbonation.

O: Could have been better with more carbonation, but it is what it is. Also a bit too toasty for my liking. (665 characters)

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La Bestia Aimable from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
83 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.