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La Bestia Aimable - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 4
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
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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floresmd, Feb 10, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

champ103, Dec 10, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
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..

Onslow, Dec 16, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

depechemode1983, Apr 23, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

DRyan, May 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Danielbt, May 08, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

StoneBrewFanatic, Feb 26, 2011
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4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Radome, Sep 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

SmellsofMahagony, May 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Mora2000, Dec 15, 2010
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

hsus0225, Mar 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

jheezee, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

vickersspitfire, Oct 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

ExaltedNecrosis, Mar 29, 2013
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La Bestia Aimable from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
84 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.