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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: champ103 on 12-10-2010)
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JayAre46

Texas

2.15/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 ml poured into a DFH snifter producing a 1 1/2 of large bubbled head which quickly faded into a thin sheet and ring circling the brew. spotted lacing

A - Im getting the belgian yeast, maybe a touch of honey light floral notes and the everlasting sweet cardboard notes...what is this noise. moving on

T - Sweet caramel and a liquor flavoing maybe a hint of fresh dr. pepper, again not a lot of honey influence, at this point im not a fan at all. the alcohol is in visible

M - Medium body and minimal carbonation that leaves a decent mouthfeel.

O - honestly i had i high hope for this beer, gave it as a bday present and it turned out to be a drain pour and my parting ways with la bestia. You and i will never meet again, fuck you.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 18:30:54 | More by JayAre46
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dcloeren

Texas

2.63/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a toffee colored brown with two fingers of khaki colored head that hung around for a little while and pulled a Harry Houdini and vanished

The smell is not very impressive at all. Getting belgian yeast, honey, and some extremely floral notes that aren't very flattering

The taste is very florally hop forward, not a lot of belgian yeast shining through, and the abundance of carbonation is hiding any other flavors that might be mixed in

Medium bodied and overly carbonated.

Overall, the only plusses that I can think of is that this beer hides the alcohol extremely well... other than that, this was not a good beer IMO. Won't be looking for this one again

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 18:19:10 | More by dcloeren
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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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crusian

Oregon

2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from a sunshine mart in Austin, thanks for the tip kevinscott.
Pours a dark plum color with no head, great, another one of these carbonated-less beers. Getting tired of these.
Smell is interesting... I get tart, so I assume this is going to be a bit sour... I also get prunes and maybe some berry, along with a tinge of belgian yeasty clove.
The taste is also odd... it is sweet, but there is some funk and it's a tad sour. The begian yeast is strong on the finish with clove and lingers on the tongue. There is also a hop bitterness that lingers as well. A small taste of the prune. I dont really like this. I dont think that th flavors go well together. trying to figure out if this is has brett in it, or what that gives it the slight sour... maybe this will be better in a couple years?
No carbonation...
I'll try it again in a couple years.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 01:54:22 | More by crusian
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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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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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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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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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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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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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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The full tumbler arrived showcasing a dark amber brew with a decent cap of foam. The yeast and aroma remind us we are dealing with a Belgian inspired brew. Orchard fruitiness pervades. Malt and little sweetness starts off the flavor profile as it moves toward a boozy fruit inspired center. The alcohol adds some pepper at the end.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2011 03:57:09 | More by BeardedBoffin
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augustgarage

California

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

Courtesy of gawnphishin (many thanks!). Poured from a 750mL bottle into my De Dolle Oerbier tulip.

Dark maroon body, with sufficient clarity to reveal some deep carmine highlights at the edges. Concentric steps of buff foam build up to a mass of lightly whipped cream in the center of the glass. Dense sticky 3-D lacing forms a lattice-work around the sides. Good retention.

Malt, dank dusty attic/cellar aromas, an odd wood note, then a variety of dark fruit mixing with light yeasty phenols and a hint of honey (though it smells dark, like avacado or something - similar to molasses almost) in the nose.

Peppery, figgy palate entry, with hints of fresh oak, faint citrus, and cocoa nibs. Lightly toasted malt notes, chewing tobacco, and hints of honey - sweet at first, but increasingly dry into the finish. Maybe some raisins in the aftertaste. Decent complexity, though the flavors don't work in perfect unison.

Effervescent, medium bodied, vaguely astringent mouthfeel.

While not to style (though hard to pin down what's wrong exactly), this is overall a tasty and unusual ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 01:32:28 | More by augustgarage
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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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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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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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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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womencantsail

California

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 23:14:11 | More by womencantsail
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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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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 23:46:35 | More by Urbancaver
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brew3crew

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 23:51:56 | More by brew3crew
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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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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 10:22:15 | More by SkeeterHawk
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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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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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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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La Bestia Aimable from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
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