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La Bestia Aimable - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

La Bestia AimableLa Bestia Aimable

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
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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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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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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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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Fenris244

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2011 19:54:45 | More by Fenris244
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depechemode1983

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 11:24:41 | More by depechemode1983
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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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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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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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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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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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gawnphishin

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 02:47:44 | More by gawnphishin
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StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 02:19:17 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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Onslow

Texas

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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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 05:33:46 | More by Mora2000
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champ103

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2010 02:38:10 | More by champ103
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