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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: champ103 on 12-10-2010)
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

bkrbdan, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of harrymel
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

harrymel, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of floresmd
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

floresmd, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of mhenson42
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

mhenson42, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of kspongeworthy
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

kspongeworthy, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of zander4dawin
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

zander4dawin, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of TexAggie011
3/5  rDev -19.1%

TexAggie011, Jan 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

cdwil, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of bmwats
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

bmwats, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of duff247
4/5  rDev +7.8%

duff247, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of drummermattie02
1.5/5  rDev -59.6%

drummermattie02, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of BrutalSusan
4/5  rDev +7.8%

BrutalSusan, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +7.8%

jheezee, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of TXhomebrewer
4/5  rDev +7.8%

TXhomebrewer, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

EasyReader, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +7.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of johnbjaeger
4/5  rDev +7.8%

johnbjaeger, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Texasfan549, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of vickersspitfire
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
Photo of Atlas1
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Atlas1, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of TexasBrewSlinger
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

TexasBrewSlinger, Oct 02, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

thagr81us, Aug 26, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

TMoney2591, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

rudzud, Aug 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

jlindros, Aug 06, 2011
La Bestia Aimable from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
84 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.