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 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 Atlas1
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,563 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 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 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 AtrumAnimus
2.74/5  rDev -25.1%
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. (1,727 characters)

Photo of crusian
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
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. (853 characters)

Photo of JayAre46
2.16/5  rDev -41%
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. (739 characters)

Photo of zander4dawin
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of joefuzz
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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 (480 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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La Bestia Aimable from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
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