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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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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

JohnBender, Mar 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Adamostella, Feb 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Jame515, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of elNopalero
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

elNopalero, Jul 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

dfhhead25, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

AlCaponeJunior, Jun 13, 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
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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

ajzy, Jul 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

BeerHunter76, Nov 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

augustgarage, Apr 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Lehighace06, Jul 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

iatethecloudsfor, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Urbancaver
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Urbancaver, May 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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

Danobold, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

SkeeterHawk, Apr 13, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

htomsirveaux, Aug 01, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

claytong, Jun 18, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Tiernan, May 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

phishbone23, Jan 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

mjtiernan, Jun 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

deadliest, Aug 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

TXhomebrewer, Dec 13, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

thereal_adam, Aug 16, 2014
La Bestia Aimable from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
84 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.