La Bestia Aimable | Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

La Bestia AimableLa Bestia Aimable
BA SCORE
59.6%
Liked This Beer
3.72 w/ 151 ratings
La Bestia AimableLa Bestia Aimable
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Texas, United States
drinkrangercreek.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by champ103 on 12-10-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,083
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
151
Liked:
90
Avg:
3.72/5
pDev:
13.98%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
37
Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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4.92/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.82/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a nice Belgian Strong Ale with great head retention.

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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of BryantForestry
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HoodviewBrew
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have not had this in some time so this review is from memory so the details are a little hazy. This is one of only a few beers I've had that had to grow on me. At first I hated it. Too sour, very harsh alcohol finish. But then I bought some more for my father in law who fessed up he didn't like it so rather than dump it I drank it again. Funny thing is that the sourness and alcohol flavor I didn't like before worked this time. It is a difficult beer to categorize. From this amateur's opinion it reminds me of an old ale- good sour fruit and molasses flavor. If you drink this, buy two. The first will suck and you'll fall in love with the second.

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of jmills3
4.49/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of champ103
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of Onslow
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
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..

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of DRyan
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of archero
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Radome
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

A - Moderately cloudy, rich brown color; reddish orange when held up to the light. Head is tan and fairly thick when poured. A skin of tiny bubbles remains on the surface and there is a thick ring around the glass. Huge sheets of Belgian lace on the glass.

S - The nose is hugely malty. Some raisin and spice. Low esthers. A whiff of alcohol and smoke in the background. There is a hint of funkiness that reminds me of an Oud Bruin.

T - Not as much malt as I expected from the nose. Peppery spice and dark fruit in the mid-palate followed by a smoky, earthy hop finish. The resemblance to an Oud Bruin jumps out again. There is some aged funk in the finish that tastes a little vinegar-like to me, but it adds complexity rather than detracting.

M - Thin to medium body. Sparkling carbonation. Hops bitterness is on the high side for the style, but adds a good backbone. Alcohol is there, but not as much as you'd expect for 9.4%.

O - This is like a big, highly carbonated Oud Bruin. Not as much malt body and flavor as I'd like for a Strong Dark, but it's got decent complexity and interesting funkiness.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
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.

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La Bestia Aimable from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Beer rating: 59.6% out of 100 with 151 ratings
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