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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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of kojevergas
3.04/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

9.4% ABV according to the label. Batch #LB-009. 08/20/12. This is nearly 14 months old. 21 Plato. 28 SRM. 25 IBU. Reviewed as a Belgian-style Dark Strong Ale because it identifies as such on the label. Brewed with honey. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded grey pressure cap and generally appealing label art acquired at me local HEB Grocery and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery, which has really disappointed me with their barrel aged offerings lately.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 1.5-2.0 finger wide head of khaki colour. Decent creaminess, frothiness, and thickness. Head retention is pretty good for the high ABV - about 4-5 minutes. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a transparent translucent dark amber of rich vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, it's within style conventions, albeit a bit lighter than I would have expected. Not unique or special. There are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Honey, dark malts, dark fruits (fig, dates, prunes), abbey yeast, cocoa/chocolate malt, brown sugar, raisin, caramel. Any hop presence is too buried to be noticeable. No alcohol is detectable.

Pretty standard fare for the style. I'm surprised at the seeming high amount of residual sugars considering its age and the yeast used. A pleasant aroma of mild strength. I'm looking forward to trying it.

T/Mf: Hm. Sticky residual sugars are abundant and betray a poorly attenuated yeast (relative to the style). The honey also increases the sweetness, and I'm not sure why it's there to be honest. Raisin is present, but the fig, prune, and date notes are much more reticent than the aroma suggested. Dark malts, chocolate malt, brown sugar, caramalts. Maybe sassafras? It might have a kiss of red wine. A hint of anise. It's got a loose cohesion, but it's not particularly well balanced, nor is it gestalt. I don't get a sense that the brewers were fully in control here; it seems more like they followed a Belgian dark ale recipe and hoped for the best. Lacks the complexity and subtlety of the best beers in the style.

Shallow depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

No hop character or true yeast character comes through. Too sweet overall. There is some light noticeable alcohol, but it's not a boozy flavour profile by any stretch.

Sticky, smooth, and wet. A biteen too thick. Medium-bodied. Unrefreshing. Sugary. Suits the flavour profile okay; it's to style. Overcarbonated.

Not harsh, astringent, gushed, or boozy.

Dr: Downable forgettable stuff from Ranger Creek. There's nothing in any way remarkable about this beer. Very mediocre. At this price point, higher quality is needed. I wouldn't get this again or recommend it to friends. If it's this boring with a year of age on it, it must be pretty dull fresh. To its credit, it hides its ABV decently. Just a bit better than average.

If you're looking for an American strong dark ale that can compete with traditional Belgian offerings, look elsewhere. While this is worth trying, it's far from world class.

Low C+

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3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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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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1.5/5  rDev -59.7%

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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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