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La Bestia Aimable | Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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3.72/5
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151 Ratings
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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

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Added by champ103 on 12-10-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,164
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
151
pDev:
13.98%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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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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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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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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La Bestia Aimable from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 151 ratings
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