La Bestia Aimable | Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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La Bestia AimableLa Bestia Aimable

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Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Texas, United States

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

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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.

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La Bestia Aimable from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
3.69 out of 5 based on 151 ratings.
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