Port Barrel Aged La Bestia Aimable | Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Texas, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by StoneBrewFanatic on 04-27-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 9
Photo of jamescain
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Dark murky mahogany-purple with no head.

Aroma: Dark fruit, vanilla, oak, plums, slight acidity and raisins. Definitely some fruity aroma from the port.

Taste: A little tartness up front and on the finish, not as much as I would have liked, plums, raisins and oak are the predominate flavors. It's a little too woody for me and could have used some more blending.

Mouthfeel: Zero carbonation and medium-light body with an astringent woody finish.

Overall: After all of the good feedback I had heard about this beer I was excited to get to try it, thinking I had missed my chance. Sadly I was a little disappointed. It could have been a little more sour and a little less woody.

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Photo of pwsoldier
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Deep, muddy mahogany with a small ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Lacing is scarce, but that's to be expected.

S - Heavy aromas of port! The base beer shines through as well with aromas of dark fruit and spice. Plum, red apple, a hint of raisin, and some lactic tartness from the barrel make for a very complex nose. A touch of alcohol comes through also.

T - Even more complex on the palate than it was on the nose! Port influence is noticeable. Sour cherry, red apple, tobacco, and just a hint of smoke combine to send the taste buds into a state of euphoria. Sourness is present, but it's not the highlight of this beer. The star of the show is the port, and the flavors from it meld flawlessly with the base beer. Absolutely magnificent. A touch of alcohol kisses the palate on the back end.

M - Full-bodied, finished dry. Carbonation is low, making this beer drink a bit like a wine.

O - An outstanding offering from Ranger Creek. I really hope they do this again in bigger batches. La Bestia Aimable is a great candidate for port barrels. The flavors cling to each other to the point that you can't tell which flavors are coming from the port and which ones are coming from the beer. It's almost like a wine/beer hybrid. Very impressive.

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Photo of champ103
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the Anvil in Houston, TX

A: Pours a murky, cloudy reddish/brown color. A minimal tan head forms, but recedes to nothing in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: The wine barrel hits you right up front. Tart vinous grapes, wood, chocolate covered cherries. Light funky aromas from the yeast. Just awesome.
T: Follows the nose. Tart, chocolate covered cherries. Vinous wine barrels of grapes and some sweet vanilla flavors. Musky yeast. A great beer.
M/D: A medium to full body. Not overly carbonated, but enough to get the job done. Creamy and so smooth. So easy to drink. This is a treat, and something I will never get tired of sipping on.

Very much like a fine wine. I love what the port barrels have done. Very complex and nuanced. Ranger Creek has made some great beers, and this is no exception. Highly recommended.

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Photo of texasclimber
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - im pretty sure i had one of the first (if not the first) pour when it was tapped at freetail not to long ago, anywho the appearance, not gonna lie kinda looked like mud. Lots of Debris and flocculation from the barrel i presume. very deep oaky color with a nice thin head that likes to hang around. it also has very nice lacing.

S - Sweet malted earthy nose with distinct estery aroma of over ripe figs and dark cherries, there is also a very prevalent port aroma (who woulda thunk it).

T - Silky dark fruit and heavy tannins are well balanced with the pleasant sourness of fermented cherries, figs, dates, and plums. there is also a spicy character reminiscent of cloves and nutmeg.

M - Medium, creamy, smooth and delightfully tart (other reviewer hit it right on the head). and not at all chunky like the appearance.

O - I for one really enjoy Ranger Creeks lineup and have been very impressed with what they've come up for being out in the market for such a short period of time (relatively speaking). I for one hope that they continue to experiment and find new and unique ways of entertaining the palates of Texas' craft beer drinkers. as for this beer i thought it was exquisite (apart from the appearance which was no doubt a result of sediment settling at the bottom of the keg). i really enjoyed this beer and definitely recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a lush dark amber/red into the half pint with about a little over a finger of off-white head that shows nice retention and sticky lacing.

S - Sweet malt and sour fruit, apple, pear, figs, cherries and yeast.

T - Caramel malt and sour fermented cherries, pears and apples as well, some sugary sweetness and spice, clove and banana.

M - Medium, creamy, smooth and delightfully tart.

O - First barrel aged/sour from ranger Creek! Well done, I look forward to seeing what you have to offer in the near future.

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Port Barrel Aged La Bestia Aimable from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
4.14 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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