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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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In 1685, the explorer La Salle claimed Texas in the name of France, landing at Matagorda Bay on a ship called the Aimable. In honor of Texas’ French and Mexican heritage, we created a complex Belgian ale with a name to match: La Bestia is Spanish for “The Beast,” while Aimable is French for “Friendly.” This dark strong ale has a rich, complex nose of raisin and fig with floral aromas, clove and nutmeg-like spicy notes, and a superbly drinkable body full of rich, dark fruit flavors. A well attenuated beer in the Belgian abbey tradition, The Friendly Beast is superbly drinkable despite its high alcohol content.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2012
Decent Quad. Typical dark fruit notes and flavors. A little more carbonated than what I like, but flavors and nose and enjoyable...and it gets better as it warms a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (12214) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Hazy reddish amber with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruit, candy sugar and honey. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish with warming alcohol. 160115

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (11707) - DENMARK - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle, 9.4%. Clear dark amber/brown with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, yeast, berries, little honey, toasted and a little oxydized. Flavour is malt, caramel, toasted, berries, yeast, sweet, little candy, little plume, spices, little bitter, little honey with notes of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
RickTStiles (804) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2014
pours the color of black tea with a lasting off-white head and some chunky lacing. sour apple aroma. taste has notes of cranberry, sour apple and yeast. body is thin and carbonation is oddly low. the honey comes through but there are some odd notes of Styrofoam and baking soda. ok finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Necscv (22) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Nice head retention, and lace. Nice taste, honey, dark fruit, slight-sourness. Mouthfeel is quite-thin for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crajun (1009) - , Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle to glass. Interesting in that I thought very highly after first few sips but it diminished toward end. Aroma of dark fruits. Figs. Taste is similar with sugar. Cane sugar? Got a little too sweet the longer I drank it. Will have again

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwalking05 (3971) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2014
Bottle. Gusher. Brown in color with a large tan head that vanishes quickly. Aroma is heavy in yeast, candy sugar, raisin, and spices. Taste is of fruit (prune and raisin), spices, cola, and cardboard. Mouthfeel is thin and way over carbonated.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
KamGoPro (117) - Texas, USA - APR 6, 2014
12 oz floral painted wax feel label. Dark coffee color. Thick and sweet honey strong taste. Peppery carmel and fig finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ZacM612 (241) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2014
New 12 oz bottle. Dark brown, with thin, light tan head. Aroma of fruit and spice. Rich and sweet flavor, with a little spice. Medium body, with a smooth finish. At 9.4% ABV, I’m glad it comes in 12 oz now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3255) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2014
2011 traded bottle. Decent quad but a little thin overall. Some dark fruit and spice but also a larger than expected dose of coffee. Fine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ineedbeer (930) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 23, 2014
750mL bottle from 2009 or 2010. Aroma had a lot of caramel and toffee character with moderate burnt toast notes. Lighter roast, chocolate and nut character. Medium notes of raisin, fig and prune. Light alcohol note. Pours a fairly dark brown with some ruby highlights and burnt amber hues. Medium thick, half inch tall, tan head that shoes slightly above average retention. Light lacing and medium sized legs. Flavor has a light tartness to it. Medium strong caramel and toffee notes with some burnt toast and lighter roast character. Moderate bitterness and medium low alcohol spice. Some moderate raisin, fig and prune notes. Light phenolic spice. As it warms the chocolate becomes more pronounced. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall the beer is alright, but also not amazing. Lots of malt character with some complimentary fruit notes. The tartness was unexpected and not a good addition.

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