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RATINGS: 86   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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3.6
   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
RickTStiles (757) - 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

3.3
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crajun (960) - , 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

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwalking05 (3758) - 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.

1.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
KamGoPro (79) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ZacM612 (140) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3197) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ineedbeer (739) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (3918) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Location: 750 ml bottle from Central Market, 1/8/14, Batch # LB-007, 2/21/2012

Aroma: The nose is dark fruit and a little malty, with some toffee and some spice
Appearance: It pours a dark reddish color with a small beige sheet of head and streaky lace
Flavor: The taste is rather sweet, lots of toffee malts and fruity flavors coming through
Palate: The body leans full, fairly sticky on the mouth, with a smooth finish
Overall Impression: I actually found this one to be pretty interesting. It isn’t as complex or well developed as some of the better examples of the style, and it is a little too sweet, but it is still a tasty beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Vintage 2011, I believe. Pours 2oz with three fingers of light caramel head that falls in a few minutes to a quilt of the same. Spotty lace. Cloudy and dark amber. Smells of cola, sugar, dark malts, belgian yeast, hints of wood and a little bit of plum. Some sugar, some yeast, some good juicy dark stone fruits. Medium bodied with low carb after the head falls. I think this beer is above average for domestic attempts, but falls short of the greats out of the homeland over the pond. Perhaps as they refine and develop the yeast, the beer will take on an outstanding structure. Serving type: bottle 03-05-2012


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