Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BelgianBeerGal (2965) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
ineedbeer (516) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
ben4321 (3471) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
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.
harrymel (1439) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle. Poured clear, deep reddish-amber with a nice beige head. The aroma picked up sweeter dark fruits, molasses, and raisins with nice spices plus earthy/herbal yeasty notes around.. a little on the sweet side, but solid. The flavor found prickly alcohol and peppery spices on the tip of the tongue with darker fruits, honey, candi sugar, and molasses following.. fairly sharp on the finish with spices and somewhat astringent boozage leading. Heavier-bodied with moderate (ideal) carbonation on the palate.. just a bit sharp and sugary, but this was aiight.
Fritz123 (707) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share...thanks Dan! Poured into snifters. Deep brown pour with a white fluffy head in the tradition of a good Belgian. Good lacing throughout. Aroma of Belgian yeast, bread, candy sugars, alcohol, and spices. Teh taste is similar with the spices on the front and the sweet candy on the back-end. Not as boozy as I thought it would be. Dry finish with light fruit and sweetnesss. Medium to full body and good carbonation.
bhensonb (10203) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Julie who got it at Spec’s in San Antonio. Pours dark ruddy amber with a tan head. Aroma of dark fruits and spices. Med body, or better. Flavor is very spicy, with darker fruits and somewhat roasted malt. Not a trace of heat. Not getting much fruity ester, but this beast is strong in flavor - so it may be eclipsed. Quite nice to drink in the evening!
brewballs (145) - USA - SEP 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amazing brew! Renewed my faith in the power of Texas brews! Most definitely a Belgian style beer. Dark hues. Warm notes of rose and Amber. Spongy head. Laces glass with sweet waves of a butterscotch and a fig tinge. Smooth wash down. Extremely delicious! Ranger Creek is going in the right direction with this brew. Solid and complex. One of the year’s finest!
UDBeernut (1413) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle from texas santa, I imagine him with a zz top beard. pours deep ruby amber, small cream colored head. lots of yeast in the bottom of the bottle.. d’oh! nose and taste of pitted fruits, burnt sugar. body is slick. booze is a bit rough around the edges.
SBFilms (8) - - MAY 14, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured in Ranger Creek tulip at 50 degrees
Full review at http://lownobudgetreviews.wordpress.com/2013/04/22 (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.