RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkBeerChick (155) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2011
On tap at Freetail as a guest beer. Smells of banana, alcohol and tartness and appears a cloudy deep cocoa brown with minimal head. Smooth with light carbonation. I detect flavors of brown rice, banana and alcohol with a slight sweetness. Very different but I kinda like it.

bratschepeter (66) - Abilene, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2015 12oz bottle. Pours a dark reddish-brown with minimal head, just a little lacing remains on the side of the glass. Nose is malt, wood, plum and a touch of funk. Surprisingly effervescent in a champagne-like manner, taste is sweet malt with hints of chocolate, raisin and wood. Drinks quite smoothly, not particularly boozy for a fairly big beer.

gringo332 (649) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Amazing brew! Most definitely a Belgian style beer plus it has a little sour ale going on in the background. 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!

fonefan (52426) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2015

Bottle 12fl.oz.

[ As Ranger Creek La Bestia Aimable ].
Clear medium to dark red amber color with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white to light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, sweet berry - fruity, wood, honey - artificial, candy. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet, light light acidic and moderate bitter with a long duration, honey sweet, fruity - berry sweet, artificial, grape tart - sour. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20150116]

Rasmus40 (22174) - 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

chrisv10 (18737) - 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.

RickTStiles (827) - 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

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.

crajun (1276) - , Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2016 12/16 rerate. lowered for last time from 3.5. Just don’t like now and figured out why - it has wine tendencies; vinous. Not for me................................................ rerate - lowered from 3.7. have had this a few times and want to love it but just don’t. I think I figured it out - one of the few beers I like really cold as it warms it gets too medicinal/barley wine like.............................................. 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

jkwalking05 (4745) - 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.

KamGoPro (228) - Texas, USA - APR 6, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2016 12 oz floral painted wax feel label. Dark coffee color. Thick and sweet honey strong taste. Peppery carmel and fig finish

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