Friday, January 13, 2012

RANGER CREEK’s “LA BESTIA AIMABLE”

Is it possible to have too much flavor? You bet it is. Just drink this beer. RANGER CREEK BREWING from San Antonio, TX racked up a big win the first time we had one of their beers – the MESQUITE SMOKED PORTER than we reviewed here – but not this time, I’m afraid. “LA BESTIA AIMABLE” has a nice fancy name and comes in an imposing bottle – and it’s a Belgian-style strong dark ale at 9.4% alcohol, obscure and from an experimental, aim-for-the-stars brewery with a winning track record. What’s not to love? Uh….the beer?

Like I said, there’s really a little too much going with this one, and it just doesn’t come together to my liking. They’re attempting to shoehorn a lot in here – berries and figs, a light smokiness, some sweetness from honey, and traditional “Belgian” flavors and hops. Me, I found it to be off-balance and a bit of a chore to try and smile about. Now, I’m going to tell you that LA BESTIA AMIABLE is a total failure. The kids seem todig it over on Beer Advocate, for instance. You’re going to have to pick your critical side on this one. I’m rating it a 5.5/10.

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