Friday, January 13, 2012


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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