Belgian White Whiskey

Ranger Creek La Bestia Defavorable: Belgian White Whiskey

In the fall of 2010 we were installing the equipment at our brewstillery and anxiously waiting to sell our first keg of beer. We had brewed a batch of Belgian beer that couldn’t be sold because we were waiting for label approval. On the distillery side, we needed to run something through our still in order to test it. So TJ looked at the beer and decided to distill it. We didn’t expect much out of it, but the end result surprised us by how interesting and unique it was. Three years later we were finally able to bring this idea to life!

A White Whiskey Born from a Belgian Beer

As a combined brewery/distillery, we are fascinated by the relationship between beer and whiskey. We’re also committed to finding answers to crazy questions like “How does a Belgian beer taste when distilled into a whiskey?” The result is our new spirit. It’s something that could only be created at a brewstillery, and it’s so unique that we had to coin a new term to accurately describe it: Belgian White Whiskey.

Many folks are already familiar with our Belgian Dark Strong Ale called La Bestia. This new whiskey is the evil twin of the beer. While the formal name of our beer is La Bestia Aimable (The Friendly Beast), the whiskey is called La Bestia Defavorable (The Unfriendly Beast). The packaging showcases the relationship. We put the whiskey in a 750 ml amber glass beer bottle with a beer crown finish and a swing top to reseal it. When placed next to its twin brother the relationship is apparent.

La Bestia Defavorable Belgian White Whiskey

La Bestia Defavorable is an unaged, 80 proof spirit that is completely unique. It is part moonshine, but it was born from a Belgian beer so it contains added layers of complexity. It pours completely clear since it’s unaged. We used a special distillation technique to highlight the flavors of dark stone fruit, cinnamon, and nutmeg found in the beer. The fig and plum in the nose give way to a soft peppery spiciness in the taste and fade into a sweet, malty finish.

How Do I Drink It?

We recommend to first try the whiskey neat or on the rocks in order to understand what a Belgian White Whiskey tastes like. Then get creative with cocktails. A good first step is to replace vodka, tequila, rum, or gin with La Bestia Defavorable in a cocktail that you know (i.e. a Black Russian, Margarita, Mojito or French 75). Check out the drink ideas we have on our whiskey recipes page. Then start experimenting on your own. The super creative and experimental can use the Belgian whiskey and Belgian beer together to create unique beer cocktails.

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