Louisiana Spiced Ale
Abita Brewing Co.

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Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #237
Ranked #46,664
3.46 | pDev: 12.72%
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
Louisiana Spiced AleLouisiana Spiced Ale
Notes: In Louisiana, we like spice in our food, our lives and our beer, too. With hints of celery, paprika, lemon peel, bay leaves and a pinch of cayenne, this ale has the savory quality of a crawfish boil. We hopped it with Cascades for a citrus flavor. Refreshing, crisp and slightly sweet with enough kick to keep the party going.
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LoveMyBeer1991 from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looked at the description at World of Beer, looked interesting, so I'd thought I'd give it a try.

Appearance: Lager yellow with a decent white head.

Smell: Celery and lemon.

Taste: You can taste the celery, which is a little dominant (not too much, just right.) lemon, and bay leaves.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonated with a nice finish.

Overall: A decent best that is more celery forward but still a nice summer beer. Never seen their ingriedients in a beer before, so it's a nice change. Nice summer beer if you want something different and to session. Would buy again.

Sep 12, 2016
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Tone from Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of spice (Cajun seasoning), herbs, pale malt, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of an Herbed / Spiced Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pepper, spices, hint of citrus, pale malt, sweet malt, and a hint of hops. Overall, decent appearance and aroma, but the spice body is pretty good.

Aug 12, 2016
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up a while back on the Joe Canal's in Parsippany, having never had this before. Once in a while, I'll go out on a limb with the beers that I want to expand my horizon's with and this certainly fit the bill as I expected it to not be like anything that I ever had before. This reminded me of the offerings from Bayou Teche and even though this taste would certainly not be for everyone, I found it to be a welcome diversion from what I normally drink!

Nice golden pour to this that reminded me of a relatively full lager, with plenty of head and a fair amount of lacing that quickly slid down the side of my pint glass. Big-time crawfish boil with hints of hot sauce and paprika in the nose but then came the taste. Bam (as Emeril would say)! Lots of cayenne pepper and shrimp, and gumbo to go alone with a spice that almost made this feel like an Old Bay Ale. The burn was along the lines of chili powder and boy, did it linger long after the liquid went down. Malt seemed to be adjunct but with so much going on here, how would you even notice?

The warming came from those flavors, and not the alcohol, but there was just enough of the latter that it could be felt when I finally polished this off. It was possible to ferment a cross between a crab or crawfish boil and a bloody mary, this would be the end result. This wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea but for someone like me that misses my times driving through the Pelican State, having one of these was enough to take me back. As unique as a beer of this style gets!

Aug 05, 2016
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drpimento from Wisconsin

2.81/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Aroma is mainly some skunk with circus peanuts, caramel, hint of spice. Lots of foam but I suspect foaming agents. Flavor's mainly corn sweet, a little heat, no other spices and nothing savory. Finish is watery.

Jul 25, 2016
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logicalparadox from New York

3.91/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one is weird, to be sure. Of course, I am drawn to the exotic and the surreal and this fit the bill. Props to Anita for being so ballsy!

TLDR: imagine having a proper Louisiana crawfish boil. Now imagine taking that experience, distilling it, and condensing it into.... A beer! Yep, that is what this is. No more, no less, no apologies.

The visual impact here is nice, but deceptive. It pours looking like a good "hot day" beer. Nice head, fluffy and white, with clarity and a but of amber color to wet the appetite. Mmm... Beer! But, you have no idea... You don't know what's coming.

The nose is the first revelation. Expletives will pour from your mouth as your meager brain tries to process and make sense of the sensory input. Cayenne, bay leaf, even garlic and celery. The nose is full of savory spe. It's not prickly, but well carried by the underlying grain and subtle sweet aromas of bread and light malt.

The taste is the punch in the face. Violent imagery to describe what can only be understood as an assault on the pallette. It comes first with jabs of Herby and savory elements familiar to the Cajun cook: thyme, bay, even garlic. Then grains and malts follow, with crackers and lightly toasted bread, but very light and... Wait, oh man here comes a nice warmth from Cayenne and something paprika like. Yeah, a crab boil in a glass.

Mouth feel is light to contrast the big savory flavors. Almost brothy.

Overall, a lot to take in. Am I going to drink several pints of this? Maybe, maybe not. A sixer us out of the question. But a hot day with the right good paring and this could be a real winner.

My wife hails from New Orleans. She loved the first few sips, but halfway through her pint thought it was too much. For me, I just live the novelty. Well done and with boldness. Hey, this would be the perfect beer to cook with, whether a braise for some chicken or red beans, or for clams.

Very unique. The closest thing I can think of is Dead Rise by Flying Dog, a beer brewed with Old Bay.

Jul 21, 2016
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Abita's Louisiana Spiced Ale at Boyne Country Provisions. This one caught my eye when I was looking for new beers to try and I thought it was worth taking a chance on, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's goes well with the name and it's eye catching. It poured a nice golden orange color which took on more of an orange color when held to the light with a half a fingers worth of bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some nice patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with a citrus and lemon peel like aroma being the first to show up with some fruity and stonefruit like aromas showing up in the background. Up next comes a little bit of lemon grass that goes into the spices which impart a mix of spices with pepper and paprika and celery seed sticking out the most with a little bit of a doughy and sweet malt like aromas. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, the citrus give it a nice complexity and the spices are just as advertised.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the lemon and citrus flavors still being the first to show up and they impart all the same aspect that they did in the aroma. Up next comes the wheal ale base with those grainy, malty and sweet malt aspects that I got in the aroma showing up. Up next comes the spices which show up just as much as they did in the aroma and the same aspects that stuck out in the aroma still come through the most in the taste. On the finish there;s a lower amount of medium bitterness with the citrus and spices showing up in the aftertaste with a little bit of burn from the pepper. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, the spices work well with this beer and so does the citrus.

M- Fairly smooth, a little refreshing, a little warming, medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer beer and I thought it was pretty nice example of the style, it had all the aspects that I was looking for so it could live up to it's name and all the aspects come together to make for a nice tasting beer. This beer had ok drinkability, one might be my limit because of the heat. What I like the most about this beer is the how well the different flavors and aromas worked with each other, it was better than I thought it would be. What I like the least about this beer is nothing, everything is fine and it showed up just how i was hoping it would. I would buy this beer again when I'm in the mood for a spicy beer and I would recommend to anyone looking for the same. All in all was happy with this beer and Abita impressed me a little with this be one. It's one of the better Abita beers I've had and it's a nice example of the style. Nice job guys, this is a tasty and unique beer.

Jul 19, 2016
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

3.04/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle (best by 07/18/16) poured into a pint glass.
A hazy goldish colored body with no head, just a tension ring of white bubbles.
Citrus and pepper aromas with a bread touch.
Taste is bright hop citrus at first, but quickly taken over by celery, pepper, et al with a spicy finish.
Feel is light and leaning thin.

Jul 13, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy yellow golden color with white head. Mostly cereal grains and wheat grass on the nose, not much spice; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a little spice, sweetness and some weird floral notes.

Jul 06, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 7/23/2016. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy golden yellow color, with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of celery, lemon peel, paprika, bay leaves, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light orange citrus/cayenne pepper, and herbal/floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of spices, bready malt, and light citrus/floral hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big celery, lemon peel, paprika, bay leaves, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light orange citrus/cayenne pepper, and herbal/floral earthiness. Light herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of celery, lemon peel, paprika, bay leaves, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light orange citrus/cayenne pepper, and herbal/floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness, complexity, and balance of spices, bready malt, and light citrus/floral hop flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Minimal pepper heat/spice lingering as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a very nice spiced blonde ale style! All around nice robustness, complexity, and balance of spices, bready malt, and light citrus/floral hop flavors; very smooth, flavorful, and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Jun 24, 2016
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bbtkd from South Dakota

3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Abita Louisiana Spiced Ale, 5.2% ABV, 22 IBU, style is Spiced Beer. Pours cloudy yellow and thin, with huge foamy white head that persists, and leaves excellent lacing. Nose is "spicy", taste is mild at first like a lager, then the pepper shows up, but not real strong. Mouthfeel is OK. Overall, not as vile as I had feared, though I don't see buying it again.

Jun 05, 2016
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Suds from Missouri

3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a light, hazy gold color with a thin head. At first, the spice sits underneath, but soon a cayenne hotness comes out in the finish, followed by the lemon and bay. Interesting...the beer has a definite Cajun spice flavor. It takes a moment to get used to, but is still quite enjoyable. Medium body an interesting.

May 15, 2016
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CraftBeerCellar-SpaCity from Arkansas

2.81/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Definitely an interesting g brew. Pours almost yellow, with a thick head initially. Lemon peel is definitely present in both aroma and taste. Cheyenne pepper shows up in the aftertaste. Definitely a brew for a summer crawfish boil. Light and crisp!

May 11, 2016
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this from the bottle in a tulip shaped glass chilled.

The color is medium amber with great clarity and thin white head with average bead. The smell has a sem-fruity and tropical spice aroma with bay leaf pungent scent and herbal/floral accents with slight peppery quality in the back and mild citrus scent. The feel is very good -just the right amount of spice balanced by sweetness and moderate carbonation with a good mix of pepper and vegetal aspects with a warming element. The carbonation is on the low side with slight warmth with heat of peppers and mostly dry finish.

The taste is nice as it starts with a slight spicy mix of herbal with bay leaf and tea-like citrus and herbal blend that celery tast is in the earthy vegetal quality with lemon and cayenne well represented in the middle with a gentle hop flavor but low malt sweetness is enough to balance the subtle heat in the back with a slight clove-like element with earthy herbal taste lingering. This is exactly as you would expect it to taste with Cajun mix of spice and pepper with some lemony citrus and interesting use of bay leaves with celery adds to the complexity and each taste is able to be detected

May 09, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Best by 7/23/16.

Pours a murky golden-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of citrus fruit, spice, herb, chile powder, and gingerbread aromas. Taste is much the same with spice, herb, chile powder, celery, and citrus fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness and heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with interesting ingredients that work together slightly better in the taste and give off a subtle amount of heat.

Serving type: bottle.

May 05, 2016
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is getting some undeserved hate in my opinion. I think is gives you exactly what it advertises. Some spiciness with hints of lemon and bay leaves and it goes great with crawfish. You may not want to drink it before going out but it has its place.

May 03, 2016
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Lagunitas largemouth glass.

For the record, I have never had a crawfish boil, so I will not be comparing it to such.

Look: The body is a blend of light cooper and orange, more like a faded light burnt orange? The head is white and recedes to a soapy film leaving decent random shaped patches of lacing.

Aroma: A concoction of spices for sure. Paprika, bay leaves, subtle cayenne pepper, and faint citrus peels all emerge. It smells really refreshing.

Taste: The best thing about this other than the spices is that it's neither too sweet nor too overly hopped which allow for the actual spices to come out and play. It tastes much like the aroma with even celery and lemon coming into the mix. The description of flavors on the bottle is pretty accurate.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery, but the spiciness of it destracts that.

Overall: I actually really enjoy this beer. Like I said, the spices are allowed to mingle and play their part without being overshadowed by a huge malt or hop bill.

Apr 30, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, gold, with 1/2 inch head. Taste is big celery root, tomato, paprika, light pepper and cayenne on the aftertaste. The cayenne really hangs on at the end. One of the most vegetable tasting beers I have had. This beer will not be for everyone. It very much tastes like a crawfish boil with crisp beer. I really enjoy it and am glad I have a six pack.

Apr 03, 2016
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

2.77/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Abita Louisiana Spiced Ale has a very thick, off-white head, a hazy, golden, bubbly appearance, and some splotchy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of mild, white ale, with spices (think shrimp boil). Taste is of the same elements, yet moving towards Zatarain's brand lemon liquid crab boil. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, and Abita Louisiana Spiced Ale finishes crisp and decently enjoyable.


Apr 02, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some spices. Taste is paprika, peppers, malts, light heat, some hints of ginger. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall, a unique beer worth trying, but I won't be needing another.

Mar 29, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden yellow with a medium white head. The aroma is vegetable and cayenne pepper. I did not care for the flavor. It may be good with a gumbo or a large pot of crawfish but on its own it was not very good.

Mar 27, 2016
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MJ64 from Mississippi

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours pale hazy yellow with a stark white head, good retention. smells like a crawfish boil. Thats a good thing!!! Citrus up front with bay leaves and paprika. very interesting overall. Cayenne lingers for several minutes after finishing this one. I had it with popcorn which seemed perfect for the early evening. This takes me home to La. and Sunday crawfish boils.

Mar 21, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, straw-yellow color with a very thin, white head. It smelled of spices, lemon and caramel malt. Mildly spicy with roasted caramel malt.

Mar 09, 2016
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Semi hazy yellow, fluffy white head
Smells like a miller high life but also you can smell the bay leaf and almost a seafood soup type smell
Sweet up front, subtle bayleaf very subtle lemon. Aftertaste is spicy but doesn't burn. Just a tingle
Lower carbonation. It has a tingly after burn

It tastes like a crab boil like already stated in other reviews. Its sweet and the finish is a spicy heat to even it out.

Mar 07, 2016
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jbires2 from Georgia

3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer wasn't too bad but don't let it fool ya. It's so close to being a chili beer due to the overload Of paprika and cayenne. The first tinge on the tongue is more soft, like a saison then ends with a tingle, most likely from the paprika. But this is more like a seafood kind of seasoning tossed in the beer. It screams coastal Louisania, more for crab boils and what not. Refreshing, yes. Tasty, yes. Unique, yes. Worth drinking a 6 pack, hell no.

Mar 07, 2016
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Derick_Putt from Mississippi

3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

New to this. I didn't have a chance to pour in a glass yet. The only review I saw online said it tasted like chicken soup. It taste more like crab boil to me. It is interesting for sure. I'd buy again. I am anxious to see a review from someone else. I will say though it lingered on for a while as far as taste.

Mar 05, 2016
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