Louisiana Spiced Ale
Abita Brewing Co.

Louisiana Spiced AleLouisiana Spiced Ale
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Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #86
Ranked #28,860
3.44 | pDev: 12.79%
Aug 24, 2021
Dec 23, 2015
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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3.25 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Aug 24, 2021
3.81 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky on Apr 24, 2018
3.5 by Beerbuddha from Florida on Jan 14, 2018
3.54 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Aug 12, 2017
3.5 by armock from New York on Jul 14, 2017
3.5 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Jul 02, 2017
3.35 by Shafaegalo from Texas on Apr 29, 2017
3.27 by robebo44 from Virginia on Feb 26, 2017
3.49 by cliff1066 from Virginia on Feb 07, 2017
3.23 by Gagnonsux from Texas on Jan 23, 2017
3.3 by Tigerbrau from Louisiana on Oct 31, 2016
3.25 by harpus from Alabama on Oct 16, 2016
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4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LoveMyBeer1991 from Wisconsin

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
3.45 by Pro_Magnon from Texas on Sep 06, 2016
3.4 by kjkinsey from Texas on Sep 02, 2016
3.48 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Sep 01, 2016
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3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Tone from Missouri

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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3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

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
3.92 by zachthelaxer93 from South Carolina on Jul 31, 2016
3.62 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Jul 26, 2016
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2.81/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by drpimento from Wisconsin

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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3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by logicalparadox from New York

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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3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by StoutHunter from Michigan

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
3.23 by AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin on Jul 18, 2016
3.92 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey on Jul 17, 2016
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3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by GrumpyGas from Illinois

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
3.75 by paulish from New York on Jul 06, 2016
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3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by TX-Badger from Texas

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
2.9 by Junichi from Texas on Jun 30, 2016
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3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

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
1.93 by mattjp03 from Alabama on Jun 21, 2016
3 by Karibourgeois from Texas on Jun 18, 2016
3.72 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Jun 05, 2016
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3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by bbtkd from South Dakota

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
3.75 by ajdemma from New York on Jun 05, 2016
3.57 by Mortarforker from Texas on Jun 04, 2016
2.5 by jkermitj from Mississippi on May 30, 2016
3.5 by dankjohn from Georgia on May 28, 2016
3.37 by HawkinsNOC from Florida on May 26, 2016
3 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on May 24, 2016
Louisiana Spiced Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 97 ratings