Louisiana Spiced Ale
Abita Brewing Co.

Louisiana Spiced AleLouisiana Spiced Ale
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Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #246
Ranked #44,060
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.
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 96
Reviews by hickmancase:
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4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of Urk1127
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.

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Photo of jbires2
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.

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Photo of Derick_Putt
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.

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Photo of Suds
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drpimento
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.

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Photo of Mortarforker
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JerzDevl2000
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!

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Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of zeff80
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.

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Photo of Junichi
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Slatetank
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

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Photo of Tone
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.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of animal69
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of enelson
3.09/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tigg924
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.

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Photo of kkmiller76
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RonaldTheriot
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.


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Photo of jaydoc
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atlbravsrno1
2/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Louisiana Spiced Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 96 ratings