3xB: Abita Abbey Ale
This Week’s Big Bottle: Abita Abbey Ale
When I last watched football, this is what happened. I know there are more reactions to Landon Donavon’s goal against Algeria and it was a big deal and all, but it was futbol not FOOTBALL! To celebrate the return of America’s favorite drinking buddy, I cracked open a big bottle of Abita Abbey Ale.
I love Abita beers. I love them only the way a New Orleanian can. Abita Amber used to be available at Reginelli’s for $2.00 a pitcher on Tuesday’s. Most Tuesdays I could show up at any Reginelli’s at pretty much any time of the day and know that I would run into someone I knew having a solid Amber session. Purple Haze is one of my favorite fruit beers. I even like Turbo Dog. So the convergence of Abita specialty beer, the Saints, and the return of football is, for me, a perfect storm of awesomeness.
The beer itself pours a beautiful reddish brown perfect for fall. It has wonderful aromas of pigskin, wet turf, and cinnamon. The actual taste is a splendid blend of smoke and fruit. I really liked this beer, but I really wanted to like it more. Had I not just had an amazing Abbey Ale from Ommegang last weekend, I would rate this Abita higher. However, despite my homerism I was slightly disappointed.
But the Saints won, so WHO DAT!