Posts Tagged ‘Louisiana’

Blackened Voodoo

Posted: October 29, 2011 in schwarzbier
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Tonight I’m drinking some Blackened Voodoo Lager, a schwarzbier by the Dixie Brewing Company of New Orleans, LA.  The brewery was severely damaged and heavily looted during Katrina and during the ongoing renovations, the beer released under the Dixie label is brewed through contracting to other breweries.

This beer pours a really muddy brown with two fingers of cream-colored foam with a roasted nut and malty aroma.  The malt carries over to the taste, but a bit of hops start to show up with it.  Not overpowering hops.  Just enough hops.  It’s a bit watery compared to some of the more serious beers I’ve had, but for this beer it’s not a bad thing.  This is a beer I could sit and drink all evening.  So, my Louisiana friends take note and have some on hand when I come to visit.  I’m almost done with my glass already and am starting to wish I’d picked up more than the single bottle.  This is definitely going on the list of favorite beers to sit and drink in a bar with some friends.

Blackened Voodoo is a solid beer.  There’s nothing weird or gimmicky about this beer, but that’s what makes it good.  Drink some.


Purple Haze

Posted: February 12, 2011 in Fruit Beers
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The first beer I’ll be reviewing is Purple Haze.  It’s made at the Abita Brewery in Louisiana and they describe it as an American style wheat beer with fresh raspberry puree added after filtration.

This beer is a cloudy gold color with very little head.  It’s supposed to have a “subtle purple coloration” but I failed to see it.  It has a clean fruity aroma that is slightly malty.  The only notable flavor is the raspberry.  Very watery mouthfeel.  Tastes quite a bit like a raspberry flavored carbonated water.  Very drinkable, but I wouldn’t drive across town to get it.  It would probably be a good starter beer for someone who thinks they hate beer.

Overall, this wasn’t a bad beer, though there was nothing really special about it and I was ultimately disappointed.  I was really hoping for a more complex taste.  That being said, it would be a good beer to drink outdoors in the heat of summer.   The light fruitiness would likely do better in that setting than drinking it in my livingroom on a chilly Bay Area evening.