Abita, Mardi Gras Bock

by J Frazzetta | February 11th, 2013 | Beer

abitaBottle/Tap: Bottle

When it comes to beers that have a seasonal theme or some kind of holiday to commemorate you can always expect to see beers for: St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Christmas, July 4th and others, but this particular brew is a first for me.  I’ve never quite grasped the concept of Mardi Gras and that might be due to the fact that I live in New Hampshire, so this N’Orleans celebration doesn’t feel the same in New England.  That doesn’t mean you can’t wear some festive beads and pretend; I often go by the name of John O’Frazzetta or Juan Frazzetta, depending on the day, but I’ve never figured out a way to take in Fat Tuesday and mean it, Avid Reader.

Thankfully the folks at Abita brew a seasonal bock that could help anyone get in the mood to parade down some street and drink a lot.  Bock beers are a sign that spring is coming, no matter what the Groundhog tells you, when bock beers start to show up then there is a ray of sunshine.  I was more than happy to bring this beer home and give it a go with some grilled sausage and peppers.

I enjoyed the faint red glow and noticed a sweet aroma as I was pouring it into my pint glass. Then I saw that this particular bock is brewed with pale, pilsner and caramel malts.  This explained the color, then it helped to explain the flavor.  It wasn’t a very strong bitter beer, as most bocks focus on malts, and I was happy to drink something smooth.  I was thinking of getting a shot of bourbon and standing in the street, then it occurred to me that it would not have the same feel; no matter, I stuck with the brew and stayed indoors.

The downside was that I didn’t grab two to enjoy for later.  No matter, because you might have enough time to get a six pack before the big day and you might want to bring your own beads.  If you’re like me and can’t wait for warmer weather, then start drinking bock beers.  Smooth and often refreshing, yet weighing in at 6.5%, it was stronger than I expected.  Whether you are from Louisiana or just faking it for a night, this beer might help you — or become a regular around your fridge.  If you happen to drink more than one you’ll be dancing your cares away.3 beer steins

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