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LA-31 Bière Pâle - Bayou Teche Brewery

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216 Ratings
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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayou Teche Brewery visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Using Belgian malts and American hops and yeast, LA-31 Bière Pâle is a distinct new style of beer. Traditionally brewed, we classify it as a Bière Pâle, or Louisiana Pale Ale. It is bronze colored with a biscuity malt center, herbal hop flavors and a gentle, mellow bitterness. This beer is crafted to enhance the unique cuisine and lifestyle of South Louisiana.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 04-15-2010)
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Reviews by 3rdRowTailgater:
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3.15/5  rDev -8.2%

I've had this new Louisiana brew several times, but have never taken the time to review it. Poured from a bottle into a shaker glass. It pours a copper color with a little haze with very little head.

The aroma is pretty malty for a pale ale, with notes of biscuit and some nutty flavors and a citrus hop flavor.

The taste is also pretty malty, but it does finish with a nice hop note.

The mouthfeel is fine, has a nice carbonation level and it's a drinkable APA, but it's nothing too grand.

3rdRowTailgater, Feb 08, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Zakk, Jun 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

tbryan5, Aug 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

SmellsofMahagony, Aug 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

TimoP, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +16%

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: moderate carbonation, minimal head, orange/brown in color, hazy

Smell: honey, caramel, and light citrus hops

Taste: complex mix of honey and caramel, there is also slight citrus and a woodsy hop

Mouthfeel: sweet with a bitter backbone, high carbonation, medium body

Overall: A good pale ale. I like the caramel and woody combo. I could probably do four of these at a time. One of the nicer pale ales I have had in some time.

tigg924, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%

Thanks to Americanbrew for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a clear orange color with a white head. The aroma is grassy and spicy hops as well as straw. The flavor is grassy, spicy hops with some apple and wheat. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a bad beer.

Mora2000, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from a bottle into pint glass. Thank you shan8454 for this one.

Appearance: Golden amber with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops, citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Bitter hops and pine notes. Some mild citrus.

Overall: Good brew. Glad I got to try this one out.

Cavanaghty, Jan 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

dankjohn, Today at 11:54 AM
Photo of deebo
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

deebo, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of kingcrowing
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%

12oz bottle poured into a Guinness pint glass.

Pours a clear light amber with a fluffy off-white head, very pretty. nose is lightly malty and a bit wheaty, mellow but nice.

Taste is a bit light and slightly astringent, but it's malty and slightly bitter on the finish, grassy hops and a sharp crisp mouthfeel. Nothing too complex but I think it's a decent example of the style and a beer that could get people to leave the BMC camp.

kingcrowing, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of wo87810
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

wo87810, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%

On tap in Brookhaven GA.
Flavor: Has a nearly equal malt/hop balance. Rather malty for style although the hops come out in the finish and aftertaste.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation.

O. More like a brown ale than an APA. Well crafted if unexceptional.

chinchill, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of JamesStreet
3/5  rDev -12.5%

JamesStreet, May 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

lcdawg, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Metalmonk
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%

Tremendous thanks to msubulldog25 for this bottle! Never heard of this brewery. And away we go...

Pour results in a standard pale ale look: Slight dirty white head, a quarter-inch and fading pretty quickly; color is a rusty orange, nice clarity. Not much lace.

Not much nose, either. Faint mango, a bit musty, mild peanut. Could it be alcohol I'm getting most? Considering the style, either my sniffer's outta whack, or the beer is.

Flavor is pretty toasty, and there's the kind of earthy spiciness of rye. A touch of tropical fruit (mango, pineapple), but this seems more about the malt and that herbal/spicy character. Grassy in the finish. A little bit of alcohol nip seems to add to the spicy element. Kind of reminds me of Rogue's Chatoe Rogue "Ore"gasmic pale ale that I had last week.

Goes down smoothly enough, a nice balance of tingle, silkiness and airiness. Even a bit chewy, considering the style.

This is definitely a unique-tasting pale ale. Maybe a little off, or maybe they meant it to be this way. Either way, it's nothing I'll have exceptionally fond memories of once the glass is empty. Just lacks some kind of "je ne sais quois," despite being fairly unique. The fact that it's nearly empty already does speak to its drinkability...or maybe it's because it's the hottest day of the year so far?

Metalmonk, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of tetu
3/5  rDev -12.5%

tetu, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%

Bayou Teche LA-31

Appearance: Mainly clear gold-amber body with an orange cast to the full pint. Creamy, short head of off-white foam.

Aroma: Malty, nutty, earthy, gently herbal, lightly fruity. What hops are there are more spicy, minty, and herbal than anything else; and the fruitiness is clearly from the yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a median carbonation level.

Flavor: Solidly bitter right up front, supported by gently sweetish, straw-like and grainy malt with a hint of caramel and butterscotch. Perhaps a touch over-done. Some of the spicy hops sneak in, and a surprising fruitiness arises with a hint of citrus to it. The bitterness softens a bit as it warms across the middle, and it finishes in-balance with a lingering bitterness.

Overall: Interesting beer. Unique. Belgian-style but not quite... it has an American edge of un-refinement to it. Bold. Brash. Bitter. Worth trying.

NeroFiddled, May 04, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%

Picked up a 6-pack from Roushes in New Orleans. It poured a clear amber with a short head, but left sticky lacing. The aroma is a bread crust and light toffee mix with a touch of honey, but little hops character. There's a pleasant piney, lemon hop finish that balances out the sweet malts. This is certainly on the hoppy end of the style's spectrum, but it's a good beer. Drinkable and malty with a respectable hops component. Worth a try.

tempest, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of hoptualBrew
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%

12oz bottle with no freshness or bottled date on it - or abv %.

Pours a thin carbonated transluscent amber color into pint glass. Two fingers of frothy off white/tan cream head sticks around for about half minute. Receeding to the brew until a thing layer remains. No lacing on the glass.

The nose on this pale is very interesting! Smells fresh yet mildly funky & hoppy. Reminds me of a mild saison with some additional hops thrown in.

Taste is not bad - nothing special though. Pale malts, cirtus rinds, pepper & mild hop bitterness come through. The funk I got in the nose is not as pronounced. End & after taste is a bit strange though - almost soapy. Not really something I want lingering at the back of my tongue.

This brew has it right with feel though, very nice for a pale ale - good carbonation, not too thin or too thick. If only that aftertaste wasnt so soapy strong.

This was brought back to me from Louisiana by my old man - very appreciative of his generosity!

Overall, not too bad for a pale ale - but I might have to give a few of the 6pak away.

hoptualBrew, Jul 07, 2011
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2/5  rDev -41.7%

TheResidentialOP, May 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

hiphopj5, May 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

atlbravsrno1, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Big thanks goes out to optimator13 for sending me this one during The Small Aquatic Mammal BIF '11! Bottled 01/23/11. Served from bottle into a Warsteiner mug. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, nutmeg, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, orange zest, nutmeg, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. I was not really a fan of the nutmeg aspect I picked up on in this one. It really seemed out of place. While it wasn't intrusive however, it just wasn't overly pleasant. Decent aroma coming off of this one though. It is worth trying at least once, but that is about it.

thagr81us, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of Keith_R
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Keith_R, May 29, 2013
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LA-31 Bière Pâle from Bayou Teche Brewery
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