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LA-31 Bière Pâle - Bayou Teche Brewery

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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | 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:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 04-15-2010

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.
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Ratings: 256 | Reviews: 80
Reviews by AdamBear:
Photo of AdamBear
4.28/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-medium amber with a nice creamy tan head. great lacing

S-passion fruit, guava, grapefruit. smells great, but not strong enough. but wow its tasty smelling

T-comes in with a beautifully bitter tropical fruit flavor.its a good quality taste but doesn't last too long before heading in to a hoppy/grainy after-taste that reminds me of a pilsner. its really tasty.

M-medium carbonation with a good crisp finish

O-well this is probably one of the best APAs i've ever had. its so hoppy that it borderlines a full IPA. the tastes all mesh together so well. i could drink this all night long. this needs to be everywhere! this is very well put together. find this, and buy this!

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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?

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hoptualBrew
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says brewed by Lazy Magnolia in Kiln, MS. for Bayou Teche. Coded "12 16", whatever that means. Pours to a creamy head and good lacing. Color is orange amber, and beer appears to be filtered. Aroma is a hit of sweet malt, caramel and grassy/spicy hops. Hints of yeast rolls. Slight phenolic detected (I have an unusually low threshold for detecting it). Flavor is a rush of sweet malt and spicy/grassy hop tones with a hit of clove (phenolic again) that gives way to a bready, toasty, but dry malt finish. Hop bitterness is low but the beer is sufficiently dry to balance. Mouthfeel is light and CO2 is good. Overall, this is a good, tasty beer that most people can enjoy. It tastes like an Abita Amber would if it were pumped up a notch and brewed with a British ale yeast, which is a perfect match to the local cuisine. This is an APA in name only. I think they invented a new style.

Photo of trappistlover
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle courtesy of Fata!!) Pours hazy light copper with massive off-white head. Nice carbonation. Aroma of bread/biscuit, nice sweet florals and hard candy. Taste is sweet malt and a sharp hop bite that fades into the background allowing the malts to resurface. Medium bodied with an oily texture and bitter finish. A respectable beer here

Photo of philipquarles
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Having just left a rather muddy Jazz Fest, it seemed appropriate to drink a native Louisianian beer. This seemed perfect.

Poured a less-pale-than-you-would think gold with a tall, value-killing head. Smelled like smoke. Oh wait--that was the bar. It actually had a pleasant aroma that was mostly malt. Some light grassy hops were there, but muted. On the sweet side. Taking a sip confirmed my suspicions--this stuff is mostly malty. What Garrett Oliver calls 'balance' must be the sweetness that lingers after a swig. It's not bad, but it's not what I'm looking for with this style of beer. I'm no hop-head, but I expect pale ale to be fairly dry and with hop taste and aroma; this was lacking. Oh well.

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is kind of malty, a bit of hops. Taste is light and refreshing. Well balanced bready malts and piney hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall an easy drinking and quality beer.

Photo of theghost3
4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent orange/copper with a 1-finger white head. Minimal layered lacing.

Smell is subdued--roasted caramel malts with hints of grassy & citrusy hops. The hops become more prevalent in the taste. There are piney and grassy hops, some spiciness along with woody malts. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, moderately carbonated.

This is a very drinkable APA with nice grassy hop flavor. Great after a hot day. I look forward to future solid efforts from Bayou Teche.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This really surprised me. Not that a new brewer can't have a good first brew, but that it was REALLY good out the gates...

Clear copper on the pour, carbonation is minimal, but thats ok, cuz I threw it into my glass and got a good fingers of foamy white head. lacing is good.

Smells like rich malts, a touch of caramel, and aromatic pine oils in the finish.

Good malt character, has a hint of sweetness, but its balanced out well with some nice finishing hops.

Definitely a bit more heavy that a typical pale, but no complaints here!

All day long on the drink. I can't wait to taste their upcoming cherry wheat, and their hinted at Porter!

Photo of smakawhat
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass. Best by Nov 16th 2014.

Lots of cola sticking bubbles on the sides of the glass. A white simple head of three fingers forms, but disappears quickly into a thick bubbly collar and thin puck. Body color is a cloudy orange amber, somewhat hazy as well.

An interesting perfume and floral sweetness, coupled with a mild sugar brown sweetness. Kind of minimal and not really that impressive, but a good decent malt backbone aroma. A little bit of sweet clove character as well. A bit subdued.

Palate hits interestingly. Aftertaste has a good thick caramel finish, with a hint of pine like hop and coating. Mild sense of treacle and molasses, with a tight and crispy like finish. An interesting balance and almost toffee crisp but fleeting, with a good thick and controlled coat in the palate, hitting every crevice of the palate.

Overall seems disappointing at first, but actually improves. Worth exploring, and a for a second drink someday.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another night of epic tastings before i have to take a forced long break. i decided to go with six more new beers last night and had a really fun time with them. served in pint glass and consumed on 11/05/2010.

the pour with a nice medium amber color with a good sized head of what that came up and over the top of the glass and left some nice lacing all over.

aroma of deep citrus hops, loads of rich malts balancing it out quite nicely with a smooth and even profile that was a nice, welcome way to start the evening. crisp and clean taste again with hops right up from that start off with a nice bite and move to a buttery mid palate that seems to give a bit of a fullness. clean and lightly dry finish seals it off quite nicely.

overall a really solid offering here and something i would have no issue in going back to at all.

Photo of wcudwight
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Abit darker than most pales. More of a crystal clear light amber color. Nice sticky head with good retention.
Unusual aroma but I like it. From the aroma it seems this beer is more spicy/earthy and less citrus/piney.
More citrus in the flavor than the nose but it's still leans heavily toward a more spicy, even grassy hop flavor. Very well balanced and went down very easily. I'm not quite sure what to think of this beer. It's a bit different for a pale ale but I have no quams about style issues. The main thing is it's delish and I wouldn't hesitate to have another.

Photo of Immortale25
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing trickles down the glass leaving clots of lacing behind.

S- Sweet cereal grain from the malt, mild hop aroma and a surprising amount of effervescence. Also an odd buttery smell as multiple sniffs are taken.

T- Good balance between the malt and hops with a pleasant bittersweet duality. Very drinkable but I don't know if it's a given that it's like that since there's no ABV listed.

M- Has a crisp bite with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- I don't know why this beer has such a low score. Yeah, it doesn't have that "wow" factor, but it's a decent pale ale with plenty of good qualities.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bayou Teche LA-31 Biere Pale has a medium, off-white head and a very clear, sparkling amber color. Aroma is of bread, hops, yeast and has a pronounced citrus aspect. Taste is very good and full. There is a strong orange or marmalade flavor here. The bitter hops level is enjoyable. Mouth-feel is moderate, as is the carbonation level. This beer finishes wet. Overall, this is a very good beer, and I highly recommend it.

RJT

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of herbal hops and biscuit malts are present in the nose. It becomes a little maltier as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of biscuit hops along with notes of earthy yeast and hints of herbal hops, the latter of which also contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be rather interesting as it's quite different compared to typical American Pale Ales and seems a little reminiscent of a Bière De Garde.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.07/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A surprise pickup in Alexandria, LA as I have not heard of this brewery. By the label, it looks like it is currently being brewed under contract by the folks at Lazy Magnolia. 12 oz bottle pours a clear, dark gold/light amber color with a fine-bubbled beige foam. An aggressive pour yields 2-fingers worth of head. Retention is average at best and the lacing is adequate.

Nose is very grainy, and lightly caramel. Hops are moderate with some grassy notes, but this ones falls on the malty end of the spectrum as far as aroma goes.

Sweet, honey drizzled malts and some light toast on the taste. Earthy compared to many of the bright, citrusy versions of the style. Sneaky hop bitterness and decent flavor creep up unsuspecting, like 'Whoa, where did those cones come from, man?' Seems sweet at first, but as you drink more it feels quite balanced. The fresh taste of the beer is really nice, tastes like the grains were crushed yesterday. Pretty good APA, that manages to make a unique imprint...I like it.

Photo of megahurts4
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bayou Teche LA-31 Bière Pâle (Biere Pale)

Appearance: Amber-orange, small head, and a little lacing.

Smell: Malts, hops, and satsuma citrus.

Taste: Satsuma, flavorful hops, and malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light and smooth.

Overall:
Lots of flavor. It is very pleasing with a bitter finish.

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LA-31 Bière Pâle from Bayou Teche Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.