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LA-31 Bière Pâle - Bayou Teche Brewery

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LA-31 Bière PâleLA-31 Bière Pâle

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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 73
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 chinchill:
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South Carolina

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.

06-16-2014 01:09:28 | More by chinchill
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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

06-02-2012 23:16:03 | More by Zakk
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

08-01-2013 12:37:26 | More by tbryan5
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

08-11-2013 03:22:01 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

03-09-2013 05:23:44 | More by TimoP
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.

04-06-2011 16:10:29 | More by tigg924
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.

04-20-2010 04:36:59 | More by Mora2000
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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.

01-07-2014 21:46:35 | More by Cavanaghty
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

06-23-2014 01:52:11 | More by deebo
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.

01-13-2012 22:06:24 | More by kingcrowing
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

01-12-2013 19:19:29 | More by wo87810
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

05-10-2013 19:06:00 | More by JamesStreet
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

04-03-2012 13:55:06 | More by lcdawg
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North Carolina

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?

07-21-2010 22:08:06 | More by Metalmonk
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

07-22-2014 18:27:09 | More by tetu
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.

05-04-2012 14:50:58 | More by NeroFiddled
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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.

09-29-2011 22:49:41 | More by tempest
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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.

07-07-2011 06:17:29 | More by hoptualBrew
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2/5  rDev -41.7%

05-29-2012 23:42:32 | More by TheResidentialOP
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

05-03-2013 17:39:44 | More by hiphopj5
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

08-12-2014 14:11:13 | More by atlbravsrno1
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South Carolina

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.

03-28-2011 17:44:04 | More by thagr81us
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

05-29-2013 19:16:32 | More by Keith_R
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3.48/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

10-24-2011 01:28:42 | More by EagleTalon
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District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

03-09-2014 04:15:29 | More by apasternak
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LA-31 Bière Pâle from Bayou Teche Brewery
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