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LA-31 Bière Pâle - Bayou Teche Brewery

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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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Photo of metter98

New York

3.63/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

08-03-2013 02:23:35 | More by metter98
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +14.6%

Appearance: An impressive arrival, with a two-fingered head squatted on the amber liquid; delivered copious amounts of lace on the way down

Smell: Graham cracker malt, with nuts, stone fruit and earthy hops

Taste: Graham cracker malt, up front, with the fruits, nuts and herbal hops building in the middle; well-balanced, after the swallow and in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nothing spectacular and, for a new "style" it could have more of a Belgian character; still the malt flavors were intriguing and while there is not that much of a hop profile, the beer was very well-balanced

03-18-2013 01:23:29 | More by brentk56
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +19.5%

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.

11-06-2010 14:15:37 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Texasfan549


3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

07-20-2013 12:53:55 | More by Texasfan549
Photo of spycow


3.5/5  rDev +2%

01-12-2013 07:52:27 | More by spycow
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
Photo of RblWthACoz


3/5  rDev -12.5%

First off, this is way more English pale ale than American to me. There is a minimal hop influence that should be a good bit more. I'm not talking that I want an obnoxious slap to the mouth. I just want something. Or, something more. Nice toasted tone to it, if I'm going to be positive about something.

This was an expensive single, even by NYC standards. I would expect more for the price. Though I am happy to support a brewery out of a state that doesn't have a robust brewing scene.

04-04-2013 03:47:14 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.45/5  rDev +0.6%

Acquired from optimator13 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light murky gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some grassy hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of floral hops bitterness that has an odd herbal signature to it that I have not tasted before. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, once you get used to the taste it's a solid beer to drink for a while.

03-06-2011 02:37:06 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -3.8%

Bottle courtesy of Chris (spycow). Served in a Surly pint glass on a hot summer day. Look like it is best before September 21st, 2011.

A - Finger-plus of creamy white foam settles to a thick cap, plus some splotches of lace. Transparent golden caramel body with visible slow-moving bubbles.

S - Herbal and grassy hops, some pine and lemon, and a cracker and toffee malt backdrop. A pretty solid APA.

T - Taste is less enjoyable, and features some buttery diacetyl notes. Otherwise it's a fairly sweet pale ale with a hefty dose of sugar malts, grassy hops, and fairly low bitterness.

M - Carbonation is a bit high for my tastes, and tends to the prickly side of the spectrum. However I appreciate the dry finish and hefty medium body. Some resinous oils linger after swallowing.

D - Remedy the diacetyl and this becomes a pretty enjoyable pale ale that would really high the spot down on the bayou. That being said, I found it rather easy to put down a 12oz bottle with dinner.

07-10-2011 23:17:26 | More by MasterSki
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
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.45/5  rDev +0.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours an amber color with on head or carbonation.

s - Smells of grain, bready malts, and sour dough.

t - Tastes of wheat, bready malts, and smooth caramel malts.

m - Medium body and high carbonation that stings the tongue.

d - An average APA; nothing really stood out about this one. Wouldn't seek out again.

07-17-2010 22:07:33 | More by mdfb79
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

06-24-2014 03:18:33 | More by DrunkinYogi
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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
Photo of Wasatch


3.73/5  rDev +8.7%

Thanks goes out to injuredreserve for this beer.

Pours a clean/clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a little hop note. The taste is malty, hoppy, slightly sweet, with some caramel. Medium body, the finish is dry/bitter. Drinkable, not too bad of an APA.

02-01-2011 01:50:18 | More by Wasatch
Photo of chinchill

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
Photo of Brad007


3.24/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours a mild amber color with a golden hue and thick white head into my glass. I don't think that I've any of their offerings.

Just a touch of pine bitterness in the nose. Not much else to write about.

Drinks like an English pale ale. Buttery malt but with enough bitterness to differentiate it from such.

Sweet, buttery malt lines the back of the throat.

It's certainly drinkable. Not sure if I'd pick it up again though.

06-01-2014 23:36:15 | More by Brad007
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured on-tap at Beer Fest on Bourbon Street in NOLA. The beer was poured in an oversized tumbler, and it was a hazy, pale yellow-gold coloring with a foamy, thin, white head. The nose is heavy with grapefruit and hops. Floral flavors initially, quickly followed by bitter green hops. The beer has a surprisingly light body for all the character in the nose and taste. It does leave a decent lacing along the glass, and the robust flavors accumulate while you drink, making this a tough one to drink large quantities of in one sitting. There is a floral aftertaste, with a wilting finish. Tasty beer.

05-01-2011 01:50:38 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

07-11-2012 03:28:15 | More by rolltide8425
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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
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.08/5  rDev +19%

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.

07-03-2010 20:05:34 | More by twiggamortis420
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

09-09-2013 16:39:47 | More by claspada
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

04-27-2013 00:24:54 | More by vfgccp
Photo of champ103


2.98/5  rDev -13.1%

On tap at Walk On's in Lafayette.

A: Pours with a light haze. Golden/orange color. A one finger white head forms, and recedes in a minute to nothing. Light lace.
S: Soapy, oily hops. Buttery diacetyl. Plenty of flaws in the nose.
T: Lightly soapy with that same diacetyl kind of flavor. Though more of a floral, grassy, citrus flavor. Some caramel malt as well. Still the same flaws.
M/D: A light and thin body. A bit under carbonated. Easy enough to drink. I finished the pint without a problem.

Not really bad, but enough flaws (soap, oil, diacetyl) to keep me from coming back.

06-15-2011 01:48:35 | More by champ103
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

03-13-2014 17:38:11 | More by Haybeerman
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3.38/5  rDev -1.5%

From notes 12/20/10. Bottle. Pours a transparent medium amber-gold with a foamy white head that sticks well to the walls of the glass. The aroma has some light herbal/citric hop notes and a nice biscuity caramel malt note. More malt forward than I’m used to from CA pales but I can appreciate the direction. The taste starts sweet with some good notes of bread and citrus and finishes with a gentle but persistent bitterness. A good citrus rind/vegetal bitter note lingers in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy but gets a tad watery in the finish. A pleasant surprise and a solid enough beer.

08-15-2011 19:31:52 | More by popery
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LA-31 Bière Pâle from Bayou Teche Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.