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LA-31 Boucanèe - Bayou Teche Brewery

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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.1%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayou Teche Brewery visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
LA-31 Boucanèe is our acknowledgment of the importance of the wild cherry tree to south Louisiana. Using cherry-wood smoked wheat we craft a surprisingly delicious and unique ale.

(Beer added by: utah44 on 03-21-2011)
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Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Nerudamann:
Photo of Nerudamann
3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - light ruby color, clear, with good carbonation and about half a finger's worht of light khaki-colored foam that disipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - malty and lightly fruity in aroma. Also with the earthiness that comes with a wheat beer.

Taste - malty and musky, but again, with an earthiness that comes from a wheat beer. The muskiness comes back toward the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - pretty well balanced, but leans a little more toward the watery side.

Overall - not a bad brew, but not terribly complex.

Nerudamann, Apr 25, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Zakk
2/5  rDev -38.7%

Zakk, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

tbryan5, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Appearance: Reddish amber with a thin off white head that lingered. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet and smokey, with a meat like smoky smell.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of sweet citrus and hops with a strong but pleasant barbeque like smokey flavor.

Overall: Great brew! I would have this one again for sure.

Cavanaghty, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of JamesStreet
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

JamesStreet, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of jALEson
4.25/5  rDev +30.4%

jALEson, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of tetu
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

tetu, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of henrisimo
3.75/5  rDev +15%

henrisimo, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of jwerner23
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I don't know about this beer. I have had one bottle of this and don't know if it's just an infected batch I got but I get a lot of Funky smell and taste from it. Tastes like it has lacto bacteria in it to me. I have had some smoked beers before, but this flavor is not the smoked variety to me. Its not bad but not what I was expecting.

jwerner23, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -8%

GRG1313, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of SpdKilz
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A big thanks to Evan (optimator13) for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a copper penny color into a tulip. Very little head is achieved and there is literally zero lacing.

Smell – Slight smoke, a hint of sweetness, and pale malts.

Taste – Similar to the aroma – mainly smoke. A hint of hops and fruity sweetness but mainly smoke.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, lighter carbonation, crisp.

Overall – I say this to myself with each smoked beer I try…I just can’t seem to get into/appreciate this style. This one was a bit easier for me to handle since it was a lighter style beer, but I still can’t seem to enjoy it.

SpdKilz, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of Jlog7910
3/5  rDev -8%

Jlog7910, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of ckr1451
1.25/5  rDev -61.7%

ckr1451, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
4.25/5  rDev +30.4%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Beejay
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Medium brown/amber. Crystal clear with a little tan head on top.

S: Sweet, smokey, and perhaps a little corn in there as well. Interesting.

T: Smokey, with a light bready flavor. Some toasty notes, with a little oatmeal. Something a little off for me in this one, but I can't quite put my finger on it. The smoke flavor is a touch on the cloying for my tastes.

M: Medium in feel, carbonation is fine and somewhat low. Finishes pretty clean.

O: Overall interesting, but not something I am in love with. The smoke feels a touch sweet, and it seems like after the smoke there isn't much else to it. Not bad, just not interesting.

Beejay, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber/orange in color, upper clarity, light off white head.

S - Smoke aroma is light, but pleasant. There's a bit of sweetness along with a bit of fruitiness and maltiness.

T - Nice level of smoke, some tangy hops, light maltiness and some breadiness.

M - Slightly crisp, and lighter in body.

O - Not really impressed, though I'm looking forward to trying this when I see bottles around. Hopefully the smokiness is more pronounced and the wheat characters are more noticeable.

EgadBananas, May 23, 2011
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bayou Teche Boucanee’ has a very thick, foamy, cream-colored head, a clear, bubbly, copper appearance, and slight lacing left behind. The aroma is of an overriding smokiness with an undercurrent of sweetness and wheat bread. Taste is of wood smoke, caramel, sugar, and a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Bayou Teche Boucanee’ finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and semi-dry. Overall, it’s very smoky and not like a wheat beer. I think it is good and interesting.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of Thebrewer1981
1.45/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Just picked up a couple of Bayou Teche’s Boucanee Smoked Wheat Ales and im grateful I did not pick up more than two. I poured the beer down the drain as fast as possible. Unfortunately, the horrid after taste in my mouth did not go away as quickly. As a home brewer I have made some pretty questionable batches in my time, but nothing I have messed up has tasted anywhere near as bad as this beer. If Beef Jerky and Budweiser hybrid brew is something that sounds tasty to you, perhaps your palate will enjoy this. I’m amazed it has such a high rating.

P.S If any home brewers out there are interested in making a clone of this beer, here is a 5 gal recipe.

8lbs of American 2-row pale malt
1.0 oz Cascade 60min
.50 oz Horizon 30min
.25 oz Horizon 15min
4lbs. of Slim Jims from your local gas station, you choose the level of spiciness!

Let Ferment for 10 days or until primary fermentation is complete.

Before racking into secondary puree 4lbs of Slim Jims and a cup of water in a blender until all the chunks are gone. Then combine beer and Slim Jim juice into secondary and let sit for 14 days.

Serve at 48F. Pour into a pint glass and garnish with a Slim Jim!!!

Enjoy!!!! Oooo yehhh!

Thebrewer1981, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving wisps of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of smoked cherrywood are present in the nose, although there is a lot of iodine so the smell mostly resembles Band-Aids.
T: Just like the smell, the taste has lots of Band-Aid flavors along with notes of smoke. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink hived its wheat base, but you really need to have grown accustomed to the Band-Aid aromas and flavors to appreciate it.

metter98, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Bearman13
2/5  rDev -38.7%

Bearman13, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

BayouBengal1537, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of Shafaegalo
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Shafaegalo, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Canada_Dan
2.97/5  rDev -8.9%

Canada_Dan, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Off-white head, low retention on a clear, copper body. Aroma includes caramel sweetness, some butterscotch and maybe a slight hint of smoke. Taste showcases the smoke much more than the aroma, again some caramel sweetness and some of the wheat flavors shine through. Interesting mix of flavors, not bad at all.

KickbacksSteve, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass a copper orange with excellent clarity. Good looking beer, at least.

The smell is sweet, and faintly of apricots and figs, as well a a sharply roasted note.

There is an odd astringent flavor present. I don't really know what to make of it. The taste is overall fairly sweet and malty.

The overall texture is on the thick side of medium-bodied, with a lasting astringent quality. Not a bad beer, but I'm not crazy about it.

MrHassellYaHurd, Feb 12, 2012
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LA-31 Boucanèe from Bayou Teche Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.