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LA-31 Boucanèe - Bayou Teche Brewery

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 16.87%
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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Reviews by kaufmaal:
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2.93/5  rDev -11.7%

On the initial pour, some nice pomegranate and sour cherry aromas came through. The smokiness was noticeable, but by no means overpowering. Small, white head that quickly went away. The beer has a light caramel color to it.

The smoke flavor was all but non-existent when I drank it. The beer has a sour taste (initial and afterward) that I didn't find too off-putting but rather refreshing: lemon zest and tart cherries. Decent and interesting, but I won't be hunting it down and hoarding all bottles.

01-08-2012 02:37:02 | More by kaufmaal
More User Reviews:
Photo of Zakk


2/5  rDev -39.8%

06-02-2012 23:26:34 | More by Zakk
Photo of tbryan5


3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

03-24-2013 01:06:04 | More by tbryan5
Photo of Cavanaghty


3.71/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

01-21-2014 22:07:24 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of JamesStreet


3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

06-19-2013 20:40:50 | More by JamesStreet
Photo of jALEson


4.25/5  rDev +28%

06-28-2012 22:57:37 | More by jALEson
Photo of tetu


3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

07-22-2014 18:27:47 | More by tetu
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +13%

07-31-2013 21:55:36 | More by henrisimo
Photo of jwerner23


3.48/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

07-14-2014 19:46:12 | More by jwerner23
Photo of GRG1313


3/5  rDev -9.6%

04-10-2013 05:40:36 | More by GRG1313
Photo of SpdKilz


3.2/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

09-16-2011 16:32:08 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of Cloaked_Phantom


4.25/5  rDev +28%

07-19-2014 05:18:36 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
Photo of Beejay


3.05/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

12-14-2012 01:00:40 | More by Beejay
Photo of EgadBananas


3.3/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

05-23-2011 03:17:01 | More by EgadBananas
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3.58/5  rDev +7.8%

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.


09-22-2013 14:07:36 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of Thebrewer1981


1.45/5  rDev -56.3%

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!

12-12-2011 01:14:21 | More by Thebrewer1981
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New York

3.49/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

01-19-2014 20:08:41 | More by metter98
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2/5  rDev -39.8%

01-20-2013 22:49:23 | More by Bearman13
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-25-2014 04:33:16 | More by BayouBengal1537
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-12-2014 01:48:58 | More by Shafaegalo
Photo of KickbacksSteve


3.15/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

02-04-2013 08:15:29 | More by KickbacksSteve
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3.58/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

02-12-2012 03:38:41 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
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3.75/5  rDev +13%

06-04-2012 21:45:37 | More by kdown
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3.75/5  rDev +13%

07-02-2014 21:19:27 | More by PawPawPepperoni
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-08-2014 18:52:52 | More by Karibourgeois
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LA-31 Boucanèe from Bayou Teche Brewery
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