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LA-31 Boucanèe - Bayou Teche Brewery

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 17.38%
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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1.25/5  rDev -61.9%

ckr1451, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Thebrewer1981
1.45/5  rDev -55.8%
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 Zakk
2/5  rDev -39%

Zakk, Jun 03, 2012
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2/5  rDev -39%

Bearman13, Jan 20, 2013
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2/5  rDev -39%

MIMMSGod, Sep 11, 2012
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2/5  rDev -39%

hpthebull, Oct 01, 2013
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2/5  rDev -39%

Tim_Dyer, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of sd123
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

sd123, Aug 28, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

TexAggie011, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.58/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to tweidman420 for this extra in the LIF box. Dated best by 10.28.11

A- Rusty copper color. Not hazy, but there are some particles floating about. Pours a tiny head that turns to a ring on edge of glass instantly.

S- Smoked malt. Very minimal citrus smell is found in there at the very end. Otherwise medicinal (which I get in almost all smoked beers) and meh...

T/M- Yeah, has that rubber band smokey flavor. Really not much else. Its not that the smoke is in your face, its just that there isn't a whole lot there. Body is medium with low carbonation.

O- Interesting concept but it was too one dimensional. Smoke got in the way of any small flavors that could have been in there? Glad I got to try, but would pass on this again...

TheGordianKnot, Sep 21, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

kingmaker, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of outdoor7or24
2.91/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into sniffer glass.
A: pours a deep copper, half finger white head, little to no lacing
S: smoked wood, sweetness, Belgian yeast, sourness like from oak, cherry
M: medium, kinda dense
T: starts of kinda sour, smokeyness, wheat, sweetness, finishing up with a dry end.
O: kinda ok, nothing special

outdoor7or24, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of kaufmaal
2.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

kaufmaal, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Canada_Dan
2.97/5  rDev -9.5%

Canada_Dan, Oct 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

GRG1313, Apr 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Jlog7910, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had received this from optimator13 a while back and set it aside until an appropriate time. Today being Christmas and New Beer Sunday to boot coupled with a smoked turkey breast as dinner seems to mark it as the right time.

I got a brief finger of tawny head from my pour, but it disappeared like it had something better to do. Color was a lightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose was quite smoky, overlaying a slight sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium and while it was smoky in the mouth, it was nowhere near as overpowering as some made it out to be. Finish was likewise smoky-sweet, kind of like some types of barbecue that I have had in my travels. It was not bad, but it was not earth-shattering, either.

woodychandler, Dec 25, 2011
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

JLapadura, May 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

JMBSH, Dec 01, 2011
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

vfgccp, Apr 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

slatetupelo, May 18, 2013
Photo of Beejay
3.05/5  rDev -7%
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 msubulldog25
3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

As someone who has grown to really enjoy a good 'smoked' beer, this was one I really looked forward to grabbing while on a recent trip to NOLA. Tried one while there, and three more returned home to Oregon with me; this is the second. Poured to a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle (no discernible date, although a vague '12' and, possibly, a '3' are on the right side of the label - it's fresh I'm betting...).

Brewed & Bottled at Lazy Magnolia's (Kiln, MS) brewery.

A: Hazy amber/chestnut with very little carbonation... just a few lazy bubbles rising without much urgency. Starts with a fairly impressive finger of khaki fizz, but it disappears within a couple minutes to a scant crescent of film.

S: Polite smokiness, toasty and somewhat sweet. Has a 'cured meat' quality that hints at Bamberg Rauchbier, but doesn't quite have the depth. Moments of orange blossom; just that bit of citrus offsets the smoke nicely.

T: Sweet and smoky, has a definite 'barbeque' flair with malty grains and a 'charred wood' backing. Cereal grains, somewhat nutty. All in all, benign flavors, nothing assertive.

M: Smooth, a little slick, not well-carbonated. Light-medium body and mildly smoky but generally forgettable aftertaste.

O: The Bayou Teche Pale is pretty phenomenal and I'd hoped for something similar from this. As such, it's a fairly benign beer hinting at smokiness and malt sweetness but without a great deal of body. It's just 'OK'... and that equals 'disappointing' to me. Drinkable, but certainly not crave-worthy. Sessionable strength is very nice, however; I'd bet this compliments spicy foods well.

msubulldog25, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of acevenom
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark copper with an abundant off white head that dissipates, leaving little lacing along the side of the glass. The beer smelled smoky during the pour. That smokiness is pretty strong in the aroma, but I can also pick up the sweetness as well.The taste is smoky The malt sweetness does come through in the flavor as well. It's a pretty difficult flavor to describe. It's slightly astringent and acrid. I enjoy it more as I drink it. The body is light to medium. There isn't much carbonation to speak of. Overall, this beer is interesting. Unfortunately, it doesn't have much going for it. It's interesting in the average sense. I'm sure it would pair well with the local cuisine, but I won't be rushing to the store for another bottle of this any time soon.

acevenom, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.15/5  rDev -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
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LA-31 Boucanèe from Bayou Teche Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.