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LA-31 Bière Noire - Bayou Teche Brewery

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayou Teche Brewery visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
We use specially roasted German malts and select American hops which provide our LA-31 Bière Noire a small bite of noble bitterness and a dry, French roasted coffee flavor.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 10-08-2011)
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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by acevenom:
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acevenom

Louisiana

3.71/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured into a shaker pint glass. The beer pours black with a finger length light tan head. The beer smells like dark roasted malt and toffee. Very straightforward. The taste follows the nose. You get the toffee and dark roasted malt and not much else. That's not a bad thing. It's pretty tasty. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. This beer drinks like a sessionable beer. This is a good beer.

08-09-2013 01:18:15 | More by acevenom
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +12.4%

03-27-2013 00:10:55 | More by tbryan5
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

03-20-2014 04:17:54 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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jmbraxton

Alabama

4/5  rDev +12.4%

08-19-2012 01:15:44 | More by jmbraxton
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%

On tap in Brookhaven GA.
Near black and opaque with s small head that soon reduces to a ring.

Very mild aroma. Fortunately. there is more flavor although it too is rather mild. More Black Beer than porter. Moderate malty with each hops to keep the bitter/sweet balance in check.

O. Satisfying and recommended.

06-16-2014 00:06:06 | More by chinchill
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

09-22-2013 06:40:11 | More by JamesStreet
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tetu

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-22-2014 18:27:37 | More by tetu
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McNealc31

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +13.8%

I like the aroma. It's very rich and roasty. A bit lighter mouthfeel than I expected. Roasted malt and coffee really shine through. Bitter chocolate comes through late. Dry, chalky finish.

Tough to categorize this one. It's not smooth enough to be a porter, and the flavors are wrong to be a stout. But it tastes good, and that's what's matters.

À votre santé!

08-19-2012 00:06:29 | More by McNealc31
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.79/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours ebony with a pinky of mocha colored head. Stays effervescent, nice lacing & head retention

S: Roastyness & dark fruit

T: Roastyness, & dark fruit up front, some chocolate notes. Roasty, some herbal hop notes & a little bit fig as this warms, a little bit of leafy hops as well, dryness, & a little smokeyness. Finishes with a little roastyness, leafy hops & figs

MF: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, carbonation picks up as this warms

Tasty, seems a bit porter like at first, but easy enough to drink & comes around

06-05-2014 01:30:39 | More by russpowell
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atlbravsrno1

Tennessee

2/5  rDev -43.8%

08-14-2014 01:20:17 | More by atlbravsrno1
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BeerMeInMS

Mississippi

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%

12 oz. bottle
Not dated
Drinking Date: Nov. 2, 2011

Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Looks like engine oil as it pours, completley opaque in glass; tan, bubbly head that dissipates rapidly and left no lacing.

Smell: A light but nice, balanced smell. Some spicy hop notes with roasted aroma evening it out.

Taste: Straightforward and robust, roasted flavor. That's about it...not deep; Finishes as it began.

Mouthfeel: Tingly from a good bit of carbonation and light-bodied.

Overall: I like it OK...Nothing to really complain about, but nothing to compliment on either. Roasted flavor is good, so its worth a try. Also would probably make for easy drinking in a session.

11-03-2011 00:51:25 | More by BeerMeInMS
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jwerner23

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-14-2014 21:45:24 | More by jwerner23
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Acforster2

Florida

4/5  rDev +12.4%

08-19-2013 01:44:26 | More by Acforster2
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%

Contract brewed by Lazy Magnolia. Best by date of 02/08/2014

Pours to a thin beige head that falls to a thin ring that persists to the bottom. Tries to lace, but can't quite hang on to the glass. Light ruby-black color. Aroma is sweet malt, roasted malts and a definite whiff of metal. Flavor is a nice blend of malty sweetness that ends with a nice tangy roasty finish to dry it out a bit. There are also hints of metal toward the end now and then. Mouthfeel is excellent with just the right amount of body on the tongue and restrained CO2 to smooth it out. Overall, I would say this was a good choice to pair with tonight's homemade jambalaya. The smell was off but after it breathed a bit the metallic notes disappeared.

Also...since when is a Schwarz an "ale"?

01-23-2014 01:06:04 | More by EagleTalon
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%

converted notes from 7/28/12

A- pours a dark opaque black color with a small tan head that reduces to a small ring leaving no lace

S- very sweet on the nose with sweet roasted malt, cereal grain and a bit of sweet caramel

T-sweet Washington apple flavor up front, followed by sweet chocolate malt, the finish is dry with soft floral hops

M- light-medium body with light carbonation, foamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish. Very easy drinking

O- this one is quite refreshing, but I expected a little more of a malt presence

02-27-2013 04:29:19 | More by Treyliff
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LJWalker

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

04-07-2012 23:54:16 | More by LJWalker
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TeddyStriker

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

06-03-2014 00:22:20 | More by TeddyStriker
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours with a nice black body, and a light brown bubbly head. Leaves a little lace, retention wasn't great, but dissipated to a nice creamy film.

Aroma had plenty of roasted notes, with hints of espresso and bakers chocolate.

Very roasted character, with a pleasant slight coffee note and a sort of dry, cocoa powder finish.

Feel was medium body, with a nice creaminess to it and good carbonation.

Overall, I think this is one of my favorites that Bayoue Teche has done thus far. Nothing phenomenal, it's easy drinking and tasty.

10-08-2011 22:18:28 | More by EgadBananas
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iheartmyTHO

Georgia

3.86/5  rDev +8.4%

I had this beer during a recent trip to New Orleans. When I first ordered this beer, I thought it was going to be more stout like and heavy. Good for sipping, but not something you want to drink when it's hot and humid outside. I was pleasantly surprised upon my first sip. The beer was light and smooth, easy to drink. There was a nice nuttiness to it, with a slight bit of hops. Overall, a good dark beer to drink during the summertime.

06-01-2014 19:29:27 | More by iheartmyTHO
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DPJ3322

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

03-15-2014 03:47:06 | More by DPJ3322
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. There's Best By: written on the bottleneck but the date is mostly wiped off so it's unreadable.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small sheer clot of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring around the edge of the glass.

S- Odd aroma that's borderline soapy and not pleasant. Also some roasted malt somewhere in there.

T- Mildly roasted malt brings some light chocolate and coffee to the table and lingers a bit. Pretty smooth and refined as per the style. Easy to drink but still flavorful. Touch of hop bitterness.

M- A bit thin but the body is sturdy enough for it not to be watery. Medium-low carbonation.

O- Pretty decent Schwarzbier. That strange aroma is something that I've encountered in other Bayou Teche beers as well as some of Lazy Magnolia's. I wonder if these breweries use tap water to brew and it's similar since they're within 150 miles of each other. Or it could be the yeast. Puzzling.

09-18-2013 02:34:00 | More by Immortale25
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +12.4%

NOTE: drank this in a shelf glass at Ye Olde College Inn, New Orleans, La. Bayou Teche LA-31 Biere Noire has a creamy, beige head and a black appearance. The aroma is mild, but one can pick up dark-roasted coffee and malts. Taste is dark-roasted barley malt, coffee, molasses, and just a touch of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and Bayou Teche LA-31 Biere Noire finishes pleasant, easy drinking, and mild. Overall, this is a very nice ale.

RJT

01-14-2012 15:54:54 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Shafaegalo

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

01-16-2014 23:58:06 | More by Shafaegalo
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

3.83/5  rDev +7.6%

12 ounce bottle poured into a small snifter. Off white head, low retention on a dark ruby but clear body. Minimal lacing. Aroma includes caramel, coffee, roasted malts and some nuttiness. Taste follows suit with some bitterness in front, then yielding to the other flavors. Pretty tasty and quite easy to drink.

02-04-2013 08:20:46 | More by KickbacksSteve
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cfaulman

Louisiana

3/5  rDev -15.7%

03-11-2014 17:57:22 | More by cfaulman
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LA-31 Bière Noire from Bayou Teche Brewery
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