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LA-31 Bière Noire - Bayou Teche Brewery

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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.43%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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: 90 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by acevenom:
Photo of acevenom
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

acevenom, Aug 09, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +13%

tbryan5, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

SmellsofMahagony, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of jmbraxton
4/5  rDev +13%

jmbraxton, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

chinchill, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of JamesStreet
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

JamesStreet, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of tetu
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

tetu, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of McNealc31
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

McNealc31, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

russpowell, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of atlbravsrno1
2/5  rDev -43.5%

atlbravsrno1, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of BeerMeInMS
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

BeerMeInMS, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of jwerner23
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

jwerner23, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of Acforster2
4/5  rDev +13%

Acforster2, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of EagleTalon
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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"?

EagleTalon, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of Treyliff
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Treyliff, Feb 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

LJWalker, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of TeddyStriker
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

TeddyStriker, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of EgadBananas
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

EgadBananas, Oct 08, 2011
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3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

iheartmyTHO, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
4.01/5  rDev +13.3%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A big sudsy and froth tan head, growing to an easy fistfull big size, and slowly settling. Give to ring lacing, and foamy rivers when tipped. Body color is a classic dark walnut brown and nearly black with some clarity through the head. Really nice looking.

Good light roasted dark grains on the nose. Some faint milk chocolate, almost a clean mineral finish but with a bigger malt sensing depth coming. Some powdery quality of light cocoa as well and dried nuts.

Very nice light bodied, with a good finish. Light roast turns more towards coffee and chocolate, with a good thick quenching palate. Some nice yeast and malt thickness here for the body as well, with an almost crackly taste.

Overall a real nice refresher. Doesn't quite remind me of schwarzbier, but a solid dark ale if there was one.

smakawhat, Sep 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

DPJ3322, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Immortale25
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Immortale25, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

RonaldTheriot, Jan 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Shafaegalo, Jan 16, 2014
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3.66/5  rDev +3.4%

Canada_Dan, Oct 01, 2014
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LA-31 Bière Noire from Bayou Teche Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.