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LA-31 Bière Noire - Bayou Teche Brewery

LA-31 Bière NoireLA-31 Bière Noire

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 10.06%

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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Photo of EagleTalon


3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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"?

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 01:06:04 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 02:34:00 | More by Immortale25
Photo of acevenom


3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 01:18:15 | More by acevenom
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 04:29:19 | More by Treyliff
Photo of KickbacksSteve


3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 08:20:46 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a dark black brown with a bit of see through amber. Really nice roasted malt and coffee/chocolate aromas. Taste doesnt quite live up to the aroma, but its still pretty good. Definite coffee flavor, with hints of chocolate; but its all mild...but a little more in the aftertaste. Its a bit over carbonated, but still easy to drink. Overall, a pretty good brew and worth a try. Nice to see a dark beer from a Louisiana brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 21:46:59 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of McNealc31


4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 00:06:29 | More by McNealc31
Photo of shivtim


3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack at a very nice Rouses grocery store in downtown New Orleans.

Poured into a pint glass. It's dark black/brown, like intense tea or cola. Very small ring of head.

Nose is heavy malts. Nice solid roasty smells. Sweet malted goodness.

Taste is a weaker than the nose. Malt is the main flavor.
A hint of smokyness. Some add adjuct-like flavors (corn?). Slightly boozy at the end, but the nice roastyness is still there.

Decent mouthfeel.

Overall not bad. Nice to see something like this come out of Louisiana.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 23:51:43 | More by shivtim
Photo of libbey

British Indian Ocean Territory

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a NB globe.

A: The beer pours a dark brown with a nice fluffy head that left a light trail of lacing throughout the session.

S: There is a light tinge of roasted malt that mingles with a light dark fruit flavor on the nose. No hop presence to speak of.

T: Nice bitter, roasty, smokey malt base that finishes with a decent amount of hip bite.

M: The carbonation is spot on and the overall light/medium mouthfeel is quite nice. This would make a great session beer.

O: Overall this was a nice beer that I would certainly have again if I saw it in New Orleans.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 05:59:17 | More by libbey
Photo of AgentMunky


2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Illegibly stamped in the bottom right-hand corner of the label.

A: A gentle pour results in 85% of my glass immediately filling with head. I am nonplussed. Slowly, terribly slowly, the beer level rises. The monstrous head is textured, creamy, and pitted. The beer is dark chestnut, but crystal clear in direct lighting.

S: Roasted malts have a sweetish cereal tint.

T: Erm...I don't know if the beer is supposed to be like this. Thin and sour, with lots of fruity strangeness before a lightly bitter endtaste. It tastes like a Schwarzbier, but the mouthfeel accentuates the almost metallic sweetness that pervades most of the taste. Carbonation is spotty.

O: While open to the possibility that this is just a bad bottle, because the beer wasn't *obviously* faulty, I review it anyway. A mediocre black ale with half-hearted roast and a really offputting mouthfeel. Not recommended.

EDIT: After making it through half the glass (and eating some food), the beer is starting to grow on me. Perhaps I was a little harsh. Bumping the Mouthfeel from 1.5 to 2.0 accordingly. It's still not great, but it's drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 00:53:00 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.


Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 15:54:54 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of gford217


3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Pours dark chocolate brown with a small fizzy beige head that recedes quickly to a tiny collar with no lacing.

Aroma is pretty nice with some heaviliy roasted black malts with more sweetness than I was expecting with some caramel apples.

Taste isn't quite as nice and has less roastiness and more sweetness. But the sweetness also has an odd metallic character. Bitter finish.

Light bodied for the style with low carbonation.

It's not a bad beer but certainly not in the league of some of the best schwarzbiers our there.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 04:20:35 | More by gford217
Photo of TheGordianKnot


3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Yet again, I received this from optimator13... Poured into pilsener glass.

A- Dark molasses in color with a cm of pale beige head. Settles quickly to a ring. Decent, nothing incredible to look at.

S- Very nice aroma, though it is a bit deeper and sweeter than style suggests. Roasty caramel and brown sugar. Caramel covered popcorn galore. Grainy toast as well.

T/M- Not sure what to make of this. Very popcorn strong on the palate. Not buttered popcorn/diacetyl, but straight up fresh popped white popcorn. Slight floral hops show, but not full enough as I like in the style. Roast and even minimal coffee finishes on the tongue. Nice light carbonated body. Great feel and it's well fit for this beer.

O- Liked some aspects more than others. Complexity was a fresh breath of air in this style I love, but crisp hops weren't there. Would visit again, perhaps next time on draft if possible.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 15:10:57 | More by TheGordianKnot
Photo of eclipse54


3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from optimator13; thank you! Poured into a Deschutes tulip...

Pours a deep brown color that when held to the light reveals rich ruby hues in the body. A thin, one centimeter layer of khaki head formed; it slowly dissipated to a ring of frothy bubbles around and numerous legs through the surface of the liquid. The aroma is of grain, a german yeast/funk, faint caramel malt, and a cinnamon apple (think an apple crisp) note on the finish. Very intriguing and inviting. The taste is very similar, with the yeast and malt making a pronounced appearance in the front, followed by various grains, some caramel, and the same cinnamon apple finish. Mouthfeel is crisp on the tongue, but a bit resinous on the finish. Overall, an enjoyable and refreshing brew that did well to break up the clutter of stouts and porters released this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 04:05:49 | More by eclipse54
Photo of brewskifan55


3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: deep opaque brown with amber highlights. Not much head; good lacing

Smell: chocolatey, charred cedar, nutty

Taste: smokey, malty, hints of chocolate with a semi-dry finish. Very smooth and robust. More like a tapered down NOLA Smoky Mary than a schwarzbier.

Mouthfeel: medium with medium carbonation.

Overall: definitely LA 31's best offering. Goes down easy. This was a favorite at the Top Of The Hops Fest in Jackson. I'd drink another. Good brew, Bayou Teche!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 21:46:40 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of BeerMeInMS


3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 00:51:25 | More by BeerMeInMS
Photo of EgadBananas


3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 22:18:28 | More by EgadBananas
LA-31 Bière Noire from Bayou Teche Brewery
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