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LA-31 Bière Noire - Bayou Teche Brewery

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%
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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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Texasfan549, Friday at 05:15 PM
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

kjkinsey, Sep 01, 2014
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 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
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
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

harpus, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of gford217
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

gford217, Dec 15, 2011
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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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

mhaugo, Dec 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Gagnonsux, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of AgentMunky
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

AgentMunky, Jan 22, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +10.2%

Served from the tap in shaker pint glass.

Black with ruby in the corners of the glass., foamy off white head. Mild toasty roasty aroma - a bit of coffee and chocolate. Slick oily mouthful, moderate carbonation.
Overall a nice balance of flavor and easy drinkability.

jmdrpi, Sep 12, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Dicers, Aug 13, 2014
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2/5  rDev -43.5%

atlbravsrno1, Aug 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

WDJersey, May 19, 2013
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

DrinkSlurm, Oct 24, 2012
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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
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

duff247, Aug 26, 2012
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.


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

animal69, Mar 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

JRod1969, Oct 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13%

tbryan5, Mar 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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

sd123, Jul 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

AnitaBrewski, Dec 31, 2013
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LA-31 Bière Noire from Bayou Teche Brewery
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