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LA-31 Bière Noire - Bayou Teche Brewery

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of russpowell


3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2014 01:30:39 | More by russpowell
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2014 00:06:06 | More by chinchill
Photo of harpus


3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

12-26-2013 02:59:12 | More by harpus
Photo of gford217


3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
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 mhaugo


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-17-2012 06:21:21 | More by mhaugo
Photo of EgadBananas


3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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
Photo of AgentMunky


2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
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 Gagnonsux


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

04-30-2013 22:22:09 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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 WDJersey


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

05-19-2013 06:54:44 | More by WDJersey
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

08-25-2012 23:19:59 | More by duff247
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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 RonaldTheriot


4/5  rDev +11.4%
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
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

10-06-2012 01:47:00 | More by JRod1969
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

03-28-2013 00:43:23 | More by animal69
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

03-27-2013 00:10:55 | More by tbryan5
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

04-07-2012 23:54:16 | More by LJWalker
Photo of sd123


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

07-29-2012 21:25:33 | More by sd123
Photo of garuda


3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

01-09-2014 00:48:06 | More by garuda
Photo of SmellsofMahagony


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

03-20-2014 04:17:54 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

12-31-2013 14:27:25 | More by AnitaBrewski
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

11-11-2013 14:02:54 | More by ldhughes3
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West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

10-02-2012 23:52:31 | More by jaswilson2
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

03-20-2014 00:54:51 | More by stortore
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LA-31 Bière Noire from Bayou Teche Brewery
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