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LA-31 Acadie | Bayou Teche Brewery

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Bayou Teche Brewery
Louisiana, United States | website

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by EgadBananas on 09-02-2012

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Photo of swampski
4.58/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had sampled the other brews made by this local brewer, but found them a bit too strong for my tastes; I could tell that this was a good microbrewer, but until this one, I had not found one to put into my rotation. This Acadie works for me. Being an ethnic Cajun mutt (LOL), I am always interested in supporting my people, and with this brew I can give a full-throated recommendation to a brewer in "my tribe".

The stated theme of this brew seems to be that is the style of beer that a poor Cajun farmer would brew at home, which for myself being only 2 generations removed from francophone subsistence farmers was an appealing backstory. However, being a well-traveled man who has suffered from the dearth of good French beer (thank you Belgium for giving the French good beer!) while visiting France, I was a bit apprehensive., especially as I did not find the other brews by this brewer to be my type. Fortunately I decided to give it its proper 6-pack audition (tastition?), and was VERY pleasantly surprised.

I suppose that the general style is that of a bock (which next to witbeer is arguably my favorite style), but with a bit more hop action going on, with a great palette of little tastes going on. (If there is one thing that I have not found so interesting with Bayou Teche's other brews, it was that the hops were just too overpowering for my taste.) The net effect is a very satisfying beer that I could see being somewhat sessionable. The bottom line is that this one works for me, so if there is anyone out there who has found Bayou Teche's other offerings to be a bit too strong, this one might well hit the spot.

I think I shall session this when watching LSU football on a Saturday night.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bayou Teche Biere Acadie has a thick, creamy, cream-colored head and a clear, bubbly, amber appearance, with a nice amount of lacing left on the chalice. The aroma is of sugary, fruity, buttery smells, and the taste is the same, with a nice hop note to round it out. The mouthfeel is light and fairly watery, and Bayou Teche Biere Acadie finishes refreshing, wet, and very drinkable. I rate this most excellent.


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Photo of soupermirl
4.18/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love this style of beer (Bière de Garde) and I think Bayou Teche really hits the mark on Acadie. I tend to pour it and let it sit several minutes before drinking it. The flavor pops as the beer warms. It has a fairly dry ending. Not bitter but not sweet. It's a great beer with crawfish. One of my favorites from Louisiana.

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Photo of BalancingBrooms
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really surprised by this one. Nice creamy white head and deep orange hue. Aroma is of pears, cherry, and toasted malt. Taste follows the nose with an opening of pears, and passion fruit. Middle is a huge toasted bready malt. Ends crisp.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a rich off white head and copper brown color. Aroma is toasty, biscuits and chocolate malt. Some spicy hops in aroma as well. Flavor is rich and complex with bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, toast, cookies, alcohol and a spicy hop zing. Mouthfeel is light medium. Overall very tasty and technically clean.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Brown bottle with pry-off cap and best by date of "11/03/2014". Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, deep copper with 1 finger of head

Smell: toffee malts and some plum notes

Taste: the toffee malt notes come up front with a bitter middle that leads into a finish with some lingering bread notes; i get a little plum and raisin

Mouthfeel: Medium and crisp

Overall: A good, mid-bodied Biere de Garde. This finishes lighter and more crisp than others of this style.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really enjoyable. Pours a clear light amber color with high carbonation. Filled with tropical fruits and apples. Maybe not the truest to the style but certainly one I would revisit.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 10/12/2014 at Doherty’s Ale East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, fruit, Belgian yeast and touches of spice and hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, dark fruit and some spice. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character and some Belgian yeast. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of acevenom
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet. Pours clear copper with a thin, quickly dissipating white head and numerous tiny bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass and clinging to the side of the glass. The beer smells sweet and bready. There's just a touch of citrus from the hops. The flavor is bready from the malt with some hop bitterness in the background. There's just a little bit of citrus back there. It's a little earthy. It's an interesting flavor. The body is light with strong carbonation. The finish is clean and dry. The drinkability is high. This is a good beer.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Clear bronze with a white half finger head that fades down to bubbles. Light lacing.

S: Malty, grainy with lemons and spices.

T: Nice. Sweet and malty. Grainy. Mild citrus. Light, fruity esters. Smooth. Drinks more like a lager/Oktoberfest hybrid.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: A decent biere de garde. Would go well with crawfish.

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Photo of oberon
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brass color with a full half finger head that fades pretty quickly.Some bready malts and grassy/leafy hops in the nose,some mild nuttiness is detected as well.Not a flavor packed beer but there is some lighter yeasty notes along with some bready malts with a light caramel note.Pretty tame but it goes down well with food.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy beige color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits, malts. Taste is fruity, spices, surprising amount of alcohol considering the abv. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an interesting take on the style, and a good beer.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark honey/auburn color with an offwhite head of about a finger or so. Dissipates to a foamy ring.

The aroma was biscuity, bready, with some maltiness, touches of caramel and earth.

Flavor profile was earthy, with a touch of mild bitterness, tinges of caramel and honey, some lightly sweet malts and bread crusts.

Slightly lower carbonation, a tad creamy, but smooth. Not bad.

It's pretty drinkable and it's a pretty decent beer all around.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.5/5  rDev +2%

A - Deep hazy amber body with bubbly off-white head. Good retention and lots of nice lacing.

S - Strong sour fruity esters

T - Slight pine hop with nice toasted malt and some sweetness. Tangy fruit notes throughout.

M - Medium/light body with moderate/high carbonation. Slick and very drinkable.

O - Really enjoyable, great summer beer. Glad it made it's way up to New England.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from tap at Bulldog Midcity in New Orleans, LA. Poured a deep amber brown into pint glass. Very malty sweet aromas, with little other personality. Very sweet malty taste, with some aparent mild hop flavor as well...
Here is the thing...if you compare to how a Biere de Garde should be, it svery close to the description of the style; however, its not all that amazing. Maybe its because I havent had many of the style, but its just an ordinary malty brew to me. Drinkable, but not amazing...I guess just slightly above average to me.

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Photo of chinchill
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
Pours with a large, thick, fothy, durable bone-colored head that leaves globs of lacing on the glass.
Aroma. malty, floral, spicy and yeasty.
Flavor: Malty and spicy with hints of caramel and some mild hop bitterness. Feel: medium body with a fine soft feel. Slightly dry finish.

O: not great but bettter than acceptable.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Six packs of this seasonal still kicking around New Orleans for $7.99.

A: Nice ruby color, though it's transparent and filtered-looking, which is a disappointment for a biere de garde. Aggressive pour kicks up a thin head that disappears quickly.

S: Sweet and bready, though the sweet character comes off synthetic. Grape cough syrup? Still, it's not a big aroma.

T: Not bad, though lacking any sort of yeast character. Slightly toasted bread, a touch sweet. Just a hint of hop bitterness late. Is this secretly a lager? It profiles almost like a very mild Oktoberfest.

M: Sluggish, carbwise. Also heavier than expected or desired.

O: Considering the price, this is a relatively decent, sessionable (I think? ABV doesn't appear anywhere on packaging, but given Bayou Teche's inclination toward smaller ABVs and the taste, I'd peg this as between 5-6%) local 6-pack.

But it misses the mark in terms of Belgianness/Frenchness. Don't expect to revisit this one and still waiting to be impressed by Bayou Teche.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured almost clear, deep amber (SRM 10-11). A slight off-white, fine head fails to cover the beer while random carbonation bubbles throughout in an Offero oversized wine glass.

Surprisingly strong malt profile, with caramel and biscuit. Also noticeable is dried hay, a light earthiness, and tea leaves. All pleasant, but not to style.

The flavor is strongly caramel with some sun tea and light honey sweetness. Bitterness is similar again to tea and lasts long into an unending finish.

This has a medium body and itchy texture. Light, fizzy carbonation and alcohol are as expected. There is an unpleasant astringency.

This beer is fine, but lacks inspiration. Perhaps it is a work in progress. It can be enjoyed while winding down on a warm, muggy day. Unfortunately, it lacks the subtle nuances I seek in this style.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with an off white head.

Smells slightly sour, but not musty, has a roasted nutty malt smell and a slight herbal bitterness.

Taste is a nice nutty malty punch backed by bitter herb then flowing into a slight sour yeast finish. Finishes dry. This is a good beer - easy drinking and tasty. I did not detect anything that screamed Biere de Garde, drank more like a mild bock.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

cloudy dark yellow copper color with slight skim of head. sour smell. sour sweet taste, has some toasty biscuits and some carmel notes. medium lite body and carbonation. all and all its not much.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Half Lager, half French farmhouse, and half Bayou- this French-style Biere de Garde boasts a bready malt upstart with just enough sweetness and spice to marry into the starch and spice of cajun cuisine.

Golden in color, the beer portrays a yeasty haze that's similar of dough itself. A thin lace of foam adorns the crown and slowly desolves thorughout the session and trailing with ribbons of lace.

Honey and caramel start the show as the beer's scent is rich with malt. A richer yeast taste gives a sense of cookie dough. But a follow of pepper, clove, and earthy cumin grounds the sweetness and brings in perfumy wood tones; reminding me of cork.

Medium-full on the palate, its buttery richess provides a sense of fullness and without distraction. Instead a smooth transition to semi-dry warmth and balanced straw-like bitterness gives the beer is refreshing citrusy qualities. Though I rather liked the beer as a non-descript Belgain-esque ale, it is timid in its funky-fresh farmhouse qualities.

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Photo of russpowell
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best by 05/09/14, a little past it; let's see what we have here..

Pours an effervescent amber with a thumb of beige head. Pretty nice lacing & head retention

S: Pears, leafy hops

T: Pears, figs, leafy hops & a little caramel up front. More pears & sweet (too) apple juice & a little bit of leafy hops & dryness as this warms. Finshes dry with a little bit of woody hops & grassiness, plus pears

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

A training wheels version of the style. Not sure if freshness will really improve this. Alright to drink, but a one & done me thinks

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass a pale copper. Crystal clear with a creamy cap of white head.

A slightly metallic aroma is in the background. Subtly sweet crystal malts are the prominent smell here.

Peppery sweet, caramel, and toasty roasted malts.

Medium-thick bodied. Viscous.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on September 13, 2014.

Handsome enough medium amber pour with a little fog. A short-lived white head.

The aromas are malty, herby, faintly fruity, and basically sour.

Mildly sweet flavor with a slightly bitter finish. Creamy and smooth. Didn't blow me away but I enjoyed it enough.

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Photo of bmwats
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into standard pint.

A: Golden, amber hue. Lots o' tiny bubbles of effervescence initially cling to sides of the glass, and rise to the surface throughout. Pours about a half finger, bubbly, white head. Disappears quickly leaving little more than a memory of a head. No lacing.

S: Cardboard, paper, with light hints of dish soap, and even lighter hints of citrus.

T: Light, citrussy, pungent white bread.

M: Very light and crisp with a coppery, pungent, and pretty bitter, aftertaste.

D: Goes down without much resistance, but not quite a session.

Atmosphere is okay. Nothing special in terms of appearance, and nose is very light. All flavor components are lightly applied. The bitterness, however, comes out clearly. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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LA-31 Acadie from Bayou Teche Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.