LA-31 Bière Pâle
Bayou Teche Brewery

LA-31 Bière PâleLA-31 Bière Pâle
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Bayou Teche Brewery
Louisiana, United States
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,267
Ranked #28,124
3.44 | pDev: 15.12%
Mar 02, 2021
Apr 15, 2010
LA-31 Bière PâleLA-31 Bière Pâle
Notes: Using Belgian malts and American hops and yeast, LA-31 Bière Pâle is a distinct new style of beer. Traditionally brewed, we classify it as a Bière Pâle, or Louisiana Pale Ale. It is bronze colored with a biscuity malt center, herbal hop flavors and a gentle, mellow bitterness. This beer is crafted to enhance the unique cuisine and lifestyle of South Louisiana.
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3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by hoptheology from South Dakota

12 oz bottle, rated "79 Okay" on BA, let's see if I like it or not...
$1.99 single
No date (jackasses)
Crooked Stave glass

Lager color with chill haze and a creamy cap of 2 fingers leaving tons of lace obliterating the glass. (these guys are good at that)

Aroma from the bottle is a little barley husk and a hint of hop greenery, maybe a bit of rainstorm. The aroma from the glass is spoiled hops and lemon peels with slight orange peels.

Flavor brings hop spoilage out front, followed by a hit of perfume, then some dried wood, a little spice, and some grapefruit peel and orange peel. Hits the refreshing mark well. It's not the worst pale ale ever, but it's sure not interesting. Finishes like a Budweiser.

Feel is crisp, clean, heavily carbonated, medium bodied, almost drinks like a dry pilsner.

Overall, not a stunner in the least. I could see this going good with crawfish though. Personally I won't return to it, especially with their lack of bottle dating. I think I'm gonna leave a note on their brewery door.

Mar 02, 2021
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2.59/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas


Hints of estery yeast are present, but don't fit in with the mediocre floral hop profile showcased here. 2-row/pale malt, some grassiness...meh. It's a shrug of a mundane beer with uneven malt/hop imbalance and a dull hop profile.

I can't imagine anyone who's tried this would pick up a sixer of it over Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (which is both cheaper and better), let alone premium regional or local pale ales.


Sep 28, 2019
4.58 by J-Dog86 from Louisiana on Aug 24, 2019
3.54 by Mortarforker from Texas on Aug 16, 2019
3.47 by lastmango from Pennsylvania on Jun 15, 2019
Photo of Ep2022
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
by Ep2022 from Louisiana

I live in Louisiana and this is great beer for a Louisiana brewery. Taste like a Juicey ipa to me but It may not be very bubbly/sudzey which I love

Apr 10, 2019
3.94 by Malacant from Louisiana on Apr 08, 2019
3.75 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio on Oct 27, 2018
3.32 by MGoeltz from Tennessee on May 11, 2018
Photo of Kgoldsbe
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Kgoldsbe from Colorado

Nothing special, nothing upsetting. This is just a solis average pale ale from LA.

May 05, 2018
3.53 by socon67 from New York on Mar 08, 2018
Photo of RedboneBeer
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by RedboneBeer from Louisiana

A very pale ale with a solid malt backbone with evergreen and citrusy undertones and a boozy finish. Big head that diminishes quickly.
Very balanced and quite delicious.

Mar 08, 2018
4.25 by Bryan12345 from Texas on Jan 17, 2018
3.62 by animal69 from Louisiana on Oct 28, 2017
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3.64/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a semi-murky pale amber color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Some stringy lace ran here and there.
The aroma had some biscuit clean malts, some sweetness and muted dried citrusy hops.
The flavor was moderately sweet with a drying hoppiness underneath. Bitterness seemed fairly displaced and it had a biscuit-like aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Finish leaned into the malts.
Overall, almost seemed like a cross between an English and an American pale ale. Maybe again.

Sep 19, 2017
2.55 by itsZachShaw from New York on Aug 22, 2017
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2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

Bottle: Poured a dirty amber color ale with a large excessive foamy head with average retention and not much lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt with fruity ester is OK. Taste is a messy mix of dry caramel malt with some fruity ester and light herbal hops with quite a bit of residual sugar. Body is full with excessive carbonation. I’m not even sure what to make of this beer but not something I will need to re-visit anytime soon.

Jul 04, 2017
3.67 by Gagnonsux from Texas on Jun 26, 2017
3.46 by beaulabauve from Louisiana on Apr 20, 2017
3.44 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Mar 29, 2017
3.25 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Mar 19, 2017
3.7 by MJSFS from Florida on Feb 18, 2017
3.63 by cliff1066 from Virginia on Feb 09, 2017
4 by Jame515 from Texas on Dec 13, 2016
3.25 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas on Dec 12, 2016
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3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

More malt than hop. Almost a pale amber. Many will like this beer for its obvious lack of hops in both the nose and on the palatemaybr this beer should be reclassified.

Dec 06, 2016
3.75 by Tigerbrau from Louisiana on Oct 31, 2016
3.25 by sgttibbs from Minnesota on Oct 24, 2016
4.17 by Vylo from New Jersey on Oct 18, 2016
3.27 by 30helens from Missouri on Oct 06, 2016
3.38 by DrinkThemAll from California on Oct 02, 2016
3.5 by NomadDawg from Texas on Sep 29, 2016
3.84 by Spreetaper from New York on Sep 05, 2016
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4.41/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by nutkick from Texas

Taste develops from first opening til end of bottle, super fruity like driving in country spring day, slow and quiet enough to hear bees buzz, a fine one to turn French Canadians on to while visiting the region. Picked up at Whole Foods, ugh, have kombucha in three different places. The kind of beer that would be sold in biergarten at Willie Wonka’s factory. Mid life aroma, like a sophisticated perfume developed over many seasons in the heat. Sultry voice lays a heavy breath on back of neck, a whole other wave of aromatics as her hair dangles around your face, hitting olfactory delights seated in childhood candy shops, cloudy with a silt laden atmosphere waiting to spring into moss. Goes down easy as a nap in a hammock, next to a brook cooling the air with droning tribal chill upstream evaporating into natural air conditioning. Picking this up worth the work day trip to Whole Foods no matter how convoluted their shop is.
Part 2, Instacart took me to Whole Foods again, took a while to find it, as with everything else in that store, seems like it’s the same batch as earlier, a bit older tasting. The cap has a big role in the aroma and flavor drunk out of bottle. Whoever is making this seems like the kinda country Cajun chef who can make armadillo taste great and gator tail tender enough to eat with a minimum of dental care. Foam quiet as night on bayou where even the crickets and frogs know better than to make their presence known to the swamp folk who will use the former as a spicy batter addition when frying up the latter. Smells like a good old beer that someone in overalls would recognize as such, yet please the inner epicure responsible for the large belly despite lack of fast food and even grocery stores. Copper color precious like that of some treasured trinket kept under the bed in a special box by some kid who does not have tv to substitute for imagination. Grateful the fine people of Bayou Teche share this creole of sorts between modern west coast pale ale but with Belgian malts and German lager style Liberty hops.

Jul 19, 2016
4 by cantal from Pennsylvania on Jul 05, 2016
3.65 by Squire from Mississippi on Jun 29, 2016
3.25 by ilikebeer03 from Texas on Jun 07, 2016
1.75 by npendres from Wisconsin on May 29, 2016
Photo of Shradical
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Shradical from Virginia

Light hop scent, copper color. Decent pale a little more hoppy then normal but not overwhelming

May 18, 2016
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3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by CanadianBacon from Canada (QC)

Appearance - Good looking apa here. Pours a foggy deep golden amber color 3 fingers of foamy off white head and lively carbonation replenishing that head very well. almost couldn't ask for more.

Aroma - Aroma's of grapefruit, pineapple lemon rind and a hint of orange up front, followed closely by some sweet caramel malt and strong bready malt on the back end.

Taste - Grapefruit and orange and pineapple head up this beers flavor profile and are followed by salted caramel and some cracker malt on the back end. The malt and hops are balanced beautifully here. This beer really comes together.

Feel - Medium bodied and spritzy with a very crisp finish. Not bad for this style.

Overall - This was my first beer from this brewery or the state of Louisiana and I've gotta say I'm pretty impressed. I would love to try an IPA from them as this was superbly balanaced and drtinks super easy. Definitely worth the try!

May 15, 2016
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