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LA-31 Bière Pâle | Bayou Teche Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayou Teche Brewery
Louisiana, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by msubulldog25 on 04-15-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
305
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
28.93%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
35
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Reviews by jizdepski:
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4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

been looking forward to trying this one for a while. always nice to see more local craft beer offerings on the shelves. i chilled the bottle to about 50 degrees or so then poured into a pint at room temperature. looks on the golden side of copper...plenty of clarity and a nice white collar. getting nice webby lacing, with little retention. really like how it looks. smells are malty and honey sweet, not a lot of hops but they are there. up front im tasting a malty and bready brew that gives way nicely to a hoppier finish. kind of a grapefruity bitterness at the end, which is fairly dry. i felt the flavors gained more character the warmer the beer became...one thing i really like here is the feel of the body, its a little bit heavier than most apa's, and the carbonation is very delicate; it really does go down wonderfully smooth. drinkability for this one is just about as good as can be. overall this is a very nice pale and much better than i expected or hoped. its not as hoppy as many of the other apas around. does however have a very nice balance of flavors, not overly malty or hoppy, and the nice bittersweet dry finish was very pleasant. looking forward to more from bayou teche for sure.

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Photo of Zakk
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of Tiernan
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: moderate carbonation, minimal head, orange/brown in color, hazy

Smell: honey, caramel, and light citrus hops

Taste: complex mix of honey and caramel, there is also slight citrus and a woodsy hop

Mouthfeel: sweet with a bitter backbone, high carbonation, medium body

Overall: A good pale ale. I like the caramel and woody combo. I could probably do four of these at a time. One of the nicer pale ales I have had in some time.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Americanbrew for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a clear orange color with a white head. The aroma is grassy and spicy hops as well as straw. The flavor is grassy, spicy hops with some apple and wheat. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into pint glass. Thank you shan8454 for this one.

Appearance: Golden amber with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hops, citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Bitter hops and pine notes. Some mild citrus.

Overall: Good brew. Glad I got to try this one out.

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Photo of dankjohn
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of deebo
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Guinness pint glass.

Pours a clear light amber with a fluffy off-white head, very pretty. nose is lightly malty and a bit wheaty, mellow but nice.

Taste is a bit light and slightly astringent, but it's malty and slightly bitter on the finish, grassy hops and a sharp crisp mouthfeel. Nothing too complex but I think it's a decent example of the style and a beer that could get people to leave the BMC camp.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in Brookhaven GA.
Flavor: Has a nearly equal malt/hop balance. Rather malty for style although the hops come out in the finish and aftertaste.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation.

O. More like a brown ale than an APA. Well crafted if unexceptional.

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Photo of jeschaefer
2.77/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Dface
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamesStreet
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of lcdawg
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of WickedBeer
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure why do many haters on this one. Tastes great sitting on a balcony on Bourbon Street on a sunny day. Thumbs up.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tremendous thanks to msubulldog25 for this bottle! Never heard of this brewery. And away we go...

Pour results in a standard pale ale look: Slight dirty white head, a quarter-inch and fading pretty quickly; color is a rusty orange, nice clarity. Not much lace.

Not much nose, either. Faint mango, a bit musty, mild peanut. Could it be alcohol I'm getting most? Considering the style, either my sniffer's outta whack, or the beer is.

Flavor is pretty toasty, and there's the kind of earthy spiciness of rye. A touch of tropical fruit (mango, pineapple), but this seems more about the malt and that herbal/spicy character. Grassy in the finish. A little bit of alcohol nip seems to add to the spicy element. Kind of reminds me of Rogue's Chatoe Rogue "Ore"gasmic pale ale that I had last week.

Goes down smoothly enough, a nice balance of tingle, silkiness and airiness. Even a bit chewy, considering the style.

This is definitely a unique-tasting pale ale. Maybe a little off, or maybe they meant it to be this way. Either way, it's nothing I'll have exceptionally fond memories of once the glass is empty. Just lacks some kind of "je ne sais quois," despite being fairly unique. The fact that it's nearly empty already does speak to its drinkability...or maybe it's because it's the hottest day of the year so far?

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Photo of madakassal
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tetu
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bayou Teche LA-31

Appearance: Mainly clear gold-amber body with an orange cast to the full pint. Creamy, short head of off-white foam.

Aroma: Malty, nutty, earthy, gently herbal, lightly fruity. What hops are there are more spicy, minty, and herbal than anything else; and the fruitiness is clearly from the yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a median carbonation level.

Flavor: Solidly bitter right up front, supported by gently sweetish, straw-like and grainy malt with a hint of caramel and butterscotch. Perhaps a touch over-done. Some of the spicy hops sneak in, and a surprising fruitiness arises with a hint of citrus to it. The bitterness softens a bit as it warms across the middle, and it finishes in-balance with a lingering bitterness.

Overall: Interesting beer. Unique. Belgian-style but not quite... it has an American edge of un-refinement to it. Bold. Brash. Bitter. Worth trying.

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Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pack from Roushes in New Orleans. It poured a clear amber with a short head, but left sticky lacing. The aroma is a bread crust and light toffee mix with a touch of honey, but little hops character. There's a pleasant piney, lemon hop finish that balances out the sweet malts. This is certainly on the hoppy end of the style's spectrum, but it's a good beer. Drinkable and malty with a respectable hops component. Worth a try.

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LA-31 Bière Pâle from Bayou Teche Brewery
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