LA-31 Bière Pâle | Bayou Teche Brewery

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LA-31 Bière PâleLA-31 Bière Pâle

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Bayou Teche Brewery
Louisiana, United States

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.

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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of herbal hops and biscuit malts are present in the nose. It becomes a little maltier as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of biscuit hops along with notes of earthy yeast and hints of herbal hops, the latter of which also contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be rather interesting as it's quite different compared to typical American Pale Ales and seems a little reminiscent of a Bière De Garde.

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: An impressive arrival, with a two-fingered head squatted on the amber liquid; delivered copious amounts of lace on the way down

Smell: Graham cracker malt, with nuts, stone fruit and earthy hops

Taste: Graham cracker malt, up front, with the fruits, nuts and herbal hops building in the middle; well-balanced, after the swallow and in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nothing spectacular and, for a new "style" it could have more of a Belgian character; still the malt flavors were intriguing and while there is not that much of a hop profile, the beer was very well-balanced

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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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from optimator13 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light murky gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some grassy hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of floral hops bitterness that has an odd herbal signature to it that I have not tasted before. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, once you get used to the taste it's a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another night of epic tastings before i have to take a forced long break. i decided to go with six more new beers last night and had a really fun time with them. served in pint glass and consumed on 11/05/2010.

the pour with a nice medium amber color with a good sized head of what that came up and over the top of the glass and left some nice lacing all over.

aroma of deep citrus hops, loads of rich malts balancing it out quite nicely with a smooth and even profile that was a nice, welcome way to start the evening. crisp and clean taste again with hops right up from that start off with a nice bite and move to a buttery mid palate that seems to give a bit of a fullness. clean and lightly dry finish seals it off quite nicely.

overall a really solid offering here and something i would have no issue in going back to at all.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours an amber color with on head or carbonation.

s - Smells of grain, bready malts, and sour dough.

t - Tastes of wheat, bready malts, and smooth caramel malts.

m - Medium body and high carbonation that stings the tongue.

d - An average APA; nothing really stood out about this one. Wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

First off, this is way more English pale ale than American to me. There is a minimal hop influence that should be a good bit more. I'm not talking that I want an obnoxious slap to the mouth. I just want something. Or, something more. Nice toasted tone to it, if I'm going to be positive about something.

This was an expensive single, even by NYC standards. I would expect more for the price. Though I am happy to support a brewery out of a state that doesn't have a robust brewing scene.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass. Best by Nov 16th 2014.

Lots of cola sticking bubbles on the sides of the glass. A white simple head of three fingers forms, but disappears quickly into a thick bubbly collar and thin puck. Body color is a cloudy orange amber, somewhat hazy as well.

An interesting perfume and floral sweetness, coupled with a mild sugar brown sweetness. Kind of minimal and not really that impressive, but a good decent malt backbone aroma. A little bit of sweet clove character as well. A bit subdued.

Palate hits interestingly. Aftertaste has a good thick caramel finish, with a hint of pine like hop and coating. Mild sense of treacle and molasses, with a tight and crispy like finish. An interesting balance and almost toffee crisp but fleeting, with a good thick and controlled coat in the palate, hitting every crevice of the palate.

Overall seems disappointing at first, but actually improves. Worth exploring, and a for a second drink someday.

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Photo of jwc215
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber with a thin head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel. A bit of metallic herbal notes.

The taste is of caramel, some candy and a touch of metallic floral/herbal notes. Leans malty. The subtle, floral hops almost clash.

Lighter-side of the APA spectrum.

Something about it almost clashes, as noted above. Mild caramel with some herbal notes. Even if I wanted a malt-leaning APA, I doubt I would choose this one (unless it was a limited selection.) The overall character didn't make me want more than the one.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at Beer Fest on Bourbon Street in NOLA. The beer was poured in an oversized tumbler, and it was a hazy, pale yellow-gold coloring with a foamy, thin, white head. The nose is heavy with grapefruit and hops. Floral flavors initially, quickly followed by bitter green hops. The beer has a surprisingly light body for all the character in the nose and taste. It does leave a decent lacing along the glass, and the robust flavors accumulate while you drink, making this a tough one to drink large quantities of in one sitting. There is a floral aftertaste, with a wilting finish. Tasty beer.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Chris (spycow). Served in a Surly pint glass on a hot summer day. Look like it is best before September 21st, 2011.

A - Finger-plus of creamy white foam settles to a thick cap, plus some splotches of lace. Transparent golden caramel body with visible slow-moving bubbles.

S - Herbal and grassy hops, some pine and lemon, and a cracker and toffee malt backdrop. A pretty solid APA.

T - Taste is less enjoyable, and features some buttery diacetyl notes. Otherwise it's a fairly sweet pale ale with a hefty dose of sugar malts, grassy hops, and fairly low bitterness.

M - Carbonation is a bit high for my tastes, and tends to the prickly side of the spectrum. However I appreciate the dry finish and hefty medium body. Some resinous oils linger after swallowing.

D - Remedy the diacetyl and this becomes a pretty enjoyable pale ale that would really high the spot down on the bayou. That being said, I found it rather easy to put down a 12oz bottle with dinner.

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Photo of Gavage
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: clear orange in color with a short 1/4" head thats breaks down quickly.

Smell: light caramel and a hint of floral hops are soft on the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange citrus, and a mild floral hop presence are the main flavors. Very simple and straight forward pale ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Relatively clean aftertaste.

Overall: a mild pale ale that won't overly excite you but it is mildly refreshing.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to injuredreserve for this beer.

Pours a clean/clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a little hop note. The taste is malty, hoppy, slightly sweet, with some caramel. Medium body, the finish is dry/bitter. Drinkable, not too bad of an APA.

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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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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is kind of malty, a bit of hops. Taste is light and refreshing. Well balanced bready malts and piney hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall an easy drinking and quality beer.

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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 Immortale25
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing trickles down the glass leaving clots of lacing behind.

S- Sweet cereal grain from the malt, mild hop aroma and a surprising amount of effervescence. Also an odd buttery smell as multiple sniffs are taken.

T- Good balance between the malt and hops with a pleasant bittersweet duality. Very drinkable but I don't know if it's a given that it's like that since there's no ABV listed.

M- Has a crisp bite with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- I don't know why this beer has such a low score. Yeah, it doesn't have that "wow" factor, but it's a decent pale ale with plenty of good qualities.

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

Pours a lightly hazed copper orange, little off-white head and some retention. Scent leads with a splash of citrus and grassy hops and does little to move away from that, faint touch of lightly sugary and fresh malted grain. Taste begins with a mild presence of citrus, grassy and spicy hops, malt backbone has some light tastes of fresh grain, added sugar f. Lighter side of medium bodied, good carbonation. A decent pale that could stand a bit more hops

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Served on draft in a shaker pint glass.

Dark copper in color, white head. Earthy hop and sweet malt aroma. A bit of caramel in the taste, herbal hops, okay flavors . Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of Brad007
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a mild amber color with a golden hue and thick white head into my glass. I don't think that I've any of their offerings.

Just a touch of pine bitterness in the nose. Not much else to write about.

Drinks like an English pale ale. Buttery malt but with enough bitterness to differentiate it from such.

Sweet, buttery malt lines the back of the throat.

It's certainly drinkable. Not sure if I'd pick it up again though.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of injuredreserve. Best by 12/31/10 indicated on the label. Served in a standard pint. Pours a light copper with a semi-hazy clarity. No head, merely a thin band around the edges and a broken slick across the surface. No lacing on this one. Not much happening in the nose - a light, floral hops aroma and a suggestion of citrus. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of a mild caramel malt character. There's also a touch of light, slightly acidic fruit in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a lively carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Not a bad APA, but there is something in the flavor profile that just doesn't quite do it for me.

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Photo of champ103
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Walk On's in Lafayette.

A: Pours with a light haze. Golden/orange color. A one finger white head forms, and recedes in a minute to nothing. Light lace.
S: Soapy, oily hops. Buttery diacetyl. Plenty of flaws in the nose.
T: Lightly soapy with that same diacetyl kind of flavor. Though more of a floral, grassy, citrus flavor. Some caramel malt as well. Still the same flaws.
M/D: A light and thin body. A bit under carbonated. Easy enough to drink. I finished the pint without a problem.

Not really bad, but enough flaws (soap, oil, diacetyl) to keep me from coming back.

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Photo of drpimento
2.43/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had another of this breweries' beers a couple of hours ago at a local bar and it was decent. So, I had high hopes for this one. Let down. However, I did get it at a quick mart, so can't expect too much. Poured with decent white head and some lace. Color is a clear amber. Flavor is light struck and a bit skunky. Hops taste a bit stale too. And maybe oxidized - wet paper. Body is ok and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor. Wont' finish the bottle.

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