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LA-31 Bière Pâle | Bayou Teche Brewery

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LA-31 Bière PâleLA-31 Bière Pâle

Brewed by:
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 deepchills
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6 pack at Bruno's in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Roll Tide Roll!

Clear, lite, copper pour with an inch of big, bubbly head that rapidly dissapated. No head or lacing to speak of throughout the remainder of the tasting.

Light hoppy nose with strong herbal notes. A more bready nose came out as the beer warmed slighlty, though this one goes down easily (insert joke here), so it doesn't have much time to get too warm.

Gratifying maltiness mixed evenly with citrus and bread. Crisp finish.

This is a fine pale ale, which you could easily session. I'll be sure to buy more when I'm back in the Motherland.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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 garuda
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep gold, thick white head has good retention and lacing.

S/T - Yeast mostly, with some herbal, pine hops and grain malts.

M - Light body, high carbonation, finishes clean with a lingering bitterness.

O - Decent, but not memorable. Comes across as more of a Belgian style rather than the American designation.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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 acevenom
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy golden brown with a finger length white head. It smells like pale malts and maybe mild citrus. The flavor is malty and hoppy. There's a spicy component to this beer thanks to the hops. The finish is bitter and dry. The mouthfeel is light to medium. It's well balanced and accompanies local cuisine pretty well. It's a very solid beer that almost feels like an IPA rather than an APA.

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Photo of Meerkey
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright copper, slight haze, bubbles, huge head that stays forever and great lacing. Super attractive.

S: Light, not very strong. Some sweet malts and light citrus. Ok.

T: Refreshing, nice enough, but not exceptional. Some citrus and some malts. A little bready. Alright.

M: Nice. Creamy and smooth. Some carbonation.

O: A refreshing, drinkable beer. Attractive and feels nice, but in smell and flavor it just doesn't stand out in a crowd.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Really nice two fingers of head with great retention. Some bubbles within the cloudy, honey-brown pale ale. Great lacing.

S: Lagery yeast and pale malts. Not unsurprising, but not particularly appealing.

T/M: Initially creamy, with a strong, substantial mouthfeel. This is exceedingly pleasant, but led me to expect a more flavorful beer. Some citrus, especially on the endtaste, but otherwise, light, malty, and...beery? Just plain. It's completely unoffensive but also literally unremarkable.

O: Not a bad beer, but just one I don't think is above average. In fact, aside from a great mouthfeel and really attractive appearance, there is nothing compellingly good or bad to say. Not recommended. Would drink again, but would never go out of my way to do so.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
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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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade with my NOLA cousin, and am curious to see how Louisiana does pale ale.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden amber color, with a two finger head comprised of tiny bubbles that slowly reduces, leaving minimal lacing down the sides.

Has a grassy, straw like aroma. Almost funky, the malt is much more roasted than one would expect for a pale ale.

Has a peppery, hoppy taste from start to finish. Simple in its approach to the style, there's a mild honey malt backbone to the gum tingling bitter hops that are fully present.

Medium bodied, with a bitter dry finish.

A decent pale ale, solid in its approach, this is working well as a beer-in-hand while I grill up a few strip steaks for dinner.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says brewed by Lazy Magnolia in Kiln, MS. for Bayou Teche. Coded "12 16", whatever that means. Pours to a creamy head and good lacing. Color is orange amber, and beer appears to be filtered. Aroma is a hit of sweet malt, caramel and grassy/spicy hops. Hints of yeast rolls. Slight phenolic detected (I have an unusually low threshold for detecting it). Flavor is a rush of sweet malt and spicy/grassy hop tones with a hit of clove (phenolic again) that gives way to a bready, toasty, but dry malt finish. Hop bitterness is low but the beer is sufficiently dry to balance. Mouthfeel is light and CO2 is good. Overall, this is a good, tasty beer that most people can enjoy. It tastes like an Abita Amber would if it were pumped up a notch and brewed with a British ale yeast, which is a perfect match to the local cuisine. This is an APA in name only. I think they invented a new style.

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Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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 JayAre46
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a lightly colored amber or lamber, good white head sits on top, 1 finger, kinda rocky shows good retention. forgot to mention, i hate the bottle

A - sweet grassy aroma, grainy biscuts, the subtle sweet is throwing me off, not much of a hop aroma.

T - the beginning is not bad, grassy again, pale malt that moves into a decent bitterness not found in the aroma, a ligering green apple flavor is around, oh shit.

M - medium to light bodied, good carbonation and perfect amount of gnome stabbing on the palate. smooth? no. refreshing? almost

O - this beer pretty much is not very good, about as good as that sentence. its not bad its just not good, im glad i had the experience with bayou teche brewery. more hops, clean it up and it will be decent.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a traditional copper with some slight orange hues. There is a nice 1 inch head that forms and sticks around for a while.

S - Aroma is slightly grassy and herbal and with some mild citrus. Definitely typical APA. There is also a nice supporting malt backbone. Biscuity, toasty and bready.

T & M - Flavor starts off with a more subdued hop character. There is more of a malty presence. The hops come back on the back end a give a nice citrusy punch with some slight pineapple and mango hints as well. The finish is dry, bitter and slightly fruity.

O - Good pale with a nice balance. Good flavors and mouthfeel.

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Photo of popery
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes 12/20/10. Bottle. Pours a transparent medium amber-gold with a foamy white head that sticks well to the walls of the glass. The aroma has some light herbal/citric hop notes and a nice biscuity caramel malt note. More malt forward than I’m used to from CA pales but I can appreciate the direction. The taste starts sweet with some good notes of bread and citrus and finishes with a gentle but persistent bitterness. A good citrus rind/vegetal bitter note lingers in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy but gets a tad watery in the finish. A pleasant surprise and a solid enough beer.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-medium amber with a nice creamy tan head. great lacing

S-passion fruit, guava, grapefruit. smells great, but not strong enough. but wow its tasty smelling

T-comes in with a beautifully bitter tropical fruit flavor.its a good quality taste but doesn't last too long before heading in to a hoppy/grainy after-taste that reminds me of a pilsner. its really tasty.

M-medium carbonation with a good crisp finish

O-well this is probably one of the best APAs i've ever had. its so hoppy that it borderlines a full IPA. the tastes all mesh together so well. i could drink this all night long. this needs to be everywhere! this is very well put together. find this, and buy this!

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Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tolann and her friends for sharing beers a month or so back at her basement party. This one poured a pale amber color with a small white head. I got some tartness on the nose, with aromas of biscuit and hops. On the palate, light bodied with a little tartness, some hops and biscuit.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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 hoptualBrew
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no freshness or bottled date on it - or abv %.

Pours a thin carbonated transluscent amber color into pint glass. Two fingers of frothy off white/tan cream head sticks around for about half minute. Receeding to the brew until a thing layer remains. No lacing on the glass.

The nose on this pale is very interesting! Smells fresh yet mildly funky & hoppy. Reminds me of a mild saison with some additional hops thrown in.

Taste is not bad - nothing special though. Pale malts, cirtus rinds, pepper & mild hop bitterness come through. The funk I got in the nose is not as pronounced. End & after taste is a bit strange though - almost soapy. Not really something I want lingering at the back of my tongue.

This brew has it right with feel though, very nice for a pale ale - good carbonation, not too thin or too thick. If only that aftertaste wasnt so soapy strong.

This was brought back to me from Louisiana by my old man - very appreciative of his generosity!

Overall, not too bad for a pale ale - but I might have to give a few of the 6pak away.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at 13 Monaghan.

Light side of amber, not too hazy, with a passably Belgian head of white foam. Sticky.

Nose has hints of citrus, a light peppery Belgian yeast note, and you can almost smell the carbonation and fizz.

Flavor is definitely clean, almost lagery crisp, but a little watery. Vaguely Belgian yeast strain with very pale, sweet malts and touches of citrus and hay from the hops.

Finishes with a dose of diacetyl butteriness. Body seems full enough but the flavor is watery. This was crisp enough for a humid New Orleans day but not among my favorites.

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Photo of champ103
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
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 trappistlover
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle courtesy of Fata!!) Pours hazy light copper with massive off-white head. Nice carbonation. Aroma of bread/biscuit, nice sweet florals and hard candy. Taste is sweet malt and a sharp hop bite that fades into the background allowing the malts to resurface. Medium bodied with an oily texture and bitter finish. A respectable beer here

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +5%
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 CampusCrew
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

appearance: golden with extremely high head with low head retention

smell: sublte hop aroma,

taste: light and refreshing, herbal with some decent hop flavor

mouthfeel: light bodied, way too much carbonation, jeez...

drinkability: great flavor belgian pale but its overcarbonated.

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Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
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 thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to optimator13 for sending me this one during The Small Aquatic Mammal BIF '11! Bottled 01/23/11. Served from bottle into a Warsteiner mug. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, nutmeg, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, orange zest, nutmeg, and citrus hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. I was not really a fan of the nutmeg aspect I picked up on in this one. It really seemed out of place. While it wasn't intrusive however, it just wasn't overly pleasant. Decent aroma coming off of this one though. It is worth trying at least once, but that is about it.

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LA-31 Bière Pâle from Bayou Teche Brewery
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