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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 darendollar
2.21/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was intrigued by a beer I'd never heard of before and because I appreciate pale ale's I thought it would be fun to try. The beer is fairly balanced but has a strange finish that can be detected in the aroma as well. It's almost as if the quality of the ingredients, hops in particular, are second rate.

Overall, I was not impressed but not about to spit it out or throw it away. A slightly below average beer (especially at $10.00 for a six pack)

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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 boudreaux
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

5.2% ABV. Had on tap at Beer Fest International Beer House, Bourbon Street, NOLA

A: pours out a darker orange color with a small amount of head that I found stuck around throughout the tasting and laced the glass

S: aroma had some bready and caramel malts, with just a hint of citrus hops.

T: pretty malty; a nice balance between the malt front and the clean bitter hop finish.

M: fairly light and carbonated; definitely could be better

D: easy to swallow; very easy...

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Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this new Louisiana brew several times, but have never taken the time to review it. Poured from a bottle into a shaker glass. It pours a copper color with a little haze with very little head.

The aroma is pretty malty for a pale ale, with notes of biscuit and some nutty flavors and a citrus hop flavor.

The taste is also pretty malty, but it does finish with a nice hop note.

The mouthfeel is fine, has a nice carbonation level and it's a drinkable APA, but it's nothing too grand.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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 bmwats
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Moderately heavy carbonation. Very dark golden or very light amber hue. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, off-white head. Settles fairly slowly. No real lacing to speak of.

S: The nose is like a fresh baked French bread. Smart with yeast and malt. You've got a nice smell of molasses, a touch of fresh raspberry, a little spice (thyme, bay, clove I'd say). Has a bit of a floral and woody tone to it.

T: Baked bread goodness. Nice sharp, punchy hop notes. Very slight sweetness. A certain woody and pungent non-specific fruit and spice profile.

M: Light but has almost a syrupy texture. Hop bite hits up front and lingers throughout. Not overly sharp, but something about the combination of Italian style spices in there really puckers the palette.

D: Sip and enjoy or power down and move on. Nose and flavor is enough to make you want to savor, but you can make your away through it and go back for another round easily enough.

Atmosphere is pretty nice. Appearance is nothing special, but is does have a rich hue, and decent enough head. Nose is great. Baked bread is accented with molasses, fruit, and spice characteristics.... and is done well. Flavor has that same baked bread base, nicely combined with the same things you detect in the nose. Tastes like it smells. Great body. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of readbaron
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color - a bit more orange than your average pale ale. Very thin head, not a lot of carbonation evident. Holding it up to the light, there's some strange streaks going through the beer.

Smells nice - lots of apple and peach in the nose. Some hops and malt too.

Tastes like an average pale ale - the fruit that you smell is barely evident - some hops, and malt are present. A bit sweet towards the end. Would probably pair nicely with gumbo.

I don't know if I had an off bottle or what, but it really needs more carbonation.

Plenty drinkable. I won't seek this out, but I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Quinnpin
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: a little darker than i expected, a deep gold. not much head

S: not much there, maybe a bit of fruit but cant really find what it is. as it warmed it picked up some.

T: a little bitter for my taste in a lighter beer, up front a little citrus, and on the end some pine notes.

M: not much here, light and kinda clean.

D: as it went on and warmed it got better and would drink in spring/summer... as its cold as hell out tonight. and would with Louisiana spice and seafood.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one again at a beer dinner last night at Niche restaurant in BR.

I'd had it before and was never really all that impressed, but this time I enjoyed it a good bit more.

As noted by many it's darker than you'd expect from a "Bière Pâle" but it also had a nice head and was a decent looking brew.

The nose was mostly malty, again not really befitting of the name... not as much hops as I expected. The taste was more of the same, malty, a little bit of hops on the end.

A decent, refreshing brew... went well with the food it was paired with, and really I didn't remember much good about this beer from the few previous times I'd tried it, but either it's an improved recipe or a fresh batch made the difference.

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Photo of surlytheduff
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received as an extra from InjuredReserve. Beer poured a hazy light amber old with 1.5 finger of fluffy head. There wasn't much of an aroma - some sweet malts, that was about it; no hops. The taste was a bit yeasty, with bready malts and a bitter finish. There was a slight hint of tropical fruitiness to it. The beer had a medium body and was well carbonated. Average APA.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Abit darker than most pales. More of a crystal clear light amber color. Nice sticky head with good retention.
Unusual aroma but I like it. From the aroma it seems this beer is more spicy/earthy and less citrus/piney.
More citrus in the flavor than the nose but it's still leans heavily toward a more spicy, even grassy hop flavor. Very well balanced and went down very easily. I'm not quite sure what to think of this beer. It's a bit different for a pale ale but I have no quams about style issues. The main thing is it's delish and I wouldn't hesitate to have another.

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

12oz bottle courtesy of injuredreserve into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear medium amber body with a half-inch of tight tan foam; average retention and lace. Nice color and clarity, but a little underwhelming with its carbonation. Good overall.

S: Toffee and caramel maltiness, along with some muted, vaguely citrusy hop notes. The balance is good, the hop aroma is disappointing.

T: Opens with tons of malt sweetness (the caramel and toffee adumbrated in the aroma), followed by a creeping tide of dully spicy hop bitterness. The hops, again, aren't especially compelling, but the finish is clean and pleasantly bitter. Not a bad APA.

M: Fairly light body with a pleasant dose of lively carbonation. Works pretty well, if not quite as smooth as I'd like. It's also a little too sticky.

D: No clue what the ABV is, but it seems a little too sweet and sticky for the style. Still, the hops provide enough bitterness to keep me thirsty.

Notes: Big thanks to Shane for the chance to try this Louisiana local. While not a beer I'll be actively seeking out, I wouldn't turn one down, either. Solid beer.


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Photo of portia99
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (dated 12/13/10...presumably a freshness date) generously shared by nonstick. Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a hazed orangish amber color with lots of particulates floating throughout. A finger of fluffy just off-white head lingers briefly and falls to a thick foamy collar and a skim coat on the surface. Some fine lacing left on the glass.

S - Very fruity and estery...a bit on the berryish side...also some soapy character too. A fair amount of grassy hops and lots of bready goodness for a malt base. Overall gives a slightly sweet impression. Despite this, I'd still say this favors the hops in the balance department.

T - Bready base with a healthy toasted malt component. Toasty is the main descriptor here with just a touch of dark roasted/coffee-ish flavor, although the color doesn't indicate the presene of any heavily kilned malts. Hops are mostly fruity and a bit earthy. Lots of yeast derived esters enhance the fruitiness in the flavor. Bitterness is middle of the road, but probably considered a bit on the high side for an APA. Nothing mind blowing, but definitely a solid example of a pale ale.

M - A solid medium on the body scale with a lively carbonation. Prickly and fizzy on the tongue...I'd call it a soda-like carbonation - a bit on the foamy side. Toasty and roasty flavors and hop bitterness lingers forever into the aftertaste and works pretty well here.

D - A very nice local (well..not for me) pale ale. Pretty well balanced...good variety of hop, malt and fermentation derived flavors that work in harmony pretty well. Not something to go crazy finding, but if this one was placed on my table all night, I'd be fine with it.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade. 12oz bottle...

A: A nice honey copper color with a small white head that fades at a very quick rate leaving a lace atop the brew. Decent.

S: I get some earthy sugars upfront with some bready yeast in the middle and some apple hidden in the back. Decent.

T: I get a heavy yeast and apple flavor upfront. Some breadiness in the middle with not much on the backend. Kind of a strange blend of flavors. Ok.

M: Medium body with a light carbonation. A strange metallic finish. Ok.

D: This goes down good.

All in all, this is nothing special. I'd say this would not be great to try whether or not you enjoy the style. Don't bother.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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 mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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 Metalmonk
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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 mdfb79
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
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 twiggamortis420
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A surprise pickup in Alexandria, LA as I have not heard of this brewery. By the label, it looks like it is currently being brewed under contract by the folks at Lazy Magnolia. 12 oz bottle pours a clear, dark gold/light amber color with a fine-bubbled beige foam. An aggressive pour yields 2-fingers worth of head. Retention is average at best and the lacing is adequate.

Nose is very grainy, and lightly caramel. Hops are moderate with some grassy notes, but this ones falls on the malty end of the spectrum as far as aroma goes.

Sweet, honey drizzled malts and some light toast on the taste. Earthy compared to many of the bright, citrusy versions of the style. Sneaky hop bitterness and decent flavor creep up unsuspecting, like 'Whoa, where did those cones come from, man?' Seems sweet at first, but as you drink more it feels quite balanced. The fresh taste of the beer is really nice, tastes like the grains were crushed yesterday. Pretty good APA, that manages to make a unique imprint...I like it.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bayou Teche LA-31 Bière Pâle (Biere Pale)

Appearance: Amber-orange, small head, and a little lacing.

Smell: Malts, hops, and satsuma citrus.

Taste: Satsuma, flavorful hops, and malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light and smooth.

Lots of flavor. It is very pleasing with a bitter finish.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on draft at Avenue Pub.

Appearance: The beer was a nice golden orange with nice white head. Lacing present throughout and creates nice webbing.

Smell: Nice pungent hop aroma with hints of citrus.

Taste: Nicely balanced pale ale. Has a wonderful hop kick which is balanced nicely with the malty sweetness. The hops provide a nice citrus flavor. I could drink this all day.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: This is a very well done pale ale. I originally had a bad experience with this beer in the bottle but on draft it was very drinkable and what one should expect with a pale ale. With this company Louisiana is slowly becoming a serious contender for great breweries in the South.

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Photo of drpimento
2.43/5  rDev -31.9%
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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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bayou Teche LA-31 Biere Pale has a medium, off-white head and a very clear, sparkling amber color. Aroma is of bread, hops, yeast and has a pronounced citrus aspect. Taste is very good and full. There is a strong orange or marmalade flavor here. The bitter hops level is enjoyable. Mouth-feel is moderate, as is the carbonation level. This beer finishes wet. Overall, this is a very good beer, and I highly recommend it.


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Photo of brewdoc75
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at one of the shops just off Bourbon St. So far, my NOLA trip hasn't been fabulous in the beer department, so I needed a pick me up. This beer pleasantly surprised me.

A: Golden caramel with amber hues. Solid, white head sits on top. Good carbonation for the style.

S: Nice caramel malts and a hint of toffee in the nose. Maybe just a hint of biscut. The hops are floral and slightly citrusy. Very pleasant aroma, but nothing that stands out substantially.

T: Classic APA flavors here. Beautiful balance of caramel malts and citrusy hops. Maybe eve a touch of resiny pine as well. The malts play well with this brew with a good amount of caramel and toffee, and just a touch of breadiness. Well balanced and flavorful.

M: Light/medium bodied. More creamy than crisp. Finishes pretty well, but maybe a touch too sticky.

D: All in all a damn fine APA. Definitely not the best, but it does stand out in front of those average ones. A pleasant surprise on my NOLA trip. Now, if I could just track down some NOLA brewing company beers, my trip would be complete.

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Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured the beer into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Got both the beer and the glass at Philippe's in Lafayette.
The beer poured a nice golden amber with a moderate head of off-white foam. The head didn't linger for any real length of time, and no foam cap or lacing noted.
The aroma pleases from the first sniff, with a light burst of pine, a whisp of citrus, sweet, earthy malts, a nutty aroma, and a touch of fruity esters. The aroma isn't big, powerful and overwhelming, but pleasing and subtle.
The taste leads with a charge of bitterness, braced with malt sweetness. The bitterness lingers on the finish for quite a while and ends quite dry.
The beers has a nice fullness to the mouthfeel and the carbonations suits the style.
A good first offering from this new brewery. I'll definitely be watching out for future offerings from Bayou Teche.

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LA-31 Bière Pâle from Bayou Teche Brewery
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