LA-31 Bière Noire | Bayou Teche Brewery

LA-31 Bière NoireLA-31 Bière Noire
BA SCORE
3.59/5
136 Ratings
LA-31 Bière NoireLA-31 Bière Noire
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayou Teche Brewery
Louisiana, United States
bayoutechebrewing.com

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
We use specially roasted German malts and select American hops which provide our LA-31 Bière Noire a small bite of noble bitterness and a dry, French roasted coffee flavor.

Added by EgadBananas on 10-08-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,474
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
136
pDev:
11.14%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 26
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in Brookhaven GA.
Near black and opaque with s small head that soon reduces to a ring.

Very mild aroma. Fortunately. there is more flavor although it too is rather mild. More Black Beer than porter. Moderate malty with each hops to keep the bitter/sweet balance in check.

O. Satisfying and recommended.

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Photo of nickfl
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours ebony with a pinky of mocha colored head. Stays effervescent, nice lacing & head retention

S: Roastyness & dark fruit

T: Roastyness, & dark fruit up front, some chocolate notes. Roasty, some herbal hop notes & a little bit fig as this warms, a little bit of leafy hops as well, dryness, & a little smokeyness. Finishes with a little roastyness, leafy hops & figs

MF: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, carbonation picks up as this warms

Tasty, seems a bit porter like at first, but easy enough to drink & comes around

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
2/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imbibehour
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A big sudsy and froth tan head, growing to an easy fistfull big size, and slowly settling. Give to ring lacing, and foamy rivers when tipped. Body color is a classic dark walnut brown and nearly black with some clarity through the head. Really nice looking.

Good light roasted dark grains on the nose. Some faint milk chocolate, almost a clean mineral finish but with a bigger malt sensing depth coming. Some powdery quality of light cocoa as well and dried nuts.

Very nice light bodied, with a good finish. Light roast turns more towards coffee and chocolate, with a good thick quenching palate. Some nice yeast and malt thickness here for the body as well, with an almost crackly taste.

Overall a real nice refresher. Doesn't quite remind me of schwarzbier, but a solid dark ale if there was one.

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Photo of Dicers
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some roasted malts. Taste is smooth, roasted malts, some hints of chocolate. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall an easy drinking and solid beer.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of fthegiants
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Taste is roasty malt, a bit of creamy sweetness and I detect a small touch of coconut. Good beer, but the body is a tad light for the style. That said, I would not pass this up.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of TX-Badger
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with tan colored head. Roasted malts, some cocoa, and some coffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a lot of roasted malt character.

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Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Immortale25
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. There's Best By: written on the bottleneck but the date is mostly wiped off so it's unreadable.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small sheer clot of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring around the edge of the glass.

S- Odd aroma that's borderline soapy and not pleasant. Also some roasted malt somewhere in there.

T- Mildly roasted malt brings some light chocolate and coffee to the table and lingers a bit. Pretty smooth and refined as per the style. Easy to drink but still flavorful. Touch of hop bitterness.

M- A bit thin but the body is sturdy enough for it not to be watery. Medium-low carbonation.

O- Pretty decent Schwarzbier. That strange aroma is something that I've encountered in other Bayou Teche beers as well as some of Lazy Magnolia's. I wonder if these breweries use tap water to brew and it's similar since they're within 150 miles of each other. Or it could be the yeast. Puzzling.

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3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

Served from the tap in shaker pint glass.

Black with ruby in the corners of the glass., foamy off white head. Mild toasty roasty aroma - a bit of coffee and chocolate. Slick oily mouthful, moderate carbonation.
Overall a nice balance of flavor and easy drinkability.

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3.66/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of AgentMunky
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Illegibly stamped in the bottom right-hand corner of the label.

A: A gentle pour results in 85% of my glass immediately filling with head. I am nonplussed. Slowly, terribly slowly, the beer level rises. The monstrous head is textured, creamy, and pitted. The beer is dark chestnut, but crystal clear in direct lighting.

S: Roasted malts have a sweetish cereal tint.

T: Erm...I don't know if the beer is supposed to be like this. Thin and sour, with lots of fruity strangeness before a lightly bitter endtaste. It tastes like a Schwarzbier, but the mouthfeel accentuates the almost metallic sweetness that pervades most of the taste. Carbonation is spotty.

O: While open to the possibility that this is just a bad bottle, because the beer wasn't *obviously* faulty, I review it anyway. A mediocre black ale with half-hearted roast and a really offputting mouthfeel. Not recommended.

EDIT: After making it through half the glass (and eating some food), the beer is starting to grow on me. Perhaps I was a little harsh. Bumping the Mouthfeel from 1.5 to 2.0 accordingly. It's still not great, but it's drinkable.

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LA-31 Bière Noire from Bayou Teche Brewery
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 136 ratings
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