La 31 Biere Pale

Louisiana
United States
La 31 Biere Pale Bayou Teche Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Using Belgian malts and American hops and yeast, LA-31 Bière Pâle is a distinct new style of beer.  Traditionally brewed, Bayou Teche classifies 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.

Profile

ABV: 
6.0%
IBUs: 
27
Served at: 
40°
Hops: 
Liberty
Malts: 
Pilsner, Vienna, Biscuit
Judges Review 
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Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Dedicated to creating beers that honor strong Acadian roots, the brewers at Bayou Teche have created a “Louisiana Pale Ale” to pair with Cajun and Creole cuisine. A faint floral hop hint wafts over notes of freshly toasted English muffins and Tupelo honey, all commingling to form a nuanced nose. Tom dug some “frail minty and peppery” hops out from under the warm, buttered toast malt notes, finding the overall aroma “too malt-centric and lacking in definition and hop character.” LA Biere 31 Pale lives up to its name. It pours crystal clear and light golden, donning a persistent, velvety, snow-white head. A firm bitterness and floral/spicy hop notes carry the flavor, with the slightly nutty Belgian malts laying down a solid foundation underneath. “Notably bitter and slightly thin-bodied” were Pete’s first impressions, yet he worked past that and found “pleasant hints of strawberries and even tangerine peel.” Overall, Pete found the beer “kind of neutral and lacking a distinct character.” Tim found the beer “balanced toward hops,” yet he enjoyed the complexity lent by “light, toasty, crusty white bread” malt notes, deeming this a “cleanly brewed session beer for hop lovers.” Straddling the line between unassuming and assertive, Bayou Teche is pushing the boundaries and expanding beer’s horizons. Although not yet widely distributed, LA 31 Biere Pale is capable of gracing the tables of crawfish boils throughout Acadiana and beyond.

Popular Reviews

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My Score: 
91
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
37/ 40
Mouthfeel: 
9/ 10
Overall Impression: 
18/ 20
Taste develops from first opening til end of bottle, super fruity like driving in country spring day, slow and quiet enough to hear bees buzz, a fine one to turn French Canadians to while doing visiting the region. Picked up at Whole Foods, ugh, have kombucha in three different places. The kind of beer that would be sold in biergarten at willie wonka’s factory. Mid life aroma, like a sophisticated perfume developed over many seasons in the heat. Sultry voice lays a heavy breath on back of neck, a whole other wave of aromatics as her hair dangles around your face, hitting olfactory delights seated in childhood candy shops, cloudy with a silt laden atmosphere waiting to spring into moss. Goes down easy as a nap in a hammock, next to a brook cooling the air with droning tribal chill upstream evaporating into natural air conditioning. Picking this up worth the work day trip to Whole Foods no matter how convoluted their shop is. Part 2, Instacart took me to Whole Foods again, took a while to find it, as with everything else in that store, seems like it’s the same batch as earlier, a bit older tasting. The cap has a big role in the aroma and flavor drunk out of bottle. Whoever is making this seems like the kinda country Cajun chef who can make armadillo taste great and gator tail tender enough to eat with a minimum of dental care. Foam quiet as night on bayou where even the crickets and frogs know better than to make their presence known to the swamp folk who will use the former as a spicy batter addition when frying up the latter. Smells like a good old beer that someone in overalls would recognize as such, yet please the inner epicure responsible for the large belly despite lack of fast food and even grocery stores. Copper color precious like that of some treasured trinket kept under the bed in a special box by some kid who does not have tv to substitute for imagination. Grateful the fine people of Bayou Teche share this creole of sorts between modern west coast pale ale but with Belgian malts and German lager style Liberty hops.