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Bayou Teche LA 31 Bière Noire



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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Alt-style Schwarzbier
On our grandparents’ farm, our grandmother would brew a grègue of café noir every morning for our grandfather’s pre-dawn breakfast. At the end of each week, after the obligatory Sunday dinner, she would brew numerous pots of it. Each and every one of the adults would then sip demitasses of the strong black coffee, laughing loudly and speaking French even louder.

We wanted to create a beer that paid homage to what café noir meant to our French speaking ancestors. Café noir was more than a cup of coffee – its presence conveyed love and appreciation, and expressed a cheerful welcome.

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. It goes great with grilled steaks, hamburgers, or sausage po-boys, any spicy blackened Cajun dish, or a dinner table surrounded by those you most cherish.

À votre santé.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cajun (411) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - SEP 7, 2016
Bottle - Pours dark brown/black, fizzy beige head. Aroma of dark roasted malt, bakers chocolate, and Coke. First sip is of chocolate muffin, then a weak coffee, dark roasted grain, leading to a very mild hops bitter. Bakers chocolate aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JDBaker11058 (1963) - Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2016
appearance: light for the style--clear cola brown, with two fingers of forthy, fizzy medium tan head with a rocky top, which slowly shrinks to a thick cap. aroma: molasses, chocolate, hint of black licorice, roasty coffee with a good dose of vanilla--smells pretty good. taste: taste is much lighter than the aroma; mineral water, watery coffee, ash, cocoa powder. finish: clean and dry, with a lingering minerality. notes: Palate is way too light at zingy for the style; flavor and mouthfeel did not match the aroma, which had created some anticipation. Overall a letdown. Bottle courtesy of George after a trip to Louisiana.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (4225) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 19, 2016
Bottle at Green Goddess, NOLA, 1.5.16. Very dark brown. Roasty aroma with a little bit of sweet caramel, raisins and prune. Roasty, bitter maltiness with some grassy hops . Light body, abrupt roasty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerenberger (1601) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2016
Aroma of Coca Cola. Pours a solid black with no head or lacing. The taste is bitter coffee with a hint of sweetness in the finish. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, not bad but not great either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (2564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2016
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (10500) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2016
On tap at Ole Saint. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is roasted malt and cocoa. Thin mouth, roast, chocolate, lingering dryness, ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2016
(12oz bottle) Pours a clear mahogany body with a tall rocky beige-grey head. Aroma of roasted malt, mustiness, caramel, and minerals. Flavor of caramel, roasted grain, dried dark fruit, earthiness, and nuts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttoadee (1296) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Very dark amber pour, finger of tan head. Nose is coco & light malt. SLight malt sweetness. Middle is chicory and chocolate. Finish is a little thin, but bittersweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Block (2324) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 27, 2015
I had this one after I just landed in New Orleans. It’s a very mild porter and I would call it more of a light ale with some roasted malts. Not too roasted, just a bit more malty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RebelSaint (7) - - AUG 12, 2015 does not count
Dark roasted bouquet with a hint of malt. Earthy with a woody hint. Very dark appearance............cannot see my fingers through the other side of the pint, which is proper. A very dark brown with a frothy head. Heavy, almost caramel, flavor. For a dark beer, nothing even close to being bitter. Full bodied but with a surprisingly mild fizz. This is very close to being the finest beer I have ever had.

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