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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   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.

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jezmez68's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jezmez68 (404) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Simple schwarzbier, except made with black malt instead of a dehusked Carafa, so you get all the astringency of, say, a stout. Aroma of black malt, smooth flavor with a French Roast bite. Got this one at Beer Fest on Bourbon Street and walked down the street with it. Delicious. I now know what I’m going to do with that half pound of black malt I have in the basement. Thanks for the inspiration.

ehaak26 (710) - - AUG 7, 2017
Bottle from Rouse’s Market. Aroma is roasted malts with coffee and a bit of hop.

rondphoto (4494) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 20, 2017
bottle @ Calandro’s / Baton Rouge LA --- Nearly opaque black-brown color, deep tan head that stops at 1", waves of lace. Taste is somewhat chalky toasted malt that moves swiftly through light carbonation to a hard-edged roasted hoppy thing, then gradually moves back a little to sweet. The chalk is a distraction.

StevieT (2039) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2016
From a bottle. Nice roasted flavour and aroma, restrained hop profile, smooth and very drinkable.

jbruner (5285) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2016
Pours a deep black from the bottle with thin bubbly tan head that leaves light lace. Aroma of mild roast and a faint hint of Belgian yeast. Taste is pretty much just the roast and a bit of fruity yeast. Almost schwarzbier, but it’s an ale not a lager, meh.

Andrew196 (1993) - Katy, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2016
Bottle - damn near black in color, thin beige head, spotty lace. Aroma is dark roast coffee, licorice. Thin mouthfeel, dry, medium carbonation. Taste is an earthy coffee, cocoa powder. Not bad, feels like a chain brewpub porter though.

Cajun (541) - 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.

JDBaker11058 (2351) - 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.

kerenmk (5169) - 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.

Beerenberger (1605) - 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.

TXBadger (2811) - 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.

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