A few weeks ago, I told you about the changes to Bayou Teche’s flagship beers, as well as a new flagship IPA being introduced. Late last week, I was given a sample of each of the beers by Bayou Teche, so it’s time for me to give my thoughts on them.
We’ll start with the LA 31 Biere Pale, which was tweaked a good bit from it’s previous iteration. This beer poured a light bronze color with a bubbly, though small head. It’s not crystal clear, yet not super hazy, either. What stuck out to me the most was the fruitiness and berry notes to both the aroma and flavor. That’s what I got from it. There was a clean bitterness and it was easy to drink. It’s enjoyable and quite an improvement over the previous recipe. It won’t be a hophead’s dream, but that’s not what it’s designed to be. I’d imagine this would pair really well with soft cheeses, as well as spicy foods.
Next was the Acadie, a Biere de Garde style French farmhouse ale. This one poured darker than the Biere Pale, definitely a copper or amber color. There was a soft hop aroma to it, and the best descriptor I have for this beer is clean. It’s an easy to drink beer for someone looking for something more than a light lager or blonde ale, but who doesn’t want a huge blast of hops or big malt bomb. I think it would appeal to the Fat Tire drinker, and it should pair well with a number of south Louisiana cuisines. Truthfully, it was my least favorite of the four, but I think that’s more due to the fact that I’ve become so accustomed to big flavor profiles in the beers I gravitate toward. But this is certainly a well brewed beer that won’t blast your palate.
The Noire was dramatically changed from what it was, and this one was really solid. It poured a dark black and immediately I got notes of dark chocolate on the nose. The taste followed suit and the beer was roasty with a dry finish. This one is almost like a session stout, because it has a light mouthfeel and won’t fill you up or get chewy on you. The farmhouse notes come through more on the finish. I really enjoyed this one, and would say it was my second favorite of the bunch.
Finally, we get to the Swamp Thing IPA. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of hoppy IPAs. So naturally, I was most curious to try this one out. It’s has a simple grain bill of primarily pilsner malt and features Mosaic and Citra hops. I have a love/hate relationship with Mosaic hops, as sometimes I get big tropical fruits and berry flavors from them, yet other times I get a strong onion presence. I’m happy to say that this one fell on the tropical fruit side, balanced by the grapefruit forward notes of the Citra. The aroma seemed a bit muted upon first pour, but as it warmed up, became more prevalent. The clean malt bill really allowed the hops to shine on the palate and there was a nice fruitiness to the flavor from first sip through the finish. There was enough hop bite on the finish to let you know you are drinking an IPA, yet it wasn’t ever bitter. This was certainly my favorite of the four beers, and one that I’ll happily drink on a regular basis.
All in all, I think the three reimagined beers from Bayou Teche as well as the new IPA have them headed in the right direction. Truthfully, I was always curious to try their beers, but rarely did any have me seeking out more. I’ll definitely grab some more Swamp Thing IPA to keep in the rotation, and the Noire is a really solid option for a dark beer when I want something along those lines. Although Acadie may not be my cup of tea, that doesn’t mean it’s not something you will love.
I’m happy to see that Bayou Teche is making changes to their beers that will have me (and hopefully many others) buying more of in the near future. Thanks for the samples Karlos, and thanks to Sami for delivering them.