Bayou Teche LA-31 Boucanee

If you follow the blog, you know that I love barbecue and I really like smoked beers. I’ve never had a smoked wheat beer, so this one jumped out at me when we were at Half Time. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 4.5%

Style: Smoked Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “LA-31 Boucanèe is our acknowledgment of the importance of the wild cherry tree to south Louisiana. Using cherry-wood smoked wheat we craft a surprisingly delicious and unique ale. A cold glass of Boucanèe enhances the taste of many local dishes, whether smoked or not. At our brewery, we enjoy pairing it with chicken and sausage gumbo, barbeque, sausage po-boys, and grilled hamburgers. We can no longer even look at a link of boudin without instinctively opening a cold bottle. Available year round.”

Random: I also saw a feature about this brewery on a beer show. Maybe it was “Brewdogs”?

This brew poured with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. There was a slight crown left on top of the maple colored body with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of wood smoke along with some slight citrus. The taste was intensely smoky. It was like drinking liquid bacon that was extra smoky. There was a touch of wheat to it, but the wood smoke overpowered anything else that might have been in the beer. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with smoke and wood. Although this beer would be a great pairing for barbecue, it could have used more depth. It was $2.69 a bottle, which breaks down to about $.22 per ounce, which isn’t bad at all.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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