Bayou Teche LA-31 Passionne

It’s so close to being the weekend. Given the heat, I thought this beer would be a good choice.


ABV: 5.74%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Growing wild on our grandfather’s farm fences and in the tree lines all around our Amaudville home, we have consume a lot of fresh passion fruit through the year. The vines still grow abundantly around our family’s crawfish pond and behind the brewery, along the banks of the Bayou Teche. When they are in season, after a hard days work, we look forward to sitting in the shade of a large oak tree on the bayou’s bank, enjoying the pulpy fruit till we nearly make ourselves sick. When they arrived in Acadiana, our French-speaking ancestors discovered the passion fruit growing here and name it ‘grenade’ (pronounced grruh-nod). We still call it that today, the fruit’s juice has a refreshingly tropical, guava-like, sweet/tart flavor. Passionne is our wheat beer, which we brew to quench Acadiana’s warm weather thirsts. The ale is the color of a South Louisiana sun, and pours with the bright citrus flavor of passion fruit.”

Random: I don’t think I’ve ever had passion fruit.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated almost instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, bright orange color and had a lot of carbonation. The nose had some passion fruit and wheat. The taste was lackluster at best. It had some sort of tropical fruit juice, but nothing that I could call out as specifically passion fruit. There was some wheat as well, but nothing else to the beer. The body was thin with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with fruit juice. The bottle was $2.69, which broke down to $.22 per ounce, purchased at Half Time. Despite the reasonable price, this beer was only alright at best.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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