Bayou Teche Brewing, Arnaudville, LA
Cocodrie is Cajun French for alligator, and this Belgian style ale is stuffed with enough hops to stand up to a sauce-piquant prepared with one. We recklessly crammed IPA-worthy additions of hops (six separate hop additions, plus dry hopping) into an elegant and tastefully brewed Tripel – the spice and fruit flavors from the yeasts mix with the sumptuous hop flavors to create a rich, yet dangerously drinkable IPA.
Our interpretation of the celebrated Tripel IPA style of beer is crafted with a generous amount of Pilsner malt which insures this ale clocks in at just over 8 percent ABV. Our brewmaster, Gar Hatcher selected strains of French and Belgian yeasts for their complementary fruit and spice flavors which meld with the multiple additions of elegant European hops. Cocodrie is then dry-hopped with French and Styrian hops which provides this beer its fruity, citrus, herbal and spicy hop aroma. Available July to December.
Cocodrie is a clear dark gold in color and smells like a Belgian! It also tastes like a Belgian! This pleases Large Marge to no end. We wouldn’t have guessed that this is an IPA. So far, this is our favorite of the Bayou Teche brews that we’ve tried. We are curious about the ABV though – if below 7%, we’ll absolutely get a 6-pack.
Would we have this again? Yes
Would we get a 6-pack? Large Marge says Yes!