Pecan Harvest Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Pecan Harvest AlePecan Harvest Ale

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Ratings: 950
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.62%
Wants: 13
Gots: 91 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: acrawf6 on 02-05-2007

Pecan Harvest Ale is made with real Louisiana pecans that have been toasted to perfection. That makes it something really special, because most beers with a nutty flavor or aroma aren’t made with real nuts. The natural oils from the Louisiana pecans give the ale a light pecan finish and aroma.

20 IBU
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Photo of oberon
3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pecan harvest ale something different to try,poured a beautiful rich amber/brown with a tight formed well sustained 1/2 white head very nice to look at.Very muted aromas a little of the nuttiness imparted from the pecans and a touch of caramel not much hop presence to be had,mild but "nice" flavors a little nutty and on the drier side with some biscuit qualities a bit of residual earthiness in the finish.Nothing remarkable about this beer but its food friendly and has a little flavor.

Photo of tectactoe
2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Pecan Harvest Ale ironically pours a soft pecan shade of brown with some copper and even dark-amber flashing around the edges. Mild clarity throughout, capped with a thin, off-white layer of soapy and borderline-fizzy head. No lacing of any kind, as the head only lasts for about thirty seconds or so before it's gone forever.

I would suspect that the aroma of a beer like this be primarily malt-heavy, and my suspicions were confirmed upon taking a whiff of the beer. Caramel malts, toast, biscuit, and a bit of wood-laden nuttiness in the finish. The aroma is actually kind of nice, albeit somewhat subdued and quiet compare to many other brown ales. Hops are virtually excluded, save for an ever-so-slight hint of grass that occasionally pops out somewhere between the sea of malt.

Unfortunately, you'll find fairly quickly that the taste leaves much to be desired. Saying that the aroma is underpowered quickly becomes old news once you finally take a sip. Somewhat watered down, with a very mild bruising of all the flavors listed in the aroma. Some carmael, some biscuit and breadiness, and faint nuts. But it's so thin and contempt that it's hard to really enjoy the flavors like they should be enjoyed.

Needless to say at this point, the mouth feel was pretty much hand-in-hand with the flavor in terms of expectations and disappointment. Watery, thin, slick, and leaving a slightly crisp and dry aftertaste. Speaking of aftertaste, there isn't much here. There's a very slight residual malt and wood flavor that gets left behind, but shortly after you've swallowed your sip it becomes easily forgotten.

Based on the aroma, I thought this one was gonna turn out better, but the flavor was just so vapid and mind-numbingly underwhelming. The sad thing is, the flavors were/are actually pretty decent, but they unfortunately become an afterthought to the watered-down nature of this American Brown Ale. Started solid, finished mediocre.

Photo of brownbeer
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- orangey amber with a half-inch, frothy off white head.

S- Quite nutty up front with faint biscuit and sweet malt.

T- Malty, nutty flavor drowns out anything else that could be noticeable. It's like a less complex nut brown ale.

M&D- Smooth, light medium body that I could see a lot of Abita fans really digging and drinking quite a bit of. For me, one or two and i'm done.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper orange hue with great clarity and an off white head. Aromas of sweet caramel and a big, bold nuttiness. Somewhat buttery with a real pecan aroma.

First sip brings caramel nuttiness that flows down with a nice sweetness as well. Slightly buttery flavors mix in along with a sweet bread flavor as well. Nice and crisp, the finishes leaves a touch of pecan and some herbal hops as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and kind of slick. Goes down easily. An interesting brew but ultimately doesn't really grab me. Worth a try on a single though and a cool concept as I always like to see something different.

Photo of nem2006
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is a clear, light brown with an great, dense head and amazing carbonation visible in the glass.

The smell has a base smell like an amber with a hint of pecans (obviously). It is sweet and malty. The pecan smell is not overpowering.

The beer is light to medium bodied. The sweetness at the start is short lived followed by a prolonged bitterness from the hops. There is a slight nuttiness throughout.

Photo of tigg924
3.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: caramel color, medium carbonation, medium head

Smell: nuts--possibly hazel nuts, honey, and toasted malt

Taste: very malty, small caramel, small nutty taste especially in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: smooth and sweet

Drinkability: I like it, especially as a seasonal fall ale. It has an interesting taste..I could easily session this.

Photo of Mora2000
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and bread malt. I get a little bit of nuttyness in the aroma but there is nothing that screams pecans. The flavor features some light pecan notes as well as some toffee malt. The beer is fairly dry overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of mjtiernan
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip. No bottle dating but should be from this season.

A: Two and a half finger pillowy white head. Body is a beautiful amber brown and very clear.

S: Toasted grain and nuttiness. Light caramel and a touch of coffee.

T: Lightly nutty, faint grassy hops.

M: Carbonation high. Thin and watery. Very easy to drink.

O: A disappointment. Lacking in flavor and complexity. Should be so much more.

Photo of Kraken
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes while on vacation in myrtle beach

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer pours a very light nut brown. Firm pour results in a one finger head that diminishes rapidly leaving no lace.

Nose- Roasted pecans dominate the nose. To a lesser extent, caramel and toffee are present.

Taste- Pleasant, nuttiness, toasted pecan, brown sugar sweet.

Mouthfeel- A little zippy, tons of carbonation, but pleasant.

Drinkability- very good, nice and light albeit a tad sweet.

Photo of jondeelee
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light hops and malts, typical of a standard ale: think of a slightly more flavorful version of a Bud. Abita, however, has infused this brew with the natural oils that come from pecans, and this extra layer gives the beer a nice, very subtle nutty flavor. It's by no means overpowering; in fact, if you didn't know the pecan layer was there, you probably wouldn't be able to pick it out. But it does add an allure that the ale would otherwise lack.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
4.16/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This was an interesting brew to say the least. I liked it, it was a casual Brown Ale, approachable to both beer aficionados and Bud drinkers alike. The light body is not intimidating, however makes up for flavor and aroma.

The smell, is somewhat roasted, earthy, and nutty. You really do smell pecans in this brew.

The head dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing.

The taste is smooth, dry, and nutty. The finish is light and refreshing, and leaves you wanting to go for another sip.

This is a decent brew.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears clear dark copper brown hue with a large bright off white head leaves behind fine intricate lacing as it dwindles down. Aroma has a nice peacan roastiness about it with caramel accents. Mild herbal hop additions come through as well very nice balanced nose to it. Flavors have a reserved nutty character ala the pecan additions. Moderate sweetness with caramel malts surrounding the roasted pecan flavors ample bitterness this is a nice fall beer that I will be willing to drink again and again. Motuhfeel is light to medium bodied range a bit of residual sweetness adss some extra texture to it, moderate carbonation. Drinkability is solid easy to drain nicely doen additive, pecans were very natural with earthiness proving there was no extract to creat a cloying mess, nice brew.

Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz 2012 bottle served in a snifter.

Poured deep amber with a proper tan head that had limited retention.
Only lightly nutty in the nose, this has a fine nutty flavor that lingers in the aftertaste. About 50/50 sweet/bitter balance overall.
Medium body and carbonation with a rather dry finish.

O: Readily recommended as a budget nut ale. Excellent with guacamole and should be great with cheese.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a deep copper brown body that is crystal clear with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface. The head of soft light beige peaks soon disappears.
S- A note of maple syrup is the only really aroma until it warms a bit then some pecan hints come through.
T- This beer has a big sry biscuit malt aroma with some toasted malt notes that add a bit of sweetness to the beer. There is a faint pungent hop note after the finish.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a soft fizz finish.
D- The biscuit malt seems to dominate with the only real pecan is on the outside of the bottle.

Photo of pwoods
2.93/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz. stubby brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a pint.

A: Pours a plain amber with clear visibility. 1 finger of slightly fizzy white head forms and dies within 30 seconds. No lacing.

S: Nutty with some caramel malts. Subtle and pretty straight forward.

T/M: Caramel malts dominate with a touch of toasted nuts in the back.. though I'm not sure they're pecans. Carbonation is lively and makes it feel like slightly flat cola. Near the finish I get a bit of a mineral or earthy stone taste. Haha, is that right? Carbonation feels too high and body isn't bold enough for the style.

D: Not terrible but I certainly won't get this again... especially with a great local brewery(Mt.Carmel) that makes a nice Nut Brown.

Photo of Brenden
2.76/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is a dark copper, almost but not quite red. The head retains pretty well and leaves a little thin lacing ina couple of light patches.
The aroma is of malts, but pretty mild. No complexity and not much substance. Pecan is nonexistent to my nose.
Malt makes a stronger appearance in the flavor, with some hops in the back but well subdued. Pecan is almost an afterthought and doesn't show up at all except for a nutty addition in the finish. There's a tangy zest in here that doesn't scream pecan ale and lingers in a funky aftertaste.
The body is on the light side of medium and carbonation is mild. There's a light crispness in the body and that's about it.
If I drank this without knowing it, I don't think I would figure out it's supposed to be a pecan ale. The funky zest and aftertaste mar this one a bit as well. There's a sturdy malt back, but I'd never get this one as a specialty ale.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, clear, amber color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic. Lots of pecans and butter, vanilla, caramel and some toasted malt notes as well. Reminds me of toffee and butter pecan ice cream.

Taste: Malty and nutty up front, not as sweet as the aroma, but it has some nice caramel-like sweetness. Not getting much in the way of nuts in general or pecans in particular. A little more hops than I usually like, but it’s still a very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some pretty good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer. Great aroma, but not as good in flavor. Good malt presence, but a bit too much hops bitterness for me to really like. Worth a try once though for malt fans and I’m sure that hop heads will like this beer.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was unusual enough that I had to pick it up and try it.

Pours a tea-toned orange/amber with a small white head that disappeared rather quickly.

Aroma is American Brown kind of nutty, toasted malts with a bit of a caramel back. As it warms, the nuttiness can be identified more with pecans specifically.

Taste is very lightly toasted amber malt, caramel, and of course a pecan nuttiness. Sort of like a praline candy but mild and not too sweet. Candy with a beer finish. Again, let it warm somewhat to get all of the richness that hides in here.

Aftertaste is only slightly nutty and then...weird. aftertaste. Not anything I can really identify, but sort of fake and unpleasant like an artificially sweetened soft-drink's aftertaste.

Mouth feel is sort of creamy...not too thin and not too heavy. Pretty much appropriate for an American Brown, not giving itself into becoming sticky and cloying like you might expect from something that reminds you of praline candy.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Abita- Pecan Harvest

Thanks to BarefootBrewer for this 1.

A- Light reddish brown with a small soapy head.
S- Very nutty. Peanuts, pecans, and walnuts come to mind.
T- Creamy caramel malt with a smooth nutty touch. Hints of pecan, hazelnut, and peanut are detected.
M- Sweet and malty. Nice dry finish.

Overall- Creamy smooth and tasty. A tad subdued on flavor but easily drinkable.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours orange amber with an off-white, 2 finger head. Average retention.

Smell - Caramel, moderate pecan nuttiness, and a brown sugar sweetness.

Taste - Lighter in flavor than in the nose, but what's there begins with a malty sweetness and an underlying tone of pecan nuttiness. A faint bit of earthy bitterness pops in mid-taste and lingers. Ends with a more moderate pecan nut finish, then dies out quickly.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with a fair amount of carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

Overall - I was hoping for a more assertive brew, but with Abita I should have known better. The flavor that's there isn't half bad, but it feels like half a flavor. Won't buy again; there are plenty of better browns with more to offer.

Photo of emsroth
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


App: Dark amber to chestnut brown. Wonderfully, chunky head of the light tan persuasion

Smell: Roasted, woody nuts with the undertone of dense, brown malt. Has the slightly sour scent often found in brown ales.

Taste: Light taste up front, all taste is in the end. A mix of brown malt and slight hop bitterness. The sweet, buttery flavor of the pecans lingers on the tongue long after the sip is gone.

Medium mouthfeel with nice, low carbonation. A bit of an oily feeling from the pecans which i can't decide is good or bad.

An average brew.

Photo of augustgarage
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle - best before 1/19/10, but reviewing anyway. Poured into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Clear, mahogany liquid with a large beige head that rapidly recedes to a thin layer on the surface. Average sandy lacing, faint glassy legs.

Decent dark pecan aromatics backed by stale brown bread crust-like malt.

Nutty, though a bit raw (as opposed to toasted or roasted) on the palate. Pale malt, a whisper of caramel, and very faint citrus from hops. The finish is dry and not quite astringent. No off notes.

Very thin, light-bodied, but with decent carbonation. Comes across as more of a lager.

You can pack these away pretty quickly - not a bad effort at all even if my bottle isn't super-fresh.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy light brown brew with a caramel hue. Topped with a nice little cap of ivory foam. Lacing is decent, and the head is long lasting. Looks tasty.

S - Caramel, nougat filing, and a slight whiff of pecans, which I imagine is pronounced PEE-can in the deep south. Smells like a Charleston Chew candy and pecan pie filling.

T - There is a definite pecan nuttiness here, along with caramel and maple syrup. I honestly don't know if I would have picked up on the actual pecan flavors... I might have just attributed that flavor to the general profile of nut-brown style beers (although this one ain't all that brown).

M - Light bodied with a creamy carbonation that helps fill it out a little. Finishes sweet and nutty with a hint of hops hidden in the flavor, but coming out at the end.

D - Pretty good stuff. Nothing to write home about, but its a nice easygoing brew that's a little too much on the sweet side to really have session potential. Worth a try for the novelty of a pecan infused brew, and as a good brew from the craft brew-deficient southern states.

Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light amber with a thick, oft, dense, white head that has great retention

S - pecans, coffee, roasty, caramel, nutty

T - faintly nutty, coffee, roasty, some caramel

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a smooth, sessionable beer with a decent flavor profile. It's nutty and malty without being too much. It's worth a try.

Photo of secondtooth
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Likeable, unusual taste, and more of a bitter, hoppy vibe. The pecan oil infusion is subtle but distinctive, and Abita's beers are usually pretty classy and unique. This is no exception. There are tastier specialty/novelty beers out there, but I still give Pecan Harvest high marks for creativity.

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Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.