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Pecan Harvest Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 871
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 12
Gots: 59 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: acrawf6 on 02-05-2007)
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Ratings: 871 | Reviews: 372 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by numenor1:
Photo of numenor1
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a modest head and the barest touch of lace. Smells like a bag of pecans, honestly, it's subtle but smells just like that...This for me a pretty neutral ale. Starts with a nice pale malt base, touch of caramel, touch of green hops but then this vague, subtle pecan flavor emerges that I very much enjoy. It's intriguing, though I do wish it were a touch more prominent. Finish is subdued pecan nuttiness. Mouthfeel is medium light with medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

As is this is a run of mill ale with some very interesting pecan undertones, but I think it could be much more...

numenor1, Sep 07, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  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.

oberon, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of tectactoe
2.73/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

tectactoe, May 02, 2013
Photo of brownbeer
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

brownbeer, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

tbryan5, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

orbitalr0x, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of Jimbo62
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Jimbo62, Monday at 11:06 PM
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Brauntasaurus, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -10.2%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of shatnerosmotic
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

shatnerosmotic, Sep 11, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

iemailjack, Dec 04, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

megamass, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of nem2006
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

nem2006, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

tigg924, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Mora2000, Jul 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

woodencardboard, Nov 01, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

JC333, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of mjtiernan
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

mjtiernan, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of Kraken
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Kraken, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of jondeelee
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

jondeelee, Aug 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

juicebox, Sep 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +49.7%

sigtau200ws, Nov 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

awalsh, Feb 07, 2013
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3.48/5  rDev +4.2%

Joe_1026, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of StevenBilodeau
4.15/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

StevenBilodeau, Dec 07, 2010
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Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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