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Pecan Harvest Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 376
Hads: 961
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 15
Gots: 98 | 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 stannard2
5/5  rDev +48.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far the best fall seasonal beer that I've ever had. It's a cross between a Nut brown ale and an Oktober fest. When I first saw it in the store I wasn't sure that it would be good brewed with Pecans but this is a very tasty brew. I just hope that start to make it year round. (285 characters)

Photo of WishYouWereBeer
4.64/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Upon pouring, this beer has a beautiful brown color and is topped with a good off-white colored head that turns to a light lacing throughout drinking it. On the nose you get a nice clean nutty pecan aroma that also come through in the taste. As well as the nuttiness of the pecan you get yeasts and crisp acid that would stand up well to some down home Creole or Cajun cookin'; and would probably lend its self very well to anything made with a black-as-night Creole roux and a dash of spice- like a flavorful Gumbo or Etouffee. This brew is perfectly balanced; enough sweet, enough bitter, with just the right about of nuttiness and great carbonation, boasting a medium body. I could see myself drinking a whole few six packs of these when they come out next year! (765 characters)

Photo of BeerNinja85
4.63/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

With notes of caramel and pecans this beer does not disappoint. As I drink it I imagine the pecans being added in the brewing process as I taste them. This is a great beer that will have your mouth wanting another. Abita has hit the nail on the head with this beer and I wish they sold it here in Wilson, NC. (308 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
4.54/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try this unique brew... $8.49 a sixpack at Bottle King in Hillsdale.

Served in a pint glass at fridge temperature.

Appearance- Pours a chill hazed golden amber with solid structure... the head subsides from a two-finger cap slowly to a thin mat. Lacing is not a big feature here.

Smell- Like a standard American Brown Ale, there is a prominant nutty, coffee-like aroma that entices the nose. I would have guessed hazelnuts, who would ever choose to brew with pecans? The malty nose is Autumn in my glass... superb balance olfactorally.

Taste- This beer is great on so many levels... the gentle nutty flavors and smooth, clean malts are so understated but in perfect balance. The late arrival of hop dryness right at the end is especially wonderful, capping and resetting the palate for the next go-around. A huge success for Abita.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Crisp and alive, becoming smoother and foamy as my glass reluctantly empties. This is an unbelievably rewarding tasting, as I have just discovered possibly the greatest session beer currently available in the U.S. today. This drinks so effortlessly, and it's got everything a great social beer should... probably a low ABV, a soft, round flavor profile, and exquisite balance with a dry finish. I *love* this beer. (1,313 characters)

Photo of acevenom
4.47/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours amber with an off-white head. The beer appears to be well-carbonated. The head retains very well. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. The pecan aroma comes through in the smell, adding a complementary subtle nuttiness to the sweet and bready malts. There's an earthy aroma present as well, which is a product of the Willamette hops. The flavor is of nutty pecan with the roasted malts up front. There's some mild sweetness in there from the caramel malt and some back end hop bitterness. The hops bring some of those earthy flavors I picked up in the nose. The body is light to medium with strong carbonation. The beer is smooth with high drinkability. This is an excellent beer. (740 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Abita Pecan Harvest Ale has a medium, creamy, cream-colored head, prominent lacing, and a clear, bubbly, amber appearance. The aroma is of sweet, roasted malts, wood, and some mustiness. Taste is of the same, with a slight hop bitterness at the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is medium and semi-soft, and Abita Pecan Harvest Ale finished mostly dry, refreshing, and very drinkable. This is excellent.

RJT (401 characters)

Photo of drperm
4.32/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, sampled 13 Oct 09

A: It looks like an American IPA in my glass: brown ale? Hardly. But, I'm not rating on style. It looks pretty. Orange, glimmery, hazy.

S: This smells wonderful: rich, malty, and hoppy. Strong notes of artisan toast, stuffing, and pralines.

T: This is quite nice. Not too rich at all; not overtly nutty, just pleasantly so. This would make a great autumn session beer: I could have a few of these and not tire of it (I think). Wonderful nutty note, as anticipated, and it doesn't crowd out the other aspects that are going on.

M: Smooth all the way. Slightly watery finish, but it's easy-going.

D: Abita makes a great product, and this one is no exception. Try with good cheeses, Roux soups, game, duck, or Thanksgiving dinner! (758 characters)

Photo of aeminter
4.32/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Light brown or deep honey color, very clear with a nice off white frothy head, and nice sticky lacing.

S- chocolate, caramel, malty, hazelnut, and a little earthy

T- medium upfront bitterness, dry malty finish, and somewhat of a tea-like quality

M- medium body and very smooth

D-Extremely drinkable, goes down easy (320 characters)

Photo of pzrhsau
4.31/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fantastic ruby red color and covered in with a great head.
S: Slight malt hop aroma dominated by a great roasted pecan scent.
T: This is a fantastic beer for its originality and bringing an different nut to the brown ale. Good malt flavor coupled with a slight hp flavor. It has undertones of that wonderful roasted pecan flavor that I havent seen before. Very sweet and balanced beer.
D/M: Crisp light and flavorful with a good carbonation. (444 characters)

Photo of MrWonka
4.28/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very, very good beer. Definitely has a prominent nutty-like flavor in the smell and in the taste. Would definitely recommend to anyone interested in drinking beers other than just Coors light, Bud Lite, etc. A very interesting brew that I would buy again and invite friends to try. (281 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twist-off bottle:

Pours caramel-hued amber with a big, fluffy off-white head that thins to a lasting cover.

The smell is of some caramel, bready notes and nuts. I was going to score the aroma slightly lower, but as it progresses, it smells like a praline beer - soft, but nice.

The taste is of caramel, lightly spiced bread and pecans. Tastes like a praline (which I happen to love) with enough "beer" taste to make it a wonderful treat. Balanced, lingering finish.

Light-bodied, and I can see some reviewers detracting it for that. However, it doesn't fall apart and from what I read on the label that was the goal. The praline taste lingers.

A light-bodied, refreshing brew that achieves it's goal of a pecan brew remarkably well! Fresh pecans with a bittersweet backing. Unique - nice to see a well-beer made with local character! (838 characters)

Photo of ronniebruner
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have to give it up to Abita. This is a very surprisingly good beer. When the bottle is opened you immediately smell the pecans, and thats a good thing! The beer pours a brownish color with minimal head and lace, just the right amount. The beer goes down smooth and leaves a nice aftertaste on your pallette. The strength of this beer is definitely the uniqueness and goes down as more than a novelty beer. This is a worthy beer by any means. (443 characters)

Photo of musicjustintime
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice treat. Pours a golden/orange, and quite surprisingly cloudy...alomst like a wheat! Very nice smell, of...whatta you think?...nuts. Tastes much like a handful of pecans with a nice smooth ale added to the mix. Very smooth, tasty, and highly recommended, especially for the time of year. This is a one-shot treat, brewed just once, so I'd say give it a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed! Nice one, Abita! Cheers and SAAAALUTE my BA friends! (458 characters)

Photo of DrPond
4.18/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, clear copper with a decent head that recedes to a thin layer farily quickly. The nose is dominated by a sweetish malt aroma but the pecans are definately in there. I'm personally a big fan of balance and this beer's flavor has a very nice balace. It has the maltiness that one would expect from a brown ale but the pecans really pull through in the finish. Brown ales often have that nutty flavor but the pecans used in this brew give it something a little different. This is a very smooth and highly drinkable ale, a great session beer in my opinion.

This beer isn't going to knock your socks off with tons of malt or a huge amount of flavor from the pecans, but it is a very well balanced and very enjoyable offering from Abita. (747 characters)

Photo of fragilehearted
4.17/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, Abita...as a fan of NOLA, I cannot resist having some of you. Oddly, I've not tried this before (tried to get it before & the bar was not serving or out or whatever). And I love browns, so had to have it. Bottle into a pint glass.

A - lovely pour. Clear light-to-medium brown, tan head that sticks around for awhile, then fades to a ring+cover & leaves some patchy lacing.

S - (buttery) pecans, obviously. Heavy on the brown sugar. Caramel, toffee, roasted malts. Like a praline or something. Yum!

T - Nutty & malty, like it smells. Not as sweet as I expected, but I'm not complaining. I love browns, & this is a delicious brown.

M - a bit light/thin, actually. I expected it to be / wanted it to be a touch heavier. Carbonation is fine. Goes down smooth though.

D - great. At 5% ABV, could easily have a few. Good thing I have the rest of a sixer in the fridge. It's a solid brew, but definitely not my favorite brown, as I definitely like mine a bit heavier. I'd still get it again though, probably. (1,010 characters)

Photo of StevenBilodeau
4.16/5  rDev +23.4%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.14/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a clear orange color, one finger soapy head dissipated instantly

S- Big nutty, sweet caramel, and very sugary smell. Reminds me of cinnamon sugar almonds.

T- Lots of sweet sugary malt, caramel, quite a bit of graininess, not much of a nut presence in the taste though. Kind of an oily peanut flavor is present, not reminiscent of pecans though.

M- A little bit lighter bodied, smooth, with very high carbonation on the finish. Very drinkable.

O- This is my favorite offering from Abita that I have had. Really drinkable beer that is great for the fall. One of the sweetest and most sugary beers I have ever had. (669 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.14/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pecan brown, with next to no head.
S: Surprisingly complex, with a mix of bready biscuit aromas, a nutty smoothness and a hint of toffee. The toffee comes out more as the beer warms in the glass.
T: Similar notes to the smell, but the nuttiness takes a bigger role, as does the toffee, with the bread backing off somewhat. A hint of floral as well.
M: Medium-bodied and smooth. Easy to drink.
O: I've had this before and don't recall liking it this much- I'll have to pick up more as I bought this as a single, but it would be a great beer to sip a couple watching football on a crisp fall Saturday. (639 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
4.13/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into glass. 5.2% abv.

Appearance- Pours a dark amber. Two finger plus head that lasts. Semi-clear.

Smell- Sweet caramel malt. Quite bready too. Nutty as well.

Taste- The sweetness is dry and toasted, like a baked pretzel. Caramel quality adds to the pecan nutty flavor of this beer. The pecan flavor lasts, along with some slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium-light in body. Active carbonation.

Overall- A nice brown ale, well done with regard to flavor. Easy drinking and sweet. Great use of using a regional ingredient (pecans) to make a tastey beer. (587 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.12/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick tan head into a snifter. it left a light sheet and lace but really coated the glass and easily billowed when i swirled the glass. the body was a nice amber color.
s - pecans! hints of caramel and sweet syrup. like a pecan pie.
t - vanilla is the overwhelming taste i get with a little pecan thrown in.
m - slick and medium mouthfeel.
d - very high and i really like this one a lot. could become a go to fall session beer for me. (458 characters)

Photo of Heatwave33
4.09/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Bass Pint glass.

Color: Amber with an off white head.

Smell: Cinnamon roasted pecans!

Taste: Not as good as the aroma it set off. A nice subtle malt and hop with a pecan tone.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with good carbonation.

Overall: A balanced brew which is very subtle. I smelled a lot of pecan but it didn;t transfer over to the taste. Still a good brew to drink and enjoy. Cheers! (417 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.07/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 2 finger head with pretty decent retention. Tan, semi-cloudy semi-clear color.

Nice caramel, toasty malts with a nice nuttiness from the pecans. Slight plum and apple fruity undertones

Nice nuttiness and caramel malting. Finally an Abita beer that I like. Some dry tannins in the back with a mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is fairly full, but a little bit dry on the palate. Not anything overly special, The dryness is a slight bother.

A very solid offering from abita. Thanks to barefootbrewer for the sample (I think). I'm not sure. If that's wrong let me know. (575 characters)

Photo of zoso1967
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very rich bronze amber color and has a fluffy parchment head. The head has pretty good retention and leaves tons of lace. It does not really look like the brown ale I was expecting, but I think this may be a beer that is hard to categorize.

This beer smells a lot more like a brown, and a British one at that. It is slightly sweet with a nice toasted and nutty aroma, as well as some buttery notes. The butteryness reminds me of Ringwood yeast, though it is not as pronounced as beers brewed with that strain usual tend to be.

The flavor is pretty good, with a nice balance between some sweet toffee malt character, lightly toasted nuttiness, some buttery notes and a hint of buttermilk biscuit. It has no hop character that I can discern, and is well balanced between sweet and dry. The flavors are surprisingly refreshing.

The mouthfeel is medium with a pretty high amount of carbonation. Despite perhaps being a bit over carbonated, this beer manages to maintain a decent amount of smoothness, and the finish is balanced and enjoyable.

This is an extremely drinkable beer and I found it to be quite refreshing and thirst quenching. The pecans seem to add a nice toasted and nutty quality without the need of darker malts that would also add roasted and chocolate notes. This is a pretty interesting beer and a nice fall offering. (1,354 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmmm. What is this supposed to be. A mild brown ale with a little unique flavoring. It is extremely well made and it achieves what is suposed to be. Clear and crispy with a nice light brown color. The nutty bouquet comes through in the most subtle way.

It's an excuse me subtle brew, but flavorful none the less and well done. I would buy again when I was in a similar midsummer refreshing mood lkike I am today. (414 characters)

Photo of teromous
4.04/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Light brown color with hues of orange. It is a very attractive looking beer. It has a slightly off-white head that is substantial and leaves good lacing. It is perfect.

S: There's a light scent of malt caramel, very faint, but sweet smelling. There is a faint earthy hop smell as well.

T: It has a nice mellow bready flavor. There's a bit of nuttiness as well. It tastes like a nut bread. In the aftertaste there is a hint of pecan but it is very light. It does not have a pecan pie flavor, so I feel that it is important to point this out to anyone who might be looking for that kind of flavor in a beer. I really enjoy the flavor of this beer. It's very calm and subdued which makes it extremely enjoyable to drink. I wouldn't call it perfect but it is fantastic.

M: The mouthfeel is superb. It's nice and light with just enough body and thickness. It has perfect carbonation. Extremely easy to drink.

O: Overall I feel that this is a fantastic beer. I highly recommend it. I will be looking for this beer again. My favorite part of this beer, is that it has a light nutty flavor without being artificial tasting or over the top like pecan pie. It really does taste like a pecan bread. I wouldn't say it's a perfect beer but it is outstanding. (1,252 characters)

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Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.