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Pecan Harvest Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Pecan Harvest AlePecan Harvest Ale

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Ratings: 763
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | 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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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

08-20-2012 23:02:32 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.23/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, toasted nuts, and some slight caramel aromas. Taste is much the same but there are more burnt flavors than toasted flavors. There is a mild burnt bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with a promising nose but a somewhat disappointing flavor.

09-12-2012 02:49:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -13.8%

Pours a moderately dark chestnut brown, on in this instance, I suppose pecan is more apt. Nose is slight caramel and doughy malt along with a slight hint of pecan, although not too much. Pecan comes through a bit more in the taste. Comes through decently enough, just not a particularly great flavor and not much backing it up. Mouthfeel is quite thin; would have expected much more body from a brown ale. Drinkability is fairly poor as the novelty wears off after a few ounces.

09-30-2010 01:21:22 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.35/5  rDev +0.3%

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and poured with a thin off white head that gradually faded away and left a thin ring of bubbles around the collar of the glass. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The nose isn't that strong and has aromas of caramel and nuts.
T: The taste is both buttery and nutty and has flavors of caramel and pecans. There are some hints of sweetness; no bitterness from the hops is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and rather thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable, but I don't think I would have more than one of these in a sitting because the flavor isn't interesting enough to hold my attention.

01-15-2011 05:06:29 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +7.2%

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a bountiful head that retains and laces well

Smell: Caramel malt through and through; the toasted pecan aromatics are clearly discernable

Taste: Bready, up front, with a nutty element arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, an earthy bitterness kicks in; in the after-taste, the pecan flavors finally arrive, as others have pointed out

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: OK, but worth a try just due to its unusual nature; not something I would seek out again

10-04-2007 22:51:00 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +19.8%

aramel color brown with just enough light getting through to give it a sort of off reddish tint. The smallish tan head quickly faded and left behind only traces of itself. The aroma itself was lightly smoked almost, full of roasted malts and a touch of caramel. The flavor was light bodied but nicely roasted with a touch of a bittering finish and a flavor full of earthy grain like tones. A nice subtle bread like base was quaintly masked underneath. Overall this was a decent brown ale. It was nothing spectacular, but I do not think it was designed to be, but rather it was a very nice interpretation of the style

09-08-2011 01:04:25 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.13/5  rDev -6.3%

A new find in the Central Kentucky region. Although catagoried as a Pecan Ale, Brown Ale; the lable calls this brew the Pecan Harvest, and is probably more accurately placed in the Fruit / Vegitable catagory. The beer opens with medium intensity Amber Ale notes, with perhaps a more pronounced emphasis on rich nutty character and a hint of butter pecan. The look is a bright golden / copper color that lands on the 'brown' side of balance. Tastes also very Amber Ale-ish with the same mild hint of buttery nuts. Lightly hopped and moderately malted, the beer lacks to standout with any distinguishable qualities. Feels a touch light on the palate, leaving way for a mild astingency to come through (may come from nut flavor additions). Light diacityl on the toung with a light buttery note. Finishes with an increasing bitter bite and a medium sweet feel. Not bad but I was hoping for more pecan flavor and character.

08-18-2007 01:35:36 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -10.2%

01-12-2012 01:27:57 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

2.85/5  rDev -14.7%

A: The pour is a nice amber/copper color with a thin layer of slightly off-white foam.

S: I found the nose to be fairly enjoyable. A lot of toasted biscuit aromas and a nice nuttiness (presumably pecans) which I was not expecting to be so powerful. There's a touch of butter/diacetyl as well, however.

T: After a fairly robust nose, the flavors were really a let down. This is very watery and quite mild in terms of flavor. The only thing I pick up is a slight toasted malt flavor.

M: The beer is thin on the tongue with moderate carbonation.

D: I can't say I was let down, because I've never been impressed by Abita, but this started out with some promise and then crashed and burned.

02-19-2010 20:11:05 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

10-27-2012 05:37:07 | More by kjkinsey
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zestar

California

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

09-24-2013 04:21:31 | More by zestar
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

09-27-2013 00:10:24 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

01-12-2013 08:12:41 | More by spycow
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.03/5  rDev -9.3%

Appearance: Pours a clear amber body with a small, short-lived white head.

Smell: Aroma of toasted biscuits, a pinch of cloves, caramel, and only a mild (and I do mean mild) hint of pecans.

Taste: Dry, crumbly, toasted biscuit flavor with a very subdued caramel sweetness. Lightly spicy hoppiness. A dry, toasted nutty bitterness rises in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Watery texture.

Drinkability: Altogether dull and dreary. I've gotten stronger nuttier flavors from non-nut beers. Even as I finish drinking this beer, the thumb points... down!

10-07-2007 23:32:59 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

10-19-2013 16:33:28 | More by jaydoc
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

06-28-2014 00:06:44 | More by GRG1313
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

11-27-2013 21:31:09 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.45/5  rDev -26.6%

This poured out as a very light brown color, it had a thin white head on it that didn't last very long. There wasn't much lacing at all. The smell of the beer had a faint nutty aroma with some caramel malts backing it up. The taste of the beer is rather bland, I can't seem to get much of the nut flavors from this. The mouthfeel is probably the only decent thing about this beer. Overall not impressed really, I expected more for some reason.

06-06-2011 03:55:50 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

10-18-2007 14:02:17 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.34/5  rDev 0%

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I had no idea pecans were a major thing in Louisiana. Shows what I know about American agriculture these days. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset auburn topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises toasted biscuit, light honey, light toffee, and a vague sense of nuttiness (I can't say with any certainty that I'm smelling pecans, but it's definitely some sort of nut, anyway). The taste brings in more of the same, along with a hint of brown sugar-cinnamon. Unfortunately, everything is now watered-down, slightly blander than before. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice little beer, nothing special, but something I could see drinking again.

04-02-2012 01:01:35 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -0.3%

A - Poured out a clear, golden brown color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled odd at first but after letting it warm up there was a pecan nuttiness with some floral notes.

T - Nutty but not really like pecan with some sweet caramel and mild toffee notes. Just a touch of hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. It was a clean and dry, medium bodied ale.

O - This was just okay. I think it would be better with some pie-like spices.

10-17-2011 22:58:54 | More by zeff80
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +11.7%

Interesting. You can really taste the pecan. Hell, you can even smell it! But does it fit in with the beer? I'm not sure, but I kind of like it. It's weird, but good. It replicates a caramel-coated pecan. It doesn't really interfere with the beer. It's just an odd-twist. But is an odd-twist enough? I'm thinking to myself right now, out at the bar, would I have one of these? Maybe. And if I did, would I have two? Probably not. But I'd definitely have one at home. Two in a row? Probably not. On the other hand, and I've said this about many beers before, I think this is an excellent beer to have with Thanksgiving dinner, or something else along those lines. And, although it's not particularly rich or sweet (it's actually really well balanced with just the pecan nuttiness added into the mix), I think this would make a great beer to relax with on a spring, summer, or fall evening on the back porch as the sun goes down and the stars come out. Interesting. Charming. Worth trying.

05-16-2009 00:31:17 | More by NeroFiddled
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +16.8%

Pours a crystal clear amber with a thin creme head. Nose is like peanut butter. Flavor is a bit tangy, but carries a full enough amount of pecan to be noticed. No great complexity, but it's nice. Smooth liquid feel. Carbonation is mid range. Nice to drink. It's smooth enough and a pretty drinkable nut brown. I bet this would be nice on cask.

10-22-2008 15:52:25 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.4/5  rDev +1.8%

Acquired via trade from deepsouth, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light bronze color, with a short and dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of nuts and caramel with touches of maple, honey and hops.

T: The taste is very sweet up front with flavors of maple, nuts, brown sugar, caramel, honey and even a little fruit. The nutty flavor comes out a little bit more as you continue to drink it. There’s a mild hops presence that provides a little bit of balance. The malt character is a little on the thin side for the style but it’s enough to give some substance to the beer. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it’s not a bad beer, but it certainly would be the first that I would choose, even within the style.

01-13-2008 04:44:51 | More by TheManiacalOne
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +18.3%

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.

09-06-2008 20:16:47 | More by WVbeergeek
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Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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