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Pecan Harvest Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 380
Hads: 998
Avg: 3.35
pDev: 24.78%
Wants: 16
Gots: 115 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

i dont care what anyone says, i like this beer. not too many brewers use straight up nuts that i am aware of, and this beer features the pecan pretty well. the pours is that of an english brown ale, caramel brown, not too dark, with a foamy off white head an inch or so tall. the nose is real woody, not like oak, but like a two by four. really. some sweeter malts with a good toast on them as well as a touch of sweetness also add to the aroma. flavor matches well with the smell, its really dense and woody tasting, with the nuts obviously contributing more meat than sweet here. a little sugary in the finish, but hardly offensive. the mouthfeel works, bigger body but it remains pretty easy drinking with its vibrant carbonation and smooth finish. i put a 6er of these down pretty quick, and recommend this beer to anyone who is up for something a little different.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.43/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of oberon
3.59/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of womencantsail
2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle in a pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear Autumn looking copper with a decent sized whittish head that quickly settled down and left some but not a lot of lacing. Aroma is just as advertised. Straight up pecans and roasted sweet malt although it seemed to be less pronounced than I would have thought.

Taste matches the aroma perfectly. Pecan nuttiness and sweet caramel maltiness with a somewhat lacking bitter finish. Mouthfeel is disappointing, being watery and thin and average at best.

With all that being said, I'll say that I still think this is a pretty quaffable beer. The thin body makes it go down pretty easy and that pecan taste is pretty good if your into the nutty tasting browns thing. I personally think that you could do worse during this Fall drinking season.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.44/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a bottle of this at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, Pa.
Poured cool into my Bass Trademark glass.
A - A lightly hazed amber that is mostly clear w/ streams of minute bubbles trailing upward. Approx 1/2 inch of light foam that creates smatterings of lace.

S - A strange, dry powdery nutty smell w/ a bit of funky oily spoiled vegetable odor w/ light grainy notes.

M - A very carbonated slick, nutty grainy husky feel w/ a dry earthiness.

T - A strange funky nut taste that rides the effervescent dry and lightly grainy flavors beside a very odd funk in flavor that even though it is mild is distracting like an overcooked syrup that lost its sweetness. A slight pecan taste is faintly hinted at but the fizziness and vegetal Dms is just distracting and oddly flavored.

D - Not something that is extremely drinkable for me. It is more of a novelty and an experiment gone wrong. Not sweet like a pecan pie, just kind of off in flavor and feel. The smell and taste remind me of musty foot odor if I had to pick something to compare it to -wet basement.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.15/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Generally appealing label art. Branded orange pry-off pressure cap.

5.2% ABV. Reviewed live as a brown ale given the label calls it a pecan ale and I assume any nut ale is a brown ale unless explicitly informed otherwise. Served cold into a pilsner glass and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Expectations are average; I'm suspicious of the terminology "flavored ale" listed on the label, which makes me think this might taste like artificial pecan extract.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Average thickness, creaminess, fullness, consistency, and complexion. Above average (~3 minute) retention. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Clear deep dark copper of above average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. In short, it looks nothing like a brown ale. It's closer to an amber or even an IPA to be honest. Far from unique or special, but generally appealing, sure.

AROMA: Heavy caramelization. Artificial pecan/pecan extract/pecan flavoring. A hint of orange is present, but it medicinal and off-putting; Delsym cough syrup comes to mind. Toastiness, with a faint burnt character. Definitely seems too sweet, though the artificial pecan notes disguise the malts.

No yeast character or overt alcohol is detectable.

Overall, I find it off-putting and oddly artificial. Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Buttery diacetyl announces itself, which is quite unwelcome - especially alongside the extract-redolent artificial pecan character. No legitimate nut notes are present whatsoever. Has way too much sweetness, as well as overly prominent caramelization. The Delsym cough syrup/artificial orange fruit character I found on the aroma manifests in the taste, and is even worse than I feared. There's a strange absence of brown malts and authentic nuttiness, making this a terrible brown ale - if that's what it's intended to be. In actuality, it drinks closer to an amber - albeit a rather poor one.

Shallow, simple, and uninspired. It fails at the fundamentals; the pecan character is poorly executed and it's largely an unevocative build (regardless of which style you approach it as). I can't say I like it.

TEXTURE: Overcarbonated, unrefreshing, sticky, syrupy, overly thick, overly full-bodied, and overly heavy on the palate, with a poor overall presence. This texture fails to elevate the beer or to accentuate any of the flavour profile's constituent notes. Not a good companion to the taste by any means. In its defense, though, it's not coarse or dry, but instead opts aptly for smoothness and wetness. It's also not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, scratchy or rough. But boy does it need work.

OVERALL: A poor stab at a pecan ale with few redeeming characteristics, this subpar offering from Abita is best left on the shelf. Not undrinkable, but the medicinal off character combined with its inherent artificiality really brings it down for me. I wouldn't drink another if it was offered to me for free. Ugh.


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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Could've swore I reviewed this before...

Pours an effervescent amber/orange with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & very nice head retention

S: Toastyness, a touch of nuttiness & grassyness

T: Toastyness, slight nuttiness, plus dryness up front, some herbal hop notes as well. Pecan hulls, brown bread & grassy notes, plus more dryness, a touch of sulphur as well. Finishes dry, nutty, & sulphury

MF: Light bodied, slight carbonation, dry

A respectable, brown, just not one I'd buy again, much like most Abita products

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 1/22/2013. Pours fairly hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, toffee, toast, brown sugar, nuttiness, floral, and light fruitiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt notes. Taste of caramel, biscuit, toast, toffee, brown sugar, nuttiness, floral, and light fruitiness. Lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, toast, toffee, nuttiness, and floral on the finish for a bit. Nice and well balanced malt and nutty flavors; a little mild on flavor, but very pleasant; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good amber ale. Nice balance of flavors and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +25.4%
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!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear pale to medium amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium to large sized quarter finger thick cap towards the center of the glass surrounded by a thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel + lightly toasted malts with pecan nuttiness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of lightly toasted biscuit malts with a light amount of caramel malts which imparts a touch of initial sweetness. That is followed by a light flavor of pecan nuttiness and just a hint of earthiness (which I guess could be attributed to the hops).

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Easy to drink and definitely a beer than reminds me of fall - it is a little on the lighter side of what I would prefer (slightly fuller body and just a touch more pecan flavor) but I can see it having wider appeal because of that... Not bad but just not too exciting.

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Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.