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Pecan Harvest Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

Pecan Harvest AlePecan Harvest Ale

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Ratings: 724
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%


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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +19.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

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

California

2.85/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 20:11:05 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

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

Kentucky

3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 01:35:36 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Georgia

3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

3.34/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Rhode Island

3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Oklahoma

3.54/5  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

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 22:07:39 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet crystal malt scent along with a nice nutty character. It also has a complimentary bisquity aroma. The taste is decent. It has a dry, bisquity flavor with a bit od crystal malt sweetness. It goes dow easy and finishes thin with a subtle nittiness. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer, but it's too thin in the finish and it has some metallic off flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 02:48:57 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 01:08:47 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 22:58:54 | More by zeff80
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.45/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 03:55:50 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +26.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 21:09:39 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 20:16:47 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange / amber color. A short 1" head lingers a while. Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: mild caramel and breadiness are all that is picked up by the nose.

Taste: bread, caramel, mild fruit tones, and a bit of nuttiness make up a solid ale. There is a mild bitterness and some mild dryness throughout too.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish, and the finish is a bit more dryer than the start. Medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is mild and short lived.

Drinkability: a nice offering from the usually tame Abita beers we are used to drinking. This was a simple pleasure - easy to drink and flavorful. Get some of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 21:56:26 | More by Gavage
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Halcyondays

California

3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very dark amber, with a thick, white head when poured into a snifter at approximately 50 degrees.

S: Smells heavily of nuts, pecans of course, a little bit of peanut, butter, almonds, and roasted malt.

T: Tastes of toasty malts and pecan, very interesting, the addition of the Louisiana pecans to the fermentation certainly gives it an authentic nuttiness you don't find in other browns.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, nothing special though, average ale feel.

D: A good beer, glad I tried it, certainly something new, but at $8.69 a six-pack it's a little pricey, probably won't go back to it unless I can find a single.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 01:22:26 | More by Halcyondays
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 16:25:24 | More by StonedTrippin
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 23:11:53 | More by rhoadsrage
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Wasatch

Utah

3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to barefootbrewer for this brew.

Pours a nice semi-cloudy golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tannish head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slightly tangy, very slight nutty/pecan tone, and some caramel. The taste is malty, slight tangy/bitter, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad, but would not buy if it was in my area, but glad to have try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 02:04:59 | More by Wasatch
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Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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