Pecan Harvest Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 950
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.62%
Wants: 13
Gots: 91 | 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 +50.2%
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.

Photo of SerialTicker
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap for a $4.50 pint at Boat Works in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

Appearance: Good looking beer. A deep brown (ahem, PECAN) colored brew with a nice little two finger, creamy head on top. I was basically expecting a glass of brown water, but this was a good looking pint. Lacing was patchy from top to bottom... not bad at all.

Smell: I can say, maybe embarrassingly so, that I don't ever remember having pecans before in any form. Yes, that means no pecan pie, or anything of the sort. I have smelled pecans before though, and this beer does have that smell. A sweet pecan, caramel aroma. Not interesting, not awful, it's alright.

Taste/feel: Quite a lot like the smell. I read some things about this beer before having it, and it's what I expected almost exactly. The pecan and caramel is there from beginning to end, and that's it. There's no other dimension of flavor. There's not much of a bitterness. It's not bad by any means, but it's very, VERY one-note. Carbonation is quite high, and the feel is pretty low. I don't love it, but this is actually a very solid, sessionable brew. If you're looking for something to send your taste buds on a ride, this may not be it, but it's still a decent beer.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Abita's Pecan Harvest a couple weeks ago for $1.69 at The lager Mill. I've been meaning to try this beer since I tend to like beers with pecans in them and I decided to try this one out, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Release. Poured from a shorter brown 12oz bottle into an Imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok and it's pretty simple looking. It poured an amber/crimson color that took on some ruby hues when held to the light with two fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that had a light brown sugar like aroma with the malts showing up next imparting a toasted malt and bread crust aroma with a light grainy aroma in the background. Up next comes a pretty noticeable nutty aroma and it actually smells similar to toasted pecans, This beer had a good aroma that was true to it's name, I liked it.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of sweetness that gives way to some malts that have some toasted malt and bread crust like flavors with a light grainy flavor in the background. Up next comes a very nutty flavor with the toasted pecans being noticeable. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a toasted malt and nutty aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, the pecans worked very well with the malt base.

M-Very Smooth, fairly dry, a little crisp, a little watery, on the thinner side with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but I wish it was a little thicker.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a pretty good example of the style, the pecans showed up nicely and they worked well with the malt base. This beer had good drinkability, it was very smooth, not filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I wouldn't have a problem drinking a couple of these. What I liked the most about this beer was how true to it's name it was, it was just as advertised. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeeel, I thought it was a little thin and watery. I would buy this beer again as a nice fall time beer and it was priced nicely. I would recommend this to anyone who likes nutty beers. All in all I enjoyed this beer and I think it's one of the better Abita beers that I have tried so far. This is a pretty nice fall time beer, good job guys.

Photo of teromous
4.04/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
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

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice deep copper color with a tiny fizzy off white head. A little bit of a reddish hue shines through the brew when held up to the light. The head fades very fast leaving only some spots of foam on the top of the brew with a couple big bubbles seen floating atop the surface.

Smell – The aroma is sweet with lots of caramel and some toffee aromas. Mixed with these are a lightly roasted malt aroma as well as some roasted pecan smells, which when mixed with the sweeter aromas, gives a light sugar roasted nut smell. It’s rather nice.

Taste –The taste begins thin, with a lightly roasted malt and caramel taste. The flavors are on the moderate to lighter side with the sweetness beginning stronger in the front and fading as the time moves on, while the roasted flavors take the exact opposite transition. Along with these flavor transitions, some flavors of toast and a roasted nut flavor of pecan come to the tongue more toward the middle of the flavor profile. The nut grows stronger to the end and is joined by a light floral and earthy hop flavor to leave a thin semi-sweet roasted nutty flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the lighter and thinner side with a carbonation that is a bit on the higher side. While the sweetness is nicely complemented by the thinness and higher carbonation, the roasted, malty and nutty flavors of the brew would have done much better with a thicker body and a lower carbonation.

Overall –The body and flavors are a bit weak which takes the brew down a step or two, but it does have decent (but very light) flavor with some nuttiness. An alright brew but nothing special.

Photo of BeerNinja85
4.63/5  rDev +39%
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.

Photo of hannahleedavis_k9SAR
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer did not disappoint, but it also did not exceed my expectations. It was easy to drink and had a clean finish. I would definitely drink it again and would have liked to try it on tap. Overall, I would recommend it to others wanting something different, but Abita does have better options.

Photo of tectactoe
2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of UnderPressure
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Light copper. Substantial head. Overflowed my 14 oz mug. Nice lacing and retention.

Toasted malt and biscuit in the aroma. Slight hops.

A blend of toasty malt, grains, nuttiness and slight hops in the flavor.

Thin bodied beer. Feels kinda empty. Clean finish.

This is an average beer. Fell kinda short in the mouthfeel though.

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.01/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured this American Brown Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This ale poured a brown/red color. The pour produced a small tan head, retention was poor and produced only a light amount of lace. The aroma consisted of roasted malts and caramel. Light in body, there was a foundation of roasted malt and nuttiness. Overall, this is very average.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazy (has Abita finally started bottle conditioning?!?!?) light copper coulor with a foamy beige head of a finger and a half. Great retention and lacing.

The aroma is somewhat mild with a sweetness and somewhat nutty aroma.

The taste is surprisingly nice. It's got a robust sweetness, caramel, pecan nuttiness, slight toffee and toasted bread.

The feel is light, but has a nice somewhat velvety texture, smooth and easy drinking.

One of Abita better tasting brews.

Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Mojo
3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> dimpled mug

This beer pours up a gorgeous beautiful crystal clear copper with one finger of off white head, not much retention, and a moderate amount of lacing. Smell is fairly strong but one dmensional. I mostly detect notes of pine. Taste is an initial small amount of sweet malt, follwed by a bigger amount of pecan flavor. Mouthfeel is average with a mild but not unpleasant aftertaste. Pass on this one unless it is FREE!!

Photo of cousineddy
2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a transparent copper with two fingers of tan head, good lacing

Smell: malt and toffee, get a slight nutty pecan note towards the end.

Taste: Not a huge amount of flavor, almost no hops, I get a slight pecan note at the end but not as much as i had hoped

Mouthfeel: Thin and fizzy, drinkable, but just not much there.

Overall: Slightly dissapointed by this one, been looking for it for a while. Not bad, just won't be buying this one again.

Photo of hardy008
1.76/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours orange with a small off white head with fair retention and spotty lacing. Has a light aroma of brown sugar and caramel, but not pecans. Disappointing aroma.

taste is also somewhat watery with some brown sugar, caramel, and a bit of toasted malt. I can't say that I taste any pecans though. Has a somewhat watered down sweet flavor.

Light bodied with below average carbonation. Simply not a good beer. I will avoid this in the future.

Photo of Treyliff
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a bright copper orange with a creamy light tan head that sustains well with some pretty good lace

S- sweet malt with just a bit if spicy hops kick, not getting much of a nutty aroma.

T- the nuttiness is more traceable in the taste, sweet and malty with just a trace of hop bitterness in the finish.

M- medium body and carbonation, slightly fuzzy mouthfeel ad a bit slick on the finish.

O- a decent seasonal, sweet and malty, but I found myself looking for more pecans. They were there, but just a trace.

Photo of bulldog91
2.09/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark gold with an orange tint
Smell is not pleasant. No sweet, no pecan and not a pleasant smell here.
Taste is watery. An ale. No sweet, no pecans, just an ale. Not a bad ale, but an ale. With no pecans.
Nothing remarkable about its mouthfeel.
Overall, a disappointment. It intrigued me enough to buy it, with hopes of a nutty and/or sweet ping to it. Neither was there. A good beer for summer, maybe, easy drinking, but not much to it.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours orange amber with an off-white, 2 finger head. Average retention.

Smell - Caramel, moderate pecan nuttiness, and a brown sugar sweetness.

Taste - Lighter in flavor than in the nose, but what's there begins with a malty sweetness and an underlying tone of pecan nuttiness. A faint bit of earthy bitterness pops in mid-taste and lingers. Ends with a more moderate pecan nut finish, then dies out quickly.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with a fair amount of carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

Overall - I was hoping for a more assertive brew, but with Abita I should have known better. The flavor that's there isn't half bad, but it feels like half a flavor. Won't buy again; there are plenty of better browns with more to offer.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
3.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Ninkasi Brewing pint glass. Bottleneck says Best By 01/16/13.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that doesn't retain well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and half a sheet of surface foam. Slippery slivers of lacing.

S- Toasty, nutty aroma brings about notes of pecan (naturally), hazelnut and toffee. Somewhat sweet.

T- Flavor is also toasty and has more of a vanilla characteristic than the nose. More hazelnut notes but that's about it. Overall profile lacks much depth. Light alcohol.

M- Not as full as the flavor implies with medium-low carbonation and a thin body.

O- Kind of reminds me of Turbodog light. Easy to drink but not enjoyable unless in a party setting where the flavor of the drink takes a backseat to the social aspect.

Photo of scvance
3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber color with a large white head. Color really reminds me of roasted pecans and fall. Aroma is fairly mild, there's a slight nutty and malty sweetness to it, as well as a slight earthy note. Taste was pretty mild as well, earthy with a little roasted character. I think maybe I get a little nutty pecan flavor, maybe I'm just imagining it. Fairly highly carbonated and a medium body. It's a pleasant, easy drinking beer. Mouthfeel is rather oily, it feels like my mouth is being coated in oil with every sip, not very pleasant. Overall I was really disappointed with this beer, it looked so promising from the poor, but it just went downhill from there. Nothing spectacular about this one, and the oily characteristics just don't work for me. I won't be having this beer again.

Photo of BeerNoobNC
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I decided to try this because I like Turbodog and Southern Pecan. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. All around, this beer is pretty mild. In the nose, I get a slight hint of a sweet caramel flavor and a hint of the nuts. In the flavor, I think it is basically a less complex and milder form of Turbodog (though similar) , but I get a little more from the nut flavor. It also pours a lot lighter color (light brown) than most brown ales (especially English brown ales like Turbodog) but is very drinkable. This beer still has a lot of flavor though and it is definitely worth a try, and I would say it is a good example of the style.

Photo of RussBecker1
2.61/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a whole lot to this beer. The scent of pecan is there and there are flashes of it in the taste, but that really is about all. The beer does look nice however, pouring a golden orange with a nice head, but as far as the other components I was disappointing. It really is too bad because the pecan flavor itself does taste nice and fresh but it needs to be paired with something to make this beer shine. Whether it be cinnamon, chocolate, or roasted malts anything would have really enhanced the flavoring but this was not the case.

Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.