Pecan Harvest Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Pecan Harvest AlePecan Harvest Ale

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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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Ratings: 950 | Reviews: 380
Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear medium amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nutty and lightly sweet grainy malt.

The taste consisted of a light nutty malt with a good husky grain. Some caramel sweetness as well. The taste was on the lighter side.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side.

Overall a tasty and easy drinking brown ale.

Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Abita Pecan Ale pours a beautiful dark amber color, and has a big tan head. The head sticks very well to the side of the glass.

The smell is a little above average for any ordinary beer, but it was a little disappointing because I was expecting bigger hints of pecan.

Its taste is a little overwhelming at first. The beer starts out a little sweet then hits you quickly with bitterness. After which the roasting pecan taste is a great relief. It gets a better rating for its complexity.

The mouthfeel is good, not too much carbonation. Its body is surprisingly nice.

Overall, I think the complexity of the beer makes it worth a try. Although, I probably would not go beyond that.

Photo of Kegatron
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of MSchae1017
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

As a huge pecan fan, I had to try this beer. Unfortunately, I am not a huge fan of Brown Ales. I tasted this beer in my Abita Shaker Pint Glass from the 12 oz twist off bottle.

This beer poured with a translucent copper brown body and a two inch off white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lace. The smell is faint with toasted malts a slight roastedness and hints of nuttiness. The flavor is a combination of caramel malts and toastyness with hints of nuts that are presumable from the pecans. Overall, I find this flavor more enjoyable than the average brown. The mouthfeel is a bit thin with sharp carbonation but a decent body. It is a nice brown, Certainly drinkable, but it would seem as if my taste buds lend me more towards the hoppy and nutty browns.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A Limited Edition ale "brewed with real Louisiana Pecans", Fall 2007. Poured to an Abita pint glass. Mom & Dad recently sent 4 of these 12 oz. twist-off-capped bottles up to the PacNW; CHEERS to parents who send beer to their kids!

A: Whether this should be categorized as a "Brown Ale" is debatable; it's likely the lightest-colored brown on record if this is true. I'll call it an "Amber", as it's color radiates a warm, fall-like auburn orange. Complexion is considerably hazy, with a fair amount of slowly rising carbonation. Capped initially with about 1-finger of frothy and bubbly ivory/khaki head, which settles to a creamy crust. Good bands of lace stick in wide rings.

S: A benign aroma of very lightly toasted nuts, shadowy malts, and an earthiness that reminds me of clay.

T: Interesting. Lightly toasted maltiness evolves to a mild pecan/nutty flavor
that hints at sweetness. Also has some less than charming undertones of silty mud and the herbally bitter/dry finish (reminiscent of dusty shelled nuts) does linger in a sort of oily way.

M: Enters the mouth with a light fizziness that becomes sticky and rather gritty feeling soon thereafter. It's as if all the tiny particulates suspended in this ale are attacking the cheeks and teeth, creating a fuzzy/filmy feel that's the most dominant after-effect. Starchiness is not a good mouthfeel, thus this doesn't get a good score...

D: The back label raves about this beer being "wonderful paired-up with both red meats and seafood - and...with nuts, too." Seeing as we have three more bottles, we'll give it a try paired with food next time. As is, it's a mildly interesting, though ultimately underwhelming brew. Worth a try.

Photo of khiasmus
3.19/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Quite pretty. Clear light brown, small bubbles continue to come up, but the solitary finger of head drops like a whoopee cushion under a fat girl.

S- Roasted pecans. lots of them. And pronounced "pee-can," not "puh-con." Lovely malt balances, a bit of slightly citrus and floral hops, but mostly a balance of roasted pecan and malt.

T- Malt with a bit of pecan. That's all it is. The bitterness seems to be a result of the nuts, not the hops. To be truthful, not a whole bunch of flavor... but what's there is pretty good. The finish is lacking, however, with an almost macro flavor... hmm...

M- Pretty poor. Medium carbonation, but very thin and watery. Almost no body to speak of. The opposite of how I like my women. Except for the carbonation part.

D- Very drinkable, but would you want to? Worth a try.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of kirok1999
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy medium amber with a thin white head. Moderate lacing. Smell is pretty mild with some sweetness like molassas and nuttiness.
Taste is a not very sweet malt, a nuttiness that almost gives it a bitter flavor and a slight caramel/molassas taste. Pretty aggressive carbonation and a full mouthfeel.

Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It was actually called "Abita Pecan Harvest Ale". It poured with about 1.5 fingers of a foamy, tawny head with decent retention throughout. The nose was malty-sweet with a caramel-like quality to it. The color was a lovely deep-amber with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a good bit of sweetness on the tongue. The finish had a definite nutty/bitter characteristic. I was glad that I did a the label directed and cracked one open.

Photo of Brad007
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Scored a bottle of this while in Mass. Poured a nice reddish-amber color. Aroma was strong and malty but I could not detect any hint of pecan, despite the label's claims. When I tasted this ale though, it started out nutty and finished with a nice bitter aftertaste. Sometimes smell is not enough. Regardless, this ale is definitely drinkable and I look forward to sampling other beers from Abita.

Photo of edskirk3
3.39/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one out of pure curiosity.

Pours an amber-chestnut shade. Whitish head, sticky in appearance, maximum staying power. I mean, that head just sits there. Perhaps we can thank the natural pecan oils touted on the label?

Light caramel and nutty (go figure) aroma.

It has malty sweetness and a dry nuttiness. A light hop presence figures in at the end. This beer is a bit more filling than it first appears. Somewhat nourishing.

This is interesting stuff to say the least. Literally a "nut" brown ale. Not bad.

Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An ale brewed with Louisiana Pecans, sounds interesting. 12oz twist-off bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a medium colored amber with a large off-white head that leaves a great deal of lacing around the edge of the glass. The aroma is dry and nutty with some toasted malts. The smell is perfect for a nice autumn day.The taste starts out smooth and malty and finishes with a dry and nutty finish. Overall, this is one of the better Abita beers that I have tried.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a dark orange with a red hue and good carbonation. The head is also good lots of light tan foam yet very little lace.

The smell is good lots of nuts are present, with lightly roasted caramel malt.

The taste is ok but disappoints some what mild hops, caramel malt and a nice nutty flavor, it all just doesn't seem to work right. Not a bad beer but average on a growing stage of stars.

The mouthfeel is ok good carbonation. Yet the body could be better.

The drinkability is average. The beer is interesting and different but does not otherwise impress.


Photo of oberon
3.59/5  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.

Photo of sleazo
3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a slightly cloudy amber with an off white head. Retention and lace are poor.

S-The aroma is not strong but it does give a nice roasted nut quality.

T-There is a great nutty quality here throughout. The first sip is quite sweet but the finish is dry enough to balance it out. There is also a slightly biscuity malt and a dry grassy hop character. The roasted nut quality is strong and goes very well in the beer.

M-Light bodied with an aggressive cabonation.

D-This is a tasty drink. Better than the fallfest.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was unusual enough that I had to pick it up and try it.

Pours a tea-toned orange/amber with a small white head that disappeared rather quickly.

Aroma is American Brown kind of nutty, toasted malts with a bit of a caramel back. As it warms, the nuttiness can be identified more with pecans specifically.

Taste is very lightly toasted amber malt, caramel, and of course a pecan nuttiness. Sort of like a praline candy but mild and not too sweet. Candy with a beer finish. Again, let it warm somewhat to get all of the richness that hides in here.

Aftertaste is only slightly nutty and then...weird. aftertaste. Not anything I can really identify, but sort of fake and unpleasant like an artificially sweetened soft-drink's aftertaste.

Mouth feel is sort of creamy...not too thin and not too heavy. Pretty much appropriate for an American Brown, not giving itself into becoming sticky and cloying like you might expect from something that reminds you of praline candy.

Photo of dippy
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Brown and brooding which is appropriate for a brown ale. No lace for me.

Smelled sweet, earthy.

Taste was like any traditional brown, a little malty and caramel.

It was smooth on the palate

I could drink a ton of these. I know my scoring may seem a bit low, but that is because no particular aspect of this beer blew me away. I would buy this beer again. It was good.

Drank this one again. Lowered the score. The mouth feel falls short.

And it it not" brown and Brooding" ( how many did I have before I wrote that last review?)

Beer is a nice amber color. Slightly off white head. NO trace of lace again.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -9%
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!

Photo of NJBeerguy
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

When I think about a Pecan Harvest Ale, I think of a maltly nutty rich favor to mix with my turkey dinner. I'm still looking for the malty flavor. This beer starts beautifully, with a pour that bring a nice head to light. The head fades much too quickly to become a shadow of itself. The nose is non-descript. The body is light to go with a beer charterized by a the right look of a fall leaves, in tones of orange/reddish colors. The flavors are only so-so, lacking the warmth I expected, and the mouth feel is that of an over carbonated finish with a "slight' hop aftertaste. Let's go back to the drawing board.

Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +26.1%
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!

Photo of YonderWanderer
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep brownish copper with a thin layer of head that dissipates quickly.

S: A bit of caramel, a bit of nuts, and a bit of breadiness. Not much aroma. Very mild.

T: Similar to the smell. Fairly simple - a decent caramel malt combined with a bit of biscuit and nuts. Not too crazy or extreme with the flavors. Well balanced and tasty.

M: A nice bit of a dry bite at the end. Nice finish overall.

D: This is a decent beer. It's as I scored it - completely average. Drinkable, absolutely. This would likely make a great session beer.

Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +21%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
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

Photo of marcpal
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a pilsner glass @ Old Bay in New Brunswick.

A: Gold colored with clear ale characteristics. Subtle head.

S: Unlike others I was with, did not pick up the nutty aromas for the beer. If anything, the nut overtones didnt seem overpoweringly pecan. For the season, did have a great aroma though.

T: There was a definite maltiness and oddly enough had more of the nutty balance in the taste than in the smell. The hops were clear to the palate afterwards with a taste that I really started to enjoy more throughout the beer.

M: Absolutely crisp and what you would hope for in a fall beer

D: Extremely drinkable and not surprisingly wonderful with a handful of salty peanuts and hazelnuts- would have even been better if pecans were available.

Photo of riversider76
3.31/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a thin white head. A bit of retention,and a decent lacing. Smell is sweet and buttery. Nice,but a bit weak. Body is medium and carbonated. Taste Is of bread,and butter,with a hint of carmel,and nut. Again,nice,but a bit weak. Still worth a try.

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