Pecan Harvest Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 374
Hads: 952
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 13
Gots: 92 | 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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Reviews: 374 | Hads: 952
Photo of scratch69
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear amber color with a finger and a half worth of light tan head. Fair amount of clingy lacing.

Smell- Caramel malt with some nuttiness and toast.

Taste- Caramel malt with a nutty flavor and just a hint of some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and slightly crisp. Light bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall- Pretty good and easy to drink. I would like a little more pecan flavor other than just a nutty taste. I think with a little tweaking this would be a great beer. (535 characters)

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with white head that dissipates quickly to ring around edge of glass.

Smell has lots of nuttiness, coffee, and caramel. Not much pecan....

Taste is nutty and sweet. Again, not much other than "nutty" to call pecan taste.

Mouthfeel is light and very drinkable.

Overall this was good and worth a try. Wouldn't get just for pecan flavor, but good for what it is. (378 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a chilled pint glass.

-Appearance 3.5: Poured out a coppery red color. The 1/4" head slowly dissipated into frothy remnants. Very attractive.

-Smell 2.5: Hmm. Some of this bouquet is good, but some of it -mainly the part that reminds me of the smell of a pig-pen- is not. Still, this slightly nasty smell is overtaken by the barley and caramel. For the most part.

-Taste 3.0: Front is non-existent and the middle is just sort of sweet, with some slight barley hints in the back of the mouth. Finish is slightly sweet with very little taste other than some more barley. Aftertaste is short and flat.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: Good level of carbonation for this beer.

-Overall 3.0: Just OK. Nothing spectacular. I honestly did not taste anything that reminded me of pecans. I think that if the brewmasters at Abita tinkered with this one a bit, say by letting it age in bourbon barrels or some such, they would really have a winner on their hands. As it is, this brew is not greater than the sum of its parts. (1,014 characters)

Photo of mjtiernan
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip. No bottle dating but should be from this season.

A: Two and a half finger pillowy white head. Body is a beautiful amber brown and very clear.

S: Toasted grain and nuttiness. Light caramel and a touch of coffee.

T: Lightly nutty, faint grassy hops.

M: Carbonation high. Thin and watery. Very easy to drink.

O: A disappointment. Lacking in flavor and complexity. Should be so much more. (435 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light amber with a thick, oft, dense, white head that has great retention

S - pecans, coffee, roasty, caramel, nutty

T - faintly nutty, coffee, roasty, some caramel

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a smooth, sessionable beer with a decent flavor profile. It's nutty and malty without being too much. It's worth a try. (335 characters)

Photo of mgironta
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The brew poured with a half a finger of white head on a clear, mahogany body with moderate visible carbonation. The nose has definite notes of pecan nuttiness with a hint of almost maple sweetness. It smelled really good. The taste was not quite as good as the nose. The taste had a lot of the nuttiness that was apparent in the nose with a bit of sweetness. But, the body was a little watery and there was very low carbonation on the taste. The finish was quick with a bit of nuttiness. Honestly, this is my least favorite Abita beer so far. It was a little too watery and boring for me. I wouldn’t have this one again. (622 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of cagocubs
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Burnt-Orange/Amber color with a slight head that dissipates shortly after pour. No flim, no lacing, but some serious carbonation streams.

S: I was expecting this to have massive nutty aroma, but was surprised when only slight nose of nut came through. Not much of a scent after that, maybe some malt.

T: C'mon Abita, you got me all excited with this Louisiana pecan talk and you didn't hold up your end. Real slight nut flavor. Instead I get a everyday, hop/malt taste. Yawn.

M: Some carbonation and the slightest nut flavor in aftertaste. Let down.

O: Darn. I was excited to try this one out, but it just was unbelievably lackadaisical. I could see this being a keystone beer if they went back to the drawing board and actually did to the beer what the label says. (811 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of dexterk1
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is amber to reddish. Poured from bottle to pint glass. Head is about an inch and settles pretty quickly.
Odor is nice and nutty. Some sweet there as well.
Taste is really a little weak/ average. A little nutty and a little citrus. Both seem to be light though.
Mouth feel is light as well. Pretty highly carbonated and doesn't really bring all that much.
Overall, it has a nice odor, but taste is really just average. (427 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
2.37/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Reviewed live.

A- Finger width off-white head. Weak retention and some watery lacing. Surprisingly orange color for a brown ale. Clouded orange-brown with heavy carbonation.

S- Mid-roast malts and toasted pecans. Sweet smell like a pecan pie. Also some strange baby food smells.

T- Sweet and very simple, the pecans don't really come through. Very watery flavor.

M- Quite light, not very well developed.

O- I was exited to try a pecan beer, but this was not well executed. (516 characters)

Photo of Ommy
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pecan Harvest pours a semi-dark gold color with minimal head. The brew is fairly clear with only a few particles floating around in it.

Smell is fruity and a bit like cider. I do get a little nutty notes though, but most everything is faint.

Are there no hops in this beer? This is so strange! I usually get the hops up front, followed by fruits/bready characteristics, then malts on the finish... but This is sort of muted in the front, with nutty malty taste afterwards. Really strange, but not entirely bad.

Overall I'd say for me this is a one time buy. I'm glad I got to experience it, since it is quite different, but it isn't giving me that WOW! sense that I get with other beers that try different things. (716 characters)

Photo of DoktorZee
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date on the bottle.

A - amber with a small head that resolves after a few minutes to absolutely nothing. Lots of carbonation rising in the glass.

S - hint of candied nuts/pecans - not much else.

T - this one is really dilute with only a hint of pecan in the background and not much in the foreground (i.e. the beer part is missed - not hops/malt combo to speak of). Very dry finish - gone in seconds.

M - very unremarkable: light with moderate carbonation.

O - overall this one misses; not solid enough on the pure beer side of things, and the pecan doesn't really add much for interesting character (doesn't really match the text on the label). (712 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep four finger off white head, with lots of thick retention and soapy bubbles. Body color forms a nice deep caramel and bronze amber, pretty clear as well with not much visible carbonation.

True to word, it's pecan nuts on the nose. Dry. A soft tannic nutty quality to match and a little hint of possible biscuit and caramel sensing sweetness.

Body and flavor comes in a little unexpected. Delivers the nuts shall we say on first sip but comes with an odd medicinal backbone. Good depth but strangely not covering or coating the palate, and a lifeless body feel with minimal carbonation. Sweet malts and caramel finish with barely any hinting toasty quality.

Overall I seem to remember enjoying this beer more in the past, but this is not a total letdown by any means. (822 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, served in a glass tumbler.

L - clear bright brassy color with a thin eggshell head that left a few spots on the glass.

S - nutty caramel malt.

T - bitter nutty taste, different.

F - light/medium bodied with a fizzy feel.

O - pre-game warm up beer. (265 characters)

Photo of 2378GCGTG
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a duvel tulip at approximately 48 degrees

Appearance: Copper orange with a nice 1 inch head and decent head retention.

Smell: Pecans, caramel, vanilla, cinammon, ending with raisin/prune

Taste: Bitter fruit, maybe cranberries and prunes with a hint of sour apple. Vanilla and caramel followed by a wheaty finish.

Mouthfeel- Light and bubbly, slightly tart

Overall: I was not a fan of this beer, to me the mouthfeel resembles a fermented cider. The color is beautiful however and the smell reminds me of fall. This was interesting to try, but I won't be having it again. (599 characters)

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

A-Pours a burnt orange with a small tan head. The head fads fast with almost no lacing. A some what active flow of bubbles up from the bottom of the glass.

S-Get a big whiff of pecan right off the bat. Then some citrus hops and a slight sweet malt aroma.

T-It starts with a noticeable pecan flavor, which is nice since many nut flavored ales come up a little weak in that area. A small amount of caramel and roast malt flavor in the middle. Floral and citrus hop flavor in the finish.

M-Carbonation is pretty good on this beer. A very crisp beer. It has a light body, lighter then American Brown ales I think.

O-Better then I was thinking it would be. I am not a big fan of pecans but it compliments the beer quite nice. Would have like the malt to be more of a player in the flavor. All in all a good beer session beer though. (832 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It has a burnt orange body and an inch of beige heads rests on top.

S - The aroma is nutty with some caramel and toffee. Sweet and earthy.

T - The taste is a muted version of the smell. All the components of the aroma are present in the taste but they seem distant.

M - Thin

O - After taking a whiff I thought this would be a great beer. After I drank it I was left a little disappointed with the lack of flavor. I think it could be a great beer with some bigger flavor. (514 characters)

Photo of jsdunlop
3.96/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a light amber-orange color with minimal head that quickly recedes to a few white lingering bubbles. Nutty aroma with lots of caramel, hay and oats seem to scream out at me. Taste is nutty with burnt pecan and pecan shell bitterness, slight malt and caramel sweetness that is barely noticeable, some citrus notes make their way out towards the finish, very mild hop presence throughout the sip. Mouthfeel is light, but refreshing and smooth with average carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer, not too complex but an interesting addition with the pecans that made for an enjoyable brew. (598 characters)

Photo of Kranders
2.53/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

'm not huge fan of pecans in general, but I had to try it. In general it was solid but unexciting. No real noticeable flavors. The pecan was there, and not overwhelming (which is always a plus in flavored beers). Overall I'm glad I tried it, but I probably woulnd't get it again. Abita always has good beers, but this was not their best. (337 characters)

Photo of ronniebruner
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have to give it up to Abita. This is a very surprisingly good beer. When the bottle is opened you immediately smell the pecans, and thats a good thing! The beer pours a brownish color with minimal head and lace, just the right amount. The beer goes down smooth and leaves a nice aftertaste on your pallette. The strength of this beer is definitely the uniqueness and goes down as more than a novelty beer. This is a worthy beer by any means. (443 characters)

Photo of paperbackfoster
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a translucent, very clarified amber. Head is one clumpy finger, quickly dissipates. Mild body carbonation, some lacing.

S - Sweeter aroma, malty, a little like a nut pastry.

T - Definitely a sharp nutty character over roast and bread malts. Some brown sugar sweetness, touch of molasses. Despite all this, pretty light tasting.

M - On the watery side, but crisp and sweet. Nutty aftertaste lingers.

Overall - I do like this one. It does lack refinement here and there, but it does it's purpose. The touted "real pecan" flavor really does come through. Minimal hopping and a seemingly bland amber malt profile do provide a good backdrop for flavor. A good seasonal. (678 characters)

Photo of skywizzard
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 ounce bottle in to a pint glass. Nice clear amber with a slight tint of orange. Not a strong nose, but pleasant. This was a very drinkable beer, with a very noticeable pecan flavor. I would certainly drink this beer again if the opportunity arises.

I noticed that many reviewers reported a cloudy pour with little pecan flavor, I wonder if it is a matter of freshness? (385 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a caramel color with a small head. Um ok looking for something pecan related in this one, and the smell doesnt really show any. Sweet adjunct malts with a hint of caramel in the nose.

Um the taste isnt all that special. Hints of pecan flavor are there, but really fight a losing battle with the caramel malt. A dry nutty flavor kind comes forth when the others go away. Metallic taste is also present. Light body: feels like a Marzen.

picture a pecan oktoberfest, and youve got it. Needs some backing flavors. Like maybe pecan pie spices. (546 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (490 characters)

Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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