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Pecan Harvest Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
76
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935 Ratings
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Ratings: 935
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.62%
Wants: 11
Gots: 72 | 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 brother_rat
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of the Pecan Harvest Ale, poured into a regular pint glass. I assume it was fresh, and from this year.

A: A very nice, appetizing orange-brown body. Poured a nice strong brownish head, and carbonation continued to bubble up. Some lacing.

S: A bit of a nut smell when opening the bottle and pouring, nothing overpowering and a bit disappointing. After the initial burst, just had a malty/brown ale smell--which wasn't bad, but could have been stronger.

T: A very smooth taste, very malty: malt forward and that maltiness lingers. Had notes of maple and caramel and nuts (not surprising there), and an overall roasted feel. Couldn't tell that the nut was pecan, though, rather than just some roasted nut.

M: Despite the rich color and roasted, nutty flavor, very light on the tongue. Not full bodied. Felt lightly carbonated, which I prefer, and very drinkable, like real ale on draught.

O: Could have been nuttier and more complex, but this was overall very tasty and drinkable, and I think it would pair well with a bunch of foods and baked goods that I like: smoked meats, maple foods, pancakes/breakfast foods, shoofly pie. Not a bad breakfast beer.

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5/5  rDev +50.2%

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1/5  rDev -70%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of CMUbrew
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Founders imperial pint glass

A: Dark amber/light brown body, somewhat clear. Got a nice creamy off-white head to sit on top and linger for a decent amount of time. Plenty of carbonation rising.

S: I am surprised to find that I actually do pick up a minor toasted nuttiness in the nose. Bready and toasty malts are also evident and dominating.

T: Sort of a generic maltiness initially. Nothing great, but it doesn't taste bad. Mostly water on the back end. The flavor did not deliver on the malts I thought I smelled, or on the nuttiness. It seems pretty nonexistent. Really could use more flavor from the nuts and more malty sweetness.

M: Kind of watery with more carbonation than desired. Smooth with a drying finish.

O: I wasn't expecting a lot from this beer given the average scores, but I am a fan of brewing brown ales with nuts so I gave it a shot. However, Abita really needed to step up the malt bill and nut profile on this beer. I will have great nut brown someday, but not this day.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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Photo of Megahertz
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a French Jelly glass. Best before 2/14/13.

A - Medium red amber, crystal clear, with a one finger, frothy off-white head. Real pecans have considerable oil content; it is impressive that this beer manages head formation.

S - Mild aroma of roasted pecans and faint coffee with cream.

T - Mildly sweet caramel with restrained pecan flavor. Slight roast that gives an impression of espresso. Very good.

M - Light body with mild carbonation.

O - A very good, sessionable pecan ale. This beer gets a bad rap for some reason I cannot identify. I'd drink it by the liter. In fact, I think I will.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of scratch69
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.33/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of BeerDocT
2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of mjtiernan
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 935 ratings.