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Pecan Harvest Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Pecan Harvest AlePecan Harvest Ale

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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 12
Gots: 32 | 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:
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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3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an iced tea orange-brown color. Virtually no head. The smell is straightforward; sweet & malty with a touch of nut. Initially strikes the palate as very malty and sweet with a moderate mouthfeel. Medium-high carbonation but a disappointingly thin body. There's a simple sugary sweetness throughout, resembling honey at times. A subtle herbal taste lends a bit of complexity on the front end, but the beer shines when the nutty pecan character develops toward the back of the tongue and in the aftertaste. Overall, the beer could use more complexity but delivers on the "pecan beer" concept well enough. Surprisingly refreshing, too.

TJBAIHWL, Mar 21, 2011
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2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy peach color, ok head, not too much lacing, not that impressive to look at.

Smells very malty and a bit nutty, with a little butter and a little caramel.

Taste is quite average. Too much pungent malts, but a touch of nutty floral and fruit flavors.

Light to slightly medium bodied, so-so carbonation, aftertaste is bland.

Drinks less than average. Drinkable, but not something I'd seek out.

AlCaponeJunior, Mar 01, 2011
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1.88/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a coppery amber color. Half finger off white head forms from hard pour and shows poor retention. No lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Bready caramel malts with no real other aromas that creep up or anything. There is some muted nutty aroma but it is so far in the background it really doesn't matter.

T- Caramel malts in the front end are very bready. This pretty much lends itself over the entire beer and no other flavors dominate it at any given point in time. Light nutty flavor once again is muted but only shows up in the final part of the beer for a split second.

M- Light-medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was high but I expect that from Abita beers. Caramel malts dominate everything from the palate to the aftertaste. Flavors were unbalanced to what the style was. No off flavors though were present which was nice. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer was drinkable but not enjoyable. A good malt bomb I suppose but only if you like the sweet caramel malts just rushing at you. I would like to see more pecans or nutty flavor to this beer and I think it would work out nice. A overall drain pour if I hadn't have split it with a friend.

alleykatking, Feb 26, 2011
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2.13/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A- An aggressive pour revealed a small head with lacing on the bottle and a little retention

S- some malts, nothing really worth noting

T- Ale like, some malt biscut, a very light amount of nuts

M - high carbonation level, kinda thin

D- one and done. Very light for a brown ale and little to no nut flavor

nas5755, Feb 12, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one challenged my taste buds! Poured from 12 oz bottle into a dimpled mug. Poured a pretty clear coppery amber with a thin white head. It seems to have pretty low carbonation. It smells wonderful--very nutty and a little fruity. It feels medium-bodied and it's flavor is just as wonderful at the smell! You can really taste the pecan and it finishes very smoothly. This brew really offers an enjoyable experience--I'll definitely buy this one again and I highly recommend other to try it.

CuriousMonk, Jan 27, 2011
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3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nutty, orange color. Slightly opaque with limited head.

Has an earthy, grainy smell, but nothing dominates or even stands out.

The flavor is all in the finish. Nothing jumps out at you til a bit of nuttiness deep in the swallow.

Pretty bland in the mouth. It's neither sweet nor bitter, only a bit of carbonation in the finish.

Average alcohol and no offensive flavors, not a great beer, not a bad beer.

RickS95, Jan 16, 2011
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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.

metter98, Jan 15, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper with some bronze for the color. Nice bubbling and a little foam that retains well after the one finger head after the pour.

The aroma has melba toast with a some soft pecan nutty sweetness. Maybe a few delicate grassy hop aromas just so this beer doesn't smell too sweet.

The forefront of the taste has some caramel mlats. While the middle starts to show a little nutty sweetness. The finish has some overall light caramelized pecans that linger lightly after each swallow. Helped along by the gentle carbonation.

This is a pretty good beer. The pecans are subdued, but noticeable. I actually wished they dialed the pecan flavor up a few notches.

I don't think this beer should be categorized as a brown ale though. Due to the color and lack of any roasted smells o flavors. I had to rate this beer on what I though about it overall, not within a style guideline.

scruffwhor, Jan 05, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a very appetizing coppery-golden amber with a decent pale tan head. Aroma is strong and malty with a definite nutty undertone - must be the pecan. Flavor is mainly malty with a nutty undertone and just a hint of molasses. Texture is fairly smooth and quite tingly, leaving behind a decent and persistent fizz.

Cyberkedi, Dec 30, 2010
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3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Nic for bringing a bottle of this one over that night. Poured a medium orange color, with a smallish cap of off-white foam. Aromas of pecans, caramel malt and a hint of cocoa powder. Light to medium bodied, the palate follows the nose with bready malt, caramel and pecans.

emmasdad, Dec 28, 2010
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3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice nutty copper tone with medium white head, and creamy walls of lace. Descent retention.

S- Nutty tones, perhaps pecan, bready malts and dank woody notes.

T- Sweet malts, toffee, and earthy tones, nutty flavors, maybe faint pecan profile? Not sure.

M- Medium bodied, refreshing and well balanced.

D- Very easy to drink, but not overly nutty as the name leads one to think. Nicely balanced, but nothing that stands out.

JayS2629, Dec 27, 2010
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3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale amber, decent head with some lacing.
S- Malty sweetness, cloves, orange peel? Pecans? not so much.
T- Nutty, sweetness of the malt is tasted, roasted flavors on the back, half expect pumpkin to begin coming through. Not bad, but not great.
M- dry, crisp.
D- yes, drinkable.
This is a beer you wouldn't turn down but I won't be buying anymore.

gskitt, Dec 22, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - A nice burnt orange/copper color with yellow/gold highlights. Hazy. Off white head that wasn't too thick and didn't have the worlds best retetnion. A little bit of lacing is clinging to the glass.

Smell - The smell was kind of a dank, stale, earthy malt. Detecting the pecans plus a "worked" hay or a "corn" silage wheat aroma. Honestly, the aroma was not overly pleasing to me and it was somewhat distracting.

Taste - More of the nutty pecan flavoring in the taste. Dry wheat or breadiness with little to no hop bite. Not picking a whole lot out of the taste. Kind of dull and uninspiring.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Dry and smooth and crisp. Insufficient flavor was left on the palate. I prefer a bit more.

Drinkability - The drinkability of this brew is not bad. The smell was a bit disturbing to me. The taste was predominantly bland. I doubt I pick this up again. I went in thinking this brew was going to one thing, but it turns out to be another.

Shrews629, Dec 17, 2010
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3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light copper color with a minimal head.

S - Light aroma of hazelnut, toffee, and brown sugar.

T - Caramel malt and nut flavors. Simple and without much complexity, somewhat like a light version of the Rogue Hazelnut Nectar.

M - Light bodied, imperceptible ABV, good CO2, pleasant drinkability.

WhiteOak, Dec 13, 2010
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3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this one straight from New Orleans from a friend.
Poured in to brandy snifter.

A - Light to medium amber colour with a very small amount off white head.

S - Sweet caramel, brown sugar and light toffee notes. No pecan comes through at all.

T - Malt-forward beer with notes of caramel and brown sugar. No pecan comes through at all, which is disappointing. Very slight bitterness in the finish which is somewhat dry. A decent ale but wouldn't know that pecans were in this brew if the label didn't say so.

M - Light body with a very slight chew. Lightly carbonated.

TheSevenDuffs, Dec 08, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This was an interesting brew to say the least. I liked it, it was a casual Brown Ale, approachable to both beer aficionados and Bud drinkers alike. The light body is not intimidating, however makes up for flavor and aroma.

The smell, is somewhat roasted, earthy, and nutty. You really do smell pecans in this brew.

The head dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing.

The taste is smooth, dry, and nutty. The finish is light and refreshing, and leaves you wanting to go for another sip.

This is a decent brew.

StevenBilodeau, Dec 07, 2010
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3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-orange amber color,quickly disappearing, small head
S-Smells nutty but a bit too natural. Smells like a light brown ale.
T-The strong nutty taste is present through the finish. Pleasant and slightly sweet brown-ale flavor. Light carbonation. Overall its a pleasantly balanced taste with a nice and lingering aftertaste.
M-Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat sweet.
D-Not something I would drink a lot of at once but with a smooth finish and 5% alcohol, it goes down fast.

A very unique beer that im glad to have tried but not something I would buy a six pack of again unless im in the mood for pecans in beer form.

danronian, Dec 05, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours an amber orange without much head and a lot of carbonation

S - smells of sweet caramel malt and buttery pecans

T - some sugary and caramel malts give way to some buttery almond and pecan flavors. Finishes nutty and sweet. Nothing uber complex, but tasty nonetheless.

M - buttery mouthfeel from the pecan oils. A lot of carbonation and a decent body.

D - this is a pretty good beer. This was the first beer I have had brewed with nuts

birchstick, Dec 02, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fantastic ruby red color and covered in with a great head.
S: Slight malt hop aroma dominated by a great roasted pecan scent.
T: This is a fantastic beer for its originality and bringing an different nut to the brown ale. Good malt flavor coupled with a slight hp flavor. It has undertones of that wonderful roasted pecan flavor that I havent seen before. Very sweet and balanced beer.
D/M: Crisp light and flavorful with a good carbonation.

pzrhsau, Nov 30, 2010
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3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a goldish brown body with decent head that died quick. A minor hoppy aroma with minor sweet malts but not as malty as expected. Has a bit of yeasty sweetness but is more or less bland and dry and there is minor hopping taste on the backend. Just a vanilla-type beer for the masses that I tried and I can live w/o trying it again.

clayrock81, Nov 29, 2010
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3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Amber, translucent body, light airy white head

S- Malty, bready, nutty

T- Typical brown, bready up front, nutty after taste

M- Medium bodied but a bit watery and on the high side with the carbonation

D- Not horrible but nothing but proximity will lead me back to this again

On a side note, BM me if you have an Abita beer you think'll blow my socks off please!

aepb1, Nov 28, 2010
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3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A nice appearance. Copper to brown color. Very clear. A nice head that stays around for a while and leaves a nice lacing.

S: Nuts and Pecans. Malt. Typical brown ale smells.

T: Pecan, Pecan, Pecan. Can't think of this as a pecan pie sort of taste, but natural pecans.

M: A decent amount of carbonation where nothing overpowers anything.

D: If you like the pecan flavor, this one will be very easy to drink for you.

mbrown26, Nov 24, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, Abita...as a fan of NOLA, I cannot resist having some of you. Oddly, I've not tried this before (tried to get it before & the bar was not serving or out or whatever). And I love browns, so had to have it. Bottle into a pint glass.

A - lovely pour. Clear light-to-medium brown, tan head that sticks around for awhile, then fades to a ring+cover & leaves some patchy lacing.

S - (buttery) pecans, obviously. Heavy on the brown sugar. Caramel, toffee, roasted malts. Like a praline or something. Yum!

T - Nutty & malty, like it smells. Not as sweet as I expected, but I'm not complaining. I love browns, & this is a delicious brown.

M - a bit light/thin, actually. I expected it to be / wanted it to be a touch heavier. Carbonation is fine. Goes down smooth though.

D - great. At 5% ABV, could easily have a few. Good thing I have the rest of a sixer in the fridge. It's a solid brew, but definitely not my favorite brown, as I definitely like mine a bit heavier. I'd still get it again though, probably.

fragilehearted, Nov 24, 2010
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3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear orange with a light white head.
S: Pecans for sure. Sweet caramel malts as well.
T: Sweet, but nutty pecans dominate the flavors, but not much else going on here.
M: Light body and medium carbonation.
D: Goes down easy. Sessionable for certain. Simple, nice easy drinking flavor and nothing inhibits that.

stimulus, Nov 24, 2010
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4.63/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Upon pouring, this beer has a beautiful brown color and is topped with a good off-white colored head that turns to a light lacing throughout drinking it. On the nose you get a nice clean nutty pecan aroma that also come through in the taste. As well as the nuttiness of the pecan you get yeasts and crisp acid that would stand up well to some down home Creole or Cajun cookin'; and would probably lend its self very well to anything made with a black-as-night Creole roux and a dash of spice- like a flavorful Gumbo or Etouffee. This brew is perfectly balanced; enough sweet, enough bitter, with just the right about of nuttiness and great carbonation, boasting a medium body. I could see myself drinking a whole few six packs of these when they come out next year!

WishYouWereBeer, Nov 21, 2010
Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 788 ratings.