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Pecan Harvest Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 763
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of ZacHart

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +16.8%

This ale pours a crystal clear amber color with an off white, moderate head that leaves some lacing. The aromas of malt and nuts are pronounced but not in your face. The flavor begins with nice biscuity and slighly yeasty malt flavors, which give way to the distinct but not overpowering flavor of pecans. This is a very light and highly drinkable beer that delivers exactly what it promises. A great choice for a change of pace in the fall or winter.

09-22-2010 01:20:50 | More by ZacHart
Photo of Overlord


3.45/5  rDev +3.3%

Though it's flavored with pecan rather than pumpkin, kind of reminded me of halloween-ish brews, for some reason.

Pours amber-y amber with amber highlights, a few inches of off-white foam.

Smells like spices, faintly of nuts (I guess pecans ... sorta).

Tastes spicy, some caramel, more nuttiness than expected, and kind of decent, I guess. I wasn't blown away, but frankly, I was expecting it to be crap.

Too thin and watery, though.

07-12-2010 05:29:09 | More by Overlord
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

12 oz. bottle tried 17 Nov 2007. Again thanks to J&K!

Medium yellow white head. Medium carbonation. Clear burnt siena color. Smells somewhat sour, nutty, slightly pecan-ey. Caramel and nutty to start but couldn't say pecan for sure. Definitely can taste the brown ale underneath. Earthy, fairly nutty throughout, slightly astringent in finish and aftertaste.

A says 'barkey', which I have noticed with slightly underripe pecans but might just be suggestion.

06-29-2010 04:55:28 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of LimoBarbie


1.25/5  rDev -62.6%

I really didn't like this beer which is unusual for me though. I like the Abita beers but this one was too bitter and had nothing in the way of interesting flavors to redeem itself. I wouldn't buy it again and I wouldn't drink it if it were free! Not one of their better efforts. Purple Haze and Strawberry Harvest are both must better beer.

05-16-2010 22:46:57 | More by LimoBarbie
Photo of beertunes


2.8/5  rDev -16.2%

Poured into straight pint glass at Bayou on Bay, Bellingham, WA. The beer poured a brownish gold color with a thin, off-white head that had OK retention and low lacing.

The aroma was very malty sweet and I didn't really pick up any pecan scent in the nose. The flavor was that of a slightly below average brown ale, but did feature a subdued pecan taste, so I gave it an average.

The body was thin for the style, almost watery, and didn't linger on the tongue. Drinkability was OK, not bad, not great. I would try this again if I saw it, but I probably won't seek it out.

Overall, an OK beer that's worth a try, just don't expect to be blown away.

04-09-2010 19:33:11 | More by beertunes
Photo of DmanGTR


3.1/5  rDev -7.2%

Review from notes on 11/20/09

A - mildly vigorous pour yielded a clear maple honey with a creamy 1.5" head that gave small strings of lace in my tulip. 4.0

S - Very faint maltiness, touch of biscuits. I detect no pecan at all. 2.5

T - Pale malts with a touch of biscuits and a mild nutty flavor, but not discernible as pecan. Finishes with a light bitterness of hops and sweetness of malts. Nuts to follow in the aftertaste. Overall, the flavor department lacks a lot. Could be greatly improved by boosting all aspects of the taste. 3.0

M - Medium/light bodied. Well carbonated, keeps it smooth. 3.5

D - Pretty good. A bit bland but if you can get past that then it's ok. 3.5

03-29-2010 02:01:57 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of pmcadamis


3.18/5  rDev -4.8%

A - Hazy light brown brew with a caramel hue. Topped with a nice little cap of ivory foam. Lacing is decent, and the head is long lasting. Looks tasty.

S - Caramel, nougat filing, and a slight whiff of pecans, which I imagine is pronounced PEE-can in the deep south. Smells like a Charleston Chew candy and pecan pie filling.

T - There is a definite pecan nuttiness here, along with caramel and maple syrup. I honestly don't know if I would have picked up on the actual pecan flavors... I might have just attributed that flavor to the general profile of nut-brown style beers (although this one ain't all that brown).

M - Light bodied with a creamy carbonation that helps fill it out a little. Finishes sweet and nutty with a hint of hops hidden in the flavor, but coming out at the end.

D - Pretty good stuff. Nothing to write home about, but its a nice easygoing brew that's a little too much on the sweet side to really have session potential. Worth a try for the novelty of a pecan infused brew, and as a good brew from the craft brew-deficient southern states.

03-27-2010 22:47:28 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of womencantsail


2.85/5  rDev -14.7%

A: The pour is a nice amber/copper color with a thin layer of slightly off-white foam.

S: I found the nose to be fairly enjoyable. A lot of toasted biscuit aromas and a nice nuttiness (presumably pecans) which I was not expecting to be so powerful. There's a touch of butter/diacetyl as well, however.

T: After a fairly robust nose, the flavors were really a let down. This is very watery and quite mild in terms of flavor. The only thing I pick up is a slight toasted malt flavor.

M: The beer is thin on the tongue with moderate carbonation.

D: I can't say I was let down, because I've never been impressed by Abita, but this started out with some promise and then crashed and burned.

02-19-2010 20:11:05 | More by womencantsail
Photo of brdc


2.53/5  rDev -24.3%

Small capped bottle, shared by stoutsnipas.

Poured into an inappropriate pint shaped cup, it shows a dark golden, not brown color, with a voluminous but short lasting white cap. No lacing, but could be the "glass".
Aroma is nearly absent, faint earthy hoppiness, slight caramel maltiness.
Thin bodied, the flavor is like the taste, faint in the background.
Forget this one.

02-14-2010 16:08:04 | More by brdc
Photo of augustgarage


3.73/5  rDev +11.7%

12 oz bottle - best before 1/19/10, but reviewing anyway. Poured into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Clear, mahogany liquid with a large beige head that rapidly recedes to a thin layer on the surface. Average sandy lacing, faint glassy legs.

Decent dark pecan aromatics backed by stale brown bread crust-like malt.

Nutty, though a bit raw (as opposed to toasted or roasted) on the palate. Pale malt, a whisper of caramel, and very faint citrus from hops. The finish is dry and not quite astringent. No off notes.

Very thin, light-bodied, but with decent carbonation. Comes across as more of a lager.

You can pack these away pretty quickly - not a bad effort at all even if my bottle isn't super-fresh.

02-08-2010 00:55:37 | More by augustgarage
Photo of Kallessin


3.15/5  rDev -5.7%

Pours a deep copper color with a rocky white head that leaves nice foam around the glass and settles to a thin film. Very clear with a moderate amount of bubbles flowing to the top.

Has mainly a grainy and grassy aroma with some sweet malt and some light pecan nuttiness.

The taste is very sweet up front with the pecans adding a unique flavor to it. From there I get the sweet malt with some fruitiness (mild apple and citrus) mixed in. It's mildly bitter on the finish.

Very light and thin with moderate foamy carbonation.

Overall it's a little bit too light on everything. It's pleasant enough and what's there is decent, but I really want more - more character and more flavor.

02-03-2010 01:39:17 | More by Kallessin
Photo of capra12

New York

2.8/5  rDev -16.2%

Reviewed at home served out of a pint glass.

Appearance: this poured a light brown color with 1 finger of creme colored head.

Smell: grainy, like freshly added DME to a wort.

Taste: Opened with a slightly carbonated brown ale with subtle hints of nuttiness and malt in the finish. This reminds me of tasting your uncarbonated wort right before fermentation.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, moderate carbonation and nothing to exciting going on here.

Drinkability: If you're a home brewer, this taste like a nut brown ale's wort, a one and done for me. I recommend this to one who wants to try what a carbonated wort taste like with little ABV.

01-15-2010 04:28:20 | More by capra12
Photo of mralphabet


3.43/5  rDev +2.7%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Faint copper color... Good carbonation... Big head, about 2 1/2 fingers worth, good retention and wonderful lacing... Very good looking beer.

S: Nutty pecan aroma is the first thing you get, then some sweet malt, little caramel malt mixed in... not much else.

T: Just like the smell pecans upfront, then a little bready with sweet malt... Just a touch of earthy bitterness balances the end of the beer.

M: Smooth med bodied, with a little more carbonation than other Browns I've had.

D: A pretty good Brown... the pecan flavor is a little over the top but not to bad.... makes it a little different than most Browns I've had. Hey it is an Abita! so you know it is going to be pretty good and this is not bad. Not overly complex but is smooth sweet and nutty. Give it a try.

01-11-2010 05:07:04 | More by mralphabet
Photo of mgbickel


3.2/5  rDev -4.2%

Poured ½ of the bottle into a snifter. A tiny trace of a white head formed for a few seconds before whisping into nothing. Zero lacing present...eh. The color is a mixture of gold and amber...maybe a little more toward the yellow side of things.

Interesting aromas...nutty, and grainy smells dominate. You can pick up some malts in the background. Cookies?

The flavor is pretty much what I expected...very much like a typical nut brown ale, but a few rungs sweeter...not very complex or exciting at all...once again...eh

The mouth feel is a little light with mild carbonation...a little drier than I expected...

I really wanted to like this beer...and I do, but I am not excited about it...would I buy it again, maybe, but I probably will not remember anything about it in a few weeks...other than it's mediocrity.

01-03-2010 04:20:55 | More by mgbickel
Photo of hustlesworth


3.1/5  rDev -7.2%

A- clear copper amber with short dense creamy very light-beige colored head. some lace goin on, but it doesn't stick.

S- huge nose of sweet praline and toasted pecans, mineral water, toasted grains, brown sugar, chocolate milk, mostly just sweet brown sugar coated toasted pecans. very nice. i would have been disappointed if the aroma was less pecany.

T- toasty and sweet with some nice nutty character. a bit of cinnamon flavor as well which adds to the whole sugar coated pecan experience. this beer really tastes like a snack. there's also some earthy british hop flavor but the malt side of this one is pretty weak and watery. this may have been the brewers intention, so as to showcase the pecans, but consequently the brew lacks depth and becomes more of a pecan flavored light beer rather than a hearty brown ale. without the pecans, this brown ale would be... not so good. that's some damn tasty water they have down there though.

MF- though the flavor is light, the body seems to hold itself slightly, putting her somewhere around medium. on the plus side, the beer's lightness makes it crisp, refreshing, and thirst quenching. a slick feeling from the pecan's essential oils may attribute to some of the body as they are very evident on the palate. low carbonation also adds to this.

D- an ok brew, and a literal 'nut brown ale'. it's seriously whetting my appetite, perhaps the high point of this experience along with the aroma but without the pecans, this baby would be very substandard. a good beer for beginners.

12-21-2009 05:40:10 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of bob3701

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -7.8%

Poured into a shaker pint. Dark amber with a bubbly head that hangs around. Laces somewhat. I am reviewing the beer I am currently drinking but I had this a year ago and really loved it, that beer was full of pecan sweetness it was very enjoyable. I went back to the store for more and they were sold out. I eagerly picked it up again this year and frankly there is nothing special about it (bad pecan harvest). Slightest of hints of a nutty aroma but taste is kinda flat. Not bad tasting but not what I had last year.

12-18-2009 23:03:57 | More by bob3701
Photo of BeanBone


3.35/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance: A slightly hazy copper body capped by a little less than two fingers of fluffy off-white head that features good retention and lacing.

Aroma: Nuts and some dark fruit over caramel malt--simple, yet pleasant enough.

Flavor: Almost exactly what the nose promised. Still lots of nuttiness up front, but the malt backbone really steps up and gets much more roasty and chocolaty. I was hoping for a little more pecan and a little less "general nuttiness," but maybe that was hoping for too much. Nuts and roasted grains in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation and a clean finish.

Drinkability: Easily quaffable and decently refreshing, this could be a great session choice if you don't get bored.

Verdict: Rather straightforward, but tasty enough Pecan Harvest Ale is solid little beer. Perhaps not as unique as the others in the series, but still worth a try for nutty brews.

12-16-2009 04:04:37 | More by BeanBone
Photo of tone77


3.33/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and pecans, a tad sweet. Taste is good, malts, hops pecans, it's all there and just a touch of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is an interesting and tasty brew.

12-07-2009 23:35:18 | More by tone77
Photo of Shumista


3.18/5  rDev -4.8%

Purchased a single to give this one a try, sounded kind of interesting. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Medium clear copper-brown. Foamy off white head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin film of head sitting on top of the beer.
S- Nutty smell with biscuity malt.
T- Nutty in taste as well, but not overpoweringly so. I don't think I would have picked pecan if it didn't say so on the bottle, I would more describe the taste as generic nuttiness. Biscuity malt from the aroma is present in the finish and aftertaste as well as a light hop bitterness.
M- This is where this one goes from being average in my opinion to less than. Very watery mouthfeel and overcarbonated. Reminds me of light beer.
D- I see no reason to drink or buy this beer again. It wasn't bad, just uninteresting and not really worth spending any more time, money or sobriety on.

12-07-2009 06:58:19 | More by Shumista
Photo of bort11


2.95/5  rDev -11.7%

12 oz stubby bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Egg shell white head stands up a half inch, but manages to maintain a solid cap for an extended time.. Nice stair steps of lacing sticks to the glass. Color is a clear orange, no where near a brown.

Smell has a dry woody aroma. Mild bitterness. Nutty pecans come though more in the taste. I would like there to be a little more sweetness to balance to out the dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin and feels a bit over carbonated. I think this beer would work a lot better with some molasses added to the mix. I think it would add some more body and sweetness.

Blipped "Pecan Pie" by Golden Smog

12-05-2009 06:13:51 | More by bort11
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev +2.7%

12oz single purchased for $1.85 at New Beer Wholesale Distribution, Inc, on Christie St in NYC.

Cloudy orange-brown brew. 1-finger eggshell head that settles quickly. Citrus/orange hops and subdued molassas sweetness in the nose. A very mild earthy/musty note could be pecans, but wouldn't be notable if I weren't looking for it. Tastes mostly like a typical brown ale, very similar to the nose. Pecan comes through as a nice earthy note. Mild muddy bitterness, metal, alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, carbonation adequate. Fairly drinkable.

Overall a worthy session, but not impressive enough to seek out again. Nothing really stands out, kind of weak and muddy.

12-01-2009 03:06:31 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.68/5  rDev +10.2%

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a deep copper brown body that is crystal clear with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface. The head of soft light beige peaks soon disappears.
S- A note of maple syrup is the only really aroma until it warms a bit then some pecan hints come through.
T- This beer has a big sry biscuit malt aroma with some toasted malt notes that add a bit of sweetness to the beer. There is a faint pungent hop note after the finish.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a soft fizz finish.
D- The biscuit malt seems to dominate with the only real pecan is on the outside of the bottle.

11-30-2009 23:11:53 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of matjack85


3.63/5  rDev +8.7%

This was the beer special of the day at Finnegan's Irish Pub in Plainfield, IL so I tried one for just $3.00 a bottle.

The beer poured a nice pecan shade of brown and made a 1½ finger off-white head that lasted quite awhile. It also left some nice lacing on the glass.

The smell was all malt and pecan. Neither one was overpowering, but it was a nice sweet smelling beer.

The taste was caramely sweet with some pecan in the background, but there just wasn't enough of it. It was weak on flavor. At just 20 IBU's there isn'tmuch of a hop presence either. Instead they use a high degree of carbonation to cut into the sweetness, which I did not care for.

It's an OK medium bodied beer that is easy to drink, but I had hopes of an even better taste from my first pecan ale.

11-29-2009 22:55:45 | More by matjack85
Photo of darklordlager


3.23/5  rDev -3.3%

Abita Pecan Harvest
Pours a dark honey color, approaching on amber with a small ¼" off-white head.

Smell is of biscuity malt, sweet caramel. Bready, with a little roasted malted as well.

Nice caramel and bready backbone, mild hop notes. Somewhat unpleasant bittersweet flavour, artificial sweetener.

M-Medium carbonation, which seems about right, making it flow over the tongue very smooth.

D- An interesting beer. The unusual sweetness to it makes me reluctant to try again.

11-24-2009 03:49:23 | More by darklordlager
Photo of elniko


3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured from bottle into pint glass. No date markings on bottle.

A: Standard amber coloring, rather minimal head. Lacing quite nice along with very apparent carbonation.

S: The pecan tones are definitely apparent but do not overwhelm, not much else on the nose though besides some roastiness.

T & M: Relatively light bodied, nothing groundbreaking with the taste but a smooth brown with a nice background of the pecans. It definitely is nice to have real nut flavoring versus artificial but taste is still a little thin. Carbonation not too apparent in mouthfeel.

D: Quite drinkable, recent Abita offerings have been quite solid.

11-22-2009 20:10:46 | More by elniko
Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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