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Pecan Harvest Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 923
Reviews: 377
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 11
Gots: 67 | 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 Arithmeticus
2.45/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: cloudy dark orange; good carbonation, but very little head
S: not much aroma
T: bitter ale with a pale flavor; watery; pecans not noticeable; light hops
M: thin

Really, not a very good beer. Too bad because their Purple Haze rocks.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.13/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a clear orange color, one finger soapy head dissipated instantly

S- Big nutty, sweet caramel, and very sugary smell. Reminds me of cinnamon sugar almonds.

T- Lots of sweet sugary malt, caramel, quite a bit of graininess, not much of a nut presence in the taste though. Kind of an oily peanut flavor is present, not reminiscent of pecans though.

M- A little bit lighter bodied, smooth, with very high carbonation on the finish. Very drinkable.

O- This is my favorite offering from Abita that I have had. Really drinkable beer that is great for the fall. One of the sweetest and most sugary beers I have ever had.

Photo of horshack7
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: From a short neck twelve ounce bottle is clear brown beer with a light foamy head. As the hea dthins out only a little bit of lacing is left behind.

Aroma: Mostly malty sweetness in the front not alot of it. Minor nuttines, hops are roasted and only a slight bit citrusy. There is a tiny bit of dryness in the nose.

Taste: A fairly smooth mouthfeel with a buttery toffee texture. The nuttiness is there from the pecans they ar roasted as well as the malts that give it a brown bread flavor. In the hop side of it all is mild citrusness with a smooth finish.

Notes: This my first offering from Abita I thought the beer would be good which it was. It's not bad but decently drinkable. Cheers.

Photo of Heatwave33
4.08/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Bass Pint glass.

Color: Amber with an off white head.

Smell: Cinnamon roasted pecans!

Taste: Not as good as the aroma it set off. A nice subtle malt and hop with a pecan tone.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with good carbonation.

Overall: A balanced brew which is very subtle. I smelled a lot of pecan but it didn;t transfer over to the taste. Still a good brew to drink and enjoy. Cheers!

Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an orange/amber color with a half inch white froth with a light reddish tint.

S - Bread and biscuit malts galore with a roasted pecan scent. Some faint dry caramel on the nose as well. Really good smell on this one.

T - Bready malts big time with some pecan on the finish. Not too much though. A very dry roast taste to it which makes it interesting.

M - Dry on the finish and medium carbonation.

O - A good different brew for sure. Would definitely drink more.

Photo of ONUMello
4.18/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pecan brown, with next to no head.
S: Surprisingly complex, with a mix of bready biscuit aromas, a nutty smoothness and a hint of toffee. The toffee comes out more as the beer warms in the glass.
T: Similar notes to the smell, but the nuttiness takes a bigger role, as does the toffee, with the bread backing off somewhat. A hint of floral as well.
M: Medium-bodied and smooth. Easy to drink.
O: I've had this before and don't recall liking it this much- I'll have to pick up more as I bought this as a single, but it would be a great beer to sip a couple watching football on a crisp fall Saturday.

Photo of fields336
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into SN snifter
12 oz, $8.99 6 pack

A: Amber, orange to red, with a finger of off white, gold, frothy head. Dissipates quickly, lots of bubbles. The head leaves a nice ring on the edge of the glass. Beer is very clear with some nice carbonation coming off of the bottom of the glass.

S: Sweet, biscuity/bready malt, with some spice and definitely picking up the pecan. Smells like freshly cracked pecans. I'm a big fan of nut brown ales, so let's see how this one tastes. Not much hop flavor, maybe a slight earthy/grassy/floral smell in there.

T: Slight floral/citrusy like hop presence. Awesome nutty characteristic with some bready malts. On the back of the tongue the nutty taste really comes in. Really nice, maybe could use a bit more hops but I really like the taste of this.A great fall beer.

M: Very carbonated, refreshing and easily drinkable. At 5% you can put away a couple of these and not feel too bad.

O: A great fall session-ish beer. For the price it's great, I'm a big fan of this beer. Choose if you like nutty beers or just want something tasty to sip on while sitting on the porch on a fall day or after a hot day in the sun even. Would go great with some pecan crusted fish and rice.

Photo of justintcoons
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a brown-tinted amber with moderate carbonation and about a half finger of head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is rather poor.

N: Smells great! Huge nutty aromas waft up along with caramel, cocoa and brown sugar.

T: Watery brown sugar and a hint of caramel malts and pecan. Unfortunately there's not much going on here. There's some roastiness, cocoa and nuts that linger in the finish.

M: Light-medium bodied, clean and refreshing.

O: This was kind of a let down, yet it is very easy drinking and very sessionable. Flavors are extremely light and watery but what is there is very pleasant tasting.

Photo of WMEugene
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a hazy copper color with a head that rapidly disappeared (though a thin layer remained) with ok lacing on the glass.

S - Malty smell, light hints of caramel. Nothing too strong or spectacular.

T - Pecan and caramel flavors upfront. Nice balance of sweet and nutty flavors. Well done.

M - Very thin bodied and carbonation level seems a little off. No lingering aftertaste. The mouthfeel really detracts from the taste of the beer.

O - I like the Pecan Harvest, but it's not without its flaws. It doesn't have a particularly strong smell and the mouthfeel is off. It's a too thin, which is disappointing because I would love the pecan and caramel flavors of this beer to linger. I would drink again, but it doesn't live up to its potential.

Photo of beerkingnyc
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Rich gold/brown.

S- Not powerful, but mostly the scent of caramel.

T- A light caramel and nutty taste. Needs something else

M- It feels light and smooth in my mouth.

Not bad, but also didnt blow me away. Smooth and easy drinking fall brew. A bit to light though.

Photo of justinjj1280
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with little very little head that disappears quickly.

Flavor is of sweet caramel malt, and the slightly buttery pecan came through pretty clearly. I quite like the flavor.

Light in body and on the mouth.

Hard to rate. I really like the taste, but it needs a little something different in the texture, maybe some creaminess.

I'd buy it again.

Photo of bismarksays
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured a light brown/amber color with decent carbonation. Great clarity, but no head retention whatsoever.

S- A touch of malt and nuttiness. Not a lot of either though at first. As it warms, a bit more nut comes out.

T/M A certain amount of sweetness (caramel/toffee) and nutiness gives it a pleasant flavor. The thin mouthfeel almost detracts from this though. It is there and then it is gone. I know not every flavor has to be big and bold and I can appreciate delicate profiles, but I just wish this could stay around a bit more.

Overall: This is a decent fall beer. It is not spectacular and it is not a disaster. If you really enjoy brown ales, this is an okay option to try. I was really hoping for a nice pecan packed burst, but the trade off is this might be a bit more of a sessionable beer. While it is not exciting, it is also not something I found myself getting bored of drinking.
Pair this with turtle dessert or possibly a pot roast with mashed potatoes and turnips and I could see this shining a bit more.

Photo of Retail1LO
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clean, see-through brown hue with a thin wispy head. The smell is pretty nondescript. Was hoping for a nutty introduction to the first sip, alas, none to be had. The taste too, fails to deliver on any distinguishable pecan flavor. It's a little sweet with some some caramel and vanilla notes,with a decent helping of maltiness. This is a nice light, refreshing beer, I gotta say that. It goes down real easy. The mouthfeel is real thin, and leaves very little behind except a tinge of bitterness. Overall, this is a decent beer. I don't know if it's something I'd crave, or go out of my way to buy again (more a product of constantly wanting to try new things), but if it was offered, I'd certainly drink it without a fuss.

Photo of pburland23
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

Beer pours a very autumnal looking coppery amber with about a finger of fluffy off-white head.

Smell is pretty standard for a brown ale. There some caramel malt sweetness and not much else. I couldn't pick up any pecan notes. Taste was similar. It tastes like a pretty decent, middle-of-the-pack brown ale. Nothing wrong with that. There's a faint hint of nutty flavor on the tale end of the sip, but nothing very prominent.

Mouthfeel was middling and slightly under carbonated in my opinion. As I said, a fairly solid brown ale, but there are better varieties available.

Photo of imasloth
2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- A beautiful reddish bronze with a clean white head. Head is fairly thin and quickly dissipating when poured into a goblet.

S- A very faint aroma of sweet nuttiness, but not much else.

T- A tasty but simplistic flavor: Nuttiness. Agree with others that the nut isn't easily identifiable as pecans, but you can start to pick out nuts it isn't ... Knowing this was brewed with pecans makes it easier to taste them.

M- Very little true mouthfeel as such. This beer is light and leaves little residue after swallowing.

You could probably drink a bunch of these in a row and really enjoy yourself. That said, none of them is gonna blow you away and you won't hurry out to get this again. Still, I've been parceling out this sixer over the last week and have enjoyed each one.

Photo of jsh420
2.05/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

best by 01/26/12

pours bright clear copper - 2 finger off white head that faded fast and left no lacing

smells of all malt

tasted much like the nose all malt nutty malt - little metal

mouthfeel was very thin and watery with low carbonation

overall - not impressed - no roast no chocolate - not an american brown

Photo of Haybeerman
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber color. Poured a 2 finger fizzy off-white head that dissipated to ring on the inside edge of the glass. Decanted lightly. Laced in wavy rings.

S: Biscuity malt and roasted nuts.

T: Character much like a brown ale in the taste; surprising given the appearance. Definitely nutty; though difficult to say its pecan. Very mild and muted finish; a little sweet, a little smokey, a little earthy.

M: Light-to-medium body. Ample carbonation. Active on the palate.

O: Interesting beer. Flavorful, drinkable and balanced.

Photo of mattkoon
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've only had a couple beers from abita, but they've all been pretty good and the pecan harvest ale is right in there. The color of this beer is a nice golden brown with a slight cloudiness. The smell is caramel with a little earthiness and malt. The taste is caramel, bitterness with earthy and nut flavors. There is a woodiness here that makes for an interesting brew. Over all this is a pretty unique little beer. I didn't know what to expect when I bought this- and it surprised me. I kinda thought it was gonna be sweet more like pecan pie but it has a more earthy nutty taste and it works that way.

Photo of 2xHops
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer really does like an amber ale. Otherwise, I do think it's a decent looking beer.

The thing that bothered me when I was drinking the six-pack over a span of three days, was the fact that I can't seem to taste the pecan? It does taste nutty like many brown ales, but I'm not sure if enough pecans were used to give it more distinctive flavor?

The mouthfeel is just right. It have a great body and feel when you drink it. I'd have to say that it's not one of my favorite brown ales. It's not a bad beer, and it will make many people happy, but not for me.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

aramel color brown with just enough light getting through to give it a sort of off reddish tint. The smallish tan head quickly faded and left behind only traces of itself. The aroma itself was lightly smoked almost, full of roasted malts and a touch of caramel. The flavor was light bodied but nicely roasted with a touch of a bittering finish and a flavor full of earthy grain like tones. A nice subtle bread like base was quaintly masked underneath. Overall this was a decent brown ale. It was nothing spectacular, but I do not think it was designed to be, but rather it was a very nice interpretation of the style

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

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A – Poured out a golden brown with decent clarity. One finger of off white head that receded quickly and left spotty lacing.

S – Fairly light smeller with just a bit of bready malt and light nutty aroma.

T – Light caramel malt. Slightly buttery. Definite nuttiness. Trace sweetness at the end with a tame bitter finish.

M – Light bodied. Little bit oily on the palate. No ABV present at all.

O – Not bad but not great either. Middle of the class. Worth a shot for sure. Would have loved a bit nuttier taste to it.

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

This one pours a bright and vibrant, cloudy amber in color with a light white lacing around the glass. The aromas are very malty, slightly sweet, with a light and oily nutty essence. Still, for a "pecan ale" it isn’t very nutty. It tastes of sweet malts, perhaps some brown sugar or cinnamon, oily pecans and has a light and bitter finish. While drinking you actually eventually get more of a pecan pie type aftertaste which is interesting. It’s solid. The beer drinks pretty light and leaves some nice flavors behind. It’s a very sessionable beer and is interesting enough to drink a couple of them in a sitting. Solid beer, but at least different for a amber/brown ale, whichever this one is considered.

Photo of kbuzz
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz shorty bottle.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a two finger head that quickly dissipates.

S: Smells exactly like a nut brown. Nutty/biscuity flavors permeate the glass.

T: Tastes VERY much like a nut brown. I guess that's why it sits in this category. Based on the color, I would call this an amber...definitely not a brown. I wouldn't be able to say that the nut taste is specifically pecan, but I suppose I could convince myself.

M: Good carbonation, medium-thin body. Easy drinking beer.

O: I would call this a nut brown tasting amber ale. But not a brown ale. Amber in color and mouthfeel.

Photo of JMad
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a mug...

Pours a copper/ burnt orange color with a filmy off white head. The smell is mainly toasted pecan with some roasted malt aroma as well, there is also some butter and caramel in there. It tastes a little lighter than the aroma, I tastes some buttered pecan and toasted malt. It's medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a wet finish. This is a solid brown ale I thought the addition of pecan went really well.

Photo of devinoconnor
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps it was that I just had an amazing pumpkin ale, but the Abita Pecan Harvest fell a little flat for me.

Poured a dark amberbrown color, with a little head.

Smell was good, but not great. It only had a hint of a nutty smell to it. When I think harvest, I think overflowing abundance of crops. This was more of a bushel...

Taste was similar to the scent... nice, but nothing special. Nutty, caramel and a little sweet.

Overall, blah.

Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 923 ratings.