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Pecan Harvest Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 899
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 12
Gots: 64 | 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 dudemuskie
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 12oz bottle single at The Andersons, Toledo, Ohio.

Appearance- Slightly hazy orange with a touch of amber. Quickly dissipating off white head.

Aroma- Very interesting aromatics from the pecans. Definitely an earthy nuttiness with some earthy hops and sweet toffee maltiness. Nuttiness and toffee combo almost smells like butterscotch (diacetyl?).

Flavor- Warm pecan nut meat and earthy hops start, opening into a slightly sweet, light caramel malt backed middle, and finishing fairly clean with a fairly prominent pecan nuttiness. If it had a bit more malt to back it up, it would almost taste like a nuttier nut brown ale.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body, fairly clean with low residual sugars, moderate CO2. Low bitterness balances well with a lighter body and lets pecans come through.

Overall- A fun beer if you dig nuts, though they arent too overwhelming. Would definitely be a boring beer without the nuts! Smells good but a bit thin for an American Brown Ale. Average drinkability, though I am happy I only got one! Its worth a try, but a whole 6er might be tough to take on.

dudemuskie, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of farrago
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid two fingers of cream white foam, good density, mainly micro-bubbles with a few just "small" bubbles here and there, rentention is above average, thin lacing at best. Light amber to copper orange in color, good consistency throughout until some more yellow at the edges, transparent, no meaningfully visible bubbles. The nose offers a coating of molasses glaze to the base of roasted pecans, nothing very pushy or dominating here, not bready more like scones or hard biscuits, more pepper spice than and flowers or other softer element, maybe caramel, it's a toss-up but, overall, probably more malty than hoppy. Medium-bodied, sets itself in the mouth firmly, carbonation has strength but rarely exercises it. Sweeter in the mouth was upfront caramel, toffee, maple syrup notes, maybe even orange peel. The pecan component is middling, never absent but no star of the show either. Less general roastiness than expected. Oil, stream water, grass than something like banana and bubblegum, little by way of apricot, peach fruit. No glaring defects nor anything to piss you off, just not much going down.

farrago, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of JMD
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy dark auburn with orange and peachy tones. Small off-white that fades very quickly.

S: Sweet and nutty aroma. Hints of carmel, bisquits, some light spice, and of course, pecans. Aroma is nice, but a faint.

T: Bready flavor, with notes of peacan and carmel. Some light spice as well with hints of clove and cinnamon. The pecan flavor is a little too faint in this beer, I would have prefered it to be more prominent.

M: Light bodied and watery. This beer would have benefited from a heavier body.

D: This beer sounded good, but its just ok. Generally it's pretty bland with only subtle hints of pecan. I think the brewer missed the mark with this one.

JMD, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of bierguru
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A -
dark amber thick creamy head

S -
smells similar to a pecan pie with the slight addition to hops on the back end its fairly middle

T -
malty hugh caramel taste some roasted notes mot much hops nor a real nutty flavor

M -
has almost a lager feel crisp light mild carbonation however it leaves your mouth dry

D -
would not get again didnt care for the mouth feel would have liked a nutty taste overall disappointing

bierguru, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It didn't really feel like an American brown ale to me, way too light for that. Felt more like an oktoberfest.
Pours a light golden pecan brown with a substantial white head.
Smells of spices such as nutmeg with notes of cinnamon, and roasted pecans.
Tastes like pecans (big surprise!) and nutmeg with a good malt edge, not a lot of hop flavor here (another indication it is not true to the stated style.)
Mouthfeel was a little thin with medium body, good carbonation.
Drinkability was pretty good.

TheKingofWichita, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Macadoodles in Joplin, Missouri.

Appearance- copper color, thick foamy head

Smell- mostly pecan, some malt

Taste- pecan

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. Definitely mostly pecan. If we had it here, I might possibly buy it again.

jeffjeff1, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of jsanford
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a clear, dark brown with a slight red tint. No head, no lacing. Kinda boring, but not particularly ugly.

S - Smells of sweet caramel malt with a slight nuttiness to it.

T - Surprisingly, this really tastes like pecans. Toasted pecans with more sweet caramel malt and a bit of brown sugar. Not unlike a liquid pecan pie.

M - Very thin, almost watery, with moderate carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, almost like a Newcastle (but it actually has flavor).

jsanford, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a moderately dark chestnut brown, on in this instance, I suppose pecan is more apt. Nose is slight caramel and doughy malt along with a slight hint of pecan, although not too much. Pecan comes through a bit more in the taste. Comes through decently enough, just not a particularly great flavor and not much backing it up. Mouthfeel is quite thin; would have expected much more body from a brown ale. Drinkability is fairly poor as the novelty wears off after a few ounces.

Thorpe429, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden-orange color with a small, slowly dissipating white head that leaves behind spotty lace and a bit of film of foam floating.

Smell: Smells of sweet malt and nuts (as in any brown ale), but with noticeable real pecan aromas and some spice.

Taste: Begins with a definite pecan flavor, but little else save some mild spiciness. Finishes with more pecan flavor and a rounded bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light body with sharp carbonation and a sticky finish.

Drinkability: This is an interesting beer- pecans could definitely lend some real unique flavors to beer and this one proves that. However, this relies too much on the pecans and there really isn't much more than that. Interesting: yes. However, depth really lacks in this brew.

Mosstrooper, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of japcmiller
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance-Has a very nice orange color that reminds me of most fall seasonals. Good clarity, minimum head retention, very thin lacing and overly carbonated.

Smell: At first I get a buttery pecan pie smell. It really reminds me of a pecan pie crust. I can detect no hop characteristics in the nose and a very small hint of caramel in the nose which I am going to credit to the malt.

Taste: At first I get very harsh and over powering bitterness that seems out of balance with the buttery pecan nose. The bitterness really lingers and while there is a hint of sweetness in the middle the beer always finishes bitter and off.

Mouthfeel: This beer is almost watery yet with a hint to tannins that leave my mouth dry and scratchy.

Drinkability: Of all of the falls beers, I was very disappointed with this one. The beer had a watery texture in my mouth and the flavors were not in balance with the nose. It instead left a dry bitterness and with the almost no hop characters present in the nose, I was a little lost at this finding. While it did have a light mouthfeel and I am used to drinking hoppy dry beers, this beer would have had an easy drinkabilty yet with its unbalanced flavors I had very little desire to do so.

japcmiller, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Chaney
2.05/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I got this on the sale rack at the Vienna Whole Foods for $0.99.

I pour this into a Magic Hat pint glass:

A: Crisp, golden/amber color, with about half a fingers worth of head and moderate carbonation.

S: I carmamel scent is very reminiscent of a Payday candy bar and brown sugar also plays one of the supporting roles.

T: Watery, thin, but with a faint but distinct nutty taste. The brown sugar is in the aftertaste and doesn't taste fresh and almost nauseating.

M: A mild acetone sort of burn takes center stage, and a Macro muck-like taste (ala. Miller Lite, Budweiser, etc.) is evident.

D: The yummy sounding title of this brew may be tantalizing, but the realization of that idea presented here is not good.

Chaney, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of ZacHart
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

ZacHart, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of Overlord
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Overlord, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

htomsirveaux, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of LimoBarbie
1.25/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

LimoBarbie, May 16, 2010
Photo of beertunes
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

beertunes, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of DmanGTR
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

DmanGTR, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of pmcadamis
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

pmcadamis, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
2.85/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

womencantsail, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of brdc
2.53/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

brdc, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

augustgarage, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of Kallessin
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Kallessin, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of capra12
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

capra12, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of mralphabet
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mralphabet, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

mgbickel, Jan 03, 2010
Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 899 ratings.