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Pecan Harvest Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 813
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 12
Gots: 36 | 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 indiapaleale
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this as part of a mix a six and it wss totally based on curiosity.

Pours a lighter brown to auburn color. Head is decent before it descends into itself.

Smell is not the sweet, pecan pie smell I was both expecting and hoping for. It was rather slightly sweet and malty but nothing overly pecan-esque.

Taste is on the lighter side but its not bad. It is actually a pretty drinkable beer if you put aside your expectations and just take it for what it is...a session-like brown ale.

Maybe the pecans add to the nice smoothness of this beer or maybe the word pecans just helps sell this one. Either way, its worth a shot if you're into trying new things.

indiapaleale, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of aquatonex
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours medium translucent brown with a tall foamy head, a tiny bit of lacing but otherwise just a swirl after the first few minutes. Nose is a little nutty and sweet, but not as pecan-y as I was expecting. Taste is a little bitter up front with some pecan flavors. Not as deep pecan-y or buttery as I would have expected, it was a bit thin.

aquatonex, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of GRPunk
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (best by 1/29/09) poured into a pint glass.

A- It poured with a 1 finger tan head that quickly fell to a full lace that left really good sticky spots on the glass. The body was a clean, copper color with light-medium carbonation.

S- It was malt forward with mostly caramel initially and a slight medicinal twang. Nut features came out with some warmth.

T- Initially, it had roasty and slightly burnt malts. The flavor mellows after a few sips. Nut characteristics seem quite slight, yet a little more present with warmth.

M- Medium carbonation provides a decent bite. It had a slight coating effect.

D- It's a pretty good drinker. It could be a nice fall session beer. It doesn't have a huge "wow" factor.

Overall- It's a very run-of-the-mill beer. The pecan harvest name gave me really high hopes for a nutty flavor and really "raw" feel. Not a bad beer, just a tad uninspired.

GRPunk, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of Jablonski
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Haven't heard great things about this from my friends, which had kept me away from this beer for a while. Finally decided to pick up a 6-pack when I went to the store the other day.

Appearance: orange-brown color and quite clear

Smell: slight nutty aroma

Taste: pecans not apparent at all in the taste; seems to be a mix of Fall Fest and Amber, but I think it tastes better than either does individually

Mouthfeel: like many Abita beers, this beer is very watery

Drinkability: because its watery, I could see myself having a few in one night; the taste isn't as bad as other Abita beers

Edit 2009: I would like to add that this beer is a nice beer to have after a couple of pale ales or IPAs. I notice the pecan taste is a bit stronger making the beer a bit fuller. Still, a good beer to buy from Abita when you have the chance.

Jablonski, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light, clear, ambery orange with a nice lid of fluffy, dirty white.

Comes in lightly musty with a light caramel malt dusted with brown sugar. Solidly biscuity, with a nice nutty-earthiness.

Nice beer, though all aspects are muted and light. Very easily quaffable though, I could drink many.

Slynger, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of cvfish
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer poured a reddish brown color that looked good, a lot of small quickly rising bubbles in the body, and produced a foamy white head that did not retain or leave much lacing around the glass

S - The caramel malt was the highlight here, along with some pecan notes

T - The taste of this beer is expected from a Southern style Brown Ale, it had caramel malts and a pecan accent, but as someone that loves pecans, I wished that it was more of a player in this beer

M - The mouthful was light to medium, with a lot of carbonation

D - This was a good example of a Brown Ale, and as a Southerner that loves pecans, I was excited that a company decided to blend the two. However, I would have like the pecan to shine more in this beer, as Rogue's Hazelnut does for them.

cvfish, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of tgncc
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is mostly malty, earthy, only a slight sign of pecans or nuts. The appearance is very attractive, a nice reddish/brown, clear, carbonation bubbles, decent off-white head, lacing on glass. The flavor is definitely pecan, nutty, some sweet malts, honey, molasses come through. The finish has a slight hop bite, starting as the beer heads for the back of the throat. Clean finish. The mouthfeel is medium thick. Nice enjoyable beer, but not a great Brown Ale by any means.

tgncc, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of bboven
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hhhmmm.

Medium amber body, clear with little head and minimal lacing. Too light to be an American brown ale.

Smells like candied pecans. The pecans are there and the sweetness is definitely a malt sweetness, not an adjunct sugar, but it seems under-attenuated. The sweet malt mixes with the pecan to give it a candied aroma.

A little less sweet in the flavor. The nuttiness is there, but the bitterness hits the sides of your tongue like a clamp. The bitterness is way too early and predominant for the style.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and a bit thin.

This is not a bad beer, flaw-wise, but I can't see drinking more than this bottle that was given to me. It would, however, be a great addition to all kinds of dishes from barbecue to desserts as a reduction/glaze.

bboven, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of jettjon
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle with no visible freshness date into a cervoise. This one's a clear light brown color with a good amount of precipitating carbonation. Pillowy brownish head fades at a moderate rate down to a thin cap and solid ring with lots of clingy lacing left behind. Nose definitely evinces nuts, a mix of toasted pecan and a bit of caramel malt; something like a whiff of pecan pie. Very good pecan character. In the mouth it's dry and nutty with the caramel and pecan flavor carrying through from the nose. Light semi-dry, bitter finish. Medium-light viscosity with light carbonation contributes to a quenching and smooth feel. Drinkability is quite good; this is an easygoing down home brew.

Overall: As nut ales go, this one's quite good. Just enough nut character without going overboard. I would look for this again.

jettjon, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of tmoneyba
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from River's Bend.

Poured a clear dark golden with a moderate frothy off-white head that mostly lasting and produced fair lacing. Medium balanced aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Medium balanced malt and hop flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

Drinkable brew.

tmoneyba, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: It pours a very light amber-brown color with a sizable off-white head that falls somewhat quickly as it leaves spotty lacing and a thin film over the top of the beer.

S: Not too bad. Definitely can pick up the pecans in the nose, along with a distinct malty sweetness. Swirling and warming opens up the aroma quite a bit, but it's still not incredible.

T&M: Wow. Really falls flat on the palate. An initial light bready flavor followed by a faint nuttiness and earthiness on the finish. Slight buttery flavors, as well. I think the main reason the flavor profile is so flat an uninteresting is because of the excessively light body. The body is so light that flavors don't hold up well enough to come through like they should.

D: Light body enhances drinkability, no doubt, but the flatness of the flavor profile limits the overall enjoyment of this beer. As far as I know, this is the only pecan ale besides Southern Pecan. I'll stick with Southern Pecan--it has more body and flavor. Still, this is worth seeking out for anyone eager to try a pecan ale.

BamaBeerBuff, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet crystal malt scent along with a nice nutty character. It also has a complimentary bisquity aroma. The taste is decent. It has a dry, bisquity flavor with a bit od crystal malt sweetness. It goes dow easy and finishes thin with a subtle nittiness. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer, but it's too thin in the finish and it has some metallic off flavors.

WesWes, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of hopdog
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and slighlty hazy amberish color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of mainly pecans with earthiness, and caramel. Tastes of pecans, caramel, and some citrus. Tastes and body on the thin side.

Notes from 3/6/08

hopdog, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of nick76
2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma does have some pecans but it seems somewhat strange. Not bad but odd in a paper kind of way. There is some malt though. The appearance is orange and the head thin. The flavor is like the aroma with a bitter nutty finish. The palate is thin. It's a nice try but not great.

nick76, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of ChoqulitStout - thanks!!!

Appearance: A crystal clear, filtered orange amber beer with tons of fine, pinpoint carbonation that rises pretty quickly towards the slightly off-white sheen that was once a bubbly, fast-fading head. Carbonation is lively, but the rest looks a little dull.

Aroma: Sweet maple syrup, brown sugar, and a distinct note of pecans. Very reminiscent of liquid pecan pie, and as a Georgia boy originally, I'm intrigued.

Taste: Nutty, dark corn syrup, maple notes, but not too sweet. There's a faint hop twang, and a few grassy, earthy notes (reminiscent of lightly roasted coffee), but the nuttiness and the roasted malts are the dominant notes here. Again, they meld fairly well to lend an allusion of pecan pie, but there's still a lot of nondescript neutrality swirling around them.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-bubbled, uneven, sort of rocky. Carbonation is crisp, but not overly so, and lends a nice prickle.

Drinkability: This one is interesting, sort of a novelty, but not much more. Sort of like a watered-down pecan pie, but it's really not one I'd see myself returning to.

CrellMoset, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in to an imperial pint tulip glass.

Pours a clear light brown with a one finger white head.

Smells like a thin brown ale. Faint pecan smell covered up by biscuity malt. No bad smells.

Surprisingly sweet yet mellow taste of pecans and biscuit malt. Nothing great.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but better than average drinkability.

aubuc1, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of nem2006
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is a clear, light brown with an great, dense head and amazing carbonation visible in the glass.

The smell has a base smell like an amber with a hint of pecans (obviously). It is sweet and malty. The pecan smell is not overpowering.

The beer is light to medium bodied. The sweetness at the start is short lived followed by a prolonged bitterness from the hops. There is a slight nuttiness throughout.

nem2006, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of kasper
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours amber-tinted copper color with a foamy coffee creamer-colored heat. Random patches of sheet lacing.

S: Inviting smell of honey roasted pecans, sugar and salt.

T: Toasted carmel malts, fairly sweet throughout. Finish is nutty, slightly dry, lingering nutty aftertaste.

M: Slight to medium bodied, moderate carbonation, a little too prickly.

D: This is a nice, light, sessionable brew. The taste falls a bit short of expectations given the phenomenal smell. I would not turn one of these down, however.

kasper, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of bluejacket74
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, best before 2/11/2009. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear orange/copper color with about an inch off-white head. Lacing and head retention are boht average. Aroma is sweet and caramel malt, pecans, and some toffee and butterscotch. The aroma is also a bit light. Unfortunately, the taste is lighter than the aroma is. What I can taste isn't bad (because it's similar to the aroma), but it's just not strong at all. It also has a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's smooth but a bit thin and watery with decent carbonation. Drinkability is OK. For the price ($7.79 a sixer), I wouldn't pick this up again as it's not a good value for the price. But if you find a single bottle of this anywhere, it's worth a try.

bluejacket74, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear amber color. Has a tight, pillowy beige head. Good retention and some spotty lacing. Fluffy head is noteworthy.

Uber malty nose. Big. Has woody notes and the pecans are detectable, but only if you already know this is a pecan beer.

Toasty malts are the show here. Has a nutty characteristic similar to English brown ales. As is with the nose, the pecan flavor is easily identified if you are looking for it...otherwise you might just think heavy malted, nutty amber ale-not unlike fat tire. Toast and hop bite add a nice finish.

Very fresh tasting and highly drinkable. I bought two six packs and am liking my decision more with each one of these I drink, and I'm not really an amber ale fan. I would buy this again, fo sho! Well done, Abita!

twiggamortis420, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of philbe311
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Thick and fizzy big white head off of a very gentle pour... Translucent caramel bronze color... Good head retention... Rapid carbonation.... Strong lacing...

S - Malt... Caramel... Glazed pecans... Sweet, but not overpowering... Butter scotch... Apple... Pear...

T - Grain... Malts... Vanilla... Only slight pecan and nut hints detected... Sweet, but very smooth...

M - Sturdy medium bodied brew... Light carbonation tingle... A little on the dry side... Quite mellow...

D - Looks and smells great, but slightly dissappointing in the taste and mouthfeel departments... Respectable and original, but not remarkable...

philbe311, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of kels
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up while browsing at Party Source the other day. I love pecans, and this sounded a little unique compared to a lot of other seasonals out there now. Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint.

Appearance: Pours a plummy golden-brown color, not quite clear, with visible carbonation running throughout. The head is less than a finger and very thin. No lacing, little retention.

Smell: The smell is really nice - I definitely pick up on the pecans, but there's a buttery, toffee-like scent as well. There's a nice toastiness to the the scent that combines well with the malts and grains.

Taste: Toasty pecans combine nicely with a more powerful grain taste and caramel roasted malts. Slightly sweet, but not overpowering. Interesting buttery flavor with a nicely carbonated, medium, buttery mouthfeel. A little on the light side for the flavors. Alcohol is not very notable at all.

Drinkability: Pretty high. The carbonation makes it go down smoothly, and the alcohol doesn't bite at all.

kels, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of BlackBearForge
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light coppery brown, very clear with a frothy whitish head which falls quickly leaving some oily curtains of lacing.

Smell is a light, slightly sweet mix of caramel malt and definitely a light nutty pecan scent.

Taste, is sweet caramel malt, slightly bready with that same light sweetly nutty pecan flavor in the background. Hops are minimal and only slightly bitter on the finish. Alcohol presence is barely noted.

Mouhtfeel is light, smooth and slightly oily.

Drinkability is very good, it went very well with dinner, mock tender steaks and potatoes. Like the few other brews from Abita I've tried this is a lighter style than might be expected from a Fall harvest release, but it seems very suited to Southern climes and foods!

BlackBearForge, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of craytonic
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, rich amber-brown with a one-inch head.

Nutty aroma, possibly pecan? Also some caramel malt and definite earthy tones.

Earthy, nutty taste, which I enjoyed. I don't know that I would call it "pecans" per se. A bit bready with some metallic undertones.

Lighter body, but balanced.

Goes great with grilled burgers. Easy to drink.

craytonic, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber with a thin creme head. Nose is like peanut butter. Flavor is a bit tangy, but carries a full enough amount of pecan to be noticed. No great complexity, but it's nice. Smooth liquid feel. Carbonation is mid range. Nice to drink. It's smooth enough and a pretty drinkable nut brown. I bet this would be nice on cask.

RblWthACoz, Oct 22, 2008
Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 813 ratings.