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Pecan Harvest Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Pecan Harvest AlePecan Harvest Ale

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Ratings: 935
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.62%
Wants: 11
Gots: 72 | 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:
Beer added by: acrawf6 on 02-05-2007

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
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Photo of claybeer
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a crystal clear orange color. It's slightly off brown, almost a honey color. There was no head at all. Just a small foamy tan ring around the outside of my pint glass. The nose is almost nonexistent as well. Only some bready and malty notes tickled my senses. It taste thin and the only pecan I get is the scratchy feeling on the roof of my mouth. The finish is dry and light. It is extremely easy to drink. Simple yet affective. It's not bad there just isn't enough to it.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hey, many people say they like nuts or nutty but don't bother to get too specific about it, and plenty of beers are nutty, but in this case you really do get a roasted pecan flavor. Pretty cool. Poured a 2" head. Rich brown color (uh, pecan brown). Tastes of pecans, pralines, coffee, malt. And it really had a pretty lengthy finish. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Even the lady of the house who seldom eats nuts thought this was a tasty beer.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Single bottle (best by 02/2011) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear tarnished copper color. Hard pour gave a 1/8" thick head, but this died down to a thin film across the top and a ring around the edge of the glass. Chunky strands of lacing noted as I drank it down.

Smell: Bready in the bottle, but not a lot after pouring. Once it warmed up, faint roasted malt and a strong roasted pecan smell.

Taste: There is some pecan sweetness up front, then roasted malts. The beer is never too sweet and the malts are muted a bit. If there are hops in here, it's just enough to counter the malt so that neither comes out strong. Like the bottle says, this beer is a bit like a brown ale with pecans in it. It's okay - nothing special other than the pecan flavor.

Mouthfeel: Spicy carbonation on the tongue, but otherwise a bit watery.

Drinkability: It's okay. Went allright with a meal (meatloaf) but not well with that meal. I think I could drink it alone - but I lost interest after awhile. I prefer brown ales with a bit more malt forward flavors. An okay beer.

Photo of silentjay
2.93/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

very light in color for an American Brown Ale, as its a barely brownish and completely translucent copper color with a decent off-white head with decent retention and a bit of lacing.

aroma is a bit nutty, but with tons of bready and slightly toasty malts. kind of a faint aroma overall.

rather dull taste of a bad English Brown ale with a slight nuttiness after the swallow. bready and slightly toasted malts are all I am getting.

very light on the tongue, yet sticky and syrupy going down, with a watery finish, slight carbonation, and very little aftertaste.

drinks ok. nothing off-putting, but very tame in all aspects producing a very forgettable beer with little nut and little brown ale characteristics.

Photo of hosehead83
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. "stubby" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear, copper in color, with a moderate head of foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, caramel
Taste-Toasted malt, subtle pecan, caramel, nutty,clean finishing.
Overall, nothing to blow your socks off here. Subtle interesting flavor with the pecans, easy drinking and pleasant. Would make a fine session beer.

Photo of pezbeer
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured from bottle to tulip style glass: Gold to amber color. At pour there was a 1/4 inch of foam that dissipated quickly and minor lacing was noted through consumption

S- noted cherry and nutty aroma

T- similar nutty flavor noted (eerily similar to warmed peanut butter)

M- has a pleasing mouthfeel with a medium body and simple carbonation. Vibrant on the tongue

D- nice drinkability, well balanced with a clean finish

Would drink again but not in my gotta-have-it arsenal.

Photo of avalon07
2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Not a very powerful aroma, but did have a nice dose of malt. Little else, though.

T: Essentially tasted of malt with a slight nutty flavor. When you drink a brown ale you expect some nuttiness, but you get little of that here. A one dimensional flavor.

M: An OK amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Not a mind-numbingly bad beer, but certainly not a good one either.

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

Pours a clear, copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, hint of hops, hint of grain, and some nutty aroma. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight earthy malt, hint of hop, hint of nut, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good blend and appearance. Not outstanding, but better than its current rating.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look - dark amber in color, with a good two fingers worth of foam that dissipates pretty slowly.

Smell - Sweet and nutty smelling, maybe slight hint of molasses. Smells like a wonderful pecan pie.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Tastes less like pecans than it smells. Nut taste gives it a tinge that goes away from any bitterness but the malty taste is still present. Fairly well-balanced texture, but slightly toward the watery side.

Drinkability - I went into this tasting with some skepticism due to being such a fan of Southern Pecan, but this is a pretty decent brew. I'd like to taste them both back to back sometime to make a fairer comparison. Complex enough in its taste and a pretty good-tasting brew.

Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had many nut brown ales with nuttier flavors than this beer, which actually uses pecans. Pecan nut oil lent more of a bittnerness than nut flavor, more akin to the tannic flavor of the shell. Overall, thin and uninterestng, which is too bad, as the beer sounds great, in theory.

Photo of JoePat
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a amber/brown color with a kaki head and small amounts of lacing.

The aroma is very subdued but I can detect a slight bready aroma.

The flavor is bland and a little bready similar to a dortmunder but not quite as good.

Thin mouthfeel and easy to drink just not a lot of flavor.

Photo of dudemuskie
3.43/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of farrago
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of JMD
3.13/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of bierguru
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
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

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of jsanford
3.53/5  rDev +6%
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).

Photo of Thorpe429
2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of japcmiller
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Photo of Chaney
2.05/5  rDev -38.4%
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.

Photo of ZacHart
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Photo of Overlord
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 935 ratings.