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Pecan Harvest Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 943
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.62%
Wants: 13
Gots: 87 | 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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Ratings: 943 | Reviews: 379
Photo of aepb1
3.07/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Amber, translucent body, light airy white head

S- Malty, bready, nutty

T- Typical brown, bready up front, nutty after taste

M- Medium bodied but a bit watery and on the high side with the carbonation

D- Not horrible but nothing but proximity will lead me back to this again

On a side note, BM me if you have an Abita beer you think'll blow my socks off please!

Photo of mbrown26
3.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A nice appearance. Copper to brown color. Very clear. A nice head that stays around for a while and leaves a nice lacing.

S: Nuts and Pecans. Malt. Typical brown ale smells.

T: Pecan, Pecan, Pecan. Can't think of this as a pecan pie sort of taste, but natural pecans.

M: A decent amount of carbonation where nothing overpowers anything.

D: If you like the pecan flavor, this one will be very easy to drink for you.

Photo of fragilehearted
4.17/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, Abita...as a fan of NOLA, I cannot resist having some of you. Oddly, I've not tried this before (tried to get it before & the bar was not serving or out or whatever). And I love browns, so had to have it. Bottle into a pint glass.

A - lovely pour. Clear light-to-medium brown, tan head that sticks around for awhile, then fades to a ring+cover & leaves some patchy lacing.

S - (buttery) pecans, obviously. Heavy on the brown sugar. Caramel, toffee, roasted malts. Like a praline or something. Yum!

T - Nutty & malty, like it smells. Not as sweet as I expected, but I'm not complaining. I love browns, & this is a delicious brown.

M - a bit light/thin, actually. I expected it to be / wanted it to be a touch heavier. Carbonation is fine. Goes down smooth though.

D - great. At 5% ABV, could easily have a few. Good thing I have the rest of a sixer in the fridge. It's a solid brew, but definitely not my favorite brown, as I definitely like mine a bit heavier. I'd still get it again though, probably.

Photo of stimulus
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear orange with a light white head.
S: Pecans for sure. Sweet caramel malts as well.
T: Sweet, but nutty pecans dominate the flavors, but not much else going on here.
M: Light body and medium carbonation.
D: Goes down easy. Sessionable for certain. Simple, nice easy drinking flavor and nothing inhibits that.

Photo of WishYouWereBeer
4.64/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Upon pouring, this beer has a beautiful brown color and is topped with a good off-white colored head that turns to a light lacing throughout drinking it. On the nose you get a nice clean nutty pecan aroma that also come through in the taste. As well as the nuttiness of the pecan you get yeasts and crisp acid that would stand up well to some down home Creole or Cajun cookin'; and would probably lend its self very well to anything made with a black-as-night Creole roux and a dash of spice- like a flavorful Gumbo or Etouffee. This brew is perfectly balanced; enough sweet, enough bitter, with just the right about of nuttiness and great carbonation, boasting a medium body. I could see myself drinking a whole few six packs of these when they come out next year!

Photo of zoso1967
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very rich bronze amber color and has a fluffy parchment head. The head has pretty good retention and leaves tons of lace. It does not really look like the brown ale I was expecting, but I think this may be a beer that is hard to categorize.

This beer smells a lot more like a brown, and a British one at that. It is slightly sweet with a nice toasted and nutty aroma, as well as some buttery notes. The butteryness reminds me of Ringwood yeast, though it is not as pronounced as beers brewed with that strain usual tend to be.

The flavor is pretty good, with a nice balance between some sweet toffee malt character, lightly toasted nuttiness, some buttery notes and a hint of buttermilk biscuit. It has no hop character that I can discern, and is well balanced between sweet and dry. The flavors are surprisingly refreshing.

The mouthfeel is medium with a pretty high amount of carbonation. Despite perhaps being a bit over carbonated, this beer manages to maintain a decent amount of smoothness, and the finish is balanced and enjoyable.

This is an extremely drinkable beer and I found it to be quite refreshing and thirst quenching. The pecans seem to add a nice toasted and nutty quality without the need of darker malts that would also add roasted and chocolate notes. This is a pretty interesting beer and a nice fall offering.

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

$1.79 for a 12oz bottle @ Jacks. Filtered. 5% ABV.

Pours out to a clear medium amber, forming a nice off yellow head with very good retention and solid sheets of lace. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is obviously nutty, but also toasty with a decent malt body. Not much hops in the nose, which is not unexpected. The mouthfeel is watery, slightly acidic, clean, with a light body. The taste is a recap of the aroma with toast and nuts and a delicate very mild herbal bitterness with more lingering toast and wood in the finish.

A decent light bodied easy drinking nut brown ale if that's what you're looking for. I prefer heartier nut browns like Goose Island Mild Winter.

Photo of rmdunlap85
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark copper color with a very white thin head. Head dissipates into a long lasting film.

S: Malty aroma with some nut smell, specifically some pecans, which is heartening because of the name of the beer. Also, some notes of caramel

T: Tastes like buttery pecan pie with strong flavors of brown ale

M: Not great, it's somewhat watery. I hope for more in fall beers, something a little more substantial

O: Good beer, probably best for a warm fall day, not one that will warm you on those colder fall days as the leaves are falling.

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
3.84/5  rDev +15.3%
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
2.97/5  rDev -10.8%
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
2.91/5  rDev -12.6%
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
3.24/5  rDev -2.7%
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
3.44/5  rDev +3.3%
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
3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
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
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
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
2.82/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 943 ratings.