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Pecan Harvest Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Pecan Harvest AlePecan Harvest Ale

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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 13
Gots: 51 | 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 biggred1
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark,pumpkin orange with a solid finger of creamy light tan head that leaaves decent lace on the glass. Smells of roasted pecan nuttiness and biscuit malt. Tastes nutty and unique with a good roasted malt backbone and lots of pecan. Smooth and slightly pecan oily on the palate with smooth carbonation. A real suprise that tastes better that I thought it would, also not really close to a traditional brown ale.

biggred1, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of timbro81
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with a standard 1/2 inch head that quickly settles to a fine ring fed by a good amount of carbonation. Smells of an oily nutty maltiness with a hint of roasted malts. Light to medium mouthfeel with a slight amount of oil that slides around the tongue. Carbonation picks up a bit once inside. Bittering hops balancing things out well. Finishes with an afterthought of nuttiness. Quite a solid little beer, seems to be somewhat sessionable. Worth checking out if its available.

timbro81, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of u2carew
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(A) Copper colored. Pours with a nice head then settles to the outside of the glass. Clear and transparent.
(S) Slight Pecan aroma - not too overpowering. Beyond that not much to smell.
(T) Very mellow Pecan taste after a crisp sweetness. Then fades into an earthy aftertaste.
(M) Crisp, medium bodied. Has some tannin feel in the aftertaste.
(D) A decent beer, but the hope for Pecan taste left me wanting.

u2carew, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of theghost3
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep copper color with a 1-finger off-white head that quickly disappears. Color is lighter than most browns I've had. Minimal lacing.

Smell is faintly nutty with some roasted malt notes. The taste is again, nutty with roasted malts, caramel & an odd metallic taste. Mouthfeel is carbonated, not as smooth as I would have expected.

This is just a so-so brown ale from Abita; drinkability is just average.

theghost3, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of Shaw
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely ruby with a thick and foamy head.

It has a -- surprise! -- nutty aroma that also smells of artisan bread.

The flavors is nicely nutty, but still balanced with flavors of toasted grains. The nut flavor doesn't not taste artificial, which should not be a surprise considering Abita says they use real pecans.

The body is very nice: Smooth and creamy.

Overall this is a fine beer, and I believe the first I've had with real nuts. Good job, Abita.

Shaw, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of stumac
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this brew pours up a murky copper color with a nice big, frothy off white head. the nose is subtle sweet malts, pecans, mild fall spices, earth. I taste sweet pale malts, subtle crisp hops, mild spices. a very crisp and clean beer. This would make a solid session brew. I dig it...

stumac, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a brownish orange color with a one inch off-white head. It falls to cap and leave a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and sugary, of course with some pecan nuttiness. It's kind of like sugar glazed pecans then. Really light overall though.

Taste is sweet and caramelly up front, maybe a slight earthy hop flavor and a some sweet pecan nut flavor coming out in the finish for a second.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, the carbonation is quite creamy, but it just comes off very thin overall.

This one was decent, certainly not offensive, but it just lacked any real character. I could see this pecan idea being pretty good, but in order for that to happen it needs a better base beer.

roadhouse, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of aeminter
4.3/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Light brown or deep honey color, very clear with a nice off white frothy head, and nice sticky lacing.

S- chocolate, caramel, malty, hazelnut, and a little earthy

T- medium upfront bitterness, dry malty finish, and somewhat of a tea-like quality

M- medium body and very smooth

D-Extremely drinkable, goes down easy

aeminter, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of Cresant
2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Best by: 03/02/09. The golden amber body had a slight haze. There was an inch of tight, off-white foam. This faded to a film moderately quick.

Smell was dusty and nutty.

Taste was sweet pecans, not cloying however. Hints of bitterness up front then it settles to a sweeter nuttiness. Pretty one-dimensional, but flavorful.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and texture.

Cresant, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 2/11/2009 (bottle):

Pours a good sized head, white but very quickly diminishing. Amber orange colored fizzy body. Very fizzy soda smelling aroma. Syrupy maltiness along with some nuttiness, maybe pecans too. Very grainy aroma. Grainy malty pecan taste. Very carbonated. A little dusty. Has that unique Abita taste to it, maybe it's the water. I like the pecan, but not the Abita taste.

jujubeast6000, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass.

Pours a clear amber, with a thin, fizzy off-white head that fizzles quickly.

Nose is lots of nutty pecan, toasty, clean.

Taste is a bit nutty, toasty, with a quick, clean finish that's just a bit dry, A bit of brown sugar, but not much. Just a bit thin on flavor.

Mouthfeel is light, light but fizzy carbonation, tiny bit watery.

JohnQVegas, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: caramel color, medium carbonation, medium head

Smell: nuts--possibly hazel nuts, honey, and toasted malt

Taste: very malty, small caramel, small nutty taste especially in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: smooth and sweet

Drinkability: I like it, especially as a seasonal fall ale. It has an interesting taste..I could easily session this.

tigg924, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of CityBoy1986
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

The appearance is a copper body with a white head. The head recedes to a thick film and leaves nice lacing.

The nose is mostly of malts with a hint of the pecan. The pecans are more apparent in the taste, where they become the dominant flavour. There is a touch of hoppy bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is high; I think I could easily down a few.

This is a good beer; if I am in the mood for pecans and Southern Pecan is unavailable, this will more than satisfy.

CityBoy1986, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of jsprain1
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Appears as an orange-copper with a one and a half finger orange head. Good retention with a bit of lacing.
S- Tasty pecan. Some nice caramel and some doughy malt, but they love that pecan. Not a bad smell. Just very nut-centric.
T- More pecan, a good bit of caramel. Very very pecany. a nice beer. if you like pecan you will like this.
S- A little too light weight for me. Just didn't quite hold it's own.
O- A drinkable beer. The extreme pecanness could detract from the overall drinkability of it after about 2 beers, but if you're really into the pecan flavor you will dig this.

jsprain1, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a 1 finger tan head that actually left some beautiful lacing.

Smells of roasted malt and nuts. Not much else is evident.

Faint taste of pecan and some caramel. I expected the pecan taste to be more prevalent but it hardly seemed noticeable.

Medium body and carbonation

I really thought I remembered this being better last year...not by much but still...Very refreshing initially but halfway through, it just seemed forced. The appearance was really good...its almost like it enticed me to drink, but when I did, I almost wished I hadn't. The appearance and the "pecan" name made me get my hopes up but smelling and tasting left much to be desired. Worth trying but nothing I would actively seek out again.

Vengeance526, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of bmwats
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

A: Pretty much the definition of amber color. Medium carbonation pours into a 1 finger ivory head, settling into pockets of bubbly carbonation on the surface. A little bit of beer cling, but no real lacing to speak of. Light carbonation continues to rise throughout.

S: Roasted malt, hint of nutty goodness.

T: Roasted malt, hops, pecan (some nuttiness, anyway), hint of mocha.

M: A little watery, feels more carbonated in the mouth than it looks (I guess looks can be deceiving). Malt first with the nutty hints, than a hint of hops, but the roasted malt stays for the afterparty.

D: Good drinkability. Again a little light, but decent flavor, and easy to drink.

Decent overall. Has a bit of a watery diluted feel, but a good taste. Pretty mediocre atmosphere. Does have good drinkability, though. Since it's only out for a short while, worth picking up a sixer. Solid quaff.

bmwats, Jan 02, 2009
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


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
Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 854 ratings.