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Pecan Harvest Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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899 Ratings
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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 hustlesworth
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- clear copper amber with short dense creamy very light-beige colored head. some lace goin on, but it doesn't stick.

S- huge nose of sweet praline and toasted pecans, mineral water, toasted grains, brown sugar, chocolate milk, mostly just sweet brown sugar coated toasted pecans. very nice. i would have been disappointed if the aroma was less pecany.

T- toasty and sweet with some nice nutty character. a bit of cinnamon flavor as well which adds to the whole sugar coated pecan experience. this beer really tastes like a snack. there's also some earthy british hop flavor but the malt side of this one is pretty weak and watery. this may have been the brewers intention, so as to showcase the pecans, but consequently the brew lacks depth and becomes more of a pecan flavored light beer rather than a hearty brown ale. without the pecans, this brown ale would be... not so good. that's some damn tasty water they have down there though.

MF- though the flavor is light, the body seems to hold itself slightly, putting her somewhere around medium. on the plus side, the beer's lightness makes it crisp, refreshing, and thirst quenching. a slick feeling from the pecan's essential oils may attribute to some of the body as they are very evident on the palate. low carbonation also adds to this.

D- an ok brew, and a literal 'nut brown ale'. it's seriously whetting my appetite, perhaps the high point of this experience along with the aroma but without the pecans, this baby would be very substandard. a good beer for beginners.

hustlesworth, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of bob3701
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint. Dark amber with a bubbly head that hangs around. Laces somewhat. I am reviewing the beer I am currently drinking but I had this a year ago and really loved it, that beer was full of pecan sweetness it was very enjoyable. I went back to the store for more and they were sold out. I eagerly picked it up again this year and frankly there is nothing special about it (bad pecan harvest). Slightest of hints of a nutty aroma but taste is kinda flat. Not bad tasting but not what I had last year.

bob3701, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of BeanBone
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A slightly hazy copper body capped by a little less than two fingers of fluffy off-white head that features good retention and lacing.

Aroma: Nuts and some dark fruit over caramel malt--simple, yet pleasant enough.

Flavor: Almost exactly what the nose promised. Still lots of nuttiness up front, but the malt backbone really steps up and gets much more roasty and chocolaty. I was hoping for a little more pecan and a little less "general nuttiness," but maybe that was hoping for too much. Nuts and roasted grains in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation and a clean finish.

Drinkability: Easily quaffable and decently refreshing, this could be a great session choice if you don't get bored.

Verdict: Rather straightforward, but tasty enough Pecan Harvest Ale is solid little beer. Perhaps not as unique as the others in the series, but still worth a try for nutty brews.

BeanBone, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and pecans, a tad sweet. Taste is good, malts, hops pecans, it's all there and just a touch of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is an interesting and tasty brew.

tone77, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of Shumista
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a single to give this one a try, sounded kind of interesting. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Medium clear copper-brown. Foamy off white head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin film of head sitting on top of the beer.
S- Nutty smell with biscuity malt.
T- Nutty in taste as well, but not overpoweringly so. I don't think I would have picked pecan if it didn't say so on the bottle, I would more describe the taste as generic nuttiness. Biscuity malt from the aroma is present in the finish and aftertaste as well as a light hop bitterness.
M- This is where this one goes from being average in my opinion to less than. Very watery mouthfeel and overcarbonated. Reminds me of light beer.
D- I see no reason to drink or buy this beer again. It wasn't bad, just uninteresting and not really worth spending any more time, money or sobriety on.

Shumista, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of bort11
2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz stubby bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Egg shell white head stands up a half inch, but manages to maintain a solid cap for an extended time.. Nice stair steps of lacing sticks to the glass. Color is a clear orange, no where near a brown.

Smell has a dry woody aroma. Mild bitterness. Nutty pecans come though more in the taste. I would like there to be a little more sweetness to balance to out the dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin and feels a bit over carbonated. I think this beer would work a lot better with some molasses added to the mix. I think it would add some more body and sweetness.

Blipped "Pecan Pie" by Golden Smog

bort11, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of BeerNinja007
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single purchased for $1.85 at New Beer Wholesale Distribution, Inc, on Christie St in NYC.

Cloudy orange-brown brew. 1-finger eggshell head that settles quickly. Citrus/orange hops and subdued molassas sweetness in the nose. A very mild earthy/musty note could be pecans, but wouldn't be notable if I weren't looking for it. Tastes mostly like a typical brown ale, very similar to the nose. Pecan comes through as a nice earthy note. Mild muddy bitterness, metal, alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, carbonation adequate. Fairly drinkable.

Overall a worthy session, but not impressive enough to seek out again. Nothing really stands out, kind of weak and muddy.

BeerNinja007, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a deep copper brown body that is crystal clear with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface. The head of soft light beige peaks soon disappears.
S- A note of maple syrup is the only really aroma until it warms a bit then some pecan hints come through.
T- This beer has a big sry biscuit malt aroma with some toasted malt notes that add a bit of sweetness to the beer. There is a faint pungent hop note after the finish.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a soft fizz finish.
D- The biscuit malt seems to dominate with the only real pecan is on the outside of the bottle.

rhoadsrage, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of matjack85
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This was the beer special of the day at Finnegan's Irish Pub in Plainfield, IL so I tried one for just $3.00 a bottle.

The beer poured a nice pecan shade of brown and made a 1½ finger off-white head that lasted quite awhile. It also left some nice lacing on the glass.

The smell was all malt and pecan. Neither one was overpowering, but it was a nice sweet smelling beer.

The taste was caramely sweet with some pecan in the background, but there just wasn't enough of it. It was weak on flavor. At just 20 IBU's there isn'tmuch of a hop presence either. Instead they use a high degree of carbonation to cut into the sweetness, which I did not care for.

It's an OK medium bodied beer that is easy to drink, but I had hopes of an even better taste from my first pecan ale.

matjack85, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of darklordlager
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Abita Pecan Harvest
Pours a dark honey color, approaching on amber with a small ¼" off-white head.

Smell is of biscuity malt, sweet caramel. Bready, with a little roasted malted as well.

Nice caramel and bready backbone, mild hop notes. Somewhat unpleasant bittersweet flavour, artificial sweetener.

M-Medium carbonation, which seems about right, making it flow over the tongue very smooth.

D- An interesting beer. The unusual sweetness to it makes me reluctant to try again.

darklordlager, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of elniko
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. No date markings on bottle.

A: Standard amber coloring, rather minimal head. Lacing quite nice along with very apparent carbonation.

S: The pecan tones are definitely apparent but do not overwhelm, not much else on the nose though besides some roastiness.

T & M: Relatively light bodied, nothing groundbreaking with the taste but a smooth brown with a nice background of the pecans. It definitely is nice to have real nut flavoring versus artificial but taste is still a little thin. Carbonation not too apparent in mouthfeel.

D: Quite drinkable, recent Abita offerings have been quite solid.

elniko, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of DesMoinesMike
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew appeared intimidating at first but proved itself to be rather lack-luster.
It poured a light amber with a shitload of head that I thought would overflow my perfect pour glass. The aroma was very light with a bit of nut to it. The taste is VERY light, slightly smoky. If the pecan is there I couldn't find it. It left my mouth a little dry afterwards to the point of being annoying. No me gusta...

DesMoinesMike, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of scottyshades
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a transparent copper color that creates a small, fizzly head that retains poorly and leaves hardly any lacing.

S: Toasted malts, very nutty, sweet molasses, caramel, brown sugar, no hops and overall pretty bland

T: Bland, butty, slightly metallic, toasted malts, and a little watery. Definitely malt dominant along with some sweet and nutty notes. Slightly buttery

MF/D: Light body, over carbonated, lingering metallic/artificial but finish.

The flavor really lack any depth and never makes it to the next level.

scottyshades, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of emsroth
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz

App: Dark amber to chestnut brown. Wonderfully, chunky head of the light tan persuasion

Smell: Roasted, woody nuts with the undertone of dense, brown malt. Has the slightly sour scent often found in brown ales.

Taste: Light taste up front, all taste is in the end. A mix of brown malt and slight hop bitterness. The sweet, buttery flavor of the pecans lingers on the tongue long after the sip is gone.

Medium mouthfeel with nice, low carbonation. A bit of an oily feeling from the pecans which i can't decide is good or bad.

An average brew.

emsroth, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of BeefyMee
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was intrigued by a beer that's "brewed with Louisiana pecans." If this was a marketing idea I guess it worked.

The color is pretty light for a brown ale, and although I'm not too wrapped up in style guidelines, there's not really anything else going on in the looks department with this one. The pecan presence is faint in the smell and a little stronger in the taste but really starts to come through in the aftertaste. Fairly sweet overall with a tangy finish.

This is pretty darn drinkable and would make a decent session beer. Fits the season nicely and surely a good addition to any Thanksgiving day table.

BeefyMee, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of nickd717
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at NOLA in Palo Alto, poured into a clear plastic cup, which is all they had (think they expected me to drink from the bottle, which if I did, I might have had to commit ritual suicide afterwards since I would have disgraced myself and my entire family by doing so). I'd call this more of an amber ale than a brown ale if anything. Pours a mostly clear amber color with a creamy one-finger white head. Aroma is caramel malt, pecan' and spice. Flavor is somewhat mild but pleasant with caramel malt, pecans, bread, and some earthy hop bitterness. Medium-light body with a fairly smooth palate and soft carbonation. Drinkability is high. Not too exciting, but pretty good overall.

nickd717, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of katan
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a very clear brown color. Head formation, strong, up to 4mm, light white in color. Very bubbling, carbonated. Clear.

S - Caramel and toffee malt notes. A nutty note, but I think it comes from the malt. If there are pecans here, they are well hidden.

T - Starts off with a fairly empty light malt flavor. Mid-stream shows some bitterness tied to light american hops, but then gets overtaken by some yeast breadiness and spice. Finishes with some nutty notes, which I guess could be pecan like.

M - A fairly thin bodied beer, but then a bubbly but still empty carbonation bite is really stinging.

D - Easy drinking abv. Somewhat filling, driven by the hefty carbonation. Flavors are light, not overwhelming. Overall, I don't find this beer to be a great session beer.

katan, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of dolemite77
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours cloudy amber with a frothy white head that lasts and laces... aroma is something I can't quite put my finger on... smells nutty, but also some sort of funky smell underneath... mouthfeel is a letdown, very thin, was expecting something richer from what I guess woudl really be a nut brown... flavor is dry, but there is an unsweetened candied pecan flavor to it... not bad, but not sure that it was great either... Interesting, but I'm not sure that it all works together as well as I had expected.

dolemite77, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of unclejimbay
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pecan Ale
Abita Brewing Co. / Abita Brew Pub
Style: American Brown Ale
ABV: 5.00 %
12oz bottle>snifter glass

I decided to try this offering from Abita to kick in the fall and educate my homebrewing palate on the Creole brewng scene. I recently have been enjoying a pretty succesful batch of Nut Brown, so I wanted to try this Pecan offering to see what I could learn....

4/4/3.5/3/4

Appearance is a clear copper color with a solid/fluffy 2 finger head, mediocre head retention - more than I expected.
Smell includes aromas of dark fruits with some nutty-ness sneaking in, along with hints of molasses/toffee. Possibly some pecan aromas - but not distinct as pecans, just more nutty in general.
Tastes as it smells, but with a watered down version of the aromas. Aromas are exciting but the taste is a diluted version of the smells. I do taste a hint of distinct pecan at the finish -unlike in the smell.
Mouthfeel is a thin body with high carbonation.
I enjoyed this beer overall. The aroma sets a nice stage for the appropriatte yet light version of expected tastes. The thin body makes this brew a bit more sessionable than some of the more bold nut/brown ales around.

This is not one Abita's best brews, but it is well balanced and sessionable as a seasonal offering for something different. The tastes & flavors seem fresh and authentic.

unclejimbay, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of Daniellobo
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light and softly pecan-flavored ale.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Abita simple seasonal label with a small back description noting the authenticity of the ingredients used, Louisiana uniqueness, and how it provides a great flavor. Does not show freshness date or bottling date, neither shows IBUs or °Plato, only Alc. by Vol. (5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Medium to deep amber color with an off-white head showing little retention. Little lacing as it goes down and a minimal foamy memory on the surface.

S - Very light to the point of almost being non-existent. There is a faint whiff of pecans over a malty note, and as one progresses an off-tone also seems to be here. It is not skunked but there is a distant cheap larger funk to it.

T - Light malty base with a bit of caramel sweetness and a small pecan tone to it.

M - Medium to high carbonation on a light body.

D - Hmmm, I´m not at all enticed to have another one. Under shortage circumstances I´d have it against any macro but there isn´t much inviting about this brew.

Notes: Unfortunately it is quite forgettable. Abita maybe does not feel like a top-notch brewery for most, but they sure can do better than this. However, this one is not a brew that does them any favors...

Daniellobo, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
2.63/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into proper glassware (a pint glass from The Bulldog, NOLA). Clear orange with a 2 finger white head. Skim retention leaves a few lacey splashes.

Smells like pecans...faintly. Taste is watery with a ho hum tea-like pecan finish. Soapy with thin fizz carbonation.

Go Lazy Magnolia Pecan.

donkeyrunner, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of Risser09
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a transparent orange/yellow with lots of streaming carbonation. A light yellow head rises 2.5" and looks like pillowing bread dough. It shows great retention and leaves spotty lace behind.

Smell: Nutty pecan aroma is easily noticeable. Caramel malt shows off some toffee aromas, too. Small citrus hop aroma.

Taste: Nutty base flavor mingles with biscuits, grainy barley and some alcohol. A slight earthy bitterness balances the beer. Not too complex.

Mouthfeel: Nutty, malty, oily, smooth, with a little bit of carbonation. A touch of carbonation mixes with some dryness in the finish. Medium body.

Drinkability: The pecan flavor is obvious but not cloying. The overall beer is not too impressive, but isn't off-putting in any way. It could be one of the best Abita beers I've had.

Risser09, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of sophisticated
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Meh.

A) An agressive pour yielded a mediocre head that quickly fizzled out on top of an orange-brown clear liquid with a small amount of visible carbonation

S) Faintly sweet, caramel, nuts

T) A fairly balanced ale of hops and malts with a small amount of nutty flavor from the southern pecans

MF) A little thin

D) Pretty good. 5% ABV, a fairly average brown ale with a little bit of a twist with real Louisiana pecans. I actually would have liked a little more pecan flavor. Nothing I'll be rushing back for.

sophisticated, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of TLove
2.78/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmm... Not really what I was hoping for after a lovely Brooklyn Local 2 from the brewery, but its not bad at all. Nutty and oily, as promised, but also possesses a wonderful toastiness that really makes the brew. The problem with this beer is it has no backbone, no malty structure to expand upon. Its a half-assed pale ale brewed with toasted pecans, which do instill a very nice flavor, but it is frankly not worth opening more than one.

Other than that, the beer pours a clearish cloudy orange with a thick, retentive head and some sweet, light brown sugar, light hops, and an oily sesame taste. Balance is a bit off, with the backbone and nut flavors battling it out for supremacy. Decent drinkability, but nothing special.

TLove, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of Spineypanda
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty average beer from Abita.

Amber in color, and smells of an amber beer.

Tastes like a nut brown/amber mixture, but the only thing I can taste from the pecans is the slight bitterness I would expect from the actual nut.

Not a bad beer, but not quite what I expected.

Spineypanda, Oct 18, 2009
Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 899 ratings.