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Pecan Harvest Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Pecan Harvest AlePecan Harvest Ale

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Ratings: 852
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 12
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 nrbw23
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy amber body with a thick fluffy white head. Head has good retention and lacing.

S- Sweet caramel malt and some nuttiness not a whole lot else going on.

T- Caramel malts upfront, then some slight hop bitterness. The finish is sweet pecans.

m: Carbonation is a little high for a brown, and medium in body.

D- Goes down pretty easy, but nothing special.

nrbw23, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of HoppyMcStout
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very light reddish brown that was highly translucent. The scent was actually very pleasing for such a light looking beer - it was rather sweet with a certain nuttiness. The flavor was very light, but caramel malt was clearly present. This beer certainly didn't prove to be very complex, but it certainly is a very drinkable brown. You could almost think of it as a 'light' brown ale, in my opinion. I was pleasantly surprised considering I usually don't care for Abita - this could make for a decent session brown.

HoppyMcStout, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of shroompod
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy white head. Some lacing. Copper in color with a slight haze.

Aroma is very faint , slight corny and grainy.

Getting caramel malt flavor on tasting. Surprisingly no pecans are detected. Slightly sweet apple cider finish.

Mouthfeel is medium/light. Good carbonation.

Overall a pretty refreshing brown ale.

shroompod, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of philipquarles
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper with a medium white head that dissipates rather quickly. Little/no lacing.

Smells of dark roasted malt, some caramel sweetness, and just a hint of hops. This carries on to the taste, where the malt is dominant. Along with hops, some slightly earthy tastes come through. No pecans, strangely.

Mouthfeel is pretty average; slightly carbonated, a bit watery, but not bad. Overall a mediocre brew that probably wasn't worth the price.

philipquarles, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear copper, not brown at all, with a two finger, light tan head. Retention is decent before falling to a thin film with a thick collar. Some lacing.

S - Very nice. The aroma from the pecans is subtle but noticable and mingles well with the expected toasty, caramel, and slightly toffee aromas from the malt.

T - Very surprised at how weak and mild this is. There's a slight toasted graininess that makes up most of the flavor with very little dimension. An earthy bitterness kicks in late palate; uninteresting at best. The best part of this brew is the nutty aftertaste, just like the bottle says.

M - Certainly not a brown, and certainly not anything that makes this beer any better. Light bodied, high carbonation, watery near the end. Some real flavor might actually come through if the carbonation were tamed and the body was fuller.

D - It's light and fairly flavorless, not a horrible brew to down but nothing worth revisiting. I've actually been bumping the score down over the course of this review because nothing about this brew has grown on me.

Very average. Pecan ale? No. Brown? Not even. I don't quite know what Abita was going for here, but to tout about using real pecans in the brewing I've had plenty of beers with more nutty flavor than this...and they didn't use nuts in the brewing.

PatrickJR, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great overall beer. Poured a clear brown color with thin white head. Smelled of nuts. Tastes of nuts, good malts, caramel, and there is a smokey flavor too. There was never a bad moment in the aftertaste, it kept me wanting more. Goes down smooth. I had 3 and that was probably a good number, not sure if I wanted another. I would glady buy this again, I recommend it for any beer drinker.

nrpellegrini, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears clear dark copper brown hue with a large bright off white head leaves behind fine intricate lacing as it dwindles down. Aroma has a nice peacan roastiness about it with caramel accents. Mild herbal hop additions come through as well very nice balanced nose to it. Flavors have a reserved nutty character ala the pecan additions. Moderate sweetness with caramel malts surrounding the roasted pecan flavors ample bitterness this is a nice fall beer that I will be willing to drink again and again. Motuhfeel is light to medium bodied range a bit of residual sweetness adss some extra texture to it, moderate carbonation. Drinkability is solid easy to drain nicely doen additive, pecans were very natural with earthiness proving there was no extract to creat a cloying mess, nice brew.

WVbeergeek, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of Kraken
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes while on vacation in myrtle beach

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer pours a very light nut brown. Firm pour results in a one finger head that diminishes rapidly leaving no lace.

Nose- Roasted pecans dominate the nose. To a lesser extent, caramel and toffee are present.

Taste- Pleasant, nuttiness, toasted pecan, brown sugar sweet.

Mouthfeel- A little zippy, tons of carbonation, but pleasant.

Drinkability- very good, nice and light albeit a tad sweet.

Kraken, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of TheMistler
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had ordered this thinking that it was just my second Autumnal seasonal - the first being Old Dominion Oktoberfest - of the year (not a bad thing, necessarily, as it is still pretty darn hot in DC). After all, it says "Harvest" on the bottle, and the orange / brown labeling seemed well suited. But having also seen their Fall Fest before, I simply don't know.

Anywho, poured into a pint glass, this ale was a nicely bright and clear brown with continuous carbonation springing up. Off-white head, displaying a little bit of lacing.

A seemingly slightly watered down nut brown ale aroma, the nose did not stand out. Nutty and sweet, grains with molasses.

The taste was, unsurprisingly but disappointingly, of a standard and entry-level brown ale. An indistinct malty flavor. Maybe pecan bread? I would just go with a bland nutty breakfast bread. I will say I detected a bit of nice hop earthiness and crispness at the end.

Alongside its light mouthfeel, the crisp and refreshing - if, unfortunately, somewhat watery - nature of this ale does make it eminently drinkable.

TheMistler, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- It is deep and cloudy brown amber. Tan head is thick but goes awy quick leaving almost no.

Smell- Mainly smells of malt there is only a slight wood nut smell.

Taste- I am not sure if it is the nuts or not but there is strange bitterness that apparent as soon as you start drinking but it is a pleasant change. Definitely malty and hop filled all the flavor compliment each other.

Mouthfeel- Dry but oily and surprisingly light.

Drinkability- Not the greatest beer ever but good and worth a try.

MTNboy, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Single, twelve-ounce bottle purchased from The Palisade Liquor Store in Jersey City...
Pours a clear, lucid, light-amber hue with hardly any head and very minimal lacing...
Aroma: Smell replete with real Louisiana pecans, as per the bottle, along with a noticeable malt backbone, honey, and caramel...
Taste: Flavor strongly complemented the aroma, with thick malts... Refreshing with a heavy bread and butter essence...
Not bad, although certainly not your typical American Brown ale...

dsa7783, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of tayner
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubby bottle with a twist off top.

Pours a hazy tan color with a whtie head that is foamy at first but quickly settles to a nice 1/4 coating. lots of little carbonation bubbles.

Smell is of sweet candy/toffee with a hint of nuttiness. Smells overwhelmingly sweet though.

This tastes to me like a sweet brown ale. I grew up eating pecans as we had 2 trees in our yard, and I am not sure if i could pick out the pecans in this beer if i didnt already know they were there. I do taste a slight nuttiness, but not one i would associate with the use of actual nuts. They do give it a slight bitterness a while after swallowing.

Mouthfeel is quite light, and very carbonated. makes it easy to drink and appropriate in character for the hot, humid days in the south. I can see how this would be a popular brew in that part of the country. For me, I think either more pecans, or less carbonation even, would make this a better beer. I wouldnt seek this one out again.

tayner, May 13, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I usually don't have the opportunity to try pecans, so I find it odd that I will be getting my lastest dose of them through a beer. From a twist-off top bottle, on to the beer:

Pours pale copper into my glass, the beer settles in as filtered pale copper with a big fuzzy head at first before slowing receeding. The aroma is pleasant, toffeeish, and nutty; the pecans are worked nicely in the nose. In fact, the pecans are worked nicely in the taste as well. It's light enough for the sub-tropical weather from where it hails, but flavorful enough to keep you interested. Toffee and nuts prevail on the palate, with a hoppy note lingering on in the aftertaste. Certainly worth a try.

DoubleJ, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of hyland24
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner. This beer poured a slightly hazy brown amber color with a 1 inch off white foam head leaving behind speckled lacing throughout the glass. Not much to smell but picked up slight hints of malt and nuts. The taste was decent with definite nutty flavors coming through although the malt was more predominant. No pecans to speak of but similar to a nut brown ale. Good carbonation finishing crisp an fairly clean. Not a bad beer similar to a nut brown. Wouldnt go out of my way for it but worth trying once.

hyland24, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of halfP1NT
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a thicker-than-expected consistency into a tulip glass. Appearance is a deep amber brown with a thin white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell is malty with a sweet nuttiness, like walnuts in syrup (only really noticeable as the beer warms). I can smell the pecans. I enjoy the aroma, it's very different than anything I can remember trying.

Taste is definite nuttiness with a slight toasty flavor. Very sweet, and the sweetness makes more of an appearance & coats my mouth as it warms.

Low carbonation, a bit syrupy, which hurts the drinkability a bit in my opinion. Otherwise, quite tasty, something a little different and worth trying once.

halfP1NT, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of deepsouth. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy amber color with a relatively dense one-finger head that dissipated quickly leaving no lacing and only the slightest foam around the glass.

S: Aroma of sweet malts and a little yeast. Only a hint of nuts as far as I could smell.

T: Again a fairly nondescript malty taste with some nuttiness, not much. I got a little hoppy bitterness at the very end.

M: Thin, watery mouthfeel with very little body.

D: A decent nut brown ale, but probably only average as far as brown ales go. I probably wouldn't seek this one out.

gford217, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of Pleepleus
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in an Abita Party Pack I split with Moxley. This was the one in the pack we each opened right away. Was very exited to try this since I love pecans, sadly this was the first Abita to really disapoint me. From brown bottle to goblet.
Had an orange honey color with an inch of head that quickly diminished to what can't really be called a sheen(Emilio Estevez). As hard as I tried to smell Pecans they were not there and neither was anything else for that matter. Tasted crisp and light with a minor nutty finish. I expected more Pecan, but they were not there. It's an OK beer I suppose but not what I had hoped for.

Pleepleus, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of Moxley
2.53/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank with my good friend and fellow BA member Pleepleus from an Abita party pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet.

I was excited to try this beer, as I like nutty beers, but was quickly disappointed with the lack of aroma and to be quite honest, lack of flavor.

A - Very short weak off white head that settled quickly to nothing. We call this the Emilio Estevez (even less head than Charlie Sheen, which is characterized by a 1 bubble sheen across the top). Favored the appearance of a sparkling rose wine.

S - Nothing. That's right, it had no real aroma to speak of.

T - Bitter up front with a slightly nutty finish, although there's a good chance I'm making this up solely from the name and my desire to taste pecans. I would probably have liked this beer a lot more if they didn't call it Pecan Harvest because I really didn't get anything remotely close to a pecan flavor. I'm clearly unhappy with this one.

M&D - Crisp and dry. Simplistic, light to medium body with minimal carbonation.

Easy to drink, but don't get this beer if you're looking for a flavorful pecan experience.

Moxley, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of turbine2475
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Murky amber-brown with a one finger vanilla head that disipates quickly into nothingness.
S - Sweet malts and roasted nuts not too shabby.
T - The pecan is there but the brew has a tart bite that almost resembles a milky sour.
M - Low carbonation with a sour bite.
D - A little lack luster compared to what the smell suggested. Not bad but would definately like to try a fresher bottle.

turbine2475, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Semi transluscent amber pour with a short lived off white head. Smell is light caramelly malt, with at times slight hints of pecans. Not very noticeable, but I think I smelled pecan pie at times. Taste is pretty much a simple malty amber with mild bitterness, and no real hop flavor to speak of. Notes of pecan in some sips, but faint. A touch boring, but not bad.

JDV, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.05/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 2 finger head with pretty decent retention. Tan, semi-cloudy semi-clear color.

Nice caramel, toasty malts with a nice nuttiness from the pecans. Slight plum and apple fruity undertones

Nice nuttiness and caramel malting. Finally an Abita beer that I like. Some dry tannins in the back with a mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is fairly full, but a little bit dry on the palate. Not anything overly special, The dryness is a slight bother.

A very solid offering from abita. Thanks to barefootbrewer for the sample (I think). I'm not sure. If that's wrong let me know.

jasonjlewis, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz stubbie bottle courtesy of Ding from SS 07. Thanks man!
I am pouring a cellar temp bottle into a snifter. Beer pours a bright clear chestnut hue with creamy beige head of 1 cm foaming up and receding gradually.
Aroma is caramel and toffee all the way, some nuttiness too, or is that my mind telling me I should smell nuts? Nope they are there.
First sip reveals a very fine and fizzy carbonation with smooth slightly sticky and thicker than average body. Just right to keep it an easy drinker and not watery at all.
Flavor is sweet and malty from start to finish. I get the caramel and toffee again with some nut flavor as well. The flavor lingers with some grainy characteristics on the finish. No hint of ABV and no real hop presence either.
An easy drinker that turns out to be pretty tasty too.
Give it a shot, just dont expect too much and you will be fairly happy.

sulldaddy, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of Vancer
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's a pecan beer sent by deepsouth via a nice trade, thanks guy!

Pecan amber brew, topped with a nice ivory head, so far, so good. Subtle notes of the nutty pecan in the aroma, with a malt kicker. Also, the pecan is subtle, almost wimpy, in the quaff. But still, I'm liking this brew as a change of pace not normally brewed in most areas.

Solid brew - I believe the pecans should be noticeable, but in the background as this one presents. You don't want a pecan husk in a glass to drink.

Vancer, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to barefootbrewer for this brew.

Pours a nice semi-cloudy golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tannish head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slightly tangy, very slight nutty/pecan tone, and some caramel. The taste is malty, slight tangy/bitter, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad, but would not buy if it was in my area, but glad to have try it.

Wasatch, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of DogFood11
2.13/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle. Poured into a tulip it forms a meaty head but fizzles rather quickly to an outer ring. Orange body with medium carbonation.

After reading the back label and stating it was brewed with real louisiana pecans it sounded very interesting. If you advertise nuts then for gods sake it should be at least detectable. I got very little to no nutty flavor at first and when it warmed it was in the backdrop and some residuals left on the palate at the finish. This is a ho-hum offering built on a great premise but falls short. Mouthfeel is kind of fizzy as well.

Notes: A decent to below average brew.

DogFood11, Jan 25, 2008
Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 852 ratings.