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Pecan Harvest Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 763
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | 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 Redrover


3.68/5  rDev +10.2%

12 oz short brown bottle. No freshness dating, Note the 6 pack holder had a spot for freshness dating but it was left blank.

The beer pours a orange with a hint of brown. It is crystal clear with a small beige head.

The nose if of lightly roasted malts with just a hint of nuts.

The taste is slightly sweet with toasted grains and an aftertaste of Pecans. The pecan taste is nice and not artificial. I just wished it was a bit more prominent. There is some slight alcohol notes that come and then fade again. Nice caramel taste emerges later. The pecans are still mild.

The mouth is pleasantly thickish. Easy enough drinker. This would be an easy beer to pair with cheese & crackers and of course nuts.

09-13-2007 00:17:10 | More by Redrover
Photo of HardTarget


3.85/5  rDev +15.3%

Bottle Inspection: Brown 12 oz. twisty with raised lettering. “Ale brewed with real Louisiana Pecans” and some pairing suggestions of red meat and seafood.

Aroma: Caramel sweet toasted malt note with a hint of celery. Malt is full and inviting.

Appearance: Bright amber glass with almost painful clarity has a good 3 finger head at pour that drops back to a ½ finger cover that laces well.

Flavor: A solid amber ale (too bitter for a Brown IMHO) profile, malty without being heavy, just enough hops to cut the sweet without going bitter. The hop profile reminds me of the 20th Anniversary Pilsner, heavy on the Saaz?
I was on the edge of saying “where’s the nuts!” when they all hit me in a deep aftertaste. Unfortunately, there is also a little metallic taste back there too, but it’s not serious enough to worry about.

Mouthfeel: Light medium body, moderate to low carbonation, a bit oily in the finish.

Overall Impression: A solid beer! Abita seems to be on a roll lately. Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!

You’d be nuts not to try this one out!

09-12-2007 06:15:44 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Atlas1


3.7/5  rDev +10.8%

Perhaps I'm partial to the name because I grew up with pecan trees in my yard in Texas, but I'm also always in the mood to try something new and unusual. Which brings me to the newly released Abita Pecan Harvest Ale. Their answer to the myriad festbiers out there, I'm sure. And I'm happy to give this a go.

Poured into my DFH barrell pint (I used to call this glass my tulip pint, because it preserves the aroma so well, but it's more shaped like a barrell, so I changed what I call it... as if you care), the Pecan Harvest is a rich, bright, light brown/burnt orange/copper color. Pretty, but nothing spectacular. Decent, one-finger fluffy white head that fades quickly. The nose on this beer is nutty nutty nutty, which is a good thing, considering it's a pecan ale (brewed with real pecans and pecan oils, according to the label). Strong pecan scent, but notes of caramel and biscuit/bread rise up as well. Kind of a funky locker room scent to it as well, but it's not as bad as it sounds. The taste is also nutty, with roasted malt flavor and again a biscuity/bready character to it. There are some background fruits in there as well (I get strawberry and apple, mostly), and it finishes almost sweet. The mouthfeel is borderline chewy, but clean and dry at the same time.

This is not a bad beer. Certainly a fine alternative to all the oktoberfests on the shelves right now (although, admittedly, I'm a sucker for oktoberfest beers). I like to see a quality brewery like Abita venturing out into the lesser known styles. This is a fine addition to their annual repertoire, in my opinion. Cheers.

09-08-2007 19:41:26 | More by Atlas1
Photo of mcallister


3.73/5  rDev +11.7%

I like what I see. Very deep and rich reddish copper characteristics. Head is thick and full as well as tightly wound. Hardly off white and leaves a thin layer of lace that isn't giving up ground easily.

Nose shows hints of dates and dried berries with a small pecan cluster. A sweet toffee backbone and a odd earthy quality that is enticing.

A different beer and completely different than what I envisioned. Not sure if it's a good or bad thing, either way it's an easy drinking ale. Thin mid palate leads into a flavorful finish. Pecan shows nicely on the finish and is very smooth with moderate carbonation. Dried berries aren't to be found as the nose suggested but there is a tine bit of praline. Nearly bone dry with what I'd suspect to be less than 1% RS. An easy drinker that impressed more than I though it would

09-07-2007 23:15:15 | More by mcallister
Photo of numenor1

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +13.8%

Pours a light amber with a modest head and the barest touch of lace. Smells like a bag of pecans, honestly, it's subtle but smells just like that...This for me a pretty neutral ale. Starts with a nice pale malt base, touch of caramel, touch of green hops but then this vague, subtle pecan flavor emerges that I very much enjoy. It's intriguing, though I do wish it were a touch more prominent. Finish is subdued pecan nuttiness. Mouthfeel is medium light with medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

As is this is a run of mill ale with some very interesting pecan undertones, but I think it could be much more...

09-07-2007 04:52:15 | More by numenor1
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.45/5  rDev +3.3%

12oz. bottle

Pours a nice copper color with a small eggshell head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a slight breadiness with a nice toasted nutty smell. Mild caramel smell.

Light bready taste upfront with a nice toasted nutty flavor. Hints of caramel malt here and there. Finishes very clean and dry.

Light body, mild carbonation.

A rather straight-forward brown with less pecan nuttiness than I had hoped for. Regardless, it's a drinkable brew that would be a sessionable choice for a fall seasonable. Worth a look, especially as an alternative for the tsunami of pumpkin beers that are flooding the shelves.

09-07-2007 02:32:21 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of arguemaniac


3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

The pecan flavor here doesn’t come off as synthetic or overbearing, it’s quite balanced and adds a tasty nuttiness to the rest of the nicely toasted, caramel palate.

Perfect fall beer, not too heavy or rich, but slightly darker with great toasted character.


09-01-2007 20:18:33 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.23/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. A crystal clear, pecan colored (well, it is!) beer emerges and is topped with a light, tan head. Nice size, about one finger and one half. Nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

Aroma was absolutely pecanless. I can barely detect any nuttiness at all. It is actually pretty fruity. I guess it is typical of a brown ale but no pecan, and since pecan is in the name, I detract a couple of points for that.

Now, the flavor actually has a bit of nuttiness in it. I suppose it would be pecan but tastes more like hazelnut to me. But, Im splitting hairs. Nice and malty, no hop flavor. A bit of an alcoholic taste, like moonshine, as the beer warms makes it slightly weird tasting in the end.

As far as browns go, its pretty good. No real pecan feel or flavor in this one. Maybe I was expecting too much. I think the six I purchased will quench my thirst of this one, but I dont think I will revisit this one after that.

08-30-2007 20:43:21 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of barefootbrewer


3.93/5  rDev +17.7%

This beer poured a burnt orange/brown color with a thick head – tight bubbles. It had an initially sweet smell with a bouquet of nuts in the background. The taste is malty and sweet with the nut flavor apparent. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Also, the carbonation is quite noticeable. Overall, this is an easy drinking beer and it leaves no doubt it is an Abita (I grew up in the area, and there is just something in their beer that is common to them all – you know it is theirs).

08-27-2007 22:56:54 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of Beerbuddha


3.33/5  rDev -0.3%

Appearance- Pours a dark golden brown color. Little to no head.

Smell- Not much smell at all. Maybe a hint of nuttiness.

Taste- Tasted like a watered down version of a Newcastle or some other brown ale. Didn't taste pecans though.

Mouthfeel- Thin and carbonated.

Drinkability- This wasn't a bad beer. It was way too close to their Abita Amber though so I wasn't impressed that much. They should have down a pumpkin beer instead. If it was anything like the Strawberry harvest it would have rocked.

08-23-2007 19:11:13 | More by Beerbuddha
Photo of becktone


3.15/5  rDev -5.7%

Eye: Color is light brown, kinda like a brown sugar and water combination, with straw gold highlights. The head is a tannish egg white. Size and retention are pretty good as well, however it isn't very creamy looking.

Nose: The aroma of this beer is on the malty side, balance is in favor of the malts. There is nutty and sweet aroma to this brew. The aroma of pecans is also here, reminds me of the way that pecan pie smells. All in all aroma is good, but fairly weak, could be more potent.

Tongue: The taste of this brew is all malt. Sweet malt flavors with some caramel flavors make up the majority of this brew's flavor profile. Closer to the end of the brew the pecan flavors come into play-a real dry type of flavor. In my opinion it has an overall watery flavor.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: A little too light on the palate for my taste, just feels like tonic water on the flat side. Leaves a slick feeling on the tongue. This beer is easy to drink, however I'll probably not be buying this one again. It doesn't stand out, nothing special about it. Sure I'd drink one, but I don't think that I'd pay for a pint of this.

08-22-2007 19:59:45 | More by becktone
Photo of BEERchitect


3.13/5  rDev -6.3%

A new find in the Central Kentucky region. Although catagoried as a Pecan Ale, Brown Ale; the lable calls this brew the Pecan Harvest, and is probably more accurately placed in the Fruit / Vegitable catagory. The beer opens with medium intensity Amber Ale notes, with perhaps a more pronounced emphasis on rich nutty character and a hint of butter pecan. The look is a bright golden / copper color that lands on the 'brown' side of balance. Tastes also very Amber Ale-ish with the same mild hint of buttery nuts. Lightly hopped and moderately malted, the beer lacks to standout with any distinguishable qualities. Feels a touch light on the palate, leaving way for a mild astingency to come through (may come from nut flavor additions). Light diacityl on the toung with a light buttery note. Finishes with an increasing bitter bite and a medium sweet feel. Not bad but I was hoping for more pecan flavor and character.

08-18-2007 01:35:36 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of acrawf6


3.53/5  rDev +5.7%

Got a pint at Lagers in Metairie

Pours out a clear amber with a small light orange tint to it. Small white head rises.

Smell. It has a sweeter aroma to it than i would have guessed. But it doesn't really stand out too much as it reminds me of their amber, and a touch of their rye beer. Malts dominate, and smell slightly roasted.

Taste. Again, reminiscent of their amber and rye (and a touch of the bock). It has just a small bit of sweetness with the malts with a small bitterness in the finish.

Moutheel is good. body is medium to slightly full. good amount of carbonation and decent balance.

Overall, a decent beer, but nothing special. It has a nice flavor, but is not adventuresome as i would want in a limited beer. It just tastes too much like their others, and frankly boring. Worth trying though.

02-05-2007 23:15:55 | More by acrawf6
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Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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