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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 BeerNinja007
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of matjack85
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of darklordlager
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of elniko
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
2.7/5  rDev -18.9%
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...

Photo of scottyshades
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of emsroth
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


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.

Photo of BeefyMee
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of nickd717
3.63/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of katan
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of dolemite77
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of unclejimbay
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
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....


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.

Photo of Daniellobo
2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
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...

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.65/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Photo of Risser09
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of sophisticated
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


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.

Photo of TLove
2.83/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of Spineypanda
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of drperm
4.32/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, sampled 13 Oct 09

A: It looks like an American IPA in my glass: brown ale? Hardly. But, I'm not rating on style. It looks pretty. Orange, glimmery, hazy.

S: This smells wonderful: rich, malty, and hoppy. Strong notes of artisan toast, stuffing, and pralines.

T: This is quite nice. Not too rich at all; not overtly nutty, just pleasantly so. This would make a great autumn session beer: I could have a few of these and not tire of it (I think). Wonderful nutty note, as anticipated, and it doesn't crowd out the other aspects that are going on.

M: Smooth all the way. Slightly watery finish, but it's easy-going.

D: Abita makes a great product, and this one is no exception. Try with good cheeses, Roux soups, game, duck, or Thanksgiving dinner!

Photo of albern
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another slightly better than mediocre offering by Abita. The beer pours a fairly clear amber color with not much of a head to speak of. The carbonation is on the low side, but it isn't a flat beer. The nose is crystal malts, and I can't really distinguish the pecans. There might be some undefined nutty flavors, but not much.

The taste is a bit overly processed. There is a nutty taste to the beer, it is slightly watery. There are some odd notes on the backend. In the mid section the beer is a bit too clean, some dryish notes, with some mediocre tasting ale highlights. I guess I'm tasting some pecan, but it really isn't defined that well. This beer I can do without another. The mouthfeel is adequate, not much aftertaste, a bit watery, not a keeper.

Photo of jt31914
1.92/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle

A: 1 finger head, amber color.

S: Smells of pecan and some caramel. Decent smell with slight spice as well.

T: Bitter - heavy unnatural pecan palate. This gbeer had potential but didn't deliver.

M/D: Decent mouthfeel, not bad or good.

Simple, pleasant but not extraordinary beer.

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a slightly hazy reddish gold with a thin whitehead. Nice aroma, this is where you get the most pecan character. Light to medium bodied. Plenty of caramel malt. Slight hop bitterness in the finish. Very easy drinking and sessionable beer. Good idea to use a seasonal, local ingredient.

Photo of thekanna
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful copper-orange with a thin white head and minimal lacing, the color of pumpkins with whipped cream.

S: Faint sweet malts.. toffee, some caramel, slightly metallic notes, and a general saccharine burnt sugar type aroma.

T: Slightly biscuity with a faint nuttiness and notes of toasted rice. Ends with a slight hop bitterness.

M: Slight carbonation and a somewhat thin and watery body.

D: A great ale to relax to and enjoy. There's nothing too offensive or challenging about this flavor.

Photo of Domingo
3.94/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one a whim just because it sounded like a great easy drinking Fall beer.
Pours a pretty light amber color. Definitely not what I expected. It's not really bad, but it's a little odd.
The flavors, on the other hand, are all brown ale. Nutty, toasty flavors that start sweet and have a kiss of hop bitterness in the finish. As it warms you can really pick up the smell and flavor of toasted pecans. What's really nice is that it doesn't taste artificial or needlessly added. You can pick it up blindly, and it really adds a lot to the flavor.
Mouthfeel is a little slick and light, but it makes this all the more drinkable as a result.
This is a great alternative to the various Fall beers most brewers are doing.
Glad I gave this a try, and I'll be sure to grab more.

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Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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