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Pecan Harvest Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 860
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 12
Gots: 53 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Deathtrifecta, Aug 09, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

kyle86, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Shrews629
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - A nice burnt orange/copper color with yellow/gold highlights. Hazy. Off white head that wasn't too thick and didn't have the worlds best retetnion. A little bit of lacing is clinging to the glass.

Smell - The smell was kind of a dank, stale, earthy malt. Detecting the pecans plus a "worked" hay or a "corn" silage wheat aroma. Honestly, the aroma was not overly pleasing to me and it was somewhat distracting.

Taste - More of the nutty pecan flavoring in the taste. Dry wheat or breadiness with little to no hop bite. Not picking a whole lot out of the taste. Kind of dull and uninspiring.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Dry and smooth and crisp. Insufficient flavor was left on the palate. I prefer a bit more.

Drinkability - The drinkability of this brew is not bad. The smell was a bit disturbing to me. The taste was predominantly bland. I doubt I pick this up again. I went in thinking this brew was going to one thing, but it turns out to be another.

Shrews629, Dec 17, 2010
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 Kranders
2.53/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

'm not huge fan of pecans in general, but I had to try it. In general it was solid but unexciting. No real noticeable flavors. The pecan was there, and not overwhelming (which is always a plus in flavored beers). Overall I'm glad I tried it, but I probably woulnd't get it again. Abita always has good beers, but this was not their best.

Kranders, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of brdc
2.53/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Small capped bottle, shared by stoutsnipas.

Poured into an inappropriate pint shaped cup, it shows a dark golden, not brown color, with a voluminous but short lasting white cap. No lacing, but could be the "glass".
Aroma is nearly absent, faint earthy hoppiness, slight caramel maltiness.
Thin bodied, the flavor is like the taste, faint in the background.
Forget this one.

brdc, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Made with real Louisana pecans. Props for trying something unique and different but the aroma and lackluster flavor falls short here. Pours a clear golden-orange color with a light off white head. There is some muskiness on the nose with light pecans and fresh bread. Flavor is light malt with an earthy bittering hop bite, perhaps a tad bit to much with a touch of nuttiness and citrus on the fade. Flavor is moderate at best, the pecans really do nothing to make it stand out or give it some character. Mouthful is very light and watery. Drinkability is moderate at best and wouldn’t recommend it, if not just for the sake of saying you had a pecan beer.

beerthulhu, Jan 18, 2008
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2.6/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a whole lot to this beer. The scent of pecan is there and there are flashes of it in the taste, but that really is about all. The beer does look nice however, pouring a golden orange with a nice head, but as far as the other components I was disappointing. It really is too bad because the pecan flavor itself does taste nice and fresh but it needs to be paired with something to make this beer shine. Whether it be cinnamon, chocolate, or roasted malts anything would have really enhanced the flavoring but this was not the case.

RussBecker1, Oct 23, 2012
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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
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2.63/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Abita Pecan Ale...

Appearance- dark brown with a touch of red, crisp head, active carbonation, fine looking ale.

Smell-nutty, malty, aromatic.

Taste/Mouthfeel-strong but muddled and a nutty flavor that I really don't enjoy that much, tastes alright going down, nothing wrong and off just not to my liking.

Drinkability-nothing wrong with this beer, if you like it you should be able to quaff.

Overall-a quality beer that had a flavor that just wasn't to my liking, sometimes it is that simple.

TheDeuce, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.65/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clean orange-ish copper color with an off white head. Aromas that start sweet, and a dry nuttiness. In the taste, sweet brown sugar and it tastes a bit nutty. A sweet mouthfeel, with a dry nutty aftertaste. Tastes more like a brown ale, yet a bit too sweet, but ok.

OWSLEY069, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of CAP1868
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I was really excited to try this brew, especially after some of Abita's other great beers. However this beer was a huge disappointment, and I knew it the minute I saw how lightly coppered the pour was. The head was nice but disappeared quickly. I didn't notice even one hint of pecan smell or taste throughout this creation. The mouthful is extremly light and crisp, but leaves you hoping for more. You could very easily drink alot of these but I wouldn't want to. Not a complete failure for Abita, but not nearly as good as some of their other products.

CAP1868, Oct 07, 2008
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
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2.7/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a still maple syrup with a thin "head." Smells of toasty malts with faint fruity esters and nuts. There's a hint of manure in the nose. Flavor is of toast, faint fruit, just a hint of nuts (probably some kind of "placebo" from knowing that there are pecans in this), and a dose of graininess. Really, the only thing remotely pecan about this is the ending astringency much like after eating a pecan that still has some of the less-edible parts attached to the nut. Body is solid, oily, and has stinging bubbles. Pretty disappointed in this one and was hoping for more of a pecan character.

goochpunch, Dec 16, 2007
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2.73/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Pecan Harvest Ale ironically pours a soft pecan shade of brown with some copper and even dark-amber flashing around the edges. Mild clarity throughout, capped with a thin, off-white layer of soapy and borderline-fizzy head. No lacing of any kind, as the head only lasts for about thirty seconds or so before it's gone forever.

I would suspect that the aroma of a beer like this be primarily malt-heavy, and my suspicions were confirmed upon taking a whiff of the beer. Caramel malts, toast, biscuit, and a bit of wood-laden nuttiness in the finish. The aroma is actually kind of nice, albeit somewhat subdued and quiet compare to many other brown ales. Hops are virtually excluded, save for an ever-so-slight hint of grass that occasionally pops out somewhere between the sea of malt.

Unfortunately, you'll find fairly quickly that the taste leaves much to be desired. Saying that the aroma is underpowered quickly becomes old news once you finally take a sip. Somewhat watered down, with a very mild bruising of all the flavors listed in the aroma. Some carmael, some biscuit and breadiness, and faint nuts. But it's so thin and contempt that it's hard to really enjoy the flavors like they should be enjoyed.

Needless to say at this point, the mouth feel was pretty much hand-in-hand with the flavor in terms of expectations and disappointment. Watery, thin, slick, and leaving a slightly crisp and dry aftertaste. Speaking of aftertaste, there isn't much here. There's a very slight residual malt and wood flavor that gets left behind, but shortly after you've swallowed your sip it becomes easily forgotten.

Based on the aroma, I thought this one was gonna turn out better, but the flavor was just so vapid and mind-numbingly underwhelming. The sad thing is, the flavors were/are actually pretty decent, but they unfortunately become an afterthought to the watered-down nature of this American Brown Ale. Started solid, finished mediocre.

tectactoe, May 02, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

JC333, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Brenden
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is a dark copper, almost but not quite red. The head retains pretty well and leaves a little thin lacing ina couple of light patches.
The aroma is of malts, but pretty mild. No complexity and not much substance. Pecan is nonexistent to my nose.
Malt makes a stronger appearance in the flavor, with some hops in the back but well subdued. Pecan is almost an afterthought and doesn't show up at all except for a nutty addition in the finish. There's a tangy zest in here that doesn't scream pecan ale and lingers in a funky aftertaste.
The body is on the light side of medium and carbonation is mild. There's a light crispness in the body and that's about it.
If I drank this without knowing it, I don't think I would figure out it's supposed to be a pecan ale. The funky zest and aftertaste mar this one a bit as well. There's a sturdy malt back, but I'd never get this one as a specialty ale.

Brenden, Sep 09, 2009
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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

m0unds, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of bierguru
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A -
dark amber thick creamy head

S -
smells similar to a pecan pie with the slight addition to hops on the back end its fairly middle

T -
malty hugh caramel taste some roasted notes mot much hops nor a real nutty flavor

M -
has almost a lager feel crisp light mild carbonation however it leaves your mouth dry

D -
would not get again didnt care for the mouth feel would have liked a nutty taste overall disappointing

bierguru, Oct 14, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Azteceinstein, Jan 06, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

BeerMeister8, Oct 21, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Dieck, Sep 24, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Jul 21, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

tubeyes, Dec 19, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

BH712, Feb 12, 2014
Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 860 ratings.