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Pecan Harvest Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

Pecan Harvest AlePecan Harvest Ale

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Ratings: 726
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%

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 atr2605

New York

2.91/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A-pours nice copper/amber color with an off white head with great retention
S-soft toasted pecan smell with some maltiness
T-pecans and some caramel malt, bit of dry biscuit in the finish
M-medium light bodied
O-pretty drinkable brew but overall flavor is a bit flat

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 02:15:17 | More by atr2605
Photo of pwoods


2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz. stubby brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a pint.

A: Pours a plain amber with clear visibility. 1 finger of slightly fizzy white head forms and dies within 30 seconds. No lacing.

S: Nutty with some caramel malts. Subtle and pretty straight forward.

T/M: Caramel malts dominate with a touch of toasted nuts in the back.. though I'm not sure they're pecans. Carbonation is lively and makes it feel like slightly flat cola. Near the finish I get a bit of a mineral or earthy stone taste. Haha, is that right? Carbonation feels too high and body isn't bold enough for the style.

D: Not terrible but I certainly won't get this again... especially with a great local brewery(Mt.Carmel) that makes a nice Nut Brown.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 01:51:13 | More by pwoods
Photo of silentjay


2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

very light in color for an American Brown Ale, as its a barely brownish and completely translucent copper color with a decent off-white head with decent retention and a bit of lacing.

aroma is a bit nutty, but with tons of bready and slightly toasty malts. kind of a faint aroma overall.

rather dull taste of a bad English Brown ale with a slight nuttiness after the swallow. bready and slightly toasted malts are all I am getting.

very light on the tongue, yet sticky and syrupy going down, with a watery finish, slight carbonation, and very little aftertaste.

drinks ok. nothing off-putting, but very tame in all aspects producing a very forgettable beer with little nut and little brown ale characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 23:00:14 | More by silentjay
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 07:02:37 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of nick76


2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma does have some pecans but it seems somewhat strange. Not bad but odd in a paper kind of way. There is some malt though. The appearance is orange and the head thin. The flavor is like the aroma with a bitter nutty finish. The palate is thin. It's a nice try but not great.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 05:55:34 | More by nick76
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

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 06:13:51 | More by bort11
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy peach color, ok head, not too much lacing, not that impressive to look at.

Smells very malty and a bit nutty, with a little butter and a little caramel.

Taste is quite average. Too much pungent malts, but a touch of nutty floral and fruit flavors.

Light to slightly medium bodied, so-so carbonation, aftertaste is bland.

Drinks less than average. Drinkable, but not something I'd seek out.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 02:49:58 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of justintcoons


2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a brown-tinted amber with moderate carbonation and about a half finger of head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is rather poor.

N: Smells great! Huge nutty aromas waft up along with caramel, cocoa and brown sugar.

T: Watery brown sugar and a hint of caramel malts and pecan. Unfortunately there's not much going on here. There's some roastiness, cocoa and nuts that linger in the finish.

M: Light-medium bodied, clean and refreshing.

O: This was kind of a let down, yet it is very easy drinking and very sessionable. Flavors are extremely light and watery but what is there is very pleasant tasting.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 17:44:49 | More by justintcoons
Photo of cagocubs


2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Burnt-Orange/Amber color with a slight head that dissipates shortly after pour. No flim, no lacing, but some serious carbonation streams.

S: I was expecting this to have massive nutty aroma, but was surprised when only slight nose of nut came through. Not much of a scent after that, maybe some malt.

T: C'mon Abita, you got me all excited with this Louisiana pecan talk and you didn't hold up your end. Real slight nut flavor. Instead I get a everyday, hop/malt taste. Yawn.

M: Some carbonation and the slightest nut flavor in aftertaste. Let down.

O: Darn. I was excited to try this one out, but it just was unbelievably lackadaisical. I could see this being a keystone beer if they went back to the drawing board and actually did to the beer what the label says.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 00:29:44 | More by cagocubs
Photo of YonderWanderer


3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep brownish copper with a thin layer of head that dissipates quickly.

S: A bit of caramel, a bit of nuts, and a bit of breadiness. Not much aroma. Very mild.

T: Similar to the smell. Fairly simple - a decent caramel malt combined with a bit of biscuit and nuts. Not too crazy or extreme with the flavors. Well balanced and tasty.

M: A nice bit of a dry bite at the end. Nice finish overall.

D: This is a decent beer. It's as I scored it - completely average. Drinkable, absolutely. This would likely make a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 23:32:49 | More by YonderWanderer
Photo of tronester


3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy reddish orange, with a medium tan head. Not very brown in color at all. Smell is of pecans that went bad. Taste is a bit better, tart malts up front, thin middle, with a hint of pecan in the finish. Also an unusual bitterness that does not seem to be coming from hops. Finish is also very dry. Mouthfeel is average, average carbonation levels as well. Drinkability is not the best, this beer is ok, but the pecans give it a wierd taste that I don't like too much. I do not like eating pecans as it is, so that might be part of it. If you are a pecan lover you might like this beer, otherwise its just ok.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 23:16:46 | More by tronester
Photo of Brent


3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had many nut brown ales with nuttier flavors than this beer, which actually uses pecans. Pecan nut oil lent more of a bittnerness than nut flavor, more akin to the tannic flavor of the shell. Overall, thin and uninterestng, which is too bad, as the beer sounds great, in theory.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 15:46:58 | More by Brent
Photo of RickS95


3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nutty, orange color. Slightly opaque with limited head.

Has an earthy, grainy smell, but nothing dominates or even stands out.

The flavor is all in the finish. Nothing jumps out at you til a bit of nuttiness deep in the swallow.

Pretty bland in the mouth. It's neither sweet nor bitter, only a bit of carbonation in the finish.

Average alcohol and no offensive flavors, not a great beer, not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 03:16:59 | More by RickS95
Photo of GossageBrewery


3.01/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured this American Brown Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This ale poured a brown/red color. The pour produced a small tan head, retention was poor and produced only a light amount of lace. The aroma consisted of roasted malts and caramel. Light in body, there was a foundation of roasted malt and nuttiness. Overall, this is very average.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 15:15:34 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber body with a small, short-lived white head.

Smell: Aroma of toasted biscuits, a pinch of cloves, caramel, and only a mild (and I do mean mild) hint of pecans.

Taste: Dry, crumbly, toasted biscuit flavor with a very subdued caramel sweetness. Lightly spicy hoppiness. A dry, toasted nutty bitterness rises in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Watery texture.

Drinkability: Altogether dull and dreary. I've gotten stronger nuttier flavors from non-nut beers. Even as I finish drinking this beer, the thumb points... down!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 23:32:59 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Westsidethreat


3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Really good carbonation sets the stage early. Pours a chestnut amber with some chill haze to it. Head is a solid ½ inch of toasted almond colored bubbles.

S: I expected more pecan in the nose…actually I was really hoping it would smell like pecan pie. In reality, it does have a lot of toasted pecan, bread crumbs, red apple and minor caramel.

T: Begins watery and bland. A lot of basic malts, mineral flavors and simple hops start it off. These flavors sort of mingle together, none of which really making an impact. Pecan slowly drifts in, but its really light and subtle. As the aftertaste sits, the pecan becomes a bit more apparent but still nothing special.

M: Thin mouthfeel with a hard body.

D: Well, that was a let down. I was really hoping this was going to be full and flavorful. Instead, its watery and boring. Shucks.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 02:19:51 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of NJBeerguy

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

When I think about a Pecan Harvest Ale, I think of a maltly nutty rich favor to mix with my turkey dinner. I'm still looking for the malty flavor. This beer starts beautifully, with a pour that bring a nice head to light. The head fades much too quickly to become a shadow of itself. The nose is non-descript. The body is light to go with a beer charterized by a the right look of a fall leaves, in tones of orange/reddish colors. The flavors are only so-so, lacking the warmth I expected, and the mouth feel is that of an over carbonated finish with a "slight' hop aftertaste. Let's go back to the drawing board.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 01:25:20 | More by NJBeerguy
Photo of dippy


3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Brown and brooding which is appropriate for a brown ale. No lace for me.

Smelled sweet, earthy.

Taste was like any traditional brown, a little malty and caramel.

It was smooth on the palate

I could drink a ton of these. I know my scoring may seem a bit low, but that is because no particular aspect of this beer blew me away. I would buy this beer again. It was good.

Drank this one again. Lowered the score. The mouth feel falls short.

And it it not" brown and Brooding" ( how many did I have before I wrote that last review?)

Beer is a nice amber color. Slightly off white head. NO trace of lace again.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 14:31:29 | More by dippy
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 02:04:59 | More by Wasatch
Photo of aepb1


3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Amber, translucent body, light airy white head

S- Malty, bready, nutty

T- Typical brown, bready up front, nutty after taste

M- Medium bodied but a bit watery and on the high side with the carbonation

D- Not horrible but nothing but proximity will lead me back to this again

On a side note, BM me if you have an Abita beer you think'll blow my socks off please!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 17:21:06 | More by aepb1
Photo of scvance

South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber color with a large white head. Color really reminds me of roasted pecans and fall. Aroma is fairly mild, there's a slight nutty and malty sweetness to it, as well as a slight earthy note. Taste was pretty mild as well, earthy with a little roasted character. I think maybe I get a little nutty pecan flavor, maybe I'm just imagining it. Fairly highly carbonated and a medium body. It's a pleasant, easy drinking beer. Mouthfeel is rather oily, it feels like my mouth is being coated in oil with every sip, not very pleasant. Overall I was really disappointed with this beer, it looked so promising from the poor, but it just went downhill from there. Nothing spectacular about this one, and the oily characteristics just don't work for me. I won't be having this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 18:46:08 | More by scvance
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 00:27:17 | More by gford217
Photo of bob3701

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 23:03:57 | More by bob3701
Photo of Mora2000


3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and bread malt. I get a little bit of nuttyness in the aroma but there is nothing that screams pecans. The flavor features some light pecan notes as well as some toffee malt. The beer is fairly dry overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 01:08:47 | More by Mora2000
Photo of GallowsThief


3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A – Poured out a golden brown with decent clarity. One finger of off white head that receded quickly and left spotty lacing.

S – Fairly light smeller with just a bit of bready malt and light nutty aroma.

T – Light caramel malt. Slightly buttery. Definite nuttiness. Trace sweetness at the end with a tame bitter finish.

M – Light bodied. Little bit oily on the palate. No ABV present at all.

O – Not bad but not great either. Middle of the class. Worth a shot for sure. Would have loved a bit nuttier taste to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 23:12:30 | More by GallowsThief
Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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