Bourbon Street Maple Pecan
Abita Brewing Co.

Bourbon Street Maple PecanBourbon Street Maple Pecan
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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #442
Ranked #35,170
3.74 | pDev: 12.83%
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
Bourbon Street Maple PecanBourbon Street Maple Pecan
Notes: Bourbon Street Maple Pecan is a nut brown ale that is aged in Bourbon barrels. Our Maple Pecan is brewed with a combination of pale, munich, biscuit, and caramel malts. Roasted pecans are also added to the brew for a nutty flavor and aroma. We add maple syrup in the brewhouse as well to give the beer a sweet flavor and full body. After fermentation and aging the beer is transferred into the bourbon barrels. It is then aged for another 8 weeks to absorb all of the flavors from the barrels. The result is brown ale that blends the light flavors of nuts, maple syrup, and baking bread from the beer with the warming flavors of wood and vanilla from the bourbon barrels.
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap nabbed at a beer store in New Orleans, LA for $5.99 USD plus tax.

"Ale brewed with pecans & maple syrup and aged in bourbon barrels." 8.5% ABV. "Flavored ale." "Bourbon barrel-aged nut brown ale, brewed with pale, Munich, biscuit and caramel malts." ... "Our brewmaster adds roasted Louisiana pecans and real maple syrup..." "aged for months in small batch bourbon whiskey barrels."

Aroma is all fake nut extract and generic malt sweetness. Has an off-putting buttery character to it. There is nothing recognizably maple or bourbon in this aroma.

Taste follows the aroma. Has a buttery coating mouthfeel with nut oils and subdued pecan working their way in without contributing much depth of flavour. I don't taste maple syrup or bourbon (barrel). No oak, no vanilla/vanillin, no barrel sugars, no toasted coconut...whichever small batch bourbon formerly filled those barrels ain't contributing anything to this brew. The woodsiness you'd expect in a beer that plays with both oak and maple is completely absent. Honestly, I wouldn't know this was barrel aged if I tried it in a blind tasting and I'd put money against any experienced drinker making that observation. A waste of a barrel aging program, but then I guess the "months" it spent in barrels could have been two and the "small batch bourbon" could have been shit.

The pecan is not particularly vivid or evocative. The base beer is very generic...2-row, caramel, that's kind of it.

Drinkable but dull. Not what one hopes for in the sense that it's a bourbon barrel aged maple syrup pecan ale that doesn't really evoke bourbon or maple syrup, and lacks much vivid pecan flavour.

I mean it hides its ABV decently, but it's far from great. I prefer their straightforward bourbon imperial stout, but this is probably still one of the brewery's better beers - though that says more about the brewery than it does this beer.


Feb 11, 2020
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Jimlikesbeer from North Carolina

4.64/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. Very surprised by the lower BA rating. My bomber poured into a tulip had gods head with lacing. The bourbon is there but not at all over powering. I taste the maple, but it is not syrupy. Great finish. I wish I had bought more than one bottle. Sorry but not even sure where I bought it. Probably Total Wine.

Dec 26, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap into a tulip glass. The appearance is a semi clear brown color with an almost non existent head. The aroma is maple. The taste follows the nose.

Dec 14, 2017
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a medium brown color and a hazy texture. There was a small amount of creamy, off white head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: A kind of underwhelming aroma of pecans, malt, bourbon, maple syrup, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a whole lot of malt (very much omnipresent), a tinge of bourbon (not nearly enough), a little bit of vanilla, some pecans, a hint of maple syrup, and a bready quality. This is a great idea for a flavor, but it doesn't come off. None of the ingredients seem to be powerful enough. A little weak.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Kind of a missed opportunity with this beer. Could have been a bit better.

Nov 04, 2017
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the older bottle, it pours a clear brown with a modest head, soon reducing to a ring. Some nuts and a touch of maple in the nose....and mouth. Interesting beer.

Jun 28, 2017
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TerryMills from Tennessee

2.47/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not my thing, ive had lots of different whiskey barrel beers..

This taste like watery bourbon, just buy some good tasting bourbon instead of this beer imo.

Jan 31, 2017
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Dinglehacker from Oklahoma

3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Split between perforated seidel and stein. Minimal head that gives way to very little lace. Nice dark amber color.

Nose of the barrel.

Taste is sweet, neither maple nor pecan come much in to play, but the bourbon barrel is delightful. Not unlike aged scotch ale.

Mouth is a little shallow, leaves you dry.

This type of taste has been done better elsewhere, but it's something to try more than once if you like barrel-aged ales.

Jul 27, 2016
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours - cloudy brown color decent off white head that dissipates quickly, no lacing at all.

Smell - The first thing i smell is the bourbon the maple is pretty subtle but is there I also for some reason get a little coconut after taste. Also a little bit of oak.

Taste - I am getting a little more maple in the taste it is pretty balanced with the bourbon. I am also getting some oak flavor. Also getting a little bit of the pecan not much though.

Feel - The feel is a bit too thin, slightly dry on the finish.

Overall - A decent beer wished for a little more maple and pecan.

May 04, 2016
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fscottkey from New York

3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: [4.00] Big two finger head. The head is off white and is comprised of small to medium bubbles. The beer is a cloudy brown color. The bottle lists the ABV (8.5%).

S: [2.75] I expected a lot of nose on a Bourbon Barrel aged beer. I am getting almost nothing.

T: [3.00] Mild brown bread flavor. Some molasses. No maple, no pecan, no bourbon.

M: [3.25] Medium body and carbonation. No lingering flavors. No hint of alcohol.

O: [3.00] Big disappointment. I am starting to really like Brown ales and I figured a barrel aged version would enhance the flavor. This has no nose no flavor it is just way below average.

Jan 02, 2016
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OmahaKF from Nebraska

3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Smell is prominent maple syrup, a hint of pecans, and bourbon barrel.

Taste is pecan and bourbon malt up front, with a maple finish that is very sweet. Bourbon flavor is more prominent as the beer warms. Mixture of flavors does not go as well together as I thought it was going to.

Dec 12, 2015
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky caramel with a two-finger off-white head. The head leaves some lite spotty lacing.

S - Aromas are bourbon, vanilla, and maple.

T - The flavor starts with the pecan and bourbon upfront. Midpalate there is some earthy hops, vanilla, and maple. The finish has a decent amount of maple.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth with a dry sticky finish.

O - Definetly enjoyed this one. It is a tad on the sweet side, but the flavors work well together.

Dec 05, 2015
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy, light brown with 1/4 inch head. Taste is as advertised--pecans up front, light maple sweetness toasted malt, leather, and a decent bourbon finish. Above average, but I prefer the stout and the Baltic porter.

Dec 05, 2015
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denver10 from New Mexico

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel brown with an amber hue and a khaki head that sits for a few seconds before disintegrating. Aroma is sweet and bourbony with the bourbon softly inserting its influence, the barrel giving off nice vanilla and woody aromas, toasted pecans doused in maple syrup. Flavor follows suit. Not a full mouthfeel, not thin either. Works for me. Overall, I was hesitant about this one going in with my track record with Abita but really enjoyed this. Glad I went for it.

Dec 03, 2015
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Monkeefartz from Maryland

2.48/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I would agree with others that this is like sipping on coconut milk. The look and smell is as expected, the taste is thin, and aftertaste sis heavy with coconut, and not in a good way. Thin, lacking in all the favors expected from a bourbon barel maple pecan brown. The aftertaste is just too overwhelming. I couldn't even finish the 22oz bottle.

Nov 29, 2015
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Shippy from Colorado

3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle. Velvety brown color with a tan/white head. Aromas are sweet and revolve around bourbon and maple. As it warms the bourbon smell becomes more prevalent. Taste is sweet and smooth, with maple, brown sugar, and bourbon flavors and some whipped cream taste as well. Mouth feel is surprisingly light with mild carbonation. Overall a solid dessert beer and pairs perfectly with pumpkin pie.

Nov 27, 2015
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: nutty brown color, thin tan head
S: bourbon sweetness,
T: the booze is not overpowering, some nuttiness, a little maple on the finish
F: way too thin bodied to hold up to the flavors
O: typical Abita beer, usually disappoints me

Nov 03, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Poured out a clear, brown color with golden highlights and a small, white head of foam. It smelled of caramel, pecans and hints of maple. It tasted sweet with maple, toffee and caramel. A nutty finish.

Oct 29, 2015
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange/caramel with much effervescence & 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Nice lacing & average head retention

S: Maple & Bourbon

T: Follows the nose, some toffee, dryness & leafy hops as well, some booze up front as well. Maple candy, leafy hop, a little pecan nuttiness, dryness & brown sugar once warm. Finishes dry, pecany with some nice maple notes & just a little booze heat

MF: Medium body with fairly lively carbonation

Not getting a ton of barrel here, which is a pity, this a good beer on the verge of being special. Would buy this again if in the right mood, seen many brewers I think way more of, execute a less artful barrel aged beer, so kudos to Abita!

Oct 13, 2015
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Roguer from Connecticut

3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very clear brown with reddish highlights. Head is good-sized, light cream colored, with good retention and very nice lacing.

Aroma keeps quite a bit in reserve...except for bourbon. That part shines through, while maple, wood, and caramel and brown sugar are definitely in the background. Definitely smells on the sweet side, but not overwhelmingly so.

A touch sweet up front, with a bit of pecan, caramel, brown sugar, and even touches of earthy, piney, and citrusy hops. Incredible, huge bourbon finish, carrying tons of coconut; it's like sipping on coconut milk (really!). That's ... not really a good thing. It's overwhelming. Zero presence from the maple, and no real depth or complexity.

Very light mouthfeel from the get-go; too light for my tastes. It really allows the bourbon to dominate far too much.

I've had other "lighter" brews (read: non-stouts) that are BBA; as an example, Stone's Arrogant Bastard. I think it's harder to really balance out these lighter brews when you age them in barrels, and this brew exemplifies that challenge. It's unbalanced, watery, and ultimately quite unsatisfying. Extremely disappointing.

Oct 11, 2015
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Nearly clear deep amber mahogany color. One finger of frothy/fizzy beige head. Retention is poor and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: This smells delicious. It has all kinds of things I love. Pecans with added nuttiness from the base beer. Maple syrup is quite potent. Bourbon is on the fruitier side - melon, apple, honeydew, but also has earthy leather, raisin, vanilla, and oak. Toasty malts underneath.

3.0 T: The taste just doesn't live up to the nose. The aromas so powerful in the nose just muddle together. I suppose the bourbon is the strongest component of the taste. Leather, apple, and raisin. The pecans are subtle, as is the maple syrup. Toasty malts underneath. It's not bad, but it's disappointing given what I was expecting. Somewhat dry, could use a stronger, sweeter malt base.

3.0 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. This needs a lot more body.

3.0 D: The concept is balling. The execution isn't.

Oct 04, 2015
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32 oz growler from The Beer Growler into a tulip glass.

A - Murky, dense brown, with a one finger head that moves to a sliver of lace.

S - Bourbon, maple sugar, nuts and faint grains.

T - Mirrors the nose well, the bourbon and maple is front and center. At times, I get an almost root beerish spice.

M - Carbonation is medium to medium low at glass end. Heft seems a touch watery at times, and things get a little sticky when it gets warm.

O - A sweet, boubony ale that seems well suited for the first chilly fall days (or a rain deluge). Only thing that seems to be missing is a little more balance from the traditional brown ale notes.

Oct 03, 2015
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JamesBondGA from Georgia

4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice reddish brown color with over an inch head than leaves lacing. The smell of Maple does hit your nose along with Bourbon, not really getting any pecan. Upon tasting the beer then the nut flavor from the pecans hits you finishing with the maple on the back end. Another good one from the Abita Bourbon Street line.

Oct 01, 2015
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bobhits from Kentucky

2.18/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a ruby red color with a lot of haze, I cannot see anything through the glass outside of shadows. A marginal head with some lacing.

The nose is a lot of maple, nutty characteristics, light sugars there might be vanilla and bourbon there, but I can't really pick it up.

Up front there is a lot of flavor from the maple and pecan as well as some light (very light) bourbon notes. Sadly those added flavors fade and you're left with a beer just way out of it's league trying to keep this all together.

The mouth feel here is off as well. At 8.5% this is a huge brown ale and frankly the beer doesn't do well with it. The carbonation feels off, the mouth feel isn't creamy enough, and the end results are rather weak.

I really like Abita's first barrel aged beer and brown ales can be aged in barrels, look at what Dogfish did with theirs. The base beer here is just blown away by the added flavors and as a result you get a really poorly made beer. Sorry guys but while this has some nice flavors that I enjoy the end result is really kinda bad. I would expect more from a professionally made beer. I'd be impressed if a friend made this in his garage as a home brew, but I'm not grading to homebrew standards.

Sep 28, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bomber at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma weak, vanillin
Head small (1.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, fizzy, quickly diminishing to one to two mm partial ring
Lacing – none
Body amber, muddy, light effervescence
Flavor of bourbon (muted), some maple, well blended. Sorry, no pecan, but then I really wouldn’t expect any to come through over the bourbon. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium/full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4

Sep 24, 2015
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eskildow from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an incredibly attractive amber brown with white to off-white lacing. It smells akin to a sweet, heavy porter. The taste is almost like unrefined maple syrup, and repeated drinks will bring out a nutty aftertaste that is not readily apparent in the initial drink. It reminds me of when I worked in a maple syrup refinery, to be honest. Green maple, but clean. Medium body.

Sep 22, 2015
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