Pecan Ale
Abita Brewing Co.

Pecan AlePecan Ale
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Style:
American Brown Ale
Ranked #712
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
77
Ranked #47,179
Avg:
3.38 | pDev: 14.79%
Reviews:
417
Ratings:
1,123
From:
Abita Brewing Co.
 
Louisiana, United States
Avail:
Fall
Wants
  25
Gots
  153
SCORE
77
Okay
Pecan AlePecan Ale
Notes: Formerly Pecan Harvest Ale

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
Reviews: 417 | Ratings: 1,123 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of VoxRationis
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a Weizen glass; best by 1/8/20, so I guess I'm just under the wire..
A: Pours a medium copper color, with robust, frothy head formation, a 2 to 3 finger, orange chiffon head, more than a cap of retention, and copious, foamy, lacing rings.
S: Aromas of walnut, light caramel, and dry grasses.
T: Semidry. Strongly nutty and peppery. Caramel and toffee in the mix. Moderately strong bitterness. Subtle pecan aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied with solid and persistent carbonation. Chewy.
O: A (clearly) very nutty version of the style. Drinkable and interesting, but I wouldn't necessarily seek it out.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours copper amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a thin layer and leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Nutty, toasty bready malt, light earthy herbal notes, and a touch of toffee sweetness.

T: Toasty bready malt, mildly nutty, though the actual pecan flavor is very subtle, some earthy herbal notes, and just a touch of toffee sweetness.

M: A little on the lighter side of medium body, moderately lively carbonation.

O: Seems like this one falls somewhere between a brown and an amber. I was definitely hoping for something a bit richer and sweeter, like pecan pie, so this is a bit of a let down.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

(12 oz bottle, best by 01/08/20; purchased single off shelf... poured into imperial-size pub pint)

L: clear, tawny-colored liquid, with an even distribution of tiny speckled sediment; beautiful glossy, gummy pad of aged-white foam; recedes to thin cap, creamy collar, but minimal lacing

S: maybe the nuttiness of pecan, but not glaringly its essence, maybe altogether more a pecan sandie note to a lightly-caramelly, subtly coffee-ish, amber ale... woody, nutty, lightly toffee; overall fair intensity

T: hint of pecan upon first sip, with a mildly tannic, spicy bitterness through a surprisingly dry, toasty, caramel-kissed, densely cookie and/or cereal malt... upon abrupt second thought, the aftertaste tastes perhaps similar to that Trader Joe's maple pecan cereal, but neither all that sweet nor as dynamic

F: surprisingly dry, almost lager/bock like, with a soft bite on the end, accented by the mellow, herbal bitter sting... its body marginally falls in line with that of an American brown, but it could use more girth and/or residual viscosity; a bit too jaggedly clipped

O: brown ale? - looks pretty dang amber to me... anticipated 'pecan pie' out of this; not yet quite sure if I'm enjoying the fact that it's far from dessert-like... arguably too bright, simple, too carbonated - lemme try an unfiltered pour, please - PM for my address (1574)

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Photo of annp1022
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange amber color , half-inch head that dissipated soon enough. Syrupy malt scent, light body. Whatever pecan was there I couldn't really tell. It was lightly spiced. Finished dry.

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Photo of Lucular
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle as part of a mix-six. Very strong nutty aroma. Taste is not nearly as strong, much more balanced - roasted pecans, caramel, and a nice brown ale base. A little on the sweet side but not in a bad way. I was afraid this would be terrible but ended up liking it pretty well.

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Photo of BB1313
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 1/8/20. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours amber/copper with solid clarity; fluffy off-white head that fades leaving nice retention and solid lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Some caramel and toast. The flavors follow the nose. More caramel along with some toffee. More toast. The pecans do their thing. Mild and subtle hints of vanilla. Moderate bitterness. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid brown ale. It's basically a traditional and classic example of the style. It's not flashy, but it's not supposed to be. This one is fitting for the fall weather. Not bad.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks like sweet tea. Head is white. Nose is kind of strange. More maple nose than any other flavor I can pick. Taste is maple as well, with a bitterness.

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Photo of Connorlaw
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just had a draft pint. Color is lighter than expected and the pecan taste is very subtle. Malt prevails over hops but the slightly sweet flavor profile works well. Interesting and tasty.

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Photo of Ronl12
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into chalice. No date.
Look is semi cloudy brown. Smell is nutty and malty. Taste follows nose and is clean. Feel is light. Overall, a nice diversion but wouldn't drink a bunch.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Orange amber color with a medium light body and about average carbonation .
Aroma is roasted nut, yeast, some malt, not an overpowering aroma .
Taste is similar to aroma, not sweet and has a sour bitterness that lingers. There is some nut taste but not too much.
The bitterness I think comes from the pecans.

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Photo of jkblr
3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle bb 1/23/19 poured into a tulip glass at fridge temp 5.2% ABV. The beer pours bright, very light brown in color with sticky light khaki head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves a nice lacing. The aroma is toasted malt and light chocolate. The taste is nutty, although I can't pinpoint pecans, along with some toasty bread and chocolate notes. There is no perceived bitterness and the finish is dry and nuetral. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied and on the high side for carbonation. Overall, good. Nothing earth shattering but nice. A little more body and less forced carbonation would make this top tier.

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Photo of lastmango
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured an orange amber copper with off-white 2 finger head that dissipated quickly. No lacing. Aroma is just faint toasted pecans, not much else. I am tasting a slight caramel with buttery sweetness with a tad of hop bitterness. Moderate body and carbonation. A bit wet on the end. Overall, uninspiring. I was hoping for more flavor, especially the pecan.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber in color, with an off white, nearly tan head that has decent retention and side glass lace.
Aroma: More musky, cold metal, nut aroma is slight.
Taste: Yeah, get a honey roasted nut flavor. Lots of malts, no noticible hops.
Mouthfeel is thin.
Nothing here that would bring me back but it was OK.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.19/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pecan Ale | Abita Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the head is three fingers thick, with webbed lacing, and a clear medium brown body.

I smell pecans...not much else to say.

Tastes like some roasted malts being nicely accented with the oils mentioned on the label.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll rate Pecan Ale | Abita Brewing Co. at a 4.25

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Photo of ZAP
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L-Burnt orange color...clean appearance..

S-Toasted malts....nuts.....some sugary candy notes...hints of coffee.

T-Very nutty with the pecans noticeable and flavorful. That combines with toasty malt notes to create a real tasty malt forward beer. Supposed to be a brown ale but more of an a malty amber ale flavor and look.

F-Lighter side of medium bodied..A little sweet on the finish.

O-I'm a sucker for nut influenced beers and this is a good one. They get a real nice pecan impression from the nuts and the toasty malts complement perfectly. Enjoyable.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass shows a clear dark orangish brown body floating a short cap of whitish head and leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma is sweet malt and a slight nuttiness.
The flavor is the question. I actually detected a roasted meat gravy flavor, rather than roasty malt. I won't stop drinking, but I detect no pecan flavor.
Mouthfeel is a clean medium, leaning lighter. Very drinkable, but not the flavor I expected.
Overall it's a solid okay.

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Photo of mcfeem00
3.94/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I cook with beer quite often. I made spaghetti sauce with this beer. It gave it an distinct flavor and was very good.
The beer itself is very smooth with a mellow pecan flavor. If you like pecans, you should rnjoy this beer.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.57/5  rDev -24%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep bronze. Lacing if film.
Smell is caramel. Sweet. Not much
Caramel, toffee. Some coffee. Toast. Kind of feel there may be some diacetyl. Heavily sweet. Buttery sweet.
Feel like light. Almost medium. Bold sweetness up front. Very dry end.

I feel like this had potential on paper but falls a bit short.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.33/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pecan Harvest Ale brewed by Abita Brewing Co., with an ABV of 5.20% This American Brown Ale pours out a nice light brown color with a small off white head. Really liking the copper color of this brew. This brew has the look of most brown ales on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. There is some decent lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell of Pecan Harvest Ale is sweet, with roasted malts, grains and nuts. Hops are really mild in the smell of this brown ale. The pecan is a nice touch to this brew. Between the look and smell this is one inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is rich and smooth with flavors. You first pick up on mild roasted gains and malts. Then a mild sweetness and pecan flavors. There is a lot going on inPecan Harvest Ale . Pecan Harvest Ale , has a real nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The body is a solid medium. This brew would go nice with a dinner. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Clean , Pecan, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Pecan Harvest Ale a 4.50 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the chance to. Abita Brewing Co., Did a nice job with this brew.

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Photo of puck1225
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Golden amber color, nice head and lacing. Slightly sweet smell. Decent maltiness with a hint of pecan. A bit thin. Ok beer.

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Photo of VABA
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a good head and lacing.

It has a malty and caramel smell.

The taste is malty with a hint of pecan.

A smooth, light and well carbonated beer.

A decent summer beer.

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Photo of LaurenLM
5/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has strong malt flavors, which blends great with the pecans. The matiness and pecans almost gives a coffee cake like flavor. I wish this beer was available year round.

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Photo of singletary
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours amber color with a nice head on it. It has a malty and caramel smell to it, the taste is heavy on malts with a hint of the pecan coming in at the end. A easy beer to drink with a nice taste a very good effort by Abita.

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Photo of Squire
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, clear red amber color with modest white cap.

Aroma of rich sweet malt with a hint of nuttiness in the background. No hops apparent.

Taste is of a smooth, rich, toffeeish amber brew with a definite but unobtrusive nuttiness complementing the malt. Very rounded and easy drinking that's rich without being heavy.

Medium body with balancing carbonation.

Not complex but pretty good for what it is which is what I can say about the Abita lineup generally.

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Photo of Groenebeor
4.29/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a dark nut brown, slightly clear, small head that fades fast. Never seen a lasting head on this beer in the past few years of enjoying it.

S: Not much to smell, faint memories of breadiness and nuttiness.

T: This is one of my favorite seasonal beers. Lovely notes of pecan, toasted malt, wheat bread, and low alcohol warmth.

F: Medium carbonation, very drinkable.

Overall an excellent fall beer!

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Pecan Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 1123 ratings