Pecan Ale | Abita Brewing Co.

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Pecan AlePecan Ale

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by acrawf6 on 02-05-2007

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Photo of sigtau200ws
5/5  rDev +49.3%

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5/5  rDev +49.3%

Photo of LaurenLM
5/5  rDev +49.3%
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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5/5  rDev +49.3%

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5/5  rDev +49.3%

Photo of stannard2
5/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far the best fall seasonal beer that I've ever had. It's a cross between a Nut brown ale and an Oktober fest. When I first saw it in the store I wasn't sure that it would be good brewed with Pecans but this is a very tasty brew. I just hope that start to make it year round.

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5/5  rDev +49.3%

Photo of WishYouWereBeer
4.64/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Upon pouring, this beer has a beautiful brown color and is topped with a good off-white colored head that turns to a light lacing throughout drinking it. On the nose you get a nice clean nutty pecan aroma that also come through in the taste. As well as the nuttiness of the pecan you get yeasts and crisp acid that would stand up well to some down home Creole or Cajun cookin'; and would probably lend its self very well to anything made with a black-as-night Creole roux and a dash of spice- like a flavorful Gumbo or Etouffee. This brew is perfectly balanced; enough sweet, enough bitter, with just the right about of nuttiness and great carbonation, boasting a medium body. I could see myself drinking a whole few six packs of these when they come out next year!

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Photo of BeerNinja85
4.63/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

With notes of caramel and pecans this beer does not disappoint. As I drink it I imagine the pecans being added in the brewing process as I taste them. This is a great beer that will have your mouth wanting another. Abita has hit the nail on the head with this beer and I wish they sold it here in Wilson, NC.

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Photo of muffiewolf
4.59/5  rDev +37%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- Dark brown with some decent lacing with a decent head that dissipates very fast.

Aroma- Smells great with light hop and obvious hints of pecan and caramel malts.

Taste- Very pleasant taste with pecan and a stronger caramel malt flavors.

Feel- leaves a light presence of mellowness and drinkability that creates a desire to have another.

This is very well executed and unique brew. Definitely a 5 for creativity.

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4.54/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try this unique brew... $8.49 a sixpack at Bottle King in Hillsdale.

Served in a pint glass at fridge temperature.

Appearance- Pours a chill hazed golden amber with solid structure... the head subsides from a two-finger cap slowly to a thin mat. Lacing is not a big feature here.

Smell- Like a standard American Brown Ale, there is a prominant nutty, coffee-like aroma that entices the nose. I would have guessed hazelnuts, who would ever choose to brew with pecans? The malty nose is Autumn in my glass... superb balance olfactorally.

Taste- This beer is great on so many levels... the gentle nutty flavors and smooth, clean malts are so understated but in perfect balance. The late arrival of hop dryness right at the end is especially wonderful, capping and resetting the palate for the next go-around. A huge success for Abita.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Crisp and alive, becoming smoother and foamy as my glass reluctantly empties. This is an unbelievably rewarding tasting, as I have just discovered possibly the greatest session beer currently available in the U.S. today. This drinks so effortlessly, and it's got everything a great social beer should... probably a low ABV, a soft, round flavor profile, and exquisite balance with a dry finish. I *love* this beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

Photo of acevenom
4.47/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours amber with an off-white head. The beer appears to be well-carbonated. The head retains very well. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. The pecan aroma comes through in the smell, adding a complementary subtle nuttiness to the sweet and bready malts. There's an earthy aroma present as well, which is a product of the Willamette hops. The flavor is of nutty pecan with the roasted malts up front. There's some mild sweetness in there from the caramel malt and some back end hop bitterness. The hops bring some of those earthy flavors I picked up in the nose. The body is light to medium with strong carbonation. The beer is smooth with high drinkability. This is an excellent beer.

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4.36/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Abita Pecan Harvest Ale has a medium, creamy, cream-colored head, prominent lacing, and a clear, bubbly, amber appearance. The aroma is of sweet, roasted malts, wood, and some mustiness. Taste is of the same, with a slight hop bitterness at the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is medium and semi-soft, and Abita Pecan Harvest Ale finished mostly dry, refreshing, and very drinkable. This is excellent.


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Photo of nicholas2121
4.33/5  rDev +29.3%
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 schwansmantr
4.33/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- Dark copper/brown with some decent lacing and a small maybe one finger of head that dissipates very fast.

Smell- Smells very good with light hop and a stronger hint of pecan and caramel malts.

Taste- Very nice taste to it very slight pecan and a stronger caramel malt flavor.

Feel- very pleasant and light for the amount of flavor that leaves the pallet moist'

overall- This is a good beer and would be great with a steak or lamb. The light feel would make it good on a hot day but it does have quiet a bit of flavor. This is the second Abita beer I have tried I hated the first one but this is a very good beer a solid A-

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Photo of drperm
4.32/5  rDev +29%
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!

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Photo of aeminter
4.32/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Light brown or deep honey color, very clear with a nice off white frothy head, and nice sticky lacing.

S- chocolate, caramel, malty, hazelnut, and a little earthy

T- medium upfront bitterness, dry malty finish, and somewhat of a tea-like quality

M- medium body and very smooth

D-Extremely drinkable, goes down easy

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.31/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fantastic ruby red color and covered in with a great head.
S: Slight malt hop aroma dominated by a great roasted pecan scent.
T: This is a fantastic beer for its originality and bringing an different nut to the brown ale. Good malt flavor coupled with a slight hp flavor. It has undertones of that wonderful roasted pecan flavor that I havent seen before. Very sweet and balanced beer.
D/M: Crisp light and flavorful with a good carbonation.

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Photo of Groenebeor
4.29/5  rDev +28.1%
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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