Pecan Harvest Ale | Abita Brewing Co.

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Pecan Harvest AlePecan Harvest Ale

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

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

Added by acrawf6 on 02-05-2007

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Reviews: 394 | Ratings: 1,049
Photo of mymrnngjckt
1.03/5  rDev -69.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured a cloudy brownish-yellow color. The appearance was similar to that of peanutbutter mixed with marshmellow Fluff. The smell was bad. No Pecan smell or fruit smell at all. It had a faint smell of band aids. The taste was even worse. It tasted like a watered down Samuel Adams. I am still uncertain where they hid the Pecans at in this one. It had an earthy/leathery taste.

The mouthfeel was terrible. The only predominat feel was water. The beer was minimally carbonated.

Stay away from this one.

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Photo of LimoBarbie
1.28/5  rDev -62%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I really didn't like this beer which is unusual for me though. I like the Abita beers but this one was too bitter and had nothing in the way of interesting flavors to redeem itself. I wouldn't buy it again and I wouldn't drink it if it were free! Not one of their better efforts. Purple Haze and Strawberry Harvest are both must better beer.

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Photo of hardy008
1.76/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours orange with a small off white head with fair retention and spotty lacing. Has a light aroma of brown sugar and caramel, but not pecans. Disappointing aroma.

taste is also somewhat watery with some brown sugar, caramel, and a bit of toasted malt. I can't say that I taste any pecans though. Has a somewhat watered down sweet flavor.

Light bodied with below average carbonation. Simply not a good beer. I will avoid this in the future.

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Photo of aforbes10
1.84/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Single bottle bought at City Wide in South Bend. Pecan Label description has too mnay nut-related puns on it for my taste. Pours red and brown with yellow hints. Thin white head with weak lacing. Looks kind of oily. Smalls nutty, somewhat. Also has a kind of gross old garbage odor and malt-liquory alcohol notes. Not much flavor in the attack. Some bitterness and caramel. Pecan rises briefly along with a reasonable maltiness in the middle but that fades to a memory and all I'm left with is an ethanol tang like i just took a big old swig of Colt 45. Mouthfeel is thin and oily. It occurs to me as i drink this that Abita needs to take advantage of their brewpub when they get the urge to brew a beer with Pecans or some other crazy thing. Brewpub patrons love to get something odd and off the wall, even if it doesn't taste very good. But apparantly they decided they would bottle some of the brewpub beers. Bad move. This beer is a muddled loser of a drink.

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Photo of alleykatking
1.9/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a coppery amber color. Half finger off white head forms from hard pour and shows poor retention. No lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Bready caramel malts with no real other aromas that creep up or anything. There is some muted nutty aroma but it is so far in the background it really doesn't matter.

T- Caramel malts in the front end are very bready. This pretty much lends itself over the entire beer and no other flavors dominate it at any given point in time. Light nutty flavor once again is muted but only shows up in the final part of the beer for a split second.

M- Light-medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was high but I expect that from Abita beers. Caramel malts dominate everything from the palate to the aftertaste. Flavors were unbalanced to what the style was. No off flavors though were present which was nice. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer was drinkable but not enjoyable. A good malt bomb I suppose but only if you like the sweet caramel malts just rushing at you. I would like to see more pecans or nutty flavor to this beer and I think it would work out nice. A overall drain pour if I hadn't have split it with a friend.

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Photo of jt31914
1.92/5  rDev -43%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle

A: 1 finger head, amber color.

S: Smells of pecan and some caramel. Decent smell with slight spice as well.

T: Bitter - heavy unnatural pecan palate. This gbeer had potential but didn't deliver.

M/D: Decent mouthfeel, not bad or good.

Simple, pleasant but not extraordinary beer.

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Photo of jsh420
2.06/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

best by 01/26/12

pours bright clear copper - 2 finger off white head that faded fast and left no lacing

smells of all malt

tasted much like the nose all malt nutty malt - little metal

mouthfeel was very thin and watery with low carbonation

overall - not impressed - no roast no chocolate - not an american brown

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Photo of nas5755
2.08/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A- An aggressive pour revealed a small head with lacing on the bottle and a little retention

S- some malts, nothing really worth noting

T- Ale like, some malt biscut, a very light amount of nuts

M - high carbonation level, kinda thin

D- one and done. Very light for a brown ale and little to no nut flavor

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Photo of Chaney
2.08/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I got this on the sale rack at the Vienna Whole Foods for $0.99.

I pour this into a Magic Hat pint glass:

A: Crisp, golden/amber color, with about half a fingers worth of head and moderate carbonation.

S: I carmamel scent is very reminiscent of a Payday candy bar and brown sugar also plays one of the supporting roles.

T: Watery, thin, but with a faint but distinct nutty taste. The brown sugar is in the aftertaste and doesn't taste fresh and almost nauseating.

M: A mild acetone sort of burn takes center stage, and a Macro muck-like taste (ala. Miller Lite, Budweiser, etc.) is evident.

D: The yummy sounding title of this brew may be tantalizing, but the realization of that idea presented here is not good.

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Photo of bulldog91
2.09/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark gold with an orange tint
Smell is not pleasant. No sweet, no pecan and not a pleasant smell here.
Taste is watery. An ale. No sweet, no pecans, just an ale. Not a bad ale, but an ale. With no pecans.
Nothing remarkable about its mouthfeel.
Overall, a disappointment. It intrigued me enough to buy it, with hopes of a nutty and/or sweet ping to it. Neither was there. A good beer for summer, maybe, easy drinking, but not much to it.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.13/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle. Poured into a tulip it forms a meaty head but fizzles rather quickly to an outer ring. Orange body with medium carbonation.

After reading the back label and stating it was brewed with real louisiana pecans it sounded very interesting. If you advertise nuts then for gods sake it should be at least detectable. I got very little to no nutty flavor at first and when it warmed it was in the backdrop and some residuals left on the palate at the finish. This is a ho-hum offering built on a great premise but falls short. Mouthfeel is kind of fizzy as well.

Notes: A decent to below average brew.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.15/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Generally appealing label art. Branded orange pry-off pressure cap.

5.2% ABV. Reviewed live as a brown ale given the label calls it a pecan ale and I assume any nut ale is a brown ale unless explicitly informed otherwise. Served cold into a pilsner glass and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Expectations are average; I'm suspicious of the terminology "flavored ale" listed on the label, which makes me think this might taste like artificial pecan extract.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Average thickness, creaminess, fullness, consistency, and complexion. Above average (~3 minute) retention. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Clear deep dark copper of above average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. In short, it looks nothing like a brown ale. It's closer to an amber or even an IPA to be honest. Far from unique or special, but generally appealing, sure.

AROMA: Heavy caramelization. Artificial pecan/pecan extract/pecan flavoring. A hint of orange is present, but it medicinal and off-putting; Delsym cough syrup comes to mind. Toastiness, with a faint burnt character. Definitely seems too sweet, though the artificial pecan notes disguise the malts.

No yeast character or overt alcohol is detectable.

Overall, I find it off-putting and oddly artificial. Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Buttery diacetyl announces itself, which is quite unwelcome - especially alongside the extract-redolent artificial pecan character. No legitimate nut notes are present whatsoever. Has way too much sweetness, as well as overly prominent caramelization. The Delsym cough syrup/artificial orange fruit character I found on the aroma manifests in the taste, and is even worse than I feared. There's a strange absence of brown malts and authentic nuttiness, making this a terrible brown ale - if that's what it's intended to be. In actuality, it drinks closer to an amber - albeit a rather poor one.

Shallow, simple, and uninspired. It fails at the fundamentals; the pecan character is poorly executed and it's largely an unevocative build (regardless of which style you approach it as). I can't say I like it.

TEXTURE: Overcarbonated, unrefreshing, sticky, syrupy, overly thick, overly full-bodied, and overly heavy on the palate, with a poor overall presence. This texture fails to elevate the beer or to accentuate any of the flavour profile's constituent notes. Not a good companion to the taste by any means. In its defense, though, it's not coarse or dry, but instead opts aptly for smoothness and wetness. It's also not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, scratchy or rough. But boy does it need work.

OVERALL: A poor stab at a pecan ale with few redeeming characteristics, this subpar offering from Abita is best left on the shelf. Not undrinkable, but the medicinal off character combined with its inherent artificiality really brings it down for me. I wouldn't drink another if it was offered to me for free. Ugh.


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Photo of speter
2.3/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a extremely pale brown with an aggressive head that quickly fades to a thin layer leaving little lacing.

S: This one seems to be aromatically challenged. There is a small hint of something nut-like with perhaps a bit of toffee, but overall this doesn't smell like anything at all.

T: I was hoping this might be like Southern Pecan from Lazy Magnolia, but alas this is a very watery, uninspired ale. About the only place that any pecan shows through is in the oily finish, but even the base brown ale lacks any character. As you'd expect, there's not much in the way of hops, but regrettably, there's little in the way of malt either.

M: Very watery, low carbonation.

O: Back to the drawing board with this one. Good pecan beers can be done, but this isn't a good example at all.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.37/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Reviewed live.

A- Finger width off-white head. Weak retention and some watery lacing. Surprisingly orange color for a brown ale. Clouded orange-brown with heavy carbonation.

S- Mid-roast malts and toasted pecans. Sweet smell like a pecan pie. Also some strange baby food smells.

T- Sweet and very simple, the pecans don't really come through. Very watery flavor.

M- Quite light, not very well developed.

O- I was exited to try a pecan beer, but this was not well executed.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.43/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This poured out as a very light brown color, it had a thin white head on it that didn't last very long. There wasn't much lacing at all. The smell of the beer had a faint nutty aroma with some caramel malts backing it up. The taste of the beer is rather bland, I can't seem to get much of the nut flavors from this. The mouthfeel is probably the only decent thing about this beer. Overall not impressed really, I expected more for some reason.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
2.43/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: poured into a straight pint. pours an amber color, no haze at all. Pure white head that drops rather quick. very little lacing.

S: smells like an Abita...with mild aroma of pecans. not much else.

T: traces of pecans linger around for a few seconds after the first sip. Mild body would be an overstatement. Very little hop presence. I kind of was expecting pecan pie, and it would need a ton more malt for that.

M: a little watery for me, but somewhat flavorful. Not complex at all, but it was kind of refreshing.

D: I wasn't impressed, but it is worth a shot to see what the Abita brewery can do.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.44/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a bottle of this at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, Pa.
Poured cool into my Bass Trademark glass.
A - A lightly hazed amber that is mostly clear w/ streams of minute bubbles trailing upward. Approx 1/2 inch of light foam that creates smatterings of lace.

S - A strange, dry powdery nutty smell w/ a bit of funky oily spoiled vegetable odor w/ light grainy notes.

M - A very carbonated slick, nutty grainy husky feel w/ a dry earthiness.

T - A strange funky nut taste that rides the effervescent dry and lightly grainy flavors beside a very odd funk in flavor that even though it is mild is distracting like an overcooked syrup that lost its sweetness. A slight pecan taste is faintly hinted at but the fizziness and vegetal Dms is just distracting and oddly flavored.

D - Not something that is extremely drinkable for me. It is more of a novelty and an experiment gone wrong. Not sweet like a pecan pie, just kind of off in flavor and feel. The smell and taste remind me of musty foot odor if I had to pick something to compare it to -wet basement.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.45/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: cloudy dark orange; good carbonation, but very little head
S: not much aroma
T: bitter ale with a pale flavor; watery; pecans not noticeable; light hops
M: thin

Really, not a very good beer. Too bad because their Purple Haze rocks.

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Photo of vtblackdog
2.48/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

Amber colored with a head that resides within a minute.

I get a caramelly aroma which I may be mistaking the pecan aroma.

Taste is a malty weak brew. I don't get the pecan anywhere.

Mouthfeel is almost waterlike nothing like a beer should be.

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Photo of Shrews629
2.49/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

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Photo of Moxley
2.51/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

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Photo of Kranders
2.53/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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Photo of brdc
2.53/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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Photo of japcmiller
2.56/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance-Has a very nice orange color that reminds me of most fall seasonals. Good clarity, minimum head retention, very thin lacing and overly carbonated.

Smell: At first I get a buttery pecan pie smell. It really reminds me of a pecan pie crust. I can detect no hop characteristics in the nose and a very small hint of caramel in the nose which I am going to credit to the malt.

Taste: At first I get very harsh and over powering bitterness that seems out of balance with the buttery pecan nose. The bitterness really lingers and while there is a hint of sweetness in the middle the beer always finishes bitter and off.

Mouthfeel: This beer is almost watery yet with a hint to tannins that leave my mouth dry and scratchy.

Drinkability: Of all of the falls beers, I was very disappointed with this one. The beer had a watery texture in my mouth and the flavors were not in balance with the nose. It instead left a dry bitterness and with the almost no hop characters present in the nose, I was a little lost at this finding. While it did have a light mouthfeel and I am used to drinking hoppy dry beers, this beer would have had an easy drinkabilty yet with its unbalanced flavors I had very little desire to do so.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.58/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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