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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1/5  rDev -70.1%

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1/5  rDev -70.1%

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1/5  rDev -70.1%

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1/5  rDev -70.1%

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1/5  rDev -70.1%

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1.03/5  rDev -69.3%
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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1.23/5  rDev -63.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Tasted nothing like pecans. Had to drain pour.

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1.28/5  rDev -61.8%
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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1.5/5  rDev -55.2%

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1.75/5  rDev -47.8%

Lacking flavor and body.......

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1.75/5  rDev -47.8%

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1.76/5  rDev -47.5%
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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1.84/5  rDev -45.1%
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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1.9/5  rDev -43.3%
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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1.92/5  rDev -42.7%
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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2/5  rDev -40.3%

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2/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

a brown ale the doesnt taste like a brown ale or look like a brown ale i wanted this to be wonderful but its just plain nothing to write home about

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

Very light weight for a harvest ale.

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

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2.06/5  rDev -38.5%
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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2.08/5  rDev -37.9%
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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Pecan Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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