Pecan Harvest Ale | Abita Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
abita.com

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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394
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
15.13%
 
 
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3/5  rDev -11%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, toasted nuts, and some slight caramel aromas. Taste is much the same but there are more burnt flavors than toasted flavors. There is a mild burnt bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with a promising nose but a somewhat disappointing flavor.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i dont care what anyone says, i like this beer. not too many brewers use straight up nuts that i am aware of, and this beer features the pecan pretty well. the pours is that of an english brown ale, caramel brown, not too dark, with a foamy off white head an inch or so tall. the nose is real woody, not like oak, but like a two by four. really. some sweeter malts with a good toast on them as well as a touch of sweetness also add to the aroma. flavor matches well with the smell, its really dense and woody tasting, with the nuts obviously contributing more meat than sweet here. a little sugary in the finish, but hardly offensive. the mouthfeel works, bigger body but it remains pretty easy drinking with its vibrant carbonation and smooth finish. i put a 6er of these down pretty quick, and recommend this beer to anyone who is up for something a little different.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and poured with a thin off white head that gradually faded away and left a thin ring of bubbles around the collar of the glass. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The nose isn't that strong and has aromas of caramel and nuts.
T: The taste is both buttery and nutty and has flavors of caramel and pecans. There are some hints of sweetness; no bitterness from the hops is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and rather thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable, but I don't think I would have more than one of these in a sitting because the flavor isn't interesting enough to hold my attention.

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3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A new find in the Central Kentucky region. Although catagoried as a Pecan Ale, Brown Ale; the lable calls this brew the Pecan Harvest, and is probably more accurately placed in the Fruit / Vegitable catagory. The beer opens with medium intensity Amber Ale notes, with perhaps a more pronounced emphasis on rich nutty character and a hint of butter pecan. The look is a bright golden / copper color that lands on the 'brown' side of balance. Tastes also very Amber Ale-ish with the same mild hint of buttery nuts. Lightly hopped and moderately malted, the beer lacks to standout with any distinguishable qualities. Feels a touch light on the palate, leaving way for a mild astingency to come through (may come from nut flavor additions). Light diacityl on the toung with a light buttery note. Finishes with an increasing bitter bite and a medium sweet feel. Not bad but I was hoping for more pecan flavor and character.

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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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3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a bountiful head that retains and laces well

Smell: Caramel malt through and through; the toasted pecan aromatics are clearly discernable

Taste: Bready, up front, with a nutty element arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, an earthy bitterness kicks in; in the after-taste, the pecan flavors finally arrive, as others have pointed out

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: OK, but worth a try just due to its unusual nature; not something I would seek out again

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zeff80
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, golden brown color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled odd at first but after letting it warm up there was a pecan nuttiness with some floral notes.

T - Nutty but not really like pecan with some sweet caramel and mild toffee notes. Just a touch of hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. It was a clean and dry, medium bodied ale.

O - This was just okay. I think it would be better with some pie-like spices.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 1/22/2013. Pours fairly hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, toffee, toast, brown sugar, nuttiness, floral, and light fruitiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt notes. Taste of caramel, biscuit, toast, toffee, brown sugar, nuttiness, floral, and light fruitiness. Lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, toast, toffee, nuttiness, and floral on the finish for a bit. Nice and well balanced malt and nutty flavors; a little mild on flavor, but very pleasant; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good amber ale. Nice balance of flavors and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting. You can really taste the pecan. Hell, you can even smell it! But does it fit in with the beer? I'm not sure, but I kind of like it. It's weird, but good. It replicates a caramel-coated pecan. It doesn't really interfere with the beer. It's just an odd-twist. But is an odd-twist enough? I'm thinking to myself right now, out at the bar, would I have one of these? Maybe. And if I did, would I have two? Probably not. But I'd definitely have one at home. Two in a row? Probably not. On the other hand, and I've said this about many beers before, I think this is an excellent beer to have with Thanksgiving dinner, or something else along those lines. And, although it's not particularly rich or sweet (it's actually really well balanced with just the pecan nuttiness added into the mix), I think this would make a great beer to relax with on a spring, summer, or fall evening on the back porch as the sun goes down and the stars come out. Interesting. Charming. Worth trying.

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3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz 2012 bottle served in a snifter.

Poured deep amber with a proper tan head that had limited retention.
Only lightly nutty in the nose, this has a fine nutty flavor that lingers in the aftertaste. About 50/50 sweet/bitter balance overall.
Medium body and carbonation with a rather dry finish.

O: Readily recommended as a budget nut ale. Excellent with guacamole and should be great with cheese.

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2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a moderately dark chestnut brown, on in this instance, I suppose pecan is more apt. Nose is slight caramel and doughy malt along with a slight hint of pecan, although not too much. Pecan comes through a bit more in the taste. Comes through decently enough, just not a particularly great flavor and not much backing it up. Mouthfeel is quite thin; would have expected much more body from a brown ale. Drinkability is fairly poor as the novelty wears off after a few ounces.

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Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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