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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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Ratings: 1,074 |  Reviews: 401
Photo of yelterdow
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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Photo of biggmike
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with an attractive copper color that didn’t have much head and did not retain it for very long. Aroma is not very strong, but earthy, with faint nuttiness to it. Did not leave much lacing on glass. Taste is also earthy with slight pecan flavor. Mouthfeel was good and despite average flavor, this beer is very drinkable.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.12/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick tan head into a snifter. it left a light sheet and lace but really coated the glass and easily billowed when i swirled the glass. the body was a nice amber color.
s - pecans! hints of caramel and sweet syrup. like a pecan pie.
t - vanilla is the overwhelming taste i get with a little pecan thrown in.
m - slick and medium mouthfeel.
d - very high and i really like this one a lot. could become a go to fall session beer for me.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper to light caramel brown in color, clear, with a small off white head that quickly fades away. Aroma is subtle with hints of sweet brown sugar maltiness and grassy notes and freshly cracked nut shells. Taste is a light caramel malt sweetness with nutty tones riding with it, this is cut by a good sized grassy drying bitter bite. Nice pecan flavor in the drying aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light to medium, nice hop presence in the aftertaste. Good marks on drinkability, the nut flavor that is present is quite light but is very pleasant and is just enough to differentiate it from other browns, hop balance keeps it nice and refreshing. Thanks Ding for the opportunity.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent looking amber colour with a mid-sized head that leaves minimal, spotty residue on the glass and that forms a nice lace after settling.

The aroma is also not bad: a touch of earthy malt and some pecan aromas lead the way and are chased by a nice subtle sweetness.

The flavour takes the aroma and sort of balances it out a bit. Pecan notes are a touch more subtle here and the caramel sweetness creeps through a bit more. The finish is very dry, being a bit rugged and a bit like toasted bread. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a bit of harshness to it, perhaps a bit too much at times.

This one is not bad overall, the pecan notes that are in the mix make for a nice twist on the style, and even there this one seems to fall a bit in between the brown ale and amber ale styles, although it certainly leans more toward the former. Worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of Lupe
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange-copper with a tight off-white head that quickly dissipates to a fine ring, leaving spots of lacing.

Aroma of sweet and toasty malt with nuttiness. Light pecan notes come through in the nose.

Toasted malts with a little toffee, nut, and light brown sugar. Finishes with lingering pecan flavors. Nicely balanced. Hops are light and cut the sweetness.

Light to medium in body and fairly smooth. Carbonation is mild.

Easy to drink. A solid beer - Not going to blow you away, but good flavor and nicely balanced. Good session brew.

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Photo of blackie
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: Low khaki head, slowly receding. The beer is a medium copper-brown in color.

s: Mild sweetness of nutty and toasted malts with a low pecan aroma in the back. Certainly wouldn't pick out the pecans if they weren't mentioned on the bottle, though. Grassy, earthy hop aroma.

m: Carbonation right over medium, with a medium body. A little thin and fizzy for me.

t: Some toasted malts and metallic hops take the center, with the pecan hard to pull out. It does come onto tongue after swallowing. Pretty bland overall. Nice bitterness in the finish with some nutty flavors left behind. Doesn't come across as well as the aroma.

d: pretty easy, just not very tasty as to keep things interesting

single bottle from Whole Foods Raleigh

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Photo of Minkybut
3.31/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer from the bottle to a 50 degree tumbler. The color was kinda orange with a fine bubbly head that decayed pretty fast. The looked slightly cloudy to me and I thought the smell was terrible and can't quite describe it other than it stunk. The beer had a slighly nutty taste but not overbearing. I thought the beer was actually pretty good and would like to try one on tap.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clean orange-ish copper color with an off white head. Aromas that start sweet, and a dry nuttiness. In the taste, sweet brown sugar and it tastes a bit nutty. A sweet mouthfeel, with a dry nutty aftertaste. Tastes more like a brown ale, yet a bit too sweet, but ok.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.82/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with small white head which disapates quickly. Flavor is a mix of pale and amber ale notes with mild malt, a little toffee and a nutty, toasted biscuit center. Real pecans give it a nice nutty sweet finish. Very well balanced, the light hopping compliments the smooth malt taste perfectly. A great autumn beer.

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Photo of DrPond
4.18/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, clear copper with a decent head that recedes to a thin layer farily quickly. The nose is dominated by a sweetish malt aroma but the pecans are definately in there. I'm personally a big fan of balance and this beer's flavor has a very nice balace. It has the maltiness that one would expect from a brown ale but the pecans really pull through in the finish. Brown ales often have that nutty flavor but the pecans used in this brew give it something a little different. This is a very smooth and highly drinkable ale, a great session beer in my opinion.

This beer isn't going to knock your socks off with tons of malt or a huge amount of flavor from the pecans, but it is a very well balanced and very enjoyable offering from Abita.

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Photo of Redrover
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz short brown bottle. No freshness dating, Note the 6 pack holder had a spot for freshness dating but it was left blank.

The beer pours a orange with a hint of brown. It is crystal clear with a small beige head.

The nose if of lightly roasted malts with just a hint of nuts.

The taste is slightly sweet with toasted grains and an aftertaste of Pecans. The pecan taste is nice and not artificial. I just wished it was a bit more prominent. There is some slight alcohol notes that come and then fade again. Nice caramel taste emerges later. The pecans are still mild.

The mouth is pleasantly thickish. Easy enough drinker. This would be an easy beer to pair with cheese & crackers and of course nuts.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Brown 12 oz. twisty with raised lettering. “Ale brewed with real Louisiana Pecans” and some pairing suggestions of red meat and seafood.

Aroma: Caramel sweet toasted malt note with a hint of celery. Malt is full and inviting.

Appearance: Bright amber glass with almost painful clarity has a good 3 finger head at pour that drops back to a ½ finger cover that laces well.

Flavor: A solid amber ale (too bitter for a Brown IMHO) profile, malty without being heavy, just enough hops to cut the sweet without going bitter. The hop profile reminds me of the 20th Anniversary Pilsner, heavy on the Saaz?
I was on the edge of saying “where’s the nuts!” when they all hit me in a deep aftertaste. Unfortunately, there is also a little metallic taste back there too, but it’s not serious enough to worry about.

Mouthfeel: Light medium body, moderate to low carbonation, a bit oily in the finish.

Overall Impression: A solid beer! Abita seems to be on a roll lately. Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!

You’d be nuts not to try this one out!

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Photo of Atlas1
3.72/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perhaps I'm partial to the name because I grew up with pecan trees in my yard in Texas, but I'm also always in the mood to try something new and unusual. Which brings me to the newly released Abita Pecan Harvest Ale. Their answer to the myriad festbiers out there, I'm sure. And I'm happy to give this a go.

Poured into my DFH barrell pint (I used to call this glass my tulip pint, because it preserves the aroma so well, but it's more shaped like a barrell, so I changed what I call it... as if you care), the Pecan Harvest is a rich, bright, light brown/burnt orange/copper color. Pretty, but nothing spectacular. Decent, one-finger fluffy white head that fades quickly. The nose on this beer is nutty nutty nutty, which is a good thing, considering it's a pecan ale (brewed with real pecans and pecan oils, according to the label). Strong pecan scent, but notes of caramel and biscuit/bread rise up as well. Kind of a funky locker room scent to it as well, but it's not as bad as it sounds. The taste is also nutty, with roasted malt flavor and again a biscuity/bready character to it. There are some background fruits in there as well (I get strawberry and apple, mostly), and it finishes almost sweet. The mouthfeel is borderline chewy, but clean and dry at the same time.

This is not a bad beer. Certainly a fine alternative to all the oktoberfests on the shelves right now (although, admittedly, I'm a sucker for oktoberfest beers). I like to see a quality brewery like Abita venturing out into the lesser known styles. This is a fine addition to their annual repertoire, in my opinion. Cheers.

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Photo of mcallister
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like what I see. Very deep and rich reddish copper characteristics. Head is thick and full as well as tightly wound. Hardly off white and leaves a thin layer of lace that isn't giving up ground easily.

Nose shows hints of dates and dried berries with a small pecan cluster. A sweet toffee backbone and a odd earthy quality that is enticing.

A different beer and completely different than what I envisioned. Not sure if it's a good or bad thing, either way it's an easy drinking ale. Thin mid palate leads into a flavorful finish. Pecan shows nicely on the finish and is very smooth with moderate carbonation. Dried berries aren't to be found as the nose suggested but there is a tine bit of praline. Nearly bone dry with what I'd suspect to be less than 1% RS. An easy drinker that impressed more than I though it would

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Photo of numenor1
3.84/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a modest head and the barest touch of lace. Smells like a bag of pecans, honestly, it's subtle but smells just like that...This for me a pretty neutral ale. Starts with a nice pale malt base, touch of caramel, touch of green hops but then this vague, subtle pecan flavor emerges that I very much enjoy. It's intriguing, though I do wish it were a touch more prominent. Finish is subdued pecan nuttiness. Mouthfeel is medium light with medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

As is this is a run of mill ale with some very interesting pecan undertones, but I think it could be much more...

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a nice copper color with a small eggshell head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a slight breadiness with a nice toasted nutty smell. Mild caramel smell.

Light bready taste upfront with a nice toasted nutty flavor. Hints of caramel malt here and there. Finishes very clean and dry.

Light body, mild carbonation.

A rather straight-forward brown with less pecan nuttiness than I had hoped for. Regardless, it's a drinkable brew that would be a sessionable choice for a fall seasonable. Worth a look, especially as an alternative for the tsunami of pumpkin beers that are flooding the shelves.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pecan flavor here doesn’t come off as synthetic or overbearing, it’s quite balanced and adds a tasty nuttiness to the rest of the nicely toasted, caramel palate.

Perfect fall beer, not too heavy or rich, but slightly darker with great toasted character.


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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. A crystal clear, pecan colored (well, it is!) beer emerges and is topped with a light, tan head. Nice size, about one finger and one half. Nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

Aroma was absolutely pecanless. I can barely detect any nuttiness at all. It is actually pretty fruity. I guess it is typical of a brown ale but no pecan, and since pecan is in the name, I detract a couple of points for that.

Now, the flavor actually has a bit of nuttiness in it. I suppose it would be pecan but tastes more like hazelnut to me. But, Im splitting hairs. Nice and malty, no hop flavor. A bit of an alcoholic taste, like moonshine, as the beer warms makes it slightly weird tasting in the end.

As far as browns go, its pretty good. No real pecan feel or flavor in this one. Maybe I was expecting too much. I think the six I purchased will quench my thirst of this one, but I dont think I will revisit this one after that.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.92/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a burnt orange/brown color with a thick head – tight bubbles. It had an initially sweet smell with a bouquet of nuts in the background. The taste is malty and sweet with the nut flavor apparent. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Also, the carbonation is quite noticeable. Overall, this is an easy drinking beer and it leaves no doubt it is an Abita (I grew up in the area, and there is just something in their beer that is common to them all – you know it is theirs).

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a dark golden brown color. Little to no head.

Smell- Not much smell at all. Maybe a hint of nuttiness.

Taste- Tasted like a watered down version of a Newcastle or some other brown ale. Didn't taste pecans though.

Mouthfeel- Thin and carbonated.

Drinkability- This wasn't a bad beer. It was way too close to their Abita Amber though so I wasn't impressed that much. They should have down a pumpkin beer instead. If it was anything like the Strawberry harvest it would have rocked.

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Photo of becktone
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Eye: Color is light brown, kinda like a brown sugar and water combination, with straw gold highlights. The head is a tannish egg white. Size and retention are pretty good as well, however it isn't very creamy looking.

Nose: The aroma of this beer is on the malty side, balance is in favor of the malts. There is nutty and sweet aroma to this brew. The aroma of pecans is also here, reminds me of the way that pecan pie smells. All in all aroma is good, but fairly weak, could be more potent.

Tongue: The taste of this brew is all malt. Sweet malt flavors with some caramel flavors make up the majority of this brew's flavor profile. Closer to the end of the brew the pecan flavors come into play-a real dry type of flavor. In my opinion it has an overall watery flavor.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: A little too light on the palate for my taste, just feels like tonic water on the flat side. Leaves a slick feeling on the tongue. This beer is easy to drink, however I'll probably not be buying this one again. It doesn't stand out, nothing special about it. Sure I'd drink one, but I don't think that I'd pay for a pint of this.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
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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Photo of acrawf6
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a pint at Lagers in Metairie

Pours out a clear amber with a small light orange tint to it. Small white head rises.

Smell. It has a sweeter aroma to it than i would have guessed. But it doesn't really stand out too much as it reminds me of their amber, and a touch of their rye beer. Malts dominate, and smell slightly roasted.

Taste. Again, reminiscent of their amber and rye (and a touch of the bock). It has just a small bit of sweetness with the malts with a small bitterness in the finish.

Moutheel is good. body is medium to slightly full. good amount of carbonation and decent balance.

Overall, a decent beer, but nothing special. It has a nice flavor, but is not adventuresome as i would want in a limited beer. It just tastes too much like their others, and frankly boring. Worth trying though.

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Pecan Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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