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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: 1,083 |  Reviews: 404
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber body with a small, short-lived white head.

Smell: Aroma of toasted biscuits, a pinch of cloves, caramel, and only a mild (and I do mean mild) hint of pecans.

Taste: Dry, crumbly, toasted biscuit flavor with a very subdued caramel sweetness. Lightly spicy hoppiness. A dry, toasted nutty bitterness rises in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Watery texture.

Drinkability: Altogether dull and dreary. I've gotten stronger nuttier flavors from non-nut beers. Even as I finish drinking this beer, the thumb points... down!

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Photo of NJBeerguy
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

When I think about a Pecan Harvest Ale, I think of a maltly nutty rich favor to mix with my turkey dinner. I'm still looking for the malty flavor. This beer starts beautifully, with a pour that bring a nice head to light. The head fades much too quickly to become a shadow of itself. The nose is non-descript. The body is light to go with a beer charterized by a the right look of a fall leaves, in tones of orange/reddish colors. The flavors are only so-so, lacking the warmth I expected, and the mouth feel is that of an over carbonated finish with a "slight' hop aftertaste. Let's go back to the drawing board.

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Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twist-off bottle:

Pours caramel-hued amber with a big, fluffy off-white head that thins to a lasting cover.

The smell is of some caramel, bready notes and nuts. I was going to score the aroma slightly lower, but as it progresses, it smells like a praline beer - soft, but nice.

The taste is of caramel, lightly spiced bread and pecans. Tastes like a praline (which I happen to love) with enough "beer" taste to make it a wonderful treat. Balanced, lingering finish.

Light-bodied, and I can see some reviewers detracting it for that. However, it doesn't fall apart and from what I read on the label that was the goal. The praline taste lingers.

A light-bodied, refreshing brew that achieves it's goal of a pecan brew remarkably well! Fresh pecans with a bittersweet backing. Unique - nice to see a well-beer made with local character!

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep brownish copper with a thin layer of head that dissipates quickly.

S: A bit of caramel, a bit of nuts, and a bit of breadiness. Not much aroma. Very mild.

T: Similar to the smell. Fairly simple - a decent caramel malt combined with a bit of biscuit and nuts. Not too crazy or extreme with the flavors. Well balanced and tasty.

M: A nice bit of a dry bite at the end. Nice finish overall.

D: This is a decent beer. It's as I scored it - completely average. Drinkable, absolutely. This would likely make a great session beer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange / amber color. A short 1" head lingers a while. Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: mild caramel and breadiness are all that is picked up by the nose.

Taste: bread, caramel, mild fruit tones, and a bit of nuttiness make up a solid ale. There is a mild bitterness and some mild dryness throughout too.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish, and the finish is a bit more dryer than the start. Medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is mild and short lived.

Drinkability: a nice offering from the usually tame Abita beers we are used to drinking. This was a simple pleasure - easy to drink and flavorful. Get some of this.

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Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of marcpal
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a pilsner glass @ Old Bay in New Brunswick.

A: Gold colored with clear ale characteristics. Subtle head.

S: Unlike others I was with, did not pick up the nutty aromas for the beer. If anything, the nut overtones didnt seem overpoweringly pecan. For the season, did have a great aroma though.

T: There was a definite maltiness and oddly enough had more of the nutty balance in the taste than in the smell. The hops were clear to the palate afterwards with a taste that I really started to enjoy more throughout the beer.

M: Absolutely crisp and what you would hope for in a fall beer

D: Extremely drinkable and not surprisingly wonderful with a handful of salty peanuts and hazelnuts- would have even been better if pecans were available.

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Photo of riversider76
3.31/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a thin white head. A bit of retention,and a decent lacing. Smell is sweet and buttery. Nice,but a bit weak. Body is medium and carbonated. Taste Is of bread,and butter,with a hint of carmel,and nut. Again,nice,but a bit weak. Still worth a try.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper orange hue with great clarity and an off white head. Aromas of sweet caramel and a big, bold nuttiness. Somewhat buttery with a real pecan aroma.

First sip brings caramel nuttiness that flows down with a nice sweetness as well. Slightly buttery flavors mix in along with a sweet bread flavor as well. Nice and crisp, the finishes leaves a touch of pecan and some herbal hops as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and kind of slick. Goes down easily. An interesting brew but ultimately doesn't really grab me. Worth a try on a single though and a cool concept as I always like to see something different.

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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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Pecan Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 1,083 ratings