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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: 393 | Ratings: 1,046
Photo of EgadBananas
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazy (has Abita finally started bottle conditioning?!?!?) light copper coulor with a foamy beige head of a finger and a half. Great retention and lacing.

The aroma is somewhat mild with a sweetness and somewhat nutty aroma.

The taste is surprisingly nice. It's got a robust sweetness, caramel, pecan nuttiness, slight toffee and toasted bread.

The feel is light, but has a nice somewhat velvety texture, smooth and easy drinking.

One of Abita better tasting brews.

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Photo of chinchill
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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Photo of Mojo
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> dimpled mug

This beer pours up a gorgeous beautiful crystal clear copper with one finger of off white head, not much retention, and a moderate amount of lacing. Smell is fairly strong but one dmensional. I mostly detect notes of pine. Taste is an initial small amount of sweet malt, follwed by a bigger amount of pecan flavor. Mouthfeel is average with a mild but not unpleasant aftertaste. Pass on this one unless it is FREE!!

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

Appearance: Pours a transparent copper with two fingers of tan head, good lacing

Smell: malt and toffee, get a slight nutty pecan note towards the end.

Taste: Not a huge amount of flavor, almost no hops, I get a slight pecan note at the end but not as much as i had hoped

Mouthfeel: Thin and fizzy, drinkable, but just not much there.

Overall: Slightly dissapointed by this one, been looking for it for a while. Not bad, just won't be buying this one again.

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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 Treyliff
3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a bright copper orange with a creamy light tan head that sustains well with some pretty good lace

S- sweet malt with just a bit if spicy hops kick, not getting much of a nutty aroma.

T- the nuttiness is more traceable in the taste, sweet and malty with just a trace of hop bitterness in the finish.

M- medium body and carbonation, slightly fuzzy mouthfeel ad a bit slick on the finish.

O- a decent seasonal, sweet and malty, but I found myself looking for more pecans. They were there, but just a trace.

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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 TheSixthRing
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours orange amber with an off-white, 2 finger head. Average retention.

Smell - Caramel, moderate pecan nuttiness, and a brown sugar sweetness.

Taste - Lighter in flavor than in the nose, but what's there begins with a malty sweetness and an underlying tone of pecan nuttiness. A faint bit of earthy bitterness pops in mid-taste and lingers. Ends with a more moderate pecan nut finish, then dies out quickly.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with a fair amount of carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

Overall - I was hoping for a more assertive brew, but with Abita I should have known better. The flavor that's there isn't half bad, but it feels like half a flavor. Won't buy again; there are plenty of better browns with more to offer.

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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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Photo of Immortale25
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Ninkasi Brewing pint glass. Bottleneck says Best By 01/16/13.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that doesn't retain well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and half a sheet of surface foam. Slippery slivers of lacing.

S- Toasty, nutty aroma brings about notes of pecan (naturally), hazelnut and toffee. Somewhat sweet.

T- Flavor is also toasty and has more of a vanilla characteristic than the nose. More hazelnut notes but that's about it. Overall profile lacks much depth. Light alcohol.

M- Not as full as the flavor implies with medium-low carbonation and a thin body.

O- Kind of reminds me of Turbodog light. Easy to drink but not enjoyable unless in a party setting where the flavor of the drink takes a backseat to the social aspect.

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Photo of scvance
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber color with a large white head. Color really reminds me of roasted pecans and fall. Aroma is fairly mild, there's a slight nutty and malty sweetness to it, as well as a slight earthy note. Taste was pretty mild as well, earthy with a little roasted character. I think maybe I get a little nutty pecan flavor, maybe I'm just imagining it. Fairly highly carbonated and a medium body. It's a pleasant, easy drinking beer. Mouthfeel is rather oily, it feels like my mouth is being coated in oil with every sip, not very pleasant. Overall I was really disappointed with this beer, it looked so promising from the poor, but it just went downhill from there. Nothing spectacular about this one, and the oily characteristics just don't work for me. I won't be having this beer again.

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Photo of BeerNoobNC
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I decided to try this because I like Turbodog and Southern Pecan. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. All around, this beer is pretty mild. In the nose, I get a slight hint of a sweet caramel flavor and a hint of the nuts. In the flavor, I think it is basically a less complex and milder form of Turbodog (though similar) , but I get a little more from the nut flavor. It also pours a lot lighter color (light brown) than most brown ales (especially English brown ales like Turbodog) but is very drinkable. This beer still has a lot of flavor though and it is definitely worth a try, and I would say it is a good example of the style.

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Photo of RussBecker1
2.61/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a whole lot to this beer. The scent of pecan is there and there are flashes of it in the taste, but that really is about all. The beer does look nice however, pouring a golden orange with a nice head, but as far as the other components I was disappointing. It really is too bad because the pecan flavor itself does taste nice and fresh but it needs to be paired with something to make this beer shine. Whether it be cinnamon, chocolate, or roasted malts anything would have really enhanced the flavoring but this was not the case.

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Photo of acevenom
4.47/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours amber with an off-white head. The beer appears to be well-carbonated. The head retains very well. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. The pecan aroma comes through in the smell, adding a complementary subtle nuttiness to the sweet and bready malts. There's an earthy aroma present as well, which is a product of the Willamette hops. The flavor is of nutty pecan with the roasted malts up front. There's some mild sweetness in there from the caramel malt and some back end hop bitterness. The hops bring some of those earthy flavors I picked up in the nose. The body is light to medium with strong carbonation. The beer is smooth with high drinkability. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a honey-amber colored, clear liquid. The head is modest but leaves an enticing lace. It's aroma is enticing....nutty, sweet, slightly malty....a little toasted bread. Some caramel and honey. The flavor is balanced, but not really dovetailed with the smell. A little oily, some pale and toasted malt taste. Not really sweet, but no serious bitterness either. Nut flavor is present, especially in the hind-taste. Medium, trending light, in body. It could be more full in flavor and mouthfeel. Still, I imagine that this is a difficult beer to craft, and it is nonetheless very well done.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Abita Pecan Harvest Ale has a medium, creamy, cream-colored head, prominent lacing, and a clear, bubbly, amber appearance. The aroma is of sweet, roasted malts, wood, and some mustiness. Taste is of the same, with a slight hop bitterness at the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is medium and semi-soft, and Abita Pecan Harvest Ale finished mostly dry, refreshing, and very drinkable. This is excellent.


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Photo of brother_rat
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of the Pecan Harvest Ale, poured into a regular pint glass. I assume it was fresh, and from this year.

A: A very nice, appetizing orange-brown body. Poured a nice strong brownish head, and carbonation continued to bubble up. Some lacing.

S: A bit of a nut smell when opening the bottle and pouring, nothing overpowering and a bit disappointing. After the initial burst, just had a malty/brown ale smell--which wasn't bad, but could have been stronger.

T: A very smooth taste, very malty: malt forward and that maltiness lingers. Had notes of maple and caramel and nuts (not surprising there), and an overall roasted feel. Couldn't tell that the nut was pecan, though, rather than just some roasted nut.

M: Despite the rich color and roasted, nutty flavor, very light on the tongue. Not full bodied. Felt lightly carbonated, which I prefer, and very drinkable, like real ale on draught.

O: Could have been nuttier and more complex, but this was overall very tasty and drinkable, and I think it would pair well with a bunch of foods and baked goods that I like: smoked meats, maple foods, pancakes/breakfast foods, shoofly pie. Not a bad breakfast beer.

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Photo of CMUbrew
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Founders imperial pint glass

A: Dark amber/light brown body, somewhat clear. Got a nice creamy off-white head to sit on top and linger for a decent amount of time. Plenty of carbonation rising.

S: I am surprised to find that I actually do pick up a minor toasted nuttiness in the nose. Bready and toasty malts are also evident and dominating.

T: Sort of a generic maltiness initially. Nothing great, but it doesn't taste bad. Mostly water on the back end. The flavor did not deliver on the malts I thought I smelled, or on the nuttiness. It seems pretty nonexistent. Really could use more flavor from the nuts and more malty sweetness.

M: Kind of watery with more carbonation than desired. Smooth with a drying finish.

O: I wasn't expecting a lot from this beer given the average scores, but I am a fan of brewing brown ales with nuts so I gave it a shot. However, Abita really needed to step up the malt bill and nut profile on this beer. I will have great nut brown someday, but not this day.

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Photo of Megahertz
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a French Jelly glass. Best before 2/14/13.

A - Medium red amber, crystal clear, with a one finger, frothy off-white head. Real pecans have considerable oil content; it is impressive that this beer manages head formation.

S - Mild aroma of roasted pecans and faint coffee with cream.

T - Mildly sweet caramel with restrained pecan flavor. Slight roast that gives an impression of espresso. Very good.

M - Light body with mild carbonation.

O - A very good, sessionable pecan ale. This beer gets a bad rap for some reason I cannot identify. I'd drink it by the liter. In fact, I think I will.

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Photo of scratch69
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear amber color with a finger and a half worth of light tan head. Fair amount of clingy lacing.

Smell- Caramel malt with some nuttiness and toast.

Taste- Caramel malt with a nutty flavor and just a hint of some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and slightly crisp. Light bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall- Pretty good and easy to drink. I would like a little more pecan flavor other than just a nutty taste. I think with a little tweaking this would be a great beer.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with white head that dissipates quickly to ring around edge of glass.

Smell has lots of nuttiness, coffee, and caramel. Not much pecan....

Taste is nutty and sweet. Again, not much other than "nutty" to call pecan taste.

Mouthfeel is light and very drinkable.

Overall this was good and worth a try. Wouldn't get just for pecan flavor, but good for what it is.

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

Served in a chilled pint glass.

-Appearance 3.5: Poured out a coppery red color. The 1/4" head slowly dissipated into frothy remnants. Very attractive.

-Smell 2.5: Hmm. Some of this bouquet is good, but some of it -mainly the part that reminds me of the smell of a pig-pen- is not. Still, this slightly nasty smell is overtaken by the barley and caramel. For the most part.

-Taste 3.0: Front is non-existent and the middle is just sort of sweet, with some slight barley hints in the back of the mouth. Finish is slightly sweet with very little taste other than some more barley. Aftertaste is short and flat.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: Good level of carbonation for this beer.

-Overall 3.0: Just OK. Nothing spectacular. I honestly did not taste anything that reminded me of pecans. I think that if the brewmasters at Abita tinkered with this one a bit, say by letting it age in bourbon barrels or some such, they would really have a winner on their hands. As it is, this brew is not greater than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of mjtiernan
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip. No bottle dating but should be from this season.

A: Two and a half finger pillowy white head. Body is a beautiful amber brown and very clear.

S: Toasted grain and nuttiness. Light caramel and a touch of coffee.

T: Lightly nutty, faint grassy hops.

M: Carbonation high. Thin and watery. Very easy to drink.

O: A disappointment. Lacking in flavor and complexity. Should be so much more.

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Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light amber with a thick, oft, dense, white head that has great retention

S - pecans, coffee, roasty, caramel, nutty

T - faintly nutty, coffee, roasty, some caramel

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a smooth, sessionable beer with a decent flavor profile. It's nutty and malty without being too much. It's worth a try.

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Photo of mgironta
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The brew poured with a half a finger of white head on a clear, mahogany body with moderate visible carbonation. The nose has definite notes of pecan nuttiness with a hint of almost maple sweetness. It smelled really good. The taste was not quite as good as the nose. The taste had a lot of the nuttiness that was apparent in the nose with a bit of sweetness. But, the body was a little watery and there was very low carbonation on the taste. The finish was quick with a bit of nuttiness. Honestly, this is my least favorite Abita beer so far. It was a little too watery and boring for me. I wouldn’t have this one again.

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Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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