Pecan Harvest Ale | Abita Brewing Co.

Pecan Harvest AlePecan Harvest Ale
1,067 Ratings
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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Ratings: 1,067 |  Reviews: 399
Photo of DoctorB2B
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Amyliz4
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of sigtau200ws
5/5  rDev +49.3%

Photo of danielofthedale
3.54/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a burnt orange with a small tan head. The head fads fast with almost no lacing. A some what active flow of bubbles up from the bottom of the glass.

S-Get a big whiff of pecan right off the bat. Then some citrus hops and a slight sweet malt aroma.

T-It starts with a noticeable pecan flavor, which is nice since many nut flavored ales come up a little weak in that area. A small amount of caramel and roast malt flavor in the middle. Floral and citrus hop flavor in the finish.

M-Carbonation is pretty good on this beer. A very crisp beer. It has a light body, lighter then American Brown ales I think.

O-Better then I was thinking it would be. I am not a big fan of pecans but it compliments the beer quite nice. Would have like the malt to be more of a player in the flavor. All in all a good beer session beer though.

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Photo of MLasoski
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of jheezee
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of shufon
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of datalager
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of shuajw
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of buschbeer
3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It has a burnt orange body and an inch of beige heads rests on top.

S - The aroma is nutty with some caramel and toffee. Sweet and earthy.

T - The taste is a muted version of the smell. All the components of the aroma are present in the taste but they seem distant.

M - Thin

O - After taking a whiff I thought this would be a great beer. After I drank it I was left a little disappointed with the lack of flavor. I think it could be a great beer with some bigger flavor.

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Photo of jsdunlop
3.96/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a light amber-orange color with minimal head that quickly recedes to a few white lingering bubbles. Nutty aroma with lots of caramel, hay and oats seem to scream out at me. Taste is nutty with burnt pecan and pecan shell bitterness, slight malt and caramel sweetness that is barely noticeable, some citrus notes make their way out towards the finish, very mild hop presence throughout the sip. Mouthfeel is light, but refreshing and smooth with average carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer, not too complex but an interesting addition with the pecans that made for an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Kranders
2.53/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

'm not huge fan of pecans in general, but I had to try it. In general it was solid but unexciting. No real noticeable flavors. The pecan was there, and not overwhelming (which is always a plus in flavored beers). Overall I'm glad I tried it, but I probably woulnd't get it again. Abita always has good beers, but this was not their best.

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

I have to give it up to Abita. This is a very surprisingly good beer. When the bottle is opened you immediately smell the pecans, and thats a good thing! The beer pours a brownish color with minimal head and lace, just the right amount. The beer goes down smooth and leaves a nice aftertaste on your pallette. The strength of this beer is definitely the uniqueness and goes down as more than a novelty beer. This is a worthy beer by any means.

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Photo of paperbackfoster
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a translucent, very clarified amber. Head is one clumpy finger, quickly dissipates. Mild body carbonation, some lacing.

S - Sweeter aroma, malty, a little like a nut pastry.

T - Definitely a sharp nutty character over roast and bread malts. Some brown sugar sweetness, touch of molasses. Despite all this, pretty light tasting.

M - On the watery side, but crisp and sweet. Nutty aftertaste lingers.

Overall - I do like this one. It does lack refinement here and there, but it does it's purpose. The touted "real pecan" flavor really does come through. Minimal hopping and a seemingly bland amber malt profile do provide a good backdrop for flavor. A good seasonal.

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Photo of skywizzard
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 ounce bottle in to a pint glass. Nice clear amber with a slight tint of orange. Not a strong nose, but pleasant. This was a very drinkable beer, with a very noticeable pecan flavor. I would certainly drink this beer again if the opportunity arises.

I noticed that many reviewers reported a cloudy pour with little pecan flavor, I wonder if it is a matter of freshness?

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Photo of VncentLIFE
2.78/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a caramel color with a small head. Um ok looking for something pecan related in this one, and the smell doesnt really show any. Sweet adjunct malts with a hint of caramel in the nose.

Um the taste isnt all that special. Hints of pecan flavor are there, but really fight a losing battle with the caramel malt. A dry nutty flavor kind comes forth when the others go away. Metallic taste is also present. Light body: feels like a Marzen.

picture a pecan oktoberfest, and youve got it. Needs some backing flavors. Like maybe pecan pie spices.

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Photo of zeff80
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of ocelot2500
3.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy caramel color with a fizzy white head that leaves no lacing.

Smells of brown sugar and the pecans.

Tastes of mild roasted notes with the touch of pecans. Leading off are some brown sugar, toasted bread, and a bit of toffee. Roasted notes are pretty light, and not very impressive. The pecans add on the back end and give some more life, but it is still nothing much.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, not particularly bad, but does through as being light and not particularly tasty.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.45/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: cloudy dark orange; good carbonation, but very little head
S: not much aroma
T: bitter ale with a pale flavor; watery; pecans not noticeable; light hops
M: thin

Really, not a very good beer. Too bad because their Purple Haze rocks.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.14/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a clear orange color, one finger soapy head dissipated instantly

S- Big nutty, sweet caramel, and very sugary smell. Reminds me of cinnamon sugar almonds.

T- Lots of sweet sugary malt, caramel, quite a bit of graininess, not much of a nut presence in the taste though. Kind of an oily peanut flavor is present, not reminiscent of pecans though.

M- A little bit lighter bodied, smooth, with very high carbonation on the finish. Very drinkable.

O- This is my favorite offering from Abita that I have had. Really drinkable beer that is great for the fall. One of the sweetest and most sugary beers I have ever had.

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Photo of horshack7
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: From a short neck twelve ounce bottle is clear brown beer with a light foamy head. As the hea dthins out only a little bit of lacing is left behind.

Aroma: Mostly malty sweetness in the front not alot of it. Minor nuttines, hops are roasted and only a slight bit citrusy. There is a tiny bit of dryness in the nose.

Taste: A fairly smooth mouthfeel with a buttery toffee texture. The nuttiness is there from the pecans they ar roasted as well as the malts that give it a brown bread flavor. In the hop side of it all is mild citrusness with a smooth finish.

Notes: This my first offering from Abita I thought the beer would be good which it was. It's not bad but decently drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.09/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Bass Pint glass.

Color: Amber with an off white head.

Smell: Cinnamon roasted pecans!

Taste: Not as good as the aroma it set off. A nice subtle malt and hop with a pecan tone.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with good carbonation.

Overall: A balanced brew which is very subtle. I smelled a lot of pecan but it didn;t transfer over to the taste. Still a good brew to drink and enjoy. Cheers!

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an orange/amber color with a half inch white froth with a light reddish tint.

S - Bread and biscuit malts galore with a roasted pecan scent. Some faint dry caramel on the nose as well. Really good smell on this one.

T - Bready malts big time with some pecan on the finish. Not too much though. A very dry roast taste to it which makes it interesting.

M - Dry on the finish and medium carbonation.

O - A good different brew for sure. Would definitely drink more.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.14/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pecan brown, with next to no head.
S: Surprisingly complex, with a mix of bready biscuit aromas, a nutty smoothness and a hint of toffee. The toffee comes out more as the beer warms in the glass.
T: Similar notes to the smell, but the nuttiness takes a bigger role, as does the toffee, with the bread backing off somewhat. A hint of floral as well.
M: Medium-bodied and smooth. Easy to drink.
O: I've had this before and don't recall liking it this much- I'll have to pick up more as I bought this as a single, but it would be a great beer to sip a couple watching football on a crisp fall Saturday.

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Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 1,067 ratings
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