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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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Really good carbonation sets the stage early. Pours a chestnut amber with some chill haze to it. Head is a solid ½ inch of toasted almond colored bubbles.

S: I expected more pecan in the nose…actually I was really hoping it would smell like pecan pie. In reality, it does have a lot of toasted pecan, bread crumbs, red apple and minor caramel.

T: Begins watery and bland. A lot of basic malts, mineral flavors and simple hops start it off. These flavors sort of mingle together, none of which really making an impact. Pecan slowly drifts in, but its really light and subtle. As the aftertaste sits, the pecan becomes a bit more apparent but still nothing special.

M: Thin mouthfeel with a hard body.

D: Well, that was a let down. I was really hoping this was going to be full and flavorful. Instead, its watery and boring. Shucks.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear light amber brown, with just a faint haziness, a moderate off-white head, which retains quite well, thick, chunky broken lace, and no visible carbonation.

Aroma: Nutty, malty aroma, with caramel notes, and a moderate herbal hop presence.

Taste: Opens with strong toasted malt notes, as the taste progresses, dark caramel notes appear. Finishes dry, with a lingering toasted malt and pronounced nutty note and a late spike of herbal hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, soft.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and drinkable, would be a good session beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle received from a very generous TexasJeep as an extra, Thanks a bunch! I've been wanting to try this for a while. Enjoyed from my standard red wine glass while listening to Renaissance Worldwide Singapore: BT mix.

Very slightly hazy orange amber with an almost nonexistant head.

Smell is medium caramel and biscuits.... and an expected nuttiness ... Aroma really reveals more of itself as it warms up.

Taste is quite a bit different ... not nearly as sweet as expected... actually sorta dry... pecans show up only a little in the finish.

Let this brew warm up! Nothing at all wrong with it, just a little underwhelming. I was hoping for more nuts.... I would still buy this at least a few times a year if I had access to it. Cheers Dave, and thanks again.

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Photo of Deuane
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Copper color with a thin off white head that disapated qucikly. Very effervecant.

S - Sweet notes of malt with a faint oder of roasted nuts. Not very strong. Only a little better than average due to the interesting notes of nuts.

T - Mostly malty, with slight hints of nut. A hint of a mettalic twing.

M - Crisp and clean with a decent amount of body. Very smooth.

D - Not bad but a little bland...would like something a bit more bold. Nut notes come through but barely.

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Photo of marksto
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this one today after being intrigued by what pecans might do to the flavor if a beer. Answer in short: not much.

Pours a tawny amber color with rich, long lasting head. Aroma shows malt sweetness mixed with carmel elements and perhaps just a touch of nutiness. Flavor comes off without any unusual characteristics (where's the pecan?). Dry, with subtle fruitiness, light carmel sweetness and an overall malt-driven profile. Tastes more like an american amber than an american brown to me.

Overall, not a bad beer but not one I would seek out. Whatever Abita intended the pecans to do, they need to boost it a lot to get it across better.

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Photo of semihobo
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Undated single 12 oz stout bottle.

Pours a peachy red brown, redder than it is brown. Head is uniform, large bubbles but looks pretty nice, hovering at 1/4 inch thick with good staying power and nice curtains of lace on the side of the glass as I gradually perform the disappearing beer trick.

Specialty beers are my favorites and my number one pet peeve is when brewers don't go all the way. Abita did the job, judging by the smell -- I'm definitely getting a whiff of toasted pecans. Could be some roasted malts in the background, can't tell yet. Tiny minty hop presence.

Taste is, uh, nutty. There is a burnt edge, I'm guessing from the malts and not the pecans. Slight bittering from the hops on a clean finish. Too clean, in fact... the finish is almost like seltzer. This beer is much drier than I expected with a good deal of astringency. Could use more malt, more interesting and refined pecans and malts, and more taste in general, but what I found was pleasant. See my pet peeve above? Abita, go all out, and stop pulling your punches.

Not a thick-bodied brew by any means but it's carried by some strong carbonation [not "good" just strong]....

... which makes the beer a little less drinkable than it could be. Tone down the bubbbles, ramp up the flavor and add a touch of sweetness and we'd be in business.

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Photo of aforbes10
1.84/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Single bottle bought at City Wide in South Bend. Pecan Label description has too mnay nut-related puns on it for my taste. Pours red and brown with yellow hints. Thin white head with weak lacing. Looks kind of oily. Smalls nutty, somewhat. Also has a kind of gross old garbage odor and malt-liquory alcohol notes. Not much flavor in the attack. Some bitterness and caramel. Pecan rises briefly along with a reasonable maltiness in the middle but that fades to a memory and all I'm left with is an ethanol tang like i just took a big old swig of Colt 45. Mouthfeel is thin and oily. It occurs to me as i drink this that Abita needs to take advantage of their brewpub when they get the urge to brew a beer with Pecans or some other crazy thing. Brewpub patrons love to get something odd and off the wall, even if it doesn't taste very good. But apparantly they decided they would bottle some of the brewpub beers. Bad move. This beer is a muddled loser of a drink.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint mug, this beer is an orange-amber color with the slightest of heads. It's a bit hazy, also. Nose is malty, with a pleasant nuttiness. Tastes quite a bit similar to the Abita Amber, with a slightly toasty, nutty malt (not identifiably pecan to my taste buds), enough bitterness to offset any sweetness and dry out the finish a bit, and a lightly fruity yeast character. Nice well-carbonated but creamy texture.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.81/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours a good copper color, a touch hazy, like something that would look proper alongside a pile of fall leaves or a slice of pumpkin pie. Irregular lace but where it sticks, it sticks thick.

Aroma - metallic nose, almost fuel-like at times, reminding me of lighter fluid. Settles to a straight up metallic aroma, a late glint of something pecan-ish, but that would be appreciated sooner rather than later. Edit - I was this close to scoring the aroma a 2.0, but after warming the pecan shows up better. It *is* nice, finally. Light but nice.

Taste - malty, metallic notes following. Balancing hops on the swallow. The aftertaste has a nutty flavor to it, sort of like the tannins from the nut skins more than the actual pecan flavor, though. It's a pretty decent beer except for a persistent metal note throughout. I let this one warm up to maybe 55 or 60 degrees first to give those nutty flavors a chance. Unfortunately, the metal taste is showing up better.

Mouthfeel - shows some smoothness, decent body along with a crisp but tamed carbonation.

Drinkability - could be better. Kudos to them for actually using nuts instead of an artificial flavoring but I'm not enough of a fan to recommend it.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I believe this is my first pecan themed beer. Nice reddish amber color although a bit light for a brown ale. Head dissipates to cap status in a flash. Nose does have a nutty, malty, yeaty zest to it, and yes, I believe I can catch the pecan note. A bit buttery but quite satisfying.

Taste is trying a little to hard for the nutty flavor and leaves a bit of the malt flavors lacking. Carbonation is also a bit high, throwing the texture off. I like the buttery and toasted flavors but metal also hits the tongue, which I could do without.

A good effort but needs retooling in my book. It's almost llike they started with the nuts and tried to build a beer around it instead of the other way around. Back to the drawing board.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- The appearance was bright yellowish orange and totally transparent. Very clear and pretty colors.

S- The aroma is nutty and roasty. It is also a little bit hoppy and somewhat sour.

T- The flavors are of buttery pecans, with malt. Also, you can catch some malt and subtle orange hints well hidden.

M- Carbonation is perfect. Very smooth on the lips with medium thickness. Leaves a nice foamy soft feel on the tongue up front, and fizzes on the back of the tongue on the way down.

D- I would say this is a pretty drinkable beer. It is not too rich where you could only drink one, but you also could over do this one. It is an OK session beer, good for 3 or 4.

All in all I enjoyed this beer. Different for sure, and that is great for the beer world. Nice job!

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Photo of malcontent
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with a decent finger of head.

Vaguely smells of pecans but mostly of earth and malt (Belgian aromatic, if I had to guess) with a hint of maple. Almost has a "homebrew" kind of feel.

Nutty taste takes the lead but quickly shrinks into the background as a fairly standard American amber materializes. Some caramel and roasted qualities round out the flavor profile.

Slightly watery although the carbonation is not overdone. Overall, a highly drinkable if uninteresting offering from Abita. A neat idea, though.

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Photo of rohrbachsfan
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brownish amber with medium head.

Smell: Sweet roasted malt and some hop spices.

Taste: Roasted malt, toffee and nuts with a medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Comes across as a true "harvest" fall ale. Would drink again.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.44/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a bottle of this at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, Pa.
Poured cool into my Bass Trademark glass.
A - A lightly hazed amber that is mostly clear w/ streams of minute bubbles trailing upward. Approx 1/2 inch of light foam that creates smatterings of lace.

S - A strange, dry powdery nutty smell w/ a bit of funky oily spoiled vegetable odor w/ light grainy notes.

M - A very carbonated slick, nutty grainy husky feel w/ a dry earthiness.

T - A strange funky nut taste that rides the effervescent dry and lightly grainy flavors beside a very odd funk in flavor that even though it is mild is distracting like an overcooked syrup that lost its sweetness. A slight pecan taste is faintly hinted at but the fizziness and vegetal Dms is just distracting and oddly flavored.

D - Not something that is extremely drinkable for me. It is more of a novelty and an experiment gone wrong. Not sweet like a pecan pie, just kind of off in flavor and feel. The smell and taste remind me of musty foot odor if I had to pick something to compare it to -wet basement.

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

Overall this was a pretty decent beer, I did like it much better than the amber that Abita puts out, I could not really taste the pecan taste but it did have a nut taste to it. I was pretty impressed with this one as before the Amber was okay, it was a last resort type beer. Overall this did make me want to try the other beers that Abita puts out.

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Photo of mymrnngjckt
1.03/5  rDev -69.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured a cloudy brownish-yellow color. The appearance was similar to that of peanutbutter mixed with marshmellow Fluff. The smell was bad. No Pecan smell or fruit smell at all. It had a faint smell of band aids. The taste was even worse. It tasted like a watered down Samuel Adams. I am still uncertain where they hid the Pecans at in this one. It had an earthy/leathery taste.

The mouthfeel was terrible. The only predominat feel was water. The beer was minimally carbonated.

Stay away from this one.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was given this 12-ounce bottle from a former coworker of mine when I purchased a case of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body poured a rich red color, but with significant orange and brown highlights. The head was large and fluffy with the color of a rather dark eggshell. The retention was nice and the lacing is thick and abundant, teasing me with its stickiness.
Smell: Very nutty and malty, but I didn’t get pecans, but rather peanuts. The aroma is enjoyable, but too intense to be sniffing for an entire drink.
Taste: At first sip, I thought it tasted similar to Brooklyn’s Pennant Ale '55, but shortly after I received a sour shock to my taste buds that knocked me backwards. Thank goodness I was in a rolling chair because it was kind of fun, not like falling on my ass would have been.
Mouthfeel: Rather smooth and as I would imagine, out of characteristic.
Drinkability: Above average, but not something I would buy a case of.
Don’t drink and review.

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Photo of RiekerStarBrew
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When poured out, this beer was dark brown in color. The head was weak probably due to the high amount of oils in this beer. The aroma was very nutty, which tended to mask any trace of malt or hop aroma, if present. The taste is initially nutty, but quickly fades. The beer itself felt very limp on the tougue, suggesting a light body which probably explains the dry finish and overall flavor. A beer is always supposed to have you want to drink more, and I just did not have that with this brew.

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Photo of musicjustintime
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice treat. Pours a golden/orange, and quite surprisingly cloudy...alomst like a wheat! Very nice smell, of...whatta you think?...nuts. Tastes much like a handful of pecans with a nice smooth ale added to the mix. Very smooth, tasty, and highly recommended, especially for the time of year. This is a one-shot treat, brewed just once, so I'd say give it a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed! Nice one, Abita! Cheers and SAAAALUTE my BA friends!

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Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear medium amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nutty and lightly sweet grainy malt.

The taste consisted of a light nutty malt with a good husky grain. Some caramel sweetness as well. The taste was on the lighter side.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side.

Overall a tasty and easy drinking brown ale.

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Abita Pecan Ale pours a beautiful dark amber color, and has a big tan head. The head sticks very well to the side of the glass.

The smell is a little above average for any ordinary beer, but it was a little disappointing because I was expecting bigger hints of pecan.

Its taste is a little overwhelming at first. The beer starts out a little sweet then hits you quickly with bitterness. After which the roasting pecan taste is a great relief. It gets a better rating for its complexity.

The mouthfeel is good, not too much carbonation. Its body is surprisingly nice.

Overall, I think the complexity of the beer makes it worth a try. Although, I probably would not go beyond that.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle in a pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear Autumn looking copper with a decent sized whittish head that quickly settled down and left some but not a lot of lacing. Aroma is just as advertised. Straight up pecans and roasted sweet malt although it seemed to be less pronounced than I would have thought.

Taste matches the aroma perfectly. Pecan nuttiness and sweet caramel maltiness with a somewhat lacking bitter finish. Mouthfeel is disappointing, being watery and thin and average at best.

With all that being said, I'll say that I still think this is a pretty quaffable beer. The thin body makes it go down pretty easy and that pecan taste is pretty good if your into the nutty tasting browns thing. I personally think that you could do worse during this Fall drinking season.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

As a huge pecan fan, I had to try this beer. Unfortunately, I am not a huge fan of Brown Ales. I tasted this beer in my Abita Shaker Pint Glass from the 12 oz twist off bottle.

This beer poured with a translucent copper brown body and a two inch off white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lace. The smell is faint with toasted malts a slight roastedness and hints of nuttiness. The flavor is a combination of caramel malts and toastyness with hints of nuts that are presumable from the pecans. Overall, I find this flavor more enjoyable than the average brown. The mouthfeel is a bit thin with sharp carbonation but a decent body. It is a nice brown, Certainly drinkable, but it would seem as if my taste buds lend me more towards the hoppy and nutty browns.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A Limited Edition ale "brewed with real Louisiana Pecans", Fall 2007. Poured to an Abita pint glass. Mom & Dad recently sent 4 of these 12 oz. twist-off-capped bottles up to the PacNW; CHEERS to parents who send beer to their kids!

A: Whether this should be categorized as a "Brown Ale" is debatable; it's likely the lightest-colored brown on record if this is true. I'll call it an "Amber", as it's color radiates a warm, fall-like auburn orange. Complexion is considerably hazy, with a fair amount of slowly rising carbonation. Capped initially with about 1-finger of frothy and bubbly ivory/khaki head, which settles to a creamy crust. Good bands of lace stick in wide rings.

S: A benign aroma of very lightly toasted nuts, shadowy malts, and an earthiness that reminds me of clay.

T: Interesting. Lightly toasted maltiness evolves to a mild pecan/nutty flavor
that hints at sweetness. Also has some less than charming undertones of silty mud and the herbally bitter/dry finish (reminiscent of dusty shelled nuts) does linger in a sort of oily way.

M: Enters the mouth with a light fizziness that becomes sticky and rather gritty feeling soon thereafter. It's as if all the tiny particulates suspended in this ale are attacking the cheeks and teeth, creating a fuzzy/filmy feel that's the most dominant after-effect. Starchiness is not a good mouthfeel, thus this doesn't get a good score...

D: The back label raves about this beer being "wonderful paired-up with both red meats and seafood - and...with nuts, too." Seeing as we have three more bottles, we'll give it a try paired with food next time. As is, it's a mildly interesting, though ultimately underwhelming brew. Worth a try.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Quite pretty. Clear light brown, small bubbles continue to come up, but the solitary finger of head drops like a whoopee cushion under a fat girl.

S- Roasted pecans. lots of them. And pronounced "pee-can," not "puh-con." Lovely malt balances, a bit of slightly citrus and floral hops, but mostly a balance of roasted pecan and malt.

T- Malt with a bit of pecan. That's all it is. The bitterness seems to be a result of the nuts, not the hops. To be truthful, not a whole bunch of flavor... but what's there is pretty good. The finish is lacking, however, with an almost macro flavor... hmm...

M- Pretty poor. Medium carbonation, but very thin and watery. Almost no body to speak of. The opposite of how I like my women. Except for the carbonation part.

D- Very drinkable, but would you want to? Worth a try.

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Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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