Pecan Ale | Abita Brewing Co.

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Pecan AlePecan Ale
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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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Photo of Chaney
2.08/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I got this on the sale rack at the Vienna Whole Foods for $0.99.

I pour this into a Magic Hat pint glass:

A: Crisp, golden/amber color, with about half a fingers worth of head and moderate carbonation.

S: I carmamel scent is very reminiscent of a Payday candy bar and brown sugar also plays one of the supporting roles.

T: Watery, thin, but with a faint but distinct nutty taste. The brown sugar is in the aftertaste and doesn't taste fresh and almost nauseating.

M: A mild acetone sort of burn takes center stage, and a Macro muck-like taste (ala. Miller Lite, Budweiser, etc.) is evident.

D: The yummy sounding title of this brew may be tantalizing, but the realization of that idea presented here is not good.

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Photo of mrjbrown27
2.08/5  rDev -37.9%

Photo of bulldog91
2.09/5  rDev -37.6%
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 DogFood11
2.13/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle. Poured into a tulip it forms a meaty head but fizzles rather quickly to an outer ring. Orange body with medium carbonation.

After reading the back label and stating it was brewed with real louisiana pecans it sounded very interesting. If you advertise nuts then for gods sake it should be at least detectable. I got very little to no nutty flavor at first and when it warmed it was in the backdrop and some residuals left on the palate at the finish. This is a ho-hum offering built on a great premise but falls short. Mouthfeel is kind of fizzy as well.

Notes: A decent to below average brew.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.15/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Generally appealing label art. Branded orange pry-off pressure cap.

5.2% ABV. Reviewed live as a brown ale given the label calls it a pecan ale and I assume any nut ale is a brown ale unless explicitly informed otherwise. Served cold into a pilsner glass and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Expectations are average; I'm suspicious of the terminology "flavored ale" listed on the label, which makes me think this might taste like artificial pecan extract.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Average thickness, creaminess, fullness, consistency, and complexion. Above average (~3 minute) retention. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Clear deep dark copper of above average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. In short, it looks nothing like a brown ale. It's closer to an amber or even an IPA to be honest. Far from unique or special, but generally appealing, sure.

AROMA: Heavy caramelization. Artificial pecan/pecan extract/pecan flavoring. A hint of orange is present, but it medicinal and off-putting; Delsym cough syrup comes to mind. Toastiness, with a faint burnt character. Definitely seems too sweet, though the artificial pecan notes disguise the malts.

No yeast character or overt alcohol is detectable.

Overall, I find it off-putting and oddly artificial. Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Buttery diacetyl announces itself, which is quite unwelcome - especially alongside the extract-redolent artificial pecan character. No legitimate nut notes are present whatsoever. Has way too much sweetness, as well as overly prominent caramelization. The Delsym cough syrup/artificial orange fruit character I found on the aroma manifests in the taste, and is even worse than I feared. There's a strange absence of brown malts and authentic nuttiness, making this a terrible brown ale - if that's what it's intended to be. In actuality, it drinks closer to an amber - albeit a rather poor one.

Shallow, simple, and uninspired. It fails at the fundamentals; the pecan character is poorly executed and it's largely an unevocative build (regardless of which style you approach it as). I can't say I like it.

TEXTURE: Overcarbonated, unrefreshing, sticky, syrupy, overly thick, overly full-bodied, and overly heavy on the palate, with a poor overall presence. This texture fails to elevate the beer or to accentuate any of the flavour profile's constituent notes. Not a good companion to the taste by any means. In its defense, though, it's not coarse or dry, but instead opts aptly for smoothness and wetness. It's also not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, scratchy or rough. But boy does it need work.

OVERALL: A poor stab at a pecan ale with few redeeming characteristics, this subpar offering from Abita is best left on the shelf. Not undrinkable, but the medicinal off character combined with its inherent artificiality really brings it down for me. I wouldn't drink another if it was offered to me for free. Ugh.


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Photo of jmryan8
2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of fullmoonbeer
2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of hozersr
2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of speter
2.3/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a extremely pale brown with an aggressive head that quickly fades to a thin layer leaving little lacing.

S: This one seems to be aromatically challenged. There is a small hint of something nut-like with perhaps a bit of toffee, but overall this doesn't smell like anything at all.

T: I was hoping this might be like Southern Pecan from Lazy Magnolia, but alas this is a very watery, uninspired ale. About the only place that any pecan shows through is in the oily finish, but even the base brown ale lacks any character. As you'd expect, there's not much in the way of hops, but regrettably, there's little in the way of malt either.

M: Very watery, low carbonation.

O: Back to the drawing board with this one. Good pecan beers can be done, but this isn't a good example at all.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.37/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Reviewed live.

A- Finger width off-white head. Weak retention and some watery lacing. Surprisingly orange color for a brown ale. Clouded orange-brown with heavy carbonation.

S- Mid-roast malts and toasted pecans. Sweet smell like a pecan pie. Also some strange baby food smells.

T- Sweet and very simple, the pecans don't really come through. Very watery flavor.

M- Quite light, not very well developed.

O- I was exited to try a pecan beer, but this was not well executed.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.43/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This poured out as a very light brown color, it had a thin white head on it that didn't last very long. There wasn't much lacing at all. The smell of the beer had a faint nutty aroma with some caramel malts backing it up. The taste of the beer is rather bland, I can't seem to get much of the nut flavors from this. The mouthfeel is probably the only decent thing about this beer. Overall not impressed really, I expected more for some reason.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
2.43/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: poured into a straight pint. pours an amber color, no haze at all. Pure white head that drops rather quick. very little lacing.

S: smells like an Abita...with mild aroma of pecans. not much else.

T: traces of pecans linger around for a few seconds after the first sip. Mild body would be an overstatement. Very little hop presence. I kind of was expecting pecan pie, and it would need a ton more malt for that.

M: a little watery for me, but somewhat flavorful. Not complex at all, but it was kind of refreshing.

D: I wasn't impressed, but it is worth a shot to see what the Abita brewery can do.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.44/5  rDev -27.2%
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 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 vtblackdog
2.48/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

Amber colored with a head that resides within a minute.

I get a caramelly aroma which I may be mistaking the pecan aroma.

Taste is a malty weak brew. I don't get the pecan anywhere.

Mouthfeel is almost waterlike nothing like a beer should be.

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Photo of Shrews629
2.49/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - A nice burnt orange/copper color with yellow/gold highlights. Hazy. Off white head that wasn't too thick and didn't have the worlds best retetnion. A little bit of lacing is clinging to the glass.

Smell - The smell was kind of a dank, stale, earthy malt. Detecting the pecans plus a "worked" hay or a "corn" silage wheat aroma. Honestly, the aroma was not overly pleasing to me and it was somewhat distracting.

Taste - More of the nutty pecan flavoring in the taste. Dry wheat or breadiness with little to no hop bite. Not picking a whole lot out of the taste. Kind of dull and uninspiring.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Dry and smooth and crisp. Insufficient flavor was left on the palate. I prefer a bit more.

Drinkability - The drinkability of this brew is not bad. The smell was a bit disturbing to me. The taste was predominantly bland. I doubt I pick this up again. I went in thinking this brew was going to one thing, but it turns out to be another.

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Pecan Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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