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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: 394 | Ratings: 1,049
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 OWSLEY069
2.63/5  rDev -22%
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 donkeyrunner
2.65/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into proper glassware (a pint glass from The Bulldog, NOLA). Clear orange with a 2 finger white head. Skim retention leaves a few lacey splashes.

Smells like pecans...faintly. Taste is watery with a ho hum tea-like pecan finish. Soapy with thin fizz carbonation.

Go Lazy Magnolia Pecan.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Abita Pecan Ale...

Appearance- dark brown with a touch of red, crisp head, active carbonation, fine looking ale.

Smell-nutty, malty, aromatic.

Taste/Mouthfeel-strong but muddled and a nutty flavor that I really don't enjoy that much, tastes alright going down, nothing wrong and off just not to my liking.

Drinkability-nothing wrong with this beer, if you like it you should be able to quaff.

Overall-a quality beer that had a flavor that just wasn't to my liking, sometimes it is that simple.

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Photo of CAP1868
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I was really excited to try this brew, especially after some of Abita's other great beers. However this beer was a huge disappointment, and I knew it the minute I saw how lightly coppered the pour was. The head was nice but disappeared quickly. I didn't notice even one hint of pecan smell or taste throughout this creation. The mouthful is extremly light and crisp, but leaves you hoping for more. You could very easily drink alot of these but I wouldn't want to. Not a complete failure for Abita, but not nearly as good as some of their other products.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew appeared intimidating at first but proved itself to be rather lack-luster.
It poured a light amber with a shitload of head that I thought would overflow my perfect pour glass. The aroma was very light with a bit of nut to it. The taste is VERY light, slightly smoky. If the pecan is there I couldn't find it. It left my mouth a little dry afterwards to the point of being annoying. No me gusta...

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Photo of goochpunch
2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a still maple syrup with a thin "head." Smells of toasty malts with faint fruity esters and nuts. There's a hint of manure in the nose. Flavor is of toast, faint fruit, just a hint of nuts (probably some kind of "placebo" from knowing that there are pecans in this), and a dose of graininess. Really, the only thing remotely pecan about this is the ending astringency much like after eating a pecan that still has some of the less-edible parts attached to the nut. Body is solid, oily, and has stinging bubbles. Pretty disappointed in this one and was hoping for more of a pecan character.

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Photo of imasloth
2.74/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- A beautiful reddish bronze with a clean white head. Head is fairly thin and quickly dissipating when poured into a goblet.

S- A very faint aroma of sweet nuttiness, but not much else.

T- A tasty but simplistic flavor: Nuttiness. Agree with others that the nut isn't easily identifiable as pecans, but you can start to pick out nuts it isn't ... Knowing this was brewed with pecans makes it easier to taste them.

M- Very little true mouthfeel as such. This beer is light and leaves little residue after swallowing.

You could probably drink a bunch of these in a row and really enjoy yourself. That said, none of them is gonna blow you away and you won't hurry out to get this again. Still, I've been parceling out this sixer over the last week and have enjoyed each one.

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Photo of Brenden
2.76/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is a dark copper, almost but not quite red. The head retains pretty well and leaves a little thin lacing ina couple of light patches.
The aroma is of malts, but pretty mild. No complexity and not much substance. Pecan is nonexistent to my nose.
Malt makes a stronger appearance in the flavor, with some hops in the back but well subdued. Pecan is almost an afterthought and doesn't show up at all except for a nutty addition in the finish. There's a tangy zest in here that doesn't scream pecan ale and lingers in a funky aftertaste.
The body is on the light side of medium and carbonation is mild. There's a light crispness in the body and that's about it.
If I drank this without knowing it, I don't think I would figure out it's supposed to be a pecan ale. The funky zest and aftertaste mar this one a bit as well. There's a sturdy malt back, but I'd never get this one as a specialty ale.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.77/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Dark amber, medium head that slowly dissipates.

Smell of fried dough oddly enough--for a New Orleans beer I guess a little reminder of beignets is welcome. I also get some surprising hint of a barleywine somehow, even though the alcohol is at session level.

Flavor of prune up front, then later on, on the backend, the hints of pecans come through. If you're looking for something thick and sweet like pecan pie, this isn't it. A malty brew with some added pecans for a slightly unique ale is all this is.

This is confused, in my opinion. I'm not sure how it's possible I get barleywine overtones in a low alcohol beer with pecans, but there it is.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.77/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color with good clarity. The head is two fingers high, with a pale yellow shade. Retention is quite good, and the texture is beautifully fluffy. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass. (4)

Smell: I'll give Abita credit, pecan comes through quite well. It's backed by a pleasant toffee sweetness, and some gentle roast rounds it out. The nose is dead simple, but it pulls off exactly what it intends. (3.25)

Taste: Sadly, the pecan doesn't come through nearly as well here. It opens up with some caramel and toffee sweetness, though it does finish with some long-lasting pecan flavor regardless. Dare I say, the nut flavor seems slightly chemical. It's both out of balance AND it's bland. Yeah, I'm not enjoying this one much... (2.5)

Mouthfeel: While light in body, it's also incredibly sweet and - frankly - slimy. The trademark Abita drinkability is crippled because of the former. Carbonation is somewhat light. (2.5)

Overall: I've come to expect a couple things from Abita beers: they're usually easy to drink, but they're also really bland. This being no exception. Unfortunately, this also adds an unpleasant chemical flavor to the mix. Just another underwhelming beer from Abita. (2.5)

2.73/5: Why is it that every beer brewed with nuts taste so artificial???

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Photo of beertunes
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into straight pint glass at Bayou on Bay, Bellingham, WA. The beer poured a brownish gold color with a thin, off-white head that had OK retention and low lacing.

The aroma was very malty sweet and I didn't really pick up any pecan scent in the nose. The flavor was that of a slightly below average brown ale, but did feature a subdued pecan taste, so I gave it an average.

The body was thin for the style, almost watery, and didn't linger on the tongue. Drinkability was OK, not bad, not great. I would try this again if I saw it, but I probably won't seek it out.

Overall, an OK beer that's worth a try, just don't expect to be blown away.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
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 capra12
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed at home served out of a pint glass.

Appearance: this poured a light brown color with 1 finger of creme colored head.

Smell: grainy, like freshly added DME to a wort.

Taste: Opened with a slightly carbonated brown ale with subtle hints of nuttiness and malt in the finish. This reminds me of tasting your uncarbonated wort right before fermentation.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, moderate carbonation and nothing to exciting going on here.

Drinkability: If you're a home brewer, this taste like a nut brown ale's wort, a one and done for me. I recommend this to one who wants to try what a carbonated wort taste like with little ABV.

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Photo of Daniellobo
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light and softly pecan-flavored ale.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Abita simple seasonal label with a small back description noting the authenticity of the ingredients used, Louisiana uniqueness, and how it provides a great flavor. Does not show freshness date or bottling date, neither shows IBUs or °Plato, only Alc. by Vol. (5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Medium to deep amber color with an off-white head showing little retention. Little lacing as it goes down and a minimal foamy memory on the surface.

S - Very light to the point of almost being non-existent. There is a faint whiff of pecans over a malty note, and as one progresses an off-tone also seems to be here. It is not skunked but there is a distant cheap larger funk to it.

T - Light malty base with a bit of caramel sweetness and a small pecan tone to it.

M - Medium to high carbonation on a light body.

D - Hmmm, I´m not at all enticed to have another one. Under shortage circumstances I´d have it against any macro but there isn´t much inviting about this brew.

Notes: Unfortunately it is quite forgettable. Abita maybe does not feel like a top-notch brewery for most, but they sure can do better than this. However, this one is not a brew that does them any favors...

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Photo of tectactoe
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Pecan Harvest Ale ironically pours a soft pecan shade of brown with some copper and even dark-amber flashing around the edges. Mild clarity throughout, capped with a thin, off-white layer of soapy and borderline-fizzy head. No lacing of any kind, as the head only lasts for about thirty seconds or so before it's gone forever.

I would suspect that the aroma of a beer like this be primarily malt-heavy, and my suspicions were confirmed upon taking a whiff of the beer. Caramel malts, toast, biscuit, and a bit of wood-laden nuttiness in the finish. The aroma is actually kind of nice, albeit somewhat subdued and quiet compare to many other brown ales. Hops are virtually excluded, save for an ever-so-slight hint of grass that occasionally pops out somewhere between the sea of malt.

Unfortunately, you'll find fairly quickly that the taste leaves much to be desired. Saying that the aroma is underpowered quickly becomes old news once you finally take a sip. Somewhat watered down, with a very mild bruising of all the flavors listed in the aroma. Some carmael, some biscuit and breadiness, and faint nuts. But it's so thin and contempt that it's hard to really enjoy the flavors like they should be enjoyed.

Needless to say at this point, the mouth feel was pretty much hand-in-hand with the flavor in terms of expectations and disappointment. Watery, thin, slick, and leaving a slightly crisp and dry aftertaste. Speaking of aftertaste, there isn't much here. There's a very slight residual malt and wood flavor that gets left behind, but shortly after you've swallowed your sip it becomes easily forgotten.

Based on the aroma, I thought this one was gonna turn out better, but the flavor was just so vapid and mind-numbingly underwhelming. The sad thing is, the flavors were/are actually pretty decent, but they unfortunately become an afterthought to the watered-down nature of this American Brown Ale. Started solid, finished mediocre.

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Photo of Cresant
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Best by: 03/02/09. The golden amber body had a slight haze. There was an inch of tight, off-white foam. This faded to a film moderately quick.

Smell was dusty and nutty.

Taste was sweet pecans, not cloying however. Hints of bitterness up front then it settles to a sweeter nuttiness. Pretty one-dimensional, but flavorful.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and texture.

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Photo of stevoj
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Very reminiscent of some of the European chestnut ales. Slightly nutty aroma, some brown sugar. Taste is flat and dry, mildly sweet.. Dull appearance, flat finish.

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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 bierguru
2.82/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A -
dark amber thick creamy head

S -
smells similar to a pecan pie with the slight addition to hops on the back end its fairly middle

T -
malty hugh caramel taste some roasted notes mot much hops nor a real nutty flavor

M -
has almost a lager feel crisp light mild carbonation however it leaves your mouth dry

D -
would not get again didnt care for the mouth feel would have liked a nutty taste overall disappointing

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Photo of TLove
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmm... Not really what I was hoping for after a lovely Brooklyn Local 2 from the brewery, but its not bad at all. Nutty and oily, as promised, but also possesses a wonderful toastiness that really makes the brew. The problem with this beer is it has no backbone, no malty structure to expand upon. Its a half-assed pale ale brewed with toasted pecans, which do instill a very nice flavor, but it is frankly not worth opening more than one.

Other than that, the beer pours a clearish cloudy orange with a thick, retentive head and some sweet, light brown sugar, light hops, and an oily sesame taste. Balance is a bit off, with the backbone and nut flavors battling it out for supremacy. Decent drinkability, but nothing special.

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Photo of turbine2475
2.86/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Murky amber-brown with a one finger vanilla head that disipates quickly into nothingness.
S - Sweet malts and roasted nuts not too shabby.
T - The pecan is there but the brew has a tart bite that almost resembles a milky sour.
M - Low carbonation with a sour bite.
D - A little lack luster compared to what the smell suggested. Not bad but would definately like to try a fresher bottle.

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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 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 Thorpe429
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a moderately dark chestnut brown, on in this instance, I suppose pecan is more apt. Nose is slight caramel and doughy malt along with a slight hint of pecan, although not too much. Pecan comes through a bit more in the taste. Comes through decently enough, just not a particularly great flavor and not much backing it up. Mouthfeel is quite thin; would have expected much more body from a brown ale. Drinkability is fairly poor as the novelty wears off after a few ounces.

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Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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