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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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Ratings: 1,078 |  Reviews: 402
Photo of tmoneyba
3.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from River's Bend.

Poured a clear dark golden with a moderate frothy off-white head that mostly lasting and produced fair lacing. Medium balanced aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Medium balanced malt and hop flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

Drinkable brew.

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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 JohnGalt1
3.17/5  rDev -5.4%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, served in a glass tumbler.

L - clear bright brassy color with a thin eggshell head that left a few spots on the glass.

S - nutty caramel malt.

T - bitter nutty taste, different.

F - light/medium bodied with a fizzy feel.

O - pre-game warm up beer.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy light brown brew with a caramel hue. Topped with a nice little cap of ivory foam. Lacing is decent, and the head is long lasting. Looks tasty.

S - Caramel, nougat filing, and a slight whiff of pecans, which I imagine is pronounced PEE-can in the deep south. Smells like a Charleston Chew candy and pecan pie filling.

T - There is a definite pecan nuttiness here, along with caramel and maple syrup. I honestly don't know if I would have picked up on the actual pecan flavors... I might have just attributed that flavor to the general profile of nut-brown style beers (although this one ain't all that brown).

M - Light bodied with a creamy carbonation that helps fill it out a little. Finishes sweet and nutty with a hint of hops hidden in the flavor, but coming out at the end.

D - Pretty good stuff. Nothing to write home about, but its a nice easygoing brew that's a little too much on the sweet side to really have session potential. Worth a try for the novelty of a pecan infused brew, and as a good brew from the craft brew-deficient southern states.

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Photo of theghost3
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep copper color with a 1-finger off-white head that quickly disappears. Color is lighter than most browns I've had. Minimal lacing.

Smell is faintly nutty with some roasted malt notes. The taste is again, nutty with roasted malts, caramel & an odd metallic taste. Mouthfeel is carbonated, not as smooth as I would have expected.

This is just a so-so brown ale from Abita; drinkability is just average.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a transparent copper color that creates a small, fizzly head that retains poorly and leaves hardly any lacing.

S: Toasted malts, very nutty, sweet molasses, caramel, brown sugar, no hops and overall pretty bland

T: Bland, butty, slightly metallic, toasted malts, and a little watery. Definitely malt dominant along with some sweet and nutty notes. Slightly buttery

MF/D: Light body, over carbonated, lingering metallic/artificial but finish.

The flavor really lack any depth and never makes it to the next level.

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Photo of tayner
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubby bottle with a twist off top.

Pours a hazy tan color with a whtie head that is foamy at first but quickly settles to a nice 1/4 coating. lots of little carbonation bubbles.

Smell is of sweet candy/toffee with a hint of nuttiness. Smells overwhelmingly sweet though.

This tastes to me like a sweet brown ale. I grew up eating pecans as we had 2 trees in our yard, and I am not sure if i could pick out the pecans in this beer if i didnt already know they were there. I do taste a slight nuttiness, but not one i would associate with the use of actual nuts. They do give it a slight bitterness a while after swallowing.

Mouthfeel is quite light, and very carbonated. makes it easy to drink and appropriate in character for the hot, humid days in the south. I can see how this would be a popular brew in that part of the country. For me, I think either more pecans, or less carbonation even, would make this a better beer. I wouldnt seek this one out again.

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Photo of marksto
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
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 pburland23
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

Beer pours a very autumnal looking coppery amber with about a finger of fluffy off-white head.

Smell is pretty standard for a brown ale. There some caramel malt sweetness and not much else. I couldn't pick up any pecan notes. Taste was similar. It tastes like a pretty decent, middle-of-the-pack brown ale. Nothing wrong with that. There's a faint hint of nutty flavor on the tale end of the sip, but nothing very prominent.

Mouthfeel was middling and slightly under carbonated in my opinion. As I said, a fairly solid brown ale, but there are better varieties available.

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Photo of rangerred
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Zazzi82
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of khiasmus
3.19/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. A crystal clear, pecan colored (well, it is!) beer emerges and is topped with a light, tan head. Nice size, about one finger and one half. Nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

Aroma was absolutely pecanless. I can barely detect any nuttiness at all. It is actually pretty fruity. I guess it is typical of a brown ale but no pecan, and since pecan is in the name, I detract a couple of points for that.

Now, the flavor actually has a bit of nuttiness in it. I suppose it would be pecan but tastes more like hazelnut to me. But, Im splitting hairs. Nice and malty, no hop flavor. A bit of an alcoholic taste, like moonshine, as the beer warms makes it slightly weird tasting in the end.

As far as browns go, its pretty good. No real pecan feel or flavor in this one. Maybe I was expecting too much. I think the six I purchased will quench my thirst of this one, but I dont think I will revisit this one after that.

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Photo of claybeer
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a crystal clear orange color. It's slightly off brown, almost a honey color. There was no head at all. Just a small foamy tan ring around the outside of my pint glass. The nose is almost nonexistent as well. Only some bready and malty notes tickled my senses. It taste thin and the only pecan I get is the scratchy feeling on the roof of my mouth. The finish is dry and light. It is extremely easy to drink. Simple yet affective. It's not bad there just isn't enough to it.

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Photo of Deuane
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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 becktone
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Eye: Color is light brown, kinda like a brown sugar and water combination, with straw gold highlights. The head is a tannish egg white. Size and retention are pretty good as well, however it isn't very creamy looking.

Nose: The aroma of this beer is on the malty side, balance is in favor of the malts. There is nutty and sweet aroma to this brew. The aroma of pecans is also here, reminds me of the way that pecan pie smells. All in all aroma is good, but fairly weak, could be more potent.

Tongue: The taste of this brew is all malt. Sweet malt flavors with some caramel flavors make up the majority of this brew's flavor profile. Closer to the end of the brew the pecan flavors come into play-a real dry type of flavor. In my opinion it has an overall watery flavor.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: A little too light on the palate for my taste, just feels like tonic water on the flat side. Leaves a slick feeling on the tongue. This beer is easy to drink, however I'll probably not be buying this one again. It doesn't stand out, nothing special about it. Sure I'd drink one, but I don't think that I'd pay for a pint of this.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought as part of a mixed 6 pack.

It pours a very bright and clear gold colour with a 2 finger head of foam. It looks like head retention will be good and it has some lacing.

I'm taking some deep whiffs to see if I can smell some pecans, which is the big deal with this beer, and yes...I...can. I can also smell lots of toast. Not a bad smeller.

The taste is all toasty and biscuity. So much so, I think, that it's harder to pull out the pecans than I think I did in the smell. Could be wrong. The more I sip though, the flavours all seem to be dropping in intensity and now, about 3/4 of the way through, I'm not getting all that much flavour out of it. The body is pretty light too and the finish ends up on the watery side.
A pretty good beginning leads to some disappoinment at the end. Oh well. This is pretty decent enough as it is.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a brownish orange color with a one inch off-white head. It falls to cap and leave a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and sugary, of course with some pecan nuttiness. It's kind of like sugar glazed pecans then. Really light overall though.

Taste is sweet and caramelly up front, maybe a slight earthy hop flavor and a some sweet pecan nut flavor coming out in the finish for a second.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, the carbonation is quite creamy, but it just comes off very thin overall.

This one was decent, certainly not offensive, but it just lacked any real character. I could see this pecan idea being pretty good, but in order for that to happen it needs a better base beer.

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Photo of farrago
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid two fingers of cream white foam, good density, mainly micro-bubbles with a few just "small" bubbles here and there, rentention is above average, thin lacing at best. Light amber to copper orange in color, good consistency throughout until some more yellow at the edges, transparent, no meaningfully visible bubbles. The nose offers a coating of molasses glaze to the base of roasted pecans, nothing very pushy or dominating here, not bready more like scones or hard biscuits, more pepper spice than and flowers or other softer element, maybe caramel, it's a toss-up but, overall, probably more malty than hoppy. Medium-bodied, sets itself in the mouth firmly, carbonation has strength but rarely exercises it. Sweeter in the mouth was upfront caramel, toffee, maple syrup notes, maybe even orange peel. The pecan component is middling, never absent but no star of the show either. Less general roastiness than expected. Oil, stream water, grass than something like banana and bubblegum, little by way of apricot, peach fruit. No glaring defects nor anything to piss you off, just not much going down.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy amber body with a thick fluffy white head. Head has good retention and lacing.

S- Sweet caramel malt and some nuttiness not a whole lot else going on.

T- Caramel malts upfront, then some slight hop bitterness. The finish is sweet pecans.

m: Carbonation is a little high for a brown, and medium in body.

D- Goes down pretty easy, but nothing special.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper with a medium white head that dissipates rather quickly. Little/no lacing.

Smells of dark roasted malt, some caramel sweetness, and just a hint of hops. This carries on to the taste, where the malt is dominant. Along with hops, some slightly earthy tastes come through. No pecans, strangely.

Mouthfeel is pretty average; slightly carbonated, a bit watery, but not bad. Overall a mediocre brew that probably wasn't worth the price.

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Photo of danronian
3.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-orange amber color,quickly disappearing, small head
S-Smells nutty but a bit too natural. Smells like a light brown ale.
T-The strong nutty taste is present through the finish. Pleasant and slightly sweet brown-ale flavor. Light carbonation. Overall its a pleasantly balanced taste with a nice and lingering aftertaste.
M-Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat sweet.
D-Not something I would drink a lot of at once but with a smooth finish and 5% alcohol, it goes down fast.

A very unique beer that im glad to have tried but not something I would buy a six pack of again unless im in the mood for pecans in beer form.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured ½ of the bottle into a snifter. A tiny trace of a white head formed for a few seconds before whisping into nothing. Zero lacing present...eh. The color is a mixture of gold and amber...maybe a little more toward the yellow side of things.

Interesting aromas...nutty, and grainy smells dominate. You can pick up some malts in the background. Cookies?

The flavor is pretty much what I expected...very much like a typical nut brown ale, but a few rungs sweeter...not very complex or exciting at all...once again...eh

The mouth feel is a little light with mild carbonation...a little drier than I expected...

I really wanted to like this beer...and I do, but I am not excited about it...would I buy it again, maybe, but I probably will not remember anything about it in a few weeks...other than it's mediocrity.

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Photo of mjtiernan
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Pecan Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 1,078 ratings
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