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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Reviews: 394 | Ratings: 1,049
Photo of Megahertz
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a French Jelly glass. Best before 2/14/13.

A - Medium red amber, crystal clear, with a one finger, frothy off-white head. Real pecans have considerable oil content; it is impressive that this beer manages head formation.

S - Mild aroma of roasted pecans and faint coffee with cream.

T - Mildly sweet caramel with restrained pecan flavor. Slight roast that gives an impression of espresso. Very good.

M - Light body with mild carbonation.

O - A very good, sessionable pecan ale. This beer gets a bad rap for some reason I cannot identify. I'd drink it by the liter. In fact, I think I will.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look - dark amber in color, with a good two fingers worth of foam that dissipates pretty slowly.

Smell - Sweet and nutty smelling, maybe slight hint of molasses. Smells like a wonderful pecan pie.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Tastes less like pecans than it smells. Nut taste gives it a tinge that goes away from any bitterness but the malty taste is still present. Fairly well-balanced texture, but slightly toward the watery side.

Drinkability - I went into this tasting with some skepticism due to being such a fan of Southern Pecan, but this is a pretty decent brew. I'd like to taste them both back to back sometime to make a fairer comparison. Complex enough in its taste and a pretty good-tasting brew.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with small white head which disapates quickly. Flavor is a mix of pale and amber ale notes with mild malt, a little toffee and a nutty, toasted biscuit center. Real pecans give it a nice nutty sweet finish. Very well balanced, the light hopping compliments the smooth malt taste perfectly. A great autumn beer.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a stubby 12 ounce bottle into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The ale appears a clear medium chestnut color with about a finger of light ecru foam. Nose and flavor are dominated by none other than nuts. Pecans to be more accurate. Notes of toasted bread and caramel are also present as well as a touch of earthy bitter hops. About medium bodied and amply carbonated for the style. A simple, but tasty nutty brown ale.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It was actually called "Abita Pecan Harvest Ale". It poured with about 1.5 fingers of a foamy, tawny head with decent retention throughout. The nose was malty-sweet with a caramel-like quality to it. The color was a lovely deep-amber with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a good bit of sweetness on the tongue. The finish had a definite nutty/bitter characteristic. I was glad that I did a the label directed and cracked one open.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Brown 12 oz. twisty with raised lettering. “Ale brewed with real Louisiana Pecans” and some pairing suggestions of red meat and seafood.

Aroma: Caramel sweet toasted malt note with a hint of celery. Malt is full and inviting.

Appearance: Bright amber glass with almost painful clarity has a good 3 finger head at pour that drops back to a ½ finger cover that laces well.

Flavor: A solid amber ale (too bitter for a Brown IMHO) profile, malty without being heavy, just enough hops to cut the sweet without going bitter. The hop profile reminds me of the 20th Anniversary Pilsner, heavy on the Saaz?
I was on the edge of saying “where’s the nuts!” when they all hit me in a deep aftertaste. Unfortunately, there is also a little metallic taste back there too, but it’s not serious enough to worry about.

Mouthfeel: Light medium body, moderate to low carbonation, a bit oily in the finish.

Overall Impression: A solid beer! Abita seems to be on a roll lately. Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!

You’d be nuts not to try this one out!

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Photo of kirok1999
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy medium amber with a thin white head. Moderate lacing. Smell is pretty mild with some sweetness like molassas and nuttiness.
Taste is a not very sweet malt, a nuttiness that almost gives it a bitter flavor and a slight caramel/molassas taste. Pretty aggressive carbonation and a full mouthfeel.

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Photo of fields336
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into SN snifter
12 oz, $8.99 6 pack

A: Amber, orange to red, with a finger of off white, gold, frothy head. Dissipates quickly, lots of bubbles. The head leaves a nice ring on the edge of the glass. Beer is very clear with some nice carbonation coming off of the bottom of the glass.

S: Sweet, biscuity/bready malt, with some spice and definitely picking up the pecan. Smells like freshly cracked pecans. I'm a big fan of nut brown ales, so let's see how this one tastes. Not much hop flavor, maybe a slight earthy/grassy/floral smell in there.

T: Slight floral/citrusy like hop presence. Awesome nutty characteristic with some bready malts. On the back of the tongue the nutty taste really comes in. Really nice, maybe could use a bit more hops but I really like the taste of this.A great fall beer.

M: Very carbonated, refreshing and easily drinkable. At 5% you can put away a couple of these and not feel too bad.

O: A great fall session-ish beer. For the price it's great, I'm a big fan of this beer. Choose if you like nutty beers or just want something tasty to sip on while sitting on the porch on a fall day or after a hot day in the sun even. Would go great with some pecan crusted fish and rice.

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Photo of numenor1
3.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a modest head and the barest touch of lace. Smells like a bag of pecans, honestly, it's subtle but smells just like that...This for me a pretty neutral ale. Starts with a nice pale malt base, touch of caramel, touch of green hops but then this vague, subtle pecan flavor emerges that I very much enjoy. It's intriguing, though I do wish it were a touch more prominent. Finish is subdued pecan nuttiness. Mouthfeel is medium light with medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

As is this is a run of mill ale with some very interesting pecan undertones, but I think it could be much more...

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hey, many people say they like nuts or nutty but don't bother to get too specific about it, and plenty of beers are nutty, but in this case you really do get a roasted pecan flavor. Pretty cool. Poured a 2" head. Rich brown color (uh, pecan brown). Tastes of pecans, pralines, coffee, malt. And it really had a pretty lengthy finish. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Even the lady of the house who seldom eats nuts thought this was a tasty beer.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps it was that I just had an amazing pumpkin ale, but the Abita Pecan Harvest fell a little flat for me.

Poured a dark amberbrown color, with a little head.

Smell was good, but not great. It only had a hint of a nutty smell to it. When I think harvest, I think overflowing abundance of crops. This was more of a bushel...

Taste was similar to the scent... nice, but nothing special. Nutty, caramel and a little sweet.

Overall, blah.

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Photo of paperbackfoster
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
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 Mitchster
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.79 for a 12oz bottle @ Jacks. Filtered. 5% ABV.

Pours out to a clear medium amber, forming a nice off yellow head with very good retention and solid sheets of lace. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is obviously nutty, but also toasty with a decent malt body. Not much hops in the nose, which is not unexpected. The mouthfeel is watery, slightly acidic, clean, with a light body. The taste is a recap of the aroma with toast and nuts and a delicate very mild herbal bitterness with more lingering toast and wood in the finish.

A decent light bodied easy drinking nut brown ale if that's what you're looking for. I prefer heartier nut browns like Goose Island Mild Winter.

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Photo of tigg924
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: caramel color, medium carbonation, medium head

Smell: nuts--possibly hazel nuts, honey, and toasted malt

Taste: very malty, small caramel, small nutty taste especially in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: smooth and sweet

Drinkability: I like it, especially as a seasonal fall ale. It has an interesting taste..I could easily session this.

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Photo of ZacHart
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This ale pours a crystal clear amber color with an off white, moderate head that leaves some lacing. The aromas of malt and nuts are pronounced but not in your face. The flavor begins with nice biscuity and slighly yeasty malt flavors, which give way to the distinct but not overpowering flavor of pecans. This is a very light and highly drinkable beer that delivers exactly what it promises. A great choice for a change of pace in the fall or winter.

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Photo of Zraly
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light amber-brown with off-white head. Subtle smell of earth and nuts. I like it.

Relatively light-bodied, and a bit too sprite for a brown ale. However, there is a nice meld of sweet malt and light brown sugar notes. A hint of nut, which makes sense seeing it is brewed with pecans. Quite easy to drink and would make a wonderful session ale.

Not a heavy-hitter but nice just the same. Try it with a big bowl of sausage jambalaya --- the sweet will compliment the spice.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper with some bronze for the color. Nice bubbling and a little foam that retains well after the one finger head after the pour.

The aroma has melba toast with a some soft pecan nutty sweetness. Maybe a few delicate grassy hop aromas just so this beer doesn't smell too sweet.

The forefront of the taste has some caramel mlats. While the middle starts to show a little nutty sweetness. The finish has some overall light caramelized pecans that linger lightly after each swallow. Helped along by the gentle carbonation.

This is a pretty good beer. The pecans are subdued, but noticeable. I actually wished they dialed the pecan flavor up a few notches.

I don't think this beer should be categorized as a brown ale though. Due to the color and lack of any roasted smells o flavors. I had to rate this beer on what I though about it overall, not within a style guideline.

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Photo of BobbyBeerman
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hearty, clear copper color with a white head that has a very slight orange tint that dissipates down to a persistent ring.

S: Cinnamon is the first thing that hits me. There is a sweetness in there. The problem is that I didn't let it warm up enough. There we go... Now the nutmeg and allspice and, of course, pumpkin come out a little more.

T: When at the proper temperature it tastes wonderful. Don't drink this too cool or you'll miss a lot. The flavors follow the nose closely and dance across the palate without stomping it into the ground. The sweetness that was noted above almost seems like brown sugar now.

M: Well carbonated. It has a little of a bite but not from the alcohol content which is higher than expected. I think it is the cinnamon that is leaving a slight dryness but it's different than a hoppy dry.

D: I would say this one is a keeper. The higher than expected alcohol content encourages me to enjoy one per session. But this is one that I will keep in my rotation of fall seasonal beers. If you get a chance to try it, go for it. It's worth it.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber with a thin creme head. Nose is like peanut butter. Flavor is a bit tangy, but carries a full enough amount of pecan to be noticed. No great complexity, but it's nice. Smooth liquid feel. Carbonation is mid range. Nice to drink. It's smooth enough and a pretty drinkable nut brown. I bet this would be nice on cask.

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Photo of scratch69
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear amber color with a finger and a half worth of light tan head. Fair amount of clingy lacing.

Smell- Caramel malt with some nuttiness and toast.

Taste- Caramel malt with a nutty flavor and just a hint of some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and slightly crisp. Light bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall- Pretty good and easy to drink. I would like a little more pecan flavor other than just a nutty taste. I think with a little tweaking this would be a great beer.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Appears as an orange-copper with a one and a half finger orange head. Good retention with a bit of lacing.
S- Tasty pecan. Some nice caramel and some doughy malt, but they love that pecan. Not a bad smell. Just very nut-centric.
T- More pecan, a good bit of caramel. Very very pecany. a nice beer. if you like pecan you will like this.
S- A little too light weight for me. Just didn't quite hold it's own.
O- A drinkable beer. The extreme pecanness could detract from the overall drinkability of it after about 2 beers, but if you're really into the pecan flavor you will dig this.

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Photo of Foyle
3.91/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a nearly 1" off white head that dissipates rapidly leaving significant lacing. Color is amber, minimal amount of carbonation bubbles streaming up.
Aroma: love the smell of this one. Malty caramel, yeasty bread, and nutty pecans with a hint of the hops in the nose as well.
Mouthfeel: fairly light bodied and watery with a pleasant finish that leaves me ready for the next sip.
Flavor: echoes the aroma with a wonderful combination of the caramel malt flavors, the nutty flavor of the roasted pecans, and a mild hop bite at the end.
Overall: Excellent and delicious.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a burnt orange/brown color with a thick head – tight bubbles. It had an initially sweet smell with a bouquet of nuts in the background. The taste is malty and sweet with the nut flavor apparent. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Also, the carbonation is quite noticeable. Overall, this is an easy drinking beer and it leaves no doubt it is an Abita (I grew up in the area, and there is just something in their beer that is common to them all – you know it is theirs).

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears clear dark copper brown hue with a large bright off white head leaves behind fine intricate lacing as it dwindles down. Aroma has a nice peacan roastiness about it with caramel accents. Mild herbal hop additions come through as well very nice balanced nose to it. Flavors have a reserved nutty character ala the pecan additions. Moderate sweetness with caramel malts surrounding the roasted pecan flavors ample bitterness this is a nice fall beer that I will be willing to drink again and again. Motuhfeel is light to medium bodied range a bit of residual sweetness adss some extra texture to it, moderate carbonation. Drinkability is solid easy to drain nicely doen additive, pecans were very natural with earthiness proving there was no extract to creat a cloying mess, nice brew.

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Photo of singletary
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours amber color with a nice head on it. It has a malty and caramel smell to it, the taste is heavy on malts with a hint of the pecan coming in at the end. A easy beer to drink with a nice taste a very good effort by Abita.

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Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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