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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 womencantsail
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a nice amber/copper color with a thin layer of slightly off-white foam.

S: I found the nose to be fairly enjoyable. A lot of toasted biscuit aromas and a nice nuttiness (presumably pecans) which I was not expecting to be so powerful. There's a touch of butter/diacetyl as well, however.

T: After a fairly robust nose, the flavors were really a let down. This is very watery and quite mild in terms of flavor. The only thing I pick up is a slight toasted malt flavor.

M: The beer is thin on the tongue with moderate carbonation.

D: I can't say I was let down, because I've never been impressed by Abita, but this started out with some promise and then crashed and burned.

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Photo of JDV
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Semi transluscent amber pour with a short lived off white head. Smell is light caramelly malt, with at times slight hints of pecans. Not very noticeable, but I think I smelled pecan pie at times. Taste is pretty much a simple malty amber with mild bitterness, and no real hop flavor to speak of. Notes of pecan in some sips, but faint. A touch boring, but not bad.

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Photo of avalon07
2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Not a very powerful aroma, but did have a nice dose of malt. Little else, though.

T: Essentially tasted of malt with a slight nutty flavor. When you drink a brown ale you expect some nuttiness, but you get little of that here. A one dimensional flavor.

M: An OK amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Not a mind-numbingly bad beer, but certainly not a good one either.

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Photo of pwoods
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz. stubby brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a pint.

A: Pours a plain amber with clear visibility. 1 finger of slightly fizzy white head forms and dies within 30 seconds. No lacing.

S: Nutty with some caramel malts. Subtle and pretty straight forward.

T/M: Caramel malts dominate with a touch of toasted nuts in the back.. though I'm not sure they're pecans. Carbonation is lively and makes it feel like slightly flat cola. Near the finish I get a bit of a mineral or earthy stone taste. Haha, is that right? Carbonation feels too high and body isn't bold enough for the style.

D: Not terrible but I certainly won't get this again... especially with a great local brewery(Mt.Carmel) that makes a nice Nut Brown.

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Photo of atr2605
2.94/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A-pours nice copper/amber color with an off white head with great retention
S-soft toasted pecan smell with some maltiness
T-pecans and some caramel malt, bit of dry biscuit in the finish
M-medium light bodied
O-pretty drinkable brew but overall flavor is a bit flat

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Photo of bort11
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz stubby bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Egg shell white head stands up a half inch, but manages to maintain a solid cap for an extended time.. Nice stair steps of lacing sticks to the glass. Color is a clear orange, no where near a brown.

Smell has a dry woody aroma. Mild bitterness. Nutty pecans come though more in the taste. I would like there to be a little more sweetness to balance to out the dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin and feels a bit over carbonated. I think this beer would work a lot better with some molasses added to the mix. I think it would add some more body and sweetness.

Blipped "Pecan Pie" by Golden Smog

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Photo of DoktorZee
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date on the bottle.

A - amber with a small head that resolves after a few minutes to absolutely nothing. Lots of carbonation rising in the glass.

S - hint of candied nuts/pecans - not much else.

T - this one is really dilute with only a hint of pecan in the background and not much in the foreground (i.e. the beer part is missed - not hops/malt combo to speak of). Very dry finish - gone in seconds.

M - very unremarkable: light with moderate carbonation.

O - overall this one misses; not solid enough on the pure beer side of things, and the pecan doesn't really add much for interesting character (doesn't really match the text on the label).

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Photo of nick76
2.96/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma does have some pecans but it seems somewhat strange. Not bad but odd in a paper kind of way. There is some malt though. The appearance is orange and the head thin. The flavor is like the aroma with a bitter nutty finish. The palate is thin. It's a nice try but not great.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.97/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy peach color, ok head, not too much lacing, not that impressive to look at.

Smells very malty and a bit nutty, with a little butter and a little caramel.

Taste is quite average. Too much pungent malts, but a touch of nutty floral and fruit flavors.

Light to slightly medium bodied, so-so carbonation, aftertaste is bland.

Drinks less than average. Drinkable, but not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of silentjay
2.97/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

very light in color for an American Brown Ale, as its a barely brownish and completely translucent copper color with a decent off-white head with decent retention and a bit of lacing.

aroma is a bit nutty, but with tons of bready and slightly toasty malts. kind of a faint aroma overall.

rather dull taste of a bad English Brown ale with a slight nuttiness after the swallow. bready and slightly toasted malts are all I am getting.

very light on the tongue, yet sticky and syrupy going down, with a watery finish, slight carbonation, and very little aftertaste.

drinks ok. nothing off-putting, but very tame in all aspects producing a very forgettable beer with little nut and little brown ale characteristics.

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Photo of cagocubs
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Burnt-Orange/Amber color with a slight head that dissipates shortly after pour. No flim, no lacing, but some serious carbonation streams.

S: I was expecting this to have massive nutty aroma, but was surprised when only slight nose of nut came through. Not much of a scent after that, maybe some malt.

T: C'mon Abita, you got me all excited with this Louisiana pecan talk and you didn't hold up your end. Real slight nut flavor. Instead I get a everyday, hop/malt taste. Yawn.

M: Some carbonation and the slightest nut flavor in aftertaste. Let down.

O: Darn. I was excited to try this one out, but it just was unbelievably lackadaisical. I could see this being a keystone beer if they went back to the drawing board and actually did to the beer what the label says.

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Photo of RickS95
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nutty, orange color. Slightly opaque with limited head.

Has an earthy, grainy smell, but nothing dominates or even stands out.

The flavor is all in the finish. Nothing jumps out at you til a bit of nuttiness deep in the swallow.

Pretty bland in the mouth. It's neither sweet nor bitter, only a bit of carbonation in the finish.

Average alcohol and no offensive flavors, not a great beer, not a bad beer.

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Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had many nut brown ales with nuttier flavors than this beer, which actually uses pecans. Pecan nut oil lent more of a bittnerness than nut flavor, more akin to the tannic flavor of the shell. Overall, thin and uninterestng, which is too bad, as the beer sounds great, in theory.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber and copper colored pour with medium carbonation. Slightly sweet taste with caramel and nut flavors. Finishes with a slight hint of bitterness.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep brownish copper with a thin layer of head that dissipates quickly.

S: A bit of caramel, a bit of nuts, and a bit of breadiness. Not much aroma. Very mild.

T: Similar to the smell. Fairly simple - a decent caramel malt combined with a bit of biscuit and nuts. Not too crazy or extreme with the flavors. Well balanced and tasty.

M: A nice bit of a dry bite at the end. Nice finish overall.

D: This is a decent beer. It's as I scored it - completely average. Drinkable, absolutely. This would likely make a great session beer.

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Photo of tronester
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy reddish orange, with a medium tan head. Not very brown in color at all. Smell is of pecans that went bad. Taste is a bit better, tart malts up front, thin middle, with a hint of pecan in the finish. Also an unusual bitterness that does not seem to be coming from hops. Finish is also very dry. Mouthfeel is average, average carbonation levels as well. Drinkability is not the best, this beer is ok, but the pecans give it a wierd taste that I don't like too much. I do not like eating pecans as it is, so that might be part of it. If you are a pecan lover you might like this beer, otherwise its just ok.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.01/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured this American Brown Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This ale poured a brown/red color. The pour produced a small tan head, retention was poor and produced only a light amount of lace. The aroma consisted of roasted malts and caramel. Light in body, there was a foundation of roasted malt and nuttiness. Overall, this is very average.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear copper, not brown at all, with a two finger, light tan head. Retention is decent before falling to a thin film with a thick collar. Some lacing.

S - Very nice. The aroma from the pecans is subtle but noticable and mingles well with the expected toasty, caramel, and slightly toffee aromas from the malt.

T - Very surprised at how weak and mild this is. There's a slight toasted graininess that makes up most of the flavor with very little dimension. An earthy bitterness kicks in late palate; uninteresting at best. The best part of this brew is the nutty aftertaste, just like the bottle says.

M - Certainly not a brown, and certainly not anything that makes this beer any better. Light bodied, high carbonation, watery near the end. Some real flavor might actually come through if the carbonation were tamed and the body was fuller.

D - It's light and fairly flavorless, not a horrible brew to down but nothing worth revisiting. I've actually been bumping the score down over the course of this review because nothing about this brew has grown on me.

Very average. Pecan ale? No. Brown? Not even. I don't quite know what Abita was going for here, but to tout about using real pecans in the brewing I've had plenty of beers with more nutty flavor than this...and they didn't use nuts in the brewing.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear amber body with a small, short-lived white head.

Smell: Aroma of toasted biscuits, a pinch of cloves, caramel, and only a mild (and I do mean mild) hint of pecans.

Taste: Dry, crumbly, toasted biscuit flavor with a very subdued caramel sweetness. Lightly spicy hoppiness. A dry, toasted nutty bitterness rises in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Watery texture.

Drinkability: Altogether dull and dreary. I've gotten stronger nuttier flavors from non-nut beers. Even as I finish drinking this beer, the thumb points... down!

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Photo of justintcoons
3.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a brown-tinted amber with moderate carbonation and about a half finger of head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is rather poor.

N: Smells great! Huge nutty aromas waft up along with caramel, cocoa and brown sugar.

T: Watery brown sugar and a hint of caramel malts and pecan. Unfortunately there's not much going on here. There's some roastiness, cocoa and nuts that linger in the finish.

M: Light-medium bodied, clean and refreshing.

O: This was kind of a let down, yet it is very easy drinking and very sessionable. Flavors are extremely light and watery but what is there is very pleasant tasting.

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Photo of dippy
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Brown and brooding which is appropriate for a brown ale. No lace for me.

Smelled sweet, earthy.

Taste was like any traditional brown, a little malty and caramel.

It was smooth on the palate

I could drink a ton of these. I know my scoring may seem a bit low, but that is because no particular aspect of this beer blew me away. I would buy this beer again. It was good.

Drank this one again. Lowered the score. The mouth feel falls short.

And it it not" brown and Brooding" ( how many did I have before I wrote that last review?)

Beer is a nice amber color. Slightly off white head. NO trace of lace again.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to barefootbrewer for this brew.

Pours a nice semi-cloudy golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tannish head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slightly tangy, very slight nutty/pecan tone, and some caramel. The taste is malty, slight tangy/bitter, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad, but would not buy if it was in my area, but glad to have try it.

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Photo of scvance
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber color with a large white head. Color really reminds me of roasted pecans and fall. Aroma is fairly mild, there's a slight nutty and malty sweetness to it, as well as a slight earthy note. Taste was pretty mild as well, earthy with a little roasted character. I think maybe I get a little nutty pecan flavor, maybe I'm just imagining it. Fairly highly carbonated and a medium body. It's a pleasant, easy drinking beer. Mouthfeel is rather oily, it feels like my mouth is being coated in oil with every sip, not very pleasant. Overall I was really disappointed with this beer, it looked so promising from the poor, but it just went downhill from there. Nothing spectacular about this one, and the oily characteristics just don't work for me. I won't be having this beer again.

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Photo of aepb1
3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Amber, translucent body, light airy white head

S- Malty, bready, nutty

T- Typical brown, bready up front, nutty after taste

M- Medium bodied but a bit watery and on the high side with the carbonation

D- Not horrible but nothing but proximity will lead me back to this again

On a side note, BM me if you have an Abita beer you think'll blow my socks off please!

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Pecan Harvest Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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