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Pecan Ale | Abita Brewing Co.

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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: 1,074 |  Reviews: 401
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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%

Photo of Moxley
2.51/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank with my good friend and fellow BA member Pleepleus from an Abita party pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet.

I was excited to try this beer, as I like nutty beers, but was quickly disappointed with the lack of aroma and to be quite honest, lack of flavor.

A - Very short weak off white head that settled quickly to nothing. We call this the Emilio Estevez (even less head than Charlie Sheen, which is characterized by a 1 bubble sheen across the top). Favored the appearance of a sparkling rose wine.

S - Nothing. That's right, it had no real aroma to speak of.

T - Bitter up front with a slightly nutty finish, although there's a good chance I'm making this up solely from the name and my desire to taste pecans. I would probably have liked this beer a lot more if they didn't call it Pecan Harvest because I really didn't get anything remotely close to a pecan flavor. I'm clearly unhappy with this one.

M&D - Crisp and dry. Simplistic, light to medium body with minimal carbonation.

Easy to drink, but don't get this beer if you're looking for a flavorful pecan experience.

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Photo of Kranders
2.53/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

'm not huge fan of pecans in general, but I had to try it. In general it was solid but unexciting. No real noticeable flavors. The pecan was there, and not overwhelming (which is always a plus in flavored beers). Overall I'm glad I tried it, but I probably woulnd't get it again. Abita always has good beers, but this was not their best.

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Photo of brdc
2.53/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Small capped bottle, shared by stoutsnipas.

Poured into an inappropriate pint shaped cup, it shows a dark golden, not brown color, with a voluminous but short lasting white cap. No lacing, but could be the "glass".
Aroma is nearly absent, faint earthy hoppiness, slight caramel maltiness.
Thin bodied, the flavor is like the taste, faint in the background.
Forget this one.

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2.56/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance-Has a very nice orange color that reminds me of most fall seasonals. Good clarity, minimum head retention, very thin lacing and overly carbonated.

Smell: At first I get a buttery pecan pie smell. It really reminds me of a pecan pie crust. I can detect no hop characteristics in the nose and a very small hint of caramel in the nose which I am going to credit to the malt.

Taste: At first I get very harsh and over powering bitterness that seems out of balance with the buttery pecan nose. The bitterness really lingers and while there is a hint of sweetness in the middle the beer always finishes bitter and off.

Mouthfeel: This beer is almost watery yet with a hint to tannins that leave my mouth dry and scratchy.

Drinkability: Of all of the falls beers, I was very disappointed with this one. The beer had a watery texture in my mouth and the flavors were not in balance with the nose. It instead left a dry bitterness and with the almost no hop characters present in the nose, I was a little lost at this finding. While it did have a light mouthfeel and I am used to drinking hoppy dry beers, this beer would have had an easy drinkabilty yet with its unbalanced flavors I had very little desire to do so.

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2.57/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep bronze. Lacing if film.
Smell is caramel. Sweet. Not much
Caramel, toffee. Some coffee. Toast. Kind of feel there may be some diacetyl. Heavily sweet. Buttery sweet.
Feel like light. Almost medium. Bold sweetness up front. Very dry end.

I feel like this had potential on paper but falls a bit short.

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2.58/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Made with real Louisana pecans. Props for trying something unique and different but the aroma and lackluster flavor falls short here. Pours a clear golden-orange color with a light off white head. There is some muskiness on the nose with light pecans and fresh bread. Flavor is light malt with an earthy bittering hop bite, perhaps a tad bit to much with a touch of nuttiness and citrus on the fade. Flavor is moderate at best, the pecans really do nothing to make it stand out or give it some character. Mouthful is very light and watery. Drinkability is moderate at best and wouldn’t recommend it, if not just for the sake of saying you had a pecan beer.

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2.61/5  rDev -22.1%
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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2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
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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2.65/5  rDev -20.9%
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 -19.4%
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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2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
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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2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
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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2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
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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2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of imasloth
2.74/5  rDev -18.2%
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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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Pecan Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 1,074 ratings
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