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Abita Pecan Harvest Ale

September 5, 2011

While Fall in my mind normally means pumpkin beers and marzens, it is a time when we harvest plenty of things and when nuts begin to take a more prominent role in our cooking. And if we’re starting to bake them into pies, cakes, and other dishes, why not our beer? Well, this is clearly the question that the gentlemen over at Abita asked themselves. It should also come as no surprise, given their location in Louisiana, that their choice of nut is the Pecan. Their Pecan Harvest Ale certainly makes for a unique glass during this time of year.

The beer pours a reddish-amber that was slightly cloudy, with a light head that dissipated rather quickly. The scent was quite pleasing, being mostly caramel with dashes of candied pecans.

In my mouth, the Pecan Harvest felt only slightly heavier than water being once more fairly drinkable especially with its smooth carbonation. The first few tastes were of the standard Fall spices you’ll quickly become familiar with this season; nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, brown sugar, etc. In addition to the spices, there were lighter hints of sweet caramel and toffee. After these tastes though the beer slams you with a long pecan flavor, with the nose trick only further accentuating it. Ultimately the Pecan Harvest Ale is a strong, robust beer that as one friend suggested, “Doesn’t know when to stop [with its flavor].” Like I said, the Abita Pecan Harvest Ale is probably one of the more unique brews you can put in your glass this Autumn but it doesn’t mean it’s not delicious.

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