Week 4 of MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK takes us to New Orleans, Louisiana. When it came time for me to choose a beer to review I wasn’t given many options for Louisiana craft brew output. So when I went to the beer store to find something I decided to go with the Pecan Harvest Ale since we had just (re)brewed a pecan brown ale ourselves and I figured it be nice to have something to compare ours to when it is ready to drink in a few weeks. Regardless of why I chose it, let’s get on to the review.
Abita Pecan® Harvest Ale is brewed with pale, Munich, biscuit and caramel malts and Willamette hops. Real Louisiana roasted pecans are added in the brewhouse and give the ale a subtle nutty flavor and aroma. Crack one open for yourself.
Right from the get go I knew something was amiss. This American Brown Ale poured a burnt orange color that was very transparent. Not brown. Not at all. The head was an inch of off-white that faded down within a minute or tow. Lots of carbonation was present and noticeable due to the fact that the beer wasn’t very brown.
I didn’t get much aroma from the nose, but what I did get was a nutty/pecan scent, some sweet brown sugar, and a cereal-like maltiness.
The taste begins with a mild bread flavor that is the most noticeable flavor. When a flavor that is described as “mild” is your dominant flavor, then you know you may be in trouble. An herbal/grassy spice was also present and somewhat surprising. Nuttiness shows up near the backend, but it’s very faint. If I didn’t know this was a pecan beer I never would have guessed it.
Mouthfeel is light with noticeable carbonation present. Slight drying appears when it’s all said and done.
This is a bland beer. It doesn’t feel at all like a brown ale and the pecans are practically nonexistent in the flavor. I am disappoint.
Overall: 4 out of 10
As a BROWN ALE: 2.5 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: The Dudes’ Brewing Company GRANDMA’S PECAN, Sierra Blanca DE LA VEGA’S PECAN BEER, Holy City Brewing PECAN DREAM