Abita Pecan Harvest Ale
Abita Brewing Company – Abita Springs, LA
Information: “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.
This ale is excellent served with both red meat, seafood and, no surprise here, it’s also great with nuts! Try Pecan® Harvest Ale with Gouda cheese.“
APV : 5.0%
Nut browns are one of my favorite beer styles. Slightly dark, always rich with nutty notes and full-bodied malts and wonderful flavors. But, just as the byline says, this is definitely the first time I have actually had a nut-brown with nuts actually in it! Nutty! It’s pour, oddly is more of a golden brown rather than the deeper hues one might have come to expect from a nut-brown (much like Newcastle or Bell’s Best Brown – both very heavy on the nutty tones). It’s head is a stark white and very nice against the beer itself.
Ya know how when you eat a pecan and you get that little oily residue on the very back of your cheeks (where your other taste buds are… seriously, look it up) that tells you that you’ve just eaten a good nut? Yeah, this beer does precisely the same thing. Weird but not at all surprising considering. But all you nut detesters out there, please don’t let that detract from attempting this seasonal fare, it is very tasty indeed. Other hidden flavor gems floral hoppy additions (though very lightly), buttery caramel, and a touch of something akin to green tea that I can’t seem to nail down. A very smooth and complete beer with no real amazing second act. The first and the finish are amazing, but there’s something lacking in the middle. Oh well, still very good. Enjoy with cheese for sure. Also clams and oysters would be pretty amazing. Nuts? Oh yeah.
Rating: * * * *
The nuttiest beer around! Literally!