Abita – Pecan Harvest

Tasting: August 26, 2011
Style: Special (Ale)

The Weather Channel has been on all day in my house. Every once in a while, I look at it to see the latest models for the course of Hurricane Irene. It seems that most of the tracks have it as a direct hit on New Jersey. One even makes it look like my town is in the direct path. The entire state is buzzing in preparedness. Towns along the Jersey shore are evacuating and the Garden State Parkway will be closed tomorrow south of exit 98. Most importantly, my fantasy football draft could be cancelled and we’re trying to patch together a rain date.

Completely by coincidence the beer I’ve pulled out of my fridge to review is from Abita. Abita is located in Louisiana and I can’t help to think of Katrina. That was a major disaster. I recall the hopelessness on the faces of the people waiting for rescue — and I question why very few heeded the warnings of a category 5 hurricane as large as the Gulf of Mexico itself. The Abita Brewery located 30 miles north of New Orleans was closed for just two weeks following Katrina, but endured property damage losing already fermenting beer. For a small brewer, a big challenge to get rolling once again.

Anyway, on to a more pleasant subject. If you don’t know, Louisiana is famous for its pecans. Nothing like pralines from Louisiana. This ale says it’s infused with pecan oils and notes an ABV of 5%. This should make for an interesting tasting. Pour is a light brown with quickly vanishing head. Slightly sweet nose — nothing that screams nuttiness. Even my first sip, you have to wait for the pecans to come rolling in. If you didn’t read the label, you might just miss the signature flavor altogether. The nuttiness is as subtle as a cloud bumping into a pillow. I also get some wisp of caramel. The flavors here are really too light for me. Not offensive — but misses the mark. I’ll give it 75 points.

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