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Jacques Au Lantern - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

195 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: lackenhauser on 10-28-2009)
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Reviews by hdofu:
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3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a sort of ember appearance. Has a minimum medicinal smell to it. Taste is spicy, has a sort of wheat like finish too it, not as sweet as other pumpkin beers. Its almost as crisp as a cider though which makes it pleasant to drink. Definitely a well rounded beer

More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +9%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #70 (November 2012):

Pumpkin Ales should have some umph to them right? Evolution gets it with this somewhat brawny brew. Spicing is very well balanced, just enough pumpkin character to round it out. A sure thing if this is the style you are craving and it will definitely stand up as something different and fun to you novice beer drinking friends.

STYLE: Pumpkin Ale
ABV: 6.3%
AVAILABILITY: Fall Seasonal

LOOK: Clear brassy color, solid looking head

SMELL: Cooked pumpkin meat, pie spice, faint ginger, cloves, cake batter, bready

TASTE: Deep smoothness, creamy medium bodied, spicy start, clove, mace, nutmeg, ginger, caramelized pumpkin, mild alcohol warmth, lingering spice, modest hopping, earthy, grassy, slightly dry finish

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4/5  rDev +9%

Very tasty with lots of good flavors. Taste is pumpkin pie, cinnamon, clove, and slight creaminess. I will look for this again.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass.

A: Pumpkin orange with a half-a-finger white fluffy head. The head settles to a thin line within a minute. There is little lacing.

S: Pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon (traditional spices). The pumpkin does smell a bit watery.

T: Pumpkin and fleshy earth combines with a little allspice and cinnamon in the finish.

M: Medium and dry

O: A relaxed pumpkin beer that lacks much of the spice and alcohol of its many brethren, Jacques offers some earthy pumpkin and slight spice without sweetness. It is a bit watery in the finish.

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery

A: Pours a light amber color with a small head. Not as dark as most pumpkin beers I have had. Decent lacing down the sides.

S: Somewhat spicy, with some cinnamon and other pumpkin spices (cloves/nutmeg/and brown sugar). Definitely on the sweeter side.

M: Very malty with hints of spices mixed in. Nice and subtle, not over the top like some pumpkin beers out there. Had a slight hop kick in the middle.

M/D: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall a pretty good example of a pumpkin beer, one of my favorites in the style for sure.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Kegatron
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 2 fingers of robust white head that has a bit of an off-look to it. This retains with a thin sudsy look that leaves back a smattering of spotty lacing. Sadly, butter just dominates the nose here, with light notes of pumpkin, spice and sweetness sitting way along the back. What a shame.

Thankfully this shows a little m ore of itself in the taste, with notes of pumpkin, a moderately sticky sweetness, a sprinkle of festive fall spices and a gentle bite of crisp green hops. A flush of diacetyl does come out across the back upon each sip but it isn’t quite enough to ruin things (although it tries). The finish is dry with a lingering raw bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and firm on the tongue, with more of a smooth creaminess on the edges of the feel that help keep this mostly easy feeling in the mouth.

This is kind of sad. I mostly liked what I could see from this Pumpkin Ale but that buttery off-flavor unfortunately threw this under the bus a bit. Maybe I’ll have to try another bottle this season and reinvestigate things.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

12 oz. bottle poured into a curved SN pint glass (June 2014 notched on the label)

A: Muddled, dirty copper body with no head or lacing.

S: Freshly carved pumpkins.

T: All pumpkin, with just a tinge of nutmeg to round it out.

M: Smooth with just a bit of the lightest carbonation.

O: Let this one warm up a bit before drinking it, it definitely needs it. Kind of like warm pie.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of philbe311
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First pumpkin ale of the season... Pumpkin beer + Belgian yeast = Yes, please...

A - Two fingers worth of extremely active exceedingly fizzy light khaki colored head comprised of lots of big chunky bubbles... Audibly fizzy... Very limited retention as this one recedes in rapid fashion... The end result is a slightly splotchy lacing and thin collar... Loads of carbonation bubbles can be seen bursting through the surface of the lacing... Streaks of rapid paced carbonation rise within... Some carbonation bubbles also just cling to the sides of the glass... The color is a rich and dense medium golden amber...

S - A very powerful nose right off the bat... Equal parts spice and Belgian yeastiness... The pices take the form of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove... The light Belgian yeast add loads of depth and complexity... Rich roasted pumpkin lies beneath the surface... There is also a very slight caramel sweetness... Really a truly exquisite nose that proves to be satisfying, complex and rewarding...

T - The spices are at the forefront but don't dominate... Next the roasted pumpkin and caramel sweetness vie for second billing... The interplay between the works very well together... The Belgian yeast adds a layer of unique depth and highlights some faint banana and bubble gum notes...

M - Medium bodied... Dense... Sleek... Some light prickly carbonation... The finish has a slight touch of dryness to it...

D - One of the more unique Pumpkin Ales out there... The addition of Belgian yeast adds a significant amount of character, especially in terms of aroma and flavor profiles... It took a moment to get used to and it may not be everyone's favorite pairing, but I thought it worked very well together... Nicely done as I continue to add to my growing respect for Evolution...

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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Jacques Au Lantern from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.