Jacques Au Lantern - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 225
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 30.48%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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Evolution Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: lackenhauser on 10-28-2009

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Photo of duceswild
4.62/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into an Evolution pint glass.

Pours a clear copper orange. Very minimal head with no lacing retention. Smell is of spice, cinnamon, pumpkin, and nutmeg. Very pleasant and made me look forward to the taste. Taste is very similar to the what you smell on the nose, but I also get a light taste of gingerbread. This beer is sweet to the taste, not sure I could drink a ton of these in one night but a couple are perfect during fall. Mouthfeel was a moderate amount of carbonation and a medium lightly syrupy body.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer and will seek it out in the future for pumpkin beers. Glad to see that they have bottled this one.

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Photo of ordybill
4.49/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at Gettysburg Eddie's in Gettysburg, PA. This beer is a nice pumpkin orange color with a small white head. the aroma is full of pumpkin and nutmeg with some cinnamon, very inviting. The flavor is a really good pumpkin and cinnamon mix. This is a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. An excellent pumpkin beer.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint...

A. Pours a very hazy, pumpkin orange color. About a finger of eggshell white head that quickly recedes to a quarter finger. Retention is good, as is the lacing.

S. Squashy, very squashy. Good dose of Belgian yeast provides some bright, crackery, mildly citrus notes. This melds very nicely with what I can only describe as a pumpkin seed and roasted pumpkin nose, one of the most pronounced I have encountered in a pumpkin beer. Rounding everything out are the traditional pie spices...allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon. This is a stellar nose, the Belgian scents really make it unique and I'm loving how it avoids the spice bomb trap and instead gives us plenty of the gourd.

T. Follows the nose. Breadiness and some mild citrus from the Belgian yeast, lots of roasted pumpkin and squash notes, with a nice pumpkin pie spice kick at the end. Love it.

M. Highly carbed, very crisp, which is appropriate for a Belgian ale I suppose. Light, refreshing, perfectly quaffable. The lightness could be perceived as watery, so I dock it a touch, but this is one you can drink several of and not feel like you just ate a whole pie.

O. One of my very favorite pumpkin ales, and a totally unique spin on an old classic. Very pumpkin forward, which is great in my book. Drinks almost like a hefeweizen with pumpkin pie spice and roasted pumpkin seed notes. Highly enjoyable and strongly recommended.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.34/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours copper in color with a fizzy head which fades quickly.

Smell: Pumpkin is very up front with cinnamon and nutmeg present.

Taste: Cinnamon is very powerful along with the nutmeg. Pumpkin flavor is very strong as well.

Feel: Medium bodied. Slightly creamy texture. not as carbonation as the fizzy head would suggest.

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Photo of larryi86
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A clear light orange/copper with a small off white head.

S-Pumpkin, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, bready malts.

T- Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, some cloves, nice malt backbone, touch of earthy spices in finish, mind of taste like pumpkin bread.

M- Smooth, body is a little on the light side.

O- Overall this is a solid pumpkin that is now one of my favorite pumpkin beers. Body is light and the only real issue I have with this beer. Being that this is under $10 a six pack I will definitely be buying more.

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Photo of MikeB20
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: An ever so slightly hazy golden amber with a nearly two finger off white head that quickly dissipates into just a coating and then disappears completely. Lacing is not to be found.

S: Intense spices, clove and nutmeg dominate with some grassy Belgian overtones and malty sweetness.

T: Spicy like a pumpkin pie with some bread like malt. The spice really hits after you swallow and lingers a bit in your mouth. I like the play on pumpkin pie spice with the Belgian yeast and it's very well executed in this beer. Finishes with a little sweetness.

M: Light to medium body, with a good bit of carbonation. I was expecting it to coat my mouth a little more given the addition of pumpkin but this beer is surprisingly light. Flavors linger on your tongue.

O: I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin beers but I do like to try new things. This is the first time I've seen this beer in a six pack and thought I'd give it a try, especially since it's a local brewery. What it lacks in it's pour and somewhat lackluster appearance, it more than makes up for in a well planned and executed brew. The did a great job pairing a spicy Belgian yeast with a bready, malty beer and came out with an above average pumpkin beer that I really enjoyed. If you can find it, I'd recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jacques Au Lantern on tap at Baltimore Taphouse in B'more, MD. Also had it at the Southern Boys Beer Festival in Salisbury, MD, organized by the guys behind Evolution Brewing.

Appearance: Extremely hazy, unfiltered-looking, dirty gorgeous, opaque as fuck. Like a pumpkin freshly juiced and poured into a glass. Little carbonation, no retention, no lacing.

Smell: Clove, cinnamon, spice. Rich aroma, but well balanced, not overwhelming. Little pumpkin in the nose, which is nice! Feels like seating by a warm fireplace on a winter evening. Reminds me of a hot toddy, very snuggly.

Taste: Not as exciting as the nose. Smooth, light. Very veggie-meaty-like, but almost a letdown from the intense smell. Faint hop touch, some spice, not much else. If it not were from the aroma, it'd be almost like drinking "pumpkin lemonade"! Would pair well with duck or foie gras.

Mouthfeel: It's got muscle! Full flavor and body, despite the low carbonation. Great coating of the mouth, bits the lips. A little thin at the end.

Drinkability: High! Goes down easy, not too filling, satisfying. Great! I am not a big fan of pumpkins, and this one is among the very few I will happily imbibe.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A light, copper-colored beer with only a small amount of white head. There is a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass feeding the head, leaving a very thin layer on top of the beer.

S: My first impression: A pumpkin beer that actually smells like pumpkin! Some caramel malts, a hint of cloves and a tiny bit of cinnamon, but the predominant smell is that a fall squash, rather vegetal and pleasant.

T: An interesting beer. Malty, grassy and bitter. The sweet malts come up front, followed by the taste of spices and hay, with a good bit of fall squash flavor again. The end is rather bitter, not entirely pleasant, but not bad.

M: Medium body with a lot of carbonation.

O: Definitely makes a short list of pumpkin beers that I would actually buy again. They didn't hide the taste of pumpkin behind insane amounts of spices, but rather complimented the pumpkin with spices. Definitely a great fall beer, and one to check out if you're into pumpkin beers.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange in color though a bit hazy. Small, foamy head. Nicely spiced aroma-somewhat clovey. Soft malty flavor with a good balance between the spices and a mellow pumpkin flavor. Spice level is just right. A bit earthy and yeasty. Good body. A well balanced package all in. Dangerously consumable, just like all of Evolutions beers I have had. Another winner in my book.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +7%

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%

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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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange-brown with one inch head. 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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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +7%
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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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Frosco during Baltimore Beer Week. Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear amber color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Some malt sweetness with pumpkin and a good amount of pie spice.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Pumpkin and spice dominate with some malt sweetness in the background. The finish is spicy and a somewhat bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a very good pumpkin ale. The spice was very good, but it wasn't over spiced. I would definitely have another.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mahaffey's today. Easily one of the better pumpkin beers I've had in a while.

The beer pours a slightly hazy honey amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is like wise attractive, with considerable cinnamon, alspice, clove and brown sugar. The guys at Evolution have really nailed that pumpkin pie aroma in this one. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, but what I really like, is that it appears this pumpkin beer has been built on an IPA frame. The light hoppy bitterness helps to tone down the sweetness a bit, and this beer is not nearly as heavy on the palate as some pumpkin beers out there. As a result, this is ultimately one of the better balanced pumpkin beers I've tried, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, but there's a lightness on the palate that I really appreciate. On the other hand, this beer has plenty of flavor, and is certainly not light or watery in that regard. The finish is moderately long and slightly bitter. As for drinkability, this is probably about as drinkable a pumpkin beer as I've ever come across. Quite nice. Very well done.

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Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Three Floyd's glass. It poured a hazy orange color with a thin white head to it. It's got a good amount of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom as well.

The aroma shows some sweeter, roasted pumpkin flavor to it. It's got a good amount of spice, but the belgian yeast gives it a little more of an earthy, clove like spice along with just a little of the typical cinnamon and nutmeg pumpkin pie flavors. Pretty nice aroma for the style, I like the twist the belgian yeast gave it.

The roasted pumpkin comes out more up front with some candi sugar like sweetness towards the finish. The spices again lean more towards the Belgian yeast, earthy, clove type flavors but there is definitely a little of a pumpkin pie influence in there. The spices are especially well done and feel more balanced then most pumpkin beers.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style and carbonation is above average. The carbonation felt a little high, but fitting given the Belgian influence. Overall, it's a really solid pumpkin beer. I really liked the unique twist on the spices with the use of Belgian yeast. It felt relatively balanced as well. Very enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of Hendry
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Burnt orange with an inch of khaki head, tiny bubbles near the top, no noted lacing.

Aroma is of spiced pumpkin,straight up.

Taste is pleasant and similar to the nose, but not exceptionally complex.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, medium level of carbonation tickles the tongue just a bit.

Okay, this is a nicely flavored pumpkin ale, but after enjoying a Williamsburg Alewerks pumpkin ale, I feel I may have been permanently spoiled to what the rest of the brewers are attempting to achieve with a fuller, more pronounced spectrum of spices. Worth trying and an enjoyable brew by all means.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1594th Review on BA
Bottle to LA Teku
12 oz

2012 bottle
Thanks to mdaschaf for this

App- A good orange color. Like a bit of a watered down orange gatorade. A nice clear color with a bit of a floatie look. A small 1/4" head that faded fast and no cling.

Smell- This one to me is much more pumpkin vs. spice. A good aromatic not
of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Taste- Its not a spice bomb as other pumpkin beers. Quite tasty with a good balance and only a tinge of spices. Not as thick as some others in the style.

Mouth- Its more of a light medium body with a semi creamy and semi tingly medium carbonation. Residual pumpkin and a tinge of spices.

Drink- I enjoyed this one. Good balance and nice pumpkin flavors. The spices arent over extended and its not too thick.

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Photo of hdofu
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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

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Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this growler up at the Brewery tasting room, shared with tenderbranson 69 and Octopus87 poured my share chilled into a mug.

A - A more golden than amber color yet slight copper highlight like honey in the jar w/ 2 fingers of frothy cream and spatterings of lace the adhere and average sized bead, a pretty looking pumpkin with nice retention

S - The smell is sweet w/ grainy nose that has mild spice and brings to mind a mild custard w/ allspice and subtle yeast scent that gives a hint of tangi-ness to the smell

M - The feel has light tang of yeast which is blended well w/ a spice that is balanced by the creamy and mildly sweet malt texture. The finish is semi dry and carbonation is slightly low for the style

T - The Flavor is very nice w/ spice first and malt second w/ mild yeast flavor and slightly bitter hops adding balance w/ a slight acidic edge. The mild allspice adds nice contrast to the slight vegetal taste w/ nutmeg giving a gentle lemony note and slight nuttiness w/ spice used deftly and nice elment of toasty/nutty malt and slight vegetal note w/ subtle caramel malt note. The spice is subtle yet strong enough to balance the sweetness of the malt and toasted and bready flavor w/ yeast that leads to a less spiced and semi-dry finish

D -I was happy to try this thrice - once at Arena's and once at the tasting room, this growler was my third crack at it and it is solid, a very well made brew for the style. I have had better, but this is very good I was glad I was in town when it was on tap

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/18/11 notes. Had on tap at the Evolution event at FireWorks in Arlington, VA.

a - Pours a murky orange brown color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pumpkin, spices, light nutmeg, light bready malts. Pretty good and the pumpkin is there, as are the spices.

t - Tastes of pumpkin, gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon, bready malts, and spices. A step up from the nose in my opinion as the taste was less focused on the spices and more on pumpkin pie.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, pretty smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a very good pumpkin ale. Easy to drink and I liked the sweet, pumpkin-pie like taste. Would certainly have it again.

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Photo of JayQue
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I liked this one. Appearance not so great but everything else was good!!!! Poured a hazy orange color into a pint glass. Minimal size fizzy white head on a hard pour. Head retention was minimal and no lacing on the glass. Aroma and taste were more impressive. The pumpkin and pumpkin spices were very subdued. The big aromas and flavors came from sweet malts and very prominent yeastiness. The yeast was as prominent in this beer as it is in a Saison. I like it when the pumpkin spices are not overdone. This is a tasty beer. The mouthfeel is rich enough and there is a slight alcohol burn that you would expect in a higher abv beer. On the whole, very well done.

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Photo of philbe311
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico's OktoBEERfest 2011. Served in a plastic pint. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a fairly-clear orange color with a nice white head and some good lacing. The nose carries some pumpkin spice and gourd. Well integrated with nothing coming on too strong. Flavor was a bit of a fallback from there, though still fairly good. Light body with a semi-dry finish. Pretty tasty and a nice all around effort.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium amber color with a bit of orange. 1+ finger head is and a light cream color. Good clarity. No lacing.

Aroma is pumpkin, nutmeg, and clove. Caramel malt.

Taste like the aroma. Big spice taste. Nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, and ginger. Pumpkin and brown sugar. Caramel, toffee, and biscuit.

Medium body with a creamy moth feel. Medium carbonation. Spice flavors linger.

I'm generally not a huge pumpkin beer fan but this a good one. Pumpkin is noticeable but not overpowering. Spices are well blended so no one dominates the others.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy amber tinted orange body with one finger head and little lace. Aroma is strong in terms of nutmeg, pepper, minor notes of pumpkin. Light to medium bodied with a subdued pumpkin taste and is more of a spicy/bready beer than straight pumpkin. The finish is a little dry and grainy and doesn't compliment the beer as much as it could.

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Jacques Au Lantern from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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