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Jacques Au Lantern - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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201 Ratings

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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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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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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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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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.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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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4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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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Jacques Au Lantern from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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