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Jacques Au Lantern - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 227
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 29.95%
Wants: 12
Gots: 33 | 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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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 227
Photo of Marraybay
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look: Coppery; what head there was dissipated very quickly.

Smell: Sweet:

Taste: Much like the nose, prominent upfront sweetness bundled with alcohol that carries thru to the finish.
Some mentioning belian, but to me it's more scotch-ale like. Not getting a whole lot with respect to spices or other flavors. No real bitterness to speak of.

Feel: A bit thin.

Overall: Pleasant enough. but not much else going on here.

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Photo of PA-hunter
2.81/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 6.3% abv.

Appearance- Pours a dark copper with 2 finger head quick to dissipate. Quite clear.

Smell- Pumpkin, a blend of spices such as cinnamon and spicier notes of clove.

Taste- Very sweet sugary malt, Belgian-esque in a sense. Pumpkin kicks in before quickly being faded out by a collection of spices, mainly clove, and the sweet malty taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with low carbonation.

Overall- Something about the spice and malt combo did not meld together nicely. The very sweet malt noted clashed with the overly spicy flavors. For this reason this beer did not seem drinkable and a bit off.

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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 tone77
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy, orange/brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin, little else. Taste is pumpkin, malts, subtle spices in the background. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, a little light on the spices, but an enjoyable beer.

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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 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 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 hophugger
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice golden pumplin in color with very little haed and lacing. Aroma is light and pleasant with hints of dry spice, pumpkin and malt. Taste is light with touches of dry spice, nutmeg, sweet malt, and some tanginess. Finish is decent with a cool, alcoholic taste lingering..

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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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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, semi-cloudy, golden amber/orange color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a few wispy clouds that gathered into the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of pumpkin, but not as strong in the nose of spices as other pumpkin beers. I get notes of brown sugar, all-spice, mustard and nutmeg, but not much in the way of hops, however.

Taste: Tons of pumpkin and all-spice, followed by a good malty backbone. Not too sweet, but there are notes of brown sugar. The beer finishes with some subtle hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.3%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is quite a good beer. Nice pumpkin flavors, balanced well against the malt, sweet and hops. I’d certainly get it again.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
2.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass
A - Pours a gold/orange and cloudy; looks like apple cider, head dissipates quickly
S - cinnamon, spice, fermented apples
T - Mild spice; slight bitter aftertaste
F - sinificant carbonation, frothy
O - It's drinkable and ok, but I'm beginning to realize that I'm not a fan of most Pumpkin Ales; it seems more of a seasonal novelty to me rather than a really good seasonal brew

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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 wiscokid920
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Traditional pumpkin beer spices cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and sweet malt. Smells great, nothing overbearing. Taste follows suit but in a much subtler fashion. Nice pumpkin pie spices, malty sweetness and subtle earthy spicy hop character on the finish.

A nice take on a Pumpkin Ale. Very subtle all around, and sometimes that a great thing for this style.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%

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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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 MCain04
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This 12 oz bottle was poured into a perfect pint glass and enjoyed at about 40 degrees.

Pours a murky orange brown with a fizzy off-white head which dissipates quickly without any lacing or retention to speak of.

Smell is of nutmeg, cinnamon, various spices, a little pumpkin but not too much.

Taste is of similar spice profile to the nose with cinnamon and nutmeg, not really pumpkin forward but I prefer this subtlety. Mildly bitter, mild sweetness, bready finish with hints of spices and pumpkin on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, a little watery, smooth, with a somewhat dry finish.

Overall, I found this to be a good representation of the style, and while I'm not a big fan of pumpkin beers in general, I found this to be more about the spices which was much more appealing. Would drink it again.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one is in honor for my late Pops, John O. "Jack" Chandler, who upon hearing of a French television crew coming to Lancaster to interview bicyclists, changed his name to "Jacques Chandler".

The pour netted a finger of very fizzy, tawny head that quickly dissipated. Color was a very hazy deep-copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose was incredibly spicy: nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, vanilla, very EVOcative of Fall, at least on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium, but the taste was quite EVOcative of pumpkin pie. The cinnamon/nutmeg/vanilla flavors were really big, but I just wished that the mouthfeel had been creamier. It was certainly spice-driven, but I just was not feeling it. Finish was dry, spicy, but not of anything to separate it from the rest of the growing pack.

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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 DrDemento456
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Snagged a single for $3.50 into a pint glass
A - Pour is kind of disgusting. Hazy orange amber with a tone of floaties and just a 1/4 inch of head that pulls back to practically nothing.
S - Smell is rather sweet, good spices, and a nice vegital note.
T - Pretty good pumpkin ale mostly getting bitter pumpkin mixed with nutmeg with not much sweet notes. Not terrible but I had better.
M - On par light to medium body. Wish it was sweeter or smoother.

Overall not the worst pumpkin beer but not one to seek out especially for a high singles price.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy copper color. The head is a one finger white shade. It's very fizzy-looking with poor retention. No lacing, either.

S: There's some typical allspice character from a-- wait, Belgian yeast? Yep, those apple, grape, and pear notes are unmistakable. I also get some brown sugar sweetness. The yeast helps give it a unique twist missing in many other pumpkin ales.

T: First things first, I don't get much actual gourd flavor. Rather, this is loaded with spices - both allspice and yeast-derived. These two elements have good cohesion, thankfully. It finishes with a nice wave of brown sugar. The nuance and depth of this one is pretty good; my only complaint is that it's a bit sweet (especially taking the use of Belgian yeast into consideration).

M: Medium bodied - not too heavy nor too light. The finish is both dry and sweet, with the former being aided with strong carbonation. Okay, it doesn't have bone dry feel of, say, Orval, but it's still pretty drinkable in comparison to its complexity.

O: Even though I'm a fan of Evolution, my expectations for this weren't particularly high because hey, it's a friggin' pumpkin ale. My fears were assuaged, because this is quite good. Unlike a lot of the mediocre examples of the style, this is both tasty and relatively deep. This brewery has no hype why?

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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 justintcoons
2.81/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Orange/amber with 1 finger of head that fizzles out quickly like soda. Excellent clarity and moderate carbonation.

Clove, nutmeg, Belgian yeast and banana.

The spices are upfront consisting of clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. Some nice Belgian yeastiness along with notes of wheat and banana.

Medium bodied and dry.

I detect no pumpkin. Just a whole lot of spices.

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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 davey101
3.02/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Notches on the dates seem to be out of alignment.

A - Pours a dark orange body with no real head retention to speak of.

S - Surprisingly witbier like. Cinnamon and coriander mostly. A touch of bread.

T - Coriander heavy with faint spices on the finish. Not very pumpkin or fall like.

M - Nice carbonation and smooth mouth feel.

O - An oddly coriander heavy beer with little resemblance to its namesake.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. best before Jan 2013.

A: a very slight haze on an amber body. looks like a slightly hazed oktoberfest.

S: cinnamon and allspice notes are obvious, but not in your face. there is definitely some body behind this thing as well. you can sense it in the nose.

T: similar to the nose, cinnamon and allspice and nutmeg. mostly on the allspice and nutmeg side.

M: moderate carb on a medium body.

D: i like the amount of spice, but a pretty average pumpkin beer in my opinion. to many too much like it available right now.

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Jacques Au Lantern from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.