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Jacques Au Lantern - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 234
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 30.48%
Wants: 11
Gots: 38 | 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:
Beer added by: lackenhauser on 10-28-2009

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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 234
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 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 Kegatron
3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
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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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 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 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 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 Huhzubendah
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is orange with a tiny head that quickly fades to nothing, giving a still appearance. The aroma offers bold autumnal spices, particularly cinnamon. Notes of pumpkin pie. The flavor is ok. Thin and watery feel. Overall, pretty easy drinking, light. 'Tis the season.

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