Jacques Au Lantern - Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev +3%
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.
10-29-2011 15:10:51 | More by Thorpe429
3.03/5 rDev -17.4%
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.
10-17-2012 19:28:51 | More by Kegatron
3.93/5 rDev +7.1%
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
09-29-2010 16:35:52 | More by Slatetank
4/5 rDev +9%
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.
10-17-2011 21:15:25 | More by oline73
3.9/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
10-20-2011 16:45:14 | More by mdfb79
3.15/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
11-03-2013 19:08:24 | More by woodychandler
4.6/5 rDev +25.3%
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.
09-26-2012 02:12:00 | More by duceswild
District of Columbia
3.5/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
11-03-2012 02:15:32 | More by Huhzubendah
4/5 rDev +9%
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.
09-24-2010 20:43:47 | More by John_M
4/5 rDev +9%
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.
11-11-2010 02:02:23 | More by mdaschaf
4/5 rDev +9%
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.
10-12-2012 01:04:25 | More by billab914
3.48/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
10-25-2013 04:53:45 | More by DrDemento456
Jacques Au Lantern from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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