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Jacques Au Lantern - Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

194 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: lackenhauser on 10-28-2009)
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Photo of shamrock1343
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

shamrock1343, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of siege06nd
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

siege06nd, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of davey101
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

davey101, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of MaseFace
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

MaseFace, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Texasfan549, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of BeerHunter76
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

BeerHunter76, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +9%

kjkinsey, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of tommyd313
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

tommyd313, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of Jimmys
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Jimmys, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of mrdziuban
4/5  rDev +9%

mrdziuban, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of NumberNone
4/5  rDev +9%

NumberNone, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Huhzubendah, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of mhbarber
2/5  rDev -45.5%

mhbarber, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of bonkers
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

bonkers, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

FosterJM, Oct 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

George2744, Oct 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

wattoclone, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Kegatron, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of hdofu
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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

hdofu, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

billab914, Oct 12, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

MikeB20, Oct 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

jagada, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of dborginis
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

dborginis, Oct 06, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

djre4orm, Oct 04, 2012
Jacques Au Lantern from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.