Jacques Au Lantern - Evolution Craft Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev +3.3%
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
3.9/5 rDev +6.6%
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
4/5 rDev +9.3%
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
3.73/5 rDev +1.9%
Poured from growler. Thanks Duffy!
L - Deep orange color with a finger of head. Looked really cool poured from the growler, like a guinness with an extreme carb cloudiness, and then an opaque orange color emerges.
S - Pumpkin pie, with a heavy nutmeg note. Some effervescent lemon grass coming from the bubbles. Very nice.
T - LOTS of cloves with other pumpkin pie spices including nutmeg and cinnamon. Pumpkin is somewhat subdued upfront, but comes through as a roasted flavor on the back end.
M - This growler was 3 days old, and there is still a lot of carination in it. Medium bodied, with a bit of a spicy bite.
O - A nice fall beer. The pumpkin is done very well, not over the top like some, but still there as the backbone of the beer.
09-15-2011 21:58:03 | More by BeerThursdays
4.15/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
11-26-2010 00:18:18 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4/5 rDev +9.3%
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
3.93/5 rDev +7.4%
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 +9.3%
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
4.1/5 rDev +12%
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.
10-28-2009 00:11:08 | More by lackenhauser
Jacques Au Lantern from Evolution Craft Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.