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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
Jacques Au Lantern, our Belgian-inspired pumpkin ale, is now on at the taproom. 6.1% abv, unfiltered and a whirlwind of spicy flavors and aromatics. It would take me a while to describe this one, itís probably easier for all of us if you just stop by and try it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (1407) - Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Draft sample at their tasting room yesterday, orangy dark amber color with light tan head. Aroma of pumpkin, spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), toast and Belgian yeast notes (some fruitiness, clove). Taste adds notes of caramel, allspice and citrus. Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, dry with faint fruity roast finish. Fruitier pumpkin ale, quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eaglefan538 (3032) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 2, 2014
A brown Belgian ale without the pumpkin but everything else. Pours an orangey brown color, generous off white to tan colored head, splotchy lacing. Aroma of molasses, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. Flavor followed, Belgian yeasties underneath, bread, assorted other spices. Mouthfeel moderate in body and carbonation. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2014
I appreciate the Belgian twist on the pumpkin beer, but itís still overly spiced, thin, astringent, and overall just meh. Nutmeg and cinnamon with some Belgian yeastiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dlovell2 (1805) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Pours cloudy copper color with off white head. Toasted malt aroma with cinnamon and nutmeg. Sweet caramel and toasted malt start followed with brown sugar and Biscoff cookie. Cinnamon nutmeg and ginger spiciness with light pine finish. Creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadRobin (2830) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - SEP 10, 2014
On tap half pint at Gilly's Beer & Fine Wine in Rockville, MD. Clear, coppery amber with a small khaki head and fair lacing. Aroma of pumpkin fruit, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel and wassail. Taste of nutmeg, toasted malt, caramel, cinnamon, allspice, pumpkin and orange. Nicely rounded balance of fruity, malty and spice flavors. Medium body and medium carbonation with smooth, foamy mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (5718) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Strong clove nose, pumpkin and cinnamon underneath. Cloudy orange, thick head with little retention. Pumpkin is dominant, but cloves are also prominent. Light body, alcohol not noticeable. Dry, not overly spiced. While pumpkin ales donít lend themselves to revisiting, this is quite sessionable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Pours a hazy orange with a small bubbly white head. Aroma of caramel, buttery popcorn, cinnamon and vanilla. Flavor of cinnamon sticks, vanilla and nutmeg.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (2773) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Draft at Moriartys. Hazy copper pour. Slight fizzy/foamy off-white head that mostly disappears. Big green squash flavors. Not quite pumpkin, but does taste natural. A wee bit tart. Thankfully juicier than spicier - though mulling spices are clearly present: cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and clove. Okay, but not a standout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tgncc (3100) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Valley Forge 2013 Beer Fest. Mix of Belgian yeast and pumpkin, squash. Medium/thick in body. Really doesnít work at all. Not terrible, not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a hazy copper color. The head is a one finger white shade. Itís very fizzy-looking with poor retention. No lacing, either. S: Thereís 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 donít 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 itís 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 doesnít have bone dry feel of, say, Orval, but itís still pretty drinkable in comparison to its complexity. O: Even though Iím a fan of Evolution, my expectations for this werenít particularly high because hey, itís a frigginí 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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