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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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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, it’s probably easier for all of us if you just stop by and try it.

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3.1
tgncc (3132) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Valley Forge 2013 Beer Fest. Mix of Belgian yeast and pumpkin, squash. Medium/thick in body. Really doesn’t work at all. Not terrible, not great.

3.6
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. 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?

3
Iphonephan (6989) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2013
On draft at Whole Foods in Vienna VA. Pours a clear gold with an off white head. Vinous nose. Flavors of clove and cinnamon with a hint of pumpkin. Medium bodied. Smooth finish.

3.5
ChrisSc (464) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2013
On tap into tulip. Salisbury. Appearance: amber and slightly hazy. No head. Aroma: pumpkin pie. Spices. Malted barley Taste: slightly sweet. Pumpkin taste. Palate: medium body. Normal finish. Overall: a pretty respectable pumpkin ale. Not overbearing. Pumpkin is present, but not too much.

3.4
bigbish (712) - California, USA - NOV 18, 2013
This is a really nice pumpkin beer. Not very spiced like many, and has a good body and flavor to it. I like the complexity the Belgian yeast brings. Very good.

4
Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Pours clear amber orange with a big frothy head that dissipates quickly. Aroma brings lightly sweet pumpkin spices, warming like pumpkin pie. Flavor brings lightly zesty pumpkin spices, purer carbonated body.

2.8
obxdude10 (2324) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Not a very good pumpkin beer. The beer pours a light amber color with an orange hue. The nose features some potential for the rest of the beer, but unfortunately, that’s where the good qualities end. The aroma had some really nice pumpkin and nutmeg tones, but not enough in the flavors. The body was thin and contained a sour citrus flavor that was a huge turn-off. The sour and skunky flavor carried over into the finish, leaving a very undesirable aftertaste.

2.8
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Ughh, why do i keep drinking these pumplin beers. sweet and a real spice bomb. wife enjoyed it

3
twindog (274) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Pours a light brown with a small white lace head very much like a lager not to much pumpkin going on a little sweet but not to bad. Very drinkable but had much better

3.3
hershiser2 (3250) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2013
$1.80 Bottle from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville. Pours slightly clody amber-brown with an inch of frothy off-white head. Smells of heavy pumpkin, light spice. Tastes of bitter pumpkin, some cinnamon, coriander, and light nutmeg.


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