Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 1,579
Reviews: 633
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 153
Gots: 187 | FT: 6
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Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Paquette on 12-01-2008

First release from Pretty Things. A "Saison Americaine."
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Ratings: 1,579 | Reviews: 633
Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: Bottled March 2015

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and faint straw yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a medium sized two finger thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a very thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/lemon, peppery yeast, and pale + bready malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale and bready malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of peppery saison yeast and citrus/lemon hops. There is a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate to significant amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and very easy to drink. Alcohol is well hidden and this beer would pair well with just about any foods. Really worth picking up if you come across it.

Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, floral hops, piney hops, strong tart yeast, and slight herbal aroma. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong earthy malt, biscuits, hops, sweet malt, hint of tartness, and a hint of grass. Overall, odd flavor profile, too much earthy malt for my taste, but decent aroma and good appearance.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden to straw colored with a quarter inch of bright white foam comprised of medium sized bubbles. The aroma is earthy, peppery and I also detect a light grainy note. I taste light malt and earthy, peppery saison yeast. There's a light copper note in the aftertaste. The mouth is moderately carbonated and dry.

Photo of MissSmisje
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: golden, with white lacing
S: yeasty, Hay, funk, orange peel, lemon peel, grass, some clove and a hint of green pepper.
T: similar to nose, sweetness in the mid palate and very dry finish
F: medium body, a little heavier than I'd like.
O: I love this beer. A delicious American saison

Photo of Summerteeth
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Almost a white wine nose on this one. Spicy taste. Had it at about 40 degrees. Interested in what it would taste like colder. Nice haziness and good hop background. Overall, a great beer.

Photo of Chcshammonde
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

IMO, good saison but not great. Feels pretty heavy going down, much heavier than others. Thick mouthfeel, acidic finish, yeasty beginning. I wouldn't get this one again but would try other beers from this brewery.

Photo of HankSingle
4.66/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite beer, from my very favorite brewer. All season superstar.

Photo of billmayo
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, I'm at Highland Kitchen in Somervile, Ma and I check out this beer on BA and what do I see? Stickyv gives this beer a great review and I'm in the same place...... I show the waitress the fine review and order one up. It was tasty light and refreshing. I'm usually more of an IPA drinker, but really liked this Saison.

Photo of stickyv
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Could have 1000 of these. Almost like a Belgian white but more "humph". Supremely drinkable. Beautiful color and glow. Had on tap at Highland Kitchen in Somerville Massachusetts. I read about this beer when doing research before coming to Boston and just happened to find it at one of the best restaurants and dive bars on a spring day. Really really nice beer.

Photo of anteatr23
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours translucent and golden with moderate head. Smells grassy and herbal. Taste is peppery and refreshing. Light and carbonated mouth feel with a bitter finish. I don't want to dock points for the beer style, which isn't particularly a huge favorite of mine, but it's a refreshing beer -- easy to drink. Enjoyable.

Photo of modidia
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this 3rd after heady and sip of sunshine. Maybe that was the problem. I found it heavy for a farmhouse ale, good, not great. Probably not drink it.again...

Photo of Foxybrau
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rosy and earthy, light and easy drinking. This is every bit a saison, leaving the hops for the imitators. Quite smooth on the palate. A fine brew.

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thin, lingering white mousse.

S: Aromas of lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, herbs, grass, crackers, biscuits, and oaky, lactic yeast funk fill the nose.

T: Notes of lemon, kumquat, grapefruit, pineapple, grass, herbs, crackers, biscuits, minerals, oak, must, and lactic funk wash across the palate. The finish is funky, tart, and dry, with lingering notes of oak, must, lactic yeast, grass, minerals, and lemon.

M: Light-to-medium in body and rather dry. Carbonation is crisp and firm.

O: This is a really nice saison/farmhouse ale. It is not the most complex example of the style out there, but it tastes great and is easy to drink. Highly recommended.

Photo of arnulfooxblood
2.97/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks and smells fine, but the taste is just not what I was expecting from a saison. The main flavor that I got was quite vegetal. Maybe I'm missing the boat on this one, but I can't say I really enjoyed it.

Photo of Beric
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bomber into tulip
Served: 1 March 2015

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dandelion yellow with a bubbly white head that subsides to a touch of bubbles around the corners. Looks very inviting.

Smell: Belgian yeast notes- banana, clove, and a slight pepperiness- along with a hint of herbal hoppiness.

Taste: Amazingly balanced brew- excellent assertion of Belgian yeast characteristics along with a medium-light malt backbone and the faint presence of herbal hoppiness. I could drink this one all day if not for the ABV.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light backbone and medium carbonation make this one go down easy.

Overall: A marvelous brew that I would highly recommend. Extremely drinkable.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Nix's Mate. Poured clear golden, no head. Apricot, walnut, champagne yeast aromas. Spicy and peppery with mild bitter hop finish on the back of the tongue.

Photo of Ian_B
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautifully hazy orange-yellow colour, with a nice fluffy head and good retention.

Aromas of orange peel and a very slightly funky yeast with a stronger amount of peppercorn and coriander phenols.

Very smooth, juicy taste, moving through more bitter orange peel with spicy phenols throughout and a drying finish. Very refreshing.

A little heavy and juicy on the mouthfeel, and more noticeably drying ABV for a traditional saison, but dry and very well-balanced. After all it's a "Saison Americaine," and very tasty/refreshing at that.

Photo of brianmandell
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle dated December 2014; Pours a pale gold with diminishing head and fine lacing.

Aromas are light and pleasant; yeast, herbs, green pepper, pickle and floral hops.

Flavor is light and dry. The saison yeast is quite tame. It's grassy, slightly floral and carries a touch of peppery spice. The herbal smell doesn't quite carry through to the taste but there are some aged hop flavors and a moderate bitterness. There is a subtle mineral quality that comes across as slightly salty. That's where I am getting the pickle. There is some crackery malt in the finish that takes away slightly from the experience.

Mouthfeel is light with fine, active carbonation.

This is a good beer that is refreshing, relatively simple and easy to drink. I enjoyed it but it has some subtle off flavors and lacks refinement and complexity for a saison.

Photo of mterrence5
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Just wasn't feeling it. Floral and citrus flavors with a bit of spice but it wasn't appealing my taste buds as it left an odd grassy aftertaste.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a lemony gold with lots of free flowing bubbles. Creamy and bumpy white head, but if was gone pretty quick. Funky apple, sweet and sour aroma; spice phenols really dominate from there on out. Very altruistic and light, semi dry feel. Tart and quite peppery. Sweet outweighs sour. General berry, starfruit, banana, honeydew.

Photo of Gperson
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

on tap in North Adams. Probably unfair to rate a drinkable, mild beer so low; but I want some kind of funky character to my saison and this didn't get my attention: just went well with a burger.

Photo of rand
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 22 oz bomber to Duvel tulip glass

Batch 26, bottled May 2011

Probably past it's prime, but still holds up pretty well. Not picking up a lot of 'brett' aspects or off-kilter flavors, so I'll have to look for a fresh on and compare notes. Still, pretty damn drinkable. The specs:

The brew is apricot-tan in color, opaque, with little head to speak of, although the beer may be a little too cold.

The nose is citrusy, with notes of lemon pepper and rind. Touches of funk, but it's more floral and grassy than barnyard-y. Might be picking up a touch of oxidation in the bouquet.

Not picking up any stale flavors though, pretty impressive how well this has held up given the relatively low abv. Notes of lemon grass and a caramelly sweetness play off a floral backdrop and oak tones. Surprisingly little funk, as a hint of booze kicks in toward the back of the sip. Finish is long and sweet.

Could use a little more carbonation to break up the sweetness, but again, may have gone past its bottle-conditioned prime and has lost some CO2.

Photo of everythingiszen
2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

Smells and tastes more like a heffeweisen than a saison, sweet and too fruity for my tastes. Cloudy and orange like one too. More citrus than anything else, and I prefer more earthy and peppery notes in my saisons.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a decent bubbly white head. The beer itself is a clear orange with slight yellow notes and is pretty well-filtered. The beer smell has strong hop and malt notes. The hop notes are primarily earth and bitter with a slight hint of citrus. The malts are sweet to balance the hops but a fairly faint in comparison. The smell also has hints of pepper and salt that make the smell smell pretty good. The taste is not as complex as the smell but is still pretty good. The taste has strong hop notes that are earthy and bitter while the malts provide a slight sweetness to dull the hops. The taste also has an ever present tartness that mixes well with the earthiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with bubbly carbonation but still has a smooth finish. Overall, a very good saison and worth getting again.

Photo of The_Craft_Deviant_Rob
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Better than your average Saison but in no way one of the best I've had.

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