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Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 1,555
Reviews: 627
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 154
Gots: 174 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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 Americain."
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Ratings: 1,555 | Reviews: 627
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.

Photo of LittleDon
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Interesting. Starts out like a better than average Saison. Bananas. Mellows out as it warms and becomes much more subtle. Cloudy, golden, decent head and lace. Medium carbonation. Dry, with a bit of citrus. Medium body.

Photo of zander4dawin
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%

Light golden beer, thin head, funky nose. Slight funky barn yard notes with dry hoppy finish and strong black pepper spice notes. Yeasty aftertaste, light-medium body, bisquick biscuity malt profile. Crisp finish.

Photo of Treyliff
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled December 2012, poured into a tulip

A- pours a bright and crystal clear golden color with a small fizzy white head that quickly disappears completely, leaving nothing behind, it actually looks like apple juice

S- lots of fruity aromas upfront with notes of pear, apple juice & lemon zest. Dry hay with some musty notes mix with doughy malt, grains, and peppery aromas. Flowers and honey close out the nose

T- dry and malty up front with fruity notes of apple & lemon kicking in, lemongrass and peppery spice mix with some herbal notes eventually finishing with some musty yeast with more fruit on the linger of an extremely dry finish

M- medium body with high carbonation leaves a prickly foamy mouthfeel that transitions into a bone dry, dry finish leaving most of the flavor on the linger

O- a nice balance of fruit, spice and musty yeast, pretty refreshing brew

Photo of Jmamay22
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours out a mildly hazy straw colored yellow with a thick white cap of foam.

The nose consists mostly of hops. Strong spiced hop scent, a touch of lemon and grainy wheat round out the scent. Mildly phenolic, especially for a saison. A light hand of peppercorn.

The taste begins with a stronger pepper and phenolic type flavor. Slightly grainy midway through and finishes with an odd Cheerio cereal type flavor that I could do without. The pleasant lemon that was in the scent is fairly subdued to nonexistent in the taste.

Mouthfeel is very lively, light and spritzy as often expected from saisons. Very drinkable and I would have guessed a lighter abv approaching more of a table saison. Nothing stands out to make this an overly complex or interesting beer. The cereal flavor felt out of place as noted.

Photo of alphagnome
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
Lightly hazed, hay colored body hosts an incredible amount of carbonation. Crowned by a think, soft white head. Great retention and lacing.

Aroma:
Right away you get a great funk that tickles your nostrils! Very bright herbal notes sprinkled with peppercorn and honey. A bit of a sweetcorn presence and lemon zest. This smells fantastic!

Taste:
Right away, you're greeted by an earthy herbal hop presence, and dry wheat. A decent amount of spiciness and light fruits break through, providing a roller-coaster ride of tart and dry flavors.

Mouthfeel:
Light and spritzy! Tons of carbonation and a light body make this a very easy to drink beer. The head is silky smooth, giving this one a very unique sipping experience. Clean, dry finish.

Overall:
This might very well be my new favorite in the genre! Complex and easy to drink, this should be high on you shopping list.

Photo of buschbeer
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 PT. 6 FL.. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass
Bottled April 2013

A - It is pale yellow in color and hazy. There are small particles of yeast suspended in it. It is topped with a couple inches of white head.

S - It has a nice fresh lemon scent. I also detect a little must.

T - The taste has some lemon and grass flavors. Then some bitterness sets in. At first I thought the bitterness was too much for this beer, but after half a bottle the flavors are meshing well.

M - Medium.

O - This is a refreshing saison. It hits the spot after working in a near 90° day. The bitterness is more than I care for in this style, but it is not overwhelming and compliments the lemon and must, so I won't complain.

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Jack D'or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
90 out of 100 based on 1,555 ratings.