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Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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91
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1,332 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,332
Reviews: 604
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 145
Gots: 126 | FT: 4
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:
First release from Pretty Things. A "Saison Americain."

(Beer added by: Paquette on 12-01-2008)
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BeerAdvocate

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. III Issue I:

The first release from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project, a new brewing project from the mind of Dann Paquette, who, after a brewing stint at Daleside Brewery in Yorshire, England, has returned to his roots in Massachusetts. Fans might remember him from the North East Brewing Company, Concorde Brewery/Rapscallion, and The Tap.

Jack D'What? "Jack of Gold," a mythical being of the barley based on John Barleycorn. He adorns the label in a welcoming guardian sort of way--but he's actually summoning. And as you might have guessed, this is a Saison--Belgian/French Farmhouse Ale--but with a twist. Brewed with Pils and Vienna malts, 10-percent malted oats, and Nugget, Palisade and Cascade hops (dry hopped, too). It clocks in at 45 IBU, 6.4-percent alcohol by volume and is inspired by traditional Saisons, hoppy Belgian ales, and American IPAs.

Sounds interesting, but what makes it really interesting is the yeast. Paquette explained that he uses "three yeast strains: one strain is a very traditional Belgian Ale strain, another is a Belgian strain known for its nonfloc characteristics and the third is a champagne yeast to 'dry out' the flavor."

Gorgeous pour. Gold with a touch of cloudiness (unfiltered) and a solid two- to three-finger creamy and fluffy head that clings to the glass. Sweet and floral in the nose with suggestions of lavender, lilac, rocky candy, some pale malts, metallic and a strong yeast presence. Fairly smooth on the palate, but a bit coarse and rustic too, with an even consistency, medium body and tight carbonation that scrubs. Distinct champagne-like bite. Quite hoppy, but not overly bitter. Citric edge; dandelion leaves. Sweetish, but not cloying. Hint of peach followed by Red Delicious apples. Green banana. Elaborate yeast. Spicy, bready. Some pepper. Husky, dry and a bit tannic in the finish with a tasty yeasty linger.

Unique is an understatement. Jack D'Or is a complex, balanced, drinkable and, yes ... interesting as all hell beer. We enjoyed it so much we almost got lost. Overall, a must try that gets a solid "A" in our books, so check out the Pretty Things website for availability.

Paquette already has some new beers in the works, but tells us that "the next is going to be the sort of beer I wanted to make in Yorkshire--an Old Ale/Stingo [slang for strong] type in both bottle and keg. It'll be named after, and dedicated to, the great beer city of Boston, called 'Saint Botolph's Town.'" Um, would it be overkill if we said "interesting" again?

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 19:14:33 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber with a bottled on date sticker.

True golden hue, very clear as the sediment was left in the bottle for this review. Spicy and peppery, malt dust and neutral yeast with a hint of orange zest in the nose. Smooth with a bitty moderate body. Dry malt character takes hold of the palate for the duration with a smidgen of dextrin upfront. Dry yeasty tone meets dusty malt and a mild herbal hop flavor. Bitterness is low which is fine here. Kiss of citric peel but relatively clean and the very dry finish.

Very tasty, not in your face at all but subtlety complex all over which adds to its great drinkablity.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 02:32:36 | More by Jason
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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.

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