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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
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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 Americain."
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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in July 2011.Poured into a large tulip glass a hazed lemony color that becomes almost milky looking when the bottom chunkies and floaties get in there.a little barnyard and alot of lemony/citric hops in the nose,a little crushed wheat as well.Nice flavor complexity with light phenolic spice and toasty wheat mixed with quite a healthy shot of American- style citric hops,alot going on and it's refreshing to boot.A great Easter beer it has kind of a spring feel and flavor to it.

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted with zoso1967 and BuckyFresh on 2-4-11. Thanks zoso for bringing the bottle back from PA.

Jack D'or appears bright golden-orange out of the bottle. It is a very appealing color. Small chunks of yeast are suspended in the body. Jack's head is a pure white and retains well when swirled in my snifter. The lacing is okay, leaving white streaks and dots on the side of my glass.

The smell makes my mind return to the middle of the summer. I pick up freshly cut grass, Granny Smith apple, dewy leaves, pear, clove, spicy pepper, champagne, and white grape juice. This is a very fresh and inviting aroma. The yeast stands out in the bouquet and lends a slightly funky edge. Overall, it is a very dry smell.

The taste is much more subdued than the smell. The flavor is quite earthy, grassy, and is a fair amount less fruity than the aroma. It's a mostly dry taste. Sweet, bright notes of apple and pear do appear briefly at the beginning of the sip, but then the dry spiciness kicks it up a notch. Earthy hops finish off the the taste profile.

Jack feels light to medium bodied in my mouth with quite the dry, spicy kick from the yeast and hop combination. It finishes nicely drying with a fine earthy pucker on the sides of my palate. The carbonation is just about right; if anything, I would say its just a little low.

The is a very drinkable beverage. It is one of the drier Saisons that I have had, but is pretty well balanced and tasty. I think it is a really swell example of the style and it held up well with a little age on it.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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?

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 9, bottled Oct2009. In a tulip, the beer was a golden color with a thick white whipped cream head that was very sticky. A sweet, spicy aroma. Sweet malt taste, some orange, and lots of peppery spice. I thought this beer was a bit on the unbalanced side, and was too sharp for me.

Photo of mverity
2.37/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a wineglass like glass. Yellow in color with medium amount of white bubbly head. Head receded fairly quickly with very little lacing. Smell was odd. Lemon, white wine and some vinegar. I began to think 'infection'. Taste was like lemon juice and nail polish. I'd heard from several people that nail polish would be very apparent when you get it, and sure enough, it was. First infected beer that I didn't realize was infected before I opened it. I have seen bacteria floating on the top of a beer before and just didn't open it. This was unfortunate. This was an extra from a trade, so it's not like I spent money on it; but I'd heard good things about this beer and still am for the next time I stumble upon one.

Photo of Beerswag
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bomber pour
Appearance is ever-slightest hazy yellowish-straw colored, mild pure-white head nice fluffy lacing on the glass. Smell is banana and dried apricots, a little floral hop essence and perfumey. Tastes banana and heavy floral notes, spice level is well balanced with the hops and malt..clean and refreshing bubblegum flavor here, and a slightly crisp citrusy bitey finish, body is light. Overall a very well balanced American Saison, with a good display of yeast and hops.. Should be paired with delicate flavors such as uni, fresh oysters, seafood, scallops.

Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased from Julio's, Westboro, MA. Sticker on the rear states "First Batch! - Bottled in Nov 08". Pours crystal glowingly clear, lighter/golden amber. The head is near white, loose, then tiny bubble fim and leaving plenty of scattered ribs and bits of lace. Citrus/grapefruit hoppy nose. Pepper, floral hops, more grapefruit and sweet malts in the taste area. Finishes crisply dry and with more pepper and citric hops finishing the deal. Subtly complex and thoroughly enjoyable. Nice Massachusetts take on the ever enjoyable saison/farmhouse ale style. Well done and well worth trying.

Photo of tigg924
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yeah--My 500th review

Appearance: orange-yellow in color, cloudy, 1/3 inch beautiful creamy head, medium carbonation

Smell: apple, flowers, alcohol, and spices

Taste: granny smith apple, grapefruit juice, coriander, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: light carbonation, sour-semi bitter mix, light bodied

Drinkability: A very interesting beer for my 500th review here. Very tasty for a saison and not as hard and biting as others I have had. A sipper and one per sitting, but I would like to have this again, especially on tap.

Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to HopHead101 for sending this beer to me.

Batch 10, bottled November 2009. The beer pours a clear, medium-dark yellow with a large white head. The aroma is Belgian yeast with some wheat and citrus notes. The flavor is awesome, with light funk, Belgian yeast, orange and lemons. There is the slightest bit of tartness in there as well. The citrus hops go very well with the rest of the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation. This is an intensely drinkable, awesome saison.

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

Got a bottle of this in a recent trade

A- golden and cloudy with a thin white head. Would have been better in a tulip

S- Belgian yeast, grass, dried fruit. Very floral.

T- Very "Belgian" off the bat. Spice,Ginger,and tropical fruit, with a bready tail. Noticeable hops, but not very pronounced (not like Dupont, anyway). A little sweeter then I like in a saison. Like Hennepin. But has a huge flavor that makes up for it. This is a great Belgian-style, but I don't know if I'd call it a saison.

M- Not really much to say, this is totally to style for a Belgian. Goes on thin, but the flavor lingers.

D- This is a very drinkable beer. I could drink three bombers of this and call it a session, easy. Were I able to get this on a regular basis, I'd buy it by the case.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tall bottle from Consumer Beverages in Orchard Park, NY. With two big successes with their St. Botolph's Brown Ale and Baby Tree Quad, Pretty Things has become a guaranteed pickup on my Buffalo Beer haul ventures.

As usual, Pretty Things utilizes some trippy artwork on the bottling for Jack D’Or that is worth a second look. The bottle label explains that this mustachioed fellow is supposed to be a barleycorn lord of some kind (sporting a pin straight from the annals of Screaming Lord Such) standing in a mash tun. Intriguing to say the least.

Poured into my trusty Duvel goblet. Golden-lemon drop in colour, with a sturdy head of an inch or two.

Nose is quite pleasant and floral, with subtle notes of lemon, funk, herbal hops (Styrian, and, for the American Saison touch, Columbus), perhaps a bit of peach or other fleshy fruit lingering in the back as well.

Dry, grainy, and with a good balance of citrus, herbs and bitter funk, this brew is quite enjoyable. The finish is long and bitter with a lingering citrus pith and berbs flavor. Wheat malt is subtle, but there. Great brew, this: dry and flavorful.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bombe poured into a duvel tulip.

Pours a hazy light amber/ straw color wth a ver thin bright white head. Nose is real sharp and funky, very tart and sharp.

Taste is equally as funky and sweet, light hoppiness makes is real easy to drink. Mouthfeel is very full and creamy. Has a light bitter finish overall very good

Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jack D'Or (batch ten, bottled November 2009), is billed as a cross between an American and a Belgian beer. The aromas hold true to that billing, with sour apple cider, bananas, and cloves rounding out the Belgian side of the equation, and a good promise of grapefruit hops hinting at the American roots.

On the tongue, the beer starts off with a Flemish-like sour kick, the sour apple cider from the nose coming in strong, buffered only slightly by tart, citrusy fruit esters (lemon, lime, sour cherry). The bananas and cloves come in mid-stream, peeking in slowly as the sour flavors die off. A third and final wave sneaks in at the end, bringing a large quantity of grapefruity hops that rest easily atop a bed of toasted biscuit-and-cereal-like grains. The aftertaste is a combination of leftover sourness and hops, and lingers for some time. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium-heavy, making the tongue and soft palate tingle.

Overall, this is an interesting beer, especially considering the tripartite nature of the mouthful as the flavors change. True, the combination is a bit strange, and did leave me wondering what I was drinking, but the result was immensely flavorful, and worth a try.

Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle at fridge temp poured into an ommegang chalice. bottled july 2011.

pours out a nice bright golden color, hazy, not that big of a head, eventually becoming patchy. no real lace.

cracker like grains, slightly sweet, bubblegum yeast, lemon citrus.

very smooth, and balanced. just a very slightly sweet grain that melds with a very smooth yeast flavor, no pungent clove, just some sweet bubblegum. slightly tart lemon citrus. finishes with a very nice americaine hop presence, citrus and some pine with decent amount of lingering bitterness.

crisp, bitter, very smooth, lighter bodied. almost like a menthol effect on the palate, a little after the sip. a solid overall mouthfeel.

overall, off the pour and first smell, i wasnt expecting much, but wow, i was a little surprised. now i see why its called a "saison americaine"- a solid saison with a nice hop presense, maybe american hops, not sure. very smooth, and dangerously drinkable. definatly an affordable price tag as well, something worth revisiting.

Photo of chickenm
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a quicly diminishing white head that leaves some lacing. Slighty funky aroma with lemon, hay, and yeast. Taste has good hop bitterness up front along with citrus, spices, honey and bread. Medium bodied. This is well-balanced and has good complexity. Extremly easy to drink, this is a great beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellowy color, white head, thin, no lacing to speak of. Aroma was like it was wheat, grassy, mild spice aspect to it.

Taste, clean, coriander, refreshing. Very mild sour aspect to the beer, probably just the lemon which seems to be the dominant fruit flavor. A little too much phenolic flava flav going on for my tastes. A little more bitterness than I was looking for, but it evens out mouthfeel wise and you get used to it.

A good saison, nothing groundbreaking, but solid. On tap at Bruery Provisions.

Photo of mocktm
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber with a stickered on bottling date of Feb 2011, Batch 22. Pretty sweet artwork on the bottle, done by the brewers themselves apparently, groovy.

Unfiltered golden hue, frothy white head that lingers around amiably. Appealing for sure.

Nose is rather intricate, I've read the term "horse blanket" thrown around in Saison reviews before, but never really understood what that meant, until now. This is musty as hell, with some light fruit and peppery spiciness. Although, no doubt about it, the yeast is the most prominent aroma here.

Yeast prowess is met with some mild hop bitterness and significant graininess. Citric zest and bubblegum undertones with a hint of spice. A little bland to be honest, this is missing that almost sour citrus kick that I really like in my Saisons.

Champagne dry finish, medium bodied with more than ample carbonation. Right on for the style.

A pleasant Saison, but it didn't blow my hair back. I don't think I'll ever be inclined to get it again with more preferable options in the same price range, but def worth a try if you haven't yet.

Photo of daveytheformer
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to canjeeps for hooking me up with this.

Batch 18, Aug. 2010

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thin bright white head that fades to mid lacing and spotting.

Smells sweet and floral. Pepper spice dominates the nose. Comes across a little metallic.

Tastes earthy and dry with a mild hoppy bite. Bready and light sweet fruit flavor start to come out to play followed by a light bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with nice crisp carbonation.

Overall is really good and I would love to try this again for sure.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this thanks to an LIF from Norica - thanks!

Pours a clear lemon-yellow color with an orange tint and a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light citrus, not as much grapefruit but more lemon and orange, with a decent amount of grassiness and lighter amounts of spices.

Tastes good. Pale malts with a grassy twinge kick things off though citrus flavors soon overtake the grassiness. Near the end of the sip light spices come out before a moderately dry ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with mild carbonation that makes this beer go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could drink the bomber without much of a problem.

Overall this is a very light saison that's perfect for this time of year. Certainly worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass) Bottled May 2010 Batch 14
  A-  The clear bright orange body has a strong carbonation of bubbles popping up to a creamy white head that last for a long while.
  S-  The light fruity ester have notes of apricots with some yeasty perfume of the classic saison quality.  There is a hop finish that is green with a slight stale cigar quality.
  T-  The big pungent green hops seem to dominate the first few sips but as the beer opens up there is lots of support from dry pale malt and floral yeast in the finish.
  M-  This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a soft fizz that cleans and enhances the hops in the finish.
   D-  After the hops settle down the yeast and malt really come through make a good saison better with the big hops to compliment it.  Great way to take a delicious beer and hop it up.

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

Poured 22oz bottle into a tulip.

A deep gold to pale amber color and cloudy (it is unfiltered). The brew was positively glowing and radiant in the sunlight. A generous three finger head; white and frothy and left complex lacing just above the finish. The appearance was really quite sublime. The aroma was complex. Yeasty with peppery phenols, slight malt and a whiff of orange peels. Taste was subtly citric with medium spice and bitterness. Hops were clean/crisp and the malts toasty. Felt creamy with a medium body, yet very drinkable. This brew was enjoyed on a roof-deck during a beautiful 70°, sunny afternoon and is perfect for such an occasion.

Photo of pwoods
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Brown bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Pours an average amber with decent clarity. Moderate head with little retention or lacing.

S: Great spicy yeast with enty of fruity esters. Sweet Candi sugar.

T/M: Nice hop bitterness. Nice spicy yeast, a bit harsh. Odd fruity twang. Plenty of sweetness but not enough to balance the bitterness and spices. Body is medium or so.

D: Pretty harsh to drink. Low ABV, though.

Photo of tr0n
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jack D'or poured an attractive straw/amber, though I noticed at the end of the pour that there was yeast left at the bottom of the bottle. Note to self: never pour any beer back into the bottle from the glass to collect the remaining yeast...not only do you lose beer in the pour, but the re-pour into the glass will likely foam over. Regardless, captured much of the remaining yeast, and I'm glad I did. Complex yeast flavor adds much to the taste of the beer.

Nose is primarily yeast and the mouthfeel is balanced yeast and hop. The flavor profile, besides yeast and light hop, tastes of citrus, and is quite refreshing. This is particularly complex for a farmhouse ale and keeps you thinking about it long after you finish enjoying it.

Photo of BetterDarker
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into tulip glass.

A- Pours a thick white head with good retention and nice lace to it. Looks like sunshine without the yeast, when I poured the rest of the bomber obviously it clouded up a bit. Great looking beer!

S- Smells like the Belgian countryside. (At least how I imagine it.) Spices, pepper some earthiness and a mild citrusy hops presence.

T-Solid spice flavor with some citrus. Very well balanced a solid beer. Even a novice could take one sip and say "Saison". The label states American Saison, but I think Jack would hold up just fine across the pond.

M- Medium, smooth beer with great carbonation.

D- Easy drinking with great flavors that challenge the palate just enough to say "Enjoy!" And yes, I will have many more please.

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