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Jack D'Or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Reviews: 639
Hads: 1,629
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 18.2%
Wants: 158
Gots: 210 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

“Jack D’Or” is a simple table beer, or “Saison Americain” as we’re referring to it. We are not trying to coin a beer style – we’re just having fun. The Jack D’Or (pronounced “Jack Door”), is at the very center of Pretty Things and nearly three years on we’re still pleased as punch that he joined us!

As you know, PRETTY THINGS doesn’t brew “styles” per se. Close, but we re-imagine everything and leave the style numbers in books on the shelves where they belong. What that means is that while other people might be able to put our beers into a category, we have a hard time with it! Our beers are first and foremost creative beasts, not “types” of beer. Jack D’Or is the kind of beer Martha and Dann like to drink before, after and during a great meal. Heck, we’ll drink this sort of beer any time.

On Dann & Martha’s honeymoon in France and Belgium they stashed quite a few cases of Wallonian beer into their trunk. Every night after setting up their tent they’d cook lardons and lentils on a camp stove and enjoy fresh “saison” under the stars.

Inspired by some of our favorites like Saison DuPont, but also DeRanke’s XX Bitter, De Dolle’s Arabier, and local IPAs like Smuttynose, the Jack D’Or starts off with North American Pils, Vienna, Wheat and Malted Oats (among others) and is hopped with a combination of four hops, finishing with Palisade and Nugget. The bitterness is the real backbone of the Jack D’Or. It’s a proper “plant-like” bitterness with all of its jagged edges, beginning deep in the soil, then to the stem of this beer and up into to the very tippity heights. Fermentation-wise we use a blend of four yeast strains to give Jack D’Or its refreshingly dry character. Finally, despite all of the spicy flavours in this beer it contains no actual spices – only malt, oats, rye, sugar, hops and yeast. One more time: there are no spices or citrus in Jack D’Or. Wheat lends acidity at Jack’s edges, then rye and our blended yeast character come into play for a bit of polyphony, displeasing the notion of “balance” and creating the fire in the belly of Jack D’Or!

The creature on the label is Jack D’Or himself, conceived and drawn by Dann. Far away in a small clearing in the woods of New England, ankle deep in the mash tun, he contemplates and conjures himself into a batch of beer. For those of you who are new to this, Jack is a grain of malted barley, but more than that: he is the unifying force behind all of the Pretty Things. Jack D’Or Must Die!

57 IBU
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Photo of gopens44
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Right away this crystal clear golden beer looks promising as the thick white pillow of a head rises right up and leaves behind a slightly sticky lacing.

Nose is wildly pleasant as that yeast brings a bouquet of slight clove, musty clay, champagne, a dash of pepper, hints of melon and bitter hop.

Fantastic tast. Melon pops immediately, followed by a musty, earthy and ever so slight funk. Further on along I get pear and pepper. Finish mostly carries the bitterness which floats between nondescript and slightly earthy along with an almost eucalyptus sensation in my nose.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Pretty Things Jack D:or a couple weeks ago for $7.99 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try some of this brewery's beers for a while and I thought I would start off with their popular Saison, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks nice, it has a unique look to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a cloudy golden orange color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, it looks just how i expect the style to look.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the saison yeast being the first to show up and there's also a little bit of banana and bubblegum like aromas coming through. Up next comes a little bit of spices followed by a fruity aroma with some stone fruit and lemon like aspects coming through. Towards the end comes a little more of those spices which just impart a mixed spice aromas with a malty aroma showing up in background. This beer has a good aroma, it's very true to style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the saison yeast still being the first to show up and it seems to be just a little lighter than it was in the aroma. Up next comes the same spices that I got in the aroma and they lead into the fruits which impart more of a stone fruit like aroma this time and it's just a little lighter. On the finish there's just a little bit of hops with a medium amount of bitterness and there's lots of saison yeast flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, it's just what I look for in the style.

M- Fairly smooth, a little crisp, a little creamy, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was very nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and good example of the style, it was very true to style with nothing showing up that didn't belong there, but I did find it to be a little hoppier than most. This beer has nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of these especially if it's warm outside. What I like the most about this beer is the mouthfeel and how true to style it is, to me those were the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is that the hops weren't a little lighter, I would like just a little less bitterness. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend it to anyone who likes Saisons. All in all I was happy with this beer and it turned out to be a tasty and true to style Saison. It made for a good first impression for this brewery and it's a good example of the style. Good job guys, this is a good saison.

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Photo of Maznoc
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Disconnected. Great nose - I dove in with great anticipation. Unfortunately in the mouth the hop bite is unpleasant (in character) and dominates on the backend and on the finish, and that detracts from the saison opening. I love IPAs and I love Saisons - this beer wants to combine the two, and for me, it doesn't quite work. This is good - and certainly unique - but not great.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this awesome beer while on a recent trip. Beautiful golden straw color and slowly dissipating head. Nice malty, wheat and apricot smell. Nice earthy, citrus and hoppy smell as it sits. Taste is wonderful and not too assertive. Very smooth. Great beer Pretty Things. Keep them coming!

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 8/2015. Pours lightly hazy golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, clove, pepper, pine, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus/floral hops, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, clove, pepper, pine, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of yeast spiciness and pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, apple, clove, pepper, pine, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus/floral hops, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness/yeast spice as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky/resinous mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome hoppy saison style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus/floral hops, and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of kylesobrien
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, filled in (July?) 2015. Hazy but radiant orange yellow, golden in appearance. Very little head, and low carbonation for the style. Nice and clean hoppy aroma, though somewhat subdued.

Flavour is balanced, nice combination of slight maltiness and pleasant, not overtly assertive hops that linger on the palate after a sip. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, somewhat thin. Really nice aftertaste, drinks almost like a smooth pale ale with a little more character. Seems like it would pair well with food.

(Edit: although there was no visible yeast at the bottom of my bottle, I just read that this brew is fermented with at least three different strains. From the descriptions of others, I'm wondering if we just had a bad bottle. Will give it another try and re-review.)

Overall, for me and my drinking partner, a pleasant but not impressive interpretation of the style.

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Photo of illpass78
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip. My plan is to split this up over two nights; this review is of the first night.

Appearance: A murky gold with all kinds of stuff floating around. Nice one finger white head. Lots of ringed lacing behind.

Aroma: Pepper, orange peel, some funky stuff. Maybe some herbal hops.

Taste: Taste mostly follows the nose - orange peel, mustiness, spice. The pepper note comes out more as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Pretty sturdy - denser than most saisons.

Overall: Tasty, flavorful saison. Can see why this is so beloved.

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Photo of stephens101
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish-orange with a quickly receding white froth. Subtle aroma of spice, light fruits and faint funk. Tastes sweet and spicy with lemon drops, orange peel, a slice of vanilla cake, and a few funky notes in the finish. Lighter in body than most of the ilk.

A quite flavorful and highly drinkable brew that moves quickly toward the top of my all-time Saison list.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Highland Kitchen in Somerville.

The beer had a cloudy gold appearance and a medium sized head that kept its retention throughout the evening. In terms of its aroma, this beer had amazing citrus aromas, predominately lemon and orange peel, mixed well with bready yeast smell. The beer had a good citrus bitterness in terms of its taste. An assortment of citrus flavors, like grapefruit, orange, lemon, and more, are mixed well with more earthy flavors like hops. Pretty good carbonation for this drink giving it a solid crispness, but it is a pretty dry beverage as well. Overall, I enjoyed this drink, especially for its aromas.

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Photo of pat61
4.74/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy gold crowned by a persistent 2” clingy white foam collar with a very fine bead. Has a Saison malty yeasty aroma with earthy European hops on the nose. Starts with a burst of malt followed by light fruit, earthiness and then a long lingering fruit and hop dance. Creamy and smooth with medium light body and medium high carbonation. A very pleasant and refreshing drink.

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Photo of aobrehm
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brilliant clarity, rich golden color. Effervescent bubbles shoot up from the bottom of chalice. Thick white head is creamy and well-retained.
Aroma is dominated by fruity, Belgian yeast character. Pilsner and Vienna/Munich malt aromatics noticeable.
Thoroughly bitter for the saison style with hop bitterness lingering into the finish. Hop character dominates the flavor, despite being largely absent from aroma.
Highly carbonated, light bodied. Finish is dry and slightly astringent.
Taste didn't quite live up to the appearance and aroma with hop bitterness being a little too dominant. A good beer but not necessarily a classic example of saison due to bitterness and American hop character.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.21/5  rDev +5%
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

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Photo of Summerteeth
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
3.41/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of billmayo
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of stickyv
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of anteatr23
3.77/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of modidia
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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...

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of arnulfooxblood
2.97/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

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Photo of Beric
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.24/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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