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Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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91
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1,394 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,394
Reviews: 607
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 147
Gots: 138 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%

On tap at Rattle 'N' Hum. Strong aromas, with white pepper and apple. Cloudy white head and white lace. Good bitterness edge to it. Unique saison, very American owing to the bitterness and attention to aromas, and bold spice. Appropriate carbonation, wonder what it would be like on cask.

Sammy, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1.2%

t0rin0, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%

Batch 22 bottled in February 2011.

Pours a clear and very pale yellow-orange with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a small cap. Decent rings of lace on the drink down. Smells of Belgian yeast, spices, citrus hops, and maybe some wheat. Taste is exactly like the smell with the Belgian yeast coming out the most. The smell and taste remind me very much of a wit beer. Mouthfeel is very prickly and bubbly on the palate. Overall, a good beer but it's not really my cup of tea. I am glad I got to try it though and I was surprised to see it at a local shop.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

djrn2, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev -22.7%

Bottle courtesy of daysinthewake. Served in a Mikasa tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head that falls quickly without leaving much lacing behind. The nose carries a bit of fruit and light grain. Faint spice. The flavor is grainy and too dry. Excessive bitterness for the flavor, as there's not much there to back it up. Mildly tannic and thin. Good carbonation. Decent, but not something I'd go back to. Too much bitterness without any real saison flavor to balance it out.

Thorpe429, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

acurtis, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

A: The beer is golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that quickly dissipated, leaving lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: Aromas of lemons from the hops and pepper from the yeast are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by spicy flavors from the hops and has some hints of lemons. There is also a light amount of accompanying bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very dry on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable; I would definitely try this again because the spiciness and dryness made the taste and mouthfeel very interesting.

Note: Batch 22, Bottled February 2011

metter98, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Appearance: Pours a clear brilliant amber color with an appropriately massive Belgian head that leaves the expected gobs of lace

Smell: Perfumy and spicy yeasty phenols with grassy hop elements

Taste: Bready, up front, with a biscuity, wheat influenced malt character; by mid-palate, the spicy phenols start to kick in, offering both stone fruit, white pepper and fennel; just before the swallow, the pithy hops make their presence known, as well; in the finish, all of these flavors blend nicely, leaving a bit of residual licorice sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation; creamy, too

Drinkability: An outstanding beer - love the American hop element as a twist on the Saison style, not to mention the wheat and oat elements

brentk56, May 07, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

Batch 3. Bottled April 2009. Lightly yeasty lemon rind with effervescent carbonation that is zipping up to a massive crown of parchment colored foam. The head is creamy firm and is starting to lay down small sheets and dollops of suds.

The aroma is wonderful. It's fresh, clean, bright, citrusy, lightly spicy and very lightly earthy. That's pretty much the classic profile for a beer of this style. Here's hoping it delivers on the palate as well.

Jack D'Or is a solid 'Saison Americain' in all respects. Drinking it is easy-peasy, it's tasty solo, and should go great with manner of foods. Mouthfeel is the only area in which 18 months of age *may* have taken a *slight* toll.

The malts taste predominantly pale with a meager earthy toastedness from Vienna. The hops (Palisade, Nugget, two unidentified others) aren't as distinctive as grassy Saaz or citrusy Centennial, but they do a fine job adding elements of both.

Three different yeast strains contribute a gentle clove and tamed white pepper spiciness that finds exactly the right level of intensity. Finally, there's a tart, drying, almost crisp quality that increases drinkability/quenchability even more.

The body/mouthfeel is perfectly fine in terms of size. It seemed, at first, as if the beer was underbubbled. The carbonation hasn't faded, though, and remains lightly and pleasantly tingly on the tongue. A softer creaminess with warming helps as well.

Jack D'Or (Golden Jack) is a delicious saison that can hold its head high in the company of the Belgian farmhouse originals. Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project continues to charm and impress. This, their flagship brew, is an easy recommendation.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Bottle: Poured a bright light copper color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of Belgian malt with light fruity notes. Taste is quite enjoyable with nice notes of Belgian-style malt with some light fruity ester and some residual sugar. Body is full with a somewhat oily texture and good carbonation. Not as floral or spicy as envisioned but very interesting nonetheless.

Phyl21ca, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

With their quirky adolescence and somewhat absurd namesake and marketing images, its easy to lower expectations about the quality of the product inside the bottle. To the dismay of most, the distaste ends with a discard of the bottle because the saison is phenomenal.

Bright straw in color, the beer puts forth a modest shield of haze that's presumably from suspended yeast. High carbonation erupts from the bottom of the glass and emulating champagne. The head that's built above is spritzy, loosely knit, and collapses onto itself as new bubbles regenerate it just as fast. Expected retention and lace keeps the beer's atmosphere decorated and appetizing.

Firm pilsner aromas lay the foundation for aroma with a dry bread scent with dough and grain. Spicier notes bounce from the malts with a mix of yeasty white pepper, cumin and curacao. A fruity/floral combo counteracts the spice with softer lemon, apple, orange, honey, and wildflower. The hops contribute both the bouquet and a dry hay note that also drives malt complexities.

Flavors bounce off the tongue with a dry malt, dry fruit, and evaporative spice balance that's effortless and whimsically charged. Light sweetness of grain and faint honey is rounded by the estery apple, lemon acidity notes, and herbal-botanical taste. The quick mid palate of lemongrass and herbs turn bitter and signals the dry finish to come. Fresh cracked peppercorn, cumin, and coriander balance the fruit and malt but seem to invite the slightest soap flavor in finish and aftertaste.

Expansive as the carbonation explodes off the tongue and engulfs the mouth with a dry, terse, and peppery quality that forces the finish much sooner than is expected. The beer's quick procession across the palate lands it with bone dry texture to finish where the majority of flavor is mostly appreciated in aftertaste rather than palate exploration.

Where the value of saison is measured by its classic complexities of dry malt, dry fruit, high spice, and high effervescence, Jack D'or delivers all these with pin point Belgian precision. Its truly unique to find well made saisons outside of the farmhouse. It's only the goofy name and artwork that leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

BEERchitect, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
3.93/5  rDev -3%

Batch two of this one. I have been wanting to try it and I had earlier had a bottle but sent it on to someone hoping I would be able to score this one again which a I thankfully was able to do so. Served cold and poured into a tall pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 05/07/2009.



The pour was very nice, very cloudy and hazy with a huge billowing head of white coming up and over the top. Really nice carbonation could be seen streaming up toward the top of the glass and a light bit of sediment in the bottom. Light aroma, light spice, bananas and light grain, nothing really over the top here at all and very understated. The taste was a bit bigger, grainy with a light fruit hint to it, but still nothing that is terribly over the top. Good, but not great. Light dry finish with a hint of peach and pear as it rolls out. Smooth, light and even carbonation and a nice easy to drink quality to it.



Overall solid, good, but not great. A nice representation of the style, though I really do not feel the need to seek it out again. Still though no bad.

mikesgroove, May 08, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Texasfan549, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1.2%

kjkinsey, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev -24%

Thanks to Joe for sending this one to me in the 666 BIF.

A: The pour is a hazy light golden yellow color with a big white head.

S: A dominant lemon aroma in the nose. A bit of spice and yeast, along with some mild bread aromas. But then some more lemons.

T: The lemons are again up front and really takes over. Just a mild funk, malt, and yeast note because the lemon flavor invades every aspect of the sips you take.

M: The body is light to medium with a high carbonation.

D: This could be a good beer, but the lemon character needs to be dialed back.

womencantsail, Aug 09, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

ygtbsm94, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1.2%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

GRG1313, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -1.2%

jaydoc, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

Batch Ten (10), Bottled November 2009.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, orange-yellow body with a whipped, white head.

Smell: Effectively fruity with citrus-based notes of tangerine and lemon cream as well as candied apple slices and a whiff of elegant white grape yielding a hint of champagne. Subtle yeast-derived spiciness. Malty hints of crackers and French baguettes.

Taste: The lemony citrus leads, then in rolls some soft florals, farm-fresh apple, and white grapes. Stirring fruitiness throughout. Light pilsner maltiness along with some bready, doughy accents. Moderate sweetness. Crackle of acidity and decent dose of bitterness midway. Delicate spiciness. Pinch of dried parsley. Final kick of sweetness prior to the dry, crisp, citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high, engaging carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good. Pretty Things could certainly do a whole helluva lot worse for a flagship beer than this! A fine, flavorful, but still keenly refreshing American-born Belgian-style brew.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%

Had a sample of this on tap at the 2010 ACBF. I tried a bunch of Pretty Things that day including this one. The look of the beer is nice, strong hazy golden body with a decent white head on it. The aromas were hard to pick up for some reason that day on this beer. It was mostly a little funky with some wheat and some citrus in there perhaps. The taste was kind of light to me as well. I felt like I wasn't able to pull anything from this brew. There were some flavors that resembled the style well. I did pick up the farmhouse taste with some wheat and citrus in there with just a bit of tartiness. The mouthfeel was good I thought. I really sure buy and bottle and check this one out again.

Knapp85, May 20, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

oberon, Apr 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
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Jack D'or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
91 out of 100 based on 1,394 ratings.