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Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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

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

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jack D'or | 650 ml. | 6.4% ABV | June 2010 (Batch 16)

Brewer: Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Glass: White wine glass

Opaque golden apricot-amber. Minor head and lace.

Beautiful aroma reminiscent of a freshly cut hayfield at the end of summer. Some orange zest.

Spicy and peppery with an unusually hoppy oomph. The bitter hops impart a juicy, full characteristic. Citric peel. Clean, dry feeling.

Lush, juicy, a bit sticky. Light-medium-bodied.

Very tasty. Complexity, but eminently drinkable.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: June 2010 (batch 16)
Served: September 5, 2010

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 00:19:00 | More by BeerNemesis
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New York

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an orange yellow hue into a flute esque glass. Whatever head that is produced recedes quickly to a collar of thin bubbles.

Smell - has belgian yeast and orange zest pine

Taste - is definitively different than belgian saisons, there is a certain phenolic character to it and it's kinda similar to a Belgian IPA.

Mouthfeel - is cracklingly dry with a fair bit of carbonation.

Drinkability - I could finish a bomber easy the dryness makes you want to come back for more.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 22:25:55 | More by STEG
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Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty things Jack D'or pours a light copper gold with a nice head that doesn't linger. The aroma is light malt and some phenolic character from the yeast with maybe a hint of spice. The beer is crisp and dry, with some nice light malt. The same yeasty phenolics are there along with a nice earthy bitterness. The finish is dry with a bit of lingering bitterness. I am surprised to see this beer in British Columbia since it doesn't make it to Maine yet!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 03:33:44 | More by ericj551
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4.13/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 02:25:40 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an tulip. Bottled May 2010, Batch 14.

3.5 A: Hazy peach color. One and a half fingers of creamy/frothy hybrid head with slightly below average retention and touches of lacing.

3.5 S: Light farmhouse funk. Fairly earthy with wood and lemon most prevalent. Touches of wild apples. It gets a bit more funky as it warms, but still is rather weak.

4.0 T: Taste has a lot more complexity to it. Plenty of funk this time with musty basement. Apple and pear fruitiness. Fairly assertive bitterness. Lemon, straw, and peppery. Not too bad.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Carbonation is moderate, but it lays dead on the tongue. Bitterness lingers into aftertaste.

3.5 D: I'm not sure if it was the combo of beers befor it or batch variability, but when I had this a couple days ago at a tasting, I enjoyed it quite a bit more then. I remember it had a lot more fruitiness going on. Anyway, this is decent brew, but just not spectacular in any way.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 23:54:32 | More by DavoleBomb
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4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Amber in Color and exceptional smell this to beer. Peppery and Spicy. Just makes you want to sip this one down. taste is just like it smells, first thing i got from this beer was a peppery note followed by a lil spicy kick right after the pepper taste. Just an overall really good tasting beer. Had a good, warming mouthfeel to it only slight downfall is to me it fell "stringy" in the mouth, but didnt hinder anything for me.
Drinkability is right up there, nothing you can really keep downing one after the other, best enjoyed how they sell it(per pint) or a glass or two on tap. Exceptional Beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2010 19:54:09 | More by IPAkindaguy
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3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this bottle from the very generous jmu500 in a trade. Thank you so much.

Jack D'or poured a hazy yellow-orange color with an ample head of foam and lacing. The scent is noticeably fresh -- airy grain backed by light citrus and floral. Unlike many reviewers I'm not picking up much spice in the aroma at all. The taste starts out all tart lemons with a floral undercurrent, though ends a touch sweeter with a orange and wheat. Jack D'Or has quite a bit of carbonation to spare, and it's dry, mellow flavors lend it towards easy summer drinking.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 08:53:27 | More by sdawson
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a nice fluffy white head. Belgian yeast aroma is the initial smell followed by some fruity/floral notes. Bitter rind flavor followed by the belgian yeast, Ends with a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel was light/medium.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 19:46:10 | More by kbutler1
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber served in a SA perfect pint glass.

pours a clear golden yellow with over two fingers of white head, strong retention and a lot of lacing. very nice looking beer.

nose is lemony with hints of yeast, maybe spice, and slight hoppy scent. not as strong as i have experienced within the style.

more of the same in the taste; lemon, yeast, some bitterness from the hops.

crisp, medium-bodied mouthfeel. drinkability is high, i could definitely see sessioning this even at 6.4% abv

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 04:05:14 | More by perrymarcus
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This is probably the most beautiful beer I've ever seen. The body is a crisp and delicious looking straw/amber. The best part is the carbonation. Flowing waves of effervence push up to support a head that flows over my oversized hefe-glass. Simply incredible looking. Leaves great lacing.

S - Grainy and lemony smell. No alcohol smell. Slight hop crispness.

T - Very, very lemony. Almost dish soapy. Very light and crisp. Grainy. An interesting herbal zing. No alcohol taste or heat. There isn't that much to say about this beer. So light and lemony and sweet.

MF - A bit on the thick side. Interesting to have such a heavy beer juxtapose a light flavor.

D - Great drinkability. The simple and inviting flavor makes this a dangerous 6.4%.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 02:24:29 | More by MikeBrandman
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Label depicts what looks like a mustachioed lemon wading in a tub of water, surrounded by hop plants and flowers, in a forest. Later on I found out that this pretty much matches the flavor (minus the mustache hair...)

Pours into my tulip glass a beautiful gleaming gold color, lots of bubbles rising to meet a super-duper-fluffy head, rocky and nearly as stiff as meringue. Absolute styrofoam-like sheets of lace cling to the sides of the glass.

Nose offers a very clean aroma -- breezy hops, fresh hay, lemon peel, earthy yeast and mineral (like stones just plucked from a creek).

Flavor features the tartness of citrus peel and pith, especially lemon, plus characteristics like the crisp/clean taste of water crackers, wildflower stem, dandelion wine, and fresh baked sourdough bread. Hangs tart and slightly puckery in the finish.

A smooth, slick, round little mouthfeel, the bubbles are tamed and well-behaved, the body firmly medium. The tartness of flavor enters into the feel as well, or at least, the way it makes your mouth feel (like you sucked on a lemon rind for a couple seconds).

I was concerned about the quality of this brew, as the bottle reads "Bottled Nov. 2009." Three cheers for breweries who list bottling dates, and three cheers to me for not passing it up despite that. This thing is nothing but vibrant right now, and I'm relieved about that. Perfect for quality summer quaffing.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 22:10:34 | More by Metalmonk
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3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is good beer with a bad aroma.

Beer is poured from a bottle into a Bruery tulip. Beer is dark yellow and completely clear. Forms a big head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Head is made up of small white bubbles.

Aroma is kind of gross. Its like boiled vegetables and wheat. Yuck.

Beer is medium to light in body. Finishes with a nice bitterness and there is some decent sweetness on the front and mid palates. There is this dryness in the middle of the beer that I find very interesting. There is almost a fruit like character in the late forward palate. The beer finishes with a mild graininess and some really nice feeling. I thoroughly enjoyed this unfortunately aroma-ed beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 02:43:36 | More by drabmuh
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3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, batch 16

A: Pours a clear golden under a medium to large sized white head. No lace, no retention.

S: Wheat, some lemon peel maybe, a little spice spice, some earthy yeast tones.

T: Wheat and some earthy yeast, a blit of tangy citrus before a pretty decent bitterness mixed with a soft yeast funk (very soft).

M/D: Light to medium body, carbonation is high but not as high as I expected. Drinkability is good.

Overall, this is a solid beer. However, I wouldn't consider this a good example of the style. A bit too hoppy and not enough yeast character for me. But still a solid beer for a "Saison Americain".

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 02:28:11 | More by NCSUdo
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold/or light orange. Some clarity, but a bit of haze and lots of bubbles rising. Some light lacing.

Nice dry maltiness and light yeasty aromas. Light peppery spice.

Subtle but complex. Yeast, sweet grain, light fruit that turns to bitter dryness, some white pepper and citric rind. Dry and clean/distinct flavored, with lingering long pleasant bitter finish. Great balance.

Appropriate carbonation and body. Just right.

Easy drinking and enjoyable, one of the better of the style. Just good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 02:45:06 | More by OtherShoe2
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 8/4/10 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, spices, light caramelized malts, Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and Belgian yeast. Then there is a touch of sweetness that comes in from flavors of caramel and citrus followed by a nice sourness. It's complex but still nicely balanced. The after-taste is slightly sweet but also slightly sour.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice beer to drink for a long time, especially if you like the mildly sour beers.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2010 16:52:57 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from a very generous BA! Thanks Jeff!

Batch 14, bottled May 2010. Pouring this one into a tulip. Poured this straight down the middle and I got about a finger of frothy white head sitting atop a hazy yellow beer with visible carbonation. Not much lacing on this, but a bit. The smell is a bit sour up front. Lemony with some spiciness to it. A big grainy aroma to this one. A bit of the lemon zing up front with a sweet bubble gum finish followed by nice dry hop bittering. This is a really dry beer. It's also really kind of sweet, like I said bubble gum and now I'm adding bananas to the mix. This beer is wild! Sad to say also, I'm not loving it this time around. I've had it before and I could remember liking it more.

Enjoyable to drink. This is a solid saison but right now it's really not knocking my socks off. The carbonation is good and I'm really digging how light this is right now. The only thing is I'm not crazy about how dry this is. All in all, a nice beer that I'll definitely have again. Very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 03:57:14 | More by Bendurgin
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3.08/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 04:22:57 | More by womencantsail
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at Flatbread Company, Somerville, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a turbid, straw yellow color with a small, creamy, bright white head that faded to a lasting ring.

Bubblegum was instantly recognizable in the aroma. Quite sweet overall with phenolic, yeasty notes. Somewhat spicy. Although the nose was not terribly complex, it was rather pleasant.

The flavor profile was intriguing. Sweet, doughy malts came through strong up front. A slightly musty, distinctly Belgian yeast strain was also present. Fruity. Quite peppery and spicy in the center. Coriander could be detected. Wheaty with notes of lemon peel. The beer finished off-dry with a mild, grassy hop note.

The mouthfeel was creamy and silky smooth with a fine, moderate effervescence. Once the liquid touched my palate, it turned into a rich, supple froth.

Drinkability was impressive. This beer is incredibly refreshing and packed with flavor. While it may not finish as crisp or as dry as some of its Belgian counterparts, it is definitely more interesting than many of them.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2010 04:57:18 | More by Damian
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3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

apperance - orange cloudy liquid. white head.

smell - apple cinnamon. spice

taste - dry pucker. pine hops. floral. very bitter.

mouth - light body, good carbonation.

overall - seems like a good saison, just not a huge fan of saisons in general. pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 19:07:52 | More by levifunk
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3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch II bottle February 2010

A-pours a darker golden orange, transparent, bubbly slightly off white leaving a solid lacing on the glass.

S-yeast and a faint airy barnyard funk, lemon zest, orange peel, light peppery spice and corriander.

T-the taste falls short of the nose, the funk is virtually non existant, which i liked in the nose. much more spicy, peppery and coriander, lemon zest, citrus with notes of ripe oranges, hit of bitterness at the finish.

M-lightly syrupy, smooth up front a little grainy in the back, moderate carbonation, would have liked more, medium to light body and thins out just a hair in the back.

D-solid saison, very tasty and very drinkable. all the standard flavors, nose was nice, solid balance throughout, the body was just slightly lacking for me but still a very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 00:12:10 | More by cpetrone84
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow with a white head. Not much lacing or head retention. Aroma is faint, but of lemons, yeast and wheat. Taste starts off with a nice kick of lemon zest and a strong wheat rush. Also a bit of orange. Strong yeast profile. Ends with a little bit of spice and a kick of pepper. Spices comes out the warmed the beer gets. Nice flavor, well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2010 21:38:40 | More by uustal
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Pours a really nice sunset yellow color with a decent head and nice lacing. Really has a glowing quality to it.smell is very floral with some belgian herbal yeast characteristics to it. Also has a sweet sugary lemony aspects. Taste is spot on for me. Has that nice crispness with a touch of balancing hops. Nice wheat lightness to it that makes it ultra crisp. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side but is packed with layers of flavors. Drinkability is high too because it's really refreshing and has that lemon earthiness to it that makes it delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 02:14:07 | More by Augustiner719
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3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip, bottled October 2009.

This beer pours a amber color with a giant gushing head nearly overflowing the glass. Very fizzy and giant head, not quite sure it was supposed to be so fizzy and giant.

Smell is of pear and citrus, pretty nice.

Taste is fruity with a little tartness in the finish. Some banana and pear, maybe some clove. Pretty solid saison.

Mouthfeel is extremely fizzy and dry, not what you would expect from a saison.

Drinkability is okay, the high carbonation kind of takes away from the beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 03:26:32 | More by pmccallum86
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4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this last night on tap at the Armsby Abbey.

Came in a pint glass with a dark golden color and not much of a head--from what I hear in other reviews I apparently missed out on that in how mine was poured.

Slight hop taste up front that quickly dissipates into a more citrus-y, not quite bitter finish, but a reminiscence of. Very drinkable, alcohol was not too present in it's taste.

For my first Farmhouse ale I was hoping for an overwhelming barn-must flavor, but was surprised with this mild and accesible brew!

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2010 15:48:27 | More by MarenJensen
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4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken back in May.

Brown bomber batch #11 bottle date of Feb 2010. Pours a clear golden color with 2 fingers of white fluffy head with a tint of yellowish color. Head retains fairly decent and clings in patches along the snifter.

Classic yeasty aroma for the style with suggestions of lemony citrus zest, touch of sulfur and some light fruit like pears. Bready malt is in the background with the aroma being pretty much dominated by the yeast characteristics.

Taste does not disappoint. Flavors of dry pear, slight bitter lemon zest and bready malt. It has a light body with a prickly level of carbonation. Minorly bitter, slightly drying finish. The bitterness lingers in the mouth with a drying quality that urges you to take another sip. As it warms, more sulfur twang comes forward and it becomes increasingly drying with the alcohol becoming more prominent. Overall pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 15:36:50 | More by stakem
Jack D'or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
91 out of 100 based on 1,332 ratings.