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Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 1,507
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 146
Gots: 157 | 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 papat444
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this last month on my trip to NYC. Bought @ Whole Foods Union Square. Shared with my wife with our burgers.

Poured from a 22oz. bottle. Batch 23, bottled Mar. 2011.

Appearance: A clear body with a pale yellow body and a immense white head. Not long lasting unfortunately. Gets a bit more cloudy as the rest of the bottle is poured.

Smell: Lemon, light pepper, grassy and very airy. Zesty and nice.

Taste: More pronounced pepper especially in the finish. Some spices, lemon rind and grassy notes. Nothing complicated but still good.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing with a solid body. Feels real nice.

Overall: A great summer beer that i would try again. Enjoyable.

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into tulip

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with minor white head. Lots of bubbles.

S - Grassy, piney, pepper, grainy wheat, lemon zest

T - Fairly hoppy and bitter for what you'd expect out of a saison. Lots of pepper and lemon. Bready and yeasty as well. Some oranges, grains and grass round out the back end

M - Very dry and crisp. Almost too drying.

O - I was hoping for more 'funk'. An average saison but nothing that really stands out; a touch heavy on the pepper and lemon. I am really wanting to like PT brews but so far they just haven't wow'd me. I have a few more to try and would like to get my hands on a Finest Regards.

Photo of Spider889
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was looking forward to trying this at one point, and got to try it sooner than expected when someone shared this with me at the last Jackie O's release.

Poured a hazed dull straw color. Not much head on it.

Smelled super grassy with a dull bitterness in the background.

Tasted much more bitter than a saison normally ought to be. Pine and aspirin were fairly prominent. While this may be Jack D'or's draw, for me it just didn't work.

Finished very dry.

I didn't catch how old this bottle was, so I will definitely try to get my hands on a fresh bottle sometime to revisit this beer.

Photo of Bierlerner
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice clear liquid gold. Little bubbly. Great 2 finger head. Head lasts for a minute. Virtually no lacing though.

S- Lots of yeast, pepper, and citrus in this light aroma. Dominating on the yeast and pepper. Hint of banana.

T- Lots of pepper and yeast. Bread and oats. A bit of hop and citrus. Nicely balanced, but a tad heavy on the pepper it seems. Musty earthiness about it as well.

M- Nice tingly carbonation. A bit of creaminess. Thin to medium body. Ultra dry finish making you want more.

O- Pretty nice saison here. Rustic. Reasonable abv. Just a tad heavy on the pepperiness. Great summer brew. Its a great beer for sure in general. I might seek this one out again.

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

APPEARANCE: Hazy, warm golden hue with a rich, fluffy head with a lot of lace. It's a very pretty beer!

SMELL: The nose on this beer is both sugary and floral (lavender?), but under that there's a yeasty earthiness.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-bodied and pretty hoppy. This is a dry beer that sizzles the tongue a bit.

TASTE: Both sweet and grassy. Though no spices are used to the brew this beer, the finish blends a light peppery taste and citrus. The hoppiness is definitely there but balances out nicely with the malted oats used to make this beer. I got a lingering earthy aftertaste with this beer that wasn't bad, but lingered a little too long.

DRINKABILITY: If you like floral, hoppy beers then this is the beer for you. I'd be happy to sip this brew over the course of an entire evening, and I'm generally not a fan of hoppy beers.

VERDICT: A balanced, rustic saison that I think would go best with fish or chicken dishes, but really it'll go with just about anything. It's not an incredibly complex brew, but that's actually one of its strengths. It's a very adaptable saison for a wide range of palates. Another great beer from Pretty Things!

Cheers,
John Harvey
Dirtybeerguy.com

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

Bottled May 2011, fresh stuff.

A- Golden yellow with a fluffy white head. Retention is decent and a solid pillow and ring stay atop the beer. Nice lace patches on the wine glass.

S- Saison yeast notes are heavy, clove, banana and general spices. Certainly some floral, grassy and earthy hints as well. A bit of bread and citrus too. Light fruit, apple and pear.

T- Certainly the main thing here again is the saison yeast, with the flavors mentioned above. I also get a very earthy, grassy flavor that reminds me of peapods somehow. Caramel malt, citrus peel and bread make their way in nicely.

MF- Highly carbonted lighter end body with a silky, creamy feel. Some bitterness in the finish.

Brings a lot of nice flavors to the table without any of them being too out of hand, a nice balance. Drinks easily and would be a nice Saison to introduce people to the style.

Photo of EkimGram
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bottle states "bottled June 2010. Batch 16" 22oz. bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Colour is a cloudy golden-brown, barely any head or lacing whatsoever. No visible carbonation.

Smell: Aromas of spice, yeast, and a hint of citrus.

Taste: Bitter, citrus, and pepper are the first flavours to tingle my palette. Following closely is a citrusy yeast flavour that is then proceeded by a bitter hoppy bite to finish things off. Very complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, decent amount of carbonation. Lots of initial bite. Finishes dry.

Overall: This beer has a lot to offer. What it lacks in smell it makes up in appearance and ever moreso, taste. I would love to try this one fresh from the tap one day.

Photo of route66pubs
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 25 bottled May 2011. Thanks jctribe25

Pours a beautiful golden yellow with a minimal, perfectly-white head. Head full of tiny bubbles which laces to the glass slightly with he first sip, but less so with subsequent sips. Very difficult to see any fingers on the other side of this obviously unfiltered saison.

Suprisingly not much hits my nose, unless it is competing with the amaryllis next to me and the sage grass out the window. There's a hint of pepper, but not a lot else.

Exquisite. Slightly milky, largely peppery, with an orange / citrus flavor at the back end. This tastes wonderful!

This is superb, feeling exactly as it should to me. Good carbonation, nice and crisp. This just bounces around in my mouth. The crispness at the back is just the capper that goes perfectly with the dry front.

I WANT MORE! And at a "mere" 6.4% I can probably have another. And another. My only fear is that this is so good I may not know when to stop. Fortunately (or unfortunately, rather!) I only had the one bottle to enjoy!

Photo of nastley3
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice head, cloudy, pale color, looks light.

S: The smell is very citrusy and fairly strong.

T: This beer tastes great. It is light, refreshing and citrusy yet not overdone.

M: This is the perfect mouthfeel. It has the right about of carbonation, and feels lively.

O: This beer is fantastic. It is easy to drink, refreshing and tasty.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-This brew pours a very hazy light gold in color. Bubbles aggressively rise in an orderly fashion to the bleach white cap on top of the liquid. The head is pretty, about one finger of thick compact foam. Also laces quite well. Head retains.

S-Have not experimented much with saisons but if this is how they generally smell, I may need to start trying more. Nice yeast combines with some aromatic pale fruitiness (white grape, pear). A bit of funk comes out too. Grassy hops shoot up my nostrils as well. The hops really make the aroma great.

T-Making me want to try more saisons! The flavor is complex, displaying all the scents in the nose. The flavor is also quite mild and easy to imbibe. The fruits are great. Crisp apple is a new component in the taste. The hops add some mild bitterness and the grassy flavors are delectable. The malt is bready and adds complexity. Word to describe the flavor: natural.

M-Crisp feel. Moderate carbonation. The feel is a bit slick. Overall, the mouthfeel is very nice. Perfect compliment to the flavor and the ABV.

O/D-I had been putting off trying this brew for a while. I would love to grab a few of these here and there...especially for the summer. Great brew, Pretty Things is a nice brewery. I cannot decide, do I like this or American Darling more?? Right now, with a cool glass of Jack D'or next to me, I gotta say I'm going with Jack.

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 negroobserver
2.16/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Jack D'or - Bottled Oct 2009 - Batch Nine

C: Nice Golden Yellow/Orange color. Pours with a very large head.

S: Malts. Citrus. Spices.

T: Very sour. I suspect that this batch has gone terribly bad. The head is rising out of the bottle and I haven't even poured it yet.

M: Over carbonated. Good texture.

D: I hope this is not representative of the type of stuff that Pretty Things has to offer. I've had a number of their beers on tap and they've been nothing like this. Disappointing because I was expecting a lot more from PT than this, although this experience won't deter me from trying more of their beer.

OVERALL GRADE: C-/D

Photo of ptykozoon
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Glowing amber, head goes to layer fast, slightly sticky lacing.

Sweet apple, cane sugar, lemon, pear, peach.

Earthy, floral taste. Spice. I'd like a bit more fruit in this.

Bitter and dry well carb'd crisp mouthfeel. No finish.

I like saisons but this one was mediocre.

Photo of JoshVandy
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650mL bottle into a Bruery snifter.
Sticker with "Bottled April 2011, Batch 24" on the neck. Big thanks to Patrick (Patrickbrusil) for including this nice extra.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color with about a 1.5 finger pearl white head. Decent retention.  Subpar lacing down the glass as I consume this brew.

S- Yeast comes through, along with a nice banana aroma and some nice malt tones. Flowers and other fruit come through as well.

T- A fantastic blend of fruits and subtle spice notes hit the palate and linger nicely. A nice hoppy and peppery finish round it out beautifully.

M- Thin body, as I expected, with medium carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Could be a touch more dry in my opinion.

O- My first Pretty Things brew did not disappoint. A very solid Saison that I need to get more of to cellar for a while, as I feel like it could dry out and be a better beer.

Photo of shangwang
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle dated November 2010, Batch 20. picked this up during a January visit to Boston. served in a Chimay glass. As an aside I had forgotten this was in my fridge for the past few months so it's aged longer than what I would have liked. Nevertheless I'm hoping the fact that it has been refrigerated the whole time kept it from oxidation.

Poured with a thin layer of white head that dissipated quickly with very thin lacing. Beer itself was a hazy golden straw color. Smelled like fresh baked bread with banana and citrusy notes. Interesting taste- it started with the toffee, banana, and citrus tastes that I expected from a saison, but it finished with a bitter, malty, cigar wrapper taste that caught me off guard. As I drank more I felt hops were more noticeable, but not overpowering. No particular taste lingered on my palette, and it was a clean finish. Medium, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

This is a light, easy-to-drink beer and while its not the best farmhouse I've had, it's a good version of the style with some unique tastes. Overall, I enjoyed it and I would probably drink again.

Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow never got a review up for this, maybe it was lost in one of the BA site crashes, who knows. Batch 24 from April 2011.

Pours a decent sized fizzy 1 finger head that fades to a light head covering and stopping there for a while, over a clear golden honey colored beer.

Nose has light malts and wheats, bit toasty malts, very light fruits and spices, a banana like wheat aroma, a bit of a sweet malts, light almost syrupy like sweetness, light citrus and orange peel, and light grassy and citrus almost noble hops.

Taste brings some nice toasty malts at first, some wheats, some spices a bit more than the nose, light banana and fruits, bit of corriander and clove, light sweet malts, some hops as well, a bit grassy, some citrus hops, some bitterness but not a lot, the bitterness actually gets a bit stronger with the orange peel bitterness, fairly rustic and dry despite the sweetness, the slightest touch of booze, and a bit of a floral taste. Finishes pretty dry, a slight sticky feel, and lots of lingering flavors, spices, citrus hops, orange peel, bit of the wheat.

Mouth is medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall pretty good, a bit heavy overall on the flavors from what I usually like for saisons, but it's still a great saison. Spices a bit too high, hops are added well, nice wheat flavors and fruits, all blended well, and nice dry finish.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle pouted into a tulip.

a: golden haze, 1/2" head with little retention.

s: strong clove

t: peppery clove, slight hint of malt, flowery hops, clean yeast.

m: medium bodied, light carbonation.

o: not a bad beer, just not too impressive to me.

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

Pretty Things Jack D'or pours up with a lively effervescence that creates a frothy whitish head that persists nicely above the slightly hazy, peach golden body. The zesty aroma shows a nice phenolic spiciness with hints of cilantro, green peppercorn, lemon verbena & chamomile followed by a citric fruitiness of dried orange peel, lemon rind & pink grapefruit which underlies the grainy maltiness. Just a touch of spicy hops as it warms in hand. The flavor starts off a bit spicy, but the underlying maltiness quickly supports the marked bitterness and additional spices nicely to create an off-dry, slightly acidic but surprisingly balanced finish. This finely crafted, artisanal "Saison Americain" shows some complexity & finesse and is certainly worthy of your complete & undivided attention. Here's to the mighty & magnificant mustached Jack D'or!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of seand
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a translucent light straw color, with a small amount of bubbly white head. Just a bit retains around the edge of the glass and in clumps on the surface, but it's enough to leave decent spots of lacing.

S: Yeasty, with a thick malt note in the background. Almost floral, but more like a forest than a flower garden.

T: Sweet and yeasty, but there's a lot going on. A fair hop presence is noticeable on the finish, and the finish is quite dry.

M: Medium to light body, medium carbonation.

Overall it's pretty nice. It's quite complex for such a light feeling beer, and still tasty.

Photo of knucks999
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice thick foam that lasts throughout the session. Hazy color, light golden. Really nice aroma, bananna, great Belgian yeast character, no sulfur. The mouthfeel is amazing, makes the beer seem to have so much body, but still finish so dry. Some hop character, some lingering bitterness.

Photo of rzoq
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Hangar in a 20oz frozen mug.

Truly a unique take on a french farmhouse ale. Beautiful blonde with a two finger head. Smells fresh, springy and delicious. Notes of lemon, grapefruit, lilac, and earth are dominant.

First sip was crisp and refreshing. Half way through and I am pondering how this simple beer tastes more complex and bright with each sip. First taste from this Project (& first review on BA) and definitely need to explore their other offerings. Highly recommend this one.

Photo of ChadQuest
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like a saison should IMO. kinda cloudy straw yellow with a generous amount of head.

This one is all about the light fruits and the yeast. Pears and apples are the first thing on my mind as i smell and sip this, A citrus hint comes into play too,only kinda dry but this bottle is only 5 months old, i think i might let the other 3 sit a bit and see if they get dryer, i think that is what this one needs.

Photo of mjn5036
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – 22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. This one pours a golden yellow with a large, fluffy white head. Head retention is decent, leaving behind minimal lacing.

S – The nose smells delicious. A plethora of fruit, primarily banana, and spice dominate; a flowery presence, and sweet wheat with a nice earthy yeast factor in the background.

T – The taste is a subtle combination of spice and fruit with a considerably bitter hoppiness that did not present itself in the nose. A peppery finish.

M – Thin to medium bodied with a pleasant amount of carbonation. Crisp and dry, much like champagne.

O – Another fine beer by Pretty Things. It’s a complex brew with some really good things going for it. I however don’t really care for the peppery and bitter finish which seems to take away from the overall taste of it.

Photo of rdpoint
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Very nice pale yellow color with little to no head.

S-Wheat almost overwhelms everything, faint citrus as well.

T-This is my first experience with this style of beer, the yeast/wheat smacks you right in the face to start followed by a dry finish.

M-Thin with low carbonation and almost no head.

O-An interesting beer, not one of my favorites by I enjoyed sampling it. The wheat/yeast for my taste is a little overpowering but worth sampling, not a beer that I could drink more than one of at a time.

Jack D'or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
90 out of 100 based on 1,507 ratings.