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Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 1,508
Reviews: 616
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 146
Gots: 159 | 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 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.

Photo of pratyk
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 2011 Batch 24

Appearance: Clear Yellow-Golden. White head that is frothy. 2 finger thick upon pour but dissipates quickly.

Smell: Lemony, Grassy with a hint of Clove

Taste: Grassy, Citrusy, a little spicy with yeasty undertones. Dry, crisp finish. Hopiness + Spiciness builds up with each sip though.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: Easy to drink beer that's light. Maybe a little too grassy... But it does go well with Spicy food like Indian curries.

Photo of impending
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a tulip. First pour a gorgeous crystal clear classic yellow gold with nice creamy white head.

Aroma of classic saison, rich in grain, yeast spices and the requisite barnyard.

Taste follows the nose. Citrus grass, doughy yeast, nice hop profile and a perfectly dry finish. Smooth, crisp yet creamy mouthfeel.
Pairs well with food.

Photo of greybeardloon
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled March, 2011. Two pours, the second with a significant amount of sediment.

A: Cloudy golden color (very cloudy on the second). Surprisingly, the head was modest and it didn't last long.

S: Spicy and earthy, with significant dust and earth on the second pour.

T: Some fruitiness (after having read a review mentioning unripe bananas, I definitely pick that up) with a crisp, very dry finish and a lingering hop bite. The second pour was a bit muddier.

M: Medium bodied and lively.

O: Fairly drinkable, but a bit drier than is my preference.

Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up in Boston on the weekend of the Extreme Beer Fest. I've been meaning to try it but it's been sitting in my fridge for a while. This was bottled in February 2011 and is part of batch #22.

Pours a beautiful bright golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. I love the artwork on the bottle. The beer looks great too.

Spicy yeast with an underside of grassy hops. Just a hint of citrus as well to top it off.

Lots of spicy yeast followed by mild/grassy hops and sweet, almost buttery malt. Crisp and tart at the same time.

Linger spicy yeast and crisp malt make for a highly pleasant mouthfeel. Malt continues to exhibit the buttery notes mentioned.

I'm impressed. This is a very, very good example of the style. Easy to drink, easy to enjoy and in the spirit of what a saison is supposed to embody (think light, flavorful and perfect for a seasonal endeavour).

Photo of vkv822
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip.
Feb. 2011
Batch 22

Pours clear yellow with fairly active carbonation rising up to a foamy white head.

The aroma is grassy and lemony, with zesty-spiced Belgian yeast notes.

The taste follows the nose fairly well, with a bit more of a grassy emphasis upfront. The zesty yeast esters definitely make themselves known, but don't become overwhelming as can easily happen. It finishes on a lemony note.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with active carbonation that helps give it a lighter feel and keeps it fairly crisp and refreshing.

Overall just a well done and enjoyable saison. While it may not be anything too fancy, it is what I think of when I think of a saison.

Photo of DaveHS
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours cloudy, sunny blond with a tall, creamy head that reduces slowly, leaving thick chunky lacing down the glass.

S- The nose is pleasantly floral, with notes of lavender and fresh cut grass complementing aromas of zested lemon, pale malts, estery Belgian yeast and citric hops.

T/M- The first sip is dry and bright, with spicy rye-like flavors competing for dominance with Belgian yeast derived fruit flavors. The more I drink this, I find the spiciness has a residual effect, building up on the palate and helping to bring out the complexity of the hop profile. There’s a lot going on here. Lots of flavors that seem at first to be competing against one another, but ultimately meld into something delicious. The finish is hoppy and crisp, with touches of clove, cracked pepper, and dried flowers.

O-Really great. One of the best I've had from Pretty Things.

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

Pours an almost clear gold/yellow color. Slight white head dissapates pretty quick. A very clear beer, body looks very light, but at the same time the carbonation and lacing is evident and very pleasant looking. Looks pretty refreshing.

Smell is lemon, grass, and fruity notes presumably from the belgian yeasts. A slight sweetness. No real funk notes to speak of (which is good for me, as i tend to like "cleaner" saisons more).

Taste is in turn with the smell. A slight sweetness, and the belgian yeast notes really come out in a pleasant way. Eventually a slight spicyness comes out in it, but nothing harsh at all. Hops are slightly noticeable and i'd generally in line with the style norm.

Moutfeel is very nice, crisp but retaining a nice smooth finish. A very easy to drink beer that packs a lot of flavor into a relatively light body. One of the most enjoyable saisons i've ever had and one to seek out particularly if you more enjoy clean, less "funky" saisons.

Photo of FosterJM
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

427th review on BA
Bottle to tulip
Batch 22 Bottled Feb 2011

App- Highlighted orange with two fingers of head. lots of sticky lace to this saison. Very pretty (no pun intended) in the glass.

Smell- Very aromatic with lots of fresh fruits including orange, banana, and tangerines. Balanced out with some mellow yeasts.

Taste- Very orange rind like taste to this one. At the same time this had a peculiar dampness to it but it accentuated the taste didn't detract from it.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carbonation but at the same time was a bit watery to me.

Drink- A very good craft saison. A little funk, sweet, and delictate citrus. I paired this with a MahiMahi filet for Easter and was very good.

Photo of beorn7676
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light hazy straw yellow with large amounts of carbonation. Good sized chunky head that leave wonderful lacing on the glass.

S- Spice and banana are at the forefront, followed by pleasant lemony and floral, grassy hop notes.

T- Great balance of pear, banana, lemon, flowery hops, and light malt flavors. Finish is perfect in my book. Just the right amount of tartness and dryness.

M- Light mouthfeel, lively carbonation, and wonderful dryness make this a refreshing beer.

O- Really enjoyed this one. To me this is what a Saison should taste like. Highly recommended.

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

Golden, with just a bit of haze. Bright airy foam for head, which transforms into a sticky lace ring. Bubbles add life, steadily floating to the top
Aroma is a subtle freshly cut wheat aroma with just a hint of pepper.
Tastes gets a big kick from the hops: a bit of that pepper from earlier as well as an earthy, spicy finish.
A very unique and drinkable beer.

Photo of liamt07
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle N Hum, served in a tulip.

Pours an unfiltered golden yellow, finger of dense creamy head. Leaves a collar, mild lacing and retention. Nose holds lots of dry bread notes, wheat, bright citrus, lemongrass-iness. Hopped nicely, very American take on the style. Some banana and phenolic notes that feel a bit out of place but smells great integrated with this. Taste has the wheat, lemon and citrus, mouthfeel gets dry real quick and adds some spice in the finish. Great mouthfeel, dry and refreshing. Summer day perfection. Impressive and an interesting American take on the style.

Photo of beagle75
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bright pale fruit, slightly vinous, more pear and banana than apple. A yeasty phenolic twist characterizes the smell as that of a farmhouse ale, but it remains restrained--never overpowering.

T: Begins off-dry, with early Belgian yeast character and bright acidity that cooperates nicely with the multi-layered fruit consisting of pears and golden raisins. Peppery spice and husky rye surges into the middle replacing much of the early fruit. Flavors become more dry in the finish where snappy bitter and herbal hops come together in the presence of a phenolic bite.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, palpable acidity is somewhat complimentary to the flavor profile, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This saison is a predictable American-brewed example in some respects, comparable to the Bruery's Saison Rue or Lost Abbey's Red Barn. The composed flavor profile comes across as superior to most, making this beer resonate in the memory as a really strong example of the style.

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

A - Light straw, very clear, big white head leaves to disk eventually. Some spotty cling.

S - Straw, light barn yard funk, lemons.

T - Crisp, a bit sour, tangy, clean.

M - Light body, medium carb, pretty good balance.

D - Very easy to drink. Nice presentation!

Photo of tbrown4
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz -> Duvel tulip. Picked this bottle up on a recent trip to the Philly area. Awesome bottle art. Cap label says "Bottled MAR 2011 BATCH 23"

A - Cloudy gold yellow. Huge large bubbled fluffy white head, webed sticky lacing

S - Clove, pepper, yeasty only a hint of lemony sweetness

T - Same as the aroma, clove, pepper, yeasty, light lemony with the addition of sharp hop bitterness in the finish. Not very deep.

M - Thin to medium, good crisp carb pop

O - It's a decent brew, but nothing I'd go crazy for. It's a good representation of the style without going too extreme with extra flavors. It's good to support small breweries, and it's easy to do so at the current price point. Was able to get many Pretty Things bombers for about $6 each.

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 Sam21
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased for $5. Bottled in December 2010. Poured into a snifter.
Appearance – Hazy golden orange body with a fluffy white head. Excellent retention and classic lacing.

Smell – Zesty and floral with light hints of clove and coriander. Banana sweetness.

Taste – Tangy citrus fruits hit first with a backing of spice. Very floral and bitter. Peach and banana sweetness present themselves early, but are held down by waves of spice, flowers, and a plantlike bitterness that I can only describe as how a dandelion leaf tastes (come on, I know that you ate at least one in your childhood). Great peppery bite in the finish with an extreme dryness. Slight metallic mineral twang. The champagne yeast really pulls its weight.

Mouthfeel – Medium body with great carbonation. Soft, a bit coarse, and alive.

Drinkability – This is a unique saison that does not play it safe. A definite success for Pretty Things, as they have crafted one heck of an American saison.

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

Pours a cloudy gold with a nice pillow of white on top, smells of spice.. clove and lavender, bready malt and yeast. Taste is peppery, slightly tart, herbal esters and faint hops. yeast is very present in the finish and the mouthfeel. slightly chalky and tannic. Dry. It represents the style well although not my favorite saison, good but not great IMHO

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

A- Poured into a tulip glass, a brilliant white head that dissapears rather quickly leaving little trace of existance. A slightly hazy straw yellow beer with a ton of sparkling carbonation.

S- Bright citrus notes... Lemon, Grapefruit, pineapple, and peach. A touch of fresh cut grass and wheat. Very fresh! Nice yeastiness on the nose. Nothing that'll stick in your memory, but nice.

T- A wonderful balance of bready yeast and fresh citrus. Really freshens up your mouth and nasal passages. Barely a hint of malted barley/honey sweetness before the citrus takes over again.

M- Nice carbonation! A much bigger mouthfeel than expected from the smell and first sip. Nice hop bitterness without being overwhelming. Yeasty with a little pinch of tartness.

O- A fantastic drinking Saison! Well Done! Light and refreshing, yet full bodied enough to match with many foods. I'm thinking grilled shrimp/lemon kabobs with chipotle/honey polenta... and a baby greens salad with a grapefruit/honey vinegrette! Fire up the grill!!!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had whilst visiting MA.

A: Weizen like cloudy straw color with small ring of bubbly head and a little lacing.

S: Smells like yeast and wheat with some citrus rinds and some melon fruit fleshy notes. Farmhouse dirty spicy aromas also from this beer.

T: Follows the smell with dry, bitter backed yeast and wheat. Dry fruit with a bit of sweetness is there but subdued by the straw-like wheat. Citrus notes play a part in here as well.

M: Very dry, and tongue dryingly bitter. Smooth with nice carbonation.

D: Good overall to me, nothing earth shattering though.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head. The head reduces down to a spotty layer leaving behind some excellent lacing.

S - Aroma is full of citrus fruit flavors, with nice lemon and orange scents coming through. Some light spices and yeast are also mixed in as well.

T - Starts off with some nice citrus fruit flavors with good orange and lemon flavors. Also a bit of floral hop bitterness and spice. Through the middle some bread and grassy flavors come through. The finish has a nice hit of hops alongside the citrus flavors and spices. Nicely balanced.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated. Feels very lively and crisp on the tongue. Overall feels dry and with a super dry finish which is really nice.

D - Very drinkable. Dry mouthfeel is really great. A bit different than an average saison, but well balanced and very enjoyable.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
2.61/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottled Nov 2009, batch 10. Pours a hazy golden blonde with clear lacing. Small, white head. Aroma dominated by bubble gum, some sweet malt, mild hops and kumquat? Taste is dominated by vinegar like, sour and maybe unripe honeydew. Really not very pleasing. I recognize an American interpretation of a saison should have a bit of funk but I doubt this is the taste they were going for. Should this beer have fallen apart in 1.5 years? Even at only 6.4% abv, this should have held up. I just want to move on and get this taste out of my mouth. A friend shared this with me, it had a $1.49 sticker on it, maybe it was marked down because of its age?

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled February 2011 Batch 22
Bright and golden yellow faint orange hint. Not a lot of head but a good amount of lacing around the rim. A lot of bubbles coming up. Instantly got a lot of aroma just from cracking the cap. Smell is very spicy and zesty. Coriander, Belgian yeast and banana. A faint amount of a hoppy citrus zest. For the lack of hops in the nose there is a lot going on here. The bitterness and dryness is very present. A dirty, extremely astringent hop character is very present with a fierce lemon zest. The Belgian yeast characteristics are there at first but are taken over by the bitter hop assault. Almost sour. Not sure how to interpret this one.

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

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a clouded golden yellow with a fizzy layer of white head. Retains pretty well with some film and a few rings of spotty lacing on the glass.

A refreshing rush of citrus in the nose with lemon peel and orange. Light spice with clove and pepper.

Some floral hoppiness up front with slightly juicy tones. Lemon and orange with rind and pulp. Assorted spice and clove add a peppery edge to the profile. Slight Belgian funk driven by yeast underneath. Finishes somewhat bitter and sweet.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, dry and lingering on the palate. Quality flavor, refreshing profile, and something I'd drink again.

Jack D'or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
90 out of 100 based on 1,508 ratings.