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Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 1,496
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 145
Gots: 156 | 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 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.

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

Hazy, bright egg yolk orange-yellow, with a billowing white head.

Aroma is yeasty and mild orange citrus.

Flavor is of big, creamy wheat, with a touch of nuttiness. Much more malty than your average saison. Citrus and spice or more reserved than an average saison as well. There is a bit of yeasty funkiness that is nice. Hop bitterness is pronounced, but is smooth and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is great due to creaminess, med-high carbonation, and a dry finish.

Overall very enjoyable. A bit different than other saisons I've had. More malt and hop focused, but still with a nice yeast backing.

Photo of ksimons
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-clear golden with lots of visible carbonation bubbles and about three fingers worth of white head

S-yeast, citrus, a little spicy, and very refreshing

T-Bitter hops is the backbone of the beer, but the taste also includes sweetness, light malts, citrus, yeast, and spicy notes

M-medium body, moderate amount of carbonation, dry finish

D-a little too hoppy for me, but all the elements come together nicely. Another well made beer by Pretty Things

Photo of andrewinski1
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Nice golden color and a gigantic head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing.

Nice spicy aroma that also gives off a hint of sweet malt. Smells a bit like candy sugar.

The taste is dry and crisp. There is a nice spiciness from the yeast. I also get a bit of bubble gum. There is a good hop bite in the finish.

Great light body and crisp feeling. This one is super drinkable. This is one of my favorites.

Photo of Trilogy31
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a riedel o glass. One finger of head that leaves nice lacing. A burnished old gold color. Nose is spicy belgian yeast, some funky dough scents and cream. Taste is again begian sweet spices, some orange sherbet/cream, some slight sour earthy funk. Finishes dry and light. Stoked to see it on shelves in the bay area but one try was enough, well balanced but nothing really stood out.

Retasted on 7/3/11, considerably worse than the first time i had it. Flavors were completely muddled, the abv oddly started showing and it almost gained a wine corked wet cardboard taste. I didnt change the score as i felt it doesnt deserve to be changed, but after a few months this is showing very poorly, maybe i just dont get jack dor.

Photo of jsvt
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle Poured into a tasting glass

Very light and clear sunshine yellow.

1 finger head with nice lacing.

Wheat and spice on the nose with a slight hint of hops. Grass and dried hay.

Hops come through on the palate with alot more punch then a typical saison. Coriander, orange zest and mixed citrus on the finish.

Great drinkability and great pairing with really creamy buttery cheeses

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

Bottled February 2011. So excited to try this one! I've heard great things about Pretty Things and never seen it in California, until today! Pours a very beautiful, bright, almost clear golden-yellow color with a small white head that disappears extremely quickly. Scent is very funky with some lemon zest and peppery notes. I also get a bit of bread and hoppiness with nice yeast scents. Taste is initially hoppy, quickly followed by some funk and delicious spiciness. This is a very good example of a saison if you ask me. There is a bit of lemon and citrus along with a lot of hoppiness. Very tasty brew. Mouthfeel is nice and dry...refreshing. Overall, my first impression of Pretty Things is a good one. I can't wait to try more from this brewery.

Photo of tr0n
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jack D'or poured an attractive straw/amber, though I noticed at the end of the pour that there was yeast left at the bottom of the bottle. Note to self: never pour any beer back into the bottle from the glass to collect the remaining yeast...not only do you lose beer in the pour, but the re-pour into the glass will likely foam over. Regardless, captured much of the remaining yeast, and I'm glad I did. Complex yeast flavor adds much to the taste of the beer.

Nose is primarily yeast and the mouthfeel is balanced yeast and hop. The flavor profile, besides yeast and light hop, tastes of citrus, and is quite refreshing. This is particularly complex for a farmhouse ale and keeps you thinking about it long after you finish enjoying it.

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

A: golden color. slight haze.
S: earthy hops
T: earthy bitter hops. citrusy. grapefruit. peach. brett funk. peppery finish.
M: medium-light body. medium carbonation. dry finish.
O: very complex beer. the bitter aftertaste is offputting for me personally, though many hopheads will rejoice.

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

22oz brown bottle. Bottled on date on top label.
Served in a Piraat fluted goblet.
It pours a very deep and cloudy caramel/amber color with a thin beige head on top along with loads of lacing.
Nice citrusy and musty fruit smells rise at first pour. Sweet fruit and spicy smells linger. A light alcohol fuminess comes and goes.
The flavors represent the style very nicely, with the exception of the hop profile being the dominant taste, though it works extremely well for this particular farmhouse. Edgy citrus peel and resinous hoppy bitterness are tempered with a lightly sweet caramel malt. A faint metallic tang inches through in the background.Tastes of a crusty bagette comes to mind.
It's a very well-made brew! Lots of creativity involved with this Saison Americain!

Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden hazy yellow in color with a nice white finger of head. aroma is slightly faint, with some yeast spice and some clove. Taste is nice and spicy lightly hoppy yeasty and bread y. Feel is lighter in body, crisp smooth, clean and with a hint of creamyness. Drink is great and very easy to put away. One of my top ten saisons...on a short list.

Photo of grub
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this one in a recent trade with jlinrdos. thanks jared!

22oz bottle. batch 21, bottled dec 2010. sampled march 16/2011.

pours hazy golden yellow with a big fluffy white head. the head drops slowly and leaves plenty of lace as it falls.

aroma is good. caramel and toffee. bit of honey. tangerine and a touch of lemon. touch of funk. bit of spice. slightly floral. white bread and cracker. light alcohol.

taste is good. leather and horse blanket funk. perfumey floral character. honey and a bit of buttery toffee. white bread and cracker. bit of grain. light herbal component too that seems almost minty at points. just under medium bitterness level. touch of alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a nice dry finish. medium-high carbonation level. bit of funky brett mouthfeel.

drinkability is good. nice balance. good depth. neat hoppy character. not your typical saison, but i like it!

Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing!

Pours a lightly cloudy orange, some amber highlights, looks like juice, very thick and chunky white head forms and settles slowly down to a thick layer around the glass, huge chunks of lace sticks, looks good.

Smell is neat, somewhat sweet, almost pineapplely and sugary, some orange peel, citrus, a bit of honey sweetness, mango, light toast and biscuit, a touch of vanilla and a bit of spice, light tea, neat.

Taste is nice, very malty, big biscuit and toast, honey and a touch of caramel sweetness, huge middle, really neat and fruity in the finish, some fruity sweetness, mango, sweet pineapple, vanilla and light spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with with low to medium carbonation, a little chewy. Good example of an American saison, light on the funk, bigger on the hops, but nice character and very refreshing, Thanks Russ!

Jack D'or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
90 out of 100 based on 1,496 ratings.