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Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 1,523
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 147
Gots: 160 | 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 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!

Photo of CuttDeez
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I read the review from the Jason and Todd on this one and knew I needed to get my hands on a bottle to see what this one had to offer. Not to long ago I got that chance.
Bomber poured into a chalice.

A - Cloudy golden yellow pour with a beautiful fluffy resiliant head.

S - The yeast comes out in the nose which is common with unfiltered beers. There are also wonderful floral sweet notes that are balanced by a peppery note.

T & M & D - There is a very nice carbinated bite on the front end. It has very nice peppery notes on the toungue and then it opens to hop bitterness. The end brings in light fruit flavors and floral notes. i was blown away by the range of flavors with each sip. I had never had a beer like it. I loved the peppery begining and the wonderful after taste of floral fruit. Once again I really enjoy the natural and very real flavors of the unfiltered or bottle conditioned beer. I am very glad I did not pass up on the opportunity to try this beer.


Photo of pdoran10
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy slightly dark golden color into a snifter. A full hand of white head that leaves ridiculous lacing.

Smell is basement mustiness and citrus.

Taste is a tart citrus with funk notes. Some breadyness from the malt comes through to give the beer some substance. American hops are there and mesh well with the pepper spice and citrus funk from the yeast. I get apricot, peach and pepper flavors.

Mouthfeel is very dry with a decent amount of substance. Moderate to high carbonation. Well done to style and taste here.

Highly drinkable saison with nice dry tart flavors. I love this beer!

Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light gold in color. With a thin lacing...lots of carbonation.

Smell: Light and grainy.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Has an acidic taste near the end. Slightly sor in taste, with a grainy, dry, ethanol taste. Certainly an acquired taste. Slightly sour in taste. Has a floral aftertaste.

Drinkability: Love some Pretty Things...they never steer me wrong...just wish I was closer to their distribution area.

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this bottle fron Naloxone. Thanks Evan.

Poured 22oz bottle into a snifter

Hazy yellow with a two finger white head that leaves a bit of lacing

Smells of wheat and lots of funk.

Taste follows the nose. Notes of wheat, yeast and some bitterness and sourness in the end.

With a medium body, carbonation and a slightly dry finish this is brew perfect for those summer BBQ's.

Thanks again, Evan for giving me the chance to try this brew.

Photo of peensteen
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #20 November 2010
Pours a pale bright golden colour, Minimal white head, slight lace on the glass. Smell is yeasty, lemony, citrus, hay, green apple, very vibrant and fresh, nice slight hop profile as well, very inviting nose no complaints here. Taste is tart but dry, light sourness, lemony, their is an earth hop presence, green apple and a dry yeasty finish similar to champagne. Good aggressive carbonation, nice weight, good feeling in cheeks and mouth. Drinks very nicely, perhaps slightly too much dry yeastiness, good overall and would certainly pick this one up again.

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

Purchased for a very reasonable price about a month ago here in MN - which is strange considering Pretty Things has been out of the state for a while now... Oct 2009 bottle.

A - Even with a slow pour, this guy has tons of head. 70/30 ratio in glass #1. It took a few minutes before this was accessible. A very light body underneath all that foamy goodness.

S - Lots of lemon tartness, along with a nice grassy greenness. Very little hop aroma is left.

T&M - Very tart up front and TONS of flavor. Plenty of that lemon characteristic accompanied by a nice effervescent dry finish. Crisp seems the perfect adjective.

D - At 6.5%, this beer packs a ton of flavor, and it is incredibly refreshing. If I see it around on clearance again, I'll buy as much as I can.

Photo of CharlieMurphy
2.88/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Batch 20 - Nov. 2010

22 -> pint

A: light amber, film-width head that remains, constant bottle conditioned carbonation

S: light funk, low alcohol, almost a macro lager aroma, not much else to feel out

T: less/practically no funk, a spicy dry pale ale feel that's accentuated by the carbonation. I like it but would never think it a saison if not for the nose. I don't know if this is what they were going for or this batch is off or past its prime or what.

M: Light dryness, quickly fading big dry carbonation which leaves the pale ale type spice on the top of the throat

D: Wouldn't bother drinking this again, esp for $8 a bomber.

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

Thanks to Wally for bringing a bottle of this over to our last tasting!

Pours a slightly cloudy, wheat-yellow, with a thin, white, foamy head on top. Light lacing is left behind. Looks good.

Lemon and sweet hay on the nose. Fruity with hints of guava and mango. A touch of earthy grains. Features the lemon notes nicely without going overboard.

Dry lemon grassiness on the tongue, followed by earthy grains, lemon peel dryness, light floral hops and sweet lemon hay.

Mouthfeel is dry with light bitterness throughout. The carbonation has a nice spritzy quality to it and pairs well with citrus and earthy notes.

Drinkability is good. This is an easy saison to keep coming back to and Pretty Things does a great job with the lemon flavors, which also sets this saison apart from the norm. Worth picking up a bottle or two.

Photo of Brewbro000
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this during brew day yesterday and managed to save some notes-
Pours a bright foggy yellow with a big 2 finger head in my Duvel glass, head takes a good amount of time to recede with decent lacing all around the glass. The smells that come through up front are of peppercorns, light bubblegum and little to no hop recognition, but upon tasting i realize that there is a hop presence here that shows through very well without getting in the way of that awesome yeast character. This beer is smooth with a good crisp carbonation bite that makes it refreshing all around, i would drink this all day if they distributed to Oregon...

Photo of vgarneth
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy cow! Wow! What a great brew. Enjoyed one of these with with my BA Buddy, y2korey, who brought one of these down for me from New York. This Saison starts with a nice deep, hazy golden color and has a nice, light nose. The taste is amazing and very complex, so that it hits your taste buds in all the right places. Excellent mouthfeel and drinkability. Mmm...

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

on-tap at the wonderful Birdsall House

A: big beautiful head, with a nice golden body and a highly accentuating haze, quite a beauty actually....substantial lacing

S: Lemon straw-like, nice funky yeast notes give it a very pleasant aroma

T: spices, good hop characteristic, nice body with lemon notes to balance out the hops, yeast character is the back bone....really good

M: full, but wonderful on the palate

D: can you say 6 pack? would love to session this one

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

Tasted with zoso1967 and BuckyFresh on 2-4-11. Thanks zoso for bringing the bottle back from PA.

Jack D'or appears bright golden-orange out of the bottle. It is a very appealing color. Small chunks of yeast are suspended in the body. Jack's head is a pure white and retains well when swirled in my snifter. The lacing is okay, leaving white streaks and dots on the side of my glass.

The smell makes my mind return to the middle of the summer. I pick up freshly cut grass, Granny Smith apple, dewy leaves, pear, clove, spicy pepper, champagne, and white grape juice. This is a very fresh and inviting aroma. The yeast stands out in the bouquet and lends a slightly funky edge. Overall, it is a very dry smell.

The taste is much more subdued than the smell. The flavor is quite earthy, grassy, and is a fair amount less fruity than the aroma. It's a mostly dry taste. Sweet, bright notes of apple and pear do appear briefly at the beginning of the sip, but then the dry spiciness kicks it up a notch. Earthy hops finish off the the taste profile.

Jack feels light to medium bodied in my mouth with quite the dry, spicy kick from the yeast and hop combination. It finishes nicely drying with a fine earthy pucker on the sides of my palate. The carbonation is just about right; if anything, I would say its just a little low.

The is a very drinkable beverage. It is one of the drier Saisons that I have had, but is pretty well balanced and tasty. I think it is a really swell example of the style and it held up well with a little age on it.

Photo of vfgccp
3.12/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottled Dec 2010. Drank Feb 2011.

A - Pearly white head. Super frothy with a nice lace. Body is a pale yellow straw.

S - Earthy. Carnations, rose stems, hay, yeast. Hint of ginger.

T - Spicey hops up front: thyme, tarragon. Touch of dry hay. Pepper. Middle and end of the profile carry a strong, lemon pith bitterness. Unforunately, for me at least, I felt that end note really overwhelmed the rest of the flavors.

M - Bitter pine throughout the finish. Ends semi-dry.

D - The bitterness ramps up pretty hard on your palate. A shame too, I really enjoyed the rest of the profile.

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

Picked this up at Table & Vine in MA.

Appearance is orange, golden with a two finger head initially. Smell has yeast, citrus zest, spices such as pepper too. Taking a sip of this farmhouse style from Pretty Things, it tastes candied with yeast and some hops in the finish. MF is medium with some good carbonation. This beer drinks easily and is a very good saison.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light tan and slightly hazy. Not too much head or lacing but nice nonetheless.

Smells yeasty, with a fruity grainy backbone. Spices are green and wild, not processed or dried. Grassy and a bit earthy.

Lightly sweet, mildly spicy, and quite a bit yeasty. Tasty stuff, with a dry, spicy finish. Mid carbonation makes for an overall medium body, yet full flavored creation. Very nice.

I would certainly drink this again. An excellent bomber from a very good trade.

Photo of BuckyFresh
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed with zoso1967 and TCHopCraver. Thanks to zoso for supplying the brew!

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a big-bubbled one-finger head. The head recedes pretty quickly, but a ring of large bubbles remains around the edge of the glass. There is quite a bit of yeast sediment suspended in this bad boy and no carbonation is visible through the murkiness.

Smell: Funky yeast, pear, apple, hay, grapes, and a touch of pepper are discernible. The grassy malt character is quite pleasant and a touch of citrus lends a refreshing quality to the aroma.

Taste: Much less fruity and bright than the smell leads on. The flavor is actually quite dry and tart. Picking up some tannins reminiscent of grape and apple skins.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and dry. A little fruitiness up front and then tart bitterness bears down and lingers after swallowing.

Drinkability: Very refreshing and delicious, but the bitterness might prohibit sessionability.

Photo of Chico1985
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 21, bottled December 2010. This beer has slowly been becoming a MA staple since it's release.

Pours hazy pale orange, white head quickly turns to a cap and thick bubbly ring. Leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell is faint, but it's typical saison stuff. Belgian yeast, wet grass, tame hay/barnyard, some peppery spice.

The taste however is something else...more like the saison/IPA hybrid I think they were going for. All sorts of things are present...yeast, baked bread, spice, earth. Hops are strong and all over the place - lemon, pine, floral, grapefruit. Some hints of apple and champagne. The Belgian side of it is done pretty well and has authenticity to it, the American hops however don't mesh well and are a bit too strong. Lemon is overpowering, winds up having a Pine-Sol feel to it.

Eh, not bad, but a weird mix of flavors...the Belgian side is nice and is strong but it'd be better if they toned down the hops alot, or just left it a regular saison. Or at least got rid of the weird ultra-lemon/medicinal/cleaning product aspect.

Photo of Fluke828
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.
Poured from 22oz. bomber into a pint glass.
Label-> "Bottled Dec. 2010 Batch 21"

Appearance-> Pours a cloudy, unfiltered gold with a healthy 2 finger head and a solid amount of lace.

Smell-> Citrus, lemon, slight touch of orange peel, bit of hops comes through as well as an almost weizen-like aroma.

Taste-> Bitterness up front(and throughout), bready, hint of pine especially at the finish and aftertaste, fruity, really complex.

Mouthfeel-> Sharp but sweet, bitter and tart also. Crisp finish. Decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability-> Really took me by surprise at first with the sharpness and bitterness and the bready, wheat-esque aromas. This beer is quite unique to anything I have had or enjoy regularly. Can't believe it took me this long to try it but now that I am living back in the area year-round I am getting to drink local a lot more often! Definitely worth trying and I would have it again.

Photo of tpd975
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice vibrant yellowish orange with a nice creamy cap. Good retention and some lace.

S: Nice and spicy with nice floral notes. The yeast is prominent with hints of citrus and mild funk.

T: Yeasty and malty. Light funk with a wonderful spice note. Citric for sure with zesty lemon standing out. A bit peppery on the back end with just a hint of sugary sweetness.

M: Medium in body, smooth, and dry dry dry.

D: Great, a very very well made Saison. One of the best to come out of the USA by far.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sam Adam's Pint Glass

Thanks to Axic10 for this extra

This is really pale straw in color with a white foam. The aroma is a bready, lemony, tart aroma. The flavor is strongly of lemon zest. A lemon tart biscuit flavor is pretty much the only way to explain this beer. It's good for a saison, but it's really odd. Strong lemon flavor makes this beer seem still rather one dimensional. This is a good drinking beer.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a glass mug.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

"Jack d'Ov" has been popped. Don't ask. It pours a hazy pale straw topped by a finger or so of white micro-foam. The nose comprises wheat, lemongrass, coriander, orange peel flesh, lemon zest, and black pepper. The taste holds notes of sharp lemon, lemon peel, orange peel, coriander, light blanket, and sharply bitter flowers and greens. The bitterness here near the end is a bit too sharp for my liking. The body is a hefty-feeling light, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a pretty nice saison, though that finish is not a friend of mine.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Tulip
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Bottled: AUG 2010 Batch: 18

This pours a clear straw color with light amber tinting. A fingers head of off-white colored foam forms on top. It recedes to a nice surface covering of foam, about 1/16" thick. The lacing is in quite thick strands that are nicely sticky.
The appearance is very beautiful, but gets docked a point because it is way too clear (and just slightly too dark, actually) for the style, in my opinion.

A very nice spiciness (pepper) joins a good malt backbone, along with some very tantalizing citrus hop notes. A good earthiness, almost barnyard-like. Lemons and grassiness. The spice notes are almost rye-like, now that it's warming up to room temp.

Lemon and grass and a good deal of pepperey spice are the dominant flavors here. The malt notes are very subdued now. Large amount of graininess. Floral hops and a very bitter presence in the dry finish.
For me, this lives up to it's label-stated-style of "saison americain". But that's not in a good way. It's not so much saison to me, as it is more like a pilsner with some lemon and spices added to it. This is much less than I'd expected.

It's medium-bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. It has a sharp and crisp edge to it.

Personally, I'd rather reach for a lot of other things, but I can say that this one is nicely drinkable. It's quite nicely balanced and at only 6.50%abv it won't hit you in the head with it's alcohol.

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Jack D'or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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