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Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 1,335
Reviews: 604
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 144
Gots: 127 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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 Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ol' "Bro" Artied2 swung by yesterday with a bottle of Jack (and St Botolphs) to sample. Parked ourselves in the 'Zebo with a couple of glasses, put on some classic rock, and got to work.

Batch #3 of Jack poured a cloudy, hazy, deep golden straw color. Scattered carbo was espied within, and the head was off-white, creamy and fine, though thin. Lacing was decent in the glass, too. Aroma was a bit musty, with some light tropical fruit coming through. Body was solid, a middle-of-the-range medium. Feel on the tongue was light and airy.

Jack is dry, with some fruitiness leading off. It is a bit earthy, with some horse-blanket kind of action going on, plus a hint of spiciness. It is a bit bitter at the finish, in a rindy sort of way, and a touch chalky. Overall? I thought it was a nice rendition of the style. Nice job Dann, and thanks Artie!


look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 14:14:44 | More by Bierman9
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a pale gold with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of earthy notes of wet hay, lemongrass, and herbs.
Taste takes over where the aromas ended with herbal crusted lemons, wheat, honey, and table sugar are found amongst the flavors.
Mouthfeel I'd light medium bodied, spicy, citrusy, and dry. Not bad. It seems to be a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 18:25:08 | More by weeare138
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New Hampshire

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

22oz bottle from the fridge.

Pours hazy, pale gold with a two inch head of white fluff into a tulip. After some reluctant settling, a solid skim coat remained on the surface for the duration of the glass as well as plenty of ripped sheets of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with cut grass, wet hay, peppery hops, and citrus pith. Hints of pineapple, peach, mango, and lemon zest follow through.

Light bodied with a crisp, drying mouthfeel. Quenching and snappy.

Biscuity malt, dried citrus fruits, and earthy hops start the palate. Fresh cut straw, peach skins, pineapple pulp, and an oaky dryness step forward.

Finishes bone dry with lingering tropical fruit, crackery malt, and a peppery zing.

Very tasty and way too quaffable for the upcoming summer. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 23:25:29 | More by brewandbbq
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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared courtesy of glid207. Thanks! Dated November, 2008. Pours a hazy golden with a head that is a thin ring. Fairly light aromas of lemon, coriander, and white pepper. Good flavor with some nice herbal character, lemon, and a very light spiciness. A bit spritzy in the mouth, but acceptable for the style. Pretty pleasant beer, if perhaps a little simple. Still, this is a nice spring beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 21:29:42 | More by Georgiabeer
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy golden apricot with a very fluffy white head and good lacing.

S-A mild spiciness with some banana and clove. A bit of diacetyl but not offputting.

T-Tasty green apple in the front with a yeasty spice. Bitter hops add a peppery note to the finish. Quite nice.

M-Medium bodied with plentiful carbonation.

D-Quite drinkable. A pleasantly balanced saison, like Le Freak but far more mild and drinkable.


Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 20:00:26 | More by sholland119
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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at Brilbeck's today for $5.99.

22 oz. "taped" bottle poured into a tulip. April 2009, BATCH THREE.

Pours a foggy gold corn hue with a full three finger fluffy white head. Some chunky lacing here and there holds on to the sides of the glass throughout. The aroma consists of spice, banana, and Belgian yeast. A good dose of floral hops and pear. An enjoyable nose, light and fresh. Taste starts off with light fruits; white grapes, green apple, and pear. Midway the dry hops emerge which clearly help identify this beer as an "American" saison. The spices linger in the aftertaste with coriander and dry grass. Soft and pillowy feel in the mouth with a strong sting from the carbonation. I hate to admit it, but I pounded this beer. My first from this brewery/project, but I picked up the Baby Tree as well that I look forward to trying. I'm guessing Kiernan brought these bad boys to the 'Cuse, please get more here!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 00:38:07 | More by BeerTruth
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is dated April 2009 - Batch Three. Pours nicely into a La Chouffe tulip glass with deep golden color. There is a frothy, fragrant head that settles down rather quickly.

First sip - crisp, complex and delicate mix of floral and spices. I'm finding this beer very refreshing and would be inclined to have it again on a hot Summer's day. Smooth mouthfeel with a dry feeling on the back of my tongue. Overall drinkablility is quite good indeed.

The second pouring is as nice looking as the first. The flavors are coming out more as the beer warms with more floral flavor. This is a great Massachusetts beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 00:35:45 | More by Soundscape
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New Jersey

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

Bought this bomber at Capone's. Pretty things name is right...their beer labels are beautiful...they defintely are attractive to my eye and made me want to pick up the bottle and look closer at it...then I remembered the name so the purchase was a no brainer.

Overall this beer poured an unfiltered gold orange color, very bright. the foam was thick and lasted the entire way down the glass.

the aroma and taste are typical of a saison...kind of tart citrus, kind of spicy, kind of funky, especially in the nose. I personally prefer more barnyard in my saisons and it fell short in that aspect. However it is a little bitter and more so than most saisons, so the amount of hops in this beer is nice..balances out the juicyness nicely.

overall this was a better than average tasting saison, there is a nice tolerable booze level to it, and I like the fact that another american craft brewer besides Clipper City is brewing one. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 07:30:12 | More by roan22
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South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch two of this one. I have been wanting to try it and I had earlier had a bottle but sent it on to someone hoping I would be able to score this one again which a I thankfully was able to do so. Served cold and poured into a tall pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 05/07/2009.

The pour was very nice, very cloudy and hazy with a huge billowing head of white coming up and over the top. Really nice carbonation could be seen streaming up toward the top of the glass and a light bit of sediment in the bottom. Light aroma, light spice, bananas and light grain, nothing really over the top here at all and very understated. The taste was a bit bigger, grainy with a light fruit hint to it, but still nothing that is terribly over the top. Good, but not great. Light dry finish with a hint of peach and pear as it rolls out. Smooth, light and even carbonation and a nice easy to drink quality to it.

Overall solid, good, but not great. A nice representation of the style, though I really do not feel the need to seek it out again. Still though no bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 22:58:30 | More by mikesgroove
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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow orange with a short white head that vanishes pretty quickly.

Smells of yeast and citrus.

The taste is similar to the smell with a good chunk of funk and saison spiciness. No real sweetness in here but I do notice a sour apple tartness.

Mouthfeel is medium to light and fairly dry.

Very easy drinking

It's nice to have Pretty Things in the Philly area now. I'm looking forward to trying more of their beer

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 01:07:43 | More by meatyard
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Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this one for a while. 22oz bottle served in my ST tulip. Bottled March 09 Batch Two indicated on the paper band covering the cap. Poured a hazy golden-orange with a dense, bright white three inch head; excellent retention. Delicate, thin cloud-like patches of lacing coated the sides of the glass as the cap slowly receded. Nose reveals coriander, lemon zest and belgian yeast. Taste is consistent with nose. Some citric acid comes out, as well as some candi sugar - a very nice balance of flavors, but missing some of the characteristic funkiness associated with the style. Mouthfeel falls between light- and medium-bodied with a consistent background effervescence and some astringency detectable around the sides of the cheek. Great farmhouse. Easy drinking, flavorful and all at a 6.4% abv. A bargain to boot at $5.99. Can't wait to try Pretty Things' Quad & Brown.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 22:14:17 | More by Jwale73
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect pint.

Appearance: This beer pours a cloudy/hazy golden color. A standard pour yields at least a 2 finger billowing white head. Holding it up to the light, it is difficult to see through the glass at all.

Smell: There is a mix of spice, lemon, grass, and pepper.

Taste: Complex, wonderful flavors. Nice mix of spices, lemon grass, pepper, and pronounced brewers yeast. Tart aftertaste is definite.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel was dry, and peppery. Decent mouthfeel for this style.

Drinkability: With the complexity of the beer, it went down smooth but even sharing a bottle was enough.

Final Thoughts - I was so happy to try this brew. Definite surpise at a tasting, and I had to get more. Next time I visit the store I would definitely try another.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 00:30:27 | More by bsend
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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by glid02 at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy golden with a large fluffy white head that recedes quickly to a small swirl on top and leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma is sweet with Belgian yeast which is balanced out by the peppery spiciness. There are some lemons in the nose as well.

The taste follows the aroma and has a decent sweet yeast base that starts to taste a little like apples after a few sips. As in the aroma, there is a bit of peppery spiciness in the finish accented by a slightly tart lemon presence.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very refreshing with plenty of carbonation.

This is my first beer from this new project and I'm looking forward to trying more as this is a solid effort.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 02:49:37 | More by gford217
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4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first beer release from the newish Pretty Things project headed by Dann Paquette. I knew this would be good, and it is. Nice golden color, a bit cloudy, healthy head. This beer is complex and has a lot going on, without being confusing. Several yeast strains contribute to the ripe layers of flavor here. Pale malt, doughy, spicy, pepper and grass, a touch of citrus in the finish. Plenty of American hops for a saison (Americain) yet they don't get in the way, but rather contribute to the floral bouquet this beer is putting forth. Light on the palate but with body, crisp and refreshing. Just right this time of year, but really I would drink a beer this good any time. Look for more winners from this brewing project.

Enjoyed on tap at a recent beer dinner at Vee Vee, had the bottled version a few times which excellent as well.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2009 13:53:59 | More by twelvsies
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this thanks to an LIF from Norica - thanks!

Pours a clear lemon-yellow color with an orange tint and a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light citrus, not as much grapefruit but more lemon and orange, with a decent amount of grassiness and lighter amounts of spices.

Tastes good. Pale malts with a grassy twinge kick things off though citrus flavors soon overtake the grassiness. Near the end of the sip light spices come out before a moderately dry ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with mild carbonation that makes this beer go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could drink the bomber without much of a problem.

Overall this is a very light saison that's perfect for this time of year. Certainly worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 22:02:30 | More by glid02
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4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtrockchalk for this one.

Poured a 22oz bottle into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a golden honey with a huge, rocky, 3-inch white head that leaves some superb lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is spicy. White pepper, coriander, apricots, and a bit of mustiness all come together in the nose. The flavor is biscuity up front, toast and yeast, a bit of orange rind, and a subtle mustiness. The mouthfeel isn't as dry as most saisons but it does have a sharp carbonation that allows the flavor to cut across he palate. This is a very good saison especially for a new brewery. I'm glad to have the opportunity to try it.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 03:00:30 | More by hwwty4
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with WkndatBernardus. Thanks Joseph, been wanting to try this one.

Beer pours a somewhat different looking mustard yellow color. Not bad, just a shade different from most saisons. Nice head.

Smell is mainly of earth, but there are some pleasant apple notes as well. Some dry funk - not overpowering, but noticeable.
Taste is very earthy and dry, with very little taste of fruit. Definitely some herbs here, just not sure which. Also, very medicinal tasting, some chalky aspirin-like flavors and body. I don't mean this in a bad way, as this added to the dry body of the beer, but this is the best way to describe it. Finish is pasty as well.

All in all, good stuff. Not in the upper echelon of saisons, but really tasty. I would love to have again.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 04:27:03 | More by yeastsipper
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3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks tai4ji2x for the opportunity.

Batch 2, bottled March '09. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden lemon yellow. 3 fingers of white bubbly head falls quickly into a thin ring. Moderate lace lines the glass.

Aroma is fruity and musty. Undercurrents of tart and spicy.

Flavor follows the aroma. But with good edge of musty, barnyard flavor. Tartness comes in later, then a slightly harsh bitterness shares the finish.

Nicely light body with good amount of carbonation.

This is a decent saison, but not the revelation others have been. The harshness in the finish is a bit a deal-breaker for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 01:49:03 | More by goatgoat
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tai4ji2x for this 650 mL bomber.

A: The saison is clear, no haze no sediment no nothing getting in the way of its golden brilliance. The clarity really brings out the bubble stream at the center of the glass. A small head is lacing nicely around the mouth of the goblet.

S: The saison has a crisp, floral hop aroma that mixes with a fruity Belgian yeast strain. Grasses and citrus run rampant.

T: I like the idea of an American saison and this beer seems to be what I'd imagine. The Belgian side is driven by the yeast. The critters have left the ale dry but fruity. Citrus fruits, pineapple and orange, are very flavorful. The hops make this American, a floral blast that has grassy undertones. The end of the sip has a sambuca/licorice flourish.

M: I like how the ale meanders all over the place. The Belgian side isn't quite saison-level but I like how the fruits really come out. The hops take this to Belgian IPA territory.

D: I'm glad that I traded for two bottles. This seems like the kind of beer that you want to drink fresh so that the hops don't lose their appeal. Well drink up!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 02:03:36 | More by akorsak
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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a bottle of this in a recent trade

A- golden and cloudy with a thin white head. Would have been better in a tulip

S- Belgian yeast, grass, dried fruit. Very floral.

T- Very "Belgian" off the bat. Spice,Ginger,and tropical fruit, with a bready tail. Noticeable hops, but not very pronounced (not like Dupont, anyway). A little sweeter then I like in a saison. Like Hennepin. But has a huge flavor that makes up for it. This is a great Belgian-style, but I don't know if I'd call it a saison.

M- Not really much to say, this is totally to style for a Belgian. Goes on thin, but the flavor lingers.

D- This is a very drinkable beer. I could drink three bombers of this and call it a session, easy. Were I able to get this on a regular basis, I'd buy it by the case.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 03:10:50 | More by goatxpower
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4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from Notes. Tasted 12/30/08

This beer poured a clear dark tan/orange body with a small white head.

Nose is a strong spicy, rotting garbage, type saison smell. Yeasty with touches of fungus, but in that yummy saison sort of way.

Taste is medium bodied and rather big. Very minerally taste throughout. Huge saison funk with an amazingly matched hop taste and balance. The earthy, funky, saison taste pairs perfectly with the hops. Pine, orange, grapefruit, granite, rocks. Extremely bitter, but oh so well balanced for a saison.

Take De Ranke XX, mix it with some Saison Dupont and then finally add the perfect mixture of American hops and BAM... Jack D'or. Really an amazingly well balanced beer. Perfect combo of funk and flavor. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 17:52:27 | More by taez555
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A - Beautiful color - cloudy golden body with a frothy head that quickly dissipates to a fine lace.

S - Quite a deep nose here. I couldn't possibly name everything I'm smelling, but here goes: yeast, peach, apple, coriander, pear, orange, mint, pepper, sweet bread, nuts, tropical fruit - the list goes on.

T - Not quite as full as the nose, but full-flavored and satisfying. Sweeter on the palate than the nose allows. A bit of bitterness to counteract the dynamic sugar flavors. Not as farmy as other saisons I've tasted.

M - Crisp, sweet, and refreshing. Great carbonation that gives the brew a little bit of a "pop." A little bit of a sticky aftertaste, though.

D - In terms of early-spring beers, it doesn't get much better than this. There are so many flavors here, so each sip is different and exciting. Great job Dann!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 02:33:11 | More by vrazionale
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased from Julio's, Westboro, MA. Sticker on the rear states "First Batch! - Bottled in Nov 08". Pours crystal glowingly clear, lighter/golden amber. The head is near white, loose, then tiny bubble fim and leaving plenty of scattered ribs and bits of lace. Citrus/grapefruit hoppy nose. Pepper, floral hops, more grapefruit and sweet malts in the taste area. Finishes crisply dry and with more pepper and citric hops finishing the deal. Subtly complex and thoroughly enjoyable. Nice Massachusetts take on the ever enjoyable saison/farmhouse ale style. Well done and well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 00:12:00 | More by Billolick
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here's a new one: Pretty Things Jack D'Or, a "Saison Americain" according to the label. 22 oz'er ('Bottled in November 2008 - First Batch!' sticker on the back), poured to a good ol' pint glass. Big thanks to BanditBrewingCo for the add-in.

Label is surreal: a spindly-armed, broadly-mustachioed lemon(???) wading in a vat full of water and hopcones, surrounded by a verdant forest and bevy of blossoms. Add to the strangeness a badge on the citrus-man that reads simply 'YES'. Intriguing, slightly creepy. But ultimately I succumb...

A: Pour is golden, deep and borderline copper-colored. Hanging fog of silt begins benignly, thickens substantially toward the bottom of the bottle. Head forms impressively, building to a solid 3-fingers of tightly-fizzy foam, a shade or two off-white. Drops off to a thin cap, clinging at the edges and trailing broken sheets of lace. Almost no carbonation.

S: Cakey bread (I caught a of sugar-frosted, cinnamon-sprinkled 'King Cake'), fleeting lemon and grape, very crackery doughiness. Hints of earthy blueberries and a little nostril twitch-inducing tartness.

T: Lots of spiced wheat and a mild yeast tartness. A pithy orange/lemon bittering turns to a 'medicinal' ending. Sugars rise and fall, a honeyed biscuit, a light candied orange, hints of clove and other spices.

M: Clean, finishing bone dry - pepper and mineral/chalk. Again, carbonation is subdued so the feel is a little on the silky/creamy side.

D: Won't make me forget the great saisons of Europe (nor a few of my favorite US versions - Ommegang, Boulevard, Sly Fox), but still is as refreshing and drinkable as can be. Like the spice, the mild tang, and the creeping sweetness. Would have this again - just feels right to drink here at the start of spring.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 03:40:23 | More by msubulldog25
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4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at TPH last night, although it wasn't on the menu. Incredibly hazy from yeast with a lively full head. Immense lacing down the glass. Smell was of yeast and lots of hops, wonderful. Taste was classic Saison, dry and sharp with depp complex flavors from around the farm. Mouthfeel was also exceptional, completly surrounding the mouth and tongue. Drinkability is high, as this is sooo delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2009 20:44:52 | More by BeTheBall
Jack D'or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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