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Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 1,471
Reviews: 612
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 146
Gots: 148 | FT: 6
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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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Rattle & Hum in NYC.

Golden and hazy with a moderate white head. The aroma is Belgian spices with a variety of fruit. The flavor is funky and fruity with a mild bitterness. It works nicely. The consistency and carbonation are moderate.

This is a flavorful, easy drinking beer. I've wanted to try this one for a while now and it didn't disappoint.

Photo of jwinship83
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber served into a taster glass. from notes.

A- this one pours out a golden orange colored body with a large fluffy white head on it. the head takes a while to recede and when it does it leaves small spots of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- the nose is full of fruity malts. lemon, banana, orange, and mango. slightly peppery, but not as spicy as many saisons. pretty nice.

T- the taste is just as fruity as the nose. lots of lemon and orange zest, banana, mango, and pineapple. a bit of pear also. earthier and spicier than the aroma would suggest. it also has a nice hoppy finish.

M- light to medium bodied and leaves the mouth feeling dry.

D- my first experience with this brewery has been a pleasant one. something ill make sure to keep in mind when visiting my sister in boston.

Photo of Wakajawaka87
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Has this on-tap at the golden rail ale house in Newburgh, NY. I was craving this after work today and picked up a bomber. Delicious saison with a head that would give John Merrick a run for his money. This beer is not only great to drink but it's also a joy to look at. Nice amber color, which looks great in my Hennepin glass. No need to say much more, this beer speaks for itself! Drink this.

Photo of Kallessin
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden/orange color, mostly clear with a very slight haze and loads of bubbles flowing upward. Has a huge billowing/rocky white head. Leaves a big dollop of foam after a minute or so with beautiful lacing on the glass.

Has a fragrant floral/earthy hop aroma with plenty of noble hops. Has a some lemon and a subtle spiciness with sweet malt undertones.

Has a brief dry bready malt flavor up front followed by light fruity esters and some spiciness. Then it has a some tart lemon, orange and subdued tangy sourness. There is some sweet maltiness underlying all this. There is also a fair amount of bitterness in this. This is most obvious on the finish.

It's light bodied and highly carbonation, but not sharp - sort of a softness to it. It starts out dry, then light and juicy, then a dry aftertaste. Really pretty refreshing.

This is a great beer. Really light and flavorful, the orange and lemon sourness is fantastic. A really unique flavor. I find this beer pretty complex. It has a dry bready malt, but light fruity sourness all at the same time. The flavors change throughout the experience. I really enjoyed it.

Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to HopHead101 for sending this beer to me.

Batch 10, bottled November 2009. The beer pours a clear, medium-dark yellow with a large white head. The aroma is Belgian yeast with some wheat and citrus notes. The flavor is awesome, with light funk, Belgian yeast, orange and lemons. There is the slightest bit of tartness in there as well. The citrus hops go very well with the rest of the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation. This is an intensely drinkable, awesome saison.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Jack d'or - Batch 10 2009
Poured a clear marigold with lots of carbonation visible and a relatively strong white head that laced my glass in a few minutes. Smell of pilsner malt, czech like hops, lemon, citrus, pepper and banana.

Taste of tartness most likely from lemons, pilsner malts, pepper, light banana, and a bitterness from Czech hops , some grassy notes as well as clove very faintly from Belgian yeast.

Strong carbonation and a medium body make this a pretty drinkable Saison.

Photo of u2carew
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.
A) Pours with an overly active head. Took about 5-7 minutes to pour on glass. Head settles to a tight and creamy foam. Hazy body. Orange yellow in color.
S) Pretty robust citrus hop nose. Lemon. Mellow grapefruit. Grainy.
Subtle banana.
T) Sharp grapefruit bite up front. Followed by a mellow malt sweetness. Finishes fairly balanced with a lingering citrus in the aftertaste.
M) Clean and crisp. Medium light body. A bit dry.
D) A nice saison. I'd drink another.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle brought back from Vancouver (Batch 10), not sure how I forgot we had this one the other night. Pours a nice slightly hazed golden yellow with a couple fingers of head.

Nose is tangy, lots of lemon coming out, hint of spicing and wood, touch of grains.

As bobsy noted, lots of juicy tart lemon in this one. Touch of wood and earth, little bit of peppery spicing, grains, bit of sweeter fruit (pear?) underneath, some decent grassy hopping evident in the finish. Lemon does a number on this one which perhaps renders it less complex but makes for a nice quenching drink. Zippy carb and dry finish help as well.

Certainly a unique take, they call it a Saison American so perhaps that the dealio. Would certainly drink it again but not in my best of the best.

Not overly awe-inspiring but a

Photo of bobsy
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by ritzkiss - cheers Eric! I believe this was batch 10 - bottled in November 2009.

Pours a light gold with a clean white head. Good retention and some streaks of lace left behind. Nice overall appearance sets the stage well. Pleasant citrus aroma, lots of lemon zest, spicy pepper, grass hay... quite fresh and vibrant.

Taste is very heavy on lemon, and this huge citrus aspect doesn't seem to jive completely with the reviews of the latest batch, so it looks like #10 had some character of its own. Its actually not that bad for the lemon, but does seem a little one-dimensional, and the juicy and zesty nature of the citrus isn't really something I look for in my saisons. Looking beyond the lemon, there's some peppery yeast and a hint of clove. Perhaps some floral tones? Medium-light body, with a creamy carbonation.

Thoroughly drinkable, but not really too style (at least with this batch). I like my saisons dry, funky and complex, and this one receives a strike on every count. I figure the variance I'm seeing is just a difference between batches, but on the basis of this one I'd be a little hesitant to return.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle - Batch 11 (Feb 2010) into an Ommegang tulip.

A - Poured a beautiful rich honey amber that was darker at the center and lighter along the sides of the glass. There was a nice bubbly head upon pour and the champagne like bubbling continued at a nice even pace well after the pour. Lacing is a bit clingy but only in spots.

S - Ah, beautiful citric banana and orange peel. Nice candied overtones. Somewhat subtle.

T - Strawberry, banana, clove, pepper.

M - Pretty even and has a nice body and feel. Leaves a bit of a sweet aftertaste.

D - Real easy drinker. Very good saison and worth trying.

Photo of HomebrewerBrian
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 11

Jack D'or pours a pleasant orange color. Topped with a good but not excessive amount of head, consisting of medium sized bubbles that stick around, and leave nice lace. Looks pretty much exactly how I would expect a saison to appear

The initial taste has a citrusy hop presence that is mildly bitter, which is quickly followed by, what was described by my friend as, a "fruit salad explosion". Banana, prune, and citrus flavors are all present in good quantity, and are balanced well against the peppery spicyness of the yeast.

The body of Jack is light and creamy, susprisingly smooth and drinkable considering the style, with just a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is almost "sticky" without being syrupy or terribly sweet.

Overall I am very pleased with this beer. Granted I'm a big farmhouse fan, but Jack in addition to being spot on for the style, is very drinkable, with a complex enough flavor to keep me interested. Personally I find I could session this beer, and thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to support a local microbrewery.

Photo of david18
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a good saison from a brewery that I'd never heard of before.

Very light color with a good saison aroma with very good carbonation.

The flavor was very esthery with complex fruit.

I would recommend this as a good summery beer that's not too strong.

Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger white head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Medium-strong carbonation and medium bodied. Almost clear pale amber color. Nose is almost citrus. Flavor is unsweetened lemon and some hops. $10.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Photo of CHickman
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Gramercy Tavern in NYC.

Pours hazy orange gold in color with a 1/4 inch creamy off white head that faded slowly; left great lacing with rings as the beer went down the glass.

Smells of yeast, lemon zest/citrus, mild spices, yeast, floral hops, sweet malt, pepper, grains, coriander, orange peel, grass, herbs, hay, and a slight yeast funky-ness; this is a nice mix between a pale ale and Belgian that's pretty mellow on the nose.

Tastes like it smells, with lemon, yeast, floral hops, sweet malt, pepper, grains, coriander, orange peel, light floral hops, grass, herbs, light grapefruit, hay, faint caramel, pepper and other spices that blend well and leaves a nice complex arrangement, and then of course a slight yeast funky-ness; this is crisp and light and a very nice drinking beer, with a pretty well balanced flavor which was very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is creamy and silky smooth, with mild carbonation, a light crisp body and overall feel that leaves a sweet crisp malty finish that has a hint of herbs and spices.

Nice smooth drinking beer with plenty of complex flavors. It was not as earthy a Belgian farmhouse ale since it had more muted yeast flavors, but the American farmhouse spin made this highly drinkable as the hops and citrus added a nice taste to it. I highly recommend trying this beer and it went down refreshing and easy. This was tasty, funky and different, so I will seek this out to try it again.

Photo of bonkers
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a snifter. It pours a pale, clear gold with a moderate 2 finger white head, a bit of lacing. A bit of funk on the nose, but mostly citrus, and orange peel. Lots of citrus/orange peel up front. The beer is dry and sweet and funky. It finishes with some lingering funkiness. A well carbonated, medium bodied beer. A very good saison that I will buy again.

Photo of Walken
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project: Jack D'Or (Batch 11, February 2010)
22 oz. bottle, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear pale amber beer with a thick, tightly knit head of egg white foam, great looking lacing, a solid half inch of head stays intact as this beer disappears.
Odor: Soft pils-esque malt aroma, with big yet subtle citrus zest on top and some flower & spice hop in back. Very pleasant.
Consistency: High end of light bodied, very zesty and crisp with a creamy carbonation that goes on forever, lifting the flavors up and out. Tart fruitiness around the edges.
Flavor: Under-ripe red fruit and spice yeast with some hidden jabs of malt flavor against. Hops act as the gentle giant in this beer, going a few steps above balancing. They show some definite bitterness, accentuated by hints of spice from the yeast, lightly lashing at the back of the tongue. Finish is crisp, with a resurgence of big citrus bitterness from the hops, leafy and fresh tasting.

Solid all around.

Photo of hreb
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"saison americain" bottled Feb 2010, batch 11.
22oz bottle poured into UK pint glass. Beer pours a crystal clear yellow gold with a thick yellow-white head. Pleasant, yeasty aroma, as expected of saison.

Bright and fizzy, with a surprisingly rich caramel note Main flavors are floral and citrus.

Re-pouring to deliberately stir up the sedimented yeast proves it was really caked on the bottom of the bottle good. The beer is no longer crystal clear in my glass (raising appearance rating a full point from its starting point 2.5) but it is more...orange. The complex and earthy bitterness of the yeast fills out the saison profile and offsets the previously mentioned caramely sweetness. Still not unpleasantly funky though.

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

22oz bombe poured into a duvel tulip.

Pours a hazy light amber/ straw color wth a ver thin bright white head. Nose is real sharp and funky, very tart and sharp.

Taste is equally as funky and sweet, light hoppiness makes is real easy to drink. Mouthfeel is very full and creamy. Has a light bitter finish overall very good

Photo of alleykatking
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Many thanks go out to Pete (ppoitras) for this beer! Review from notes.

A- Pours a hazy amber/orange color. Two finger white head comes and goes rather quickly. Nice spotty ringy lacing on the glass as I drink this down.

S- Smell is very fruity in the front. Citrus and light lemon notes. Yeasty doughy aroma in the middle with light pepper notes. Light hops in the backing...earthy smelling.

T- This is a well balanced beer. The funk comes into play throughout the entire beer. I must say the yeasty flavor upfront pairs nicely with citrus undertones which in turn dominate the rest of the beer. Light bittering hops come into play toward the end with some light pepper notes at the tail end.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good with the style. Everything is kind of refreshing with this beer. Light clove and funk left on the palate with some bitter peppery hops in the aftertaste. Flavors are clean all around making this beer shine.

D- This is very very drinkable beer that I'm glad I have got to try. I need to do myself a favor and find a way to get more. I would suggest this beer to everyone who likes a good farmhouse ale.

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

A- Bright white frothy head sits atop an amber/golden colored beer. Poured clear until the yeast sediment mixed in creating a slight milky haze. Light, airy head sticks around for the ride.

S- lemon peel, orange slices, citrus hops with a slight spiciness, sweet apples, possibility of slight vanilla notes, classic farmhouse scents creeping in the background.

T- begins with a sharp sweet taste quickly transitioning to a dry tart apple. Lemon, farmhouse appeal without an intense "horse blanket" taste. Finishes dry with lemon and slight orange sticking to the room of my mouth. On the verge of being sour, and working perfectly in that way.

M- Creamy flavorblast that doesn't thin out during the entire experience in the greatest way. Actually seems to leave my mouth numb/tingling after a few sips.

D- I'm not sure I could do multiple beers in a row, because it is quite tart, but for a bomber, it is very drinkable, very enjoyable, and an interesting take on the saison style. It seems to make perfect sense that they would call it a saison American.

Photo of mountdew1
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Was a light amber in color, with a 3 finger milky white frothy head. It partially clung to the sides, and also formed an island of higher head in the middle. Streams of carbonation constantly rose from the bottom. Aroma was slightly citrusy hoppy. Taste was orangey, slightly sweet, with a hoppy finish. Felt very good in the mouth. Clung to the sides of the mouth, went down very smooth. Easy to drink, could drink over an extended period of time.

Photo of rfgetz
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden straw color with full, prickly carbonation, big white head but minimal retention and decent lacing. Scent is of pale malts, bready, wheaty and grainy backed by a bit of orange rind, spice and sweetnes. Taste again begins with the pale malts, grainy, earthy quality to them. The orange rind is more pronounced than the nose dictates, moderate spicyness, lacking any notable herbal, floral or yeasty tastes i expect from the style. Light bodied, adequately carbonated, very dry from start to finnish. Decent saison, but one that did not live up to my expectations from the style, overly mild and dry for my liking.

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

A: Holy head batman! Four to five fingers of head upon pouring. Slightly cloudy gold color with plenty of bubbles.

S: Yeasty, light and fresh with a floral nose.

T: This is real good. The carbonation is a bit intense, a lot like champagne. But it finishes with some bitterness. I get some pepper taste here as well. Two sips in and I'm burping up a storm! Very tasty.

M: I'm undecided on how I feel about the uber carbonation. On one hand, I like the liveliness, but on the other hand, the carbonation carries the flavor away really quickly.

D: I would drink this again, though I don't know if I could drink a full 22 oz by myself (I split this one with my drinking buddy).

Photo of nhopkin
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Citrus yellow with a little opacity (a little sediment in the pour). Builds a substantial, pillowy white head. Solid and creamy like meringue. MMM.

Mild spice, citrus, and pale malt in the nose. One can really detect the yeast, but it's hard to put a name too. The hops come in as well, with an assertive floral, herbal character.

First thing a I noticed was a bitter, almost sour tang. Delicious! Not overly sweet but a nice malt base makes all the spice and fruitiness really come together. Maybe it's an association with the color of the beer, but I keep getting reminded of lemons juice, in a very good way. Definitely a unique beer, and a highly delicious one. Hops come through subtly at first and become more aggressive, but never dominant. Lots of phenolics, yeast, and spice. Finishes fairly dry with that tart kick at the end.

Awesome beer. The influences of the saison style are clear, but the reinterpretation leads to something totally unique. Great use of hops without just turning it into another hop monster.

Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared at a tasting a number of months ago, can't recall who brought this one. Thanks, whoever you are. Cloudy, nearly opaque blond in my glass, topped by a finger of dense white froth that recedes to a small cap. The nose is intensely estery with notes of hay, pepper and a low level of funk. It's dry and crackery on the palate, spritzy, medium-bodied. Flavors of white pepper, lemon zest and light citrusy hops lend complexity. Medium-light in body with a pleasantly dry finish, I find myself wishing there was a bit more funk to this, but it's a solid and very enjoyable saison nonetheless.

Jack D'or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
91 out of 100 based on 1,471 ratings.