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Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 1,397
Reviews: 608
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 147
Gots: 139 | 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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Photo of taigor
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into pint glass.

A - Poured golden hazy color with huge head that slowly dissipates leaving lacing around glass.

S - Yeast, earthy grains and some citrus.

T - Slightly bitter at start but then it gets yeasty and grains start coming through. Has a very creamy and hoppy finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Good for a saison. Very tasty but due to a slight creamy taste might be less drinkable.

taigor, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of radshoesbro
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mr. Matthew Cammack for this East Coast treat!

Pours a cloudy golden with little head and no lacing. A swirl of the glass yields spotty bubbles that sort of just lay there.

At first it's got a sweet honey and slight citrus smell, but as it warms it smells like Veggie Bootie.

Taste of bitter hops and spiciness give this saison a unique spiciness. There is a "green" quality to this too. Different plants and herbs subtly accent this brew.

A lighter bodied beer with fair carbonation. Maybe a bit too much.

Unfortunately, I feel this is a little too hoppy, but it still a good beer.

radshoesbro, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of theghost3
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden with a 1-finger frothy white head. Medium lacing.

The smell is mainly honey with some pepper & citrus hops notes. The taste is rather subdued with some mild yeast, honey & citrusy hops. Not as spicy or musty as I would like. Mouthfeel is clean, medium-bodied.

This is a drinkable Saison, but it's nothing special. All of its qualities are subdued.

theghost3, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of mothman
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this with some people at darkness day.

Poured into a chalice like glass.

Pours a white head with good retention and lace to it. Color is a hazy wheat gold.

Aroma: Spices, cloves, pepper. A very simple aroma, but it's nice.

Taste: Just like a saison should taste. Very well to the style. A lot of big spice flavor with some citrus fruit flavors as well.

Taste: Spicy and crisp. Nice amount of carbonation with a medium body. Ends with a dry aftertaste with spice notes.

Overall, a saison that I am glad that is now available in MN. I traded for this bottle in the summer, but now I can get it a lot easier.

mothman, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of Gmann
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy honey brown color with a merangue like white head that slowly settles. Quite a few shades darker than most saisons. Nice farmhouse funk in the smell. Clove, wild flowers, white pepper and a sugary sweetness. Some nice yeast phenols. I want to say there is a slight grapefruit hop presense as well. The taste is not as pronounced as the aroma. The malt body seems to mute the phenols and has more of a brown sugar sweetness. Hoppier than most saisons and seems to be of an american hop profile. There is some light spice (clove & pepper) but not much of the funk. Still has some Belgian characteristics but noticably American made. Nice moderate body with plenty of fizzy carbonation, overall sweet but in balance, finishes with a hoppy bitterness. This is a very nice beer but not exactly to a saison style. Has some of the character but is more malty and hoppy. Its good, worthy of a purchase.

Note - I rated this to style but should be noted that it would reach a 4 rating as an unique style.

Gmann, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of gory4d
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber with nifty art; paper over the neck reads "BOTTLED OCT 2009 BATCH NINE." I like to drink saison from a pint glass; this time it's a S. Smith imperial pint. A typical pour, nothing too vigorous: but man, that's quite a head on this beer: huge, foamy, four fingers high, just off-white with an egg white density on top and big loose bubbles below; lots of thick lacing. The smell is classic saison: a little funk, lemon zest, wet tree bark, damp wool, pan drippings, soap. The taste comes on with some mild sweetness, moving through to some sour notes like wood sorrel, then a pleasant grain flavor that grows increasingly malty, ending with a dry bitter finish reminiscent of tangelo, plus a lot of white pepper. It's perhaps more highly hopped than the classic saison, but for a "saison Americain," as the folks at Pretty Things call it, it's spot-on. It's highly carbonated, which keeps it nice and lively in the mouth, clean and crisp on the palate -- really excellent. I wish I'd gotten a second bottle, as this one is going to disappear all too soon. A really fine beer.

gory4d, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz brown bottle purchased at The Liquor Shoppe in Tygsborro, Mass. Bottled July 2009, Batch Eight. Pours a murky orange amber body with nearly an inch of off-white head. Smells citrussy, pithy, with some lemon zest, lavender and vanilla notes. Tastes citrussy and floral, with some cinnamon and nutmeg notes, as well as some pith, caramel. Light to medium in body with moderate carbonation. Unlike many farmhouse ales I've had. An interesting and pleasant mesh of flavors, tasty and balanced, and way too drinkable for the complexity and abv. Definitely will be picking this one up again if I get the chance!

MrHurmateeowish, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of capra12
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed out of a duvel tulip with speedwayjim.

Appearance: poured a 2 finger head that dissipates rather fast and light amber orange in color.

Smell: definitely a saison, yeasty with a hint of skunk and light grains.

Taste: opens with light grains and subtle malt profile as bittering hops come in the middle to the finish leaving a slightly malt, tangy, spicy and hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation and crisp.

Drinkability: I would have this again and would recommend this to those who want a tangy, grainy open and a mildy hoppy finish.

capra12, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared this with capra12, poured from a bomber into a tulip.

A: Poured a 4 finger creamy white fine head with good retention. Brew is clear and bright orange and super carbonated. Lacing is web-like and full.

S: Farmhouse skunk, earth, cane sugar, yeast, and sour notes.

T: Yeasty and bitter orange opening. Grapefruit and grains with a slight hoppiness that shows up towards the finish.

M: Light and very subdued, super carbonated and finishes rather dry and clean.

D: Nothing too out of the ordinary here. This is good, but the flavors are all so toned down that nothing stands out. Balanced for sure, but also a little boring.

SpeedwayJim, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - golden straw/hay color with over a finger of rocky white head fed by scant amounts of carbonation

S - yeasty/bready is the first element of the aroma that i notice, followed by a distinct fruity sweetnessm one reviewer hit it on the nose, like tropical fruits, to me like unsweetened dried papaya

T - wheaty, with a peppery spice note, some fruity esthers, to me no longer distinguishable as tropical fruits, yeasty throughout

M&D - medium bodied, dry mouthfeel throughout, a drinkable saison, layered and complex enough to keep you guessing

sinstaineddemon, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of KeefD
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra in a grade trade with jlindros. Pours a light orange color with a nice 1/2 inch white head that left some very nice lacing on my NB globe. Aroma is of some light tropical fruit, pale malts, and a touch of Belgian-like yeast. Flavor is nice and fruity, but not sweet. Very dry, flavor of orange, lemon, some grassiness, and lightly toasty malts. Very nice, not overly complex. Mouthfeel is medium to light, dry and crisp, ample carbonation. A nice beer and would to have some more from Pretty Things in the future.

KeefD, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of jamie2dope
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great to start the night off with a bottle of Jack. This bottle comes from batch #5, which was brewed back in May. Color is a beautiful hazed golden color matched with a large white heading that has some staying power. The champagne yeast is evident in the nose, along with some fresh grains and mango. A whole array of tropical fruits hit the palate (think pineapple, guava etc.) first, followed by some peppery notes. Hops intermingle with the champagne yeast to give this beer is nice dryness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, prickly and really complex. Drinking this by itself is great, but pairing it with food is a sheer delight. Since this beer has been released, it has been a go to for me, and remains my favorite from the Pretty Things line. Some have complained that the quality of the newer batches has declined, but I have to say that I haven't noticed much of a difference. This is one of Massachusetts' special treats to the world of craftl beer. Cheers

jamie2dope, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Obtained in trade from ShogoKawada (thanks!). Batch 7, bottled July, 2009. Savored on the cusp of Autumn as I was too eager to save this until the Santa Ana winds bring back the 90 degree Indian Summer. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Troubadour tulip glass.

Carrot colored liquid punctuated by three-fingers of rocky ivory foam which noisily recedes by 2/3rds into a delicate ribbon. Dainty lacing and shimmering glassy legs. The chill haze dissipates revealing a high degree of clarity for what seems to be an unfiltered ale.

Aromatics are initially subdued, but deep inhalation reveals Rainier cherry, buttermilk, and lightly fermenting hay. Some grain notes as well, bringing to mind a feed-store more than a barnyard. In addition to letting this one come up to serving temperature I suspect letting it breath would increase the intensity of the aromatics, though too much time would likely diminish the carbonation excessively.

Peppery and dry from the beginning, joined by sweet (pilsner?) malts and a hemp-like funk on the palate. Resinous sap-like sensations flow into the finish - this is one of the most hop-forward examples of the style I've had - shouting down the more delicate contributions of yeast. Phenolics abound, contributing a spicy heat (suggesting a higher ABV than exists) to the notes of orange bitters andgrass that conclude the finish. The dryness is wonderful, and quite a contrast to some of my favorite domestic saisons (e.g. Lost Abbey's Red Barn Ale, which is sweeter than tradtion calls for).

Carbonation level is just a hair less than I would prefer, but still very good. Mouthfeel is not quite medium-bodied, and very lightly creamy.

If not for the presence of a certain earthiness, I might mistake this for a Belgian IPA. It lacks the complexity or tartness of many saisons, but is a proudly "Americanized" take on the style. If this one were regularly available in my neck of the woods, I can see it growing on me, in which case I might throw another half point on top of the "taste" rating...

augustgarage, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of CavePainter
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy yet bright golden color. Minimal head with nice lacing.

S: Citrus and earthy hops

T: A fleeting moment of soft sweetness yields to citrus, spice and sharp hop bitterness. Bold and very tasty. Dry yeast and slight sourness. Peppery spice. Citric. Earthy hops.

Mf: Heavy for a saison in my humble opinion. Dry finish. This beer is a bit of a shocker on the first sip.

D: Once you get past the initial bite of this beer, it is actually very tasty and drinkable. I think that this is a beer for those with the proper palate. That is to say, I don't think that this is the beer for everyone and while quite enjoyable, I am not sure that this is a beer that I would drink multiple rounds of. It grows on you.

CavePainter, Oct 09, 2009
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well...this lovely local brew has that traditional belgian/saison taste to it with a more mellow and rounded finish.

I enjoyed the spice that emerged deep into the glass--and the tasts overal resembled that of an amber ale/belgian blend. Very easy to drink.

JTWILDOATS, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of scottg
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

July 2009/ Batch Seven
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a cloudy orange gold color with a two finger white fluffy head with solid retention leaving patchy lacing down the glass. Lots of citrus in the nose, mostly orange with floral notes and some bubblegum aroma. Upfront, the taste is of orange and corriander like a belgian wit, which gives way to pear and vanilla then comes lemon hop and pepper spiciness. Well carbonated with a really nice, dry finish. An easy drinking beer, I only regret I didn't pick up some bleu cheese to pair with this great saison. I'll have to try that next time because there will definitely be a next time.

scottg, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of DIM
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a slightly hazy cloudy golden color, a little on the dark side. It poured with a big, fluffy head that faded to spotty lace.

s: Soft aromas of apricots, vanilla, toffee, leafy hops, some wet earthy grains, and dry yeastiness.

t: Slightly on the sweet side for a saison, flavors of sugary toffee start things off. The finish is drier, tasting orf yeasty cloves and mildly bitter, leafy hops. There is also a lingering spicy, peppery bite.

m: Kind of heavy for a saison, maybe its the sweetness. The carbonation is gentle and long lasting.

d: I admit that I bought this because I like the label. I was rewarded with a very nice sasion, perfect for this warm fall evening.

DIM, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of mjl21
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade...thanks Russ. 22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Part of Batch Four and was bottled May 2009. No abv info is given.

A-Pours a hazy yellow with some orange highlights. A pour right down the middle gives it a really nice two finger white head that crackles as it sits in the glass. The head stays throughout and rests at a half finger level. Tons of bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom.

S-Some sweet fruit, particularly apple and pear, stand out. There is a tad bit of funk which gets stronger as it warms. Not picking up on the citrus/grapefruit notes from the Cascade dry hopping.

T-The fruit is definitely there, but not as strong as it is in the nose. There is a little bit of funk and some leather in the middle. There is a touch of booze towards the finish and also is a tad bit grainy. The afteraste reminds me in some ways of tobacco and there is some lingering grapefruit bitterness. The yeast used also gets stronger as it warms.

M-Medium bodied and it is crisp and dry from the lively carbonation.

D-An easy drinking beer that is perfect for a nice day.

Overall this was another great beer from PT. The flavors worked well together and the lingering bitterness added a nice element to the beer. This is a really good warm weather beer.

mjl21, Sep 21, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, twenty-two ounce bomber bottle purchased from Eulogy Bar and Tavern in Philadelphia... First-ever beer from this Massachussetts brewery... Excellent stuff and an amazing depiction of this European style from this rather elusive New England brewery...
Highly recommended...

dsa7783, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of Traquairlover
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22-oz bottle poured into tulips. Thanks to thechrislife for this bottle.

A = Hazy amber, orange with a small yellowish white head that resolves quickly into a thin layer of foam on surface.

S = Some slight funkiness like gym socks, but at the same time there is a tart, citrus hops driven scent right under the surface. It smells like a farmhouse IPA or something.

T = Earthy notes, some bite of grapefruit, thick malty flavor of uncooked bread dough at midpalate. A very interesting beer but it doesn't seem to quite succeed at being a saison because it seems stuck between trying to be that and trying to be an American pale ale. It is pleasant enough, but I do not think they quite hit what they were aiming for, or maybe they hit it spot on and it is just not what I am looking for in a saison.

M = Nice medium body with good mouthcoating and a full frothy, creamy feel.

D = Goes down smoothly, but the taste just doesn't make me want to quaff this. Not a bad beer and I would certainly drink it again.

Traquairlover, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 6, June 2009; 22oz bottle into a Great Divide chalice. Props to Jwale73 for including this fantastic extra!

Jack D'or pours a hazy, orangish-gold body that supports a thick cap of custard foam. Great retention, thanks to a fairly lively carbonation level. Solid aroma--true to the style--with snappy, floral hops backed by crystal malts and a touch of fruit.

The flavor mirrors the aroma well, but kicks up the hops a notch with notes of floral greenery, light citrus zest, and fresh-cut grasses that leave a light, lingering bitterness. Superb balance of biscuity malts with a hint of honey. Mouthfeel is equally as impressive, with a medium-light body and a crisp, tight carbonation level that drinks smoothly. Highly drinkable and refreshing, I could easily handle an entire bomber of this stuff by myself, but was glad to share it with a friend. Impressive stuff...

wagenvolks, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of Philabeerphia
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle, batch no. 5 (May 09), poured 8/29 into two tulips for a tasting with my wife.
Foggy, iridescent orange/straw colored haze, capped perfectly with a dense ivory head that rests peacefully for a few minutes then slowly slips away. Walls of lively lace complete the package. Combine this wonderful visage with the stunning bottle that this beer is delivered forth from and undoubtedly I am looking at an exceptional beer, graded accordingly. Whiff whiff...The nose has hints of grapes, clay, earth, vinegar, A cool, clean vinegar... some sour melon. mellow

Funky, sea-salty and bright on the front of the mouth. Lemon, dry grains...This beer is bold, overpowering mild food pairings. This big taste is abutted by plenty of velvety carbonation to keep the beer honest and quick. Zest is apt to describe this. The citric quality grows into a metallic spine, then opens into something more complex... The beer is clean in the mouth, light to medium in body... It finishes with a slight caramel creaminesss that is overrun by plenty of bitter hoppiness and yeasty funk. The hop lingers in the jowls below my tongue, fitting. Zest is still apt, and I am pleased...One of the better farmhouse beers I've tried in some time. Be forewarned though: best to drink at a reasonable pace; we let the beer sit for too long (1hr or so at least), and it became hot, corny and a bit messy.

Philabeerphia, Aug 30, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

A: A cloudy golden orange with a nice fluffy head. Not much lacing, but a few wisps down the side of the glass.

S: A yeasty aroma with hop and fruit sweetness of oranges and other citrus.

T: Again a dry yeasty flavor with some hops and sweetness. A slight taste of alcohol is also present.

M: Finishes very dry but not much bitterness. Nice medium mouthfeel.

D: Nice drinkability as it is very refreshing and the flavor is very pleasant.

Notes: Not quite comparable to Belgian saisons, but a nice american version. A very good beer to try.

dpodratsky3, Aug 24, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle (Batch 6/June 2009)

Pours a translucent, light golden/orange color with a bubbly white head that leaves sticky dots of lacing and a retentive film of tiny bubbles. Spicey (pepper) and yeasty nose, very earthy, slightly bitter. Very earthy, floral, spicy body, with a strong malt body, however that malt never really asserts and sweetness throughout. Medium body with very full, sharp carbonation. Subtle citrus flavors, more rind tartness than sweet. Very refreshing and drinkable, well balanced and subtle flavors, not my favorite saison, and a little too expensive for me to seek out again, but would recommend.

yourefragile, Aug 23, 2009
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4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Batch Six (June 2009).

Had this beer at Deep Ellum in Allston on the recommendation of my server. Poured a very nice dark, hazy gold. Malty with a subtle fruit aroma and balanced almost perfectly with just the right amount of bitterness, it was very smooth and drinkable. Finishes clean. A wonderful beer, in my opinion, and great label art for all you fellow bottle collectors out there.

I had the Jack D'or first, followed by both the Confounded Mister Sisyphus (an earthy, golden ale that's a little strong on the cherry flavors) and Baby Tree (a brown, malty, complex Quad with strong notes of Plum), both from Pretty Things as well. The Jack D'or was by far my favorite of the three, and I will definitely be looking for it when I next return to the New England area.

atowle, Aug 20, 2009
Jack D'or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
91 out of 100 based on 1,397 ratings.