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Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 1,507
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 146
Gots: 157 | 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 Deuane
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Slightly hazed bright golden yellow with a medium birght white head that slowly reduced to a thin cap that left webby lace.

S-Spicy blast of white pepper and lemon zest. Touch of lightly sweet biscuit malt.

T-Bright lemon zest zing with a nice pop of herbal hops up front. Spicy peppery yeast zing rears it's head in the drying finish. Moderating biscuit malt sweetness offers some balance.

M-Light bodied, sharp, crisp and clean flavour. A mild zing of bitter lemon peel and pepper lingering but it's relatively clean with a building dry finish.

D-A most impressive brew that ranks up there with some of my most favorite saisons. A subtlety complex and very interesting beer that is a sheer joy to drink.

Photo of DaveJanssen
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up while spending some time on the east coast and was excited to try it as we can't get their stuff out west. Poured into a tulip. Reviewed 7/9/2010. Bottled April 2010.

Ar: floral, lillies, spicy, fruity, wheat, dry powdery aroma, honey, light caramel, dissipates quickly

Ap: very thick dense tenacious white head, mild haze copper

T: caramel (<60 lov), honey, malt sweetness with light floral, crackery end with light hop bitterness, malt centric, mild yeast compared to other saisons, the floral character is good but mild, light spicy/herbal hop (probably stronger when fresher), seems a touch under-attenuated, hop strength increases with warmth

M: medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation, dry end, mild hop resin

O: should try a fresher bottle, i expected more but it is decent, good hop, good yeast, just wish both were stronger, aroma is very good but doesn't last

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

poured from the bottle an extremely hazy honey orange to a dogfish head signature glass with a finger and a half short lasting foamy white head that leaves a fair amount of lace.

aroma of citrus fruit and spice.

very refreshing lemon, orange and peppery spice. fruity to the lip and slightly bitter to the front of the tongue.

very drinkable.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from ShogoKawada. Thanks!

A: Pours a murky soft apricot body with active effervescence up the glass, continuously replenishing a light beige head. Throughout the drink there's an even half-finger of foam capping the brew, with gorgeous, sticky lace down the sides of the glass. Unbeatable appearance.

S: Lemon peel, apple, tangerine, white grape. I'm impressed with how fruity this is, but it's also plenty yeasty and delivers a light earthy aroma. I pick up pepper at times, but it's hard to get a handle on.

T: The aromas are presented in the taste as well. A fruity melange of apple, lemon pith, tangerine, and grape present themselves first. The mid-taste sees the development of yeast and earth, progressing into a medicinal, bitter lemon peel finish (which pulls into the aftertaste). I'm not a big fan of the hops they chose here, but the rest of the flavor is quite solid. I pick up white pepper at times.

M: Crisp carbonation, light body (though it could be lighter). Fairly well attenuated, and the beer delivers flavor without feeling too heavy. That means...

D: I can finish a bomber on my own, no problems. Really tasty. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I think twice about $8.50 bombers, but I'd pick this up once in a while.

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

Hazy orange with a yellow hue, and a inch and a half, frothy, off-white head that fades very slowly. Super thick lacing that clings to the glass.
Smell is crisp, fruity yeast and malts, with some hops coming in as well. Lemon and orange peel and clove, as well as a hint of banana and kiwi. Some peppery notes in there as well.
Taste is Belgian yeast and malts, with a little bit of bitter hops after the front. Some subtle notes of banana, clove, peach,lime, kiwi...a lot going on in there. More peppery notes go along.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light, with a dry finish. Pleasant tingle on the tongue at the finish.
Drinkability is very good. Very tasty.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber from 2009 Batch 10, courtesy of cmurren25 - thanks Chad! Pours with a slight haze and a light golden-yellow color. Large light tan foam grows like one of those ash snakes from the fireworks stand...almost topples over the glass. Airy head, but displays good retention and lacing.

Nose is excellently saison-esque. Slight honeyed malt and graininess but not too sweet. Nice balance of floral and grassy hops with just enough farmhouse yeast. Lemonade and skittles come to mind, very nice.

Taste has quite a bit of lemon peel flavors, tart and bitter, a little much for me. Hint of sourness along with the lemon offset the grainy sweet malts pretty nicely though. Yeasty saison esters could be a little stronger and more prevalent. More funk, please! Still, pretty tasty for an American brewed saison.

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks willheel for bringing this back from the Twin Cities.

22oz bottle
Batch 9
October 2009

Split into two Allagash glasses. Very carbonated pour. Slight chill haze orange with a fluffy white head.

Aroma of corrainder, lemon peel, sourdough bread dough

White pepper, lemon, grassy hopped. Nice tart and bitter in the back. Very pleasant. Dry, herbal mouthfeel.

Quite drinkable and perfect for this 95 degree day

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

Thanks goes out to cavedave for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Bottled: May 2010
Batch: 14

Poured into a chalice a nice hazy golden dark yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy/foamy white head, which does leave some sticky lacing around. The nose is malty, nice touch of yeast, bready, slight pepper. The taste is malty, yeasty, nice little touch of pepper. Medium body. Drinkable, another fine example of the style and brew's in general from PT.

4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

From growler to oversized wine glass.

A: A two finger semi sudsy off white head is produced from a vigorous pour. Medium length retention, creamy and dense with tightly knit bubbles. A fair amount of lace slathers the glass. The body is cloudy and a medium to light creamcicle color. (Pale amber-orange)

S: Light malts of hay, straw and wheat, delicately toasted. The hop content is just a touch above average, mainly orange and lemon pith, but herbal and floral hints are incorporated as well. Very Belgian-esque, the yeast is heavily earthy with the mildest barnyard funk.

T: As the nose would suggest plus additional flavors of peach and pepper. The gypsy brewer himself states on the website that no spices are used in ANY of his recipes. Impressive then, is the abundent amount of spicy phenols derived from the yeast(s) only. Modestly sweet and moderately bitter. Respectable flavor duration.

M: Medium-light body. Mild sourness and acidity. Carbonation is on the soft side and should be more substantial. The spicy phenols work perfectly with, and lead into the bitter dry finish.

D: Exceptional. And while Jack D'Or may not be the truest representation of the Saison/Farmhouse Ale, it certainly is one of my recent favorites while taking a few stylistic liberties. I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I've sampled from Pretty Things so far.

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

Had on tap at Stoddard's, poured into a pint glass.

Pinky finger's worth of frothy head on what I could discern as a clear, deep amber body. Scattered rising bubbles of carbonation refresh the head (which has above average retention) and the lace blankets the glass.

Musty funky, with palisade hops imparting some wetgrass and dry honeydew melon scents, while nugget hops release earthy, spicy, and herbal (rosemary?)aromas; sweet grain rounds out the nose.

Dry herbal flavors (rosemary again and nutmeg), orange rind, tart lemon, biscuit, with a juicy, sweet melon fruit and grain middle, ending with a long, dry, earthy, and prickly bitter finish. Very dry and refreshing taste which is accented by a moderate level of bitterness that rises quickly in waves upfront.

Creamy on the tongue and decently high carbonation and medium body that envelopes the mouth and leaves a slightly salty, mineral tongue drying quality.

Complex with a wide range of flavors. A slightly less astringent finish would increase drinkability, and slightly lower level of bitterness on the long finish would make this beer a balanced knockout.

Photo of mintjellie
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange, cloudy, and piled high with tight and retentive off-white head that leaves little patches of lace on the glass. Delicate aroma of lemon, green apple, orange, flowers, soda crackers, and phenols. Mildly tart lemon flavour, very dry, some clovey or peppery spice notes, finishes with a very earthy and medicinal sort of bitterness. Light bodied with fine, spritzy carbonation. Velvety mouthfeel, like champagne. Easy drinking and flavourful, elegant and delicate. Enjoyed it quite a bit.

Photo of hawks10
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass...

Pours golden colored with slight haze, two fingers soft white head with some lacing left behind...

Yeasty, Belgian-like, bready, bit of spice, banana and wheat, nice...

Floral and earthy, leafy hops, slight citrus twist but mostly bitter and grassy, slight Belgian yeast spice, bit of soap but crisp and refreshing...

Medium bodied with lively carbonation, very slight alcohol burn after a few sips...

Pretty good one, enjoyed it, nothing mind blowing but quite refreshing and crisp...

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

Purchased in Minneapolis for $7.49. Bottled October 2009 (Batch 9).

A: nice darker amber color
S: spritzy with a nice yeasty quality and carbonation, head is extremely big and rocky
T: very good, good malt backbone, yeasty, and carbonation, with a little bit of traditional astringency, well made
M & D: very good mouthfeel, very drinkable

Photo of TommyW
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Hazy gold body with a thin, white head that sticks a little.

S- Grassy malt, hay, floral hops and a touch of citrus peel.

T- Dry malts with a dusty yeast presence. Floral and herbal hops come in along with some spice. The finish is fairly bitter.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- This beer just didn't do it for me. I like the idea of adding some extra hops to a Belgian saison, but in execution it wasn't so great. I think I was expecting more of a saison, but the hops and spice dominated the taste a little too much for me.

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

Pours a very nice hazy straw color. Aroma is excellent - notes of hay, a bit of fruits/citrus and some yeasty goodness.

Flavor is similar, but a bit more intense with some boozy warmth coming through as you sip. Very nicely carbonated and well balanced - overall an excellent beer.

I would definitely drink this again - another highly impressive brew from Pretty Things.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.31/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange-gold pour with a nice thick sea-foam head. Settles quickly to a nice film. Spotty lacings throughout. Loads of carbonation, quite lively. Second pour clouds things up a bit.

Not what I was expecting on the nose. A dry yeastiness floats up, but there's also a touch of some heavier malt, even a bit of unwelcome butter.

Nose threw me for a bit of a loop, and the taste is no different. First thing that jumps out is the sourness. At first I thought my bottle was off, but as it warms the flavours come together a bit better. Combined with some dusty yeast, the sourness comes across as tart apple, cider. I suppose it wouldn't be "Americain" without a good dose of hops, and those are certainly present, adding a touch of bitterness in the middle. Spice kicks in the finish, with a bit of pepper to cap things off.

Nice crisp carbonation.

I'm torn over this. Certainly flavourful enough, but it seems the stretch the style a bit. Little too much sourness for me and the malt isn't quite as light as I would've liked. Worth a try.

Photo of Naugled
3.44/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a goblet. Bottle label said batch 14 and bottled in May 2010

Appearance is pretty typical, yellow orange color with slight haze and thin white head.

Aroma is surprising. A nice flower blossom and melon scent, very pretty.

However the flavor doesn't follow the aroma. Which is a surprising thing. The flavor has notes of orange and is tart with a little sweetness.

Mouth feel is also typical. It has that classic sweet slippery feel. But it also had a harsh late bitterness in the back of the mouth. It's not off putting but more intriguing.

An interesting beer indeed, but drink-ability is only so so. I reccomend giving it a try, but I personally won't be adding this to the list of stock saisons I keep around.

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

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is a hazy golden-yellow with a 2-finger white head that leaves behind some rings of lace.

S: Slight earthy, wild funkiness, but also faint a touch of lemony citrus.

T: Fruity -- ripe apples -- with a slight sourness or tartness. Finishes clean, with a citric bite -- lemony tartness lingers into the aftertaste.

M: Active carbonation with a bit of a sharp "bite" to it.

D: Good.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rlmartin for the Pretty Things hook-up.

A - Golden-brassy hue, slightly hazy, with a good head, decent retention and a fair amount of lace.

S - The aroma is moderately assertive, with a significant presence of continental hoppiness. In fact, this is one of the most delectably aromatic examples of the understated nature of continental hops in recent memory. There is a bit of a metallic-straw element as well, which is not a bad thing, it melds well with the overall presentation.

T - A very nice take on the Saison; slightly sweet pale malt mingles with mellow continental hops, producing some grassy and floral qualities. There is a vague spiciness, combined with a healthy dose of yeast-driven fruity esters, and an overall tangy lemon-citric impression throughout. Bitter hoppiness lingers on the finish. Not as fantastic as Fluffy White Rabbits, but very solid.

M - Medium-bodied, but a bit too hoppy on the finish to be as refreshing as it should be.

D - This is a great drinking beer, and a nice American twist on the style.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch Ten (10), Bottled November 2009.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, orange-yellow body with a whipped, white head.

Smell: Effectively fruity with citrus-based notes of tangerine and lemon cream as well as candied apple slices and a whiff of elegant white grape yielding a hint of champagne. Subtle yeast-derived spiciness. Malty hints of crackers and French baguettes.

Taste: The lemony citrus leads, then in rolls some soft florals, farm-fresh apple, and white grapes. Stirring fruitiness throughout. Light pilsner maltiness along with some bready, doughy accents. Moderate sweetness. Crackle of acidity and decent dose of bitterness midway. Delicate spiciness. Pinch of dried parsley. Final kick of sweetness prior to the dry, crisp, citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high, engaging carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good. Pretty Things could certainly do a whole helluva lot worse for a flagship beer than this! A fine, flavorful, but still keenly refreshing American-born Belgian-style brew.

Photo of kbanks13
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. into a tulip; Batch 10 from Nov. 2009

A: Pours a ruby tinged cloudy orange with a frothy white two-finger head. Vanishes quickly to leave a thin layer of head and a minimal lacing.

S: Spicy bouquet, primarily clove. Large orange and lemon peel smells coupled with some flowery scents. Slightly vinous characteristics.

T: The taste lives up to the nose, but with a few added flavors. Most notably a funky/tart taste which I didn't really expect to be so pronounced. Somewhat vinous, like the nose. Finishes dry and sweet after the initial tartness. Lingering aftertaste of juicy lemons and yeasty bread (most likely because I re-suspended the yeast as instructed).

M: Coating and slick with high carbonation.

D: Crisp, refreshing, and not too strong so that having a whole bomber is a very pleasant experience. The price point is very reasonable on this beer too. An all around win and an excellent brew from an interesting local brewery. Will definitely buy more.

Photo of jeddsp
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured hazy golden which to me equals the bearer of good things (usually). Beer had a good head and decent lacing, but to be honest I found the taste more bitter/sour than I expected, with no real improvement while drinking. This wasn't a bad beer...I just didn't think it was an "A" beer.

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

Batch 9, Bottled 10-09

Pours a hazy golden yellow with big white head, clumpy lacing. Smells delicious--a little tart, yeasty, some funk to it too. A bit of biscuit to it too. Refreshing. Taste has some more hops to it than I expected--a nice bitter kick to this one, even after that Surly Abrasive I had tonight. A bit of lemon to it, but definitely yeasty at the start, malty on the finish with some lingering bitterness. Light feel, nicely carbonated, dry finish. Good drinkability, not my favorite saison, but definitely one I was glad to try. I guess Pretty Things makes some legit stuff.

Photo of axeman9182
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flute with my brunch at Lord Hobo. The beer pours a lovely color, halfway in between bright gold and orange. The head and lacing are alright, but ultimately disappointing, especially given wonderful prior experiences in this regard with bottles of Jack. The nose is a blend of the typical yeast spiciness that I expect from any saison worth its salt and some citrus hop aromas (think orange/lemon). The taste largely mirrors the nose, with the addition of a noticeable amount of pale malt sweetness. The carbonation is high, which serves the brief crack of hop bitterness that hits mid palate well, but a by product of the aforementioned sweetness is that the body is a little rich for my liking for a saison. Ultimately a great beer, and I love the added american hop flavor blending with a traditional saison.

Photo of puboflyons
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brattleboro, Vermont Brewer's Festival on May 22, 2010. It has a ver foamy head above the cloudy, pale yellow body. The malts are in the aroma in a limited fashion but it seemed to come across as more "beery" to me. There is a creamy, medium texture with a nice enough wheat and yeasty taste. Also there seems to be a moderate strain of hops in here. But the flavor was also a lot more sour than I like for this style. Kind of dry at the end.

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