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Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 1,496
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 145
Gots: 156 | 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 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.

Photo of billab914
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a hazy bright golden color with a huge bright white, thick and frothy head. The head had some decent retention to it and left excellent lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a lot of bright lemony citrus to it along with a peppery, spicy yeast flavor. It has a bit of a fruity apple, pear aroma to it as well. The citrusness to it is pretty nice, clean and crisp.

the taste also has a bright, crisp, lemony citrus flavor to it. The spice is a little more subdued then the nose suggested. The finish shows a dry fruity, apple and pear like flavor to it. It also leaves a bit of sweetness to it in the finish. Pretty nice flavor to it overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty decent, it had some nice flavors to it. The citrus flavors were pretty nicely done in it and made it a pretty easy drinking beer and the fruity, sweet flavors gave it some nice balance.

Photo of Duhast500
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a gold/light amber with a finger of foamy white head and some lacing.

The smell is a little citrus with some lemon and a bit of hoppy flavor goes in with the tartness.

The taste is a bit malty with some slight orange and coriander up front. Some spicy yeast flavor tickles my senses while a little floral feel comes toward the end and keeps this from going a bit overboard.

The feel is really refreshing and clean. Goes down well and is pretty light on the pallet. A really great refreshing beer.

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

Pours bright golden with a lively head. The aroma is lemony and the flavor is wheaty and cereal-like, with a lemony edge. There is an apricot fruity character. The finish is clingy, with a late bitterness and a cereal-like flatness. The mouthfeel is thick and clingy, leading to an apricot bitterness.

Photo of blammasterj
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber from latest batch bottled in February 2010. Poured into my Efes tulip.

A: Pours amber/golden with a nice fluffy head that subsides into a sticky ring of lace around the glass. Depending on how vigorous the pour, or if I remember to, I usually re-suspend the yeast which makes this extremely cloudy and hazy from all of the sediment.

S: Smells very clean, slightly bready and spicey, with a nice leafy, citrus hop smell and some yeast overtones.

T: Taste follows the nose, but is spicier with a nice clean, bitter finish, lightly toasted malts. Again, depending on if I re-suspend the yeast or not, the flavor profile can change somewhat. But in either case this beer tastes fantastic. It starts somewhat bitter and ends dry, but in both cases it works very well for the overall character of this brew.

MF: Loved this beer from sip one. Very active carbonation and pleasant viscosity, but I didn't get much lacing down the glass, though the head persists until the very end.

D: I buy a bomber of this every time that I go to the beer store now, and could probably take down two or three of these in a row. Saison is not even close to one of my favorite styles, but I have nothing but good things to say about this beer and brewery!

Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 11, bottled Feb 2010. Poured into a Duvel goblet.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with about three fingers of fluffy foam that settles after a bit.

Smell: Lemon zest and other citrus, earthy funk, and floral hop aroma.

Taste: Lemon, fruity esters, strong yeast taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable saison that hits the spot and is very easy on the wallet. Will buy more.

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

Bomber into a Brooklyn tulip. Bottled July 2009.

Appearance: A hazy copper color of the body with a peach-colored head. Good lacing and retention overall.

Smell: Good phenolic activity initially, more earthy and slightly medicinal, with some good sharp citrus flavors of lemon and orange zest. Some sour cherries come through as it warms. Very balanced overall, though I was hoping for more complexity.

Taste: Good initial earthy puckering bitterness, yet there's a good sense of spiciness from the yeast, and again the good citrus bitterness from the hops. A lingering hint of nice fruit esters complements the bitterness and melds together well. Overall there's not a wealth of complexity, the balance is certainly present.

Mouthfeel: A lively brew, with good spritzy carbonation at the back end but also a fairly medium body to balance things out.

Drinkability: I don't know exactly what I paid for this, but I know it wasn't expense. As the weather here starts to get warmer in Vestal, I could easily drink a few of these down the road, and I wonder what leaving it around for a few more years would do also.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 5/8/10

Bottled Feb 2010, Batch 11

Slightly faded medium amber in color; shines well regardless. It has a good bit of haze to it. Swirls of yeast sediment has gathered at the bottom of the glass. Poured a one finger white cap of foam that dissipates rapidly to a combination of thin skim & patchy bubbles. The lacing so far could be better. Swirling revives a little foam but retention is thin & lacing is spotty.

I find the aroma to be rather potent & bright. Notes of light fruit abound: banana, apple & pear. Overtones of spice, namely clove. There's plenty of earthy, prairie-like aromas: fresh cut grass & hay. Swirling seems to bring forth the grassy elements & offers up a spot of funk. On the whole, the aroma isn't particularly funky, though. Distinct yeast notes.

Though not quite what I was expecting based on the nose, the overall taste seems quite good. The grass & hay notes are at the forefront with a reasonably pronounced musty quality. Spiciness follows suit with notes of clove & subtle hop twinge. Some light fruit notes are also appreciable, but they blend together & come across as quite ripe with a tart bent. Yeast undercurrents are notable as well & seem to account for some of the mustiness.

Lighter in body with carbonation that, while toward the lower end of the spectrum, still offers enough kick to accentuate the spicy aspects of the beer. I wouldn't exactly call it "crisp." This is certainly a dry beer. Lots of residuals linger long on the finish, basically ghost notes of all the flavor of the beer.

I like it well enough & drinkability is pretty good. I can definitely see how this is considered an "American-style saison." My only qualm (a small one, at that) is that it seems to blur style lines; not a bad thing per se, but it just seems a little odd, strictly style-wise. I wouldn't mind drinking it again, though.

Photo of opwog
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 9, bottled Oct. 2009.

I am not a huge saison drinker, so bare that in mind.

This was one exceptional beer! Initial carbonation was intense and made it hard to even poor a glass for a while. But the patience was well worth it. Initial poors brought a huge frothing head. Settled into clumpy white clouds. Cloudy orange body with specs of sediment. There was a lot of sediment in the bottom that I tried hard not to poor in the initial glasses but these specs still came through. Second round of pours (second half of bottle) I had intentionally swirled the yeast before pouring. The second half pours actually came through with a more reasonable level of carbonation and a very similar appearance and body as the unswirled first pours.

Aroma on all pours was a very pleasant yeast, citrus and grass. Taste was sweet and spicy. Maybe hints of apricot and white pepper. Body was perfect for me, but might be a bit chewy for some saison fans.

Also, at least where I bought this at Zips in Minneapolis, the price was insanely good at $3.99 a bomber. If this is the going rate on this beer everywhere, this would be my pick as best beer deal around. This is top grade beer at a steel! Just wish I could get this at home.

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear brilliant amber color with an appropriately massive Belgian head that leaves the expected gobs of lace

Smell: Perfumy and spicy yeasty phenols with grassy hop elements

Taste: Bready, up front, with a biscuity, wheat influenced malt character; by mid-palate, the spicy phenols start to kick in, offering both stone fruit, white pepper and fennel; just before the swallow, the pithy hops make their presence known, as well; in the finish, all of these flavors blend nicely, leaving a bit of residual licorice sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation; creamy, too

Drinkability: An outstanding beer - love the American hop element as a twist on the Saison style, not to mention the wheat and oat elements

Photo of ZeroSignal
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle, cap label reads bottled Nov 2009

A - Pours a hazy yellow/light orange with a billowing, foamy white head that threatens to overflow with a not aggressive pour. Retention is good.

S - Scent of yeast, lemon, slightly earthy and musty

T&M - Starts as tart with a citric finish - orange, lemon and grapefruit. Medium to light bodied with a chewy feel. Has a nice, earthy aftertaste.

D - Nice saison, easy to enjoy but for my taste the tart aspect will have me savoring this one bottle over a long night.

Photo of Rbald42
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra from Speakorspasm.A big thank you. I have been wanting to try this beer for a while now.

A- Cloudy yellow/golden hue. Pours nice and bubbly and quickly recedes to a rim around the glass.

S- A strong bubblegum/fruity aroma. Nice clean dry hops paired with some lemongrass and herbs.

T- Taste is nice and dry, the fruity esters really show up with some hop spice on the finish. Hints of lemon and orange peel. Very tasty
M- This is one enjoyable beer to drink, crisp carbonation that warms the mouth but finishes with a nice dry touch. It's creamy up front then the dryness hits you. It's very good.

D- Overall this is a great Saison and I'd buy it ALOT if I had access to it. Another winner for Pretty Things.

Jack D'or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
90 out of 100 based on 1,496 ratings.