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Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 1,523
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 147
Gots: 160 | 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 MikeBrandman
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This is probably the most beautiful beer I've ever seen. The body is a crisp and delicious looking straw/amber. The best part is the carbonation. Flowing waves of effervence push up to support a head that flows over my oversized hefe-glass. Simply incredible looking. Leaves great lacing.

S - Grainy and lemony smell. No alcohol smell. Slight hop crispness.

T - Very, very lemony. Almost dish soapy. Very light and crisp. Grainy. An interesting herbal zing. No alcohol taste or heat. There isn't that much to say about this beer. So light and lemony and sweet.

MF - A bit on the thick side. Interesting to have such a heavy beer juxtapose a light flavor.

D - Great drinkability. The simple and inviting flavor makes this a dangerous 6.4%.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Label depicts what looks like a mustachioed lemon wading in a tub of water, surrounded by hop plants and flowers, in a forest. Later on I found out that this pretty much matches the flavor (minus the mustache hair...)

Pours into my tulip glass a beautiful gleaming gold color, lots of bubbles rising to meet a super-duper-fluffy head, rocky and nearly as stiff as meringue. Absolute styrofoam-like sheets of lace cling to the sides of the glass.

Nose offers a very clean aroma -- breezy hops, fresh hay, lemon peel, earthy yeast and mineral (like stones just plucked from a creek).

Flavor features the tartness of citrus peel and pith, especially lemon, plus characteristics like the crisp/clean taste of water crackers, wildflower stem, dandelion wine, and fresh baked sourdough bread. Hangs tart and slightly puckery in the finish.

A smooth, slick, round little mouthfeel, the bubbles are tamed and well-behaved, the body firmly medium. The tartness of flavor enters into the feel as well, or at least, the way it makes your mouth feel (like you sucked on a lemon rind for a couple seconds).

I was concerned about the quality of this brew, as the bottle reads "Bottled Nov. 2009." Three cheers for breweries who list bottling dates, and three cheers to me for not passing it up despite that. This thing is nothing but vibrant right now, and I'm relieved about that. Perfect for quality summer quaffing.

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is good beer with a bad aroma.

Beer is poured from a bottle into a Bruery tulip. Beer is dark yellow and completely clear. Forms a big head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Head is made up of small white bubbles.

Aroma is kind of gross. Its like boiled vegetables and wheat. Yuck.

Beer is medium to light in body. Finishes with a nice bitterness and there is some decent sweetness on the front and mid palates. There is this dryness in the middle of the beer that I find very interesting. There is almost a fruit like character in the late forward palate. The beer finishes with a mild graininess and some really nice feeling. I thoroughly enjoyed this unfortunately aroma-ed beer.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, batch 16

A: Pours a clear golden under a medium to large sized white head. No lace, no retention.

S: Wheat, some lemon peel maybe, a little spice spice, some earthy yeast tones.

T: Wheat and some earthy yeast, a blit of tangy citrus before a pretty decent bitterness mixed with a soft yeast funk (very soft).

M/D: Light to medium body, carbonation is high but not as high as I expected. Drinkability is good.

Overall, this is a solid beer. However, I wouldn't consider this a good example of the style. A bit too hoppy and not enough yeast character for me. But still a solid beer for a "Saison Americain".

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold/or light orange. Some clarity, but a bit of haze and lots of bubbles rising. Some light lacing.

Nice dry maltiness and light yeasty aromas. Light peppery spice.

Subtle but complex. Yeast, sweet grain, light fruit that turns to bitter dryness, some white pepper and citric rind. Dry and clean/distinct flavored, with lingering long pleasant bitter finish. Great balance.

Appropriate carbonation and body. Just right.

Easy drinking and enjoyable, one of the better of the style. Just good beer.

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

On-tap 8/4/10 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, spices, light caramelized malts, Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and Belgian yeast. Then there is a touch of sweetness that comes in from flavors of caramel and citrus followed by a nice sourness. It's complex but still nicely balanced. The after-taste is slightly sweet but also slightly sour.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice beer to drink for a long time, especially if you like the mildly sour beers.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from a very generous BA! Thanks Jeff!

Batch 14, bottled May 2010. Pouring this one into a tulip. Poured this straight down the middle and I got about a finger of frothy white head sitting atop a hazy yellow beer with visible carbonation. Not much lacing on this, but a bit. The smell is a bit sour up front. Lemony with some spiciness to it. A big grainy aroma to this one. A bit of the lemon zing up front with a sweet bubble gum finish followed by nice dry hop bittering. This is a really dry beer. It's also really kind of sweet, like I said bubble gum and now I'm adding bananas to the mix. This beer is wild! Sad to say also, I'm not loving it this time around. I've had it before and I could remember liking it more.

Enjoyable to drink. This is a solid saison but right now it's really not knocking my socks off. The carbonation is good and I'm really digging how light this is right now. The only thing is I'm not crazy about how dry this is. All in all, a nice beer that I'll definitely have again. Very refreshing.

Photo of womencantsail
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Joe for sending this one to me in the 666 BIF.

A: The pour is a hazy light golden yellow color with a big white head.

S: A dominant lemon aroma in the nose. A bit of spice and yeast, along with some mild bread aromas. But then some more lemons.

T: The lemons are again up front and really takes over. Just a mild funk, malt, and yeast note because the lemon flavor invades every aspect of the sips you take.

M: The body is light to medium with a high carbonation.

D: This could be a good beer, but the lemon character needs to be dialed back.

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

Drank on-tap at Flatbread Company, Somerville, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a turbid, straw yellow color with a small, creamy, bright white head that faded to a lasting ring.

Bubblegum was instantly recognizable in the aroma. Quite sweet overall with phenolic, yeasty notes. Somewhat spicy. Although the nose was not terribly complex, it was rather pleasant.

The flavor profile was intriguing. Sweet, doughy malts came through strong up front. A slightly musty, distinctly Belgian yeast strain was also present. Fruity. Quite peppery and spicy in the center. Coriander could be detected. Wheaty with notes of lemon peel. The beer finished off-dry with a mild, grassy hop note.

The mouthfeel was creamy and silky smooth with a fine, moderate effervescence. Once the liquid touched my palate, it turned into a rich, supple froth.

Drinkability was impressive. This beer is incredibly refreshing and packed with flavor. While it may not finish as crisp or as dry as some of its Belgian counterparts, it is definitely more interesting than many of them.

Photo of levifunk
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

apperance - orange cloudy liquid. white head.

smell - apple cinnamon. spice

taste - dry pucker. pine hops. floral. very bitter.

mouth - light body, good carbonation.

overall - seems like a good saison, just not a huge fan of saisons in general. pretty drinkable.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch II bottle February 2010

A-pours a darker golden orange, transparent, bubbly slightly off white leaving a solid lacing on the glass.

S-yeast and a faint airy barnyard funk, lemon zest, orange peel, light peppery spice and corriander.

T-the taste falls short of the nose, the funk is virtually non existant, which i liked in the nose. much more spicy, peppery and coriander, lemon zest, citrus with notes of ripe oranges, hit of bitterness at the finish.

M-lightly syrupy, smooth up front a little grainy in the back, moderate carbonation, would have liked more, medium to light body and thins out just a hair in the back.

D-solid saison, very tasty and very drinkable. all the standard flavors, nose was nice, solid balance throughout, the body was just slightly lacking for me but still a very enjoyable brew.

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

Pours a cloudy yellow with a white head. Not much lacing or head retention. Aroma is faint, but of lemons, yeast and wheat. Taste starts off with a nice kick of lemon zest and a strong wheat rush. Also a bit of orange. Strong yeast profile. Ends with a little bit of spice and a kick of pepper. Spices comes out the warmed the beer gets. Nice flavor, well balanced.

Photo of Augustiner719
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Pours a really nice sunset yellow color with a decent head and nice lacing. Really has a glowing quality to it.smell is very floral with some belgian herbal yeast characteristics to it. Also has a sweet sugary lemony aspects. Taste is spot on for me. Has that nice crispness with a touch of balancing hops. Nice wheat lightness to it that makes it ultra crisp. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side but is packed with layers of flavors. Drinkability is high too because it's really refreshing and has that lemon earthiness to it that makes it delicious.

Photo of pmccallum86
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip, bottled October 2009.

This beer pours a amber color with a giant gushing head nearly overflowing the glass. Very fizzy and giant head, not quite sure it was supposed to be so fizzy and giant.

Smell is of pear and citrus, pretty nice.

Taste is fruity with a little tartness in the finish. Some banana and pear, maybe some clove. Pretty solid saison.

Mouthfeel is extremely fizzy and dry, not what you would expect from a saison.

Drinkability is okay, the high carbonation kind of takes away from the beer.

Photo of MarenJensen
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this last night on tap at the Armsby Abbey.

Came in a pint glass with a dark golden color and not much of a head--from what I hear in other reviews I apparently missed out on that in how mine was poured.

Slight hop taste up front that quickly dissipates into a more citrus-y, not quite bitter finish, but a reminiscence of. Very drinkable, alcohol was not too present in it's taste.

For my first Farmhouse ale I was hoping for an overwhelming barn-must flavor, but was surprised with this mild and accesible brew!

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

Review from notes taken back in May.

Brown bomber batch #11 bottle date of Feb 2010. Pours a clear golden color with 2 fingers of white fluffy head with a tint of yellowish color. Head retains fairly decent and clings in patches along the snifter.

Classic yeasty aroma for the style with suggestions of lemony citrus zest, touch of sulfur and some light fruit like pears. Bready malt is in the background with the aroma being pretty much dominated by the yeast characteristics.

Taste does not disappoint. Flavors of dry pear, slight bitter lemon zest and bready malt. It has a light body with a prickly level of carbonation. Minorly bitter, slightly drying finish. The bitterness lingers in the mouth with a drying quality that urges you to take another sip. As it warms, more sulfur twang comes forward and it becomes increasingly drying with the alcohol becoming more prominent. Overall pretty good.

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.

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