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Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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BA SCORE
91
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1,400 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,400
Reviews: 608
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 147
Gots: 141 | FT: 5
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 aerozeppl
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4. Love the sticker over the cap. Nice touch.

A: Nice hazy straw color with 3 fingers of head upon the poor. Tons of lacing for a saison. Very nice looking in my Hennepin glass.

S: The aroma is a wonderful musty basement. honestly reminds me of a light version of Hennepon again. That is in no way a bad thing. The aroma is much more funky yeast driven though which is always a plus.

T: Just a really nice example of a saison but with an American twist. The malt is so clean and crisp tasting. Very dry in the finish with the yeast totally dominating the finish.

M: Super refreshing. A nice light body with a ton of taste.

D: I think ACBF was their coming out party and it did make me pick up some of their beer. The brewers are super nice and their beers are really quite good. The artwork is solid and distinctive. They have a ton of potential.

aerozeppl, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of jmalex
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While up in Massachusetts, I was looking for something local, well-regarded, and something I hadn't heard of. This seemed to really fit the bill. Batch 1 - Nov 08.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Hennepin tulip a brilliant orange gold with a 2-finger-high bright white head with really tight foam. It has incredible staying power settling out at a finger's height.

SMELL: Some mild funkiness gives way to an aroma that is predominantly sweet. Apricot and peach are huge here, but they do manage to get balanced out by a peppery aroma and a perceived alcohol bitterness.

TASTE: Again, the funk is subdued, but it does make its presence known, both from the start and a bit on the finish. The fruitiness is there but also subdued. Sweet, bready, pale malt is what fills the gaps yielding an elegant simplicity. The balance is exceptional, even featuring the slightest hop flavor to round it out. The finish is mostly dry, but the flavor just keeps going. A great beer.

MOUTHFEEL: Light, but sometimes that's not even good enough for a saison. It can always dry out a bit more. The carbonation is average to high which seems about right.

DRINKABILITY: A saison that drinks like a tripel. I guess that isn't too far fetched and is honestly pretty damn good. The flavors are incredible and makes this a beer I'm glad I have a bomber of.

This is an extremely well-made saison and one that I'd consider having again for sure. More than anything though, it makes me want to try all the other Pretty Things brews. Definitely recommended.

jmalex, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MGambleWWS for the bottle.

Pours a golden orange color with one finger of foamy white head.

Scent of spices, lemon zest, citrus, yeast, and some sugars. Great scent, spot on for the style.

Taste of spices, citrus, earth, yeast. A great Saison, one of the best American ones I've ever had.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp with heavy carbonation.

paco1029384756, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle into small pilsner glass on 6/10/09. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Poured a hazy golden/orange-tinted body with slim off-white head that settled into a thin bubbly ring of retention and deposited spotty lacing around the glass.

S - Earthy and musty dank yeast with plenty of spicy, peppery notes and some floral hops. Clove and citrus rind spring to mind as well.

T - Earthy, spicy yeast dominates the flavor on this Saison and suggests citrus rind, floral hop notes and a hefty dose of pepper and grains of paradise. Finish is quite spicy and earthy.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Finish is quite bitter and spicy on the palate.

D - Fine Saison with plenty of spicy, peppery goodness and strong yeast presence. I am beginning to like this style more and more lately, and this is a good example of the style.

ffejherb, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle at Tap and Table in Emmaus, PA. This was a well-crafte and mighty tasty beer, reminds me a bit of Hennepin for the dry hoppy flavor. This beer had an obvious sweet candy malt undercurrent with light Belgian spice, but this is a delicously hoppy Belgian. Dry and drinkable, just like the style dictates, with herbal, peppery, and citrus hops all over your tongue. Good beer, go find it.

tempest, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.95/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch two, 22oz bottle. Heavy yeast sediment. More than one would expect in a home brew.

Poured hazy orange wet straw with a good 1" head that settles into a thin covering with little lacing.

The smell is lemony and straw-full with peppercorn notes. Not as spicy or barnyard as other saisons have been.

Tastes awesome. Balanced, bitter like lemon peal in the end with just a little hop bitterness following. Theres a little pepper in the middle but in the front there's just a light wheaty lemon. Very refreshing yet complex.

Mouthfeel is wet to start then drying in the end. Light to medium body with foaming levity that facilitates the latter flavors.

Drinkability is, without question, one of the easiest 5s I've given. See above.

This is one to buy again and again, and share, and promote. I feel like I'm getting in on the ground floor of something with huge potential.

StrangeBrewer76, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of a 22 oz bottle...

The appearance is golden nectar yellow. The film of head remains on top. Super cloudy body. Actually looks really really impressive.

The smell is a fizzy champagne-like aroma. Touch of chlorine. Belgian funk spice. Not bad but...

The taste is heavy citrus and a major funk. Ze bitter Germanic hops. More of that chlorine flavor, but sorta fits with the funk I suppose. Still...

The feel is bubbly like champagne. Lots of fizz. Appropriate for style, but a little sharp. It's not stellar, because it's so sharp and so fizzy, but it's drinkable for a saison. Citrus, chlorine and a Belgian funk spice.

williamherbert, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber with very cool art work. Beautiful looking beer in the glass. Dark golden yellow with a fluffy white head that lasts. Very few bubbles in this one.

Smell is straw, candy, malt and maybe some apricot? First thing I notice about the taste is the lower CO2, which I always like. The smell flavors continue. A bit light in flavor in the beginning but the middle and end take off like a rocket. In the middle, the hops start to take over and it ends with a wonderful dryness. The body is bigger than I expected. I also pick up some citrus notes at the end that add a whole different dimension.

Although I am drinking this by itself, I can imagine it would be great with food.

CharlesRiver, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz Bomber. Liked the label, been looking to try new things. Bottle has nice seal noting this beer was bottled in April 09 and is from Batch 3. Poured into .5L Weizen Glass.

A- Pours pale yellow with a noisy 4 finger head. Thick, tasty foam that lasts for a while and looks nice.

S- Sweet. Floral ester notes. Smell is very inviting. Mild yeastyness and a bit of farmhouse.

T- Now this is what I'm talking about. A bit bitter at first, as you drink it subsides a fruity sweetness comes through. Lemon or apple, as well as bitter berry fruit (although faint) followed with a chalky closer. This beer is pretty fairly hopped.... and I love it. This is a complex, nuanced flavor profile that begs to be analyzed. Would be perfect paired with a sharp cheese and crackers.

M- very nice. Light-bodied and crisp, leaving a good taste in my mouth. Slightly drying/chalky, but works with the flavors well.

D- Very high- goes down incredibly smooth. Most highly rated beers are big and bold. This one isn't, but it's every bit as good. This is a solid, tasty, and well-made beer. It's complexity is well pondered by an open mind while imbibing. Although this is not usually my preferred style of beer, I enjoyed this one very much. These guys are onto something here. I really enjoy this beer.

*Edit*
Batch 5 and Batch 7 hold up to the score, very consistent beer.

Production is getting increased, hooray beer

ShogoKawada, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of dublife1
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Duvel Tulip. A very nice large 4 finger head which leaves some very nice lacing. Smell is standard for the style. Lemon, spices and earth tones are light but evident. Taste is lighter and hides some of the earthy tones I really love from most Saisons, but still very good none the less. The mouthfeel is crsp and drinkability is also very good. I like what they are trying to do and plan on trying more beers from Pretty Things. Very solid effort and will definitely buy more of this.

dublife1, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of alovesupreme
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow with a big foamy head.
Citrus nose with some farm yeast and slight clove.
Yeasty character with some lemon and pepper. A fairly dry beer with good carbonation and body. A strong hop presence for the style. Finishes with both malt and hops.
A great example of the style by an up and coming brewery.

alovesupreme, May 31, 2009
Photo of damienblack
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours that typical Belgian hazy-gold color. Massive straw head lingers for a good bit. Some neat lacing. Very attractive in my Allagash tulip. Smell is, well, intoxicating. Basically, sweet grass. Some half-sweet / half dry malt smell, combined with nice Belgian yeastiness and a heaping helping of fresh-cut lawn. Like at the ballpark for a 1:05 start during the week. Nothing beats it. Sort of underneath that grassy smell is the underlying Belgian mustiness, that awesome old-world vinter's funk smell, right out of 1850's Italy. Even after all the beer is gone, I can still smell it on the top of the spent bottle. Taste, while not a let down, is... let's just say this beer I think turns out to be more than the sum of its parts. It has a definite dryness to it, hints at Belgian sweetness but never quite gets there, instead you get that "I think this is going to be gross until I put it in my mouth" flavoring. Like a Belgian-style abbey single, but not bitter, but awesome. Mouthfeel is great - it's got what I love in a great saison, that feeling after you finish like you've just eaten a wedge of funky cheese. It's super-light and airy on the palate, yet leaves its mark for a while after. Right out of the fridge, it is overly bitter, but once you let it warm, at room temp it is great.

I've met Dann, the Brew-guy, at a tasting, and he and Martha seem like absolutely wonderful folks. Definitely the local brewers you want to support. Jack D'Or is a wonderful summer beer, great for beating the heat, and I will definitely be buying this again.

damienblack, May 26, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into red win glass, Batch 2/March '09. Thanks to Chris (Cakanator) for the trade!

Pours hazy orange-tinted straw colored, with a 1 1/2 finger fluffy white head that leaves some fantastic lacing.

Nose is really nice - Nicely peppery, zesty orange, some honey sweetness and maybe even a bit of vanilla underneath, with some pungent piny hops coming through alongside all the rest, though certainly not too strong.

Taste starts off dry, some light honey malt and a bit of orange zest, finishing up with a burst of cool, dry, piny hops before fading into the lingering finish with a last hurrah of peppery yeast. Very light lingering piny bitterness on the dry finish with an exhale of (again) light peppery yeast.

Mouthfeel is subtle but nice - soft carbonation lends just enough crispness to work but not enough to distract or even for you to notice the carbonation unless you're thinking about it. Medium bodied, dry.

Good drinkability. Dryness makes it a beer I don't want to just drink bottle after bottle of, but very nice otherwise - tasty and complex.

Overall, a nice, and very interesting, saison. Reminds me of a cross between a saison and a Belgian strong pale in a lot of ways, but no matter what it is, it's a nice beer that I would love to see at a selection of nice restaurants in NYC alongside its brother St Botolph's. Seems like a fantastic food beer.

JohnQVegas, May 25, 2009
Photo of Bierman9
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ol' "Bro" Artied2 swung by yesterday with a bottle of Jack (and St Botolphs) to sample. Parked ourselves in the 'Zebo with a couple of glasses, put on some classic rock, and got to work.

Batch #3 of Jack poured a cloudy, hazy, deep golden straw color. Scattered carbo was espied within, and the head was off-white, creamy and fine, though thin. Lacing was decent in the glass, too. Aroma was a bit musty, with some light tropical fruit coming through. Body was solid, a middle-of-the-range medium. Feel on the tongue was light and airy.

Jack is dry, with some fruitiness leading off. It is a bit earthy, with some horse-blanket kind of action going on, plus a hint of spiciness. It is a bit bitter at the finish, in a rindy sort of way, and a touch chalky. Overall? I thought it was a nice rendition of the style. Nice job Dann, and thanks Artie!

Prosit!

3.9
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4

1135

Bierman9, May 25, 2009
Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a pale gold with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of earthy notes of wet hay, lemongrass, and herbs.
Taste takes over where the aromas ended with herbal crusted lemons, wheat, honey, and table sugar are found amongst the flavors.
Mouthfeel I'd light medium bodied, spicy, citrusy, and dry. Not bad. It seems to be a good example of the style.

weeare138, May 23, 2009
Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from the fridge.

Pours hazy, pale gold with a two inch head of white fluff into a tulip. After some reluctant settling, a solid skim coat remained on the surface for the duration of the glass as well as plenty of ripped sheets of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with cut grass, wet hay, peppery hops, and citrus pith. Hints of pineapple, peach, mango, and lemon zest follow through.

Light bodied with a crisp, drying mouthfeel. Quenching and snappy.

Biscuity malt, dried citrus fruits, and earthy hops start the palate. Fresh cut straw, peach skins, pineapple pulp, and an oaky dryness step forward.

Finishes bone dry with lingering tropical fruit, crackery malt, and a peppery zing.

Very tasty and way too quaffable for the upcoming summer. Good stuff.

brewandbbq, May 22, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared courtesy of glid207. Thanks! Dated November, 2008. Pours a hazy golden with a head that is a thin ring. Fairly light aromas of lemon, coriander, and white pepper. Good flavor with some nice herbal character, lemon, and a very light spiciness. A bit spritzy in the mouth, but acceptable for the style. Pretty pleasant beer, if perhaps a little simple. Still, this is a nice spring beer.

Georgiabeer, May 20, 2009
Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy golden apricot with a very fluffy white head and good lacing.

S-A mild spiciness with some banana and clove. A bit of diacetyl but not offputting.

T-Tasty green apple in the front with a yeasty spice. Bitter hops add a peppery note to the finish. Quite nice.

M-Medium bodied with plentiful carbonation.

D-Quite drinkable. A pleasantly balanced saison, like Le Freak but far more mild and drinkable.

HV

sholland119, May 17, 2009
Photo of BeerTruth
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at Brilbeck's today for $5.99.

22 oz. "taped" bottle poured into a tulip. April 2009, BATCH THREE.

Pours a foggy gold corn hue with a full three finger fluffy white head. Some chunky lacing here and there holds on to the sides of the glass throughout. The aroma consists of spice, banana, and Belgian yeast. A good dose of floral hops and pear. An enjoyable nose, light and fresh. Taste starts off with light fruits; white grapes, green apple, and pear. Midway the dry hops emerge which clearly help identify this beer as an "American" saison. The spices linger in the aftertaste with coriander and dry grass. Soft and pillowy feel in the mouth with a strong sting from the carbonation. I hate to admit it, but I pounded this beer. My first from this brewery/project, but I picked up the Baby Tree as well that I look forward to trying. I'm guessing Kiernan brought these bad boys to the 'Cuse, please get more here!

BeerTruth, May 14, 2009
Photo of Soundscape
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is dated April 2009 - Batch Three. Pours nicely into a La Chouffe tulip glass with deep golden color. There is a frothy, fragrant head that settles down rather quickly.

First sip - crisp, complex and delicate mix of floral and spices. I'm finding this beer very refreshing and would be inclined to have it again on a hot Summer's day. Smooth mouthfeel with a dry feeling on the back of my tongue. Overall drinkablility is quite good indeed.

The second pouring is as nice looking as the first. The flavors are coming out more as the beer warms with more floral flavor. This is a great Massachusetts beer!

Soundscape, May 10, 2009
Photo of roan22
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought this bomber at Capone's. Pretty things name is right...their beer labels are beautiful...they defintely are attractive to my eye and made me want to pick up the bottle and look closer at it...then I remembered the name so the purchase was a no brainer.

Overall this beer poured an unfiltered gold orange color, very bright. the foam was thick and lasted the entire way down the glass.

the aroma and taste are typical of a saison...kind of tart citrus, kind of spicy, kind of funky, especially in the nose. I personally prefer more barnyard in my saisons and it fell short in that aspect. However it is a little bitter and more so than most saisons, so the amount of hops in this beer is nice..balances out the juicyness nicely.

overall this was a better than average tasting saison, there is a nice tolerable booze level to it, and I like the fact that another american craft brewer besides Clipper City is brewing one. Cheers.

roan22, May 09, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch two of this one. I have been wanting to try it and I had earlier had a bottle but sent it on to someone hoping I would be able to score this one again which a I thankfully was able to do so. Served cold and poured into a tall pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 05/07/2009.



The pour was very nice, very cloudy and hazy with a huge billowing head of white coming up and over the top. Really nice carbonation could be seen streaming up toward the top of the glass and a light bit of sediment in the bottom. Light aroma, light spice, bananas and light grain, nothing really over the top here at all and very understated. The taste was a bit bigger, grainy with a light fruit hint to it, but still nothing that is terribly over the top. Good, but not great. Light dry finish with a hint of peach and pear as it rolls out. Smooth, light and even carbonation and a nice easy to drink quality to it.



Overall solid, good, but not great. A nice representation of the style, though I really do not feel the need to seek it out again. Still though no bad.

mikesgroove, May 08, 2009
Photo of meatyard
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow orange with a short white head that vanishes pretty quickly.

Smells of yeast and citrus.

The taste is similar to the smell with a good chunk of funk and saison spiciness. No real sweetness in here but I do notice a sour apple tartness.

Mouthfeel is medium to light and fairly dry.

Very easy drinking

It's nice to have Pretty Things in the Philly area now. I'm looking forward to trying more of their beer

meatyard, May 07, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this one for a while. 22oz bottle served in my ST tulip. Bottled March 09 Batch Two indicated on the paper band covering the cap. Poured a hazy golden-orange with a dense, bright white three inch head; excellent retention. Delicate, thin cloud-like patches of lacing coated the sides of the glass as the cap slowly receded. Nose reveals coriander, lemon zest and belgian yeast. Taste is consistent with nose. Some citric acid comes out, as well as some candi sugar - a very nice balance of flavors, but missing some of the characteristic funkiness associated with the style. Mouthfeel falls between light- and medium-bodied with a consistent background effervescence and some astringency detectable around the sides of the cheek. Great farmhouse. Easy drinking, flavorful and all at a 6.4% abv. A bargain to boot at $5.99. Can't wait to try Pretty Things' Quad & Brown.

Jwale73, May 03, 2009
Photo of bsend
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect pint.

Appearance: This beer pours a cloudy/hazy golden color. A standard pour yields at least a 2 finger billowing white head. Holding it up to the light, it is difficult to see through the glass at all.

Smell: There is a mix of spice, lemon, grass, and pepper.

Taste: Complex, wonderful flavors. Nice mix of spices, lemon grass, pepper, and pronounced brewers yeast. Tart aftertaste is definite.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel was dry, and peppery. Decent mouthfeel for this style.

Drinkability: With the complexity of the beer, it went down smooth but even sharing a bottle was enough.

Final Thoughts - I was so happy to try this brew. Definite surpise at a tasting, and I had to get more. Next time I visit the store I would definitely try another.

bsend, Apr 28, 2009
Jack D'or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
91 out of 100 based on 1,400 ratings.