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Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 1,495
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 145
Gots: 155 | 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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, batch 10 bottled Nov. '09, served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed golden yellow with a fluffy white head that had great retention and left globs of lacing.
S - spiced aroma, Belgian yeast and earthy hops.
T - yeasty and a bit earthy upfront with some bitterness kicking in before finishing with a Tripel-like sweetness.
F - medium bodied with good carbonation.
D - easy drinking, good tasting brew.

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

Batch 2 March 2009; Sampled February 2010
This beer pours into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip with a four-finger thick, pale colored head that sits on top of a honey colored beer. When held up to the light the body show a hazed, orange-gold hue and the head, as it subsides, leave a wispy lacing pattern on the side of my glass. The aroma is spicy up front, but then a hit of American hop character hits me with notes of tropical fruit, kumquat, lychee and super sweet tangelo. There is a background note of earthy spice and dusty malt, as well as a cracker like grain character. Quite a bit of yeast character lurks just beneath the hops; slightly musty, note of clove and other base phenolics make for a rustic yeast character that I expect to find in a Saison. The mix of American hops and Saison characteristics mixes quite well and I am really enjoying the nose on this beer.

The flavor is not as dominated by the American hop notes as the aroma was; instead it is quite a bit more herbal, which mixes with a touch of medicinal phenolics in the finish and with the earthy grain and yeast character quite well. Still some supporting notes of lychee, tangelo zest and even some mango / passion fruit like character is noticeable. I really like the earthy, musty, phenolic yeast character; it serves as a sort of substitute bitterness to the hops and up front fruitiness. There is a nice hop bitterness here though and the up front fruitiness reminds me of pear and a touch of plum, plus just a nice floral character that perfumes the flavor of this beer. This is exceedingly quaffable; it is not as light bodied as it could be perhaps, but the residual body that is here helps carry the hop flavor quite well. A lot of texture is also contributed by the zippy carbonation. As the beer warms the soft fruitiness in the flavor becomes more apparent; with more of those characteristic, hop fruit notes coming to the fore.

This is a fantastic Americanized Farmhouse Ale; eminently quaffable, full of flavor, but not over-whelming in any way; simply fantastic. I am definitely a sucker for a beer constructed like this.

Photo of hardy008
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled October 2009, Batch Nine.

Dark gold / light amber color with a lot of haze and a large foamy white head, which is typical for the style. Good retention on the head. The smell is very citrus heavy. Orange and some lemons, along with yeast, and pepper.

The citrus and pepper flavors are the strongest, and there is some yeast and spice flavors also present. Somewhat medicinal and mildly sweet, with some hop bitterness. Nicely balanced.

Light bodied with a light, tingly carbonation. Finishes dry. Very good drinkability. Too bad Pretty Things left Minnesota shortly after getting here. Lucky for me, I found all kinds of this sitting in a store which most BAs must not know about. It has been sold out for a while in most other stores.

Photo of portia99
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, batch nine, bottled Oct '09 poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a bold, bright orange color, pretty good clarity, with a thick 3+ fingers of off white head that lasts forever. This is one of those beers that takes several pours to get a full serving in the glass. Head is very dense and leaves tons of nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Earthy and spicy in the nose. Nice hoppy fruitiness, some cloves, light funk, light phenolics, citrusy orange, lemon, and maybe a bit of lime in there too.

T - Flavor follows the aroma quite closely. Nice hoppy bite surrounded by some funk and spices. Really get a good dose of cloves and phenolic flavors. The sweet and bitter citrusy flavors kick in too, but in a lighter manner. Good overall saison for sure.

M - Light bodied but full of carbonation...you can't force the head on this beer to disappear. Beer is very lively on the tongue. Keeps things refreshing and light, fruity in the mouth.

D - I've had this beer a number of times and it never lets me down. Definitely a go to saison. Great with food or by itself. I use this beer frequently to intoduce newbies to craft beer with good success. Happy to have this available easily to me...and I definitely take advantage of that.

Photo of CharlatanSin
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap by the cute bartender at The Stag's Head. This was at the tail end of a two mile jaunt through the rain, so I was ready to zone out into Farmhouse bliss.

A: Pretty thing indeed. It's an extremely hazy golden yellow beer. Radiant. It carried a tremendous, fluffy white head that retained and laced quite a bit.

S: Belgian yeast gets territorial, and kind of drowns out other smells. When I go on a fishing expedition, I find a very nice floral scent, along with pear, and I think a bit of honey.

T: Probably my favorite Saison so far. The yeast relents a bit. The fruit and floral flavors come out more. Pear still, also peach or nectarine. Definitely some honey. Nice and spicy. Excellent.

M: Crisp. Light but lively carbonation, which goes very well with the spice.

D: An excellent American-made Saison. Makes me sad I missed the Pretty Things tasting at that bar a few days earlier.

Photo of j37geogaddi
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one has a clear yellow color- almost like apple juice with head.

Smells of belgian spice and lemon.

The taste is awesome. What many belgian styled beers that I've tried have lacked is a balance and this has it. Peppery, spicy, citrus notes are balanced nicely together and yet it seems to have even more depth. Can't pin point what exactly though.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated, if a bit light. No trace of alcohol.

Highly drinkeable. The strength is just right for this style. One of the better farmhouse saison's I've had, (which incidently isn't many).

Photo of Adamdc
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle served in tulip

A: Pour produced a slightly hazy orange-amber body with white 1 inch head that dissipated quickly. Moderated lacing for duration.

S: Magnificent! That trademark Belgian yeast, lemon, bubblegum, pepper, banana, clove. So much going on!

T: Alot of the nose is also in the taste with a subtle underlying sweetness but all is held in check with the overall dryness. A slight hop bitterness finishes it all off.

M: Crisp and not overly dry. Very nice!

D: Very high! Everything from the aroma to the taste to the mouthfeel make this a very drinkable beer.

I've been a big fan of this beer for the last year and I hadn't had a chance to officially review it. Pretty Things' 'twist' on the saison style is excellent. This is one of my favorite new breweries and this beer is in my top 10!!!

Photo of rhinos00
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another awesome extra received in my trade with BeerWorld. Thanks! Poured into a tulip glass. Batch 10, Bottled November 2009.

A- Pours a hazy golden, straw yellow. Produced three fingers width of fluffy, white head. Tremendous thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Great head retention.

S- Reminds me of a crisp, cool spring morning. Very refreshing. Belgian yeast, with a potent amount of grassy hops. An ever so slight hint of lemon zest lingers in the background.

T- Upfront a grassy bitterness dances on the palate. Oddly enough, underneath it all there is a detectable sweetness...barely noticeable, but there. Midway through and to the finish the yeast flavors come through. The finish is a mix of grassy bittering hops, good amount of sweetness and yeast. While I loved the taste, the growing sweetness really threw me off.

M- It had perfect carbonation for the style. What I didn't quite agree with was the texture of this beer. It left an oily like residue on the palate that just didn't seem to mesh well with this type of beer.

D- Very clean flavors make this go down really easily. The only negative is the mouthfeel can be a bit of a turn off.

Overall, very good interpretation of a saison. Recommended. I also dug the artwork on the bottle.

Photo of zoso1967
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in July of 2009. Pours a cloudy orangish gold with a nice delicate white head. Aroma is very sweet and perfume like with zesty lemon, spice, flowers and straw notes. The flavor is also quite sweet with plenty of floral, bready and grassy notes. Also detecting some spice and a definite tang from the yeast. Pretty firm bitterness for a saison. A very tasty brew with a nice long finish that is sweet, yet dry. Mouthfeel is very good with a medium body and the previously mentioned finish. Very drinkable and an interesting take on the style. Glad I found this on the bargain rack, it is not showing its age at all.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle bought in Philadelphia, $10, bottled Nov 2009. Very cool cartoonish image on the label. Hazy pale golden color, really thick rocky head, about 3+ fingers worth. Faint bubblegum in the aroma, mild esters, very similar to Hennepin (unfortunately >2x the price). A very good saison, again like Hennepin but with a little extra hops punch. Not much extra, just enough to stand out. Peppery mouthfeel from the carbonation, on the thicker side for the style but it feels right.

Photo of Andreji
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ok so this was also at the stag's head because it was the pretty things tasting there.

but this is a fabulous entreprise and this was my favourite beer tasted, so far as to have a large one on tap afterwards.

Cloudy golden pour with a frothy white head. very slight carbonation within....not too visible.

smell was very spicy, a very strong blend of mustard, some nuts and some honey, sounds very much in disarray but rather comes together very nicely.

Now i had not tried such a style being approached by the american breweries in such fashion. unextreme, back to the baseline with an exceptional emulation of all things belgian, very full taste of peaches and lime, with a smokey bitter finish. delicious.

definetly a sign of good- rather pretty- things to come.

Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the Foodery in Northern Liberties
Batch Ten
Pours a deep gold color almost amber with a thick white head.
Aroma is a nice coriander and orange peel with some subtle hints of fruity esters. Very clean no off aromas.
Very spicy flavor i get a nice hoppy bittereness that segues into a soft malt background. The spices seem to be coriander, orange peel and some ligt pepper notes, although the pepper could be some of the yeast characteristics and carbonic acid.
Mouthfeel is good yet it could be dryer for the style. Maybe they should try kraeusening a batch to get that dry dupont bite.
Nonetheless for a brewer with no brewery this is an excellent beer, it must be hard to brew on someone else's system and produce exactly what you are looking for, still I would drink this again as it is a solid belgo-american.

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

Big thanks to...uh...Larry? Damn im trading too much.

Pours savagely foamy with a monster white head. Nice clear light yellow with ample carbonation. Nice lacing, but not what i expected after the insane head.

Nose is pretty bomb. Lots of light fruits, almost peach. Some clear white pepper notes and strong belgian yeast aromas.

Wow. Pretty damn tasty saison. Strong belgian yeast notes, ample light fruit, slight peach and slight white grape (pinot juice?). Clean white pepper and a little floral soapiness. Nice and dry.

Mouthfeel is great, not overcarbed for the style despite the head climbing out of the bottle. Nice and dry, good viscosity.

Drinkability is pretty strong. There is a tiny touch of heat that is a bit too prominent for the style, but not bad at all. Could easily wreck a couple bombers i'd say.

Overall a very nice and well made saison. There's some small room for improvement, but this is certainly one of the better american made versions, very authentic and to style. An excellent beer.

Photo of treehugger02010
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this 22 ounce bottle at TJ Everydays in Paoli, PA. It came in a snifter. It came too cold so I let it warm for awhile.
A: The body is a clear golden color. The head is three fingers tall, space lacing, great retention and a dark white color.
S: The aromas are horse blanket, sparge and urinal.
T: The flavors are bitter, yeasty and google.
M: The mouthfeel is very crisp and the body is medium.
D: This beer is outstanding.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a De Glazen Toren tulip.

BOTTLED May 2009
Batch Five

A: Pours a gorgeous, hazy, glowing peach color with a full three fingers of creamy, off-white meringue perched on top. Retention is absolutely fantastic due, in part, to the ample carbonation on display here. The inside of my glass looks like a lace bomb exploded inside of it.

S: I was a little afraid that between the bottling date (5/09) and the tasting date (3/10) that some of the aromatics may have faded. Not so. Big time fruity nose. Pineapple, peach, pear, apple, and clementine. Spice aromas play a big role here as does fresh cut grass, lightly toasted malt, and some honey.

T: Just as above with the spicy qualities playing an even larger role. More white pepper type flavors as well as a flavor that I can only describe as pepper crusted citrus.

M: Initially quite sticky and fruity. That quickly dries out a tad in the middle while gaining a fantastic prickly/spicy/peppery tingle that plays out on every surface in my mouth.

D: What can I say but, wow. I was awed and humbled by this wonderful Saison. 10 months in the bottle and this feels like it's just getting started. Would've loved to try this fresh to compare it to how amazing it is now.

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

Fluffy white foam topped clear, golden beer. Chunky lacing with good head retention supported by a constant stream of bubbles rising to the surface. Fruity hop aroma was apparent when the bottle was cracked. Notes of hay and citrus zest, apple and white pepper. Smooth texture, fine carbonation. Dry malt with an edge of fruit. Solid, but not overwhelming, bitterness. Light peppery spice in the finish. Great texture with a very refined, well balanced flavour.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty Things Jack D'Or Saison Americain

Highly hazed, golden-hued, huge, billowy head, looking beautiful, indeed.

Lemon and orange in the aroma, straw, some wild, funky yeast notes.

Taste: Spices and hops hit hard right from the start, getting sharp, spikey, stanky. Fresh and fierce. Zesty. Full-bodied, good, grainy texture. Long finish. Feels like some wheat malt in there? Good drinkability, matched with unending hops and spice delivery, citric fruit flavor riding along all the while.

Jack D'or easily acquits itself and can stand with some of the best saisons you can find. Recommended.

Oh, but one more thing, Pretty Things, ...don't you know you're driving your mommas and poppas insane? Got to make it plain, better make way for the homo superior!

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

Batch Three, Bottled April, 2009

Pours an opaque golden straw orange into my DFH Signature glass. Head retention is relentless; fluffy and holds shapes like it were bathtub soap. Lacing is also very strong yet slippery.

Smells of spicy yeast and pepper aromas with that wheat and malt nose.

Taste is outstanding. So hard not to just quaff all the way down. The spicy nature of this Farmhouse finds that spot in the back of your throat to really attack with the peppery, yeasty flavors. Finishes very dry.

Mouthfeel is very pleasant. Almost tickles the entire mouth and throat during the session.

Drinkability would be a 6 for me if it were a choice on here. I don't know if its a right place/right time thing for me right now but this beer is quenching my thirst amazingly.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rattle 'N' Hum. Strong aromas, with white pepper and apple. Cloudy white head and white lace. Good bitterness edge to it. Unique saison, very American owing to the bitterness and attention to aromas, and bold spice. Appropriate carbonation, wonder what it would be like on cask.

Photo of Pahn
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Green Street, Cambridge, MA.

Appearance: Fluffy 1-inch white head that slowly dissipates leaving rings of lacing. Solid orange juice orange. Beer leaves walls of lacing.

Smell: Aromatic citrus (orange rind). Floral soap. Malt background.

Taste: Orange-rind, a good amount of funk, sweet with some almost toasted malty flavors in the finish. Nice breadiness underpinning the overall flavor. Tangerine comes out as it warms. The flavor is light, but there's a full warm citrus throughout, and a creamy, bright soapiness. Some spice too.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, though a little dry. Decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Great flavor and mouthfeel, little noticeable alcohol. Easy to drink.

Solid, impressive saison with lots of nice little details everywhere in the experience of drinking it.

Photo of philbe311
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch Ten - November 2009

A - A slightly aggressive pour yields a voluminous pure white pillow-like head which is both frothy and tightly compact with a slightly rocky top... Stellar retention... A geyser of carbonation spirals upward at a quick pace in the center of the glass with scattered slower paced carbonation around it... A vibrant golden color with a faint orange hue...

S - Belgian yeast is first to the nose... Mild lemon... A subtle coriander... Freshly gut grass on a perfect spring day... Slightly floral...

T - Similar to the nose, the Belgian yeast is first to palette... Natural lemon... Just a touch of honey... Wheat germ... Minor peppery notes on the finish....

M - Exceedingly consistent... Bone dry from beginning to end... Smooth... Slightly creamy...

D - Quaffability (is that a word) is off the charts... This is my introduction to Pretty Things and I can't wait to get my hands on their other offerings... This truly is a special offering... Loaded with subtle complexities... Also an exceptional value given the price of other top notch Saisons... This one really hit the spot and I can't wait to have another...

Photo of morimech
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Oct 2009 Batch 9

Explosive head when poured into the glass. Slightly hazy golden color. Rocky lacing is left on the glass. Aroma consists of citrus fruit such as lemons, spices like cloves and pepper, and a touch of earthiness. Very saison like. The flavor is more fruity than spicy or funky. A bit of orange candy quality. Just light spice and barely any earthiness or tartness. Finishes dry with no lingering aftertaste. Light body with a nice carbonation. Maybe too much carbonation but it feels soft and silky so I did not mind the extra bubbles. Not the most complex saison but it is still quite enjoyable.

Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottles Nov. 2009, Batch 10. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky yellow/gold color with a little orange. Two fingers of foam and low carbonation.

s - Smells strongly of yeast and some sweet malts of fruits, apples, as well as a little lemon.

t - Some sweetness up front, followed by some bitterness. At first got some sweet malts, yeast, and apples, and then some lemons and spices later. Pretty nice saison.

m - Light body with moderate carbonation. Feels light and easy to drink in your mouth.

d - Overall this was a pretty good saison. It wasn't as bitter or hard to drink as some other saison's I;ve had and I thought the flavors were good and it was a good representation of a Belgian.

Photo of BostonTriggs
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle to pint glass. This is from '09, Batch 10.

A - Light golden color with dense thick off-white head (rocky at the top). I poured it a little harder than I intended. There's lots of carbonation shooting up. Head begins to disappear after a few minutes, but maintains a nice thick level. Beer is nice and clear (Edit - Second glass poured hazy, and this has me a bit confused.) ; very yeasty in smell, but not in appearance.

S - Lots of yeast up front, and a good scent of Belgian candy sugar. I've never smelled this beer too carefully, but now I notice a little bit of a sulfur smell to it. I also get a little bit of citrus acidity and hop aroma. On the more imaginative side I think I get pepper, honey and black licorice, when I give it a hard smell.

T - Nice sweetness that's balanced out by the bitterness at the back of the palate. The bitter wins out a little bit. I like this. Also, the bitterness is accompanied by a citrus flavor. I also get the taste of honey. The most interesting part is the yeast flavor. It's very complex (there's definitely a bread-like taste to it).

M - Light to medium bodied w/ a decent kick of carbonation. It's not overly aggressive, but you definitely notice it w/ each sip. If you hold the beer in your mouth, it starts to sting the tongue a bit.

D - I originally thought the little bitter edge this beer has would limit my intake, but sessions with this beer have proven that wrong.

For some reason I smelled the empty bottle when I was done, and I got a very strong hop aroma, with a citrus/floral side to it. I've had this beer many times, and each time I pick up a new characteristic.

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

22 oz. bottle 11/09 Batch 10

A hazy, dazy yellow gold with orange hues. lively bubbles, 3" high and really enthusiastic, just like a good authentic Belgian would be. There's a dollop of creamy froth for a nice crown. Sticky icky lace all over the place. Large clumps of foam floating around like icebergs at all times. A perfect look.

spicey alcohol esters, minty-citrus wheat, corriander and vanilla and all-spice. Belgian candy sweetness in the malt. very nice.

wow, what a jazzy mouthfeel! this stuff dances all over your face! Very crispy, peppery yeast, dry...amazing effect in the feel, very earthy and exciting. Sometimes the feel can be energy, and this one delivers it in spades. The yeast is very complex for an American version, with meaty, peppery, yeast, very earthy hops and yeast combo. The malt has a gentle sweetness that has the right subtle aspects that leave this ultra clean. There's citrus and juicy effects from the hops, not at all bitter with lemmon zest in the end. All these flavor's harmonize very well together. Balance is achieved in a major way here. quaff city.

A wonderful Belgo-Americano brew.

Jack D'or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
90 out of 100 based on 1,495 ratings.