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Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 1,511
Reviews: 618
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
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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 HomebrewerBrian
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 11

Jack D'or pours a pleasant orange color. Topped with a good but not excessive amount of head, consisting of medium sized bubbles that stick around, and leave nice lace. Looks pretty much exactly how I would expect a saison to appear

The initial taste has a citrusy hop presence that is mildly bitter, which is quickly followed by, what was described by my friend as, a "fruit salad explosion". Banana, prune, and citrus flavors are all present in good quantity, and are balanced well against the peppery spicyness of the yeast.

The body of Jack is light and creamy, susprisingly smooth and drinkable considering the style, with just a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is almost "sticky" without being syrupy or terribly sweet.

Overall I am very pleased with this beer. Granted I'm a big farmhouse fan, but Jack in addition to being spot on for the style, is very drinkable, with a complex enough flavor to keep me interested. Personally I find I could session this beer, and thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to support a local microbrewery.

Photo of david18
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a good saison from a brewery that I'd never heard of before.

Very light color with a good saison aroma with very good carbonation.

The flavor was very esthery with complex fruit.

I would recommend this as a good summery beer that's not too strong.

Photo of jdhilt
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger white head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Medium-strong carbonation and medium bodied. Almost clear pale amber color. Nose is almost citrus. Flavor is unsweetened lemon and some hops. $10.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Photo of CHickman
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Gramercy Tavern in NYC.

Pours hazy orange gold in color with a 1/4 inch creamy off white head that faded slowly; left great lacing with rings as the beer went down the glass.

Smells of yeast, lemon zest/citrus, mild spices, yeast, floral hops, sweet malt, pepper, grains, coriander, orange peel, grass, herbs, hay, and a slight yeast funky-ness; this is a nice mix between a pale ale and Belgian that's pretty mellow on the nose.

Tastes like it smells, with lemon, yeast, floral hops, sweet malt, pepper, grains, coriander, orange peel, light floral hops, grass, herbs, light grapefruit, hay, faint caramel, pepper and other spices that blend well and leaves a nice complex arrangement, and then of course a slight yeast funky-ness; this is crisp and light and a very nice drinking beer, with a pretty well balanced flavor which was very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is creamy and silky smooth, with mild carbonation, a light crisp body and overall feel that leaves a sweet crisp malty finish that has a hint of herbs and spices.

Nice smooth drinking beer with plenty of complex flavors. It was not as earthy a Belgian farmhouse ale since it had more muted yeast flavors, but the American farmhouse spin made this highly drinkable as the hops and citrus added a nice taste to it. I highly recommend trying this beer and it went down refreshing and easy. This was tasty, funky and different, so I will seek this out to try it again.

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

I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a snifter. It pours a pale, clear gold with a moderate 2 finger white head, a bit of lacing. A bit of funk on the nose, but mostly citrus, and orange peel. Lots of citrus/orange peel up front. The beer is dry and sweet and funky. It finishes with some lingering funkiness. A well carbonated, medium bodied beer. A very good saison that I will buy again.

Photo of Walken
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project: Jack D'Or (Batch 11, February 2010)
22 oz. bottle, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear pale amber beer with a thick, tightly knit head of egg white foam, great looking lacing, a solid half inch of head stays intact as this beer disappears.
Odor: Soft pils-esque malt aroma, with big yet subtle citrus zest on top and some flower & spice hop in back. Very pleasant.
Consistency: High end of light bodied, very zesty and crisp with a creamy carbonation that goes on forever, lifting the flavors up and out. Tart fruitiness around the edges.
Flavor: Under-ripe red fruit and spice yeast with some hidden jabs of malt flavor against. Hops act as the gentle giant in this beer, going a few steps above balancing. They show some definite bitterness, accentuated by hints of spice from the yeast, lightly lashing at the back of the tongue. Finish is crisp, with a resurgence of big citrus bitterness from the hops, leafy and fresh tasting.

Solid all around.

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

"saison americain" bottled Feb 2010, batch 11.
22oz bottle poured into UK pint glass. Beer pours a crystal clear yellow gold with a thick yellow-white head. Pleasant, yeasty aroma, as expected of saison.

Bright and fizzy, with a surprisingly rich caramel note Main flavors are floral and citrus.

Re-pouring to deliberately stir up the sedimented yeast proves it was really caked on the bottom of the bottle good. The beer is no longer crystal clear in my glass (raising appearance rating a full point from its starting point 2.5) but it is more...orange. The complex and earthy bitterness of the yeast fills out the saison profile and offsets the previously mentioned caramely sweetness. Still not unpleasantly funky though.

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

22oz bombe poured into a duvel tulip.

Pours a hazy light amber/ straw color wth a ver thin bright white head. Nose is real sharp and funky, very tart and sharp.

Taste is equally as funky and sweet, light hoppiness makes is real easy to drink. Mouthfeel is very full and creamy. Has a light bitter finish overall very good

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

Poured from 22oz bottle. Many thanks go out to Pete (ppoitras) for this beer! Review from notes.

A- Pours a hazy amber/orange color. Two finger white head comes and goes rather quickly. Nice spotty ringy lacing on the glass as I drink this down.

S- Smell is very fruity in the front. Citrus and light lemon notes. Yeasty doughy aroma in the middle with light pepper notes. Light hops in the backing...earthy smelling.

T- This is a well balanced beer. The funk comes into play throughout the entire beer. I must say the yeasty flavor upfront pairs nicely with citrus undertones which in turn dominate the rest of the beer. Light bittering hops come into play toward the end with some light pepper notes at the tail end.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good with the style. Everything is kind of refreshing with this beer. Light clove and funk left on the palate with some bitter peppery hops in the aftertaste. Flavors are clean all around making this beer shine.

D- This is very very drinkable beer that I'm glad I have got to try. I need to do myself a favor and find a way to get more. I would suggest this beer to everyone who likes a good farmhouse ale.

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

A- Bright white frothy head sits atop an amber/golden colored beer. Poured clear until the yeast sediment mixed in creating a slight milky haze. Light, airy head sticks around for the ride.

S- lemon peel, orange slices, citrus hops with a slight spiciness, sweet apples, possibility of slight vanilla notes, classic farmhouse scents creeping in the background.

T- begins with a sharp sweet taste quickly transitioning to a dry tart apple. Lemon, farmhouse appeal without an intense "horse blanket" taste. Finishes dry with lemon and slight orange sticking to the room of my mouth. On the verge of being sour, and working perfectly in that way.

M- Creamy flavorblast that doesn't thin out during the entire experience in the greatest way. Actually seems to leave my mouth numb/tingling after a few sips.

D- I'm not sure I could do multiple beers in a row, because it is quite tart, but for a bomber, it is very drinkable, very enjoyable, and an interesting take on the saison style. It seems to make perfect sense that they would call it a saison American.

Photo of mountdew1
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Was a light amber in color, with a 3 finger milky white frothy head. It partially clung to the sides, and also formed an island of higher head in the middle. Streams of carbonation constantly rose from the bottom. Aroma was slightly citrusy hoppy. Taste was orangey, slightly sweet, with a hoppy finish. Felt very good in the mouth. Clung to the sides of the mouth, went down very smooth. Easy to drink, could drink over an extended period of time.

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

Pours a hazy golden straw color with full, prickly carbonation, big white head but minimal retention and decent lacing. Scent is of pale malts, bready, wheaty and grainy backed by a bit of orange rind, spice and sweetnes. Taste again begins with the pale malts, grainy, earthy quality to them. The orange rind is more pronounced than the nose dictates, moderate spicyness, lacking any notable herbal, floral or yeasty tastes i expect from the style. Light bodied, adequately carbonated, very dry from start to finnish. Decent saison, but one that did not live up to my expectations from the style, overly mild and dry for my liking.

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

A: Holy head batman! Four to five fingers of head upon pouring. Slightly cloudy gold color with plenty of bubbles.

S: Yeasty, light and fresh with a floral nose.

T: This is real good. The carbonation is a bit intense, a lot like champagne. But it finishes with some bitterness. I get some pepper taste here as well. Two sips in and I'm burping up a storm! Very tasty.

M: I'm undecided on how I feel about the uber carbonation. On one hand, I like the liveliness, but on the other hand, the carbonation carries the flavor away really quickly.

D: I would drink this again, though I don't know if I could drink a full 22 oz by myself (I split this one with my drinking buddy).

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

Citrus yellow with a little opacity (a little sediment in the pour). Builds a substantial, pillowy white head. Solid and creamy like meringue. MMM.

Mild spice, citrus, and pale malt in the nose. One can really detect the yeast, but it's hard to put a name too. The hops come in as well, with an assertive floral, herbal character.

First thing a I noticed was a bitter, almost sour tang. Delicious! Not overly sweet but a nice malt base makes all the spice and fruitiness really come together. Maybe it's an association with the color of the beer, but I keep getting reminded of lemons juice, in a very good way. Definitely a unique beer, and a highly delicious one. Hops come through subtly at first and become more aggressive, but never dominant. Lots of phenolics, yeast, and spice. Finishes fairly dry with that tart kick at the end.

Awesome beer. The influences of the saison style are clear, but the reinterpretation leads to something totally unique. Great use of hops without just turning it into another hop monster.

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

Shared at a tasting a number of months ago, can't recall who brought this one. Thanks, whoever you are. Cloudy, nearly opaque blond in my glass, topped by a finger of dense white froth that recedes to a small cap. The nose is intensely estery with notes of hay, pepper and a low level of funk. It's dry and crackery on the palate, spritzy, medium-bodied. Flavors of white pepper, lemon zest and light citrusy hops lend complexity. Medium-light in body with a pleasantly dry finish, I find myself wishing there was a bit more funk to this, but it's a solid and very enjoyable saison nonetheless.

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

Lots of chirping about this one lately, doesn't hold a candle to Fantome IMHO

Appearance: Nice big head, good lacing.

Aroma: Earth and pale malt with light citrus hops and orange, wishing for some funk. Definitely some lychee, which is fun in a beer.

Taste: Mirros the aroma, pale malts, light citrus and hops and orange/grapefruit/pear, lychee and cloves, not enough funk.

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
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
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
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
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
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

Jack D'or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
90 out of 100 based on 1,511 ratings.