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Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 1,507
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 146
Gots: 157 | 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 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
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
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
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
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
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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
4.16/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of BDLbrewster
2.93/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light hazy shade of dandelion tinted amber with a monstrous puffy, bright white head and massive visible carbonation.

The smell is not all that complex although it is pungent. The first thing I get right off the bat is banana bread. Some sweet yeasty notes and white pepper just about sums up the nose.

Damn, the flavors come through very subdued. Some indiscernible sweetness up front followed by the slightest most minimalistic bit of drying lemony funk. The finish is nice and peppery with a hop driven spice and a touch of bitterness.

The carbonation is obviously from bottle conditioning, light and airy, effervescent and almost overdone. Thin as expected and nothing noteworthy really.

Overall I am not overly thrilled with this one, and I had high hopes. A bit of an underachievement in my eyes but I can see how a lot of people unfamiliar with the style would enjoy this immensely. Good flavors, just not nearly enough of them.

Photo of rpstevens
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 10, bottled November 09. Poured from a bottle into a tulip. The pour yields a cloudy orange body with a thick, foamy two finger bone white head. A swirl of the glass leaves some foamy lacing sticking to the sides.

The smell is bread and butter malts, crisp lemon zest, pepper, and sweet apples and cinnamon. The apple cinnamon components are very subtle, but they are a very welcome addition to the nose.

The taste is pretty standard for a saison. Light citrus, lemon zest and oranges, a slight peppery hop backbone and a healthy dose of bready sugar cookie malts. There are also hints of pears, a slight touch of the apple evident in the nose (but not as sweet an apple) and a nice alcohol sweetness as well.

The beer is light bodied, well carbonated and a nice representation of the style. The beer is full of flavors that remind me of summer and early fall, with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Definitely something I will revisit.

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

Batch 5, May 2009, drunk in Jan 2010.

A. Pretty classic Saison - cloudy pale yellow, creamy, fluffy head, lace.

S. Odd, rather malty at first, spicy, dry, some dry, yeasty character, a bit hard to define. Interesting, caramel apple? Hmm.

T. Rather a good amount of malt here, but dried out... residual hop bitterness, vague spice, finishes sweet (too sweet?) and soft, with some light esters.

M / D. Soft and easy, odd finishing flavors are not entirely complimentary, but still, this is a solid, different and malty example of a Saison. Recommended, especially if you're local to these cats.

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

Thanks to NutBrown for the chance to try this one. Alan rules!

Batch 8 bottled July 2009.

I pop the cap and hear a nice hiss. The pour reveals a gorgeous hazy, nah cloudy orange yellow brew with close to 1 finger's worth of foam. Lots and lots of nice lacing sticking to the side of my glass.

With my nose hovering over the glass, I'm picking up plenty of lemon zest, some white pepper and other spiciness, some good aromas that only the Brett can bring....a very tactful nose as in it isn't overwhelming but very nicely done.

First sip brings the spiciness and lemon zest and the Brett to my tastebuds. The pepper makes this a really dry brew and I'm loving it. Some tartness from the citrus lemon pops up now and then but I can taste it mostly in the finish which adds to the dryness. As far as the malts role in this puppy, I'm getting some light notes of some bread. Overall, a very delicious Saison indeed.

The mouthfeel is on the low end of medium with the carbonation being close to the same. Nice and smooth overall.

Drinkability? Since the abv is reasonable and well hidden and the tastes here are anything but boring...this is a very easy drinking beer though I think, when I finish the 22oz, I'll be fully contented and not looking to grab another if I had one. That's not a slant on the beer in any way; most Saisons I've had are 1 and I'm done for one sitting. Having another on another day is a whole new ball game. ;^)

Photo of tigg924
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yeah--My 500th review

Appearance: orange-yellow in color, cloudy, 1/3 inch beautiful creamy head, medium carbonation

Smell: apple, flowers, alcohol, and spices

Taste: granny smith apple, grapefruit juice, coriander, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: light carbonation, sour-semi bitter mix, light bodied

Drinkability: A very interesting beer for my 500th review here. Very tasty for a saison and not as hard and biting as others I have had. A sipper and one per sitting, but I would like to have this again, especially on tap.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First Batch picked up at PH Provisions in Boston I believe. Bottled in November 2008. Paid just under $6 back then. Poured into a wobbly Duvel Tulip(oh noes!) that I also picked up in Boston for $2 at another establishment. *sigh*

I had this a couple times on tap before & wasn't blown away by it. Add in the homer atmosphere I was drinking it in, & great people behind it, I was torn. I brought a few back with me anyway, figuring the time in the bottle & change of scenery would do it some good. It wasn't long though, before Pretty Things invaded my neighborhood & the novelty of having out of state beer to share with friends was gone.

Big yeasty whiff right off the bottle before I even start pouring. Touch of bubblegum, touch of vinegar.

Golden, apple juice color. The yeast, just barely disturbed. A bit darker then when it was when fresh. A netting of bubbles surround a whitewash-colored head. Sticky, gritty, lace.

Smell is wintergreen-like hops, macerated lemon & orange zests, a touch of honey, & lots of nostril clearing, aerosol-like alcohol.

Taste was so much better, & so different from what I had on tap. A light oat-y cereal sweetness upfront, followed up with a lightly herbal, leafy green hoppy middle. It ends on dry crackery malt with a mild trail of steel-y hops. Not very phenolic. I can't complain much though. Dry is good.

Coating, but not greasy. Warming in a soothing, non-irritating way. Sane amount of carbonation. A solid saison. :)

Photo of tegelaar
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch Ten - 22oz Bottle

Pours a very clear orange red with a nice sized head. Lots of thin lacing. Smells delicate like flowers with a hint of green apple. Taste is sweet and bitter. Very crisp and refreshing. Mouthfeel is thin and well carbonated. Very drinkable and very enjoyable. Pretty Things has become a great brewery and this is definitely their flagship beer.

Photo of nickd717
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle via trade. I believe this came from jlindros.

Pours a somewhat hazy golden color with a creamy lasting white head and excellent lacing.

Aroma is very peppery with funk and bready pale malt. Right on style and very nice-smelling.

Flavor is great, yeasty and peppery, with pale malt and floral hops. Somewhat complex for a saison, and really tasty.

Medium-light bodied with medium-high carbonation and a long finish.

Drinkability is high, as this beer keeps you wanting more. This was my first Pretty Things beer, and is an absolute winner.

Photo of jneiswender
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a pint glass of this from the bottle.

A-fluffy white head, orange brown body.

S-fruity, sour fruit

T-yeasty front, cloves, some malt.

M-medium body with a nice dry finish.

D-Very nice all around flavor. This beer would be a great beer with foods of all types. I would drink this beer again.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Nov 2009 batch. Pours a rich golden-orange with 2-3 fingers white foam head which dissipates slowly. A lot of carbonation. Difficult for me to place the aroma, but ultimately hints of orange. Taste is pleasant complex combination of fruity, earthy, and spicy, the latter taking over into peppery aftertones. Initially carbonation was a bit overpowering, but fortunately died down with continued drinking. Bit hard to pin down, but very good.

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

Pours a beautiful, clear gold, topped by a billowy head that threatens to overflow the snifter. The head recedes to a thick cap and leaves ample lacing on the glass. Nice.

Not a very strong aroma, but it is full of rounded yeasty notes, hints of citrus, pear, apple, and notes of earthy bitter just below the "surface". Nice nose, nothing exceptional, but nice.

Jack D'or has a medium strength flavor, starting with a tart yeastiness that yields to the apple and pear predicted by the smell. There is a bit of sweetness to this, a bit of neutral grain in the mix, and it ends with a flourish of tart, bitter, grass, earth, and funk. As it warms the bitter becomes more pronounced, and the tart/funk tastes start to shine in the finish. Very well balanced, very complex, very interesting mix. As my palate accustoms to it I find it quite delicious.

Mouthfeel is good, less carbonation than the pour predicted, but plenty enough, not too clinging, clean on the palate, just the right feel to showcase the interesting, dry finish.

Drinkability is quite good. I am sorry I have only this one bottle.

Impression: Solid beer, perhaps lacking some of the smoothness of some others in this broad style, the intensity of some others, but a beer I certainly will purchase again.

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

This beer pours a clear orange-golden color. The head is a billowy off-white color, and lacing is thick. The aroma is funky, fruity, and floral. It has good strength, and nice complexity. The taste is like the aroma, but a little less strong. It is still quite nice though. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a carbonation level that is way too high. So high, in fact, that it really gets in the way of the nuances that I'm sure are hiding in the taste, and caries them away into oblivion. Overall, this is a nice beer that has a lot of the elements of greatness, but ultimately falls a little short.

Photo of MaxBrews
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 10, Bottled November 2009.

Pretty things Website has something about why you should pour your beer straight in, so I honored that. It created in epic 3 finger head that dissipated extremely slowly, into a fluffy lacing in my snifter glass. Lacing clings all around. I pour the rest in as the beer settles and I get a 1 finger fluffy head.

Beer is a hazy sunset orange and a 3 columns of bubbles race up the sides of the glass. This is NOT an etched glass.

Jack D'or has a big Belgian yeast nose full of clove, a citrus note hopping that is reminiscent of lemon, coriander and orange peel. Amazing how many of these spices translate to the nose though there are NO actual spices in this beer.

The taste of the beer immediately makes me think of it being somewhere between a Saison and Witbier, but taking only the pleasant notes from each. The yeast taste features a dusty mouthfeel, and is classic Belgian. Clove, orange zest and coriander come out in the taste. A bit of oat in the malt. Tastes a bit hoppier then other Saisons and Wits I've had. A very citrus hop character.

This beer has a fluffy and dusty mouthfeel. A little bitter but not too intense for the style.

All I can say is wow, its not insanely complex only as complex as it needs be. Its a pretty bold sasion but you don't have to think too much about this. Stylistically on target, but remains very unique.

Jack D'or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
90 out of 100 based on 1,507 ratings.