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Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 1,461
Reviews: 611
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 145
Gots: 148 | FT: 6
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 sinstaineddemon
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - golden straw/hay color with over a finger of rocky white head fed by scant amounts of carbonation

S - yeasty/bready is the first element of the aroma that i notice, followed by a distinct fruity sweetnessm one reviewer hit it on the nose, like tropical fruits, to me like unsweetened dried papaya

T - wheaty, with a peppery spice note, some fruity esthers, to me no longer distinguishable as tropical fruits, yeasty throughout

M&D - medium bodied, dry mouthfeel throughout, a drinkable saison, layered and complex enough to keep you guessing

sinstaineddemon, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of KeefD
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra in a grade trade with jlindros. Pours a light orange color with a nice 1/2 inch white head that left some very nice lacing on my NB globe. Aroma is of some light tropical fruit, pale malts, and a touch of Belgian-like yeast. Flavor is nice and fruity, but not sweet. Very dry, flavor of orange, lemon, some grassiness, and lightly toasty malts. Very nice, not overly complex. Mouthfeel is medium to light, dry and crisp, ample carbonation. A nice beer and would to have some more from Pretty Things in the future.

KeefD, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of jamie2dope
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great to start the night off with a bottle of Jack. This bottle comes from batch #5, which was brewed back in May. Color is a beautiful hazed golden color matched with a large white heading that has some staying power. The champagne yeast is evident in the nose, along with some fresh grains and mango. A whole array of tropical fruits hit the palate (think pineapple, guava etc.) first, followed by some peppery notes. Hops intermingle with the champagne yeast to give this beer is nice dryness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, prickly and really complex. Drinking this by itself is great, but pairing it with food is a sheer delight. Since this beer has been released, it has been a go to for me, and remains my favorite from the Pretty Things line. Some have complained that the quality of the newer batches has declined, but I have to say that I haven't noticed much of a difference. This is one of Massachusetts' special treats to the world of craftl beer. Cheers

jamie2dope, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Obtained in trade from ShogoKawada (thanks!). Batch 7, bottled July, 2009. Savored on the cusp of Autumn as I was too eager to save this until the Santa Ana winds bring back the 90 degree Indian Summer. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Troubadour tulip glass.

Carrot colored liquid punctuated by three-fingers of rocky ivory foam which noisily recedes by 2/3rds into a delicate ribbon. Dainty lacing and shimmering glassy legs. The chill haze dissipates revealing a high degree of clarity for what seems to be an unfiltered ale.

Aromatics are initially subdued, but deep inhalation reveals Rainier cherry, buttermilk, and lightly fermenting hay. Some grain notes as well, bringing to mind a feed-store more than a barnyard. In addition to letting this one come up to serving temperature I suspect letting it breath would increase the intensity of the aromatics, though too much time would likely diminish the carbonation excessively.

Peppery and dry from the beginning, joined by sweet (pilsner?) malts and a hemp-like funk on the palate. Resinous sap-like sensations flow into the finish - this is one of the most hop-forward examples of the style I've had - shouting down the more delicate contributions of yeast. Phenolics abound, contributing a spicy heat (suggesting a higher ABV than exists) to the notes of orange bitters andgrass that conclude the finish. The dryness is wonderful, and quite a contrast to some of my favorite domestic saisons (e.g. Lost Abbey's Red Barn Ale, which is sweeter than tradtion calls for).

Carbonation level is just a hair less than I would prefer, but still very good. Mouthfeel is not quite medium-bodied, and very lightly creamy.

If not for the presence of a certain earthiness, I might mistake this for a Belgian IPA. It lacks the complexity or tartness of many saisons, but is a proudly "Americanized" take on the style. If this one were regularly available in my neck of the woods, I can see it growing on me, in which case I might throw another half point on top of the "taste" rating...

augustgarage, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of CavePainter
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy yet bright golden color. Minimal head with nice lacing.

S: Citrus and earthy hops

T: A fleeting moment of soft sweetness yields to citrus, spice and sharp hop bitterness. Bold and very tasty. Dry yeast and slight sourness. Peppery spice. Citric. Earthy hops.

Mf: Heavy for a saison in my humble opinion. Dry finish. This beer is a bit of a shocker on the first sip.

D: Once you get past the initial bite of this beer, it is actually very tasty and drinkable. I think that this is a beer for those with the proper palate. That is to say, I don't think that this is the beer for everyone and while quite enjoyable, I am not sure that this is a beer that I would drink multiple rounds of. It grows on you.

CavePainter, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of JTWILDOATS
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well...this lovely local brew has that traditional belgian/saison taste to it with a more mellow and rounded finish.

I enjoyed the spice that emerged deep into the glass--and the tasts overal resembled that of an amber ale/belgian blend. Very easy to drink.

JTWILDOATS, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of scottg
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

July 2009/ Batch Seven
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a cloudy orange gold color with a two finger white fluffy head with solid retention leaving patchy lacing down the glass. Lots of citrus in the nose, mostly orange with floral notes and some bubblegum aroma. Upfront, the taste is of orange and corriander like a belgian wit, which gives way to pear and vanilla then comes lemon hop and pepper spiciness. Well carbonated with a really nice, dry finish. An easy drinking beer, I only regret I didn't pick up some bleu cheese to pair with this great saison. I'll have to try that next time because there will definitely be a next time.

scottg, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of DIM
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a slightly hazy cloudy golden color, a little on the dark side. It poured with a big, fluffy head that faded to spotty lace.

s: Soft aromas of apricots, vanilla, toffee, leafy hops, some wet earthy grains, and dry yeastiness.

t: Slightly on the sweet side for a saison, flavors of sugary toffee start things off. The finish is drier, tasting orf yeasty cloves and mildly bitter, leafy hops. There is also a lingering spicy, peppery bite.

m: Kind of heavy for a saison, maybe its the sweetness. The carbonation is gentle and long lasting.

d: I admit that I bought this because I like the label. I was rewarded with a very nice sasion, perfect for this warm fall evening.

DIM, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of mjl21
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade...thanks Russ. 22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Part of Batch Four and was bottled May 2009. No abv info is given.

A-Pours a hazy yellow with some orange highlights. A pour right down the middle gives it a really nice two finger white head that crackles as it sits in the glass. The head stays throughout and rests at a half finger level. Tons of bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom.

S-Some sweet fruit, particularly apple and pear, stand out. There is a tad bit of funk which gets stronger as it warms. Not picking up on the citrus/grapefruit notes from the Cascade dry hopping.

T-The fruit is definitely there, but not as strong as it is in the nose. There is a little bit of funk and some leather in the middle. There is a touch of booze towards the finish and also is a tad bit grainy. The afteraste reminds me in some ways of tobacco and there is some lingering grapefruit bitterness. The yeast used also gets stronger as it warms.

M-Medium bodied and it is crisp and dry from the lively carbonation.

D-An easy drinking beer that is perfect for a nice day.

Overall this was another great beer from PT. The flavors worked well together and the lingering bitterness added a nice element to the beer. This is a really good warm weather beer.

mjl21, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of dsa7783
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, twenty-two ounce bomber bottle purchased from Eulogy Bar and Tavern in Philadelphia... First-ever beer from this Massachussetts brewery... Excellent stuff and an amazing depiction of this European style from this rather elusive New England brewery...
Highly recommended...

dsa7783, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of Traquairlover
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22-oz bottle poured into tulips. Thanks to thechrislife for this bottle.

A = Hazy amber, orange with a small yellowish white head that resolves quickly into a thin layer of foam on surface.

S = Some slight funkiness like gym socks, but at the same time there is a tart, citrus hops driven scent right under the surface. It smells like a farmhouse IPA or something.

T = Earthy notes, some bite of grapefruit, thick malty flavor of uncooked bread dough at midpalate. A very interesting beer but it doesn't seem to quite succeed at being a saison because it seems stuck between trying to be that and trying to be an American pale ale. It is pleasant enough, but I do not think they quite hit what they were aiming for, or maybe they hit it spot on and it is just not what I am looking for in a saison.

M = Nice medium body with good mouthcoating and a full frothy, creamy feel.

D = Goes down smoothly, but the taste just doesn't make me want to quaff this. Not a bad beer and I would certainly drink it again.

Traquairlover, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 6, June 2009; 22oz bottle into a Great Divide chalice. Props to Jwale73 for including this fantastic extra!

Jack D'or pours a hazy, orangish-gold body that supports a thick cap of custard foam. Great retention, thanks to a fairly lively carbonation level. Solid aroma--true to the style--with snappy, floral hops backed by crystal malts and a touch of fruit.

The flavor mirrors the aroma well, but kicks up the hops a notch with notes of floral greenery, light citrus zest, and fresh-cut grasses that leave a light, lingering bitterness. Superb balance of biscuity malts with a hint of honey. Mouthfeel is equally as impressive, with a medium-light body and a crisp, tight carbonation level that drinks smoothly. Highly drinkable and refreshing, I could easily handle an entire bomber of this stuff by myself, but was glad to share it with a friend. Impressive stuff...

wagenvolks, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of Philabeerphia
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle, batch no. 5 (May 09), poured 8/29 into two tulips for a tasting with my wife.
Foggy, iridescent orange/straw colored haze, capped perfectly with a dense ivory head that rests peacefully for a few minutes then slowly slips away. Walls of lively lace complete the package. Combine this wonderful visage with the stunning bottle that this beer is delivered forth from and undoubtedly I am looking at an exceptional beer, graded accordingly. Whiff whiff...The nose has hints of grapes, clay, earth, vinegar, A cool, clean vinegar... some sour melon. mellow

Funky, sea-salty and bright on the front of the mouth. Lemon, dry grains...This beer is bold, overpowering mild food pairings. This big taste is abutted by plenty of velvety carbonation to keep the beer honest and quick. Zest is apt to describe this. The citric quality grows into a metallic spine, then opens into something more complex... The beer is clean in the mouth, light to medium in body... It finishes with a slight caramel creaminesss that is overrun by plenty of bitter hoppiness and yeasty funk. The hop lingers in the jowls below my tongue, fitting. Zest is still apt, and I am pleased...One of the better farmhouse beers I've tried in some time. Be forewarned though: best to drink at a reasonable pace; we let the beer sit for too long (1hr or so at least), and it became hot, corny and a bit messy.

Philabeerphia, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of dpodratsky3
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

A: A cloudy golden orange with a nice fluffy head. Not much lacing, but a few wisps down the side of the glass.

S: A yeasty aroma with hop and fruit sweetness of oranges and other citrus.

T: Again a dry yeasty flavor with some hops and sweetness. A slight taste of alcohol is also present.

M: Finishes very dry but not much bitterness. Nice medium mouthfeel.

D: Nice drinkability as it is very refreshing and the flavor is very pleasant.

Notes: Not quite comparable to Belgian saisons, but a nice american version. A very good beer to try.

dpodratsky3, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of yourefragile
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle (Batch 6/June 2009)

Pours a translucent, light golden/orange color with a bubbly white head that leaves sticky dots of lacing and a retentive film of tiny bubbles. Spicey (pepper) and yeasty nose, very earthy, slightly bitter. Very earthy, floral, spicy body, with a strong malt body, however that malt never really asserts and sweetness throughout. Medium body with very full, sharp carbonation. Subtle citrus flavors, more rind tartness than sweet. Very refreshing and drinkable, well balanced and subtle flavors, not my favorite saison, and a little too expensive for me to seek out again, but would recommend.

yourefragile, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of atowle
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Batch Six (June 2009).

Had this beer at Deep Ellum in Allston on the recommendation of my server. Poured a very nice dark, hazy gold. Malty with a subtle fruit aroma and balanced almost perfectly with just the right amount of bitterness, it was very smooth and drinkable. Finishes clean. A wonderful beer, in my opinion, and great label art for all you fellow bottle collectors out there.

I had the Jack D'or first, followed by both the Confounded Mister Sisyphus (an earthy, golden ale that's a little strong on the cherry flavors) and Baby Tree (a brown, malty, complex Quad with strong notes of Plum), both from Pretty Things as well. The Jack D'or was by far my favorite of the three, and I will definitely be looking for it when I next return to the New England area.

atowle, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of wiseguy142
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light orange with a stark white head just floating on top.

Aroma is light and slightly bready with a hint of exotic orange.

Taste is dry but loaded up with phenols, which I don't like. Really nice exotic fruit aftertaste sort of defines this beer for me. It's one of those fruits that no one really wants to name in a review like "passionfruit" or something girly, but that's what it tastes like. This brings some character to the wheat malt as well.

I think the phenols could give this beer some more character with age, but for now it just reminds me of sanitizing with bleach, which has been sort of a hard memory to erase after a couple years of bad homebrewing. Overall, a cool beer. Interested in looking it up again in BA mag and seeing what's in it.

wiseguy142, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, shared with tenderbranson69. I poured this chilled from the 22oz brown bottle into a tulip.

A - A dark golden similar to apple juice w/ gentle hazing and 3 fingers of off white foam w/ a fine bead. The clarity is good enough to catch some bubbles rising to the wispy cap.

S - Malty, mild fruit aroma w/ a light herbal hop nose that has subtle floral tinges

M - The saison is highly carbonated apropos to style w/ spicy hop texture and mild bitterness up front. The texture is slighty crisp for the style w/ subtle yeast notes which add to the spice in the feel and bring along a mild fruit element

T - Fresh flavor of malt w/ a dry cracker-like taste w/ mild sweetness and slightly herbal lemony hop taste. The hops have an almost aspirin-like dry edge that cooperates with the yeast to give mild medicinal notes. The herbal hop flavors overwhelm the flavor mostly as it warms, but a slight nut/spice effect from the yeast tags along. The hops indicate a more American style Saison to my tast buds

D - A very highly drinkable Saison, I was willing to wait to pop it and was pleased that it lived up to the first experience over a month ago. One of the best I have drank lately it fits the summer humidity with its drinkability -I will seek this out again most certainly.

Slatetank, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of nanertak
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 22 oz to pint glass.

Appearance: Beautiful hazy gold with a hint of orange. LOT of head that settles down but leaves a thick lace.

Nose: Fruity (ripe orange zest, grapefruit), and floral. Some notes of a wild honey and baking spices. Smells delicious. High carbonation.

Taste: Beautiful. Light and delicious. Muted orange, honey, some kind of mild baking spice in the background. Incredibly light and refreshing. Slighly bitter.

Mouthfeel: A lot of body. Not overwhelming, but it's very round. Fizzy carbonation gives it a slight bitter citrus pop.

Drinkability: I could slowly sip these all day in the summer. Too much body to drink quickly, but what's the rush? What I see and taste in the glass makes me want to take a nap in a hammock outside on a sunny day.

Overall: Pretty great. Highly recommend. Very refreshing, very tasty muted fruit and honey tones, great for the summer. Wouldn't stand up to a lot of food, but something light like cheese and fruit would be delicious. Or just sip on it's own.

nanertak, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of almychristopher
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy golden color with a smooth white head leaving tons of lace on the sides of the glass. the aroma is mighty tasty, with a bit of malt and a lot of yeastiness. the taste gives a nice citrusy sweetness up front and nice amount of the farmhouse yeastiness, the sweetness gives way to a tart dry finish. the medium body and good carbonation make this a good drinkable beer.

almychristopher, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a fine pale malt scent along with an earthy/fruity yeast aroma. It has a mild hop character that really compliments the esters. The taste is good. It has a very citrousy flavor that screams esters from the yeast. Also, the hops add a solid bitterness as well. It's quite earthy with tons of farmhouse funk. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with too much carbonation. This is a tastey beer with lots of unique character; a fine farmhouse ale.

WesWes, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks jleblanc! Batch 5, bottled in May of 2009. Poured into a tulip. The beer is hazy light orange with lots of small bubbles traveling up toward the gigantic frothy white head. Retention is great. This is a very nice looking beer.

The nose is floral, spicy, and phenolic, with some herbal notes. Some zesty lemon is present, as well as some orange and coriander. The spiciness is peppery. I get a moderate level of sweetness.

The taste is phenolic, with some tartness. Notes of lemon and orange pith accompany coriander, pepper, and an earthy spiciness. An enjoyable level of sweetness balances the spiciness and tartness. The finish is clean and dry. Bitterness is low and alcohol isn't noticeable.

The beer is light bodied with a high level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is light, crisp, dry, and creamy. An enjoyable and refreshing beer on this warm summer evening.

HopHead84, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of dborginis
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

April 2009 bottle, batch 3.

Opened the bottle and a noticeable amount of pressure was released. Poured into a pint glass and got huge amount of head (2/3 glass). Bad pour or too much carbonation? I'm not sure I know. Allowed to settle, poured to the top again, and waited for the head to dissipate a little.

Golden color, but very clear. Sweet but minimalistic smell. Some alcohol.

Starts sweets, and clean. Some bready flavor comes in afterward. Finishes slightly bitter, with this bitter aftertaste. Maybe a little more bitter than I would like from a saison, but I guess the "American saison" description covers this. Drinkable, yes, but I'm not sure its my type for this style. I can recognize it is a good beer, just not my taste.

dborginis, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of steadydose
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up while on vacation in Boston.

Poured into a tulip pint from a 22oz. bomber. Produced a 4 finger offwhite fluffy head that collapsed into about a 2 finger head. Beer was pale golden, with a little amber color, almost looks orange when held up too my light. I'm digging the clarity and look of this beer. Beer shows a little bit of lacing upon consumption.

The aroma was sweet, I got hints of fruit and lemon. The classic belgian saison smell was on display. Would have liked some funkiness, but as the beer warms up, the lemon smell really comes through along with a boiling wort type scent as well, interesting.

The taste was good. Basically a very clean taste, good lingering bitterness on the finish, with a touch of spicyness. I can definetely taste some citrus, lemon zest.

Mouthfeel is good, ample carbonation, dry, a little fizzy at first, but ultimately refreshing and works for this beer.

This beer for me has all day drinkability, another fantastic summer beer. Just a refreshingly clean well hopped saison.

steadydose, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of callmemickey
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at capones for their saison event

A: Relatively clear yellow-orange body... moderate head with quite a bit of lacing as the head slowly receded.

S: Yeast, pepper, lemon citrus hops, some funk

T: Moderate malt body, hints of grain... lemon bitterness, pepper, funky, yeast... as noted in my bottle review, the american hops are definitely identifiable amongst the flavors

M: Refreshing, crisp bitter finish... reminiscent of a nice american pilsener which is not surprising given the ingredients

D: Perhaps a bit on the safe side as far as saisons go, yeah kind odd saying that with all the hops in it, but the funk/farmhouse flavors just aren't hitting home

callmemickey, Jul 31, 2009
Jack D'or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
91 out of 100 based on 1,461 ratings.