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Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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638 Reviews

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Reviews: 638
Hads: 1,628
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 18.2%
Wants: 156
Gots: 210 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: Paquette on 12-01-2008

First release from Pretty Things. A "Saison Americaine."
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Reviews: 638 | Hads: 1,628
Photo of brianmandell
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle dated December 2014; Pours a pale gold with diminishing head and fine lacing.

Aromas are light and pleasant; yeast, herbs, green pepper, pickle and floral hops.

Flavor is light and dry. The saison yeast is quite tame. It's grassy, slightly floral and carries a touch of peppery spice. The herbal smell doesn't quite carry through to the taste but there are some aged hop flavors and a moderate bitterness. There is a subtle mineral quality that comes across as slightly salty. That's where I am getting the pickle. There is some crackery malt in the finish that takes away slightly from the experience.

Mouthfeel is light with fine, active carbonation.

This is a good beer that is refreshing, relatively simple and easy to drink. I enjoyed it but it has some subtle off flavors and lacks refinement and complexity for a saison.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a lemony gold with lots of free flowing bubbles. Creamy and bumpy white head, but if was gone pretty quick. Funky apple, sweet and sour aroma; spice phenols really dominate from there on out. Very altruistic and light, semi dry feel. Tart and quite peppery. Sweet outweighs sour. General berry, starfruit, banana, honeydew.

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Photo of Gperson
2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

on tap in North Adams. Probably unfair to rate a drinkable, mild beer so low; but I want some kind of funky character to my saison and this didn't get my attention: just went well with a burger.

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Photo of rand
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 22 oz bomber to Duvel tulip glass

Batch 26, bottled May 2011

Probably past it's prime, but still holds up pretty well. Not picking up a lot of 'brett' aspects or off-kilter flavors, so I'll have to look for a fresh on and compare notes. Still, pretty damn drinkable. The specs:

The brew is apricot-tan in color, opaque, with little head to speak of, although the beer may be a little too cold.

The nose is citrusy, with notes of lemon pepper and rind. Touches of funk, but it's more floral and grassy than barnyard-y. Might be picking up a touch of oxidation in the bouquet.

Not picking up any stale flavors though, pretty impressive how well this has held up given the relatively low abv. Notes of lemon grass and a caramelly sweetness play off a floral backdrop and oak tones. Surprisingly little funk, as a hint of booze kicks in toward the back of the sip. Finish is long and sweet.

Could use a little more carbonation to break up the sweetness, but again, may have gone past its bottle-conditioned prime and has lost some CO2.

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Photo of everythingiszen
2.25/5  rDev -43.9%

Smells and tastes more like a heffeweisen than a saison, sweet and too fruity for my tastes. Cloudy and orange like one too. More citrus than anything else, and I prefer more earthy and peppery notes in my saisons.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a decent bubbly white head. The beer itself is a clear orange with slight yellow notes and is pretty well-filtered. The beer smell has strong hop and malt notes. The hop notes are primarily earth and bitter with a slight hint of citrus. The malts are sweet to balance the hops but a fairly faint in comparison. The smell also has hints of pepper and salt that make the smell smell pretty good. The taste is not as complex as the smell but is still pretty good. The taste has strong hop notes that are earthy and bitter while the malts provide a slight sweetness to dull the hops. The taste also has an ever present tartness that mixes well with the earthiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with bubbly carbonation but still has a smooth finish. Overall, a very good saison and worth getting again.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Interesting. Starts out like a better than average Saison. Bananas. Mellows out as it warms and becomes much more subtle. Cloudy, golden, decent head and lace. Medium carbonation. Dry, with a bit of citrus. Medium body.

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.53/5  rDev -12%

Light golden beer, thin head, funky nose. Slight funky barn yard notes with dry hoppy finish and strong black pepper spice notes. Yeasty aftertaste, light-medium body, bisquick biscuity malt profile. Crisp finish.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled December 2012, poured into a tulip

A- pours a bright and crystal clear golden color with a small fizzy white head that quickly disappears completely, leaving nothing behind, it actually looks like apple juice

S- lots of fruity aromas upfront with notes of pear, apple juice & lemon zest. Dry hay with some musty notes mix with doughy malt, grains, and peppery aromas. Flowers and honey close out the nose

T- dry and malty up front with fruity notes of apple & lemon kicking in, lemongrass and peppery spice mix with some herbal notes eventually finishing with some musty yeast with more fruit on the linger of an extremely dry finish

M- medium body with high carbonation leaves a prickly foamy mouthfeel that transitions into a bone dry, dry finish leaving most of the flavor on the linger

O- a nice balance of fruit, spice and musty yeast, pretty refreshing brew

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours out a mildly hazy straw colored yellow with a thick white cap of foam.

The nose consists mostly of hops. Strong spiced hop scent, a touch of lemon and grainy wheat round out the scent. Mildly phenolic, especially for a saison. A light hand of peppercorn.

The taste begins with a stronger pepper and phenolic type flavor. Slightly grainy midway through and finishes with an odd Cheerio cereal type flavor that I could do without. The pleasant lemon that was in the scent is fairly subdued to nonexistent in the taste.

Mouthfeel is very lively, light and spritzy as often expected from saisons. Very drinkable and I would have guessed a lighter abv approaching more of a table saison. Nothing stands out to make this an overly complex or interesting beer. The cereal flavor felt out of place as noted.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lightly hazed, hay colored body hosts an incredible amount of carbonation. Crowned by a think, soft white head. Great retention and lacing.

Right away you get a great funk that tickles your nostrils! Very bright herbal notes sprinkled with peppercorn and honey. A bit of a sweetcorn presence and lemon zest. This smells fantastic!

Right away, you're greeted by an earthy herbal hop presence, and dry wheat. A decent amount of spiciness and light fruits break through, providing a roller-coaster ride of tart and dry flavors.

Light and spritzy! Tons of carbonation and a light body make this a very easy to drink beer. The head is silky smooth, giving this one a very unique sipping experience. Clean, dry finish.

This might very well be my new favorite in the genre! Complex and easy to drink, this should be high on you shopping list.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 PT. 6 FL.. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass
Bottled April 2013

A - It is pale yellow in color and hazy. There are small particles of yeast suspended in it. It is topped with a couple inches of white head.

S - It has a nice fresh lemon scent. I also detect a little must.

T - The taste has some lemon and grass flavors. Then some bitterness sets in. At first I thought the bitterness was too much for this beer, but after half a bottle the flavors are meshing well.

M - Medium.

O - This is a refreshing saison. It hits the spot after working in a near 90° day. The bitterness is more than I care for in this style, but it is not overwhelming and compliments the lemon and must, so I won't complain.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

650ml bottle served in a Lawson's snifter 6/15/2014.

A- hazy golden-straw yellow body, half finger white head with minimal retention, no lacing.

S- Pale malt biscuitiness, a bit of saison funk, not a whole lot else. It smells like an inferior Saison DuPont.

F- As in the nose, it tastes like a crappy knockoff version of Saison DuPont. Its actually more bitter than I'd like from a saison of any kind. No tartness, a lot of breadiness.

M- Medium bodied, not thin at all, good carbonation and a bitter earthy finish.

O- Not a fan of this one. I would not recommend going after this; definitely go after CBC or Trillium or even NIght Shift if you have to get a saison from the greater Boston area.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my first foreray into Pretty Things. I always see them at Beverage Barn so I decided to give this bomber a shot on a nice, warm late spring afternoon.

The bottle says "Saison American" so the pour was quite wxpected. Extremely cloudy, gold hazy color. Looks highly carbonated though.
The nose had a bready malt dominance. There was always a specific yeast aroma followed by lemon.
The taste was all about the spice. It was quit different that the aroma. Spice an more spice. Then a touch of citrus came through. Pretty refreshing.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasty saison. Poured from a bomber into my 668 Neighbor glass. Nice white, one-finger head; light orange coloring.

Smells sweet and tart: a bit of citrus, a bit of yeasty funk.

Taste is very satisfying. I'd love to be barbecuing with this guy, or sitting on the beach watching the waves.

Definitely worth the $7.50 I paid for it.

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Photo of Altrurian
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A light clear yellow in hue, the beer is topped with a sumptuous, short, even head having the consistency and color of stiff, beaten egg whites. Its aroma is negligible. The taste is admirably understated, but that is not to say forgettable. It's a classic, buttered vegetables and lightly blossomy saison, done with refined understatement. The mouthfeel ably complements the flavor--not too smooth, not too prickly. Worthy.

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Photo of TheBeerDrinker
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out yellow in color and very translucent with a huge two+ finger white head with good retention and some of the best lacing I have saw in a beer.

Smell is a little fruity with some barnyard with a slight tartness.

Taste is different with spices that are very prominent with a little funk and a tiny bit of fruit but nothing like the nose.

Mouthfeel is very thin as I would expect. Really thinner than most of the beers I have had.

Overall this is a nice beer with the barnyard you would expect with a little fruit and quite a bit of spices. The spices are more prominent than any beer I have drank in a while. Quite nice,

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bomber in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Pale yellow color, slight haze. Generous small bubble carbonation. Big white head, lots of sticky lacing.

S- Dry bread, slightly funky yeast, light fruits.

T- Yeast, light fruits, banana and pear. Saison spices.

M- Smooth and lively. Medium body with a good feel. Tart and bitter. Yeast funk.

O- Nicely tempered Saison. The flavor is good, not too strong.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours gold with a large white head.
Nose shows herbal and citrus notes, sweet honey and saison yeast. Very inviting.
Very similar flavours; more honey, saison yeast, herbal/spicy hops and some grapefruit/orange peel. An assertive bitterness presents itself in the finish.
Great moderately high carbonation works perfectly.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bottle into pretty globe.
Golden color with small head. Spicy grainy malty slightly hoppy aroma. American saison for sure. Fantastic spicy saison flavor...malt, hop, spice from the yeast, really nice. Each is subtle, but each is dominant...its very drinkable. the sharpness of the yeast actually makes this very drinkable and not dull or mundane. What a fantastic brew...cant wait to have another.

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Photo of Sensaray
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled December 2013, reviewed 4/25/14
Clear clean golden appearance billowy white head on initial pour
Herbal slightly hoppy a bit bready aroma, slight banana
Taste is flowery citrus not overly sweet immediately balanced out by a pleasant bitterness that maintains itself through the finish and is a prominent feature that's very welcome, and makes me intrigued to acquire a newer bottle. Can sense the wheat, also get some fruity tones. Lemony citrus, banana
Mouthfeel is great, spicy then dry, works well with the bitter
Overall glad to have this one

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Photo of babaracas
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold with thin fizzy white head, settles quickly leaving a couple of wispy runs. Smell: herbal, lightly grainy and bready, rindy and unripe banana notes. Taste: semi sweet pale, light stone fruit and pineapple, very herbal finish. Long finish eventually dries out but has a residual soapiness. It's alright. Think I've heard more about this one than is deserved. Dec 2013 bottling.

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Photo of Copernicus
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured with "gusto" into a large wine glass.

A: Proper saison. Fairly clear, toasted gold. Head formed at 1.5 fingers, didn't retain long and left a webby lace upon its demise.

S: Really fabulous nose on this. It's sweet and spicy with fermentation. Bready. Floral and grassy from the hops. Got some notes characteristic of a weizen yeast: banana and clove. Slightly sour with lemon, citrus...also apricot and nectarine. Very complex!

T: Very nice, though underwhelming compared to the wonderful aroma. It starts crisp and clean and then moves into a bready malt almost like sourdough. Some funk but not much. There's a light bitterness on the finish. Dry. Pure and clean. Nothing showy or fancy here. Its simplicity is a refreshing change of pace.

M: Light body. Spritely carbonation. No sense of alcohol. Somehow leaves more to be desired.

O: Worth a try, but not one of the better saisons I've had. It'd almost be better paired with something like a rich, ripened goat cheese as a compliment. It feels incomplete. More of a palate cleanser.

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Photo of farrago
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

About a half finger of bright white foam for a head, mixed bubble sizes, doesn’t seem like it wants to stick around much, the lacing is sort of wispy and itself only sticks around long enough to be polite. Bright yellow liquid, shiny, vague orange tinting, not many visible bubbles, despite the shine sort of lifeless. The nose produces the expected notes of banana and bubblegum but then it veers into another realm with tar, black earth, tea leaf, farmland funk, more peppery than floral, pulped oranges, not much fruit, mainly white pit fruit, this puts the “farm” in farmhouse. Full-bodied, muscular and not willingly mobile, same sourness from muddy earth, metal, fallen leaves, quinine, dried pine sap. The citrus recedes and the fruit still refuses to step into the breach. Banana, leesy yeasts and flower water try to pretty it up but nothing is shaking off the funk. Which, in the end, is not a bad thing because it gives it a veneer of authenticity. Carbonation is nothing special, enough to give it a swirling effect. Hard not to characterize this as a “food beer” where when paired correctly any perception of lack will be filled by the dish. But not a casual sipper.

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Photo of Ohmmygawd
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up this beer at a tasting and got a free stemmed "Pretty Things" glass with it.

A- Yellow gold with a nice white head.

S- Citrus and lemon grass with wheat undertones.

T- Lemon grass again with a pilsner quality following. Hints of orange.

M- Carbonated and lingers with a nice bitter feel. Begins with a nice body and finishes light.

O- Perfect dinner beer that can be paired with a lot of light dishes. Fish, pork, chicken and other foods that pair well with citrus.

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Jack D'or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
90 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.