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Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Reviews: 634
Hads: 1,604
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 155
Gots: 199 | FT: 7
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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 Americaine."
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Photo of dar482
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a slightly hazy golden bright yellow.

The aroma has lots of citrusy and fruity hops. Dried preservered lemons, sour apricot. Then there's some Belgian buttery biscuit and yeast.

The flavor follows with tons of lemon, yuzu, then there's some light crackery malt and then a dry finish. It's quite bitter and hoppy on the end with a flavor of lemon rind.

Definitely an American take on the style. (414 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. This was bottled July 2013, so about 4 months ago.

Appearance: Pours a translucent light amber/gold and leaves a finger of white head which fades to a rim around the glass.

Smell: Citrus rinds, mild grassy funk, nice floral scents, mild citrus hops. Pleasant and light aroma.

Taste: Matches the nose pretty well: a light floral quality, citrus rinds, light hops. The funk is milder in the taste than the nose. Pleasant and refreshing.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium, slightly creamy body. Relatively smooth finish.

Overall: A quality, refreshing saison. I'm definitely glad I picked this up at the local store, it's a very nice go-to beer. Well brewed flavors. (714 characters)

Photo of mverity
2.37/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a wineglass like glass. Yellow in color with medium amount of white bubbly head. Head receded fairly quickly with very little lacing. Smell was odd. Lemon, white wine and some vinegar. I began to think 'infection'. Taste was like lemon juice and nail polish. I'd heard from several people that nail polish would be very apparent when you get it, and sure enough, it was. First infected beer that I didn't realize was infected before I opened it. I have seen bacteria floating on the top of a beer before and just didn't open it. This was unfortunate. This was an extra from a trade, so it's not like I spent money on it; but I'd heard good things about this beer and still am for the next time I stumble upon one. (741 characters)

Photo of Enriquehopnog
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great company. Just found them around May 2013. I feel in love with their Triple and then their IPA. I tried this Farmhouse Ale as my first ever Farmhouse. I thought it was strong and tasty, just the way I like my beers. You could feel the beer after just one glass. After tasting this I want to try more Farmhouse Ales (319 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber Bottle poured into glass beer mug

Two finger frothy white cap with great lacings. Hazy, golden yellow liquid with no visible carbonation. Lacings layer the glass as you drink it down.

Hoppy aRoma of citrus and pine.

Hops on the front of the tongue, pine and citrus, bitterness on the sides. Bitterness gently lingers. Light to medium mouthfeel.

Wonderful beer worthy of repeat and even stocking in the fridge.drink and repeat. (439 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 bottle into a teku.

A: Medium golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, tight, bubbly, head. Settles slowly, leaving plenty of dry residue behind as it does. Sporadic lacing.

S: Yeast, orange, apricot.

T: Yeast is hefty, accentuated with citrus pith, and a distinct hop bite.

M: Crisp body, bitter lingering finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere, is pretty good. Nice hue, good head (and everybody likes good head), and some sporadic lacing. Nose is yeasty with some fruit components. Yeasty, slightly fruity, and hoppy. Overall, this is a really good quaff. (569 characters)

Photo of KVNBGRY
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks Mr. Schmitt!

Appearance - Hazy gold. Lingering white, big bubbled head.

Aroma - Malt, dust, citrus

Taste - Apple, malt, and pear?

Mouthfeel - Bitter, dry, high carbonation. Light-med. body.

Overall - Delicious, would like to try this from the source. Keep it up PTB&AP! Distribute to Florida! (313 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Notches on label indicate bottled on MAR 2013.

A- Pours a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and random bubbly splotches of surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Notes of lemongrass and soily barnyard funk. Also some apple and pear. Slightly effervescent.

T- Taste is much like the nose with the Saison yeast bringing more earth to the table. Very clean and bright in its delivery, the flavors have a subtle fruit quality. A bit rich and slightly sweet. The tiniest trace amounts of wet cardboard tell me I found this bottle just a bit too late.

M- Kind of spritzy with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- A very drinkable Saison that displays a lot of finesse. (835 characters)

Photo of Botulizard
3.09/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pale yellow with a 2 inch head and lots of lacing. Lives up to its brewery's name. It's indeed a pretty thing.

S: Lots of wheat with some floral notes.

T: Wheat, with lots of bitterness and a sort of hop finish.

M: Thin, light carbonation.

O: Very bitter- I didn't love it. Didn't find it really remarkable, except visually. It's a very good looking beer. Probably wouldn't order again. (393 characters)

Photo of draheim
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle (bottled July 2011) into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale golden color w/ a 1-finger white head that settles to a thin film.

Aroma is spicy, earthy, floral; a little funky and grassy. Belgian yeast and hops. A bit muted, this one could be past its prime. Still, nothing objectionable and it's certainly true to style.

Taste is that of a pretty straightforward saison with a citrusy twist. Pale malt, earthy saison yeast, some nice floral hops, a vague hint of spice. A nice juicy orange citrus quality. Nice bitter hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is balanced with moderate carbonation. Semi-dry.

Overall a decent saison but nothing special. It probably doesn't help that this beer is 2 years old (even though I just received it via online retailer last week) so I don't want to judge it too harshly. Just OK to good. (818 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Space for freshness info on the bottle, but it does not appear to have been marked.

Beer is clear golden and appears to be quite carbonated. A medium to large sized white head. Good retention.

Nose contains lots of yeast and light/citrus fruits. I get green grape, lemon and a touch of banana. A bit of peppery spice. Pretty traditional saison scent, with some extra hopping.

Taste is a balance of fruit and dry yeast. There is a bit of an apple or grape juice flavour, but dry and fairly bitter. The dryness is not very pleasant- I don't get much of the flavourful yeasty funk, just dryness. The bitterness does not work particularly well.

Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation. Drying.

Overall, not bad, but does not live up to the ratings. I would take any number of well-known and readily available saisons over this one. (839 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

this didn't floor me like it should have. on tap at grace (the coolest restaurant ever) in downtown Portland. knew the hype, but I didn't know what to expect here. it pours a clearish, but still a little brackish pale straw color, with an inch of lasting white head. very alluring. the nose is not like a saison at all, maybe a little bretty, but im thinking this is more of a lager yeast, crisp and decidedly Czech in nature. it certainly is on the malt front, and the yeast profile matches. nothing farmhouse about this as far as the taste goes. balanced, complex, and delicious, but its like a well hopped lager. traditional. light on the mouth, good carbonation, clean finish. its not living up to the style at all, but the taste is darn good. an oddity to say the least, asks more than it answers, but a jovial beer to slam down in the summer time. first impression from pretty things is a good one overall. (912 characters)

Photo of asaharyev
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour: Crystal clear straw colored pour with a nice fluffy, delicate head that fades leaving a bit of lacing.

Aroma: Funk and peppercorns, orange and lemon, as well as some coriander. The funk is most present, with the citrus flavors following.

Taste: Following from the aroma, a hefty funk presence, with a nice citrus flavor, good herbal character, and a strong floral hop finish leaving a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. As the drink warms up, and you get used to the flavors, the hop character changes a bit, becoming grassier and more apparent up front. A bit of the other spice characteristics also come through, notably cardamom and coriander.

Overall: Nice saison, with good funk character and a nice hop presence. Something I’ve had many times, and will likely have again. A solid beer, and highly recommended. (831 characters)

Photo of SierraJosh
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first beer from Pretty Things and absolutely enjoyed this farmhouse ale on a hot summer evening. The nose is a little funky yeast with grass and hint of lemon. Poured excellent into the RR-tion glass with nice head retention. Taste was superb belgian yeast, pepper, and herbs all complement each other with light carbonation and a dry, crisp finish. I found myself wanting more after the bomber was empty. Jack D'or will be in my summer saison rotation. (456 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

poured 22oz bottle into Teku. Bottled 1 year ago; August 2012.

A - Pretty light hazy golden apricot with a fluffy bright white 2 finger head. Retention is very nice and there is plenty of lacing.

S - Yeast, grass, and some floral hops and herbs. More citrusy scents and some spice mixed in as well.

T - Damn this is delicious. A nice citrus and flora hoppiness with grass and herbs. Good amount of yeast, wheat, and some spice to finish it off.

M - Light bodied with nice carbonation. Dry and clean with an easy drinking quality. Awesome.

O - One of the best Saisons styles that I have had; Pretty Things nailed this. I got this in a trade and wish it was available in WI. Thank you Nick! (694 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All up in it at The Salty Pig in Boston, MA.

Raul is done convinced that all Saisons are striving for the same taste, but what it comes down to is their ability to meet that mark. To Raulsky, all Farmhouses taste the same (in a sense) but what it comes down to is their ability to provide a clean and crisp product. And like Melissa Haro in a two piece, this thang connected like Tom Brady and Randy Moss circa 2007. It obviously had that "Saison taste," but along the way it wasn't too funky or grassy.

Raul digs it well. (524 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BOTTLED IN: MAY 2013

A: Pours a chill-hazed golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a cap

S: Starts off with some nice fruity, lightly spicy, and wheat notes. Goes into some light grassy and herbal notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a light fruitiness and spiciness and goes into some herbal hoppiness. Mellows out with some more fruitiness and finishes with a light spice and citrus peel. Lightly bitter into the finish as well

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nice American saison. The fruitiness, spiciness, and herbal notes mesh very well and combine to make some great flavors. Very easy to drink, especially on a warm summer day. Good price point at under $6 for a bomber, so pick some up if you get PT in your area (789 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful translucent golden beer with a good amount of head - the bartender had to dump an unfortunate amount to make sure the glass was filled properly. The head retained for a little while, but ultimately reduced to a film, which was maintained by the active carbonation. Mild lacing on the glass, which was a very nice goblet/large wine glass.

S - Yummy scent emerges - that typical Saison scent that mixes bananas, cloves, maybe some pepper, and assorted spiciness.

T - Follows the nose. A little stronger on the spiciness than I would typically like. Very tasty though.

M - My first few sips are a little harsh, but the beer eventually mellows into what is probably closer to the brewers intent. Regardless, it is still either a little fizzier or a little flatter than I would look for from this style.

O - I very much enjoyed this beer and would certainly have another. Although for the price there are other beers out there that I would enjoy a bit more. A bit too much spice and the mouthfeel was not quite there for me. (1,037 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. The beer looks nearly perfect. It's extremely hazy, gold in color, and sports a perfectly formed fine white head with good retention and excellent lacing. I'm salivating just looking at it. On the nose I'm getting some nice floral notes that are matched by a fruity sweetness reminiscent of apple juice. There's no mistaking this for an IPA, but it doesn't smell like a lot of Saisons. It's pleasant and earthy without being disagreeable.

The beer has a medium body and lots of flavor for this style. There's a real syrupy, marmalade-like sweetness up front. It is met by an herbal hop character that does not even toe the line into bitterness. I detect no tartness at all. What little there is seems to be masked by the fruity sweetness and earthy spiciness. A dry finish leaves a lingering, grassy, herbal flavor behind.

Overall, a really nice Saison, but it lacks complexity and the combination of sweet marmalade and floral hops doesn't seem to work well for my palate. I prefer more tartness. The hop character, however, is on the money. It is not overdone and does not leave the beer smelling and tasting like a mouthful of flowers. It's a very nice, drinkable Saison that unfortunately fails to land a spot on the list of beers in this style I'll seek again. (1,309 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
3.16/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I am a bit surprised at the really high rankings for this one. As Farmhouses go, it's not nearly in my top bracket. Medium carbonation and golden color but very little in the nose or taste without much depth. Crisp and a bit on the too dry side for me. Maybe some citrus hints but was lacking overall character. (311 characters)

Photo of Williams22
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smooth taste, with a nice feel and kick. Little afterbite, but still mellow. I highly recommend it! They feature this beer at the Miler's ale house in Watertown. Great atmosphere and great food to compliment the beer! Try it with the Zingers! Awesome combination!!! (265 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Pretty Things wine style glass. Bottled March, 2013. Thanks to dazedandconfused for the glass and beer!

A: Pours a hazy apricot color with a pure white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a bubble ring that leaves some sticky lace down the glass.

S: Great yeast presence up front. Some clove with a mild banana note. Some fruity esters with a little peppery bite. There's a touch of lemon sharpness as well.

T: More malty in the taste than the nose. Lemon pith, slightly bitter, with some heavy doses of peppery yeasty. White pepper is the main flavor with some cracker malts and a touch of sweetness. As it warms there is a slight funk on the back end.

M: Medium to light bodied with a medium high carbonation level. Nice and crisp.

O: Pretty solid saison overall. Nothing otherworldly, but I would have liked a more assertive hop presence on this American style and maybe a little more funk to the yeast. (941 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked this one up recently having seen the hype on the forums. It's in one of my top 3 styles, so I'm really excited. 6.5% ABV according to my bottle. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard blue branded pressure cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster stem-tulip (glassware per label's instructions) in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high, but it takes a lot to impress me with a saison as I've had quite a few of the best ones. Bottled February 2013.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige colour. Nice light creaminess to the head. Good thickness. No bubble show. Retention seems rather good, I'd predict it'll last about 5 minutes. Nice light inconsistent lacing as the head recedes.

Body colour is a dull dark yellow; not much to look at admittedly. I blame the pilsner malts. Nontransparent. Murky. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible (at least on first pour).

Overall, it's looking decent for the style. The colour does hold it back, though. I've seen far better saisons, but the head is nice for what it is.

Sm: Crystal malt, pilsner malt. Notable floral hop character; rather aggressive for a saison actually. Clove and banana - no doubt yeast-derived. White pepper when I strain to find it; I'm glad it's present as it's something I love in a good saison. Not getting any milky notes. Biscuity spicy yeasty character. No alcohol is detectable. Muted lemon citrus esters. Brett yeast offers little funk, if any - but I do like the biscuity character it lends here. A clean and appealing aroma, overall. Subtle - but middlingly so for the style. Somewhat zesty. Aroma is of above average to mild strength. Very approachable.

No noticeable flaws. Excited to try it, but I'm not blown away so far.

T/Mf: It's got more of a lemon ester twang than anticipated based on the aroma. More brett-derived funkiness as well - especially present in the second act. Pilsner malt keeps the body light alongside biscuit malts. Biscuity yeasty notes are present throughout, but I'm not getting much in the way of spicy yeast character. Floral hopping comes on too strong for the style, even injecting a hint of bitterness on the climax - which is unwelcome. The white pepper is far too restrained; I hardly get any at all. What a shame.

It does feel artificially dry; I think we can safely blame (credit?) the champagne yeast. I will say I'm surprised the ABV is as low as it is given the involvement of champagne yeast. No alcohol is noticeable.

Smooth, wet, light. Not at all oily, harsh, or rough. There is some slight coarseness which intensifies on the climax and helps bring out the depth of flavour a biteen more. Good carbonation. Somewhat scratchy. Decent presence on the palate.

Clove. Graininess is prominent. Vague hints of fleeting banana from the yeast.

Not at all tart. I wouldn't call it fruity, but it does have some dried fruity notes as identified above. Some subtle buried green apple.

Dandelion. It isn't horribly floral or flowery, but there's a touch.

I'd like it a bit more crisp, which would suit the style better as well.

Overall, it's somewhat subtle. Decent complexity for the style. Pretty nice overall balance. I just wish it were so much more than it is. There's little here to impress compared to most of the better Belgian examples of the style I've had. I'm reviewing it for its own merits, but comparatively it should be said that it's lagging way behind. It's slightly too bitter - I think from the zealous over-hopping.

Dr: Certainly drinkable - though I've had saisons at 9% or higher that made it hard to put my glass down. This doesn't quite fit that bill, but I do like it in a general sense. I hoped for much more, but this is a good entry in the style for newcomers. I'd probably order it on-draught at a pub, but I'd pass if I saw it on the shelf again. Maybe one of the better beers I've had from Pretty Things, but if my memory serves me right that isn't saying all that much. I was ready to gush over how good this was, but I was disappointed ultimately. Pretty good stuff, but not great.

Low B- (4,313 characters)

Photo of Prince_Casual
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my second Pretty Things bomber... my sister rec'd this based on her friends, doubt gone after the first one, let's see the Saison they're making in Westport:

A: Less carbonated than the textbook saison beers have. Visually I honestly enjoy watching the inconsistent but vigorous bubbles coming up. You can't beat a beer that keeps you entertained by the bubbles.

S: It's just great. It's like saison dupont with a touch more hops and much more concise overall. It just feels "delicate" and it takes the palette "places."

T: I just think that commercial wheat/hefe's are useful for refreshment, but you could drink a dozen and not feel like you had a beer... a good farmhouse hits the refreshment factor but also leaves the palette satiated. I know the masses wouldn't "get" this beer, but someday....

M: Enough alcohol to make me know I have something in my hand. Perfect for the style.

O: 100% worth tracking down if your in MA. I wish I had bought more, they were not expensive either. (1,002 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, heavily carbonated, golden-maize coloring with a tall, frothy, white, clingy head. Aromas of lemon peel, clove, and pepper on a biscuit backbone with some fruity highlights. Well balanced aromas. Flavors are roasty and spicy on the forward tongue, with a tart citrus backbone. All-spice, nutmeg, and grains of paradise, with tart lemon and grapefruit notes all blending together very well. Roasty overlays, with a tangy mouthfeel. The body is light, and remains crisp with the flavor profiles and the carbonation. Smooth, slightly filmy finish, with spicy lingerings. Very soild brew, and a great representation of the style. (704 characters)

Jack D'or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
90 out of 100 based on 634 ratings.