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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: 1,627
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 18.2%
Wants: 155
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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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy bright yellow gold with sticky tight white head.banana clove and spice on the nose, earthy fruity and yeasty.

Taste is much the same, restrained yet bold with very well blended flavors and a very nice backing bitterness for balance. All the perfect flavors, dried fruits, spicy, dry, silky body with prickly yet light carbonation, love it

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Photo of break516beatz
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A -- Dark golden yellow with a head that dissipated rather quickly

S -- Citrus. Some lemon tones. There's also a floral aroma to it.

T -- Delicious. Again, there is a soft lemon aftertaste to it. Very refreshing. Not too heavy.

M -- Not too carbonated. There is a creamy feel to it.

O -- Very happy with this beer. Would recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rating of 4.5/5 on 12/1/2013. Reviewed on 4/17/2015.

On-tap @ Rattle N Hum in New York, NY.

Deep gold color and hazy with a ton of lacing on the glass. Big floral and citrus hop aroma. Notes of earth and spice in the flavor. Dry and bitter aftertaste, chalky mouthfeel. Medium bodied with long lasting flavor. A nice, hopped-up, American take on a saison.

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Photo of charlatan
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Special version brewed in association with Adnams for a 'spoons festival with 6.0% abv.

It pours a dark straw to light gold colour with a decent head. The nose is chalk and lemon and much more distinctive than most beers in Wetherspoons (I'm not sure what they do to their beers that makes them all have a very muted and slightly acidic smell, bu tit seems to happen at every pub in the chain).

It seems slightly watery to start, but then a strong banana flavour kicks in. Next a strong but pleasant sense of alcohol takes over amid a good, fairly acrid bitterness, before giving way again to the return of banana.

And this really is top banana: great stuff. Reading what I've written so far I'd expect it to be a sipper, but I went through the second and third half pints fairly quickly....

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Westmere Beverage in Guilderland, NY.

Pours an effervescent golden yellow, with a 3 inch head, and globs of lacing down the glass.

Smells include orange, lemon, yeast esters, sweet grains, and pear.

Lots of zesty fruity sweetness in this one- green apple, pear, orange and lemon are the stars here, with some very sweet grainy malts in the background, little bit of honey cut by some peppery bitterness.

Very drinkable, crisp, light to medium bodied.

My first beer from these guys, I really liked it.

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Photo of dar482
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of Resuin
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of mverity
2.37/5  rDev -40.9%
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.

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Photo of Enriquehopnog
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
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

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.97/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
3.89/5  rDev -3%
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!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Botulizard
3.09/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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Photo of draheim
3.85/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of asaharyev
3.77/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of SierraJosh
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of Ri0
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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


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

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of alaimoa
3.16/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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