Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 1,578
Reviews: 633
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 153
Gots: 187 | 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 Americaine."
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Photo of deapokid
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at The Foodery today:

Poured a hazy orange/deep yellow with a thin head and absolutely no retention. Beer opens on the bubbly side and appears to be quite carbonated, but eventually settles down. It looks really refreshing (due to its orange tint) and not unlike "orange drink" (if you guys remember this from when we were kids).

Aroma boasts notes of citrus fruit with a mild alcohol backbone. I'm catching some hops as well, which is definitely a pleasant surprise and reminiscent of Nugget Nectar.

Taste is maltier than I expected. It has the dryness on the back end of a traditional saison, but boasts more of a hop character than usual. This may be where the "americain" comes into this Belgian farmhouse ale.

A tart lemon taste is present as well, which adds a nice counterpoint to the hops and provides a balance of the flavors. Hints of pepper and mild coriander are also involved, showing off the depth and character of this beer, which seems to have new flavors popping out with each sip.

As for the mouth, the hops scratch the back of the tongue and a certain dryness coats most of the taste buds. As the beer settles, more of the tarty fruit notes come out, which add a certain tingle to back of the throat. A muskiness also adds some interesting elements to the mouthfeel. All in all, It's great to roll this ale around the tongue.

Personally, I would say that the addition of hops has made this beer more drinkable than certain traditional saisons. Although I can definitely put back a few Hennepins, the acidity often causes me to limit my consumption. This enterprising addition has not only made this beer standout, but much easier to consume and enjoy.

Photo of ken2cart1
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into an oversized wine glass, re-suspended yeast as recommended by Dann (the brewer and creator of Pretty Things beer)

A- huge frothy off-white, inch-high head. Beer is an orangey, cloudy, peach color. Absolutely beautiful, never saw such an orange color in a beer.

S- Belgian yeast, some funky bacteria yeast in there too. Peppery, spicy smell.

T- much like it smells but very peppery, mostly in the finish. I do not have much experience with Saisons but it is much more peppery than any saison I have had. WOW, this is a complex beer. It starts with a fruity, spicy, yeasty, little clove taste and a solid sweet pale and caramel malt backbone. Ends with some cloves and a prevalent lingering pepper taste.

M- very smooth and creamy throughout and ends with a nice puckering crisp feel

D- wow this beer is unbelievable, cant stop sipping this, this is a real surprise. From the handful of saisons I have tried, I have not been a big fan of this style but this beer has converted me. Mark my words: PRETTY THINGS BEERS ARE GOING TO BE SOME OF THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER BEERS VERY SOON.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.38/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-? This beer is a yeast infection in your mouth. Bleh.

First off, super-uber bonus points for great bottle art. There appears to be a mustachio'ed onion in a tub of water...in a forest...with a "yes" pin. Right on. Freshness dating includes batch number (mine was batch #2).

Clear, orangey-yellow with a large white head and good retention. It's an opaque, creamsicle looking thing with the yeast in.

Lemon yeast with a Sour Patch kids sugaryness. Mild herbal hop stank.

Gadzooks, this is dry. I can feel it sucking the moisture out of my body. It's like a yeast infection in a bottle. Egads.

Photo of drgonzo3705
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First Batch bottled November 2008

A: Light golden orange color with a nice fluffy white head and a bit of sticky lacing.

S: A bit of musty hay/wheat smell. Perfumy and floral. Nicely put together nose.

T: Just like the nose. Perfume and hay notes with a touch of bitterness from the malts.

M: Nice light body witha touch of dryness.

D: Very good. Not offending at all and pretty enjoyable.

Photo of mirish72
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hadn't even heard about this beer until I saw the lines at the ACBF. I tracked some down and was really impressed. The artwork definitely catches your eye and at least lets you now you're going to try something new.

Pours a hazy orange, that you cannot see through. Amazing coloring, with slight lacing. You can taste the lemon and bananna clove flavors. The beer drinks likes it looks, complex, smooth and delicious. I'm not too familiar with the style, but it compared favorably to few other saison's I have tried like Ommegang.

Looking forward to trying their other offerings. I also love the fact that Dan used to brew beer at the North East Brewing Company, which was my home away from my Allston apartment from 1996-1999 or so.

Photo of maximum12
2.38/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to the Cakanator for sending me this bomber is a very nice early summer trade. Buried this one in the yard for a while before getting out the spade this evening to unearth it.

Opaque yellow, dead-looking. Nose is dominated by lemon.

Taste is very lemony, with a strong backdraft of farmish funk at the end. Not in a terribly good way. The funk is DeathValleydry, making me pucker up rather unpleasantly. Some people seem to like horse blanket in their beer - I don't. The spices & lemon fight with the funk, but they don't have much chance. The funk strengthens as the beer warms. Um, not a recommendation. Drink it cold.

If this is a true rep of the style, it's amazing the saison didn't die centuries ago. I've had much better saisons, this one is OK, bordering on actively unpleasant.

Photo of rye726
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw with a nice white head. Nose has banana, spices, peppery yeast and citrus. Flavor is also on the fruity side with an earthy herbal yeast presence. Crisp body is well carbonated. Tasty Saison, great with funky cheese and fresh fruits or a seafood dish.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Pours a cloudy yellow/orange with a thick white head. Aroma of wheat and yeast, very delicious! Flavor is bready with light fruits and spices in the finish. Well balanced. Just an enjoyable beer to drink! Very similar on draft compared to the bottle version.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split with oglmcdgl, thanks for the shot at this. Poured into a chimay glass.

A- Jack has a deep orange with some tangerine color mixed in. Some white specs of sediment were seen. A 1/2 inch semi loose white head faded into a scattered cap with minimum lacing. I poured some yeast in as well to cloud it up.

S- This is a sweet smelling saison with fresh orange slices and torn citrus rind. Sweet malt with some earthy farm flavors. A big floral hop presense in this fresh bottle. Some clemintine freshness with big yeast and spices rounding it out.

T- Jack delivers with flavor both sweet and hoppy. The flavor starts sweet with fruit such as apple and pear mixed with some malt. With that a big dose of somewhat bitter earthy hops follows. After that some Belgian yeast with spices such as coriander.

M- The spices and yeast really stay with you, the aftertaste is long & somewhat bitter, I like it. The finish is on the dry side while jack is medium bodied with high carb, perhaps a bit much. One of the fuller bodied american saisons I've had recently, it's a treat.

D- The 6.4% is low and not present in the taste at all so this one is a easy one to tackle. While I could down a whole bottle of this, I would rather share it. The freshness of the bottle really sows the array of flavors in this A great treat during the summer.

Photo of bum732
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange yellow, nice creamy head, decent lacing. Smells of soft pear sweetness, clove spiciness. Tastes much the same, nice spiciness from the hops. Finishes nice and dry, peppery near the end. Nice crisp but creamy mouthfeel.

A good saison, good american interpretation. Much larger hop presence than traditional belgians, but very nice.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4. Love the sticker over the cap. Nice touch.

A: Nice hazy straw color with 3 fingers of head upon the poor. Tons of lacing for a saison. Very nice looking in my Hennepin glass.

S: The aroma is a wonderful musty basement. honestly reminds me of a light version of Hennepon again. That is in no way a bad thing. The aroma is much more funky yeast driven though which is always a plus.

T: Just a really nice example of a saison but with an American twist. The malt is so clean and crisp tasting. Very dry in the finish with the yeast totally dominating the finish.

M: Super refreshing. A nice light body with a ton of taste.

D: I think ACBF was their coming out party and it did make me pick up some of their beer. The brewers are super nice and their beers are really quite good. The artwork is solid and distinctive. They have a ton of potential.

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

While up in Massachusetts, I was looking for something local, well-regarded, and something I hadn't heard of. This seemed to really fit the bill. Batch 1 - Nov 08.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Hennepin tulip a brilliant orange gold with a 2-finger-high bright white head with really tight foam. It has incredible staying power settling out at a finger's height.

SMELL: Some mild funkiness gives way to an aroma that is predominantly sweet. Apricot and peach are huge here, but they do manage to get balanced out by a peppery aroma and a perceived alcohol bitterness.

TASTE: Again, the funk is subdued, but it does make its presence known, both from the start and a bit on the finish. The fruitiness is there but also subdued. Sweet, bready, pale malt is what fills the gaps yielding an elegant simplicity. The balance is exceptional, even featuring the slightest hop flavor to round it out. The finish is mostly dry, but the flavor just keeps going. A great beer.

MOUTHFEEL: Light, but sometimes that's not even good enough for a saison. It can always dry out a bit more. The carbonation is average to high which seems about right.

DRINKABILITY: A saison that drinks like a tripel. I guess that isn't too far fetched and is honestly pretty damn good. The flavors are incredible and makes this a beer I'm glad I have a bomber of.

This is an extremely well-made saison and one that I'd consider having again for sure. More than anything though, it makes me want to try all the other Pretty Things brews. Definitely recommended.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MGambleWWS for the bottle.

Pours a golden orange color with one finger of foamy white head.

Scent of spices, lemon zest, citrus, yeast, and some sugars. Great scent, spot on for the style.

Taste of spices, citrus, earth, yeast. A great Saison, one of the best American ones I've ever had.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp with heavy carbonation.

Photo of ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle into small pilsner glass on 6/10/09. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Poured a hazy golden/orange-tinted body with slim off-white head that settled into a thin bubbly ring of retention and deposited spotty lacing around the glass.

S - Earthy and musty dank yeast with plenty of spicy, peppery notes and some floral hops. Clove and citrus rind spring to mind as well.

T - Earthy, spicy yeast dominates the flavor on this Saison and suggests citrus rind, floral hop notes and a hefty dose of pepper and grains of paradise. Finish is quite spicy and earthy.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Finish is quite bitter and spicy on the palate.

D - Fine Saison with plenty of spicy, peppery goodness and strong yeast presence. I am beginning to like this style more and more lately, and this is a good example of the style.

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle at Tap and Table in Emmaus, PA. This was a well-crafte and mighty tasty beer, reminds me a bit of Hennepin for the dry hoppy flavor. This beer had an obvious sweet candy malt undercurrent with light Belgian spice, but this is a delicously hoppy Belgian. Dry and drinkable, just like the style dictates, with herbal, peppery, and citrus hops all over your tongue. Good beer, go find it.

Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.94/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch two, 22oz bottle. Heavy yeast sediment. More than one would expect in a home brew.

Poured hazy orange wet straw with a good 1" head that settles into a thin covering with little lacing.

The smell is lemony and straw-full with peppercorn notes. Not as spicy or barnyard as other saisons have been.

Tastes awesome. Balanced, bitter like lemon peal in the end with just a little hop bitterness following. Theres a little pepper in the middle but in the front there's just a light wheaty lemon. Very refreshing yet complex.

Mouthfeel is wet to start then drying in the end. Light to medium body with foaming levity that facilitates the latter flavors.

Drinkability is, without question, one of the easiest 5s I've given. See above.

This is one to buy again and again, and share, and promote. I feel like I'm getting in on the ground floor of something with huge potential.

Photo of williamherbert
3.14/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of a 22 oz bottle...

The appearance is golden nectar yellow. The film of head remains on top. Super cloudy body. Actually looks really really impressive.

The smell is a fizzy champagne-like aroma. Touch of chlorine. Belgian funk spice. Not bad but...

The taste is heavy citrus and a major funk. Ze bitter Germanic hops. More of that chlorine flavor, but sorta fits with the funk I suppose. Still...

The feel is bubbly like champagne. Lots of fizz. Appropriate for style, but a little sharp. It's not stellar, because it's so sharp and so fizzy, but it's drinkable for a saison. Citrus, chlorine and a Belgian funk spice.

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber with very cool art work. Beautiful looking beer in the glass. Dark golden yellow with a fluffy white head that lasts. Very few bubbles in this one.

Smell is straw, candy, malt and maybe some apricot? First thing I notice about the taste is the lower CO2, which I always like. The smell flavors continue. A bit light in flavor in the beginning but the middle and end take off like a rocket. In the middle, the hops start to take over and it ends with a wonderful dryness. The body is bigger than I expected. I also pick up some citrus notes at the end that add a whole different dimension.

Although I am drinking this by itself, I can imagine it would be great with food.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz Bomber. Liked the label, been looking to try new things. Bottle has nice seal noting this beer was bottled in April 09 and is from Batch 3. Poured into .5L Weizen Glass.

A- Pours pale yellow with a noisy 4 finger head. Thick, tasty foam that lasts for a while and looks nice.

S- Sweet. Floral ester notes. Smell is very inviting. Mild yeastyness and a bit of farmhouse.

T- Now this is what I'm talking about. A bit bitter at first, as you drink it subsides a fruity sweetness comes through. Lemon or apple, as well as bitter berry fruit (although faint) followed with a chalky closer. This beer is pretty fairly hopped.... and I love it. This is a complex, nuanced flavor profile that begs to be analyzed. Would be perfect paired with a sharp cheese and crackers.

M- very nice. Light-bodied and crisp, leaving a good taste in my mouth. Slightly drying/chalky, but works with the flavors well.

D- Very high- goes down incredibly smooth. Most highly rated beers are big and bold. This one isn't, but it's every bit as good. This is a solid, tasty, and well-made beer. It's complexity is well pondered by an open mind while imbibing. Although this is not usually my preferred style of beer, I enjoyed this one very much. These guys are onto something here. I really enjoy this beer.

Batch 5 and Batch 7 hold up to the score, very consistent beer.

Production is getting increased, hooray beer

Photo of dublife1
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Duvel Tulip. A very nice large 4 finger head which leaves some very nice lacing. Smell is standard for the style. Lemon, spices and earth tones are light but evident. Taste is lighter and hides some of the earthy tones I really love from most Saisons, but still very good none the less. The mouthfeel is crsp and drinkability is also very good. I like what they are trying to do and plan on trying more beers from Pretty Things. Very solid effort and will definitely buy more of this.

Photo of alovesupreme
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow with a big foamy head.
Citrus nose with some farm yeast and slight clove.
Yeasty character with some lemon and pepper. A fairly dry beer with good carbonation and body. A strong hop presence for the style. Finishes with both malt and hops.
A great example of the style by an up and coming brewery.

Photo of damienblack
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours that typical Belgian hazy-gold color. Massive straw head lingers for a good bit. Some neat lacing. Very attractive in my Allagash tulip. Smell is, well, intoxicating. Basically, sweet grass. Some half-sweet / half dry malt smell, combined with nice Belgian yeastiness and a heaping helping of fresh-cut lawn. Like at the ballpark for a 1:05 start during the week. Nothing beats it. Sort of underneath that grassy smell is the underlying Belgian mustiness, that awesome old-world vinter's funk smell, right out of 1850's Italy. Even after all the beer is gone, I can still smell it on the top of the spent bottle. Taste, while not a let down, is... let's just say this beer I think turns out to be more than the sum of its parts. It has a definite dryness to it, hints at Belgian sweetness but never quite gets there, instead you get that "I think this is going to be gross until I put it in my mouth" flavoring. Like a Belgian-style abbey single, but not bitter, but awesome. Mouthfeel is great - it's got what I love in a great saison, that feeling after you finish like you've just eaten a wedge of funky cheese. It's super-light and airy on the palate, yet leaves its mark for a while after. Right out of the fridge, it is overly bitter, but once you let it warm, at room temp it is great.

I've met Dann, the Brew-guy, at a tasting, and he and Martha seem like absolutely wonderful folks. Definitely the local brewers you want to support. Jack D'Or is a wonderful summer beer, great for beating the heat, and I will definitely be buying this again.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into red win glass, Batch 2/March '09. Thanks to Chris (Cakanator) for the trade!

Pours hazy orange-tinted straw colored, with a 1 1/2 finger fluffy white head that leaves some fantastic lacing.

Nose is really nice - Nicely peppery, zesty orange, some honey sweetness and maybe even a bit of vanilla underneath, with some pungent piny hops coming through alongside all the rest, though certainly not too strong.

Taste starts off dry, some light honey malt and a bit of orange zest, finishing up with a burst of cool, dry, piny hops before fading into the lingering finish with a last hurrah of peppery yeast. Very light lingering piny bitterness on the dry finish with an exhale of (again) light peppery yeast.

Mouthfeel is subtle but nice - soft carbonation lends just enough crispness to work but not enough to distract or even for you to notice the carbonation unless you're thinking about it. Medium bodied, dry.

Good drinkability. Dryness makes it a beer I don't want to just drink bottle after bottle of, but very nice otherwise - tasty and complex.

Overall, a nice, and very interesting, saison. Reminds me of a cross between a saison and a Belgian strong pale in a lot of ways, but no matter what it is, it's a nice beer that I would love to see at a selection of nice restaurants in NYC alongside its brother St Botolph's. Seems like a fantastic food beer.

Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ol' "Bro" Artied2 swung by yesterday with a bottle of Jack (and St Botolphs) to sample. Parked ourselves in the 'Zebo with a couple of glasses, put on some classic rock, and got to work.

Batch #3 of Jack poured a cloudy, hazy, deep golden straw color. Scattered carbo was espied within, and the head was off-white, creamy and fine, though thin. Lacing was decent in the glass, too. Aroma was a bit musty, with some light tropical fruit coming through. Body was solid, a middle-of-the-range medium. Feel on the tongue was light and airy.

Jack is dry, with some fruitiness leading off. It is a bit earthy, with some horse-blanket kind of action going on, plus a hint of spiciness. It is a bit bitter at the finish, in a rindy sort of way, and a touch chalky. Overall? I thought it was a nice rendition of the style. Nice job Dann, and thanks Artie!


look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


Photo of weeare138
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a pale gold with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of earthy notes of wet hay, lemongrass, and herbs.
Taste takes over where the aromas ended with herbal crusted lemons, wheat, honey, and table sugar are found amongst the flavors.
Mouthfeel I'd light medium bodied, spicy, citrusy, and dry. Not bad. It seems to be a good example of the style.

Jack D'or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
90 out of 100 based on 1,578 ratings.