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Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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BA SCORE
91
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1,335 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,335
Reviews: 604
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 143
Gots: 128 | FT: 4
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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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light gold color color with a full, healthy, bubbly, white head. Good retention leaving some patchy lace.

S - Clean saison aroma. Pilsner, cracker malt aroma. Strong lemony aroma.

T - Also has a clean taste. Neutral slightly sweet malt. Lots of lemon, phenols, and bitter asprin flavors (a little too much of this last flavor). A bit of a zesty, spicy yeast flavor in the back.

M - Light to medium body with above average carbonation. Zesty and spritzy feel.

D - The bitter, asprin, astringent flavor is a little too strong to be all that drinkable. It is clean and zesty which combines well with the body though.

Notes: Very clean and interesting Saison. Not all that spicy or complex. I was getting a little too much of the asprin to fully enjoy it though. So so beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 22:58:39 | More by FreshHawk
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abrodsky

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

06-21-2012 02:18:35 | More by abrodsky
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-19-2012 03:11:32 | More by AdamP
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bigred89

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

06-19-2012 00:14:57 | More by bigred89
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Duff27

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-16-2012 17:36:45 | More by Duff27
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thewimperoo

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

06-13-2012 17:31:08 | More by thewimperoo
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Stockfan42

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

06-12-2012 02:34:06 | More by Stockfan42
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MargaretGelly


1.25/5  rDev -69.1%

06-12-2012 00:11:54 | More by MargaretGelly
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bottle, bottled May 2012

A - Very nice bright gold color, white cap that retains and laces well.

S - Yeast, barnyard, lemon sweetness, grassy hops

T - Follows the nose, with a pronounced herbal, grassy hop finish. Hay, lemon, subtle spice. Moderately bitter, and sticks around in a long finish.

M - Light/medium body, lively carbonation, finishes crisp, clean, and dry.

O - Wow, very nice take on the style and great price point (considering its a large format bottle). Excellent on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 19:30:39 | More by garuda
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

06-09-2012 21:56:59 | More by PaBeerLover
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BaconCheeseburg

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

06-09-2012 19:50:39 | More by BaconCheeseburg
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When did Pretty Things come to Indiana?! As soon as I saw this on a shelf in Indianapolis, my beer dreams came true. First up: Jack D’or.

Brewed three months before the date of this tasting, shown by the very easy-to-see “Bottled in: Mar 2012” on the label.

A: It says to swirl the bottle to resuspend sediment before pouring, so that’s what I did. And because of that, I’m seeing a Lemon Drop yellowish body with quite a bit of haze after I pour – sediment presence is noticeable, to say the least. Above it bubbles a stark white cream, a head alive with smooth, tiny bubbles. After slowly settling, retention is smooth and lacing is here and there.

S: Umami…umami everywhere. Belgian banana, vanilla, pie crust, and lemon pudding jump headlong out of the body with a fruity, sugary freshness. The yeast is definitely in the glass, but it’s not an estery nose; more coriander and sugar pastries. A mild touch of floral hops comes up, letting off tart white grapes and orange rind aromas. Very common for a saison, but still very appealing.

T: This is one interesting and uniquely satisfying beer. I don’t know what it is, but there’s an herbal quality to it that crushes all my previous experiences with saisons and reshapes them to a dryer, more fascinating palate; it’s a combination of lemon zest, hibiscus, spicy clove, tart green banana, and lilac. It’s incredible, showing the marvelous effects of combining a rustic Belgian earthiness with the brewing traditions of sharp American bitters. I’d say it’s all hops, but there is a certain sweetness to it that feels natural; must be some residual left after the fermentation of the four yeasts. Malts are fruity and tasty, with note of red apples, buttered bread, peach, and pear. The aftertaste is dry with grain husk tones, and with just a bit of spice. It’s hard to sum it up as just a combination of flavors – this beer really is a smile in a glass.

M: Smooth and refreshing – I could drink this all day, especially with the low alcohol. It has a certain gooey character to it, giving the yeast mouthfeel priority, you might say, feeling like I just bit into a slightly-soft pear.

O: One of the best saisons I’ve had in a while. I had no problem finishing the entire 22 oz. here – hell, I’d be down for more if I had another bottle. There’s just something about a beer like this without any additives of candi sugar or spice…it’s naturally good, and that provides an unnaturally awesome experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 18:50:23 | More by BarryMFBurton
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mfgreene

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -25.9%

06-08-2012 20:06:46 | More by mfgreene
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

3/5  rDev -25.9%

06-07-2012 14:41:29 | More by OriolesFan1008
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cowboy83

New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-06-2012 14:45:46 | More by cowboy83
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bbadger

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

06-05-2012 18:43:51 | More by bbadger
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erlenmeyer

Maine

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-04-2012 01:55:55 | More by erlenmeyer
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Rutager from the CANBIF for this.
Bottled September 2010 - Batch 19
Bottle into tulip.

A- Slightly hazy golden yellow pour, lively carbonation, huge soapy, snow white head that leaves webs of lacing everywhere it's been.

S- Earth and grass notes, bright lemon with a excellent spicy yeast aroma.

T- Bright grassy taste, touch of lemon and a nice sweet pear presence. Spicy yeast rounds everything out.

M- Light bodied, good carbonation, quick dry finish.

O- Saisons were late bloomers for me, now I jump at every opportunity I can get to try new ones. This is exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 22:40:47 | More by korguy123
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tenacioustomato

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -1.2%

05-30-2012 19:39:23 | More by tenacioustomato
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Number3red

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

05-29-2012 12:00:54 | More by Number3red
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours an absolutely crystalline golden color. The body is clear on the level of a pilsner. I guess this beer isn't bottle conditioned (a strange occurrence for a saison). 1.5 fingers of loose, small white bubbles make for a nice head. It's a fine looking beer; its clarity makes for beauty.

The aroma is rock-solid for this style of beer. Nothing here is surprising or original, but everything is textbook. Light banana and bubblegum esters meet a heavier dose of PVC pipe phenols. A dash of white pepper draws out some earthy notes from the pils-like malts. There's not much in the way of stonefruit (like in Saison Dupont), but there is a healthy dose of lemon (I wouldn't be surprised if there's some Sorichi Ace in the hop bill). There's a significant hop presence; mostly green and bitter.

The major flavor, even after over one year of age, is the hop bill. This is a hoppy saison on the level of a Boulevard Tank 7, but instead of the bright Amarillo hops of Boulevard's world-class offering, Jack D'Or opts for green and earthy hops. I mean really earthy. The hop bill here tastes like you squeezed some lemon juice into a potted plant; the beer tastes like it was filtered through a Randall filled with lemon and loam. As the beer warms I pick up on a floral note that's real nice, like chewing lightly on some white flower petals.

The mouthfeel is Jack D'Or's greatest strength. It's light, crisp, and dry. Wonderful. Overall, this is a good saison. Not great, but certainly quite good. I appreciate the earthy flavor profile. Now, I sat on this bottle for a year...had I known it was pretty well filtered I might have consumed it fresher. Maybe its better when its hops are at their freshest. If I get the chance to confirm it then I'll revisit this score. As is, it's still a top-notch saison.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 02:14:47 | More by Reaper16
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Thomas_Picton

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

05-27-2012 23:38:47 | More by Thomas_Picton
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

05-27-2012 19:48:14 | More by muskiesman
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blckout20

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.2%

05-24-2012 20:12:03 | More by blckout20
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stoppertb18

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

05-22-2012 20:00:36 | More by stoppertb18
Jack D'or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
91 out of 100 based on 1,335 ratings.