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Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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1,394 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,394
Reviews: 607
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 147
Gots: 138 | 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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

brentblack1, Sep 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

shigg85, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of DelicateDelirium
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

DelicateDelirium, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of meghmmm
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

meghmmm, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of justme
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

justme, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

Tall bottle from Consumer Beverages in Orchard Park, NY. With two big successes with their St. Botolph's Brown Ale and Baby Tree Quad, Pretty Things has become a guaranteed pickup on my Buffalo Beer haul ventures.

As usual, Pretty Things utilizes some trippy artwork on the bottling for Jack D’Or that is worth a second look. The bottle label explains that this mustachioed fellow is supposed to be a barleycorn lord of some kind (sporting a pin straight from the annals of Screaming Lord Such) standing in a mash tun. Intriguing to say the least.

Poured into my trusty Duvel goblet. Golden-lemon drop in colour, with a sturdy head of an inch or two.

Nose is quite pleasant and floral, with subtle notes of lemon, funk, herbal hops (Styrian, and, for the American Saison touch, Columbus), perhaps a bit of peach or other fleshy fruit lingering in the back as well.

Dry, grainy, and with a good balance of citrus, herbs and bitter funk, this brew is quite enjoyable. The finish is long and bitter with a lingering citrus pith and berbs flavor. Wheat malt is subtle, but there. Great brew, this: dry and flavorful.

JohnnyBarman, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of stephengraniero
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

stephengraniero, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev 0%

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip. Bottled May 2012.

Appearance: light golden hue with a touch of haze and a moderate but attractive effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy white foam. An attractive saison.

Smell: sweet malt tempered by a light funk. In addition to the funk is a light perfume, akin to the flavor of Canadian floral gum candy. This could be yeast or hops but, either way, it contributes nicely to the aroma.

Taste: flavor has a really enjoyable funkiness; it's more pronounced than in the aroma. The underlying malt is nice and sweet and tastes good; the floral/perfume character is rather subdued from the aroma. Overall, quite nice.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a gargantuan carbonation resulting in a concomitant mammoth creaminess. Ba dow!

Overall: a tasty and tongue-tickling saison. I'd definitely have this again, given the opportunity.

flagmantho, Aug 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

duff247, Aug 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

snowmaggedon, Aug 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

pknyc, Aug 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Dat, Aug 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

BostonKyle, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of Health
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Health, Aug 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

dubdrop, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev +2%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled July 3012.

A real nice lemon yellow and great glow to the body. Faint practically microscopic rising carbonation coming up. Head is quite small in formation, very rocky white, but manages some good retention and a nice collar.

Nose is quite muted. Fresh cut grass, a little bit of dry hay, a real nice clean crispness.

Palate hits with very lively flavors and a somewhat creamy texture. Crisp and sharp yeast, hints of funk and lots of dryness. Very powdery, sharp malts, hints of lemon and dry malt with faint fruit and lots citrus zest. Lively carbonation and a super crisp almost hot feeling.

For a style that I can normally shy away from this is one I could certainly have again. Really like Pretty Things so far, can't wait to try Fluffy White Rabbits next.

smakawhat, Aug 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

GoBIG, Aug 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

fitz284, Aug 14, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

To start, this is a great beer and Pretty Things knows what it is doing and is one of the supreme local beer makers (yes, a million times better than ex-microbrewery Sam Adams). For what this beer is attemption to be, a stronger Saison ale, it succeeds. The only reason for the 4 overall score, this style of beer isnt personally my favorite. The aftertaste is a little rough, not in a pure negative way, but more that it is just a little more than I want. Again, part of this might just be the style. But the feeling I have after having one of these is that it should be something darker and with more brawn. And that is just me being a bit of a snob, or just being unnecessarily harsh. This beer deserves a good amount of credit and it will not disappoint any real beer drinker. Perhaps my only true fault is the price, where at least in Boston you kind of get "bent over" for a 22oz of one of these, whether its in a bar or store. With that being said, making beer is also a business and I get it.

Enjoy this one, I would be surprised if you didnt.

JTBacon, Aug 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

GrindFatherBob, Aug 13, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75.3%

whatthewhat, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of acevenom
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%

Poured into a brandy snifter. Pours cloudy golden with a white head. There are plentiful tiny bubbles rising in the beer from the bottom of the glass. Fruity esters hit the nose first. I detect orange and lemon most strongly. I can also detect some spice, which is likely coriander. There is also some bready malt in the smell. There is bitterness up front, which comes through very strongly on the first sip. The malt backbone comes through after the initial sip, providing bready flavor. There is some of that spiciness I detected in the nose, but it is not very prominent. Some of those citrus flavors start to come through after I get used to the bitterness and I pick up that orange and lemon, but that bitter aftertaste is still strong. The body is medium with strong carbonation. The finish is dry. The drinkability is high. This is a very good beer.

acevenom, Aug 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

brewmee, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of Celtics76
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%

I was eager to try this based on the reviews. Disappointed the hell out of me. It smells great. Lots of great flavors come out on the front end - belgian yeast, lemon and citrus. Unfortunately, these flavors are quickly overpowered by a pungent bitterness that lingers..and lingers. I love a good bitter aftertaste, especially with IPAs, but the bitterness here is too strong and off putting unfortunately.

Pretty Things has a lot of potential..their barleywine "Our Finest Regards" is world class. This one misses the mark. This will not stop me from trying more from them, and perhaps trying this one again down the road.

If you're in need of a great saison, I'd go with Boulevard's Tank 7.

Celtics76, Aug 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

brentusaurus, Aug 09, 2012
Jack D'or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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