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Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 634
Hads: 1,604
rAvg: 4
pDev: 6%
Wants: 154
Gots: 199 | 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 number1bum
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful early spring day here in NEPA, so what better to celebrate than a nice saison.

Pours a slightly orange, light copper color with a slight chill haze and two fingers of off white head. Retention is decent, with a thin, not completely full lace and a splash of stick here and there.

Smell has some honey sweetness and floral aromas, as well some bitter orange. Also some black pepper and spicy, earthy yeast.

Taste also starts off with a bit of sweetness, which has some honey and cracker like qualities to it. Then it becomes quite earthy and a touch bitter, with some orange zest and earthy yeast. This is also pretty spicy, with a good amount of black pepper and a generally spicy yeast strain. Finishes quite dry with some spice and earthy flavor lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but the carbonation is a little too much; it gives it a soda sort of feel. Otherwise it's pretty smooth and dry in the finish.

This is a very solid saison, quite enjoyable. It's not the most complex one you'll ever find, but it's well crafted and quite tasty. Definitely worth picking up. (1,103 characters)

Photo of BrewerB
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Damian for hooking me up with this one via trade.

A - Poured into New Belgium globe-style glasses, split with a friend. Hazy, orange-gold color. Formed a tight, white head, about two-fingers thick. Malty-sweet presence. Pretty lacing left behind.

S - Prominent yeast-driven aromas include spicy phenols. Interesting presence of citrusy hops, not expected typically in a Saison.

T - Soft malts, slight breadiness in the aftertaste. Moderate-level of bitterness. Very slight lemony-sourness. Grassy, dry-hopped flavor along with some herbal character. Subtle tartness.

M - Carbonation is not quite high enough but there's a nice prickly acidity on the tongue. Medium bodied.

D - Overall an interesting take on the Saison-style. A highly drinkable blend of Belgian and American characters, this is an easy-to-consume brew. (839 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 13 Mar 2009. First batch bottled Nov 2008. Courtesy of jleblanc, thanks!

Poured in 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Large tight off white head. Lightly carbonated. Slightly cloudy golden amber color. Earthy aroma, mushrooms, green bananas, sweet and slightly mineraly. Starts dry and mineraly, some fruitiness. Earthy and slightly bitter, hint of lemon. Finish is quite dry. Medium body. Light alcohol.

Good but quite a bit leass yeasty than most saisons I"ve had. (481 characters)

Photo of BDIMike
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an awesome looking beer that makes one salivate at the appearance. It has a dark golden color with a very nice unfiltered haze. Medium amount of carbonation creates a nice thick head with good retention.
Smell is the only lacking part of this beer. I can smell some sweet caramel malts and some dark raisin-like fruits.
Taste is very nice. Good sugary taste of a Belgian and some nice caramel malts, too. The plum fruits are greatly enhanced by a good strong hop bite at the end.
Mouthfeel is good on this beer as well. Medium thickness with a nice smooth finish.
Drinkability is very good for such a strong beer. One of the most well-balanced saisons I've ever had that also maintains a lot of good tastes in it. Go find this one and drink it on any occassion. (767 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber with a bottled on date sticker.

True golden hue, very clear as the sediment was left in the bottle for this review. Spicy and peppery, malt dust and neutral yeast with a hint of orange zest in the nose. Smooth with a bitty moderate body. Dry malt character takes hold of the palate for the duration with a smidgen of dextrin upfront. Dry yeasty tone meets dusty malt and a mild herbal hop flavor. Bitterness is low which is fine here. Kiss of citric peel but relatively clean and the very dry finish.

Very tasty, not in your face at all but subtlety complex all over which adds to its great drinkablity. (623 characters)

Photo of gfreed
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a orange, cloudy look; plenty of yeast suspended in the glass (my favorite!) and pours with a light head that lasted for a surprisingly short period, given what I've seen in others in this style. Hoppy aroma of citrus and peaches, definitely some grapefruit. From the smell I expected more hops in the taste but was happy to note more malt than hops. Nonetheless it had a bitter tilt that added some spice. Bananas in the background, both in aroma and taste. Lightly carbonated; overall a bit thin in the body. Compared to other saisons like Hennepin and Saison Dupont, this is rather a lightweight. But all in all, rather refreshing and worth a second try. (661 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow color with a slight haze. Thick white head that leaves chunky, but spotty, lace on the glass.

Fully malted barley aroma (no graininess); decent amount of hop providing some balance--piney and spicy.

Briefly starts as a malty beverage but this is completely overwhelmed by a very strong, raw hop flavor. This taste lasts through the swallow and long into the aftertaste. The only negative I feel is the body which is surprisingly thin given the aroma and flavor profile. The carbonation is spritzy which doesn't mitigate the mouthfeel. (558 characters)

Photo of bigkahunas4
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Body was bronze, and a white head with minimal retention. Lacing was almost non existent. Aromas were primarily grassy, but there was also a vanilla bean spice accent - which was quite pleasant.

Flavors were grassy, a mild fresh hop, banana, and some subtle sweet cream. Mouthfeel was a bit chalky and drying, but at the same time creamy and appreciated.

Overall, the beer doesn't do a whole lot for me. (451 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.14/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Obtained in trade with Damian.

Clear golden to light amber colored beer with a nice off-white colored head.

Smell is sweet and a little spicy but not much hops or flowers.

The taste starts out sweet and a little spicy with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Not a lot of subtle flavors here this is a basic Saison and not much more.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This is a boring beer, really wish the rest of the bottle was Hennepin or something like that. (442 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Joe Ceez.

Pours a cloudy orange gold. Big billowy white foam head.

Smells like yeasty breadiness and lemon. Taste adds in some citrus flavoring, more than a little bit of spiciness, and an interesting orange rind aftertaste.

Saisons aren't really my thing, but this is very nice. Excellent smooth mouthfeel. (320 characters)

Photo of dmamiano
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into two pint glasses.
Orange in color with a haze permeating the beer.
Small head. Little lacing on the edges.
Sweet malts dominating the nose, yeasty with hints of spice..maybe citrus? Bready , toasty notes as well.
Belgianesque in the taste. Sweet malts with little to no hop in the mix. Finishes with a slight tartnesss that that is felt on the back of the tongue. (389 characters)

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

Bomber split between two glasses. A nice golden orange color with just a thin white head. Spots of lacing here or there but nothing to write home about.

Aroma is mildly citrus, with some light ginger spice coming through. Some lightly kilned malts coming through as well. Not any noticeable hops though they may be contributing to the spicy notes.

Flavor is lemony, some ginger spice and sweet malt backs this up somewhat. But the lemon flavor stays through the finish, becomes almost puckering and then starts to fade. Really quite refreshing and fresh tasting.

Light bodied, nicely carbonated and very drinkable. Glad to have the chance to try this one thanks to BA dmamiano. (681 characters)

Photo of currysage1
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First Batch.

Pours a clear and effervescent medium yellow, topped with a two finger white head that coats the sides of the chalice instead of lacing.

Smell is banana/vegetable, plant esters, some light vanilla extract, general yeast bread smells.

Taste is of the chlorophyl, and ripe banana, hop presense not bite towards the end, some corn. Not as complex as I would have hoped.

Feel is solid for the style, carbonation keeps it refreshing even while flavorful. (466 characters)

Photo of leif86
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in November 2008 (First batch). Poured into my Westmalle Trappist glass.

A: The body is a hazy, yellow-orange with with a near white head. The head is quick to depart and what is left clumps nicely around the center of the glass. Minimal lacing.

S: That fruity belgian yeast aroma coupled with earthy grain.

T: Bananas up front followed by a strong flavor from the yeast. Some spice towards the end but I'm unable to discern exactly what it is.

M: Fizzy. A little more carbonation that what I would prefer.

D: I'm not huge until most Belgian stuff but I really dig this. Goes down easy and is very pleasing. Yes sir, I'll have another. (648 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle indicates 1st batch!
The beer poured a slightly hazy pale gold color, about a one finger frothy, pillowy head to it. Good head retention, nice sticky lacing throughout. Nose is fruity - slight banana notes and some citrus and spices. Taste is sweet at first, the citrus flavoring filters in and finishes with a nice hoppiness. Nicely blended beer. Mouthfeel is relatively a lighter medium body, very crisp and smooth.
After having this one, I was wishing that I had picked up more! (490 characters)

Photo of Nipitato
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA. Says first batch on the bottle - let's see how this tastes.

A: Dirty white/ivory head pours thick and moussy then drops to a thin topping. A classic Saison like pale orange hue. Opaque.

S: Nice lemon zest aroma that sits well with the sweet malt notes (sweetness has some vanilla character). Some nice spiciness - a little pepper.

T: A very good soft pilsner malt flavor. Definite earthiness - almost dusty. A nice flourish of bitterness finishes. Some pepper. Citrusy character is also noticeable throughout. This is a damn good tasting beer.

MF: Medium body. Lightly carbonated. A dry finish, which adds to drinkability.

D, notes: This is a great bow for the Pretty Things project. Highly, highly drinkable/sessionable. Earthy character really comes out and I think it really defines this beer. (862 characters)

Photo of joshsbeerblog
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pretty things beer and ale project, huh? that is pretty cool. it sounds like this guy has an agreement with paper city brewery in holyoke, mass and this is his first beer. and for his first beer he went with a saison... impressive.

pours a hazy, golden orange with some really cool snowflake lacing. herbal citrus hops and lemons dominate aroma, while more spices emerge in flavor. a elite session beer. (404 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy white head that sticks around forever. Smells of spicy pine, citrus, Belgian yeast esters. Tastes of citrus and pine, finishes spicy with Belgian yeast esters. Medium body, smooth syrupy mouthfeel, ample carbonation. Strange little saison, a bit hop forward, but it kinda works. I liked it. (331 characters)

Photo of tai4ji2x
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. sticker says "november 2008, first batch". poured into tulip.

clear, golden amber honey. decent head, gradually fades to wisps and a ring. some lace, but a bit sparse, and tends to fade or slide.

piney hop aroma upfront - quite bold, in fact. note of citrus zest and underlying fruitiness of peach, apple, and... banana chips! hints of phenol and spice.

palate of citrus fruit and pine with background esters and toasted malt note. bitterness is surprisingly mellow despite the hop-forward character. finish is somewhat phenolic and spicy.

feel is pretty smooth, with some astringent, resinous texture at the end. moderate carbonation can be momentarily fluffy.

the american dry hopping is definitely unique for a saison, but also makes it somewhat unbalanced or at least seems to "clash" in my opinion. but i mean, hey - maybe indeed this "saison americain" will one day be a new style in its own right...

EDIT 2/13/09: i had some more small samples at a tasting with mr. paquette himself. with his explanation of what he was trying to achieve with the beer, i realize i had to think "out of the box" for this a little more. i'll bump up a half point each for taste and drinkability. it was certainly very quaffable, especially this second time around. (1,272 characters)

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

Pours bright gold, with a fluffy white head that lasts. It has a pleasant, spicy citrus nose with some belgiany esters. The taste is very lemony, some malt sweetness, and nicely balanced by spicy hops. It is light to medium bodied in mouthfeel. The beer finishes smooth and clean, and is very drinkable. (303 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bottle at Bauer on Newbury St. for $5.99. Bottle has a sticker on the back saying "Bottled in Nov 2008 - First Batch". Poured into a tulip glass. Huge head formed and it just lingered there like a snow cap. Hazy golden orange color. Lots of lacing present. Smell was a bit citrus-like, with some spice and hops also. Taste was excellent. Had a Belgian sugary sweetness to it, but it also had a bit of lemon flavor that lent a nice counterbalance to it. Extremely easy to drink. Since I had this on a cold January night, I'll have to pick up another bottle for a warm evening this summer. A great introduction for this new brewing company i.e. "project". (665 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, bold and altogether glowing deep golden orange color. Head is about an inch of thick fluffy snow white with some heavy lacing.

Smells sweet with some spicy, yeasty notes. There is a bit of earthy, dirty hoppiness along with some brown sugar and caramel aromas. Very aromatic.

Flavors abound on the first sip. Sweet bready tastes combine with some earthiness. Nothing overpowering and nothing too spicy, just a great easy drinking Saison style. I am loving this stuff.

As far as first releases go, I'd say Dann Paquette has done an incredible job with this beer. I plan on grabbing some more bottles before they are all gone.

Great job Pretty Things! (673 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice looking beer.... 2 fingers of foamy head rise above the beer. The beer has perfect clarity and is a bright gold color.... Sparse carbonation rises to the top of the bottle. The head shows decent retention and begins to stick all over the inside of the glass.

Aroma was really wonderful. Lemon zest. Perfume like, slightly earthy..

Wow, this just keeps getting better.... What a great fresh flavor with some nice depth.. Fruity sweetness with some citrus and again a bit of lemon.. In the middle you get a biscuity malt flavor. Very delicate and nice.. Then the hop bitterness comes in and leaves you wanting more... Fresh hop flavors.... As you continue to enjoy the bottle you get a sense of deeper fruits up front.... More complex than it first appears.

Mouth feel is bright, light and fresh. Body is light and delicate.

Insanely drinkable.. I am going to have to get a couple more of these bottles..

Quite a nice debut by Pretty Things.... I look forward to more... (985 characters)

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

I see I'm not the only one to get to Julio's for batch 1.

A: Hazy and golden with some orange highlights. nice white head that lingers, then leaves attractive lacing. high visible carbonation

S: lemon, grains, berry fruits. Has a slight yeasty funk as it warms. pepper

T: very, very light medicinal quality, as it warms. banana, peppery and some hop bitterness.

M: moderate body. crisp with a little tongue coating slickness.

D: very good. (444 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an attractive deep gold with with good sized white head that does a lot of lacing on it's way down the glass.
the aroma has got an herbal tea like hoppiness, with some grainy malts and hints of citrus. maybe a bit of corriander, but it's subtle. touches of herbal barnyard also, but also subtle. with warmth an almost waxy smell shows up, like melted unscented candle wax.
the taste begins grainy with corriander mingled with light banana. this followed up with citrus rind, and somewhat of a less defined bitterness, it's got a lot of herbal things going on, sort of like the yarrow beer that allagash came out with a year ago, though not quite, just a little bit of similarity. there is some light fruit flavors that weave in and out, mainly peach, and touches of a soft vanilla citrus, and also some starfruit.
jack d'or is medium bodied with active, but delicate carbonation. quite dry though fairly sweet in the middle of the tongue.
the drinkability is good, it's got a lot of complexity, but maintains a subtle profile. very, very nice, i hope to see more of this (1,076 characters)

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