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Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 1,334
Reviews: 604
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 145
Gots: 127 | FT: 4
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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:
First release from Pretty Things. A "Saison Americain."

(Beer added by: Paquette on 12-01-2008)
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larryi86

Delaware

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you DrewShal9 for this!
22 oz bomber dated July 2011 Batch 28 poured into a snifter

A- Clear yellow with a one finger white head.

S- Light fruits like apple and pear, yeast, earthy spices, very nice smelling Saison.

T- Pepper really is the first big flavor I noticed and there is a lot of it. Along with the pepper I am getting some fruit, yeast, and more earthy spices. Really nice complexity.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body.

O- This is a very enjoyable Saison and I would definitely seek it out again. The pepper is a little bit over powering, I feel that this could be even better if there was not so much pepper. I can't wait to have more.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 23:24:51 | More by larryi86
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ratzofftoya

District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really fantastic beer--my first from this brewer, but certainly not my last. Out of the bottle, it's got a really great yellowish/orangish tint and substantial head. Very attractive and pleasant, with just the right opacity to let you know it's a summertime saison. Not to say that it's a point-for-point exemplar of the style--far from it. No, it seems that Pretty Things prefer to take a rubric and color just enough within the lines to keep it recognizable.

The nose is just splendid. Basil, thyme, citrus, and an Indian summer grassiness that morphs as you drink. Certainly unique, and in my opinion, exceptionally robust. Once you take a drink, you'll notice a bit less bubbles than you expected, but give it a swish and I guaran-dang-tee you'll enjoy how this one excites palate. Give it a chew, why don't you? The taste is fantastic, just as your nose hinted. You've got some earthiness, but mostly a bright citrus taste that's just ready to burst. Can't wait to have more of their brews.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 17:15:40 | More by ratzofftoya
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CheezyBlaster

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is easily my favorite beer from who are easily my favorite brewers right now. I really want you to try it!

Do you like farmhouse/saisons? This may or may not be for you, as Pretty Things doesn't typically stay within style guidelines. There is an awesome, if slight, champagne edge to this ale.

Hazy golden pour, shorty of a head, looks wonderfully unfiltered.

Thai basil, citrus, slightly grassy in the nose. So sniffy and good!

Lemons, light spicing and light hopping pop across and refresh! Zing!

They label the bombers with bottled stickers. Get one fresh and drink it up before the weather gets too cold!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 16:56:04 | More by CheezyBlaster
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MrVonzipper

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow color like cloudy lemon juice. 1cm bubbly white head with medium retention and very low lacing.

Mild Belgian yeasty funk, grassiness and fruit like peaches, mango and banana on the nose.

Nice wide range of flavor. Notes include slightly peppery, light fruit especially banana, fresh earthiness including a semi bitter grassy note. Fairly tart, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, fresh and crisp. Mild bitter pucker with solid carbonation.

Overall it's a nice fun beer. Alot going on. Light and fresh. Wide range of notes and flavors. Good summer drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 05:51:17 | More by MrVonzipper
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a chimay goblet.

Pours a golden orange colour - slight haziness.

Smells fresh and grassy - hint of spices.

Tastes very saison like, nice balanced fresh hops taste. Zesty and dry.

Overall a very good example of the style, if not a little dear.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 18:38:27 | More by CwrwAmByth
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fo5s

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a saison dupont glass. Bottled July 2011.

A- pours light gold with a medium, healthy head. Limited lacing.

S- Pungent for a saison. Hops are noticeable along with some lemony citrus.

T- full flavored, lemon and a hint of orange. Hops up front with a hop (not pepper) spiciness on the finish.

M- creamy, a bit thick for the style.

O- definitely not your typical saison, but a great American take on it. One of my favorite saisons, and relatively available on the east coast.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 01:58:25 | More by fo5s
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Pours a very light orange with a small white head. Decent retention and some lacing.

S - Muted citrus - Oranges and lemons, a slight spice.

T - Citrus, but mild, some funk, belgian yeast flavors.

D - Light body and medium carbonation.

O - Very muted and mild flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 05:27:11 | More by HuskyinPDX
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phichifiji00

California

3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from July 2011 bottle into tulip glass:

Appearance: hazy, yellow, with creamy white head (minimal).

Smell: Spicy, peppery, slightly funky.

Taste: Peppery, Ginger light funky, grassy, earthy notes.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, bubbly, slightly creamy.

Overall: A decent saison, but not my favorite by any means.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 03:55:19 | More by phichifiji00
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Fluffy 1-finger head fades slowly; minimal lacing; cloudy light gold colored beer.

Very yeasty, slightly musty aroma. Bitterness very forward in the tasting, but not really a hop bitterness...yeastiness follows behind..slightly tangy. Vaguely grapefruity/pithy taste.

Fairly dry with medium low carbonation. Quenching.

Overall not as interesting or complex as I'd have hoped. The bitterness really outshines the other subtler flavor aspects of this beer. Didn't really excite me too much. Kind of one-note.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 16:12:51 | More by tobelerone
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KDawg

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear yellow-goldish color with a good foamy head.

Very fresh and aromatic with aromas of citrus, spice tones with some malts and grain tones as well. Medium bodied with a real good feel. This is a really good domestic saison that plays to a more citrusy side

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 19:31:42 | More by KDawg
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abrethanson

California

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - golden yellow / orange and thick like the yoke of an egg with a little white hat poured into my tulip glass. Beautiful body.

Smell - yeast, citrus

Taste - like fresh cut hay from the farm. Very dry and earthy with some citrus, bready, and spiciness. Finish was of hoppy bitterness with a funky aftertaste and a hint of alcohol. Farmhouse character opened up a little more throughout the glass

Overall - Definitely fits the farmhouse style. Very drinkable and perfect on a cool summer night.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 14:24:35 | More by abrethanson
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip; bottled April '11, batch 24

Pours a bright orange with a fluffy white cap. Slow on the retreat with some scattered lacing. A decent amount of visible carbonation.

The aroma is of lemons and tangerines, fresh cut grass, white pepper, and fruity yeast. A bright and fresh aroma that really takes control of the olfactories.

An earthy funkiness comes out a little more on the palate. Lemons and tangerines come in waves while white pepper and a lightly toasted malt background hold down the back end. The finish is spicy, fruity and dry.

Astringent, fresh and dry on the palate. Tangerine fruitiness and grassy hops in the finish. Body is medium at best. As this warms, the body softens a little bit.

This is a classic (if that's even possible) example of an American saison. Hoppy, dry and downright delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 01:36:42 | More by ColForbinBC
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mocktm

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber with a stickered on bottling date of Feb 2011, Batch 22. Pretty sweet artwork on the bottle, done by the brewers themselves apparently, groovy.

Unfiltered golden hue, frothy white head that lingers around amiably. Appealing for sure.

Nose is rather intricate, I've read the term "horse blanket" thrown around in Saison reviews before, but never really understood what that meant, until now. This is musty as hell, with some light fruit and peppery spiciness. Although, no doubt about it, the yeast is the most prominent aroma here.

Yeast prowess is met with some mild hop bitterness and significant graininess. Citric zest and bubblegum undertones with a hint of spice. A little bland to be honest, this is missing that almost sour citrus kick that I really like in my Saisons.

Champagne dry finish, medium bodied with more than ample carbonation. Right on for the style.

A pleasant Saison, but it didn't blow my hair back. I don't think I'll ever be inclined to get it again with more preferable options in the same price range, but def worth a try if you haven't yet.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 03:24:16 | More by mocktm
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elNopalero

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for sharing this one.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Pours a cloudy golden color with little to no foam. It looks vibrant, smells every bit as dynamic. A wonderful, pronounced yeasty aroma. There’s a bit of a spicy bite in the taste. A hoppy saison, but dramatically different from the only other hoppy saison I’ve tried. There’s a dry finish to this beer, distinct and bold. Going out on a limb here but I think I catch some coriander as well? Thick mouthfeel. Enjoyed it as it warmed and released more of that wonderful aroma. Bit of an acidic finish towards the end, but not off-putting. I’d definitely pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 20:35:25 | More by elNopalero
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dogfishandi

New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle at fridge temp poured into an ommegang chalice. bottled july 2011.

pours out a nice bright golden color, hazy, not that big of a head, eventually becoming patchy. no real lace.

cracker like grains, slightly sweet, bubblegum yeast, lemon citrus.

very smooth, and balanced. just a very slightly sweet grain that melds with a very smooth yeast flavor, no pungent clove, just some sweet bubblegum. slightly tart lemon citrus. finishes with a very nice americaine hop presence, citrus and some pine with decent amount of lingering bitterness.

crisp, bitter, very smooth, lighter bodied. almost like a menthol effect on the palate, a little after the sip. a solid overall mouthfeel.

overall, off the pour and first smell, i wasnt expecting much, but wow, i was a little surprised. now i see why its called a "saison americaine"- a solid saison with a nice hop presense, maybe american hops, not sure. very smooth, and dangerously drinkable. definatly an affordable price tag as well, something worth revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 03:05:55 | More by dogfishandi
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dayglo saffron colour, opaque with lots of haze. Head is white, just a thin film of bubbles really with slight trail of sticky lace. Looks alright.

Smells quite sweet with plenty of grain notes - pearl barley with quinoa and a good dose of white pepper on the back. Sweetness overlying with vanilla and peppermint hints. Intriguing and enjoyable, if ultimately a bit simple.

Taste is a bit odd from the get-go. Pulls you in with lots of flavour on the assault, grainy though and mild with lightly puffed rice giving way to a mostly empty front palate with an underlying citric note. Develops some vinous characters late with a touch of champagne and some mushroomy, savoury hints as well. Not bad, but I just feel there's something lacking. Bit heavier on the 'Americaine' than on the Saison flavours, but let's just say it's lacking 'heart'.

Fairly smooth, good body with a bit of a pull midway but otherwise light and pleasant.

A really drinkable beer where what is lacking in flavour adds up to genuine quaffability. Plus, it's intriguing enough for it not to be a flop.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 04:37:56 | More by laituegonflable
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice take on a Saison with a stimulating bitterness.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Another whimsical, poppy and note very clear label with a moustached grain taking a bath set in the forest? They draw their own labels and it shows… Back label notes inspiration for the brew, as well as overall feel-good intent of the brewery. Seal tape on the cap notes bottling July 2011. It shows 6.4% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Tremendously hazy golden pour, it is almost creamy, milky… Fair frothy head, moderate retention and surface memory with small lacing. The milky look is actually fairly attractive, if only the foam were a bit stronger...

S - Citric freshness, touch of yeast, sweet hint...

T - The taste follows with the citric notes upfront woven in a nice bitterness, it is not too complex but rather likable, hints of soft fruits and bready malt with faint spiciness.

M - Medium body with medium and adequate carbonation. Nice long bitter finish.

O - Nice flow, lacks a notch in complexity to push it a level up but it is rather recommendable nevertheless. A Pretty Thing indeed.

Notes: Nothing mind-blowing here, and I'm not sure the extreme hype is deserved, but so far all I've tried from Pretty Things feels like solid stimulating quality so what is not to like?

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 01:01:44 | More by Daniellobo
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daveytheformer

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to canjeeps for hooking me up with this.

Batch 18, Aug. 2010

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thin bright white head that fades to mid lacing and spotting.

Smells sweet and floral. Pepper spice dominates the nose. Comes across a little metallic.

Tastes earthy and dry with a mild hoppy bite. Bready and light sweet fruit flavor start to come out to play followed by a light bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with nice crisp carbonation.

Overall is really good and I would love to try this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 19:12:50 | More by daveytheformer
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PDXHops

South Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber courtesy of jsilva bottled September 2010, consumed July 2011. A fairly aggressive pour into a Duvel tulip coaxes a modest white head atop the hazy gold body. A skim of foam sticks around, but little lacing is left behind.

There seems to be a certain woodsy quality in the nose, joining (blunting?) muted presences of yeast and spices. A touch of funk. Tastes more lively, although the thickish body seems to bog things down a bit. The hop bitterness seems to cut through the body more effectively than the spices (cloves, allspice, white pepper) or tanginess (sweetened lemon, yeast, a vague sour presence). Modest funkiness develops as it warms. I’d love to see some more of the earthy and spicy notes coaxed out of this. Compared to upper-tier saisons, Jack D’Or is somewhat lacking in ‘oomph’, but pretty tasty and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 15:12:29 | More by PDXHops
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Pretty Things beer! Hell, is there anything DC doesn't get now?

Bottled July 2011 (Thank you for letting me know!)

Poured into my DuClaw Colossus snifter.

A: No see-through quality on this bad boy... it was cloudy through and through! Slightly darker than Crayon yellow, and a slight bubble formation for a head that died down rather quickly. What it had, it retained well.

S: Lots of yummy spices and farmhouse funk.... potent even! Particularly, the blend of the coriander with the candy sugar was sensational!

T: Not too sweet at all. Very pleasant and highly gulpable yeastiness. Sure, the spices were present, but not as in-your-face and the nose. Bone-sucklingly dry.... probably as a result of the bleached-out sweetness.

M: Nice carbonation make-up, with plenty of bubbles to massage the palate. The lacing was non-existent, but in a style like this, I never like too much farmhouse funk to linger.

O: Token example of this style for sure. I will be seeking out lots more from Pretty Things now that they are readily available in my area.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 20:12:19 | More by Chaney
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avaldivia

California

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at the Coddingtown Whole Foods Tap Room is Santa Rosa.

A: Light hazy golden color. Nice head with good retention and lacing.

S: Some nice spice. A bit of citrus. Some definite Belgian yeast funk.

T: More of a hop character than I expected. Perhaps it was just more grapefruit in the flavor than I came to expect from the nose. After that, it tasted like it smelled.

M: Medium bodied. A lot of carbonation. Crisp.

O: A good Saison. I didn't know Pretty Things was distributing here, so am jumped on it. Doubt I will see it on tap again, but I would give it another shot.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 18:31:07 | More by avaldivia
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illidurit

California

3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into my Saison Dupont glass. Opaque straw color - almost milky - with a coif of white foam that settles back into more of a combover. Aroma is bright, alternatingly fruity and musty. Citrus peel and soggy hay, candied orange and cobwebs, honey, fresh laundry. The flavor seems restrained at first, like there's something vivid struggling to get out, but it's truncated by a mineral character that approaches astringency. Still, a mild unripe mango fruitiness is detectable along with some dry pale malts and leafy noble hops with a clean peppery finish. I was hoping this would come out of its shell with warmth but no such luck. The only development I get is a more lingering astringency and a little more sweetness. Palate is also a bit off. The carbonation is inappropriately low, giving this beer a soft but unsatisfying mouthfeel. Not bad but I'd say this needs some fine-tuning.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 07:28:17 | More by illidurit
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Tribeca Whole Foods in NYC, and brought back to Australia to share with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a cloudy but very light yellow colour, with a somewhat patchy large-bubbled white film for a head. Minimal lacing and the body looks very light. Carbonation is fine, and I like the opacity of the body, but otherwise it's a bit lacklustre.

The nose, however, is very pleasant, with an organic fragrance and a true bite of slightly sweaty saison yeast. Rather round and very Belgian in style, giving a sweetness that feels rather raw. Hints around the edges of curacao and other fruity esters.

Taste is also good, and fitting nicely in the Saison genre, with a hint of slightly peppery phenolic bite on the front and a clean and crisp finish. Very little acidity, which is a shame, because I like a hint of acidity to my saisons, and this one just peters out without giving up much else, but it's very true to style and very much in the true Belgian, round and full and slightly biting category of saisons.

A good non-Belgian saison, but far from my favourite. It feels like it paints the broad strokes of the style well, but misses the little details. It doesn't have a true complexity, it doesn't have the acidity and it doesn't have the interesting organic funk of a great example. And that's a bit of a shame.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 07:17:23 | More by lacqueredmouse
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notchucknorris

California

3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale straw color with a thin off-white head.

S: Wet dog, lemon rind, pale malt and some coriander.

T: I get lemon rind, orange zest, dry champagne yeast and a little sage. The finish is super bitter with a big hit of something that tastes like aspirin. Not the most pleasant finish. This loses points for me solely on that. The rest of the beer is solid.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 22:25:19 | More by notchucknorris
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to t8000shx for this extra. Thanks Ben. Bottle split into tulips.

A: Crystal clear golden yellow. Huge fluffy bright white head. Soapy lace rings remain around the glass.

S: Full on Belgian yeast profile. Sweet with a touch of bubble gum and clove. Hints of fresh grass as well.

T: Very dry and bitter flavors. Loads of spices. The clove and coriander wash over my tongue. Banana and bubble gum. Sort of an acrid finish.

M: Medium to light body. Loaded with bubbles. Maybe too much so.

O: This one seemed to be a bit of a let down. The bitterness sort of killed off any chance the flavors had to mesh.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 00:34:30 | More by beerwolf77
Jack D'or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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