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Jack D'or - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Ratings: 1,320
Reviews: 602
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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Photo of ptykozoon


3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Glowing amber, head goes to layer fast, slightly sticky lacing.

Sweet apple, cane sugar, lemon, pear, peach.

Earthy, floral taste. Spice. I'd like a bit more fruit in this.

Bitter and dry well carb'd crisp mouthfeel. No finish.

I like saisons but this one was mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 19:10:03 | More by ptykozoon
Photo of JoshVandy


3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650mL bottle into a Bruery snifter.
Sticker with "Bottled April 2011, Batch 24" on the neck. Big thanks to Patrick (Patrickbrusil) for including this nice extra.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color with about a 1.5 finger pearl white head. Decent retention.  Subpar lacing down the glass as I consume this brew.

S- Yeast comes through, along with a nice banana aroma and some nice malt tones. Flowers and other fruit come through as well.

T- A fantastic blend of fruits and subtle spice notes hit the palate and linger nicely. A nice hoppy and peppery finish round it out beautifully.

M- Thin body, as I expected, with medium carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Could be a touch more dry in my opinion.

O- My first Pretty Things brew did not disappoint. A very solid Saison that I need to get more of to cellar for a while, as I feel like it could dry out and be a better beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 03:12:51 | More by JoshVandy
Photo of shangwang


3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle dated November 2010, Batch 20. picked this up during a January visit to Boston. served in a Chimay glass. As an aside I had forgotten this was in my fridge for the past few months so it's aged longer than what I would have liked. Nevertheless I'm hoping the fact that it has been refrigerated the whole time kept it from oxidation.

Poured with a thin layer of white head that dissipated quickly with very thin lacing. Beer itself was a hazy golden straw color. Smelled like fresh baked bread with banana and citrusy notes. Interesting taste- it started with the toffee, banana, and citrus tastes that I expected from a saison, but it finished with a bitter, malty, cigar wrapper taste that caught me off guard. As I drank more I felt hops were more noticeable, but not overpowering. No particular taste lingered on my palette, and it was a clean finish. Medium, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

This is a light, easy-to-drink beer and while its not the best farmhouse I've had, it's a good version of the style with some unique tastes. Overall, I enjoyed it and I would probably drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 00:05:40 | More by shangwang
Photo of Knapp85


3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a sample of this on tap at the 2010 ACBF. I tried a bunch of Pretty Things that day including this one. The look of the beer is nice, strong hazy golden body with a decent white head on it. The aromas were hard to pick up for some reason that day on this beer. It was mostly a little funky with some wheat and some citrus in there perhaps. The taste was kind of light to me as well. I felt like I wasn't able to pull anything from this brew. There were some flavors that resembled the style well. I did pick up the farmhouse taste with some wheat and citrus in there with just a bit of tartiness. The mouthfeel was good I thought. I really sure buy and bottle and check this one out again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 03:57:58 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jlindros


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

Somehow never got a review up for this, maybe it was lost in one of the BA site crashes, who knows. Batch 24 from April 2011.

Pours a decent sized fizzy 1 finger head that fades to a light head covering and stopping there for a while, over a clear golden honey colored beer.

Nose has light malts and wheats, bit toasty malts, very light fruits and spices, a banana like wheat aroma, a bit of a sweet malts, light almost syrupy like sweetness, light citrus and orange peel, and light grassy and citrus almost noble hops.

Taste brings some nice toasty malts at first, some wheats, some spices a bit more than the nose, light banana and fruits, bit of corriander and clove, light sweet malts, some hops as well, a bit grassy, some citrus hops, some bitterness but not a lot, the bitterness actually gets a bit stronger with the orange peel bitterness, fairly rustic and dry despite the sweetness, the slightest touch of booze, and a bit of a floral taste. Finishes pretty dry, a slight sticky feel, and lots of lingering flavors, spices, citrus hops, orange peel, bit of the wheat.

Mouth is medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall pretty good, a bit heavy overall on the flavors from what I usually like for saisons, but it's still a great saison. Spices a bit too high, hops are added well, nice wheat flavors and fruits, all blended well, and nice dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 02:28:19 | More by jlindros
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle pouted into a tulip.

a: golden haze, 1/2" head with little retention.

s: strong clove

t: peppery clove, slight hint of malt, flowery hops, clean yeast.

m: medium bodied, light carbonation.

o: not a bad beer, just not too impressive to me.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 19:51:05 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of Beertracker


4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty Things Jack D'or pours up with a lively effervescence that creates a frothy whitish head that persists nicely above the slightly hazy, peach golden body. The zesty aroma shows a nice phenolic spiciness with hints of cilantro, green peppercorn, lemon verbena & chamomile followed by a citric fruitiness of dried orange peel, lemon rind & pink grapefruit which underlies the grainy maltiness. Just a touch of spicy hops as it warms in hand. The flavor starts off a bit spicy, but the underlying maltiness quickly supports the marked bitterness and additional spices nicely to create an off-dry, slightly acidic but surprisingly balanced finish. This finely crafted, artisanal "Saison Americain" shows some complexity & finesse and is certainly worthy of your complete & undivided attention. Here's to the mighty & magnificant mustached Jack D'or!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 03:59:38 | More by Beertracker
Photo of seand


4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a translucent light straw color, with a small amount of bubbly white head. Just a bit retains around the edge of the glass and in clumps on the surface, but it's enough to leave decent spots of lacing.

S: Yeasty, with a thick malt note in the background. Almost floral, but more like a forest than a flower garden.

T: Sweet and yeasty, but there's a lot going on. A fair hop presence is noticeable on the finish, and the finish is quite dry.

M: Medium to light body, medium carbonation.

Overall it's pretty nice. It's quite complex for such a light feeling beer, and still tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 00:44:21 | More by seand
Photo of knucks999


3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice thick foam that lasts throughout the session. Hazy color, light golden. Really nice aroma, bananna, great Belgian yeast character, no sulfur. The mouthfeel is amazing, makes the beer seem to have so much body, but still finish so dry. Some hop character, some lingering bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 23:15:00 | More by knucks999
Photo of rzoq


4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Hangar in a 20oz frozen mug.

Truly a unique take on a french farmhouse ale. Beautiful blonde with a two finger head. Smells fresh, springy and delicious. Notes of lemon, grapefruit, lilac, and earth are dominant.

First sip was crisp and refreshing. Half way through and I am pondering how this simple beer tastes more complex and bright with each sip. First taste from this Project (& first review on BA) and definitely need to explore their other offerings. Highly recommend this one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2011 00:50:10 | More by rzoq
Photo of ChadQuest


3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like a saison should IMO. kinda cloudy straw yellow with a generous amount of head.

This one is all about the light fruits and the yeast. Pears and apples are the first thing on my mind as i smell and sip this, A citrus hint comes into play too,only kinda dry but this bottle is only 5 months old, i think i might let the other 3 sit a bit and see if they get dryer, i think that is what this one needs.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 04:53:42 | More by ChadQuest
Photo of mjn5036

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – 22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. This one pours a golden yellow with a large, fluffy white head. Head retention is decent, leaving behind minimal lacing.

S – The nose smells delicious. A plethora of fruit, primarily banana, and spice dominate; a flowery presence, and sweet wheat with a nice earthy yeast factor in the background.

T – The taste is a subtle combination of spice and fruit with a considerably bitter hoppiness that did not present itself in the nose. A peppery finish.

M – Thin to medium bodied with a pleasant amount of carbonation. Crisp and dry, much like champagne.

O – Another fine beer by Pretty Things. It’s a complex brew with some really good things going for it. I however don’t really care for the peppery and bitter finish which seems to take away from the overall taste of it.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 02:24:38 | More by mjn5036
Photo of rdpoint


3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Very nice pale yellow color with little to no head.

S-Wheat almost overwhelms everything, faint citrus as well.

T-This is my first experience with this style of beer, the yeast/wheat smacks you right in the face to start followed by a dry finish.

M-Thin with low carbonation and almost no head.

O-An interesting beer, not one of my favorites by I enjoyed sampling it. The wheat/yeast for my taste is a little overpowering but worth sampling, not a beer that I could drink more than one of at a time.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 15:05:24 | More by rdpoint
Photo of pratyk


3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 2011 Batch 24

Appearance: Clear Yellow-Golden. White head that is frothy. 2 finger thick upon pour but dissipates quickly.

Smell: Lemony, Grassy with a hint of Clove

Taste: Grassy, Citrusy, a little spicy with yeasty undertones. Dry, crisp finish. Hopiness + Spiciness builds up with each sip though.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: Easy to drink beer that's light. Maybe a little too grassy... But it does go well with Spicy food like Indian curries.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 02:52:59 | More by pratyk
Photo of impending


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

22oz into a tulip. First pour a gorgeous crystal clear classic yellow gold with nice creamy white head.

Aroma of classic saison, rich in grain, yeast spices and the requisite barnyard.

Taste follows the nose. Citrus grass, doughy yeast, nice hop profile and a perfectly dry finish. Smooth, crisp yet creamy mouthfeel.
Pairs well with food.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 00:23:54 | More by impending
Photo of greybeardloon

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled March, 2011. Two pours, the second with a significant amount of sediment.

A: Cloudy golden color (very cloudy on the second). Surprisingly, the head was modest and it didn't last long.

S: Spicy and earthy, with significant dust and earth on the second pour.

T: Some fruitiness (after having read a review mentioning unripe bananas, I definitely pick that up) with a crisp, very dry finish and a lingering hop bite. The second pour was a bit muddier.

M: Medium bodied and lively.

O: Fairly drinkable, but a bit drier than is my preference.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 03:20:55 | More by greybeardloon
Photo of Brad007


4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up in Boston on the weekend of the Extreme Beer Fest. I've been meaning to try it but it's been sitting in my fridge for a while. This was bottled in February 2011 and is part of batch #22.

Pours a beautiful bright golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. I love the artwork on the bottle. The beer looks great too.

Spicy yeast with an underside of grassy hops. Just a hint of citrus as well to top it off.

Lots of spicy yeast followed by mild/grassy hops and sweet, almost buttery malt. Crisp and tart at the same time.

Linger spicy yeast and crisp malt make for a highly pleasant mouthfeel. Malt continues to exhibit the buttery notes mentioned.

I'm impressed. This is a very, very good example of the style. Easy to drink, easy to enjoy and in the spirit of what a saison is supposed to embody (think light, flavorful and perfect for a seasonal endeavour).

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 08:51:06 | More by Brad007
Photo of vkv822


4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip.
Feb. 2011
Batch 22

Pours clear yellow with fairly active carbonation rising up to a foamy white head.

The aroma is grassy and lemony, with zesty-spiced Belgian yeast notes.

The taste follows the nose fairly well, with a bit more of a grassy emphasis upfront. The zesty yeast esters definitely make themselves known, but don't become overwhelming as can easily happen. It finishes on a lemony note.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with active carbonation that helps give it a lighter feel and keeps it fairly crisp and refreshing.

Overall just a well done and enjoyable saison. While it may not be anything too fancy, it is what I think of when I think of a saison.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 02:33:27 | More by vkv822
Photo of DaveHS


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

A-Pours cloudy, sunny blond with a tall, creamy head that reduces slowly, leaving thick chunky lacing down the glass.

S- The nose is pleasantly floral, with notes of lavender and fresh cut grass complementing aromas of zested lemon, pale malts, estery Belgian yeast and citric hops.

T/M- The first sip is dry and bright, with spicy rye-like flavors competing for dominance with Belgian yeast derived fruit flavors. The more I drink this, I find the spiciness has a residual effect, building up on the palate and helping to bring out the complexity of the hop profile. There’s a lot going on here. Lots of flavors that seem at first to be competing against one another, but ultimately meld into something delicious. The finish is hoppy and crisp, with touches of clove, cracked pepper, and dried flowers.

O-Really great. One of the best I've had from Pretty Things.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 03:26:15 | More by DaveHS
Photo of mechamifune

North Carolina

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

Pours an almost clear gold/yellow color. Slight white head dissapates pretty quick. A very clear beer, body looks very light, but at the same time the carbonation and lacing is evident and very pleasant looking. Looks pretty refreshing.

Smell is lemon, grass, and fruity notes presumably from the belgian yeasts. A slight sweetness. No real funk notes to speak of (which is good for me, as i tend to like "cleaner" saisons more).

Taste is in turn with the smell. A slight sweetness, and the belgian yeast notes really come out in a pleasant way. Eventually a slight spicyness comes out in it, but nothing harsh at all. Hops are slightly noticeable and i'd generally in line with the style norm.

Moutfeel is very nice, crisp but retaining a nice smooth finish. A very easy to drink beer that packs a lot of flavor into a relatively light body. One of the most enjoyable saisons i've ever had and one to seek out particularly if you more enjoy clean, less "funky" saisons.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 00:25:48 | More by mechamifune
Photo of FosterJM


4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

427th review on BA
Bottle to tulip
Batch 22 Bottled Feb 2011

App- Highlighted orange with two fingers of head. lots of sticky lace to this saison. Very pretty (no pun intended) in the glass.

Smell- Very aromatic with lots of fresh fruits including orange, banana, and tangerines. Balanced out with some mellow yeasts.

Taste- Very orange rind like taste to this one. At the same time this had a peculiar dampness to it but it accentuated the taste didn't detract from it.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carbonation but at the same time was a bit watery to me.

Drink- A very good craft saison. A little funk, sweet, and delictate citrus. I paired this with a MahiMahi filet for Easter and was very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 03:24:17 | More by FosterJM
Photo of beorn7676


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

A- Light hazy straw yellow with large amounts of carbonation. Good sized chunky head that leave wonderful lacing on the glass.

S- Spice and banana are at the forefront, followed by pleasant lemony and floral, grassy hop notes.

T- Great balance of pear, banana, lemon, flowery hops, and light malt flavors. Finish is perfect in my book. Just the right amount of tartness and dryness.

M- Light mouthfeel, lively carbonation, and wonderful dryness make this a refreshing beer.

O- Really enjoyed this one. To me this is what a Saison should taste like. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 04:02:59 | More by beorn7676
Photo of brianjay


3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden, with just a bit of haze. Bright airy foam for head, which transforms into a sticky lace ring. Bubbles add life, steadily floating to the top
Aroma is a subtle freshly cut wheat aroma with just a hint of pepper.
Tastes gets a big kick from the hops: a bit of that pepper from earlier as well as an earthy, spicy finish.
A very unique and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 20:51:28 | More by brianjay
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle N Hum, served in a tulip.

Pours an unfiltered golden yellow, finger of dense creamy head. Leaves a collar, mild lacing and retention. Nose holds lots of dry bread notes, wheat, bright citrus, lemongrass-iness. Hopped nicely, very American take on the style. Some banana and phenolic notes that feel a bit out of place but smells great integrated with this. Taste has the wheat, lemon and citrus, mouthfeel gets dry real quick and adds some spice in the finish. Great mouthfeel, dry and refreshing. Summer day perfection. Impressive and an interesting American take on the style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2011 17:39:17 | More by liamt07
Photo of beagle75


4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bright pale fruit, slightly vinous, more pear and banana than apple. A yeasty phenolic twist characterizes the smell as that of a farmhouse ale, but it remains restrained--never overpowering.

T: Begins off-dry, with early Belgian yeast character and bright acidity that cooperates nicely with the multi-layered fruit consisting of pears and golden raisins. Peppery spice and husky rye surges into the middle replacing much of the early fruit. Flavors become more dry in the finish where snappy bitter and herbal hops come together in the presence of a phenolic bite.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, palpable acidity is somewhat complimentary to the flavor profile, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This saison is a predictable American-brewed example in some respects, comparable to the Bruery's Saison Rue or Lost Abbey's Red Barn. The composed flavor profile comes across as superior to most, making this beer resonate in the memory as a really strong example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 17:38:15 | More by beagle75
Jack D'or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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