Pockets Of Sunlight
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

Pockets Of SunlightPockets Of Sunlight
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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #151
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,435
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 5.92%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
73
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
 
Ohio, United States
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Pockets Of SunlightPockets Of Sunlight
Notes: Pockets of Sunlight is a saison brewed with honey, coriander & lemon verbena. Fermented with a mixed culture of classic saison strains, wild yeast, & bacteria. Post fermentation, the beer was conditioned in stainless steel for 6 weeks with its primary mixed culture. A third & final fermentation completed this beer in the bottle. Pockets of Sunlight is a radiant saison full of crisp energy.
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 73
Photo of Lorianneb
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a teku. Slight head that quickly disappeared. Pale straw colored. Aroma is slightly sweet with some funk. Some spice. Taste is tart, with the honey and verbena coming through. Some funk, but not overwhelming. Well carbonated that stays on the tongue. Overall a delicious beer that I would love to buy again

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Photo of TinFang
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Barrelworks snifter. Slightly honey-tinged pallid yellow. No head other than a thin ring around the glass and little islands of bubbles. Smell of white wine. Crisp sourness, slightly sweet funk, flashes of herbs from the verbena, coriander in the background. Medium mouth feel, light carbonation, perfect for this ale.

I would buy this again.

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Photo of darktronica
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A perfectly light, bright and crisp saison, well balanced with the coriander and honey providing great accents to the lemon and bacterial souring. Also digging the particular yeast culture used.

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Photo of bobv
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Moderate pour yields a 1/4 inch white head over a bright, golden body with no lacing and head is gone in a few minutes. Nose of herb, slight spice, and even slighter funk. Taste is very, very nice with all the parts coming together. Coriander, honey, and spice are present with a very nice tart finish from the lemon verbena . Coriander is noted on the finish as well. Feel for a Saison is a bit thin, but for an American Wild Ale, pretty good. Cheers to Athens, Ohio for this!

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A sweet, enticing aroma of Belgian yeast, citrus, malt, honey, and a slightly funky quality.

T: Tasted of a bit of the typical saison barnyard funk (not as much as with some Belgian saisons), lots of yeast, some honey, spices (pepper), a bit of citrus (lemon), and light malt. A much sweeter, lighter version of a saison flavor, but one that works. The honey and citrus fit right in with the style.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a lively, prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An extremely drinkable, well made saison. It's not quite in line with the classic idea of the style, but it's definitely drinkable.

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Photo of JayQue
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really great Saison. Had it with my Thanksgiving turkey. Poured a hazy yellow color with a medium size fizzy white head into a pint glass. Head fades fast and there is little lacing. Great aroma, tartness/sourness, funk lemon and spices. Taste is even better. A Saison yeasty/funky presence with some brett tartness/sourness. This beer is complex and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is rich and complex. The tartness, funk, lemon and spices all blend together beautifully on the tongue. This one is a winner.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange body with fizzy head thanks to carbonation. Medium, funky yeast aroma hints of tropical fruit esters. Tart, almost sour funky taste with acidic crispness and sharpness with a tropical fruit taste in the background and crisp finish.

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Photo of woemad
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from @WesMantooth. A mystery beer, cloaked in a brown paper bag, with a message from WesMantooth printed upon it: "Pour with blatant disregard sorry, 'Pour with Care.' I knew it was one or the other. NBS # 6 - Wes."

Poured into a Kane snifter, this is a lemony, hazy beer with a decent sized white head, with a fair amount of lacing.

Very saisonish nose, with slightly bitter, herbal hop notes and peppery, spicy Belgian yeast esters. Slightly earthly hmm notes as well, reminding me of some wheat beers. Curious what this will turn out to be.

Fairly tart and spicy flavor. Again, I think I'm dealing with a saison, but it's a fairly fruity one, up front, anyway. In addition to the Belgian spicy yeast notes noted above, I also get mild citrus flavors and a bit of melon, ending on a dry note.

Medium bodied, with a dry, faintly crisp mouthfeel.

Time to remove the wrapping and reveal this beer's identity: Yes, it's a saison, brewed with "Honey, Coriander and Lemon Verbena." Well, I certainly didn't know the particular beer, but I did know the style. It's one I would definitely drink again, given the chance. Thanks, WesMantooth!

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Gusher upon opening, loosing about 3 ounces luckily not too much. Clear at first, but then slow decant topping up causes classic cloudiness as the gases distrubed the bottom. Faint white head that fizzes quickly, and strangely very small at half a finger. Major gush and no head… that's a first for our hero. A classic lemon yellow body with excellent clarity, or glowing lemon opaqueness. Take your pick.

Straightforward brett action on the nose that's quite solid. Moderate funk, with touches of some herb, and the honey does seem to make a presence kicking in some sweetness but it's tiny. Hints quite herbal too, pretty solid.

Real nice palate. Light and crispy feel, but with an excellent honey coating and flavor. Touches light brett and fantastic herbal flavors, from sage to mint, lemon balm like and some spicy character. Herbality really opens up on the swallow, touches large amounts of mint like character that mixes with brett and sweet honey creating a wonderful cocktail like quality.

Gush and appearance aside, a very tasty saison.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Bright yellow pour with a massive two finger head that had continuous bubbles rising to the top. Beautiful champagne like in appearance.

S: Spicy lemongrass / herbs and some wet hay, lightly herbed

T: Crisp and light with an overhanging lemon zest / lemon grass with wet barrel, some tiny hints of coriander and a mostly saison like presence in taste. The honey that is in here finished the beer a little more dry perhaps.

M: Highly carbonated and a very light mouthfeel, appropriate for the style.

O: Overall very tasty and refreshing. Definitely a delicate beer that is to be savored and not to be outcompeted with say an IPA or some other more flavorful beer prior to opening this. Well done, first JO's I have had in a while.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle poured into a tulip
A: Dark yellow with a 1.5 finger head that lingers for quite a while
S: A lot going on - lemon, lemongrass, coriander, herbs, wheat and yeast
T: Matches the nose. Citrus up front followed by spice/herbs/wheat on the midpalate then back to citrus for a crisp finish
M: Light-bodied, light carbonation, noticeable acidity leads to a pleasant crispness
O: A very clean, tasty, well-made saison, kudos Jackie O's

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a semi-murky burnt dark yellow close to wood color with a half finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Lace seemed to just slide right on into the beer.
Aromas of sweet pulpy wet sticky lemon rolling over some fresh sweet grassy notes with a tickle of crushed coriander and dipping into an ever so slight honey penetrating a light woodiness at the very end.
Flavors takes all of the prior mentioned aromas to meld sweetly at first and with a gradual warming a nice settled in spice from the coriander roughs out some of that sweetness. Aftertaste was presentable fulfilling a fantastic blend of all of those flavors.
Mouthfeel had some of the carbonation seeming to hit a bit more than expected but after a little bit of warming, some harshness from that coriander seemed to pull down that carbonation. Light acceptable stickiness, not cloying on my tongue. I'd say between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. ABV felt on par as projected by the brewer.
Overall, I always thought Jackie O's could do some fantastic big stouts, but I didn't know they could do fantastic saisons too.

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Photo of SABERG
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2017 bottle into the HFB test glass.
A - Bright sunny yellow color. Clarity is wonderful, allowing the vibrant carbonation to be on full display. A tight knit cap of
white is quick to exit, leaving an orbital ring clinging to the glass.
S - Very delicate and clean, threads of lemon grass, pilsner malt, wheat and a touch of coriander all meld seamlessly.
T - Fruit skin, apple, a bit of lemon verbena comes through, with a rise in temperature the honey moves forward. The mixed culture has a very nice ashen, mineral aspect.
M - Here the offering shines, exceptionally lite on the palate, a neutral start , then the ever slightest bit of tartness. The mid experience is a bit sweet, and the finish, delightfully dry. This reminded me a great deal of Austrian white wine.
Exceptionally clean feel.
O - The offering is so clean, flavorful and yet elegantly simple. These are the times where a brewer shines. A very difficult canvas to hide flaws on. The mixed fermentation is on full display, by using stainless and then short multiple stages without the use of barrel aging creates a very clean expression.
Excellent work by Brad and the talented brewers at Jackie O's.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

an absolutely brilliant wild saison, done with honey, coriander, and lemon verbena. its clear and dry and remarkably effervescent. it has a wonderful springtime aroma, floral as can be, delicate, and softly funky. i dont get any wood here, not sure if its seen any or not, but it seems lighter to me as a result of there being no real wood profile despite the funk, which seems highly developed and mature. the honey adds a lot, even though the beer isnt at all sweet. its got a real polleny flowery element, and gives this beer a nice layer of flavor. the lemon verbena is slightly herbal, even a little medicinal, with hints of mint and lemon lime soda, as well as mild citrus. coriander is the most subtle of the added ingredients, earthy at the most. i love the delicate body of this, less wheaty tasting and feeling than other saison types, more of a pils type base, although this isnt really malty tasting at all. nice fruity bretty funk here at the end gives it a white wine essence, and the high carbonation makes it drinkable and refreshing. perfect morning beer, a standout in an insane lineup of beers yesterday! so glad to see some bottles of their beers in colorado now too! this one is expert.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle. Slightly hazy golden yellow. Smells of lemon, a little grassy, coriander, and some yeast. Tastes a little tart. Lemony. Grainy. Strong coriander. Herbal aftertaste. Light and crisp. Pretty nice.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a tulip. Lemon colored haze with a decent sized head with good retention. Smelled of lemon and summer grass. Tasted similar and very dry making you want to come back quickly. Very nice feel to it. This is a very refreshing summer beer that illustrates the variance within the style of saisons because this tastes very different from Dupont, Tank 7 or Hennepin, to give three examples. I agree with the reviewer who said $11 is too much for this when less expensive alternatives are easily available.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 ounce bottle, 2017 vintage. Served in a Prairie teku, the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with about an inch white head with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like lemon, honey, coriander, grainy malt and earthiness. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some lime, white grape, green apples, grassiness and a bit of peppery spice flavor noticeable. Slightly tart, too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's crisp with a good amount of carbonation. I thought it was an enjoyable brew, really good for a hotter day and just plain good in general. Jackie O's has another winner here! $10.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Sabtos
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Milky pale maize with a massive, loud foam head that quickly settles to a bubbly blanket.

This smells like a salty, Gose-like popcorn with a little peppercorn, lemon and mixed wild herbs. There's even a little aged cheddar that emerges as it warms.

Taste is quite nicely tart of lemon, toasted cracker, salt and pepper, again, nearly a Gose, but then comes some earthy funk and a hint of lavender.

Overall this is a nice, tart and refreshing summertime brew with a crisp, medium body and dry finish.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2017 vintage bottling. Foamed up a bit when I opened it. Pours slightly hazy pale golden/straw color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, green apple, white grape, coriander, peppercorn, white wine, hay, straw, herbal, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with light honey, leather, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, spices, and light-moderate pale malt/honey notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, green apple, white grape, coriander, peppercorn, white wine, hay, straw, herbal, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with light honey, leather, musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Moderate yeast spiciness and light fruity/lactic tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, green apple, white grape, coriander, peppercorn, white wine, hay, straw, herbal, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light leathery/musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, spices, and light-moderate pale malt/honey flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from tart/spiciness and carbonation, increasing through the glass. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/grainy/sticky, and lightly acidic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.5%. Overall this is an awesome saison! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, spices, and light-moderate pale malt/honey flavors; very smooth, crisp, and pretty refreshing to drink; with the balanced tart/spicy/drying finish. Awesome well rounded Brett character for such a young saison. A really delicious offering.

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Photo of DeFaz
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent saison. Pours with a huge head with pretty good retention. Great lemon flavor with coriander and a bit of spice, and the bottle states that there's honey in there but I couldn't identify it. High carbonation, the beer is crisp and perfect for a summer day. Really delicious, but the only problem is that this is very, very expensive ($11 for about 16 ounces). Complex and refreshing, but too pricey for me to buy again.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with the Missus.

A: Two different beasts off the bat. Her pour (the initial pour is a semi clear deep yellow with a foamy white head that recedes and leaves minimal trace. My pour contained the yeasties and is an opaque and muddled white washed light yellow with moderate white foam that persists.

A: Smells nice and tart, farmhouse funk (sweat, grass, hay), and lemon. Hard to detect much sweetness through the acidic barrier.

T: Lemon dominates as if almost freshly squeezed. I'll use an insert from one of @utopiajane 's previous reviews: "It tastes like Sunshine!". And it does. Lemon tart with a touch of wonderful funk and acidity, and a kiss of honey for some sweetness. A hint of soapiness transcends with warmth.

F: Light and spritzy, well carbonated, crisp and mildly tart. Simply sublime on this warm and sunny day.

O: This is a wonderful Saison, and I always find myself enjoying this style with added acidity. Overall, I would drink this all day everyday, especially during the hot summer months coming up. Cheers!

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle poured into Willybecher glass

A: murky bright yellow body with a very fizzy head that disappears as quickly as you pour it.

S: lots of lemon and that light gay and funk like something slightly sour

T: nice bits of lemon and tartness with some wheat like characteristics the coriander is very noticeable

M: good fizzy carbonation medium bodied beer

O: a pretty good beer but not very complex great carbonation easy drinking I'd get this again on tap. Probably wouldn't drop $11 bucks on a bottle again though.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2017 bottle into a tulip glass.

It is a dull yellow gold and mostly cloudy. Oddly, you can see through it top to bottom, but not at all through the side of the glass. It produced a pretty generous soapy white head even with a gentle pour. It quickly settled into a whispy film on top with a solid quarter inch thick ring around the glass. It leaves some spotty sudsy lacing that mostly slides back down into the beer.

It smells very strongly of lemon, spicy coriander, honey, and a thyme like strongly aromatic fresh green herb . It almost reminds me of a honey lemon herbal cough drop or medicine in a way. The yeast is pretty tame, and there is an earthy undertone to the whole thing. A sublte musttiness, like hay/straw with some mildew.

The flavors are mostly the same as the aroma. Initially there is a mild tartness with slightly puckering lemon, some classic saison yeast, although fairly sublte/ restrained, honey, flower petals, green tea leaves, and coriander. It closes with a very distinct grain flavor. It leaves a lingering wheat taste combined with the coriander spice that I would describe as rustic.

The body has a nice fullness to it, but drinks pretty light. I flew through the bottle. It is crisp, but not what I would consider highly carbonated, and slightly dry in the finish.

This one was as fun to review as it was to drink. Some distinct, and somewhat unique flavors. This is pretty much a world class saison. I have had a few Hill Farmstead beers, and this one is just missing that mineral/well water taste that they have.

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Pockets Of Sunlight from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 73 ratings