Pockets Of Sunlight | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by DeFaz:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 jzeilinger
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of bcsbeer
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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 grover37
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 CPAles
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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 atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zimm421
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 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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Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 67 ratings