Jack D'Or | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Jack D'OrJack D'Or

Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
“Jack D’Or” is a simple table beer, or “Saison Americain” as we’re referring to it. We are not trying to coin a beer style – we’re just having fun. The Jack D’Or (pronounced “Jack Door”), is at the very center of Pretty Things and nearly three years on we’re still pleased as punch that he joined us!

As you know, PRETTY THINGS doesn’t brew “styles” per se. Close, but we re-imagine everything and leave the style numbers in books on the shelves where they belong. What that means is that while other people might be able to put our beers into a category, we have a hard time with it! Our beers are first and foremost creative beasts, not “types” of beer. Jack D’Or is the kind of beer Martha and Dann like to drink before, after and during a great meal. Heck, we’ll drink this sort of beer any time.

On Dann & Martha’s honeymoon in France and Belgium they stashed quite a few cases of Wallonian beer into their trunk. Every night after setting up their tent they’d cook lardons and lentils on a camp stove and enjoy fresh “saison” under the stars.

Inspired by some of our favorites like Saison DuPont, but also DeRanke’s XX Bitter, De Dolle’s Arabier, and local IPAs like Smuttynose, the Jack D’Or starts off with North American Pils, Vienna, Wheat and Malted Oats (among others) and is hopped with a combination of four hops, finishing with Palisade and Nugget. The bitterness is the real backbone of the Jack D’Or. It’s a proper “plant-like” bitterness with all of its jagged edges, beginning deep in the soil, then to the stem of this beer and up into to the very tippity heights. Fermentation-wise we use a blend of four yeast strains to give Jack D’Or its refreshingly dry character. Finally, despite all of the spicy flavours in this beer it contains no actual spices – only malt, oats, rye, sugar, hops and yeast. One more time: there are no spices or citrus in Jack D’Or. Wheat lends acidity at Jack’s edges, then rye and our blended yeast character come into play for a bit of polyphony, displeasing the notion of “balance” and creating the fire in the belly of Jack D’Or!

The creature on the label is Jack D’Or himself, conceived and drawn by Dann. Far away in a small clearing in the woods of New England, ankle deep in the mash tun, he contemplates and conjures himself into a batch of beer. For those of you who are new to this, Jack is a grain of malted barley, but more than that: he is the unifying force behind all of the Pretty Things. Jack D’Or Must Die!

57 IBU

Added by Paquette on 12-01-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rattle 'N' Hum. Strong aromas, with white pepper and apple. Cloudy white head and white lace. Good bitterness edge to it. Unique saison, very American owing to the bitterness and attention to aromas, and bold spice. Appropriate carbonation, wonder what it would be like on cask.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 22 bottled in February 2011.

Pours a clear and very pale yellow-orange with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a small cap. Decent rings of lace on the drink down. Smells of Belgian yeast, spices, citrus hops, and maybe some wheat. Taste is exactly like the smell with the Belgian yeast coming out the most. The smell and taste remind me very much of a wit beer. Mouthfeel is very prickly and bubbly on the palate. Overall, a good beer but it's not really my cup of tea. I am glad I got to try it though and I was surprised to see it at a local shop.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

this didn't floor me like it should have. on tap at grace (the coolest restaurant ever) in downtown Portland. knew the hype, but I didn't know what to expect here. it pours a clearish, but still a little brackish pale straw color, with an inch of lasting white head. very alluring. the nose is not like a saison at all, maybe a little bretty, but im thinking this is more of a lager yeast, crisp and decidedly Czech in nature. it certainly is on the malt front, and the yeast profile matches. nothing farmhouse about this as far as the taste goes. balanced, complex, and delicious, but its like a well hopped lager. traditional. light on the mouth, good carbonation, clean finish. its not living up to the style at all, but the taste is darn good. an oddity to say the least, asks more than it answers, but a jovial beer to slam down in the summer time. first impression from pretty things is a good one overall.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that quickly dissipated, leaving lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: Aromas of lemons from the hops and pepper from the yeast are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by spicy flavors from the hops and has some hints of lemons. There is also a light amount of accompanying bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very dry on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable; I would definitely try this again because the spiciness and dryness made the taste and mouthfeel very interesting.

Note: Batch 22, Bottled February 2011

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With their quirky adolescence and somewhat absurd namesake and marketing images, its easy to lower expectations about the quality of the product inside the bottle. To the dismay of most, the distaste ends with a discard of the bottle because the saison is phenomenal.

Bright straw in color, the beer puts forth a modest shield of haze that's presumably from suspended yeast. High carbonation erupts from the bottom of the glass and emulating champagne. The head that's built above is spritzy, loosely knit, and collapses onto itself as new bubbles regenerate it just as fast. Expected retention and lace keeps the beer's atmosphere decorated and appetizing.

Firm pilsner aromas lay the foundation for aroma with a dry bread scent with dough and grain. Spicier notes bounce from the malts with a mix of yeasty white pepper, cumin and curacao. A fruity/floral combo counteracts the spice with softer lemon, apple, orange, honey, and wildflower. The hops contribute both the bouquet and a dry hay note that also drives malt complexities.

Flavors bounce off the tongue with a dry malt, dry fruit, and evaporative spice balance that's effortless and whimsically charged. Light sweetness of grain and faint honey is rounded by the estery apple, lemon acidity notes, and herbal-botanical taste. The quick mid palate of lemongrass and herbs turn bitter and signals the dry finish to come. Fresh cracked peppercorn, cumin, and coriander balance the fruit and malt but seem to invite the slightest soap flavor in finish and aftertaste.

Expansive as the carbonation explodes off the tongue and engulfs the mouth with a dry, terse, and peppery quality that forces the finish much sooner than is expected. The beer's quick procession across the palate lands it with bone dry texture to finish where the majority of flavor is mostly appreciated in aftertaste rather than palate exploration.

Where the value of saison is measured by its classic complexities of dry malt, dry fruit, high spice, and high effervescence, Jack D'or delivers all these with pin point Belgian precision. Its truly unique to find well made saisons outside of the farmhouse. It's only the goofy name and artwork that leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear brilliant amber color with an appropriately massive Belgian head that leaves the expected gobs of lace

Smell: Perfumy and spicy yeasty phenols with grassy hop elements

Taste: Bready, up front, with a biscuity, wheat influenced malt character; by mid-palate, the spicy phenols start to kick in, offering both stone fruit, white pepper and fennel; just before the swallow, the pithy hops make their presence known, as well; in the finish, all of these flavors blend nicely, leaving a bit of residual licorice sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation; creamy, too

Drinkability: An outstanding beer - love the American hop element as a twist on the Saison style, not to mention the wheat and oat elements

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Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared at a tasting a number of months ago, can't recall who brought this one. Thanks, whoever you are. Cloudy, nearly opaque blond in my glass, topped by a finger of dense white froth that recedes to a small cap. The nose is intensely estery with notes of hay, pepper and a low level of funk. It's dry and crackery on the palate, spritzy, medium-bodied. Flavors of white pepper, lemon zest and light citrusy hops lend complexity. Medium-light in body with a pleasantly dry finish, I find myself wishing there was a bit more funk to this, but it's a solid and very enjoyable saison nonetheless.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked this one up recently having seen the hype on the forums. It's in one of my top 3 styles, so I'm really excited. 6.5% ABV according to my bottle. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard blue branded pressure cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster stem-tulip (glassware per label's instructions) in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high, but it takes a lot to impress me with a saison as I've had quite a few of the best ones. Bottled February 2013.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger head of beige colour. Nice light creaminess to the head. Good thickness. No bubble show. Retention seems rather good, I'd predict it'll last about 5 minutes. Nice light inconsistent lacing as the head recedes.

Body colour is a dull dark yellow; not much to look at admittedly. I blame the pilsner malts. Nontransparent. Murky. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible (at least on first pour).

Overall, it's looking decent for the style. The colour does hold it back, though. I've seen far better saisons, but the head is nice for what it is.

Sm: Crystal malt, pilsner malt. Notable floral hop character; rather aggressive for a saison actually. Clove and banana - no doubt yeast-derived. White pepper when I strain to find it; I'm glad it's present as it's something I love in a good saison. Not getting any milky notes. Biscuity spicy yeasty character. No alcohol is detectable. Muted lemon citrus esters. Brett yeast offers little funk, if any - but I do like the biscuity character it lends here. A clean and appealing aroma, overall. Subtle - but middlingly so for the style. Somewhat zesty. Aroma is of above average to mild strength. Very approachable.

No noticeable flaws. Excited to try it, but I'm not blown away so far.

T/Mf: It's got more of a lemon ester twang than anticipated based on the aroma. More brett-derived funkiness as well - especially present in the second act. Pilsner malt keeps the body light alongside biscuit malts. Biscuity yeasty notes are present throughout, but I'm not getting much in the way of spicy yeast character. Floral hopping comes on too strong for the style, even injecting a hint of bitterness on the climax - which is unwelcome. The white pepper is far too restrained; I hardly get any at all. What a shame.

It does feel artificially dry; I think we can safely blame (credit?) the champagne yeast. I will say I'm surprised the ABV is as low as it is given the involvement of champagne yeast. No alcohol is noticeable.

Smooth, wet, light. Not at all oily, harsh, or rough. There is some slight coarseness which intensifies on the climax and helps bring out the depth of flavour a biteen more. Good carbonation. Somewhat scratchy. Decent presence on the palate.

Clove. Graininess is prominent. Vague hints of fleeting banana from the yeast.

Not at all tart. I wouldn't call it fruity, but it does have some dried fruity notes as identified above. Some subtle buried green apple.

Dandelion. It isn't horribly floral or flowery, but there's a touch.

I'd like it a bit more crisp, which would suit the style better as well.

Overall, it's somewhat subtle. Decent complexity for the style. Pretty nice overall balance. I just wish it were so much more than it is. There's little here to impress compared to most of the better Belgian examples of the style I've had. I'm reviewing it for its own merits, but comparatively it should be said that it's lagging way behind. It's slightly too bitter - I think from the zealous over-hopping.

Dr: Certainly drinkable - though I've had saisons at 9% or higher that made it hard to put my glass down. This doesn't quite fit that bill, but I do like it in a general sense. I hoped for much more, but this is a good entry in the style for newcomers. I'd probably order it on-draught at a pub, but I'd pass if I saw it on the shelf again. Maybe one of the better beers I've had from Pretty Things, but if my memory serves me right that isn't saying all that much. I was ready to gush over how good this was, but I was disappointed ultimately. Pretty good stuff, but not great.

Low B-

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright light copper color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of Belgian malt with light fruity notes. Taste is quite enjoyable with nice notes of Belgian-style malt with some light fruity ester and some residual sugar. Body is full with a somewhat oily texture and good carbonation. Not as floral or spicy as envisioned but very interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of oline73
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with three fingers of fluffy white head, some of which remains throughout.

Smell: Lots of banana and cloves as well as some Belgian spice. Mildly sweet.

Taste: Initially, I taste the bananas, cloves, and the spice from the yeast. There is a very mild sweetness and a hint of some citrus fruit. After that I get a bit of hop bitterness and finally some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. Mildly dry at the very end.

Drinkability: I like this one a lot. It would be a very good warm weather beer and I will probably search it out again some time. I would have rated the taste higher with a little less alcohol and bitterness at the end, but that's just nitpicking, quite good.

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden orange color with a two-finger, bubbly, egg-shell white head of foam. It had nice retention and left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled yeasty and funky with a hint of caramel and herbs.

T - It had a nice spicy character with a nice grain flavor. There were sweet caramel flavors with a touch of citrus fruits.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a very dry finish.

D - This is a very, very tasty saison. I'd say it's the best brew I've had from Pretty Things.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of daysinthewake. Served in a Mikasa tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head that falls quickly without leaving much lacing behind. The nose carries a bit of fruit and light grain. Faint spice. The flavor is grainy and too dry. Excessive bitterness for the flavor, as there's not much there to back it up. Mildly tannic and thin. Good carbonation. Decent, but not something I'd go back to. Too much bitterness without any real saison flavor to balance it out.

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Photo of mothman
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this with some people at darkness day.

Poured into a chalice like glass.

Pours a white head with good retention and lace to it. Color is a hazy wheat gold.

Aroma: Spices, cloves, pepper. A very simple aroma, but it's nice.

Taste: Just like a saison should taste. Very well to the style. A lot of big spice flavor with some citrus fruit flavors as well.

Taste: Spicy and crisp. Nice amount of carbonation with a medium body. Ends with a dry aftertaste with spice notes.

Overall, a saison that I am glad that is now available in MN. I traded for this bottle in the summer, but now I can get it a lot easier.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 8/2015. Pours lightly hazy golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, clove, pepper, pine, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus/floral hops, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, apple, white grape, clove, pepper, pine, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of yeast spiciness and pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, apple, clove, pepper, pine, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus/floral hops, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness/yeast spice as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky/resinous mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome hoppy saison style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, citrus/floral hops, and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a a hazy, golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace on the glass.

S - Herbal hop aromas and a strong, spicy yeast character. Very musty and a bit peppery.

T - Bready malt up front with some musty yeast character. Notes of coriander, black pepper, and clove in the middle. Lemon and pepper dominate the finish with a touch of musty hop character.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is an interesting saison, very spicy, musty and peppery. I generally prefer saisons that lean more towards a fruity character, but the herbal, earthy character works well here and it really brings out the underlying wheat notes that might otherwise get lost in a fruitier example of the style.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in July 2011.Poured into a large tulip glass a hazed lemony color that becomes almost milky looking when the bottom chunkies and floaties get in there.a little barnyard and alot of lemony/citric hops in the nose,a little crushed wheat as well.Nice flavor complexity with light phenolic spice and toasty wheat mixed with quite a healthy shot of American- style citric hops,alot going on and it's refreshing to boot.A great Easter beer it has kind of a spring feel and flavor to it.

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 8/4/10 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, spices, light caramelized malts, Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and Belgian yeast. Then there is a touch of sweetness that comes in from flavors of caramel and citrus followed by a nice sourness. It's complex but still nicely balanced. The after-taste is slightly sweet but also slightly sour.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice beer to drink for a long time, especially if you like the mildly sour beers.

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Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fragrant, heady light golden beer. Quite a slash of hops. Very appealing at first sip but in the end the bitterness is more than the delicate flavors can sustain. Pleasant citrus taste and acidity with an earthy nose. Fresh cut apple and a touch of something like artichoke. Toasted brioche and white grapes. Nice head in the tulip glass but the carbonation fades before two people can share the 22-ouncer. I will still buy whatever these people concoct, though so far this is my least favorite.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: Bottled March 2015

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and faint straw yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a medium sized two finger thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a very thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/lemon, peppery yeast, and pale + bready malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale and bready malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of peppery saison yeast and citrus/lemon hops. There is a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate to significant amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and very easy to drink. Alcohol is well hidden and this beer would pair well with just about any foods. Really worth picking up if you come across it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch Ten (10), Bottled November 2009.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, orange-yellow body with a whipped, white head.

Smell: Effectively fruity with citrus-based notes of tangerine and lemon cream as well as candied apple slices and a whiff of elegant white grape yielding a hint of champagne. Subtle yeast-derived spiciness. Malty hints of crackers and French baguettes.

Taste: The lemony citrus leads, then in rolls some soft florals, farm-fresh apple, and white grapes. Stirring fruitiness throughout. Light pilsner maltiness along with some bready, doughy accents. Moderate sweetness. Crackle of acidity and decent dose of bitterness midway. Delicate spiciness. Pinch of dried parsley. Final kick of sweetness prior to the dry, crisp, citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high, engaging carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good. Pretty Things could certainly do a whole helluva lot worse for a flagship beer than this! A fine, flavorful, but still keenly refreshing American-born Belgian-style brew.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3. Bottled April 2009. Lightly yeasty lemon rind with effervescent carbonation that is zipping up to a massive crown of parchment colored foam. The head is creamy firm and is starting to lay down small sheets and dollops of suds.

The aroma is wonderful. It's fresh, clean, bright, citrusy, lightly spicy and very lightly earthy. That's pretty much the classic profile for a beer of this style. Here's hoping it delivers on the palate as well.

Jack D'Or is a solid 'Saison Americain' in all respects. Drinking it is easy-peasy, it's tasty solo, and should go great with manner of foods. Mouthfeel is the only area in which 18 months of age *may* have taken a *slight* toll.

The malts taste predominantly pale with a meager earthy toastedness from Vienna. The hops (Palisade, Nugget, two unidentified others) aren't as distinctive as grassy Saaz or citrusy Centennial, but they do a fine job adding elements of both.

Three different yeast strains contribute a gentle clove and tamed white pepper spiciness that finds exactly the right level of intensity. Finally, there's a tart, drying, almost crisp quality that increases drinkability/quenchability even more.

The body/mouthfeel is perfectly fine in terms of size. It seemed, at first, as if the beer was underbubbled. The carbonation hasn't faded, though, and remains lightly and pleasantly tingly on the tongue. A softer creaminess with warming helps as well.

Jack D'Or (Golden Jack) is a delicious saison that can hold its head high in the company of the Belgian farmhouse originals. Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project continues to charm and impress. This, their flagship brew, is an easy recommendation.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled June 2010

A: Pours a beautiful golden color with a two finger head that had some serious staying power. Good amount of bubbles releasing to the top.

S: Very nice nose, lemon, yeast, some light malts, Very earthy as well, get a little grass.

T: A nice citrus flavor, lots of lemon. Some doughyness as well and some flowers.

M/D: A smooth drinking beer, very well carbonated. Reallly glad I picked this up and will probably get another.

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Photo of billab914
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a hazy bright golden color with a huge bright white, thick and frothy head. The head had some decent retention to it and left excellent lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a lot of bright lemony citrus to it along with a peppery, spicy yeast flavor. It has a bit of a fruity apple, pear aroma to it as well. The citrusness to it is pretty nice, clean and crisp.

the taste also has a bright, crisp, lemony citrus flavor to it. The spice is a little more subdued then the nose suggested. The finish shows a dry fruity, apple and pear like flavor to it. It also leaves a bit of sweetness to it in the finish. Pretty nice flavor to it overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty decent, it had some nice flavors to it. The citrus flavors were pretty nicely done in it and made it a pretty easy drinking beer and the fruity, sweet flavors gave it some nice balance.

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Jack D'Or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
4.01 out of 5 based on 1,641 ratings.
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