Jack D'Or | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Jack D'OrJack D'Or

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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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Poured into a standard pint glass- probably not the best glass but all that I had on hand.

Appeared a hazy gold/yellow color with a light, bubbly, bright white head - about an inch tall.

Smell was quite interesting - definetely some "off" smells at first - which is to be expected - followed up with some nice farm/fruit smells - reminded me of walking into a barn during apple-season.

Taste was quite complex - definetely fruity up front, with some cinnamon/spicy undertones. Reminded me a bit of a witbier mixed with a tripel mixed with some funky flavors.

Mouthfeel was spot on. Pretty lively.

Overall this was a quality brew. Definetely was all over the place in terms of smell and taste - which is what I look for in a Saison. Definetely would like to try this on tap.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An enormous white meringue converts to seafoam after a few minutes, then quickly drops, leaving patchy lace. Clear brass beer with a constant stream of carbonation fills the glass below.

A Unibroue tulip glass concentrates the strong white pepper and musty funk while essence of dry white wine lingers in the background.

Opens with a tart marmalade followed by apple juice. There is a quick, sharp hop flavor within the first few sips. While simple, this one is well done. Grains emerge with warmth. The long finish is subtle, but balanced between tart and bitter elements.

The body is light to medium with a surprisingly modest carbonation. Overall, this Saison is rather dry.

A certain winner for a lazy, warm spring day. Jack D’Or could replace white wine for casual occasions.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from pry-off 22oz bomber to a Belgian Independence Day tulip; bottling date of July, 2011 printed on the paper seal on the cap (“BOTTLED JULY 2011”)

Appearance (4.0): Clear, pale, straw-colored body on the first pour, with a fine, bone-white head starting around 1.5 fingers and fading to a rocky seal on top of the body. Subsequent pours are more and more cloudy until it’s nearly opaque. Fine bubbles stream from the bottom of the glass to the top continuously, and the head leaves some spotty lacing on the sides. Very pretty brew, though I’d love to see a stickier head.

Smell (3.5): Hay and a bit of spiciness come through first, though it’s not as strong as I was expecting. Mainly hay and some plain, dry, pilsner-like malt body behind it.

Taste (4.5): Much, much hoppier than I was expecting, partly because it is a saison and partly because it’s already six months old—but holy cow, this is nice! I guess that’s the “Americaine” part. No alcohol is detectable. The yeast note is surprisingly subtle, but complex—it’s equally spicy, hay-like, and fruity (think lemons light stone fruit, but very subtle), and it’s hard to tell where the yeast ends and the hops begin in regards to the spiciness here. Very well-mixed. Hops are aggressively herbal, but add a citrus pith note in there, too. Very cool stuff. Why isn’t this in 12oz bottles?

Mouthfeel (5.0): Exceptional. This is what a saison is supposed to feel like. Velvety with extremely fine but prickly carbonation spread evenly over the tongue. Just fantastic.

Overall (4.0): This saison is a treat in a lot of ways. It’s light, it’s drinkable, it’s got enough going on to hold its own against heavy, rich food, and it’s got such a dry finish you don’t want to put it down. This would be a perfect candidate for some format other than bombers, though I’d have no trouble finishing one by myself.

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Found this bomber in De Bierkoning in Amsterdam. Bottle dated September 2010 Batch 19.

Beautiful bright gold color with a slight haze. Surprising since I only let this rest 24 hours after the long drive home. A lil more fluffy head and it would have been a 5.

It's times like this I don't like the smell category. Alcohol dominates a very subtle suggestion as to what this beer will taste like.

Wow, this tastes as fresh and vibrant as other saisons I've had that were really fresh. The melange of spice and subtle fruit flavors are abundant. Now I see why they emphasize that no spices are used for Jack D'or on their website.

Perfect mouthfeel, whatever that means. I like it.

Overall, Damn this makes me want to be a better brewer. Great beer. I wish I could buy it in 6 packs, 12 packs, kegs. This is the beer that could convert those curious macro drinkers to craft....if it weren't so damn hard to get. For me anyway.

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Gold and clear in appearance. Smell is very aromatic. Smell is clean, with some floral hints. This is a well crafted beer, nice job Dann and Martha. Mouthfeel is clean and the taste is exceptional. Overall this is a very nicely brewed beer. We found this to sit well in the glass with real nice foam. Fridge worthy.

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Jack D'Or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Beer rating: 84.1% out of 100 with 1,641 ratings
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