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

Poured at 45 degrees into an allagash tall tulip glass. Pours a dark yellow color, fairly hazy, with a bright white soapy looking head, about two finger widths tall after a rather vigorous pour. The bottle says it was bottled in July 2011. Lacing is good and the beer manages to retain a small ring for quite a while despite the head's soapy nature. I'd prefer the head to be a little more foamy/creamy.

A very pleasant aroma of pears, green grapes, mellow apple, freshly cut grass, and barnyard funk. I really like how this smells a lot, there's just something "fresh" and vibrant about it. This may partially be from some of the citrus notes I'm getting in the nose too from the hops. Even some tropical fruits and apricots here too, really complex, lots of yeasty qualities to explore. I find no faults at all in the aroma, it's exactly what I'm looking for.

Comes off a lot more funky in the flavor profile than in the aroma. There's some banana up front followed by peach and apricot before a big barnyard funk note. Not like a light hay/field pollen flavor but more like a sweaty horse blanket type taste. Gets pretty earthy and then the stone fruits are able to speak again for a bit before finishing with some black pepper and a bit of lemony goodness. It's quite interesting for a Saison, not a boring one by any means.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. It feels a little wet in the mouth, and maybe a tad heavier than I'd expect for the ABV. The finish is dry, and the carbonation is on the mellow side. The whole thing could be a bit more fluffy which I think could enhance the flavor profile.

Overall this is a very well put together Saison. I really like the complexity in the aroma and the flavor profile. If there was a bit less horse blanket character, it might allow the rest of the flavors to dance around a little more in balance. I think the mouthfeel could be improved a bit too, but all in all this is one of my favorites to have around.

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

22oz. Bottled October 2011.

Pours a lightly hazy, glowing gold with a modest one-finger head. Nice lacing.

The aroma is pungently funky and a touch sulfuric. Fresh, American hops come through as well.

The flavor is bitter and dry, with lots of leafy hop flavor. Farmhouse flavors are apparent, and this beer is not particularly "clean" in that regard. Complex, but some off-flavors nip my excitement in the bud, namely, plastic-like phenolics and a harsh, grainy finish. The mouthfeel is medium-light and could use a bit more carb to fluff things up.

A decent and hoppy Saison. Not very smooth or balanced, but interesting.

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