Jack D'Or | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

Jack D'OrJack D'Or
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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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22 oz bottle split and poured into a New Belgium globe.
6.4% ABV, Bottled Feb 2011, Batch #22

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing this one with me. After reading about these guys, I definitely wanted to give their stuff a try!

A - Faintly hazy but bright golden yellow in color, a poorly retained white head is fleeting while specks of lace show it's former self.

S - Inviting yeast spiciness draws you in with clay earthiness that balances fantastically with the lemon grass citrus and spicy hops. Great spicy, balanced aroma!

T - A bit unbalanced in flavor, it's very bland at first. The spice hits pretty quickly though. Without malty balance, I find this too heavy on the lemon grass-like citrus, clove, and yeast esters.

M - A little more malt balance to get this one in the not-so-dry-and-spicy range would be a great service. Smooth despite it's high carbonation level, Jack D'or is a lighter-bodied saison.

O - Pretty Things has a darn good saison in this bottle, but it could use a bit more balance I believe. Growing on me til poured with yeast at the end where it gets very farty.

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Bomber thanks to [email protected]

Hazy apricot with a large white head that drops idly leaving good spotty lace and a raised ring.

Nose has a mellow musty spiciness and lots of sweet esters. Rockmelon, marjoram, pear, candy floss, cherries, clove, lemon rind, white pepper and a touch of grassy funk. Coheres brilliantly.

Unfortunately the flavours are obscured by a kind of metallic tartness. They're all in the mix, but it's hard to enjoy them given how tainting the metallic character is. Thankfully, as it warms this recedes a little, salvaging things somewhat.

Similarly, the unpleasantness extends to the mouthfeel contributing an astringent, kind of saliva stripping quality.

Disappointing. Don't know what causes the metallic character, but it near ruins what would have been a delicious beer.

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Jack D'Or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 1,641 ratings
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