Jack D'Or | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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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 pint glass.

A: Pours a very pale yellow and light golden color. There is some light carbonation present. It has a one finger, frothy white head that dissipates to a thin ring.

S: It smells very farmy with lots of grass, wheat, and hay-like qualities. There is some light sweet fruitiness present also. Toasted and bready malts make a significant appearance as well.

T: Very similar to the aroma. Toasted malts are the backbone of the taste. Sweet light fruits and the same farm-like qualities (grass, wheat, hay) show up again.

M: It has a medium body and is lightly carbonated; just enough to push the flavors around on the palate. It has a slightly oily feel to it, yet a dry finish.

O: This is a very solid saison. There isn't much to complain about here. Just a quality offering.

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Discovered at the Beacon Grille in Woburn, MA this shows a brilliant yellow gold color served in a Pretty Things giant chalice. It includes a healthy white foam cap with solid lacing. The aroma is a delicious wheat banana blend with some subtle spice notes. Very refined. The flavor offers a grainy potpourri blended effortlessly with apple-banana and pear. A velvety smooth feel with a solidly medium body. This is very special and something not to miss, especially on tap! Beautiful.

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Poured from a 22oz bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A: Pours with a golden body and three fingers of off-white head.

S: Crisp, light malts and Belgian yeast light up the nose. The hops are also a little heavier than is common in Saisons.

T: Same flavours as aromas. Bigger hops cover up the traditinal Belgian flavours a bit, but it isn't terrible off-balance. Bubblegum, cloves, and funk mixed with grapefruit and tangerine.

D: Smooth and easy-drinking, but a bit one-note. Still, I wouldn't mind having this to accompany dinner tonight.

Overall: Pretty good stuff, but about average for an American Saison. I wouldn't mind having this again, but the next time I'm at the beer store, I'll be reaching for GI Sofie instead.

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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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