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 Thickfreakness
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a tulip glass, a brilliant white head that dissapears rather quickly leaving little trace of existance. A slightly hazy straw yellow beer with a ton of sparkling carbonation.

S- Bright citrus notes... Lemon, Grapefruit, pineapple, and peach. A touch of fresh cut grass and wheat. Very fresh! Nice yeastiness on the nose. Nothing that'll stick in your memory, but nice.

T- A wonderful balance of bready yeast and fresh citrus. Really freshens up your mouth and nasal passages. Barely a hint of malted barley/honey sweetness before the citrus takes over again.

M- Nice carbonation! A much bigger mouthfeel than expected from the smell and first sip. Nice hop bitterness without being overwhelming. Yeasty with a little pinch of tartness.

O- A fantastic drinking Saison! Well Done! Light and refreshing, yet full bodied enough to match with many foods. I'm thinking grilled shrimp/lemon kabobs with chipotle/honey polenta... and a baby greens salad with a grapefruit/honey vinegrette! Fire up the grill!!!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
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 Dreadnaught33
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had whilst visiting MA.

A: Weizen like cloudy straw color with small ring of bubbly head and a little lacing.

S: Smells like yeast and wheat with some citrus rinds and some melon fruit fleshy notes. Farmhouse dirty spicy aromas also from this beer.

T: Follows the smell with dry, bitter backed yeast and wheat. Dry fruit with a bit of sweetness is there but subdued by the straw-like wheat. Citrus notes play a part in here as well.

M: Very dry, and tongue dryingly bitter. Smooth with nice carbonation.

D: Good overall to me, nothing earth shattering though.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head. The head reduces down to a spotty layer leaving behind some excellent lacing.

S - Aroma is full of citrus fruit flavors, with nice lemon and orange scents coming through. Some light spices and yeast are also mixed in as well.

T - Starts off with some nice citrus fruit flavors with good orange and lemon flavors. Also a bit of floral hop bitterness and spice. Through the middle some bread and grassy flavors come through. The finish has a nice hit of hops alongside the citrus flavors and spices. Nicely balanced.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated. Feels very lively and crisp on the tongue. Overall feels dry and with a super dry finish which is really nice.

D - Very drinkable. Dry mouthfeel is really great. A bit different than an average saison, but well balanced and very enjoyable.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
2.61/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottled Nov 2009, batch 10. Pours a hazy golden blonde with clear lacing. Small, white head. Aroma dominated by bubble gum, some sweet malt, mild hops and kumquat? Taste is dominated by vinegar like, sour and maybe unripe honeydew. Really not very pleasing. I recognize an American interpretation of a saison should have a bit of funk but I doubt this is the taste they were going for. Should this beer have fallen apart in 1.5 years? Even at only 6.4% abv, this should have held up. I just want to move on and get this taste out of my mouth. A friend shared this with me, it had a $1.49 sticker on it, maybe it was marked down because of its age?

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled February 2011 Batch 22
Bright and golden yellow faint orange hint. Not a lot of head but a good amount of lacing around the rim. A lot of bubbles coming up. Instantly got a lot of aroma just from cracking the cap. Smell is very spicy and zesty. Coriander, Belgian yeast and banana. A faint amount of a hoppy citrus zest. For the lack of hops in the nose there is a lot going on here. The bitterness and dryness is very present. A dirty, extremely astringent hop character is very present with a fierce lemon zest. The Belgian yeast characteristics are there at first but are taken over by the bitter hop assault. Almost sour. Not sure how to interpret this one.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a clouded golden yellow with a fizzy layer of white head. Retains pretty well with some film and a few rings of spotty lacing on the glass.

A refreshing rush of citrus in the nose with lemon peel and orange. Light spice with clove and pepper.

Some floral hoppiness up front with slightly juicy tones. Lemon and orange with rind and pulp. Assorted spice and clove add a peppery edge to the profile. Slight Belgian funk driven by yeast underneath. Finishes somewhat bitter and sweet.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, dry and lingering on the palate. Quality flavor, refreshing profile, and something I'd drink again.

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Photo of lionchow
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, bright egg yolk orange-yellow, with a billowing white head.

Aroma is yeasty and mild orange citrus.

Flavor is of big, creamy wheat, with a touch of nuttiness. Much more malty than your average saison. Citrus and spice or more reserved than an average saison as well. There is a bit of yeasty funkiness that is nice. Hop bitterness is pronounced, but is smooth and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is great due to creaminess, med-high carbonation, and a dry finish.

Overall very enjoyable. A bit different than other saisons I've had. More malt and hop focused, but still with a nice yeast backing.

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Photo of ksimons
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-clear golden with lots of visible carbonation bubbles and about three fingers worth of white head

S-yeast, citrus, a little spicy, and very refreshing

T-Bitter hops is the backbone of the beer, but the taste also includes sweetness, light malts, citrus, yeast, and spicy notes

M-medium body, moderate amount of carbonation, dry finish

D-a little too hoppy for me, but all the elements come together nicely. Another well made beer by Pretty Things

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Nice golden color and a gigantic head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing.

Nice spicy aroma that also gives off a hint of sweet malt. Smells a bit like candy sugar.

The taste is dry and crisp. There is a nice spiciness from the yeast. I also get a bit of bubble gum. There is a good hop bite in the finish.

Great light body and crisp feeling. This one is super drinkable. This is one of my favorites.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a riedel o glass. One finger of head that leaves nice lacing. A burnished old gold color. Nose is spicy belgian yeast, some funky dough scents and cream. Taste is again begian sweet spices, some orange sherbet/cream, some slight sour earthy funk. Finishes dry and light. Stoked to see it on shelves in the bay area but one try was enough, well balanced but nothing really stood out.

Retasted on 7/3/11, considerably worse than the first time i had it. Flavors were completely muddled, the abv oddly started showing and it almost gained a wine corked wet cardboard taste. I didnt change the score as i felt it doesnt deserve to be changed, but after a few months this is showing very poorly, maybe i just dont get jack dor.

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Photo of jsvt
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle Poured into a tasting glass

Very light and clear sunshine yellow.

1 finger head with nice lacing.

Wheat and spice on the nose with a slight hint of hops. Grass and dried hay.

Hops come through on the palate with alot more punch then a typical saison. Coriander, orange zest and mixed citrus on the finish.

Great drinkability and great pairing with really creamy buttery cheeses

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

Bottled February 2011. So excited to try this one! I've heard great things about Pretty Things and never seen it in California, until today! Pours a very beautiful, bright, almost clear golden-yellow color with a small white head that disappears extremely quickly. Scent is very funky with some lemon zest and peppery notes. I also get a bit of bread and hoppiness with nice yeast scents. Taste is initially hoppy, quickly followed by some funk and delicious spiciness. This is a very good example of a saison if you ask me. There is a bit of lemon and citrus along with a lot of hoppiness. Very tasty brew. Mouthfeel is nice and dry...refreshing. Overall, my first impression of Pretty Things is a good one. I can't wait to try more from this brewery.

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Photo of tr0n
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jack D'or poured an attractive straw/amber, though I noticed at the end of the pour that there was yeast left at the bottom of the bottle. Note to self: never pour any beer back into the bottle from the glass to collect the remaining yeast...not only do you lose beer in the pour, but the re-pour into the glass will likely foam over. Regardless, captured much of the remaining yeast, and I'm glad I did. Complex yeast flavor adds much to the taste of the beer.

Nose is primarily yeast and the mouthfeel is balanced yeast and hop. The flavor profile, besides yeast and light hop, tastes of citrus, and is quite refreshing. This is particularly complex for a farmhouse ale and keeps you thinking about it long after you finish enjoying it.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden color. slight haze.
S: earthy hops
T: earthy bitter hops. citrusy. grapefruit. peach. brett funk. peppery finish.
M: medium-light body. medium carbonation. dry finish.
O: very complex beer. the bitter aftertaste is offputting for me personally, though many hopheads will rejoice.

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

22oz brown bottle. Bottled on date on top label.
Served in a Piraat fluted goblet.
It pours a very deep and cloudy caramel/amber color with a thin beige head on top along with loads of lacing.
Nice citrusy and musty fruit smells rise at first pour. Sweet fruit and spicy smells linger. A light alcohol fuminess comes and goes.
The flavors represent the style very nicely, with the exception of the hop profile being the dominant taste, though it works extremely well for this particular farmhouse. Edgy citrus peel and resinous hoppy bitterness are tempered with a lightly sweet caramel malt. A faint metallic tang inches through in the background.Tastes of a crusty bagette comes to mind.
It's a very well-made brew! Lots of creativity involved with this Saison Americain!

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden hazy yellow in color with a nice white finger of head. aroma is slightly faint, with some yeast spice and some clove. Taste is nice and spicy lightly hoppy yeasty and bread y. Feel is lighter in body, crisp smooth, clean and with a hint of creamyness. Drink is great and very easy to put away. One of my top ten saisons...on a short list.

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Photo of grub
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this one in a recent trade with jlinrdos. thanks jared!

22oz bottle. batch 21, bottled dec 2010. sampled march 16/2011.

pours hazy golden yellow with a big fluffy white head. the head drops slowly and leaves plenty of lace as it falls.

aroma is good. caramel and toffee. bit of honey. tangerine and a touch of lemon. touch of funk. bit of spice. slightly floral. white bread and cracker. light alcohol.

taste is good. leather and horse blanket funk. perfumey floral character. honey and a bit of buttery toffee. white bread and cracker. bit of grain. light herbal component too that seems almost minty at points. just under medium bitterness level. touch of alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a nice dry finish. medium-high carbonation level. bit of funky brett mouthfeel.

drinkability is good. nice balance. good depth. neat hoppy character. not your typical saison, but i like it!

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Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing!

Pours a lightly cloudy orange, some amber highlights, looks like juice, very thick and chunky white head forms and settles slowly down to a thick layer around the glass, huge chunks of lace sticks, looks good.

Smell is neat, somewhat sweet, almost pineapplely and sugary, some orange peel, citrus, a bit of honey sweetness, mango, light toast and biscuit, a touch of vanilla and a bit of spice, light tea, neat.

Taste is nice, very malty, big biscuit and toast, honey and a touch of caramel sweetness, huge middle, really neat and fruity in the finish, some fruity sweetness, mango, sweet pineapple, vanilla and light spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with with low to medium carbonation, a little chewy. Good example of an American saison, light on the funk, bigger on the hops, but nice character and very refreshing, Thanks Russ!

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Photo of CuttDeez
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I read the review from the Jason and Todd on this one and knew I needed to get my hands on a bottle to see what this one had to offer. Not to long ago I got that chance.
Bomber poured into a chalice.

A - Cloudy golden yellow pour with a beautiful fluffy resiliant head.

S - The yeast comes out in the nose which is common with unfiltered beers. There are also wonderful floral sweet notes that are balanced by a peppery note.

T & M & D - There is a very nice carbinated bite on the front end. It has very nice peppery notes on the toungue and then it opens to hop bitterness. The end brings in light fruit flavors and floral notes. i was blown away by the range of flavors with each sip. I had never had a beer like it. I loved the peppery begining and the wonderful after taste of floral fruit. Once again I really enjoy the natural and very real flavors of the unfiltered or bottle conditioned beer. I am very glad I did not pass up on the opportunity to try this beer.


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Photo of pdoran10
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy slightly dark golden color into a snifter. A full hand of white head that leaves ridiculous lacing.

Smell is basement mustiness and citrus.

Taste is a tart citrus with funk notes. Some breadyness from the malt comes through to give the beer some substance. American hops are there and mesh well with the pepper spice and citrus funk from the yeast. I get apricot, peach and pepper flavors.

Mouthfeel is very dry with a decent amount of substance. Moderate to high carbonation. Well done to style and taste here.

Highly drinkable saison with nice dry tart flavors. I love this beer!

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Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
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 July2Nov
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light gold in color. With a thin lacing...lots of carbonation.

Smell: Light and grainy.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Has an acidic taste near the end. Slightly sor in taste, with a grainy, dry, ethanol taste. Certainly an acquired taste. Slightly sour in taste. Has a floral aftertaste.

Drinkability: Love some Pretty Things...they never steer me wrong...just wish I was closer to their distribution area.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this bottle fron Naloxone. Thanks Evan.

Poured 22oz bottle into a snifter

Hazy yellow with a two finger white head that leaves a bit of lacing

Smells of wheat and lots of funk.

Taste follows the nose. Notes of wheat, yeast and some bitterness and sourness in the end.

With a medium body, carbonation and a slightly dry finish this is brew perfect for those summer BBQ's.

Thanks again, Evan for giving me the chance to try this brew.

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Photo of peensteen
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #20 November 2010
Pours a pale bright golden colour, Minimal white head, slight lace on the glass. Smell is yeasty, lemony, citrus, hay, green apple, very vibrant and fresh, nice slight hop profile as well, very inviting nose no complaints here. Taste is tart but dry, light sourness, lemony, their is an earth hop presence, green apple and a dry yeasty finish similar to champagne. Good aggressive carbonation, nice weight, good feeling in cheeks and mouth. Drinks very nicely, perhaps slightly too much dry yeastiness, good overall and would certainly pick this one up again.

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Jack D'Or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 1,640 ratings
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