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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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Photo of leakyfaucet12
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a- a light looking beer, almost some neon orange to it and some hint of lime green to the edges. I think this is an attractive beer.

s- there are some strong fruits in there like oranges, lemons and other citrus. there is a hint of some hay or horse blanket. very fresh, crisp smelling.

t- Fruity flavor right up front. definately some alcohol in there. They really didnt try to hide it. I can taste some saison funkiness as well. This beer tastes nothing like it smells like.

m- perfect carbonation on this beer. It is a little light but that keeps it true to the style.

o- The beer really is a good one and my first from the pretty things brewery. To me this beer seemed to be missing something. It was good overall but it is missing something that I expect from saisons and I cant put my finger on it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright light copper color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of Belgian malt with light fruity notes. Taste is quite enjoyable with nice notes of Belgian-style malt with some light fruity ester and some residual sugar. Body is full with a somewhat oily texture and good carbonation. Not as floral or spicy as envisioned but very interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of n2185
3.04/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

A: A hazy golden yellow with only about half a finger of white head even with a rough pour, which quickly dissipates into a small ring on the edges of the glass. Very little to no lacing.

S: Coriander and orange rind up front followed by a sweet Belgian spice and yeast aroma.

T: Similar to the smell, there's coriander and orange rind up front followed by a Belgian yeast and spice flavor. Unfortunately, there's a very metallic flavor in the aftertaste with some residual bitterness.

M: Light body with medium carbonation. Nothing really sticks out either way.

D: The light body along with the yeast and spice characteristics make it similar to a witbier, and as such it goes down pretty easily. Unfortunately the lingering metallic flavor keeps me from wanting to go back for more.

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Photo of ottovon
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours out a straw yellow with a white head.

S: lots of bready yeast with the notable saison aroma, some lemon in there and some wheat notes.

T: i get hints of yeast and malt. it is quite bitter with lots of citrus hops. i was pretty surprised my first sip, and in a good way. it finishes with honey notes as well.

M: it is light with a high carbonation. quite nice.

D: a great beer i would visit again.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a really hazy blonde colour. Lot's of carbonation. A two finger white head sits on top of this beautiful creature. It leaves nice lacing all the way down and when I poured the bottom of the bottle with the yeast into my glass, it was turned to a much darker, muddy Brownish-yellow.

S - Yeast, lot's of citrus and floral notes, some honey, and some hay/horse blanket funk.

T - Really strong with the honey. Horse blanked character is there again with mild citrus and a yeast character. Lemony sour bite to it too. Delicious with so many complex layers.

M - Lot's of carbonation, medium body and a bretty funky sort of finish.

D - Interesting and very drinkable. The more quality saisons I have, the more I love the style.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" head which took a while but totally dissipated. Hazy straw yellow color with good effervescence. Smell of hops and citrus. Taste was on the mild side of hops. Although a pretty light beer it had a satisfying mouthfeel. Personally I don't think this is nearly as rich as other Saisons, BUT it's still very enjoyable, and probably my favorite beer from this maker so far. I certainly could drink this daily. And what a great value, a pint for about $6.

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Photo of beerdepartment
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber (One pint, 6fl oz, bottled dec 2010, batch 21) bottle into tulip glass. Drunk just below room temp after a few minutes in the snow. Its winter here, so if I wanted to be cooled down I would drink it outside.

Appearance: looks like a lager; golden; light amber; champagne color; constant trails of tiny bubbles contribute to the soft seal of white froth on top. Some lacing.

Fragrance: the chalky dry smells of a well-attenuated beer are present, but some spice and fruit make this beer more intriguing than a lean lager.

Taste: perhaps because of the temperature, the spiciness and bitterness of the hops are the most pronounced of the crew of flavors; the lagerish characteristics are there as well, but with more hop complexity going on, this is above a survival beer.

Mouthfeel: a very nice feel; almost creamy until the carbonation bite; eventually leaving a bittered tongue and astringency.

Drinkability: highly drinkable; highly enjoyable; light enough for summer (probably more the season of intended consumption) but boozy enough to slow down the harvest.

Peace to all beerpeople

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Photo of tzieser
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this several times. Surprised I've never reviewed it.

Had on tap at the pour farm tavern in new bedford.

Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy white head.

Hoppy Belgian aroma. Reminds me of a hoppier duvel. very complex spicy notes, yet there's no spices added. Amazing.

Solid hop character for a saison, reminds me of a good Belgian pale ale. Floral hop flavor with grassy notes and aforementioned spices. Complex and delicious.

Crisp mouthfeel; good drinkability.

Awesome saison. Good to see a Mass brewery step their game up.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into an Ommegang signature glass, since that's what I had on hand and it seemed like a good option.

Look: hazy gold color with a thin layer of white foam that retains for awhile, leaves behind a bit of lacing but not a whole lot. Apparently, this is bottle conditioned since there's a bit of yeast stuck to the bottom and a good amount still floating around my glass.

Smell: surprisingly, quite hoppy. Are you sure this isn't a pale ale? Hmm, bottle says saison so I'll believe it. Citrus hops really come out to me along with the Belgian smells we all know and love from the yeast. A bit of maltiness also.

Taste: follows the nose nicely. Tastes like a borderline Belgian IPA. There's a good amount of hoppiness but its not so hoppy as to be overly so. Fruity esters lurk in the background. Very delicious without being overly complex, which is what I want in a saison.

Feel: medium thin bodied, crisp carbonation, very refreshing.

Drink: highly drinkable. I could drink this all night if I wanted to.

Overall, a very good offering from Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project. Between this and Baby Tree, Pretty Things is shaping up to be a very exciting brewery. I certainly recommend this beer and hope that you will pick it up and try it as soon as you can. Cheers!

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Photo of Brez07
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes. 22oz bottle poured into an Allagash 25cl glass. Bottled August 2010 (batch 18)

A: Pours a clear golden color. Some bubbles rush upwards from the bottom of the glass. I get a 2 finger fluffy white head

S: Notes of grass, tyme, candied sugar, belgian yeast and wheat. Almost has a soapy essence. There is mild barnyard in the finish

T: Mirrors the nose. Sugar and wheat hit up front with earthy grass following that. Peppery finish which was very pleasant

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is fairly present, tingling the tongue with each sip. Dry, spicey finish

D: Very solid saison. All the flavors you'd expect where there and the pepper adds a nice touch. Will pick this one up again

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Photo of wcintula
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I found this beer very much like a hefeweizen in flavor. Poured into a weizen glass, the beer has a golden body and a creamy white head with lots of carbonation action going on. Smells sweet and peppery, clovey. Noticeable hop, clove, Belgian yeast taste. Very crisp feel from CO2. The beer itself, velvety. Good beer, drink on.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into AVBC snifter. Huge thanks for SneezyAchew for letting my try my first Pretty Things beer. Batch 17 bottled August 2010.

A: Pours an apple-juice golden with a big, extremely dense, bright eggshell white head that slowly faded into a thin collar that left a pretty solid sheet of lacing down the glass.
S: Notes of peppery yeast and spices with light notes of golden fruits including apples and pears.
T: Flavors follow the nose with sweet fruity notes of pears, golden apples and lemon zest. Yeast and Belgian spices are earthy and pepper, and there is a touch of hops lending some bitterness to the finish. I also pick up a few notes of straw. Pretty solid all around.
M: Medium body, fine carbonation and a very soft mouthfeel because of it.
D: A great saison. Nothing really wrong with this one, it's all there. I've heard good things about Pretty Things and so far I'm loving it. Thanks again Michael, and please keep them coming!

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Photo of gdrydenc
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with itsfreeasinbeer, cheers!

A - Light straw yellow with a tiny amount of white head that disappears very quickly. A thin halo of white remains throughout.

S - Citrus (lemon), bitter hops, and herbs. All around a good smelling saison.

T - Very similar to the tastes. Quite hoppy, the herbs are definitely noticable, but are somewhat hidden by the hops and citrus.

M - Very smooth carbonation. Nothing aggressive here, just a smooth drinking beer.

D - Very drinkable. This is designed to be consumed during summer months, I can totally see that. It's not so bad in the winter though!

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Photo of trbergman
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a cervoise.

A - Pale straw-gold with vigorous streams of carbonation and a thin white head.

S - Fresh crusty bread, apricot, pear, clove, white pepper.

T - Surprisingly dry, with fruity and spicy yeast flavors. Tastes of fresh baked bread, pear, apricot, golden raisins, lemon zest, white pepper, and clove. Spicy, herbal hop flavor and assertive bitterness that lasts into a crisp, dry finish.

M - Light, ethereal, and creamy.

D - Excellent beer and a must-try for all lovers of Belgian and Belgian-style beers.

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Photo of dciBA
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful golden straw color, with a nive haziness. A thin head forms but fades quickly to just a skimming of white foam. Small amount of lacing as the level in my glass drops(quickly).

Smell is pleasant, but somewhat muted with citrus and hops coming through. This is really the only category I feel the need to detract any points at all, but hardly any.

Taste has a decent amount of lemon, as well as some bitter hops. As the beer warms the flavor becomes more earthy and some herbal spiciness comes through. I drank this fairly quickly but the second half of the bottle was definitely better. Let this one warm up a bit and the flavors all balance out really well. The dry finish is spot for the style and makes it way to easy to suck this down.

This is a very drinkable and well done example of the style. If PT was available up here in Maine I could see myself drinking a ton of this in the summer.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a favorite of dgb3's, a good friend of mine. It always makes me think of the great beer-filled memories with him and his wife. This is to you, Daniel!

Thin white head over an ever-so-lightly hazed dark golden. Straight citrus zest and spice on the nose. Flavors are funky, with a bitter zest and coriander and clove spice. Earth and mustiness are so enjoyable. Lightish body with crisp carb and a dry after-feel. After just a touch of warmth, I can discern a hint of fruitiness, almost like flavored bubble gum. Not a ton of retention or lacing, except for the bit at the tip of the tulip.

Letting this beer hang out in the glass for about a half hour really brings out that earth that I love so dearly in saisons. This is a great beer ... it never lets me down.

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Photo of micmillon18
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Label says that its from April 2010.

A - Pours an amber color with a thin white fluffy head. Sits atop the beer at a fingers height. Minimal lacing.

S - Lemon and citrus smells are very present. Tangy and funky, possibly due to the hops. Really good scents.

T - Hoppy bitterness is present but not overly prevalent. Tastes of hard candy, hops, coriander, and cloves are there. Finishes with the hop bitters. Very delicious. Oh so drinkable and tasty.

M - Incredibly smooth and drinkable. For the complexity it goes down so easy.

D - Love this beer. One of my go-to beers. I absolutely can't get enough of it. Another great from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of fear025
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma:Smells slightly fruity, floral, peppery.

Appearance:Pale gold in color. Lots of thick white head (big bubbles). very visible carbonation. Low head retention though.

Taste:The foretaste is peppery and a little bitter. This flavor fades and becomes more earthy through the midtaste, and then surprisingly changes to a sweet fruit-punch like flavor with no hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:Light body, alcohol is well hidden. Very high carbonation.

Drinkability:I really enjoy the flavor on this one, it's full of delightful complexity. This has to be one of the best Saisons that I've ever had.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer from Cuzco in the Blind BIF #3. Thanks to Nate! Poured into a MJ tasting glass.

Pours a cloudy, light golden color, almost orangey highlights, with a stark white head that falls back after a few minutes, leaving a wisp of foam.

Aromas of peppery spice, lemony. Earthy and musty.

First sip is peppery, no real malt or hop flavor to speak of. Some bitterness, and a funky, musty character. Slightly lemony tartness. Very dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium and full, and very drying. Good carbonation, not spritzy or prickly.

Very drinkable. Nice americanized saison.

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Photo of gwguest
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into Duvel Tulip, bottled in Aug 2010. Rec'd from macmaster761

A: Pours a fizzy straw color. A very thin foam that doesn't last past the pour. Beer is brilliantly clear. With a little lasting foam, this would be a stunner.

S: Spicy, musty lemons with a grainy raw undertone

T: Slightly more lemon-y than the smell; as it warms the malt comes forward a bit, but so does the yeast-born qualities. Complex levels of interaction between the spicy qualities here Not much hop presence (I'm attributing the lemon to the yeast, but it could be hops) outside of a firm bitterness that keeps it all in check. Very dry finish, with a slight lingering bitterness.

M: Spot on. Nice and dry and slightly spritzy. Great carb level.

D: With a touch more sweetness, I could drink this all day, but the dry, bitter finish puts a slight damper on it. However, there's no problem finishing off the bomber.

O: A very good American interpretation of American Saison. Something about the taste is rubbing me the wrong way, but definitely enjoyable. I'd drink another bottle for sure.

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Photo of Stigs
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, split - served in small tulip glasses

A - pours with a small amount of loose, sudsy white foam. the beer is on the hazy side, slightly dark gold in color.

S - hints of lemon, grainy malts, and a light fruitiness via the yeast strains. noticeably hoppy, pushing grassy and subtly floral.

T - hops again are noticeably present, bringing flavors of citrusy lemon, grasses, and a bit of earthiness. crisp and malty through the middle, with a minor yeast bite at the end.

M - very, very dry all the way through. light bodied with controlled fizzy carbonation. finishes very crisp, and of course dry - bitterness adds to this. unique in a fine sort of way.

D - solid all around, with just a little amp due to the massive dryness (from added champagne yeast). drinkable and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Mancer
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a hazy golden yellow color with a two finger high fluffy, off-white head. The lacing was nice and thick and clung nicely to the glass. The initial smell of the beer was that of belgian yeast with a light fruitiness. The initial taste of the beer was a yeasty breadiness with light citrus fruits and earthy tones. The finish was nice and spicy and remained preserved in the after taste, with the yeast having a crisp bite to the tongue. This beer had a slight dryness to it, as well as a medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall, this was a fantastic beer. i was blown away by the flavors and think it worked the palate perfectly. I had this beer paired with my thanksgiving meal and it was exceptional. I would highly recommend people to seek this one out, regardless of whether you like this style or not.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a straw yellow color with a two finger head, very tight laced. Very bubbly. Head is very tight, sitting on top of a nice looking saison.

S: Smell is grassy and earthy with a good amount of citrusy hops. Good crisp lemon aroma.

T: Very crisp and clean, lemon and grapefruit with some dirt and soil. Tastes like earth honestly. Very grassy and citrusy.

M: Crisp and tart, perfect carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, great beer.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review of a 22 oz bottle of the Batch 10; I received a couple bottles of this fine ale courtesy of Bmoyer0301 and SamuelJackson45.
A: I poured straight down the glass and this erupted like a volcano. The head took a few sips and a good five minutes to die back down to a nice fluffy white head over a cloudy burnt amber orange juice.
S: A spicy saison, which almost comes off as rye, strong hints of coriander and pepper over a yeasty bread with vanilla and orange juice, almost like tart yellow cake.
T: A slight tartness (citrus) with green, leafy hops lingers after a creamy angels' food cake. This is good.
M: Slightly thick and sticky, with a carbonation that travels from spritzy to frothy to creamy.
D: Really great. My glass is almost finished already.

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Photo of jslot38
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle to Sam Adams pint glass. Very hazy yellow, with slight orange tinge. Head is a small top covering of pure white bubbles. Not the large fluffy head you expect from a saison.

Smell: Nose is dominated by the yeast strain. A bit of grass and biscuit in the background. Banana and clove primarily.

Taste: Very similar to the smell, the saison yeast strain is more fruity than peppery and spice. Faint mingling of floral hops and a bit of grass. A bit of graininess in the beginning.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, doesn't have a strong zip to it like other saisons. Carbonation is also lower than some of the more traditional versions from overseas. Very light on the tongue.

Drinkability: Saisons are a very drinkable style for me. And at just over 6% this one is straightforward and unobstrusive. A bomber is a good size for this beer. Has a thirst quenching property that makes you return for that second pint. Well done.

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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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