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Jack D'Or | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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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: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pale yellow with a 2 inch head and lots of lacing. Lives up to its brewery's name. It's indeed a pretty thing.

S: Lots of wheat with some floral notes.

T: Wheat, with lots of bitterness and a sort of hop finish.

M: Thin, light carbonation.

O: Very bitter- I didn't love it. Didn't find it really remarkable, except visually. It's a very good looking beer. Probably wouldn't order again.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle (bottled July 2011) into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale golden color w/ a 1-finger white head that settles to a thin film.

Aroma is spicy, earthy, floral; a little funky and grassy. Belgian yeast and hops. A bit muted, this one could be past its prime. Still, nothing objectionable and it's certainly true to style.

Taste is that of a pretty straightforward saison with a citrusy twist. Pale malt, earthy saison yeast, some nice floral hops, a vague hint of spice. A nice juicy orange citrus quality. Nice bitter hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is balanced with moderate carbonation. Semi-dry.

Overall a decent saison but nothing special. It probably doesn't help that this beer is 2 years old (even though I just received it via online retailer last week) so I don't want to judge it too harshly. Just OK to good.

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3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Space for freshness info on the bottle, but it does not appear to have been marked.

Beer is clear golden and appears to be quite carbonated. A medium to large sized white head. Good retention.

Nose contains lots of yeast and light/citrus fruits. I get green grape, lemon and a touch of banana. A bit of peppery spice. Pretty traditional saison scent, with some extra hopping.

Taste is a balance of fruit and dry yeast. There is a bit of an apple or grape juice flavour, but dry and fairly bitter. The dryness is not very pleasant- I don't get much of the flavourful yeasty funk, just dryness. The bitterness does not work particularly well.

Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation. Drying.

Overall, not bad, but does not live up to the ratings. I would take any number of well-known and readily available saisons over this one.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

this didn't floor me like it should have. on tap at grace (the coolest restaurant ever) in downtown Portland. knew the hype, but I didn't know what to expect here. it pours a clearish, but still a little brackish pale straw color, with an inch of lasting white head. very alluring. the nose is not like a saison at all, maybe a little bretty, but im thinking this is more of a lager yeast, crisp and decidedly Czech in nature. it certainly is on the malt front, and the yeast profile matches. nothing farmhouse about this as far as the taste goes. balanced, complex, and delicious, but its like a well hopped lager. traditional. light on the mouth, good carbonation, clean finish. its not living up to the style at all, but the taste is darn good. an oddity to say the least, asks more than it answers, but a jovial beer to slam down in the summer time. first impression from pretty things is a good one overall.

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3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour: Crystal clear straw colored pour with a nice fluffy, delicate head that fades leaving a bit of lacing.

Aroma: Funk and peppercorns, orange and lemon, as well as some coriander. The funk is most present, with the citrus flavors following.

Taste: Following from the aroma, a hefty funk presence, with a nice citrus flavor, good herbal character, and a strong floral hop finish leaving a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. As the drink warms up, and you get used to the flavors, the hop character changes a bit, becoming grassier and more apparent up front. A bit of the other spice characteristics also come through, notably cardamom and coriander.

Overall: Nice saison, with good funk character and a nice hop presence. Something I’ve had many times, and will likely have again. A solid beer, and highly recommended.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first beer from Pretty Things and absolutely enjoyed this farmhouse ale on a hot summer evening. The nose is a little funky yeast with grass and hint of lemon. Poured excellent into the RR-tion glass with nice head retention. Taste was superb belgian yeast, pepper, and herbs all complement each other with light carbonation and a dry, crisp finish. I found myself wanting more after the bomber was empty. Jack D'or will be in my summer saison rotation.

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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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