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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Raul is done convinced that all Saisons are striving for the same taste, but what it comes down to is their ability to meet that mark. To Raulsky, all Farmhouses taste the same (in a sense) but what it comes down to is their ability to provide a clean and crisp product. And like Melissa Haro in a two piece, this thang connected like Tom Brady and Randy Moss circa 2007. It obviously had that "Saison taste," but along the way it wasn't too funky or grassy.

Raul digs it well.

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A: Pours a chill-hazed golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a cap

S: Starts off with some nice fruity, lightly spicy, and wheat notes. Goes into some light grassy and herbal notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a light fruitiness and spiciness and goes into some herbal hoppiness. Mellows out with some more fruitiness and finishes with a light spice and citrus peel. Lightly bitter into the finish as well

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nice American saison. The fruitiness, spiciness, and herbal notes mesh very well and combine to make some great flavors. Very easy to drink, especially on a warm summer day. Good price point at under $6 for a bomber, so pick some up if you get PT in your area

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Jack D'Or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
4.01 out of 5 based on 1,641 ratings.
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