Jack D'Or | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Jack D'OrJack D'Or

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

a clean straw yellow pour with a half inch of head giving off some great lacing. smells of lemon zest, orange peel, coriander, bready/spicy yeast. a funky tasting saison. lots of citrus bitterness.. almost like eating a salad of orange peel and lemon peel.. with a dash of pepper, and a slice of bread on the side. really crisp and refreshing. high carbonation, light bodied.. perfect summer refresher. really diggin' this one.. tastes like a traditional book recipe, however still manages to have a unique bitterness that lets it stand out from the rest.

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

A: pale gold haze with an off-white head

S: buttered popcorn, lemongrass, and floral hops

T: lemony citrus with floral notes; buttery; some sweetness like a touch of honey

M: bright, creamy, crisp, fresh, clean-finishing

O: a really nice saison, very drinkable, very summery

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With their quirky adolescence and somewhat absurd namesake and marketing images, its easy to lower expectations about the quality of the product inside the bottle. To the dismay of most, the distaste ends with a discard of the bottle because the saison is phenomenal.

Bright straw in color, the beer puts forth a modest shield of haze that's presumably from suspended yeast. High carbonation erupts from the bottom of the glass and emulating champagne. The head that's built above is spritzy, loosely knit, and collapses onto itself as new bubbles regenerate it just as fast. Expected retention and lace keeps the beer's atmosphere decorated and appetizing.

Firm pilsner aromas lay the foundation for aroma with a dry bread scent with dough and grain. Spicier notes bounce from the malts with a mix of yeasty white pepper, cumin and curacao. A fruity/floral combo counteracts the spice with softer lemon, apple, orange, honey, and wildflower. The hops contribute both the bouquet and a dry hay note that also drives malt complexities.

Flavors bounce off the tongue with a dry malt, dry fruit, and evaporative spice balance that's effortless and whimsically charged. Light sweetness of grain and faint honey is rounded by the estery apple, lemon acidity notes, and herbal-botanical taste. The quick mid palate of lemongrass and herbs turn bitter and signals the dry finish to come. Fresh cracked peppercorn, cumin, and coriander balance the fruit and malt but seem to invite the slightest soap flavor in finish and aftertaste.

Expansive as the carbonation explodes off the tongue and engulfs the mouth with a dry, terse, and peppery quality that forces the finish much sooner than is expected. The beer's quick procession across the palate lands it with bone dry texture to finish where the majority of flavor is mostly appreciated in aftertaste rather than palate exploration.

Where the value of saison is measured by its classic complexities of dry malt, dry fruit, high spice, and high effervescence, Jack D'or delivers all these with pin point Belgian precision. Its truly unique to find well made saisons outside of the farmhouse. It's only the goofy name and artwork that leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 07-18-2012
Freshness: Bottled 03-2012
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Wino's Depot, Bowling Green KY

Big white head sits on a hazy, straw-colored beer. Head retention is very good and lacing is good. Very nice aromas are of spicy yeast, lemons and other fruits, wheat malts and cloves.

Taste is very dry and features a sharp hop bitterness and some tartness. Flavors of grapes and wine show an acidic character. Rye malt makes for an edgy bite as well. Body is in the light to medium range and carbonation is high. The finish is very dry and also has an acidic quality.

Overall I'd say this is a good beer but had too much hop bitterness and dryness for my liking.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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

I'm in Boston, MA It's 89 degrees F with a 66 dregree dew point. Let's just say its hot and humid. Walked into a local pub and scanned the beer list. Traveling from Minnesota I'm not familiar with Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project.

I ordered the Jack D'Or and was amazed by its crisp refreshing character back by depth and complexity not often found in this style of brew.

Cool and recharged I'm ready to continue my walk on the Freedom Trail through Boston's historic areas where lived the Patriots whom founded our country.

I'm grateful a current resident founded Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Jack D'Or from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Beer rating: 84.1% out of 100 with 1,641 ratings
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