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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: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Bottled on November 2011.

A: Light head, plentiful bubbles. Hazy pale gold, but translucent.

S: A bit dull, but a serviceable saison. Light grain, light citrus, light yeast.

T: A good beer, and the American hops are more prevalent here. A bit of sharp grain and light citrus peel. Bitter-dry aftertaste.

M: Perfect and perfectly refreshing. Every sip is bright and clean, just like the initial sip. Smooth-dry grain. Carbonated and spicy.

O: A very nice saison. Atypical, but enjoyably so. The American hops give it a nice added spiciness that works very well.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really panned one of this brewery's beers and promised to try more from them. So here it is.

I had been told by someone I trust that this was the best execution of a saison brewed in the US. Having been through a lot of Goose Island's saisons (among others), that was a large claim.

It starts off pretty nice out of the glass with the cloudy goldenrod colored beer giving off a ton of aromas from the yeast elements. Earth tones come at you carrying spicy phenols mixed with a touch of citrus, possibly from the hops.

The taste doesn't differ all that much but the citrus becomes more of a grapefruit note and the spice becomes more pronounced. I want to say cardamom, but that doesn't seem quite right. So I'll list it as an astringent spice and let it be.

It drinks a bit heavier than most saisons, but not far outside the style range. Wonderful little tickles of bitterness along the sides of the mouth.

The boast is pretty well back-up and I have to say I really enjoyed this. Time to find more from Pretty Things.

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

Bottled in July 2011.Poured into a large tulip glass a hazed lemony color that becomes almost milky looking when the bottom chunkies and floaties get in there.a little barnyard and alot of lemony/citric hops in the nose,a little crushed wheat as well.Nice flavor complexity with light phenolic spice and toasty wheat mixed with quite a healthy shot of American- style citric hops,alot going on and it's refreshing to boot.A great Easter beer it has kind of a spring feel and flavor to it.

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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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