Thanks for checking back in on another craft beer review. For today’s review I’m going to be trying a Pretty Things Jack D’Or produced by the Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Let’s skip all of the rubbish and jump right to the website, prettythingsbeertoday.com, and see what it has to say about this brew.
“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!
Sounds good. How about a taste?
This brew comes in 22 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 6.5%.
The Jack D’Or poured a beautiful, hazy, honey/gold color with a bright white head. The texture of the crown was soapy, soft, frothy and comprised of very tiny bubbles. It was of near perfect size. The retention time was very good and the lacing was more than adequate. A very, very nice looking beer to say the least.
The nose divulged tones of white grape, lemon citrus and lemon grass. Some spicy hints of pepper and coriander were exposed and they were blended very well too. I also found the slightest bit of “musty funk”. Not a whole lot, but enough for a solid showing. A relish of yeast added a sturdy backbone and really helped pull everything together. A wonderful smelling beer in my opinion.
The taste introduced a medium strength lemon tartness with an easily manageable sourness. The “funk” seemed to be a bit more forward, although nowhere near overbearing. The white grapes showed themselves again as well as a hearty dose of yeast. Minor impressions of white bread backed up the distinct spicy bite of pepper and coriander while a smidgen of grassy hops provided a welcome bitterness. I’ll say one thing, this brew was very flavorful and agreeable to my taste buds.
The mouthfeel was medium to light bodied. Very dry, snappy, “bitey”, refreshing and thirst quenching. The carbonation was lively and an excellent amount of flavor was left covering the palate for a great long while after each sip.
Man. This is a great brew in my novice opinion. It’s a “sleeper”. It has tons of character and personality. Even though it’s quite elaborate I never found it to be over-the-top or confusing. Instead, all of the attributes were, for the most part, up front and easily identifiable. The drinkability was superb, which would make it a killer Spring or Summer seasonal. I’m definitely picking this up again soon and I’d suggest that you guys do the same. If you like the Saison style, I doubt that you would be disappointed with the Pretty Things Jack D’Or. If you do sample it, leave a comment and let me know your opinion.
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Until next time. Cheers.
Score: 4.45 out of 5