Pretty Things Jack D’Or Saison

A 22oz bottle, sampled from a pint glass.

Jack D’Or is a saison style ale brewed by Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. On their web site, Pretty Things describe themselves as a “gypsy brewery,” which seems to mean that they travel a lot and occasionally return to the brewery they rent to brew their beer. An interesting business model, and they are quick to point out that they are not a contract brewery.

According to Ratebeer.com, Jack D’Or is available in the Netherlands, Canada (British Columbia), and the US states of Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington DC

This is an excitable beer! When I cracked the cap, a vigorous hiss warned me that the beer was well-carbonated, but it took me two pours to get any beer in my glass. My first pour resulted in an entire pint of head from about an ounce of beer. On my second attempt I poured still more carefully, but still ended up with a half pint of head (and about a six-pack of irritation).

Jack D’Or is a pretty gold beer with light orange hues, and TONS (dare I say a shitload?) of carbonation expressed by a ridiculous army of bubbles charging toward the top of the glass. My four-finger head took about five minutes to collapse to one finger, leaving plenty of lace sticking to the sides of the glass.

The smell is of honey, cereal grains,hay, lemon, and a hint of apricot, with a touch of white pepper and herbal hops.

At the very first, the taste is similar to the smell, but the quickness is quickly overcome by a sharp bitterness and a challenging sourness.

Medium body with over-abundant and aggressive carbonation.

My tongue took a serious lashing from this beer, and it is not at all appropriate to the style. I took the unusual (for me) step of reading other reviews on Beeradvocate while I was in the middle of sampling this, and a cursory glance didn’t reveal any other reviewers who experienced the beer in the same way, so I suspect my bottle was infected. If this beer is meant to be this sour and bitter, it would more appropriately be called an American Wild Ale.

In the end, the only thing I really dislike about the Jack D’Or I sampled is the high carbonation; the other aspects are all characteristics I enjoy in a beer, but not when I’m looking forward to a saison.

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