925. Jack D'Or

925. Jack D'Or

I have to thank Jadyn for alerting me to the existence of this beer. It's brewed by the husband of a woman who works on her floor. I missed out on the free beer that she got to sample at work, so we picked up a bottle when we saw it at the Whole Foods on River St.

The bottle and website refer to this beer as a "Saison Americain". The description suggests that this is a hoppy saison, which is perhaps oversimplifying things, but it's close enough to accurate to give a quick, snapshot view of this brew. For more information, here's an interview with the brewer.

The label is a bit whimsical, so rather than describe it I'll quote from the website:
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 perhaps even conjures 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.
We let this warm for a bit, and served it in our tulip glasses. It went nicely with the eggplant stew that Jadyn made for dinner.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project
Alcohol: 6.40%
Serving: Bottle, 22 oz.
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance: 4.5 | Smell: 4.0 | Taste: 4.0 | Mouthfeel: 4.0| Drinkability: 5.0

Overall: 4.2

Pours a cloudy, amber golden, and is topped by a thick, sudsy, white head. The head fades to a film with soapy bubbles that cling to the sides of the glass. Really, a very appealing looking beer. Upon pouring, fruity notes of bananas are immediately evident. When in the glass the banana and other fruit aromas are present in the background, overpowered by notes of pepper, citrus, and herbal, leafy hops.

Lightly sweet malts upfront mingle with a sweet, banana fruitiness, and some mild yeast flavors. Met by a nice peppery spice, and a significant citric and grassy hop bitterness in the finish. Light-bodied, with prickly carbonation and an appealing dryness give this beer a very refreshing quality.

Refreshing. It's spicy and hoppy, but balanced by a nice sweetness that doesn't overpower. I could have had a few more of these.

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