Jack D’Or – Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project
Purchased at BevMo in Elk Grove ($7.99/22 oz. bottle) and poured into wine glasses.
This saison from Cambridge, Mass.-based Pretty Things pours a cloudy pineapple yellow with a fairly slight white head. The nose gives off hay, copious grains, lemon and grapefruit citrus, and hardly any Belgian-style funk. Jack D’Or is more grounded on the tongue, with the expected Belgian yeast flavors offset by an immense bill of grains and spicy hops. Bananas and cloves dominate the front end, with more grains backing them up, and a piney-spicy bitterness on the aftertaste. It’s a decent drink, but also a real mouthful for a mid-ABV saison, and certainly too heavy and aggressive to be called refreshing.