Pretty Things Jack D’Or

Pretty Things Jack D'or

Today we took a trip to NH to visit the in-laws, see our nephew, and watch the Patriots game. I brought along a bottle of Pretty Things Jack D’Or to share with my brother-in-law Dave and my father-in-law Jim.

Pretty Things Jack D'or

All of us took a minute to check out the bottle’s label. Truly creative, and probably a good representation of the minds behind the Pretty Things Beer & Ale project.

Pretty Things Jack D'or

Jack has a wheaty / citrus smell to it. From appearance, it looks like a glass of foamy apple juice.

Pretty Things Jack D'or

For whatever reason, I always associate the saison with sweet honey-like flavors. This beer does not fit that expectation. It has bitter sweet citrus flavors with a solid bitter after taste. Very, very mild pine.

Pretty Things Jack D'or

Jim added: “Really Smooth!” while Dave piped in (referring to the after taste) “it hangs around”.

Pretty Things Jack D'or

All three of us enjoyed the beer. It wasn’t fireworks for any of us. I’ve heard a lot of hype about the beer, and I definitely don’t think it was worth the hype. Just an OK beer, and I’m not sure I’d buy it again.

Dinner

After watching the Patriots BARELY beat the Bills, we took off for home. Upon reaching the homestead, Melissa took a nap and I banged out some Uncharted 2. In 4 days of gameplay I’m 85% through the game. Wifey woke up and we were both hungry, so I whipped up something we wanted to try….

Dinner

Belgian Style Seitan stew with dark beer!

Dinner

Seitan is a vegan meat substitute made of wheat gluten. I’ve had it in some dishes where it was excellent, and other dishes where it was plain gross.

This dish included onions, molasses, brown sugar, white wine vinegar, mustard, thyme, flour, vegetable stock, and most importantly, BEER! It called for dark beer, so I used a can of Southern Star Buried Hatchet Stout that I had left over from the beer Ilya sent me from Texas.

I served it with some quick-steam green beans and some bread with fake butter (soy-based ) spread. YUM! Turned out terrific.

-Lost

Dinner

Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

4 thoughts on “Pretty Things Jack D’Or”

  1. Pretty Things calls Jack D’Or a Saison Americain. It’s basically a hoppy saison, using American hops that give it the citrus and pine notes you mentioned. Saisons are usually spicy, not really sweet or honey flavored. They’re usually a bit drier. Give it another shot. Jack D’Or is awesome if you’re not expecting something like Saison Dupont.

    The labels for all the Pretty Things beers are actually designed by Martha, Dan’s (the brewer) wife and the only other person in the company besides him. She does all the “artwork” for them. Check out their website. They’ve got some odd videos, including one of the Baby Tree in England where Martha grew up (and where the name of the beer came from).

    As for other Pretty Things beers… you should try St. Botolph’s Town. I think you’ll probably like it. It’s a “rustic English ale” according to them, but it’s kind of like a really awesome brown ale. It’s probably my favorite from them.

  2. Sorry to hear you weren’t a big fan of the Jack D’Or. I really love that beer – I’m proud its from my state :)

    Speaking of very hyped beer I have a present for you!

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