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.
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.
Jack has a wheaty / citrus smell to it. From appearance, it looks like a glass of foamy apple juice.
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.
Jim added: “Really Smooth!” while Dave piped in (referring to the after taste) “it hangs around”.
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.
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….
Belgian Style Seitan stew with dark beer!
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.