Beer: Jack D’Or
Brewery: Pretty Things
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: Chez 98th Street
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Pale yellow, cloudy body with a thick white head.
Smell: Initial smell is malt and a rich scent of lemony citrus. Then it smells like a Flemish sour, with an intense tangy note. Lingering smell of lemon Pine-Sol.
Flavor: The first note is actually lemon Pine-Sol. There’s an overpowering bitterness that feels uncomfortable going down. The bitterness is mitigated by a slight hint of coriander. Impressively, though, Pretty Things did not add any spice or citrus zest. The flavor that emerges is from mixing a number of hops, malts, and four yeast strains.
Feel: Thin body, slick, with moderate carbonation.
Concluding Remark: The brewers describe Jack D’Or (Jack is a cartoon of a grain of malted barley) as having a “bitter backbone,” but I would go so far as to say that it has a bitter skeleton. There is very little in here to balance the hops. In true American spirit, Pretty Things out of Cambridge, Massachusetts takes a Belgian classic and dumps a proverbial handful of hops in the mix. However, instead of appreciating their ingenuity, I’m just looking forward to opening the next Saison in my fridge (it’s a Belgian). All in all, it’s not a bad beer, but it was not what I was expecting from something labeled “Saison.” Maybe I just need to readjust my expectations of a “Saison Americaine.”