Monday, April 4, 2011

Guest Reviewer - Beer in BC rates Pretty Things Jack D'Or

I'd like to introduce a guest reviewer today, Dave from Beer in BC, another local blogger who writes about our burgeoning craft beer scene. When I think of a beer blogger, I imagine a self-righteous prick, who likes nothing better than sticking his nose in the air and the sound of his own voice. (maybe I'm just imagining myself?) Whatever the case Dave doesn't fit this mold. A man of few words who spends much of his days demolishing buildings, the first time I met Dave he told me a can of beer is just as good as a bottle. Definitely not your typical beer geek. He was kind enough to put together the following review of Pretty Things Jack D'Or, and if you want to read my review of this unusual beer, you can read it on Beer in BC. All your's Dave.

Pretty Things is one of the few consistent breweries I've encountered.  Driftwood would be a local example of this.  Every beer turns to be an enjoyable experience, and you get the feeling that they're flying by the seat of their pants when they're brewing up some of these beers.  It must be gypsy magic.  They are self-proclaimed gypsy brewers operating without having a physical brewery of their own after all.

Jack D'Or is billed as a 'saison american.'  One thing you quickly learn when you get into beer is that any time a beer is billed as "American" style it will be a hoppy beer.  Usually outrageously so.  You could almost say these new Belgian IPAs that are starting to prevail are just American tripels.  That's another story for another time.  This American saison story time.

Aromas of citrus, spicy grapefruit with a quiet undertone of earthiness and phenolic yeast.  This all switches up on the taste.  Hop dominance increases with very earthy hops coming in hard followed by a tangy marmalade hop flavour and to round it out a bit of general grain flavour.  All of this leads to a tangy bitter finish.

Saison American for sure.  Gypsy magic, most definitely.

Rating: Good
Style: American Saison
ABV: 6.4%
Serving Temp: 8-10ÂșC
BCL: n/a

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