I’ve been avoiding this bottle in my fridge for the last couple of months. I’ve been on a stout kick with the snow and winter weather and a “saison americain” just didn’t seem like the right beer for the times. But every time I opened the fridge it looked at me and said “I’m not getting any younger in here.”* Well, I finally relented and am glad I did.
It poured a bright, beautiful pale yellow color with a thick, billowing head. It’s amazingly clear – so clear I think I could read a book through it! Perhaps I’m being overly dramatic since I’ve been looking at a lot of dark, murky beers lately. The head stuck around for a while, forming some nice lace on the glass. I’d give the appearance an A+.
It smells great! Flowers and citrus really coming through. The first taste makes sense after the nose, nice hops backbone and subtle malt. A little funky finish (in a good way), with a hint of honey. I will make a habit of keeping a couple of these on hand at all times. Jack D’or is a good choice when you want to break out a craft beer for a friend that’s just getting into it.
Taste: B+ (maybe it’s the season talking here?)
Drinkability: A- (I like a little funk in the trunk and this one delivers, but it might not be for everyone).
Vitals: 22oz bomber, served at ~40F. 6.4% ABV. 45 IBUs.
*April 2010 stamped on the bottle