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Père Jacques - Goose Island Beer Co.

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2,193 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,193
Reviews: 860
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 64
Gots: 302 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2004

Warm molasses color, dark fruit aroma, rich caramel flavor, rich soft body.

26 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,193 | Reviews: 860
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It pours a brilliant ruby tinted amber with a 1” cream coloree foam solar that head that dissipates fairly quickly but clings to the side of the glass.
S: spicy, estery aromas with traces of caramel and alcohol.
T: Yeast driven palate with fruit, rich malt, alcohol, and a moderate hop accent on the finish.
F: Creamy full body with moderately low carbonation and slight alcohol warming.
O: An easy to drink beer that captures the Belgian dubbel style.

Photo of riotontheroad
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the 2012 vintage held up exceptionally well!

Photo of Shaw
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage.

Pours a nice amber in color with a thin white head that reduces to a ring in my tulip glass.

Complex aroma of wood, dried fruit like figs and prunes.

Complex and sweet. Flavors of dried fruit mix with caramel and bread notes.

Almost oily body.

Overall a rich brew for a special occasion. I'm impressed by the $9 price: You don't see many beers like this at that price anymore.

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage bottle dated 3/22/2012. I'm getting to this bottle a little over 3 years after bottling.

Appearance: very dark brown with some hints of burnt orange, poured fairly thick with really no head to speak of. There is a very thin ring of creamy white bubbles around the rim of the glass. There is still some carbonation after three years because the bottle hissed a bit when opened and the laser etching in my glass created some carbonation. The bottle had a significant amount of protein coagulation/sediment at the bottom. This is to be expected with a beer of this age. When I swirl the beer in the glass or take a drink, there are some alcohol legs that form but not like a beer that started out much stronger like a quad or BSDA.

Nose: caramel, toffee, dried figs, raisins, complex dark red fruit esters, some spicy character from the yeast. No off smells at all.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Fairly thin mouthfeel, not unusual in a cellared beer. Nice light carbonation, a bit of warming alcohol but nothing hot or solvent like, dried cherries and dark fruits, beautiful spice from the Saaz hops. Saaz hops have a 1-1 alpha to beta acid percentage so the hop character really stays in the beer over time. The beer still retains some sweetness and I do believe it will have the legs to make it to 5 years (or more) like Goose Island says, under cellar conditions. Slight lactic mouthfeel from the barrel aging and bugs therein. Not a bad thing at all and I was expecting some more Brett character. This beer can really stand up over time.

Overall: Since this beer is now retired it can be hard to find. I'm going to source another 2-3 4-packs and enjoy this one for years to come. I love the Dubbel style and this is a fantastic example from a world class brewery. This beer screams "Cellar me!!" I have not tried a fresh example but the cellared ones are worth every penny.

Photo of GeeL
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2007 Pere Jacques I forgot about and found in the back of a root cellar. I was expecting the flavor to have completely fallen apart. I was pleasantly surprised, and glad I was sharing it with a friend.

Look: Exactly as it should for a dubbel
Smell: Dried fruit compote with some allspice. Maybe a tad nutty, definitely like caramel.
Taste: Caramelized dried fruit. Dried dark fruit. Not tart. For it's age (bottled 8/07, drank 3/15) it didn't fall apart. As we swirled it and it warmed a bit, the flavor got bigger and bigger. This was a terrific representation of the style.
Feel: thick but not too thick. It coated the mouth and the flavor lingered and changed over time before the next sip. This is exactly what this beer should taste like.
Overall: I liked this beer a lot. I have a hard time giving perfect scores so I toned the scored back a lot, but I'm going to see if I can track down another one of these. I doubt there are too many around, which is a shame.

Photo of Foxybrau
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy caramel pour with a light, creamy head that lingers as a khaki ring around the glass. The nose really sings of yeast, malt, and Sour Punch Straws. Sorry, I couldn't resist, but it is true! Loved those things. Candied fruit is at the front of the flavor profile as well with a warm, smooth, boozy finish. Goose Island brings it again for me. Strong and interesting brew.

Photo of Kerrylee
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Malty Overtones. Would make an excellent dessert beer

Photo of badgustav
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Carmel in color, sweet on the nose with a warm maltiness. The flavour is rich, malty, and sweet. This has become a favorite, at least the 2012

Photo of FFreak
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from July 2012 poured into tulip glasses and shared. Beautiful clear chestnut brown color with half finger of slightly off-white head that dissipates and leaves minimal lacing. Nice dried fruit and Belgian candy aroma. Taste is delicious and perfect to the style - raisins, currants, dried apricot, candy, and a slight sharp bitterness to offset the sweet. Mouth feel was dryer than I expected, making the beer seem thin for style, but actually probably makes it more drinkable. Overall, a pretty solid take on the Belgian Dubbel, albeit a bit pricey in this case ($9.50 for 22 oz).

Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

2012 vintage, 2 years aged.
Caramelized malt and maple sugar. Great roundness and no trace of alcohol. Long sweet bitterness and hint of hops. Very nice

Photo of postalmarke
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Delicious creamy honey caramel flavor

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +2.3%

2012 bottle
Has a maghony color body with a thin head
aroma is of dark fruit
taste has a little sweetness to it and dark fruit notes.
mouthfeel is good and smooth and overall aged wellm

Photo of Hipgezus
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Abbey's aren't my favorite style, but I enjoy one every now and then. I prefer a tripel or a saison. I'm aging a couple of 2013's though to see how they develop.

Photo of AirBob
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Notes from 10/15/14. Bottled in 2/2012.

A - Cloudy redish-brown body. Thin layer of off-white head.

S - A little dark fruit. Some spice. Molasses and burnt caramel. Some alcohol comes through as well.

T - Molasses. Tons of sweet caramel. No alcohol. Dark fruit in the middle. Finishes with very rich, smooth caramel notes.

M - Creamy start. Some carbonation in the middle. Thick, syrupy finish.

O - Great dessert beer.

Photo of mjpolzin
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

A lot better than I expected.

I am not a huge fans of Belgians so I had been sitting on this bottle for awhile. I cracked it open when my brother in laws came over. I was pleasantly surprised. It was sweet, smooth beer that I can only imagine aging helped make more subtle. The yeasty flavor was there but it was in the background and also subtle. Overall, a nice beer.

Photo of Jonada
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Rochefort goblet. Bottled 4/6/2012.

Appearance: Pours a dark rusty dark orange color with less than a finger of an off white head that dissipates almost instantly to nothing. No retention or lacing of any kind. Body is murky and just barely translucent.

Smell: Lots of dark fruit, raisins, dates, candi sugar, slight caramel.


Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slightly oily mouthfeel and fine medium carbonation.


Photo of Samp01
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy brown with a medium beige head. Aroma and taste is of caramel malt, yeast and some sweet dark fruit notes with light bitterness. Palate is a medium body, mild carbonation with a sweet yeast and light sticky mouth feel. Sweet caramel malt, yeast with light bitterness on the end. A smooth flavorful and tasty brew.

Photo of anthony23cippy
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured from 76mL bottle into a snifter, pours a beautiful mahogany color, like nothing I've seen before with a tan 2 finger head and modest lacing. (One of the best pours I've had yet). Aroma is exceptional as well, at first you can smell the 8% alcohol, but then it opens up to some fruitiness (notably raisins or bubble gum), and then a slight matly smell to finish. Taste is not as great as the aroma, still pleasant though. First upon entering my mouth, like the aroma, first taste was the alcohol content, but as it sits in your mouth the fruitiness comes to life and the after taste is that of smoky maltiness. The mouthfeel is very creamy, which is deceptive, as it looks like a very thin bodied beer. Overall a good beer, could be one of the best I've had if the flavor was a bit better. I'd have it time and time again though, for sure!

Photo of Phigg1102
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%

2012 bottle poured into a tulip. Poured a deep amber touching on brown. One finger white head with good lacing. Oak, banana, and a touch of spice in the aroma. Yeast presence is strong with a fair amount of sweetness akin to mellon going on. Fairly viscous with a nice bitter after bite.

Photo of stevoj
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

This is the 2012 batch for this brew. Right on target for a Belgian Ale. Taste, color and aroma are all reminiscent of a real Belgian abbey ale. Nice job and well done. Delicious!

Photo of MaillardRx
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Had the 2013 Pere Jacques out of a bottle.

A: An amber copper color with some sediment suspended in the glass despite a careful pour. Otherwise it is pretty clear. Little to no foam.

S: Very sweet, like maple syrup or honey. Some notes of cloves perhaps?

T: Sweet and belgian malts. Raisin and buttery notes persist.

M: Relatively thin but good for the style.

O: A well-crafted beer. Full of sweet flavors, but I had hoped for something a bit more, I guess. I was just left wanting more. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't pay as much as I did for it.

Photo of WunderLlama
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

Bomber poured into chalice

Pours a copper, ruby rich brown. Clear with amazing strains of yeasts and carbonation. Half finger white foam lid.

Aroma of molasses, fig, prunes, raisins.

Taste of the deep rich fruits and licorice. Amazing.

Smooth mouthfeel , don't taste the 8% abv but! it is there

Great beer. Delicious, complex but not overwhelmingly so. Repeatable and worthy of stocking in your beer fridge.

Photo of Chevami
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Not the best but definitely not the worst! Quite strong and slightly sweet with
solid mouth feel. I would purchase again despite the fact that Goose Island is

Photo of Mikus
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 12 ounce bottle from the local bottle shop (took a try on a 2013... thought it could handle the age well)... not expecting be knocked out but wanting to give another Goose Island a try. Poured into my tulip glass. Nothing tremendous on appearance... unfiltered (that's ok), 1/2 finger of head was gone quickly, interesting mahogany hue. The aroma was awesome... raisins and dark fruit, apples or pears, molasses, and of course, Belgium. Aside from the presence of alcohol in the taste, all of the aromas were strong in the flavor profile. Not a ton of the 'funk', and overall a great flavor balance. Velvety mouthfeel... one of the most enjoyable I have tried for mouthfeel. Overall, this was excellent... great balance to this beer, and a pleasant surprise. As a big IPA and stout guy, before long I might be drawn to more of the Belgian styles... pick one up.

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 765ml (25.9 oz.) bottle
Glass: Fuller’s London pint glass
From: Armada Wine & Beer Merchant in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Price: $10.99
Purchased: July 4, 2014
Consumed: July 6, 2014
Misc.: Bottled on May 7, 2013 at 8:59 a.m.

Poured a caramel amber color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white head. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Minimal retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled rather boozy up front. Also got grape, Syrah grapes, caramel, plum, slight raspberry, roasty malts, citrus notes and some bubblegum.

Tasted much better than the nose. Got grape, plum, black raspberry, caramel and honey. Got better as it went down.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Smooth, fruity finish.

Really enjoyed this one. Would have it again for sure.

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Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,193 ratings.