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Père Jacques - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,823 Ratings
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Ratings: 1823
Reviews: 826
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%


Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Warm molasses color, dark fruit aroma, rich caramel flavor, rich soft body.

26 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2004)
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Pencible

Virginia

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque light mahogany with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like nutty toffee and earthy copper, with some spicy Belgian yeast and honey wheat bread.
T: It tasted like nutty toffee and honey wheat bread, with some spicy Belgian yeast and earthy copper. It had a clean earthy aftertaste with a little alcohol warming.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a nice BSDA, with enjoyable scent and taste and decent body. The finish was smooth, although it was a bit hot, so it was easier to sip. Nothing amazing about this beer, but a fairly solid brew. Age would likely really help.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 18:11:39 | More by Pencible
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itsscience

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

May 2013 bottle poured into a tulip.

It has a reddish-brown iced tea color with a two finger white head that settles quickly. Sweet, clean malts show up on the nose with some green apple skin, toast, and some low peppery notes. It has a sweet, malt-forward flavor with raisins, figs, fresh bread, slight yeast, and slight clove spiciness. It has no bitterness but is not overly sweet, either. Goes down smooth with a medium body and low carbonation. The nicest dubbel brewed in the U.S. that I've had yet.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 02:22:25 | More by itsscience
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottles
Served in a goblet
11/20/2010
08/16/2011
02/21/2012

A - 2010 - It is deep amber to burnt orange in color. I got almost no head. There was a skim of beige around the edges.
2011 - This one has some suspended yeast in it which I did not notice in the other two. None of them seem to have much in the way of head.
2012 - This one has a little more head and retention than the others. Otherwise it looks the same.

S - 2010 - It has some light fruity notes. I get some fig and dates.
2011 - It is interesting to see the development of this beer. The fig and date aromas are beginning to show at this stage in its maturity.
2012 - This one has a caramel aroma with some toast.

T - 2010 - The taste is toast and caramel. The fruits that I smelled have been relegated to a complimentary role from a focus on the smell. The alcohol creates a warming sensation at the back of my tongue and working its way down my throat. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming.
2011 - The alcohol taste has subsided from the 2012. The toast and caramel taste is there but subtle.
2012 - There is a more definitive alcohol presence in the taste. It creates some harsher toffee and toasted malt flavors.

M - 2010 - Medium with low carbonation.
2011 - Low carbonation like the 2010.
2012 - Medium with more lively carbonation.

O - 2010 - I think the years have helped this beer. I enjoy the dark fruit and caramel aspects, and the warming sensation from the alcohol is welcome on a cold spring afternoon.
2011 - This year seems to lean more towards the previous year with it not quite developing the dark fruit flavors to a full maturity. It is good, but another year will not hurt.
2012 - The flavors aren't as developed and the alcohol is more prominent in the aroma and taste.

The two to three year mark seems to be the magic time for this beer. Each progressively older beer drank smoother than its predecessor. I wish I would have had a 2009 to delve further into my findings, but I am happy that I got to taste a progression of a beer through three years of aging. I based my rating on the 2011 since it was the median.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 20:34:43 | More by buschbeer
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Beric

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: 2013 vintage bottle into a tulip
Served: 7 March 2013

Appearance: Pours a clear brownish amber with a nice head that eventually dissipates to almost nothing. The color of this beer is incredible- I love the red undertones and how it is really pure and clear.

Smell: Caramel, some soft spiciness but nothing too strong.

Taste: Incredible flavor of dark, gooey caramel. Notes of English toffee and molasses. Just a hint of spice on the back of the tongue after swallowing, but nothing notable. Definitely not as spicy as a tripel, but slightly more so than a German Doppelbock. Slight presence of alcohol makes this one a sipper, but it is not hot or boozy. Slightly warming. One incredible beer.

Mouthfeel: Good body and carbonation add just a hint of liveliness to an otherwise big beer. Generally has somewhat low carbonation giving it a smooth, silky mouthfeel, but I wasn't put off by this and think that any more carbonation would detract from the flavor profile.

Overall: A magnificent beer from GI and one that really showcases their brewing skill. Would highly recommend to anyone who likes dubbels or Doppelbock beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 14:56:48 | More by Beric
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

Pours a cloudy woody brown, reddish tint, with a yellowish fine head at about a quarter inch, dissipates to a film.

Smells of apple, cinnamon, molasses, brown sugar, and buttered bread.

Tastes of cinnamon, apple, maple, brown sugar, buttered biscuit malts, and some spice.

Medium to full body with a light carbonation and a viscous feel.

A pretty tasty and great ale that goes down smooth and is enjoyable. Not especially Belgian feeling though. That gripe aside, worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 01:18:49 | More by Cylinsier
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

765 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; packaged Feb. 28 2013. I've never really been able to get into dubbels, as the other trappist styles have generally been able to grab my interest more effectively. That being said, when it comes to beer I am all about expanding my horizons - so I shelled out the big bucks for this classy-looking bottle. Served at cellar temperature.

This beer is deep amber-copper in hue; its complexion muddied with specks of sediment hovering indiscriminately throughout the liquid. An aggressive pour generates a limited amount of dense, creamy, smoker's-teeth-yellow coloured head, which wilts into a thin cap and collar over the next few minutes. Very attractive aroma; quite fruity and yeasty, with a wide range of notes including plum pudding, raisins and figs atop some roasted barley, caramel and treacle notes. Quite yeasty, with a touch of clove and sherry - my tongue is getting jealous of my nose. Let's taste this already.

This is one damned delicious dubbel. The profile definitely leans toward the fruity, sugary side - toffee and molasses are detectable, with elements of raisin, fig, banana and prune as well. The flavour then offers some toasted nut/sherry vibes, with the clove spice and yeast coming through near the finish. Vaguely earthy, herbal aftertaste with some lingering candi sugar sweetness; the alcohol is noticeable, but I would not say that this tastes 'hot' or boozy. On the heftier side of medium-bodied, with a warming, fulfilling feel on the palate, and a tendency to coat the tongue with each sip. The carbonation level is quite low; this is my only real complaint since I generally like my Belgian-style beers to show a little more spritz than this. It's a forgivable, minor gripe though, because this is still smooth and quite drinkable for a nearly 9% dubbel.

Final Grade: 4.33, a very solid A. Goose Island's Père Jacques is one of the best dubbels I've had the opportunity to try in my 8 years on this site. It's not perfect, but it's still a very high-quality beer that manages to justify its hefty price point (at least in this province, where it is priced about the same as a bottle of mid-tier wine). All Belgian ale aficionados should consider this one worth at least one purchase, as it makes for an excellent warmer for the fall/winter months. Strongly considering picking up another bottle for cellaring purposes.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 16:34:07 | More by thehyperduck
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a four-year-old bottle (vintage 2010) into a tulip glass. (This is by far the longest that I have ever "cellared" a beer) Color was a deep amber/copper with a lot of suspended sediment, and a short cap of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Candied fruit, caramel
Taste-Toasted malt, caramel apple, subtle Belgian spices, applebutter, dark bread and toffee.
Upon warming a bit, each sip tasted a little different, with caramel and toffee notes coming more to the forefront. A very elegant sipper that aged quite gracefully. A worth-the-wait little treat.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 17:38:25 | More by hosehead83
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 765 ml bottle to a chalice.

Bottled on Feb 28, 2013, consumed on Feb 22, 2014.

A: deep brown with a one finger head that breaks quickly leaving a thin white film and minimal lacing.

S: dark fruits, raisins, yeasts, malts and faint molasses.

T: spices, yeasts, dark fruits such as prunes and figs, malts and breads.

M: smooth and full bodied.

O: As an abbey ale, this is a nice beer. It is flavorful and rich, and it is among the best examples of an American take on a dubbel I have tried so far. I would and do recommend this beer to others and I will seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 21:00:29 | More by polloenfuego
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ThaneMcC

Kansas

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: long neck bottle, poured into tulip glass

Appearance- copper, reddish tint with fine efferevescent with minimal foam

Smell: bready, raisin/fig, yeast

Taste: fruit forward, malty sweet without being cloying; good carbonation without being too astringent

Overall Impression: very good beer at a reasonable price point, I would purchase again

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 23:39:52 | More by ThaneMcC
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SoupKitchenBeerSnob

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Abbey ale style? Sure I'll try it out. Poured into a glass Chamay goblet and, wow, it looks fantastic... Rich amber-brown hue, although not a lot of head with minimal lacing. Smells aromatic enough to pass for a Belgian... Taste is pretty well in line as well. Really good attempt and one that wouldn't mind having again. Definitely a reccomendation. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 02:41:15 | More by SoupKitchenBeerSnob
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent looking beer, not clear, looks rich and tasty. Not a lot of head or lacing. Excellent smell, sweet and rich. Taste not quite as good as it smells. Very good but not excellent. Overall it is an outstanding beer but not excellent and for the cost there are to many that I prefer more.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 04:34:10 | More by JamieDuncan
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Jan 14, 2013.

Beer is light brown, almost copper in colour. Small to medium sized off-white head. Head fades quickly.

Nose contains expected dubbel scents, but nothing particularly stands out. Fig, raisin and a bit of banana. Yeast. Smell suggests a sweet beer. Bready.

Taste is similar to the nose. Bready, raisin, fig and some banana. Quite sweet. Yeast is there but faint.

Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation level. Chewy.

Overall, not bad. A good dubbel, but nothing special about it. If you could buy this or Westmalle (for example), it would be hard to imagine why you would ever choose this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 22:34:13 | More by jrenihan
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ale1

Florida

4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

stopped in at Moe's beer city to perouse the shelves for new ones and found this as well as many others wow

picked up a 2 pnt bottle and brought it home $10 sounds like alot .this cellarable stuff here read on

served at 60° in a malt glass roasted barley , toffee nose ,pours a fizzy head which disspates quickly with good lacing..

no hops noted ..

1st taste nice barley malt taste with slight sweet toffee finish that lingers

yep they nailed it.. an abbey style Belgian and quite good

clear amber with some yeast in the bottom of the bottle

this not an easy Ale to make and maintain the flavors presented here ..nice work, complements again to the brewmaster

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 02:09:26 | More by ale1
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Scrapss

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into the chalice from the bomber.

A: Deep ruddy brown with minimal lacing. One finger head dissipates into a thin collar. hazy and has sediment.

S: Bready yeast, light and dark sweet fruit, sweet figs and raisins, caramel & sugar notes too.

T: Complex. Starts with spices, bready doughy, then tart caramel apple, sweet raisin and prune.

M: Creamy and body for days, upper medium filling. The tart apple and other dark raisin fruit on outbreath. Warming. Puckery at edges, sweet in the middle.

O: Good dubbel. Complex enough to keep things interesting and probably easy to obtain now. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 02:10:44 | More by Scrapss
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berkshire413

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a very nice beer. very rooty and toasty malts, deep and dark. carbonation was on point. this was a small cup from a bottle at a tasting. sweet malts give way to a relativly dry peppered hops. hits you way in the back of your mouth, almost a sour bitter finish. the beer leans to the toasted peppery side of things and dries out a little bit but there is still complexity with in that area that it resides. I really love the hop profile goose Island has, its subtle and large at the same time, not over done and thats always welcomed.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 20:36:31 | More by berkshire413
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Murky brown-orange, looks like sediment is swirling too, with mild carbonation. No head or lacing.

S: Sweet malt, raisins, chocolate, dark molasses, some breadiness. Maybe dark cherries too? I can't put my finger on all of it, but, damn, is it alluring. Alcohol hidden well.

T: Raisins, malt providing some toffee sweetness, some earthy/herbacious notes too. The strong raisin turns me off somewhat, but still, it has outstanding character, and perfect for the style.

M: Very smooth, warming. Possibly aided by being aged (about 1.7 years).

O: Drinking it is a delight, but I'd be just as happy sniffing it all night. I wasn't expecting this nuanced and complex of a beer, I love it, but not quite my favorite. Still recommended! Reinforced my faith in Goose Island.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 07:23:55 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a chalice
2013 Vintage

A: Pours a near opaque caramel color with less than 1/2 a fingers width of tan colored head. Head dissipates down very quickly, leaves effectively no lacing but some alcohol legs.

S: Sweet malts, candied sugar, apple, doughy yeast, caramel. It has an almost apple pie like character to it. Awesome.

T: Huge sweetness right off the bat, with an explosion of caramel/toffee. I also get sweet apple, subtle bitterness, burnt sugar.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the lower end of the spectrum, pretty smooth, drinkability is average, ABV is very well masked but it does give a whole body warming effect.

O: Overall, I was surprised how much I liked this one. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 01:00:31 | More by zac16125
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BierJager89

California

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark purple/brown with a brown ring of head.

S: Grapes, dark fruit, in the nose.

T: Earthy notes, red grape, orange, malt and dark fruit notes.

M: Smooth and full bodied.

O: One of the best from Goose Island. At least, it's one of the best that they distribute to CA.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 22:05:22 | More by BierJager89
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 1.4.14
Bottled On: 02;28/2013

A - Pours a cloudy cola brown with a big yellowish foamy head that just sits there.

S - Spices, nutmeg, brown sugar, bread-toast.

T - Similar to the nose, but more cola flavors and a sweet finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Dark Belgian spices and some cola.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 08:22:36 | More by HuskyinPDX
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pere Jacques pours a hazy cloudy dark amber color, with a small lacing head. There is a dry fruit aroma with hints of Belgian candies. The taste has a nice sharp malty backbone, with good hints of candy flavors and strong dry fruit flavors. Good strong flavors, strong body, nice feel. Overall its a nice bold Dubbel that's very full, and a nice warm aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 01:29:21 | More by vette2006c5r
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(3.75) A: Pours a brownish-orange with a thin foam head that recedes promptly to a ring. Minimal lacing evident.

(4.0) S: Oak, boozy dark fruits, brown sugar, orange, nutmeg, faint cinnamon, cloves, and other spices. A lot of depth and diversity to the aroma that includes bold boozy fruit and dry wood elements.

(3.75) T: Similar to aroma with oak and boozy raisins up front followed by blood orange and a variety of spices. A pleasant dry quality with not an overly sweet taste to this. The taste however isn’t quite as big and bold as the aroma hinted at but very good nonetheless.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with an average carbonation. Semi-slick with a slight grittiness.

(3.75) D: This is a very good dubbel with a standout and diverse set of aromas but not necessarily a dubbel I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 01:35:17 | More by Digimaika2
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, off white head that lasted a fair amount of time. Not much lacing, though.

S: A decent, but not spectacular aroma of spices, fruit, and some malt.

T: Tasted of dark fruit (plums especially), malt, a little yeast, molasses, and spices as well. Not quite as powerful a flavor as with Belgian-made Dubbels, but still fairly well done.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth, yet lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An uneven beer in many ways, but not without its merits. Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 13:00:26 | More by avalon07
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a walnut colored body beneath the bubbly tan head which is slow to dissolve leaving a thin lacing around the glass.

Aromas of banana, clove, and phenols float from the glass. In addition touches of toffee or biscuit malt are present as well.

The flavor is very similar offering banana, clove, and phenols with just a touch of spice and other fruits. Again, toffee and biscuit malt are present.

Medium in body with generous carbonation and a fruity finish.

A nice example of the style offering good examples of traditional style character.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 00:54:24 | More by CHADMC3
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fx20736

New York

4.78/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a goblet, served at cellar temp. Bottled on date is 05/16/12.

Brilliantly clear Mahogany shade of amber with little sign of carbonation supports a thick khaki head that leaves virtually no lacing.

Aroma of caramel, prunes & raisins, with a faint whiff of vanilla.

Mouthfeel soft, creamy, silky.

taste: cloves, spices, rum soaked raisins and vanilla with some sherry flavors. a little boozy and hot at the end with a touch of woodiness at the end. I am drinking a 2012 late in 2013 and it is magnificient.

I love this beer. Really love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 19:33:03 | More by fx20736
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sam adams custom glass, color is amber, opaque, very fine bubbles with 1/4 inch thick head that dissipates to a ring, no real lacing.

Smell is phenols, banana, clove, toast, bread, biscuit toffee, great blend and even better as it warms.

Taste is similar to the aroma, mostly yeast flavors upfront, banana, clove, phenols, touch of booze, then mixed with toffee, raisin, prune, earthy, nutty flavors.

Mouthfeel is a touch highly carbonated, so somewhat sharper on the tongue than most dubbels, but the sweetness and yeast flavors linger well on the tongue and cheeks to counteract.

Overall, a slightly subdued dubbel, flavors are a great blend, and aroma is interesting as well. Will come back to this brew again.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 00:16:17 | More by mvanaskie13
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Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,823 ratings.