Père Jacques - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by mmva321:
3.43/5 rDev -12.1%
Poured into a chalice.
A: The pour is a little flat and uninspiring. There is little carbonation or head. However, the body is a beautiful ruby red/amber color that is just a little cloudy. It's kind of hypnotic, the tone it gives to the distorted objects on the other side of the glass.
S: This smell doesn't offend, but I'm very underwhelmed. It's way too faint, and I'm only able to pick out a couple scents. And dried fruits is never my favorite, though I appreciate it done well. I get some figs and maybe some tart apples. An earthy yeastiness provides the base along with some spice and a slight hint of sweet malt.
T: A little stronger. And a sweeter toffee or caramel taste comes forward here. The spice mixes pretty well with the dried fruits. Some good yeast too. It's understated to a fault, but something in the taste works very well. It's well balanced, but maybe it just needs to be stronger. The dried fruits also block out all the other flavors the longer you allow the taste to settle in.
M: It's a little watery and pretty thin. Very little carbonation. But it seems to work with the fainter qualities of the beer.
D: Very drinkable for the strength of the alcohol, but nothing that really sings or is that inviting. It's intriguing. There are some very good flavors here, and it's like the best ones are hiding under the surface. Maybe another batch in the future, but for now, my imagination is better than the actual product.
10-22-2010 08:34:02 | More by mmva321
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4.03/5 rDev +3.3%
Pours a medium brown with orange tint with a nice creamy looking head that leaves a nice sheet of lace behind,bid phenolic smoky/spicey aromas with a touch of bubblegum.Flavors are quite yeasty and spiced,cinnamon and cloves with some plum and lingering smokiness in the finish.Very yeasty but bot overpowering in the spiciness even a little soft,well made and enjoyable and quite quaffable for the alc%.
05-22-2005 22:20:41 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +2.6%
Appearance - This one poured a dirty brown in color with a nice, moderate head that left some nice Belgian lacing on the inside of my Chimay glass.
Smell - The rich, buttery malts dominate this nose. I can pick up a bit of chocolate and maybe some gooey kind of sweets like toffee from a Heath bar.
Taste - The chocolate turns very bitter at the taste. Otherwise, the tongue reflects the nose. It's the rich, buttery toasted malt that stands out.
Mouthfeel - This ale is a bit bigger than medium-bodied with some decent carbonation.
Drinkability - This is a "wow" beer that really wakes you up on the first sip. It's a bit rough around the edges, which I like but isn't for everyone. It's probably a good cellaring candidate but enjoyable as is.
Update - I missed the '06-'09 vintages but had a chance to try the 2010. It has mellowed a lot over the iterations and I noticed that the ABV went down from 9.0 to 8.0. It lost a lot of the harsh character that I noted five years ago which is great although I though this year's effort lacked proper carbonation for the style. All in all still a very good beer.
06-11-2005 00:21:40 | More by RoyalT
3.9/5 rDev 0%
Spotty thin head with dotted carbonation and a dark amber body. Rummy, with raison and dates. Rather vinous at the base with a slick fruity middle, and warming spicy finish. Medium but rich bodied. Rather strong in the alcohol department and therefore quite warming. Leaves a candied sugar sweetness lingering long after each sip. Decent but barely justifiable of the price. Cool bottle and story though.
02-06-2006 21:43:32 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.88/5 rDev -0.5%
2009 pours a deep, clear amber with a light, thin head that doesn't last long.
Banana pudding on the nose from a distance, plum, bready yeast, alcohol, ripe berries, and spice.
Fruity flavors of cherry and raspberry, cola, and caramel. The dried fruit flavors come out more as it warms, but so does the alcohol. It's not hot, but definately warm.
Well made, might be a little young still.
12-03-2009 02:52:40 | More by brownbeer
4.15/5 rDev +6.4%
Bottled on 04-16-04. Pours from the bottle a tantilizing deep amber red with a nice off white head...mmm. The smell here is a mix of fresh baked banana bread, candied fruit and caramel sweetness. It's good for the nose.
First swig hits home with a big caramel malt upfront swirling with banana bread, candied fruity sweetness and spice. A bit of the horse blanket comes through from the yeast...overall a worthy example of the style.
Mouthfeel is richly creamy and chewy...body is lovely. Drinkability is damn good as well. A tasty, complex dubbel brewed in the USA and by Goose Island no less....makes me proud to be from Chicago :-). Definetly worth a try and a bit of age does it some good!
11-13-2004 03:42:24 | More by orbitalr0x
3.45/5 rDev -11.5%
A_Pale amber pour with a small white head that dissipates into a thin ring. Not much lacing.
S_Banana,clove and alcohol. Very faint on the nose besides the booze. Not very enticing aroma.
T_Very bland and bitter. Follows suit with the nose except I'm picking up a medicinal taste. Spice alcohol dominates.
M_Pretty thin and flat.
D_Wouldn't want more than one.
Very disappointing brew. Ill try again just in case I had a bad bottle.
08-23-2010 23:59:29 | More by nickadams2
4/5 rDev +2.6%
In a goblet this beer was a reddish brown color with a small light tan head.
Mostly a caramel aroma. Some sweet fruit, and a little hint of vanilla.
Caramel and toffee taste. Plum and pear. Still the nudge of vanilla. Yeasty.
This was a sweet, medium-bodied dubbel. Easy to drink.
04-07-2012 10:46:30 | More by lordofthewiens
3.95/5 rDev +1.3%
A - Red/brown with an off-white head.
S - Apples, pears, yeast, and alcohol.
T - Apples, cinammon, caramel, spiciness from the yeast, wood flavor, and alcohol.
M - Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation.
O - This has a lot going on with the nose and flavor profile. These are mostly good things. The alcohol come through nicely in both the aroma and taste and balances out everything else that is going on.
11-19-2011 04:36:21 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
4.08/5 rDev +4.6%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle reads Pere Jacques 2009 and it also has a "bottled on" date of 10/05/09.
Appearance: The pour only produces a small off white head which fades out quickly leaving a rich reddish amber liquid naked and exposed. Only a thing ring of lace remains around the edge of the glass. This lacing is slick and sides down the glass as I drink leaving nothing behind.
Smell: Its aroma is very sweet, estery and malty. It is a touch phenolic and boozy as well with nice notes of caramel malt, over ripe fruit, sweet bready yeast and raw sugar.
Taste/Palate: To start there is a very sweet rich malty and boozy brandy-like base full of caramel, brown sugar or Belgian candied sugar like notes. From there each sip reveals a different estery, fruity, or phenolic flavor note like sweet red apples, peach, apricot, and pear. On to the finish, and now I get leafy hop spice and mild bitterness moving in. Overall though, it remains well on the sweet boozy side in the finish. On the palate it has a medium to full body with a slick sticky texture.
Notes: This is a very interesting and complex beer which I think was still a bit young and could use some time to age.
04-25-2010 21:47:33 | More by generallee
3.68/5 rDev -5.6%
Nice frothy head atop a mahogney base. Good lacing. Dried fruit, sugars, a nice blend of spices in the nose. Alcohol is still very up front though. Some burnt sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, and light bitterness across my tongue. Medium body. Lingering burn
08-26-2005 12:47:56 | More by tjthresh
3.85/5 rDev -1.3%
Interesting label for a Goose Island, which tells the story of a visit to a Belgian brewry, where the Abbot, Pere Jacques, let the brewmaster and his friends inside for a tour and a meal of roast duck and wild boar, served with many fine ales, of course. This pours into a goblet a cloudy peach/orange body, with a respectable, tan head that rises to 2 cm, and looks very Belgian. A thick, foam collar is left behind along with some fine sheet lacing.
Aroma begins with apples and cinnamon, powdered with brown sugar. Vinous alcohol is not disguised. Sweet maltiness eventually becomes a bit cloying, especially at room temperature. There is a prominent, Belgian spiciness all the way through, but it does little to moderate the cloying sweetness toward the end.
Overall, a nice effort from an excellent brewery. This ale will probably improve with some age.
06-10-2004 01:06:46 | More by merlin48
4.2/5 rDev +7.7%
12 ounce bottle, label tells me the bottled on date and that this one will improve for 5 years..Good news, but his particular bottle wont last more then 20 minutes...pours medium almond and semi cloudy with a decent amount of floating yeasty sediment. Minor white head and nondescript lacing. Nose is fruity, raisiny, yeasty and quite Belgian in nature. Smooth mouthfeel, very drinkable heady, complex Belgian styled brew. More raisins, yeast, and cookies, alcohol well hidden in the flavorful background. Nicely crafted ale, well worth a try.
11-18-2005 00:15:03 | More by Billolick
4.13/5 rDev +5.9%
Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, red/brown in color, high carbonation
Smell: cinnamon and bread
Taste: bread, sweet caramel, and some berry juice.
Mouthfeel: sweet with an alcoholic backbone medium carbonation, medium bodied.
Drinkability: Good for the style. One per session is the max for me, but I would get this again. I do like the fruitiness that is present here.
04-20-2010 14:36:50 | More by tigg924
Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
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