Père Jacques - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
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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4.3/5 rDev +10%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 22:13:18 | More by Mikus
Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,970 ratings.