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Père Jacques - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 862
Hads: 2,218
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 64
Gots: 318 | FT: 10
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
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Photo of MrKegs
4.95/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very drinkable family beer (over 21) ! Great with cheese, pasta, burgers, you name it! Had this with Pizza and Chicken wings. This was the 2010 vintage. I realize they change every year, slightly though. But as long as God, the Pope, and Pere have any say in this beer, it's going to be astounding no matter what year! Cheers! (326 characters)

Photo of briiguy
4.95/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

VINTAGE 2006

WOW, what a great beer! Poured a very hazy amber with a nice 3-finger head. Head stays for a while and leaves a decent amount of lacing. Smells very fruity. Not too much though. Just the right amount of sweetness and malts to make it a wonderful sniffer. Very sweet tasting at first. Nice and malty with hints of grape and raisens. On the finish it smoothes out and the alcohol really shines through. Nice bubblegum taste in the mouth. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a nice amount of carbonation. Hops abound the aftertaste. Very drinkable, especially considering the high alcohol content. (607 characters)

Photo of inhoc00
4.92/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has got to be one of my favorite beers. Its so hard to say which is better- this or Matilda. Goose Island does an amazing job with the Belgians...

2007 Pere at room temp poured into a Goose Island tulip.

A- Dark amber with minimal head and lacing

S- Sweet fruitcake

T- Fruit, caramel , very complex

M- Low carbonation, light

D- 9% is so well hidden. (361 characters)

Photo of beveritt
4.89/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Label is an off white parchment with a description of the beer and birth of the beer. Pere Jacques is written larger in script. Bottled on 12/27/07.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of one finger of off white head. This settles to a thin island of foam above the nucleation site and a ring around the glass. Some lacing as i drink the beer. The beer itself is mahogany with a slight hint of red and opaque. Slight cloudiness. No sediment remains in the bottle, which is surprising. Either it all poured out, or the beer is transferred following some storage period.

Smell: Strong, sweet smell upfront. Smells of dark sugar and dried fruit. Hints of cinnamon spiciness.

Taste: Wow, what an explosion of flavor. Tart cherry like flavor upfront, with a sweet, sugary, malt backbone. Hints of spiciness, cloves and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level, enough to prevent this sweet beer from being syrupy. Body is very good, with a mouth-coating like slickness.

Drinkability: I am going to buy more of this soon, Very soon. What a great, full flavored drink. This one has a little over a year on it and I can only imagine how well these will age. (1,223 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Each poured from bottle into equivalent snifter. Comparing 2006 and 2007 versions (bottled on 1/23/06 and 12/28/07 respectively...bottle states that "flavor will continue to develop over five years").
A: Interestingly there is a distinct difference in appearance. 2006 is a nice and cloudy light brown with yellow tinge and a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates. 2007 is quite transparent. Reddish brown in color, but quite clear. Light tan head of similar thickness produced that also quickly dissipates.
S: Again, distinct differences. 2006 has a nice yeasty aroma with dried fruit (raisin) and belgian spice. 2007 is dominated by malt notes and a banana and clove aroma.
T: Wow, these are two very different beers! 2006 has notes of sweet malt, belgian spice (coriander, clove, etc.), and dried dark fruit (raisin). Also molasses, dark caramel, and hazelnut come through as this warms. 2007 is initially sharper with slight hop bite. This gives way to banana esters and sweet clove. Strikingly similar to NBB Abbey. More balance between hop and malt (whereas 2006 was dominated by malt).
M: 2006 wraps your tongue in sweet Belgian beer goodness. Almost sticky, but overall a very smooth and chewy mouthfeel that lasts nicely. 2007 is initially sharper on the tongue, fresher, sweeter, and lighter in body. Doesn't coat and last as well as 2006.
D: Both are highly drinkable and wonderful beers. 2006 is tremendous and 2007 is very good. In general, the Goose Island Reserve line is exceptional and I make a point of seeking them out. I was surprised (in a good way) with how different these versions were. I can't wait to see the transformation over the years. (Note, I have noticed differences between the years in the other Reserve beers, but not as pronounced as with this beer.) Also, I can't say I can pick up on a huge change in flavor over time with the 2006 (and I've had this one on a regular basis ever since it was available)...perhaps I should give it the full 5 years and see what happens.
Note: The above ratings are based on 2006. 2007 would result in ratings of 4/4/4.5/4/5.

3/14/10: a side-by-side review of 2008 and 2009 vintages.
A: Very similar in appearance, pouring an orange-amber (2008 with perhaps a bit more red). Both with tons of yeast sediment. Both with 1/2 inch light tan head that quickly dissipates. (4/4)
S: 2008--toffee, caramel malt, soft dried fruit, and a sugary sweetness. 2009--Essentially the same but brighter (more fresh, a bit more hops on the nose). (4/4)
T: 2008--Sweet caramel malt, soft dark dried fruit, mild belgian spice and clove. 2009--What 2008 offered plus a better balance of citrus hops (in the background). It seems like the same recipe with time being the difference (and more like 2006 than 2007). (4.5/4.5)
M: Both are oh so smooth. Coats the palate with a soft oily texture. Sweet, but not quite sticky. (4.5/4.5)
D: Again, both are tremendously drinkable. A personal favorite and one I will continue to come back to year after year. (5/5) (3,013 characters)

Photo of hustlesworth
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2009 vintage poured into chimay goblet. 2010 review to come soon.

*afternote: i can only pray that 2010 is as good as this. not sure yet what effect a year of age has had on this one. and by the way, i paired the second half of this bottle with BBQ smoked beef back ribs and it was out of this world.

A- pours a lovely murky milk chocolate brown with a soft maroon hue from the incandescent lighting. the tan head is dense and creamy and bubbly in the middle from the pour. lace is thick and super sticky and this look is as good as any i've seen.

S- sweet and fruity, tart and nutty, figs, dates, raisins, raspberry, caramel, milk chocolate, toffee, cocoa butter, roasted peanuts, plum, pineapple, banana, and grape juice. there's an underlying woodsiness like sandalwood and cedar, earthy stone and soil aromas, and a touch of clove and pepper spiciness. just a touch.

T- amazing flavor explosion, and the beer is still cold! i can't even imagine how this will taste once it warms. fruity, bitter, sweet, tart, nutty, this fella touches every base except salty and who the hell needs that right now. date, fig, raisin, currant, blackberry, red grape, strawberries in syrup, brown sugar, toffee, pineapple like alcohol esters show no signs of booziness as they mingle politely with the crisp saaz bitterness that makes itself softly known throughout. hazelnuts in chocolate, peanut skin, plum, banana, sandalwood, granite, clean water, and the faintest touch of weak coffee flavor adds a roasted depth. all these flavors slowly melt together for a long satisfying bittersweet finish. a little more tartness would have made this a solid 5. i'm also noticing a very floral opium-like aroma when i burp that i'm now realizing has been there beneath the stronger flavors this whole time. PING! give jack a 5! sold me brother.

MF- extremely tight bottle conditioned fizz, carbonation expands on the palate pushing all the flavors into every nook and cranny of the mouth. thickly juicy and unquestionably refreshing, even borderline thirst quenching which should not be often said about something with an 8.0 octane rating. shit. drying on the cheeks after time with a menthol coolness, but initially coating and powdery with a definite yeasty feel. ultimately leaves vinous tannin red wine feel and a subtle stickiness on the lips. the feel is worth the beer in itself (all things considered). how often can one say that?

D- dude seriously. goose island put a spear through it, son! impaled the style. conspiracy theory would say that they cultured some yeast out of bottles of trappist ales... and certain associates of mine who have been to trappist breweries and even worked briefly for duvel have cold hard feelings on this issue. orval seems to be the name that is most often brought up in conversation. especially considering the matilda story. now, if money is the issue, then i'm sure the overall trappist market has not suffered cuz of goose's awesome brews. so who is bitchin? theft is bad and so is greed. so share the damn yeast and let's drink together for mother nature. so in conclusion here's a round of applause for goose and its best american belgian award kicking ommegang's ass (sorry bro) and if you stole the yeast, give it back. shake hands. compare beers and have a gentlemanly argument. then perhaps we all may live in peace. belgian fuckin yeast peace! thank you god!

*2010 is a redder rustier color and fruitier with more tastes of cranberry, strawberry, and raspberry all with bittersweet chocolate and some citrus zest, very fresh hop flavor and a more pronounced bitterness. alcohol is more evident as well. still good, but i prefer the year-old bottle i drank earlier.the flavors seemed to marry considerably over that short period of time and the alcohol and hops mellowed slightly. body and carbonation stay much the same.

NOW time to get a case of this and throw it in the basement. (3,921 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice looking scarlet red appearance. A half finger light beige head has great retention. Lacing is quite full. Awesome nose. Bubblegum, rock candy, cinamon bread. Belgian malts and a little splash of alcohol as well on the nose. Quite sweet it seems to be. The flavor follows suit with the aroma to a large extent. Big on the sweet cotton candy/ bubblegum esters. Some raisin and fig as well. A little tree bark. Some spicy pepper tones. Yeasty cookie dough attributes. I really like this dubbel. The mouthfeel is fizzy and sharp and the body is close to light. This is one of the best dubbels I've had the pleasure of consuming. Sheds a new light on Goose Island for me.

Gotta shoot out some props to TavernJeff for sliding one of these my way in our last trade. (767 characters)

Photo of nickhefferan
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic beer I had a couple years back, it was during my first foray into beer-enjoying and I had not developed the desire for hoptastic beers yet. This beer is the gold standard I hold all non-hoppy beers to, exceptionally good malt character, and very smooth. Keeping my eyes out for this again. (299 characters)

Photo of s4s
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is the first US maker's Belgian style beer which actually hits the mark for me. This means it's not over-hopped like almost every "craft" beer from the US. The balance is perfect. It almost makes me want to return to the land of my birth, except for the nasty Chicago weather. I wish we could find more of Goose's beers here in California.

From a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. (386 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.76/5  rDev +21.1%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

finally! an american brewery has crafted a malty, sweet, complex belgian dubbel without a disturbing excess of charred, smoky flavor. this beer is superb. really, world class.

appearance is a bit lacking though... a muddy orangey-red cloud without the slightest manly mane up top. nose, on the other hand, revitalizes my interest. sweet malts with dark fruit profile, the slightest hint of burnt sucrose. green apple kick step and before i know it i'm drinking the bitch. goes down without incident.. exemplifies a slightly thick belgian.. alcohol bump and tangy fruit skip along the way.. fun off-roading detours. finishes clean with slight abv sting/astringency.. completely forgivable in a 9% faithful belgian clone.

ok. this is one of three best american belgians on the market today. (looking back, i've rated 4 higher..) close your eyes and this is westvleteren.. st. bernardus.. affligem. then open your eyes, see the english on the label, the $2 price tag, and kiss those stars and stripes baby. this is the united states of fucking america and we make some kick ass fucking beer. hallelujah. (1,108 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle @ Goose Island Clybourne: This wasn't on the menu, but after talking with the waitress she had some other beer options and this was one of them. It was served in a wine goblet. The beer pours a cloudy reddish-brown. There was some head from a fast pour, but it was gone fairly rapidly. There was a big, sweet nose: yeasty, bread, some floral, some fruits with plums and raisins being most evident. The taste was initially sweet, with a slightly sour aftertaste. Some fruits and caramel to the taste. This made the traffic jam that I sat in to get there worthwhile! (571 characters)

Photo of Bugsey
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer for summer.

Sweet clean malty, with just a hint of bourbon.
Reminded me of ales aged in bourbon barrels, but just a hint.

As far as being a dubbel, I thought the carbonation level was lower than most, which I liked better. This has a smoother mouth feel.

Not hugely overpowering, so a more drinkable beer for summer. (334 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.66/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz screw cap brown bottle with awesome label with a nice history of the beer. Brewed 2006; the bottle says this will keep 5 years.

Appearance: Deep garnet/brown beer with lots of fine/medium sediment in suspension, capped with a dark ivory cap which soon fades to a film and thick ring

Smell: Tons of malt; this is definitely a malt-forward Belgian-style. There are strong rich bready tones, backed up by buttery caramel and slight hints of alcohol. This is beautiful

Taste: There are huge rich dark bread tones here, along with quite mild alcohol, strong hints of rich chocolate, toasty grain with a mild (and pleasant) huskiness, just a ghost of malted milk candy...this has lost absolutely nothing in the 3 years in the bottle

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium; rich and full

Drinkability: High for the abv/style

Conclusion: A home run from Goose Island; in 2007 I bought two bottles from this bottling; I drank one right away; this I've saved until now and it is FANTASTIC for its aging. A bit less fruitiness than you might expect from the style, but the malty/toasted/chocolate qualities are absolutely top-drawer. One of Goose Island's best; this proves the quality of their operation. This went perfectly with dried figs and pumpernickel. (1,274 characters)

Photo of HappyBivouac
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled what looks like (hard to read) 08/10/08 on the label. Poured into a mug (it's all I've got here) from the bottle.

a- Pours a nice hazy amber/copper red orange with a nice two finger creamy beige head that puffs up around the middle. Great to sit and admire.

s- warm baked apples, dried cherries and nuts fill the nose. A slight biscuit malt bulks it up nicely, and detectable alcohol that is well balanced into the fruity sweetness and malt.

t- this beer is instantly sweet and complex. Apple and peach cobbler with caramel set in after an initial hint of alcohol subsides, then it all goes down leaving behind hearty biscuits and maple syrup in the back. Wonderfully pleasing to sip slowly.

m- Thick and hearty with a bite to accent the wonderful flavors. So good. The maple syrup sensation probably comes more from the syrupy thickness of this beer, which is great in my books, but perhaps not so for some folks.

d- This is a hard-hitting, heavy, warm and delicious beer. It's like eating a big plate of apple cobbler after a great meal, in terms of both how good it feels, and how you're going to feel physically. (except apple cobbler isn't going to give you the wonderful feeling in your head that this stuff does!) This is so great, but I'll take it alongside something a bit mellower if I'm going to have more than just the one.

Notes: this isn't my first time drinking one of these. I originally had one sitting around a campfire with a bunch of others. That was a wonderful experience but not condusive to reviewing. I wholeheartedly reccomend belgians around a campfire. (1,594 characters)

Photo of ActualAir
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/28/2007 and poured into a wide-mouth globe to spite Anhueser-Busch InBev.

It pours a cloudy dark ambiguous brown. The head is pale white and does not hold strong. But the foam lingers on top and leaves decent lacing. The aroma, wow, is rich with prune and stone fruits dominating while notes of chocolate and pecan lurk in the shadows. The flavor is nearly indistinguishable from the scent, save for a bit of alcohol. Bold, rich with complex stone fruits, chocolate and nuts. It mellows nicely, with the flavors blended and still complex. Medium body, smooth mouth feel and subtle carbonation.

A bold, rich and excellent beer overall.

Here's to Greg Hall. (674 characters)

Photo of Higravity
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hats off to GI for this terrific beer. It was a 2004 vintage and was great stuff. It was a nice brown-cherry color with a chunky head that fades to chunks of head and gives up lacing. Big smell of belgian yeast fruit phenols and sweet malt minced with alcohol. Slight spice of the yeast up front is meet well by the sweet malt and fruity flavor that has a long finish. I really took my time smelling and drinking this beer and I can't wait to find some more. Great stuff. (471 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

$2.90 for a 12oz bottle at Jacks. 9.0% ABV, 26 IBU's, 32 SRM.

Twist off cap, nice label. Pours out to a murky light molasses, forming a modest light-tan to beige head, which, despite a firm pour has poor retention and sparse lacing. The bottom of the bottle has pancake yeast and I get some gelationous globs of sediment in the beer itself. The nose is quite unlike anything I've smelled from Goose Island before...this is going to be interesting! Tons of rotten apples, a touch of vinegar in the distance, gobs of malt and dark candi sugar, tons of vanilla, a wisp of alcohol, and when swirled, rum soaked dates and figs. Very nice and very authentic to the Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouthfeel is syrupy with a thick body. The taste begins with explosive rotting and dark fruits, followed by lots of apple esters, cloves, big amber malts and spiced rum in the middle. Moderate herbal bitterness melting into leather in the aftertaste with a peppery flourish of alcohol on the tongue and gullet in the end. Cookie dough throughout.

I would have never guessed this came from Chicago if it was given to me in a blind tasting. Amazing stuff, completely authentic. The brewer should be proud of himself for brewing such a beer without the local yeast and other little nuances only found in the Belgian countryside. Color me impressed, but this is an amazing beer. Highly, highly recommended! (1,392 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a chalice

A: appears a great rust color in the light, is mostly hazy and pours with a thin layer of fine head that is a tan color and dissipates rapidly
S: strong scent very typical for the style, dark fruit, licorice, possibly slight caramel
T: a bit more smoky flavor than most others in the style but a lot less of the licorice flavors Ive seen, great taste
M: incredibly smooth slight initial carbonation
O: found it to be an incredible representation of the style, not as intense as i had expected and much smoother than anticipated, two thumbs up here (570 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a three finger, off-white head that fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Raisiny nose. Flavor sweet raisins, fruity, excellent dubbel. Alcohol is hidden, smooth finish. Better than Matilda. Bottled on Jan 23, 2006, keeps good, $2.99 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA. (353 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep ruby red color with two fingers of off-white head. There is a bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is sweet and malty. Lots of raisin, currant, and plum present, a touch of brown sugar. The slightest dose of alcohol. The taste is also sweet. Roasted malt accents all of the dark fruits. Candied plums and raisins. Reminds me of Christmas. A little bit of clove and pepper on the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and strong, yet smooth. The drinkability is scary good for a 9% brew. An awesome Belgian style brew from the guys and gals at Goose Island. Who'da thunk it? (634 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased at Market Basket in Somersworth. Pours a murky copper with a thin film of khaki-colored head. Smells like caramel, dark fruit, banana. Tastes like banana, dark fruit, caramel, nutmeg. Medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. One sip invites another.

Very good. Tasty, balanced, drinkable... Can't complain. One of the best dubbels I've ever had. (373 characters)

Photo of GeeL
4.56/5  rDev +16%
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. (969 characters)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Opaque sienna brew with a moderately-sized frothy off-white head. Some brown sediment snuck into the bottom of my glass. Isolated, small flecks of lacing barely cling to the glass.

S - Sweet malt, caramelized sugar, banana bread, dates, raisins.

T - Sweet malt, raisins, sour cherries, bourbon, orange zest. Aftertaste is a little watery with lingering bourbon and raisin.

M - Very thick, a little harsh, but rather refreshing for something so sweet.

D - Nice! I like this one a lot, one of goose island's best. (520 characters)

Photo of MLasoski
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't review beers often, but when I do... heh. I'll lay off the Most Interesting Man in the World quotes.

But seriously, I don't review beers often, but when I do, I feel like it's worth my time.

Goose Island is very new to the state of New Jersey and this beer definitely made the wait worth it.

A: In the sunlight, the body is a deep amber. Looks like molasses with froth on top. The head faded within a couple minutes of sitting. This beer also reminds of the scene in Jurassic Park where the old doctor guy shows off his mosquito preserved in amber. Anybody? No? Yes?

S: Right off the bat I smell bananas. Seriously I do. However, after reading the most recent reviews, it is the bourbon that I smell. Who knew? But I smell bananas nonetheless. I can also tell that this is going to be a malt bomb. We shall see.

T: OMG THE MALT IS EVERYWHERE. No, just kidding. Although malty, the banana-bourbon-bournana smell directly translates into the taste. Very sweet taste... but I can't contribute it to the bourbon... to the malt I may.

M: Definitely not as viscous as molasses; however, it feels like I poured Aunt Jemima's LITE syrup into my mouth. That's how it feels. It's easy on the palate, very little carbonation.

O: Definite must-buy. I will revisit this beer every time it comes out into my local store. (1,321 characters)

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Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 862 ratings.