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Père Jacques | Goose Island Beer Co.

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

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

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

26 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2004

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Reviews: 871 | Ratings: 2,272
Photo of Beginner2
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This vintage was 2011, or five years old. (It was kept by wine drinkers who have a longer standard for aging.) From the condition that the ale was in, Goose Island should not have a label that says five years is optimum. It is not. The yeast had gotten the better of this... although still full of the taste I have gotten to enjoy from this recipe. but, it had deteriorated.

In general, Goose Island Belgians understand the malt-hop balance well... but their yeast has not reached the level of the Belgian masters.

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Photo of AppaZappa
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from 1/14/13 poured into a teku. Pours a rich copper color with nice white head that settles quickly and reveals lots of yeasty chunks. So its not the most appealing looking beer. Smells nice: candied syrup, plum, raisin, almond, and bready malt. Taste is sugary almond, plum, and caramel with a nice creamy finish. This is quite sweet right now, so there's no hint of the abv at all. Taste is creamy, smooth, and little carbonation.

Good, but not great. It had been a staple in the cellar, so glad I unearthed it.

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Photo of rickyng
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an excellent Belgian style dubbel.
It's a real shame Goose Island decided to no longer make this. I really hope they reconsider and make it again in the near future.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In review is a 2012 vintage.

A - Pours a raisin amber color with a healthy amount of sediment suspended in the glass, ultra thin lacing.

S - Biscuity, toasted Belgian candy sugar, plums, figs.

T - Nice toasted caramel candy sugar from start to finish, plumbs, some alcohol presence but not overpowering, prunes, and raisins.

M - Full medium body, low to no carbonation, soft, sticky

O - 'Always enjoyed this Dubbel and IMO, one of the finer beers out of Goose Island. Had this so many times in the past but why I never reviewed it until now is a mystery.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks great and the smell is ridiculously good, toasted caramel and butterscotch, taste is right along those lines with quite a bit of dark fruits thrown in, i had a 2012 and thought it was excellent, may be a bit of age did wonders for this beer.

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Photo of 57md
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage consumed on New Year's Eve 2015

Poured a brownish copper with almost a finger of fluffy head. The nose has sweet malt notes. The sweet malt essence continues in the flavor profile but the body of this offering is a bit thinner than I expected.

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Photo of mctizzz
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a 2011 bottle turding up the least organized and best store I've ever been to. Chilled and poured the bottle into a stemless wine glass. Lots of sweet malts, nondescript fruit, and clove in both nose and taste. Happy to find this but it's a bit sweet for me.

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Photo of melitameister
3.01/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Classy bottle/label cellared since 2010. I must have had one fresh and found it so sweet I gave it long aging. Not much of a head on this amber colored pour with small yeast particles throughout. Smell is prunes and molasses, not much else. Taste similar. This five year old beer is still cloyingly sweet. Other than prunes and candy sugar, there are tiny hints of other dried fruits and almost no balancing hop flavor. Aging has not done this beer any favors. Overall, overwhelmingly sweet brew. Not recommended.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 10.18.12

L - Bronze/brown with no clarity, sediment floating everywhere, 1 finger of head. Beautiful

S - Belgian candy sugar, dried fruits

T - Caramel, dried fruit, golden raisons. Packs some heat but you don't taste it. Smooth and well balanced

F - Medium body, medium carbonation

O - An awesome strong belgian ale, or "dubbel" which I am surprised at the comparison. More like a tasty tripel!

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Photo of Savan
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a delightful murky bronze colour into a St. Bernardus Trappist glass, about 1 finger of thick but quickly dispersing head. A pepper aroma slight smell of fresh bread and peanut butter, all very faint. Faint citrus notes along with pumpernickel most pronounced and a good mouth feel not to thin not to thick\heavy. A wonderful evening beer for before bed.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

August 6, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip

2013 Vintage

A – Medium brown, thick and hazy from sediment. An inch of off-white to light tan foam. Tons of tiny bubbles, pops like soda then dissipates quickly.

S – Rich molasses, maple syrup, apples and cherries. If there are any hops they are impossible to find. A light peppery spice note.

T – Caramel and molasses, pepper and light mulling spice. Some apple or plum/cherry here as well.

M – Rich, full-bodied. Carbonation is moderate, less than I expected. Sweet throughout but the spicy note helps balance. Some light bitterness on the end, and a mildly dry finish.

O – One of those beers you can’t go wrong with, well-crafted and flavorful.

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Photo of nickhefferan
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exceptionally malty beer with a bit of spice. I get tea leaf, barley, light bubblegum, nutmeg, bran, biscuit, caraway, prune, raisin, crabapple and nut. Very complex but satisfyingly easy to drink.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, vintage 2012, bottled on 02/21/2012. Acquired a single bottle of this stuff recently from the local beer store. "Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years". "Contains live yeast. A sediment may form", and indeed one did. Identified on the bottle merely as a Belgian Style Ale. First time trying this one in years.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a rich murky caramel brown body with one finger of light tan brown head that fades to a ring quickly. Leaves behind nice moderate strands of sticky lacing. Looks very nice.

S - A warm, pleasant, and inviting aroma that I wasn't expecting from a Goose Island dubbel style. Tons of smooth caramel, brown sugar, and notes of vanilla, oak wood, and cream. Just a touch of alcohol fumes pervade.

T - Taste follows the nose: a smooth Belgian yeast blends nicely with the warm caramel, toffee, molasses flavors. Subtle brown sugary stickiness, and dark fruits in the vain of plums, figs, and grapes. Reminds me at times of Chimay Blue

M - A smooth & creamy mouthfeel. Somewhat full, but just a touch more thickness would make this one great. Excellent carbonation that has held up well.

Overall, a delicious example of the style from Goose Island. Definitely aged very nicely as well. Would surely be interesting in trying this one again, and in putting more bottles of this away.

Goose Island Pere Jacques -----4/5.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of Shaw
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of GeeL
4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of Foxybrau
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of FFreak
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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).

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Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +2%

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

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Photo of Hipgezus
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

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Photo of AirBob
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.88/5  rDev -1%

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.

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Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
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