Père Jacques - Goose Island Beer Co.

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88
very good

2,200 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,200
Reviews: 863
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 65
Gots: 310 | FT: 11
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 Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark colour and some white head. Lovely yeasty and malty aroma, with bourbon in background. Complex taste,sugar or the like added. Satisfying and like a wine with dinner as every food prompted a different taste stimulus.Tad sour aftertaste. thanks HogtownHarry.
I had this on tap at Cole's 15 months later and just as good. Sweeter and not as sour as the earlier tasting.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to alucard4 for sharing this at DarthKostrizer's tasting.

2010 vintage.

Pours a murky honey brown with a beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, and brown sugar aromas. Taste is the same with some slight herbal flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and smells.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

single finger head with a little retention and nice lacing on a brownish amber hazy body. Very nice dark fruit, brown sugar and cinnamon aroma, near perfect. Flavor is a nice musty dried dark fruit mostly raisins and fig with caramel and brown sugar notes. Medium body and moderate carbonation with a semi dry finish. Overall a very good beer. More on the belgian dark strong side. Wish I could get this one in florida.

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured brownish-amber in color into a snifter glass. There wasn't that big of a head, but there are nice lacing patterns.
S: The nose has aromas of sweetness, grapes and raisins along with hints of alcohol.
T: The taste is relatively malty with a bit of sweetness and generally follows the aroma. Some hops are detectable in the taste, particularly in finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate; there is also some alcohol heat.
D: Unlike some other dubbels, I can only manage to sip this beer due to the alcohol heat, although the drinkability slightly improves as the beer warms up.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a goblet. Pours a moderate brown color with a bit of a light amber hue. Off-white head with a tad bit of lacing, though nothing substantial. Nose brings a bit of caramel and a small amount of dark fruits. A bit of light sweetness.

The taste is a bit bland, as there really aren't any complexities showing through and there is just a generic dark malt and fruit combination without much more there. Mouth is a bit creamy on a medium body. Drinks okay, but this is a bit less than the type of Belgian-style ale than I expect from Goose.

Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #1000

Appearance: Pours a hazy caramel color with a fluffy head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Plenty of Juicy Fruit phenols with a tinge of fig and cherry

Taste: Starts out with a fig and pear jam flavor with the Juicy Fruit flavors building by mid-palate; some cherry sweet and tartness in there, too; after the swallow the phenols kick in and load waves of complexity onto the fruity sweetness; spicy elements kick in on the tail to leave an unusual hint of bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate, but light carbonation

Drinkability: A tad too sweet to be consumed in any quantity, this is an unusual and creative dessert beer

Thanks, Wadsey, for the chance to revisit

Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haven't tried it in a while. I wasn't terribly impressed the first time around...this time, seems to be better. A typical amber, clingy, hazy brew with golden highlights. Head retention started off slight, but hung around nicely. Sweet aromas of belgian candy, prunes, cherries, dates, and quite spicy from light hops and alcohol. Tastes quite the same with more emphasis on the malty, candy sweetness and alcohol. Sweetness takes on tacky and sticky proportions and the alcohols lend a light plastic and hot spiciness. Body is moderately heavy with a light oily texture. Finishes quite sweet and dry because of the alcohols. The brew has improved mainly because of it's maturing, and my tolerence for this style of beer. Still wish it had more Belgian yeast esters and muskiness. This would have added complexity and roundness.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy redish color with a very active rising white head. has that funky sourish yeasty smell to it, and an overload of malty sweetness. flavor is interesting, if a bit out of balance. not sure id call this a proper dubbel, more of a belgian style amber ale. caramel malts conflict with the tart yeast and the result is not amazing like the matilda. plenty of residual sugars around as well. the most dominant taste to me, especially on the front end, is unfiltered fresh apple cider, which is fine, but im not confident it belongs in a dubbel. feel was good though, robust carbonation lightens it up a bit, and a fairly full body for the style is appreciated here. overall a slighly off attempt in my book. the other beers in this series are far better, but the fruity tones make an interesting autumn feeling drink.

Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep brown color with a very little amount of head on top. The smell of the beer is sweet, it's a little yeasty too and really quite inviting. The flavors of candi sugar, and fermented dark fruits swarm the mouth on this one. There is a very subtle bitterness in the finish but this tastes much nicer than a lot of Dubbel's I've have in the past. The mouthfeel isn't too carbonated, it's a heavier/thick beer than I expected too. Overall I thought this beer was really quite good. I would drink it again.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Tpaliga: Poured a cloudy deep brown color ale with a medium dirty white foamy head with average retention. Aroma of candi sugar, big strong malt and subtle yeast characteristic can be detected. Taste is quite sweet with lots of candi sugar and some dry figs characteristics. Body was definitely fuller then average with some well concealed alcohol. Very reminiscent of Gouden Carolus Keizer though probably not as complex.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weathered dark bronze suffused with a beautiful reddish orange glow. The creamy head is light brown sugar in color with a uneven upper surface that doesn't quite achieve rockiness. A slow deflation isn't followed by much lace, but in all other respects this is one fine looking dubbel. The final pour adds significant murkiness; a nice touch.

The nose is good, not great. It's brown ale-like, but with a fruitier, spicier vibe. While I'm fairly certain that a Belgian yeast strain is used (otherwise, why bother to brew a dubbel), I'd like more Belgian yeastiness in the end product. The aroma is a little too tame, both in terms of strength and personality.

The flavor is another matter entirely. In my opinion, Goose Island has pretty much nailed the style; something that doesn't occur often in an American-brewed dubbel. The first thing that strikes me is the sheer palate busting amount of flavor, the second is the complexity and the third is the rich, spicy, sweetness.

The flavor profile consists of heavily toasted brown bread slathered in sweet fig preserves and pear butter, drizzled with melted caramels and sprinkled with cinnamon, allspice and tamed black pepper. Complexity abounds, but there's very little nuance. This is a beer for those who like wave after crashing wave of flavor.

I'm glad I decided to cellar this beauty for the past two years because it has come together in impressive fashion. I don't doubt for a minute the brewery's claim that it's cellarable for up to five years. Another benefit of the beer's age is the fact that very little alcohol is appreciated; a remarkable feat given the ABV.

With all the sweetness, it's odd that the mouthfeel isn't more full. I'll credit the Belgian-like carbonation for turning what might have been a gooey beer into a medium-full, lively one.

I had no idea Pere Jacques would be this impressive. In fact, I'd put right up there with some of the best Belgian dubbels in the world (i.e. those actually brewed in Belgium). It is, without question, the finest American dubbel that I've had yet.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up in a trade a few months ago, and I was most excited to be able to give it a try after the last two I had from goose island had gone over so well. Took the 12 ounce bottle out of the fridge and served it in my Chimay chalice at a slightly above fridge temperature.

Appearance - The pour was very nice, with a deep ruby red, mahogany toned liquid appearing before me. A good amount of haze in this one led it to have a good, thick look about it. A nice three finger high head of off white rose up to the top, and then quickly settled back down into a thin pillow of foam that lasted well until the final sip. A nice amount of side glass lace was evident throughout as well. Nice carbonation streaming up from the bottom.

Smell - The aroma was all malts. Lots of dark fruit like esters were bouncing around with it as well, but there was just this tremendously big earth, malt aroma coming off. Some raisins and figs were playing around in there as well. Some touches of spice, and a little bit of run like alcohol poking through, very nice and quite full.

Taste - The flavor was top notch for the style. Lots of spiced rum like flavors coming at me at first, then the malted bread like tones sitting in behind it. A very thick flavor, I was not expecting it to be this big. Lots of raisins, figs, plums, and a touch of apricot playing around in there letting you know the yeast was doing its thing. As I let it sit, and started to take bigger sips it got a little bit lighter for me, but still retained its very nice profile. Nice dry finish left the long lingering flavor of raisins and spice in the mouth far into the next sip.

Mouthfeel - Very nice feel on this one, with more then adequate carbonation, without going overboard. Not a dull moment, and a good medium bodied feel. I could have just kept going with that smooth, clean finish.

Drinkability - Very nice, though admittedly a little heavy on the alcohol for the style, it was very nice indeed. I could have continued drinking this one for a good long while, though I am sure I would have hit my limit with another bottle or two.

Overall I thought this was outstanding. Another quality offering from Goose Island that continues to show just how diverse they can get. I would love to pick up another bottle or two of this one. A nice classic dubbel, with a little extra flare.

Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2-year old bottle, dated 03/18/05.

Served cool, a shade under cellar temperature.
Poured into a wide-mouthed chalice, decanted to retain the sediment. Yeast that remained in the bottle had compacted into a stubborn cake, but finally loosened, then poured separate from the glass.

Color is a clear reddish auburn tone. A good layer of thin foam forms, then settles to a skim. Spotty lacing rings the glass, but doesn't stick around.

Right after the cap came off, banana and almond scents wafted into the air. A deeper inhale picks up sweet caramel and bready aroma. Brown sugar & raisin as it warms up.

Moderately sweet upfront, it carries a mixture of plum, raisin, and almond flavors, that evaporate into residual nuttiness and brandy-like character. In the aftertaste there's a lingering palate-coating nectar, like honeysuckle. The abv seems better hidden than in a fresh bottle. Carbonation is light and understated. Very drinkable.

Pere Jacques held up well after two years, i'm impressed.

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%.

Photo of womencantsail
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this bottle yesterday.

A: The pour is a clear light, golden brown with a nice fluffy head on top.

S: A very sweet nose on this one. A lot of sugar and not very much malt, some pears, and perhaps a bit of raisin as well. Not exactly "Dubbel-like".

T: Like the nose, the amount of sugar in this beer is a bit too much. Very, very sweet with some pear and a noticeable alcohol heat and taste.

M: The body is medium with fairly light carbonation. There is a definite dryness to the finish (probably from all the candi sugar).

D: This one was just far too sweet for me. It had some nice fruit notes both in the aroma and flavor, but the overwhelming presence of the sugar sort of drowned them out.

Photo of zeff80
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3-18-05

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, light burgandy color with little to no head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of dried fruit (plums & raisin). A nice biscuity malt aroma.

T - It tasted of dried fruit and malt. Also, vanilla and oak flavors.

M - It was very soft (a little too soft) and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good dubbel. I'd like to try a fresher version.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a wine glass.

We just call him Pappy Jack. Anyway, it pours a hazy tawn' topped by about a half-finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Frankly, it borders on a pumpkin spice aroma, but something's missing from that formulation overall. The taste also leans toward this pumpkin spice idea, but adds some banana and cedar, allowing for some of the Belgian character to really shine. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice dubbel, but not something I can rave too much about. To me, there's just not enough Belgian quality for me to really feel all dubbel-y bubbly about it.

Photo of nickfl
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer pours with a one finger head of off-white foam on top of a somewhat hazy, orange-amber body. The head dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lace.

S - Strong yeast character of apricots, plum, and cloves with a bit of floral perfume. There is a lot of malt as well, mostly caramel with some toffee and molasses. Finally there is just a hint of herbal hops in the background to contrast the sweet and fruity aspects of the aroma.

T - Thick caramel malt up font with brown sugar that transitions into dark fruity notes of plum and raisins. Some peppery yeast characteristics come out in the middle before settling down to a dark, yeasty finish of figs, chocolate, candy sugar and caramel. Lingering dark sugary malts coat the palate for a thick, dense aftertaste with a bit of chocolate and char as well.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish with a touch of alcoholic warmth.

D - This is an interesting, but sadly flawed dubbel. The aroma is complex and it manages to hit all of the right notes, and while the flavor is not as deep or satisfying, it is nonetheless quite good. Unfortunately the mouthfeel is not what it should be, and this is a style that depends more than most on the texture of the beer. It is lacking in both carbonation and dryness, which makes both the malt and yeast seem bulky and dense. This weighs down the finish of the beer and really hurts the drinkability, while it also makes the flavors seem more muddy and thick than they really are. With a better mouthfeel this might have been a really nice beer, but as it is it just taunts me with its unfulfilled potential.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 04/03/07. Cellared and enjoyed on 08/28/08.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed chestnut body beneath a finger thick head of creamy tan foam that holds well and leaves craggy streaks and tiny spots behind. Eventually they slide back down into the beer though.

Aroma: Malty and yeasty with a hint of spice (which could be from alcohol). It's sweetish, toffee-like, and also threaded through with notes of dark fruit. There's a flicker of sugar, and hints of nuts.

Flavor: The same unusual combination of toffee/nuts and sweetish dark fruit remains, and it's very rich. Flickers of alcohol and/or spice do appear, and there's an almost liquor like character to it reminiscent of Kentucky Bourbon. It starts with a bit of tart fruit, softens to become more toffee-ish and caramel-like as it warms, and shows some spice/alcohol and darker fruits across the middle. Touches of yeast appear here and there throughout. At the swallow it becomes nutty, caramelish, and even a touch sugary. The alcohol starts to dry it in the finish though, and it appears herbal with hops, followed by more dark fruit skins, and then takes a surprising turn into more nuttiness with a smear of vanilla and then some cocoa. It's quite complex, revealing different flavors at different times as your taste buds adjust; and the finish is surprisingly long and rich.

Mouthfeel: The body is full-medium, and it's quite creamy once it warms a touch.

Drinkability: Remarkable. You'll wish you had more of it.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 release poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains brown sugar, dark fruit, caramelized malts and faint touches of Belgian yeast and hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, fruit and brown sugar. Then there is some breadiness that comes in from a hearty malt character and a little bit of Belgian yeast. The hops presence is very mild but is enough to provide some balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, not sure if the age has contributed to the how prevalent the sweetness is, but it seems like this beer is a Dubbel/Barleywine hybrid, overall it’s a decent beer worth drinking for a while.

Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this originally thanks to AgentZero, but now it's available around here so win-win.

A: Nice fluffy 1 finger head in my oversized snifter (used for my last beer so recycle) which fades semi slowly. It's a hazy murky brownish almost hint of maroon color.

N: Sweet malts to start, some candi sugar aromas, some dark dried fruits to go with that, dark Belgian malts, some caramelized candi sugar with hints of molasses, that comes with the faintest bitterness and hop aroma. A creamy malt and slightest booze aroma.

T: Starts semi sweet with more Belgian malts, candi sugar and little brown sugar, dried fruits with raisins caramelized in candi sugar, chewy malt flavors, little syrupy sweetness, touch of warming booze, little spicy alcohol.

M: Medium body, little syrupy, decent carbonation.

F: Still semi sweet with a hint of bitterness. Lingering candi sugar and raisin with hints of caramelized sugar. Also some lingering Belgian malts and chewy malts.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown that shows heavy ruby tints when held to light. Crème head that is minimal at first and doesn't stay around. Nose is strong raisins, sugar, and yeast. Flavor is even and smooth. Nothing wild. Minor sweet tone. Little bit of wood. Typical dubbel kind of stuff really. Feel has a good carbonation to it and the liquid is good as well. Overall this is a very smooth and well made dubbel. Nothing extremely unusual about it, as American produced Belgian styled beers tend to be.

Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet is the first impression, with a Coca Cola taste. Sharp and woody. Lots of caramel. Tastes like there is a bourbon barrel in the pedigree. Lots of roasted barley, along with fruity and nutty flavors. A nice blend of flavors, but a little plain and certainly lacking much in the way of Belgian character.

On tap at South Park Abbey in San Diego. Served in a Leffe globe. Decent foam on the amber brew. Nothing special, overall. I have not had this for a few years, and it seems not to have made an impression on me then. For some reason, the Matilda tasted really sensational to me on tap last time.

Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Wichita

Pours a semi-hazed brown with a pinky of tan head. Hazed up quite a bit, decant carefully! No head retention & a wisp of lacing

S: Dark fruits & apples

T: Raisins, figs, a bit of cinnamon & brown sugar. Dryness, slight oakyness, jammyness & dark fruits as this warms. Finishes dry, fruitty & with a touch of candi sugar & apple pie

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & slick

Drinks easy for the style & ABV, but just so-so as dubbels go to me

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Goose Island, Wrigleyville, Chicago, IL
This review is from a recent tasting on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA.

Served in a tulip glass, a mostly clear, golden brown with a finger's breadth of fluffy white head; decent retention and lacing, ample streams of bubbly carbonation. Aroma of bready yeast, bubblegum, banana esters, dried fruits. Taste was a little off-putting at first, with perhaps just more earthy funk than I expected. Otherwise, thick sugary sweetness, yeast, raisins, pears, overripe bananas. Medium mouthfeel, pretty chewy, a decent drink overall, but not something I'd want to drink regularly.

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Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,200 ratings.