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Père Jacques - Goose Island Beer Co.

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2,161 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,161
Reviews: 855
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 62
Gots: 292 | FT: 6
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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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.

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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 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.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

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Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,161 ratings.