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Père Jacques - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 2,144
Reviews: 854
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 63
Gots: 285 | FT: 6
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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 AylwinForbes
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Continuing our Belgian education subsequent to Dulcie's ejaculation that she doesn't like Belgians, which prompted Gabe at Two Brothers to go on a mission of education, much to our benefit in free beer...

Probably our first dubbel and the instinctive response was that it is a bit like a Belgian version of Brown Shugga (Lagunitas). Very attractive dark copper-brown appearance with modest carbonation that rapidly dissipates, slightly syrupy texture. Nose is malty, fruit and caramel with some aromatics. Sweet raisin-y fruit and caramel, a hint of spices on the palate.

A great match with mustard and bacon. I should really give Goose Island more credit because their craft beers are really fine and reasonably priced.

Photo of BDIMike
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color. There is a white head on it that goes away very quickly.
There is a lot of good, strong smells to this beer. A lot of fruit to it: plums, berries, and others. There is a good caramel malt smell as well.
Great fruity, malty taste. Incredibly complex. The malt tastes are very strong of caramel, toffee, and even a hint of chocolate malt. This all finishes with some very nice fruits, such as berries, plums, and others at the end.
Mouthfeel is very smooth, but also very thin.
Good drinkability for a beer with a 9 ABV. So much taste to it, that it would be hard to drink a couple of these though. Overall, great beer with tons of complex and different great tastes to it.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous ruby pour with great lacing. Typical scent of the style with bananas, sugars and a hint of plum. Taste is of bananas, candi sugar, and malts, with a nice yeast backing. Flavor lingers well through the mouth. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, matches the appearance of the beer. High drinkability.

Bottled December 28, 2007; enjoyed May 24, 2008.

An all around excellent beer, expertly balanced, and compliments itself, from the appearance to the taste this beer has an amazing flow. I highly recommend this beer.

Photo of czfreeman
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April 03,2007
This dubbel pours out a caramelly deep bown accented by hazy rubiness. A few streams of bubbles stream up throughout my goblet.This beer has a fantastic head, a light tan colored froth, leaves an impressive amount of lacing around the glass.
This beer presents quite a complex array of malty deliciousness. Dark rasin-like fruits. Clove spiciness, deep carmelized sugars. The alcoholic phenols provide a warming, biting contrast to the richness. a dark rum aroma.
flavors are absolutley delicious. Sweet rum raisins are predominant.
Overall, not enourmously drinkable, at times this beer seems a little on the sweet side, but ver good overall. I would definatly reccommed giving this one a shot.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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 mwilbur
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
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)

Photo of Slynger
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pere Jacques is a deep, hazy, orange-amber color with a creamy light tan lid.

The nose is brown sugary sweet along with plums. Next comes a nice red apple and tangerine fruitiness along with sweet and spicy clove and black pepper.

Nice medium-full body with a solid amount of fluffy, creamy carbonation. The flavor weighs in 60-40 in favor of sweetness over tarter fruitiness and spices, which I don't mind it all. The sweeter side of the scale gives you some brown sugar with light toffee, vanilla, and figs, while the on the other side we get red apples along with tangerine, and some clove with spicy black pepper. Flowery hops and a touch of warming brandy-like alcohol in the finish.

Really, really nice dubbel from my hometown brewery Goose Island. I haven't had one of the classics in a while, but to my t-buds this flavor is right there in complexity.

Photo of SpecialK088
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a snifter

A-Nice redish brown color with little head but good retention same with the lacing.
S-Very malty and sweet an exceptionaly fragrant brew.
T-Wow....comes across almost as a dopple its amazing, very matly with a sweetness at the beggining that fades to a rich malt flavor very complex very good.
M-more of the mouthfeel of a dopplebock nice and smooth.
D-if you are into craft beer i could not seeing not being able to drink this a sipping beer to be sure but its complex flavor makes for a very good beer.

Photo of naterock
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a dokel

A: Very nice slightly cloudy, reddish orange
S: good christ! very malty, alcohol almost overwhelms the barley
T: I have to bee honest, I made a funny face. extremely malty and strong, I thought for sure that the alcohol would take me by storm, but the malt sure did the job. very complex and delicious.
M: Characteristically a Dubbel,
D: this is definitely a sipper, have one for the evening with dinner, maybe as a nice dessert beer. I would definitely enjoy one with a nice tirra missou or Cheesecake

Photo of hawksfan82
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a dubbel. Poured a 12oz bottle into my La Chouffe tulip. Pours a deep amber like a typical dubbel, and I didn't pour too aggressively, but I think the smaller one finger head would have been the same.

Smell is malt, with a good amount of figs, raisins, and sweet liquor as well.

Taste is well...this is a big dubbel. Essentially the same characteristics of a dubbel, just magnified. Malt up front, but bigger like a really good doppelbock. Then goes away to the dark fruits that you get in the smell, then a pretty noticeable alcohol in the end. The 9% makes it a lot more noticeable then the 7 or so you get in most dubbels. I really like it though because the bigger alcohol helps combat the bigger flavor.

Mouthfeel is bigger than your usual dubbel. It has the taste of a dubbel on steriods, and the mouthfeel of a big doppelbock, almost that of a quad. I usually find some dubbels a little on the thin side. Not this guy.

Drinkability is that of a normal top notch belgian. Either two smaller bottles or one big bottle would be enough for me.

This is a good beer, it just threw me off because it's a little more to handle than most dubbels.

Photo of Gmann
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby brown color with a small head that settled into a light ring around the glass. The smell is of clove, bananas and figs; a nice and earthy Belgian yeast. The taste is rather bold; big on the dark candi sugar, clove, banana, and rum soaked raisins/figs. A lightly roasted malt peeks through towards the end. The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation, slightly slick and boozy, and finishes sweet. The drinkability is great for one and perhaps two. After that it may get a bit cloying, sticky and the alcohol will sneek up on you. Very good dubbel.

Photo of lpayette
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another in my series of, this has been taking up room in my beer fridge for a while, so it's time to finally drink it. Bottled on 9-22-06, and enjoyed on 4-5-08.

I did a little investigating and found that Pere Jacques is the brewmaster at Rochefort. After trying this beer, I must say, it tastes like it could have come from that brewery. The appearance is probably the low point for me on this beer with not much to be impressed with. Little head, ok color. meh. The smell is of raisins, belgian candy sugar, brown sugar, intricately laced malts, with some hints of ripened fruit. very nice. Taste follows the smell quite closely. One of the best I've had in this style, if not the best. Mouthfeel is great with just a little bit of a bittering finish, but not as much as many in this style. I like that.

Overall an excellent example of the style. I'm not sure what this is like fresher, but this year and half old version is quite good, and definitely worth the wait.

Photo of gmfessen
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a very deep red with orange hues and a thin, active head that ends as just a ring around the glass. Smell is malty; lots of juicy fruit smells - apples, pears, cherries, and raisins. The taste is much the same, definitely on the sweet side, but the alcohol seems to keep it from being cloying. The alcohol is present but not dominant. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a minimal carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, this is a great beer, as drinkable as any beer that has 9.0%.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A massive four finger head threatened to foam over the edge of my big ass snifter even with a relatively gentle pour. the head is honey hued, massive, rocky, pitted, and pretty. Tons of sticky lace is left on the glass as the head slowly makes it's way down to a rocky two finger mass over a clear amber-red brew that shows apricot highlights. Gorgeous!

S - Green banana yeast notes over a caramelized sugar bass note. Smells very green and dry, like a summer garden in a heat wave. This one is really complex and lovely...mineral water, limestone, bitter greens in a gourmet salad, and green under ripe fruit.

T - Although still very green and vegetal, more sweet summery fruit comes out in the flavor. Big time caramel apple aspects to this one...I taste green apples on the verge of going bad, along with some really nice caramel notes. I taste dried cherries and cranberries, along with some really sugary dried apricot notes. Endless facets of dried fruit come out with syrup and caramel drizzled all over them. Some light milk chocolate and sweet maraschino cherry flavors are there too.

M - Rich, thick, lush, and very full bodied on the palate. The really mild carbonation creates a lush pillowy foamy feel in stead of the usual CO2 prickle. The finish lasts for days, and progresses from foamy and sweet to tart and dry over the course of a full minute.

D - This is an exquisite beer that lends itself to slow sipping more than rapid quaffing. As an after dinner brew or a night cap, this has real potential. It's a little too sweet IMO, but it's a great beer.

Photo of Goliath
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very pretty amber color with a large off-white head that very quickly receeds to a light foam leaving no lacing behind.

Aroma is nice. It has a gentle fruitiness, light yeast, and a touch of alcohol. Also a remarkable malt sweetness.

Taste is alright. A gentle fruitiness, moderate spiciness, and moderate alcohol warmth. Also a nice malt sweetness. This beer really grew on me as progressed.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

Drinkability is average.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to yem25 for this one.

Goose Island Pere Jacques 2006
12oz. brown bottle

Poured into a snifter. Pere Jacques pours a rich mahogany/amber color with a short white head that has almost no retention but a ring around the inside of the glass. Light lacing. Aromas were of grapes, raisins, clove and a strong cinnamon presence. Tasting this beer after hearing about it for so long was an absolute delight. Sweet raisins were the backbone of the flavors, with a nice blend of the cinnamon and clove makes this an outstanding dubbel. Mouthfeel is nice, very smooth, not heavy at all. Very complex palate. Carbonation is low to mild. I was shocked when I saw that it was 9%, which is pretty high for a dubbel, you don't get that high alcohol taste from this, which is probably due to the aging. I would definitely love to get some more of this, since it was delightful. Based on style, this could be the best dubbel I have had yet.

Photo of bearrunner44
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer is a dark, apple ciderish-brown color, with minimal head generated from a moderately hard pour. Cloudy.

Aroma: Very sweet-smelling, bringing to mind molasses, caramel, dates, and plums. Strong, malty backbone, along with an apparent presence of alcohol.

Taste: Big, rich malt flavor. The beer has a thick, caramel-like sweetness that dominates most of the taste, but it does become more fruity in the finish. As hinted at in the aroma, the fruit flavor tastes a lot like dates. The mouthfeel is very chewy and full-bodied; a nice, hearty brew. The alcohol is hidden pretty well, leaving only a gentle warmth in the mouth.

Verdict: A fairly ambitious offering from a pretty reliable brewery. It's not as complex as some of the classics, but it hits all the right notes.

Photo of shroompod
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage , date code is missing. Pulled from cellar. Guessing 2006-2007.

Pours a murky brown , some sedimentation present. Small head , a little lacing.

Honey is noticeable on the nose , slightly green grassy profile.

A sweet tasting beer, toffee, caramel, and honey come to mind. Alcohol is barely perceivable but does cut the sweetness somewhat.

Mouthfeel is thick , sweet & sticky. Carbonation is low.

Overall a nice American Belgium style I enjoy drinking.

Photo of Gehrig
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having enjoyed Bourbon County so much, I figured I ought to try Pere Jacques. This was a wise move, if I may say so. Two fingers of slightly tan froth top a medium brown body with reddish highlights and decorative lacing on the Ommegang glass. The nose is nice but not overwhelming, and does not adequately indicate the excellent taste to follow. Bready malt, fruit, and ample spice constitute the smell.

Yet I'm wowed by the taste, a panoply of flavors coexisting in delicious harmony. Plum, grape, fig with a peppery finish--really well done. As an added bonus, this is carbonated like a very good, from-Belgium Belgian dubbel, full of fizz and flavor.

This is easy to like, and in my mind is the second-best beer Goose Island makes to Bourbon County. True to the Belgian style and tradition, this is truly terrific.

Photo of tayner
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

9-22-2006 bottle.

poured a murky amber with lots of bubbles, almost looked like a dark ginger ale but that all settled to a nice ring with mild lacing.

Smell is of sweet malt, brown sugar, and a touch of earthy hops

taste is of a load of sweet malt, and them some more malt, and behind the sweetness there is some dark fruits. not tasting the hops much, but it finishes dry so they must be there. I really dont taste the belgian yeast breadiness that i expected.

Enough carbonation to keep it light and not too over the top sweet.

I think i could drink a 4 pack of these and never look back (provided i never got up, because the 9% is very well hidden in this aged sample).

I really need to get my hands on more of this, i need to try it fresh and age some more!

Photo of BeerLover729
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark copper beer with a brown orange hue. Thick off white head that fades to delicate ring of foam.

S: Strong clove like spiciness with subtle presence of banana esters and a strong but smooth astringent finish. Noticeable yeastiness in the nose. Brettanomyces?

T: Sweet maltyness hits my taste buds first, followed by spicy clove, light banana, and mild dark fruit esters. These tastes are balanced by a subtle astringent bite at the finish.

M: Surprisingly crisp with a heavy light to light medium body. Moderate carbonation that seems to bubble away relatively quickly.

D: Easy going beer but sugar profile detracts from drinkablility to me. Not my idea of a session beer but a nice drink regardless.

Note: Good abbey style dubbel.

Photo of riboflavin88
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours beautifully, a deep amber-reddish color with a thick, deep ivory head. Its nose is sweet, berries come through pretty strong. Its taste has a nice malt flavor with berries, a pleasant sweet after taste. It's high alcohol content sneaks up on you at the end. The brew has moderate carbonation, goes down smoothly. However, its strong sweet taste hinders me from wanting to drink more than one. It would be really great as an after dinner brew. I agree with others, this tastes more like a Barleywine to me than a Belgian, but nonetheless worth trying.

Photo of aerozeppl
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 12oz bottle.

A: Deep copper color. Earthy tan head.

S: Yeasty, bready with some hints of dark fruit.

T: Yeasty and bready. Finishes sweet. Figs at the end.

M: Med body. Coats well on the way down. Nice smooth subtle carbonation.

D: Slow sipper but enjoyable. Splitting a 12oz bottle was enough for me.

Photo of marcpal
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 dated. 12oz poured into dogfish goblet.

A: Fairly light mahogany color with sediment throughout. Thin smoky colored head that fades to extremely thin lacing. Best word - murky.

S" Sweetness matched with a considerable amount of hops. Fruits and malts with some booziness in there.

T: Chewy caramel flavor right up front. Dried fruits are the most prominent flavors that follow. Concentrated fruits are the lasting impression and the sugar is a bit overbearing.

M: Mild carbonation and extremely smooth finish with an alcohol bite.

D: The 9% is evident but still drinkable. The sugars do become a bit overbearing but smooth nonetheless. Age would probably help this one out.

Not the best GI offering and wouldnt really put this one in the category of a dubbel either.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-A tawny amber body. I really enjoy when a dubbel has a richer darker body, but not found here. The head is a bit soapy with no lacing or lastin power. Decent clarity.

S-Big punch of aroma here. Heavy notes of cinnamon, tobacco, raison, strong phenols.

T-This bottle seemed to be a bit oxidized with a presence of wet carboard. This eased a bit as the beer warmed. At just below room temp, the beer released a nice lineup of sugary, full, sweet flavors. Figs and caramel came through nicely.

M-nice and full with a well-rounded softness that coincided with the sugary sweetness. A slight sharpness was left on the tongue.

D-A nice shot at a dubbel. Not on the top of my list, but still quite good. Alcohol is not strong in the taste, but strong in the warmth and effects. I still have an obsession with GI Matilda so I would probably go to that when faced with a GI line up. Still, you cannot see enough american made dubbels if you ask me!

Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,144 ratings.