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Père Jacques - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,086 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,086
Reviews: 847
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 56
Gots: 259 | 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:
Warm molasses color, dark fruit aroma, rich caramel flavor, rich soft body.

26 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2004)
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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Roman's.

Many beers have a great aroma but disappoint when you taste them (smell better than they taste). This beer was the first one I can remember that was the reverse of that - it smelled not so good but tasted terrific!

The aroma was a bit sour, woody/cardboard-ish, and a bit like good-beer-gone-bad. However, undaunted, I took a sip and was quite surprised. The beer is quite spicy up front, with a warm mouthfeel with lots of stickiness and alcohol esters up front. This beer was served in a long-stemmed glass (looked like a wine or martini glass), and it definitely drank more like a really nice spirit than a beer. Mouthfeel was quite smooth, like a beer that has been secondary fermented (don't know if it has or not). To me, Goose Island beers are a bit hit&miss, but I definitely enjoyed this one.

BeerBelcher, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on 5-31-07
Bottled on 4-3-07

Pours a very clear deep amber, very thin head ans no lacing leaves the glass clean.

Smell is huge dark fruit sweetness, with a little caramel and a slight roastiness. The alcohol comes in strongly.

Taste is super sweet, starts with big dark fruit flavors. There is alot of complexity, but it is washed away by a prominent, astringent-like alcohol character.

Mouthfeel is good, perfect for the style.

Drinkability suffers from the somewhat unbalanced alcohol.

Overall, a complex and enjoyable beer that is hampered by just a little too much booze. I think a year in the bottle would do quite a bit for it.

BMoney575, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Lewis13 from RB. Thanks for the opportunity... Bottled 092206, according to the label.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the lightly cloudy dull burgundy brew. Head falls to a layer of swirly bubbles pretty quick, with an admirable lace presence. Aroma is lightly spicy over the sweetness, with some grassiness. Taste starts with a touch of citrus, quickly giving way to the malt sweetness. Close finds the vegetal again, along with alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel and drinkability were alright, but this just needs bit more zing to make it worth my trouble to find.

ppoitras, May 24, 2007
Photo of 1fastz28
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark honey color with a medium head, smells is dominated by fruit, smells very similiar to some of the great belgians i've had in the past. taste is awesome. again fruity, but with a alcohol presense that is noticeable but not overpowering, i can tell i am drinking this too cold cause it gets better as it warms. full bodied beer, mouthfeel is full and great. GI makes alot of great beers, but this is something i didn't know they were capable of doing, well done.

1fastz28, May 19, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2006.

Appearance: clear burgandy amber color with a 1" head that falls to a thick surface foam. Spotty lacing develops durng the session.

Smell: plums, candy sweetness, vanilla, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: nice fruity background of plums, red grapes, and raisins. Hints of spicy yeast are evident, along with hints of vanilla and a nice bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable but nicely adds to the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth throughout. Brief aftertaste as the flavors linger softly on the tongue.

Drinkability: I found this to be easy to quaff beyond the higher alcohol content. If you see an aged bottle of this, pick some up.

Gavage, May 16, 2007
Photo of froggyfrog
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 031805. Served in glass snifter 051107.

Garnet colored with a minimalist white head. Moderate lacing and carbonation.

Smell is appropriately continental, with musty fruits and old spicy yeast.

Taste is of candi sugar and light anise. This beer is perky on the tongue, sticky yet light and very quenching. Enough bitterness to balance the candy fruit sweetness without encroaching where it doesn't belong.

Overall an enjoyable American-brewed Belgian style. The 9% alcohol is on the high end for a Dubbel but it fits in seamlessly with the other flavors in the beer. Remarkably smooth and refreshing.

froggyfrog, May 12, 2007
Photo of grub
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled on tap at the clybourn brewpub on friday.

pours deep reddish amber, crystal clear, with just a whisp of fine white head. no lace.

aroma is nice. tons and tons of bubblegum. toffee. caramel. bit of alcohol. some light spice - clove maybe?

taste is great. again there's a ton of bubblegum. caramel. light toffee sweetness. light bitterness. dates and figs. hint of dark chocolate. bit of funk. nice light crackery malt.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a nice medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. balanced, interesting, and enjoyable.

grub, May 02, 2007
Photo of Illini5596
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Head was not impressive, less than half an inch. Beer is a nice deep reddish brown, and the smell is quite pleasing with a faint aroma of malt.

The beer itself is a smooth easy drink, with the distinctive taste of a Dubbel, a bit like some of the trappists I've had. No bad aftertaste, just hints of the Dubbel flavor, with a smooth creamy feel and hints of sweetness.

All around a pleasing beer, very drinkable, highly recommended.

Illini5596, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

jdhilt, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of Romulus141
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter. From the 2006 batch. Bought around late January 2007, early February, and just opened the last bottle after sitting in my fridge.

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich reddish brown with a slight caramel colored head. The head dissipates after some time, with a slight bit of foam remaining. This beer leaves a thick lacing on the edges of the glass. A quality looking beer.

Smell: A strong fruit aroma dominates this beer. It is sweet, and has some tinges of apple and pear. I can also detect a slight alcohol smell as well. The smell is bold, and overall quite good.

Taste: This tastes a lot like it smells. The fruit character is there, but there is a sharp alcohol bite. It may be due to keeping the beer in the fridge for too long, as I don't remember the other bottles tasting like this. The beer finishes with a bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy, and lightly carbonated. Good for the style.

Drinkability: These aren't session beers. They're too filling and sweet for that. Even if I ignore the alcohol bite in this particular bottle, I could drink about one or two of these before switching. With a fresh batch, this would go good after dinner with some cheese, possibly.

I'm torn, as I know this bottle may have just been bad, since I don't remember the sharp alcohol characteristic when I drank the first three bottles a couple months ago. However, given the price on this one, I'll probably skip it if I see it again.

Romulus141, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of datamike
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, this beer seems to be misclassified as a dubbel and as a bock(!). At 9% abv it probably best comes under the BJCP catagory 18C-Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Anyway, pours a nice caramel/ruby color with good, but perhaps a bit light carbonation. Color is somewhat darker than most beers of this type, but well within style.

Aroma is of dark fruits, pears, overall sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very good. This is a highly attenuated beer and is very drinkable. Taste is very fruity, caramel, sugar, with some nice Belgian yeast phenolics thrown in.

Overall a very good beer. Very similar to LeTrappe/Koenigshoeven Quadrupel. Same yeast perhaps?

datamike, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of gpcollen1
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pors a gorgeous ruby/brown into my Damnation glass. Head hits about 1/2 an inch and then disappears. Spicey aromas waft toward me; hints of sweet rich fruit, maybe dried plums - very familiar.

Taste is rich and malt laden, as to be expected. Alcohol rears its head now and again. A slight spiciness comes through in the middle and finishes with a touch of fruity candy.

Interesting enough for me, as I do like the style. However, not anything too fantastic for me to seek this out.

gpcollen1, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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

brentk56, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of kenito799
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated 1/23/06, poured into a Duvel glass. Says it will improve over 5 years...now just over 1 year old.

Pours a hazy dark reddish amber. 1 inch of tan frothy head is raised and recedes slowly, leaving pretty spots of lace here and there. Looks quite nice.

Aroma is brown sugar maltiness with some bubble gum fruity yeast notes mixed in, caramel, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Mouthfeel smooth and creamy, light carbonation.

Taste is predominantly quite sugary sweet, but mild hop backbone keeps it from being excessively cloying. Some cola in the finish, poached pears, again hints of spices like cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg. Smooth and soft, very little bitterness. Actually reminds be of a Delirium Noel I once tried, but better. Alcohol hidden well, very integrated and complementary to the flavor, 9% is just right for this beer despite being at the high end for a dubbel.

Quite a solid Belgian style beer, well made, and very impressive for an American berwery. A bit too sweet to be my favorite dubbel, which cuts into its drinkability for me. It should have some more savory malted notes, but a solid effort. A good beer for people who don't like bitterness and when you're in the mood for a dessert beer.

Retaste at Belgique tasting, Hugo MN, Thanksgiving 2010.

As above...but I appreciate more balance here. Soft and smooth, the sweetness balanced perfectly by just enough bitterness. I don't know it the bottle, brew, or my palate changed, but I have adjusted my ratings and like it more.

kenito799, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks msubulldog25

Pours a cloudy brownish/amber color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tannish head which stuck around for a little while, some lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet malts, alcohol, and caramel. The taste is sweet/malty, with a warming effect and a dry caramel finish. Medium body. Drinkable, a very nice brew from GI, but not really a dubbel in my book.

Wasatch, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of sulldaddy
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am sampling this brew with Stopper poured into a snifter at cellar temp. The bottle is a 2006 vintage.
The beer pours a clear chestnut with small thin beige edge layer forming. The aroma is deep dark fruit with plums and red grape dominant, also a bit of tangy raspberry. Quite enticing nose.
The first sip reveals an average body with mild fizzy carbonationand slightly syrupy body.
Flavor is sweet and fruity with some brown sugar and sweet malt mixing with general fruitiness. I also get a bit of cloves mixed in the background. Very smooth and super easy to drink with no hint of the ABV. A tasty brew for sure, that I would enjoy drinking again.

sulldaddy, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of hanco005
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz single, bottled on 012306, also 0902 on the label, poured into my St. Bernardus glass

A—pours light brown raison, almost solid with almost no head at all, just a thin fizzy sheet, gone almost instantly, spotty lacing is produced as I drink

S—malts and dark fruits, alcohol is hidden well, some roasted nut tones and a faint whiff of chocolate

T—very heavy sweet malty flavor, finishes with some light fruitiness, very good. The alcohol is not quite as hidden in the taste…it really warms as it goes down

M—slick and slippery, medium bodied, good carbonation

D—it’s good, I’d have it again, much sweeter than I expected it to be.

hanco005, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of malcontent
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"Iced tea" coloring that isn't entirely transparent even when held up to the light. Moderate fizzy head that dies down to form a ring of lacing.

Raisons and molassas and, yes, I can smell the alcohol. Swirling the glass I can pick up some buttery notes along with some subtle earth tones.

Sweet maple syrup with butter to boot! Pancakes anyone? The previous raison scent has not translated into taste and instead dark berries come to the fore. An ever so slight bitterness on the finish which is a wonderful way to cut the overall sweetness of the brew.

Upon initially hitting the tongue this seems like it will be one of those thick, syrupy beers. However, relative to the style, this is fairly light. In fact, the mouthfeel may be my favorite part of the beer. Evaporates off the palate just leaving the aftertaste behind. Really special in this regard. Dubbel usually aren't your overly-drinkable style but I find this one to be easy to take. Really good!

malcontent, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a St. Feuillien goblet. Neck label says "2006".

A: Pours a rust colored, orangey, reddish, brown. Very little carbonation. Tan colored foam skim and ring with no lacing.

S: Sweet malt, belgian yeast, and dark candi sugar. Slight hint of alcohol. Aroma of plums, too.

T: Dark, sweet, over-ripe fruit, mixed with caramel and brown sugar. Nicely balanced by malt that, while it comes off as sweet in the nose, is slightly roasted in the taste. Finish starts sweet and then turns dry from the hops. Nice mix of sweet and mildly tart fruit flavors in the finish.

M: Nice and creamy from the candi sugar. Coats the tongue well letting the finish evolve.

D: Quite drinkable. It's 9% abv but the alcohol is as well hidden as its' Belgian counterparts. This years batch seems to taste better than last years (last years seemed much sweeter than this) Possibly due to my evolving palate. A noble effort. Bring on the 2007 version!

GbVDave, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of BelgianAleSlut
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Let warm up for a few minutes. Nice burnt caramel brown color - has floaties from yeast. Not much carbonation and therefore little foam and lacing. I had this beer on tap last year in Chicago and was happy to see it locally in bottles.

True to its intent, it smells of belgian ale. Rich date/fig/prune smell. I like it.

Beer is very sweet, with dark fruit and slight black licorice flavours. Not sure if I've had a belgian ale this malty.

Mouthfeel is fine even with low carbonation. Feels full in the mouth but light on the tongue. This is a beer that I could have multiples of in a row. High alcohol controls pace.

BelgianAleSlut, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of GregBrewski
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It has a nice deep red color or dark, cloudy brownish color. Small head with poor retention and no lacing left on the glass. It almost looked like wine by the time it reached the bottom of the glass. The smell is very sweet, of caramel malts and some alcohol. It tastes sweet of malt in the front and finishes with some yeast and hints of the alcohol. Low in carbonation also. This is a descent brew, but nothing exciting. The story on the label is very interesting, its always interesting where brewers come up with the names for their creations.

GregBrewski, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of peabody
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice cloudy brown with little off-white suds but little lacing. You would think with the 9%abv that there would be more.
Smell is a slight burnt malt with a yeasty aroma and candy sugars followed by the alcohol.
Taste is very sweet but not overwhelming. The flavors are subtle but you can taste malt and yeast and a fruity orange tea.
Mouthfeel is very nice because of the sugars.
The alcohol content is a bit much to have this as a session beer but it is still a nice drink.

peabody, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy, medium brown with a fast attenuating, tan head. Carbonation is coarse. Some citric esters in aroma. Light carbonation on the tongue with mild citrus and caramel, with almost no hop finish. Nice, assertive malt, with a medium mouthfeel. Drinkability is extremely good for this ABV. Definitely not to style as a dubbel; maybe it should be slotted as a dark strong.

CH3CH2OH, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of dherling
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured out a cloudy reddish brown, with a very thin off white head. Decent lacing. The nose offered lots of yeast, ripe fruit, and caramel. The tastes was just like the nose: malty sweetness with notes of banana, rum, brown sugar, and fresh bread. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with fine bubbles. Nicely balanced, but a bit cloying and harsh with the alcohol.

dherling, Nov 26, 2006
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.

Phyl21ca, Nov 20, 2006
Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,086 ratings.