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Père Jacques - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Père JacquesPère Jacques

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2,011 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,011
Reviews: 838
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 55
Gots: 248 | FT: 7
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 gmcfarre


4.3/5  rDev +10%

A- Mahogany/Dark Red with 1/2 inch head. Slightly cloudy and doesn't leave much lacing on glass. - 3.5

S- Dark malt, raisin and other dark fruit. Pretty inviting.

T- Again, dark malts. Add to that a nutty finish, and a touch of hop bitterness. Good range of flavors.

M- Smooth, slightly creamy, although hops add a touch of bitterness on back of tongue.

D- Alcohol is well hidden, a pleasant drinking experience

02-15-2006 02:33:20 | More by gmcfarre
Photo of DaPeculierDane


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

Spotty thin head with dotted carbonation and a dark amber body. Rummy, with raison and dates. Rather vinous at the base with a slick fruity middle, and warming spicy finish. Medium but rich bodied. Rather strong in the alcohol department and therefore quite warming. Leaves a candied sugar sweetness lingering long after each sip. Decent but barely justifiable of the price. Cool bottle and story though.

02-06-2006 21:43:32 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of Suds


4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

This brew pours a dark, deep amber color, bordering on brown. It’s not exactly clear, but a translucent, murky color. The head is attractive, but modest and short-lived. Nice aroma!!! Lot’s of malt and esters. It's composed of toasted, caramel, and Belgian pale malt smells and flavors. Banana and plum. Rising bread. Malt, Malt, Malt. This brew is sure focused on the malt. I love it. A little sugar flavor is in there too. There’s considerable sweetness in his one, mixed with a little alcohol warming. The alcohol doesn’t come out in the taste right away…it’s a slow, creeping warming (very nice!). Moderate carbonation, maybe a little too low for the style. There’s some peppery phenols that become more pronounced as you work through the glass. The smell could be a little more powerful, but this is a well-crafted, complex, delicious brew!

01-28-2006 12:39:40 | More by Suds
Photo of ChiSox05


3.83/5  rDev -2%

Cloudy maple syrup brown, shades of of red in the light. Good retention, long holding thin foam over surface
Sweet toffee malt. Aroma has layers of malt. Sweet and bready.

Tangy sweet malt, too much at once can add a chalky texture.

Lighter body, light carbonation, overall body is held up by the maltiness.

Gone in a heartbeat, taste is pretty good, but how this beer is put together as a whole is what makes it easy to drink. It has a lighter body with big malt character that keeps it flavorful.

01-06-2006 06:07:43 | More by ChiSox05
Photo of pentathlete


4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

Hazy copper/dark orange with a small medium-sized-bubbled head and not much lace. Smell is caramel candy with a touch of dark fruit and banana. Flavors are dark fruit with alcohol soaked bread, malts are strong as are the sweets. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and the body suffers along with that. For a 9% ABV this beer is a stupidly easy quaff. Beers this gentle should only be consumed at home or a location that you won't be driving away from.

12-31-2005 03:12:20 | More by pentathlete
Photo of bennetj17


3.58/5  rDev -8.4%

This beer has a reddish hue, with a high clarity. Lots of head to start but it diminishes quickly leaving a ring. Smell is distinctly fruity and alcoholic. It tastes sweet and nectary, no bitterness at all, and not much finish to speak of. The mouthfeel is light and thin with a decent amount of carbonation. This was a good attempt to create a Dubbel but I didn't gather enough complexity in the flavors.

12-21-2005 20:32:00 | More by bennetj17
Photo of Dicahomebrewing

New York

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%

Great beer Overall. The smell of Fruit and flowers present.

Poured out a cloudy redish brown, with a small head with good carbonation.

Great mouthfeel, with a great nose.

A good malt flavor with slight hops. Great belgian Dubbel. The alcohol is well hidden for 9%.

12-05-2005 01:36:38 | More by Dicahomebrewing
Photo of CortexBomb


4.45/5  rDev +13.8%

Pours out cloudy dark orangish brown into my goblet with almost no head, just a small white ring. Smell is trademark dubbel, very fruity, light fruits, grapes...pears.

Taste is exceptionally malty and sweet. Not sugary sweet though...a sweetness that sits on the back of the tongue where the hops would normally be, and it just sticks around. There are also some lightly spiced tones and the light fruits from the aroma are certainly present, particularly the pears, and some dark fruitish tones are also there. A soft, caramel like tone sneaks in near the finish, which is very clean. This is a very good beer for people who like beers which are unbalanced in favour of malts.

The mouth on this is very good, thick, carbonated, with some nice slightly tingly action on the top of the mouth from the hops. The drinkability is exceptional, this beer is so tasty that it was hard to put down.

Overall, a very highly recommended beer, a great example of its style, and inexpensive to boot. Thanks Goose Island!

12-01-2005 23:17:25 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of Higravity


4.6/5  rDev +17.6%

Hats off to GI for this terrific beer. It was a 2004 vintage and was great stuff. It was a nice brown-cherry color with a chunky head that fades to chunks of head and gives up lacing. Big smell of belgian yeast fruit phenols and sweet malt minced with alcohol. Slight spice of the yeast up front is meet well by the sweet malt and fruity flavor that has a long finish. I really took my time smelling and drinking this beer and I can't wait to find some more. Great stuff.

12-01-2005 17:08:40 | More by Higravity
Photo of goodbyeohio


4.78/5  rDev +22.3%

finally! an american brewery has crafted a malty, sweet, complex belgian dubbel without a disturbing excess of charred, smoky flavor. this beer is superb. really, world class.

appearance is a bit lacking though... a muddy orangey-red cloud without the slightest manly mane up top. nose, on the other hand, revitalizes my interest. sweet malts with dark fruit profile, the slightest hint of burnt sucrose. green apple kick step and before i know it i'm drinking the bitch. goes down without incident.. exemplifies a slightly thick belgian.. alcohol bump and tangy fruit skip along the way.. fun off-roading detours. finishes clean with slight abv sting/astringency.. completely forgivable in a 9% faithful belgian clone.

ok. this is one of three best american belgians on the market today. (looking back, i've rated 4 higher..) close your eyes and this is westvleteren.. st. bernardus.. affligem. then open your eyes, see the english on the label, the $2 price tag, and kiss those stars and stripes baby. this is the united states of fucking america and we make some kick ass fucking beer. hallelujah.

11-30-2005 00:36:58 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of nlmartin


4/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured from the bottle into a 20 ounce wine goblet.

Appearance: This beer pours a hazy amber coloration. The head was short lived biege coloration. Leaves behind thin lines of lacing on the glass.

Smell: There is a very floral malty smell playing with an alcohol smell.

Taste: Malty fruity taste hit the mouth backed up by a toffee kind of taste. Sweet buttery bourbon tones strike the palate.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a very buttery mouthfeel. The beer is medium plus bodied.

Drinkability: I drank some of these when the beer was first released. This bottle was bottled on 9/04. This has mellowed compared to my memory of first drinking this beer. Some of the rough edges have fallen off. I know where I can get another pack of this tasty brew and intend to buy it.

11-28-2005 13:24:32 | More by nlmartin
Photo of RedHaze


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

Bottles originally purchased in August 2005.

Update: 24 July 2006.

It's been about a year since I first bought these, and they just keep getting better. The flavors have blended together very nicely, and there's almost no alcohol in the flavor at all. I'm raising the flavor score on this a little now,. as well as the mouthfeel.

Previous scores.
A - 4
S - 4.5
T - 3.5
M - 3.5
D - 4

Pours a deep cloudy mohogany color with a one finger head that fades to a solid ring with a spotty cap. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell; there's lots of raisins, some maltiness, oranges, candied sugar, and has just an overall spiciness to it. I really like the way this smells.

Taste; sweet raisins, some orange peel, definite candied sugar, molasses, has a bit of warming alcohol, although I don't get any of it in the taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and a litlle sticky, probably due to the candied sugar. I bought a four pack several months ago and tried one at that time. I liked it then, but it seems to have gotten much better since I let it sit for about 5 months. I found this to be very enjoyable.

11-22-2005 22:26:25 | More by RedHaze
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

12 ounce bottle, label tells me the bottled on date and that this one will improve for 5 years..Good news, but his particular bottle wont last more then 20 minutes...pours medium almond and semi cloudy with a decent amount of floating yeasty sediment. Minor white head and nondescript lacing. Nose is fruity, raisiny, yeasty and quite Belgian in nature. Smooth mouthfeel, very drinkable heady, complex Belgian styled brew. More raisins, yeast, and cookies, alcohol well hidden in the flavorful background. Nicely crafted ale, well worth a try.

11-18-2005 00:15:03 | More by Billolick
Photo of Blakaeris


4/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a nice carmel color with a thick foamy head that dissipates to a slight ring. Smell is a yeasty sweetness and spice.

Taste is sweet and fruity. Overall it is pleasantly mild for the high alcohol content. Smooth.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

This an unusual brew that is very drinkable. You could pound a few of these without much trouble... at least until the alcohol caught up to you.

Thanks to Bashiba for sharing this brew!!!

11-08-2005 18:27:55 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of ZAP


4.38/5  rDev +12%

Muddied brown color...

Nose is candy sugar....brown sugar....cotton candy...

Body is full...rich...not sweet...carbonation is relatively high

Taste is very sweet...brown sugar...spiced rum....caramel...despite the rich sweetness this never feels one-sided....a decent little hop presence on the finish...some slight booze flavor..

I like this one quite a bit...a desert type brew..hits the mark pretty nice as a Dubbel....I'd definitely enhoy a few of these in the future if given the chance...

11-03-2005 05:28:32 | More by ZAP
Photo of mntlover


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a mahogany color with a small tan head that falls to a ring of bubbles sparce lace.

Aroma is fruity plums, raisins and over ripe bananas on a sweet malty background. Hints of molasses and light spice with a nice yeast precence.

Taste is smooth molasses coated fruit on a big malt background. Some light sugary sweetness but not cloying. Big malty body light alcohol notes mingled with the fruit as it warms. Finishes with light spices and some good earth yeast notes.

Mouthfeel is nice almost full so smooth a pleasure to drink.

Drinkability is good a very enjoyable dubbel, to bad its retired. Thanks go to Hometown Sports BIF and ImWithStupid for this treat.

11-01-2005 18:55:33 | More by mntlover
Photo of mattcrill


4/5  rDev +2.3%

Thanks go out to cmaruschak for the chance to sample this bottle.

Appearance: A cloudy brown pour fading to burnt orange edging. A tight sudsy white cap develops that thins to a bone white film.

Smell: Musty, some yeasty funk, dark breads, figs, and a bit of nuttiness.

Taste: An explosion of dark fruits! Over ripe bananas, clove, cinnamon, pumpkin, and figs. A touch metallic and a bit of orange in the aftertaste. Not a bad thing either. Just lends to the complexity and character.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crispy due to the carbonation.

Drinkability: No alcohol noted. A great way to finish off a warm fall day. I don't know how true this is to the Belgian style but it's very well done. Strongly recommended.

10-18-2005 22:59:38 | More by mattcrill
Photo of BeerBob


4.47/5  rDev +14.3%

Pere Jacques by Goose Island pours a dark brown from a dark brown glass bottle with a twist off cap. Head went to about two fingers and leaves lots of lace on the way down to a full ring of foam with islands and shoals of foam about the surface. Nose is of spice fig and prune with whiffs of alcohol moving in and about.

Palate is a major spiced fruit basket of fig, plumb, raisin and a bit of banana as well. Mouth feel is a very smooth and creamy banana like texture... Wow!

The sweet malts mingled with the yeast and the hops combine to form a blanket of taste and aroma that are so pleasing that I will seek out this brew wherever I go.

10-16-2005 23:50:49 | More by BeerBob
Photo of Bumpon10s


3.7/5  rDev -5.4%

This bottle has been

A - Looks like good belgian, deep nut brown color with almost no head and floaters in the glass.

S - Strong in the fruits, touches of malts and yeast, again, they mimicked a belgian pretty well.

T - Starts off as a great belgian, with great dark fruits and nice malts, but finishes odd. Would have been near a 5 were not for the off finish.

M - Sweet and tingly, the deep fruits and carbonation make it very nice in your mouth, an overall smooth brew too.

D - Would be high if not for 2 things: cost and odd flavor in the back of the brew. really if they just coreected the finish, this would be a great beer.

10-11-2005 02:37:41 | More by Bumpon10s
Photo of hoffman


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Re-review... Unfortunately when I had tried this one at first I was not familiar with the belgian styles and the nature of the taste. The beer stands up well with a smooth grain laden smell and a nice red/brown color the taste is less sweet and more robust belgian dubbel full of sugary fruits...nice...very smooth mouthfeel...the alchohol is definately present which hurts the beer as a whole but definately deserves a higher rating than initially thought

This one pours up amber to brown in color. The head is nice at two fingers then dwindles to one with minor lacing half way down. The smell is fiant grainy and not at all hoppy. The taste is a shocker, I gave it a higher rating because of the robust sweetness which I do not normally go for but in this case the curve of the taste threw me it was nice. The mouthfeel is average but nice and smooth. I knocked the drikability of this one because of the overwhelming sweetness. I wonder if letting the beer sit and grow would even the taste.

10-06-2005 03:02:03 | More by hoffman
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, poured into a Delirium Tremens chalice.

Appearance: Dark orange with brown highlights, almost red in the light. Very wispy tan head.

Smell: Strong malt aroma with an ester presence.

Taste: Dubel flavor profile, but with a touch of Old Ale.

Notes: This was my 8th and final bottle of two 4-packs I bought last Christmas. I don't think I'm a good enough critic to judge any flavor variation due to time, so I won't try. Let's just say that this was the finest Goose Island I've had, from first to last.

09-23-2005 02:43:47 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of Beertracker


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

Pere Jacque isn't bottle conditioned, so it pours up without to much noise into an oversized goblet. I suggest slowly warming the glass by hand before imbibing. Pere Jacque has a beautiful full, deep reddish amber-light brown color with a low tannish white head that leaves a firm Belgian lace. The aroma has a full rich maltiness (e.g. sweet nougat, bananas foster, & burnt toffee) with wonderful complex fruity (fresh Shropshire plums, sugared orange slices, & raisin pie) notes underlying. The flavor starts off just as rich with plenty of sweet caramel notes & some notable spiciness towards the finish to add complexity. The underlying (phenolic) spiciness is from the yeast and possibly actual spice additions which help to bring some balance to this Belgian monster that's described as being similiar to a Chimay Red (Rouge). The finish is slightly spicy, sugary sweet and has plenty of cheek coloring warmth. Enjoy this one discriminately with good friends. Here's to Father John and his award winning beers.

CHEERS! Beertracker

09-05-2005 06:15:29 | More by Beertracker
Photo of Fugazme


4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

Wonderfully rich, amber in color. Very slight head. Lacing is very good. A nice looking beer, in my opinion.

Smells of brown sugar and molasses. Some fig and fruitiness too.
I detected a small amount of hops right away, but can't smell it anymore. Also has a bit of alcohol in the nose.

Terrific mouthfeel. Bubbly and oily. Sweet on the tongue. A touch of raisin and a bit of citrus. Malty. Sticky aftertones. Absolutely good.

08-29-2005 02:57:24 | More by Fugazme
Photo of woemad


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

12oz bottle purchased at the Rocket Market in Spokane. This was the first Goose Island beer to show up in Spokane. According to the label, this was bottled in "021605." The label goes on to state that the "flavor will continue to develop over five years."

Poured a dark, hazy color that is somewhere between orange and brown. There was a one inch white head as it sat in my St.Bernardus goblet. It didn't hang around for more than about two minutes. Lace was modest for a dubbel.

Smell was mildly sweet, mildly spicy. A bananna-ish aroma is present. This smells good without being spectacular.

Taste is very similar to the smell. It starts with the mild sweetness, which is almost immediately joined by a very mild tartness that reins in the sweetness, keeping this from being a one-dimensional sugary sweet beer. There is a mild sour taste at the finish. One thing not included in the taste is the high alcohol content. In this regard, this is a stealth beer. This is tasty without being spectacular, much like the smell.

This is a medium bodied beer, with a normal amount of carbonation for the style.

A very drinkable dubbel, it lacks the flavorful zing of some of its bretheren. It also doesn't look as pretty as most authentic Belgian dubbels when served in the proper glassware. Other than that, it's alright, just not worth seeking out if a good authentic Belgian dubbel is available in you neck of the woods and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

08-29-2005 02:03:35 | More by woemad
Photo of tjthresh


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

Nice frothy head atop a mahogney base. Good lacing. Dried fruit, sugars, a nice blend of spices in the nose. Alcohol is still very up front though. Some burnt sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, and light bitterness across my tongue. Medium body. Lingering burn

08-26-2005 12:47:56 | More by tjthresh
Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,011 ratings.