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Père Jacques - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 2,161
Reviews: 855
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 62
Gots: 292 | 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 Stonebreaker
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Definitely the biggest let down of the beer, the color is a nice burnt amber, but the carbonation was real weak and the head is gone after a couple swigs.

Smell: The smell is all belgian sweet maltiness, but weak on account of the flimsy head. Notes of caramel and rum soaked raisins.

Taste: The taste is sweet, almost too sweet but not quite, just a wisp of caramel, rum raisin, sweet malt, the alcohol is there, but it's subtle enough, the belgian yeast does some wondrous things, hundreds of years of monks sweating it out in the dungeons. Thanks.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and delicious.

Drinkability: This was one of my first intro's into the craft brew life and it's an excellent example of just that, not as thick or rich as some brews but very drinkable even with the 9% abv. With a nice hoppy ale and a saison or pilsner this could make for a wonderful, flavorful night. Very drinkable.

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 coldmeat23
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Unibroue Tulip Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Looks like weak coffee or maybe strong tea. A slightly murky brown with some red tinting. Minimal head that has excellent retention and lacing.

Smells amazing! Sweet malty goodness with some yeast scents thrown in. Sugary caramel/toffee notes. Raisins and brown sugar and figs.

Sweetness of raisins on the tongue with caramel and roasted malts. Light splash of cherries and figs. A nice touch of spiciness.

This feels good in the mouth, though it's a little bit light, for my taste. Nice and smooth.

Relatively easy to drink this one, though the 9% alcohol will keep you from pounding 'em down too quickly.

Photo of corey0212
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra in a trade with raverjames, 2005 vintage!!

Pours a murky brownish color, almost the color of iced tea, very little head to speak of, not much lacing. Smell is complex...sticky sweet malt, lots of raisin and assorted dark fruit, some vanilla and brown sugar...a lot going on in the nose on this one, and I'm digging it. Taste is sweet, but not overly so, plenty of the raisin taste, plum, some caramel, some spiciness....this is really nice. Carbonation is a little low, but the overall mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. This is damn tasty, glad I got to try it!! Big thanks to raverjames for this one!

Photo of daftafne
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured dark brown with scant, quickly dissipating head. Smelled sweet like cherry and a little spicy. Very little carbonation and felt more thick than thin on the tongue. There is a strong wave of hops which lingers slowly fading and leaving slight bitterness and fairly significant alcohol warmth in the back of your throat. I wouldn't want to have more than one of these and really wouldn't buy this again as it is a bit more insipid than what I am used to.

Photo of Overlord
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BGramer for the extra!

Pours a hazy orange. Inch or so of white foam head. Has the familiar sweet caramel malt/belgian candi/dark fruit smell, and flavor. Mouthfeel a bit thin, but decent.

Kind of an interesting dubbel in that the typical yeastiness/zestiness is absent. I haven't had a dubbel in a while, so maybe I'm just remembering the style incorrectly. In any event, quite drinkable.

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

Vintage 2006 as reviewed on 11/20/07

Pours reddish brown with a beige head of a half-inch. Small particulates in suspension. The foam receded to a partial skim coat on the surface, leaving a few scarce traces of lacework.
Aromatics are fruity and vineous, with a hint of cocoa.
A large strawberry-cherry note leads off, followed by shades of red wine and faint bakers chocolate.
Plenty of phenols follow through, with lingering clove and bubblegum.
The mouthfeel is creamy and luscious. Carbonation is on the light side for style, but lends some nice drinkability.
The dubble profile is a bit off on the pallet. Drinks more like an strong dark. Light chocolate with lots of fruit and jammy.
Strawberry marmalade barely dusted with cocoa powder.
Alcohol steps foward with some nice warmth and each sip finishes fairly quick.
Finishes with a nod of red wine, cherry blossom honey, and a hint of hazelnut.

Not spot on in the realm of Dubble, but damn tasty and fairly complex. Looks like the aging has helped Pere along.

Vintage 2006 revisited on 6/30/08

Quite murky in appearance, with a half-inch head of dense tan.

Dark rum, raisins, toffee, caramel, and tobacco in the nose. Cocoa-spiked bubblegum and dark fruits.

Creamy mouthfeel and slightly chewy.

Caramel, raisins, and chewy malt lead off the pallet. Mild alcohol notes pull through. Shades of nougat, vanilla, toffee, and bannana follow along.

Finishes with some light residuals. Chewy malt and brown sugar. Dryer than I remember though.

After having a fresh one on draught at GI Clybourn, I would say that this beer improves with age up to about 1.5-2 years. This one is a bit faded compared to the one reviewed just six months ago, and the one on tap was pretty mediocre.

Photo of JDV
2.58/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at hopleaf
Pours amber with a lot of lacing left. Smell is sticky malt and light belgium character. Taste is boring, and bland overall with light belgian yeast and malt. I don't understand the good ratings, as it is so incredibly mildly flavored... Mild like the matilda, and just unexciting, but not offensive.

Photo of nsmartell
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice amber color with not much head that doesn't last too long.

Smell: Sweet malts with tones of brown sugar.

Taste: Sweet malts, spicy and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: Very sweet. I'm just getting into dubbles and this is a pretty bold intro. Would definitely try again.

Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Obtained in trade from bgramer.

Clear red orange colored ale with basically no head formation just a tan ring in the glass.

Smell is sweet brown sugar doused with brandy and Christmas spice cookies. This gets more woody as it warms and a bitter orange aroma appears.

The taste starts out spicy and woody and a little dry. Brown sugar and Ginger Snap cookies are what this really tastes like. Orange and lemon flavors appear after a while. Gets quite boozy when warm.

Mouthfeel is OK.

OK drinkability no doubt this is better on a cold day. I could see trying this again during the holiday season.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to raverjames for this bottle via trade! 2005 vintage

A - pours a cloudy amber orange color with a nice billowy light tan head

S - Candied fruits, belgian candi sugar, toffee, belgian yeasts and a light alcohol nose.

t - Toffee and candied fruits, nice belgian yeast notes, caramel and a light alcohol note.

M - medium to medium full in body, sweet, dry finish, nice cabronation.

D - drinks quite nice, the effects of time are quite complimentary.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 bottle poured into a glass.

Pours a clear yet dark reddish-brown color. Lots of visible bubbles rising to the surface. Nice & creamy light tan head with great retention. Light aroma with dark fruits, brown sugar, and caramel. Nice malty taste with dark and slightly sugary fruits. Balanced, but not as complex as some beers of this style. Medium- to heavy-bodied and very smooth with minimal carbonation. Very drinkable with the perfect amount of alcohol, not present in the taste. A very enjoyable and tasty beer.

Photo of dsa7783
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single, 12-ounce bottle just purchased from New Beer Distributors in Manhattan on Chrystie Street for $3.99...
Described on the front logo sticker as a "Complex, fruity, malty ale"...
An aggressive pour resulted in a ruby-red, crimson hue with hardly any head and very minimal lacing around the serving glass...
Malty aroma was rendolent of pears and a hint of alcohol in the nose...
Taste was sweet, malty, spicy, and literally bursting with candied, honey-sugars... The alcohol was hard to hide on this one, and was definitely manifested in the taste...
Overall, this beer, which was flavorful, sweet, and powerful, seemed slightly off-balanced to me and would have benefited from being a little less sugar-loaded...
Mouthfeel was pretty full-bodied and alcoholic...
Drinkability took a slight hit due to the hefty ABV and undeniable presence of alcohol in the flavor...
Not bad, but certainly nothing above and beyond...

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

A : Pours a nice amber color with a decent head that doesn't last too long

S : Lots of malt. I also picked up some dark fruit notes

T : Really good. Lots of good malt flavor along with some dark fruits.

M : Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

D : 9% alcohol? I really didn't taste that and could have kept drinking it.

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep brown with amber accents with a light tan head on it. I get scents of this beer as I pour it and I get scents of sweet toffee, candy sugar, malt, and a yeasty scent coming to life. It borders on being too sweet, but it is just really a nice nose on this beer. The flavor profile is a melting pot of caramel, figs, plums, and some spiced rum. The flavor profile on this beer is delicious and focuses on the sweet and complex malt profile. The mouthfeel is very full with lots of carbonation that makes this offering quite smooth and refreshing, and for 9% ABV I only barely noticed the alcohol warmth in this beer. The drinkability is superb on this beer, and I am thinking about what kind of food can I pair with this beer.

Photo of budgood1
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a cloudy, chunky auburn hue with a minimal head and lace adornment. big nose of brown sugar laced maltiness accentuated by some clove and pepper spice. smells quite nice. taste is of the caramel tinged malt variety...toffee, figs, etc. lots of spiciness and an alcohol note that is a bit strong for a dubbel. but i'm not complaining. lots of herbal grassiness appears and quickly recedes into the background. that hop note provides a bit of bitterness to try to compliment the excessive malt load, but fails spectacularly. in other words, if you like your dubbels big, bold and brashly malty and boozy, this is your chance at getting your fix. mouthfeel is fullish, velvety smooth and a bit slick. the body seems round and voluptuous, ample and pleasing. drinkability is good...this dubble is tasty and easy to drink. i seem to think that it would compliment nicely some game or stinky cheese. the high ABV makes for some careful sipping and appopriate food pairings.

i liked this offering and will cellar the remaining bottles until a much later date.

Photo of Murchmac
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade from PHawk, the bottle said 2007 on it.

Pours a beautiful looking cross between Black cherry soda and the color of Robitussin.

Sweet sherry, cognac like smells. Like a big malty liquor, (not malt liquor)

Sweet and bitter tastes confuse and mock my tongue. They call me names and disappear leaving me crying in the corner of the playground. Fermented Figs and caramel dance in my head with sugar plum dreams of Elvis and christmas.

Good carbonation. Excellent Finish, not like No country for old men, which confuses (although I liked that too)

Im starting to like this style more, but wouldnt throw back a sixer.

Photo of AylwinForbes
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
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 +9.2%
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 +6.9%
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 -0.3%
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 +11.3%
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 mwilbur
4.85/5  rDev +24%
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%
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 +14.3%
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.

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