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Père Jacques - Goose Island Beer Co.

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2,045 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,045
Reviews: 844
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 56
Gots: 254 | 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 kgotcher
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy but deep amber color with a slight orange tint, small weak head with no retention or lacings, hints of high alchohol.

Aroma is very malty, port-like with a strong alchohol esters. Also
picking up nut and raisin/prune as it settles down a bit.

Taste is very sweet and fruity, amazingly the alchohol I could easily detect in the aroma was well hidden in the taste. Complex fruityness, lots of malty sweetness and nice grainy flavor. Slight earthy bitterness. Nice mouthfeel, lighter than I expected for such a high ABV, smooth and slick with a sweet malty finish.

This is a malt bomb. If you love malty sweetness this is for you. As a homebrewer I am very familiar with this flavor, reminds me of fresh wort from the mash. SWEEET!

kgotcher, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of benito
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 8-month old bottle of Pere Jacques came from a four pack I happened upon while driving through Central Washington! What a great find!

Unfiltered and chock full of yeasties, it pours a deep russett with an underwhelming head. The bouquet has a light alcohol scent, a deep carmelly sweetness, and hints of stewed fruit (prune comes to mind).
This is a classic dubbel with a strong fruity sweetness up front followed by a light, spritzy pepperiness toward the back of the mouth. I get flavors of alcohol (imparting a nice warmth), cotton candy, and clove.

The Goose Island label explains that Pere Jacques is an homage to the monk who gave the GI brewer a tour of "the most beautiful brewery" he'd ever seen. Clearly, this friar's eponymous beer has been a labor of
love as well. It's emminently drinkable, which is particularly dangerous since this is rather strong for the style.

Pere Jacques and Goose Island's other Belgian offering (Demolition) make for a formidable duo. Highly recommended.

benito, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of karengarys
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours rich mahogany-amber leaving little head with my slow pour. I made sure as much of the gunk on the bottom of the bottle made it into the glass.

Smells honey like, dark/sweet.

Taste is very nice. Honey and candy sugar seem to come to mind. A slight light hop balances it out. The alcohol is VERY WELL hidden, amazing for an American brew.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy.

Finish is nice and clean, very sweet but NO aftertaste.

This is one phenominal beer. I'm not a goose fan, but these speciaties have been really extrordinarily good. Recommended!

karengarys, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 3.18.05

A: Murky cider color with touches of sediment meandering. Fragment of a head that I hope doesn't affect the mouthfeel due to low carbonation. Its barely holding a ring around the glass, if that.

S: Lots of candi sugar. Raisins, apricot and old caramel. Nice.

T: Flavors of carmelized malts, dried plums, Belgian yeast and an interesting wash of bitterness towards the end. Warmth from the alcohol begins immediately. Bit of a cloying aftertaste.

M: Thin and watery with prickles on the front center of the tongue.

D: Ehh. I expected more. Not as bold and robust of a flavor as I had hoped for. I felt that it was dialed back a bit.

Westsidethreat, May 24, 2006
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for breaking this open...
Appears a dark amber with a small off white cap and small amounts of lacing around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, nuts, wood, raisins, and plum.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with caramel being the standout of the bunch.
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, slightly sweet, and hiding that 9% nicely.

weeare138, May 19, 2006
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a ruby red into my chalice. Not much in the way of a quick lasting frothy head from an agressive pour, dissapointing. Very bubbly and effervescent looking. Aromas very belgian, though not much coming from the yeast: sugary, plum, a little banana and clove, and some alcohol. Flavors are actually a bit watery despite the slick mouthfeel. Very sweet, spicy, alcoholic and then gone. No hops detected, but not very representative either. Overall a big dissapointment from a series that I've enjoyed two others greatly.

dreadnatty08, May 19, 2006
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a bronzish-brown color with a white head that quickly diminishes to a ring. Leaves spotty lacing when sipped down.

The aroma malty, brown sugar, with notes of chocolate. It has a rum soaked dark fruit aroma. Kinda bready as well...so I suppose you could say it has a rum cake aroma. Nice inviting aroma.

The flavor is malty and bready, with slight dark fruit flavors and toffee...a bit of brown sugar too. It is alcoholic in the flavor too.

It is full in body and sweet in the finish. Not bad, was anticipating a bit more in the flavor after I got a whiff...but all in all not too bad.

BeerBuilder, May 16, 2006
Photo of SethB2
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.\

Beer pours a cloudy brown color with small head a minimal lacing. Smells of malty ripe fruit with a tinge of breadiness and alcohol. Taste is better. Fruits and berries, grapes, yeah I'm getting grapes here. Sweet malts dominate, as they should. Mouthfeel is medium, but creamy at the same time. Very smooth. Drinkability is also nice. Overall, I nice stab at the Belgian style by a brewery that (from what I can tell so far) make some quality stuff.

SethB2, May 05, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky deep amber color with a fluffy tan head, fades to a cap of foam. Lace is fine and sticky.

Smell is sweet toffee, ripe fruits and alcohol.

Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. An almost fruit juice-like mouthfeel, creamy fruit juice, if that makes any sense.

Overall, damned good. Score another one for the Goose.
We've got Belgians over on Fulton, who knew?

Good drinkability, as dubbels go.

EvilKeith, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of Mitchster
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

$2.90 for a 12oz bottle at Jacks. 9.0% ABV, 26 IBU's, 32 SRM.

Twist off cap, nice label. Pours out to a murky light molasses, forming a modest light-tan to beige head, which, despite a firm pour has poor retention and sparse lacing. The bottom of the bottle has pancake yeast and I get some gelationous globs of sediment in the beer itself. The nose is quite unlike anything I've smelled from Goose Island before...this is going to be interesting! Tons of rotten apples, a touch of vinegar in the distance, gobs of malt and dark candi sugar, tons of vanilla, a wisp of alcohol, and when swirled, rum soaked dates and figs. Very nice and very authentic to the Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouthfeel is syrupy with a thick body. The taste begins with explosive rotting and dark fruits, followed by lots of apple esters, cloves, big amber malts and spiced rum in the middle. Moderate herbal bitterness melting into leather in the aftertaste with a peppery flourish of alcohol on the tongue and gullet in the end. Cookie dough throughout.

I would have never guessed this came from Chicago if it was given to me in a blind tasting. Amazing stuff, completely authentic. The brewer should be proud of himself for brewing such a beer without the local yeast and other little nuances only found in the Belgian countryside. Color me impressed, but this is an amazing beer. Highly, highly recommended!

Mitchster, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of mcallister
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a decent amount of carbonation yet no head or lacing present. Large amount of yeast in the glass.

Smells of caramel malt, yeast, some berry aromas, and other fruits, and alcohol.

Very malty with a nice round smooth mouthfeel. A caramel edge to it. Very acidic tasting, some sour fruit notes. A refreshing dubbel. Love the Belgian yeast strain used.

A great back porch beer but my least favorite of the "reserve" Goose Islands so far. I've yet to try the Matilda.

mcallister, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of ggaughan
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a murky amber color with minimal tan head. The aroma was a bit of raisins and a bit of banana bread and only a slight hint of the abv. The taste is very pleasing and true to the dubbel style. I tasted the raisins and some other fruits combined with a great malt backbone. This beer is a definite sipper to allow you to enjoy the full body and flavors of this one.

ggaughan, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left head of 1/4 inch that quickly receded, and did not linger except for ring around the edge. No lacing at all. Color - hazy, brown- orange amber.

Aroma - bready malt, sweet alcohol, nothing in the way of hops.

Taste - sweet candied fruit, some bread, slight alcohol astringency (but not as harsh as suggested by the nose ). Diacetyl, which normally I rather dislike, but don't mind as much here. A little rich, and very sweet. Something of a pleasantly sweet liqueur-y aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - somewhat thin, very fluid. Not to much carbonation, pretty dry ( in spite of fluidness ) and no slickness from hops, (none was expected, of course) .

Drinkability - This goes down fairly easy, but I would not have more than two in any one sitting, partly because of high abv, but more importantly, because I'd tire of this after two ( but don't get me wrong - this good ale, it's just not my thing ) .

ultralarry2006, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one VERY slowly into the brandy snifter that I had been provided at the Sharp Edge Beer Emporium, so as not to disturb the lees, but this produced only a wispy head as a result. C'est la guerre! The color was a deep amber, almost orangish. The nose was complex, with notes of malty sweetness, a scent of candied fruits, yeast-driven mustiness, and a hot alcohol burn that tickled my sinuses. The mouthfeel was at once thick, full, and hot. No playing around, here. Coming back to my senses, I note sweet cherry as the dominant flavor. The finish had a combination of the cherry intermingled with a yeasty mustiness. My last pour was of the lees and it had a much more pronounced taste of yeast, not surprisingly.

woodychandler, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of pmatz2
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark amber
This beer has a thick, slightly syrupy mouth feel . The beer is medium plus bodied.
I taste honey, a little sour fruit, a subtle spiciness, molasses.
Alcohol warming on the finish. Wouldn't have guessed 9% alcohol. This goes done very very easy. I enjoyed this immensely. It is sweet but not to sweet. 4 pack disappeared rather quickly. I would definitely buy it again

pmatz2, Apr 16, 2006
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, murky reddish burnt orange, with a little bit of off-white head and a bubbly lacing down the glass with longs streaks here and there. I love when American brewers go after Belgian styles and do well, and from the nose I can tell this one is going to be right on. Very pleasing aroma, a little light, but full of fruit, the alcohol has a brandy vibe to it, somewhat phenolic though. And while the aroma as a little medicinal string in there, the taste is an absolute beauty, an on-spot dubbel interpretation. A cascade of delicious flavors, full of fruits and that sweet brandy alcohol twinge that I really like, a molasses in there, a sweet bit of caramel, and fading sweet aftertaste that really just caps off a delicious brew. My friend brought this one, and I"m going to have to pick up a few for the cellar. A very good beer, and impressive in its interpretation of this Belgian classic.

objectivemonkey, Apr 16, 2006
Photo of Crosling
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a damn cool story on the label. Dark Amber. Large, frothy, lasting head of foam. Aroma of cocunut, bourbon, caramel, chocolate amd dark fruits. Notes of pit fruit, blackberries, cocunut flakes, chocolate, caramel, dark fruits and banana are present in the flavor. A very good beer overall.

Crosling, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall not a bad beer in any sene of the word, but i thought it lacked the complexity and transitions you would expect from an elite belgian beer. Raisin and fruit flavors were present, crisp and sweet. Mouthfeel is full and smooth, drinks easily. I would like to try this one served a little warmer, but overall, good.

TastyTaste, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of timtheenchanta
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber brown color. Thin head with very little lacing.

Belgian yeast, apples, and honey. Also some sweet molasses.

Plums, and sweet molasses up front. Bready yeast flavor. Tingly carbonation. Slight alcohol in the finish.

This is a great beer. Thanks to bditty187 for this one.

timtheenchanta, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad dubbel, just not my style. Pours out to a medium chestnut brown color with lower carbonation. Dense head of foam. Aromas of fruit, yeast and malt. Simplicity in aroma, yet nearly perfect. Wonderful smell. Taste is good; flavors of belgian yeast, malts, grapes, plumbs and some spices. Mouthfeel is very belgian-esque. Slightly chalky and milky smooth. Pretty good drinkability considering the 9 % ABV.

Frozensoul327, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of waldowin
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a silty and murky light brown, with a very dense and thick 4-finger head. The foam is very slow in subsiding, but the lacing is a bit thinner than I would have hoped.

Smells of ginger, raisins, candy, spices, and a hint of bourbon.
Tastes of plums, cherries and spices with a very slow-to-bloom bourbon warmth as it slides down. Very sweet and malty, a rich beer, with not a lot in the way of hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and rich. The alcohol thins the body a bit near the very end, but overall a well put-together beer.

Unfortunately, between the high ABV and the richness of this beer, it would be hard to drink more than, say, two in one sitting. Very tasty!

waldowin, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of jamesdergen
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark, cloudy caramel with a small tan head that disappears rather quickly.

Smell: Banana bread, raisins and hints of alcohol.

Taste: Classic dubbel flavor. Smooth, malty and dry. Sweet bread with raisins with tart green apples in the background. Much fruitier than I expected.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation with a medium body.

Drinkability: Another strong brew that should be sipped. Even though this is only a 12 oz. bottle, I split it with a friend who is a big GI fan. I could have easily had the whole bottle though.

Surprisingly tasty, complex brew from GI. Not many of their brews really do it for me, but this one is probably one of their best that I have tried along with their IPA.

jamesdergen, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of carln26
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber to dark copper in color and very hazy, this beer is topped by a thin tan colored head. Funky aroma. It has some yeast character, a bit of citrus, and some dates, but there is almost a chemical nature to the smell. Better tasting. It has a lot of caramel malt, a little pear, some orange, and a little spice (cinnamon?). Very smooth mouth feel. The beer hides the 9%ABV very well. The mouth feel grows as you continue to sip. Much better beer than the aroma suggested.

carln26, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

BEERchitect, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a V-shaped chalice)

A- This beer has a deep golden brown body with a hint of orange and a slight hazy or opacity. The light tan head fades to a mass of large bubbles in the middle and no lacing.

S- The sweet orange and lightly carameled malt come through even as the beer is being poured. The soft smell of roses and perfume with notes of pears come through aswell.

T- The soft sweet malt has a nice mysterious complexity with notes of caramel, pears and oranges. As it warms there is more of a brown sugar flavor in the finish. There is a faint bubblegum note that I think I taste but keep losing.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a soft fizz in the finish. No alcohol heat in the finish.

D- This beer is smooth and soft but has a lot of complexity hidden under that sweet goodness. This makes an excellent beer to finish a meal.

rhoadsrage, Mar 10, 2006
Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,045 ratings.