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Père Jacques - Goose Island Beer Co.

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2,126 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,126
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 60
Gots: 268 | 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 Gehrig
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
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 +13.8%
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 +0.5%
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
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
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 +2.3%
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
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Map Room. Poured a beautiful hazy burnt orange with a good head that fades to a ring that sticks around. Aromas of sweet malt, candi sugar, and lots of fruit- particularly apricots and cherry. Sweet and with a hint of orange as well. The taste strats with more sweet candi sugar, apricot, tangy yeast, banana, and maybe some slight coriander and clove. Delicious, and well balanced. The mouthfeel is smooth and sweet and this is a pleasure to drink, particularly on tap.

Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small capped bottle poured into a goblet. 2006.

Nice looking orange-red in color, golden highlights, a light tan fluffy head with average retention.
Aroma is rich and pleasant, a big caramel whiff comes out even as you pour it, followed by toffee and dark fruits, but not a lot of yeast related smell. Some alcohol and spices close it up.
Full bodied, mostly sweet, with caramelized tastes abound, rich fruitiness, tofee again, and a warming, peppery alcoholic spiciness round this one up.
Good, but I will try to age the next one a bit further.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an outstanding American made dubbel, it is very difficult to find. It compares with many of the true belgian dubbels. Pours a nice head, very creamy, but does disappate quickly. Nice dark aroma with some spicy plum esthers. Extremely strong and the alcohol is well hidden. A bit pricey..ie Ommegang is more reasonable. But if you can find it, you'll not be disappointed.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on this date: left blank.
"Flavor will continue to develop over five years."
2006 vintage.

"We brew Pere Jacques with LOADS of MALT and BELGIAN YEAST for a wondrously complex, fruity malty ale."

a: Very hazy orange-brown body with an off-white head that settles to a thin layer.

s: Sweet caramel and dark fruits.

t: Sweet carmel, cherry, raisins and other dark fruits along with some belgian yeasty complexity. Tasty and well balanced.

m: Creamy, medium body, appropriate carbonation.

d: Pretty good considering abv. Great creamy texture. Nice flavor, good complexity and balance. A good dubbel. The makers of Bourbon County and Imperial IPA do a surprisingly good job with Belgian styles. Keep up the good work Goose Island.

Photo of Lothore
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage

A- Pours a dark peach with an ample head which fades to lacing.

S- Smell is sweet, cider, dark fruits, boozy.

T- Taste is very smooth, raisins, more dark fruit as in the nose, no boozy flavor to speak of that was so prominent in the nose. Sweet caramely.

M- Semi viscous with quite a bit of carbonation.

D- For 9 percent alcohol this is damn drinkable. Very smooth. I was going to hold onto this one longer but I acidentally droped the bottle and cracked the neck, didn't seem to damage the flavor and there was still ample carbonation.

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

Pours a murky brown that shows heavy ruby tints when held to light. Crème head that is minimal at first and doesn't stay around. Nose is strong raisins, sugar, and yeast. Flavor is even and smooth. Nothing wild. Minor sweet tone. Little bit of wood. Typical dubbel kind of stuff really. Feel has a good carbonation to it and the liquid is good as well. Overall this is a very smooth and well made dubbel. Nothing extremely unusual about it, as American produced Belgian styled beers tend to be.

Photo of wcdoyle
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'07 version

Slightly cloudy, butterscotch color with visible carbonation. Light head. Smells, maybe of a bit of apricot and plum with a bit of brandy (which may be the higher ABV coming up). All this adds up to a winter warmer feeling even before the taste. Taste came up with apricot and dark caramel. Some other depth to the flavor added by the higher alcohol (which didn’t bother me) and yeast. Yeast is noticeable for me mostly in the finish and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full but not unwelcome. Instead this beer has a pleasant richness. Warming without being warm, this beer might replace my other holiday/winter favorite: tawny port.

Regrets: Didn’t have this beer availability on Christmas Eve after dinner and won’t be able to take much of it when I leave Chicago.

Photo of DavidEddie
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Chef Paul’s Bavarian Lodge.

Served in a 12 oz Goose Island reserve stemmed glass.
Golden murky brown in appearance. Nice lacing. Aromas of sweet dark fruit. Tastes of sweet carmel, slightly tart fruit, almonds, and a bit of clove. Some rum like alcohol shows up in the finish. Mouth feel is creamy. Fair amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good if you like boozy beers. Recommended!

Photo of SafeAtFirst
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on September 22, 2006 – Poured on December 7, 2007

Pours a dark amber with an off-white head that quickly retreats to the edges of my Duvel tulip. No lacing. Caramel and fig-like sweetness. Overall not a very strong aroma.

Taste is initially sweet with more caramel and dark fruits. Finishes with a nice spicy hop and alcohol finish with a lingering yeasty, sweetness in the aftertaste. Mouth feel is lighter than I expected, thanks in part to the carbonation.

Overall a real solid dubbel, but not my favorite.

Photo of MillRat
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass with the gold GI Reserve logo around the middle of the globe. Coppery color with some cloudiness and a full rich off-white head that lasts, leaving enough lace on the sides of the glass to make a Victoria's Secret catalog artist jealous. I started drinking this fairly soon after serving, but I was drinking slow, so I found that it really opened up as it neared room temperature. Patience, grasshopper.

Rich malt aroma with plenty if cherry-raisin fruit aromas. A full-bodied brew with plenty of malt and fruit flavors in complex harmony. The Goose demonstrates their mastery of Belgians with this brew. Very drinkable for such a heavy beer. The alcohol never really comes through on its own, but it work well with the little hop bitterness to keep the palette fresh. A great sipper, not session beer, but it is notable for being as drinkable as it is for the style.

Photo of bwatson
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old bottle from my beer fridge served up in a tulip glass.
A – Ruby Red. Little to no head (bottled in March 05 I think, label was hard to read). Heavy sediment in the bottle, but very clear in the glass.
S – Dark sugars, syrup and raisons. Alcohol.
T – Thick and sweet at first. Then a warm mix of malt and alcohol. A tiny hint of bitterness with a dry finish.
M – Thick and rich. Only one of these at a time.
D – Heavy and warming. A nice pair for a cold winter evening or with dessert.

Photo of pheggeseth
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass

A: reddish amber color with a nice, 1/2 inch creamy beige head with good retention, lots of carbonation bubbles and chunks of yeast floating around inside

S: deep orange citrus smell during pour with some caramel undertones rounded off by alcohol

T: alcohol first, followed by the caramel, then the orangy citrus, but dominated by the alcohol, not much aftertaste, pretty pleasant when it's there, but then it's gone

M: slightly on the thin side, not too much carbonation despite the appearance

D: dangerously drinkable considering the abv coupled with the lack of aftertaste, you could get through the entire four pack before you knew what happened

Notes: my first Belgian "dubbel," so I can't comment on its consistency, but it seems pretty strong to me, not very complicated, but still very enjoyable for reasons that are hard to articulate, don't pay 10 bucks for a four pack like I did though...

Photo of jeonseh
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nice dark amber color with hints of gold throughout and a thick milky ambery head that leaves lacing all the way down the glass. very smooth and great taste; kinda sweet with hints of almost plum i would say or even in a way it also has hints of the flavor of cinnamon raisin bread to me; doesn't leave any kind of after taste at all; overall a very tasty beer

Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer! These guys did good!! Poured with a hazy brown color featuring bronze tones. good head and a little lace. Amazing aromas of esters, dark fruits, malt, spices. Flavors good too, but body's a tad thin. No biggy though. Barely tell the alcohol that's there. Nice finish.

Photo of KAF
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the brewery in Chicago. There was a candy sweet aroma and was deep red in pour with little head. Dark fruity in flavor with a slight hint of alcohol. This is the perfect beer to drink right before going to watch the Cubs play at Wrigley down the street (you're still happy even if they lose).

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle a clear amber red color with a loose off white head that left no lacing.

Aroma was very sweet. Imagine Juicyfruit gum, raisins and pineapple.

The taste was as sweet as the aroma. Again, Juicyfruit gum, raisins, with a touch of malt at the end. The alcohol is present but not too much. Leaving a nice warmth to the finish.

Mouthfeel was rich and chewy and a nice alcohol zing to the tongue.

This is a great Dubbel from Goose Island. I'm going to pick up another 4-pack soon. It's starting to cool off outside.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my Jewseph Greg for this one. True.

12 oz. bottle poured into my Chimay goblet.

Pours a ruby red with a pillowy off white head that slowly dies down to a fluffy layer that lasts. Stickiness is a complete cover of the glass. Smell is a perfume like white grape with creamy caramel malt. Sweet raisins and some other dark fruits emerge as well with some sweet honey like yeast. I taste a light glazed donut flavor with a maple sugar glaze like a Vermont pastry. Some woody yeast flavors with an almost kettle corn aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nowhere near a Westy 8, but it does the job. Lacks the silky smoothness in other Dubbels. Some mild carbonation with continuous bubbles rising. Interesting attempt at a Dubbel from Goose Island, but the American flavor is there. Definitely try this one and see how it puts up against the true Belgians.

Photo of shadow1961
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Goose Island's Pere Jaques pours 2 fingers of dense beige foam over
an opaque, deep amber brew. The nose is dark fruit and molasses
riding on top of dark barley malt. The flavor is dark and sweet- raisin,
fig, molasses balanced by a nice clean rummy alcohol finish- there are
some herbal hoppy notes too. Mouthfeel is warm and round. A sipper for
sure, and a good one coming in at 9% alcohol by volume. A comfort for
a chill night.

Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,126 ratings.