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Père Jacques - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 2,176
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 64
Gots: 293 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 2,176 | Reviews: 857
Photo of gford217
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a deep clear copper with a small buttery head that lingers a little while leaving a ring and little lacing. The smell is all candied sugar and sweet caramel malts with hints of dark fruits. The taste follows the aroma but is pretty mild in general. The candied sugar and malts are there with some spices in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and sticky sweet. This dubbel was nothing exciting but pretty drinkable.

Photo of chrishickman
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Binny's yesterday, like the Matilda a lot so decided to give this a shot. I wasn't disappointed. Says it was bottled 12/28/07 and that flavor will continue to develop for 5 years, interesting. Color is a beautiful copper brown, powerful beer but not overpowering, nevertheless this is not one I would want to have with dinner on Tuesday night. Complex maltiness with a hint of sweetness. A very good offering by Goose Island.

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

I don't even remember how I got this beer, but I have had it for quite some time. Here we go with a review...

Appearance: Pours a mostly cloudy burnt orange to brown color with a very small head after a relatively vigorous pour. The small head was only visible a few seconds after the pour.

Aroma: I initially got a whole bunch of dark fruit like raisins and plums, but there is a clean spicy addition (like an actual spice addition) coming out in the aroma as well.

Taste: The flavor is really clean and malty with only a little bit of supporting flavors. Mostly the alcohol supports the sweetness of the malt, but there seems to be a subtle hop addition going on in there as well...mostly in the flavor

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer, and it has a nice depth of flavor. The mouthfeel is a little lacking, and it has a bit of an aftertaste. I think that the beer is pretty decent, but there are quite a few others that I would like to have over this one. After having the Matilda, I had high hopes for this one...but now...it is alright. It is good for an American version of a Belgian beer...but I would stick to the Europeans to try a good example of this style.

Photo of larsee01
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into glass goblet

A--Moderate pour produced little head. Thick and cloudy like apple cider. Mild carbonation and suspended yeast particles.

S--Legit Belgian Trappist scent. Sugary malt. Candied fruit, with mild yeast zip.

T--Pleasant surprise with complexity. Fruity/apple-ish start. Sweet maltiness. Mild spice tickles the tounge and palate. Just enough bitter hop kick at the finish to balance and clean the palate. 9.0 ABV?? Shocking. No hint of it here other than modest warming.

M--Creamy. Smooth. Full-bodied, but not heavy.

D--For this potency? Absolutely.

Photo of sstackho
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Goose Island Clybourn brewpub. A clear dark gold, little head or carbonation. Sweet aroma. Flavour is quite sweet, balanced with decent maltiness. The sweetness dominates the tip of the tongue, but I keep waiting for a rich fullness in the mouth that doesn't arrive.

Photo of jwinship83
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- dark orange body with a small bone white head that quickly becomes no more than a crown

S- Slightly yeasty and fruity. smells mildly sweet.

T- mainly dark fruits and banana. the yeast i could smell is in there too. decently strong alcohol presence.

M- light and crisp with a high level of carbonation

D- easy enough to drink. i could probably have one more before i had to switch to something else.

Photo of SeanRedd
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slide into sweet, darky, fruity. Melodies of plums and figs fill the air. Spicy toffee remains aloft giving way to caramel and sweet syrup. Cute story with an ale confident in its character. Challenging the best never felt so good. America refines recipe and comes out the end of the tunnel triumphant.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Elric73 in a trade - thanks! Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance: A tad lighter than most dubbels I've had - this one has tons of ruby and garnet tones floating around in the relatively clear, light brown body. A fizzy, off-white head fades quickly, leaving no lacing.

Aroma: Nut oils, sweet, bready brown sugar, Belgian yeasty clove notes, the faintest hint of light, solventy alcohol.

Taste: Wonderfully sweet and complex - sweeter than most dubbels, this one is decidedly American. Brown sugar and crisp toffee are present up front, as are tons of great fruity notes - bananas are prominent, figs, raisins are there too - and everything mixes well to give that dark rum flavor. Some robust spices, as well. The alcohol's up there, but is nowhere to be tasted. Plenty of bready and nutty notes as well - to parrot most everyone else who's reviewed this one, it really does taste like dark rum-soaked banana nut bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bubbled, full-bodied, even and slightly rough. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a really, really good beer. The alcohol's up there, but the beer's eminently drinkable - complex, tasty, good aroma, great mouthfeel. Highly recommended.

Photo of Domingo
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A US attempt at a dubbel - nice. It's a style I really enjoy and it's not often that a major brewer over here attempts one.

Pours a cloudy chocolatey brown that reminds me of a carbonated Yoo Hoo. A thin white sheen forms at the top and laces the glass, but isn't overbearing.

Smells like banana nut bread. Grainy and nutty, but with a little fruitiness, too. Yum!

The taste is sweet and chocolatey up front with burnt sugar and husky whole grain nut bread. The finish is clean and dry, without having much residual sweetness and no burn.

It's not quite as thick as I wanted, but it's oh so drinkable. I only have four, but I polished off two in one sitting.

Nice attempt at the style. I'd love to see more of these.

Photo of morimech
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper with a small, tight white head that hung around for a long time. Some sticky lacing is left on the glass.

I smell Belgian malt and sugar with a dab of dark fruit and figs.

Very sweet taste. Overly sweet for my tastes. I do not detect any of the yeast flavors. Just large amounts of malt and candied sugar.

Has a nice texture that coats the mouth. Low carbonation and medium bodied.

Not a favorite and a bit disapointing. I will pass on another one.

Photo of JamesS
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice dark amber/brown color, although with very little head and no lacing. It has a pleasant, malty aroma, with slightly figgy undertones, although the scent as a whole is rather weak. Awesome taste, it has a deep, full, malty taste with great fig (and generally fruity) flavors, with a great sweet aftertaste. For such a higher ABV beer, it goes down remarkably smooth, as well. Great brew!

Photo of strimpf
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, golden amber with a nice tan head that dissipated to a thin film. Very nice to look at. One of the beers finest attributes

S: The nose had that candy sugar sweetness that wouldn't let me past the banana bread aroma.

T: More of the banana bread with some subdued spiciness.

M: A little thinner than I expected but not unpleasant. More carbonation than I expected which actually added to it's appeal.

D: A very drinkable beer and a fairly nice representative of the style. The finish kind of fell off the palate but otherwise it is what you expect from GI.

If you can get it, give it a try. I think you will like it. I wouldn't take it over Chimay Grand Reserve, but...

Photo of nickynick
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. Goose Island beers are always hit or miss with me. Some I think are great while others, not so much. This one was great. Appearance of this beer was nice, super dark ruby red. Lost a little be it had very little head. The smell was super sweet and super fruity. The taste matched the smell. Super sweet, and tones of fruit. Dark berries and even a hint of citrus in the finish. Mouthfeel was ok, was a little bit syrupy. Drinkability was nice. Overall this was a good beer. Sweet, but complex flavors.

Photo of AChamberlain
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

120z brought back from Chicago. Thanks Daniela. Poured dark ruby brown, see through. I wish it were a little less transparent. Sweet candy aromas and flavors. Very tasty dubble. Alcohol warming apparent and welcomed. Good mouthfeel, nice to sip or swig. Drinkable overall, good to start the night off right. The only real complaint other than the appearance is the sweetness, while it is tasty, maybe too sweet. Over time it may mellow a bit.

Photo of sholland119
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a murky brown with minimal head and lacing. Darker and deeper than your usual dubbel. Nice.

S-Rich and sweet. Dark fruits and caramel predominate with a little brown sugar and malt.

T-Excellent. Rich and complex. Caramel sweetness at the front going to a raisin taste and finishing with a hint of brown sugar and malt.

M-Creamy and rich, a little bit syrupy.

D-Goes down easy. Very nice.

A really excellent brew from Goose Island. Glad I was able to track it down since they do not distribute here.


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.

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Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,176 ratings.