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Père Jacques - Goose Island Beer Co.

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88
very good

1,966 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,966
Reviews: 837
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 50
Gots: 236 | 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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sweethome

Illinois

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

I had this beer when it first came out - it has aged very well since the April '04 bottling. Second bottle out of the 4 - pack.

Pours with a hazy orange hued amber color. Holding it to the light, there is a glow of orange. SIgnificant sediment falling to the bottom of my belgian glass. Nice sized head of off-white. Big bubbles are to style. Huge nose of belgian candy sugar and yeast. Rasins, plums, brown sugar or maple. Nice velvety mouthfeel. The midmouth begins to be dominated by sweetness. It then transfers to prickly hop and yeast bite. The hops are present, but fail to take away the lingering sweetness on the finish. Very long sweet finish. A great americanized version of dubbel.

I am very pleased with the development of this beer with 9 months of aging. I'll see what another 3 months will do.

Glad to see Goose begin to bottle some of their specialty beers - I here Bourbon Barrel Stout is to follow.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2005 20:53:54 | More by sweethome
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light haze makes for a murky, bronzed-amber body, topped with a two finger cushion of creamy, light tan head. Big estery fruits greet the nose--sweetish tropical fruits. Sugary toffee and pear brandy aromas also stand out. Alcohol makes itself known.
Lightly bitter and toasty up front, but just briefly. Huge fruity malts come on quick and hard. Sweet, sugary toffee malt base, but this gets overshadowed by sweet, ripe fruit juice on the palate. Kiwi, banana, strawberry, and random tropical fruits. Fortunately, not too sweet. Finishes fruity, sweet, and lightly alcoholic, with faint bitterness. Maybe a little overcarbonated, especially up front. Otherwise nice, thick, and syrupy. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2005 04:01:12 | More by alexgash
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A 40th birthday present from my brother. Well done, bro! If I gotta go, I'm goin' down swiggin', lol!

Appearance - pours a cloudy plum-red, like diluted fruit punch. Some light sediment in suspension. A nicely built 2-finger head recedes in pockets down to a thin cover. No lacing but an attractive start nonetheless.

Aroma - raisiny, a candy influence and a biscuity wheat base. Lingering aroma is very light of a dark fruit like plum, raisin, or prune but generally indistinct. A layer of alcohol over the top allows for ample notice of this brew's potency.

Taste - big sweet taste, typical of a good dubbel. Fruit and candi sugar dominate along with some mellowed but hefty alcohol flavor. Fruit and alcohol dominate even more with warmth. A finish that remains sweet despite any hops added. The end shows just a bit of a biscuity malt and alcohol mix, tasty from end to end.

Mouthfeel - definitely thick and chewy, lots of carbonation. A great play of texture and bubbles in the mouth.

Drinkability - not a pretender, Goose got it right. Deliciously drinkable, more of a sipper than a session beer, certain to warm you up in style this season.

Update 3/1/06 - Tried my last bottle tonight after giving it some additional time in storage. No real changes other than the flavors melding together a bit better, providing some chocolate-like flavor. Pretty much the same, giving testament to how well the beer will hold up.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2004 03:53:31 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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chilidog

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Saved thisone for a Thanksgiving after dinner beer, after a "worthy" beer trade with Bashiba. Many thanks!!
Wow! Some Goose. The beer poured a cloudy rust color. A small cream colored head formed only to fade fast. The aroma was of sweet fruit with caramel. The taste while complex was not overpowering in any area. Fruits like sweet apple, pear and banana drizzled in caramel with a spicy alcohol that gave chase. The mouthfeel was carbonated, setting off a rich, creamy warming trend. The drinkability of this 9% was unbelievable. So smooth and drinkable, Goose Island has to make thisone again!!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2004 23:35:18 | More by chilidog
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mikeys01

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks very much to MJR for this one. The Pere poured into my glass a murky orange-brown color, with a fairly viscous cream colored head. The nose is jam packed with all kinds of malty goodness, sticky sweetness, light fruit, and a hint of alcohol. The creamy head soon vanishes into the opaque depths of this beauty after the first sip, swirling away likea mini Milky Way. Taste has a sharp bite of alcohol in the foreground, that mellows and smooths as the beer warms. Eases on into a hint of spice and the sweetness of cotton candy, caramel, apple crisp, and boozey pear. I was quite unprepared for the complexity of this one. Alcohol perks up a bit more again in the finish, with a little heat on the way down. Medium heavy body and moderately carbonated. Pretty fantastic.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2004 03:26:02 | More by mikeys01
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 04-16-04. Pours from the bottle a tantilizing deep amber red with a nice off white head...mmm. The smell here is a mix of fresh baked banana bread, candied fruit and caramel sweetness. It's good for the nose.

First swig hits home with a big caramel malt upfront swirling with banana bread, candied fruity sweetness and spice. A bit of the horse blanket comes through from the yeast...overall a worthy example of the style.

Mouthfeel is richly creamy and chewy...body is lovely. Drinkability is damn good as well. A tasty, complex dubbel brewed in the USA and by Goose Island no less....makes me proud to be from Chicago :-). Definetly worth a try and a bit of age does it some good!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2004 03:42:24 | More by orbitalr0x
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bashiba

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy red/brown color with a very little head that was gone almost instantly.

Smell is a very nice strong fruity maltness to it. Very sweet and toffee like as well.

Taste has a big sweet malty and toffee intial taste that quickly switches to a nice warm hop sensation as it trickles down your throat. A very pleasant taste that isn't nearly as overpowering as the smell would leave you to believe. Also much more balanced than many others of this style I have had in the past.

Mouthfeel is very full and tingly with some nice warming thanks to the alcohol.

Drinkability is very good, especially for a beer this big.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2004 04:08:42 | More by bashiba
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Dogbrick

Ohio

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

I didn’t know Goose Island had it in ’em! Dark brown color with ruby tones. Thick and fluffy beige head and nice lacing. The aroma is full with malt, dark fruits and spices. Rich body with a smooth array of flavors, from sweet malt, plum, and banana to spices and hops. The finish is flavorful with yeast, and a bit of spicy alcohol. This is probably the best Goose Island beer out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2004 17:02:17 | More by Dogbrick
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keilerdunkel

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated 4/16/04

Pours a cloudy, light brown with a 2" head that disipated quickly and left minimal lacing. Very sweet malty aroma with some dried fruit (raisins?) Taste is very similar to the aroma, but I could not help noticing the alcohol bite which takes away from the smoothness, but it had the right amount of carbonation.

I have not tried too many dubbels, and this was good but I think it could improve with age (as they state on the bottle). I think I will have to buy some more and try to cellar them to see.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2004 19:19:57 | More by keilerdunkel
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Skidz

Wisconsin

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

Pours out hazy orange brown and sits a cloudy sienna in the glass witha foamy off-white head boasting awesome lacings and has great staying power.

Smells of light diactyl with spiciness up front. Sweet caramel, very mild aromatic hos and well balanced sugary sweetness with some fruity esters.

Tastes of sugary fruits up front: apples, plums, pears, then moves into caramle and diacetyl with alcohol emerging. Finishes dry with continuing sweetness from the fruity esters.

Full bodied with mild carbonation. Rich and creamy feeling. A delightful Belgian style ale, perfect for sipping any time. Would make a good pair for an Asian or mid-Eastern dish.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2004 22:07:36 | More by Skidz
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

A delicious, sweet, candyish aroma seeps out and pervades the atmosphere the moment I uncap this ale, and now anticipation is high, and the race is on to get this taste down the throat and into the stomach...but first...
Appearance: hazy auburn hue, thick and caramelly, under a prodigious head of creamy, almost pudding-esque foam...looks great...smells?
Divine! Toffee meets spices, nuts, vanilla, cocoa, ...we've got dessert on the way, here! Rather light, but not shy with flavor, big sweetness, in just the right doses.
Taste: the same and then some. Rich, thick, lush texture, big, rewarding mouthfeel...this is some nice stuff! Flavor spends it's time washing all over the senses, playing here and there, leaving traces and drops of deliciousness wherever it may.
As a frequent fan of dubbels, I find no fault at all here, and in fact see this among the higher stratum. I've enjoying many good brews from the Goose, and I'm finally ecstatic to know that they can crank out something truly stellar! That's what this is, to me, a big, malty, sweet, tasty, nearly decadent creation. Citric notes intervene near the end, and they play well with the other flavors. 9%? Didn't feel it at all, until...now...goodnight, ...and cheers to the fine brewers at Goose for turning stuff like this out...and to faernt for sending it my way!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2004 09:27:33 | More by feloniousmonk
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red color with a thick fluffy head that sticks around for a while. Sweet and malty aroma with a little fruit and some spices. Smells very pleasing. Flavor is sweet and malty with some fruits thrown in there. There is also a small spice character. The finish reminds me of a brown sugar sweetness. Has a nice body and it's easy to drink. I'll definately have this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2004 13:54:44 | More by clvand0
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yankeeheel

Maine

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy brown with a nice 2 finger cream brown head. Smells wonderfully yeasty when swirled around the glass. Fruit hides in the background. Immediate malt rush with a big wag of cherry and plum on top. Turns slightly bitter with a leathery feel on it's way out. Grainy texture. Alcohol is there but it's held at bay by the dark fruity malt. Highly drinkable but deadly at 9%. Nice beer GI.

Thanks to MJR for this one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2004 21:48:36 | More by yankeeheel
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very hazy amber with a nice 3-finger head. Head stays for a while and leaves a decent amount of lacing. Smells very sweet and fruity. Not too much though. Just the right amount of sweetness and malts to make it a wonderful sniffer. Very sweet tasting at first. Nice and malty with hints and grape and raisens. On the finish it smoothes out and the alcohol really shines through. Warms you right up the whole way down the chest. Nice bubblegum taste in the mouth. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a nice amount of carbonation. Hops abound the aftertaste. Very drinkable, especially considering the high alcohol content. A wonderful treat to drink. Many thanks to bashiba for sending two of these to me. One of the best brews I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2004 23:29:23 | More by santoslhalper
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profzoom

Idaho

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

Every week over the past couple months, I've picked up a different Goose Island brew to try from my local beer store. I saved this one for last since it looked intriguing - no big goose head on the label for starters! It pours a murky reddish brown with a very slight head. The smell is quite sweet, reminiscent of apples. The taste is very good - a full, fruity core with a fair amount of alcohol bite to it. While I am still a relative newcomer to Belgian styles such as this, I very much enjoyed it. Way to go, Goose!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2004 04:15:49 | More by profzoom
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aracauna

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The dark brown takes on a gorgeous ruby tone when held to the light. The head is a little small for style and is the faintest of khakis. The aroma is full of candy sugar and plums. Some toffee and a little tiny bit of banana. The flavor is pretty much the same with just a slight pepperiness from the alcohol. Really not a bad American-made Belgian strong, but the candy sugar flavor seems a little strong.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2004 13:04:50 | More by aracauna
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BrewMaster

California

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with an attractive but wordy label on it. I didn't scan it too closely, but I don't believe it says it's a Dubbel anywhere on the bottle. It says "Belgian style ale" and it is 9% ABV, so one can assume it is a Dubbel, but the label didn't appear to give an answer.

The color is a brown and amber with a cloudy look. It looks thick and rich sitting in the glass.

The aroma is strong with figs, grae, malt, and caramel. The taste backs up the aroma very well. It tastes of figs, banana oil, cinnamon, apple, all around fruitiness, clove, and a sweet hoppy and heavy finish. The body on it is medium and the sweetness makes it seem heavier than it really is. I found this beer to be quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2004 06:37:33 | More by BrewMaster
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Winter

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded tawny brown with a thick, almost creamy, light tan head. Aroma consists of candied raisins, dark fruit, malt, yeast and a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is full-bodied. Starts with a malt and candied raisin front. Yeast and fruit (plum) taste follows. Warming alcohol feeling is noticeable as it nears the back of the tongue and down the throat. Nice to see that Goose Island is packaging an offering that further shows its brewing capabilities.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2004 03:03:51 | More by Winter
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep ruby red color with two fingers of off-white head. There is a bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is sweet and malty. Lots of raisin, currant, and plum present, a touch of brown sugar. The slightest dose of alcohol. The taste is also sweet. Roasted malt accents all of the dark fruits. Candied plums and raisins. Reminds me of Christmas. A little bit of clove and pepper on the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and strong, yet smooth. The drinkability is scary good for a 9% brew. An awesome Belgian style brew from the guys and gals at Goose Island. Who'da thunk it?

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2004 01:41:01 | More by SheepNutz
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maxpower

Missouri

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

Pours a cloudy ruby brown color with a huge light brown head that sticks to the sides of my glass. Fruity sweet and spicy aromas, sugary plum and grape flavors, medium to full bodied with a crisp and carbonated mouthfeel, finishes with some brown sugar sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2004 21:05:54 | More by maxpower
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coasterfreak75

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a murky copper red with a one finger creamy head that dissapated to a light beige lace on top of the beer.

The smell was heavy in apricots with a hint of apple and hop spice.

The drink started with a thick fruit kick followed by a hop kick in the middle. The finish was a lingering apricot with a noticable alcohol warmth. It should also be noted that as the beer warmed the taste seemed to linger around longer.

All and all a very drinkable beer that I found quite refreshing. I'd love to stumble across this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2004 01:43:50 | More by coasterfreak75
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Wildman

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy reddish amber color and formed a small bubbly light tan head that left circular lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel, raisin and banana. The flavor was of malt, caramel and candy with a hint of the alcohol in the background. The finish is light, with a sweet, buttery aspect to the finish with a warming feel of the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2004 00:52:36 | More by Wildman
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ngandhi

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not unlike some trappist dubbels, were it not for the lingering grain. I taste some Westmalle here. Mostly to style. Cocoa and prunes.

Artificially sweet -- mostly from the alcohol which lends a stimulating fullness to this beer, but also makes it frantically hot on the back of the throat.

The yeast is unbalanced. It highlights the prunes, but also the obnoxiously persistent grain and alcohol. More a hodge-podge black and tan of dubbel and tripel than a dubbel in its own right.

Tastes like a hot fermentation -- as if the brewers failed to adjust for the fact that this yeast would probably be more active than their house strain and produce more heat.

The finish is an awful coming together raisins/prunes, chocolate, raw alcohol, wheat, rubber, and more peppery phenols.

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2004 14:32:00 | More by ngandhi
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bit on the hazy side, and it is an amber color. It is fairly well carbonated, and shows a tan head when roused. I get aromas of alcohol, cherries, and malt. As I smell deeper the dominant alcohol in the nose begins to die down and more of the fruitiness (raisin and fig, but the cherries certainly dominate) is able to peek out. The taste is fruity up front and finishes with a slight bit of spiciness. There is quite a bit of sweetness left in this beer, it adds to the richness and picks up the fruit notes that are found in this beer. This is pretty enjoyable and would probably age quite well.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2004 20:23:41 | More by Gueuzedude
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cokes

Wisconsin

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

Bloodied apricot and totally opaque. The head is modest and tan, but it resides the duration as it imitates wet, whipped milk.
The nose is primarily sweet, full of candied green raisins, dates, and brown sugar. Secondarily, it is astringent with a metallic waft of hard water minerals and rusty pipes.
Begins with a heavy fortification of sugar. Brown, cane, processed, raw, it hardly matters; they are all here. It gradually forms into a rough cookie sensation, one that rests somewhere in between sugar-sprinkled molasses, and the doughier, vanilla-frosted gingerbread. Fruitiness is minimal, only appearing as jellied dates and figs. There is a candied yam sense here too. Later, burnt apricots and chocolate are noticed on the periphery, and gradually seep into the mainframe. Traces of hard water are noticed, and seem generally out of place, though the metallic minerals they provide yield some aiding dryness. Hopping isn't explicit, but is manifest around the swallow via chlorophyll and algae, and provides just enough living greenness, and adequate drying bitterness. Alcohol contributions are tempered but suggest dark rum. It seems to be missing some spicy traits that a good dubbel (or Strong Belgian Dark Ale) would normally possess, but that is easily overlooked in this unique package.
Despite the unabashed sweetness, this retains enough structure through dough and plant life and liveliness of body to harness the sugars and makes this superlatively drinkable. There is nothing cloying here, even though there probably should be.
This is flawed in part, but damned if it ain’t tasty.
Bring your sweet tooth and dig in.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2004 06:46:51 | More by cokes
Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,966 ratings.