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Père Jacques - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 2,162
Reviews: 855
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 62
Gots: 293 | 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:
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 DavidEddie
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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
3.99/5  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
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
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
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of iconoklaztor
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is actually really well done. I picked up a couple out of curiousity. I popped open one and this is what I found.

The appearance is great. Its a nice dark and rich color with a nice little 1/2 finger head on it. It looks like tea. The smell is decent but has a slight boozey smell. The taste is great. Its complex and sweet with a thick mouth. Its very drinkable considering its 10+abv.

Overall: Grab a couple its a well balanced beer. Grab a couple and send me a few ;-)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a 12 oz. bottle w/ my lady while playing scrabble and listening to some blues. (sexayyy)

thanks to atsprings for bringing me this one from the Chi

Pours an amber/copper hue that's clear and unassuming. A wispy, bone head retreates to a collar of foam and leaves no lacing. The nose, on the other hand, is intriguing. It's sweet & fruity, but at the same time bitter and organic. Some barlywine-esque sherry notes, plum, grass, sour apple, cherry, and alcohol esthers all swirl up and make for a pleasing aroma.

The taste is agreeable, with sweet, sugary malts, plum, toffee, and a big (albeit medicine-y) alcohol note. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a moderate carbonation level, and a tangy bite of alcohol and hops on the finish. It's a bit too syrupy for my tastes, though. This isn't one of Goose Island's better beers, in my opinion, but that's more of a compliment to the brewery, and not necessarily a knock against their Pere Jacques.

[EDIT: after a year+ in the cellar, the foam and appearance of this beer has increased greatly--fantastic head retention and lacing. caramel malts are heightened in the aroma, and in the flavor. Mouthfeel is overly fizzy, but gone are the medicinal alcohol notes. Overall improvement with time: 3.85/5.0]

Photo of KidneyBean
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've only had a couple of Dubble style beers, and this so far has been my favorite. Deep dark color, with a fruit and caramel aromas. The taste is consistent witht he aromas, I even tasted a hint of banana and chocolate. A very pleasent experience overall, and this beer keeps me interested in pursuing other Dubbels.

Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a warm, alcohol scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts as well as fruity yeast esters. It smells of figs and dates. It appears quite dry. The taste is decent as well. It has a very warm crystal malt flavor. It's full of fruits and yeasty esters. This is just a little too much alcohol flavor for me. It's right there, no hiding it. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent beer. It's got excellent yeast character, but it's way too bold with alcohol. It needs more specialty malts.

Photo of shaebs99
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into my Gouden Carolus goblet. Bottle on date : 9/22/06 with note that the "flavor will continue to develop over 5 years." The bottle also recommends a "broad mouth glass"

The beer pours a nice dark iced tea color. Lacing is light, but present. This beer is a bit hazy with particles that are hopefully yeast particles.

Sweet malty aroma with fruits and yeast. There is also a hint of alcohol.

Taste is not surprising with large sweet malty flavor up front. Plum or raisin flavors. The yeast and alcohol flavor is lighter than I would expect. I would probably want a bit more alcohol warmth to remind me that this beer is 9%, but this is a testament to it's drinkability.

Very drinkable. I would not guess that this beer weighs in at 7% alcohol (by weight) or 9% abv.

This may not be the best dubbel available, but is up there with other American made dubbels. I will try and age my last bottle and see how it ages. This was almost a year old and I will try and get some of the 07 version to age with it.

Photo of GreenWBush
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

While I was disappointed by the Demolition, I had no idea that this one would be significantly worse. Comes out of the bottle rather limp; placid skim but good cling. Iced-tea in color, reddened.

Nose is phenolic, fallen leaves, and rustic Belgian yeast. Overall a general spiciness and lack of distinctive character.

Taste is a pure death-by-sweetness. So sweet it approaches Nutri-sweet territory. Not much to be said except that this was a near drain-pour. Lacks any resemblance of a good Belgian beer.

Lacking complexity and depth and being a veritable candy-cane beer, the only thing going for the mouthfeel and drinkability here is that there’s alcohol contained within. Letdown.

Photo of jameaterblues
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

A-Very dark amber with ruby and orange hints. 1/4th inch tan colored head...light lace.
S-Sweet roasty malts. Fruity (cherry, berry, raspberries, and blackberries) light spices(holiday almost)....extremely robust.
T-malty sweet body with deep fruit, again cherry, berries, plum, raisins, and sweet potato. Light hops and hints of cinnamon as well as some alcohol in the finish.
M?D-Low carb, extremely smooth, and easy to drink....complex well rounded, and I will definitely buy it again. I found it way to easy to drink for something so high in alcohol.

Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been mulling over the thought of trying beers from this brewery since they first appeared on my favorite liquor store's shelves. This is probably a mistake because these guys seem to make really good beer.

It pours a nice amber color and has plenty of carbonation. There is a minimal amout of cloudiness.

It has a very sweet malty aroma that has a terrific yeasty finish. And you can definitely can smell the alcohol in there :) I love Belgian style ales.

The taste is very much in your face malty. Lots of caramel, raisins and a fruitiness from the yeast. There is a bunch of alcohol in there too, but it fits in well for the style. Yhis beer is young so it can only get better with age... Well I hope... Very nice anyhow.

It gets a bit syrupy as it gets warmer and has a thick smooth texture. Not something you would normaly want on a hot day, but will be nice this witner.

I could not drink many of these, but then Dubbels are not exactly session beers. That said it is very drinkable for a Dubbel.

Photo of Flyer
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Distinctiveness is one of the most important criteria for me, and there's nothing else quite like Pere Jacques (at least, nothing fresh, i.e., brewed in the U.S.) It pours a deep amber with more than a little gold tinge. Not much head (not a problem for a sipping beer, in my opinion). The aroma is molasses-y malt, with the alcohol coming through nicely. It has a big sweet fruity malt taste, complex and bordering on decadent. It's reminiscent of a cross between a Belgian Golden Ale and an old ale or some other malty style. It has an almost perfect degree of alcohol warming. It finishes just a little sticky, with little evidence of hops. Incredibly satisfying without being filling.

Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

07/20/07- Purchased at John's Markeyplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a bottled on date on the bottom of the label (03/05). Poured into my RR Damnation tulip.

Appearance- Deep brown colored pour. 3/4 inch head forms and leaves a nice rim afterwards. Light patchy lace and spots remain.

Smell- Ultra sweet cookie dough, bubble gum and caramel nose. This is going to be sweet.

Taste- The nose does not fail often. Super sweet caramel bomb. Truckloads of caramel with a cotton candy sticky sweetness. Some dark fruits as well including sweetend plums and dates.

Mouthfeel- As it warms it becomes lighter carbonated and silky smooth. Very warming as well.

Drinkability- Probably the most sweetness I have gotten out of a dubbel before. 9% abv seems a bit on the higher side for a dubbel though.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark tea color with a loose half finger light tan head that fades slowly. Some lacing observed.

The smell is aggressive with the sweetness of dark fruits. I hadn't considered it a banana-almond before reading previous reviews, but that does capture it for me.

Full bodied, the mouth feel is creamy sweet and it complements the rich fig-like flavor nicely. Adequately carbonated, the sticky sweetness carries into the mouth also. The alcohol is more prevelant as it warms up.

Drinkability - The 9% ABV is well hidden. A real nice drinker.

Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2-year old bottle, dated 03/18/05.

Served cool, a shade under cellar temperature.
Poured into a wide-mouthed chalice, decanted to retain the sediment. Yeast that remained in the bottle had compacted into a stubborn cake, but finally loosened, then poured separate from the glass.

Color is a clear reddish auburn tone. A good layer of thin foam forms, then settles to a skim. Spotty lacing rings the glass, but doesn't stick around.

Right after the cap came off, banana and almond scents wafted into the air. A deeper inhale picks up sweet caramel and bready aroma. Brown sugar & raisin as it warms up.

Moderately sweet upfront, it carries a mixture of plum, raisin, and almond flavors, that evaporate into residual nuttiness and brandy-like character. In the aftertaste there's a lingering palate-coating nectar, like honeysuckle. The abv seems better hidden than in a fresh bottle. Carbonation is light and understated. Very drinkable.

Pere Jacques held up well after two years, i'm impressed.

Photo of Viggo
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Clybourn after DLD.

Pours a cloudy brown, some orange highlights, thick off white head, nice lacing, good retention. Smell is sweet, candi bubblegum, citrus, bread, little bit of white wine, nice. Taste is sweet, candi bubblegum again, some banana, very fruity in the finish, touch of alcohol, light spice, nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation, but has an almost rough residual sweetness that kills the finish for me. Still a nice example of a dubbel.

Photo of BitteBier
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a dark orange-tinged amber, substantially hazed by particulate. Capped by a good amount of thick tan head with decent lacing. The smell and taste were good right after the pour but really opened up shortly after. The substantial malts and alcohol in the nose soon share the air with surprisingly delicate fruit and spice notes. The taste is likewise--a sturdy malt backbone complemented by alcohol warmth, spice, hops, and again the unexpectedly delicate fruit notes. Mouthfeel is chewy and substantial as well without being too clingy. What started out as a decent beer ended up being a welcome surprise.

Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,162 ratings.