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Père Jacques - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Père JacquesPère Jacques

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Ratings: 2,147
Reviews: 854
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 62
Gots: 287 | 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 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.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Roman's.

Many beers have a great aroma but disappoint when you taste them (smell better than they taste). This beer was the first one I can remember that was the reverse of that - it smelled not so good but tasted terrific!

The aroma was a bit sour, woody/cardboard-ish, and a bit like good-beer-gone-bad. However, undaunted, I took a sip and was quite surprised. The beer is quite spicy up front, with a warm mouthfeel with lots of stickiness and alcohol esters up front. This beer was served in a long-stemmed glass (looked like a wine or martini glass), and it definitely drank more like a really nice spirit than a beer. Mouthfeel was quite smooth, like a beer that has been secondary fermented (don't know if it has or not). To me, Goose Island beers are a bit hit&miss, but I definitely enjoyed this one.

Photo of BMoney575
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on 5-31-07
Bottled on 4-3-07

Pours a very clear deep amber, very thin head ans no lacing leaves the glass clean.

Smell is huge dark fruit sweetness, with a little caramel and a slight roastiness. The alcohol comes in strongly.

Taste is super sweet, starts with big dark fruit flavors. There is alot of complexity, but it is washed away by a prominent, astringent-like alcohol character.

Mouthfeel is good, perfect for the style.

Drinkability suffers from the somewhat unbalanced alcohol.

Overall, a complex and enjoyable beer that is hampered by just a little too much booze. I think a year in the bottle would do quite a bit for it.

Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Lewis13 from RB. Thanks for the opportunity... Bottled 092206, according to the label.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the lightly cloudy dull burgundy brew. Head falls to a layer of swirly bubbles pretty quick, with an admirable lace presence. Aroma is lightly spicy over the sweetness, with some grassiness. Taste starts with a touch of citrus, quickly giving way to the malt sweetness. Close finds the vegetal again, along with alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel and drinkability were alright, but this just needs bit more zing to make it worth my trouble to find.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark honey color with a medium head, smells is dominated by fruit, smells very similiar to some of the great belgians i've had in the past. taste is awesome. again fruity, but with a alcohol presense that is noticeable but not overpowering, i can tell i am drinking this too cold cause it gets better as it warms. full bodied beer, mouthfeel is full and great. GI makes alot of great beers, but this is something i didn't know they were capable of doing, well done.

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

Bottle from 2006.

Appearance: clear burgandy amber color with a 1" head that falls to a thick surface foam. Spotty lacing develops durng the session.

Smell: plums, candy sweetness, vanilla, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: nice fruity background of plums, red grapes, and raisins. Hints of spicy yeast are evident, along with hints of vanilla and a nice bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable but nicely adds to the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth throughout. Brief aftertaste as the flavors linger softly on the tongue.

Drinkability: I found this to be easy to quaff beyond the higher alcohol content. If you see an aged bottle of this, pick some up.

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

Bottled on 031805. Served in glass snifter 051107.

Garnet colored with a minimalist white head. Moderate lacing and carbonation.

Smell is appropriately continental, with musty fruits and old spicy yeast.

Taste is of candi sugar and light anise. This beer is perky on the tongue, sticky yet light and very quenching. Enough bitterness to balance the candy fruit sweetness without encroaching where it doesn't belong.

Overall an enjoyable American-brewed Belgian style. The 9% alcohol is on the high end for a Dubbel but it fits in seamlessly with the other flavors in the beer. Remarkably smooth and refreshing.

Photo of grub
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled on tap at the clybourn brewpub on friday.

pours deep reddish amber, crystal clear, with just a whisp of fine white head. no lace.

aroma is nice. tons and tons of bubblegum. toffee. caramel. bit of alcohol. some light spice - clove maybe?

taste is great. again there's a ton of bubblegum. caramel. light toffee sweetness. light bitterness. dates and figs. hint of dark chocolate. bit of funk. nice light crackery malt.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a nice medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. balanced, interesting, and enjoyable.

Photo of Illini5596
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Head was not impressive, less than half an inch. Beer is a nice deep reddish brown, and the smell is quite pleasing with a faint aroma of malt.

The beer itself is a smooth easy drink, with the distinctive taste of a Dubbel, a bit like some of the trappists I've had. No bad aftertaste, just hints of the Dubbel flavor, with a smooth creamy feel and hints of sweetness.

All around a pleasing beer, very drinkable, highly recommended.

Photo of jdhilt
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a three finger, off-white head that fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Raisiny nose. Flavor sweet raisins, fruity, excellent dubbel. Alcohol is hidden, smooth finish. Better than Matilda. Bottled on Jan 23, 2006, keeps good, $2.99 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA.

Photo of Romulus141
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter. From the 2006 batch. Bought around late January 2007, early February, and just opened the last bottle after sitting in my fridge.

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich reddish brown with a slight caramel colored head. The head dissipates after some time, with a slight bit of foam remaining. This beer leaves a thick lacing on the edges of the glass. A quality looking beer.

Smell: A strong fruit aroma dominates this beer. It is sweet, and has some tinges of apple and pear. I can also detect a slight alcohol smell as well. The smell is bold, and overall quite good.

Taste: This tastes a lot like it smells. The fruit character is there, but there is a sharp alcohol bite. It may be due to keeping the beer in the fridge for too long, as I don't remember the other bottles tasting like this. The beer finishes with a bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy, and lightly carbonated. Good for the style.

Drinkability: These aren't session beers. They're too filling and sweet for that. Even if I ignore the alcohol bite in this particular bottle, I could drink about one or two of these before switching. With a fresh batch, this would go good after dinner with some cheese, possibly.

I'm torn, as I know this bottle may have just been bad, since I don't remember the sharp alcohol characteristic when I drank the first three bottles a couple months ago. However, given the price on this one, I'll probably skip it if I see it again.

Photo of datamike
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, this beer seems to be misclassified as a dubbel and as a bock(!). At 9% abv it probably best comes under the BJCP catagory 18C-Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Anyway, pours a nice caramel/ruby color with good, but perhaps a bit light carbonation. Color is somewhat darker than most beers of this type, but well within style.

Aroma is of dark fruits, pears, overall sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very good. This is a highly attenuated beer and is very drinkable. Taste is very fruity, caramel, sugar, with some nice Belgian yeast phenolics thrown in.

Overall a very good beer. Very similar to LeTrappe/Koenigshoeven Quadrupel. Same yeast perhaps?

Photo of gpcollen1
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pors a gorgeous ruby/brown into my Damnation glass. Head hits about 1/2 an inch and then disappears. Spicey aromas waft toward me; hints of sweet rich fruit, maybe dried plums - very familiar.

Taste is rich and malt laden, as to be expected. Alcohol rears its head now and again. A slight spiciness comes through in the middle and finishes with a touch of fruity candy.

Interesting enough for me, as I do like the style. However, not anything too fantastic for me to seek this out.

Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #1000

Appearance: Pours a hazy caramel color with a fluffy head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Plenty of Juicy Fruit phenols with a tinge of fig and cherry

Taste: Starts out with a fig and pear jam flavor with the Juicy Fruit flavors building by mid-palate; some cherry sweet and tartness in there, too; after the swallow the phenols kick in and load waves of complexity onto the fruity sweetness; spicy elements kick in on the tail to leave an unusual hint of bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate, but light carbonation

Drinkability: A tad too sweet to be consumed in any quantity, this is an unusual and creative dessert beer

Thanks, Wadsey, for the chance to revisit

Photo of kenito799
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated 1/23/06, poured into a Duvel glass. Says it will improve over 5 years...now just over 1 year old.

Pours a hazy dark reddish amber. 1 inch of tan frothy head is raised and recedes slowly, leaving pretty spots of lace here and there. Looks quite nice.

Aroma is brown sugar maltiness with some bubble gum fruity yeast notes mixed in, caramel, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Mouthfeel smooth and creamy, light carbonation.

Taste is predominantly quite sugary sweet, but mild hop backbone keeps it from being excessively cloying. Some cola in the finish, poached pears, again hints of spices like cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg. Smooth and soft, very little bitterness. Actually reminds be of a Delirium Noel I once tried, but better. Alcohol hidden well, very integrated and complementary to the flavor, 9% is just right for this beer despite being at the high end for a dubbel.

Quite a solid Belgian style beer, well made, and very impressive for an American berwery. A bit too sweet to be my favorite dubbel, which cuts into its drinkability for me. It should have some more savory malted notes, but a solid effort. A good beer for people who don't like bitterness and when you're in the mood for a dessert beer.

Retaste at Belgique tasting, Hugo MN, Thanksgiving 2010.

As above...but I appreciate more balance here. Soft and smooth, the sweetness balanced perfectly by just enough bitterness. I don't know it the bottle, brew, or my palate changed, but I have adjusted my ratings and like it more.

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks msubulldog25

Pours a cloudy brownish/amber color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tannish head which stuck around for a little while, some lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet malts, alcohol, and caramel. The taste is sweet/malty, with a warming effect and a dry caramel finish. Medium body. Drinkable, a very nice brew from GI, but not really a dubbel in my book.

Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,147 ratings.