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Père Jacques - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 2,144
Reviews: 854
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 63
Gots: 285 | FT: 6
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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 GbVDave
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a St. Feuillien goblet. Neck label says "2006".

A: Pours a rust colored, orangey, reddish, brown. Very little carbonation. Tan colored foam skim and ring with no lacing.

S: Sweet malt, belgian yeast, and dark candi sugar. Slight hint of alcohol. Aroma of plums, too.

T: Dark, sweet, over-ripe fruit, mixed with caramel and brown sugar. Nicely balanced by malt that, while it comes off as sweet in the nose, is slightly roasted in the taste. Finish starts sweet and then turns dry from the hops. Nice mix of sweet and mildly tart fruit flavors in the finish.

M: Nice and creamy from the candi sugar. Coats the tongue well letting the finish evolve.

D: Quite drinkable. It's 9% abv but the alcohol is as well hidden as its' Belgian counterparts. This years batch seems to taste better than last years (last years seemed much sweeter than this) Possibly due to my evolving palate. A noble effort. Bring on the 2007 version!

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

Poured into pint glass. Let warm up for a few minutes. Nice burnt caramel brown color - has floaties from yeast. Not much carbonation and therefore little foam and lacing. I had this beer on tap last year in Chicago and was happy to see it locally in bottles.

True to its intent, it smells of belgian ale. Rich date/fig/prune smell. I like it.

Beer is very sweet, with dark fruit and slight black licorice flavours. Not sure if I've had a belgian ale this malty.

Mouthfeel is fine even with low carbonation. Feels full in the mouth but light on the tongue. This is a beer that I could have multiples of in a row. High alcohol controls pace.

Photo of GregBrewski
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It has a nice deep red color or dark, cloudy brownish color. Small head with poor retention and no lacing left on the glass. It almost looked like wine by the time it reached the bottom of the glass. The smell is very sweet, of caramel malts and some alcohol. It tastes sweet of malt in the front and finishes with some yeast and hints of the alcohol. Low in carbonation also. This is a descent brew, but nothing exciting. The story on the label is very interesting, its always interesting where brewers come up with the names for their creations.

Photo of peabody
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice cloudy brown with little off-white suds but little lacing. You would think with the 9%abv that there would be more.
Smell is a slight burnt malt with a yeasty aroma and candy sugars followed by the alcohol.
Taste is very sweet but not overwhelming. The flavors are subtle but you can taste malt and yeast and a fruity orange tea.
Mouthfeel is very nice because of the sugars.
The alcohol content is a bit much to have this as a session beer but it is still a nice drink.

Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy, medium brown with a fast attenuating, tan head. Carbonation is coarse. Some citric esters in aroma. Light carbonation on the tongue with mild citrus and caramel, with almost no hop finish. Nice, assertive malt, with a medium mouthfeel. Drinkability is extremely good for this ABV. Definitely not to style as a dubbel; maybe it should be slotted as a dark strong.

Photo of dherling
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured out a cloudy reddish brown, with a very thin off white head. Decent lacing. The nose offered lots of yeast, ripe fruit, and caramel. The tastes was just like the nose: malty sweetness with notes of banana, rum, brown sugar, and fresh bread. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with fine bubbles. Nicely balanced, but a bit cloying and harsh with the alcohol.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Tpaliga: Poured a cloudy deep brown color ale with a medium dirty white foamy head with average retention. Aroma of candi sugar, big strong malt and subtle yeast characteristic can be detected. Taste is quite sweet with lots of candi sugar and some dry figs characteristics. Body was definitely fuller then average with some well concealed alcohol. Very reminiscent of Gouden Carolus Keizer though probably not as complex.

Photo of WeisGuy
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - golden brown, hazy, small head with little retention or lacing

s - nose has slightly sweet caramelly maltiness with some dark fruits thrown in

t - pretty sweet up front with some fruitiness coming through, nice malty background, alcohol is noticeable

m - medium-bodied, little carbonation

d - fairly drinkable for a 9% brew, the taste just didn't make me want to drink more than one

I was pretty disappointed with this beer. Nothing was terrible about it, it just wasn't interesting at all for me.

Photo of bonbright7
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this as part of a sampler pack from Goose Island and I brought it home with a fat roast beef hero to watch football today.
I meant to pour this for my wife as I had the Matilda Ale, but I sneaked a good portion as I really like dubbel styles.

The brownish orange ale poured to generous head that reminded me of coffee ice cream in its aroma and appearence. I inhaled a generous helping before tasting the sweetness I was not expecting.

The smooth taste was slightly hindered by the sweetness, which was a helpful pointer on other qualities of the ale. I thought about fruit flavors and how this ale would taste great with a sweet and sour pork.

Photo of aforbes10
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very little head, nice lacing. color is dirt/clay brown and cloudy. smells malty and fruity like overripe apples, watermelon, cloves. pretty complex nose. taste is fruity and sweet...alcohol is present but not overbearing. cloves and red fruits abound. sweeter take on a dubbel than im used to. i like it but im not blown away. smooth and well balanced, sticky. easy to drink at first but harder ass it warms a bit and almost becomes too sweet and sticky.

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

Poured into chalice a musty deep reddish brown. Its got decent retention and tiny bubbles. The head dissipates fast and lingers around bottom, but with a Dubbel I never really expect too much head any way so thats fine. Smells of sweet malt, hints of coffee and chocolate, there is tinge of wine or port like smells to the nose with some nice dark fruity esters. Definitely the sort of musty malty smell of a Dubbel. Tastes of both sweet and toasted malt with apple and plum esters, maybe even a tinge of anise. The hop character here is extremely minimal, which is what I'd expect with a Belgian style Dubbel. The longer I sit with this beer the more I like it. For me its not the immediate gratification of one of their other Belgian style reserve batch beers "Matilda", but is definitely better than their "Demolition" ale. This is a nice American style dubbel its very possible I'd buy again.

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

I've got some yummy things coming out of this glass.
Dark amber brown with a nice 2 finger head that melts to sticky lacing.
Aromas are sweet candy malts and dark fruits.
Taste is really sweet candy with caramel, prunes, raisins, lots of sweet and dark stuff.
Aftertaste isn't cloying, rather a reminder of the sweetness but a touch of hops dries it out.
Alcohol gets felt rather than tasted.
Too sweet to do more than one or two a night, but oh, so yummy.

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

12oz single, bottled on 1/23/06, purchased at Foremost in Chicago

appearance: Goose Island limited edition labeling....pours into my La Chouffe tulip, dark ruby-amber body with a frothy beige head and nice lacing...another beautiful beer from goose island

smell: nose isnt particularly huge...sweet sugary malt, smooth caramel, dark fruit - plum, grape, brown sugar, touch of cinnamon

taste: Not a huge dubbel fan as far as belgian style goes but this is very nice...brown sugar, caramel, sweet sugary malt structure, booze comes through rather light, nice dark fruit especially plum, raisin/dates, faint cinnamon. Nice dubbel from the Goose

mouthfeel: smooth, alcohol hidden quite well

drinkabilty: easy, and very enjoyable

Photo of bodybyadam
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this one at the local market, single servining. Marketing was on the ball for these guys because the lavel displayed their adventure to Belgium and the reason for the brew.
A: Particularly clever label and that is what started the intimacy to buy this beer. The color was a brownish-amber with a 1/8" head to form with gradual dissipation.

S: The nose of caramel of course was malty sweet.

T: Right away the malty character comes out and enveloping the tasted buds, only at later taste to notice the hints of fruits, pear, and a "caramel" apple. The ETOH was very discreet but you knew it was there and to notice it on the label at 9%ABV.

M: Very smooth and balanced to fill the mouth and roll off the tongue.

D: Enjoy one at a time and savor even during desert.

Elbows Up,

Photo of bjohnson
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at d.b.a. in NYC.

A: Pours a dark copper with a caramel colored one finger head. Not much retention and no lace.
S: Dark fruit aromas with highlights of grape and plums. A bit spicy also with a big carmalized sugar background.
T/M: Carmalized sugar notes with plums and dark fruit cross the palate with a bang. Low carbonation allows you to really get all the flavors. Very smooth beer with a very mellowness to it. Kind of sweet to start though.
D: Drinkable, but on certain occasions. The abv is noticeable, but not over powering. Good one on a cold fall day.

3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - 1/4" light tan head that fell to a cap right away. Murky orange/brown colored beer. Lots of sediment. No lace.

S - Ripe banana. Fruity malt. Yeast. Big fruit aroma. Honey. Kind of smells like a mixed drink of some kind.

T - Sweet and fruity. Spicy. Lots of yeastiness. Bubble gum. Cocoa. Plum, fig, prune, licorice. Low bitterness. Reminds me a little of Chimay Bleu.

M - Full - bodied. Low carbonation.

D - Good drinkability. Enjoyable and fairly complex. Another winner from mlh1227. Thank you!

Photo of scalffd
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark amber colored appearance with average head which diminishes quickly, but a thin layer remains throughout the course of the beer. Sweet finish and end which is slightly too yeasty for my taste. Very bold and complex, which will leave you scratching your head. Good beer for fans of such beers.

Photo of cbl2
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

9/28/2005 $11.99 4 pack 9.00% Bottled 8/31/05, though BA says this is a retired beer.


Pours a brownish orange with a thin white ehad that has some decent retention.


A plethora of malts greets the nose with this one, coupled with a touch of yeast that lends a bread like quality to the aroma.


Mildly sweet with some fruit characteristics that resemble a pumpkin ale to some extent. Not as fruity or sweet as some dubbel's I've quaffed, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle on a whim, one of two GI beers available at the local grocery store. I enjoy the dubbel style so I was eager to try this version. Poured from 12 oz. bottle to goblet.

A: Bottle-conditioned, my pour was a murky orangish-brown with only about 1/2 finger head. Even though I was careful about storing and pouring, I got a lot of suspended yeast in the glass. Carbonation was constant and fairly heavy.

S:Slightly sweet and quite malty. I sensed a cherry tartness in the alcohol part of the smell.

T: Quite malty with a spiciness in the finish that I liken to black tea - a sort of aromatic, herbal flavor. Sugar sweetness is present but held in check pretty well so as to not be overwhelming.

M: I marked down for this category because I found the consistancy to be a little "watery" - the flavors seemed to fade very quickly. Also the higher carbonation level was too prickly in my mouth (&almost instantly gave me gas).

D: A pretty tasty beer: nice flavor and aroma. Would love to try it paired with cheese or dessert.

Photo of jorjoria
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown with only a little head (likely a result of the beer being a little to too cold). The smell is practically all malt. I do get a little smoke which subsides and the beer warms. I also start to pick up some nice yeast notes. The taste is a spicey sweetness that is really very nice. There is also a small sour note at the end which becomes more pronounced with warming. Overall another very good brew by goose island.

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

A dark colour and some white head. Lovely yeasty and malty aroma, with bourbon in background. Complex taste,sugar or the like added. Satisfying and like a wine with dinner as every food prompted a different taste stimulus.Tad sour aftertaste. thanks HogtownHarry.
I had this on tap at Cole's 15 months later and just as good. Sweeter and not as sour as the earlier tasting.

Photo of Vancer
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, impressive, Goose Island compares very well to the Quad from Weyerbacher.

Right from the start, this one shows up for the show – a amber pour topped by a thick ivory head – lacing all the way down. Bottled conditioned on 3/18/2005

Quite an aroma of malts and spices but none of the Quad green apples.

A superb blend of malts, fruits, hints of Belgium yeast, along with the sugar cane candy – intermixed with winter spices.

Medium bodied, and the 9% abv won’t hammer you too bad. Maybe

A very tasty sipper, I wish I had several in the cellar for future evenings – around 2008.

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very sweet and viscous dubbel. Poured a very hazy dark gold in color with a creamy off white head. Nose is quite alcoholic with notes of stewed fruit and brown sugar. Taste is similar, very rich and malty, slightly funky but not very much so. Hints of brandy and various intagibles. Mouthfeel is very full and slick, reminded me of a barleywine. Aftertaste is very sweet, this one is definitely for the malt lovers. Drinkability: As good as the beer was initially as I got halfway through it became increasingly difficult to finish with how overpowerfully sweet and sugary it is.


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

Pours a very hazy but deep amber color with a slight orange tint, small weak head with no retention or lacings, hints of high alchohol.

Aroma is very malty, port-like with a strong alchohol esters. Also
picking up nut and raisin/prune as it settles down a bit.

Taste is very sweet and fruity, amazingly the alchohol I could easily detect in the aroma was well hidden in the taste. Complex fruityness, lots of malty sweetness and nice grainy flavor. Slight earthy bitterness. Nice mouthfeel, lighter than I expected for such a high ABV, smooth and slick with a sweet malty finish.

This is a malt bomb. If you love malty sweetness this is for you. As a homebrewer I am very familiar with this flavor, reminds me of fresh wort from the mash. SWEEET!

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

This 8-month old bottle of Pere Jacques came from a four pack I happened upon while driving through Central Washington! What a great find!

Unfiltered and chock full of yeasties, it pours a deep russett with an underwhelming head. The bouquet has a light alcohol scent, a deep carmelly sweetness, and hints of stewed fruit (prune comes to mind).
This is a classic dubbel with a strong fruity sweetness up front followed by a light, spritzy pepperiness toward the back of the mouth. I get flavors of alcohol (imparting a nice warmth), cotton candy, and clove.

The Goose Island label explains that Pere Jacques is an homage to the monk who gave the GI brewer a tour of "the most beautiful brewery" he'd ever seen. Clearly, this friar's eponymous beer has been a labor of
love as well. It's emminently drinkable, which is particularly dangerous since this is rather strong for the style.

Pere Jacques and Goose Island's other Belgian offering (Demolition) make for a formidable duo. Highly recommended.

Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,144 ratings.