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Père Jacques - Goose Island Beer Co.

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2,127 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,127
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 60
Gots: 270 | 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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Photo of cbl2
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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
3.93/5  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
4.35/5  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
3.98/5  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
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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
3.98/5  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.

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

This pours rich mahogany-amber leaving little head with my slow pour. I made sure as much of the gunk on the bottom of the bottle made it into the glass.

Smells honey like, dark/sweet.

Taste is very nice. Honey and candy sugar seem to come to mind. A slight light hop balances it out. The alcohol is VERY WELL hidden, amazing for an American brew.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy.

Finish is nice and clean, very sweet but NO aftertaste.

This is one phenominal beer. I'm not a goose fan, but these speciaties have been really extrordinarily good. Recommended!

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 3.18.05

A: Murky cider color with touches of sediment meandering. Fragment of a head that I hope doesn't affect the mouthfeel due to low carbonation. Its barely holding a ring around the glass, if that.

S: Lots of candi sugar. Raisins, apricot and old caramel. Nice.

T: Flavors of carmelized malts, dried plums, Belgian yeast and an interesting wash of bitterness towards the end. Warmth from the alcohol begins immediately. Bit of a cloying aftertaste.

M: Thin and watery with prickles on the front center of the tongue.

D: Ehh. I expected more. Not as bold and robust of a flavor as I had hoped for. I felt that it was dialed back a bit.

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for breaking this open...
Appears a dark amber with a small off white cap and small amounts of lacing around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, nuts, wood, raisins, and plum.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with caramel being the standout of the bunch.
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, slightly sweet, and hiding that 9% nicely.

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a ruby red into my chalice. Not much in the way of a quick lasting frothy head from an agressive pour, dissapointing. Very bubbly and effervescent looking. Aromas very belgian, though not much coming from the yeast: sugary, plum, a little banana and clove, and some alcohol. Flavors are actually a bit watery despite the slick mouthfeel. Very sweet, spicy, alcoholic and then gone. No hops detected, but not very representative either. Overall a big dissapointment from a series that I've enjoyed two others greatly.

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

Pours to a bronzish-brown color with a white head that quickly diminishes to a ring. Leaves spotty lacing when sipped down.

The aroma malty, brown sugar, with notes of chocolate. It has a rum soaked dark fruit aroma. Kinda bready as well...so I suppose you could say it has a rum cake aroma. Nice inviting aroma.

The flavor is malty and bready, with slight dark fruit flavors and toffee...a bit of brown sugar too. It is alcoholic in the flavor too.

It is full in body and sweet in the finish. Not bad, was anticipating a bit more in the flavor after I got a whiff...but all in all not too bad.

Photo of SethB2
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.\

Beer pours a cloudy brown color with small head a minimal lacing. Smells of malty ripe fruit with a tinge of breadiness and alcohol. Taste is better. Fruits and berries, grapes, yeah I'm getting grapes here. Sweet malts dominate, as they should. Mouthfeel is medium, but creamy at the same time. Very smooth. Drinkability is also nice. Overall, I nice stab at the Belgian style by a brewery that (from what I can tell so far) make some quality stuff.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky deep amber color with a fluffy tan head, fades to a cap of foam. Lace is fine and sticky.

Smell is sweet toffee, ripe fruits and alcohol.

Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. An almost fruit juice-like mouthfeel, creamy fruit juice, if that makes any sense.

Overall, damned good. Score another one for the Goose.
We've got Belgians over on Fulton, who knew?

Good drinkability, as dubbels go.

Photo of Mitchster
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

$2.90 for a 12oz bottle at Jacks. 9.0% ABV, 26 IBU's, 32 SRM.

Twist off cap, nice label. Pours out to a murky light molasses, forming a modest light-tan to beige head, which, despite a firm pour has poor retention and sparse lacing. The bottom of the bottle has pancake yeast and I get some gelationous globs of sediment in the beer itself. The nose is quite unlike anything I've smelled from Goose Island before...this is going to be interesting! Tons of rotten apples, a touch of vinegar in the distance, gobs of malt and dark candi sugar, tons of vanilla, a wisp of alcohol, and when swirled, rum soaked dates and figs. Very nice and very authentic to the Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouthfeel is syrupy with a thick body. The taste begins with explosive rotting and dark fruits, followed by lots of apple esters, cloves, big amber malts and spiced rum in the middle. Moderate herbal bitterness melting into leather in the aftertaste with a peppery flourish of alcohol on the tongue and gullet in the end. Cookie dough throughout.

I would have never guessed this came from Chicago if it was given to me in a blind tasting. Amazing stuff, completely authentic. The brewer should be proud of himself for brewing such a beer without the local yeast and other little nuances only found in the Belgian countryside. Color me impressed, but this is an amazing beer. Highly, highly recommended!

Photo of mcallister
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a decent amount of carbonation yet no head or lacing present. Large amount of yeast in the glass.

Smells of caramel malt, yeast, some berry aromas, and other fruits, and alcohol.

Very malty with a nice round smooth mouthfeel. A caramel edge to it. Very acidic tasting, some sour fruit notes. A refreshing dubbel. Love the Belgian yeast strain used.

A great back porch beer but my least favorite of the "reserve" Goose Islands so far. I've yet to try the Matilda.

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

This beer poured a murky amber color with minimal tan head. The aroma was a bit of raisins and a bit of banana bread and only a slight hint of the abv. The taste is very pleasing and true to the dubbel style. I tasted the raisins and some other fruits combined with a great malt backbone. This beer is a definite sipper to allow you to enjoy the full body and flavors of this one.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left head of 1/4 inch that quickly receded, and did not linger except for ring around the edge. No lacing at all. Color - hazy, brown- orange amber.

Aroma - bready malt, sweet alcohol, nothing in the way of hops.

Taste - sweet candied fruit, some bread, slight alcohol astringency (but not as harsh as suggested by the nose ). Diacetyl, which normally I rather dislike, but don't mind as much here. A little rich, and very sweet. Something of a pleasantly sweet liqueur-y aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - somewhat thin, very fluid. Not to much carbonation, pretty dry ( in spite of fluidness ) and no slickness from hops, (none was expected, of course) .

Drinkability - This goes down fairly easy, but I would not have more than two in any one sitting, partly because of high abv, but more importantly, because I'd tire of this after two ( but don't get me wrong - this good ale, it's just not my thing ) .

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

I poured this one VERY slowly into the brandy snifter that I had been provided at the Sharp Edge Beer Emporium, so as not to disturb the lees, but this produced only a wispy head as a result. C'est la guerre! The color was a deep amber, almost orangish. The nose was complex, with notes of malty sweetness, a scent of candied fruits, yeast-driven mustiness, and a hot alcohol burn that tickled my sinuses. The mouthfeel was at once thick, full, and hot. No playing around, here. Coming back to my senses, I note sweet cherry as the dominant flavor. The finish had a combination of the cherry intermingled with a yeasty mustiness. My last pour was of the lees and it had a much more pronounced taste of yeast, not surprisingly.

Photo of pmatz2
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark amber
This beer has a thick, slightly syrupy mouth feel . The beer is medium plus bodied.
I taste honey, a little sour fruit, a subtle spiciness, molasses.
Alcohol warming on the finish. Wouldn't have guessed 9% alcohol. This goes done very very easy. I enjoyed this immensely. It is sweet but not to sweet. 4 pack disappeared rather quickly. I would definitely buy it again

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

Pours a thick, murky reddish burnt orange, with a little bit of off-white head and a bubbly lacing down the glass with longs streaks here and there. I love when American brewers go after Belgian styles and do well, and from the nose I can tell this one is going to be right on. Very pleasing aroma, a little light, but full of fruit, the alcohol has a brandy vibe to it, somewhat phenolic though. And while the aroma as a little medicinal string in there, the taste is an absolute beauty, an on-spot dubbel interpretation. A cascade of delicious flavors, full of fruits and that sweet brandy alcohol twinge that I really like, a molasses in there, a sweet bit of caramel, and fading sweet aftertaste that really just caps off a delicious brew. My friend brought this one, and I"m going to have to pick up a few for the cellar. A very good beer, and impressive in its interpretation of this Belgian classic.

Photo of Crosling
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a damn cool story on the label. Dark Amber. Large, frothy, lasting head of foam. Aroma of cocunut, bourbon, caramel, chocolate amd dark fruits. Notes of pit fruit, blackberries, cocunut flakes, chocolate, caramel, dark fruits and banana are present in the flavor. A very good beer overall.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall not a bad beer in any sene of the word, but i thought it lacked the complexity and transitions you would expect from an elite belgian beer. Raisin and fruit flavors were present, crisp and sweet. Mouthfeel is full and smooth, drinks easily. I would like to try this one served a little warmer, but overall, good.

Photo of timtheenchanta
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber brown color. Thin head with very little lacing.

Belgian yeast, apples, and honey. Also some sweet molasses.

Plums, and sweet molasses up front. Bready yeast flavor. Tingly carbonation. Slight alcohol in the finish.

This is a great beer. Thanks to bditty187 for this one.

Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,127 ratings.