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Père Jacques - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,080 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,080
Reviews: 847
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 55
Gots: 256 | 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 bennetj17
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a reddish hue, with a high clarity. Lots of head to start but it diminishes quickly leaving a ring. Smell is distinctly fruity and alcoholic. It tastes sweet and nectary, no bitterness at all, and not much finish to speak of. The mouthfeel is light and thin with a decent amount of carbonation. This was a good attempt to create a Dubbel but I didn't gather enough complexity in the flavors.

bennetj17, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of Dicahomebrewing
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer Overall. The smell of Fruit and flowers present.

Poured out a cloudy redish brown, with a small head with good carbonation.

Great mouthfeel, with a great nose.

A good malt flavor with slight hops. Great belgian Dubbel. The alcohol is well hidden for 9%.

Dicahomebrewing, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of CortexBomb
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out cloudy dark orangish brown into my goblet with almost no head, just a small white ring. Smell is trademark dubbel, very fruity, light fruits, grapes...pears.

Taste is exceptionally malty and sweet. Not sugary sweet though...a sweetness that sits on the back of the tongue where the hops would normally be, and it just sticks around. There are also some lightly spiced tones and the light fruits from the aroma are certainly present, particularly the pears, and some dark fruitish tones are also there. A soft, caramel like tone sneaks in near the finish, which is very clean. This is a very good beer for people who like beers which are unbalanced in favour of malts.

The mouth on this is very good, thick, carbonated, with some nice slightly tingly action on the top of the mouth from the hops. The drinkability is exceptional, this beer is so tasty that it was hard to put down.

Overall, a very highly recommended beer, a great example of its style, and inexpensive to boot. Thanks Goose Island!

CortexBomb, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of Higravity
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hats off to GI for this terrific beer. It was a 2004 vintage and was great stuff. It was a nice brown-cherry color with a chunky head that fades to chunks of head and gives up lacing. Big smell of belgian yeast fruit phenols and sweet malt minced with alcohol. Slight spice of the yeast up front is meet well by the sweet malt and fruity flavor that has a long finish. I really took my time smelling and drinking this beer and I can't wait to find some more. Great stuff.

Higravity, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.78/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

finally! an american brewery has crafted a malty, sweet, complex belgian dubbel without a disturbing excess of charred, smoky flavor. this beer is superb. really, world class.

appearance is a bit lacking though... a muddy orangey-red cloud without the slightest manly mane up top. nose, on the other hand, revitalizes my interest. sweet malts with dark fruit profile, the slightest hint of burnt sucrose. green apple kick step and before i know it i'm drinking the bitch. goes down without incident.. exemplifies a slightly thick belgian.. alcohol bump and tangy fruit skip along the way.. fun off-roading detours. finishes clean with slight abv sting/astringency.. completely forgivable in a 9% faithful belgian clone.

ok. this is one of three best american belgians on the market today. (looking back, i've rated 4 higher..) close your eyes and this is westvleteren.. st. bernardus.. affligem. then open your eyes, see the english on the label, the $2 price tag, and kiss those stars and stripes baby. this is the united states of fucking america and we make some kick ass fucking beer. hallelujah.

goodbyeohio, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of nlmartin
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a 20 ounce wine goblet.

Appearance: This beer pours a hazy amber coloration. The head was short lived biege coloration. Leaves behind thin lines of lacing on the glass.

Smell: There is a very floral malty smell playing with an alcohol smell.

Taste: Malty fruity taste hit the mouth backed up by a toffee kind of taste. Sweet buttery bourbon tones strike the palate.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a very buttery mouthfeel. The beer is medium plus bodied.

Drinkability: I drank some of these when the beer was first released. This bottle was bottled on 9/04. This has mellowed compared to my memory of first drinking this beer. Some of the rough edges have fallen off. I know where I can get another pack of this tasty brew and intend to buy it.

nlmartin, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of RedHaze
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottles originally purchased in August 2005.


Update: 24 July 2006.

It's been about a year since I first bought these, and they just keep getting better. The flavors have blended together very nicely, and there's almost no alcohol in the flavor at all. I'm raising the flavor score on this a little now,. as well as the mouthfeel.

Previous scores.
A - 4
S - 4.5
T - 3.5
M - 3.5
D - 4


Pours a deep cloudy mohogany color with a one finger head that fades to a solid ring with a spotty cap. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell; there's lots of raisins, some maltiness, oranges, candied sugar, and has just an overall spiciness to it. I really like the way this smells.

Taste; sweet raisins, some orange peel, definite candied sugar, molasses, has a bit of warming alcohol, although I don't get any of it in the taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and a litlle sticky, probably due to the candied sugar. I bought a four pack several months ago and tried one at that time. I liked it then, but it seems to have gotten much better since I let it sit for about 5 months. I found this to be very enjoyable.

RedHaze, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, label tells me the bottled on date and that this one will improve for 5 years..Good news, but his particular bottle wont last more then 20 minutes...pours medium almond and semi cloudy with a decent amount of floating yeasty sediment. Minor white head and nondescript lacing. Nose is fruity, raisiny, yeasty and quite Belgian in nature. Smooth mouthfeel, very drinkable heady, complex Belgian styled brew. More raisins, yeast, and cookies, alcohol well hidden in the flavorful background. Nicely crafted ale, well worth a try.

Billolick, Nov 18, 2005
Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice carmel color with a thick foamy head that dissipates to a slight ring. Smell is a yeasty sweetness and spice.

Taste is sweet and fruity. Overall it is pleasantly mild for the high alcohol content. Smooth.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

This an unusual brew that is very drinkable. You could pound a few of these without much trouble... at least until the alcohol caught up to you.

Thanks to Bashiba for sharing this brew!!!

Blakaeris, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of ZAP
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Muddied brown color...

Nose is candy sugar....brown sugar....cotton candy...

Body is full...rich...not sweet...carbonation is relatively high

Taste is very sweet...brown sugar...spiced rum....caramel...despite the rich sweetness this never feels one-sided....a decent little hop presence on the finish...some slight booze flavor..

I like this one quite a bit...a desert type brew..hits the mark pretty nice as a Dubbel....I'd definitely enhoy a few of these in the future if given the chance...

ZAP, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of mntlover
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany color with a small tan head that falls to a ring of bubbles sparce lace.

Aroma is fruity plums, raisins and over ripe bananas on a sweet malty background. Hints of molasses and light spice with a nice yeast precence.

Taste is smooth molasses coated fruit on a big malt background. Some light sugary sweetness but not cloying. Big malty body light alcohol notes mingled with the fruit as it warms. Finishes with light spices and some good earth yeast notes.

Mouthfeel is nice almost full so smooth a pleasure to drink.

Drinkability is good a very enjoyable dubbel, to bad its retired. Thanks go to Hometown Sports BIF and ImWithStupid for this treat.

mntlover, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of mattcrill
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to cmaruschak for the chance to sample this bottle.

Appearance: A cloudy brown pour fading to burnt orange edging. A tight sudsy white cap develops that thins to a bone white film.

Smell: Musty, some yeasty funk, dark breads, figs, and a bit of nuttiness.

Taste: An explosion of dark fruits! Over ripe bananas, clove, cinnamon, pumpkin, and figs. A touch metallic and a bit of orange in the aftertaste. Not a bad thing either. Just lends to the complexity and character.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crispy due to the carbonation.

Drinkability: No alcohol noted. A great way to finish off a warm fall day. I don't know how true this is to the Belgian style but it's very well done. Strongly recommended.

mattcrill, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of BeerBob
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pere Jacques by Goose Island pours a dark brown from a dark brown glass bottle with a twist off cap. Head went to about two fingers and leaves lots of lace on the way down to a full ring of foam with islands and shoals of foam about the surface. Nose is of spice fig and prune with whiffs of alcohol moving in and about.

Palate is a major spiced fruit basket of fig, plumb, raisin and a bit of banana as well. Mouth feel is a very smooth and creamy banana like texture... Wow!

The sweet malts mingled with the yeast and the hops combine to form a blanket of taste and aroma that are so pleasing that I will seek out this brew wherever I go.

BeerBob, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of Bumpon10s
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle has been

A - Looks like good belgian, deep nut brown color with almost no head and floaters in the glass.

S - Strong in the fruits, touches of malts and yeast, again, they mimicked a belgian pretty well.

T - Starts off as a great belgian, with great dark fruits and nice malts, but finishes odd. Would have been near a 5 were not for the off finish.

M - Sweet and tingly, the deep fruits and carbonation make it very nice in your mouth, an overall smooth brew too.

D - Would be high if not for 2 things: cost and odd flavor in the back of the brew. really if they just coreected the finish, this would be a great beer.

Bumpon10s, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of hoffman
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Re-review... Unfortunately when I had tried this one at first I was not familiar with the belgian styles and the nature of the taste. The beer stands up well with a smooth grain laden smell and a nice red/brown color the taste is less sweet and more robust belgian dubbel full of sugary fruits...nice...very smooth mouthfeel...the alchohol is definately present which hurts the beer as a whole but definately deserves a higher rating than initially thought

This one pours up amber to brown in color. The head is nice at two fingers then dwindles to one with minor lacing half way down. The smell is fiant grainy and not at all hoppy. The taste is a shocker, I gave it a higher rating because of the robust sweetness which I do not normally go for but in this case the curve of the taste threw me it was nice. The mouthfeel is average but nice and smooth. I knocked the drikability of this one because of the overwhelming sweetness. I wonder if letting the beer sit and grow would even the taste.

hoffman, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, poured into a Delirium Tremens chalice.

Appearance: Dark orange with brown highlights, almost red in the light. Very wispy tan head.

Smell: Strong malt aroma with an ester presence.

Taste: Dubel flavor profile, but with a touch of Old Ale.

Notes: This was my 8th and final bottle of two 4-packs I bought last Christmas. I don't think I'm a good enough critic to judge any flavor variation due to time, so I won't try. Let's just say that this was the finest Goose Island I've had, from first to last.

TurdFurgison, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of Beertracker
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pere Jacque isn't bottle conditioned, so it pours up without to much noise into an oversized goblet. I suggest slowly warming the glass by hand before imbibing. Pere Jacque has a beautiful full, deep reddish amber-light brown color with a low tannish white head that leaves a firm Belgian lace. The aroma has a full rich maltiness (e.g. sweet nougat, bananas foster, & burnt toffee) with wonderful complex fruity (fresh Shropshire plums, sugared orange slices, & raisin pie) notes underlying. The flavor starts off just as rich with plenty of sweet caramel notes & some notable spiciness towards the finish to add complexity. The underlying (phenolic) spiciness is from the yeast and possibly actual spice additions which help to bring some balance to this Belgian monster that's described as being similiar to a Chimay Red (Rouge). The finish is slightly spicy, sugary sweet and has plenty of cheek coloring warmth. Enjoy this one discriminately with good friends. Here's to Father John and his award winning beers.

CHEERS! Beertracker

Beertracker, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of Fugazme
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wonderfully rich, amber in color. Very slight head. Lacing is very good. A nice looking beer, in my opinion.

Smells of brown sugar and molasses. Some fig and fruitiness too.
I detected a small amount of hops right away, but can't smell it anymore. Also has a bit of alcohol in the nose.

Terrific mouthfeel. Bubbly and oily. Sweet on the tongue. A touch of raisin and a bit of citrus. Malty. Sticky aftertones. Absolutely good.

Fugazme, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of woemad
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at the Rocket Market in Spokane. This was the first Goose Island beer to show up in Spokane. According to the label, this was bottled in "021605." The label goes on to state that the "flavor will continue to develop over five years."


Poured a dark, hazy color that is somewhere between orange and brown. There was a one inch white head as it sat in my St.Bernardus goblet. It didn't hang around for more than about two minutes. Lace was modest for a dubbel.

Smell was mildly sweet, mildly spicy. A bananna-ish aroma is present. This smells good without being spectacular.

Taste is very similar to the smell. It starts with the mild sweetness, which is almost immediately joined by a very mild tartness that reins in the sweetness, keeping this from being a one-dimensional sugary sweet beer. There is a mild sour taste at the finish. One thing not included in the taste is the high alcohol content. In this regard, this is a stealth beer. This is tasty without being spectacular, much like the smell.

This is a medium bodied beer, with a normal amount of carbonation for the style.

A very drinkable dubbel, it lacks the flavorful zing of some of its bretheren. It also doesn't look as pretty as most authentic Belgian dubbels when served in the proper glassware. Other than that, it's alright, just not worth seeking out if a good authentic Belgian dubbel is available in you neck of the woods and doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

woemad, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of tjthresh
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice frothy head atop a mahogney base. Good lacing. Dried fruit, sugars, a nice blend of spices in the nose. Alcohol is still very up front though. Some burnt sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, and light bitterness across my tongue. Medium body. Lingering burn

tjthresh, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of Brian700
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just went to Goose Island while I was on vacation and I was very impressed with the two high gravity brews I tried. The first one was the Pere Jaques. It poured a reddish brown with minimal head.

The aroma was malty and sweet with a lot of spice. There was a pepperyness to it with small notes of candy sugar and alcohol.

The flavor was sweet with some darker fruit flavor. There was also some spiciness to it.

It was medium bodied with medium/light carbonation.

I think it is a great and drinkable beer.

Brian700, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of scooter231
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure what to think of this brew. Deep brownish/reddish color, little head, not un-appealing, but not pretty either. Smells sweet, honey and floral and banana-y, not much else. Tastes similar with a slightly sour finish. Mouthfeel is okay, but weak compared to other dubbels I've had. It's a drinkable beer, but... well...

This is boring. I've had a decent amount of dubbels, and it just doesn't compare. I hate saying negative things, but where's the wow, the punch? It is sneaky, can't taste the alcohol, but I'd rather spend the money on other dubbels. eh.

scooter231, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 5/18/05.
Not quite so pretty relative to style; pours a hazy dark orange with not a whole lot of head. Not a bad looking beer but this looks pretty lame compared to other dubbels.
Smells sweet, mostly of bananas. The taste is even more sweetness and more bananas to the point where it's overdone and I think I'm drinking a dunkel weizen or a hefe-weizen... banana's foster. I don't get very much in the way of the dark fruit profile that I've come to expect and anticipate for the style; some raisins maybe.
The 9% alcohol is invisible. I would not have guessed that content at all. I'd like to come back to this after a year or two and see if/how the flavor develops. As it stands for now this is unbalanced, and for about the same amount of money I could get equal amounts of St. Bernardus 8 or 12 which I would much rather have.

ommegangpbr, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of SupaCelt
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange edges with a crimson-brown center. A fat head burgeons and falls into a dusting of surface lace in rapid fashion. High velocity carbonation peppers the surface creating cursor like effects that move in straight lines. Interesting bubble action.

Smells of honey, sour fruits, possibly caramel. Apple skins. Sweet and airy.

The flavour throws off a very weird pseudo-sour apple-cherry ending in the beginning. This is the first thing I notice. This after effect seems to either tone down naturally or become muted by familiarity. The initial contact between my taste buds and the beer is inconsequential in a manner of speaking...then the weird fruit cocktail thing happens. Cool. Unique to be certain. Super wet and juicy. Good structure of body for the flavour. Just bordering on medium weight. Almost refreshing but a bit too sweet to be considered "quenching." I like it. Key notes are "juicy" and "fruity" and "unique." I will drink of this entity once again.

SupaCelt, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This one poured a dirty brown in color with a nice, moderate head that left some nice Belgian lacing on the inside of my Chimay glass.

Smell - The rich, buttery malts dominate this nose. I can pick up a bit of chocolate and maybe some gooey kind of sweets like toffee from a Heath bar.

Taste - The chocolate turns very bitter at the taste. Otherwise, the tongue reflects the nose. It's the rich, buttery toasted malt that stands out.

Mouthfeel - This ale is a bit bigger than medium-bodied with some decent carbonation.

Drinkability - This is a "wow" beer that really wakes you up on the first sip. It's a bit rough around the edges, which I like but isn't for everyone. It's probably a good cellaring candidate but enjoyable as is.

Update - I missed the '06-'09 vintages but had a chance to try the 2010. It has mellowed a lot over the iterations and I noticed that the ABV went down from 9.0 to 8.0. It lost a lot of the harsh character that I noted five years ago which is great although I though this year's effort lacked proper carbonation for the style. All in all still a very good beer.

RoyalT, Jun 11, 2005
Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,080 ratings.