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Père Jacques - Goose Island Beer Co.

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very good

869 Reviews
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Reviews: 869
Hads: 2,256
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 17.35%
Wants: 67
Gots: 336 | FT: 10
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

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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Reviews: 869 | Hads: 2,256
Photo of anthony23cippy
4/5  rDev +2%

Poured from 76mL bottle into a snifter, pours a beautiful mahogany color, like nothing I've seen before with a tan 2 finger head and modest lacing. (One of the best pours I've had yet). Aroma is exceptional as well, at first you can smell the 8% alcohol, but then it opens up to some fruitiness (notably raisins or bubble gum), and then a slight matly smell to finish. Taste is not as great as the aroma, still pleasant though. First upon entering my mouth, like the aroma, first taste was the alcohol content, but as it sits in your mouth the fruitiness comes to life and the after taste is that of smoky maltiness. The mouthfeel is very creamy, which is deceptive, as it looks like a very thin bodied beer. Overall a good beer, could be one of the best I've had if the flavor was a bit better. I'd have it time and time again though, for sure!

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%

2012 bottle poured into a tulip. Poured a deep amber touching on brown. One finger white head with good lacing. Oak, banana, and a touch of spice in the aroma. Yeast presence is strong with a fair amount of sweetness akin to mellon going on. Fairly viscous with a nice bitter after bite.

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Photo of stevoj
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

This is the 2012 batch for this brew. Right on target for a Belgian Ale. Taste, color and aroma are all reminiscent of a real Belgian abbey ale. Nice job and well done. Delicious!

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Photo of MaillardRx
4/5  rDev +2%

Had the 2013 Pere Jacques out of a bottle.

A: An amber copper color with some sediment suspended in the glass despite a careful pour. Otherwise it is pretty clear. Little to no foam.

S: Very sweet, like maple syrup or honey. Some notes of cloves perhaps?

T: Sweet and belgian malts. Raisin and buttery notes persist.

M: Relatively thin but good for the style.

O: A well-crafted beer. Full of sweet flavors, but I had hoped for something a bit more, I guess. I was just left wanting more. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't pay as much as I did for it.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

Bomber poured into chalice

Pours a copper, ruby rich brown. Clear with amazing strains of yeasts and carbonation. Half finger white foam lid.

Aroma of molasses, fig, prunes, raisins.

Taste of the deep rich fruits and licorice. Amazing.

Smooth mouthfeel , don't taste the 8% abv but! it is there

Great beer. Delicious, complex but not overwhelmingly so. Repeatable and worthy of stocking in your beer fridge.

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Photo of Chevami
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Not the best but definitely not the worst! Quite strong and slightly sweet with
solid mouth feel. I would purchase again despite the fact that Goose Island is

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Photo of Mikus
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 12 ounce bottle from the local bottle shop (took a try on a 2013... thought it could handle the age well)... not expecting be knocked out but wanting to give another Goose Island a try. Poured into my tulip glass. Nothing tremendous on appearance... unfiltered (that's ok), 1/2 finger of head was gone quickly, interesting mahogany hue. The aroma was awesome... raisins and dark fruit, apples or pears, molasses, and of course, Belgium. Aside from the presence of alcohol in the taste, all of the aromas were strong in the flavor profile. Not a ton of the 'funk', and overall a great flavor balance. Velvety mouthfeel... one of the most enjoyable I have tried for mouthfeel. Overall, this was excellent... great balance to this beer, and a pleasant surprise. As a big IPA and stout guy, before long I might be drawn to more of the Belgian styles... pick one up.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 765ml (25.9 oz.) bottle
Glass: Fuller’s London pint glass
From: Armada Wine & Beer Merchant in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Price: $10.99
Purchased: July 4, 2014
Consumed: July 6, 2014
Misc.: Bottled on May 7, 2013 at 8:59 a.m.

Poured a caramel amber color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white head. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Minimal retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled rather boozy up front. Also got grape, Syrah grapes, caramel, plum, slight raspberry, roasty malts, citrus notes and some bubblegum.

Tasted much better than the nose. Got grape, plum, black raspberry, caramel and honey. Got better as it went down.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Smooth, fruity finish.

Really enjoyed this one. Would have it again for sure.

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Photo of utfiero
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a review of the 2013 bottling.

Color- light brown melted toffee. Slight head.

Aroma- thick rich English fruitbread with melted butter.

Taste- A gentle, rich duck butter ale! Starts with rich fig and raisin notes, buttery and rich throughout, with a sweet, whole-grain lingering bread finish. An excellent interpretation of an Abbey Ale!

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 9/28/2013.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO 2013 vintage $10.00 for a 765ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a tulip

A- Very good. Only thing keep this back from a 4.25 is that there was almost no head at all. Other than that very good dark amber color.

S- Excellent. Sickly sweet. watermelon. Clove. Cinnamon and a lot more. Wicked complex.

T- Very good. Hint of vanilla. Not much alcohol at all. As above but with caramel and roasted malt. Very complex.

M- Very good. Nice bite of dry with smears down the side of the tongue

O- Very good. Looking forward to seeing how this ages.

Food Pairing

This complex in some areas beer went well with... Roast Turkey with Stuffing


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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled on 2/21/2012. Pours moderately cloudy ruby copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, pear, apple, light banana, brown sugar, toffee, toast, clove, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast ester and dark malt notes; with great strength. Taste of raisin, prune, fig, pear, apple, light banana, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, pear, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice dubbel style. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Roguer
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fizzy, 1 1/2 finger cream head with good retention for the style and sticky lacing at first, but eventually fading to a light fizzy remainder on top of the brew. Dark brown, slightly copper beer with tinges of cola color. Darkly translucent; quite bubbly.

I'm mixed on the nose. Some of the traditional Dubbel notes are certainly there: nuts, prunes, cola, a hint of chocolate, crystallized brown sugar, and Belgian yeast. Some other notes are not as welcome: stale caramel and a hint of diacetyl. Overall, it's not a particularly inviting nose.

Flavor is similar to the nose, although the good outweighs the bad. Cloying but not too sweet, big notes of prunes and raisins, a very slight nuttiness, light (not tart) grape sweetness, caramelized brown sugar, fruitcake, nutmeg, vanilla. A bit of buttery diacetyl, and the caramel is a little strong.

Very soft mouthfeel, with little bite or liveliness. Smooth. Tiny back of the throat sting.

Overall, it's a fairly complex and satisfying dubbel. Every sip is revealing a slightly different character to the flavor. I wouldn't reach for it over a Trappist Dubbel, or likely over a superior American version, such as that by Allagash.

2012 edition.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark with a off white head

Smells fruity and boozy

Tastes like figs and and honey. Sweet dark fruits and molasses

Mouthfeel- smooth and heavy body

Overall- this was a solid but not spectacular beer but one of the better goose island beers I have had.

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Photo of vegassommelier
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep amber/light brown color with noticeable sediment present in the glass; not a thick head of froth at all.
Bruised red apples, warm apple cider, brown sugar, coffee ice cream, cinnamon stick, malted barley, bourbon and walnut dominate the nose.
The palate is similar, with apple cider, pear liqueur, coffee/walnut ice cream, cinnamon, bourbon and creme brulee. A definite creamy mouthfeel to this beer. The finish is long and the beer is highly complex, as most Goose Island offerings are. There are layers of flavors here that are really impressive.
I will revisit some of these in the cooler weather, and most likely score them a little higher, as it is well over 90 degrees here and I tend to like something a little more refreshing these days.
What a combo with some braised short ribs or some kurobuta pork chops that fall off of the bone!
The quality of these beers continues to impress me, and it is a brand I am happy to support.

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Photo of mlichens
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, but not a typical Dubbel. Poured from the bottle into a Belgian tulip glass.

Colour is a dark, ruby brown with some light white lacing on the glass. I know I obsess, but it's nice not to have a ton of carbonation. Definitely some sediments on the bottom, but quit yer complaining and drink.

I detect some plumbs and other dark fruit on the nose. Sweet.

In terms of mouthfeel, it coats the roof and back of my throat. The taste is like that of dark fruit, raisins, and perhaps even like a heavy pinot noir. A malty sweet aftertaste delights the senses.

Goose Island, I'm delighted that Bud hasn't killed your goodness.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium chestnut; no head, no lacing; sediment suspension in the body

Smell: dark fruits; candi sugar; caramel

Taste: very sweet malts on start, almost syrupy; dark dried fruits in the mid with the hops coming in to balance it; finishes sweet and lingering

Mouthfeel: very thick and creamy; light carbonation

Remarks: Very tasty overall

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Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 Vintage

Pours a fairly clear medium brown, with copper highlights and particulates floating throughout. The light khaki head is a touch foamy and dissipates relatively quickly.

Dark fruit and Belgian candi sugar dominate, accompanied by yeast. Notes of green apple, raisin, dates, and alcohol counter caramel malt sweetness. There’s a bit of a vinous character.

Flavor is dominated by malt sweetness throughout. Notes of pear, raisin, and green apple counter. Banana, dates, and clove add complexity. The finish is lightly toasted, nad a touch dry. Memories of smarties candy come to mind.

Body is on the full side, with slightly low carbonation, and substantial alcohol warmth.

Good ester character, but the malt is a bit too sweet. Alcohol is more overwhelming than I would like.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy copper with a 1/2 inch khaki head that settles to a thin film on top and leaves faint spotty lace.

The smell is of plums, raisins, molasses, toffee, cinnamon and clove.

The taste is of raisins, figs, dark cherry and molasses.

The texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This a fairly basic interpretation of a Belgian dubbel. Nothing overwhelms yet, nothing disappoints.

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Photo of Pencible
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque light mahogany with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like nutty toffee and earthy copper, with some spicy Belgian yeast and honey wheat bread.
T: It tasted like nutty toffee and honey wheat bread, with some spicy Belgian yeast and earthy copper. It had a clean earthy aftertaste with a little alcohol warming.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a nice BSDA, with enjoyable scent and taste and decent body. The finish was smooth, although it was a bit hot, so it was easier to sip. Nothing amazing about this beer, but a fairly solid brew. Age would likely really help.

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Photo of itsscience
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

May 2013 bottle poured into a tulip.

It has a reddish-brown iced tea color with a two finger white head that settles quickly. Sweet, clean malts show up on the nose with some green apple skin, toast, and some low peppery notes. It has a sweet, malt-forward flavor with raisins, figs, fresh bread, slight yeast, and slight clove spiciness. It has no bitterness but is not overly sweet, either. Goes down smooth with a medium body and low carbonation. The nicest dubbel brewed in the U.S. that I've had yet.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottles
Served in a goblet

A - 2010 - It is deep amber to burnt orange in color. I got almost no head. There was a skim of beige around the edges.
2011 - This one has some suspended yeast in it which I did not notice in the other two. None of them seem to have much in the way of head.
2012 - This one has a little more head and retention than the others. Otherwise it looks the same.

S - 2010 - It has some light fruity notes. I get some fig and dates.
2011 - It is interesting to see the development of this beer. The fig and date aromas are beginning to show at this stage in its maturity.
2012 - This one has a caramel aroma with some toast.

T - 2010 - The taste is toast and caramel. The fruits that I smelled have been relegated to a complimentary role from a focus on the smell. The alcohol creates a warming sensation at the back of my tongue and working its way down my throat. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming.
2011 - The alcohol taste has subsided from the 2012. The toast and caramel taste is there but subtle.
2012 - There is a more definitive alcohol presence in the taste. It creates some harsher toffee and toasted malt flavors.

M - 2010 - Medium with low carbonation.
2011 - Low carbonation like the 2010.
2012 - Medium with more lively carbonation.

O - 2010 - I think the years have helped this beer. I enjoy the dark fruit and caramel aspects, and the warming sensation from the alcohol is welcome on a cold spring afternoon.
2011 - This year seems to lean more towards the previous year with it not quite developing the dark fruit flavors to a full maturity. It is good, but another year will not hurt.
2012 - The flavors aren't as developed and the alcohol is more prominent in the aroma and taste.

The two to three year mark seems to be the magic time for this beer. Each progressively older beer drank smoother than its predecessor. I wish I would have had a 2009 to delve further into my findings, but I am happy that I got to taste a progression of a beer through three years of aging. I based my rating on the 2011 since it was the median.

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Photo of Beric
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: 2013 vintage bottle into a tulip
Served: 7 March 2013

Appearance: Pours a clear brownish amber with a nice head that eventually dissipates to almost nothing. The color of this beer is incredible- I love the red undertones and how it is really pure and clear.

Smell: Caramel, some soft spiciness but nothing too strong.

Taste: Incredible flavor of dark, gooey caramel. Notes of English toffee and molasses. Just a hint of spice on the back of the tongue after swallowing, but nothing notable. Definitely not as spicy as a tripel, but slightly more so than a German Doppelbock. Slight presence of alcohol makes this one a sipper, but it is not hot or boozy. Slightly warming. One incredible beer.

Mouthfeel: Good body and carbonation add just a hint of liveliness to an otherwise big beer. Generally has somewhat low carbonation giving it a smooth, silky mouthfeel, but I wasn't put off by this and think that any more carbonation would detract from the flavor profile.

Overall: A magnificent beer from GI and one that really showcases their brewing skill. Would highly recommend to anyone who likes dubbels or Doppelbock beers.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

Pours a cloudy woody brown, reddish tint, with a yellowish fine head at about a quarter inch, dissipates to a film.

Smells of apple, cinnamon, molasses, brown sugar, and buttered bread.

Tastes of cinnamon, apple, maple, brown sugar, buttered biscuit malts, and some spice.

Medium to full body with a light carbonation and a viscous feel.

A pretty tasty and great ale that goes down smooth and is enjoyable. Not especially Belgian feeling though. That gripe aside, worth trying.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

765 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; packaged Feb. 28 2013. I've never really been able to get into dubbels, as the other trappist styles have generally been able to grab my interest more effectively. That being said, when it comes to beer I am all about expanding my horizons - so I shelled out the big bucks for this classy-looking bottle. Served at cellar temperature.

This beer is deep amber-copper in hue; its complexion muddied with specks of sediment hovering indiscriminately throughout the liquid. An aggressive pour generates a limited amount of dense, creamy, smoker's-teeth-yellow coloured head, which wilts into a thin cap and collar over the next few minutes. Very attractive aroma; quite fruity and yeasty, with a wide range of notes including plum pudding, raisins and figs atop some roasted barley, caramel and treacle notes. Quite yeasty, with a touch of clove and sherry - my tongue is getting jealous of my nose. Let's taste this already.

This is one damned delicious dubbel. The profile definitely leans toward the fruity, sugary side - toffee and molasses are detectable, with elements of raisin, fig, banana and prune as well. The flavour then offers some toasted nut/sherry vibes, with the clove spice and yeast coming through near the finish. Vaguely earthy, herbal aftertaste with some lingering candi sugar sweetness; the alcohol is noticeable, but I would not say that this tastes 'hot' or boozy. On the heftier side of medium-bodied, with a warming, fulfilling feel on the palate, and a tendency to coat the tongue with each sip. The carbonation level is quite low; this is my only real complaint since I generally like my Belgian-style beers to show a little more spritz than this. It's a forgivable, minor gripe though, because this is still smooth and quite drinkable for a nearly 9% dubbel.

Final Grade: 4.32, a very solid A. Goose Island's Père Jacques is one of the best dubbels I've had the opportunity to try in my 8 years on this site. It's not perfect, but it's still a very high-quality beer that manages to justify its hefty price point (at least in this province, where it is priced about the same as a bottle of mid-tier wine). All Belgian ale aficionados should consider this one worth at least one purchase, as it makes for an excellent warmer for the fall/winter months. Strongly considering picking up another bottle for cellaring purposes.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a four-year-old bottle (vintage 2010) into a tulip glass. (This is by far the longest that I have ever "cellared" a beer) Color was a deep amber/copper with a lot of suspended sediment, and a short cap of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Candied fruit, caramel
Taste-Toasted malt, caramel apple, subtle Belgian spices, applebutter, dark bread and toffee.
Upon warming a bit, each sip tasted a little different, with caramel and toffee notes coming more to the forefront. A very elegant sipper that aged quite gracefully. A worth-the-wait little treat.

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Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 869 ratings.