Père Jacques - Goose Island Beer Co.

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very good

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Reviews: 859
Hads: 2,207
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 65
Gots: 318 | FT: 11
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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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Reviews: 859 | Hads: 2,207
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,486 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (1,200 characters)

Photo of Brew_42
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of vegassommelier
4.01/5  rDev +2%
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. (941 characters)

Photo of mlichens
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.01/5  rDev +2%
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 (351 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (793 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of itsscience
4.01/5  rDev +2%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottles
Served in a goblet
11/20/2010
08/16/2011
02/21/2012

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. (2,146 characters)

Photo of Beric
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (1,140 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (2,392 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (553 characters)

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

From a 765 ml bottle to a chalice.

Bottled on Feb 28, 2013, consumed on Feb 22, 2014.

A: deep brown with a one finger head that breaks quickly leaving a thin white film and minimal lacing.

S: dark fruits, raisins, yeasts, malts and faint molasses.

T: spices, yeasts, dark fruits such as prunes and figs, malts and breads.

M: smooth and full bodied.

O: As an abbey ale, this is a nice beer. It is flavorful and rich, and it is among the best examples of an American take on a dubbel I have tried so far. I would and do recommend this beer to others and I will seek it out again. (584 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: long neck bottle, poured into tulip glass

Appearance- copper, reddish tint with fine efferevescent with minimal foam

Smell: bready, raisin/fig, yeast

Taste: fruit forward, malty sweet without being cloying; good carbonation without being too astringent

Overall Impression: very good beer at a reasonable price point, I would purchase again (358 characters)

Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Abbey ale style? Sure I'll try it out. Poured into a glass Chamay goblet and, wow, it looks fantastic... Rich amber-brown hue, although not a lot of head with minimal lacing. Smells aromatic enough to pass for a Belgian... Taste is pretty well in line as well. Really good attempt and one that wouldn't mind having again. Definitely a reccomendation. Cheers! (358 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent looking beer, not clear, looks rich and tasty. Not a lot of head or lacing. Excellent smell, sweet and rich. Taste not quite as good as it smells. Very good but not excellent. Overall it is an outstanding beer but not excellent and for the cost there are to many that I prefer more. (292 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Jan 14, 2013.

Beer is light brown, almost copper in colour. Small to medium sized off-white head. Head fades quickly.

Nose contains expected dubbel scents, but nothing particularly stands out. Fig, raisin and a bit of banana. Yeast. Smell suggests a sweet beer. Bready.

Taste is similar to the nose. Bready, raisin, fig and some banana. Quite sweet. Yeast is there but faint.

Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation level. Chewy.

Overall, not bad. A good dubbel, but nothing special about it. If you could buy this or Westmalle (for example), it would be hard to imagine why you would ever choose this one. (623 characters)

Photo of ale1
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

stopped in at Moe's beer city to perouse the shelves for new ones and found this as well as many others wow

picked up a 2 pnt bottle and brought it home $10 sounds like alot .this cellarable stuff here read on

served at 60° in a malt glass roasted barley , toffee nose ,pours a fizzy head which disspates quickly with good lacing..

no hops noted ..

1st taste nice barley malt taste with slight sweet toffee finish that lingers

yep they nailed it.. an abbey style Belgian and quite good

clear amber with some yeast in the bottom of the bottle

this not an easy Ale to make and maintain the flavors presented here ..nice work, complements again to the brewmaster (674 characters)

Photo of Scrapss
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into the chalice from the bomber.

A: Deep ruddy brown with minimal lacing. One finger head dissipates into a thin collar. hazy and has sediment.

S: Bready yeast, light and dark sweet fruit, sweet figs and raisins, caramel & sugar notes too.

T: Complex. Starts with spices, bready doughy, then tart caramel apple, sweet raisin and prune.

M: Creamy and body for days, upper medium filling. The tart apple and other dark raisin fruit on outbreath. Warming. Puckery at edges, sweet in the middle.

O: Good dubbel. Complex enough to keep things interesting and probably easy to obtain now. Worth a try. (608 characters)

Photo of berkshire413
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a very nice beer. very rooty and toasty malts, deep and dark. carbonation was on point. this was a small cup from a bottle at a tasting. sweet malts give way to a relativly dry peppered hops. hits you way in the back of your mouth, almost a sour bitter finish. the beer leans to the toasted peppery side of things and dries out a little bit but there is still complexity with in that area that it resides. I really love the hop profile goose Island has, its subtle and large at the same time, not over done and thats always welcomed. (541 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Murky brown-orange, looks like sediment is swirling too, with mild carbonation. No head or lacing.

S: Sweet malt, raisins, chocolate, dark molasses, some breadiness. Maybe dark cherries too? I can't put my finger on all of it, but, damn, is it alluring. Alcohol hidden well.

T: Raisins, malt providing some toffee sweetness, some earthy/herbacious notes too. The strong raisin turns me off somewhat, but still, it has outstanding character, and perfect for the style.

M: Very smooth, warming. Possibly aided by being aged (about 1.7 years).

O: Drinking it is a delight, but I'd be just as happy sniffing it all night. I wasn't expecting this nuanced and complex of a beer, I love it, but not quite my favorite. Still recommended! Reinforced my faith in Goose Island. (774 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a chalice
2013 Vintage

A: Pours a near opaque caramel color with less than 1/2 a fingers width of tan colored head. Head dissipates down very quickly, leaves effectively no lacing but some alcohol legs.

S: Sweet malts, candied sugar, apple, doughy yeast, caramel. It has an almost apple pie like character to it. Awesome.

T: Huge sweetness right off the bat, with an explosion of caramel/toffee. I also get sweet apple, subtle bitterness, burnt sugar.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the lower end of the spectrum, pretty smooth, drinkability is average, ABV is very well masked but it does give a whole body warming effect.

O: Overall, I was surprised how much I liked this one. Very well done. (733 characters)

Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 859 ratings.