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Père Jacques - Goose Island Beer Co.

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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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3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a couple 12 oz. of 2012 vintage and cellared one. Poured into a wine glass.

A- Rosy copper, with a fizzy, yellowish/ very light brown head. Doesn't really retain.

S- Dried fruit, slight booze twinge, and a little biscuity nose.

T- Biscuity backbone with a bittersweet fruit/hop flesh. A fairly nice blend.

M- Slightly thick warming beer, a little dry finish.

O- I wasn't superbly impressed by this, but it is fairly fresh, and I can feel the potential. I'm interested in popping the next one open down the road eventually. I'll re-review.

BWED, Feb 22, 2013
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4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage. I poured my share in a St. Berny glass.

Pours chestnut brown with over-rushed carbonation that fizzled out instead of retaining.

Heavy dark fruit nose, rich in date, raisin, plum, and grape; pairs with rich toffee and leathery notes. Sweet yeast presence and phenolic aromas.

Sweet and fruity. Plum, date, vanilla, toffee, phenols, raisin, grape, fusel. Complex and creamy and satisfying. Full-flavored and sultry dark with some nice finishing bitterness. Lightly medicinal. Very enjoyable.

Hefty thickness with a lush creaminess. Carbonation is fluffy and refreshing. Good feel.

Kickass dubbel from a kickass brewery. Pere Jacques is very much recommendable.

thecheapies, Feb 19, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Re-review of the 2009 vintage, enjoyed in 2013.

Minimally scattered off white head. Very clear dark ruby color with noticeable sediment.

Moderate-high cherry and raisin, medium caramel. Light alcohol. Light yeasty phenols and other lightly fruity esters (apple).

On oxidized sherry taste, and oddly, a coin taste up front that lasts briefly before turning into some flavors reminiscent of the nose - high raisin, cherry and other fruits come in a bit lighter - apple, pear. Light caramel. Sweet malt. Medium light Belgian yeast spiciness. Light hop bitterness, no hop flavor. Balance seems more yeast forward. Finishes long and moderately dry with a lingering yeast, sweet caramel and fruity aftertaste.

Medium- light bodied with medium light carbonation.

Appears to have thinned out with age, as well as lost its luscious dripping caramel and lightly chocolaty malt body. Seems more yeast focused than other vintages. Light oxidized flavors apparent. I think I enjoy PJ best when fresh or with a little age (~1-2 years) on it..4 years might be a bit too much!


Re-reviewing for BJCP style study. 2011 Vintage, enjoyed in 2012(BA / BJCP)

Dark amber in color with reddish hues. Somewhat cloudy. Well forming off-white/yellow-tinted dense head, collapsing rather quickly. (3 / 2)

Bright fruity esters (Raisin, plum, cherry); Sweet malt (caramel, chocoalte); Subtle phenolic spicy-clove. Soft alcohol. Light belgian yeast, and a light noble hop. (4.5 / 11)

Rich creamy malt (caramel). Moderate fruity esters (cherry, raisin, light banana, and light apple). Soft spiciness. Low noble hop. Balance is toward the malt, with some moderate light hop bitterness. Finish medium-dry. Alcohol appears more noticeably as it warms. (4.5 / 18)

Medium-full body, Moderate high carbonation. Light alcohol warmth. (4 / 4)

Rich, complex well balanced beer. The fruity esters, spicy phenols, sweet malt, and light alcohol play well together. The alcohol was distracting as it warmed. Highly enjoyable, and a great representation of the style. (4 / 8)

( 4.28 / 43)


Bottle. 2010 Vintage Served in a belgian tulip, enjoyed in 2012

Appearance - Dark brown, with some slight reddish hues. The small-bubbled, slightly tan, quarter inch head dissipated quickly, only leaving a trim of tiny bubbles surrounding the perimeter of the glass. Its a beautiful looking brew.

Smell - Sweet malt and slighlty phenolic. The yeast brings out some traditional belgian must, along with some complimentary spice. Nothing is really standing out - its balanced, however not really bold.

Taste - Right off the bat the sweet malt that I smelled comes to life in the form of creamy caramel malts and rich toffee. I am getting a decent amount of fruit, but what is standing out is an almost marashino-type cherry syrup. I am enjoying how well the flavors are balanced, and coexitsing together. Some moderate spice comes out on the also moderately dry finish. Seems to exemplify the style well.

Mouthfeel - Medium-body, decent amount of carbonation, and finishes moderately dry.

Overall - I enjoyed Pere jacques. Perhaps a higher score would have been warranted if the nose was brighter, but I am not really complaining. I can see how the syrupy sweetness may become overbearing with a second bomber, but overall I thought it was tasty.

Grohnke, Feb 18, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

kohlsm, Feb 18, 2013
Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,080 ratings.