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Père Jacques | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Père JacquesPère Jacques

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Warm molasses color, dark fruit aroma, rich caramel flavor, rich soft body.

26 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2004

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Reviews: 871 | Ratings: 2,267
Photo of mntlover
3.9/5  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.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.47/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of Bumpon10s
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of hoffman
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.09/5  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

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Photo of Fugazme
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of woemad
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of tjthresh
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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

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Photo of Brian700
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of scooter231
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.59/5  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.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of hero27
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brownish-orange, with good head retention. Definite dark fruits and spices which dominate the aroma & flavor. Very sweet..full, rich flavor. Goes down deceptively easy..and at 9%, it catches up with you quick. In my opinion, a very good interpretation of a Belgian-style dubbel. Proves that American craft breweries can keep up with the centuries old Belgian recipes. Well worth trying if you find it.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with orange tint with a nice creamy looking head that leaves a nice sheet of lace behind,bid phenolic smoky/spicey aromas with a touch of bubblegum.Flavors are quite yeasty and spiced,cinnamon and cloves with some plum and lingering smokiness in the finish.Very yeasty but bot overpowering in the spiciness even a little soft,well made and enjoyable and quite quaffable for the alc%.

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Photo of far333
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark honey colored with suspended particulate matter and an orangey colored thick head that sinks very quickly. Aroma is big and rich, very malty and fruity, no yeast coming out, full of sweet candy and brown sugar. Flavor is huge and compex - very rich upfront, sweet without being cloying, full of ripe fruits, cotton candy, cinnamon, chewy sweet malt, toffee, light brown sugar, and an alcohold sting. Very drinkable, but I'll be sipping it slowly. Great selection from a quality brewer.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy bronze color. Slight orange tint. Thin beige head disappeared immediately. Caramel , raisins, spices and alcohol in the nose. Sweet caramel, fruity flavors such as green apple, sugary sweet. Slight spicy flavors along with that Belgian yeasty flavor. Medium body, carbonation was too high. Slightly warming, but alcohol somewhat hidden. Aside from the carbonation being off, this seems to be a solid brew. Well done by Goose Island.

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Photo of beercollector
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is a light brown, cloudy beer. It has a frothy lasting head. A fair amount of lacing.

I coudl not smell much with this one. light malt, light hop, and a bit of dough. It has a light body with very little carbonation.

The first taste is an alochol hit then a light malt and hop. Moderate sweetness with ligh hop bitterness and a mild spice.

This one could be a session beer if it was not for the alochol.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks amber red with a minimal head. Aroma is slightly funky, musty. Taste is rich with ripe fruits. Plums, dates, some pear. Malty, not dry as most other belgians I've had. Slightly sour on the finish. Mouthfeel is wonderfully thick. One of my personal favorite belgian beers now.

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Photo of EPseja
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at recommended temperature in a chalice.

A - Rich, deep brown hazy dark caramel color with impressive head retention.

S - Delicious fruity esthers; banana and bubble gum. Candied sugar without being overly malty. Yummy.

T - Subdued and well rounded. Dark sweet fruits up front (figs, prunes, currants), mellowing and blending in the middle. Mildly sour dryness in the finish with a tinge of alcohol warmth and mocha or dark, buttery baked goods.

M - Chewy, full mouthfeel. Only slightly carbonated which helps keep it smooth.

D - Very nice to drink, but a bit heavy to have more than one of, despite the low carbonation. This one's meant for sipping!

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz. gem of a beer courtesy of the esteemed Mr. AKSmokedPorter.

Upon pouring into my glass, I am rewarded with a boisterous layer of tightly-bubbled off-white lace that is a hefty 3+ finger thick and dies slowly atop the hazy, light copper-colored beer. Aromas a fully entrenched in malty sweetness, with some wisps of fruity esters (bannanas), dark fruit, and toffee. Interesting. Flavor is very sweet up front, with lots of juicy fruit flavors mixed in. Middle sees this taper off, to be replaced by a more balanced chocolate-covered fruit experience. Finish sees more of a doughy/yeasty chewiness with a somewhat palate-drying aftertaste of bannanas. Very well-balanced. Not to thick on the palate, this offers immense drinkability. The ABV is shrouded by everything else going on. I enjoyed this quite a bit.

Huge BA thanks to AKSP for sending me a bottle of this.

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Photo of granger10
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This offering from G.I. pours a very hazy coppery amberish color with a creamy milkwhite head that holds about two inches high. Moderate levels of carbonation appear present.

Aroma is quite nice. Not in your face like some beer but definitely not hard to detect. I'm getting a good amount of residual Belgian malt sweetness and a bready yeasty note. Spices are noticeable along with a light fruity touch and then some alcohol and vinegar. I like it.

Taste is still sweet but its more of a dark fruit sweetness with a plummy dominance. The yeast is flavorful and weizen like with bananas and clove prevalent. There's a chocolate syrup sweetness underneath but the drying yeast holds it well. Belgian candi sweetness is also there matching the dark fruit prevalence. Spicy phenols are there the whole way and provide more complexity to this beer. Finish is alcohol dry along with a vinegar acidity.

The body is light but holds the flavors well enough and the carbonation seems near perfect. The various flavors could take a bit of getting used to. Alcohol seems a little too strong and the spices and sweetness could use some tempering, but in the end they are awesome in working with one another. The best G.I. offering I have sampled yet.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks a little bit pale for a dubbel. It appears a cloudy and coppery amber color held to the light. Looks more like a dark tripel than a light dubbel. The foam is very minimal on the pour and recedes almost instantly to a ring around the chalice producing a thin and sticky lace.

The smell is quite beautiful, though. Contains hints of caramelized malts, figs, plums/raisins, banana, clove, even a hint of bourbon. The more I smell it, the more I enjoy it, while still discerning new aromas with each whiff.

The taste is not quite as exceptional as the smell. The bourbon aroma I detected immediately took me aback on the first sip. The alcohol is right out front in this brew from start to finish. Also has a very strong malt flavor complimented by a huge dose of belgian candi sugar. A little bit of banana/clove ester as it is swished through the mouth. Even a small bit of a hop bite in the end.

The mouthfeel is medium to thick, but quite thin for the style. Still quite enjoyable, though. I couldn't possibly rate the drinkability any higher because of the huge, in-your-face alcohol content paired with the huge malt and candi sweetness; nonetheless, I quite enjoyed drinking this beer and might even do so again before stock runs out (even though there are many REAL Belgian dubbels available I have yet to try at Dirty John's). Not very true to the style, IMO, but well worth a drink.

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Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
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