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Père Jacques - Goose Island Beer Co.

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2,082 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,082
Reviews: 847
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 55
Gots: 259 | 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 Grohnke
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%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had it out of a bottle, didn't pour it out so don't know what appearance it has but I significantly enjoyed. Definitely one of the best beers I ever had. It's a very smooth/juicy tasting beer. I can't believe it's 8% alcohol, that could be dangerous because they go down easy. Would highly reccomend spending the extra dollars for it because it's worth it. Was always wanting to try it and know I have. Leaves a good finish it your mouth.

shealoftus14, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Weyerbacher cuvee. Bottled 3/22/12. Purchased as part of a $12 mixed six pack at Wegmans.

A - Pours burnt red, bordering on mahogany. A half finger of off-white head sticks around for a minute or two, then fizzles out. The "sediment may form" warning on the bottle was spot on. Lots of floating flecks throughout the body.

S - Very sweet blend of fruits on the forefront. Smells a bit like grape-apple Juicy Juice. Pears and dates are also prominent. I am having trouble getting beyond the fruits to smell much of anything else. Some brown sugar offers a little bit of diversity.

T - Significant malty sweetness on the forefront. Pronounced apple, pear, and white grape juice flavors follow. Some molasses and fig newtons on the finish. The alcohol is masked by the big juicy flavors. As my palate acclimates, I find it less sweet with a more complex array of bready malts.

M - Chewy with good carbonation. Somewhat cloying.

O - I rarely drink Dubbels, but this one was pretty good. Very complex with loads of fruit and a nice grainy bread background. The alcohol is well hidden. A nice example of one of my least favorite styles.

NoLeafClover44, Feb 05, 2013
Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,082 ratings.