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Père Jacques - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 2,043
Reviews: 843
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 56
Gots: 254 | FT: 7
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

mendvicdog, Jan 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Kelp, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of PHBoiler
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rich brown body with minimal head (2005 bottle in 2013)

You can smell the booze roll off the glass as well as some dark fruits.

The alcohol is very present but warming. Like a nice barleywine at this point. You get caramel, plum, fig, and candy sugar.

It's a bit thin now with the alcohol having nowhere to hide.

Do not hesitate to enjoy an aged bottle of Pere Jacques. It certainly improves in my opinion.

PHBoiler, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of smogfood
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

smogfood, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 04/06/2012; Consumed 01/22/2013

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber/copper color with almost no head to speak of

S: Very malty with dark fruit and a very light vinous/funky quality. Also get some slight alcohol which lets off some estery notes

T: Follows the nose. Again, very malty and on the sweeter side, with big notes of dark fruit and Belgian yeast. Very light spice and vinous qualities as well. Alcohol is very well hidden and pairs well with the yeast/malt combo

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little thin

O: A solid dubbel that makes great use of the malts, yeast, and alcohol to make a nicely simple yet complex beer. Not as complex as a few Belgians, but still nice. Dangerously drinkable as well. Worth a drink

BEERMILER12, Jan 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Twal, Jan 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

jegross2, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of scottbrew4u
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: 2012 bottled on 5/16/12 - From a 12 oz. bottle pours a cloudy amber color with a bubbly off-white head that settles quickly to a mist of bubbles. Lacing on the glass is good.

S: Caramel, doughy, bready, dates, candi sugar, raisins and some alcohol all coming through but without any one standing out too far. Hops are there but hard to smell.

T: Clean toffee-like malt caramelization that gives this beer an overall sweetness. Taste of dates, fresh brown bread, and some complex dried fruit esters with a touch of vanilla. Slight spice of the hops just to keep so much sweetness in check.

M: Medium to light body with a light, crisp carbonation and just enough of an alcohol warmth.

O: This beers was continually evolving as it warmed up and the more complex flavors came into play. It was a little too sweet at first to me but then it got a bit cleaner in the finish as it warmed and settled. A nice dubbel from Goose Island and very good fresh and I expect will age well too.

scottbrew4u, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

muskiesman, Jan 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Bakker, Jan 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

BeerLover99, Jan 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Ben4318, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of JayQue
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a big fan of the Dubbel. Goose Island made me more of a believer.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Chimay goblet. Nice color..Almost clear, deep reddish orange color. A real hard pour provides the briefest of delicate bubbly head. Don't blink or it is gone!!! No lacing to speak of.

Smell is fairly mild. Malty, a little dark fruit....not much in the way of Belgian yeast or spiciness.

Tastes pretty good. I find a lot of Dubbels a bit boring compared to other Belgian styles. This one is sweet, has a rich malty backbone and some dark fruit (plums and raisins) and a bit of alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is rich and the bit of alcohol is inviting not off-putting.

I would drink this one again...If I find another one I might age it for a year or so in anticipation of even more flavor.

JayQue, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of Deltrus
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Deltrus, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of RichD
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage. I poured this bad boy into a tulip.

A: The appearance is a light mahogany. Some light red and some light brown. I poured it with a mininaml foamy white/light tan head because I like to enjoy those few extra sips. Leaves some lacing as the beer dwindles.

S: Boy, can I smell the malts on this. Quite a bready aroma. This brew smells very sweet. Nothing wrong with that.

T: The bready, malty taste is the star in this show. I taste a little apple in here as well. Caramel is another taste that comes through and some dark fruits in this brew also. This is quite a good brew.

M: A medium mouthfeel with a dry finish. That's pretty much all you need to know.

Overall: This is a pretty solid brew. The 8% ABV is well and the drinkability is also pretty good. If I come across another 2010 version of this I'll probably buy it again. I recommend it to those who like a good, $3.00 a bottle dubbel.

RichD, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Profchaos20, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

iKrystin, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Pelicanrocks, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Ry1975, Jan 13, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

kipp, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, orange brown with a short tan head, little retention, clear

S: yeast, prunes, grains, dates, oak, raisins

T: yeasty dark bread, apple, raisins, caramel, toffee, slight sour cherry

M: heavier, alcohol present, good mouth coat

O: fruity and slightly sour, quite delicious

M_C_Hampton, Jan 12, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz 2012 bottle poured into tulip

A: Nice dark cloudy mahogany brown color with a light tan head, medium carbonation. Head lingered for about a minute with little lacing. Nice thick looking beer.

S: Sweet, malty, brown sugar, fruity, raisins and some nice floralness. This is a great smelling beer.

T: Sweet raisins, brown sugar, molasses, fruity with some good maltiness. Not floral at all, sweet maltiness balances out the moderately high abv and hides it really well. Although the balance is a little on the sweeter side but still very drinkable. Fits the style well.

M: This is a smooth beer, sweet malt character lingers a bit with some alcohol notes in the background. Warm feel comes around after a while but is enjoyable. Sweetness and fruitiness is nice if looking for a good beer to sip and enjoy after a hard days work or a good meal.

O: A little sweet but definitely fits the style. I'm really enjoying this brew, sweetness makes is a good beer to take your time with and savor. Great looking beer that smells even better. A definite must try if curious about Dubbels. I'm curious to see how it will age as this was a fairly young beer. Again, good job Goose Island.

MarioM, Jan 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Bottled 7/13/10

A: Pours a deep reddish orange color. I get some sediment. Not a lot of head here. Just a ring of white. Some little lacing bits. Some alcohol feet.

S: Getting lots of bready malts and some dark fruits. Some soft caramel even. Maybe a touch of white grape in there too? I can't tell.

T: Definitely get that fruity dubbel character. That caramel like malt sweetness. Dark Fruit. Belgian yeast is there too. Fairly dry close.

M: Medium bodied.

inlimbo77, Jan 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Timoth, Jan 11, 2013
Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
88 out of 100 based on 2,043 ratings.