Père Jacques
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Style:
Belgian Dubbel
Ranked #22
ABV:
8.7%
Score:
88
Ranked #9,885
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 10.69%
Reviews:
888
Ratings:
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Illinois, United States
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Père JacquesPère Jacques
Notes: Warm molasses color, dark fruit aroma, rich caramel flavor, rich soft body.

26 IBU
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage drank in 2013; poured from the bottle.

Murky red rust color.

Off-white head; strong lace.

Dark fruit & slight caramel.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

An American Barleywine taste here; sweet caramel with a hint of dark fruit.

Nice, but a bit cloying. No yeasty flavor.

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

Don't know how I forgot to upload this one, here are my notes... Cloudy amber/copper body. Smell is very fruity for a dubbel: fig, raisin, plum with caramel, belgian yeast, and booze. Taste is pretty much the same, with a larger presence of the malt, though not as bready as I would have hoped. Feel has booze leaking through, sneaky heavy, and a touch sweet, but honestly it works for me. Not traditional or refined, but quite enjoyable

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Photo of Critofur
4.95/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The first time I tried this beer I thought it was weird, and not in a good way - it reminded me of bananas, bubblegum, and rum cakes with hints of fig, raisin and sticky toffee pudding.

However, by the time I'd finished the four pack, after several days (I don't usually drink more than one or two beers in a single day, these days) it had grown on me and I liked it. I decided to try some again. Then, once I'd purchased and consumed 4-packs on a few different occasions I had deepened my feelings for this beer to the point eventually where I will say this: in it's better vintages (such as the 2015 one) this is simply the best beer on Earth - other beers may be as good, in a different way, but none better.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Although the vintage of the tested bottle is 2012, this beer tastes just like what I remembered at that time when I visited this brewery in Chicago. It still maintains the good, opaque mahogany color, along with the great blend of dark candy sugar, dark fruits and caramel malts, as well as the right amount of phynols for a Dubbel. The caramel phynol aroma and subtle carbonation compliments the nicely robust, grainy aftertaste this beer has. There is no annoying bitterness to worry about, which is fantastic for the style. In fact, this beer is so good, Anheiser-Busch discontinued it instead of making more of it!! So until they do the actual right decision to bring it back, I recommend the Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard Brewing Company, the Dubbel Vission from Aftershock Brewing Company and one of the Dubbel style beers from Rip Current Brewing Company.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 bottle

Pours a dark ruby color, almost brown.

Aroma is heavy on molasses, malt, honey, and dark fruits.

Taste reminds me of a fig newton. Very sweet with molasses and malt extract. Medium mouthfeel with a decent carbonation to match the viscosity. Dark fruit galore: figs, plums, prunes, and raisins all puréed with toffee, caramel, molasses, and malt powder. Very unique.

Overall, a very unique beer that does lean to the sweeter side. I see this pairing well with several desserts, but sticky toffee pudding and ice cream would be great. It gets a 85/100.

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Photo of seedyone
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Père Jacques | Goose Island Beer Co.
From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. 2010. Wonderful surprise. The molasses was the thing...but a very good thing at that. There was some spices & the yeast in the dregs (not really dregs, just the concentrated yeast elements) that all lent a spectrum of sensation that never got too far away from a really, really enjoyable experience. If you're lucky enough to come across this, do it. You'll be glad you did.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber molasses color, nice lacing. Aroma is sweet with notes of pear, muscovado sugar and medium phenol with a little dry yeast. Taste follows suit, lots of milder flavors (fig, fruitcake, sugar) but the phenol is calm & well-behaved. It is oddly thin and watery, and flavor really lets up right at the end so it finishes with this really limp yeasty aftertaste. Perhaps just an affect of age.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage

Pours a clear, deep amber producing 1.5 fingers of shortlived, tan, foamy head which leaves little lacing as it recedes. Aroma is dark malts, toffee, banana, dark fruits heavy to raisin with a little booze, thin coriander & an even more faint floral hop essence. Taste is sweet dark fruits, dark bready malt, brown sugar, Belgian yeast (wit-like), banana, cherry, more coriander than the nose, with hints of anise, cloves & roasted nuts. Finishes sweet with alcohol prominence & only a slight hint of spice producing an aftertaste of cherry & molasses backed by a little alcohol & coriander. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, silky & creamy with a hint of tingling spice.

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

full body, red caramel, dark bread, toffee, date, earthy, fizzle at the end if the sip. I like it. Good for a fall or late winter into spring beer

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Photo of spacecake9
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear reddish brown with a 1/4" head of off white foam. Very pretty in the glass.
S - The aroma is very sweet with a bit of booze.
T - The flavor is even sweeter than the aroma. Caramel is the dominant flavor with a hint of Jolly Rancher cherry, bready on finish. This is not bad at all, just sweeter than I expected.
M - Above average carbonation with average mouth feel.
O - I go back to the sweetness as this seems to be sweeter than most Dubbels. Not bad, just a little different. I like it.

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Photo of FBarber
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage.

Pours dark brown with tons of floaters. Beer is slightly opaque even when held to the light. Very thin momentary fizzy tan head dissipates.

Smell is a pungent aroma of sweet dark stone fruits, brown sugar, molasses, red wine, dark brown bread, prune and fig. Very rich decadent aroma that is spot on for the style.

Flavor follows the nose with a rich dark fruit flavor touched with a brown sugar and molasses sweetness. Some read wine and dark bread notes are also present.

Feel is full bodied and smooth. Rich and thick. Mild to low carbonation. Slight warming sensation on the back end.

Overall this is a lovely dubbel. The age on this has turned it into a rich decadent beer. Just an incredible and well crafted dubbel.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purple grape color with a butter colored head.

Prune juice and raisin aromas, viney with some dubbel and spice characteristics.

Flavor is like a wine left out overnight at a sweaty bachelor party. Some Belgian character but mostly just soggy red wine and raisin. Alcohol burn also is a formidable force.

Feel is sharp and dry with a lot of booziness.

Overall I wouldn't be sad if I never had this again.

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Photo of gopens44
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage, and darn tasty. Smell is vinous, has some berry attributes as well as something creamy that i can't really explain. Tastes phenomenal. Berries, touch of molasses and a wine finish. Fluffy and smooth mouthfeel with a slightly bitter but mostly lightly sweet and dry finish.

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Photo of Cottontown201
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally drinking the last of a 9/12/13 four pack of 12 oz. Dark copper with a thin stream of carbonation popping up from the bottom of the glass. Visible yeast floating around. Thin strip of head that won't go away.
Last had one of these at least a year ago. The figgy plummy taste seems much more vivid now. Very smooth. No alcohol heat. Wonderful reminder of how nice abbey ales can be for year round drinking.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This vintage was 2011, or five years old. (It was kept by wine drinkers who have a longer standard for aging.) From the condition that the ale was in, Goose Island should not have a label that says five years is optimum. It is not. The yeast had worked too much on the other ingredients... Although this bottle was still full of the taste, I still enjoy from this recipe.

In general, Goose Island Belgians understand the malt-hop/spice balance well... but their yeast has not reached the level of the Belgian masters.

3/4/17 Had again. This time with pizza. Sweet enough to wash down the food, spiced enough to cut the grease and clear the palate. Of the 29 beers I've Had from GI, Pere Jacques remains their best beer for food. No change in rating.

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Photo of AppaZappa
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from 1/14/13 poured into a teku. Pours a rich copper color with nice white head that settles quickly and reveals lots of yeasty chunks. So its not the most appealing looking beer. Smells nice: candied syrup, plum, raisin, almond, and bready malt. Taste is sugary almond, plum, and caramel with a nice creamy finish. This is quite sweet right now, so there's no hint of the abv at all. Taste is creamy, smooth, and little carbonation.

Good, but not great. It had been a staple in the cellar, so glad I unearthed it.

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Photo of rickyng
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an excellent Belgian style dubbel.
It's a real shame Goose Island decided to no longer make this. I really hope they reconsider and make it again in the near future.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In review is a 2012 vintage.

A - Pours a raisin amber color with a healthy amount of sediment suspended in the glass, ultra thin lacing.

S - Biscuity, toasted Belgian candy sugar, plums, figs.

T - Nice toasted caramel candy sugar from start to finish, plumbs, some alcohol presence but not overpowering, prunes, and raisins.

M - Full medium body, low to no carbonation, soft, sticky

O - 'Always enjoyed this Dubbel and IMO, one of the finer beers out of Goose Island. Had this so many times in the past but why I never reviewed it until now is a mystery.

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

Looks great and the smell is ridiculously good, toasted caramel and butterscotch, taste is right along those lines with quite a bit of dark fruits thrown in, i had a 2012 and thought it was excellent, may be a bit of age did wonders for this beer.

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Photo of 57md
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage consumed on New Year's Eve 2015

Poured a brownish copper with almost a finger of fluffy head. The nose has sweet malt notes. The sweet malt essence continues in the flavor profile but the body of this offering is a bit thinner than I expected.

Update January 2018: Had another 2012 vintage that I snagged from a bargain bin. Could this beer really hold up 5 years+?

It more than held up - inexplicably, it seems to have gotten better. The body filled out and I think the flavors matured and deepened. This offering is genuinely better than most quads that I've sampled. What a gem of a brew!

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Photo of mctizzz
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a 2011 bottle turding up the least organized and best store I've ever been to. Chilled and poured the bottle into a stemless wine glass. Lots of sweet malts, nondescript fruit, and clove in both nose and taste. Happy to find this but it's a bit sweet for me.

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Photo of melitameister
3.01/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Classy bottle/label cellared since 2010. I must have had one fresh and found it so sweet I gave it long aging. Not much of a head on this amber colored pour with small yeast particles throughout. Smell is prunes and molasses, not much else. Taste similar. This five year old beer is still cloyingly sweet. Other than prunes and candy sugar, there are tiny hints of other dried fruits and almost no balancing hop flavor. Aging has not done this beer any favors. Overall, overwhelmingly sweet brew. Not recommended.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 10.18.12

L - Bronze/brown with no clarity, sediment floating everywhere, 1 finger of head. Beautiful

S - Belgian candy sugar, dried fruits

T - Caramel, dried fruit, golden raisons. Packs some heat but you don't taste it. Smooth and well balanced

F - Medium body, medium carbonation

O - An awesome strong belgian ale, or "dubbel" which I am surprised at the comparison. More like a tasty tripel!

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Photo of Savan
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a delightful murky bronze colour into a St. Bernardus Trappist glass, about 1 finger of thick but quickly dispersing head. A pepper aroma slight smell of fresh bread and peanut butter, all very faint. Faint citrus notes along with pumpernickel most pronounced and a good mouth feel not to thin not to thick\heavy. A wonderful evening beer for before bed.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

August 6, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip

2013 Vintage

A – Medium brown, thick and hazy from sediment. An inch of off-white to light tan foam. Tons of tiny bubbles, pops like soda then dissipates quickly.

S – Rich molasses, maple syrup, apples and cherries. If there are any hops they are impossible to find. A light peppery spice note.

T – Caramel and molasses, pepper and light mulling spice. Some apple or plum/cherry here as well.

M – Rich, full-bodied. Carbonation is moderate, less than I expected. Sweet throughout but the spicy note helps balance. Some light bitterness on the end, and a mildly dry finish.

O – One of those beers you can’t go wrong with, well-crafted and flavorful.

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Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 2316 ratings