Père Jacques
Goose Island Beer Co.

Père JacquesPère Jacques
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3.94 | pDev: 10.66%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Père JacquesPère Jacques
Notes: Warm molasses color, dark fruit aroma, rich caramel flavor, rich soft body.

26 IBU
Reviews: 889 | Ratings: 2,318 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by medrolific:
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medrolific from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Jan 31, 2013
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GeeL from Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2007 Pere Jacques I forgot about and found in the back of a root cellar. I was expecting the flavor to have completely fallen apart. I was pleasantly surprised, and glad I was sharing it with a friend.

Look: Exactly as it should for a dubbel
Smell: Dried fruit compote with some allspice. Maybe a tad nutty, definitely like caramel.
Taste: Caramelized dried fruit. Dried dark fruit. Not tart. For it's age (bottled 8/07, drank 3/15) it didn't fall apart. As we swirled it and it warmed a bit, the flavor got bigger and bigger. This was a terrific representation of the style.
Feel: thick but not too thick. It coated the mouth and the flavor lingered and changed over time before the next sip. This is exactly what this beer should taste like.
Overall: I liked this beer a lot. I have a hard time giving perfect scores so I toned the scored back a lot, but I'm going to see if I can track down another one of these. I doubt there are too many around, which is a shame.

Mar 14, 2015
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Mitzvahman72 from California

5/5  rDev +26.9%
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.

Feb 25, 2018
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oberon from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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%.

May 22, 2005
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alexgash from Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light haze makes for a murky, bronzed-amber body, topped with a two finger cushion of creamy, light tan head. Big estery fruits greet the nose--sweetish tropical fruits. Sugary toffee and pear brandy aromas also stand out. Alcohol makes itself known.
Lightly bitter and toasty up front, but just briefly. Huge fruity malts come on quick and hard. Sweet, sugary toffee malt base, but this gets overshadowed by sweet, ripe fruit juice on the palate. Kiwi, banana, strawberry, and random tropical fruits. Fortunately, not too sweet. Finishes fruity, sweet, and lightly alcoholic, with faint bitterness. Maybe a little overcarbonated, especially up front. Otherwise nice, thick, and syrupy. Not bad.

Jan 10, 2005
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peabody from Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice cloudy brown with little off-white suds but little lacing. You would think with the 9%abv that there would be more.
Smell is a slight burnt malt with a yeasty aroma and candy sugars followed by the alcohol.
Taste is very sweet but not overwhelming. The flavors are subtle but you can taste malt and yeast and a fruity orange tea.
Mouthfeel is very nice because of the sugars.
The alcohol content is a bit much to have this as a session beer but it is still a nice drink.

Dec 10, 2006
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Stonebreaker from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Definitely the biggest let down of the beer, the color is a nice burnt amber, but the carbonation was real weak and the head is gone after a couple swigs.

Smell: The smell is all belgian sweet maltiness, but weak on account of the flimsy head. Notes of caramel and rum soaked raisins.

Taste: The taste is sweet, almost too sweet but not quite, just a wisp of caramel, rum raisin, sweet malt, the alcohol is there, but it's subtle enough, the belgian yeast does some wondrous things, hundreds of years of monks sweating it out in the dungeons. Thanks.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and delicious.

Drinkability: This was one of my first intro's into the craft brew life and it's an excellent example of just that, not as thick or rich as some brews but very drinkable even with the 9% abv. With a nice hoppy ale and a saison or pilsner this could make for a wonderful, flavorful night. Very drinkable.

Jul 17, 2008
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TheJollyHop from California

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nutty, toasty malt aroma with hints of rum raisins and some faint alcohol dominates the aroma.

Pours a very pretty and clear brown with some deep red hues. A fingers worth of off white head lays on top with steady streams of slowly rising bubbles; cloying lace.

Cooked fruit and some molasses noticeable on the taste, while alcohol heat is prominent. Slighlty bready with assertive bitterness; not harsh or astringent however. Light earthy, herbal hops flavor as well. Well balanced and drinkable but I feel a smaller degree of bitterness would have improved drinkability.

Medium carbonated and bodied. Definitely a solid dubbel.

May 03, 2010
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gopens44 from Virginia

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Jul 28, 2016
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sveil from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Nov 15, 2012
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DougT from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Jan 31, 2014
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cmwilliq from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1.5%

Jun 22, 2014
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Tpaliga: Poured a cloudy deep brown color ale with a medium dirty white foamy head with average retention. Aroma of candi sugar, big strong malt and subtle yeast characteristic can be detected. Taste is quite sweet with lots of candi sugar and some dry figs characteristics. Body was definitely fuller then average with some well concealed alcohol. Very reminiscent of Gouden Carolus Keizer though probably not as complex.

Nov 20, 2006
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malcontent from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"Iced tea" coloring that isn't entirely transparent even when held up to the light. Moderate fizzy head that dies down to form a ring of lacing.

Raisons and molassas and, yes, I can smell the alcohol. Swirling the glass I can pick up some buttery notes along with some subtle earth tones.

Sweet maple syrup with butter to boot! Pancakes anyone? The previous raison scent has not translated into taste and instead dark berries come to the fore. An ever so slight bitterness on the finish which is a wonderful way to cut the overall sweetness of the brew.

Upon initially hitting the tongue this seems like it will be one of those thick, syrupy beers. However, relative to the style, this is fairly light. In fact, the mouthfeel may be my favorite part of the beer. Evaporates off the palate just leaving the aftertaste behind. Really special in this regard. Dubbel usually aren't your overly-drinkable style but I find this one to be easy to take. Really good!

Jan 16, 2007
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kjyost from Canada (MB)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

Jun 27, 2013
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brystmar from Texas

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle packaged on 07-16-2010.

A: copper with reddish hues, some white head that retreated rather quickly. Active body.

S: ripe fruit with malts and yeast. Smells like a dubbel, but more fruity. Very fruity.

T: similar to the smell -- very reminiscent of a Belgian dubbel with much more forward fruity colors. Nice and malty, but not as stellar as I remember it being on draft.

M/D: pretty creamy for a Belgian, still pretty fizzy though. Easy to drink with zero alcoholic burn as it goes down. Not as interesting or complex as I remember from previous sessions with this brew, but still a solid offering!

Feb 07, 2011
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%

Dec 18, 2013
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

May 05, 2014
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mkh895 from Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Sep 30, 2012
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amalahow from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Jul 28, 2013
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psoriasaurus from England

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Mar 14, 2014
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

Nov 01, 2005
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dherling from New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured out a cloudy reddish brown, with a very thin off white head. Decent lacing. The nose offered lots of yeast, ripe fruit, and caramel. The tastes was just like the nose: malty sweetness with notes of banana, rum, brown sugar, and fresh bread. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with fine bubbles. Nicely balanced, but a bit cloying and harsh with the alcohol.

Nov 26, 2006
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CHSLBrew from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A-Orange-brown head, thick with moderate retention, slowly reducing to a thin veil of bubbles. Beer was copper, dark. Some floaties with a slight haze.

S-Dark maltiness with a semi-sweet hint in there. Slightly of tart fruit.

T-Some toast, a bit of caramel, and a bready, semi-sweet maltiness, all playing with a slight fruitiness. Bitterness provides some slight balancing factor as a smooth and flavorful alcohol emerges and trails deep into my belly. Prominent fruit in the nose didn't translate into the flaovr.

M-Small-bubbled carbonation, medium-low level. Medium-full body, slithery and hearty at the same time. Some very noticeable warmth.

D-Pretty drinkabile. My thumbs are up :)

Mar 19, 2009
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InspectorBob from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.5%

May 20, 2013
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