Père Jacques | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Père JacquesPère Jacques

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

Style: Belgian 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

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Ratings: 2,312 |  Reviews: 886
Reviews by nickadams2:
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3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A_Pale amber pour with a small white head that dissipates into a thin ring. Not much lacing.

S_Banana,clove and alcohol. Very faint on the nose besides the booze. Not very enticing aroma.

T_Very bland and bitter. Follows suit with the nose except I'm picking up a medicinal taste. Spice alcohol dominates.

M_Pretty thin and flat.

D_Wouldn't want more than one.

Very disappointing brew. Ill try again just in case I had a bad bottle.

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More User Reviews:
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 GeeL
4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
5/5  rDev +27.6%
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 davemarc87
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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 DaPeculierDane
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spotty thin head with dotted carbonation and a dark amber body. Rummy, with raison and dates. Rather vinous at the base with a slick fruity middle, and warming spicy finish. Medium but rich bodied. Rather strong in the alcohol department and therefore quite warming. Leaves a candied sugar sweetness lingering long after each sip. Decent but barely justifiable of the price. Cool bottle and story though.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of brownbeer
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 pours a deep, clear amber with a light, thin head that doesn't last long.

Banana pudding on the nose from a distance, plum, bready yeast, alcohol, ripe berries, and spice.

Fruity flavors of cherry and raspberry, cola, and caramel. The dried fruit flavors come out more as it warms, but so does the alcohol. It's not hot, but definately warm.

Well made, might be a little young still.

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Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of woodchipper
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 04-16-04. Pours from the bottle a tantilizing deep amber red with a nice off white head...mmm. The smell here is a mix of fresh baked banana bread, candied fruit and caramel sweetness. It's good for the nose.

First swig hits home with a big caramel malt upfront swirling with banana bread, candied fruity sweetness and spice. A bit of the horse blanket comes through from the yeast...overall a worthy example of the style.

Mouthfeel is richly creamy and chewy...body is lovely. Drinkability is damn good as well. A tasty, complex dubbel brewed in the USA and by Goose Island no less....makes me proud to be from Chicago :-). Definetly worth a try and a bit of age does it some good!

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Photo of daveshawley
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a goblet this beer was a reddish brown color with a small light tan head.

Mostly a caramel aroma. Some sweet fruit, and a little hint of vanilla.

Caramel and toffee taste. Plum and pear. Still the nudge of vanilla. Yeasty.

This was a sweet, medium-bodied dubbel. Easy to drink.

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Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Red/brown with an off-white head.

S - Apples, pears, yeast, and alcohol.

T - Apples, cinammon, caramel, spiciness from the yeast, wood flavor, and alcohol.

M - Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation.

O - This has a lot going on with the nose and flavor profile. These are mostly good things. The alcohol come through nicely in both the aroma and taste and balances out everything else that is going on.

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Photo of tvenne
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VJBarGuy
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of generallee
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle reads Pere Jacques 2009 and it also has a "bottled on" date of 10/05/09.

Appearance: The pour only produces a small off white head which fades out quickly leaving a rich reddish amber liquid naked and exposed. Only a thing ring of lace remains around the edge of the glass. This lacing is slick and sides down the glass as I drink leaving nothing behind.

Smell: Its aroma is very sweet, estery and malty. It is a touch phenolic and boozy as well with nice notes of caramel malt, over ripe fruit, sweet bready yeast and raw sugar.

Taste/Palate: To start there is a very sweet rich malty and boozy brandy-like base full of caramel, brown sugar or Belgian candied sugar like notes. From there each sip reveals a different estery, fruity, or phenolic flavor note like sweet red apples, peach, apricot, and pear. On to the finish, and now I get leafy hop spice and mild bitterness moving in. Overall though, it remains well on the sweet boozy side in the finish. On the palate it has a medium to full body with a slick sticky texture.

Notes: This is a very interesting and complex beer which I think was still a bit young and could use some time to age.

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Photo of Twifiter
4/5  rDev +2%

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 merlin48
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting label for a Goose Island, which tells the story of a visit to a Belgian brewry, where the Abbot, Pere Jacques, let the brewmaster and his friends inside for a tour and a meal of roast duck and wild boar, served with many fine ales, of course. This pours into a goblet a cloudy peach/orange body, with a respectable, tan head that rises to 2 cm, and looks very Belgian. A thick, foam collar is left behind along with some fine sheet lacing.

Aroma begins with apples and cinnamon, powdered with brown sugar. Vinous alcohol is not disguised. Sweet maltiness eventually becomes a bit cloying, especially at room temperature. There is a prominent, Belgian spiciness all the way through, but it does little to moderate the cloying sweetness toward the end.

Overall, a nice effort from an excellent brewery. This ale will probably improve with some age.

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Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, label tells me the bottled on date and that this one will improve for 5 years..Good news, but his particular bottle wont last more then 20 minutes...pours medium almond and semi cloudy with a decent amount of floating yeasty sediment. Minor white head and nondescript lacing. Nose is fruity, raisiny, yeasty and quite Belgian in nature. Smooth mouthfeel, very drinkable heady, complex Belgian styled brew. More raisins, yeast, and cookies, alcohol well hidden in the flavorful background. Nicely crafted ale, well worth a try.

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Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,312 ratings