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Père Jacques | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Père JacquesPère Jacques

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

Style: 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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2004

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark colour and some white head. Lovely yeasty and malty aroma, with bourbon in background. Complex taste,sugar or the like added. Satisfying and like a wine with dinner as every food prompted a different taste stimulus.Tad sour aftertaste. thanks HogtownHarry.
I had this on tap at Cole's 15 months later and just as good. Sweeter and not as sour as the earlier tasting.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

single finger head with a little retention and nice lacing on a brownish amber hazy body. Very nice dark fruit, brown sugar and cinnamon aroma, near perfect. Flavor is a nice musty dried dark fruit mostly raisins and fig with caramel and brown sugar notes. Medium body and moderate carbonation with a semi dry finish. Overall a very good beer. More on the belgian dark strong side. Wish I could get this one in florida.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to alucard4 for sharing this at DarthKostrizer's tasting.

2010 vintage.

Pours a murky honey brown with a beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, and brown sugar aromas. Taste is the same with some slight herbal flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and smells.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy redish color with a very active rising white head. has that funky sourish yeasty smell to it, and an overload of malty sweetness. flavor is interesting, if a bit out of balance. not sure id call this a proper dubbel, more of a belgian style amber ale. caramel malts conflict with the tart yeast and the result is not amazing like the matilda. plenty of residual sugars around as well. the most dominant taste to me, especially on the front end, is unfiltered fresh apple cider, which is fine, but im not confident it belongs in a dubbel. feel was good though, robust carbonation lightens it up a bit, and a fairly full body for the style is appreciated here. overall a slighly off attempt in my book. the other beers in this series are far better, but the fruity tones make an interesting autumn feeling drink.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep brown color with a very little amount of head on top. The smell of the beer is sweet, it's a little yeasty too and really quite inviting. The flavors of candi sugar, and fermented dark fruits swarm the mouth on this one. There is a very subtle bitterness in the finish but this tastes much nicer than a lot of Dubbel's I've have in the past. The mouthfeel isn't too carbonated, it's a heavier/thick beer than I expected too. Overall I thought this beer was really quite good. I would drink it again.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured brownish-amber in color into a snifter glass. There wasn't that big of a head, but there are nice lacing patterns.
S: The nose has aromas of sweetness, grapes and raisins along with hints of alcohol.
T: The taste is relatively malty with a bit of sweetness and generally follows the aroma. Some hops are detectable in the taste, particularly in finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate; there is also some alcohol heat.
D: Unlike some other dubbels, I can only manage to sip this beer due to the alcohol heat, although the drinkability slightly improves as the beer warms up.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haven't tried it in a while. I wasn't terribly impressed the first time around...this time, seems to be better. A typical amber, clingy, hazy brew with golden highlights. Head retention started off slight, but hung around nicely. Sweet aromas of belgian candy, prunes, cherries, dates, and quite spicy from light hops and alcohol. Tastes quite the same with more emphasis on the malty, candy sweetness and alcohol. Sweetness takes on tacky and sticky proportions and the alcohols lend a light plastic and hot spiciness. Body is moderately heavy with a light oily texture. Finishes quite sweet and dry because of the alcohols. The brew has improved mainly because of it's maturing, and my tolerence for this style of beer. Still wish it had more Belgian yeast esters and muskiness. This would have added complexity and roundness.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pere Jacques 2011 Belgian Style Ale.

Bottled 07/29/2011 (1929), so she's got about 11 months on her. 8.00% confirmed. 650ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic stem-tulip with a pronounced lip in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

I left the yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle until the final bit.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the 8.00% ABV. Khaki colour head, chestnut-caramel body. Nontransparent but non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible, but I deliberately left the yeast in the bottle. No bubble show, but one isn't expected for the style. Looks like a solid dubbel, but offers nothing special or unique - at least in terms of appearance.

Sm: Dark fruit: plums, fig, and dark cherry. Lovely caramel, as in candy rather than caramelization. Yeasty, with some Belgian-style spice. Candi sugar. Some light toasted malt. A marvelous aroma. Very appealing. I can't wait to try it. One of the better aromas I've experienced in a long time. Spot on for the style. Moderate in strength, yet subtle and teasing.

T: Dark fruit is there, alongside overly syrupy and sugary caramel. The malts are a bit muddy, with few ringing distinct; caramelization and some toasting emerge but little else. Maple and molasses come through - a bit too much, compromising potential subtlety. Some crystal malt. A bit too sugary. Biscuit malt maybe. Quite raisin-y, though no grape flavours are detectable. The yeast is a highlight, evoking subtle spice that I missed on the first run. She certainly gets better as she warms up. Complex and subtle to a degree, but too full-bodied and heavy handed. Maybe it could use more aging (2 years more?). Too caramel-dominant for my tastes. My favourite part by far is the finish, which emphasizes the dark fruit without the other elements. Somewhat imbalanced in its inconsistency, but I like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some dryness (likely from the raisin and yeast) on the climax. Nicely soft and palatable. Too thick, bordering on overbearing. Reminds me of Alesmith Decadence in this respect. Adequate carbonation. Coarse from the crystal malt in places. Above all, it's inconsistent, which distracts.

Dr: A drinkable little dubbel, but not without its flaws. I'd have it again only out of the bottle, and preferably with a good three years on it at least. It does get better as it warms. It's a solid offering from Goose Island and hides its ABV well. That said, I'd go with a proper Belgian abbey/trappist dubbel over this any day of the week. It seems reasonably priced.

Low B

A very good candidate for aging.

Serve between refrigerator cold and room temperature.

Drinks fine out of a tulip, but a goblet seems ideal.

Would pair well with lighter chocolate, plain unsalted nuts, and grilled pineapple.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2-year old bottle, dated 03/18/05.

Served cool, a shade under cellar temperature.
Poured into a wide-mouthed chalice, decanted to retain the sediment. Yeast that remained in the bottle had compacted into a stubborn cake, but finally loosened, then poured separate from the glass.

Color is a clear reddish auburn tone. A good layer of thin foam forms, then settles to a skim. Spotty lacing rings the glass, but doesn't stick around.

Right after the cap came off, banana and almond scents wafted into the air. A deeper inhale picks up sweet caramel and bready aroma. Brown sugar & raisin as it warms up.

Moderately sweet upfront, it carries a mixture of plum, raisin, and almond flavors, that evaporate into residual nuttiness and brandy-like character. In the aftertaste there's a lingering palate-coating nectar, like honeysuckle. The abv seems better hidden than in a fresh bottle. Carbonation is light and understated. Very drinkable.

Pere Jacques held up well after two years, i'm impressed.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #1000

Appearance: Pours a hazy caramel color with a fluffy head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Plenty of Juicy Fruit phenols with a tinge of fig and cherry

Taste: Starts out with a fig and pear jam flavor with the Juicy Fruit flavors building by mid-palate; some cherry sweet and tartness in there, too; after the swallow the phenols kick in and load waves of complexity onto the fruity sweetness; spicy elements kick in on the tail to leave an unusual hint of bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate, but light carbonation

Drinkability: A tad too sweet to be consumed in any quantity, this is an unusual and creative dessert beer

Thanks, Wadsey, for the chance to revisit

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3-18-05

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, light burgandy color with little to no head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of dried fruit (plums & raisin). A nice biscuity malt aroma.

T - It tasted of dried fruit and malt. Also, vanilla and oak flavors.

M - It was very soft (a little too soft) and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good dubbel. I'd like to try a fresher version.

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Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
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