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 Biffster
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a deep copper with amber highlights. There is a low tawny head and a touch of lacing.

This one has a big sweet candylike nose, with lots of caramel fruity aromas, like raisin, cherry, strawberry and plum. There is a hint of spicy phenols. No hops to speak of, but lots of complex esters and phenols.

It's malty and sweet at the sip, but the fullness quickly dries out as the spiciness and alcohol become prominent at the swallow. There are dark fruity and dark chocolate notes, along with a touch of vanilla and some dark bread flavors that are evident at the sip and linger all the way to the aftertaste. The flavors mingle pleasantly with the warming and spicy alcohols and phenols at the swallow.

The mouthfeel is moderately full, with a fairly full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall, the aroma and flavor are complex and inviting as any great dubbel. The mouthfeel is a bit distracting, though - Belgians want to be lighter and spritzier. Nevertheless, this is worth recommending, and worth cellaring, for that matter.

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Photo of Riccymon
2.77/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle a reddish-brown with a scant quarter inch of head; nothing out of the ordinary here. Swirling the glass brings forth a nice blend of aromas I find great in a dubbel--allspice, gingerbread, and black licorice. Sadly, the nose on Pere Jacques became the high point of the beer for me as the flavors I encountered upon sipping were dull, even insipid.

I tasted brown sugar and black licorice notes here and there, but mostly the beer is a muddled spicy mixture that leaves me as disappointed as I've been in some time. Almost tastes like a poorly done Christmas ale. Mouthfeel is equally uninspired, with body on the lifeless, watery side. A little bitterness tickles the throat at the end of the sip, but that's all.

I wanted to like Pere Jacques, as dubbels are among my favorite styles. However, when compared to Ommegang's Abbey Ale, this beer is left in the dust.

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Photo of enfield249
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brownish-red, with thin head of yellow/white foam.

S - Malty, fruity, rock candy sugar,

T - Lots of candy sugar flavor, with a fruity aftertaste (raisins?)

M - Full but a little too clean, should stick around more.

D - A fine dubble. Drink at will!

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Photo of champ103
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber/brown color. At first a two finger beige forms at first, but recedes in a second. Light lace.
S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast and some dark fruits. Raisins and plums. Some sweet malt and caramel.
T: Follows the nose. Belgian yeast and some sweet malt. Dark fruits of raisins and plums again.
M/D: A medium body and a little higher carbonation than I would like. Not hard to drink. A nice sipper.

Like Matilda, this is very solid. A good American interpretation of a Dubbel. Something I would recommended.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ryan011235 for this 12 oz bottle, poured into a Chimay goblet. Bottled on date 03/10/08.

Pours a deep see-thru copperish amber with some floaties. Head is fizzy and disappears ala a glass of soda in short order, with just a little island of bubbles left behind.

Lots of toffeeish malt in the nose, along with plentiful fruitiness- baked apples and pears, cherries. A bit of yeastiness.

Flavors include all of the above, but also some candi sugar, a metallic tang, a hint of black pepper. Almost too sweet, but it begins to dry out a bit toward the finish, revealing a hint of toastiness.

Medium-thick bodied with lowish carbonation.

Overall impression- Pretty tasty brew that could be improved with a jolt of carbonation.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this bottle yesterday.

A: The pour is a clear light, golden brown with a nice fluffy head on top.

S: A very sweet nose on this one. A lot of sugar and not very much malt, some pears, and perhaps a bit of raisin as well. Not exactly "Dubbel-like".

T: Like the nose, the amount of sugar in this beer is a bit too much. Very, very sweet with some pear and a noticeable alcohol heat and taste.

M: The body is medium with fairly light carbonation. There is a definite dryness to the finish (probably from all the candi sugar).

D: This one was just far too sweet for me. It had some nice fruit notes both in the aroma and flavor, but the overwhelming presence of the sugar sort of drowned them out.

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Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big cloudy brown with an orangish tint. Huge tan head that falls slow. Big sticky lace.

Nice sweet malt nose with good spice. Can smell the alcohol.

Great malt taste. Nice and sweet with the alcohol present.

Full and smooth mouthfeel to it.

Good Belgian clone. Very drinkable.

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Photo of oceanman
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep orange/amber with dense head.

Smells of sweet white wine grapes, slightly spicy, plenty of fruit (pear), raisiny port-like qualities, faintly toasty.

Palate doesn't deliver on the promise of the nose. Alcohol stands out. Recalls in a subdued way the raisiny, brown sugary flavors of some barleywines. Finishes somewhat dull.

Light in carbonation, though warming and alcoholic. Perhaps should be more lively given the simplicity of the flavor.

Too thick and alcoholic to drink much of, but not very interesting as a sipping beer.

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Photo of hrking
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on tap a few times and never got around to reviewing it. This is Goose Islands attempt at a Chimay clone. Some candi sugar's here for sure and the yeast profile is evident in the flavor . A good beer to drink if you are a fan of Chimay grand Reserve. This one has similar flavors. Light lacing that is to be expected from a Belgian style beer. Good flavor without being over the top on clove and coriander flavor as some Belgians seldom are. A well made worthy drinking beer.

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Photo of animal69
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a cloudy med copper color w/ a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly leaving a nominal lacing in my snifter

S- smell is sweet bread and floral/perfumey hops with nuts, cherries and spice in the mix, no hint of alcohol whatsoever

T- taste is slightly tart and a bit metallic at first, def. get some sweet cherry-like fruits over a biscuty malt in the initial sip, a bit of dark fruit and i'll say anise & coriander as well, a faint hop bitterness blends with phenolic hot alcohol and a touch of diacetyl as it finishes

M- a dry, med body on this one, plenty of co2 as well

D- a pretty good drinker, alcohol only slightly present, could do with some age however, seemed a bit on the "hot" side

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Photo of sprucetip
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Slightly hazy, medium brown, richer copper color when backlit. Quite active, fizzy off white head is prominent then fades to ring.

SMELL> Veyr rich, nutty, malty sweet, fruity yeasty notes, some booze.

TASTE> Deliciously complex blend of fruity, yeasty and rich malty sweet flavors. Some slight bitterness, and some booze. Very rich, fairly complex and balanced.

FEEL>slight fiz lingers, very rich and full body before slightly bitter and drying finish.

OVERALL> Very interesting and tasty, and quite easy drinking for a sipper. Very well done and worth seeking out.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BigDank, a great trade extra. Thanks!!

A- An aggressive pour into my new White Birch glass produced a beer with no head, and a rusty brown body. Literally no head, kind of strange, but for 9% I guess I can't complain. A very nice coloration, for sure.

S- Sweet, bready, grapeskin... lots of sugar.

T- Very good. Sugary sweet, bready, and almost like maple syrup. Not cloyingly sweet, but damn close... but reeled in enough with a bit of pepper on the tongue to make it work.

M- Thinner than expected, although that's a good thing, trust me. Very drinkable.

D- Moderately high, went down easy, although I'd have no more than 1 or 2 of these. A very good beer.

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Photo of nickfl
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer pours with a one finger head of off-white foam on top of a somewhat hazy, orange-amber body. The head dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lace.

S - Strong yeast character of apricots, plum, and cloves with a bit of floral perfume. There is a lot of malt as well, mostly caramel with some toffee and molasses. Finally there is just a hint of herbal hops in the background to contrast the sweet and fruity aspects of the aroma.

T - Thick caramel malt up font with brown sugar that transitions into dark fruity notes of plum and raisins. Some peppery yeast characteristics come out in the middle before settling down to a dark, yeasty finish of figs, chocolate, candy sugar and caramel. Lingering dark sugary malts coat the palate for a thick, dense aftertaste with a bit of chocolate and char as well.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish with a touch of alcoholic warmth.

D - This is an interesting, but sadly flawed dubbel. The aroma is complex and it manages to hit all of the right notes, and while the flavor is not as deep or satisfying, it is nonetheless quite good. Unfortunately the mouthfeel is not what it should be, and this is a style that depends more than most on the texture of the beer. It is lacking in both carbonation and dryness, which makes both the malt and yeast seem bulky and dense. This weighs down the finish of the beer and really hurts the drinkability, while it also makes the flavors seem more muddy and thick than they really are. With a better mouthfeel this might have been a really nice beer, but as it is it just taunts me with its unfulfilled potential.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Near opaque, cloudy sepia color with suspended floaties stuck in place like a beery crystal ball. Huge, root beer-esque, bubbly head makes itself right at home and stays for the full beer.

Aroma is thick and syrupy caramel fruit malt, farmy yeast, leafy hop and raisin, apricot and plum fruit. Smells like some one shoved as much malt in my glass as possible, then stamped it down to make room for more.

Taste is sweet cherrywood fruit malt, candi sugar, cocoa nibs and warming alcoholic fun. Clean, earthy hop intrigue. After having having several Goose Island beers for the first time, I'm getting the hint that they like to stuff as much grain as possible into every kettle.

Stands right up there with any Belgian.

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Photo of meatyard
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for yet another beer given to me by AltBock. Especially nice since we don't get GI in Philly....yet...
This was bottled 3/10/08 so I have a bit of an aged bottle-nice.

Pours a brownish amber with a short head that falls quickly leaving no lace. Thre is a considerable colony of yeast being held in suspension.
The smell is mostly dominated by a slightly sweet malt aroma, some yeast but also has a fruity smell of something like overly ripe figs or plum.
The taste is very similar to the smell and is gently warming. There is just the mildest touch of alcohol and sharpness on the tip of the tongue up front.
Mouthfeel is medium, drying and carbonation fell quickly off to nil.
Drinkability is limited by the ABV and it feels like more of a sipper than making you want 2 or 3 of these.

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Photo of MPLS
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 12 oz bottle is rather fresh, bottled on: 10/05/09. Yet another "Belgian Style Ale" coming from GI. I used to overlook a lot of the GI line-up until I tried the Bourbon County Stout and immediately fell in love.

A: This beer pours with a mostly rusty/amber looking body, light orange as certain points when brought in front of light. White 1.5 cm head that doesn't retain itself for long, nor does the lacing for that matter. Great color though.

S: The nose is floral, spicy, phelolic, with a touch of cocoa, toffee, and alcohol.

T: Perhaps it's the yeast and heat of the alcohol that make this spicy. We get some toffee and raisin like sweetness out of it. Definitely a lot of flavors going on, cannot pinpoint the tail of this beer it's floral hops and a bit of dryness with sweet.

M: Creamy and medium-bodied.

D: Awfully complex and it keeps me guessing as what's going on with its flavor. I might enjoy this beer a little more with some age on it, then again with this style it isn't unusual to have the alcohol so prominent.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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 d0ggnate
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle labeled 2008. Obtained as an extra from imperialking.

Poured to my glass an amber/orange color with a single finger layer of frothy, off-white/tan head. This layer left blotches atop my beer and was nearly gone after only a few seconds.

The inital nose is of malt and a bit boozy. I found some red grape and even a little honey/citrus. Taste brings a barleywine-like quality. Continued to be heavily malted. Slightly less boozy than the nose, but still heavier than expected. A little dry cherry flavor. I notice a subtle herb-like flavor, possibly sage. Noticable spicy belgian yeast quality, as well.

A tasty beer and glad I had the chance to try it. Would love to pair this with food.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From summer and fall 2008 tasting notes:

A-Hazy brownish copper w/off-white head, good retention.

S-Malty sweet caramel notes, dough, grape, and apple.

T-Caramel, roast malt, grape, dark fruits, and hops in finish.

M-Well-balanced, and the clean even finish complements the sweetness very well. Medium-bodied w/moderate carbonation.

D-Quite good, with some layers of complexity and interesting flavors.

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Photo of kstrickler
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I just cracked open a 2006 Pere Jacques tonight as I was sitting on here trying to get a trade out of a few of my VE's. I am surprised how well it has aged, the taste from beginning to end was still a sweet one. It went down very smooth for being a 3 year old beer. I look forward to letting my other ones age another year or two...

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Photo of Tone
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark amber color. 1/6 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of slight hop, sweet malt, citrus, slight sweet malt, and yeast. Fits the style of a Dubbel. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight roasted malt, sweet malt, slight hops, citrus (banana), yeast, and alcohol. Overall, a great beer with a good blend, complexity, and body.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2009 vintage into a Unibroue tulip.

A- Poured easy with almost no drama. Little head rose up and was very thick and frothy but short lived. Nearly no signs of a head is left. The body is a clear ruby red.

S- Really bready and sweet. Some dark fruits reminiscent of figs are present. The nose is pretty faint and Im having a hard time picking out specifics.

T- Toasty/bready malts prevail. There is a lot of caramel, toffee, butterscotch and molasses as well. There is a cherry like candy sweetness as well.

M- Really smooth. Really low carbonation. Juicy, moist finish. Medium to full body.

D- The sweetness doesn't become sticky or cloying. The alcohol which weighs in at a decently hefty (especially for here in Ohio) 9% but it is barely apparent. Averagely drinkable but nothing here that will really make me come back again.

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Photo of BirdFlu
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a very creamy head which lingers for a while.. Nearly perfect. Has sort of a bready, fruity flavor that is reminiscient of red apples. Yeasty (in a typical Belgian way, not overly-yeasty). A bit malty and biscuit-like, as well. Aroma is quite faint, really not much to notice at all. Some bread and fruitiness, but very little. Mouth has a decent medium body and light carbonation. It is smooth and fairly-tasty, easy to drink but a bit lacking in areas.

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Photo of BigDank
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage, 9% ABV

Long pour into a Trappistes Rochefort glass brings out a nice brew reddish brown in color and leaves a nice off white head that last only a few seconds. Smell is of slight hoppiness and heavy fruit. Taste is slightly bitter / sour with an easy finish and a candy-like after taste that sits well on the palate. Fairly well carbonated it seems for the alcohol level but well balanced and very tasty. I can easily have a few of these in a night but as a preference choose to keep variety. This brewery provides some good beers but the signature selection is definitely worth trying more than once on any type.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Goose Island-Wrigleyville, served in a chalice

Appears a pretty burgundy as it sits on the table, but when I hold it up to the light, you get shades of orange, ruby red, and pink. A one finger cream colored cap with moderate staying power leaves a ton of lace on the glass.

This beer has a rich aroma of dark fruits (raisins, figs and cherry), candi sugar, and toffee, with a bready malt base. A touch of ethanol is detected only when it warms.

The flavors of caramel and toffee with dark candied cherries and plums stand out right off the bat. A rich sweetness mixes with some raisins and then follows with a thick, toffee/bready presence in the finish. Some moderate warming from the first sip. This beer really grew on me as it warmed up. It was definitely too cold at first.

A syrupy, heavy body with a slick feel. This guy really leaves a coating in its wake with a mild sweetness and booze in the finish.

A sipper for sure. On the easier side of the drinakbility scale despite the high abv. A fresh, flavorful, complex Belgian that did not disappoint.

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Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
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