Père Jacques | Goose Island Beer Co.

Père JacquesPère Jacques
BA SCORE
77.5%
Liked This Beer
3.91 w/ 2,300 ratings
Père JacquesPère Jacques
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,091
Reviews:
882
Ratings:
2,300
Liked:
1,782
Avg:
3.91/5
pDev:
10.74%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
73
Gots:
351
Trade:
8
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,300 |  Reviews: 882
Photo of JEdmund
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2007 edition drank on July 5, 2009

Appearance
Dark brown but with an amber glow when held against light; good 1/2" head forms, with a cap residing throughout; floaties visible

Smell
Sounds weird, but it reminds me of a Waldorf salad as I'm getting a lot of green apple, some raisin, and general sweetness. Definitely a tartness detected that's inviting.

Taste & Mouthfeel
Nose follows closely to flavor as the green apple tartness is there, as well as the banana flavor commonly found in Belgian ales; medium body, low-to-moderate carbonation (would like more)

Overall
Goose Island certainly got the Belgian character with the fruity and tart yeast, although they come up a bit short on carbonation, as I expect a much more lively body. I really enjoy the sour/tart flavors that cut through the moderate sweets. One is definitely enjoyable, though I would not want a second in one evening.

 894 characters

Photo of capra12
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Martin for holding this for me.
Reviewed with the help of wheatman106 and Speedwayjim, served out of a snifter glass.

Appearance- 1 1/2 fingers of head with fine lacing , dark maple syrup/ caramel. (Side note: I had to let this brew settle for 3 days before cracking it open)

Smell- The alcohol in this brew is apparent but not overwhelming, there are hints of raisins and smells similar to a nice ice wine.

Taste- opens mildly sweet but the maltiness increases and the dark fruits make their presence known from the middle to the end. There is a mild alcohol aftertaste

Mouthfeel- This is very smooth and medium bodied with a mild alcohol finish.

Drinkability- This is a brew which I would definitely have again although it is going to take some practice to pour this brew without getting the sediment in the glass.

 840 characters

Photo of littlekidlover
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured my 2009 Pere Jacques into my beer tasting wine glass. has an ice tea color with a little reddish orange hue. Just a slight tan head. Smells of dried fruit, red grape, slight banana. The flavor is much of the same, add some breadiness and caramel. The mouthfeel is right, not too sticky, not too watery. For a dubbel, this is quite drinkable, although don't go crazy at 9% alcohol.

 389 characters

Photo of ATPete
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

unsure of the vintage, i want to say 2007 will check and make changes as necessary...

Fumey nose, lots of alcohol present, smells slightly oxidized as well. Cider like in flavor, red and green apple, white grapes, some rum characteristics no alcohol heat in the beers taste however. Mild carbonation, a wimpy body. Overall, very low appeal to me, this one was just way to all over the place, either that or it was over the hill. I'd like to try a vertical.

BTW... this is a dubbel?! WTF!? i need to revisit a fresh offering.

 539 characters

Photo of KeefD
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage, 8% ABV. Pours a dark amber color with practically no head and the thinnest sheet of lacing imaginable. Nice, biscuity, yeasty, aroma with some hints of chocolate, some light grassiness and maybe a hint of ripe fruitiness. Flavor profile is not overly complex, but there a nice mix of dark fruits, a hint of rum and chocolate, booziness, apples and light bitterness on the finish. Sweet at first but turns dry on the swallow. Nothing spectacular, but pretty tasty. Prickly carbonation, but not effervescent, medium body. A decent take on a Dubbel.

 560 characters

Photo of BierFan
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage bottled on May 1st. Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a cervoise. Label lists an abv of 8%.

Appearance: Fizzy tan head, 1 inch deep. Clear orange/red body.

Smell: The aroma is of molasses and some grassiness. Very disappointed by the lack of complexity in the smell.

Taste: The taste makes up for the lackluster smell. The molasses sweetness still dominates. Grassy and herbal. Little bit of raisin. As I pour myself more glasses from the large bottle I experience more dark fruit flavors and bubblegum, as well.

Mouthfeel: Desperately needs more carbonation.

This is a pretty big beer for a dubbel. I think Belgian strong dark ale is a more fitting title.

 676 characters

Photo of MagyarPuska
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: According to the Goose Island website it is comparable to "warm molasses" and I must say that they were right on. It is impossible to see through said "molasses" and when held to a light it glows orange/brown. Bubbles can be seen rising slowly through the depths with other floating objects (yeast I'm guessing). Very little head upon pouring, and what head does develop, it stays there for ages in the form of a ring around the edges of the glass.

S: Sweetness melding with alcoholic and malt tones and oh let's call it yeast. That's it, pretty simple yet good at what it does, or at least what it is trying to do/be.

T: Bread, light yeast, spices, light malt, light grape. Just like the smell, simple, with the most complex being the spices. Great taste without being overpowering or unbalanced.

M: The taste lingers, and the bubbles nip at the tongue. Medium body, thickness is so-so, and the alcohol isn't overpowering. The tingling stays on the tongue for a while by the way.

D: Pretty good for a Dubbel, I only bought a single bottle because I am picky with my Dubbels and didn't want to waste. But I plan on buying a full sixer of these because I immediately wanted another.

 1,188 characters

Photo of BitterPachyderm
2.68/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I finally decided to crack into this; a bit weary due to many inconsistent reviews, but Goose Island has never let me down. They couldn't possibly start now, could they? Read on...

12 oz. bottle (3/10/08 1948) poured into an oversized wine glass.

I tried to be aggressive on the pour to no avail. Bubbly skin of a head that disipates far too quickly for me-lifeless amber body, chock full of white floaters. Almost looks like rancid apple juice...

Loads of bubblegum whiffs knocked me off my chair. There are some notes of bananas and cloves, but you have to ignore that big wallop of Bazooka Joe to find them...

ohhh...if bubblegum were a trait that I enjoyed dominating my beer, then I would be in heaven. sadly, i don't care for it. Tastes of stale ABC gum and rotting fruit. Hardly any finish whatsoever, it's as if the flavors just stops abrubtly.

somehow, this has a great mouthfeel! Great carbonation...too bad it falls flat everywhere else.

I'm not going to rate the drinkability; i think that can be answered pretty easily if you read the review up until this point.

This is either a bad beer, or it doesn't age well. Like many other beers, I will try this one again, hopefully a fresh one to test my theory. Please forgive me Goose Island, but I know you can do better.

 1,286 characters

Photo of sweemzander
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into Duvel glass. Bottled on 03/10/08 printed on the back label.

(A)- Pours a murky brown mahogany. No head ever formed. Tiny bit of tan bubbles forming around the surface ring.

(S)- Molasses aroma teamed with a bready/yeast smell with some raisin component. A touch of bananna and a rather funky chocolate milk smell at the end.

(T)- Creamy bread with tons of banannas. Some sweet honey/molasses nuances combined with some strange burnt caramel on the finish.

(M)- Really smooth and creamy. Velvety and light-bodied. Delicate; not in your face. The year+ of age probably/really helped the texture of this. The carbonation has subdued to a really nice level that balances it out to a totally silky beverage.

(D)- The over year of age has made this super silky smooth! The 9%abv is nonexistent and has melded with the brew beautifully, but I am feeling it now that its gone! I think that the actual flavors have become a tad too muted to really keep me interested, but its one of the smoothest beers I have ever experienced! *I want to retry/re-review a fresh one to compare the difference.*

 1,118 characters

Photo of katan
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a goblet

A - Pours a brown to almond color. Very thick, hazy, must be bottle conditioned. Head formation is extremely vigorous but gone almost immediately.

S - A sugar sweet combination of maple syrup and raisins. A small amount of yeast scents are in the background. Some phenolic notes.

T - Starts off with a very light malt note, mainly raisins. No hop notes in this one, but the bitterness does show mid-stream. Can't miss on the phenolic hits. Finishes with a sugar sweetness of raisins and malt notes. Aftertaste is clinging and sweet as well.

M - Moderate body - there is lots of unfermentable sugars in here, as well as a hotness from the higher abv. Very cloying sweetness - seems high for a dubbel.

D - Moderate to low drinkability. The abv on this beer sneaks up on me big time, hiding behind that sugar sweet base. Not filling at all.

Nice to try, but almost reminds me of a fermented raisin puree.

 935 characters

Photo of gordavidson
2.9/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2009 Vintage.

A- An absolutely clear orange beer with a thin and splotchy white head. Rather dull looking, but not unappealing.

S- Walnuts, caramel, a bit of plastic, cherries, and a touch of alcohol. Pretty unique smelling for the style.

T- Surprisingly tart with a huge cherry and grape flavor. There is a slight caramel malt backbone to it.

M- The tartness leaves a residual puckering feeling in the mouth. The carbonation level is nice though.

D- Not a very good example for the style and honestly, not all that appealing. I really wish I didn't have a bomber of this.

 577 characters

Photo of popery
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good beer and a bit of surprise to me. It has the flavor and aroma of candied fruits. The beer is a dusky amber with red-gold highlights. A gentle head caps it off. It doesn't quite fulfill my notion of a Dubbel, but it's been awhile since my last. The beer is very sweet with a malt flavor that could almost work in a barleywine. It packs a lot of fruit flavors, including plums, grapes and overripe peaches. It's a very nice Belgian yeast strain for an American brewery with good phenols. The beer is right on the edge of booziness, but the balanced sweetness keeps it from going too far. Before tasting the beer, I was trying to maintain some skepticism in spite of my great enjoyment of the BCS. While Pere Jacques might not be quite as perfectly executed as that fantastic beer, it is still quite good in its own right.

 829 characters

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

12 oz bottle, 2008 vintage, poured into a wide-mouthed glass.

Pours a rich copper color with visible yeast. Medium white head quickly fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing.

Has an inviting aroma of breaded malts, caramel, apple, plum, and toffee.

Taste starts with caramel malt and nuts and finishes with an appealing mix of toasty grains and complex fruitiness of plum, apple, cherry, and peach.

Mouthfeel is very appetizing - just the right amount of smoothness and carbonation. It feels like it coats the tongue and roof of the mouth. Alcohol is only slightly noticeable, quite an achievement considering its 9% ABV. This makes it a very drinkable Dubbel, but it is a little too sweet to be a session beer.

 721 characters

Photo of spointon
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Goose Island dock party at the Fullerton Brewery on 5/20/2009.

A= This ale poured a hazed orange/amber color with a 1/4" cream colored head. The head quickly dropped to a skim and left slight lace on my glass.

S= Being a super fresh glass, this ale smelled pretty good. I noted a nice sweet malt base, caramel, toffee, and some fruity esters in there.

T= Started off big, with notes of caramel-y malt sweetness, dark candied fruit, and toffee. The yeast was a nice Belgian strain with some funkiness but nothing over the top. Lots of warming alcohol in the finish.

MF= Heavy side of medium bodied with a slick and velvety feel.

D= Definitely a sipper but a tasty one. much better fresh and on tap than I have experienced in bottles.

 768 characters

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pere Jacques 2009 poured into a Goblet.

A - pours a dark amber color with read hues and an off white, dense head that is about .5 in and dissipates into a film. It seems oily.

S - As i poured it I could smell some sweet alcohol tones and caramel. Upon closer inspection some peach tones and slight initial malt plus some nuts as well. Slight hop character almost none existent.

T - Fruity initial taste, some nuts and malts in the middle and finishes with some more fruits like prunes and peaches. Mild alcohol taste. Limited hop character.

M - Medium bodied, very sweet. Oily.

D - Drinkable for the ABV. Refreshing but a little too sweet for multiples.

 659 characters

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.66/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz screw cap brown bottle with awesome label with a nice history of the beer. Brewed 2006; the bottle says this will keep 5 years.

Appearance: Deep garnet/brown beer with lots of fine/medium sediment in suspension, capped with a dark ivory cap which soon fades to a film and thick ring

Smell: Tons of malt; this is definitely a malt-forward Belgian-style. There are strong rich bready tones, backed up by buttery caramel and slight hints of alcohol. This is beautiful

Taste: There are huge rich dark bread tones here, along with quite mild alcohol, strong hints of rich chocolate, toasty grain with a mild (and pleasant) huskiness, just a ghost of malted milk candy...this has lost absolutely nothing in the 3 years in the bottle

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium; rich and full

Drinkability: High for the abv/style

Conclusion: A home run from Goose Island; in 2007 I bought two bottles from this bottling; I drank one right away; this I've saved until now and it is FANTASTIC for its aging. A bit less fruitiness than you might expect from the style, but the malty/toasted/chocolate qualities are absolutely top-drawer. One of Goose Island's best; this proves the quality of their operation. This went perfectly with dried figs and pumpernickel.

 1,274 characters

Photo of bamadog
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle and poured into a tulip on 5/5/09.

Appearance: Coppery and ruby in color; appears a little cloudy with a little sediment floating throughout; starts with a nice 1 figner head that is slightly off-white that fades into a fairly thick skim that is firm.

Smell: Not a ton coming through the nose, but there is some sweet candied fruity smells emanating as well as some yeast; a slight presence of alcohol in the nose as it warms.

Taste: Fairly mild and not at all overpowering in the mouth. Doesn't really compete with some other Belgians that I've had, but still not the worst I've ever had either. There is some standard spicey flavors to it - corriander and nutmeg; slightly fruity and the yeast comes through nicely; slight taste of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Fairly clean and light; leaves the palate a little sticky; slightly warm in the mouth and chest.

Drinkability: Not too bad, but not one of my favorites of the style thus far. If the flavor was a little more to my liking, I would raise it, but really for what it did for me with a bigger ABV, I feel the need to rank this a little lower.

 1,111 characters

Photo of bruningmd
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby-brownish color with a thin creamy, sticky head that disappated and left a ring on the glass

S: Cherries, plums, pepper, lemon zest, malt

T: Ripened fruits, walnuts, lemon peel, a hint of fresh ground pepper, very tasty

MF: hits in a wave of flavor, lasting just a second before a slight alcohol astringency hits the back of the tongue, passes quickly though. Feels full-bodied but not heavy, smooth but not heavy, robust but not coagulated.

D: This is as excellent an American interpretation of a Belgian strong ale. Sweet, yet not overbearing.

 561 characters

Photo of seaoflament
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dave for the opportunity to try another Goose Island beer, so far all have been quite solid. This review is of the newly released bombers, 2009 vintage (8% abv.).

Pours dark amber with reddish highlights and very good clarity. The head produced was not very impressive, almost a half inch that quickly fell down to a ring. Decent ring retention, no lace on the sides though.

Fruity on the nose with light aromas of raisins, dried cherries, red apples, and hints of clove and alcohol in the background. Lightly toasted malt base with a touch of biscuit. There's also a bit of noble hop aroma in the background, earthy and spicy. A bit more toast and hints of caramel as the beer opens up. Some nutty malt aromas after I take a few sips. Ah, there we go...hints of chocolate, powdered sugar, banana, and rose perfume.

Toasted malts upfront with a bit of astringency on the tip of the tongue, a touch of sour cherry, fruitiness, and soft alcohol in the finish. Quite light on the palate and something just seems off...like a dried and slightly sour cherry flavor. A tad too thin in my opinion, considering the 8% alc. Lacks a bit more complexity, and I think aging this for at least a year would help in this department. Very faint chocolate flavors in the finish with some nutty malts. Could probably use a tad more sweetness, less attenuation. Hmm, a little more sweetness reveals itself after half the bomber, still finishes quite dry and with a bit of a "twang" is the best way I can describe it. I'm still not 100% convinced and think that some age would benefit this beer.

Medium-high carbonation with a nice dryness in the finish. Low bitterness and quite easy to drink. Would love to try this one with a year or two on it.

 1,742 characters

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz 2007 bottle poured into a Pint Glass at Jersey's. Bottled on 12/28/07!

A - Dark amber color loaded with yeast in the glass despite my best efforts to keep it out. Absolutely no head on the pour.

S - Strong malty yeast smell with light fruit esters with a bready smell.

T - Heavy on the sweet toasted malts with some strong yeast sediment and white fruit flavors/ white grape flavor.

M - Smooth and rich the Pere has a medium to full body that goes down well.

D - Its a richer beer that goes down much easier if you relax with it and sip away. The 9% hides well though.

100th Beer Reviewed.

 601 characters

Photo of WakeandBake
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nearly opaque dark murky brown color body with a medium off-white lasting head . Aroma is bready,yeasty, apples and dateswith some faint clove and bananna esters. Flavor is earthy,malty and spicy/sweet with some apples.rasins,caramel,with just a bit of the alcohol coming through. Medium to heavy carbonation,medium body with a dry finish and mouthfeel. Quite sessionable despite the 9% ABV. Another fine brew from Goose Island.

 430 characters

Photo of getkrunkhoe
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

App-hazy brown/dark yellow color, no head for my glass.

Ar- dark candi sugar present, sweet malty notes, baked goods kinda smell.

Taste- was sweet, yeast, bit of dark fruit notes kinda lingers.

Mfeel-smooth yet heavy.

Dr- pleasant beer for style.

 250 characters

Photo of beveritt
4.89/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Label is an off white parchment with a description of the beer and birth of the beer. Pere Jacques is written larger in script. Bottled on 12/27/07.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of one finger of off white head. This settles to a thin island of foam above the nucleation site and a ring around the glass. Some lacing as i drink the beer. The beer itself is mahogany with a slight hint of red and opaque. Slight cloudiness. No sediment remains in the bottle, which is surprising. Either it all poured out, or the beer is transferred following some storage period.

Smell: Strong, sweet smell upfront. Smells of dark sugar and dried fruit. Hints of cinnamon spiciness.

Taste: Wow, what an explosion of flavor. Tart cherry like flavor upfront, with a sweet, sugary, malt backbone. Hints of spiciness, cloves and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level, enough to prevent this sweet beer from being syrupy. Body is very good, with a mouth-coating like slickness.

Drinkability: I am going to buy more of this soon, Very soon. What a great, full flavored drink. This one has a little over a year on it and I can only imagine how well these will age.

 1,223 characters

Photo of taez555
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes. Tasted 3/25/09

This beer poured a very clear dark amber body with a thick off-white/tan head.

Nose is very fruity, spicy and yeasty. Sort of like a cross between Budweiser and duvel.

Body is medium to full bodied and immediately strikes me as a very clean, clear Belgian golden or triple. Very nice, loads of ripe fruits but not overly yeasty or wheaty. Lots of sweet Belgian candy sugar touches. Big, sticky sweet malt. There's a very mild Belgian Earth hop touch and just enough bitter to not out, but to give some balance.

This is really a fantastic Belgian Golden/Triple ale. All that's missing is the yeast in the bottle. Beyond that, this could be a trappist ale. Honestly this is what I might imagine Westy 6 to taste like.

 755 characters

Photo of KBomb
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark copper-brown beer without much of a head to it. Smell is fruity sweetness: raspberry, brown sugar, and tiny bit of grapefruit peel. Taste is dominated by smooth fruity-sweet esters on the front end, but a background of caramel malts. Lightly carbonated but fairly heavy and sticky. Add to that its high ABV, and its a one and done.

Not too shabby. I'm still kind of new to Belgian style beers, but I'll drink more of this in the future.

 442 characters

Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 77.5% out of 100 with 2,300 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.