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 bamadog
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of bruningmd
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of getkrunkhoe
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of beveritt
4.89/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

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Photo of taez555
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of KBomb
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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

Pours a nice toasty amber, that is clean and clear with about 3/4 of an inch of fluffy, bubbly, white head. When held to the light, there are some orange and red hues that come out.

Smell is of burnt sugar, caramel, dried apricot and just a hint of alcohol.

Taste is a lot of sugary, estery goodness up front. Their is a very strong taste of sweet, juicy fruits that comes out in this beer. Lots of brown sugar/caramel also comes out, but its not cloying in anyway.

The mouthfeel is a tad watery for 9% but that isn't anything worth punishing this beer for as I really am enjoying it.

Very drinkable, I've put one away for awhile to see how it changes.

Thanks to akokandy for this one in a recent trade!

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

Poured from bottle into St. Bernardus chalice.

A- Amber, brown, slight orange color. Very little head.

S- Sweet smell of malt, fruity in the background. Hint of spices. Slight presence of alchohol.

T- slightly sweet taste. Detect the same fruitines that was in the smell. Alcohol is well hidden.

D- A very drinkable beer.

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

2007 Vintage

From notes 1-29-09

Eye: The beer pours a brown cloudy color with some hints of red that supports a very small head, like a very thin blanket. I didn't expect this one to be cloudy, but then again, I didn't expect it to be brown in color either. Head formation and retention aren't all they could be...lacing is thin and spotty, could use work as well.

Nose: Lots of dark fruit in the nose-plums and rasins-alcohol is detectable. I also get hints of orange peel. Also some dark sweet malt aroma though its hard to pick out exactly what it is, its there behind the fruity aromas and alcohol. Fairly complex aroma, sweet fruity tones mingle with sweet dark malt aromas and yeast character to produce a great nose on this brew. Wish I could describe it better but I really can't.

Tongue: Malt character is more present in flavor than in aroma. Definitely some Special B and chocolate in this brew. Alcohol comes through as spicy and helps to add complexity to the brew. It pairs quite nicely with the dark fruity tones. Notes of rasin come through to pair and compliment the chocolate tones quite nicely. Sort of an orangey citrus taste that lingers towards the finish/in the aftertaste. All in all this is quite a nice beer, though I can't help but say that there is something in there that just sticks out for just an instant that seems it doesn't belong...I can't say what it is though...

Feel and Drinkability: Full bodied and heavy with light carbonation. The beer feels exactly as it should. It leaves the mouth with a coating of what I'd say is a slick wetness. The feel matches the flavor and aroma so I've no qualms with it. This is one that I'd consider buying again, though I think that I'd rather go for something more authentic, there seems to be such a difference between belgian styles brewed in the U.S. and those same styles brewed in Belgium. I don't know, I guess for the price-about $10 a four-pack its right....most belgians are at least $12 a four.

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Photo of MDekker
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours out a dark brown orange color, hazy, with just a thin head. Not a very hard pour. An inch left in the bottle.

S: A smooth, fruit-laced caramel aroma, mostly sweet but with a hint of hops.

T: Really good - pleasant, dark fruit flavors, caramel flavors (again), hints of the alcohol too. It's good, but I don't have the adjectives for it, as I'm a little too inexperienced with these Belgian ales. Yeasty, too?

M: While the carbonation doesn't make for a frothy head, but it's just the right consistency for a pleasant mouthfeel.

D: Couldn't pack these in, but it's a good ride.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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 :)

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Photo of ThePeskyDingo
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stella Artois goblet. Pours with a half finger head that dissipated rather quickly. Dark amber color with many fine yeast sediments floating within.

Smells like raisins and brown sugar. Malty.

Tastes of dry fruits, baked brown sugar.

Mouthfeel has a light carbonation to it. Relatively easy to drink.

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Photo of a10t2
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Brown twist-off bottle with a bottling date of 3/10/08. Poured into a tulip glass with a thin white head that dissipated quickly with no lacing. The beer is a ruddy brown and clear, but FULL of yeast particles. There's no sedimentation whatsoever, so no possibility of leaving the yeast in the bottle.

S: Sweet malty aroma with lots of dried fruits and just a hint of alcohol.

T: Strongly malty with the alcohol also very up-front. Plums, raisins, maybe figs with a nice toasty background. There's actually a little noble hop character lingering in the aftertaste. The yeast flavor is restrained by Belgian standards, but in good balance.

M: Adequate carbonation to keep it light, but still smooth and vinous from the alcohol.

D: The yeast is a little off-putting, but otherwise it's very pleasant. I didn't have any trouble getting through it like occasionally happens with high-gravity beers.

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Photo of adamette
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio a few weeks ago for $2.75 for the one bottle. Poured into my clean, clear Chimay goblet.

A Nice frothy light brown head over a ruby brown body. I do see grains, yeast floating in the beer and there was sediment in the bottle and at the bottom of my goblet.

S Sweet malt, some grains. Nothing too remarkable.

T Sweet malt carries over into the taste with some yeast grains and very little bitterness but I do detect some distant hops. This is not a "wow" taste for me.

M Moderate with big malt.

D Fair. I only bought one but I cannot see drinking more than one in a sitting.

Notes: The Matilda from Goose Island was much more impressive. This was a bit pedestrian. The beer that was intended to go in this glass (Chimay) is far superior as well. I consider this a very average Dubbel.

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Photo of mothman
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 11/07/08

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass.

Pours about a 1 finger creamy tan head. Color is a robust burnt copper. Head fizzles down pretty quick, but still leaves some good lacing.

The aroma is kind of weak for a Belgium. It is kind of musky with notes of dry fruit. Slight cherries shine through.

Taste is of the heavy dried fruit. I wasn't expecting this dark of a beer, but I was way off. Very malty with slight grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy and bitter at the same time. Leaves a sticky aftertaste. Good carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid beer. Couldn't even taste the 9% abv. However, I like other styles of Belgiums.

EDIT (4-18-09)
I have no idea what I was talking about in the aroma. This is a great smelling Belgium beer. I also noted the brown sugar taste. And the drinkability is great, but the 9% is well hidden and could easily sneak up on you.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not an expert on Dubbels, but there are some that I like, and some that I don't like. I liked this one (forgive me for not being a purist, Belgians may have invented and mastered Belgian brews, but other people can still do them well).

Pours a cloudy brown color, surprisingly heady, slight lacing. Pretty well carbonated.

Smells dark and musty and slightly sweet. Taste is mostly yeasty, some slight hints of raisin or date, sweet finish with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

It feels thick and dark on the tongue, but the carbonation helps lighten it up. I could drink a couple of these. I like it.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, 2007 vintage, into my St. Bernardus chalice. This beer is about 14 months old at this point.

A: Pours a clear ruby red with a disappointingly thin tan head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving a fizzy, crackling surface. Rather meh.

S: Malty and rummy with a lot of dark fruit character, this smells pretty darned good. Mild chocolate and raisin character present

T: Opens up with plenty of malt and fruit sweetness, maybe a bit much? Mildly fusely with some alcohol, this one's a little sweeter than I'd like. Finishes rather dry with some phenolic character

M: While being light, this tastes surprisingly sweet, not to my liking. Decent finish, good carbonation.

D: This is a bit of a bother to drink - not my favorite representation of one of the styles I haven't figured out yet.

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Photo of cproioi
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy yeast filled dark red body with a minimal head that is off white. The beer is loaded with the aroma of malts, alcohol and Belgian candy sugar. The taste is full of chewy caramel and dark fruit malt flavors with slight fusal alcohol notes with a backing of sugary Belgian Candy. The beer is sugary with and chewy with candy. It's a nice beer but not my favorite from Goose Island.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a La Choulette glass. Bottled on 04/03/07, from a 4-pack

A- Pere J. Pours a slightly red to dark amber color with a belgian like exploding head. Something you would see on a De Dolle only smaaller. The foam is a condensed dark tan color sticking around forever. Sticky lacing.

S- This dubbel has fruit scents galore with apple pear and spices like clove and sweets like sugar syrup and caramel. Some yeast and alcohol. This has an authentic Belgian smell too it.

T- The fruits and malts come through aggressive giving off apple pear and caramel from the malt. Yeast is also apparent in this foreign attempt. A bit of sweet toffeee and brown sugar. A decent dubbel.

M- Medium mouthfeel with an overall sweetness coming from the malts. No bitterness to speak of. Some alcohol maybe a bit too much. This mouth could use work.

D- I love goose island so this one is ok in my book but there are better examples out there. A better mouthfeel and a dominate flavor could of helped. The 9% could be a problem though. I have to try a fresh bottle top compare, i'll be back.

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Photo of Gump
3.07/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(bottled 11/07/08)*

Clean copper color with tight carbonation and moderate head.
Grainy, bready aroma. Not picking up any yeast or hop aroma.**

Tingly mouthfeel.
Some dry, peppery spice at the edges of my tongue and back of my throat. I cannot detect the high ABV content.

Finishes clean with a mild bitter hop aftertaste.

Pere Jacques has components of a great beer, but it doesn't come together with enough body or malt complexity to be great. I'm feeling underwhelmed and expected more.

* Perhaps it's a bit young?
** Just getting over a cold.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured cloudy brown color with a large rocky tan head that lasted with good lacing. Aroma was very complex of malt and fruit. Flavor was as complex with malt, yeast and sweet a finish of long duration. Medium body with a sticky texture,

Very good brew.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Poured hazy reddish amber with medium foam - some retention and lacing.

Smell is a fruity malt combination - along with some spices that I couldn't quite put my finger on.

Taste - I got some sour cherry, amidst the heavy malt. Definitely had that Belgian yeast taste to it. Lingering hop finish with some bitter aftertaste.

Very light carbonation in the mouth - taste is otherwise very full, almost syrupy in the mouth.

Drinkability was ok - the 9% sneaks up on you. I could have had another, but have found other GI offerings to be much more drinkable.

Re-reviewed October 2011 and found to be much better than initial impressions.

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Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,309 ratings