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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2004

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Ratings: 2,310 |  Reviews: 886
Photo of bashiba
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy red/brown color with a very little head that was gone almost instantly.

Smell is a very nice strong fruity maltness to it. Very sweet and toffee like as well.

Taste has a big sweet malty and toffee intial taste that quickly switches to a nice warm hop sensation as it trickles down your throat. A very pleasant taste that isn't nearly as overpowering as the smell would leave you to believe. Also much more balanced than many others of this style I have had in the past.

Mouthfeel is very full and tingly with some nice warming thanks to the alcohol.

Drinkability is very good, especially for a beer this big.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn’t know Goose Island had it in ’em! Dark brown color with ruby tones. Thick and fluffy beige head and nice lacing. The aroma is full with malt, dark fruits and spices. Rich body with a smooth array of flavors, from sweet malt, plum, and banana to spices and hops. The finish is flavorful with yeast, and a bit of spicy alcohol. This is probably the best Goose Island beer out there.

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Photo of keilerdunkel
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated 4/16/04

Pours a cloudy, light brown with a 2" head that disipated quickly and left minimal lacing. Very sweet malty aroma with some dried fruit (raisins?) Taste is very similar to the aroma, but I could not help noticing the alcohol bite which takes away from the smoothness, but it had the right amount of carbonation.

I have not tried too many dubbels, and this was good but I think it could improve with age (as they state on the bottle). I think I will have to buy some more and try to cellar them to see.

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Photo of Skidz
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out hazy orange brown and sits a cloudy sienna in the glass witha foamy off-white head boasting awesome lacings and has great staying power.

Smells of light diactyl with spiciness up front. Sweet caramel, very mild aromatic hos and well balanced sugary sweetness with some fruity esters.

Tastes of sugary fruits up front: apples, plums, pears, then moves into caramle and diacetyl with alcohol emerging. Finishes dry with continuing sweetness from the fruity esters.

Full bodied with mild carbonation. Rich and creamy feeling. A delightful Belgian style ale, perfect for sipping any time. Would make a good pair for an Asian or mid-Eastern dish.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious, sweet, candyish aroma seeps out and pervades the atmosphere the moment I uncap this ale, and now anticipation is high, and the race is on to get this taste down the throat and into the stomach...but first...
Appearance: hazy auburn hue, thick and caramelly, under a prodigious head of creamy, almost pudding-esque foam...looks great...smells?
Divine! Toffee meets spices, nuts, vanilla, cocoa, ...we've got dessert on the way, here! Rather light, but not shy with flavor, big sweetness, in just the right doses.
Taste: the same and then some. Rich, thick, lush texture, big, rewarding mouthfeel...this is some nice stuff! Flavor spends it's time washing all over the senses, playing here and there, leaving traces and drops of deliciousness wherever it may.
As a frequent fan of dubbels, I find no fault at all here, and in fact see this among the higher stratum. I've enjoying many good brews from the Goose, and I'm finally ecstatic to know that they can crank out something truly stellar! That's what this is, to me, a big, malty, sweet, tasty, nearly decadent creation. Citric notes intervene near the end, and they play well with the other flavors. 9%? Didn't feel it at all, until...now...goodnight, ...and cheers to the fine brewers at Goose for turning stuff like this out...and to faernt for sending it my way!

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Photo of clvand0
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red color with a thick fluffy head that sticks around for a while. Sweet and malty aroma with a little fruit and some spices. Smells very pleasing. Flavor is sweet and malty with some fruits thrown in there. There is also a small spice character. The finish reminds me of a brown sugar sweetness. Has a nice body and it's easy to drink. I'll definately have this one again.

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

Pours a ruddy brown with a nice 2 finger cream brown head. Smells wonderfully yeasty when swirled around the glass. Fruit hides in the background. Immediate malt rush with a big wag of cherry and plum on top. Turns slightly bitter with a leathery feel on it's way out. Grainy texture. Alcohol is there but it's held at bay by the dark fruity malt. Highly drinkable but deadly at 9%. Nice beer GI.

Thanks to MJR for this one.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very hazy amber with a nice 3-finger head. Head stays for a while and leaves a decent amount of lacing. Smells very sweet and fruity. Not too much though. Just the right amount of sweetness and malts to make it a wonderful sniffer. Very sweet tasting at first. Nice and malty with hints and grape and raisens. On the finish it smoothes out and the alcohol really shines through. Warms you right up the whole way down the chest. Nice bubblegum taste in the mouth. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a nice amount of carbonation. Hops abound the aftertaste. Very drinkable, especially considering the high alcohol content. A wonderful treat to drink. Many thanks to bashiba for sending two of these to me. One of the best brews I've had to date.

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

Every week over the past couple months, I've picked up a different Goose Island brew to try from my local beer store. I saved this one for last since it looked intriguing - no big goose head on the label for starters! It pours a murky reddish brown with a very slight head. The smell is quite sweet, reminiscent of apples. The taste is very good - a full, fruity core with a fair amount of alcohol bite to it. While I am still a relative newcomer to Belgian styles such as this, I very much enjoyed it. Way to go, Goose!

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Photo of aracauna
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The dark brown takes on a gorgeous ruby tone when held to the light. The head is a little small for style and is the faintest of khakis. The aroma is full of candy sugar and plums. Some toffee and a little tiny bit of banana. The flavor is pretty much the same with just a slight pepperiness from the alcohol. Really not a bad American-made Belgian strong, but the candy sugar flavor seems a little strong.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with an attractive but wordy label on it. I didn't scan it too closely, but I don't believe it says it's a Dubbel anywhere on the bottle. It says "Belgian style ale" and it is 9% ABV, so one can assume it is a Dubbel, but the label didn't appear to give an answer.

The color is a brown and amber with a cloudy look. It looks thick and rich sitting in the glass.

The aroma is strong with figs, grae, malt, and caramel. The taste backs up the aroma very well. It tastes of figs, banana oil, cinnamon, apple, all around fruitiness, clove, and a sweet hoppy and heavy finish. The body on it is medium and the sweetness makes it seem heavier than it really is. I found this beer to be quite enjoyable.

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

Pours a clouded tawny brown with a thick, almost creamy, light tan head. Aroma consists of candied raisins, dark fruit, malt, yeast and a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is full-bodied. Starts with a malt and candied raisin front. Yeast and fruit (plum) taste follows. Warming alcohol feeling is noticeable as it nears the back of the tongue and down the throat. Nice to see that Goose Island is packaging an offering that further shows its brewing capabilities.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep ruby red color with two fingers of off-white head. There is a bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is sweet and malty. Lots of raisin, currant, and plum present, a touch of brown sugar. The slightest dose of alcohol. The taste is also sweet. Roasted malt accents all of the dark fruits. Candied plums and raisins. Reminds me of Christmas. A little bit of clove and pepper on the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and strong, yet smooth. The drinkability is scary good for a 9% brew. An awesome Belgian style brew from the guys and gals at Goose Island. Who'da thunk it?

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

Pours a cloudy ruby brown color with a huge light brown head that sticks to the sides of my glass. Fruity sweet and spicy aromas, sugary plum and grape flavors, medium to full bodied with a crisp and carbonated mouthfeel, finishes with some brown sugar sweetness.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a murky copper red with a one finger creamy head that dissapated to a light beige lace on top of the beer.

The smell was heavy in apricots with a hint of apple and hop spice.

The drink started with a thick fruit kick followed by a hop kick in the middle. The finish was a lingering apricot with a noticable alcohol warmth. It should also be noted that as the beer warmed the taste seemed to linger around longer.

All and all a very drinkable beer that I found quite refreshing. I'd love to stumble across this one again.

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

This beer poured a cloudy reddish amber color and formed a small bubbly light tan head that left circular lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel, raisin and banana. The flavor was of malt, caramel and candy with a hint of the alcohol in the background. The finish is light, with a sweet, buttery aspect to the finish with a warming feel of the alcohol.

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

Not unlike some trappist dubbels, were it not for the lingering grain. I taste some Westmalle here. Mostly to style. Cocoa and prunes.

Artificially sweet -- mostly from the alcohol which lends a stimulating fullness to this beer, but also makes it frantically hot on the back of the throat.

The yeast is unbalanced. It highlights the prunes, but also the obnoxiously persistent grain and alcohol. More a hodge-podge black and tan of dubbel and tripel than a dubbel in its own right.

Tastes like a hot fermentation -- as if the brewers failed to adjust for the fact that this yeast would probably be more active than their house strain and produce more heat.

The finish is an awful coming together raisins/prunes, chocolate, raw alcohol, wheat, rubber, and more peppery phenols.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bit on the hazy side, and it is an amber color. It is fairly well carbonated, and shows a tan head when roused. I get aromas of alcohol, cherries, and malt. As I smell deeper the dominant alcohol in the nose begins to die down and more of the fruitiness (raisin and fig, but the cherries certainly dominate) is able to peek out. The taste is fruity up front and finishes with a slight bit of spiciness. There is quite a bit of sweetness left in this beer, it adds to the richness and picks up the fruit notes that are found in this beer. This is pretty enjoyable and would probably age quite well.

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

Bloodied apricot and totally opaque. The head is modest and tan, but it resides the duration as it imitates wet, whipped milk.
The nose is primarily sweet, full of candied green raisins, dates, and brown sugar. Secondarily, it is astringent with a metallic waft of hard water minerals and rusty pipes.
Begins with a heavy fortification of sugar. Brown, cane, processed, raw, it hardly matters; they are all here. It gradually forms into a rough cookie sensation, one that rests somewhere in between sugar-sprinkled molasses, and the doughier, vanilla-frosted gingerbread. Fruitiness is minimal, only appearing as jellied dates and figs. There is a candied yam sense here too. Later, burnt apricots and chocolate are noticed on the periphery, and gradually seep into the mainframe. Traces of hard water are noticed, and seem generally out of place, though the metallic minerals they provide yield some aiding dryness. Hopping isn't explicit, but is manifest around the swallow via chlorophyll and algae, and provides just enough living greenness, and adequate drying bitterness. Alcohol contributions are tempered but suggest dark rum. It seems to be missing some spicy traits that a good dubbel (or Strong Belgian Dark Ale) would normally possess, but that is easily overlooked in this unique package.
Despite the unabashed sweetness, this retains enough structure through dough and plant life and liveliness of body to harness the sugars and makes this superlatively drinkable. There is nothing cloying here, even though there probably should be.
This is flawed in part, but damned if it ain’t tasty.
Bring your sweet tooth and dig in.

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

appears a very dark and thick amber color, not all to different of your average dubbel. A thick and somewhat creamy head is also present.

smells of plums, caramel, and a slight tinge of alcohol. I really dont know how to describe the taste on this one. It is sweet, tasting as it smells, fruity, some alcoholic esters. This beer reminds me all to much of Sprecher Abbey Tripple. Overall a decent offering from goose island, the second of theirs I have tried behind honkers.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice looking scarlet red appearance. A half finger light beige head has great retention. Lacing is quite full. Awesome nose. Bubblegum, rock candy, cinamon bread. Belgian malts and a little splash of alcohol as well on the nose. Quite sweet it seems to be. The flavor follows suit with the aroma to a large extent. Big on the sweet cotton candy/ bubblegum esters. Some raisin and fig as well. A little tree bark. Some spicy pepper tones. Yeasty cookie dough attributes. I really like this dubbel. The mouthfeel is fizzy and sharp and the body is close to light. This is one of the best dubbels I've had the pleasure of consuming. Sheds a new light on Goose Island for me.

Gotta shoot out some props to TavernJeff for sliding one of these my way in our last trade.

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Photo of beerinator
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Pere Jacques big bowled belgian glass at the Wrigley brewery. Nice frothy head. Caramel nutty colored, with a tan tinged head.

Aroma: Slightly sour with the majority of the smells coming from sweet malt and fruit. Alcohol comes through in the aroma.

Taste: Very smooth. The mouthfeel is great, there is little carbonation felt on the tongue. The beer seems devoid of any hop flavors. The finish lingers with caramelly sweetness. There are hints of grape in the flavor.

Notes: Excellent beer. A don't miss treat.

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

This beer pours a little thickly with a smallish, ivory, tight-bubbled head. It has a pleasantly, tropical fruity smell. I can't place the fruit. It might be mango. The taste is the big thing with the aforementioned fruit and cinnamon. The mouthfeel is silky and it's very drinkable.

There aren't any quirks here but, it is very well made and worth having more. It's good to find another beer made in the USA that has the strength and quality of its Belgian inspiration.

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Photo of studentofbeer
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours into an ommegang goblet a very pretty burnished mahogany red/brown with a slight light tan head that quickly falls to nothing but a halo around the glass.

The smell is light at first, but picks up more as the beer warms. This is definitely one to taste just slightly chilled. It smells of dark fruit like plum, sugar, yeasty bread, cinammon and a bit of spicy brandy.

Taste has some residual sweetness with some bready malt in the middle. There's a spiced plum fruit note, as well as a bit of red grape and raisin, some caramel and a mildly medicinal/phenolic taste that comes in and out with the spicy yeast.

The beer coats the mouth with a light bitterness and grainy sugar. Carbonation is quite full, but it's very easy to sip.

Overall a very nice, relaxing, warming beer. Complexity is intermediate, and the beer is pretty well balanced. The sugar comes on pretty strong, but that is typical for the style. It does stick around in the aftertaste a bit more than I'd like, but it isn't bad. The medicinal flavor isn't really an off flavor, but more an interaction of the alcohol characteristics with the spice of the yeast.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque dark brown, slight mahogany glow towards the bottom, a whipped and frothy smooth, dusty tan cap grows to about a half inch, poofs down slowly to a thin haze and sufficient collar. Lace is drippy, some big globs stick, but also drip back in after a while.

Aroma is a bit restrained at first, but pleasant with a nice fruity display of banana and raisin, bits of bready yeast, caramel, and a light interplay of alcohol proceeds within. Warmth brings it up a notch better which is accompanied by medicinal phenolic heat.

Taste is eager yet yielding of some inobtrusive raisin, dark grapes, banana, and plum. A bit vinuos in tang and alcohol, dark caramel seeps from underneath with a moderate chocolate sweeping just before the finish which gathers in slight dry leafy hops and alcohol spice with smaller hints of leftover fruits. Subtle, warm, with a classy flare of fruityness. Nice.

Feel is quite warm, well-rounded, firm, creamy fullish body, but there's a trustworthy fluffy texture that insues within the carbonation thats really nice. A well heated, covetous, complex body and character that kept me inticed the whole glass through.

When first poured, sniffed, and sipped, I was disappointed, but I let it sit for about 30 minutes and then it didn't take long for me to really like it. It was around mid-glass where it truly blossomed into its own and became quite nice. From there on in, this was a real treat. Not overly complex, but has a real nice relaxing quailty to it.
Many thanks to silenius for the many samples!

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Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,310 ratings