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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Reviews: 880 | Ratings: 2,296
Photo of Foxybrau
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy caramel pour with a light, creamy head that lingers as a khaki ring around the glass. The nose really sings of yeast, malt, and Sour Punch Straws. Sorry, I couldn't resist, but it is true! Loved those things. Candied fruit is at the front of the flavor profile as well with a warm, smooth, boozy finish. Goose Island brings it again for me. Strong and interesting brew.

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Photo of FFreak
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from July 2012 poured into tulip glasses and shared. Beautiful clear chestnut brown color with half finger of slightly off-white head that dissipates and leaves minimal lacing. Nice dried fruit and Belgian candy aroma. Taste is delicious and perfect to the style - raisins, currants, dried apricot, candy, and a slight sharp bitterness to offset the sweet. Mouth feel was dryer than I expected, making the beer seem thin for style, but actually probably makes it more drinkable. Overall, a pretty solid take on the Belgian Dubbel, albeit a bit pricey in this case ($9.50 for 22 oz).

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Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

2012 vintage, 2 years aged.
Caramelized malt and maple sugar. Great roundness and no trace of alcohol. Long sweet bitterness and hint of hops. Very nice

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +1.8%

2012 bottle
Has a maghony color body with a thin head
aroma is of dark fruit
taste has a little sweetness to it and dark fruit notes.
mouthfeel is good and smooth and overall aged wellm

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Photo of Hipgezus
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Abbey's aren't my favorite style, but I enjoy one every now and then. I prefer a tripel or a saison. I'm aging a couple of 2013's though to see how they develop.

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Photo of AirBob
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Notes from 10/15/14. Bottled in 2/2012.

A - Cloudy redish-brown body. Thin layer of off-white head.

S - A little dark fruit. Some spice. Molasses and burnt caramel. Some alcohol comes through as well.

T - Molasses. Tons of sweet caramel. No alcohol. Dark fruit in the middle. Finishes with very rich, smooth caramel notes.

M - Creamy start. Some carbonation in the middle. Thick, syrupy finish.

O - Great dessert beer.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

A lot better than I expected.

I am not a huge fans of Belgians so I had been sitting on this bottle for awhile. I cracked it open when my brother in laws came over. I was pleasantly surprised. It was sweet, smooth beer that I can only imagine aging helped make more subtle. The yeasty flavor was there but it was in the background and also subtle. Overall, a nice beer.

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Photo of Jonada
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Rochefort goblet. Bottled 4/6/2012.

Appearance: Pours a dark rusty dark orange color with less than a finger of an off white head that dissipates almost instantly to nothing. No retention or lacing of any kind. Body is murky and just barely translucent.

Smell: Lots of dark fruit, raisins, dates, candi sugar, slight caramel.


Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slightly oily mouthfeel and fine medium carbonation.


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Photo of Samp01
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy brown with a medium beige head. Aroma and taste is of caramel malt, yeast and some sweet dark fruit notes with light bitterness. Palate is a medium body, mild carbonation with a sweet yeast and light sticky mouth feel. Sweet caramel malt, yeast with light bitterness on the end. A smooth flavorful and tasty brew.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured from 76mL bottle into a snifter, pours a beautiful mahogany color, like nothing I've seen before with a tan 2 finger head and modest lacing. (One of the best pours I've had yet). Aroma is exceptional as well, at first you can smell the 8% alcohol, but then it opens up to some fruitiness (notably raisins or bubble gum), and then a slight matly smell to finish. Taste is not as great as the aroma, still pleasant though. First upon entering my mouth, like the aroma, first taste was the alcohol content, but as it sits in your mouth the fruitiness comes to life and the after taste is that of smoky maltiness. The mouthfeel is very creamy, which is deceptive, as it looks like a very thin bodied beer. Overall a good beer, could be one of the best I've had if the flavor was a bit better. I'd have it time and time again though, for sure!

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%

2012 bottle poured into a tulip. Poured a deep amber touching on brown. One finger white head with good lacing. Oak, banana, and a touch of spice in the aroma. Yeast presence is strong with a fair amount of sweetness akin to mellon going on. Fairly viscous with a nice bitter after bite.

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Photo of stevoj
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

This is the 2012 batch for this brew. Right on target for a Belgian Ale. Taste, color and aroma are all reminiscent of a real Belgian abbey ale. Nice job and well done. Delicious!

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Photo of MaillardRx
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Had the 2013 Pere Jacques out of a bottle.

A: An amber copper color with some sediment suspended in the glass despite a careful pour. Otherwise it is pretty clear. Little to no foam.

S: Very sweet, like maple syrup or honey. Some notes of cloves perhaps?

T: Sweet and belgian malts. Raisin and buttery notes persist.

M: Relatively thin but good for the style.

O: A well-crafted beer. Full of sweet flavors, but I had hoped for something a bit more, I guess. I was just left wanting more. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't pay as much as I did for it.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

Bomber poured into chalice

Pours a copper, ruby rich brown. Clear with amazing strains of yeasts and carbonation. Half finger white foam lid.

Aroma of molasses, fig, prunes, raisins.

Taste of the deep rich fruits and licorice. Amazing.

Smooth mouthfeel , don't taste the 8% abv but! it is there

Great beer. Delicious, complex but not overwhelmingly so. Repeatable and worthy of stocking in your beer fridge.

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Photo of Chevami
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Not the best but definitely not the worst! Quite strong and slightly sweet with
solid mouth feel. I would purchase again despite the fact that Goose Island is

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Photo of Mikus
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 12 ounce bottle from the local bottle shop (took a try on a 2013... thought it could handle the age well)... not expecting be knocked out but wanting to give another Goose Island a try. Poured into my tulip glass. Nothing tremendous on appearance... unfiltered (that's ok), 1/2 finger of head was gone quickly, interesting mahogany hue. The aroma was awesome... raisins and dark fruit, apples or pears, molasses, and of course, Belgium. Aside from the presence of alcohol in the taste, all of the aromas were strong in the flavor profile. Not a ton of the 'funk', and overall a great flavor balance. Velvety mouthfeel... one of the most enjoyable I have tried for mouthfeel. Overall, this was excellent... great balance to this beer, and a pleasant surprise. As a big IPA and stout guy, before long I might be drawn to more of the Belgian styles... pick one up.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 765ml (25.9 oz.) bottle
Glass: Fuller’s London pint glass
From: Armada Wine & Beer Merchant in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Price: $10.99
Purchased: July 4, 2014
Consumed: July 6, 2014
Misc.: Bottled on May 7, 2013 at 8:59 a.m.

Poured a caramel amber color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white head. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Minimal retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled rather boozy up front. Also got grape, Syrah grapes, caramel, plum, slight raspberry, roasty malts, citrus notes and some bubblegum.

Tasted much better than the nose. Got grape, plum, black raspberry, caramel and honey. Got better as it went down.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Smooth, fruity finish.

Really enjoyed this one. Would have it again for sure.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The dubbel is not a favorite Belgian style of mine, but I try to make my way around to the popular and accessible ones. Pours brown with a tan head a finger high. Aromas of dark fruit and banana, maybe clove and spice. The taste is similar, with plum, prune, fig, and spice. Medium-light feel, moderate carbonation, a little tack on the tongue on the finish.

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Photo of utfiero
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a review of the 2013 bottling.

Color- light brown melted toffee. Slight head.

Aroma- thick rich English fruitbread with melted butter.

Taste- A gentle, rich duck butter ale! Starts with rich fig and raisin notes, buttery and rich throughout, with a sweet, whole-grain lingering bread finish. An excellent interpretation of an Abbey Ale!

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 9/28/2013.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO 2013 vintage $10.00 for a 765ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a tulip

A- Very good. Only thing keep this back from a 4.25 is that there was almost no head at all. Other than that very good dark amber color.

S- Excellent. Sickly sweet. watermelon. Clove. Cinnamon and a lot more. Wicked complex.

T- Very good. Hint of vanilla. Not much alcohol at all. As above but with caramel and roasted malt. Very complex.

M- Very good. Nice bite of dry with smears down the side of the tongue

O- Very good. Looking forward to seeing how this ages.

Food Pairing

This complex in some areas beer went well with... Roast Turkey with Stuffing


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

12 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled on 2/21/2012. Pours moderately cloudy ruby copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, pear, apple, light banana, brown sugar, toffee, toast, clove, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast ester and dark malt notes; with great strength. Taste of raisin, prune, fig, pear, apple, light banana, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, pear, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice dubbel style. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Roguer
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fizzy, 1 1/2 finger cream head with good retention for the style and sticky lacing at first, but eventually fading to a light fizzy remainder on top of the brew. Dark brown, slightly copper beer with tinges of cola color. Darkly translucent; quite bubbly.

I'm mixed on the nose. Some of the traditional Dubbel notes are certainly there: nuts, prunes, cola, a hint of chocolate, crystallized brown sugar, and Belgian yeast. Some other notes are not as welcome: stale caramel and a hint of diacetyl. Overall, it's not a particularly inviting nose.

Flavor is similar to the nose, although the good outweighs the bad. Cloying but not too sweet, big notes of prunes and raisins, a very slight nuttiness, light (not tart) grape sweetness, caramelized brown sugar, fruitcake, nutmeg, vanilla. A bit of buttery diacetyl, and the caramel is a little strong.

Very soft mouthfeel, with little bite or liveliness. Smooth. Tiny back of the throat sting.

Overall, it's a fairly complex and satisfying dubbel. Every sip is revealing a slightly different character to the flavor. I wouldn't reach for it over a Trappist Dubbel, or likely over a superior American version, such as that by Allagash.

2012 edition.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark with a off white head

Smells fruity and boozy

Tastes like figs and and honey. Sweet dark fruits and molasses

Mouthfeel- smooth and heavy body

Overall- this was a solid but not spectacular beer but one of the better goose island beers I have had.

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Photo of vegassommelier
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep amber/light brown color with noticeable sediment present in the glass; not a thick head of froth at all.
Bruised red apples, warm apple cider, brown sugar, coffee ice cream, cinnamon stick, malted barley, bourbon and walnut dominate the nose.
The palate is similar, with apple cider, pear liqueur, coffee/walnut ice cream, cinnamon, bourbon and creme brulee. A definite creamy mouthfeel to this beer. The finish is long and the beer is highly complex, as most Goose Island offerings are. There are layers of flavors here that are really impressive.
I will revisit some of these in the cooler weather, and most likely score them a little higher, as it is well over 90 degrees here and I tend to like something a little more refreshing these days.
What a combo with some braised short ribs or some kurobuta pork chops that fall off of the bone!
The quality of these beers continues to impress me, and it is a brand I am happy to support.

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Photo of mlichens
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, but not a typical Dubbel. Poured from the bottle into a Belgian tulip glass.

Colour is a dark, ruby brown with some light white lacing on the glass. I know I obsess, but it's nice not to have a ton of carbonation. Definitely some sediments on the bottom, but quit yer complaining and drink.

I detect some plumbs and other dark fruit on the nose. Sweet.

In terms of mouthfeel, it coats the roof and back of my throat. The taste is like that of dark fruit, raisins, and perhaps even like a heavy pinot noir. A malty sweet aftertaste delights the senses.

Goose Island, I'm delighted that Bud hasn't killed your goodness.

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Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.93 out of 5 based on 2,296 ratings.
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