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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

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Photo of Beric
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: 2013 vintage bottle into a tulip
Served: 7 March 2013

Appearance: Pours a clear brownish amber with a nice head that eventually dissipates to almost nothing. The color of this beer is incredible- I love the red undertones and how it is really pure and clear.

Smell: Caramel, some soft spiciness but nothing too strong.

Taste: Incredible flavor of dark, gooey caramel. Notes of English toffee and molasses. Just a hint of spice on the back of the tongue after swallowing, but nothing notable. Definitely not as spicy as a tripel, but slightly more so than a German Doppelbock. Slight presence of alcohol makes this one a sipper, but it is not hot or boozy. Slightly warming. One incredible beer.

Mouthfeel: Good body and carbonation add just a hint of liveliness to an otherwise big beer. Generally has somewhat low carbonation giving it a smooth, silky mouthfeel, but I wasn't put off by this and think that any more carbonation would detract from the flavor profile.

Overall: A magnificent beer from GI and one that really showcases their brewing skill. Would highly recommend to anyone who likes dubbels or Doppelbock beers.

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

12 oz.

Pours a cloudy woody brown, reddish tint, with a yellowish fine head at about a quarter inch, dissipates to a film.

Smells of apple, cinnamon, molasses, brown sugar, and buttered bread.

Tastes of cinnamon, apple, maple, brown sugar, buttered biscuit malts, and some spice.

Medium to full body with a light carbonation and a viscous feel.

A pretty tasty and great ale that goes down smooth and is enjoyable. Not especially Belgian feeling though. That gripe aside, worth trying.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

765 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; packaged Feb. 28 2013. I've never really been able to get into dubbels, as the other trappist styles have generally been able to grab my interest more effectively. That being said, when it comes to beer I am all about expanding my horizons - so I shelled out the big bucks for this classy-looking bottle. Served at cellar temperature.

This beer is deep amber-copper in hue; its complexion muddied with specks of sediment hovering indiscriminately throughout the liquid. An aggressive pour generates a limited amount of dense, creamy, smoker's-teeth-yellow coloured head, which wilts into a thin cap and collar over the next few minutes. Very attractive aroma; quite fruity and yeasty, with a wide range of notes including plum pudding, raisins and figs atop some roasted barley, caramel and treacle notes. Quite yeasty, with a touch of clove and sherry - my tongue is getting jealous of my nose. Let's taste this already.

This is one damned delicious dubbel. The profile definitely leans toward the fruity, sugary side - toffee and molasses are detectable, with elements of raisin, fig, banana and prune as well. The flavour then offers some toasted nut/sherry vibes, with the clove spice and yeast coming through near the finish. Vaguely earthy, herbal aftertaste with some lingering candi sugar sweetness; the alcohol is noticeable, but I would not say that this tastes 'hot' or boozy. On the heftier side of medium-bodied, with a warming, fulfilling feel on the palate, and a tendency to coat the tongue with each sip. The carbonation level is quite low; this is my only real complaint since I generally like my Belgian-style beers to show a little more spritz than this. It's a forgivable, minor gripe though, because this is still smooth and quite drinkable for a nearly 9% dubbel.

Final Grade: 4.32, a very solid A. Goose Island's Père Jacques is one of the best dubbels I've had the opportunity to try in my 8 years on this site. It's not perfect, but it's still a very high-quality beer that manages to justify its hefty price point (at least in this province, where it is priced about the same as a bottle of mid-tier wine). All Belgian ale aficionados should consider this one worth at least one purchase, as it makes for an excellent warmer for the fall/winter months. Strongly considering picking up another bottle for cellaring purposes.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a four-year-old bottle (vintage 2010) into a tulip glass. (This is by far the longest that I have ever "cellared" a beer) Color was a deep amber/copper with a lot of suspended sediment, and a short cap of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Candied fruit, caramel
Taste-Toasted malt, caramel apple, subtle Belgian spices, applebutter, dark bread and toffee.
Upon warming a bit, each sip tasted a little different, with caramel and toffee notes coming more to the forefront. A very elegant sipper that aged quite gracefully. A worth-the-wait little treat.

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

From a 765 ml bottle to a chalice.

Bottled on Feb 28, 2013, consumed on Feb 22, 2014.

A: deep brown with a one finger head that breaks quickly leaving a thin white film and minimal lacing.

S: dark fruits, raisins, yeasts, malts and faint molasses.

T: spices, yeasts, dark fruits such as prunes and figs, malts and breads.

M: smooth and full bodied.

O: As an abbey ale, this is a nice beer. It is flavorful and rich, and it is among the best examples of an American take on a dubbel I have tried so far. I would and do recommend this beer to others and I will seek it out again.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: long neck bottle, poured into tulip glass

Appearance- copper, reddish tint with fine efferevescent with minimal foam

Smell: bready, raisin/fig, yeast

Taste: fruit forward, malty sweet without being cloying; good carbonation without being too astringent

Overall Impression: very good beer at a reasonable price point, I would purchase again

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Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Abbey ale style? Sure I'll try it out. Poured into a glass Chamay goblet and, wow, it looks fantastic... Rich amber-brown hue, although not a lot of head with minimal lacing. Smells aromatic enough to pass for a Belgian... Taste is pretty well in line as well. Really good attempt and one that wouldn't mind having again. Definitely a reccomendation. Cheers!

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent looking beer, not clear, looks rich and tasty. Not a lot of head or lacing. Excellent smell, sweet and rich. Taste not quite as good as it smells. Very good but not excellent. Overall it is an outstanding beer but not excellent and for the cost there are to many that I prefer more.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Jan 14, 2013.

Beer is light brown, almost copper in colour. Small to medium sized off-white head. Head fades quickly.

Nose contains expected dubbel scents, but nothing particularly stands out. Fig, raisin and a bit of banana. Yeast. Smell suggests a sweet beer. Bready.

Taste is similar to the nose. Bready, raisin, fig and some banana. Quite sweet. Yeast is there but faint.

Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation level. Chewy.

Overall, not bad. A good dubbel, but nothing special about it. If you could buy this or Westmalle (for example), it would be hard to imagine why you would ever choose this one.

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Photo of ale1
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

stopped in at Moe's beer city to perouse the shelves for new ones and found this as well as many others wow

picked up a 2 pnt bottle and brought it home $10 sounds like alot .this cellarable stuff here read on

served at 60° in a malt glass roasted barley , toffee nose ,pours a fizzy head which disspates quickly with good lacing..

no hops noted ..

1st taste nice barley malt taste with slight sweet toffee finish that lingers

yep they nailed it.. an abbey style Belgian and quite good

clear amber with some yeast in the bottom of the bottle

this not an easy Ale to make and maintain the flavors presented here ..nice work, complements again to the brewmaster

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

Poured into the chalice from the bomber.

A: Deep ruddy brown with minimal lacing. One finger head dissipates into a thin collar. hazy and has sediment.

S: Bready yeast, light and dark sweet fruit, sweet figs and raisins, caramel & sugar notes too.

T: Complex. Starts with spices, bready doughy, then tart caramel apple, sweet raisin and prune.

M: Creamy and body for days, upper medium filling. The tart apple and other dark raisin fruit on outbreath. Warming. Puckery at edges, sweet in the middle.

O: Good dubbel. Complex enough to keep things interesting and probably easy to obtain now. Worth a try.

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Photo of berkshire413
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a very nice beer. very rooty and toasty malts, deep and dark. carbonation was on point. this was a small cup from a bottle at a tasting. sweet malts give way to a relativly dry peppered hops. hits you way in the back of your mouth, almost a sour bitter finish. the beer leans to the toasted peppery side of things and dries out a little bit but there is still complexity with in that area that it resides. I really love the hop profile goose Island has, its subtle and large at the same time, not over done and thats always welcomed.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Murky brown-orange, looks like sediment is swirling too, with mild carbonation. No head or lacing.

S: Sweet malt, raisins, chocolate, dark molasses, some breadiness. Maybe dark cherries too? I can't put my finger on all of it, but, damn, is it alluring. Alcohol hidden well.

T: Raisins, malt providing some toffee sweetness, some earthy/herbacious notes too. The strong raisin turns me off somewhat, but still, it has outstanding character, and perfect for the style.

M: Very smooth, warming. Possibly aided by being aged (about 1.7 years).

O: Drinking it is a delight, but I'd be just as happy sniffing it all night. I wasn't expecting this nuanced and complex of a beer, I love it, but not quite my favorite. Still recommended! Reinforced my faith in Goose Island.

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Photo of zac16125
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a chalice
2013 Vintage

A: Pours a near opaque caramel color with less than 1/2 a fingers width of tan colored head. Head dissipates down very quickly, leaves effectively no lacing but some alcohol legs.

S: Sweet malts, candied sugar, apple, doughy yeast, caramel. It has an almost apple pie like character to it. Awesome.

T: Huge sweetness right off the bat, with an explosion of caramel/toffee. I also get sweet apple, subtle bitterness, burnt sugar.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the lower end of the spectrum, pretty smooth, drinkability is average, ABV is very well masked but it does give a whole body warming effect.

O: Overall, I was surprised how much I liked this one. Very well done.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark purple/brown with a brown ring of head.

S: Grapes, dark fruit, in the nose.

T: Earthy notes, red grape, orange, malt and dark fruit notes.

M: Smooth and full bodied.

O: One of the best from Goose Island. At least, it's one of the best that they distribute to CA.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 1.4.14
Bottled On: 02;28/2013

A - Pours a cloudy cola brown with a big yellowish foamy head that just sits there.

S - Spices, nutmeg, brown sugar, bread-toast.

T - Similar to the nose, but more cola flavors and a sweet finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Dark Belgian spices and some cola.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pere Jacques pours a hazy cloudy dark amber color, with a small lacing head. There is a dry fruit aroma with hints of Belgian candies. The taste has a nice sharp malty backbone, with good hints of candy flavors and strong dry fruit flavors. Good strong flavors, strong body, nice feel. Overall its a nice bold Dubbel that's very full, and a nice warm aftertaste.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(3.75) A: Pours a brownish-orange with a thin foam head that recedes promptly to a ring. Minimal lacing evident.

(4.0) S: Oak, boozy dark fruits, brown sugar, orange, nutmeg, faint cinnamon, cloves, and other spices. A lot of depth and diversity to the aroma that includes bold boozy fruit and dry wood elements.

(3.75) T: Similar to aroma with oak and boozy raisins up front followed by blood orange and a variety of spices. A pleasant dry quality with not an overly sweet taste to this. The taste however isn’t quite as big and bold as the aroma hinted at but very good nonetheless.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with an average carbonation. Semi-slick with a slight grittiness.

(3.75) D: This is a very good dubbel with a standout and diverse set of aromas but not necessarily a dubbel I would seek out again.

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Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, off white head that lasted a fair amount of time. Not much lacing, though.

S: A decent, but not spectacular aroma of spices, fruit, and some malt.

T: Tasted of dark fruit (plums especially), malt, a little yeast, molasses, and spices as well. Not quite as powerful a flavor as with Belgian-made Dubbels, but still fairly well done.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth, yet lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An uneven beer in many ways, but not without its merits. Drinkable.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a walnut colored body beneath the bubbly tan head which is slow to dissolve leaving a thin lacing around the glass.

Aromas of banana, clove, and phenols float from the glass. In addition touches of toffee or biscuit malt are present as well.

The flavor is very similar offering banana, clove, and phenols with just a touch of spice and other fruits. Again, toffee and biscuit malt are present.

Medium in body with generous carbonation and a fruity finish.

A nice example of the style offering good examples of traditional style character.

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Photo of fx20736
4.76/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a goblet, served at cellar temp. Bottled on date is 05/16/12.

Brilliantly clear Mahogany shade of amber with little sign of carbonation supports a thick khaki head that leaves virtually no lacing.

Aroma of caramel, prunes & raisins, with a faint whiff of vanilla.

Mouthfeel soft, creamy, silky.

taste: cloves, spices, rum soaked raisins and vanilla with some sherry flavors. a little boozy and hot at the end with a touch of woodiness at the end. I am drinking a 2012 late in 2013 and it is magnificient.

I love this beer. Really love this beer.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sam adams custom glass, color is amber, opaque, very fine bubbles with 1/4 inch thick head that dissipates to a ring, no real lacing.

Smell is phenols, banana, clove, toast, bread, biscuit toffee, great blend and even better as it warms.

Taste is similar to the aroma, mostly yeast flavors upfront, banana, clove, phenols, touch of booze, then mixed with toffee, raisin, prune, earthy, nutty flavors.

Mouthfeel is a touch highly carbonated, so somewhat sharper on the tongue than most dubbels, but the sweetness and yeast flavors linger well on the tongue and cheeks to counteract.

Overall, a slightly subdued dubbel, flavors are a great blend, and aroma is interesting as well. Will come back to this brew again.

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Photo of Bung
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. June 3 2013 bottling. You'll have to excuse if this review is brief, the whole timeout while I'm reviewing then not allowing me to get back to it is REALLY annoying.

Mahogany red/brown pour, finger of off white head, recedes to a ring.

Aroma, quite a bit of clove. Some red fruit, grape, prune, but then a larger banana as well. More Belgian Wit here than I would prefer.

Taste, Huge improvement. Big toffee, prune, raisin. Some grape and plum also. Toasted malt, leather, peat, nut. Lighter chocolate.

About medium body, lower carbonation, coats very well. No alcohol presence. Drinks very easily, very nice cool fall weather brew.

Aroma put me off a bit at first, but it is really a nice brew after that. Well worth trying, a great example I think.

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Photo of beertunes
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to CaveDave for this one. Bottled on 02/21/12 1329. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear reddish brown color with about 1/8 inch of light tan head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma had lots of nice fruit scents, cherry, plum, and a bit of sweet grape, and a hint of alcohol, on top of a nice grain base. This is one of those rare instances where I got more out of scent than the taste. All those same features were present, but in a much more subdued fashion. The flavors combined very nicely, and the alcohol was just noticeable at the finish.

The body was the typical light-medium of the style, and the finish was clean and semi-dry. Drinkability was very good, I would happily drink a few more of these. Overall, a very nice brew, certainly worth your time if you see it.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into the only glass I had available - a pint - with a moderate hand. Label is dated 01/15/13.

A: Murky, chestnut amber with 1/2 finger of off-white head. Retention on the lower side of average. Minimal lacing.

S: Round, dark fruit sweetness and belgian yeast. Raisin. Dried cherry. Brown sugar. Apple juice. Nice.

T: Quite peppery with a pleasant, fruity malt. Cherry. Raisins. Faintly chocolate notes mid-way through. Transitions late to a very light bitterness that fades into a fairly dry, clean finish. Slight alcohol, low for the 8.7% ABV.

M: Moderate carbonation. Relatively light body for the style. Leaves a cool, lingering tingle on the tongue that I can't ascertain is due to the carbonation or the spiciness.

O: Enjoyable brew. Smell and flavors are quite nice. Digging the prominent spicy, peppery character. Brings a fairly unique quality to the beer. Could be a bit smoother, but I am drinking this fairly fresh. I suspect it would improve with a bit of age.


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Père Jacques from Goose Island Beer Co.
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