Goose Island / Hertog Jan - Grand Prestige
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Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
4.2 | pDev: 6.19%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Goose Island / Hertog Jan - Grand PrestigeGoose Island / Hertog Jan - Grand Prestige
Notes: Grand Prestige is a classic recipe from out friends at Hertog Jan in the Netherlands. We brewed this beer to their specifications here in Chicago, but we added a new depth to the flavor by barrel aging it in a combination of first and second use bourbon barrels.
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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer appears black when viewed from afar, but when held up to a bright light it is very dark brown in color and has traces of brownish red near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a thin beige colored head around the edge of the glass and some lacing on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark fruits and bourbon from the barrel aging.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable considering its strength as it does a good job at masking any traces of alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Tony210
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany with a big foamy head. Big aroma of dried, dark fruits. Great flavor of fig, prune, apricot, molasses, brown sugar, perfect sweetness. Carbonation is nothing short of perfection - makes the beer creamy to the point that it seems like a nitro beer. Overall this was a great beer, insane price point ($9), glad I Aged it, wish I bought more.

750ml bottle dated 11/22/15
4.5 rating

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Photo of stortore
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

765 ml bottle into a goblet. Bottled 11/26/16, had 12/9/17.

Pours a deep amber, semi- opaque, with a half inch head and some filmy lacing. Aromas of bourbon, malt, figs, plums, dates, vanilla, raisins, light oak. The taste is less bourbon forward- malt, grapes, bourbon, figs, raisins, oak, some vanilla and plums. Smooth, a great medium to full body, well carbonated.

Great aroma and flavor, lighter all around than most quadrupels. The bourbon is prominent, but not overwhelming. The extra 0.4 ounce cost a few bucks more, but I guess it was worth it.

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Photo of Prager62
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 750ml with a date of 28NOV16 that I purchased in the spring and kept refrigerated. Poured in a 12oz. Windmill stemmed glass for the review.

Look- Pours a lively pale brown producing two fingers of light tan foam. It settles ever so slowly leaving heavy lacing behind.

Smell- Raisins, figs, brown sugar, mild char and bourbon.

Taste- Caramel, toffee, dark cherry, oak and a hint of bourbon.

Feel- Thin, light and super creamy with fizzy lively carbonation.

Overall- A flavorful easy drinking 11.3% abv. that has held up extremely well at nearly a year old. The bourbon from the barrel is on the weak side, but there is some wonderful dark cherry and oak to the rescue. A solid barrel aged beer at the super friendly price of $8.99. I wish I had bought a couple more.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/28/16; drank 9/11/17 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque brown appearance.

An even pour yielded a huge, noisy khaki head; a thick curtain of tree-rung lace.

Caramel, banana, oak, mild clove & faint booze heat notes in the nose.

Medium thick, smooth mouthfeel.

Brown sugar, acorn & mild oak flavors up front; caramel & mild clove notes on the finish. Mild booze heat emerged as this warmed.

A complex, easy to enjoy Quad...I'd have another!

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Photo of larryarms847
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark mahogany brown with a plump finger of tan foam that dissipates to a thin crown.

I'm quite surprised, but happily, that the barrel character is immediately apparent with notes of sweet vanilla, oak, and bourbon. A character of dark fruits and that usual yeast character for the quad style also make themselves known.

Sadly, flavor is where the barrel character that I love so dearly falls off a bit while the standard quad style flavors of dark fruits, leather, and tobacco take lead. That being said the oak, vanilla, and a kiss of subtle bourbon also plays around in the backend.

Mouthfeel is where this beer really stands out. Full-bodied, medium carbonation, excellent balance, slightly chewy.

Overall, while the price point of this beer is surely a possible deterrent it's certainly an interesting take on the style and certainly worth a sample at least.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mocha brown body that, despite its darkness, is pretty translucent. Also despite the dark body, the creamy head is a barely off from white, leaving some thick bands of lace. Very warm nose, comprised of lots of caramel, molasses, wood, bourbon sweetness, vanilla, toasty malt, a bit of chocolate, and biting alcohol. My initial reaction to the taste: muffled by sickly sweet vanilla marshmallow fluffiness. Going deeper: the warm malty caramel/bourbon flavors are prominent, green wood, and some booze. The body is warm, pretty oily without being thick, with only mild prickles of carbonation.
This was too sweet, but it was enjoyable. The vanilla/marshmallow flavor was prominent and masked any nuance the malt/wood/booze might have had going on, although from the nose I don't think it was especially delicate, only balanced between the flavors. I had moderate hopes for this, they weren't realized, but I'm also not hugely surprised or disappointed.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

4/15/17 - 1 pint, 9.8 oz bottle, multiple pours into Koelsch glass. Dark cloudy brown pour, light thin tan head, solid carbonation. Sweet aroma, bourbon, chocolate, raisin and fruit. Very sweet, event too sweet. Solid bourbon and fruity taste, hints of toffee and vanilla. Nice body texture and mouth feel,, easy drinking,

Overall good offering, too sweet for my taste, especially for a quad offering, but I am glad I tried it.

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Photo of darktronica
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with an unexpectedly light-colored head, more white sands than creamy tan. A bounty of sweetness on the nose--toffee, raisin, and sherry--with some earthy nuttiness as a counterpoint. Flavors are much the same, heavy on toffee and vanilla, but with more oak character and a bit of rye spice imparted from the barrels. Very reminiscent of other high-quality beers of the same style such as FSW's Bravo, or Noble Sorrel from Jackie O's.

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Photo of bwood06
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is actually a beer that my wife ordered but she wanted my opinion as to how good or bad it was so I got to review this one. I generally take a mouthful or a few sips at the beginning when its still a bit cool and then one later on to see if temperature change resulted in any new flavors being added.

This beer pours a deep and dark red hue that is almost opaque and shows off very little in the way of carbonation. A thin white head graces the top and dissipates quickly to a thin lacing with a neck. 4/5 The aroma is ultra sweet with notes of dates, raisins, oak, toffee, and candi sugar all seeming to come out in one big rush of aroma. There is very little in the way of hops here. 4/5 The flavor profile is once again ultra sweet with very little in the way of bitterness (there is no lingering bitterness after swallowing either). Candi sugar, dates, and raisins are right up front on the tip of the tongue and then as the beer moves its way to the back out come a serious amount of dried fruits and candied plums. There is a minor woodiness/oak note that provides an earthy undertone. As the beer warms a bit of black currant comes to the fore and provides a deeper and darker sweetness than that already present. After swallowing the sweetness lingers for a good long while. 4/5 This is a full bodied, heavy, sticky sweet beer that is very mouthcoating and a bit cloying. The mouthfeel surprising disappears from the palate quite quickly which is antithetical in comparison to the flavor. Carbonation is incredibly light. 4/5 This is a very complex and sweet beer that I view as great as a dessert beer, and not so much of a main course beer. Others may disagree, and that's fine, but it's more of a dessert beer to me and works very well as such. 4/5

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Photo of zonker17
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft pour dark chocolate brown, light foam ring, not much lacing. Sweet toffee nose, vanilla, dried fruit. Toffee and booze lead flavors, wood comes through, some cola. Feel above medium and carbonation is below average.

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

Goose Island Beer Co. "Grand Prestige"
765 ML brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON: 28NOV16" and sampled on 28FEB17
$9.99 @ Beermill, West Chester, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Ah, there's a cap underneath the capsule. I was expecting a cork but this is easier. Fine by me. Beautiful capsule by the way, with the two breweries logos done in gold on black. Nice label as well, reminiscent of the Belgian flag. A steady pour brings up a two-finger thick head of densely creamy dark tan over an almost black deep mahogany brown body with dark ruby highlights. The head drops fairly readily but a beautiful solid wall of lace is left behind, "mountains rising in the distance" and all of that. I'd forgotten this was barrel aged until I put it to my nose. It's got that coconut note that I often find in strong barrel aged beers, and it's quite oaky. Sweet, cake-like malt. Chocolate cake I guess. It's not really chocolatey though. Definitely chocolate cake. Whether there's Bourbon there I'm not sure, but I definitely get a waft of alcohol. On to the flavor... Quite rich. Sugary, with the chocolate cake and oak and coconut. Bourbon? Yes a little bit. Medium dark caramel. Nutty caramel toffee. Some underlying soft dark fruit: fig, black raisins, prune, dried date. Toasty. Underlying spice... some green cardamom for sure, but I'm not sure what else is there ~ I think I'm getting a touch of star anise though. I'm still not sure how to describe the "chocolate". It's perhaps cocoaish, but not quite. A little like dark chocolate fudge brownies, but not exactly. Milk chocolate fits, but that's not quite it's full extent - maybe the fruit is throwing me off? Yes, I think so, and on that note it's very much like a "Chunky" bar with raisins. The alcohol has a presence that's nice, and lends a touch of heat. It's not harsh, and it gives it an extra edge that helps to balance the sweetness. The bitterness seems minimal. I'm not sure what it really is, it probably can't make it through the rich maltiness. Somehow it finishes fairly dry with residual dark fruit and herbs & honey lingering - at least partially due to the drying oak and alcohol. I'm very interested to find this Hertog Jan now, the beer it's based on; I've never seen it, nor I think any beer from that brewery. Full-medium in body with a moderate carbonation that explains the limited head retention, and leaves it dextrinous and oily smooth - you'd think that would hurt it by increasing the perception of sweetness but it doesn't; not that this isn't a bit of a dessert beer to begin with - I'm almost afraid to know what the calorie content is! I'm considering returning to where I got this from (I've seen it elsewhere for $19.99!) and grabbing up a few more bottles because it's just that good of an after-dinner beer, or something to pull out when a few friends drop by on a lazy summer night.

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Photo of harbinger
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I've always wondered what a really good barrel aged quad would taste like. The American ones can't quite get the quad right and the European attempts I have tried don't seem to get the most from the barrel. By following a European recipe with their own barrel program, Goose Island got this just about right, and it's very good. On draft, dark as feck but so is the bar, a little thin but sticky, lots of pleasant dark ale and bourbon barrel flavors. Not fantastic like the bourbon county, but very good. Would buy more if I saw it.

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Awesome brown ale! Great barrel flavors, very reminiscent of Bourbon County. Pours dark brown with a thin khaki head. Light bourbon and vanilla scent. Slightly stronger bourbon and vanilla flavor. Thin mouthfeel. Decent value at less than $9.00 for a 25 ounce bottle. Really nice beer!

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Photo of Gmann
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark cola like brown color with a short beige head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is of a mellow bourbon and vanilla. Not much else to it but it's nice.

The taste is of the bourbon. Nice and mellow, not hot or boozy. Smooth vanilla and caramel. Light toasted bread from the malt but otherwise not too much going on.

The feel light with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate, almost sticky. Some alcohol warmth in the finish.

A straight forward bourbon barrel aged brown ale. The bourbon is flavorful but not hot and boozy.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich brown in color, ruby around the edges in light. Ample, fluffy light mocha colored head. Recedes down to a thick ring around the edge, light layer across the top, and leaves good lacing. The aroma is waves of bourbon up front. Notes of vanilla, chocolate, malt, slight oak. Taste is spirit forward, great bourbon flavor. Additional notes of vanilla, molasses, toast, slight spice. Medium full body, moderate carbonation, slightly dry, slightly boozy finish. Overall, this is a really well executed bourbon forward brown from GI.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Grand prestige by GI on tap. Great lacing.

Aroma is citrusy, figs, dates, and raisins. Dark fruit galore. Fruity not overly citrusy; a little sweetness.

Taste is on the lighter side of the quad take. Some nice citrus notes alongside tons of toffee and brown sugar. Some figs and dates. Medium mouthfeel. Very little bourbon, but a little is still present.

Overall, interesting beer but not comparable to the bourbon county series. I see it working well with a bread pudding. It gets a 86/100.

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

Interesting beer. Sweet, more of an old ale than a quad. Brown with tan edges. Molasses and Belgian sugar scent and taste. Alcohol is disguised pretty well. Would have been interesting to age and lower the sweetness on it.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep translucent brown. hints of ruby as well and espresso. more brown suit to magenta tones.. Thick well packed khaki head.

S: Delightful- booze, bourbon, wet drunk bourbon thats been soaked into a 43 year old solid oak bar. (the kind where locals go daily and know each others names, but that the quality of the bar and its bourbon selection brings in a diverse weekend scene to spew their rhetoric and top shelf spirits all over) I mean really good nose. Fresh figs, candied dried dates, hints of chocolate. sweet raspberries.

T: Booze, alcohol, subtle hops. some dark stone fruits. figs/dates, oak. this really is not what i expected after the beauty of aromas on the nose. slight hints of vanilla and tobacco.

F: This is disappointing. So thin and no coating at all. Very surpised with that. Falls flat for feel.

O: Hard what to make of this. very nice looking, unbelievable smell, taste is good but lacking a bit, the feel is a huge let down. Still overall very tasty and for the price at $10 its a steal

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the label: "Grand Prestige is a classic recipe from our friends at Hertog Jan in the Netherlands. We brewed this beer to their specifications here in Chicago, but we added new depth to the flavor by barrel aging it in a combination of first and second use bourbon barrels."

The original Grand Prestige was brewed in the Netherlands by Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij), and is categorized as a quadrupel with a 10% abv. This Goose Island incarnation states that it is an imperial brown ale, bottled on November 28th (2016), and coming in at 11.3% abv. It further states that is contains wheat, develops in the bottle over 1 year, and is best served in a wide-mouthed glass.

The beer pours a translucent brown into my wide-mouthed proprietary Petrus glass, yielding a dark brown, essentially opaque body in the vessel, with a finger of tan foam that slimmed to a flimsy cap and left some lace trailing down the glass.

Aromas of dark boozy fig and prune and raisin, with lighter notes of licorice, vanilla, and clove. The flavors follow suit, with more dark fruits and spices, and subtler influences of chocolate, dates, banana, and caramel. The sweetness is not at all cloying, perhaps even understated, and there is very little bitterness.

The body is remarkably thin with little carbonation. Vapors of wood and sweet bourbon caress the roof of the mouth, and there is something of a piney shellac left behind.

This is a complex beer that avoids easy classification, and it is neither exactly a brown ale nor a quadrupel, but somewhere in-between, having some characteristics common to English barleywines as well. It has a refined character and presentation, but may not appeal to all drinkers. I was not quite as enthralled as others may be, detracting from it for its thin body and banana and clove elements, as I expected something a little heartier. That said, the craftsmanship is likely authentic to the original, and will probably be enjoyed by devotees of fine ales.

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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 68 ratings