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Pere Jacques by Goose Island
9.00 % ABV

Review by tavernjef on 10/18/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2010
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.

Served In: Goblet

Review by smellysell on 08/19/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 10 15 4 7 2006
Got this bottle from Beags, thanks mang! :cheers:

I always enjoy the simplicity of the GI labels, the 2006 vintage date being clearly marked. I had it in my head that this was a strong pale ale, so when I poured it I was very surprised and excited. It pours a cloudy brown with brilliant auburn highlights when held up to the light. The head is a very creamy, off white that has decent retention. There are little to no signs of carbonation other than the head, so I'm not expecting a lot in that department.

The base and dominant character of the aroma is the candi sugar and everything else plays off of it. There is a faint smell of dark fruit, raisins and plums, along with a touch of alcohol.

Nice caramelized/slightly burn sugar flavor dominates the flavor. It finishes with a very slight alcohol warmth. I'm pretty disappointed in the lack of any fruit flavors despite the aroma. There is at most a slight hint of raisins, but i probably just talked myself into tasting that. Overall it is pleasant though fairly one dimensional.

The body is right in the middle, which you'd expect from a big beer with such a strong candi sugar presence and works very well with the flavors. The carbonation is very light, though definitely there, and lends towards a very smooth beer overall.

Though the flavor was pretty uneventful, this was a very nice, enjoyable beer overall. I would have loved more of a fruity character that I was expecting after smelling it and also considering it's a dubbel, but I definitely enjoyed it.

Served In: Bottle

Review by seaoflament on 05/05/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 10 14 4 7 2009
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.

Served In: Goblet

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 2 8 16 3 7 0
Originally reviewed 07/31/06

Poured from bottle into goblet.

A - What little head you get on the pour is gone instantly. Body is a dark amber with a little red tint.

S - Caramel malts. Alcohol presence is apparent. Slight hint of fruit.

T - Caramel and maybe a little bit of toffee. Fruity up front and almost peppery on the finish.

M - Slightly overcarbonated imo. Medium to thick body.

D - They did a very good job of disguising the alcohol in this one. Goes down much more easily than I would have guessed it would.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 12/21/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 5 8 0
Thanks to beagle for this brew>

Nice looking brew, dark murky amber with a this tan mashed tater head. Head settles in and hangs around. Strong alcohol in the nose for this bad boy, along with some yeast, and fruit. Sweet taste in this, very smooth. Raisins? Really a clean finish to this brew, awesome.

Served In: Tulip

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