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RATINGS: 1307   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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Brewed with loads of malt and Belgian yeast, Pere Jacques is a wonderfully fruity, malty ale. Pere Jacques’ complex flavors stand shoulder to shoulder with the Belgian Dubbels enjoyed in the world’s finest beer bars. At the dining table it’s the perfect alternative to a glass of vintage port.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Cloudy orange-to-brown with no head. Sweet yeast in the nose. Sweet caramel or candy sugar, bready Belgian yeast, sweet dried fruit, and toasted malt, with a little more explicit alcohol than I would prefer. Some sweet spice as well. I would prefer a little more bitterness in a beer this sweet, although that might be less authentically Belgian. Nice, buit I prefer Trois Pistoles from this side of the Pond and several true Belgians to this beer. I think that with less alcohol burn I would be happier with this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KSS (102) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Cloudy Ice Tea brown in color. Sweet yeasty aroma with fruit and spice notes. Sweet toasted malt flavor that finishes very smooth. A very pleasant brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdouglas3 (31) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Brown color with small white head. Malty, sweet, and very drinkable. Smooth finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2006
Bottle 2004 vintage poured a hazy copper brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of raisins, brown sugar, and some vinous notes. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark fruit, molasses, vinous and a hint of spice with a lingering sweet finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nate (3778) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Big sweet nose. Candi sugar and raisins. Malty, vinuous sweet with fruity esters. Bit of soy sauce. Belgian strong ale aromas, yeasty and musky. True to style. Vaporous, and really reminds me of Rochefort 8. Cloudy dark amber brown with off-white lacing head. I poured in the lees. Silky heavy body with medium carbonation and alcohol warming. Mellow sweet quaff, for sure. Rife with candi sugar and estery Belgian yeasties. Reminiscent of Rochefort or Chimay. Huge malt sweetness and fruity ester. Just enough bitter to round out the finish. This is probably the best domestic Belgian strong I’ve had to date.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Pours a darkish red/brown. Aromas of spice, coriander, yeast, and alcohol. Flavor has an alcohol taste to it, mixed with a nice smokey dark fruit. Also has strong hints of spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4603) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Mine is opaque brown, but I make a point to get the sediment into the glass. The head does start very big but never completely fades, staying at maybe 1/4 inch of foam ringing the edge of the glass. They nailed the aroma, with malt and light fruit, but it is a little light in that regard. Good flavor. Loads of sweet malt and lighter fruit. Lightly spiced. Yeast shows up in the aftertaste along with some alcohol, which is hidden fairly well by the substantial malt body. Very smooth and easy to drink. Should age well. Well done. But a screw off cap?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Light brown, big puffy head that faded fast. Smell sugary-sweet, some breadiness. Flavor is soft fruitiness, light malts, decent yeasts. Bit of an unfinished chemical sense to it at the end, not a great finish. It’s a bit like a Unibroue beer that’s not quite ready to go, something in the yeast leads me that way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2006
12 oz. bottle. Cloudy brown body with a 2 inch off-white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma was malt sweet smelling a bit like cotton candy and rum. I also detected a not entirely pleasant acidic odor. Flavor is very smooth and very sweet, almost like drinking brown sugar. I tasted no hop presence, and the alcohol was well masked. Palate is very smooth. Quite tasty, and with 9% ABV dangerously drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2006
(02.18.06) Sampled at FebFest ’06, Libertyville, IL. Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle (bottled 1/15/06). Hazy light brown Belgian strong ale having a small off-white head. Soft carbonation. Caramel/sweet malt aroma. Full bodied ale that starts with light malt sweetness and caramel/toffee/toasty malt flavors. Finishes with a pleasant malt fade. No discernable hop flavor. Smooth, rich, and delicious. A wonderful malty Brewmaster reserve beer. Another excellent offering from Goose Island.

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