Goose Island Pere Jacques (2009)
Picked this up at the King Henry release event at the Goose Island brewpub on black Friday. Pours a deep amber with lots of garnet traces, small off white creamy head that leaves a layer of film at the top of the beer that lasts until the last drop. It has a nice cloudy texture full of sediment, something I enjoy in a Belgian or Belgian style ale. It has a strong aroma, lots of yeasty funk and bready malts, some molasses, dates, prunes and hints of toffee. The flavors are a bit more muddled and interesting, yeasty off the bat, molasses and toffee in the middle and finishes with some strong tangy flavors, oak, some spices and a bit of funk from the yeast. Alcohol is definitely present and at times is unwelcome but on the whole I didn’t mind it. Nice big body characteristic of the style rounds of a nice sessionable brew.
Verdict: In all honesty I don’t think this beer really benefitted from aging. It’s still a good beer and was pleasant to drink, but not overwhelming and a bit over hyped. (3.88/5)