Pours clear with little to no off-white foam to cover, making comments about lacing and retention utterly useless.
Aroma is caramel/toffee sweet malt to lead. Trailers of dark fruits, most notably plum and raisin, banana, bread, and stints of alcohol.
Slightly sweet up front, giving way to raisin and plum in the middle. Banana is muted as it struggles against the stronger flavors. Finish a touch sweet.
Carbonation builds in the middle, leaving a zesty feel to the lips. Body is medium, including some lip smacking residual sweetness, and a bit dry.
I really struggle with this style as a whole. I have only had one Dubbel that I have really liked; a Belgian abbey. This is okay but doesn't really jump out at me. Seems more Americanized. Enjoy!
Reviewed: Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 21:05:59
Tasted: Tuesday, December 04, 2012
$7.99 for 22 oz. bottle
One fine body…
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.