Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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4.15/5 rDev +8.9%
Brave stuff from a worthwhile brewery. This is an accomplished Saison that could be labeled as Fantome Hivers baby brother. It brings an mild sourness to the caramel dough nutty complexity that forms the backbone of this hazelnut amber brew. Buttery and musty with hints of grass and hay. Parties in the mouth. Medium bodied with nice light carbonation. No head. Excellent session Saison but arent they all?
12-15-2005 05:23:50 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.22/5 rDev +10.8%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):
Not a beer style ventured into by many American brewers. A crisp-looking ale, clear brassy color with a tight, tiny-bubbled lacing. Candied fruit, white chocolate, shortbread, mild spice and wildflowers blow all expectations out of the water ... a godly aroma. Dried malt character blankets the palate, a bit biscuity but more of a dried grass flavor. Fruitiness abounds with hints of pear cider, baked apples and golden raisins, with a hint of alcohol within. Bubblegum? Herbal hop flavor and a small measure of bitterness checks any sweetness that may have lingered. Super tasty, hunt this beer down and get a semi-stinky cheese to throw it at.
04-07-2011 00:42:31 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.65/5 rDev -4.2%
Bought this one on a whim because it looked good and is brewed in the IL suburbs where I grew up. Pours from the bottle an opaque amber color with hints of red. No real head to speak of on my pour at least. The smell is malty with some caramel and dare I say vinegar tones coming through. I can also detect a hint of hops, but it is definetly not upfront in any way. Quite a unique smell, this being my first tasting of the biere de garde style. The first sip is interesting...almost has a sour aspect to it. Hints of caramel and grape/plum come through along with a slight hint of vinegar. On the back palate I can taste some hops, which helps bring this together nicely. It's a little much for me personally. The mouthfeel is very light and airy...with a decent amount of carbonation. As far as drinkability...I don't think I'd have too many of these in one sitting, but I may come back to it again because it's so different from everything else I have tried. Overall, it's a nice brew and I look forward to exploring more of what Two Brothers has to offer.
09-10-2004 01:02:20 | More by orbitalr0x
4/5 rDev +5%
Best by 9/18/11 consumed 8/13/11
A - Pours a clear light amber with one finger of quickly dissipating head. Very little lacing left behind.
S - caramel malts and apples, with a bit of apple cider.
T - quite a bit of fruit in the taste, but also a nice earthiness. Again fruit is mostly apple but some dark dried fruits as well.
Nice earthy dry finish. Malts are both caramel and biscuit. Some nice spicing as well.
M - Medium mouthfeel, slightly sticky.
O - overall a very nice beer. Seems like every beer that I have had in this style is quite different, so I have no idea how well this fits the style, but his is a nice easy drinking brew.
08-15-2011 01:23:33 | More by warnerry
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
On Tap @ Bukowski's Tavern.
A- Excellent head retention, lacing sticks all the way down the glass. Clear deep semi-dark copper color.
S- Baked apple, toasted dark bread ... hint of alcohol and spice.
T&M- Smooth and creamy, nice rounded malty body of medium size. Super malty, not sweet but balanced. Toasted, bready and fruity. Light hopping. Yeast twang, more toasted malt ... finishes slightly sweet.
D- Very tasty, easy to drink. Lovely mouthfeel, lots of malt and old world beer character.
08-17-2006 21:26:25 | More by Jason
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
12 oz bottle with "best by" date on the label. Pours a slightly hazed, deep red amber body with a small beige head that retains very well. Lots of patchy lacing on the glass.
Aroma is toasted caramel, spicy and floral hops, and a McIntosh apple note. Very nice.
Mouthfeel is solid medium with a zesty carbonation.
Taste is dominated by a caramel malt sweetness that is accented by a red apple cider presence. Spicy hops bitterness is solid and adds a pleasant balance. Very tasty!
Very well crafted and very tasty. "Brasserie Des Deux Freres" on the label adds a quirky French touch.
09-17-2006 20:03:22 | More by merlin48
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
12 ouncer, with best by dating of 7/19/08 on the rear label. Pours a warm, orangy shade of amber, slightly cloudy, lightly toasted whole wheat bread head, that leaves just a bit of scattered lacing. Spiced up nose, with hints of spearmint, pepper, and more toasty notes. Flavorful brew, more toasty/wheat flavors, fruit, smoke, and sweet malts. Well worth a try, especially for appreciators of this French/Belgian style.
05-28-2008 01:55:34 | More by Billolick
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
Appearance: medium carbonation, small head, clear, light amber
Smell: malt, grass, alcohol, and apple
Taste: malt, sour bitter apple, pine, hops, small bit of an alcohol taste
Mouthfeel: sour, bitter, medium bodied, can feel the carbonation
Drinkability: In looking at the guidelines, this one meets the style fairly well. I am not sure if I would have another one, but I can see this being sessionable for someone who likes the style.
06-17-2009 15:18:47 | More by tigg924
3.2/5 rDev -16%
Bottle with best before date of 9/1/11
A-Dense tan head that continues to skim the surface for half a glass, hangs on to the sides as well. Color is amber/reddish with lots of yeast floating around
S-Yeasty, balanced hop and sweet, toasted malt aroma
T-Malty upfront that quickly ends with a bite of alcohol and astringent hops to cleanse the palette
M-Heavy and creamier than I expected. Pleasant.
D-After finishing 1-the end note of hops and alcohol bite limit the drinkability a bit for me.
04-09-2011 01:16:30 | More by deebo
4.22/5 rDev +10.8%
Smells of thick malts, bringing a brown sugar syrup aroma to the forefront, with hints of toasted grains just underneath. Most of these grain smells hint towards light toasted, but I seemed to detect just a hint of chocolate malt. A slight, fresh rosewater quality rounds out the nose.
On the tongue, the beer sports a sweet fullness, with apricot and butter flavors intermingling with brown sugars and caramels. A nice bitter hoppy background fuzz provides the perfect complement, tempering the sugars with just a touch of sour grapefruit, and a hint of rosewater. The sugars last well into the mouthful, peeling off near the end to expose a toasted grain base. The aftertaste carries all of the primary flavors, and lasts for quite some time, wavering between sweet and hoppy bitter.
Overall, while it may be true that this beer doesn't adequately represent the flavors present in a French-style Country Ale, it is still a well-flavored and nicely balanced brew, and worth a taste.
08-08-2011 03:42:13 | More by jondeelee
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
Appearance is clear copper with ruby highlights. Received a disappointing "frat pour" otherwise known as no room left for decent foam, but it looks like an off-white head and it had decent lacing throughout. Aroma is very faint, but I'm in a typical college bar so I would be surprised if I could smell anything beyond the stale beer, ashtray and urinal cake. Anyhoo, what I could detect was some sweet malt, faint fruity esters, and some flowery noble hops. Taste is bursting with some awesome toasted malt with a slightly fruity sweetness of plum, cherry, and brown sugar. Those flowery noble hops have a moderate flavor and blend nicely with the malt but leave only a slight hop bitterness on the tongue. Medium mouthfeel is very smooth and finishes dry that makes for a very refreshing tasting experience. An excellent example of an amber style bier de garde and absolutely wonderful on tap.
08-05-2008 05:44:47 | More by beerkittycat
Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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