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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Domaine DuPage French Style Country AleDomaine DuPage French Style Country Ale

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very good

504 Reviews

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Reviews: 504
Hads: 1,395
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 46
Gots: 187 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: zerk on 05-15-2002

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Reviews: 504 | Hads: 1,395
Photo of BTK480
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My all time favorite beer. On tap (at the Two Brothers Brewery) or out of the bottle this is a smooth well finished beer. Great taste and drinkable all year, Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall this is a great year round beer. I would recommend that you visit the Two Brothers Brewery and have the Tap House Burger. It's a great burger with roasted fresh Jalapenos peppers folded into 1/2 pound of awesome beef. It's the best way to spend an afternoon on a cold winter day in Chicago.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.89/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this French Country Ale into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. This is the first time I have tried this style. The beer poured a clear, slightly amber straw color. It produced a nice white head and had average lacing. The aroma of the beer was sweet, smelled of fresh baked bread and had a hint of spice that I can't put my finger on. The aroma was wonderful. One of the best smelling beers that I have ever had. The taste was malty, a little bready, slightly dry and had notes of raisins and pear. There was some bitterness from hops that melded with the other flavors. Very complex beer. Awesome, I will be looking for this again. In fact a road trip might be in order.

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Photo of misterlimey
4.84/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought a single bottle on a whim, and I'm very impressed. This is a brown ale done right.

Serving type: Admittedly I drank this straight from the bottle, and this beer genuinely deserves to be poured and savored.

Appearance: Looks reddish through the bottle, somewhat opaque.

Smell: Enticing! The slightest hints of coffee and chocolate and a very drinkable hop aroma. Also something fruity, with a bit of the characteristic citrus of an American pale ale.

Taste: Extremely clean and rather refreshing for such a hearty breed of beer. Satisfying hop taste, might overpower certain delicate flavors in food. A touch of bitterness, though the aftertaste is quite sweet.

Mouth: Pleasant carbonation, just the right amount to pair with food and expect to clear the palette. Progresses into a nice foam finish.

Overall: This is truly a winning beer. I've been an IPA drinker for a while and I've recently discovered my passion for stouts and porters- I would recommend this to absolutely anyone remotely interested in beer.

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Photo of BeerHistoryGuy
4.74/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A light amber beer with incredible amounts of flavors - all well balanced. I was surprised at the myriad of flavors, from spices to fruits to caramel, but it all works so well. And, somehow, the beer goes down easy and is very light. It is a sweet beer, but nothing over the top. All in all, this is a great beer for sitting around a porch, chatting, and just having a high quality crafted beer.

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Photo of arboristfish
4.72/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a coppery amber color. Has some yeast floating in it. The head on this beer is a frothy white color. The aroma smells of bread, biscuits, and malt. The taste is of caramel, baking bread, and biscuits. The lingering taste is of biscuits. The hops arent really noticeable, but there is a hint of noble hops. The mouthfeel is in between light and medium. Not as thick as a brown ale. With this being a malty sweet beer, it is very drinkable.

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Photo of Arsenal11
4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap right at the awesome on site brew pub.

The beer looks great deep brassy color

Smells of caramel, dark fruit, and toast

The taste is great starts malty and than the caramel, dark fruit and a slight sweetness hits aftertaste is a nice balance of malt and light hops.

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Photo of nortmand
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours clear and amber red with a moderate tan head.

Biscuity, bready nose. Caramel there, too.

Sweet and biscuity up front, levels to a moderately bitter, huge biscuit flavor midtongue. This beer is all biscuit.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this is very sessionable.

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Photo of GustoMan
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I recently enjoyed this on draft at my local Lucky's Market store. That was a pleasure to enjoy the french style Country Ale. Ales are always a full deep flavor.
A: Clear deep beautiful Amber color.
B: Smell of nice roasted grain, slightly peppery and flowery like honeysuckle.
C: Taste is so nice as you get a mouth full of many flavors like cracked grain, malt, rich hops and all very well balanced.
D: Mouthfeel was great as the carbonation was just right too. Not too much and not too liittle.
E: Over all this was one of my favorites at this place so far and I do hope they get some back again as Ii will bring my new "Drink Tank" growler to fill :) I like the Country Ale taste, a little sour and really rustic style taste.

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Photo of longdivision
4.54/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Isaac's in Newtown.

A - An opaque, ruby burnt orange. Steady lacing throughout.

S - sweet, malty, with hints of sugar cane. flemish yeast.

T - Sweet up front but smoothes out to a yeasty almost tart/tang. Reminds me of Duchesse de Bourgone, belgian sour ale, without the sour part.

M - Pleasantly medium with a dry finish.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer as I had no idea what to expect. Unique and had me coming back for more. I'm going to look for this at my local store. Try one.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 fluid ounce bottle into an over-sized wine glass. Best by date of 05/17/14 printed on label.

Appearance: Glowing, clear amber body capped off with a nice off-white head. Good amount of lacing throughout.

Smell: Sweet caramel. Notes of apples and pears also come through. Minor floral notes are present as well.

Taste: Strong grainy taste up front. Somewhat sweet notes of fruit run alongside a strong presence of bread. The hops kick in and balance this out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Medium body. Very well balanced. Dry finish.

Overall: Great beer. I have not had many beers of this style so it is difficult to compare it to others, but it did not disappoint me. Recommended!

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Photo of MowryJC
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - Lovely deep coppery color, pleasantly cloudy, with a medium-full head that settled fairly quickly into a thing film over the top, with some unven lacing.

S - Wonderful caramel aroma, light fruit as well. I'm thinking dried cherries. Almost no hop aroma whatsoever.

T - Full maltiness, with the caramel payoff I expected from the smell. A nice bitterness on the end that stays on the palate. A nice light warmth from the alcohol as it fades. Perfectly balanced for the style, IMHO.

M - A sexy, silky mouthfeel which lingers and stays on the tongue for just the right amount of time.

D - Incredibly drinkable. I feel like another one immediately following the first, and given the full body and flavor, impressively thirst quenching.

I'm a huge fan of this style, and this example doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of alehopman
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Spot on amber in color. Two finger, persistent head. Massive lacing. Fine beaded, medium carbonation.

Smell: A lot going on here. Very yeasty, sweet caramel malt and a touch of noble hop (something like Golding/Hallertauer/Saaz etc).

Taste: Very sweet/malty/bready. Great malt/hop balance. Finish is in form of nice lingering hop bitterness.

Mouth Feel: Full bodied, somewhat cloying.

Drinkability: At 5.9% abv, this is not quite a session ale but on a given night would be tempted to try more than a few of these, however.

Overall: If this is what they serve in the French countryside, l wouldn't mind spending some time there.

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Photo of Darius75
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear reddish amber color. White bubbles on the side of the glass, but no head and almost no lacing when the glass is tipped.

Smell: Caramel, bready malts, a hint of unidentifiable fruit. The Bros say baked apple. I'll defer to that.

Taste: Crispy, crispy toasted malts rounded off with a light touch of hops. Not too bitter, not too sweet. The aftertaste is mellower, and after 5-6 seconds I don't taste much of anything.

Mouthfeel: Light and humble. Alcohol presence gentles the caramel. Carbonation is perfect for the flavors.

Drinkability: I'm guzzling it. Should really slow down.

This is going to be a great year-round ale, but I'm looking forward to pairing it with summer foods: vegetables and balsamic-marinated chicken on the grill, corn cobs with butter and salt, the occasional burrito with sweet potato mash instead of rice.

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Photo of cokes
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lovely stuff here.
I admire the fact that Two Bros has the balls to label themselves "Brasserie du Deux Freses" on the bottle.

Slightly hazed amber in color. Off white head diminshes quickly.
Very herbal nose with some grainy qualities.
Starts off somewhat simple with toasted carmel dominating the mouth. After and few sips (and allowing it to warm), the complexities opened up. Dough-like malts with grape sweetness. Some nutty and buttery tones. Earthy and some mustiness (but in the best possible way). Carmel sticks around leaning towards toffee. Grassy, hay-like hops come in and dry this out toward the finish.
Medium bodied. Dances nicely in the mouth.
Just fun to drink. Would be great for a session, but also a nice treat in itself.

I got word that this should be available in Madison very soon. I am excited, to say the least.

A large thank you to Bighuge for giving me the advance screening. This one is right up my alley.

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Photo of fdw3
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark amber with a small off-white head that retains nicely and leaves a good amount of lacing. Smells amazing with a combination of caramel malt, molasses, honey, sweet fruit, and just a bit of flowery hops. Taste delivers on the promising smell and is extremely well-balanced; sweet flavors of malt and thick honey fade into some earthy hops with a good combination of bitterness and alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth and just a bit syrupy with significant body and moderate carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer; the malt character is dominant but the sweetness is not overpowering; taste is complex. I could only do a couple at once but I would enjoy every sip. Loved it!

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Photo of gimmehead
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich reddish copper with a small off-white head and minimal lacing. Smells very malty and grassy. Also some sweet caramel and sugar with a fruity apple or cherry aroma, very earthy. Taste is of wheat malts, grassy, lightly hopped with some sweet sugary notes and a very clean finish. Maybe a little on the thin side, but as I mentioned the mouthfeel is very clean. A very well balanced beer that paired nicely with grilled pork chops and made for a nice session. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just as a heads up, I've only had one or two of this style before, so my ability to rate it against "the norm" is limited.

Fairly dark copper colored brew, fair amount of haze, small white head doesnt last long, but leaves a fair amount of lace. Pretty malty on the nose, some nuttiness, some darker fruits as well. Taste is very large, light sweet caramel front, some fruit and nut notes, spice, bready, a bit of candy. Pretty complex taste, i think they did a good job with it, its well blended. Medium to full bodied, pretty smooth and creamy.

Not only will i have this again, but i will go through their line after this and their fine dortmunder as well. Seems like they are thinking outside of the box and doing a good job at it.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a clear deep amber with a somewhat truncated head that splits off into islands of thin bubbly froth. Something weird, but nice, in the aroma. Like Rosemary or Sage or something. I think it's Rosemary. (I had a Farmhouse ale that used Rosemary at PizzaPort in Solona Beach, CA, and this seems similar to that.) This beer is a real refreshing change from all of the typical beer styles. It is very nice. Not often do you find French Style Country Ales available at the local package store. Thus, I'm having a hard time describing the taste. I would say it has quite a unique herbal quality. A healthy dose of grainy notes. And a nice bitter hop finish. Easy drinking for 5.9 a/v. Damn good beer.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep copper and amber color, almost no head. Lacey on the glass

S: It doesn’t have an overpowering nose, smells of caramel and malt can be lightly noted.

T: Wonderfully rich and malty beer, not too heavy. Tastes of caramel, lightly fruity/citrus taste and a delightfully slightly bitter end and taste of hops on the finish

M: Medium, not too thick

O: Was one of my staple beers for a long time. Had this first at their brewpub and fell in love immediately. It’s named for the county I grew up in too which is a nice local touch. I highly recommend it, there’s just a character to it that I really like and don’t find all that often in beers.


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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. best by of 3/20/09. poured into tulip.

deep brownish amber with orange tones. slight haze from yeast. fluffy tan head fades to wispy layer. some lacing but i wish for more.

aroma starts with caramel and apple, with very gentle phenols bringing out sage and parsley. hints of hay and a trace of barn or farmhouse character.

subtle acidity throughout carries you through the flavor spectrum, from caramel maltiness, to apple, pear and white grape, to spices and herbs, with grassy hop and mild bitterness, onto gentle phenols with another hint of farmhouse.

not too thin, almost approaches light syrup. moderate, complimentary carbonation.

so far, my favorite traditionally styled biere de garde. none of that cloying sweet character to the malt. instead, this has a well balanced caramelized maltiness, complimenting all the other characteristics in the flavor and aroma profile.

frankly, i'm surprised that so many actual french attempts at their own indigenous style can't seem to match this american version's superior balance of complexity and drinkability.

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Photo of SassieCassie
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nose: floral with a hint of ethanol. Not a lot of head retention. Taste: crisp, light, and delicious. I was expecting this beer to be a bit sweeter/syrupy judging by the appearance, but I was wrong. This is a fantastic beer. Malty light and full of flavor

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Photo of Erish
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a large wine glass. Best by 5/9/11.

A: cloudy, with plenty of suspended yeast, the head is negligible, the cap is scant but persistent, the lacing is decent.

S: earthy, barnyard-like funkiness, some spice (nutmeg/allspice), a definite pumpkin-like aroma, honey, a caramel/vanilla infused maltiness supports the whole thing.

T: the malt, funk, and spice all hit up front, the middle shows a slightly sour, vinous character as well as some honey, the finish is very dry, a little peppery, and finishes nicely with earthy/grassy hops.

M: medium-weight, ultra-creamy texture, the carbonation is plentiful and helps cleanse the palate for a perfect finish. Exceptional.

D: This is an exceptional all-season beer, and I will definitely seek it out again.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber- dark for the style, but with a fine white head that sticks around for awhile and leaves some nice lacing. Smells a bit grainy, like brown bread with some earthy hops and some brown sugar glazed pears. The taste is very nice- quite balanced with some slightly sweet grainy malt, some notes of banana and pear, and some more earthy hops as well as a touch of brandied citron on the end that intermingles nicely with the long somewhat bitter earthiness. Very smooth and silky in the mouth, with just a touch of tartness. A very nice beer- can't believe its taken me this long to try it.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful light golden coppery orange color, slightly opaque with little yeasties floating around, thin off-whitish cream colored head that fades to a thin ring and minimal spotty lace. Smells like an open field of grains with some nice little malty sweetness, dry, subtle, thin caramel notes behind. Taste is mild, pleasing, and subtle, lightly toasty with lightly dry biscuity tone and buttery sweetness, nice little grab of breadish yeast thats quite favorable on the palette. A mild drying woody hop finishes off this subtle masterpiece with enticing notes of grains and rice. Feel is medium bodied with a favorable little creamy start, adds soft thin grainyness and the finish is lightly crisp with a nice fluffy drying that fades well. A pleasant subtle beer with lots of thin layers and complexity. A good drinker and quite enjoyable, a great session beer. Thanks goes out to jeffboo for the bottle.

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Photo of botham
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the Hop Leaf in Chicago. pours a rich copper color with two fingers of light tan head, beautiful settling and solid retention. great looking in the glass.

aroma is of caramel malts and a bit of yeast, along with a base of spicy fruit. well proportioned aroma with an aura of a brown ale.

taste is lightly fruity with caramelized sugar and light grassy hops. very fresh and flavorful. the caramel malts from the aroma give way to a semi dry hop character that is great.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth on the palate. goes down a touch spicy with residual grassy hops.

drinkability is good. very mellow and easygoing brew with fresh hops notes and a very drinkable profile. cheers!

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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.