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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BA SCORE
85
very good

498 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 498
Hads: 1,347
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 40
Gots: 170 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of sulldaddy
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am sampling a chilled bottle in a snifter. Bottle is marked best before 10/31/04. uh oh. THe beer pours a clear chestnut hue with a small creamy eggshell white head resting on the surface. I do get some yeast sediment at the end of the pour. The aroma is fruity and malty. SOme red grape and green apple mix well with caramel and biscuits. A nice nose while still remaining rather mild.
The first sip reveals a smooth silky body and fine carbonation that tingles my tongue. I have no concerns about the beer being off.
The flavor is complex yet again not robust. I get sweet caramel, pears and lemony citrus notes throughout. The finish is a little tangy and fruity. QUite enjoyable. The bottle says 5.9%, but I dont notice it. THe drinkability is high as the beer is smooth and goes down easily. I had never heard of this brewery when I bought the bottle, but this beer makes me interested in finding others. (913 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Domaine DuPage not only sounds but also looks perfectly suited to be at the table for a classic, multi-course French meal. It has a classy mahogany tone and appreciably clean, if not glassy, complexion that offers up amber highlights when held against a bright backdrop. Even its head, a slim and fashionable crown of lace, looks swank and dashing.

The aroma is a unique blend of caramel, lightly charred oak, dried fruits, wild honey, toasty croutons and just a drop of alcohol. It's the kind of bouquet that lends itself to a laundry list of flavours and constantly warrants attention to see how the smells develop with time and air. And it's as intimidating as it is particular, showcasing unexpected strength.

The beer's flavour is decadently rich (again, perfectly in line with the French theme). It has the same richness as a high-fat cream and all the sweetness of a creme brulee. While I immediately start thinking of pot-au-feu or roast game or something sauteed in bacon grease, I can't help but wonder if this could work with dessert as well...

You be the judge: flavour specifics include roasted chestnut, honey-glazed pecan, French oak, baked apple, raisin and date, caramel, dried cranberry and a sugar and cream (creme brulee) combination. It's underlying sweetness is cut short by a brief but stern hoppiness. It has a clean, lager-like disposition despite all the musty, woodsy flavour and scent.

I can't help but close my eyes and see visions of musty cellars, crumbling corks and dusty bottles, stone bridges, a log on the fire, strong cheeses, the sounds of an accordion, a poetic language, warm scarves and the inexplicable desire to make love. If it can instill all that it stands to reason Domaine DuPage is one of the strongest examples of the Biere de Garde style commercially available. Thanks Sam for the beer (and vacation)! (1,860 characters)

Photo of kbnooshay
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the haul back from Chicago. Thanks going to my brother.

a: This poured clear and carbonated with an orange amber body and a small off-white head.

s: The aroma was grainy, sweet and of toasted caramel. This was slightly hoppy.

t: WOW! Sweet and malty. Very toasty aftertaste. The hop flavor is light but very nice. There is a nice doughey bread flavor also.

Mf/d: Slick and oily with a slight carbonation sting. I would only have a few of these because of the insane sweetness but this goes down so easy. Quite the treat. This is one incredibly balanced beer. (579 characters)

Photo of BellsFan
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance = It poured from a twelve ounce bottle with a small head that quickly dissipated without leaving any lacing on the glass.

Smell = It has a rich caramel nose that is pleasant

Taste = the taste is also rich in caramel that seems too strong at first but then quickly dissipates leaving a nice finish. A toasted caramel is also evident.

Mouthfeel = adequate carbonation in conjunction with the thick caramel almost balance each other.

Drinkability = this is an easy drinker but not quite a session beer because of the thick caramel taste and mouth feel.

Overall I like it and would purchase another sixer. (618 characters)

Photo of Winter
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber with a light khaki colored head, which flattens and eventually disappears. Sweet caramel malt and biscuity aroma. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a touch of crispness. Sweet caramel malt on the front. Middle starts to introduce more of a fruitiness to the mix. Almost reminiscent of fermented grape jam. That jammy fruit flavor continues and combines with a toasted biscuit finish. Hops seem light. Very interesting and unexpected revelation of flavors. Great offering from Two Brothers. (506 characters)

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear ruddy copper hue. Not much head but what's there holds on for a long time.

Aroma is strong malt with dark fruit. Fig, date and plums. Very nice almost like a great Belgian double without the funk.

Taste is more of the strong dark fruits and malt. Hops are far in the background but there are some earthy notes and a bubblegum yeasty character. The finish transitions to residual sweetness that is just perfect. There is a nice, full flavor packed in this one.

Mouthfeel has light carbonation that matches the profile of this brew. It has a medium mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Overall this is a fantastic French Country ale. One of Two Brothers best regular offerings. It's a great change of pace from my usual go-to APA(Sidekick)/IPA's. Way to go guys! (768 characters)

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left a small one finger head that quickly dissipated, and left little lacing. Body was a clear copper red amber.

Smell - diacetyl, fruity esters, overripe pears and plums, caramel, and toasty malt.

Taste - same as the smell. Buttery diacetyl with overripe pears, plums, washed with caramel and toated malt. It finishes with tart sour green apples.

Mouthfeel - medium fullness, smooth, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - this is very good, goes down well, and is very sessionable. (522 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into Sam Adams glass on 5/13/09.

A - Poured a slight hazy, effervescent amber/orange body with reddish highlights and one-finger creamy eggshell head that settled to a slim coating that flared up with each swirl of the glass, leaving splashes of lace around the sides of the glass.

S - Light toasted grains, caramel and sugar up front with fairly aromatic floral hops contrasting with earthy tones and herbal notes. A pleasant fruity character also emerges, suggesting a subtle dark fruit tang as well as hints of ripe pear and other fleshy tree fruit.

T - Initial flavor is on the sweet side with a mild hop charcter combining spicy, floral and citric notes. Spicy notes in the finish with a fruity sweetness and a hefty malt backbone consisting of caramel and bready grains.

M - Medium bodied with a light syrupy texture and slightly sticky mouthfeel overall. Sweet finish with enough of a hop character to tingle the tastebuds just a bit.

D - I've been sitting on this for a while for some reason, but I was pleasantly surprised with this Two Brothers offering. Very interesting, flavorful style with a pretty light, crisp body and lots of subtle complexities all working together to create an extremely drinkable beer. (1,245 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber hue, no head, little movement from this bad boy. The nose reports plums, fresh apples, toast, malts, perhaps the list could go on! Razor sharp and aggressive offerings up front, large toasted malts, caramel, some hops also detected in the initial tasting. Becomes rather creamy and inviting; dough-like, fresh bread flavorings, quite enjoyable and for no extra charge has a decent belly-warming-offering! Nutty, buttery, slick, on the edge of full bodied, a fine offering from the "you never know what to expect from Ebel Bro's". (541 characters)

Photo of
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep red with little head, which quickly fades.

S - faint raspberries and vanilla.

T - this is very good, lots of vanilla, caramel, and slight tartness.

M - very full and creamy, maybe a little more carbonation I would prefer.

D - very balanced and easy to get along with, but remains interesting throughout. Will definitely buy again. (346 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fairly complex color. Amber once poured, but eventually clearly appears red once it settles. Some copper toning is there as well. Lots of foam and great lacing.

Smell: I agree with the assertion that this smells like spiced apple. But specifically, I really think Domaine DuPage smells strongly like spiced ginger. Definitely alcohol here.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Creamy, complex feel. Not overly carbonated. Surprising considering the relatively light appearance. Tons of malt and a good amount of hops as well. Delicious balance. Lots of alcoholic burn, especially towards the bottom.

Drinkability: Intense. Old school.

Overall: This is a crazy good beer. Would definitely drink more of this. Very rough yet refined. Great! (734 characters)

Photo of Skidz
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out light golden brown and sits amber-orange in the glass with a thin head that goes to the sides with no skim.

Smell is caramely with honey present as well. Light aromatic hops, Saaz, and a mild yeastiness. Brown sugar and powdered chocolate back it up.

Sweet caramel flavors packed with malts and a nice herbal/floral hoppiness. Great bitter finish that leaves you mouth with some mild fruits.

Crisp and clean in the mouth, great carbonation. Awesome sweets and yeastiness, great beer all-around. (513 characters)

Photo of mjc3151
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - very clear, solid brown color, slight head

S - kinda smells like it's been aged in oak barrels, a bit roasted also

T - malty taste but not too over the top, perfect blend of hops and malts

M - slight carbonation, smooth

O - How many French country ales have you had? There is nothing quite like it. You must try this. (325 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Two Brothers Domaine DuPage delivers a slightly hazy, deep amber body with a reddish cast beneath a short but creamy head of white foam that holds quite well and leaves some thin lace about the glass. The nose is offers a comination of delicately toasty and straw-like grain with subtle notes of caramel alongside some soft summer fruit (apple, peach, cherry) and musty yeast. It's quite intriguing! The body is medium-light with a zesty, very-fine bubbled natural carbonation that finely pricks the tongue. The flavor starts with bold, toasty and caramelish malts upfront, followed by a splash of tart fruit (sour cherry, tangerine, plum) that fades into the finish. The tartnes is quite nice and refreshing, and it slowly fades in the finish, giving rise to some lingering toasty malt, a delicate spiciness, and finally a drying chalkiness that brings you full circle and ready for another sip. Given a chance, this is an exciting, fairly complex, refreshing, and satisfying beer that probably deserves much more recognition than it receives. Very nicely done and certainly worth trying! (1,089 characters)

Photo of cudmud
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep copper color very little head. What head there is produces nice lacing.

Smell: Wonderful smells of raisins, malt, and yeast.

Taste: A nice balance of sweet malts, raisin bread, and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and bread-like.

Drinkability: A great beer in both flavor and style. (301 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Pours a clear copper color with a sugar white lacing for a head.

Smells of biscuity malts with toffee and caramel sweetness.

Toasted biscuit malt flavor with toffee and nutty bitterness characteristics.

Medium body with a tingle of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Highly drinkable with a great flavor, a very enjoyable brew well worth trying and something I will definitely look for again in the future. (420 characters)

Photo of CliffBrake
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy medium honey brown color with light head and moderate lacing.

Appetizing and complex aroma - bisuity malt, raisins, cherries. Flavor follows suit - complex, tasty and well integrated malt, hops and yeast components.

Medium body with just the right carbonation. Dry finish, leaves the palate clean and wishing more.

Thanks to DavidEddie for the awesome extra. A delicious surprise. I will seek this out again and look for others from this brewery. (455 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head over the cloudy coppery amber brew. Head lasts nicely, with plenty of bubbly lacing. Aroma is grains and light spicing. Taste is hearty grains, a touch of sour, and then closes with a touch of dry. Mouthfeel is great, smooth grains and tart working well together, and drinkability is excellent as well. Not sure if it's to style, but it's yummy, and that works for me. (491 characters)

Photo of robbyc1
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful deep golden clear look with an off-white head that's 2 inches strong, great lace, really nice.

Strong nice sweetish bready malt and and minimal hops for this style.

The taste overdoes the nose, strong bready sweetness up front, bready, toffee, butterscotch, slight vanilla middle, finishes long and slightly sweet. The hops provide a bit of bitterness to balance the finish. One of my session beers for this style.

Heavy mouthfeel, creamy with refined carbonation.

Easy drinker, good for all year round drinking, the sweetness lends it as a good drinker with savory dinners. Yes, a nice one for this style. (621 characters)

Photo of Risser09
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a cantillon taster - fridge - best by 7/10/09

Appearance: A copper colored beer that has orange highlights, apparent carbonation that flows to the surface, and a bubbly cream colored head that reaches 1.5" Good retention and lots of foamy lace stays behind.

Smell: Roasted, nutty barley malt. Pecan and cereal grains accompany some yeast earthiness. I can't smell any hop aroma.

Taste: Nutty forefront of almond and pecan. A distinct cereal grain flavor is smooth and not sweet at all. I guess there are some hop flavors, actually they take root in bitterness and not flavor.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth in both flavor and mouthfeel. This medium bodied beer shows a bitter finish and a fresh overall complexion.

Drinkability: Great. I like this beer alot. It is certainly a sessionable brew that has a multitude of strengths. Worth seeking out. (870 characters)

Photo of chuckm
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not overly heavy but still has a strong body. A beer I first had at a Leonas restaurant here in Chicago and was impressed by its ability to to hold its own with Italian food. I don't know what a French country style ale should be but this is darn good (251 characters)

Photo of drizzam
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by date of 8/10/10 on the back label. The brew pours a crystal clear copper color with an off-white head topping it off. The head is fluffy and leaves a nice veil of lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - Sweet caramalized malts abound in the aroma...maybe a touch of butterscotch in there as well.

T & M - The taste far outperforms the nose. The toasty and sweet caramelized malt provides huge flavor. Some spiciness in the middle, then it finishes with just a slight floral hop bitterness toward the end. There's some unrecognizable fruit lingering about it there as well. As soon as I took it into my mouth I remarked to myself about how creamy this beer seems.

D - This beer has an understated complexity to it that makes it especially interesting, and tasty! This is the first brew I've had from Two Brothers, and now I want to try more. Very impressed! (926 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish orange sunset hued brew with a thin cap of light brown suds. The dishwater head exhibits large and loose bubbles, and settles to a soapy haze with abundant lace coating the glass. I really like the uniquely pretty color of this brew.

S - Toasted malt campfire and burnt wood. Wet ashes....reminds me of the way that a campfire smells after you douse it with water to cool the dying embers. Autumnal and cozy with outdoorsy aromas. Smells like a walk in the woods on a wet autumn morning.

T - Sweet caramel malt with a good dose of toasty grains and some leafy hops. Burning wood with some really nice campfire nuances. Becomes progressively more hoppy and salty (soy sauce) towards the moderately dry and barky finish.

M - Low carbonation, medium in body, and very slightly acidic (sour) with a moderately dry finish. A tad under-carbonated IMHO.

D - An outstanding aroma and tasty flavors and a near perfect balance of roastiness and hoppiness make this an eminetnly drinkable brew. It's flavorful enough to hold my interest, and mellow enough to drink three or four. (1,094 characters)

Photo of dali27
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler into pint glass.

A: A rather bright, but attractive hazy orange color with a thin head that quickly collects in a ring around the side of the glass.

S: Toasted bready malts with a fruity sweetness. Smells very inviting.

T: Really good tasting beer. Heavy on the malt flavoring, but balanced against mild hop taste makes this one extremely enjoyable.

M: Thin to medium body. To me it's strange that a beer would have so much flavor and feel so thin. Definitely contributes to this being a very sessionable beer.

O: This is my current local favorite. So solid, so much flavor, so easy to drink. I have never had another beer of this style, so I don't know how true it is to other Biere de Garde's, but I do know that I love this one.

Even though "amber" can be such an all encompassing term, and I am not sure if this beer falls into this catagory, this is what I expect an "amber" to be. Most amber ales leave me disapointed, but this one, no way! Try it. (981 characters)

Photo of jaz58
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great craft brew. It went very well with the great burger I had at DMK.
Spicy smell and taste. Hints of carmel. Good mouth feel and very easy to drink.
Very good white head. Reddish carmel clear colour. A gentle hop aroma with a decent bitter finish. (252 characters)

Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.