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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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1,100 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,100
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 32
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zerk on 05-15-2002)
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Photo of mynie


4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a nice American Amber Ale, rich rusty amber with a nice and retentive yellow-white head.

Smells like very chewy caramel and chocolate malts. The best kind of bread, incredibly yeasty and sweet.

Tastes very much like it smells. Loads of sweet, pleasant yeast, chocolate and caramel malt, and a nice sour sweet finish. No hop character of which to speak, but the malt's complex enough to carry the beer.

Saison? Hardly. This just tastes like a really malty amber ale. It's pretty good, yeah, and it is certainly easy drinking, but this is hardly what I think of when I think "saison"--there's no spiciness or complex hop character. Still well worth while, though.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2005 06:05:49 | More by mynie
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New York

4/5  rDev +5%

08-25-2013 18:29:56 | More by magnusdave
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 01:55:34 | More by Billolick
Photo of Brenden


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was on tap in Hyde Park. Notes are from two days ago.

The off-white head of this copper-colored brew retains fairly well and leaves thin lines of lacing in the glass.
There's a toasted malt with a nice sweetness on the nose with some tart apple and a gentle spice. Hops aroma is very, very light.
There's a little less sweetness in the flavor, though it does contribute to the flavor pretty favorably. The back is all malts with toasted breads and grains with spices and tart green apple.
This one's got a nicely rounded-out crisp and smooth mouthfeel. The body is medium.
This one's a pretty nice brew and was helpful in easing me into an unfamiliar style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2009 16:51:52 | More by Brenden
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears an ultra clear brown red color with a short lived whtie head. The ring remains along with some patchy white spots. Sweet toasted caramel malt aroma, a little noble hops, mild fruits/ mostly light green grapes, and mildly spiced. Not really a saison from what I've had...this fits the biere de garde style description very well. Nice taste. Bready, malty, toasted, and more fruity esters weaving thoughout. Mild alcohol in a good way is apparent at random moments. Has a nice grape-like dryness to it and a semi sharp carbonation.

Good all around....easy on the senses but not lacking in complexity.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 23:44:06 | More by tastybeer
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep cherry wood red and topped with a half an inch of tightly packed sandy white foam which is held up by a few strings of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. Head fades into a ring and leaves little lacing.

S: Sweet and toasted, lightly caramel malitness backed by ripe red apples and a husky graininess. Fresh and refreshing for a Labor Day evening.

T/MF: Toasty and sweet, a blend of rich toasted malt and grain with a slight red apple juicy sweetness. Grain wins out in the long run and finishes rather husky, with traces of noble hop fruitiness. Body is rather smooth and dead set on medium bodied. Finish isn't too drawn out but does linger nicely on the tongue to remind you of what just happened.

D: A good and easy drinker, one of the better offerings from Two Brothers and a good represntation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 01:07:13 | More by bluemoonswoon
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear copper-amber w/thin but frothy off-white head. Light tracing.
S-Toasted bready malt, faint esters, light ripe red apple.
T-Very pleasant strong toasted malt with a hint of apple and a bite of spice that lasts from midpalate through the finish. Faint noble hops and light yeasty character also accompany the finish, and aftertaste is pleasant with the malt backbone hanging on but not overpowering.
M-Medium creamy body with lively tiny beads of carbonation. Very well-balanced with restrained sweetness.
D-Highly drinkable and pleasant. This beer is simple yet unique, and if I had a few more bottles I'd like to test it's sessionability.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 04:33:22 | More by BoitSansSoif
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Domaine DuPage poured a dark amber color, with very little head. Smell was strong of sweet malty flavor. Taste was sweet, malty, hints of fruit. Faint hoppy citrus after taste. Mouthfeel was good, good carbonation. Drinkability was also nice. This was an interesting beer. I enjoyed it a good deal and I am interested in exploring more of this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 12:58:52 | More by nickynick
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 fl oz. bottle from Paddy O' Fegan's in Chicago, IL for $5. Poured from the bright orange colored bottle w/ a farm pathway enclosed in a circle on the front into a 12oz Brasserie D'Achoufee Tulip Glass. Has then BEST BY 11/29/11 on the side.

Aroma- Has a light caramel aroma and tons of malt/sweetness. Very light hop aroma (if any) but the entire aroma is based around this sweet aroma.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that stays for almost the entire time! Has a dark amber colored body with a hazy background. Leaves thick lacing afterwards!

Flavor- Very sweet, tons of caramel in the taste here again. Has very light hops in the taste but noticeable. A light-medium hop bitterness finishes this one off them.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonation, Smooth, and very easy attributes all around. Doesn't leave much on the palate since it is very sweet and malt dominant.

Overall Impression- A fantastic Biere de Garde! I actually haven't had this style in a while, so it was nice to remember how much I like this style. My second brew from Two Brothers and am a HUGE fan of theirs! Go for this if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 21:43:49 | More by DCon
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 1/6 keg of this for the home kegerator. The beer pours a lovely dark burnished bronze. It is crystal clear with a nice off-white head and rings of lacing.

The beer has a delicate aroma of flowers, hop spiciness and fruit. Some malt pokes in as well .

The taste is very respectable. Not overly aggressive on the hopping, the beer is carried by fruit (apple & pear) flavors and more than a hint of fresh bread. Taste stays decent as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel is incredibly soft with great carbonation for this style. Drinkabity is good, but for me, I would like a bit more hop bite to make this an everyday beer.

This beer is good in bottles and better on tap. My favorite beer from this neat little brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2004 21:37:12 | More by Redrover
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright amber. I poured the bottle pretty hard, but head didn't show up immediately. Not to worry; it's a late bloomer. Once the head develops, it has good retention and leaves plenty of lace as it fades.

Smell: Soft brown sugar and vague spikes of citrus sweetness, with an underlying bed of gently floral hop aroma.

Taste: Syrupy smooth malt sweetness. Caramel overtones, with (very) vague hints of grapefruit and spice. The malt profile is smooth, sweet and moderately bulky, but not assertive. The hop bitterness is low. I really like the way this beer uses hops; they definitely have character, contributing to the flavor from start to finish, but they never really emerge as a distinctly separate flavor. They compliment the malt nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body. The carbonation is subdued, but not flat. Smooth.

Verdict: This isn't a beer that wows you with big flavor. The malt profile isn't especially complex, but it's smooth, sweet, and well-balanced. It went very nicely with a light Caesar salad.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 22:46:55 | More by bearrunner44
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass from a 12 ounce bottle.

A: Deep amber color with a soft eggshell hued head that settles to a nice froth on the surface. Lacing is decent, and carbonation is subtle.

S: Grassy and floral, with some caramel malt accompanied by fruity undertones. Also has a yeasty touch.

T: Much like the smell. Caramel notes along with fresh bread, followed by hints of golden apple and pear. A tad yeasty in the middle, with a floral, slightly bitter finish.

Notes: moderate in body, with a very creamy mouthfeel. It's a very drinkable beer, and would accompany just about any dish. It's nice to see some American breweries experimenting with this style. Very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 05:04:53 | More by WYVYRN527
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper... kind of odd for a saison... with a whispy halo of white. Aroma is a mixture of bread dough, slight caramel notes, and grassy hops. Flavor begins sweet and juicy with caramel and malt notes, followed by a nice balancing bitterness. I would have expected it to be a little more dry, but it seems to work. Leaves a grassy aftertaste that is quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is lively with a light to medium body and medium carbonation. This is a quite enjoyable beer although it's not completely what I thought it would be.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2003 22:41:11 | More by zerk
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, brilliant amber color with about a finger of head. The head gives way to exceptional lacing. I would almost describe this as pretty. Almost.

Can smell this a full foot & a half away. Wonderful aromas of caramel, malt & hops with plums & spice on the tail-end of the nose.

Unusual type of bitterness (not at all unpleasant) that differs from the usual hop-driven variety in PA/IPA's. Almost an astringent quality, like with slightly under-ripe persimmons. Brown sugar & grapefruit, while an unlikely combo, provide a tasty comparison point through which I'd describe the flavor. Yummy.

Feels great in my mouth although it's sitting a little on the heavy side, thus making this a beer I'd have a couple of but no more. Totally recommended, though.

Serving type: growler

11-14-2006 22:56:30 | More by malcontent
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a snifter. Color is a nice clear, burnt orange color with a small light tan head. Small retention rate with fair amount of lacing. Nice fall fruit aroma, pears and apples mostly. Very earthy hop notes. Good flavors, very earthy note. Some fall fruits and some nice earthy tones from the hops. Very classic flavors for a biere de garde. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp. The hops really keep this one together. Medium bodied, and the 5.6% ABV makes this a very nice and drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 03:29:12 | More by paulthebeerguru
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orange-amber color with a thin white head that quickly dropped back into the beer. Not a super bubbly beer and definitely seems a little cloudy, but that could be the coldness of the beer.

Smell is mostly malty, toasted, a touch sweet maybe, with the vaguest hint of noble hops. Maybe the suggestion of grass too.

Delicious beer. More bitter than you might expect, but the flavor is a mix of yeast esters and delicious malts, maybe mix of munich and caramels and perhaps something else. Perfectly balanced. Dry too, but not overly so. Not as dry or as farmhouse-like as a saison, but even this american version has a hint of something farmhouse about it.

A bit strong perhaps, to call it a session beer, but I definitely find it easy to overindulge in this beer without the flavors become tiresomeness.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 22:38:32 | More by SRFeldman79
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: single finger head on a clear, copper amber body and excellent lacing.

S: caramel malts, nutmeg, cinnamon... with these also reproduced in the flavor. Almost no hops by my nose.

T: caramel and toasted malts, nutmeg, cinnamon but these spices are light with subtle earthy hop character.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: nice spicy brew which nicely follows the style and isnt over carbonated like I feel many of these are.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2012 14:47:04 | More by kylehay2004
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3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer has a definite sweet caramel aroma with a biscuit, toasty component to it. Like a rich amber really.

This is quite a rich, malty beer. Definitely get the caramel notes in there as well as some toffee. Some fruity sweetness also peeks through. The notes of biscuit are present but somewhat subdued compared to expectations. Finishes with barely anything in the way of hops, just a twinge, but is still fairly clean. Pretty tasty stuff actually.

I'm not sure what separates this style from an amber ale but it seemed to have a lot in common. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 00:41:00 | More by NODAK
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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz pour on tap @ Vintage Estate...served in a pint glass

A - frothy light tan colored foam about half an inch in height, settled a little before sticking around nicely the rest of the drink. thin lacing left behind. the beer is slightly hazy and light copper in color.

S - sharp toasted malts and grains, mild earthy hops, some yeasty "country" scents...

T - again spotlight on the toasted malts, crackers...light layer of caramel and nuts. tiny bit of grassy hops along with an over-ripened apple fruitiness. pretty complex.

M - medium bodied for the style, nice bright and crisp carbonation. slightly creamy yet refreshing.

D - liked it, to me this style is all over the place but it grew on me after a few sips. good strong toasty tastes and a certain wildness to it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2010 00:07:38 | More by Stigs
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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
24 IBU, 5.9% ABV, Best by date of 4/8/12 on label.

A - Pouring a clear ruby-copper color, Domaine DuPage has a stunning brilliance but a not-so-stunning head. Low and cream-colored, it's got moderate retention for it's small stature and little bits of lacing clinging to the glass.

S - Very lightly acidic and sour, this beer is mild on the aroma with very earthy malts of a small touch of caramel and toffee. Sweet, lingering fruit esters arise and remind of plum and dry fig newton. Reminiscent of Quad yeast, actually.

T - Deliciously malty sweet but balanced with both light toffee and caramel and a strong dark fruit ester to it. A bit of plum and cherry with a light apricot dance around as it cleans out with a mild hop presence on the finish. Very faintly sour and dry bitterness comes across as it finishes with a light oak wood flavor.

M - Strong carbonation prickles the tongue and bites at the throat on the way down. This medium-bodied, perhaps slightly funky, French-style ale is well balanced and finishes dry and faintly bitter.

O - Malt strong but well balanced, hops really only provide bittering balance that lasts through the finish. Complexity hides deep within this oak-laced beer giving it supreme drinkability, something to savor and sip, exploring it's depth.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 16:43:58 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light red amber color, clear, soft beige head dissipates slowly leaving a very small amount of lacing

Smell: Nice yeasty nose with the slightest bite and freshness of hops

Taste: Wonderful sweet hoppyness on the front of the palette, a comforting, warm maltiness, followed by a clean mild finish

Mouth Feel: Smooth, higher than expected level of carbonation, a bit more watery than I would have liked

Drinkability: Excellent beer, not filling or overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 08:18:10 | More by x63x77
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours deep orange with a very small off white head. Smells like black tea with some sweet floral presence. Tastes just as the nose let's on....tea upfront that mellows out very nice floral taste with some ripe citrus fruit notes. Mouthfeel is very thin with a very active carbonation. Overall pretty good session beer and very glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 02:15:10 | More by joefuzz
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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as part of my February MicroBeerClub shipment received in early March. Best consumed by 6-29-07.

Beer poured a copper/amber color with a white head that is well sustained and is leaving a nice lacing behind. Nose is very pleasant, of lighter fruits and a hint of floral hops. Taste has hints of apple, pears, and finishes with a dry hop accentuated by the fruits. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and somewhat smooth. Overall drinkability is very refreshing and easy drinking. Recommended if you have access to this brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 23:53:36 | More by arizcards
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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is copper with a short white head. Interspersed among a nice fine layer of foam are a handful of bigger bubbles. There is a bit of spotty lacing as well, but minimal retention. Aroma is biscuity, mildly roast, and a bit nutty. Flavor is similar, with a mild earthy hop note and a nice mildly fruity yeast character. Sort of verging on a saison-ish character but a bit cleaner. Definitely goes well with the nutty, biscuit from the malt. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent, very nice and refreshing. Medium light bodied, but the carbonation makes it much more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 06:32:41 | More by Agold
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the crazy extras as part of a great trade with DavidEddie. Thanks Pops!

Pours a deep orange amber color with less than a finger foamy off white head that fades fairly quickly. Spotty patterns of lacing generated. The smell is fresh yet earthy some harvest fruit and grainy wheat notes. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth. Full flavored the taste of caramel is balanced with a nice hop tingle. A very easy drinker and at 5.9% ABV is quite sessionable. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 23:30:59 | More by jjayjaye
Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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