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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

508 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 508
Hads: 1,421
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 20.37%
Wants: 48
Gots: 202 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde | 5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: zerk on 05-15-2002

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Elegant looking label and description attracted me to this unknown beer. Nothing like the anticipation of trying a beer from an unfamiliar brewery.

This french styled country ale pours somewhat cloudy with a dark amber color. Very little carbonation and at first I was worried this bottle had went bad. Thin whitish collar is all that shows for a head.

Smells of sweet of caramel and maple. Hints of fruity esters give a cherry scent.

Taste is similar with an initial sweetness that gives way to a fruity tartness that finishes with a slightly drying hop bite.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and the lack of carbonation seems to enhance the sweetness, but I felt this brew could have been improved with a more Belgian styled bottle conditioning although the brewery probably wasn't going for anything like that. An enjoyable beer, but not one you would likely have several in a sitting. Unique and worth a try, but this will not become a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Struggled to put the light brown head on top, that disappeared almost before I stopped pouring it. Pleasant, lightly spiced nose that is somewhat promising--light peppery spice follows into the taste. A bit sweet and malty to support the spice. Good balance, but not spectacular. Warmed up fairly well, but didn't open up. Overall, not bad. I'd try on tap if I saw it, but probably not buy another bottle.

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Photo of mwa423
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark pumpkin orange. Nice malty/yeast scent that is a strong foreshadowing of what's to come.

The taste was lots of yeast, with a fair amount of malt and a trace of hops.

Mouthfeel is very think and dry but goes down smooth with and a slight bitter aftertaste.

A perfect beer to have one or two of but not at all a session beer.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured golden copper into a snifter, with very little off-white head and no lacing. The smell was a little subdued for what I've grown accustomed to with this style; subtle earthiness, leather, and some spices (coriander?) and maltiness. The taste was a watered-down version of the smell, with even less coriander than before. The mouthfeel was a little on the thin side too. This beer needs a little work.

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Photo of cocogan
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Visual: Poured into pint glass. Amber in color with a one finger head.

Aroma: Canned peas and toast in the nose.

Taste: The smell of peas really brougtht out a pea taste in my mouth that was really not that pleasant. The peas were followed by the toast (well done toast but not burnt), which was comlemented by hints of honey and alcohol. Bit of hops at the end finishes the taste.

Body: medium

Drunkability: Really wouldn't want to drink this beer unless I was eating a meal. The taste alone isn't desirable but the toasted malts would really complement a diverse range of foods.

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Photo of RyanPoff
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Unexceptional. Clear penny copper with almost no head and no lacing at all.

S: Chocolate, toasted malts. Heavy, but not overly complex.

T: Cereal grains, chocolate, malts...heavier than it looks.

M: Fairly flat overall, not as fresh as I think it ought to be.

Not a great beer by a company that is otherwise pretty exceptional.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed 7/15/12

L: A deep amber that borders on ruby. A very pretty color. Pretty good head retention and lacing.

S: Slight Belgian character with strong maltiness Somewhat earthy and musky, and very toffee/caramel forward with a bit tartness.

T: While the beer itself is not extremely sweet, it does have a lot of caramel character. Probably a lot of caramel malt used in this one. Finishes fairly sweet. A bit earthy, which is welcomed as it's lacking in flavor otherwise.

F: Medium-full body with medium carbonation.

O: While this is not a terrible beer, I wouldn't buy it again. It's too lacking in character and in any event this is one of my least favorite Belgian-French styles.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color with no head just a ring. No lacing.

Aroma is of just malt. Sort of brown sugar and honey. Not much.

Tastes like it smells. Nit very complex. A little bitterness. It's ok.

Mouthfeel is sort of viscous and not carbonated enough.

For sure not a beer you need to seek out. In fact there are probably others you have access to that are much better that I would drink over this. Not bad. Just bland.

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Photo of Duff27
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Reddish and clear.Thin head that dissipates quickly. Leaves behind some lacing.

S- Didn't smell too much to be honest.

T- Yeasty, little caramel malt flavor. Leaves much to be desired.

M- Creamy, little carbonation dances on the tongue.

D/O- Wants to be a 5-6 session beer more than I wanted it to. Hate to say 'forgettable' about any craft brew but I was let down with this offering.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with a modest amount of carbonation that forms a tight, white head then falls to a collar of bubbles. The nose is malt-accented and yeasty. Biscuit and light caramel malt flavors dominate at first, then more tawny malt flavors express themselves, along with a bit of an alcoholic bite that suggests something stronger than 5.9 percent. A tasty, malt-accented beer, that I think could finish a bit drier. The mouthfeel is good and body just about right, but the finish is a little too thick, reducing the drinkability a bit.

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Photo of cnally
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

saw this at the store. this one looked appealing. poured into a glass.

this one pours a MASSIVE uncontrollable head. unbelieveable, looks like a root beer float collided with a science experiment with vinegar and baking soda. shame, too, because the beer is a beautiful amber hazy color.

scents of deep apple aromas, apple butter...slightly malty.

the flavor might not be my bag, but I am sure it is someone's. very sweet and appley flavor. but it is undeniably sour. the aftertaste is like an apple cider with cinnamon. but that sourness...

the feel is champagney and fizzy and seems like a bomb in your mouth.

not very drinkable. it is decent enough, as it the first beer I have had of this style...but the sourness and over fizzy with no decent returns...I cannot endorse this one.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: yellowish orange with a finger of an off white head that leaves a little bit of a lacing behind

Smell: citrus, mostly lemon. Farmhouse yeast. Lots of grassiness and wheatiness.

Taste: lemon bread. Lots of grass and farmhouse yeast. The taste is overly grassy and comes off fairly sweet

Mouthfeel: super sticky and sweet. Pretty light

Overall: a bit too unbalanced for me. First drink was bad but it got a bit better as it went on.

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Photo of drpimento
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Interesting dichotomy here. The aroma is wonderful: very rich and aromatic. Lots of citrus, malt and a bit of hop. Flavor isn't so hot. Kind of a jumble. Bitterness dominates and results in a long finish. Makes me wish I was in France having one of theirs. Decent enough amber color. Not much head nor lace. Like many of the other dos Bro's beer better.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 07/31/2009. On tap at Blind Tiger. This beer pours a deep red with no head. Aroma of sweet malt, very indistinct though. Flavor of sweet caramel malt and apple skins. This is a decent beer, very drinkable, but it is not really complex at all.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear cherry wood with an off-white, mottled head. No lacing.

Smell: Distinct smell of toasted wheat or buckwheat... very nice. Buttery diacetyl is quite strong, giving me the impression of buttered wheat toast. White wine is also detectable, as are a bit of fruity hops.

Taste: Mostly caramel malts, with a short finish of herbal hops. This is mild and clean, tasty but weak, what the French might call "tres blasé." It wouldn't hold up against many foods, but might be great with pasta or chicken in an herb-cream sauce.

Mouthfeel: Very light and flat. This needs work.

Drinkability: This is inoffensive and pleasant, possibly a good crossover beer.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle, with a "best by" date of 03/29/10 to a tulip glass. Purchased as part of a sampler pack.

Appearance: Pours a blush red with a small white head that disappeared quickly.

Smell: Cherries, alcohol and sweet malt. Other fruit comes through, but I'm not smart enough to identify them.

Taste: Just as the smell suggests, but even more sweet in the taste than in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium-bodied. Very smooth brew that coats the tongue nicely.

Drinkability: Not really true to the style the best that I can tell, but willing to try again as it was a decent brew.

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Photo of deebo
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Birchgrove77
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Two Brothers Tap House 03/28/09

A: Served in a tulip glass. Amber with reddish hues. Very faint, off-white head about 1/8 inch tall that did not stick around at all. Didn't notice much carbonation.

S: Very sweet, some caramel malt presence. A bit of mulled orange character with a faint spicy nose. Some alcohol and a very faint toasted grain character.

T: Difficult to describe because it seemed like there was quite a bit going on. Some syrupy sweetness, a caramel and toasted malt character that left a little bit of a nutty character on my tounge. Almost cloyingly sweet to my palate, previous beer was a Wit, but thi actually paired very well with my dinner. I'd try this again, but wasn't super impressed with it.

D: I'm surprised this is only a 6% beer. Seemed to have a bit more alcoholic character to it. Paired with a burger or nice sandwich, this was an excellent beer. I found it to malty sweet, but this may be good on hot summer day.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy amber body with a quickly thining tan head. Very little lacing deposited on the glass. The nose is fruity and light. The taste seems coarse and yeasty, a little grassy; not all that pleasant to my palate. Lots of caramel malt sense as the beer warms to room temperature. This beer has a medium body and slightly astringent feel. Strong aftertaste is not particularly pleasant.

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Photo of Vixie
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nicer copper color with a hint of red, and a bit of an off white head. Seems to have quite a bit of carbonation as well

A lot of malt in the smell, as well as yeast. Reminds me a bit of bread, with just a hint of spice, maybe pepper.

The sweetness really hits you at first, malty with a bit of caramel. There is spice there, a hint of pepper and clove. The hops kick in at the finish. and they do linger a bit.

No complaints with the feel, not too thick, not too thin. The carbonation keeps it lively.

I am not familiar with this style. so have to review this mainly based on how it tastes to me. It does remind me a bit of a wheat beer, has that bread like smell and taste I associate with that style. It's really not a bad beer, but not one that made me stand up and take notice either.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A delicious, but overly sweet French-style ale. The enjoyable confectionate side struggles without a balance from more acidic or attenuated character.

A clear copper colored beer has a froathy 1/4" foamstance from start to finish with good retainage and lacing. Darker in color than most and quite clear, it seems to be a more robust version of the style.

Malty sweet aromas take on a kettle-caramelization note with scorched molassas and a tea-like tobacco quality. A yeasty-fruity scent rounds out a very simplified Belgain aroma.

Again, sugary sweet flavors start the tasting. Fruity and confectioner's sugar come together in a rather Pez-like taste. Great when I'm 5, but at 35 I might want a more grown up taste. Malt flavors are swamped by the sugary taste, but do show a caramelly, bready taste that's reminscent of cookie dough. Lightly spicy with the tea-like hoppiness and light spicy phenolics. Mildly bitter but it hardly helps to offset the immense sweetness.

For a sweeter beer, the body starts out medium and lightens a bit going into the alcoholic and spicy finish but the beer retains its sugary feel throughout.

Well aged beers like the Garde/Mars Ales should have a level of depth, complexity, and maturity that is lacking from this sugar-tooth of a beer. I appreciate the character of the sweetness that focuses on the whisping powdered sugar impressions but this level of intensity and lack of balance or depth, it's tough to celebrate.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No freshness dating, but best if used by 3/29/2008 on label. Poured into my Harpoon IPA glass. Presented with a beautiful copper color. Fluffy white head that dissipated quickly into a thin skim; light consistent lacing throughout the session. Scent of hops (reminded me a little of MH #9). Taste was not what I expected - slightly more malt than hops, but also tasted a little skunky. Somewhat lively mouthfeel initially, but carbonation disappeared rather quickly, leaving somewhat of a flat, mellow mouthfeel; not at all crisp. Not bad, but somewhat middle of the road all and all.

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Photo of AltBock
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It was on-tap @ the Brew Kettle on April 27th, 2007. On the Brew Kettle's beer menu, they said that Domaine DuPage was a Saison (not correct) with 22 IBUs with an ABV percentage of 6.0%. It came to me to at the right temperature in a standard nondescript American pint glass.

It poured a dark reddish amber with a thin layer of white foam that quickly dissipated away into a few foamy white rings along the edge of the beer and a few white streaks of lace around the glass. It didn't have much of an aroma to it. All there was, was a light aroma of a few juicy fruits coated in brown sugar. That's all I got. When it warmed up, still nothing else emerged from the background of the smell. It had a light and mild taste of toasted malts, some juicy fruits, tame toasted citrus hops, and then finished off with a small dab of sweet caramel. There weren't many tastes in the taste department, but what was there made for a better than average taste. I would have to say the mouthfeel is on the light side with a soft aftertaste of toasted malts and a few juicy fruits. I wouldn't mind trying it again, but if I don't, I wouldn't be hart broken if I missed it. It was an OK beer.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a deep, rich red. The beer is exceptionally bright and clear. There is an abundance of head, and it sticks around for awhile.

Odor is sweet and bready. Taste is light and sweet, and at least at first, has a buttery quality to it. Not a lot of hop character (the beer is 24 IBU's by design), but the hops do seem to intensify slightly as the beer warms.

Bought at Breeze-Thru Liquor in Milwaukee.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted on-tap 09/30/05 at Sunset Grill & Tap in Allston, MA.

Billed as Two Brothers Saison Domaine Dupage with 5.9% ABV @ $3.95/pint.

Dark golden to copper in color with a decent creamy off-white head. Strange all malt, almost Oktoberfestish, saison with very little spicy character that is typical in aroma and flavor. Medium-full bodied and creamy. Not very intense in any way. A dumbed down Fantome.

After a Pumpkin Porter, I was really in the mood for a nice spicy Saison ... what a disappointment this one turned out to be.... flabby.

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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.