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
86
very good

1,229 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,229
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 37
Gots: 110 | 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:
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(Beer added by: zerk on 05-15-2002)
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Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop-top w/nice label and clearly marked best-by date; this one is December 2010

Appearance: A dark burnt-orange beer with low carbonation and a flurry of fine sediment in suspension. The ivory cap shows decent retention.

Smell: Toasty, biscuity malt, fresh strawberries, and maybe just a hint of some darker roasted grains, perhaps chocolate? No hops to speak of. This is definitely kind of biscuit-forward.

Taste: The flavors follow pretty closely. Tons of toasty biscuit up front. This may be lightly fruity, but not as much as the aromas suggested. There's actually a fairly strong bitterness here, and it's not really working for me. It's fairly clean, maybe just a BIT herbal, but it still doesn't really meld well w/the crackery biscuit IMO. Ends bittersweet, but leaning more towards dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: This came highly recommended from a friend who generally knows her beers, and by several people here on BA. I dunno, maybe I don't "get" the style, but I LOVED Schlafly's Biere de Garde and thought that the oddball that is Jenlain Noel was pretty tasty as well. Maybe this one's just not for me...

Photo of dpnelson1978
2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.
40°F

$9.99 / 6-pk.

A: Cloudy deep copper body with medium, tight rocky head of low retention that leaves moderate lacing and a thin cover.

S: Strong bready malt aroma. Slightly sweet, and perhaps a bit grassy. Low hop profile.

T: Slightly sweet, heavy bread malt profile. A little buttery (intentional?). Hay, and slightly boozy... at only 5.9 abv.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. A little too oily, and not remotely crisp.

D: Goes down easy, and tastes good enough, but nothing special.

O: A little disappointed with this selection.

Photo of Weissenheimer
2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is the third Two Brothers beer I brought back from Chicago and, like the others, it would do better if I were to judge it solely by its appearance. It's a hazy dull copper with a medium-sized light fawn head. As I drink, pretty mountains of lacing form on the side of the glass.

Also like the others, this one doesn't have much scent. What's there is sweet and fruity in a slightly syrupy way. Eventually I realize what it reminds me of; it has the creaminess of Gale's Christmas Ale, but without the spiciness.

I take a taste and am somewhat disappointed. The taste is slightly watery, and rather wimpy and thin. A nondescript fruitiness composes most of the taste. The "legs" on the glass look rather thick and oily; that, along with a certain winelike aspect of the taste, makes me suspect that there are some tannins involved.

After examining the overall taste and brooding on the finish, it becomes apparent that this beer's main problem is one of balance. Normally the hops wouldn't show through so much in a French ale. But this one is so thin, one-dimensional, and uninteresting up front that the hops in the finish end up overbalancing the whole affair. Also, certain elements that should be invogorating somehow manage to fall flat. The carbonation doesn't feel very interesting or lively; it's there, but it somehow feels dead. During the finish the woody tannins languish on my tongue in a rather uninspiring way. I won't be bothering with any more of this.

Photo of glowsun
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of lurpy1
2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

First sampling of a Two Brothers beer. Pours a pretty enough orange, with a little bit of head, but once I get down to enjoying the beer, there's just no there there. Nothing unpleasant aromatically or tastewise, just bland. VERY bland. Left a strong impression the brewers were afraid of the flavors they were using. More power to the hundreds that have positive feelings for this beer. I just didn't get it.

Photo of KevChiTown
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of neckbracesub
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of alemiester
2.75/5  rDev -28%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of ngandhi
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sorry Brothers, but this is an American pale ale. In fact, this is basically the same beer as the 2Bros contract-brewed pale at Clark St. Ale House in Chicago, IL. A hint of spice and a little bit of floral character that leads wonderfully into a honey finish sets this brew apart from APAs, but puts it no where in the class of good saison. Medium to full-bodied, this is too rounded in the mouth. Quaffable, yes, but not at all quenching.

When I had their "weiss," I said I'd never drink another 2Bros again, but curiousity called -- I'm just glad it didn't kill me.

Relax, relax.
ng

Photo of JohnnyChicago
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Amber with a weak, white head.

S: Grainy and pretty rough. There is clear phenols and unrefined aromas that are unpleasant.

T: That gritty grain and old hop flavour is prevalent. Tastes like spoiling fruits and stale bread. Alcohol is clearly present throughout.

D: Booziness is far too strong for the ABV and the whole experience is unbalanced and just nasty...sorry. I know the style should show some booze, but this isn't a pleasant booze flavour...its just alcohol.

Overall: I like 2Bros; I really do. But this beer is just no good. Most of their regulars/seasonal are appropriate and faithful representations of their respective styles, but Domaine Dupage is just poor. It is unbalanced, harsh, and tough to finish. Grab a C&E or Resistance if you want to see 2Bros at their finest. This is them at their weakest.

Photo of dpodratsky3
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint tulip glass

A: Crystal clear, very deep copper color, very handsome actually, just slightly off-white head, pretty small once it settles but it's clinging to my glass all the way to the top

S: Aroma is very faint, just a crisp malt flavor with a touch of caramel

T: Again very one dimensional, just that light malt flavor, but has a lingering flavor that is not all that pleasant, the caramel sweetness lingers way too long, decent hops attempt to clear your palate, but the hop flavor combines with the sweetness in a strange way and the hops still don't manage to wipe that sweetness away, I attribute this to a heavy hand with the caramel malt

M: Slight dry finish, good carb, medium-light body, one of the highlights of this beer

O: Tastes like a strange french craft ale version of many lagers, overly sweet and slightly unpleasant flavors that linger on your palate, it needs more lightness of flavor not just mouthfeel, the flavors aren't big and bold but they feel too heavy

Photo of Cresant
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Bordeaux glass. Best by date: 9/20/07. A moderately vigorous pour resulted in a minimal head that dissipated to a tiny ring. The body was slightly hazy and amber in color with strong ruby highlights.

Smell was rich and sweet. Dried fruits. One dimensional.

Taste was sweet up front with a musty, cherry-like flavor. Caramel maltiness appears as it warms. A mildly funky finish. Earthy.

Mouthfeel had a creeping zip with tiny bubbles of carbonation. Medium in body.

Photo of
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Clark Street in Chicago

Poured a clear, dark gold/amber. Capped with a small, creamy, off-white head.

Aroma was pretty mild. A touch of vinegar, herbs, maybe some yeast.

Taste was vinegar again, faint. Spicy & herbal. Bit of sweetness, citrus -- tangerine/orange. Pepper at finish and some more citrus - lemon.

Light to medium in body. Medium + carbonation. Pretty dry.

OK. Vinegar taste not for me. Assumed, based on name, it was a Biere de Garde. Didn't seem to fit the style, based on others I have had. I wouldn't hurry back to this one.

Photo of justiceavocado
2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on a quiet Friday afternoon. The bottle has apparently been redesigned, but it is the same "food-friendly ale" as pictured on this site. Label stamped, "BEST BY 6/15/11."

L - About an eighth of an inch of off-white head, doesn't quite dissipate after about two minutes, leaving a film on top of the beer. Hazy copper-brown color, with obvious carbonation continuing to rise for minutes after the pour. Little chunks of yeast swimming around in there like yummy minnows.

A - Sweet plum overwhelmed by wood and bread. The faintest whisper of hops floats just beyond all that, not quite out of reach of the senses.

M - Moderate to medium body, good carbonation. And by "good," I mean present enough to tickle the tongue but not so strong as to clamber up into the nose. It leaves a kind of film-y feeling after going down, like rubbing your finger on rubber. I'm not educated enough to know why, but I wish it didn't.

T - Follows the smell diligently. A small point of sweetness hits at first, if not plum certainly prune and raisin, followed by fresh bread and biscuit washing the mouth while a tiny bit of bitterness shines from the back of the tongue. Major points for the restraint shown in the hop presence - just enough to be refreshing. Throughout, the yeast is very present, both in taste and in mouthfeel. One could even say the yeast is an 'atmosphere' with this beer.

That said, the taste is weak, almost a background to the mouthfeel. Drinking it is like listening to a good band with the volume down. I like what I hear, but...what exactly are they saying?

D - Pretty decent. I wonder what this would be like with food for two reasons: 1) the rubber-rubbing after-feel might disappear with a meal, and 2) the taste might seem even weaker than it does here (and I haven't eaten for about three hours). At 5.9%, it could be a good one with which to begin an evening of moderate debauchery (as opposed to heavy or even wild debauchery, obviously). I would buy it again, but only after its next release to see how it changes.

Photo of Isoruku
2.99/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Typical beer from Two Brothers, and by that I mean a brewery that mistakes quirkiness for quality.

Domaine DuPage's taste experience is a wild collision of incompatible flavors including heavy malt, honey, floral notes and caramel. In other words, there's a lot going on, but it doesn't all make sense. The clash of flavors in your mouth is noticeable, but not really something you want to repeat, in my opinion.

Based on tasting their other beers, there is no indication that Two Brothers is liable to change their philosophy, which seems to be "Make it Different." But "different" doesn't always mean "better."

Photo of ajkiser12
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Plane2port
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of caustin90
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Faintly hazed bright reddish coppery hue with a thin bubbly head. Candies fruit nose with a mild earthiness. Thin up front but oddly the body gets bigger on the finish. Rolling smooth medium body but close to flat. Sweet fruitiness with a coarse grainy flavor. Finishes with mild alcohol heat and faint woodiness. Long lingering Fruity finish. Balance is there somewhat leaning on the sweet side. Interesting and good beer but definitely something odd about it. Not as clean as id like with a very strange mouth presence.

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Dcunicelli
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of ambiguousfigures
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of trstar87
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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