Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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2.8/5 rDev -26.5%
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.
02-06-2004 01:51:42 | More by ngandhi
2.83/5 rDev -25.7%
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.
07-13-2011 23:59:42 | More by JohnnyChicago
2.88/5 rDev -24.4%
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
08-30-2012 01:44:59 | More by dpodratsky3
2.9/5 rDev -23.9%
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.
07-31-2007 13:18:32 | More by Cresant
2.93/5 rDev -23.1%
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.
10-03-2007 13:33:44 | More by
2.98/5 rDev -21.8%
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.
04-08-2011 21:27:58 | More by justiceavocado
2.99/5 rDev -21.5%
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."
08-21-2013 20:16:31 | More by Isoruku
3/5 rDev -21.3%
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.
12-21-2012 02:14:56 | More by jtierney89
3/5 rDev -21.3%
This is a saison? I guess brewers can do whatever they want to a style, and I'm all for experimentation, but this beer doesn't fit into any category really, and it's certainly not a saison. A bit of an identity crisis here. Pours a dark, stained-wood amber, kind of nice actually, but with no head at all. If I had to place a style label on this one, I'd lump it in as an ESB or English Ales in general. Full of toffee, carmel, and buttery notes, with a fairly quiet hop profile. Decently malty, but lost. Once again, definitely not a saison in my book. Chewy mouthfeel, kind of slick. Well, it does have a few redeeming qualities, but it's nothing more than a mild amber with a saison label on it. Who knows though, you might like it. Two Brothers do a great job in general, this one just needs a little work I'd say.
03-01-2006 19:07:19 | More by twelvsies
Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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