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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

Domaine DuPage French Style Country AleDomaine DuPage French Style Country Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,010 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1010
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%


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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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber- dark for the style, but with a fine white head that sticks around for awhile and leaves some nice lacing. Smells a bit grainy, like brown bread with some earthy hops and some brown sugar glazed pears. The taste is very nice- quite balanced with some slightly sweet grainy malt, some notes of banana and pear, and some more earthy hops as well as a touch of brandied citron on the end that intermingles nicely with the long somewhat bitter earthiness. Very smooth and silky in the mouth, with just a touch of tartness. A very nice beer- can't believe its taken me this long to try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 21:49:58 | More by Georgiabeer
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Erish

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a large wine glass. Best by 5/9/11.

A: cloudy, with plenty of suspended yeast, the head is negligible, the cap is scant but persistent, the lacing is decent.

S: earthy, barnyard-like funkiness, some spice (nutmeg/allspice), a definite pumpkin-like aroma, honey, a caramel/vanilla infused maltiness supports the whole thing.

T: the malt, funk, and spice all hit up front, the middle shows a slightly sour, vinous character as well as some honey, the finish is very dry, a little peppery, and finishes nicely with earthy/grassy hops.

M: medium-weight, ultra-creamy texture, the carbonation is plentiful and helps cleanse the palate for a perfect finish. Exceptional.

D: This is an exceptional all-season beer, and I will definitely seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 01:52:07 | More by Erish
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SassieCassie

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nose: floral with a hint of ethanol. Not a lot of head retention. Taste: crisp, light, and delicious. I was expecting this beer to be a bit sweeter/syrupy judging by the appearance, but I was wrong. This is a fantastic beer. Malty light and full of flavor

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 21:16:50 | More by SassieCassie
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a clear deep amber with a somewhat truncated head that splits off into islands of thin bubbly froth. Something weird, but nice, in the aroma. Like Rosemary or Sage or something. I think it's Rosemary. (I had a Farmhouse ale that used Rosemary at PizzaPort in Solona Beach, CA, and this seems similar to that.) This beer is a real refreshing change from all of the typical beer styles. It is very nice. Not often do you find French Style Country Ales available at the local package store. Thus, I'm having a hard time describing the taste. I would say it has quite a unique herbal quality. A healthy dose of grainy notes. And a nice bitter hop finish. Easy drinking for 5.9 a/v. Damn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2002 21:34:55 | More by Bighuge
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. best by of 3/20/09. poured into tulip.

deep brownish amber with orange tones. slight haze from yeast. fluffy tan head fades to wispy layer. some lacing but i wish for more.

aroma starts with caramel and apple, with very gentle phenols bringing out sage and parsley. hints of hay and a trace of barn or farmhouse character.

subtle acidity throughout carries you through the flavor spectrum, from caramel maltiness, to apple, pear and white grape, to spices and herbs, with grassy hop and mild bitterness, onto gentle phenols with another hint of farmhouse.

not too thin, almost approaches light syrup. moderate, complimentary carbonation.

so far, my favorite traditionally styled biere de garde. none of that cloying sweet character to the malt. instead, this has a well balanced caramelized maltiness, complimenting all the other characteristics in the flavor and aroma profile.

frankly, i'm surprised that so many actual french attempts at their own indigenous style can't seem to match this american version's superior balance of complexity and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 13:42:52 | More by tai4ji2x
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gimmehead

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich reddish copper with a small off-white head and minimal lacing. Smells very malty and grassy. Also some sweet caramel and sugar with a fruity apple or cherry aroma, very earthy. Taste is of wheat malts, grassy, lightly hopped with some sweet sugary notes and a very clean finish. Maybe a little on the thin side, but as I mentioned the mouthfeel is very clean. A very well balanced beer that paired nicely with grilled pork chops and made for a nice session. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2005 02:17:14 | More by gimmehead
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fdw3

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark amber with a small off-white head that retains nicely and leaves a good amount of lacing. Smells amazing with a combination of caramel malt, molasses, honey, sweet fruit, and just a bit of flowery hops. Taste delivers on the promising smell and is extremely well-balanced; sweet flavors of malt and thick honey fade into some earthy hops with a good combination of bitterness and alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth and just a bit syrupy with significant body and moderate carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer; the malt character is dominant but the sweetness is not overpowering; taste is complex. I could only do a couple at once but I would enjoy every sip. Loved it!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 00:01:08 | More by fdw3
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Tballz420

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just as a heads up, I've only had one or two of this style before, so my ability to rate it against "the norm" is limited.

Fairly dark copper colored brew, fair amount of haze, small white head doesnt last long, but leaves a fair amount of lace. Pretty malty on the nose, some nuttiness, some darker fruits as well. Taste is very large, light sweet caramel front, some fruit and nut notes, spice, bready, a bit of candy. Pretty complex taste, i think they did a good job with it, its well blended. Medium to full bodied, pretty smooth and creamy.

Not only will i have this again, but i will go through their line after this and their fine dortmunder as well. Seems like they are thinking outside of the box and doing a good job at it.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 00:57:01 | More by Tballz420
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BeerandWhiskeyHQ

Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep copper and amber color, almost no head. Lacey on the glass

S: It doesn’t have an overpowering nose, smells of caramel and malt can be lightly noted.

T: Wonderfully rich and malty beer, not too heavy. Tastes of caramel, lightly fruity/citrus taste and a delightfully slightly bitter end and taste of hops on the finish

M: Medium, not too thick

O: Was one of my staple beers for a long time. Had this first at their brewpub and fell in love immediately. It’s named for the county I grew up in too which is a nice local touch. I highly recommend it, there’s just a character to it that I really like and don’t find all that often in beers.

-BeerandWhiskeyHQ

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2014 15:34:28 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lovely stuff here.
I admire the fact that Two Bros has the balls to label themselves "Brasserie du Deux Freses" on the bottle.

Slightly hazed amber in color. Off white head diminshes quickly.
Very herbal nose with some grainy qualities.
Starts off somewhat simple with toasted carmel dominating the mouth. After and few sips (and allowing it to warm), the complexities opened up. Dough-like malts with grape sweetness. Some nutty and buttery tones. Earthy and some mustiness (but in the best possible way). Carmel sticks around leaning towards toffee. Grassy, hay-like hops come in and dry this out toward the finish.
Medium bodied. Dances nicely in the mouth.
Just fun to drink. Would be great for a session, but also a nice treat in itself.

I got word that this should be available in Madison very soon. I am excited, to say the least.

A large thank you to Bighuge for giving me the advance screening. This one is right up my alley.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2002 23:44:42 | More by cokes
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Darius75

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear reddish amber color. White bubbles on the side of the glass, but no head and almost no lacing when the glass is tipped.

Smell: Caramel, bready malts, a hint of unidentifiable fruit. The Bros say baked apple. I'll defer to that.

Taste: Crispy, crispy toasted malts rounded off with a light touch of hops. Not too bitter, not too sweet. The aftertaste is mellower, and after 5-6 seconds I don't taste much of anything.

Mouthfeel: Light and humble. Alcohol presence gentles the caramel. Carbonation is perfect for the flavors.

Drinkability: I'm guzzling it. Should really slow down.

This is going to be a great year-round ale, but I'm looking forward to pairing it with summer foods: vegetables and balsamic-marinated chicken on the grill, corn cobs with butter and salt, the occasional burrito with sweet potato mash instead of rice.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 05:07:37 | More by Darius75
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MowryJC

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - Lovely deep coppery color, pleasantly cloudy, with a medium-full head that settled fairly quickly into a thing film over the top, with some unven lacing.

S - Wonderful caramel aroma, light fruit as well. I'm thinking dried cherries. Almost no hop aroma whatsoever.

T - Full maltiness, with the caramel payoff I expected from the smell. A nice bitterness on the end that stays on the palate. A nice light warmth from the alcohol as it fades. Perfectly balanced for the style, IMHO.

M - A sexy, silky mouthfeel which lingers and stays on the tongue for just the right amount of time.

D - Incredibly drinkable. I feel like another one immediately following the first, and given the full body and flavor, impressively thirst quenching.

I'm a huge fan of this style, and this example doesn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 02:36:49 | More by MowryJC
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alehopman

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Spot on amber in color. Two finger, persistent head. Massive lacing. Fine beaded, medium carbonation.

Smell: A lot going on here. Very yeasty, sweet caramel malt and a touch of noble hop (something like Golding/Hallertauer/Saaz etc).

Taste: Very sweet/malty/bready. Great malt/hop balance. Finish is in form of nice lingering hop bitterness.

Mouth Feel: Full bodied, somewhat cloying.

Drinkability: At 5.9% abv, this is not quite a session ale but on a given night would be tempted to try more than a few of these, however.

Overall: If this is what they serve in the French countryside, l wouldn't mind spending some time there.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 14:47:35 | More by alehopman
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Chiefy770

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 fluid ounce bottle into an over-sized wine glass. Best by date of 05/17/14 printed on label.

Appearance: Glowing, clear amber body capped off with a nice off-white head. Good amount of lacing throughout.

Smell: Sweet caramel. Notes of apples and pears also come through. Minor floral notes are present as well.

Taste: Strong grainy taste up front. Somewhat sweet notes of fruit run alongside a strong presence of bread. The hops kick in and balance this out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Medium body. Very well balanced. Dry finish.

Overall: Great beer. I have not had many beers of this style so it is difficult to compare it to others, but it did not disappoint me. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 22:42:05 | More by Chiefy770
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longdivision

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Isaac's in Newtown.

A - An opaque, ruby burnt orange. Steady lacing throughout.

S - sweet, malty, with hints of sugar cane. flemish yeast.

T - Sweet up front but smoothes out to a yeasty almost tart/tang. Reminds me of Duchesse de Bourgone, belgian sour ale, without the sour part.

M - Pleasantly medium with a dry finish.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer as I had no idea what to expect. Unique and had me coming back for more. I'm going to look for this at my local store. Try one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2009 01:34:09 | More by longdivision
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nortmand

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours clear and amber red with a moderate tan head.

Biscuity, bready nose. Caramel there, too.

Sweet and biscuity up front, levels to a moderately bitter, huge biscuit flavor midtongue. This beer is all biscuit.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this is very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2006 23:54:05 | More by nortmand
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arboristfish

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a coppery amber color. Has some yeast floating in it. The head on this beer is a frothy white color. The aroma smells of bread, biscuits, and malt. The taste is of caramel, baking bread, and biscuits. The lingering taste is of biscuits. The hops arent really noticeable, but there is a hint of noble hops. The mouthfeel is in between light and medium. Not as thick as a brown ale. With this being a malty sweet beer, it is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 21:36:19 | More by arboristfish
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Arsenal11

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap right at the awesome on site brew pub.

The beer looks great deep brassy color

Smells of caramel, dark fruit, and toast

The taste is great starts malty and than the caramel, dark fruit and a slight sweetness hits aftertaste is a nice balance of malt and light hops.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 05:07:41 | More by Arsenal11
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misterlimey

New York

4.85/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought a single bottle on a whim, and I'm very impressed. This is a brown ale done right.

Serving type: Admittedly I drank this straight from the bottle, and this beer genuinely deserves to be poured and savored.

Appearance: Looks reddish through the bottle, somewhat opaque.

Smell: Enticing! The slightest hints of coffee and chocolate and a very drinkable hop aroma. Also something fruity, with a bit of the characteristic citrus of an American pale ale.

Taste: Extremely clean and rather refreshing for such a hearty breed of beer. Satisfying hop taste, might overpower certain delicate flavors in food. A touch of bitterness, though the aftertaste is quite sweet.

Mouth: Pleasant carbonation, just the right amount to pair with food and expect to clear the palette. Progresses into a nice foam finish.

Overall: This is truly a winning beer. I've been an IPA drinker for a while and I've recently discovered my passion for stouts and porters- I would recommend this to absolutely anyone remotely interested in beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 00:04:53 | More by misterlimey
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

4.9/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this French Country Ale into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. This is the first time I have tried this style. The beer poured a clear, slightly amber straw color. It produced a nice white head and had average lacing. The aroma of the beer was sweet, smelled of fresh baked bread and had a hint of spice that I can't put my finger on. The aroma was wonderful. One of the best smelling beers that I have ever had. The taste was malty, a little bready, slightly dry and had notes of raisins and pear. There was some bitterness from hops that melded with the other flavors. Very complex beer. Awesome, I will be looking for this again. In fact a road trip might be in order.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 18:47:11 | More by GossageBrewery
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BTK480

Illinois

5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My all time favorite beer. On tap (at the Two Brothers Brewery) or out of the bottle this is a smooth well finished beer. Great taste and drinkable all year, Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall this is a great year round beer. I would recommend that you visit the Two Brothers Brewery and have the Tap House Burger. It's a great burger with roasted fresh Jalapenos peppers folded into 1/2 pound of awesome beef. It's the best way to spend an afternoon on a cold winter day in Chicago.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 05:59:56 | More by BTK480
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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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