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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

1,012 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1012
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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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2009 01:49:54 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 05:11:46 | More by donniecuffs
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy, yellowish and orangish body with an off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing behind. A few yeast bits float around throughout the body. Looks ok.

Light citrus with some pretty big malt sweetness on the nose.

Taste is sweet with some pale malts and a little bit of citrusy hops. Tastes a lot like a blonde to me actually.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Decent drinability.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2009 21:19:27 | More by Hojaminbag
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cocogan

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 04:08:09 | More by cocogan
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garcia2a

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep rusty amber color, mostly clear with some chunky sediment. I had a hell of a time with this one, as no matter how careful I was on the pour, I got almost nothing but a large, foamy white head.

The bouquet had some sweet caramel malt with a slight back nose of bready yeast, toasted grains and a tinge of vanilla and clove.

The taste had an initial sweet caramel bite, but as the additional sips occurred, I really got no additional tastes.

Mouthfeel was decent once the head went down. Smooth on the taste buds. This beer was very drinkable and interesting, but I think I wanted more from these taste. The sediment tells me there might have been an issue with this bottle. I will retry and adjust if needed.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 20:15:58 | More by garcia2a
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 04:26:24 | More by FightingEntropy
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Jmamay22

New York

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 15:36:43 | More by Jmamay22
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Reddish color with decently sized 1 1/2 finger head that disappeared quickly. No real lacing at all.

S - Got some belgian yeast in there. Very sweet smelling with a nice amount of spice and some malts.

T - I get a lot of clove in this one and belgian yeast. Find it to be kind of like a nice double but a little too sweet for my liking. Gets a little sour at the end.

M - Medium-light bodied with a kind of emptyish feel on the top. Decent carbonation.

D - Easily drinkable, but I'm not huge on the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2009 18:58:11 | More by AgentZero
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Duff27

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 02:28:51 | More by Duff27
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jeffboo

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep orange with thick white, fluffy head.Flowery aromas (clover) and spicy yeast show on the nose. Sweet medium bodied beer with a candy sugar sweetness but overall bland flavors with a lightly spicy yeasty finish and a touch of malt. Not enough happening, could use a bigger malt jolt to round things out. A nice looking brew but could use some work.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2004 02:39:34 | More by jeffboo
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale isn't bottle conditioned, so it pours up without to much noise into a Brasseurs-style flute. This Biere de Garde pours up with a beautifully-full deep orangish-copper color with a low, creamy-white head that recedes rather quickly leaving a web of lace in its wake.

The aroma has a fresh toasted caramel maltiness (e.g. sweet nougat, hot caramel & toffee chunks) with some light fruity (i.e. caramel apples, honey comb & poached Bosc pears) notes underlying. The flavor isn't as rich as the nose implies and starts rather simplistic with a straight forward kiss of caramel malt. The caramel aspect is checked evenly by a moderate bitterness. There's a persistent toasted character that carries the flavor to a very nutty albeit slightly dry finish. There's just a hint of spiciness & alcohol towards the finish that adds some needed complexity.

IMO - This medium bodied ale could use a bit more carbonation to liven things up, but it isn't totally out of character. Unfortunately, my sample is marked by some oxidation. Not an overly complex Biere de Garde, but certainly worth seeking out!

Enjoy this one paired with Petit Livarot cheese or traditional Chipolata sausage w/ herbs. Here's to the Two Brothers (Jason & Jim) and their family of fine beers.

CHEERS! Beertracker

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2004 06:07:46 | More by Beertracker
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Attractive label with a château in the background, explaining French ale with caramel start and hop finish. 24 IBU and 5.9% ABV.

Pours a basic clear auburn amber hue with a scant collar cap that immediately squirms away.

Scents are of Wheatena cereal or maybe some healthy grain waffles.

First swigs: Earthy grainy almost raw soy bean flavor with a sprout organic like edge. Lingering flavor that finishes with a rough chalky woodiness. Somewhat sweet in the middle with a sugary honey detection. A blend of roasted caramel malts and honey. Reminds me of Fat Tire.

A bit easy on the light body. Gently carbonated. Goes back without struggle. Quite easy.

Last swigs: Wheat grainy and honey-ish. Misses the tru biere de garde flavor, but Two Brothers is a respectable establishment that makes quality beers with a twist. This on didn't Wow me but it did make for a pleasant drink. Note to self: Try more Two Brothers.

Beer is good. Happy unique beering.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 03:05:07 | More by blitheringidiot
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jj21

Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle
Pours an amber hue in to the chalice with a decent head. Moderate carbonation rises to the top and forms an off-white 1" head. The aroma was a little fainter than I expected. Malty caramel and fruits, but not what I would expect from a saison. Same for the taste. There's a slight hop finish to balance it very nicely. The mouthfeel was disappointing. Flash-in-the-pan wateriness and it was gone. No lingering spiciness that I expected from a saison. More of a mild brown ale to me. Not a bad beer by any means, but it didn't blow me away. Good beer with food as it doesn't overpower, but emhances. I would drink it again.

With such an elegant label, I expected a little more. We all make mistakes.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 15:44:55 | More by jj21
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sleazo

New York

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A_pours a dark reddish brown hue. Minimal head leads to minimal lacing

S_smells rather dry with an almost charcoal like taste

T_Charcoal comes through again in the taste. More on the malty side with a biscuity/caramel taste dominating. After taste is slightly yeasty but mostly bittering hops

M_a little syrupy with a mild carbonation

D_a decent but not great Bier de garde. Still worth trying. Not sure where that charcoal comes from, but it reminds me of Fat Tyre

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 00:41:32 | More by sleazo
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MNJR

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great garnet-brown color, with a thin lacing in the glass. Fast dying head after a couple sips. The flavor is bit too much maple/diacetyl for my taste at first, but I'm not too familiar with this style of beer. Very rich tasting, spicy and buttery flavors going down with a malty grain/brown sugar feeling in the aftertaste. Hops are noticeable but drowned out by the syrup on the tongue. Not sure I'd rush out for more of this brew. This is a unique beer that I might have to develop a taste for compared to what I usually drink. ABV is on the high side and the alcohol is up front. Powerful stuff. Good for a slightly heavier beer if you like a real punch and aren't put off by a sugary sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 03:27:57 | More by MNJR
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mactrail

California

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An intriguing and malty beer that tastes like it's not from around here.

Beautiful orangey-amber color with a modest head. Sprightly in the mouth. Hint of pineapple and butterscotch. Some nice roasted flavors. Bitter hops come on very slowly but take over the aftertaste.

Each mouthful starts out very promising with some golden malty sweetness but ends in a stew of funky flavors, hinting at musty and metallic. Very interesting and worth a try, but a pint would be too much of a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 01:22:57 | More by mactrail
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confer

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark copper, no head at all, looked like a glass of wine.

S- Mostly I smell alcohol with a trace of sweet fruit. When first opened it smells like cream soda.

T- I didn't know what to expect as I never had a French Style Country Ale. There wasn't very much fruit flavor on a dull alcohol taste.

M- Dry and totally without carbonation.

D- Not for me. Other ales that came in the variety case were all much better.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 01:14:52 | More by confer
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david18

New York

3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had a draft of this at Rattle and Hum in Manhattan's mid town. It was among the many beers I hadn't tried. A very pleasant but not outstanding beer. Very light in color with a great and brisk head. Aroma is yeasty, as it should be and the flavor is very refreshing and an easy drink at 5.9 percent alcohol by volume.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2010 22:07:30 | More by david18
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RHCP313

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured at fridge temperature from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint. Bottle dating reads: Best by 12/7/11.

A: Pours a clear brightly filtered, but burnt orange garnet color. Brighter than I expected. A thick tan head builds to about two fingers and recedes to a creamy, but thin-sitting crown of tan head. A nice looking beer. Looks like some good thick lacing.

S: A quick sour funk up front, followed by ripe figs with some fruity yeast in back. Buiscuity, with a bit of spice would make this a great Autumn beer. I wouldn't say it smells 'delicious' per se, but for the style it seems appropriate.

T: Starts a little thin up front but develops some creamy malt and bready, buiscuity notes. There is some funky yeast that works with subtle dry raisin and minor spicy flavor. Hops take a second seat to the bready malts here.

M: Oddly refreshing. Medium body with nice, consistent carbonation let the flavors work to the back of my palate. A bit creamy up front and in the middle and finishes with clean flavor.

O: This is a beer I expected to drink like a heavier Autumn brew, but had some thinner properties that made it more sessionable than I expected. I like the combination of earthy malt but I was missing the stronger lingering, robust flavors of the style. A well done beer that was very easy to drink with nice flavors, but they were a bit thinned out.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 02:10:42 | More by RHCP313
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mdcrouser

Missouri

3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I actually brought three six packs back from a quick trip to the Indianapolis area - in a hiking pack. All made it through checked luggage just fine, though packed well with clothes.

Thinnish tan head, fiery amber beneath.

Faint maltiness and even less hops - really very little on the nose to speak of.

There's a subtle maltiness - that of breadiness, a hint of toffee, lemony tartness, some floral notes to close.

Light carbonation, which works well with the rest of the beer, keeping it relatively subdued.

Very approachable - could be a great introductory beer for somebody just into craft. Along the lines of an amber, but more well-rounded, balanced.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 02:25:34 | More by mdcrouser
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours very dark for a saison. It is a dark golden amber color with a decent carbonation and a thin white head. Definitely not what I think of when I try to picture a saison in my head.

The smell almost reminds me of a Rogue Dead Guy, and come to think of it the beer looks like a Dead Guy as well. Has a bit of a caramel malty aroma with a hint of buttery diacetyl. A light crisp hop aroma shares its place in the background with a hint of funk. Not nearly funky enough for a saison though. More like a red ale.

The taste is not quite what I was expecting after having smelled the beer. It starts off exactly like I was expecting, like a Dead Guy (see descriptors in above paragraph), but quickly fades into a very light flowery and fruity tart flavor. The finish all but drops off after that, leaving only a bit of hops bitterness matched with a trace of that candy-like tart.

The mouthfeel is interesting. Light and crisp, almost like a lager. Very hard to describe what is happening as the flavors run across my palate. Probably not something I will try again, yet it wasn't so dull that I have ruled out Two Brothers.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 07:28:09 | More by neonbrown82
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feldspar

New York

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep copper-brown, like a brand-new penny. Very little head, about an eighth-inch, which quickly dissipated like pond scum. Basically no visible carbonation.

S: Aroma is very light, mostly a vauge malty sweetness, maybe brown sugar as well. By the end, some faint fruity or citrusy smell.

T: Starts with a very subdued bitterness, pleasant without much of a bite. Smooth, creamy, nutty, buttery. A little sweetness, a lot of residual bitterness that lingers like a mild cheese.

M: A little thick, syrupy, viscous. Carbonation is moderate

D: Mildly drinkable. The unusual aftertaste and sticky viscous mouthfeel invite guzzling.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 05:17:48 | More by feldspar
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Citadel82

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I found this brew to be a bit of a paradox.Good looking reddish ale cplor with a short-lived tan head. /a fruity sweet smell that is addictive, a sweet taste that is a sugary treat but wearisome after awhile. A tingly sweet mouthfeel that is like no biere de garde I have ever had all in all a study in contrasts. Perhaps les true to the style but enjoyable nver the less.

As I said above it ours a reddish amber with a tan head that left lots of delicate lacing.

Aroma was malty with little hop scent discernible.

Taste was fruity sweet. Yeasty, some apples some caramel, some burnt sugary noes, faint grassy hops that appear in the wake of all else. Complex and challenging...curiously addictive.

Mouthfeel is light and pleasant. Strongly effervescent at first later somewhat muted, The fizzineess makes a nice counterpoint to a complex if somewhat sweet beer.

drinkable yes but one and done is the watchword here. This is a nice brew to finish the night or a nice counterpoint to something really salty.... or a nice piece of good chocolate...

I liked this beer although it was a too sweet for my usual tastes...

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 03:42:02 | More by Citadel82
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stewart124

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper color with some suspension/haze. Decent lacing along the glass.

Dark toasted caramel in the nose with some apple esters.

Yeast twang with a nice malty note. Loads of caramel and biscuity notes with a slight earthy character. Some vanilla and dark melanoidans. Very easy to drink.

I really enjoy the malt character and the mouthfeel. Again, very easy to drink and a nice beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 01:35:10 | More by stewart124
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is basically a supped up version of a Fat Tire. It has more flavor & character, but it is basically an easy drinking, simple beer. It has some spicy notes, which add to the complexity, but overall it is quite simplistic and easily quaffed. A light amber color, with almost no head when served from the tap. This beer is mostly malty with some bready notes and some Belgian Yeast type spicing. A good intro beer for those not yet in to Belgian/ French country beers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2004 23:05:02 | More by Gueuzedude
Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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