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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

1,006 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1006
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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RBorsato

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2005 17:05:45 | More by RBorsato
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Redrover

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 1/6 keg of this for the home kegerator. The beer pours a lovely dark burnished bronze. It is crystal clear with a nice off-white head and rings of lacing.

The beer has a delicate aroma of flowers, hop spiciness and fruit. Some malt pokes in as well .

The taste is very respectable. Not overly aggressive on the hopping, the beer is carried by fruit (apple & pear) flavors and more than a hint of fresh bread. Taste stays decent as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel is incredibly soft with great carbonation for this style. Drinkabity is good, but for me, I would like a bit more hop bite to make this an everyday beer.

This beer is good in bottles and better on tap. My favorite beer from this neat little brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2004 21:37:12 | More by Redrover
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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
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Jon

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light copper color with hardly any head without agitation. Sweet, caramel malt nose with some herbal hops that require just a bit of attention. Toasted, sweet malt is at the forefront in the taste department, with a subtle breadiness accompanied by some more herbal, earthy and vaguely bitter hops on the finish. More malty than I'm accustomed to for the style. Smooth, well-carbonated and very drinkable, this makes for a fine session brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2003 03:37:58 | More by Jon
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Viking

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-colored body, pretty hazy. Small bubly head (but the 3-oz sample I had just before the pint had a thick, frothy head...It must be the anti-head, full glass pour technique). Head retention was excellent. Smell was rather light, grassy and fruity like sweet apples in a haystack. Odd, thought really, but that's the impression I got. Grassy, spicy flavor. Not nearly as fruity as the smell indicated, but still had some fruitiness in the taste. A bit of refreshing hop bitterness became apparent halfway through. Light to moderate body, rather rough and carbonatey (is that a Bushism?), but rather crisp and clean. Slight aftertaste - mildly spicy/bitter hop presence, and fruity.

Good and refreshing overall. Excellent with a meal or as a thirst quencher.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2003 12:42:19 | More by Viking
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a 20 June 2014 date stamped on the label.

Pours clear, medium-dark amber with a creamy tan head that has good durability and leaves fine lacing on the glass.

Aroma is malty with faint hints of vanilla and spices.

The flavor features a solid, medium malt base with hints of herbs, orange and grapefruit. Changes with warming.

Medium body with very fine, soft, medium-high carbonation.

O: Refreshing. An interesting, easy drinking and complex brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 00:26:58 | More by chinchill
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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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SportsandJorts

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 02:04:05 | More by SportsandJorts
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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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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/29/2014. Pours fairly cloudy copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toast, pear, apple, biscuit, floral, grass, pepper, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and compexity of malt, hop, and yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, pear, apple, floral, grass, pepper, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, pear, apple, floral, grass, and pepper on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance of malt, hop, and yeast flavors; with a crisp malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Biere de Garde style! All around good balance and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 00:54:52 | More by superspak
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FLima

Brazil

3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber mahogany color with apparent carbonation and practically no head, but leaving some laces.
Grainy aroma with notes of caramel, licorice and dark fruits.
Likewise sweet grainy, biscuit and slightly toasted malts flavor with notes of cocoa, flowers, caramel, spices, white wine and lastly bitter earthy hops. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Medium body with medium carbonation.
Original beer, although it is very smooth and lay back, it has more depth than initially suggests. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 00:34:02 | More by FLima
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has some malts, a bit of sweetness. Taste is crisp, malts, grains, a bit of biscuit, light caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 04:48:39 | More by tone77
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 11/28

Pours medium dark amber with a solid white ring of foam. Thin layer on top. Mostly see through, grains, breads, caramel, light toast. Tastes like a rich caramel amber with a hint of white wine. Light toffee toast too,. Touch of bitter sneaks in at the end. Clever.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 14:07:44 | More by KTCamm
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Hergestridge

Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am from Northern IN and now reside in NE IL... Have seen 2 Brothers @ my Favorite Beer Store, Woodmans...
I like this beer and am learning to appreciate the local craft/micro beer companies, but am thinking I picked the wrong 1st 2Bro brew.. It's a fine beer to be certain, but my taste buds are evolving from an adjunct mass produced brew to a more refined beer with character and distinction.. I will say that this beer is crisp, has a clean sweetness, and finishes with class .. a floral beauty to be sure.. My taste buds have been seeking a hoppy, IPA bitter appreciation as of late.. But 2 Bro is a pleasant change to my recent beersperation so to speak.. I may review again after a 2nd try, but this French Country entry is good. Just not sure it's where my beer mind is wandering.. It's definitely a class beer.. and I need to grow up from an adjunct mentality to a classy Micro-Brew entry.. Will re-visit as my taste buds mature in a world of every changing beer-scape..

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 06:48:28 | More by Hergestridge
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312HopBomb

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear ruddy copper hue. Not much head but what's there holds on for a long time.

Aroma is strong malt with dark fruit. Fig, date and plums. Very nice almost like a great Belgian double without the funk.

Taste is more of the strong dark fruits and malt. Hops are far in the background but there are some earthy notes and a bubblegum yeasty character. The finish transitions to residual sweetness that is just perfect. There is a nice, full flavor packed in this one.

Mouthfeel has light carbonation that matches the profile of this brew. It has a medium mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Overall this is a fantastic French Country ale. One of Two Brothers best regular offerings. It's a great change of pace from my usual go-to APA(Sidekick)/IPA's. Way to go guys!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 04:04:52 | More by 312HopBomb
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xmorgan

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in a bottle at *Citizen in MLPS MN with Gravlax Benidict

A very nice pairing and a perfect Saturday Brunch

A:Clear Copper Liquid with white head and absolutely no lacing

S: slight straw aroma

T: Malty but not sweet, smooth and spicy on the back end with a pleasant bitter aftertaste, hops seam slight and on the backend

M: full body with a dryness that leaves a slight malty bitterness in the mouth

O:A well balanced ale that is a good pairing with any foods, pleasant and compliments foods but does not cave in as a simple beverage, it is distinct enough to add to the meal as a component and not simply hydration.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 17:18:49 | More by xmorgan
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Isoruku

Illinois

2.99/5  rDev -21.3%
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."

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 20:16:31 | More by Isoruku
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BB1313

Ohio

3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 12/10/13. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a transparent copper with a slight haze; small white head fades quickly and doesn't leave much lacing but there's nice retention. The aromas are full of caramel malts and some toast. There are raisins in the mix as well. The flavors match the nose, but seem more lively. Lots of caramel and butterscotch. Malts, grains, and breads. More raisin and it has subtle hints of dark fruits. Everything is calm and mild, but enjoyable. The mouthfeel is great. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied; active carbonation and it's smooth and fluffy. Easy drinking. This truly is a food friendly beer, like the label suggests.

This is a very safe and enjoyable beer. It has all of the characteristics that can be found in an amber ale. Solid brew right here.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 23:41:52 | More by BB1313
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into grand tulip; darker orange/amber with a medium fizzy white head that dissipates in a few moments, leaving some scattered lacing. Smells of toasted malt, with slight bitterness and some leafy notes. Taste is nutty toasted malt with a wet, clean feel to it. Reminds me of a wee heavy, but less boozy. Slight twinge of crisp hops finishes off, leaving some sticky remnants of the toasted malt behind. My first of the style, and it seems tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 00:54:03 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a strange brew here, to dial up a classic rock reference this morning. French style country ale, was I naïve to think this was going to be a saison? it pours a surprising maple amber color, with only a little cloudiness, and a very short lived white head. it doesn't look or smell like any saison ive seen, instead emitting aromas of coppery toasted barley and an acidic wine like ester that must come from the yeast. the flavor isn't so abstract, its pretty much an amber ale on the malt front, sweeter, a tad dry, and caramel or toffee teasing. the yeast makes this interesting, but it doesn't totally work, green apple tartness, and a funny complexity that seems an accident, like the odd mix of smells in well used dishwater, rather than a meticulously honed fine ale. still, the final product doesn't taste bad at all, its just a style of beer I wasn't expecting, and I am not sure what it is, it seems quite far from the traditional biere de gardes of the world. it needed more carbonation, and the sweetness was an out of place last note. I did enjoy this beer in retrospect, but it was confusing and challenging to me at the same time. I will look for more from two brothers.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 13:02:05 | More by StonedTrippin
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was another recent acquisition during my visit to Mari's Six Pax 'n' Mor in Reading. I was surprised to see Two Brothers in PA and since this was one of the few that I had not tried previously at some point, it went into the carrier. It then took a back seat as I wended my way through a backlog of AIPAs and such, plus I was admittedly ignorant of the style until today and shied away from it until I could conduct sufficient research as to give myself some traction.

From the bottle: "French Style Country Ale"; "This food-friendly ale is deep amber in color, with a toasty, sweet caramel start. It finishes with just enough hops to clean off the palate. Bon appetit!"; "Two Brothers is a craft brewery on the outskirts of Chicago that specializes in rare and seldom-brewed beer styles. The two of us - Jason and Jim Ebel - strive to produce the very best beers available anywhere. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!"

I hope so too as I do not want to be duped in my own domain! Having learned my lesson with an earlier iteration of the style, I went with a kinder, gentler pour on this one. I ended up with a finger of foamy, deep-tan head that quickly fell away to wisps. Color was an elegant deep-amber, close to copper, with NE-quality clarity. Speaking of Nebraska, I recently got turned onto (both literally and figuratively) Val MidWest, a young lady from Lincoln who has an adult website and recently made news when she returned to her Catholic high school for an after-hours photo shoot! The nose on this was was really sweet, almost syrupy in its intensity with an underlying scent of dried dark fruits. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was unexpectedly less sweet than I had anticipated. Instead, it had a fruity quality, almost like fruitcake. In fact, that is exactly what it reminded me of with its bready, malty backbone to accompany the fruitiness! Wild. Finish was semi-sweet and actually quite refreshing in its reserved nature. This had the potential to be an over-the -top malt bomb but the masterful use of the yeast really worked well with the malt. I would recommend giving this a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 11:03:51 | More by woodychandler
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dar482

New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in an amber mahogany.

The aroma has sweet caramel and malt. It’s very bready.

The flavor follows. It’s a malty beer with sweet caramel, but it’s pretty refreshing as well. It’s not cloying or too sweet, but very nutty and sweet bread.

It’s a tasty and easy drinking beer. I prefer a hoppier or less sweet beer, but this is a surely a great starter for those getting into craft.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 03:38:44 | More by dar482
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NODAK

Tennessee

3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer has a definite sweet caramel aroma with a biscuit, toasty component to it. Like a rich amber really.

This is quite a rich, malty beer. Definitely get the caramel notes in there as well as some toffee. Some fruity sweetness also peeks through. The notes of biscuit are present but somewhat subdued compared to expectations. Finishes with barely anything in the way of hops, just a twinge, but is still fairly clean. Pretty tasty stuff actually.

I'm not sure what separates this style from an amber ale but it seemed to have a lot in common. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 00:41:00 | More by NODAK
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mjc3151

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - very clear, solid brown color, slight head

S - kinda smells like it's been aged in oak barrels, a bit roasted also

T - malty taste but not too over the top, perfect blend of hops and malts

M - slight carbonation, smooth

O - How many French country ales have you had? There is nothing quite like it. You must try this.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 01:04:30 | More by mjc3151
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a new belgium chalice, color is amber, copper edges, head was huge, settled to 1" then dissipated to about a ring with some nice lacing, color is off white.

Smell is caramel, light toast and biscuit, crisp hop notes, some grass, light spice.

Taste is spot on for a biere de garde, great malt sweetness, not overly so, crisp bitterness, intermixed wheat or biscuit flavors; somehow crisp and smooth at the same time. Spice is light and in the background

Mouthfeel is again very good, nice crisp flavors but tasty caramel/wheat malt sweetness to balance; great lingering flavor.

Overall, a very tasty, easy drinking brew; great malt/hop/carbonation balance, quenching and tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 00:39:48 | More by mvanaskie13
Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,006 ratings.