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
85
very good

498 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 498
Hads: 1,347
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 40
Gots: 170 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: zerk on 05-15-2002

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Reviews: 498 | Hads: 1,347
Photo of gonzo000
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color is interesting with very little head. The smell has a funk or a spice I do not care for, but it was not prevalent in the beer, and the taste really grew on me. Very good beer. (183 characters)

Photo of EFitzsimmons
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good drinkable beer. No complaints with this beer.

Good gold with slight amber color. Very light carbonated head quickly fizzles to a solid rim around the glass.

Pretty good malt smell, but I'm not picking up much else.

Slightly sweet caramel, but with a strong malty flavor throughout.

Good light feeling, but still with a full mouth feel with a smooth dry finish. (371 characters)

Photo of hopflyer
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold, some reddish tint

Faint hops and malt.

Taste is a bit sweet, some bitter English type hops. A bit of yeasty.

Medium body, medium carb. A bit creamy.

Not sure what this style is supposed to be like but this beer is ok. (234 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a finger high and eggshell in shade. Its texture is creamy, but it's quick to fade. Streaks of lacing are left behind. (3.75)

Smell: I pick up a lot of caramel-laden malt. It's not quite as forward in French-style yeast as I'd like - I'm only getting a slight touch of bread and black pepper. Basically, this is around 3/10 on the rustic scale. Plus, it seems to have an excess of crystal malt for my personal tastes. (3)

Taste: The opening flavors are loaded with plenty of caramel, toast, and cream flavors. This beer in general does a good job of extracting the good qualities of crystal malt, while putting the weaker one on the back burner. It has a subtly spicy finish: I can pick it up, but it never overpowers. The way it tricks my palate between thinking it's from the hops or from the yeast on each different sip is just so damn deft; I'm not even bothered by its lack of rustic-ness. Its balance is bang-on, too. The more I drink it, the more I like it - the hallmark of a great beer. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy, the finish is just dry enough for this to not overwhelm my palate. Carbonation remains low. It lacks the palate-coating coarseness most beers with crystal malt seem to have, too, allowing the softness of the texture to shine through very well. (4)

Overall: Holy crap - the flavor profile is as impressive as the aroma is average. Just when I think it's just an amber ale with a French twist, it unfurls a few additional layers to my palate. It really is a beautiful beer, one that I'll definitely have to seek out in the future. (4.25)

3.9/5: The nose is like a cheese-eating surrender monkey; the flavor is like Charles De Gaulle (1,752 characters)

Photo of kwlightner
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber to gold in color with nice foam and some lacing. Mild aroma. Enjoyable malty taste. Very mild, but suprisingly complex. Lingers in the mouth and goes down easy. Overall a very enjoyable brew. (202 characters)

Photo of BeerHistoryGuy
4.74/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A light amber beer with incredible amounts of flavors - all well balanced. I was surprised at the myriad of flavors, from spices to fruits to caramel, but it all works so well. And, somehow, the beer goes down easy and is very light. It is a sweet beer, but nothing over the top. All in all, this is a great beer for sitting around a porch, chatting, and just having a high quality crafted beer. (398 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 355 ml bottle (best by January 7, 2015) into a wine glass.

A-The beer is light amber with a bronze hue. A thin off-white head drops pretty quickly to a cap then a collar. The foam leaves some lacing.

S-The aroma is on the sweet side with suggestions of spice, malted barley, carmel, some tree fruit like apple and pear, as well as some toast and biscuit malt. It is pleasant and decently complex.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. It packs a mild sweetness with fruit and caramel flavors. I get some pear, apple, baking spice, white grape, caramel, toasted bread, and just a little floral bitterness.

M-The heft is medium to above average and the carbonation is on the mild side.

O-This is pretty solid beer. I don't know that I will go out of my way to find it again, but for general drinking purposes, this fits the bill very nicely. It offers good complexity and I can see it pairing well with food. (917 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brown in color with good clarity. A fingernail of beige foam covers the majority of the top. Aroma is all amber malt. The flavor is primarily amber malt with notes of caramel. The mouth is lightly salty and dry. (215 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Top Hops a few weeks back, not having a beer from Two Brothers in quite some time. I love this style, given how highly esteemed the Scythe and Sickle is in my book. While not as complex or as rich as that, this was a great example of the style with loads of flavor, a pleasing appearance, and an easy drinkability. The lack of spice and overpowering booze only made this easier to quaff while admiring how much this seemed like something imported and not from middle America!

Great pour to this, as it had a deep mahogany hue infused with plum, a moderately fluffy head, and thing rings of lacing that indicated the level of my beer after each sip. This wasn't completely clear either as it had a slight haziness to it and a few larger bits of sediment floating around, even though there wasn't anything left in the glass once I poured this out. Lots of apple, yeast, and dough in the nose followed by some earthy spice, lemon zest, and grass in the taste. Quite light for being so complex, this tasted very French from start to finish without being overly spicy and the carbonation meshed well with the range of flavors.

The alcohol was perfect here and that's not something that I say very often, but it complemented everything else so wonderfully. While not a Pumpkin beer, this had the feel one one in certain aspects without being overly spicy or heavy tot he taste. If there was a bit of champagne yeast in this, it wouldn't surprise me as this had a light feel to it from start to finish. This was wonderful stuff that put a smile on my face and proved to me that more U.S. brewers should give this style a go and while not as potent or full as something imported here, Two Brothers had a winner here that's sure to offend no one. Give it a go before the fall weather gives way to old man winter! (1,823 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Sammy's Gourmet Burgers & Beers, served in a shaker pint (not chilled, only due to my asking for it that way).

A: Arrived in the glass a slightly cloudy deep amber, with a creamy, just off-white head. Said head left sheetlike lacing down the sides of the glass as I drank. Bubbles streamed continuously from the bottom of the beer.

S: Unfortunately, due to the location, I couldn't get much of the nose. What I was able to smell involved toast drizzled with honey as one sits amidst a freshly mown lawn.

T: Much like what I detected from the nose, actually. This reminded me of mowing grass around a beehive overflowing with honey, near a bed of fragrant flowers and an open window out of which wafts fresh baking bread. What hop presence is there does not cut into the sweetness overmuch, allowing it to star. As the beer warms, some subtle spiciness emerges, hints of coriander and cardamom.

M: Light in body and rather well carbonated, this drinks lively.

O: A rather enjoyable biere de garde, which manages to provide a decent array of hop flavors without steamrollering the malt. (1,099 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BBD 1/28/15

Pours an effervescent copper/orange with a finger of beige head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Green apples, pears & grassyness

T: Follows the nose, white grape as well up front. Apple juice notes, apricot, caramel & woody hops as this warms, along with a little dryness. Finishes with leafy hops & jammy notes & a little dryness

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, skews fruity & sweet

A drinkable take on the style, perhaps a bit too sweet, but worth a go (494 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a hazy, copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, pale malt, sugar, hint of caramel malt, euro yeast, and a hint of biscuit. Fits the style of a Biere De Garde. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, alcohol, pale malt, euro yeast, hint of caramel malt, and hint of hop. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, good feel, and decent body. (477 characters)

Photo of SteveJeremy
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Living in Connecticut, my access to Two Brothers Brewery isn't as ubiquitous as I'd like it to be, but when I heard a buddy from Illinois was coming up to visit his old neighborhood, I implored him to snag some of that delightful Chicago craft beer. My pal delivered, with a make your own six pack of beers from the likes of Metropolitan Brewing Company, Two Brothers Brewery, and Revolution Brewery. Kicking the six pack off with Two Brothers Brewery's Domaine DuPage. Let's light this one on fire.

Appearance - Adore this color; shockingly red, with maroon and brownish hues, and a gorgeous lacing around my nonic glass. She's a looker.

Smell - Smell is also great, with a sly mildness and inclusion of aromatic and caramel hops that provide a noseful. This beer has aesthetic down to a tee.

Taste - Starts off with a darker caramel flavor and then quickly changes gears and descends into a creamier and moderately bitter offering that still manages to hold its flavor without being too sharp and biting to enjoy. This also helps because the beer isn't that carbonated.

Mouthfeel - A comfortable feeling, given the identifiable bitterness. Thoroughly pleasant like the flavor itself.

My first Two Brothers offering is a huge winner in my book. From top to bottom this is a delicious, appetizing beer; think I may have just found a new style (French-Style Country Ale, respectively) I thoroughly enjoy. (1,408 characters)

Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Best by 9/25/14 (about 2 months from today's date).

A: Translucent medium amber body, tight cream colored head. Fades quickly to a lacey top.

S: Big tropical fruitiness and interesting hops. Certain sweetness and caramel aroma.

T: Balance of caramel malt and light yeast flavors. There is an assertive bitterness, but it Somehow finishes very clean and refreshing.

M: Surprisingly dry and clean on the finish. This is not a heavy beer on the palate.

O: Some big flavor but easy to drink. I'm not hugely into this mashup of hoppy/amber/farmhouse. Luckily they don't take either of those elements too far and end up with something pretty good. (704 characters)

Photo of chickenflea
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is slightly hazy, with a deep amber body and a reddish cast beneath a short but creamy head of white foam. The nose is offers a combination of delicately toasty and straw-like grain with caramel and slight fruitiness. The body is medium-light with a zesty, very-fine bubbled carbonation. The flavor starts with bold, toasty and caramel malts upfront, followed by a splash of fruit (sour cherry, tangerine, plum) that fades into a rather dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light. The beer reminds me of a toastier and drier Irish ale. I loved it. (554 characters)

Photo of silverking
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- slightly hazy amber with 1 inch of light tan head. Excellent lacing, nice head retention. There are steady streams of tiny, slow rising bubbles in the glass.

S- grain, chocolate, caramel, grassy.

T- caramel, roasted malt, chocolate. There a hints of citrus as well. It all concludes with a slightly yeasty finish. Not much Hop bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, gentle carbonation, creamy.

O- nice. It's a bit more roasty than I was expecting. (446 characters)

Photo of chinchill
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. (479 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Arrives a gorgeous copper color, clear as a mountain stream. Decent head retention and really good lacing left behind by the reddish-tan foam as it dissipates to its final state, alight ring.
Smell is weak but malt, wheat/grass and yeast. Balance is very good, though.
Taste is similar with notes of lightly roasted malt, caramel, grass, and yeast. Very well balanced.
Medium body, maybe a touch over, light-medium effervescence. Slight warming after the swallow. Smooth, reasonably clean finish. A nice brew for certain. (524 characters)

Photo of SassieCassie
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
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 (258 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
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 (690 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
4.5/5  rDev +19%
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! (707 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,205 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (269 characters)

Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.