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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

499 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 499
Hads: 1,361
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 44
Gots: 172 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle enjoyed at Winking Lizard. Medium yellow with a soapy head and some lace. Above average carbonation that makes it hard on the mouthfeel. Aroma is soapy and mild spice. Drying finish. Its the style, though not the best example of the style. Good drinkability. (265 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: single finger head on a clear, copper amber body and excellent lacing.

S: caramel malts, nutmeg, cinnamon... with these also reproduced in the flavor. Almost no hops by my nose.

T: caramel and toasted malts, nutmeg, cinnamon but these spices are light with subtle earthy hop character.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: nice spicy brew which nicely follows the style and isnt over carbonated like I feel many of these are. (445 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is orange-red in appearance and poured with just a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. There is a light amount of carbonation.
S: There is some malty sweetness in the aroma along with some notes of hops and yeast.
T: The initial taste has some sweetness with flavors of toasted malts; some notes of bitterness from the hops make an appearance in the finish. The overall taste starts to become more complex as it warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate.
D: It was rather drinkable, but if I have this again I would probably pair it with food. The beer becomes a bit more drinkable as it warms up. (629 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes.

Pours an amber color with a bit of an off white head. The nose brings yeast, caramel, bread, and a bit of light fruits. The taste adds in a bit of spice and follows through with some light fruits. Quite a few flavors come through but everything is quite mild. Light with good carbonation, this drinks quite well and is a nice example of a sessionable version of the style. (394 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (1,184 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color with a modest head that leaves a few dots of lace

Smell: Sweet pears and caramel, with an earthy aspect

Taste: Opens with a toasted malt and caramel flavor that adds pear and fig fruitiness by mid-palate, after the swallow, a balancing bitterness arrives though the fruit is ultimately dominant

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to low carbonation

Drinkability: A very interesting beer that is refreshingly drinkable; really like the balance (488 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a clear amber color with a fluffy white head on top, the retention and lacing are both pretty good. The smell is light, moderate malt and hop aromas here. The smell is earthy and kind of sweet. The taste of the beer is earthy, decent amount of malt with a caramel finish. The mouthfeel is smooth, light bodied and easy to drink. Overall it's a decent brew. (375 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A delicious, but overly sweet French-style ale. The enjoyable confectionate side struggles without a balance from more acidic or attenuated character.

A clear copper colored beer has a froathy 1/4" foamstance from start to finish with good retainage and lacing. Darker in color than most and quite clear, it seems to be a more robust version of the style.

Malty sweet aromas take on a kettle-caramelization note with scorched molassas and a tea-like tobacco quality. A yeasty-fruity scent rounds out a very simplified Belgain aroma.

Again, sugary sweet flavors start the tasting. Fruity and confectioner's sugar come together in a rather Pez-like taste. Great when I'm 5, but at 35 I might want a more grown up taste. Malt flavors are swamped by the sugary taste, but do show a caramelly, bready taste that's reminscent of cookie dough. Lightly spicy with the tea-like hoppiness and light spicy phenolics. Mildly bitter but it hardly helps to offset the immense sweetness.

For a sweeter beer, the body starts out medium and lightens a bit going into the alcoholic and spicy finish but the beer retains its sugary feel throughout.

Well aged beers like the Garde/Mars Ales should have a level of depth, complexity, and maturity that is lacking from this sugar-tooth of a beer. I appreciate the character of the sweetness that focuses on the whisping powdered sugar impressions but this level of intensity and lack of balance or depth, it's tough to celebrate. (1,462 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap: Poured a hazy medium beige color ale with nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of lightly aromatic Belgian style malt with light rustic ester. Taste is also dominated by semi-sweet Belgian-style malt with light rustic notes. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Enjoyable but nothing to write home about. (368 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Brothers really needs to do a "wild" version of this...I still remember it on cask years ago, when I think the cask was turning, and the slight sourness was just perfectly woven into it.

Revisiting a single from a gift pack...

Gleaming orange amber, reminds me of the pumpkin ale I just had. Visible trails of carbonation, sticky white crown of lace, leaving spots around it. It has a slight haze, and an almost reddish tint.

Sweet apple aroma, hawaiian punch and apple jacks. Fairly artificial and heavy on the sweet side.

Malt/Barley forward, very appley from the yeast also. Slightly toasty with a mild bitterness, spicy from the hop content. Some tangible alcohol. Medium bodied.

Fairly good, 1-2 would be the max, not really a session beer due to the sweetness and fruity esters. (797 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Messy rustic orange that glows like a Jamaican sunset when held up to my front window. The murkiness clears quickly and reveals loads of yeasties suspended like miniscule insects in amber. The head is small since I had to give the beer a gentle pour to keep some of the funkier stuff from entering the glass. The ecru head is creamyfirm and is leaving a good bit of lace in shredded sheets.

Malty, bready aroma with traces of fruit and spice. It's a fairly subtle nose, but a good one. The flavor is unlike anything that I've experienced before, but then this is my first biere de garde. After much drinking and head scratching, I'll go with toasted whole-wheat bread covered in a thin layer of orange marmalade and caramel and sprinkled with allspice. That doesn't quite capture it, but I can't come any closer than that.

Despite the fact that I'm having trouble putting the flavor into words, the way that I feel about it can be expressed in one word: delicious. The glass is nearly empty and I'm wondering where the beer has gone. Lightly sweet and citrusy, the finish reminds me of a hoppy pale ale. The medium body enhances drinkability even though the flavor profile gives this beer all the drinkability that it needs.

I have no idea if this is what a biere de garde is supposed to taste like or whether this is a good representation of the style. All I know is that Domaine DuPage is a wonderful beer that does just about everything right. The sad part is that this bottle is all I have and I can't remember where I bought it. Well worth your hard-earned money. (1,578 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, copper color with orange highlights. It had a one-finger, long lasting, off-white head of pillowy foam. It left a little foam.

S - It smelled nutty, malty and earthy. Some sweet fruity aromas, too.

T - It tasted very fruity and yeasty. It had some spice flavors, like some cinnamon. It had a nice sweet caramel taste.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a great biere de garde and its is very easy drinking. (478 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been sitting in the fridge for a couple months but I had never gotten around to trying it. Poured a very nice deep reddish amber with a good sized three finger plus high head of thick off white lace. This faded rather slowly and was replaced by a nice thick layer of side glass lace and a good amount of foam left on the top of the liquid.

THe aroma was rich and spicy. Lots of yeast present here, but at the same time very sweet with hardly atouch of alcohol. Rich caramel malty notes prevelant throught, really making a difference here, The flavor was very smooth with a rich sweet character coming through and balanced well against a dark fruity yeast character. Nice notes of pums and raisins throughout this one, really offering quite a bit of depth here. As it warmed a bit of spicy rum like flavor cae out with a touch of peppery like alcohol, but very nicely done. Very smooth texture and very highly carbonated, this as definitly a good choice here. It was highly drinkable and made an excellent sipper that was for sure. (1,031 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, light amber body with a medium, off-white head.

Smell: Interesting aroma of oven-baked apples with a tiny bit of butterscotch and faint flowery notes.

Taste: Sweet, nutty butterscotch with a very apple-like fruitiness. Hint of grapeskins. Floral hops. Semi-sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine little American-made biere de garde. (417 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of off-white head on a perfectly clear, amber-brown body. The head settles very quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Rich malt with light toasty notes and a hint of caramel.

T - Sweet and malty up front with bread and toasted malt. Flavors intensify in the middle with more toast and some light carmel. The finish is malty with some slightly woody notes.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The rich malt character is the defining characteristic of this beer. Nothing overly complex, but that is par for the style. The relative dryness of the finish helps with drinkability, but the malt could become a bit cloying if this were more than a 12oz bottle. A nice example of an unusual style. (731 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served as Fortunato in a Two Brothers shaker pint glass at Biaggi's.

Came in expecting one thing and got another. Oh well, I'm not gonna argue too much. Whatever you call it, it pours a hazy ruby-amber topped by nearly a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises mandarin oranges and brown toffee. Nothing more, nothing less. The taste holds notes of cedar, light toffee, greens, cloves, oranges, and mild butter. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a nice brew, nothing truly special, but pretty tasty regardless. (577 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Two Brothers Domaine DuPage delivers a slightly hazy, deep amber body with a reddish cast beneath a short but creamy head of white foam that holds quite well and leaves some thin lace about the glass. The nose is offers a comination of delicately toasty and straw-like grain with subtle notes of caramel alongside some soft summer fruit (apple, peach, cherry) and musty yeast. It's quite intriguing! The body is medium-light with a zesty, very-fine bubbled natural carbonation that finely pricks the tongue. The flavor starts with bold, toasty and caramelish malts upfront, followed by a splash of tart fruit (sour cherry, tangerine, plum) that fades into the finish. The tartnes is quite nice and refreshing, and it slowly fades in the finish, giving rise to some lingering toasty malt, a delicate spiciness, and finally a drying chalkiness that brings you full circle and ready for another sip. Given a chance, this is an exciting, fairly complex, refreshing, and satisfying beer that probably deserves much more recognition than it receives. Very nicely done and certainly worth trying! (1,089 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, apples, some Belgian yeast, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of caramel, apples and little bit of spice. Then a tart bite comes in quickly along with a mild Belgian yeast breadiness and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's a fairly solid beer overall but there are better beers in the style that I would select before this one. (875 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in my La Fin Du Monde tulip.
A -The color is rose tinged golden like a beautiful bronze. The head is about an inch of light tan, no lace and the bead is very fine

S - A mild dark grain aroma w/ whiffs of noble hops that are earthy and spicey. The aroma is bready w/ a crisp dry malt smell
M - A relatively highly carbonated and semi-dry per style w/ light honeyed malt sweetness. The feel is crisp, med bodied and gently spiced w/ mild acidity

T - The malt flavor is light toast like biscuit and honey and there is a light white grape fruit element w/ a grainy cereal quality. The toasted malt has a light creamy flavor and the yeast give a bit of honey and sweet fruit effect w/ a hint of herbal hop flavor for good measure. The vinous notes make this interesting combined with the toasty creamy maltiness

D - I really love this beer for the simplicity, drinkability and flavor, but it is easy to drink mostly and I don't really notice 5.9% you could have fooled me if you said it was 6%. I would definitely order this if I saw it on draft (1,058 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap @ Bukowski's Tavern.

A- Excellent head retention, lacing sticks all the way down the glass. Clear deep semi-dark copper color.

S- Baked apple, toasted dark bread ... hint of alcohol and spice.

T&M- Smooth and creamy, nice rounded malty body of medium size. Super malty, not sweet but balanced. Toasted, bready and fruity. Light hopping. Yeast twang, more toasted malt ... finishes slightly sweet.

D- Very tasty, easy to drink. Lovely mouthfeel, lots of malt and old world beer character. (506 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange brown. Nose is a strong leafy aspect. Flavor is nice and roasted. Seems a bit leafy. Lasting profile. Feel is a bit thick on the liquid and smooth on carbonation. A nice example of this style. I usually don’t go for it, but I like this one. (262 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 WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

How weird best by 12/10/09 never had that happen before. Appears a slightly hazed amber hue with a nice creamy tawny off white head, leaves behind ample lacing with each sip fine scattered layers at that. Aroma has a nice vinous herbal flow to it with a touch of citrus hops but dominant bread like caramel roasted malts are the highlight of the nose. Flavor really hits with the sweetness upfront with caramel malt some heavy grainy Wheaties like flavors with semi bitter finish with some citrusand herbal hops carrying through in the finish. I get a nice fruity refreshing quality the whole time with a dry yeast and mild spiced finish. A really nice sessionable ale that packs massive layers of flavor, mouthfeel overall is smooth carbonation is moderate and natural body pulls off at least a medium ranking without overdoing any one area very balanced. Drinkability is sound in all regards I wish these guys would be more readily available for me, this Domaine DuPage was like a nice piece of crusted bread buttered perfectly with herbs sprinkled on top it was simplistic and perfect for the experience it's trying to pull off. (1,131 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two-finger head with some staying power and good lace. Dark amber color with a slight haze.

Dark crystal malt aroma. Muted hop.

Full flavor and body--creamy texture. Good balance--the malt is not sweet, but it is not overly dry either. The hop is present throughout the taste and after the swallow.

This is a fine offering. I didn't notice the usual off flavors I associate with French country ales. I'd equate it to a very good pale ale. (447 characters)

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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.