Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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3.55/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
04-23-2011 00:19:34 | More by mikesgroove
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
12-27-2012 14:47:04 | More by kylehay2004
3.55/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
08-23-2007 19:00:54 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.43/5 rDev -10%
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.
03-10-2013 02:08:44 | More by Knapp85
3.83/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
11-19-2010 07:22:13 | More by TMoney2591
3.68/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
01-06-2010 04:13:39 | More by emerge077
4.08/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
07-21-2009 01:28:02 | More by zeff80
4.28/5 rDev +12.3%
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!
08-22-2004 06:42:57 | More by NeroFiddled
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
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 dont go for it, but I like this one.
01-01-2008 06:53:51 | More by RblWthACoz
3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
02-18-2010 02:40:19 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
04-29-2009 05:17:38 | More by nickfl
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
08-17-2006 21:26:25 | More by Jason
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
12-10-2009 08:27:18 | More by WVbeergeek
3.55/5 rDev -6.8%
Best before February 3rd, 2011. Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip.
A - Pours with a finger of off-white foam that dissipates to a thin cap but leaves minimal lace. Body is a hazed copper-amber with tons of bubbles adhering to the sides of the glass.
S - Fruity yeast, a touch of bubblegum, light apples, cherries, and bread.
T - Taste is yeasty with light toasted grains, tart apples and light hop bitterness in the finish.
M - Carbonation is a little bit harsh and unpleasant. Body is medium, and sufficiently hefty for 5.9%. Finishes lightly dry.
D - Other than the harsh and unpleasant carbonation this is reasonably drinkable. Doubt I'd ever buy it again but it's not a bad beer.
10-21-2010 23:38:34 | More by MasterSki
3.8/5 rDev -0.3%
Domaine duPage, Two Brothers, Warrenville, Ill.
Mostly clear, amber/copper color, small head, turns to nil.
Aroma of caramel malt, sweetness, fruit, flowers, and Belgian yeast.
More of that on the tongue once it hits the palate. Nice biere de garde, though it tastes a lot like a Belgian amber or pale ale. Sweetness stays on top, rich malt, easy drinkability. Tasty stuff. Almost too sweet, but it grows dry, but lingers on the tongue.
Nice. I'll have another. Well, one more. After that I need some hops.
07-14-2008 00:52:32 | More by feloniousmonk
3.8/5 rDev -0.3%
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
03-17-2009 01:24:02 | More by Slatetank
3.64/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
07-11-2013 13:02:05 | More by StonedTrippin
3.65/5 rDev -4.2%
The beer pours a hazy deep copper color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a toasted, nutty scent with just the right amount of funk. The taste is decent. It has a nutty, bisquity, flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a bit of yeast fruitiness. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. I'm not a huge drinker of the style, but it seems to fit within the guidelines.
11-18-2008 18:56:14 | More by WesWes
3.35/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
10-30-2010 01:22:57 | More by mactrail
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Portsmouth tulip.
a - Pours a somewhat transparent dark amber color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass and the head lasts for 3 to 4 minutes.
s - Smells of bready malts, musty, earthy malts, and light caramel malts. As it warms up some definite fruit and some toasted malts. Pretty nice, but was expecting a little more caramel here.
t - Tastes of caramel malts, bready malts, sweet fruit, wheat, and toasted malts. Pretty enjoyable and definitely a step up from the smell. I like the caramel and toasted malts mix with the sweet fruit.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.
d - I thought this was a pretty good beer. The smell improved a lot as it warmed up and I enjoyed the caramel and toasted malts in the taste. Would certainly have again.
02-08-2011 23:31:11 | More by mdfb79
3.43/5 rDev -10%
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.
03-26-2004 23:05:02 | More by Gueuzedude
Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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