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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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1,087 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,087
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 32
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
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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Photo of GeezLynn


3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 8/23/11 Reviewed 5/11

Appearance is very nice - a cloudy dark amber with a generous frothy white head. Aroma is a rustic combination of grass and mustyness with some caramel malt showing through. Flavor is bready sweet roll and red apple. Finishes with a soft bitterness. Mouthfeel is delicate with light, fine carbonation.

I’d consider this a nice beer to pair with food, but not something that stands out by itself.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 04:26:32 | More by GeezLynn
Photo of beermanbrian


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear copper color. Not much of a head, thin 1/4 that drops to a film quickly. Very spotty lacing. Smell is malty with some mild fruity notes. The malt has a distint toast flavor on the tongue and there are some apple flavors in there too. Enough hops to balance out what could be a too sweet brew. Medium to heavy body. I like this one. It's not earth shattering but it's something a little different and it's well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 00:53:02 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of KickbacksSteve


3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Clear copper body with an off-white head, moderate retention, with mostly clear lacing. Aroma includes a fresh hop blast, slight caramel malts and maybe a saison-like yeastiness. Taste includes a caramel sweetness, some candi sugar, slight hop bitterness and again, a saison-like yeast taste. Overall, a tasty beer, not sure how close to style it is, but not bad at all.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2013 06:37:11 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of hellhammermario

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-30-2013 19:58:22 | More by hellhammermario
Photo of SportsandJorts


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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
Photo of deebo


3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle with best before date of 9/1/11

A-Dense tan head that continues to skim the surface for half a glass, hangs on to the sides as well. Color is amber/reddish with lots of yeast floating around

S-Yeasty, balanced hop and sweet, toasted malt aroma

T-Malty upfront that quickly ends with a bite of alcohol and astringent hops to cleanse the palette

M-Heavy and creamier than I expected. Pleasant.

D-After finishing 1-the end note of hops and alcohol bite limit the drinkability a bit for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 01:16:30 | More by deebo
Photo of Golden2wenty1


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Woodman's West here in Madison.

Pour: a clear amber-orange under a finger or two of khaki head with nice retention.

Nose: buttloads of butterscotch, caramel-toffee, woody oak and yeasty funk

Taste: sweet caramel/toffee/butterscotch malts, light fruity body, tobacco/woody esters in the follow-through, dry finish.

Feel: smooth and silky, tickling carbonation

Drinkability/Overall: a surprising amount of caramel developments for a biere de garde. Complex, well-made, interesting, smooth-tasting beer. I'm game.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 22:16:23 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of EricCioe


3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours impenetrable, murky orange with a two finger tightly packed white head with good retention and decent lace. The nose was weak, probably partially due to the restaurant serving it in a frosted mug. I had to wait for it to warm to get much out of it at all. When it came out, there was a little bit of spice and yeast, or perhaps spicy yeast, sitting atop a malt bill that had me convinced there was wheat. In the mouth the spiciness did a really nice job sitting atop a big but not sweet malty body. Where this beer really excels for me is the feel, with a medium body and nice carbonation keeping this around for a nice, long finish. It's refreshing rather than heavy but it stays interesting, a pretty rare combination for me.

Overall, I liked this beer a great deal. I had no idea what to expect in terms of style and I ended up liking it. I wish the nose had been a bit more potent but other than that, Two Brothers has a nice little gem on their hands here.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 00:52:48 | More by EricCioe
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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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4/5  rDev +5%

11-15-2011 19:05:33 | More by Pellinore1
Photo of Greggy


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a 1 finger head that quickly recedes into a thin cap. The body is amber in color with no sediment.

S- Fruitiness of melon but also some other dark fruits like fig and date. There is also a touch of earthiness.

T- Starts out with a quick notes of sweet apple, some breadiness, then moves into a slight dry hopiness with residual feel of apple.

M- Very low carb works nice.

D- This is an interesting beer. It wasn't terribly complex, and it's just a touch sweet for sessioning. I would probably drink again though.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 01:47:20 | More by Greggy
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-14-2013 20:42:53 | More by krl2112
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-03-2013 01:17:11 | More by brbrocc
Photo of weaselchew


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

01-30-2012 04:22:11 | More by weaselchew
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4/5  rDev +5%

04-24-2014 14:45:24 | More by Bill235
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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Domaine Dupage, the county in which I reside, pours a nice clear orange-copper color with a fuzzy, slim, off-white head.

The nose is . . . ? What the hell? This nose is crazy. Not powerful, but plentiful. Sweet caramel on toast; estery, orchardy, dark and citric hop fruitiness; all with a light earthy musk. Wow.

The taste is takes a small step back but is still very good considering its relatively light weight and alcohol content. The body is medium with lightly sharp carbonation that prickles the tongue. Sweet toasted caramel malts and sugared plums, tart tangerines, and an earthly and bitter spiciness.

I may be a little bit partial since this is a local brewer, but I found this beer very intriguing and complex considering its lightness. Well done my Brothers.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 04:44:20 | More by Slynger
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an amber biere de garde that boasts a nice quarter inch head of off-white with a tinge of yellow to it. It doesn't last all that long though but does leave behind thin bands of lace.

Most Belgian styles have a stronger nose than this. I had to try a few times to get a good sense of this one. I've rewritten this part a few times. Malt sweetness comes out first and smacks of caramel. There are some fruit esters in there, but I can't figure out what fruit they smell like...maybe fig? And there's just a slight mustiness to it, but not off-putting.

Not digging the taste all that much. We are past it's "Best By" date of 2/3/11, so I'm going to take that into account. There is oxidation, but I'll try to ignore that. The malts dominate and much of the fruit in the smell is absent on the tongue. Not a lot of complexity here. The oxidation does abated after a little while allowing me to get some more of nuances of this beer and I did notice that the fruits resurfaced. Still damned if I can tell which fruits though.

It almost seems flat, it's so smooth with an exceptionally clean finish and hardly any bite or aftertaste. I had to knock it down a little since the carbonation in a biere de garde is supposed to be higher. The bitterness is really low and their label does list the IBUs as 24. About the label...putting brown print on a tan background with a tiny font may result in a class action lawsuit for excessive eye strain. Who reads that stuff? Us beer geeks! That's who! This is even harder to read than the novels that Greg from Stone writes on his bottles.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 01:25:20 | More by Naugros
Photo of AmitC

New York

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

Trying some new beer styles. This one is my first Biere-De-Garde.

Amber color inside the glass. Hazy appearance. Heard that it is often unfiltered, so not uncommon. Less than a finger thick head of off-white color, that persists for some time but then recedes. Very good and sticky lacing. Some bubbles.

Aroma: Very prominent malts and some sweetness in the nose. Caramel, some toasty aroma. A little of yeast aroma came at first but then disappeared very quickly. Not the best and strongest of aroma since i am consuming near the best by date. Some very very subdued noble hops.

Taste: Sweet, malty, toasty and caramel like. some very mild fruitiness. May be some balancing hops that prevent it from being overly sweet. Semi-dry finish.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied feel. Moderate carbonation. No astringency whatsoever.

Style Rate: 4
Personal Rate: 3.5

Nothing really wrong with this beer but nothing going on as well. Style wise - very mellow and semi sweet type of style. I can drink it, but won't seek this style out.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 02:16:52 | More by AmitC
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4/5  rDev +5%

11-29-2011 18:17:21 | More by scootercrabb
Photo of matty


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is caramel malts and bread.Taste is malty,caramel and biscuit.Smooth and refreshing with lots of flavor.Seems to be worthy of any outing or occasion.I would recommend and purchase again.Good job by two brothers brewing.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 04:44:52 | More by matty
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's extras received from beersis81 night! Thanks Lindsay

A: Deep amber color with a small off white head on it that sits as one ring around the top of the beer.

S: slightly musty smelling with a hint of woodiness it seems like. Some decent caramel notes too

T: Caramel up front with some coriander and bits of wood and dirt. A slight fruitiness is present as well. Breadiness is also present

M: Very mild with a good amount of body without being too spweet

D: Fairly easy to drink but the mustiness was not what i was in the mood for right now

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 01:04:31 | More by mikey711
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4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I actually first had this beer on tap in Chicago last summer but am now reviewing a bottle. Pours out a light brownish-amber color with no real head to speak of. A bit hazy with some bubble making their way to the top.

The smell reminds me of apples and spice. Hints of malt and something bready are present as well. Taste is very similar to the smell. The malt backbone is much more present. The apple and citrus notes are nicely balanced through out. Very low in terms of carbonation. Very smooth yet still retains some complex flavors. Different than what I remember on tap.

An impressive brew that could use a bit more carbonation. Maybe it is just my bottle?

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 23:58:54 | More by CharlesRiver
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4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber hue, no head, little movement from this bad boy. The nose reports plums, fresh apples, toast, malts, perhaps the list could go on! Razor sharp and aggressive offerings up front, large toasted malts, caramel, some hops also detected in the initial tasting. Becomes rather creamy and inviting; dough-like, fresh bread flavorings, quite enjoyable and for no extra charge has a decent belly-warming-offering! Nutty, buttery, slick, on the edge of full bodied, a fine offering from the "you never know what to expect from Ebel Bro's".

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2004 01:24:24 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

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

Copper colored with a decent head and lace.
The aroma of toasted malts and hops.
The taste is sweet,earthy,caramel malts,mild hops and fruit hints.
The feel is medium body,medium carbonation and slightly creamy.The finish is only mildly bitter.

Notes: I wanted to write a whole lot more on this beer,but in the end I was just happy to write that it was a very good beer.I had never tried this style and did not know what to expect.
I had mine while having a super,spicy bowl of chili and this beer's taste and character shone right through.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2008 16:49:07 | More by Lexluthor33
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2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Amber with a weak, white head.

S: Grainy and pretty rough. There is clear phenols and unrefined aromas that are unpleasant.

T: That gritty grain and old hop flavour is prevalent. Tastes like spoiling fruits and stale bread. Alcohol is clearly present throughout.

D: Booziness is far too strong for the ABV and the whole experience is unbalanced and just nasty...sorry. I know the style should show some booze, but this isn't a pleasant booze flavour...its just alcohol.

Overall: I like 2Bros; I really do. But this beer is just no good. Most of their regulars/seasonal are appropriate and faithful representations of their respective styles, but Domaine Dupage is just poor. It is unbalanced, harsh, and tough to finish. Grab a C&E or Resistance if you want to see 2Bros at their finest. This is them at their weakest.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 23:59:42 | More by JohnnyChicago
Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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