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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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1,006 Ratings

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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:
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(Beer added by: zerk on 05-15-2002)
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Photo of SassieCassie


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
Photo of SRFeldman79


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

Pours a orange-amber color with a thin white head that quickly dropped back into the beer. Not a super bubbly beer and definitely seems a little cloudy, but that could be the coldness of the beer.

Smell is mostly malty, toasted, a touch sweet maybe, with the vaguest hint of noble hops. Maybe the suggestion of grass too.

Delicious beer. More bitter than you might expect, but the flavor is a mix of yeast esters and delicious malts, maybe mix of munich and caramels and perhaps something else. Perfectly balanced. Dry too, but not overly so. Not as dry or as farmhouse-like as a saison, but even this american version has a hint of something farmhouse about it.

A bit strong perhaps, to call it a session beer, but I definitely find it easy to overindulge in this beer without the flavors become tiresomeness.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 22:38:32 | More by SRFeldman79
Photo of osubuckeye99


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brownish, maybe a reddish brown. Decent amount of head.
S- malty, spicy, sweet smelling. Not a very strong smelling beer though.
T- Somewhat malty, with spices and a rich finish. Not an overpoweringly strong tasting beer; but smooth and very pleasant tasting.
M- Pretty light, but enjoyable. Medium carbonation, taste does not linger too long.

Overall: Great beer. This is a nice one to always have a 6 pack around the house because I find women and men who are not fans of hoppy or very strong beers like it.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 02:32:22 | More by osubuckeye99
Photo of Isoruku


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
Photo of Arsenal11


4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap right at the awesome on site brew pub.

The beer looks great deep brassy color

Smells of caramel, dark fruit, and toast

The taste is great starts malty and than the caramel, dark fruit and a slight sweetness hits aftertaste is a nice balance of malt and light hops.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 05:07:41 | More by Arsenal11
Photo of bob182


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass.

After going through many of the reviews, I didn't notice anyone pointing this out yet: that smell is MOLASSES. It took a sec for me to get it, but this beer smells exactly like my mom's molasses cookies.

However, I only faintly tasted molasses. Regardless, it is a very drinkable beer, mellowing out as I got through it, and I must say drinking it put me in a better mood (childhood memories, I guess). I think I may have another and go sit out on the back deck -- cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 19:55:05 | More by bob182
Photo of RA1NMAN1205


3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a frosted mug.

A - Pours with an amber body and an off-white head. As the head dissolves, a bubbly ring laces the outside with minimal foam on the inside of the ring.

S - Fruity yeast, bread, light malt, and spice.

T - Taste is has nice complexity with hints of pear, coffee, and apples. It also has a lightly hoppy and bitter finish.

M - Medium amount of carbonation, with a light-medium body. A little bit dry on the finish.

O - Great drinkability. Good beer. Nothing special about it. It has a good taste for a good price. I'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 02:13:21 | More by RA1NMAN1205
Photo of pryopen

South Dakota

4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tulip

A: beautiful amber, copper color, very clear, one finger off-white head, not much retention or lacing though

S: caramel maltiness initially, giving way to saisonesque barnyard earthiness

T: caramel, some toastiness, finishes with spice hoppiness

M: crisp with semi-dry finish, moderate carbonation

O: have only had a few of this style, but definitely the best I have had so far; would definitely be a go-to if I lived in Chicago area

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 22:52:19 | More by pryopen
Photo of Darius75


4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear reddish amber color. White bubbles on the side of the glass, but no head and almost no lacing when the glass is tipped.

Smell: Caramel, bready malts, a hint of unidentifiable fruit. The Bros say baked apple. I'll defer to that.

Taste: Crispy, crispy toasted malts rounded off with a light touch of hops. Not too bitter, not too sweet. The aftertaste is mellower, and after 5-6 seconds I don't taste much of anything.

Mouthfeel: Light and humble. Alcohol presence gentles the caramel. Carbonation is perfect for the flavors.

Drinkability: I'm guzzling it. Should really slow down.

This is going to be a great year-round ale, but I'm looking forward to pairing it with summer foods: vegetables and balsamic-marinated chicken on the grill, corn cobs with butter and salt, the occasional burrito with sweet potato mash instead of rice.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 05:07:37 | More by Darius75
Photo of Dogstooth5


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Amber - poured with a little head. no lacing and head disappeared quickly.

Smell - malt presence in the smelll slight honey

Taste- balanced nicely - hints of citrus and the malts. slight bitterness

Mouthfeel- smooth. carbonation = good.

Drinkability- High.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 23:56:45 | More by Dogstooth5
Photo of DanL133


4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My brother turned me on to this beer. It's a nice medium bodied beer with a lot going on.
Pours an opaque orangy honey color with a thin white cap.
Nice low carbonation mouth feel, smooth caramel with sweetness, pears, grass, cotton candy? moves to some hops that give a good clean finish.
This is a impressive beer. I recommend this one for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 01:14:23 | More by DanL133
Photo of Benjigoose


4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pleasing orange amber and smell is sweet with notes of caramel, and hints of citrus. A soft light-tan head tops it off.

Taste is complex with flavors of toffee, caramel with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Texture is very smooth to the point of creamy. Highly drinkable and overall quite delicious! I would pair this with the sweeter group of traditional fall flavors (pumpkin, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.)

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 01:06:07 | More by Benjigoose
Photo of feldspar

New York

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep copper-brown, like a brand-new penny. Very little head, about an eighth-inch, which quickly dissipated like pond scum. Basically no visible carbonation.

S: Aroma is very light, mostly a vauge malty sweetness, maybe brown sugar as well. By the end, some faint fruity or citrusy smell.

T: Starts with a very subdued bitterness, pleasant without much of a bite. Smooth, creamy, nutty, buttery. A little sweetness, a lot of residual bitterness that lingers like a mild cheese.

M: A little thick, syrupy, viscous. Carbonation is moderate

D: Mildly drinkable. The unusual aftertaste and sticky viscous mouthfeel invite guzzling.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 05:17:48 | More by feldspar
Photo of Antihippy6


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz poured into a Two Brother's pint glass.

A- It has an appealing amber to red tone (think of a sunset) with a decent head throughout.

S- A very sweet caramel smell with a small hint of dried fruit.

T- It is a deliciously rich beer. It;s like eating a caramel covered biscuit. There is also a hint of fruitiness.

M- Starts off with a medium mouthfeel then lightens at the finish, getting you ready for your next sip. Yet a pleasant bitterness lingers.

D- The drinkability is very high. It is a nice smooth beer that goes down very easy, but still lets you know that you are drinking a good beer.

In conclusion, I like all kinds of beers, but this one is not too light or too heavy. It is good on it's own or with any meal. I enjoyed it very much.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 01:38:37 | More by Antihippy6
Photo of misterlimey

New York

4.85/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought a single bottle on a whim, and I'm very impressed. This is a brown ale done right.

Serving type: Admittedly I drank this straight from the bottle, and this beer genuinely deserves to be poured and savored.

Appearance: Looks reddish through the bottle, somewhat opaque.

Smell: Enticing! The slightest hints of coffee and chocolate and a very drinkable hop aroma. Also something fruity, with a bit of the characteristic citrus of an American pale ale.

Taste: Extremely clean and rather refreshing for such a hearty breed of beer. Satisfying hop taste, might overpower certain delicate flavors in food. A touch of bitterness, though the aftertaste is quite sweet.

Mouth: Pleasant carbonation, just the right amount to pair with food and expect to clear the palette. Progresses into a nice foam finish.

Overall: This is truly a winning beer. I've been an IPA drinker for a while and I've recently discovered my passion for stouts and porters- I would recommend this to absolutely anyone remotely interested in beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 00:04:53 | More by misterlimey
Photo of jpbersa


3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance overall was what I thought was best, golden/amber color. The taste was awesome and exactly as they described it because you get the sweet taste in the beginning and then the hops kick in and finish the balance. There's not much of a head but there is really good lacing, carbonation is also on the lighter side.

This is a real good ale though and it was really good, good autumn beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 03:46:14 | More by jpbersa
Photo of BTK480


5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My all time favorite beer. On tap (at the Two Brothers Brewery) or out of the bottle this is a smooth well finished beer. Great taste and drinkable all year, Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall this is a great year round beer. I would recommend that you visit the Two Brothers Brewery and have the Tap House Burger. It's a great burger with roasted fresh Jalapenos peppers folded into 1/2 pound of awesome beef. It's the best way to spend an afternoon on a cold winter day in Chicago.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 05:59:56 | More by BTK480
Photo of gypsydeath


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

Purchased a single bottle as part of a mixed six from a Chicago grocer. My first Two Brothers. Bottle stamped with a "by 7/6/12".

A: Pours well carbonated head. Leaves thorough lacing that clings to the glass fairly well. Color is a clear deep rusty-copper, amber.

S: Right off the bat is a strong toasted malt scent, followed by hint of sweet fruit and musty barnyard. Sweet smell is composed of brown rock candy, molasses, and dried apricot and peach.

T: Tastes of both piney hops and toasted malt. I would describe it as almost waves of malt and hops, cycling between the two as it lingers in your mouth. Getting flavors of yeast, coffee, molasses, malt, nice bright hops, and bits of dark, bitter chocolate. It finishes with a clean hops flavor that ultimately ends with a nice malty after-taste.

M: Well carbonated, but not overly so. Goes down easy and coats the mouth well.

D: Without being overly malty, or having a high ABV, I could definitely drink about three of these. But likely no more due to it's subtle sweetness.

I find the Domaine Dupage to be true to its style and quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 20:39:18 | More by gypsydeath
Photo of BigParty31


3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in Chimay goblet.

Appearance: 1 finger of head, beautiful deep amber/copper color, decent lacing

Smell: Noticeable malt sweetness, maybe a little bit of toastiness

Taste: Alcohol warmth but not overpowering, a little peppery, well-balanced sweetness and hop bite.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light and smooth on the tongue. A little sharpness from the carbonation.

Overall: Pretty tasty and enjoyable. I'm not very familiar with the style, but I'll definitely try more french country/bier de garde to get a better sense. Also, one of the prettiest amber/copper colors I've seen in a beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 00:15:19 | More by BigParty31
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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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