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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
86
very good

1,087 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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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:
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(Beer added by: zerk on 05-15-2002)
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Style: Bière de Garde
ABV: 5.90 %

LOOK: Somewhere between deep copper and amber. Fine clarity.

SMELL: Malty, with some caramel and toffee notes. Subtle floral aromas as well.

TASTE: Toasted caramel malts, pine and herbal tea like hops, and slightly bready. Mild fruity flavor and downplayed sweetness.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Clean finish.

OVERALL: A nice simple table beer, would pair just fine with an appetizer of cheeses and light citrus vinaigrette based club salad.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 23:26:13 | More by Stinkypuss
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Domaine DuPage not only sounds but also looks perfectly suited to be at the table for a classic, multi-course French meal. It has a classy mahogany tone and appreciably clean, if not glassy, complexion that offers up amber highlights when held against a bright backdrop. Even its head, a slim and fashionable crown of lace, looks swank and dashing.

The aroma is a unique blend of caramel, lightly charred oak, dried fruits, wild honey, toasty croutons and just a drop of alcohol. It's the kind of bouquet that lends itself to a laundry list of flavours and constantly warrants attention to see how the smells develop with time and air. And it's as intimidating as it is particular, showcasing unexpected strength.

The beer's flavour is decadently rich (again, perfectly in line with the French theme). It has the same richness as a high-fat cream and all the sweetness of a creme brulee. While I immediately start thinking of pot-au-feu or roast game or something sauteed in bacon grease, I can't help but wonder if this could work with dessert as well...

You be the judge: flavour specifics include roasted chestnut, honey-glazed pecan, French oak, baked apple, raisin and date, caramel, dried cranberry and a sugar and cream (creme brulee) combination. It's underlying sweetness is cut short by a brief but stern hoppiness. It has a clean, lager-like disposition despite all the musty, woodsy flavour and scent.

I can't help but close my eyes and see visions of musty cellars, crumbling corks and dusty bottles, stone bridges, a log on the fire, strong cheeses, the sounds of an accordion, a poetic language, warm scarves and the inexplicable desire to make love. If it can instill all that it stands to reason Domaine DuPage is one of the strongest examples of the Biere de Garde style commercially available. Thanks Sam for the beer (and vacation)!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 22:53:59 | More by biegaman
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 00:54:52 | More by superspak
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

11-22-2011 22:21:50 | More by brandoman63
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plaid75

New York

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

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured a toasted caramel.

The taste was likewise toasty with an earthy and grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a tasty and easy to drink country ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2010 20:15:44 | More by plaid75
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

01-17-2013 00:45:10 | More by Gonzoillini
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

05-24-2014 00:28:49 | More by Latarnik
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a clear deep amber with a somewhat truncated head that splits off into islands of thin bubbly froth. Something weird, but nice, in the aroma. Like Rosemary or Sage or something. I think it's Rosemary. (I had a Farmhouse ale that used Rosemary at PizzaPort in Solona Beach, CA, and this seems similar to that.) This beer is a real refreshing change from all of the typical beer styles. It is very nice. Not often do you find French Style Country Ales available at the local package store. Thus, I'm having a hard time describing the taste. I would say it has quite a unique herbal quality. A healthy dose of grainy notes. And a nice bitter hop finish. Easy drinking for 5.9 a/v. Damn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2002 21:34:55 | More by Bighuge
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-20-2013 02:25:24 | More by PEIhop
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 00:26:58 | More by chinchill
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dirtylou

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Woodman's

best by 3/25/06

appearance: pours a clear amber-copper, very little in the way of an off white head to accompany the body, very slight rimmed lacing

smell: very toasty - grain, whole wheat. medium-thick caramel malt, very buttery, quite bready, a splash of citrus, touch of honey

taste: well this isn't what i would typically think of when seeing the style labeled as "saison"...this lacks much of the yeast and spice I have been accustomed to. the taste on this one is of toasted grain, whole wheat bread, sweet and thick caramel malts, buttered biscuit, honey, toffee, very faint chocolate, mild citrus hops dancing around beneath all the grain

mouthfeel: medium-light, herbal and toasty

drinkability: very drinkable, not par to style, but tasty nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 02:26:45 | More by dirtylou
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle at the Winking Lizard in Columbus. I've had this and many other Two Brothers beers while in Chicago visiting family, so this wasn't a virgin bottle.

The beer is dark reddish brown with a thin head that maintains well. The aromas are on the malty side, some caramel, just a little hops (herbal), and maybe a touch of spice (I don't know which ones). The taste is sweet and malty, earthy, and worty in general. Nice, not my favorite style, but it's good.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 10:57:05 | More by TurdFurgison
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scruffwhor

Illinois

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

Appearance- Pours a golden, amber orange and some good, constant bubbling. The head is about one-and-a-half fingers with decent retention. Eventually leaves a good, thick white film. Lacing is prettyy fleeting.

Smell- Spicy, semi-vinous character with medium to light hop aroma background. Lightly spiced caramel malts play around as well.

Taste- Starts out slightly toasty sweet for a fleeting moment, and then quickly builds to a medium pitch of tasrtness to almost sour levels. With a hoppy, yet herbal finish.

Mouthfeel- Dry, and very lingering.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2006 04:40:59 | More by scruffwhor
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ccrida

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Schell's shaker pint, Domaine DuPage is a dull chestnut with a small off-white skim leaving no lace.

Smell is semi-sweet, some spiciness, complex stylistically.

Taste is classically aligned as a BdG,a nice caramel sweetness, some esters, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel is light, clean.

Drinkability is good, this is a well executed, clean BdG, with the classic notes to satisfy.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 03:50:06 | More by ccrida
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy, dark orange beer with a half inch of creamy head. Modest retention and lacing.

Aroma is fairly sweet and fruity, with noticeable bitterness. A faint metallic note is detected underneath.

Taste follows the nose, although the bitterness is more prominent than expected. Very much a traditional European style hoppiness. Other than that the flavor is mostly sweet and malty, lightly fruity, and with that odd metallic undercurrent encountered in the aroma.

Carbonation is good, body is medium-thin, sort of a short and snappy finish. Refreshing but not as much as I'd hoped. This brewery makes 2 beers (at least) that are even more quenching and drinkable: the Dog Days Dortmunder style and the Ebel's Weiss. Domaine Dupage is nice but simple and unexceptional, saved to a degree by its unexpected bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 02:34:27 | More by tobelerone
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
24 IBU, 5.9% ABV, Best by date of 4/8/12 on label.

A - Pouring a clear ruby-copper color, Domaine DuPage has a stunning brilliance but a not-so-stunning head. Low and cream-colored, it's got moderate retention for it's small stature and little bits of lacing clinging to the glass.

S - Very lightly acidic and sour, this beer is mild on the aroma with very earthy malts of a small touch of caramel and toffee. Sweet, lingering fruit esters arise and remind of plum and dry fig newton. Reminiscent of Quad yeast, actually.

T - Deliciously malty sweet but balanced with both light toffee and caramel and a strong dark fruit ester to it. A bit of plum and cherry with a light apricot dance around as it cleans out with a mild hop presence on the finish. Very faintly sour and dry bitterness comes across as it finishes with a light oak wood flavor.

M - Strong carbonation prickles the tongue and bites at the throat on the way down. This medium-bodied, perhaps slightly funky, French-style ale is well balanced and finishes dry and faintly bitter.

O - Malt strong but well balanced, hops really only provide bittering balance that lasts through the finish. Complexity hides deep within this oak-laced beer giving it supreme drinkability, something to savor and sip, exploring it's depth.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 16:43:58 | More by BeerFMAndy
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I drank this from a bottle into a pint glass.

This beer poured a copper/amber, fairly clear with a good white head, and very solid lacing.

The aroma is light fruity apricots but thats about it. Taste is a lot of yeasty and white wine characters. Just weird, confusing and not very good.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 20:21:37 | More by jrallen34
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

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

Bottle opened on 9.20.12.

A - Pours a light amber-brown with a foamy light tan head that lasts a while.

S - Spicy and oaky.

T - Lots of spice, wood, burnt spices and Belgian yeast.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body and a spicy finish.

O - Oaky and spicy, leaving a tingle on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 07:11:22 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark brownish-amber color with a medium cream-colored head. Decent lacing. The aroma is mildly toasted malt and caramel. Light-bodied and smooth with a kind of low amount of carbonation. The flavor is a little tart but overall a mild blend of malt, bread, hops and caramel. The finish is very smooth, making for a fairly good session beer overall. I would get this again but it's a little simple in places.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2004 19:13:00 | More by Dogbrick
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flagmantho

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium brown hue with a fair amount of haze to the body. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam. Overall, a nice looking beer!

Smell: sweet malt with a light fruity quality which makes this beer smell almost exactly like sweetened iced tea. It's a little bizarre, but the aroma is so interesting that I have to say I quite like it.

Taste: biscuity malt flavor with a little bit of fruity sweetness. The toasty, biscuity malt quality, while integral to the sweet-tea character, is just a little bit overemphasized in the flavor for my taste. Aside from that, this is a pretty decent brew.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a rather nice creaminess. I like it.

Overall: yes, this beer employs a biscuity malt character which I don't love. However, it is well put-together and, for a beer as biscuity as this, is not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 21:00:24 | More by flagmantho
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Vintage Estates for $1.89

A - A hard pour produced a 1/4 inch of opaque colored head that fizzes quickly to a lace ring. Color is a dark amber brown with Christmas blast of yeast floaties.

S - Ah similar to a Flemish Sour I get tart lemon with mild caramel or toffee malt rounding out some sweetness. I search a bit for hops...

T - Taste is much less sour than I expected or wanted. It does taste overall balanced with mild lemon and sour mixed with some sweet caramel and toffee like malts. Hops in the finish are subtle but round out the overall flavor.

M - Light to medium but to me could use more carbonation.

Overall not a bad Bière de Garde. Plenty of toasted malt, sour, and sweet malts to make it very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 04:04:20 | More by DrDemento456
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, mellow gingerbread note, but very faint. Inthe aroma, a faint earthiness and a small spice, but thin. A small spice bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry spice in the aftertaste. OK, but really nothing notable.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 17:03:58 | More by OWSLEY069
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Reddish color with decently sized 1 1/2 finger head that disappeared quickly. No real lacing at all.

S - Got some belgian yeast in there. Very sweet smelling with a nice amount of spice and some malts.

T - I get a lot of clove in this one and belgian yeast. Find it to be kind of like a nice double but a little too sweet for my liking. Gets a little sour at the end.

M - Medium-light bodied with a kind of emptyish feel on the top. Decent carbonation.

D - Easily drinkable, but I'm not huge on the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2009 18:58:11 | More by AgentZero
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best by 3/7/08. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours amber with a half-inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. The beer has a sweet and slightly sour fruity aroma, it smells like caramel, apple, citrusy hops and vinegar. Tastes like apple, caramel, lemon peel, bread, bittering hops and a bit of funk. Overall the taste is a bit on the weak side. Mouthfeel/body is a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's smooth and not hard to drink. I don't recall having a beer of this style before, so I son't really have anything else to compare it to. I can't say it's one of my favorites, but it's not bad. I'll have to try this one again and similar beers in the future just to get a better grasp of it. But yeah, I'd try it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 02:29:24 | More by bluejacket74
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful light golden coppery orange color, slightly opaque with little yeasties floating around, thin off-whitish cream colored head that fades to a thin ring and minimal spotty lace. Smells like an open field of grains with some nice little malty sweetness, dry, subtle, thin caramel notes behind. Taste is mild, pleasing, and subtle, lightly toasty with lightly dry biscuity tone and buttery sweetness, nice little grab of breadish yeast thats quite favorable on the palette. A mild drying woody hop finishes off this subtle masterpiece with enticing notes of grains and rice. Feel is medium bodied with a favorable little creamy start, adds soft thin grainyness and the finish is lightly crisp with a nice fluffy drying that fades well. A pleasant subtle beer with lots of thin layers and complexity. A good drinker and quite enjoyable, a great session beer. Thanks goes out to jeffboo for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2003 18:17:48 | More by tavernjef
Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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