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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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very good

504 Reviews

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Reviews: 504
Hads: 1,395
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 46
Gots: 188 | 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:
Beer added by: zerk on 05-15-2002

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Reviews: 504 | Hads: 1,395
Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has some malts, a bit of sweetness. Taste is crisp, malts, grains, a bit of biscuit, light caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head over the cloudy coppery amber brew. Head lasts nicely, with plenty of bubbly lacing. Aroma is grains and light spicing. Taste is hearty grains, a touch of sour, and then closes with a touch of dry. Mouthfeel is great, smooth grains and tart working well together, and drinkability is excellent as well. Not sure if it's to style, but it's yummy, and that works for me.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Pig & Fiddle. L: Pours clear reddish amber under a ½” persistent cream colored foam collar that persists and produces Belgian window lace. S: Spicy, malty nose. T: Spice and malt with light fruit and a moderate hop accent. F: Very creamy medium body and carbonation. O: Well balanced and very drinkable.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best by 10/18/11. Thanks for the bottle Craig!

(A)- Pours a hazy amber color. Produced a nice cap of tan froth. Some lace.

(S)- A mildly amber-like malt sweetness. Bits of a toasted caramel and corn husk.

(T)- Again, a mildly toasted maltiness. Bits of a rustic nuttiness. Some more bits of a subtle toasty-like spice.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Sweet, toasty, and rich. Finishes clean.

(D)- Not bad. A nice rustic feel to it with an overall smooth body.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.07/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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

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Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours amber-copper with a thin off-white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Aromas are malty and sweet with toffee, vanilla, and toasted grain permeating the nose. Tastes are sweet, cloyingly sweet at times and towards the end. Notes of vanilla, toffee, toasted grains, caramel, brown sugar, raisin come to mind. Body is medium, creamy, and smooth with modest carbonation. Overall, it's delicate and pleasant but the sweetness gets to be too much towards the end. Still a nice offering from my local brewery.

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Photo of ccrida
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No freshness dating, but best if used by 3/29/2008 on label. Poured into my Harpoon IPA glass. Presented with a beautiful copper color. Fluffy white head that dissipated quickly into a thin skim; light consistent lacing throughout the session. Scent of hops (reminded me a little of MH #9). Taste was not what I expected - slightly more malt than hops, but also tasted a little skunky. Somewhat lively mouthfeel initially, but carbonation disappeared rather quickly, leaving somewhat of a flat, mellow mouthfeel; not at all crisp. Not bad, but somewhat middle of the road all and all.

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Photo of dar482
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in an amber mahogany.

The aroma has sweet caramel and malt. It’s very bready.

The flavor follows. It’s a malty beer with sweet caramel, but it’s pretty refreshing as well. It’s not cloying or too sweet, but very nutty and sweet bread.

It’s a tasty and easy drinking beer. I prefer a hoppier or less sweet beer, but this is a surely a great starter for those getting into craft.

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Photo of champ103
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark reddish/brown color. A small white head forms that recedes to nothing. Not much lace to speak of.
S: Malty sweet. Some caramel and bread/biscuit aromas. Lingering hops.
T: Follows the nose. Really sweet. Caramel, bread, and biscuit. A light grainy flavor. Hops lingering in the background.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Easy to drink. I can quaff a few with no problem.

Not bad at all. Enjoyable, but not a lot going on. Just a simple sweetness dominates. Worth a try.

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Photo of drpimento
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Interesting dichotomy here. The aroma is wonderful: very rich and aromatic. Lots of citrus, malt and a bit of hop. Flavor isn't so hot. Kind of a jumble. Bitterness dominates and results in a long finish. Makes me wish I was in France having one of theirs. Decent enough amber color. Not much head nor lace. Like many of the other dos Bro's beer better.

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Photo of ZAP
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Burnt orange in color..barely any head...soft malty nose...a little thin in the mouth...not real familiar with this style,so it's tough to rate...toasty malt tones, but they are faint...dry finish...I'm glad I tried it but not a beer style I would seek out again..

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Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: medium carbonation, small head, clear, light amber

Smell: malt, grass, alcohol, and apple

Taste: malt, sour bitter apple, pine, hops, small bit of an alcohol taste

Mouthfeel: sour, bitter, medium bodied, can feel the carbonation

Drinkability: In looking at the guidelines, this one meets the style fairly well. I am not sure if I would have another one, but I can see this being sessionable for someone who likes the style.

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Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was on tap in Hyde Park. Notes are from two days ago.

The off-white head of this copper-colored brew retains fairly well and leaves thin lines of lacing in the glass.
There's a toasted malt with a nice sweetness on the nose with some tart apple and a gentle spice. Hops aroma is very, very light.
There's a little less sweetness in the flavor, though it does contribute to the flavor pretty favorably. The back is all malts with toasted breads and grains with spices and tart green apple.
This one's got a nicely rounded-out crisp and smooth mouthfeel. The body is medium.
This one's a pretty nice brew and was helpful in easing me into an unfamiliar style.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.8/5  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.

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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.