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

1,336 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,336
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 39
Gots: 167 | FT: 1
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Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: zerk on 05-15-2002

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Photo of match1112
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice clear dark amber/copper body a off white head rises to a finger and a half tall before settling to a frothy cap with decent retention and lacing. nose is mainly big bready malts with hints of biscuits and caramel. the tongue picks up some apple and pear along with a well balanced amount of hops. goes down nice and creamy smooth with a short clean finish. this is a good beer that pairs well with anything i eat with it. highly recommended.

Photo of buschbeer
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is reddish orange with amber highlights. It yielded one inch of tan head.

S - I get some light fruit aromas, apple and pear. I also get some barnyard aromas.

T - Light fruits are up front. I get some peach. I get a wild yeast flavor as well.

M - Medium with a lot of carbonation.

O - It's a decent beer. There is nothing remarkable about it, but it is worth a try.

Photo of Treebs
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in a pilsner glass. Best by date of 3/25/12.

A: Pours a dark amber body with dark golden edges. A two finger, off-white head forms on the pour and has some pretty decent retention, although it only leaves some splotchy, soapy lace.

S: There is a slight yeasty backdrop that holds a subtle malty sweetness, some grassy/hay like hops and a little bit of tree fruit.

T: The taste pretty much follows the nose with a more forward caramel-esque malt bill. There is some nice pale malts as well with the same light fruit and grassy hops.

M: Excellent carbonation with a light body, but the flavors don't really linger too long on the palate.

O: This is a light, refreshing beer that has an above average drinkability. While the flavors were mostly subtle it still had a nice taste and I could drink several in one sitting.

Photo of output01x
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Best By 03/15/12) into a snifter glass.

A slow pour yields a 1-finger cream-colored head that slowly fades to a thin, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a hazy strawberry orange with a good amount of large, energetic carbonation bubbles. Some light lacing can be seen temporarily clinging to the sides of the glass throughout consumption.

The nose is rather yeasty but has some nice citrus hops and sweet, malts aromas as well. Notes of pears, peaches, and apple juice give this beer a very subtle yet appealing quality.

Every aroma is immediately reintroduced to your senses (except this time as flavors!) as soon as this beer hits your tongue. Asian pear, yellow peaches, and some golden delicious apple all make for a very sweet, fruity experience. As this beer is swallowed, the sweet, biscuity malts really come out and add a good complexity to the light fruit flavors. The finish on the beer isn't exactly dry but is definitely lacking. There is no real evolution in the flavors between sips, which is rather unfortunate.

Light to medium bodied with very active carbonation, this beer is oddly not as refreshing as one would expect. The body is just light enough to allow the flavors to remain delicate. The carbonation fizzes away on your tongue at every point during the sip and almost gives this beer a sparkling quality.

Photo of CBlack85
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JAYBLACK for this one

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe glass

The beer pours a cloudy orange/rust color and has about three fingers worth of frothy white head that recedes quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

The nose is rather subdued, consisting mainly of bready malts, some weak fruity notes (apple, pear, peach), and a nice yeast character that rounds everything out making it rather pleasant.

The flavor is much the same as the nose; bits of caramel, bready malts, tart fruit, a slight spiciness, and a fair amount of belgian yeast character. Medium bodied and well carbonated, the beer feels prickly on the tongue; ultimately the beer is supremely drinkable.

Overall, the beer is very enjoyable and easy to drink. Light in flavor, yet complex enough to keep you wanting more. I wish this was available in my area...

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.49/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

Photo of KDawg
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from tap and poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber color with a small head that disappears fast

very good aromas that are more malty along with grains and citrus aromas

very good medium body with a nice smooth feel. Lacking a bit on the mid and finish but with good flavors of malts and citrus'

This is usually a good go to for me. Very good and enjoyable and easy to drink.

Photo of unclejazz
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally got around to reveiwing one of my beer for your buck favorites. i am glad there is another great brewery coming out of the midwest.

A-This is a great copper color and just a bit cloudy. A 1/2 finger head that quickly went away and left very little lacing. There is a low but steady carbonation that i am sure will lend itself to good moutfeel.

S-one of the best things about this ale is the toasted notes that remind me of a fall harvest: pumkin, sweet potato, pine, coriander, and tea leaves.

T-this is an ale with a bite that seems to hit at just the right moment. Just when you think you are going to be unimpressed, there it is. eat sip leaves just enough flavor for me to want one sip more. Its starts out sweet and turns bitter before an unagi finish. very well layered.

M-There is still carbonation in the last half of this bottle and i would assume it is due to active yeast> Thanks yeast, old friend.

O-I keep an eye out for this and have a corner spot of my mixed six reserved for this one. I am excited about exploring all of the Two brothers varieties that are becoming available to the NY area.

Photo of ferrari29
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from a bottle into a Conical shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with a deep amber, slightly reddish colored body; well-carbonated; off-white, creme colored head forms; frothy and about one finger in size; held well; streaky lacing

S - Light caramel malt character, with a touch of spice; bit airy; nutty brown ale nose

T - Very sweet caramel and brown sugar taste upfront; dark fruit flavors, like figs, raisin and dates; malt flavor washes out pretty quickly and finishes with a hop and grass flavor; nutty with a touch of rye and grains

M - Kind of a thin body; effervescent; sweet lingering caramel taste; not much hop bitterness to this one

D - Good taste and easy to enjoy; light flavor profile characteristics make this beer enjoyable any time of the year; I will admit that this is definitely a hard beer to make out

Photo of tobelerone
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.

Photo of Schneic8
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug. Best by date of 1/29/12.

Appearance: Poured a burnt orange/copper color. Had a nice had that was slightly off white and little lacing. Kind of foggy.

Smell: Fruity apple smell. I get the sweetness of apple cider. Caramel as well.

Taste: Strong fruit flavor, similar to the smell. Sweet aftertaste. I also get a hint of dark fruits like raisin and spices.

Mouthfeel: Slight crispness in the beginning that sites well. It is smooth and finishes that way. There is the slight sweetness at the end that lingers.

Overall: This is a good beer that is easy to drink. It is a little too sweet for what I enjoy. I like the relatively mild carbonation and smoothness. I also like the rustic fell to it as well.

Photo of misterlimey
4.84/5  rDev +27%
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.

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

Bought a 12 fl oz. bottle from Paddy O' Fegan's in Chicago, IL for $5. Poured from the bright orange colored bottle w/ a farm pathway enclosed in a circle on the front into a 12oz Brasserie D'Achoufee Tulip Glass. Has then BEST BY 11/29/11 on the side.

Aroma- Has a light caramel aroma and tons of malt/sweetness. Very light hop aroma (if any) but the entire aroma is based around this sweet aroma.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that stays for almost the entire time! Has a dark amber colored body with a hazy background. Leaves thick lacing afterwards!

Flavor- Very sweet, tons of caramel in the taste here again. Has very light hops in the taste but noticeable. A light-medium hop bitterness finishes this one off them.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonation, Smooth, and very easy attributes all around. Doesn't leave much on the palate since it is very sweet and malt dominant.

Overall Impression- A fantastic Biere de Garde! I actually haven't had this style in a while, so it was nice to remember how much I like this style. My second brew from Two Brothers and am a HUGE fan of theirs! Go for this if you can find it.

Photo of socon67
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a shiny copper color. Some carbonation is noted, and a forthy biege foam on top.

S - Sweetness of caramel, and a scent of belgian yeastiness. A slight toastred malt smell is also noted.

T - Flavors that are sweet with cherries & caramel. Combines with yeast and has a bit of a hoppy finish. Some bitterness at the end and a boozy kind of burn as well.

M - Ranges from sweet to astringent. Complex but smooth drinker.

O - A good try from an american brewer on a biere de garde. Interesting enough to try again.

Photo of lurpy1
2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

First sampling of a Two Brothers beer. Pours a pretty enough orange, with a little bit of head, but once I get down to enjoying the beer, there's just no there there. Nothing unpleasant aromatically or tastewise, just bland. VERY bland. Left a strong impression the brewers were afraid of the flavors they were using. More power to the hundreds that have positive feelings for this beer. I just didn't get it.

Photo of Arsenal11
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

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

Clear amber. Head is fine and bone-white. Didn't get any notable lacing with this bottle.

Nose is bready and toasty, with some caramel malts in there.

Flavor is sweet up front, followed by a light citrus hops finish.

Quite tasty and refreshing. I think I need to try another, if that's any indication.

Photo of ElizabethCraig
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Black Sparrow in Lafayette, IN

Color/Appearance: a VERY clear medium red/amber. Little to no head - white in color and quickly dissipating leaving some lace behind.

Scent is a mild roasty malt scent with rich caramel notes.

Alcoholly-toased almond to amid-caramel roasted taste. Shifts as warms to lemony hops and a dry lemon finish. Moderately carbonated.

Photo of beagle75
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with one finger of cinnamon-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Gummy with complex carbohydrates--bread and cracker is redolent in the smell of this beer. Brown malt injects just a bit of roast that marries well with the heavy presence of aromatic malt.

T: Begins fairly sweet, with malt that is straightforward bready to start, but yielding some impressive and precocious umami after a few beats. Acidity is restrained into the middle where grains morph into some mellow fruit that reminds of pears, apples, and white grapes--all dried. The delicate roast from the smell emerges toward the finish, featuring mild to moderate bitterness and an equally understated transient tartness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly creamy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer's marketing is very era-appropriate--ten years ago, it would have been labeled an "amber" without another look, but now the label seeks to appeal to our burgeoning awareness of the table beers bearing some nebulous nationality. In all truth, any comparison to New Belgium's ubiquitous Fat Tire ale is appropriate, but the comparer must admit that this is re-tooled with an eye toward depth. The two beers are similar, and both are probably equally approachable and user-friendly. The difference is the real depth present here, with layers of roast and umami underneath the heavy biscuit that makes this so much more repeatable.

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.

Photo of kevinconroy
1.84/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

This beer is awful. It claims to be a french style country ale. If a French style country ale means brown ale, then yes this is a french style country ale.

This brewery obviously did no research on true authentic biere de garde. I was expecting to get a little sour, a little sweet, reddish hue in color beer. This beer just turned out to be a bellow average brown ale at best. It tasted like a glorified newcastle.

Next time why don't you try a french style country ale before you try and make one because if i did know any better this brewery just puts what ever they feel like on their labels. This is the second beer I have had from two brothers and will most certainly be my last.

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

Best by 9/18/11 consumed 8/13/11

A - Pours a clear light amber with one finger of quickly dissipating head. Very little lacing left behind.

S - caramel malts and apples, with a bit of apple cider.

T - quite a bit of fruit in the taste, but also a nice earthiness. Again fruit is mostly apple but some dark dried fruits as well.
Nice earthy dry finish. Malts are both caramel and biscuit. Some nice spicing as well.

M - Medium mouthfeel, slightly sticky.

O - overall a very nice beer. Seems like every beer that I have had in this style is quite different, so I have no idea how well this fits the style, but his is a nice easy drinking brew.

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

Smells of thick malts, bringing a brown sugar syrup aroma to the forefront, with hints of toasted grains just underneath. Most of these grain smells hint towards light toasted, but I seemed to detect just a hint of chocolate malt. A slight, fresh rosewater quality rounds out the nose.

On the tongue, the beer sports a sweet fullness, with apricot and butter flavors intermingling with brown sugars and caramels. A nice bitter hoppy background fuzz provides the perfect complement, tempering the sugars with just a touch of sour grapefruit, and a hint of rosewater. The sugars last well into the mouthful, peeling off near the end to expose a toasted grain base. The aftertaste carries all of the primary flavors, and lasts for quite some time, wavering between sweet and hoppy bitter.

Overall, while it may be true that this beer doesn't adequately represent the flavors present in a French-style Country Ale, it is still a well-flavored and nicely balanced brew, and worth a taste.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer is copper in color, primarily transparent, white head of fairly dense bubbles of 2cm. Head dissipates quickly, leaving no noticeable lacing. Nothing wrong, but nothing special.

Primarily a grainy, multi-grain bread-like malt scent mixed with some other interesting, less identifiable esters, including a bit of farmhouse-must or -funk. Interesting, somewhat adventurous and playful, but would also appreciate a bit more aggressiveness here.

Taste opens with some fairly intense caramel malt, mingled with mild hop presence that is largely floral. This transitions to a heavier malt flavor with some herbal components . Finish is of semi-spicy hops and light malt.

Medium bodied, with light but ascertainable carbonation, this sits just right with me. Finish is fairly dry, but a bit sticky, as I would expect with a beer with so noticeable a malt component.

This is a flavorful, unique, medium-bodied beer that I could easily drink more than a few of in one session. Then note that it's at the lower end of the price and ABV spectrum these days, and I find this a very drinkable and enjoyable beer. I particularly enjoyed this one after dinner, so perhaps a very good digestif?

Photo of RHCP313
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured at fridge temperature from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint. Bottle dating reads: Best by 12/7/11.

A: Pours a clear brightly filtered, but burnt orange garnet color. Brighter than I expected. A thick tan head builds to about two fingers and recedes to a creamy, but thin-sitting crown of tan head. A nice looking beer. Looks like some good thick lacing.

S: A quick sour funk up front, followed by ripe figs with some fruity yeast in back. Buiscuity, with a bit of spice would make this a great Autumn beer. I wouldn't say it smells 'delicious' per se, but for the style it seems appropriate.

T: Starts a little thin up front but develops some creamy malt and bready, buiscuity notes. There is some funky yeast that works with subtle dry raisin and minor spicy flavor. Hops take a second seat to the bready malts here.

M: Oddly refreshing. Medium body with nice, consistent carbonation let the flavors work to the back of my palate. A bit creamy up front and in the middle and finishes with clean flavor.

O: This is a beer I expected to drink like a heavier Autumn brew, but had some thinner properties that made it more sessionable than I expected. I like the combination of earthy malt but I was missing the stronger lingering, robust flavors of the style. A well done beer that was very easy to drink with nice flavors, but they were a bit thinned out.

Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,336 ratings.