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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

1,254 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,254
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 37
Gots: 124 | FT: 0
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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 Josievan
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber in color. Little head to speak of.

Smell: Sweet caramel notes come out in the aroma.

Taste: Sweet malt and a doughy yeast taste. Caramel comes through, but less so than with the smell. Some other earthy flavors and maybe slight fruit notes that I can't quite pinpoint.

Mouthfeel: Very little carbonation makes this very smooth. Body is on the lighter side, but not too watery.

Drinkability: Nothing unpleasant here and interesting flavors. Having another might help me get a better grip on what exactly I'm tasting.

Notes: This was my first Biere de Garde and was not at all what I was expecting. I was assuming it would be a lighter wheat beer, along the lines of a saison. I'd say I'm neither disappointed, nor pleased. I'm mostly just intrigued, with this specific beer, and the style. I'll probably try this again at some point and might seek out another Biere de Garde to compare, even though this beer didn't blow me away.

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

Redish amber color. I got a nice head on this one but it doesn't stick around long.

Bready malt almost like a pie dough. caramel.

Toffee malts with some caramel at the end.

This beer is smooth. I'd say less than medium bodied.

It's not something I would get too excited about in the future but I can appreciate its quality and can understand why someone else might love it.

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

How weird best by 12/10/09 never had that happen before. Appears a slightly hazed amber hue with a nice creamy tawny off white head, leaves behind ample lacing with each sip fine scattered layers at that. Aroma has a nice vinous herbal flow to it with a touch of citrus hops but dominant bread like caramel roasted malts are the highlight of the nose. Flavor really hits with the sweetness upfront with caramel malt some heavy grainy Wheaties like flavors with semi bitter finish with some citrusand herbal hops carrying through in the finish. I get a nice fruity refreshing quality the whole time with a dry yeast and mild spiced finish. A really nice sessionable ale that packs massive layers of flavor, mouthfeel overall is smooth carbonation is moderate and natural body pulls off at least a medium ranking without overdoing any one area very balanced. Drinkability is sound in all regards I wish these guys would be more readily available for me, this Domaine DuPage was like a nice piece of crusted bread buttered perfectly with herbs sprinkled on top it was simplistic and perfect for the experience it's trying to pull off.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured golden copper into a snifter, with very little off-white head and no lacing. The smell was a little subdued for what I've grown accustomed to with this style; subtle earthiness, leather, and some spices (coriander?) and maltiness. The taste was a watered-down version of the smell, with even less coriander than before. The mouthfeel was a little on the thin side too. This beer needs a little work.

Photo of mirish72
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in a mixed sixer and it ended up being a nice surprise.

Poured into a Chimay goblet, had a nice copper color. Smells of bready, fruity sweetness. Carries a malty, yet balanced taste. Very easy to drink. Not too familiar with the style, but it definitely could be a nice session beer.

Photo of adamette
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken on or about 10 15 09, just prior to my Michigan beer trip. 5.9% ABV, $4.25 on tap at Ballantine in Willoughby, Ohio. Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass.

A Brown, orange body under a creamy head. 3.5

S Distant smell of maybe some bread. 3.5

T Distant tart, malt, muted with no hops. Aftertaste of slight tartness as well. 3.5

M Minimal syrupy feel. Late feel of some lingering stickiness. 3.5

D Fair to good but this is not my favorite style. 3.0

Notes: Rather forgettable Bier de Garde in my opinion, a style that does not inspire too much in me.

Photo of robbyc1
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful deep golden clear look with an off-white head that's 2 inches strong, great lace, really nice.

Strong nice sweetish bready malt and and minimal hops for this style.

The taste overdoes the nose, strong bready sweetness up front, bready, toffee, butterscotch, slight vanilla middle, finishes long and slightly sweet. The hops provide a bit of bitterness to balance the finish. One of my session beers for this style.

Heavy mouthfeel, creamy with refined carbonation.

Easy drinker, good for all year round drinking, the sweetness lends it as a good drinker with savory dinners. Yes, a nice one for this style.

Photo of jwhawkins81
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best by date on bottle 2/20/80

Aroma - Malts with spice, caramel, and wine like characteristics with underlying fruit notes.

Appearance - Light orange/amber or maybe more reddish yellow. Poured with a big tan head that tapered off to a collar. A good amount of carbonation but no lacing.

Taste - A bit of upfront that slips into a mellow malty bread flavor. In the middle there is something that is slightly off putting. It is hard to explain but it is almost plastic or chemical in nature. However the rest of the flavors I a sea of malty goodness. More a malty bread flavor than one that is overly sweet.

Notes - Feels very much like an old beer style. Good medium to heavy mouthfeel with good carbonation. However this doesn't seem to be the same beer I remember from before (reviewed on tap). I still have five more to go to figure it out but three of those are reserved for the cellar.

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

12oz bottle poured into a cervoise.

A - Auburn body with one finger of puffy taupe head.

S - Biscuit, golden raisin, brown sugar, fruity hops.

T - Toasty malts with some esters of light dried fruits - apricots, golden raisins, apples. Understated hops add enough bitterness for balance, but there is still a pleasant, honey-like sweetness that lingers on the palate.

M - Smooth, medium body; fine carbonation.

D - Solid. This is a good beer that will definitely make it into my rotation. I could drink several in a sitting.

Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery brown color with a ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

Sweet caramel malt, some straw, almost a chardonnay smell as well. Some toffee now coming through.

Rich and creamy caramel and toffee malt. Nice and lightly sweet and satisfying taste. Almost like drinking a caramel dessert. Creme Brulee like burnt caramel. Some custard.

Smooth, not quite medium in body. As mentioned, a nice slight creamy texture. Dry on the finish.

Damn tasty and damn drinkable. Goes down really well. I will have this again and know some friends who will love this as well despite not being huge craft drinkers. Nice beer that is easily available and nicely priced.

Photo of samie85
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a orangish amber color with a white head.

S- Really sweet smelling caramel candy. Dry apple cider aroma as it warms. A slight bit of alcohol, but barely there.

T- Again, very caramel-y, finishes with that dry cider-like quality. Not as sweet as it smells.

M-Pretty smooth and finishes with that dryness in the throat that lingers.

D- Pretty easy drinking. If the dryness factor wasn't as prevalent I could see myself enjoying a couple or three of these in a night.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of katan
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark amber color. Extremely clear, filtered. Like glass. Head formation is light, light white in color. Leaves behind a small film.

S - Lightly scented - just a bit of yeast spice and light malt notes. The wild yeast notes come through ever so slightly.

T - Starts off with just a bit of sweetness. Builds a pretty solid bitterness, which is combined with a very light amount of hopping. Some grassy hop bite. Finishes with an interested malt note, slightly roasted and toasted, caramel - seems like Vienna malt. Aftertaste is non-existent.

M - Moderate to strong body - a combination of a solid beer and a potent carbonation profile. Does leave behind a clinging sweetness.

D - Smooth to drink - goes down easy. ABV is manageable. Flavors are not overwhelming. Not filling.

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

Two Brothers never fails to please and DD advertised as their flagship I admire their boldness to treat us to an original flavor.

A-Dark rust with yellow bubbles leaving solid lacing and not too much head.

S-Yeast and fruit, alcohol punch.

T-Smooth and creamy, yeasty and fruit. Malt finish with twang of bitterness and sweet aftertaste.

M-Creamy and smooth.

D-Comfortable taste quenches my thirst and makes me thirsty for more.

Photo of AgentZero
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of Citadel82
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I found this brew to be a bit of a paradox.Good looking reddish ale cplor with a short-lived tan head. /a fruity sweet smell that is addictive, a sweet taste that is a sugary treat but wearisome after awhile. A tingly sweet mouthfeel that is like no biere de garde I have ever had all in all a study in contrasts. Perhaps les true to the style but enjoyable nver the less.

As I said above it ours a reddish amber with a tan head that left lots of delicate lacing.

Aroma was malty with little hop scent discernible.

Taste was fruity sweet. Yeasty, some apples some caramel, some burnt sugary noes, faint grassy hops that appear in the wake of all else. Complex and challenging...curiously addictive.

Mouthfeel is light and pleasant. Strongly effervescent at first later somewhat muted, The fizzineess makes a nice counterpoint to a complex if somewhat sweet beer.

drinkable yes but one and done is the watchword here. This is a nice brew to finish the night or a nice counterpoint to something really salty.... or a nice piece of good chocolate...

I liked this beer although it was a too sweet for my usual tastes...

Photo of ChopperSmith
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at The Village Pub in St. Anthony, MN.

Appearance: Nice clear dark amber/brown color, with a small head that recedes quickly with minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet, malty, spicy and yeasty. Very Belgian-like.

Taste: Sweet and malty with a nice yeast profile with some complex phenols...clove spice, cinnamon and caramel malts. Very similar to a good Belgian dubbel in flavor.

Mouth Feel: Medium body with lighter carbonation. Has a nice slippery yet clean feel on the tongue.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. It's like a lower ABV Belgian dubbel. I will definitely order this one on tap again if it's available.

Photo of matty
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of darklordlager
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear dark orange, with a small head that recedes to nothing.

Smell is of sweet layered malts, and spiced bread.

Taste is of spicy rich caramel malts, bready, with a pleasantly unique aftertaste that lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium-to-heavy. Quite a bit of sweetness here, but not cloying.

Drinkability: finished the bottle easily, might get too sweet after another. Definitely has a refreshing element to it though.

Kind of reminds me of a cross between a belgian dubbel and a wee heavy. Delicious.

Photo of longdivision
4.54/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Isaac's in Newtown.

A - An opaque, ruby burnt orange. Steady lacing throughout.

S - sweet, malty, with hints of sugar cane. flemish yeast.

T - Sweet up front but smoothes out to a yeasty almost tart/tang. Reminds me of Duchesse de Bourgone, belgian sour ale, without the sour part.

M - Pleasantly medium with a dry finish.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer as I had no idea what to expect. Unique and had me coming back for more. I'm going to look for this at my local store. Try one.

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

Pours brilliant orange-amber in color. Generous carbonation, but only a slight head that leaves no lacing.

Aroma is mild. Sweet toasted malt, along with a nice bit of citrus. Flowery notes and vague spices.

Taste is bready, toasted caramel malt. Subdued earthy hop bitterness. Quite nutty, woody, with tart apple, pear, and grape fruit esters. Finish is musty, holds minor yeasty spice and lingering toasted malt and apple.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, soft. Initially sweet and slightly syrupy, then it turns dry and tart.

Subtle and interesting. This is a style that I haven't had the opportunity to encounter very often. This beer is very flavorful and balanced resulting in a great drinkability as a session brew.

Photo of bmwats
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into the Duvel tulip/snifter.

A: Dark amber color. Very slight, bubbly white head. A little spotty lacing slowly recedes back into the body of the brew.

S: Light malty nose, and a little raspberry.

T: A little malt, a hint of sweetness, a little grassy, bitter hops. Also a lemon citrus.

M: Light body. The bitterness starts and finishes. A bit dry.

D: Very good sipping brew.

Solid atmosphere. Appearance is pretty good, but unspectacular; and basic but full nose. Really nice flavor, great balance of bitter and sweet all on a light malt base. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Photo of DawnL
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reddish Amber color with good head retention that will dissipate into a thin film.

The aroma is wine-like. Sour cherry - almost like the aroma of a tart red Burgundy.

There's a toasty flavor with caramel apple on the palate and a bruleed sugar character.

Oily mouthfeel.

Very tasty brew, however, I couldn't drink many of these. It's very mood and food specific.

Photo of fropones
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown pour with very minimal white head. Smells of grapes and oak. Taste is malty and nutty, almost like a brown ale without the body. Pretty refreshing. An aftertaste similar to grape rinds. Medium body with mild carbonation. Drinks nice, goes down good.

Photo of ThaBobfather
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light amber color with about an inch of medium/thin whitish head.
Smell is caramel with some malt and and a little spice.
Taste is pretty sweet with some malt and like bread quality to the spice.
Finish is wet but with a complex spiced/malt after-taste.
Drinks great, the body is a little thicker than I'd expect, but it's smooth.

Photo of DIM
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a slightly murky, peachy golden color. I couldn't coax more than a thin, soapy head out of this one.

s: Lightly bready with mild fruit notes of grape and apple along with some moderate farmhouse funk and delicate spiciness. Nothing leaps out of the glass here, but it all comes together extremely well.

t: As with the smell, there isn't a single overwhelming element here. Just a bunch of hints and suggestions that make this fun to decipher. At various times I tasted slightly sweet grapes and other fruits, mildly funky wet hay, some dry unidetifiable spices, and a few other things I don't have the vocabulary for.

m: Light but creamy carbonation works well with this one.

d: Very interesting overall, I liked this quite a bit. Never had anything else quite like it.

Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,254 ratings.