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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Ratings: 1,226
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 37
Gots: 110 | 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 mikereaser
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a murky orangish brown with a fine layer of bubbles on the surface

S - i'm picking up aromas of oranges & raspberries along with bready grain

T - sweet malt, grain and hints of honey and lemon

M/D - kind of bland tasting, not as flavorful as I was hoping for. I probably won't pick up another

Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of off-white head on a perfectly clear, amber-brown body. The head settles very quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Rich malt with light toasty notes and a hint of caramel.

T - Sweet and malty up front with bread and toasted malt. Flavors intensify in the middle with more toast and some light carmel. The finish is malty with some slightly woody notes.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The rich malt character is the defining characteristic of this beer. Nothing overly complex, but that is par for the style. The relative dryness of the finish helps with drinkability, but the malt could become a bit cloying if this were more than a 12oz bottle. A nice example of an unusual style.

Photo of Darius75
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of BellsFan
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance = It poured from a twelve ounce bottle with a small head that quickly dissipated without leaving any lacing on the glass.

Smell = It has a rich caramel nose that is pleasant

Taste = the taste is also rich in caramel that seems too strong at first but then quickly dissipates leaving a nice finish. A toasted caramel is also evident.

Mouthfeel = adequate carbonation in conjunction with the thick caramel almost balance each other.

Drinkability = this is an easy drinker but not quite a session beer because of the thick caramel taste and mouth feel.

Overall I like it and would purchase another sixer.

Photo of Birchgrove77
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Two Brothers Tap House 03/28/09

A: Served in a tulip glass. Amber with reddish hues. Very faint, off-white head about 1/8 inch tall that did not stick around at all. Didn't notice much carbonation.

S: Very sweet, some caramel malt presence. A bit of mulled orange character with a faint spicy nose. Some alcohol and a very faint toasted grain character.

T: Difficult to describe because it seemed like there was quite a bit going on. Some syrupy sweetness, a caramel and toasted malt character that left a little bit of a nutty character on my tounge. Almost cloyingly sweet to my palate, previous beer was a Wit, but thi actually paired very well with my dinner. I'd try this again, but wasn't super impressed with it.

D: I'm surprised this is only a 6% beer. Seemed to have a bit more alcoholic character to it. Paired with a burger or nice sandwich, this was an excellent beer. I found it to malty sweet, but this may be good on hot summer day.

Photo of confer
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark copper, no head at all, looked like a glass of wine.

S- Mostly I smell alcohol with a trace of sweet fruit. When first opened it smells like cream soda.

T- I didn't know what to expect as I never had a French Style Country Ale. There wasn't very much fruit flavor on a dull alcohol taste.

M- Dry and totally without carbonation.

D- Not for me. Other ales that came in the variety case were all much better.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. best by of 3/20/09. poured into tulip.

deep brownish amber with orange tones. slight haze from yeast. fluffy tan head fades to wispy layer. some lacing but i wish for more.

aroma starts with caramel and apple, with very gentle phenols bringing out sage and parsley. hints of hay and a trace of barn or farmhouse character.

subtle acidity throughout carries you through the flavor spectrum, from caramel maltiness, to apple, pear and white grape, to spices and herbs, with grassy hop and mild bitterness, onto gentle phenols with another hint of farmhouse.

not too thin, almost approaches light syrup. moderate, complimentary carbonation.

so far, my favorite traditionally styled biere de garde. none of that cloying sweet character to the malt. instead, this has a well balanced caramelized maltiness, complimenting all the other characteristics in the flavor and aroma profile.

frankly, i'm surprised that so many actual french attempts at their own indigenous style can't seem to match this american version's superior balance of complexity and drinkability.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a semi-opaque brown with a small off-white head with decent retention but no lacing.

S: Smells very malty with notes of slight hop, yeast, and a small fruitiness.

T: Lots of malts that give sweetness to the palate turning into an almost grainy and bread taste accompanied by some dark fruit turning into malt once again.

Overall: Mouthfeel was nothing special but well carbonated and enjoyable. Very drinkable, I'm no expert on the style but I found it very drinkable.

Photo of brentk56
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color with a modest head that leaves a few dots of lace

Smell: Sweet pears and caramel, with an earthy aspect

Taste: Opens with a toasted malt and caramel flavor that adds pear and fig fruitiness by mid-palate, after the swallow, a balancing bitterness arrives though the fruit is ultimately dominant

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to low carbonation

Drinkability: A very interesting beer that is refreshingly drinkable; really like the balance

Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark amber to copper. Noticeably clear. Thin layer of head with absolutely no lacing.

S: Sweet malts and bread. Only a hint of hops.

T: Sweet malt on the front end with a faint, but distinct sourness. Fruity. Finishes with more malt and a slight bit of hops.

M: medium body.

D: good drinkability. Certainly enjoyed this beer and could see easily pairing well with a number of different foods. Would purchase again and would like to try on tap. I expected this beer to be "on lees," but it is crystal clear and not overly yeasty by any means.

Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in my La Fin Du Monde tulip.
A -The color is rose tinged golden like a beautiful bronze. The head is about an inch of light tan, no lace and the bead is very fine

S - A mild dark grain aroma w/ whiffs of noble hops that are earthy and spicey. The aroma is bready w/ a crisp dry malt smell
M - A relatively highly carbonated and semi-dry per style w/ light honeyed malt sweetness. The feel is crisp, med bodied and gently spiced w/ mild acidity

T - The malt flavor is light toast like biscuit and honey and there is a light white grape fruit element w/ a grainy cereal quality. The toasted malt has a light creamy flavor and the yeast give a bit of honey and sweet fruit effect w/ a hint of herbal hop flavor for good measure. The vinous notes make this interesting combined with the toasty creamy maltiness

D - I really love this beer for the simplicity, drinkability and flavor, but it is easy to drink mostly and I don't really notice 5.9% you could have fooled me if you said it was 6%. I would definitely order this if I saw it on draft

Photo of Beejay
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A beautiful golden brown with a nice bit of white head on top.. Sure looks good.

S: Sweet, and toasty.. Like freshly buttered toast with raspberry jam.

T: Sweet, fruit notes, very clean. Yeasty and just a kiss of hops in the finish

M: Clean and crisp.

D: Very nice, not sure if it is something I could do everyday, but overall very pleasant indeed.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy, yellowish and orangish body with an off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing behind. A few yeast bits float around throughout the body. Looks ok.

Light citrus with some pretty big malt sweetness on the nose.

Taste is sweet with some pale malts and a little bit of citrusy hops. Tastes a lot like a blonde to me actually.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Decent drinability.

Photo of PirateUlf73
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Beautiful clear, crimson hue. White head dissipated quickly, but it may have been a bad pour on my part.

S: Crisp and fruity nose, akin to freshly picked apples. Light caramel notes and faint yeasty twang.

T: Sturdy malt sweetness, but not overpowering. Mild to medium hop bitterness adds crispness. A little apple-like tartness as well. Overall, mild yet enjoyable.

M: Lighter side of medium-bodied. Moderately carbonated and finishes clean, with a faint, slightly tart aftertaste.

D: Very versatile. Equally suited to be sessionable or a sipper.

"Refreshing" is the key word here. Interesting flavors and superb construction lend to its sublime mouthfeel and quaffability. At first taste, this one came off as a hybrid of several styles, but as time passed I realized that it was superb when judged by its own merits. An interesting venture from Two Brothers. I'm eager to see other American brewers tackle this style.

Photo of rasta16ry
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My buddy picked this up and we drank it while watching "In Bruges", a pretty good movie.

Poured it into a stemless wine glass, and it poured an amber-type color with a small head on it. The smell was pretty nice, a little fruity but mild and malty. Definitely not too strong-smelling.

The best thing I felt about this beer was that it was very drinkable. That being said, it was very mild and not too complex. The flavors were there, especially some yeast and spice, but overall the mouthfeel was a little light in the loafers and it was not especially earthy - the bitterness at the end was the more prominent. More than anything I was just expecting a stronger flavor of malt and earth in the beer, and it wasn't really there. Drinkable and perhaps a good session beer, but not something I would go out of my way to get again.

I hesitate to say this was a bad beer, because it definitely wasn't. In fact, the more I think about it the more understated its qualities actually were, which maybe makes it a better drink. However there are just other bières de garde that I'd rather have.

Photo of CheeseTurds
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The first whiff was fruit/herby kinda like some potpourri my mom used to make, but these aromas weren't just reminded me of it. The taste is a little tangy but certainly drinkable. Color, head, carbonation are all very pleasing. I realized that this isn't a style I'm very familiar with. I'm not sure I've had anything like it before. It's definitely a style I could stick with for an entire evening of drinking.

oh yeah...the bottle had a "Best By" date of 3 weeks before I drank it. Didn't really seem "off" tasting to me, though.

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to BrewerB for this one.

Best By: 1/12/09

Poured into a goblet a very nice golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice foamy one-finger plus off-white head, with some nice small islands/sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with very slight yeast, pears, slight spice. The taste is very sweet, malty, some yeast notes, pears, some spicyness. Medium body, there's a syrupy texture to this brew. Drinkable, not a bad brew at all, thanks Brian.

Photo of optiontwo
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bryant Lake Bowl

Appearance: Dark orange that's easily seen through and teeny tiny head.

Smell: Berries, hay, muted brown sugar.

Taste: Sweet dark cherries with an obvious amount of malt. Because this beer is as malty as it is it almost comes off as a scotch ale. The other flavors I could detect behind the sweet caramel malt and cherry was a little bit of citrus fruit, apple, and some earthy hops. Apparently this is a biere de garde, which is a style I've never tried before so I'm not sure if Two Brothers got it right here or not.

Mouthfeel: Medium body medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I'm not usually one for sweet so I wouldn't have too many in a sitting but I may pick up a six pack in the near future.

Overall: Two Brothers has been slightly hit or miss for me, but when they hit they HIT. That's probably why I keep trying their stuff. Give this beer a shot, see what you think.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a snifter. Color is a nice clear, burnt orange color with a small light tan head. Small retention rate with fair amount of lacing. Nice fall fruit aroma, pears and apples mostly. Very earthy hop notes. Good flavors, very earthy note. Some fall fruits and some nice earthy tones from the hops. Very classic flavors for a biere de garde. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp. The hops really keep this one together. Medium bodied, and the 5.6% ABV makes this a very nice and drinkable brew.

Photo of keoki182
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Two Brothers is a reliable Illinois brewery that seems to really succeed with hops. Domaine DuPage, a French-style country ale, is a more malt based offering. Flat copper color, quickly fading toasted marshmallow head. Aroma is vaguely fruity, at times strawberry and at times grape. Nice bitterness in sip, followed by malty caress in mouthfeel. Smooth.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear copper-amber w/thin but frothy off-white head. Light tracing.
S-Toasted bready malt, faint esters, light ripe red apple.
T-Very pleasant strong toasted malt with a hint of apple and a bite of spice that lasts from midpalate through the finish. Faint noble hops and light yeasty character also accompany the finish, and aftertaste is pleasant with the malt backbone hanging on but not overpowering.
M-Medium creamy body with lively tiny beads of carbonation. Very well-balanced with restrained sweetness.
D-Highly drinkable and pleasant. This beer is simple yet unique, and if I had a few more bottles I'd like to test it's sessionability.

Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Crisp, sweet, smooth, wet, malty and all that. No smoke, no hops, but a slight bitterness. It reminded me (very briefly) of a Fischer Traditional Amber but brewed better and without the carbonation.

I give it a high rating because this is a great session beer and a great beer for BMC drinkers. I wouldn't consider this a great beer for savoring or appreciating the complexity. Get this if you want to have a couple, maybe to side up a steak. I would bring some of this to a party where the majority of people didn't explore much into their beer.

Photo of Philly82785
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden-brown, with a creamy off-white cap. The nose is rather subtle with yeast and slightly toasted malt come out alongside hints of apple and pear. A very crisp balanced finish. It says on the palate then slowly dissipates. Thanks Heritage Liquor!

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle enjoyed at Winking Lizard. Medium yellow with a soapy head and some lace. Above average carbonation that makes it hard on the mouthfeel. Aroma is soapy and mild spice. Drying finish. Its the style, though not the best example of the style. Good drinkability.

Photo of slyke
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale pours and hazy orange color with a thin white head that falls to a ring with minimal lacing.

Smell is malty with a bit of tartness and dark fruit sweetness.

Taste starts out with a note of apple, which turns to a sweeter note before the taste becomes a bit bready. The finish is crisp and holds the only note of hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-to-full-bodied with a clean finish.

Drinkability is decent with this beer, but I probably will not seek it out in the future.

Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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