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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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1,252 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,252
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 37
Gots: 124 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Throckmorton
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frankly, I wasn't expecting much. I was wrong.

A - nice warm brown that still lets light pass, attractive. decent head that laced down the side as I drank.

S - nose isn't strong, but mostly carmel and malty.

T - carmel and nut without being too sweet.

M - substantial, but not in any way heavy.

D - high. this isn't a one-and-done.

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

I poured my "French Style Country Ale" into my beer tasting wine glass. I gave it a fairly vigorous pour but did not get much head. Its a slightly cloudy amber, nice color. The nose is malty, a bit of apple. The taste is sweet malt with enough hop bite to give it legs. I detect a bit of flowery flavors and dare I say bubble gum?The mouth feel is sticky enough that it may discourage you from drinking it in the sun, but feels appropriate for shoulder seasons. I purchase a six pack of this beer on occasion, not a standby for me, but one I will continue to revisit. It offers a nice counter point to the stout and ipa that seem to take residence in my fridge.

Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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

A - amber / light copper color with a nice, fluffy head

S - very sweet malts, some spice, sweet fruits

T - sweet caramel, sugary malts, with spice and a bit of pepper. There is also some dry, tart fruitiness to it. Pretty sweet and different tasting.

M - a bit thin but well carbonated

D - pretty decent drinkability. It is a decent tasting ale, and it is true to the biere de garde description. I will probably purchase something else from this brewery next time I choose Two Brothers.

Photo of Rayek
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Two Brothers tulip.

A: The deep copper color has nice clarity and a steady bead of carbonation from tiny bubbles. A soapy cream head rests on top. It starts big and full before slowly settling to a thin film. Leaves a nice amount of lace.

S: Quite fruity and bittersweet. Raisins, currants and caramel dominate the nose. I even sensed a hint of bubblegum. A mild whiff of pepper and lemon keeps the sweetness in check.

T: Tastes initially of sweet breads and dark fruit. A pepper bitterness comes along quickly to quell the sweetness with a moderate bite. In the rafters is a bit of grapefruit citrus that seems a touch out of place. Finishes with a lingering sourdough sweetbread flavor.

M: The body is soft and smooth. Carbonation feels maybe a touch high.

D: This is a nice beer. It goes down easily, yet possesses a lot of complexities to ponder. The only detracting factor for me was the out of place citrus flavors. Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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

A- Poured a clear amber color with an off-white head that sticks around and produces some decent lacing

S- Sweet and malty with the faintest amount of hops in the background

T- Like it smells..sweet with a good malt back bone...also has some yeast and spice notes to it...tastes good, but was hoping for more...

M- Clean and crisp and somewhat dry...but it just felt a little thin, not bad, but just like it was missing something...

D- Definitely not my favorite offering from Two Bros., but still a good brew...even with that said, I would not hesitate to recommend this one...

Photo of jwinship83
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a best by date of 12/10/09 poured into a standard pint glass (its what they serve it in at the brew pub).

A- thsi one pours a dark amber/copper colored body with a small beige colored head that quickly gets downgraded to the title of crown.

S- sweet malts. toffee, and a bit of apple? very mild

T- the apple thing is throwing me off...i can taste them as well as smell them. the toffee malts are there too. also something bready.

M- medium bodied with the correct level of carbonation.

D- easy to finish and something i like to have a bunch of from time to time. probably my go to beer from two brothers, and the first beer i ever tried form them.

Photo of bob182
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass.

After going through many of the reviews, I didn't notice anyone pointing this out yet: that smell is MOLASSES. It took a sec for me to get it, but this beer smells exactly like my mom's molasses cookies.

However, I only faintly tasted molasses. Regardless, it is a very drinkable beer, mellowing out as I got through it, and I must say drinking it put me in a better mood (childhood memories, I guess). I think I may have another and go sit out on the back deck -- cheers!

Photo of botham
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the Hop Leaf in Chicago. pours a rich copper color with two fingers of light tan head, beautiful settling and solid retention. great looking in the glass.

aroma is of caramel malts and a bit of yeast, along with a base of spicy fruit. well proportioned aroma with an aura of a brown ale.

taste is lightly fruity with caramelized sugar and light grassy hops. very fresh and flavorful. the caramel malts from the aroma give way to a semi dry hop character that is great.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth on the palate. goes down a touch spicy with residual grassy hops.

drinkability is good. very mellow and easygoing brew with fresh hops notes and a very drinkable profile. cheers!

Photo of jrallen34
3.07/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, copper color with orange highlights. It had a one-finger, long lasting, off-white head of pillowy foam. It left a little foam.

S - It smelled nutty, malty and earthy. Some sweet fruity aromas, too.

T - It tasted very fruity and yeasty. It had some spice flavors, like some cinnamon. It had a nice sweet caramel taste.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a great biere de garde and its is very easy drinking.

Photo of mothman
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Matilda Glass

Pours a 1 finger beige head. Not very good retention or lace. Color is a very slight hazy dark golden bronze. No carbonation bubbles noticed. Nothing to special.

Aroma: It is like a hopped up saison. Kind of like an imperial red kicked with some saison juice. Some very sweet hops, backed up with some tarty fruits. red apples really show here. Very sour aroma. Some Belgium yeast. I can definitely tell that there is a malt background balancing this beer out. Simply amazing.

Taste: Not as amazing as the smell. The yeast strand really sticks out here. Very funky. Not as tarty, but still a tad is present. A lot more booze shining through here. Dried red apples. A lot like a saison. Big, hoppy taste as well, like an imperial red.

Mouthfeel: Robust and creamy. Medium bodied. A lower level of carbonation. A lot of booze is present after it settles in the mouth for a bit. Had it not been for the booze here, I would have enjoyed the mouthfeel a lot more. Leaves a very yeasty aftertaste.

Overall, this beer was unique. Some good parts, some not so good. My bottle is going slow, but I don't mind it. I don't know how much more I'd want though.

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

This beer poured a light cloudy copper with a huge head. The smell is mostly sweet malt with a bit of fruitiness. The taste reminds me of a beer mixed with a cider, some sweet malt up front that gives way to a dry apple finish. The mouthfeel is pleasant with a certain dryness and plenty of carbonation. No problems with drinkability on this beer, I'd go so far as to say it might be a good starter beer for people who don't know they like beer yet.

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

Enjoyed a draft of Domaine DuPage at a Kane County Cougars, minor league baseball game on a hot humid night.

No head to speak of, probably due to plastic cup and questionable beer lines, although no off flavors were noted.

Appearance was clear, amber, with no haze.

Mild aromas of sweet malt and apples.

Taste of sweet malt, apples, and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel wasn't thin, not heavy, good for a sessionable beer.

One of the joys of Cougars games is the Two Brothers taps right behind my seats.

Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of KBomb
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep copper color with notable clarity. A finger and a half of tan head sits atop, but doesn't leave all that much lacing as I drink. Smell is dominated by toasty malt, a hint of braeburn apple, and a little boozy smell. Subtle malty sweetness accented by some fruity flavors, a little sour on the finish (but not really unpleasant). Prickly carbonation, feels like a champagne. Lifts the flavors and cleans the palette. Combined with a medium-light body, you got a very drinkable brew.

Mouthfeel really shines in this one. Taste might be on the mild side, but Domain DuPage remains a satisfying beer.

Photo of Risser09
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a cantillon taster - fridge - best by 7/10/09

Appearance: A copper colored beer that has orange highlights, apparent carbonation that flows to the surface, and a bubbly cream colored head that reaches 1.5" Good retention and lots of foamy lace stays behind.

Smell: Roasted, nutty barley malt. Pecan and cereal grains accompany some yeast earthiness. I can't smell any hop aroma.

Taste: Nutty forefront of almond and pecan. A distinct cereal grain flavor is smooth and not sweet at all. I guess there are some hop flavors, actually they take root in bitterness and not flavor.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth in both flavor and mouthfeel. This medium bodied beer shows a bitter finish and a fresh overall complexion.

Drinkability: Great. I like this beer alot. It is certainly a sessionable brew that has a multitude of strengths. Worth seeking out.

Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy redish copper with a 1/2 finger head that leaves spotted lacing

smell malts apples noble hops

taste is fruity along with sweet carmel malts and some hop bitterness on the finish -very close to a saison

mouthfeel is a medium body beer that coats the mouth with a sugary sweetness - a light amount of carbonation

drinkability is good and a lower abv belgian i will be drinking more of

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

Thanks to a friend for sharing a case. Styles aside, this is was an interesting Belgian amber. Very subtle and drinkable. There's a not unusual, but uncommon, smooth cherry caramel taste that finishes with a gentle Belgian spice. No, it's not a big robust Belgian, but it's certainly a decent session beer and good rival to Fat Tire.

Photo of feldspar
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep copper-brown, like a brand-new penny. Very little head, about an eighth-inch, which quickly dissipated like pond scum. Basically no visible carbonation.

S: Aroma is very light, mostly a vauge malty sweetness, maybe brown sugar as well. By the end, some faint fruity or citrusy smell.

T: Starts with a very subdued bitterness, pleasant without much of a bite. Smooth, creamy, nutty, buttery. A little sweetness, a lot of residual bitterness that lingers like a mild cheese.

M: A little thick, syrupy, viscous. Carbonation is moderate

D: Mildly drinkable. The unusual aftertaste and sticky viscous mouthfeel invite guzzling.

Photo of cnally
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

saw this at the store. this one looked appealing. poured into a glass.

this one pours a MASSIVE uncontrollable head. unbelieveable, looks like a root beer float collided with a science experiment with vinegar and baking soda. shame, too, because the beer is a beautiful amber hazy color.

scents of deep apple aromas, apple butter...slightly malty.

the flavor might not be my bag, but I am sure it is someone's. very sweet and appley flavor. but it is undeniably sour. the aftertaste is like an apple cider with cinnamon. but that sourness...

the feel is champagney and fizzy and seems like a bomb in your mouth.

not very drinkable. it is decent enough, as it the first beer I have had of this style...but the sourness and over fizzy with no decent returns...I cannot endorse this one.

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear light brown color with very little visible carbonation. The head is light and bubbly and dissipates quickly.
Smells very sweet with a nudge of toasty malts.
Very calm malts with a nice sweetness. There is also a very faint bitterness in the aftertaste that could be confused with alcohol. Tastes like a Saison to me. Mouthfeel is nice with ample carbonation, and a little heavier weight than I expected.
Drinkability is pretty good, not too sweet, not too strong.
Kudos Two Bros!

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Maredsous chalice. This ale appears a mildly cloudy, light chestnut color with about a finger of lively off white foam. Aroma and flavor are of sweet malts, white sugar, nicely toasted grains, fruity, apples, and bread. Medium to moderate carbonation, with a crisp, dry finish. Nice and quenching. Tasty stuff.

Photo of degerbah
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown with little head. Very light aroma which smells mainly of sweet malt.

Not at all what I expected, but this is my first Bier de Garde. When I saw it advertised as a french farmhouse style, I figured it would be similar to a Belgian Pale or maybe a Saison. Instead it has a deep complex taste which I think is kind of an Abbey Ale Light. It has a lot of the complexity and spiciness of an abbey ale with a cleaner, sharper finish that makes it extrememly drinkable.

Also my first beer from two brothers, this is a quality beer that I would definitely drink again.

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

12oz. bottle into Sam Adams glass on 5/13/09.

A - Poured a slight hazy, effervescent amber/orange body with reddish highlights and one-finger creamy eggshell head that settled to a slim coating that flared up with each swirl of the glass, leaving splashes of lace around the sides of the glass.

S - Light toasted grains, caramel and sugar up front with fairly aromatic floral hops contrasting with earthy tones and herbal notes. A pleasant fruity character also emerges, suggesting a subtle dark fruit tang as well as hints of ripe pear and other fleshy tree fruit.

T - Initial flavor is on the sweet side with a mild hop charcter combining spicy, floral and citric notes. Spicy notes in the finish with a fruity sweetness and a hefty malt backbone consisting of caramel and bready grains.

M - Medium bodied with a light syrupy texture and slightly sticky mouthfeel overall. Sweet finish with enough of a hop character to tingle the tastebuds just a bit.

D - I've been sitting on this for a while for some reason, but I was pleasantly surprised with this Two Brothers offering. Very interesting, flavorful style with a pretty light, crisp body and lots of subtle complexities all working together to create an extremely drinkable beer.

Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,252 ratings.