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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

1,125 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,125
Reviews: 475
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 33
Gots: 72 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zerk on 05-15-2002)
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rousee

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

Ruby brown color. Not much head, carbonation or lace. This seems to be a sign of the biggest flaw on this beer which is it is somewhat flat.

The smell is slight sourness of fruit with some nutty and woody aspects.

Taste is slightly sweet with more fruity elemts and the nuttynes that is noticed on the nose is almost like a cherry pit or almond syrup. Somewhat hard to place but definitely appropriate for the style. I havent had too many American biere de gardes but I definitely think this is a good interpretation of the style its just a little flat in the mouthfeel and maybe a little too chalky and puckerish although I have noticed this before in the style as well.

A decent beer for sure and it would definitely go well with a roasted turkey dinner as it is so often recommended for Thanksgiving to have biere de garde.

12-26-2006 00:42:37 | More by rousee
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RustythePelican

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass with virtually no head. Color is a brilliant red/brown/amber with bubbling carbonation. This smells of green bananas and under-ripe peaches, with some breadiness lingering throughout. Taste features strong fruit esters with a very bitter finish (almost too bitter for my palate, although this may be standard for a Biere de Garde - I'll have to try a few more).

I rated this low on drinkability because of the bitter finish. This drinks like a bigger beer than it is. Recommended, but not an everyday beer.

12-13-2006 15:19:21 | More by RustythePelican
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beveritt

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel glass. This bottle was in a 10 pack of Winter Brews I received as a gift recently.

Appearance: Pours with very little head, maybe a quarter inch of creamy, off white head. This falls quickly and leaves a ring around the glass. The beer itself is a peachy-red/brown color with a chill haze. Constant stream of bubble coming up from the D.

Smell: Raisins, caramel and sweet alcohol.

Taste: Bubbly at first, feels slightly prickly. Once again, raisins, carmal and some sweet alcohol. Bready. Faint bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very effervescent, lots of bubbles on the tongue, but not much of the CO2 bite you normally get from highly carbonated beers. The bubbles feel smaller, like champagne made by methode champanoise. Great mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Overall, a very drinkable beer. I like this class of beers and with the lower alcohol level in this one, it makes it more reasonable to have a few.

12-10-2006 03:16:22 | More by beveritt
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marcobrau

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Pours a clear amber with a modest amount of carbonation that forms a tight, white head then falls to a collar of bubbles. The nose is malt-accented and yeasty. Biscuit and light caramel malt flavors dominate at first, then more tawny malt flavors express themselves, along with a bit of an alcoholic bite that suggests something stronger than 5.9 percent. A tasty, malt-accented beer, that I think could finish a bit drier. The mouthfeel is good and body just about right, but the finish is a little too thick, reducing the drinkability a bit.

12-03-2006 23:38:12 | More by marcobrau
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malcontent

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

Clear, brilliant amber color with about a finger of head. The head gives way to exceptional lacing. I would almost describe this as pretty. Almost.

Can smell this a full foot & a half away. Wonderful aromas of caramel, malt & hops with plums & spice on the tail-end of the nose.

Unusual type of bitterness (not at all unpleasant) that differs from the usual hop-driven variety in PA/IPA's. Almost an astringent quality, like with slightly under-ripe persimmons. Brown sugar & grapefruit, while an unlikely combo, provide a tasty comparison point through which I'd describe the flavor. Yummy.

Feels great in my mouth although it's sitting a little on the heavy side, thus making this a beer I'd have a couple of but no more. Totally recommended, though.

11-14-2006 22:56:30 | More by malcontent
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

The beer poured into the chalice clear medium amber with an off-white and lasting head which lingered around to lace the glass.

The aroma was earthy and lightly spicy with an interesting caramel maltiness and an impression of citrus, mostly orange. The aroma contained a bit of pepper and some dark fruits, raisins, as it warmed.

The flavor was lightly malty with some slight character of dark fruits and caramel. The flavor was even a bit nutty. The spice that was prevalent and nice in the aroma was muted and barely there in the flavor. Some light bits of citrus were present, but only added to the muddiness of the flavor.

The finish was even heading toward dry with lasting impressions of caramel (much like and English Bitter aftertaste). The body was medium with a fairly low carbonation. For a beer with a heck of an aroma, the flavor was very lackluster.

12 ounce bottle. Thanks afatty!

11-14-2006 22:53:14 | More by GCBrewingCo
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nortmand

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +20.7%

Pours clear and amber red with a moderate tan head.

Biscuity, bready nose. Caramel there, too.

Sweet and biscuity up front, levels to a moderately bitter, huge biscuit flavor midtongue. This beer is all biscuit.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this is very sessionable.

11-13-2006 23:54:05 | More by nortmand
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

12 oz bottle.

This beer poured a clear, iced-tea brown color with good, fine carbonation. The foam was thin, and light tan in color, and settled. The smell was lightly malty with a faint caramel smell. Overall the smell was fresh and crisp. The taste was lightly malty with a touch of caramel malt and a hint of sweetness. There was a spicy hoppiness beneath the malt. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and good carbonation. It was relatively clean, but with a light malty sweetness lingering in the finish. This was an OK beer.

11-11-2006 18:33:05 | More by UncleJimbo
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maek228

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -19.9%

Appearance: Amber in color. Small head.

Smell: Caramel is the prevalent smell....smells a bit toasty as well.

Taste: Mild toasty caramel upfront that fades into mild hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: It doesn't feel thin. has some backbone

Drinkability: This beer doesn't impress me enouhg to have me wanting to drink more than few

11-05-2006 19:36:56 | More by maek228
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Picked up a single at Woodman's West here in Madison.

Pour: a clear amber-orange under a finger or two of khaki head with nice retention.

Nose: buttloads of butterscotch, caramel-toffee, woody oak and yeasty funk

Taste: sweet caramel/toffee/butterscotch malts, light fruity body, tobacco/woody esters in the follow-through, dry finish.

Feel: smooth and silky, tickling carbonation

Drinkability/Overall: a surprising amount of caramel developments for a biere de garde. Complex, well-made, interesting, smooth-tasting beer. I'm game.

11-04-2006 22:16:23 | More by Golden2wenty1
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%

Color is a deep, rich red. The beer is exceptionally bright and clear. There is an abundance of head, and it sticks around for awhile.

Odor is sweet and bready. Taste is light and sweet, and at least at first, has a buttery quality to it. Not a lot of hop character (the beer is 24 IBU's by design), but the hops do seem to intensify slightly as the beer warms.

Bought at Breeze-Thru Liquor in Milwaukee.

10-29-2006 20:16:37 | More by BeerBelcher
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

12 oz bottle with "best by" date on the label. Pours a slightly hazed, deep red amber body with a small beige head that retains very well. Lots of patchy lacing on the glass.

Aroma is toasted caramel, spicy and floral hops, and a McIntosh apple note. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is solid medium with a zesty carbonation.

Taste is dominated by a caramel malt sweetness that is accented by a red apple cider presence. Spicy hops bitterness is solid and adds a pleasant balance. Very tasty!

Very well crafted and very tasty. "Brasserie Des Deux Freres" on the label adds a quirky French touch.

09-17-2006 20:03:22 | More by merlin48
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laintringulis

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

served in a pub glass.

Pours a strong ice tea/copper color. Translucent. Thin off white head. Moderate tight carbonation. Large, loose strands of lacing during drinking.

Smell: Smells mainly of musty yeast. Very light apple and whiskey smell, but smells mainly like a musty basement.

Taste: Light caramel maltiness, apple and pear tartness. Nice yeasty kick to it. Definitely tastes better than it smells.

Medium bodied. Buttery mouthfeel, finishes slightly tart/dry. More tart than dryness. Pleasant amount of carbonation. Alcohol presence is well balanced. Easy to drink. Good solid beer, but I have had other's in this style that were more notable.

09-15-2006 06:52:13 | More by laintringulis
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a dark copper of orange and ruby hues. This beer had a great look. The head is 1 finger with small bubbles that fades and leaves a little lace. Nice

The Smell is Caremel Malt, very malty with a very interesting flowery note.

The taste follows, Lots of big time carmel malt, I love this. The flowery note reappears and then the beer finishes with a sweet soft malt. Very nice.

The mouthfeel is great. I really am pleased, If this style is Französisch they got is in 1919. The liquid is so smooth and creamy slightly thick but the carbonation a perfect complement as it breaks up the big coating malt. Very nice.

Drinkability is good I really enjoy this brew & would buy it myself. Shbobdb, Ich danke Ihnen vielmals, This brew was delicious. Prosit und Zum Wohl! MK

08-22-2006 02:28:07 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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maundythirsty

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Clear, deep dark amber color, thin white head that clears out in a hurry. Smells like toasted grain and spiced fruit.

Smooth taste. Malty with an herbal character and just a touch of cidery sweetness that goes pleasantly bitter in the end.

Smooth mouthfeel, too, though the carbonation was lighter than I would like.

It’s nice to find a classy biere de garde brewed within 50 miles, and I’ll be drinking plenty of Domaine DuPage.

08-21-2006 02:50:08 | More by maundythirsty
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UnionMade

New York

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Slightly hazy orange-brown, topped with a meek, simpering collar of head. Despite the lack of a prominent head, there's sticky lace all over the glass. Sweetish and malty in the nose, a bit of sugary sweetness, fairly well balnced. To the sweet side, with weaker floral hops. Smells kinda old, with prevalent honey and the dulled hops, although the bottle is within code. None of the funky barn smell I associate with Biere de Garde, much more like a sweeter saison. Pretty tame. Kind of an apple pie aroma, with doughy, muddy, caramel belgian malt and appley esters. Not quite what I'd wanted, but not at all unpleasant. The flavor starts out apple pie-like. Clean clover honey, golden caramel and granny smith apple dominate the flavor. Sweet with a touch of belgian yeast spice. A bit of a floral, spicy bite of hops in the finish, though very mild. Mostly driven by the malt and yeast character. I can't help but feel this is about 6 months expired, sans the surge of carbonation. Good, but not as impressive as others of the style, or others from the same brewery. My weakest experience with Two Bros. so far. Sessionable, in the way that there's not a lot going on and you can keep sipping. Softer carbnation aids in the experience, with a fullish body. I'd probably want just one or two before opting for something else, though. After relating it to apple pie, that's pretty much the gist of it. Let me tell you, there's a lot worse than being compared to apple pie, especially when we're talking about american beer.

08-19-2006 06:04:37 | More by UnionMade
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

On Tap @ Bukowski's Tavern.

A- Excellent head retention, lacing sticks all the way down the glass. Clear deep semi-dark copper color.

S- Baked apple, toasted dark bread ... hint of alcohol and spice.

T&M- Smooth and creamy, nice rounded malty body of medium size. Super malty, not sweet but balanced. Toasted, bready and fruity. Light hopping. Yeast twang, more toasted malt ... finishes slightly sweet.

D- Very tasty, easy to drink. Lovely mouthfeel, lots of malt and old world beer character.

08-17-2006 21:26:25 | More by Jason
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nlmartin

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

This beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a clear copper coloration. The head was thin and off white. The beer left streams of lacing down my glass.

Smell: The smell was somewhat musty. This combined awkardly with toasted malt and fruity apple/ pear smells.

Taste: The beer has a toasted caramel malty fruityness. This is kind of like caramel drizzled apples and pears. The beer has a nice yeasty twang. Over all the taste is better than the smell.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is medium bodied. The beer has a buttery diacetly alcohol very slick on the mouth. The bee is carbonated nicely. This beer is very easy to drink. This is not a must have beer in my own opinion. Not a bad beer but I probably wont buy again.

08-14-2006 12:38:16 | More by nlmartin
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -6%

Appearance: clear copper in color with a 2" head. Mild lacing developed.

Smell: fruity sweetness is up front, and a hint of barnyard stink is very soft.

Taste: loads of sweet ripe red fruits balanced with some Granny Smith apple tartness. There is noticable bitterness along with the mildly grainy malts.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and smooth at the finish. The caramel, fruits, and touch of tartness lingers after swallowing. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: not bad, but this just didn't come off as good as some others do in the style. Worth a try.

08-07-2006 22:43:57 | More by Gavage
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kbnooshay

New York

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

Part of the haul back from Chicago. Thanks going to my brother.

a: This poured clear and carbonated with an orange amber body and a small off-white head.

s: The aroma was grainy, sweet and of toasted caramel. This was slightly hoppy.

t: WOW! Sweet and malty. Very toasty aftertaste. The hop flavor is light but very nice. There is a nice doughey bread flavor also.

Mf/d: Slick and oily with a slight carbonation sting. I would only have a few of these because of the insane sweetness but this goes down so easy. Quite the treat. This is one incredibly balanced beer.

08-07-2006 14:36:26 | More by kbnooshay
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bashiba

Iowa

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured a hazy golden orange with a small soap ring of a head.

Smell had a mild bit of butter and spicyness to it.

Taste is light and smooth with some diacetyl butterness, with some hints of nuts, oak, a touch of honey. A bit of spicy nutmeg in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and slightly creamy.

Easy to drink and tasty, would make a nice session beer.

07-31-2006 03:29:02 | More by bashiba
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left a small one finger head that quickly dissipated, and left little lacing. Body was a clear copper red amber.

Smell - diacetyl, fruity esters, overripe pears and plums, caramel, and toasty malt.

Taste - same as the smell. Buttery diacetyl with overripe pears, plums, washed with caramel and toated malt. It finishes with tart sour green apples.

Mouthfeel - medium fullness, smooth, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - this is very good, goes down well, and is very sessionable.

07-23-2006 13:46:54 | More by ultralarry2006
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

06-29-2006 04:40:59 | More by scruffwhor
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shbobdb

Indiana

2.45/5  rDev -35.7%

Let's break it down:

Look: Awesome! A wonderful, inviting ruddy amber with a white, macro-lager head.

Smell: Yeast Funk mixing with a twing of malt

Taste: Like a mouthful of cloves. If you like cloves, you'll love this beer. If you don't . . . errrr . . . why are you drinking it?

Mouthfeel: Thick and round. Reallly nice.

Drinkability: I don't live the clove taste. At all. Yuck. Can barely finish one.

I get where they are going with this beer, and it succeeds admirably. Too bad what they were shooting for wasn't good taste.

06-19-2006 21:57:49 | More by shbobdb
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edchicma

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Appearance is a rich copper, with good initial head that leaves moderate lacing. Smell is fruity with some yeasty undernotes. Taste was surprisingly malty. No real bitterness, except for a tad on the finish..reminded me a bit of a maibock.Mouthfeel was slightly oily..I was hoping for a bit more dryness, but not bad. OK on the drinkability scale...a good brew, just not way above average.

05-26-2006 22:50:15 | More by edchicma
Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,125 ratings.