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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

1,173 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,173
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 35
Gots: 87 | 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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Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty ruby copper color with a nice fluffy egg shell head that dissipated into a sparse cap. The aroma is of smooth caramel malt, honey, and some dark fruit. The taste is a nice rich caramel malt, brown bread, honey, a touch of grassy hops in the end. The feel is moderate with some prickly carbonation, yet it remains quite a smooth beer. It is a tad slick but the hop bitterness help counter balance that. This is a fine malty brew. A very nice caramel malt that is quite smooth. Definitely worth a purchase.

Gmann, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Clark Street. Pours a medium amber with a sweet malt smell and taste. Very lightly bittered. Faintest hint of belgium yeast like influence to it, but not much. Kind of drying in the finish, but still sweet flavored. Decent but unremarkable compared to some of their other beers, I thought.

JDV, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, 12-ounce bottle copped from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
The beer pours a murky, copper, bright-orange, tawny appearance with a modest head and minimal lacing...
Nuances of caramel, vanilla, and candied sugars are noticeable in the nose...
This beer has a caramel start with a bittersweet finish... Flavor loaded with cotton candy, honey, malts, hops, caramel, and cloves...
Overall, this was an easily drinkable beer, yet it could have definitely been more assertive and flavorful... The essences noticeable on the tongue were there, but not assertive enough...
A decent American stab at the style...

dsa7783, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this brew in a trade with tytoanderso, Thanks Tyler!

12oz bottle, best by 11/21/08, served in a tulip glass.

L - clouded, orange/amber color with a quick fading tan head.

S - light scent of caramel malt and bitter/sour citrus aroma.

T - nice sweet caramel malt taste with a slight drying bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied, smooth feel.

D - goes down fairly easy.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of Larrytown
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes deep red with virtually no head, but tons of lacing. Strange. There were toasty caramel notes in the nose, but pretty subtle.

I'm really digging the taste on this one. It's sweet upfront, but the toastiness and slight hops on the back-end balance it out. Very well crafted. Not a ton of carbonation in the head, but it's a beer that's meant to go down smooth. Boy does it. I'd love to knock back a couple more and at this ABV, I just might.

Larrytown, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of Buebie
2.3/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased at Heritage Liquores in St. Paul MN.

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip.
3 finger fluffy white head. The head quickly disipated into a filmy layer over the beer. Laceing is present.

Smell is of burnt toast, almost a stout grain style here. Does not smell like an ale. No fruity dough, citrussy notes to be found. Theres sweatness, but burtn toast is the prodominent smell.

Taste is sweeat and honey like, with caramel aftertones. Then at the swallow, burnt toast is back in full effect. This is very malty, with no real hop aroma or flavor.
I'm sure the burnt taste and smell is purposlfull. But it almost seems like the malt syrup was added without stirring or somthing, as it tastes undesireable.

Mouthfeel is thin and overcarbonated. Its a drainpour for me.

Buebie, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with a nearly nonexistant head. What did develope quickly disappeared. Some spotty lacing left on the glass. It has a nice toasted malt aroma with caramel hints. The taste is likewise malty. Some fruitiness is present but there is mostly a earthy, musty flavor. Seems a bit thin and carbonation seems just a step up from being flat. I really wanted to score this beer higher but looking at the individual scores, it doesn't do any of them well. It has a good flavor and low ABV that helps drinkability but I don't think there is a need to seek this beer out in the future.

morimech, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color absolutely no head. None. This also means no lacing Not sure if this is typical of the style, being my first one, but very underwhelming in appearance. Smell is super malty, bready and slightly fruity. The aroma on this thing is near perfection. Caramel goodness throughout the nose. Taste follows suit. Biscuit malts, nice caramel flavors, the slightest amount of hops in the background and very sweet to the tastebuds. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with little carbonation, but the carbonation that does pop up tingles the tongue. Alcohol is not overly-present at 5.9%. I really enjoyed this beer. I thought I had a dud by the look of the pour, but it turned out to be a really nice offering.

KeefD, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of jjayjaye
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the crazy extras as part of a great trade with DavidEddie. Thanks Pops!

Pours a deep orange amber color with less than a finger foamy off white head that fades fairly quickly. Spotty patterns of lacing generated. The smell is fresh yet earthy some harvest fruit and grainy wheat notes. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth. Full flavored the taste of caramel is balanced with a nice hop tingle. A very easy drinker and at 5.9% ABV is quite sessionable. Recommended.

jjayjaye, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of beermanbrian
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear copper color. Not much of a head, thin 1/4 that drops to a film quickly. Very spotty lacing. Smell is malty with some mild fruity notes. The malt has a distint toast flavor on the tongue and there are some apple flavors in there too. Enough hops to balance out what could be a too sweet brew. Medium to heavy body. I like this one. It's not earth shattering but it's something a little different and it's well done.

beermanbrian, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy apricot color with massive white creamy head. Good retention.

Smell shows some moderate summer fruit characteristics.

Taste is very refreshing. It is a nice sweet-tart combination, with a nice pear-peach taste at the start and some tartness at the finish.

Leaves a nice sweet taste in the mouth with very distinct notes of pear.

Easy to drink, very refreshing. Would be nice on a nice summer evening.

tgbljb, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of AylwinForbes
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This style of beer is not my favourite; but since it is the only Two Brothers that Gemato's serves, and I should be eternally grateful for that, I have had a lot of it. Very nice warm chestnut colour, which always sports a generous head when served (usually way too cold in this place). Malty caramel aroma predominates. Pleasant on the palate, slightly sweet, malt dominates, very low hop and bitter component.

AylwinForbes, May 31, 2008
Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, with best by dating of 7/19/08 on the rear label. Pours a warm, orangy shade of amber, slightly cloudy, lightly toasted whole wheat bread head, that leaves just a bit of scattered lacing. Spiced up nose, with hints of spearmint, pepper, and more toasty notes. Flavorful brew, more toasty/wheat flavors, fruit, smoke, and sweet malts. Well worth a try, especially for appreciators of this French/Belgian style.

Billolick, May 28, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a St. Feuillien chalice.

Best by 9/30/08

A: Pours a clear, reddish-orange color with some tarnished penny highlights. Small, but creamy, off-white head leaves a surplus of lace spots in the glass.

S: Nice aromas of toasted malt, caramel dipped apples, mild hops, and yeast (?).

T: Toasted malt, caramel, bread crusts, tangy green apple, pepper, and spicy hops.

M: Starts off with a dry and toasty malt profile, which gradually turns towards the sweeter side (caramel) of the spectrum, and finishes up spicy and tangy.

D: This is a extremely drinkable beer! Very malty with excellent balance from the hops. Very nice.

GbVDave, May 23, 2008
Photo of morebeergood
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a six pack for last weekend. Poured into tulip glasses. Smallish sized head that faded rather quickly. The color was a dark red, bordering on brown. Lots of lacing down the sides of the glass. The taste was of burnt caramel. As for the body, it was on the heavy side, and certainly had some substance to it. This is not a beer that you can drink quickly. It's a slow sipper that tastes just as good at room temp. After two, though, I felt as though I had enough. A nice beer to enjoy with food or by itself.

morebeergood, May 20, 2008
Photo of BeenJammin
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love to give local craft beers like this a try.

A - Red to amber in color. Head is a thin layer with decent carbonation.

S - Has the floral aroma working for it but not much else here

T - Toasty, sweet, carmelly tasting malts and just enough of a sticky hop bite.

M - Light, smooth, and sticky

D - Enough balance for me to come back for more but not what I would like to have as a session beer.

Overall, it is a good local craft beer. Would be a great beer for you if you like a balance of sweet, caramel malts to go along with a mild hop flavor.

BeenJammin, May 10, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle at the Winking Lizard in Columbus. I've had this and many other Two Brothers beers while in Chicago visiting family, so this wasn't a virgin bottle.

The beer is dark reddish brown with a thin head that maintains well. The aromas are on the malty side, some caramel, just a little hops (herbal), and maybe a touch of spice (I don't know which ones). The taste is sweet and malty, earthy, and worty in general. Nice, not my favorite style, but it's good.

TurdFurgison, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of bruachan
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark amber color. not great in my opinion. little head

some darkfruity aromas. spice, herbal hop

plenty of darkness in the flavor--i might even taste some kilned astringency. sweet, even a little coughsyrupy. not a yeasty beer by any means. bready, toasty: quite some depth

can't quite get my finger on this brew. it's good but also not good. not great looking, but most of all alternating sips seem so different: this time it tastes like cough syrup, that time like toasty delicious

bruachan, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from my buddy BeerTruth. Thanks man.

Pours a rich orange color, somewhat hazy with tons of bubbles rising to the top. About two fingers of off-white head on top recede to a pretty nice lace and it leaves some messy stick, too.

Smells very floral and fruity, with some bready and spicy aromas too.

Taste has a nice underlying bready, grainy flavor with a touch of malt sweetness. Some fruit flavor, slightly tart, with a little bit of herbal bitterness too. Quite dry through the finish. Nice medium body with a crisp mouthfeel and a pleasant, dry finish.

It's a beautiful spring day and this was very refreshing. I'd have it again.

number1bum, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of chuckm
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not overly heavy but still has a strong body. A beer I first had at a Leonas restaurant here in Chicago and was impressed by its ability to to hold its own with Italian food. I don't know what a French country style ale should be but this is darn good

chuckm, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of Vancer
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Classic hazy amber brown with a short lived tan head, which gives a good effort at lacing the ol' Sammy freebie glass. Another good Two Bros effert.

Sweet malty aroma includes a hint of summer fruits - apple and pear. Quaff was a tasty treat of well balanced fruits with a nice hop finish. Also has a bit of a tart bite. Drinks easily, this would be a nice summer brew in the heat.

Vancer, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Domaine Dupage, the county in which I reside, pours a nice clear orange-copper color with a fuzzy, slim, off-white head.

The nose is . . . ? What the hell? This nose is crazy. Not powerful, but plentiful. Sweet caramel on toast; estery, orchardy, dark and citric hop fruitiness; all with a light earthy musk. Wow.

The taste is takes a small step back but is still very good considering its relatively light weight and alcohol content. The body is medium with lightly sharp carbonation that prickles the tongue. Sweet toasted caramel malts and sugared plums, tart tangerines, and an earthly and bitter spiciness.

I may be a little bit partial since this is a local brewer, but I found this beer very intriguing and complex considering its lightness. Well done my Brothers.

Slynger, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

split a bottle at a bar so it's a little tough to review, a shame for my first biere de garde. reminded me alot of an english pale ale like sam smith's.

A- poured a deep brownish amber with some orange tint to it. head was next to nothing, but what was there was tan and soapy, kind of appealing despite it's minimalism. there was a slight haze, could have been from chill or from the yeast.

S- sweet and malty with some fruit like melon and berries. floral somewhat spicy hops are noticeable but the buttery caramel malt stands out.

T- caramel malt and ripe red fruit with a spiciness in the background similar to allspice and black pepper with some nutmeg sweetness. woodsy, grape, and toasted bread or biscuit. again, it's very english tasting and if i didn't know better i would have called it a pale ale.

MF- smooth and rich with an indescribable lightness, much like a thin fruit juice. medium carbonation.

D- easy on the taste buds and easy on the gullet, a nice smooth mellow ale with enough fruity complexities to keep it interesting.

hustlesworth, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of ajmoody76
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bought at local beer store. bottle to tulip glass. copper clear beer. thin cream head that thins out to barley nothing. looks ok.

malty aroma. caramel with a hint of fruit. smells great. no off odors.

sweet up front with some hop bitterness. dry aftertaste. nice hop presence. balanced to me.

low carbonation. is fairly light bodied. feels good. no lace.

great tasting beer. follows style. wish i would have bought more than one. i really like what these two are doing. good for session. will drink again.

ajmoody76, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of johanvond
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very tasty brew form Two Brothers amber in color and hazy with almost no head. It is my first Biere de garde and I first had it sevral years ago. Unfotunatly it didnt catch on but, The Professor's Pub, a new bar in kent, ohio now carries it and i cant pass it up when ever i stop in. It has a nutty aroma with a slight hint of aprcot. The mouthfeeel and body are good not too heavy. In the end you get a slight hop bite with bits of citrus floral notes. Quite pleasureable.

johanvond, Jan 05, 2008
Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,173 ratings.