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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

1,092 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,092
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 32
Gots: 58 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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

Maine

3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a saison? I guess brewers can do whatever they want to a style, and I'm all for experimentation, but this beer doesn't fit into any category really, and it's certainly not a saison. A bit of an identity crisis here. Pours a dark, stained-wood amber, kind of nice actually, but with no head at all. If I had to place a style label on this one, I'd lump it in as an ESB or English Ales in general. Full of toffee, carmel, and buttery notes, with a fairly quiet hop profile. Decently malty, but lost. Once again, definitely not a saison in my book. Chewy mouthfeel, kind of slick. Well, it does have a few redeeming qualities, but it's nothing more than a mild amber with a saison label on it. Who knows though, you might like it. Two Brothers do a great job in general, this one just needs a little work I'd say.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 19:07:19 | More by twelvsies
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

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

This beer pours very dark for a saison. It is a dark golden amber color with a decent carbonation and a thin white head. Definitely not what I think of when I try to picture a saison in my head.

The smell almost reminds me of a Rogue Dead Guy, and come to think of it the beer looks like a Dead Guy as well. Has a bit of a caramel malty aroma with a hint of buttery diacetyl. A light crisp hop aroma shares its place in the background with a hint of funk. Not nearly funky enough for a saison though. More like a red ale.

The taste is not quite what I was expecting after having smelled the beer. It starts off exactly like I was expecting, like a Dead Guy (see descriptors in above paragraph), but quickly fades into a very light flowery and fruity tart flavor. The finish all but drops off after that, leaving only a bit of hops bitterness matched with a trace of that candy-like tart.

The mouthfeel is interesting. Light and crisp, almost like a lager. Very hard to describe what is happening as the flavors run across my palate. Probably not something I will try again, yet it wasn't so dull that I have ruled out Two Brothers.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 07:28:09 | More by neonbrown82
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beals

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from Whole Foods (Cambridge). Served in pint glass.

Thin head, less than 1/8 inch, but with surprisingly good lacing. Appears clear (no cloudiness), very light carbonation, light reddish-copper color. Sweet aroma, hints of apple. Slightly tart mouthfeel but smooth due to the lack of carbonation. As for taste, a sweet malty start quickly fades and gives way to a moderate alcohol presence. Strong caramel taste, good grain flavor, and a faintly bitter finish. Not quite like the other saisons I've had (perhaps it's the "Country Ale" twist), but I really like it.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 00:43:15 | More by beals
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I actually first had this beer on tap in Chicago last summer but am now reviewing a bottle. Pours out a light brownish-amber color with no real head to speak of. A bit hazy with some bubble making their way to the top.

The smell reminds me of apples and spice. Hints of malt and something bready are present as well. Taste is very similar to the smell. The malt backbone is much more present. The apple and citrus notes are nicely balanced through out. Very low in terms of carbonation. Very smooth yet still retains some complex flavors. Different than what I remember on tap.

An impressive brew that could use a bit more carbonation. Maybe it is just my bottle?

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 23:58:54 | More by CharlesRiver
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bignick

Massachusetts

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

Bottle at Union ST in Newton Centre.

This is a tasty beer, even if it is not a classic saison in style. There is a very nice graininess to it, as opposed to the spicy yeasty flavor that typically is found in a saison. It is a nice flaovr though, and one of the better saisons out there. It is definitely a creative take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2006 20:56:55 | More by bignick
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head over the cloudy coppery amber brew. Head lasts nicely, with plenty of bubbly lacing. Aroma is grains and light spicing. Taste is hearty grains, a touch of sour, and then closes with a touch of dry. Mouthfeel is great, smooth grains and tart working well together, and drinkability is excellent as well. Not sure if it's to style, but it's yummy, and that works for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 22:10:20 | More by ppoitras
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dirtylou

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Woodman's

best by 3/25/06

appearance: pours a clear amber-copper, very little in the way of an off white head to accompany the body, very slight rimmed lacing

smell: very toasty - grain, whole wheat. medium-thick caramel malt, very buttery, quite bready, a splash of citrus, touch of honey

taste: well this isn't what i would typically think of when seeing the style labeled as "saison"...this lacks much of the yeast and spice I have been accustomed to. the taste on this one is of toasted grain, whole wheat bread, sweet and thick caramel malts, buttered biscuit, honey, toffee, very faint chocolate, mild citrus hops dancing around beneath all the grain

mouthfeel: medium-light, herbal and toasty

drinkability: very drinkable, not par to style, but tasty nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 02:26:45 | More by dirtylou
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear cherry wood with an off-white, mottled head. No lacing.

Smell: Distinct smell of toasted wheat or buckwheat... very nice. Buttery diacetyl is quite strong, giving me the impression of buttered wheat toast. White wine is also detectable, as are a bit of fruity hops.

Taste: Mostly caramel malts, with a short finish of herbal hops. This is mild and clean, tasty but weak, what the French might call "tres blasé." It wouldn't hold up against many foods, but might be great with pasta or chicken in an herb-cream sauce.

Mouthfeel: Very light and flat. This needs work.

Drinkability: This is inoffensive and pleasant, possibly a good crossover beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2005 17:43:13 | More by soulgrowl
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mynie

Indiana

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

Pours like a nice American Amber Ale, rich rusty amber with a nice and retentive yellow-white head.

Smells like very chewy caramel and chocolate malts. The best kind of bread, incredibly yeasty and sweet.

Tastes very much like it smells. Loads of sweet, pleasant yeast, chocolate and caramel malt, and a nice sour sweet finish. No hop character of which to speak, but the malt's complex enough to carry the beer.

Saison? Hardly. This just tastes like a really malty amber ale. It's pretty good, yeah, and it is certainly easy drinking, but this is hardly what I think of when I think "saison"--there's no spiciness or complex hop character. Still well worth while, though.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2005 06:05:49 | More by mynie
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beerceller99

Louisiana

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz. bottle.Nice clear dark amber with a light tan head. Mild smell of caramel and light roasted grains. Medium bodied with a chalky mouthfeel. Decent taste of honey wheat bread. Finishes crisp and clean. This would be a decent , mild session brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2005 09:16:35 | More by beerceller99
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brave stuff from a worthwhile brewery. This is an accomplished Saison that could be labeled as Fantome Hiver’s baby brother. It brings an mild sourness to the caramel dough nutty complexity that forms the backbone of this hazelnut amber brew. Buttery and musty with hints of grass and hay. Parties in the mouth. Medium bodied with nice light carbonation. No head. Excellent session Saison…but aren’t they all?

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 05:23:50 | More by DaPeculierDane
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ChiSox05

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear red and violet hued amber with a thin, disappearing head and faint lacing.

Living nearby, I wonder the water Two Brother's uses for there brews because the smell is so familiar. Must the minerals in there or something, I have no idea. Anyway, to me, smelled like DuPage County tap water, a hint of berry caramel malt and in there somewhere were green hops, but nothing that stands out.

Tastes like a toned-down amber. Black currant tea flavor. Like the smell, nothing leading the way, just the water, light caramel malt and faint hops all doing there own thing.

Light body, medium fizzy carbonation, some tingling sensation at the finish that rounds it out. Could be easily drinkable if there was some incentive in the flavor dept., its average and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 02:01:48 | More by ChiSox05
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Two Brother French Style Country Ale pours out a slightly cloudy copper color with an inch of head. The aroma is spot on for the Biere de Garde style. Sweet malt, honey, herbs, and a little tangy. Strongly herbal flavor with orange, coriander, and other spices. A little bit of a sweet honey flavor. I would like if it were a little more sweet and malty and a little less sour. Medium mouthfeel. Good beer, and especially impressive that this is an American version.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2005 21:13:28 | More by beveragecaptain
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a three-finger head that fades to a ring leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is a earthy hop. Starts slightly hoppy has an earthy spice flavor, finish is clean, more hops than malts. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2005 23:32:24 | More by jdhilt
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whynot44

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium bodied, slightly hazy orange amber color with a small creamy head that doesn't stay around.

Aroma is lightly toasted malts, toffee, caramel and a bit of herbal hops.

The taste is along the same lines, starting with a mildly nutty sweet caramel, then a bit of fresh biscuits and fruit - pears? - and a semidry finish with just a hint of hops bitterness and alcohol warmth.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2005 04:55:28 | More by whynot44
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Sephiroth

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a somewhat hazy amber with little yeasties suspended in it. Smells of toasted caramel malt.

The taste can only be appreciated at cellar temperature or warmer. Toasted bread biscuits, with caramel and a slight lemon flavor. Slightly grassy hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and well carbonated. I do not think this beer is a Saison.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 03:18:06 | More by Sephiroth
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RBorsato

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted on-tap 09/30/05 at Sunset Grill & Tap in Allston, MA.

Billed as Two Brothers Saison Domaine Dupage with 5.9% ABV @ $3.95/pint.

Dark golden to copper in color with a decent creamy off-white head. Strange all malt, almost Oktoberfestish, saison with very little spicy character that is typical in aroma and flavor. Medium-full bodied and creamy. Not very intense in any way. A dumbed down Fantome.

After a Pumpkin Porter, I was really in the mood for a nice spicy Saison ... what a disappointment this one turned out to be.... flabby.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2005 17:05:45 | More by RBorsato
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

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

I am sampling a chilled bottle in a snifter. Bottle is marked best before 10/31/04. uh oh. THe beer pours a clear chestnut hue with a small creamy eggshell white head resting on the surface. I do get some yeast sediment at the end of the pour. The aroma is fruity and malty. SOme red grape and green apple mix well with caramel and biscuits. A nice nose while still remaining rather mild.
The first sip reveals a smooth silky body and fine carbonation that tingles my tongue. I have no concerns about the beer being off.
The flavor is complex yet again not robust. I get sweet caramel, pears and lemony citrus notes throughout. The finish is a little tangy and fruity. QUite enjoyable. The bottle says 5.9%, but I dont notice it. THe drinkability is high as the beer is smooth and goes down easily. I had never heard of this brewery when I bought the bottle, but this beer makes me interested in finding others.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 01:30:25 | More by sulldaddy
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beerinator

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two Brothers Domaine DuPage; 12 ounce bottle

Appearance: Tan with strawberry reddish tones, an off white head caps off the beer. Retention leaves lacing lingering on the glass.

Aroma: Bready maltyness, with nutty undertones. Some sweet spicing and lemony citrus aromas abound.

Taste: There are more hop flavors present than expected from the aroma. The spicing comes through on the tongue a bit more powerful. The finish lingers a bit with vegetal hops maybe a slight herbalness coming from the yeast. The finish strips off all of the sweetness from the beginning of the taste leaving a pleasent dryness.

Notes: Good flavor. This beer is very drinkable. It appears like a solid version of a Farmhouse Ale, with little spicing. But that seems to lend it to more a a session style.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 23:56:16 | More by beerinator
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Brian700

Michigan

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

This beer poured a clear amber color with minimul head. The head that was there disappeared pretty quick.

The smell was somewhat malty with low floral aroma.

The taste was malty with low hops. Not very complex.

The mouthfeel was decent. Medium body with low carbonation. It had decent drinkability but it wasn't anything that I would want to stick to personally.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 21:15:31 | More by Brian700
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granger10

Wisconsin

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

This beer pours a light hazy copper color with a weak thinnish head that fades quickly. Aroma is of sweet bread flavors and honey. A bit of acidity in the aroma as well. Taste has more of that honey sweetness and a nice base of wheat and yeast flavors. Cider notes come in the form of a tart counterbalance to the sweetness. Still it finishes a bit sweet with some residual sugars in the end. Not bad, definitely easy to finish but not in the top of its class either.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2005 00:14:37 | More by granger10
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Attractive label with a château in the background, explaining French ale with caramel start and hop finish. 24 IBU and 5.9% ABV.

Pours a basic clear auburn amber hue with a scant collar cap that immediately squirms away.

Scents are of Wheatena cereal or maybe some healthy grain waffles.

First swigs: Earthy grainy almost raw soy bean flavor with a sprout organic like edge. Lingering flavor that finishes with a rough chalky woodiness. Somewhat sweet in the middle with a sugary honey detection. A blend of roasted caramel malts and honey. Reminds me of Fat Tire.

A bit easy on the light body. Gently carbonated. Goes back without struggle. Quite easy.

Last swigs: Wheat grainy and honey-ish. Misses the tru biere de garde flavor, but Two Brothers is a respectable establishment that makes quality beers with a twist. This on didn't Wow me but it did make for a pleasant drink. Note to self: Try more Two Brothers.

Beer is good. Happy unique beering.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 03:05:07 | More by blitheringidiot
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mntlover

Tennessee

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

Pours a lightly cloudy redish/light brown mixture almost an amber but not quite. There with a small cream colored head that falls fast to a ring that leaves a little lace behind.

Aroma is nice malty almost bock like with some light fruitiness and hints of spice nice relaxing aroma kind of sooths the soul.

Taste is lightly sweet malt that soon gives way to a tart like green apple fruitiness that linger threw the finish of earthy hops and a good almost dirt like yeast presence. Nice complex yet simple little beer, the first of this style I have had to my knowledge.

Mouthfeel is light side of medium but has a grainy almost like dry dirt texture in the finish that I enjoyed.

Drinkability is good wouldn't mind having more of these at all. Thanks go to gimmehead for this treat.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 18:28:25 | More by mntlover
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gimmehead

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich reddish copper with a small off-white head and minimal lacing. Smells very malty and grassy. Also some sweet caramel and sugar with a fruity apple or cherry aroma, very earthy. Taste is of wheat malts, grassy, lightly hopped with some sweet sugary notes and a very clean finish. Maybe a little on the thin side, but as I mentioned the mouthfeel is very clean. A very well balanced beer that paired nicely with grilled pork chops and made for a nice session. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2005 02:17:14 | More by gimmehead
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Poured in an American pint glass)

Appearance: Nice reddish-bronze color with a thin white head that fades quickly. It has nice lacing on the glass

Smell: Good toasty malt aroma with a very slight hop spiciness

Taste: It taste like eating fresh sweet malt and then it ends with a nice hoppy finish. For having a strong malt taste at the beginning and a good hop taste at the end it really taste balanced by all the flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium smooth body with no hot alcohol taste and very gentle carbonation.

Drinkability: This really has a full malty taste but the hops are strong enough to support it without being sickly sweet. Very pleasant to drink and seems to fit the style guidelines very well.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2005 02:19:48 | More by rhoadsrage
Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,092 ratings.