Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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85
very good
512 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
512
Ratings:
1,441
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
20.63%
 
 
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Domaine DuPage French Style Country AleDomaine DuPage French Style Country Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by zerk on 05-15-2002

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Reviews: 512 | Ratings: 1,441
Photo of AylwinForbes
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.7/5  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.

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Photo of BeenJammin
3.75/5  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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of bruachan
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
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

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Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of chuckm
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. Color is golden but murky. I love the taste and mouthfeel

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Photo of Vancer
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Slynger
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of ajmoody76
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of johanvond
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best by 3/7/08. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours amber with a half-inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. The beer has a sweet and slightly sour fruity aroma, it smells like caramel, apple, citrusy hops and vinegar. Tastes like apple, caramel, lemon peel, bread, bittering hops and a bit of funk. Overall the taste is a bit on the weak side. Mouthfeel/body is a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's smooth and not hard to drink. I don't recall having a beer of this style before, so I son't really have anything else to compare it to. I can't say it's one of my favorites, but it's not bad. I'll have to try this one again and similar beers in the future just to get a better grasp of it. But yeah, I'd try it again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange brown. Nose is a strong leafy aspect. Flavor is nice and roasted. Seems a bit leafy. Lasting profile. Feel is a bit thick on the liquid and smooth on carbonation. A nice example of this style. I usually don’t go for it, but I like this one.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No freshness dating, but best if used by 3/29/2008 on label. Poured into my Harpoon IPA glass. Presented with a beautiful copper color. Fluffy white head that dissipated quickly into a thin skim; light consistent lacing throughout the session. Scent of hops (reminded me a little of MH #9). Taste was not what I expected - slightly more malt than hops, but also tasted a little skunky. Somewhat lively mouthfeel initially, but carbonation disappeared rather quickly, leaving somewhat of a flat, mellow mouthfeel; not at all crisp. Not bad, but somewhat middle of the road all and all.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a nice light amber color, with medium thick off-white head that lingers well and leaves okay lacing. Aroma is a nice mixture of malty dark fruit and hoppy citrus and the flavor follows suit. The mouthfeel of this particular beer was nice and full, and slightly tingly.

As expected, the finish was initially slightly malty sweet, but became more well rounded as the hoppy bitterness and a hint of alcohol crept in.

A very pleasant beer.

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Photo of baos
2.45/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz into pint glass

A: Pours really dark with lots of sediment and a huge 4 finger plus dark tan head.

S: Butterscotch sweet smelling, caramel, malts. Yeasty and fruity. Kind of like fruitcake.

T: I'm not too fond of this one. Really strong tasting and sweet. Doesn't seemed to be balanced very well. Maybe I got a bad beer. I'll have to review it again.

M: The only thing that was decent in this review.

D: I only drank half of the beer. It was too strong and syrupy for me. Like I said before. I'll review again, to see if I just got a bad beer.

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Photo of
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Clark Street in Chicago

Poured a clear, dark gold/amber. Capped with a small, creamy, off-white head.

Aroma was pretty mild. A touch of vinegar, herbs, maybe some yeast.

Taste was vinegar again, faint. Spicy & herbal. Bit of sweetness, citrus -- tangerine/orange. Pepper at finish and some more citrus - lemon.

Light to medium in body. Medium + carbonation. Pretty dry.

OK. Vinegar taste not for me. Assumed, based on name, it was a Biere de Garde. Didn't seem to fit the style, based on others I have had. I wouldn't hurry back to this one.

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Photo of balconybrew
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass with a good white head. Lacing clung the entire way down the glass. Clear, reddish-brown liquid. Aroma was of malt, a hint of spice and fruit. Taste was of malt, but not too sweet. Balance and "bready." Minimal hops and a little yeast.

Tastes great and very drinkable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, light amber body with a medium, off-white head.

Smell: Interesting aroma of oven-baked apples with a tiny bit of butterscotch and faint flowery notes.

Taste: Sweet, nutty butterscotch with a very apple-like fruitiness. Hint of grapeskins. Floral hops. Semi-sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine little American-made biere de garde.

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Photo of prototypic
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's slightly hazy and a reddish-amber color. Head is about a finger and a half. Off white head had pretty good retention though very light lacing remained.

Smell: Initially it has a caramel-malty sweet aroma. Definitely a twist of toasted nuts in there. Maybe a hint of raisin or some other dark fruit blended in.

Taste: Nice blend of dark fruit and caramel malts. Certainly has a very sweet taste to it. Toasted nut flavor is noticeable. Light hops are present, but it's far from a bitter beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, crisp, well carbonated, and a pretty refreshing beer. I'm actually pretty impressed with this beer. It's a first encounter with the style and it's better than I expected. Overall, good beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two-finger head with some staying power and good lace. Dark amber color with a slight haze.

Dark crystal malt aroma. Muted hop.

Full flavor and body--creamy texture. Good balance--the malt is not sweet, but it is not overly dry either. The hop is present throughout the taste and after the swallow.

This is a fine offering. I didn't notice the usual off flavors I associate with French country ales. I'd equate it to a very good pale ale.

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Photo of Cresant
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Bordeaux glass. Best by date: 9/20/07. A moderately vigorous pour resulted in a minimal head that dissipated to a tiny ring. The body was slightly hazy and amber in color with strong ruby highlights.

Smell was rich and sweet. Dried fruits. One dimensional.

Taste was sweet up front with a musty, cherry-like flavor. Caramel maltiness appears as it warms. A mildly funky finish. Earthy.

Mouthfeel had a creeping zip with tiny bubbles of carbonation. Medium in body.

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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 512 ratings.