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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

508 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 508
Hads: 1,421
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 20.37%
Wants: 48
Gots: 202 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

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 Westsidethreat
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Diffused saffron color with some haze to it. Head is very minimal and quite fizzy leaving a small ring around the side of the glass.

S: White grapes, red apples, floral hops, cheap chocolate and vinous wood.

T: Begins sort of plastic like and rounded. Little bid of old lemon juice, pollen and faint caramel come next with faint hints of chocolate. Muted barnyard flavors mosey on in with minor hay and some fresh cut grass. Finishes with nips of honey, touch more of lemon juice and stale bread.

M: Medium body, bit hard.

D: Decent beer. Nothing crazy special but drinkable.

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Photo of AltBock
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It was on-tap @ the Brew Kettle on April 27th, 2007. On the Brew Kettle's beer menu, they said that Domaine DuPage was a Saison (not correct) with 22 IBUs with an ABV percentage of 6.0%. It came to me to at the right temperature in a standard nondescript American pint glass.

It poured a dark reddish amber with a thin layer of white foam that quickly dissipated away into a few foamy white rings along the edge of the beer and a few white streaks of lace around the glass. It didn't have much of an aroma to it. All there was, was a light aroma of a few juicy fruits coated in brown sugar. That's all I got. When it warmed up, still nothing else emerged from the background of the smell. It had a light and mild taste of toasted malts, some juicy fruits, tame toasted citrus hops, and then finished off with a small dab of sweet caramel. There weren't many tastes in the taste department, but what was there made for a better than average taste. I would have to say the mouthfeel is on the light side with a soft aftertaste of toasted malts and a few juicy fruits. I wouldn't mind trying it again, but if I don't, I wouldn't be hart broken if I missed it. It was an OK beer.

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Photo of zebulon
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this twice the first time was at 40-50 degF; the second time was at 60 degF and with dinner.

Color was a golden amber, with a rich off white head that tasted creamy, but died down from 1+" to 1/4" fairly quickly.

Mild malty sweet aroma.

The primary taste was bitter hops (vs west coast floral hops) balanced somewhat by slightly carmally malt. Dry tasting and a good compliment to my dinner (brisket roast in a slightly sweet and sour sauce). Could not pick up the fruit overtones that other have described. This not my favorite style and I may be trying to be too fair in rating it.

Medium body and very drinkable with a meal.

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Photo of dgfair
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Beautiful bright copper color with a very creamy white head that dissipates slowly leaving a thick coating of lace all around the glass.

S - A little bit of a musty, dusty aroma that has hints of fresh grain, light hops, and a subdued floral, pollen sweetness to it. Very nice scent that smells fresh and old at the same time.

T - Greeted with a very nice crystal malt biscuitiness up front...again, very fresh tasting. A touch of light bittering hops and more fresh malty sweetness. Seems like the word for this one is "fresh". Very nice.

M - Very creamy with a very smooth carbonation. Perfect balance in this mouthfeel, perhaps the best quality of this beer.

D - Extremely drinkable, would be great for a nice session with six of these and a tasty cheese platter. Overall, one of my favorite offerings from Two Brothers.

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into the nearest at hand pint glass


Smell is really great, a sweet hop scent with sort of musty aftertones

Taste decides to go in a different direction
Very gentle yet assertive hop hit up front, followed by a sweet wash over the palate. This beer really showcases a nice hop bite with a soothing, malty balance. While there are flavors of apples and something slightly musty which is great but I can't figure out what it is, I really love the delicate balance the hops and malt are playing.

Overall, I really liked this beer, had a great balance with some flavors thrown in that you don't see everyday, like an elephant walking a toy poodle. I wish I had some more of this, but will look forward to the day I see a six pack in the cooler.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hue is rich, deep copper/mahogany, minimally carbonated, bouqet is redolent of raisins, caramel, dark stone fruits, honey, taste is semi-sweet upfront, just enough bittering from the hops to provide balance on the finish. general taste is reminiscent of sweet, dark fruit, mouthful is slightly viscous in a good way, due to the residual sugars this is not necessarily a session beer but i could stand a few of these, a nice representation of the french country ale style.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
Pours a translucent copper hued ale. Very little head, and very little lacings in this brew which has, not surprisingly, a very low level of carbonation.

Aroma
Caramel and toasted biscuit. Mildly lemony but mostly grassy hops. Faintest hint of slightly sweet read apple?

Taste
Caramel malts with a biscuity finish. Spicy, peppery hops with a hint of orange citrus and a lemon grass finish. The slight hint of sweet, not tart red apples also comes through in the taste.

Mouthfeel
Loads of caramel mats in this one that manage to have an almost dry biscuity finish. Quite refreshing actually. Malts nicely balanced by peppery and citrusy hops, with their clean, bitter, and mildly tea like astringent finish. While assertive the hops dont linger in this medium bodied ale.

Drinkability
A clean, refreshing, well balanced ale. Sessionable, approachable, and enough flavour and body to hold the interest of an experienced beer drinker, as well as turn a newbie onto craft beer. Ill be looking for this one again come summer time!

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Photo of aluskungs
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The foam is here to stay. It does weaver down a little but it hangs in there. The beer is a nice mahogany color that looks great. Very desirable just looking at it.

Smells a bit off. Could be getting old. Smells like old sour apples. But there is good apple smell mixed in there to along with a sweet caramel smell, which is quite pleasant.

Large malt taste that has reminds me of cider. A cool caramel sweetness that transitions in to hop bitterness. Good soft carbonation like a bottle conditioned beer. The carbonation keeps it from getting to heavy and the hops clean your pallet for the next swig of beer. Before you know it, this beer is gone!

Great fresh flemish fantastic ale!

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Photo of rousee
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of RustythePelican
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of beveritt
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of malcontent
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of nortmand
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of maek228
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of laintringulis
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of maundythirsty
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.