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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good
513 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
513
Ratings:
1,450
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by zerk on 05-15-2002

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Reviews: 513 | Ratings: 1,450
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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Photo of nlmartin
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of shbobdb
2.56/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

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.

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

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.

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Photo of jj21
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle
Pours an amber hue in to the chalice with a decent head. Moderate carbonation rises to the top and forms an off-white 1" head. The aroma was a little fainter than I expected. Malty caramel and fruits, but not what I would expect from a saison. Same for the taste. There's a slight hop finish to balance it very nicely. The mouthfeel was disappointing. Flash-in-the-pan wateriness and it was gone. No lingering spiciness that I expected from a saison. More of a mild brown ale to me. Not a bad beer by any means, but it didn't blow me away. Good beer with food as it doesn't overpower, but emhances. I would drink it again.

With such an elegant label, I expected a little more. We all make mistakes.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears an ultra clear brown red color with a short lived whtie head. The ring remains along with some patchy white spots. Sweet toasted caramel malt aroma, a little noble hops, mild fruits/ mostly light green grapes, and mildly spiced. Not really a saison from what I've had...this fits the biere de garde style description very well. Nice taste. Bready, malty, toasted, and more fruity esters weaving thoughout. Mild alcohol in a good way is apparent at random moments. Has a nice grape-like dryness to it and a semi sharp carbonation.

Good all around....easy on the senses but not lacking in complexity.

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Photo of walleye
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the bottle. poured a amber with a off white head that left a small amount of lacing. aroma sweet, malt, hops with a nice touch of caramel, fruity. flavor I was excepting something close to Jully Pumpkin but this beer is no where close to JPs beer that said I enjoyed this beer very easy to drink nice and smooth. got caramel, hops, and malts, sweet. good beer

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Photo of wedge
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudless amber red hue with a fixed thin, bubbly cap. Almost no visible carbonation. Low-key toasted malt aroma - doughy with some fruitiness in the back. The flavor is smooth toasted sweet caramel malts that quickly blend with muted spiced fruits...bready with a slight tart hoppiness in the finish. Medium, coating mouthfeel - very smooth and balanced.

Very rich, yet subtle - a nice, malty bière de garde. Much better than the first beer I had from Two Brothers...I'll have to give some more of their beers a try. Recommended.

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

My second act with Two Brothers... the first was a 6pk of their weiss beer which must have gone bad when I got to it. They are lucky I'm giving them a second chance on my first full saison...

12 oz bottle poured into St. Bernardus Chalice.

A - Orangy amber, slightly cloudy with 1cm head that fades fast. A bit of whispies on top. Lacing is minimal overall but what is left is in distinctive, heavy rings.

S - Emphasis on the hop nature, with fruits dancing in the distance. Not very sweet, but not too far off from an IPA. Smell seems kindof one dimensional.

T - Taste is fuller than smell lead me to believe. A touch of sweetness at the beginning. More malt activity than smells lets on, but hops leave a slight bitterness to the finish. A real biscuity / grainy feel to it. Whatever fruits are present have little impact on my palatte.

M - Full beginning with an almost powdery finish. Very little carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, could be a sessionable version of a saison. Alcohol hidden well.

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Photo of bearrunner44
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright amber. I poured the bottle pretty hard, but head didn't show up immediately. Not to worry; it's a late bloomer. Once the head develops, it has good retention and leaves plenty of lace as it fades.

Smell: Soft brown sugar and vague spikes of citrus sweetness, with an underlying bed of gently floral hop aroma.

Taste: Syrupy smooth malt sweetness. Caramel overtones, with (very) vague hints of grapefruit and spice. The malt profile is smooth, sweet and moderately bulky, but not assertive. The hop bitterness is low. I really like the way this beer uses hops; they definitely have character, contributing to the flavor from start to finish, but they never really emerge as a distinctly separate flavor. They compliment the malt nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body. The carbonation is subdued, but not flat. Smooth.

Verdict: This isn't a beer that wows you with big flavor. The malt profile isn't especially complex, but it's smooth, sweet, and well-balanced. It went very nicely with a light Caesar salad.

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Photo of Franchise
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This offering from Two Brothers pours a dark maroon that has some yeast floating around the body, leaving a tan lace that floats on the top of the beer. The aroma is plum, dates, figs, prune lots of "stone fruit" are present in this saison. There is a sweetness to the body (sugary prune juice). The taste is hoppy, starts off with watery plum fruit juice feel, it has a malty background that reminds me of grape juice. The finish is a suttle hop bitter aftertaste with a somewhat floural watery mouthfeel. Pretty decent overall, I love the different flavor for this saison.

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

Medium copper body with golden edges and a small, off-white head. Toasted grains on the nose with light fruity sweetness. A bit of spice in there too (grains of paradise?). Not much else. Toasted bitterness up front. Fruity malt with singed notes follows and mixes with light whiskey and wood flavors. Interesting. Finish shows tangier/tarter sides of the fruit and resonant toasted, slightly floral, bitterness. Medium to light bodied with a slightly sticky, nicely carbonated feel. Not bad and the tartness mixed with caramel/bread is different than any beer I've had lately.

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Photo of twelvsies
3/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of beals
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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?

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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 513 ratings.