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
85
very good

498 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 498
Hads: 1,347
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 40
Gots: 170 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: zerk on 05-15-2002

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Reviews: 498 | Hads: 1,347
Photo of BigParty31
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in Chimay goblet.

Appearance: 1 finger of head, beautiful deep amber/copper color, decent lacing

Smell: Noticeable malt sweetness, maybe a little bit of toastiness

Taste: Alcohol warmth but not overpowering, a little peppery, well-balanced sweetness and hop bite.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light and smooth on the tongue. A little sharpness from the carbonation.

Overall: Pretty tasty and enjoyable. I'm not very familiar with the style, but I'll definitely try more french country/bier de garde to get a better sense. Also, one of the prettiest amber/copper colors I've seen in a beer. (591 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a clear amber color with a fluffy white head on top, the retention and lacing are both pretty good. The smell is light, moderate malt and hop aromas here. The smell is earthy and kind of sweet. The taste of the beer is earthy, decent amount of malt with a caramel finish. The mouthfeel is smooth, light bodied and easy to drink. Overall it's a decent brew. (375 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Clear copper body with an off-white head, moderate retention, with mostly clear lacing. Aroma includes a fresh hop blast, slight caramel malts and maybe a saison-like yeastiness. Taste includes a caramel sweetness, some candi sugar, slight hop bitterness and again, a saison-like yeast taste. Overall, a tasty beer, not sure how close to style it is, but not bad at all. (421 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: single finger head on a clear, copper amber body and excellent lacing.

S: caramel malts, nutmeg, cinnamon... with these also reproduced in the flavor. Almost no hops by my nose.

T: caramel and toasted malts, nutmeg, cinnamon but these spices are light with subtle earthy hop character.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: nice spicy brew which nicely follows the style and isnt over carbonated like I feel many of these are. (445 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Faintly hazed bright reddish coppery hue with a thin bubbly head. Candies fruit nose with a mild earthiness. Thin up front but oddly the body gets bigger on the finish. Rolling smooth medium body but close to flat. Sweet fruitiness with a coarse grainy flavor. Finishes with mild alcohol heat and faint woodiness. Long lingering Fruity finish. Balance is there somewhat leaning on the sweet side. Interesting and good beer but definitely something odd about it. Not as clean as id like with a very strange mouth presence. (521 characters)

Photo of AmitC
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying some new beer styles. This one is my first Biere-De-Garde.

Amber color inside the glass. Hazy appearance. Heard that it is often unfiltered, so not uncommon. Less than a finger thick head of off-white color, that persists for some time but then recedes. Very good and sticky lacing. Some bubbles.

Aroma: Very prominent malts and some sweetness in the nose. Caramel, some toasty aroma. A little of yeast aroma came at first but then disappeared very quickly. Not the best and strongest of aroma since i am consuming near the best by date. Some very very subdued noble hops.

Taste: Sweet, malty, toasty and caramel like. some very mild fruitiness. May be some balancing hops that prevent it from being overly sweet. Semi-dry finish.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied feel. Moderate carbonation. No astringency whatsoever.

Style Rate: 4
Personal Rate: 3.5

Nothing really wrong with this beer but nothing going on as well. Style wise - very mellow and semi sweet type of style. I can drink it, but won't seek this style out. (1,029 characters)

Photo of alehopman
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Spot on amber in color. Two finger, persistent head. Massive lacing. Fine beaded, medium carbonation.

Smell: A lot going on here. Very yeasty, sweet caramel malt and a touch of noble hop (something like Golding/Hallertauer/Saaz etc).

Taste: Very sweet/malty/bready. Great malt/hop balance. Finish is in form of nice lingering hop bitterness.

Mouth Feel: Full bodied, somewhat cloying.

Drinkability: At 5.9% abv, this is not quite a session ale but on a given night would be tempted to try more than a few of these, however.

Overall: If this is what they serve in the French countryside, l wouldn't mind spending some time there. (692 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into pint at tap42 in ft Lauderdale. Pours a syrup amber brown with slight head. Smell is malty sweet ....bleh
Taste is exactly the same. Malty bready sweet. Maybe some peppery notes but otherwise very macro trying to hard kind of thing...
Its a bit heavy but the flavor is easy.
Its a step above macro...meh. I will never have again. (351 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours a rusty amber red with an off-white single finger head of foam.

Nutty, caramel, grains, and slightly grassy.

Wonderful balance of sweetness and bitter, nuts, caramel, roasted malts, and hay.

Medium-heavy bodied, medium carbonation, sweet, slightly funky.

Overall, my first offering from Two Brothers and I was definitely not let down! (344 characters)

Photo of jaz58
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great craft brew. It went very well with the great burger I had at DMK.
Spicy smell and taste. Hints of carmel. Good mouth feel and very easy to drink.
Very good white head. Reddish carmel clear colour. A gentle hop aroma with a decent bitter finish. (252 characters)

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

My pal, Jeff brought this one back from the Midwest for me. Rock on!

Served in a Delirium Tremens shaped-glass.

A: Two finger, white head on top of a mildly cloudy, gold/red brew. Pretty good so far.

S: Sort of a sandy, brown sugary, hoppy, disposition overall. More sugar than anything.

T: Fairly smooth, a bit sugary (appropriate to style), and kinda bland. However, I guess the style itself is kinda bland. Malt/hop blend was about 50/50.

M: Sugary, but I've experience worse in this realm. Amazingly ridiculous lacing left on the glass.

O: I've had a few in this style in my day, and this is about in the middle. (622 characters)

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

Bottle dated best by 12/29/12 (I think). Poured into tulip glass.

This is an exceptionally pretty beer. Pours a nice, cloudy amber color with an inch of cream colored head. Very nice lacing as well. On the nose, bready malts with a hint of cherries...cherry coffeecake. Down the hatch, more of the same malty/cherry notes. Light sour notes are detected as well. Mouthfeel is nice: balanced, medium.

I've had this plenty of times, and had some left over from a Halloween party. Good change of pace for my tastes. (513 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a small tumbler. Best by 12/1/2012.

ECE/SAE amber liquid, somewhat cloudy with a dusting of off-white foam up top. Delicate lacing, average retention.

Lovely winter fruit and phenolic yeast notes in the nose, clean with pear skin and pale malt notes coming forward as well.

Nice distinctive yeast "funk" in the palate entry with a distinctive complexity desirable from farmhouse ales. Mildly tart and moderately dry throughout, finishing clean with a floral/earthy bitterness. Hops and yeast both seem to extend their flavors as the ale warms in a lovely synergy.

Soft gentle mouth-feel, though it could use a bit more carbonation perhaps.

A tasty little "farmhouse" ale - with more malt than many saisons and more hops than some biere de gardes; well priced, though further bottle conditioning might improve the affair. (857 characters)

Photo of jpbersa
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance overall was what I thought was best, golden/amber color. The taste was awesome and exactly as they described it because you get the sweet taste in the beginning and then the hops kick in and finish the balance. There's not much of a head but there is really good lacing, carbonation is also on the lighter side.

This is a real good ale though and it was really good, good autumn beer. (400 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Translucent amber, some carbonation, two finger head

S-Wheat, caramel, not much else, mainly malty in the nose.

T-Sweet malt, very heavy on the malt, caramel and toffee. Apples, fruits some candied sugar.

M-Light with some carbonation.

O-A style I think is underrated a solid brew, not great. But gotta give props to people who brew Biere de Gardes. (355 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy reddish-brown with an off-white one finger head. Head retention is not very good but lacing is excellent.

Caramel immediately jumps out in the aroma along with a little biscuit and toast. I can also detect a little bit of yeast, molasses, and wood.

The flavor really seems to have quite a bit going on. Caramel and molasses are very prominent in the flavor. A bit of roast and biscuit linger in the background with a very assertive bitterness coming in almost immediately and lingering throughout. Oddly enough I can pick up some raspberry and bubblegum notes buried deeply underneath, presumably coming from the yeast. Mouthfeel is quite light but finishes a bit sticky.

Overall, an impressive beer in a style that is not seen too often in the US. There is a lot of depth to this beer and a whole lot going on. Definitely one to pick up if you get the chance. (912 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, labeled 'Best By 12/1/12'. A 'leftover' from a family gathering in Plainfield, IL (Labor Day weekend - thanks Cousin Roger for buying some craft beer!); poured 10/1/12 to a pint glass back home in Oregon. Label design has changed since the one pictured above.

A: Hazelnut/amber with a slight fuzzy haze. Pours with a healthy off-white head (maybe a fingers-worth) that holds way before gradually falling to a thin skim. Almost no visible carbonation, however; lace is a few freckles and ring fragments.

S: Spicy-sweet scent, pretty strong. Nutty, in a 'Grape Nuts' cereal kind of way. Grainy, a little woody/pulpy.

T: Intriguing 'apple' crispness, good spice and mild tartness. Finish is sturdy, earthy and dry... maybe slightly 'brassy'/metallic, but it's not an off-putting flavor at all.

M: Soft mouthfeel, a mushy and lightly-carbonated grainy sweetness initially. Finish is a little more substantive, a sharper spicing and earthy/woody bite. Overall, a good balance, despite a sugary start.

O: An 'OK' beer, a bit better than what I'd consider 'average'. The moniker 'French Style Country Ale' is more wordy than a 'Bière de Garde' needs to be... No matters, it's easy enough to drink. Enjoyed a couple of these at the cookout last month and was happy to have had another pre-dinner on a Monday at home. (1,329 characters)

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

Bottle opened on 9.20.12.

A - Pours a light amber-brown with a foamy light tan head that lasts a while.

S - Spicy and oaky.

T - Lots of spice, wood, burnt spices and Belgian yeast.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body and a spicy finish.

O - Oaky and spicy, leaving a tingle on the tongue. (297 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours amber-copper with a thin off-white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Aromas are malty and sweet with toffee, vanilla, and toasted grain permeating the nose. Tastes are sweet, cloyingly sweet at times and towards the end. Notes of vanilla, toffee, toasted grains, caramel, brown sugar, raisin come to mind. Body is medium, creamy, and smooth with modest carbonation. Overall, it's delicate and pleasant but the sweetness gets to be too much towards the end. Still a nice offering from my local brewery. (529 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium brown hue with a fair amount of haze to the body. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam. Overall, a nice looking beer!

Smell: sweet malt with a light fruity quality which makes this beer smell almost exactly like sweetened iced tea. It's a little bizarre, but the aroma is so interesting that I have to say I quite like it.

Taste: biscuity malt flavor with a little bit of fruity sweetness. The toasty, biscuity malt quality, while integral to the sweet-tea character, is just a little bit overemphasized in the flavor for my taste. Aside from that, this is a pretty decent brew.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a rather nice creaminess. I like it.

Overall: yes, this beer employs a biscuity malt character which I don't love. However, it is well put-together and, for a beer as biscuity as this, is not bad at all. (903 characters)

Photo of dpodratsky3
2.91/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint tulip glass

A: Crystal clear, very deep copper color, very handsome actually, just slightly off-white head, pretty small once it settles but it's clinging to my glass all the way to the top

S: Aroma is very faint, just a crisp malt flavor with a touch of caramel

T: Again very one dimensional, just that light malt flavor, but has a lingering flavor that is not all that pleasant, the caramel sweetness lingers way too long, decent hops attempt to clear your palate, but the hop flavor combines with the sweetness in a strange way and the hops still don't manage to wipe that sweetness away, I attribute this to a heavy hand with the caramel malt

M: Slight dry finish, good carb, medium-light body, one of the highlights of this beer

O: Tastes like a strange french craft ale version of many lagers, overly sweet and slightly unpleasant flavors that linger on your palate, it needs more lightness of flavor not just mouthfeel, the flavors aren't big and bold but they feel too heavy (1,017 characters)

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

1409th Review on BA
Draft to Pint/Gueuze glass?
16oz

@White Chocolate Grill, Naperville, IL

App- A bit of a caramel apple color with a good density and haze to it. A bit darker highlights with a small one finger head. A little bit of dotted cling.

Smell- A lot of fall scents to me. Pumpkin, squash, butter and a bit of spice and cream.

Taste- This was very similar to the nose. It had a good creamy flavor with a buttery creamy flavor. Some sweeter middle pocketed spiced caramel notes.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium carbonation. Fairly creamy residual flavors with a residual sweet spice.

Drink- Overall, a nice light creamy and refreshing Biere De Garde. Paired this with a blue cheese/walnut spinach salad and a grilled artichoke. (753 characters)

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

Beer pours deep orange with a very small off white head. Smells like black tea with some sweet floral presence. Tastes just as the nose let's on....tea upfront that mellows out very nice floral taste with some ripe citrus fruit notes. Mouthfeel is very thin with a very active carbonation. Overall pretty good session beer and very glad I got to try it. (353 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type Bottle

Appearance - Carmal burnt orange, 1/2 creamy head with some nice foamy lacing.

Smell - Lemon, grass, earthy, a sour, wine like aroma also. Some faint hops and sugars round this out.

Taste - Sour, bready and bitter first sip. Caramel and lemon are a large flavor. Hops are bitter and add a citric flavor and feel. Added sugars along with some grapes come in at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Bitter, mild sourness. Tounge gets alot of fruits, some sugars and hops. Palate gets remaining sour flavors along with some caramel and citric notes. Finish is bitter and dry.

Overall - Decent, nothing to strong or overpowering about this beer. The farmhouse flavors are mild and smooth yet, theres enough bitter and sourness in it. Its worth a drink, and the price is really nice too. (794 characters)

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

A-pours an orangish caramel color with a thin layer of white head that leaves a ring of lace around the top

S-malt and bread, caramel, light raisins, and yeast

T-caramel, bread, somewhat sour fruits, and yeast.

M-light to medium body, light carbonation, slightly sour aftertaste

Overall the smell is nicely balanced but the taste and mouthfeel fall a little short. (368 characters)

Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.