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

1,230 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,230
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 37
Gots: 111 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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1.25/5  rDev -67.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip. Best-by date on bottle 5.16.12

Look- Nearly clear dark apricot color with a surprising amount (three solid fingers) of fairly dense puffy-looking head. Leaves some very nice intricate webby lacing as it settles over five minutes or so. Plenty of yeast sediment in the bottle, not too much in the glass. No visible carbonation.

Smell- Robust amber and caramel malt, spice, and apple, with a touch fresh-cut flowers and a hint of straw. It’s almost perfume-like, musky but not in an off-putting way. Makes me think of candied apples and mulled cider in a warm cabin. I’ve never smelled a farmhouse-style ale that made me think so strongly of... well, the country around harvest time. A+

Taste- Woah! Woah! Hold up! What just happened there? I think my mind was blown. I swear it tastes like a mellow pear cider. Caramel malt starts it off, followed by a bit of grass and alcohol/yeasty spice, finishing with a very mild lingering fruity sweetness. As the flavors are gasping their last, a touch of rich nutty malt makes itself felt. I don’t really know what to make of it, but it’s not quite like anything I’ve had. Very tasty, and light on its feet for how malty it is. Fairly clean finish, excepting the lingering pear feeling that I can’t shake.

Mouthfeel- Crisp to start, and smooth thereafter. Soft carbonation, but it was a vigorous pour. Medium to full body, leaning towards medium. Drinks... like cider.

Overall- I don’t have much to compare it to, but it seems like a great mélange of English-style ale and Bavarian Saison. I have to give it props for hitting spot-on the “farmhouse feel”, even though I’d never really conceptualized it as such. I could definitely see people drinking something like this in the heat of the summer, and man is it tasty. I just wish I could get my hands on it on a regular basis.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Agold
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is copper with a short white head. Interspersed among a nice fine layer of foam are a handful of bigger bubbles. There is a bit of spotty lacing as well, but minimal retention. Aroma is biscuity, mildly roast, and a bit nutty. Flavor is similar, with a mild earthy hop note and a nice mildly fruity yeast character. Sort of verging on a saison-ish character but a bit cleaner. Definitely goes well with the nutty, biscuit from the malt. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent, very nice and refreshing. Medium light bodied, but the carbonation makes it much more drinkable.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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1/5  rDev -73.8%

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass from a 12 ounce bottle.

A: Deep amber color with a soft eggshell hued head that settles to a nice froth on the surface. Lacing is decent, and carbonation is subtle.

S: Grassy and floral, with some caramel malt accompanied by fruity undertones. Also has a yeasty touch.

T: Much like the smell. Caramel notes along with fresh bread, followed by hints of golden apple and pear. A tad yeasty in the middle, with a floral, slightly bitter finish.

Notes: moderate in body, with a very creamy mouthfeel. It's a very drinkable beer, and would accompany just about any dish. It's nice to see some American breweries experimenting with this style. Very enjoyable brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of DanL133
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My brother turned me on to this beer. It's a nice medium bodied beer with a lot going on.
Pours an opaque orangy honey color with a thin white cap.
Nice low carbonation mouth feel, smooth caramel with sweetness, pears, grass, cotton candy? moves to some hops that give a good clean finish.
This is a impressive beer. I recommend this one for sure.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from GDBEERMAN as an extra in our trade, thanks Rob!

A - The beer, serve by 6/20/2011, was poured to a pilsner glass. The beer pours a clear copper/amber color. A thin half finger head, white in color, settles to a film that lasts throughout. Nice lacing.

S - Not much in terms of aroma: a hint of roasted malt and a detectable sweetness.

T - Similar to the nose the flavors were subtle. There is a nice toasted and roasty malt flavor that lasts throughout. A mild bitterness. The middle brings out a sweetness from the honey and malt. Finishes dry.

M - Light bodied with decent carbonation.

O - A very drinkable beer. It was a surprise and a treat. I could easily put a bunch of these down on a nice summer day!

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-18-2011 17:25:50

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

12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a vibrant amber color with a one-finger tan head with good retention. Leaves behind soapy lacing.

S: Smell is malty and fruity (white grape, pear, apple, peach.) Pretty good.

T: Starts off with a nice, soothing toffee and caramel malt. Transitions from that into nice juicy pear, apple, and grape flavors. Ends with a bit of grass and a touch of alcohol.

M: Feels pretty thick, but the body is more on the medium side with a creamy feel from the thick, soapy head. Drinks fairly well. A bit rough around the edges.

O: This is a good, traditional BdG. There's a nice caramel malt base and a bit of sweet funk from the fruits. Definitely an above-average beer, but not spectacular. This is a good beer to pair with a wide variety of fine dining options.

The alcohol and grass bite at the end of the taste is just a tad too much for my tastes, and it seems to clash with the other flavors.

If you're looking for a Biere de Garde in the Chicagoland area, there isn't much else of a choice besides this one. I'd think the oaked version of this beer would be killer good.

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice clear dark amber/copper body a off white head rises to a finger and a half tall before settling to a frothy cap with decent retention and lacing. nose is mainly big bready malts with hints of biscuits and caramel. the tongue picks up some apple and pear along with a well balanced amount of hops. goes down nice and creamy smooth with a short clean finish. this is a good beer that pairs well with anything i eat with it. highly recommended.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,230 ratings.