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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

499 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 499
Hads: 1,361
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 44
Gots: 171 | 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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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)

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

A - Hazy ice tea with a nice khaki fine bubbled head. Nice lace and retention.

S - Lemon and white peach tea with a sweet brown sugar backbone.

T - Big caramel malt note. Rum raisin, sweet ice coffee, and a dry tealeaf bitterness. Kick of lemon balances things out a bit.

M - Great carbonation on a medium-full body with nice retention on the palate.

O - Net sweet profile with great complexity. (399 characters)

Photo of mdcrouser
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I actually brought three six packs back from a quick trip to the Indianapolis area - in a hiking pack. All made it through checked luggage just fine, though packed well with clothes.

Thinnish tan head, fiery amber beneath.

Faint maltiness and even less hops - really very little on the nose to speak of.

There's a subtle maltiness - that of breadiness, a hint of toffee, lemony tartness, some floral notes to close.

Light carbonation, which works well with the rest of the beer, keeping it relatively subdued.

Very approachable - could be a great introductory beer for somebody just into craft. Along the lines of an amber, but more well-rounded, balanced. (666 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Vintage Estates for $1.89

A - A hard pour produced a 1/4 inch of opaque colored head that fizzes quickly to a lace ring. Color is a dark amber brown with Christmas blast of yeast floaties.

S - Ah similar to a Flemish Sour I get tart lemon with mild caramel or toffee malt rounding out some sweetness. I search a bit for hops...

T - Taste is much less sour than I expected or wanted. It does taste overall balanced with mild lemon and sour mixed with some sweet caramel and toffee like malts. Hops in the finish are subtle but round out the overall flavor.

M - Light to medium but to me could use more carbonation.

Overall not a bad Bière de Garde. Plenty of toasted malt, sour, and sweet malts to make it very enjoyable. (744 characters)

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours orangey brown with little or no head, but lots of active carbonation. Cloudy. Smell is musty and sweet.

Taste is mildly sweet and mildly sour, maybe slightly plummy. Nice tart finish.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Overall, pretty good. (282 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Style: Bière de Garde
ABV: 5.90 %

LOOK: Somewhere between deep copper and amber. Fine clarity.

SMELL: Malty, with some caramel and toffee notes. Subtle floral aromas as well.

TASTE: Toasted caramel malts, pine and herbal tea like hops, and slightly bready. Mild fruity flavor and downplayed sweetness.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Clean finish.

OVERALL: A nice simple table beer, would pair just fine with an appetizer of cheeses and light citrus vinaigrette based club salad. (567 characters)

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

The copper-amber colored brew is capped with a nice cream cap of foam which left plenty of lacing down the glass. The aroma is a mixture of caramel mixed with the essence of sweet fruit. Some trailing spice opens the senses. Creamy malt flavors, biscuit mostly, pervade the palate experience. Muted hops at the end contribute some dried herbal flavors. This is a decent stab at the style, but I would like to see a bit more earthiness. (435 characters)

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
24 IBU, 5.9% ABV, Best by date of 4/8/12 on label.

A - Pouring a clear ruby-copper color, Domaine DuPage has a stunning brilliance but a not-so-stunning head. Low and cream-colored, it's got moderate retention for it's small stature and little bits of lacing clinging to the glass.

S - Very lightly acidic and sour, this beer is mild on the aroma with very earthy malts of a small touch of caramel and toffee. Sweet, lingering fruit esters arise and remind of plum and dry fig newton. Reminiscent of Quad yeast, actually.

T - Deliciously malty sweet but balanced with both light toffee and caramel and a strong dark fruit ester to it. A bit of plum and cherry with a light apricot dance around as it cleans out with a mild hop presence on the finish. Very faintly sour and dry bitterness comes across as it finishes with a light oak wood flavor.

M - Strong carbonation prickles the tongue and bites at the throat on the way down. This medium-bodied, perhaps slightly funky, French-style ale is well balanced and finishes dry and faintly bitter.

O - Malt strong but well balanced, hops really only provide bittering balance that lasts through the finish. Complexity hides deep within this oak-laced beer giving it supreme drinkability, something to savor and sip, exploring it's depth. (1,329 characters)

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

Purchased a single bottle as part of a mixed six from a Chicago grocer. My first Two Brothers. Bottle stamped with a "by 7/6/12".

A: Pours well carbonated head. Leaves thorough lacing that clings to the glass fairly well. Color is a clear deep rusty-copper, amber.

S: Right off the bat is a strong toasted malt scent, followed by hint of sweet fruit and musty barnyard. Sweet smell is composed of brown rock candy, molasses, and dried apricot and peach.

T: Tastes of both piney hops and toasted malt. I would describe it as almost waves of malt and hops, cycling between the two as it lingers in your mouth. Getting flavors of yeast, coffee, molasses, malt, nice bright hops, and bits of dark, bitter chocolate. It finishes with a clean hops flavor that ultimately ends with a nice malty after-taste.

M: Well carbonated, but not overly so. Goes down easy and coats the mouth well.

D: Without being overly malty, or having a high ABV, I could definitely drink about three of these. But likely no more due to it's subtle sweetness.

I find the Domaine Dupage to be true to its style and quite tasty. (1,104 characters)

Photo of travMI13
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An extra in a trade. Thought I would give this farmhouse ale/biere de garde a go on a nice, spring night on the patio. Thanks robbiemoy13!

2012 vintage. Best before 5/10/2012. 12 oz. bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

A: Pours a deep amber color with a finger of fluffy white head. Decent head retention and significant lacing.

S: Musty and yeasty with hints of apricot and maybe some pear. It smells more musty than anything, and it seems pretty true to the style.

T: Musty and yeasty with just a touch of the pear. Very well-balanced. The finish is crisp and clean with the hops, but a nice malty sweetness lingers a little bit. This is actually hitting the spot and would serve as a nice table beer.

M: Moderately carbonated. I would normally want a little more carbonation with this style. However, the sweet malts are really picking up the slack there. The finish is crisp and clean, and it is quite pleasant.

O: I have never had anything from Two Brothers before, so I didn't quite know what to expect. This beer is a nice surprise. If this was a bomber, it would be a great table beer for a family dinner. As it stands, it's a nice example of a farmhouse ale that doesn't try to do too much, yet is well-executed. I would have this again, and I would be open to trying other beers from Two Brothers (1,321 characters)

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

Pours a clear coppery bronze with a nice cap of light tan foam that faded without leaving much lace. Smell is biscuits and light caramel, and a tad earthy. Taste is toasted biscuits, lightly sweet and nutty, caramels. Finishes clean and dry. Mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation. Tasty brew. (297 characters)

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

Poured into a tulip.

3.5 A: Fairly clear orange amber color. One finger of frothy off-white head. Retention is a hair below average and a small ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Flowery and grassy with toasty malts and a touch of caramel.

3.5 T: Again toasty malts, ample graininess, and caramel to complement. Flowery, grassy, and earthy otherwise.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. I'd prefer this to be a bit spritzier than it is though.

3.5 D: Tasty beer. I'm a big fan of the style, I wish I could find more of them. (544 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle tried 4 Nov 2011. Courtesy of R&S, thank you. Served in the (512) One snifter.

Large thick tan head. Well carbonated. Clear warm reddish brown in color. Aroma is light, roasty malts, sweet, earthy, a bit floral. Beer starts sweet and a bit boozy. Alcohol is readily apparent. Nutty maltiness, cinnamon and yeast. Medium body, alcohol presence seems a bit more than 5.9%. Moderate bitterness in the finish. Lingering sweet syrupy malts and warming alcohol.

The alcohol presence wasn't bad, just seemed like a lot more than 5.9%. (544 characters)

Photo of vic21234
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle labeled with a best by date of 5/1/12.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a finger's worth of off-white head. Little to no lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- An overall sweet, almost fruity smell. Not much going on otherwise.

T- Up front is a sweet and caramel-like malt presence. Finishes off with subtle hop presence.

M- Light, extremely drinkable, dry finish.

Domaine Dupage was one of my first Two Brothers beers. A great beer from one of my local brewers, Domaine Dupage is a standby for me around here, as many restaurants in the area have begun serving it lately. (620 characters)

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (1,891 characters)

Photo of Agold
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.97/5  rDev +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. (700 characters)

Photo of DanL133
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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 (919 characters)

Photo of TTAmod
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,113 characters)

Photo of match1112
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is reddish orange with amber highlights. It yielded one inch of tan head.

S - I get some light fruit aromas, apple and pear. I also get some barnyard aromas.

T - Light fruits are up front. I get some peach. I get a wild yeast flavor as well.

M - Medium with a lot of carbonation.

O - It's a decent beer. There is nothing remarkable about it, but it is worth a try. (413 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in a pilsner glass. Best by date of 3/25/12.

A: Pours a dark amber body with dark golden edges. A two finger, off-white head forms on the pour and has some pretty decent retention, although it only leaves some splotchy, soapy lace.

S: There is a slight yeasty backdrop that holds a subtle malty sweetness, some grassy/hay like hops and a little bit of tree fruit.

T: The taste pretty much follows the nose with a more forward caramel-esque malt bill. There is some nice pale malts as well with the same light fruit and grassy hops.

M: Excellent carbonation with a light body, but the flavors don't really linger too long on the palate.

O: This is a light, refreshing beer that has an above average drinkability. While the flavors were mostly subtle it still had a nice taste and I could drink several in one sitting. (842 characters)

Photo of output01x
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Best By 03/15/12) into a snifter glass.

A slow pour yields a 1-finger cream-colored head that slowly fades to a thin, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a hazy strawberry orange with a good amount of large, energetic carbonation bubbles. Some light lacing can be seen temporarily clinging to the sides of the glass throughout consumption.

The nose is rather yeasty but has some nice citrus hops and sweet, malts aromas as well. Notes of pears, peaches, and apple juice give this beer a very subtle yet appealing quality.

Every aroma is immediately reintroduced to your senses (except this time as flavors!) as soon as this beer hits your tongue. Asian pear, yellow peaches, and some golden delicious apple all make for a very sweet, fruity experience. As this beer is swallowed, the sweet, biscuity malts really come out and add a good complexity to the light fruit flavors. The finish on the beer isn't exactly dry but is definitely lacking. There is no real evolution in the flavors between sips, which is rather unfortunate.

Light to medium bodied with very active carbonation, this beer is oddly not as refreshing as one would expect. The body is just light enough to allow the flavors to remain delicate. The carbonation fizzes away on your tongue at every point during the sip and almost gives this beer a sparkling quality. (1,383 characters)

Photo of CBlack85
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JAYBLACK for this one

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

The beer pours a cloudy orange/rust color and has about three fingers worth of frothy white head that recedes quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

The nose is rather subdued, consisting mainly of bready malts, some weak fruity notes (apple, pear, peach), and a nice yeast character that rounds everything out making it rather pleasant.

The flavor is much the same as the nose; bits of caramel, bready malts, tart fruit, a slight spiciness, and a fair amount of belgian yeast character. Medium bodied and well carbonated, the beer feels prickly on the tongue; ultimately the beer is supremely drinkable.

Overall, the beer is very enjoyable and easy to drink. Light in flavor, yet complex enough to keep you wanting more. I wish this was available in my area... (853 characters)

Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.