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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

1,090 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,090
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 32
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zerk on 05-15-2002)
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LacquerHead

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was sort of a bare bones type of beer. Subtlety would be the word to describe this beer.

There was a faint roasted malt aroma along with a trace of honey.

The flavors were on the delicate side. It did have a toasted malt aspect along with a dry hops finish, but it was on the subdued side. At times I detected a slight honey flavor along with some earthy notes. Towards the end of the glass I picked up an alcohol smell, which was surprising given its ABV level.

The M/F was soft and it was easily drinkable. I could gulp this down in a second. The main reason I picked this up was because of its claim of being a versatile beer when it comes to food pairings. I paired this with a London broil with an assortment of vegetables.

Overall: I'm sure it would go with many food items. It has a very basic flavor, almost generic. This is not to say it isn't something worth considering. It has a very clean and refined taste. This is just a good basic beer.
Note: at times it reminded me of a Amber/Vienne Lager

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 08:14:32 | More by LacquerHead
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cocogan

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Visual: Poured into pint glass. Amber in color with a one finger head.

Aroma: Canned peas and toast in the nose.

Taste: The smell of peas really brougtht out a pea taste in my mouth that was really not that pleasant. The peas were followed by the toast (well done toast but not burnt), which was comlemented by hints of honey and alcohol. Bit of hops at the end finishes the taste.

Body: medium

Drunkability: Really wouldn't want to drink this beer unless I was eating a meal. The taste alone isn't desirable but the toasted malts would really complement a diverse range of foods.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 04:08:09 | More by cocogan
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mariposafan

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright amber with minimal head/lacing. Some sediment gets in despite attempting a careful pour.

The aroma is rich with malt and some hops. The maltiness is almost caramel it's so sweet.

The flavor has some of the same notes as the aroma but it's not as sweet or rich and there's a lingering bitterness that I'd rather not have. Overall, though, it's a nice balance of hops with a soothing maltiness with a definite caramel/toffee impression.

It's a little thicker than I was anticipating but that's not a bad thing. The carbonation is pretty nice, though maybe a tad aggressive.

The drinkability looses points for the excess bitterness but otherwise is very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 21:45:58 | More by mariposafan
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AdamMY

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is quite bad, cloudy chestnut brown with basically no head, and the little there was faded almost instantaneously. The aroma though is nice lots of fruit, strawberries, and blueberries, with hints of baking spicies.

The taste is a mix of incredibly unique and boringly standard, the standard is the basic ale taste, but the unique is it has a long lasting chocolate and blueberry note. But the mouth feel is wonderful, and its flavor is quite intriguing to the point that it is wonderfully drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 01:00:17 | More by AdamMY
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Erish

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a large wine glass. Best by 5/9/11.

A: cloudy, with plenty of suspended yeast, the head is negligible, the cap is scant but persistent, the lacing is decent.

S: earthy, barnyard-like funkiness, some spice (nutmeg/allspice), a definite pumpkin-like aroma, honey, a caramel/vanilla infused maltiness supports the whole thing.

T: the malt, funk, and spice all hit up front, the middle shows a slightly sour, vinous character as well as some honey, the finish is very dry, a little peppery, and finishes nicely with earthy/grassy hops.

M: medium-weight, ultra-creamy texture, the carbonation is plentiful and helps cleanse the palate for a perfect finish. Exceptional.

D: This is an exceptional all-season beer, and I will definitely seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 01:52:07 | More by Erish
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fdw3

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark amber with a small off-white head that retains nicely and leaves a good amount of lacing. Smells amazing with a combination of caramel malt, molasses, honey, sweet fruit, and just a bit of flowery hops. Taste delivers on the promising smell and is extremely well-balanced; sweet flavors of malt and thick honey fade into some earthy hops with a good combination of bitterness and alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth and just a bit syrupy with significant body and moderate carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer; the malt character is dominant but the sweetness is not overpowering; taste is complex. I could only do a couple at once but I would enjoy every sip. Loved it!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 00:01:08 | More by fdw3
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mdfb79

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Portsmouth tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent dark amber color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass and the head lasts for 3 to 4 minutes.

s - Smells of bready malts, musty, earthy malts, and light caramel malts. As it warms up some definite fruit and some toasted malts. Pretty nice, but was expecting a little more caramel here.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, bready malts, sweet fruit, wheat, and toasted malts. Pretty enjoyable and definitely a step up from the smell. I like the caramel and toasted malts mix with the sweet fruit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - I thought this was a pretty good beer. The smell improved a lot as it warmed up and I enjoyed the caramel and toasted malts in the taste. Would certainly have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 23:31:11 | More by mdfb79
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: This pours a copper cherry color, with just a touch of light sneaking through the glass. Obvious yeast particles meander throughout the body of the beer while a modest eggshell head rests on top. Quickly it fades to a rocky bubbly ring with a few remnants of the head resting on top and a few spots of lace on the side.

Smell: Definite fruity esters here, but the aroma overall is pretty mild. Bready malt, red apples, sweet oranges, and a bit of spice.

Taste: Bready malt starts out the taste, almost getting lost because the sweetness comes second, along with the fruit. Cherry, sweet orange, and red apples form an interesting combination, followed by some general yeast spiciness. At first I get a sweet finish with nearly no hoppiness, but as the glass progresses (and warms) a white grape flavor comes in, drying it out and giving way to a a bit of orange rind and grassy hoppiness. The finish, however, is unmistakably sweet.

Mouthfeel: It starts sweet and juicy and pretty much stays that way all the way through. A brief dryness is apparent with the white grape flavor, but that's it. The finish is clean, but there is some resin left in my mouth after each sip. The body and carbonation are both medium.

Drinkability: Definitely drinkable, this would be the type of beer that would grow on me upon further consumption. AT 5.9%, it is not unreasonable to have a few.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 05:51:41 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Auracom

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes. 12 oz. bottle on January 28th, 2011 in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Light brown/golden brown coloring. Half-finger, light brown/cream head is pretty inviting.

S - Something distinctly burnt in the nose is most prevalent character - almonds likely. Malty, some breadiness. A general spice quality, mostly cinnamon. Some caramel.

T - More malts. Cinnamon and caramel combine in noticeable sweetness on the front. It's certainly not a flavorbomb, every note is a bit subdued. *Slight* bitterness at the back. I think I enjoyed the smell a bit more.

M - Fairly smooth, not a ton of carbonation which I find appropriate for the flavors. More watery, not at all chewy.

D - Decent session experience. Worth another try.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 18:08:37 | More by Auracom
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Kylito87

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok so I have had only a couple 2 brothers products before. I was at jewel ,The scurge of beer buyers but hey it is always funny getting strange looks from people who go right for the BMC and go oh yeah 30 stones for 12 bucks, while I am looking at Plato , IBUs , and bottled on date and checking BA on my blackberry. It is a little chilly to walk to Binnys. So I wanted to try a brewery that I have had limited exposure too. DFH is running rampant at Jewel mostly their mainstream stuff which I have had. Nothing again Sam and his crew I love DFH. So here I am and Heres we goes!

Appearance: Dark to medum amber in color. Good head at first that crashes into a fizzy white cap. Very decent lacing through my andeker glass.

Smell: Mostly sweet malt with a caramel kick and a hint of grain. Hint of honey with dried fruit and bread

Taste: Very sweet! Most of the smell comes through. I think this has been said before but it sort of reminds me of a brown ale. For a almost 6% abv beer there is a slight alcohol bite as it warms that I wasn't exoecting. Some slight brown sugar and floral notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel: I am new to this style so I am at loss to what this should be. The carbonation doesn't over power the beer. Medium body with a sticky finish. It is very smooth.

Drinkability: Very! The only thing that makes this beer a little less drinkable is the fact that my lips stick together. This is a very pleasant beer.

Overall: It is enough to make me seek out this brewery's beers a little more now. I am a Illinois native so that should not be to hard of a task. Next up will be heavy handed.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 02:46:42 | More by Kylito87
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Dogstooth5

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Amber - poured with a little head. no lacing and head disappeared quickly.

Smell - malt presence in the smelll slight honey

Taste- balanced nicely - hints of citrus and the malts. slight bitterness

Mouthfeel- smooth. carbonation = good.

Drinkability- High.
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Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 23:56:45 | More by Dogstooth5
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alleykatking

Indiana

2.35/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a semi-hazed brown amber body. Red highlights really shine when held to the light. Half finger off white/light tan head show poor retention. Light streaks of lace that fall back into the glass when I drink this one down.

S- Some sweet malt gets overtaken by darker fruit....I mean a ton of prune really. Hints of brown sugar here and there but mostly just darker fruit dominates the aroma.

T- Caramel malts mix in the a light darker fruit in the front of the beer. This comes to light brown sugar flavor in the middle with a bready malt base backbone. The darker fruits kick this back up a notch along with caramel malts and a light alcohol flavor.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is alright for the style. Caramel malts, brown sugar, and darker fruits left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly sweet alcohol and darker fruits with a hint of caramel malts. Medium drying on the palate. Flavors are not really balanced on this at all. Light metallic off flavor does make this beer a little off putting flavor wise.

D- This beer might have been a little off and I will review it when I get another bottle. For now this beer is a horrible drinker and I think they did not hit the style at all. Oh well some people might like this but not me.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 02:22:12 | More by alleykatking
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foogerd

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- deep amber body can see somewhat through it. Slight head after the pour which disappeared, after which a faint remnant remained through out.

S- Tons of toasty baked breads, like walking into a bakery in the morning after the ovens just been filled. Honey and spices complement the toastiness.

T- Same as the nose just with a slight twinge of alcoholic bitterness at the finish. Very tasty reminds me of Brown Ales.

M- Smooth nicely carbonated, no complaints here.

D- This is damn drinkable, a real beautiful subtle beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 02:10:28 | More by foogerd
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MarvinTheMarzen

Iowa

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very pleasant surprise from Two Brothers (and my buddy Jim B for setting me up). I've had mixed luck with the Biere du garde style but this one is a winner. Pours a luxurious brown with a slight head; the aroma and taste is delicious with a notable hint of caramel. Very drinkable at 5.9% - very well balanced between malty sweetness and hop. It's on my shopping list...

Edit 3-24-2012: Tried this again and ws not as impressed as in 2011. It was still good but didn't make as big an impression as last time. Not sure if this is due to variability in the brewing or an artifact of the style - biere du gardes have been quite variable in my experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 02:23:40 | More by MarvinTheMarzen
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ratrod53

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- It's a cloudy nice dark copper brownish color. It has a nice head that stick around for a bit and leaves some lacing.

S- It's a grainy toast smell with a hint of earth hops and spice and it's a little sweat.

T- It's a smooth beer with a good malt body. It's got a little bit of hops in it with some grain. I got a little bit of alcohol taste. It finishes with a nice fruity sweat taste.

M- It's got good carbonation with a creamy body.

D- It's a really easy beer to drink and to start the night off.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 01:19:21 | More by ratrod53
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber- dark for the style, but with a fine white head that sticks around for awhile and leaves some nice lacing. Smells a bit grainy, like brown bread with some earthy hops and some brown sugar glazed pears. The taste is very nice- quite balanced with some slightly sweet grainy malt, some notes of banana and pear, and some more earthy hops as well as a touch of brandied citron on the end that intermingles nicely with the long somewhat bitter earthiness. Very smooth and silky in the mouth, with just a touch of tartness. A very nice beer- can't believe its taken me this long to try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 21:49:58 | More by Georgiabeer
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BTK480

Illinois

5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My all time favorite beer. On tap (at the Two Brothers Brewery) or out of the bottle this is a smooth well finished beer. Great taste and drinkable all year, Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall this is a great year round beer. I would recommend that you visit the Two Brothers Brewery and have the Tap House Burger. It's a great burger with roasted fresh Jalapenos peppers folded into 1/2 pound of awesome beef. It's the best way to spend an afternoon on a cold winter day in Chicago.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 05:59:56 | More by BTK480
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: cloudy amber body, finger khaki head
solid lacing

S: subtle earthy, sweet malts, biscuit, deep ripe fruit.

T: sweet malt, ripped raisins/dates, bready.

M:: medium body, nice carbonation balance
smooth

O: good session beer, fine for adventurous
Fat Tire/Amber loving friends. Enjoy 2 Bros
+ always enjoy variety of styles being
explored.

MERCI 2 BROTHERS; WORTH TRYING!

Revisited 5-10-2014

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 20:26:55 | More by BeerLover99
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in North Aurora, IL for $1.50 in Fall 2010.

This French style country ale pours a medium brown with a long lasting head on it. There is a decent scent of malts to it. Upon drinking it has a semi-heavy taste of roasted malts with a slight hint of honey and spices. An interesting beer to come out of Illinois.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 04:28:23 | More by Lemke10
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nrbw23

Ohio

2.6/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Pours a dark burnt-orange color with a nice tan colored head. Head has ok retention and leaves no lacing. Great color here in this one.

S- Smell is a bit biscuity malt, darker roasted grains, no hops at all and a bit of a funk to it.

T- A little fruity and grainy. A bit of an off funky taste here. Some what herbal and Earthy too. Nothing really went well together.

M- Medium in body and fairly light in carbonation.

D- This one must not be for me. I thought it was pretty odd and just hard for me to drink. Good luck.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2010 00:02:44 | More by nrbw23
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Dark copper in color, with a finger of light white head. Slight lacing. Overall very nice.

Aroma is slightly malty, with a faint tart smell. There's some predominant fruitiness attributing to the sweetness.

Taste is very near to the aroma, though more intense, a little sweeter, and you can detect a little alcohol.

Feel is close to medium, smooth, a little bit of carbonation. Feels very good.

Pretty decent drinkability, but the sweetness could get cloying after 1 for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 22:34:36 | More by EgadBananas
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served as Fortunato in a Two Brothers shaker pint glass at Biaggi's.

Came in expecting one thing and got another. Oh well, I'm not gonna argue too much. Whatever you call it, it pours a hazy ruby-amber topped by nearly a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises mandarin oranges and brown toffee. Nothing more, nothing less. The taste holds notes of cedar, light toffee, greens, cloves, oranges, and mild butter. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a nice brew, nothing truly special, but pretty tasty regardless.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2010 07:22:13 | More by TMoney2591
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LairdChisholm

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque copper color. A slight, yellow, cream colored head fizzles out rather quickly to s slight film around the edges. The is very little sediment hanging around the middle of my glass with some small, slow rising carbonation bubbles. There is no lacing.

S - There is a slight but pleasant roasted malt aroma with some earthy undertones.

T - Some sweet roasted malt tastes up front with notes of honey and smoked peat. There are some earthy tones to this also. Hop character is kept at a minimum. A chewy malt and cream after taste.

M - Medium mouthfeel here. Good amount of carbonation that helps bring out the flavors nicely.

D - A good beer with good qualities. Nothing outstanding, but a good staple for this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 02:56:25 | More by LairdChisholm
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Vdubb86

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass on tap at Biaggi's in Kildeer, IL

This beer is known as Fortunato at all of the Biaggi locations.

This beer is served a cloudy reddish orange with an off white foam on the surface. The smell is perhaps a sour oak that compliments the hop and malt characters. The taste is a mirror of the smell with the addition of some oranges and a grassy or almost onion like taste. This beer is slightly bitter on the palate, but that doesn't really hinder the drinkability of the beer. It is a solid beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2010 08:32:14 | More by Vdubb86
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cudmud

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep copper color very little head. What head there is produces nice lacing.

Smell: Wonderful smells of raisins, malt, and yeast.

Taste: A nice balance of sweet malts, raisin bread, and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and bread-like.

Drinkability: A great beer in both flavor and style.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 01:38:16 | More by cudmud
Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,090 ratings.