1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Domaine DuPage French Style Country AleDomaine DuPage French Style Country Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

1,075 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,075
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 32
Gots: 50 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,075 | Reviews: 473 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BEERchitect
BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A delicious, but overly sweet French-style ale. The enjoyable confectionate side struggles without a balance from more acidic or attenuated character.

A clear copper colored beer has a froathy 1/4" foamstance from start to finish with good retainage and lacing. Darker in color than most and quite clear, it seems to be a more robust version of the style.

Malty sweet aromas take on a kettle-caramelization note with scorched molassas and a tea-like tobacco quality. A yeasty-fruity scent rounds out a very simplified Belgain aroma.

Again, sugary sweet flavors start the tasting. Fruity and confectioner's sugar come together in a rather Pez-like taste. Great when I'm 5, but at 35 I might want a more grown up taste. Malt flavors are swamped by the sugary taste, but do show a caramelly, bready taste that's reminscent of cookie dough. Lightly spicy with the tea-like hoppiness and light spicy phenolics. Mildly bitter but it hardly helps to offset the immense sweetness.

For a sweeter beer, the body starts out medium and lightens a bit going into the alcoholic and spicy finish but the beer retains its sugary feel throughout.

Well aged beers like the Garde/Mars Ales should have a level of depth, complexity, and maturity that is lacking from this sugar-tooth of a beer. I appreciate the character of the sweetness that focuses on the whisping powdered sugar impressions but this level of intensity and lack of balance or depth, it's tough to celebrate.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 04:02:28 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of biegaman
biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Domaine DuPage not only sounds but also looks perfectly suited to be at the table for a classic, multi-course French meal. It has a classy mahogany tone and appreciably clean, if not glassy, complexion that offers up amber highlights when held against a bright backdrop. Even its head, a slim and fashionable crown of lace, looks swank and dashing.

The aroma is a unique blend of caramel, lightly charred oak, dried fruits, wild honey, toasty croutons and just a drop of alcohol. It's the kind of bouquet that lends itself to a laundry list of flavours and constantly warrants attention to see how the smells develop with time and air. And it's as intimidating as it is particular, showcasing unexpected strength.

The beer's flavour is decadently rich (again, perfectly in line with the French theme). It has the same richness as a high-fat cream and all the sweetness of a creme brulee. While I immediately start thinking of pot-au-feu or roast game or something sauteed in bacon grease, I can't help but wonder if this could work with dessert as well...

You be the judge: flavour specifics include roasted chestnut, honey-glazed pecan, French oak, baked apple, raisin and date, caramel, dried cranberry and a sugar and cream (creme brulee) combination. It's underlying sweetness is cut short by a brief but stern hoppiness. It has a clean, lager-like disposition despite all the musty, woodsy flavour and scent.

I can't help but close my eyes and see visions of musty cellars, crumbling corks and dusty bottles, stone bridges, a log on the fire, strong cheeses, the sounds of an accordion, a poetic language, warm scarves and the inexplicable desire to make love. If it can instill all that it stands to reason Domaine DuPage is one of the strongest examples of the Biere de Garde style commercially available. Thanks Sam for the beer (and vacation)!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 22:53:59 | More by biegaman
Photo of TexIndy
TexIndy

Texas

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Best by date of 9/24/10 on the back label. It was a hazy amber color with floating bits and plenty of carb streams. It had a good sized white head that settled into a collar and some wisps. Good sliding lace but none sticking.

The aroma was good with toasted and caramel malts along with darker fruits and slightly spicy yeast. Good aroma for the style. The taste was also good with a sweet base balanced with the yeast spice and toasted malt. Mouthfeel was medium with lots of carbonation and good aftertaste.

Overall, it's a good biere de garde that I recommend if you like the style. Not available here in TX so shipped back from my Indy trip. Rotation - I enjoyed it but really didn't make me yearn for another so good with one unless I could easily get another or try it on-tap. [N;O]

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 23:52:39 | More by TexIndy
Photo of washburnkid
washburnkid

New York

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Enjoyed in a tulip.

A: Small bubbly foam of beige over a gorgeous deep amber. Almost red at some points, and the head takes time to fizzle down.
S: Nose is caramel malts, biscuit/bread, and some woody aromas.
T/M: Flavor introduces light notes of overripe stone fruit and hops. Flavor balanced out peacefully by a nice sweet maltiness that's relatively nondescript. Bitterness lingers after each smooth sip. Mildly spicy, too. Medium body and medium carbonation.
D: Good. Balanced, and easy to drink. I'd like to explore this genre of beer a bit more!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 01:00:40 | More by washburnkid
Photo of BedetheVenerable
BedetheVenerable

Missouri

2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop-top w/nice label and clearly marked best-by date; this one is December 2010

Appearance: A dark burnt-orange beer with low carbonation and a flurry of fine sediment in suspension. The ivory cap shows decent retention.

Smell: Toasty, biscuity malt, fresh strawberries, and maybe just a hint of some darker roasted grains, perhaps chocolate? No hops to speak of. This is definitely kind of biscuit-forward.

Taste: The flavors follow pretty closely. Tons of toasty biscuit up front. This may be lightly fruity, but not as much as the aromas suggested. There's actually a fairly strong bitterness here, and it's not really working for me. It's fairly clean, maybe just a BIT herbal, but it still doesn't really meld well w/the crackery biscuit IMO. Ends bittersweet, but leaning more towards dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: This came highly recommended from a friend who generally knows her beers, and by several people here on BA. I dunno, maybe I don't "get" the style, but I LOVED Schlafly's Biere de Garde and thought that the oddball that is Jenlain Noel was pretty tasty as well. Maybe this one's just not for me...

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 03:21:14 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of ZeroSignal
ZeroSignal

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to GDBEERMAN for the bottle

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, best by 11/04/10

A - Pours a clear copper color with about a half inch of white head; retention settles to a thin layer across the top of the beer with sticky lacing.

S - Nose is roasted malts, with a bit of nuttiness and a caramel character. Feint hop aroma; hard to nail it, but it seems somewhat grassy and herbal

T&M - Medium body and malt forward, with the nutty and caramel characters from the nose coming through in force. I'd dare say the hop presence here is damn near perfect - it swoops in at the very end and makes itself known in the finish, cleansing the palate for the next wave of malts.

D - Very smooth with excellent balance, clean flavors and easy on the palate. If I find myself traveling West, I would certainly pick some up.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 03:09:14 | More by ZeroSignal
Photo of pokesbeerdude
pokesbeerdude

Colorado

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

12oz bottle courtesy of yeahnatenelson. Into my michelob "celebrate" tulip.

A: Dark amber in color with an off white head, about a finger worth that recedes to a ring of bubbles on the edge of the glass. Nice clarity, and a pretty fair color to it.

S: Has a nice musty, somewhat "wet" smell with a lot of honey notes to it. Maybe a touch of roast on this one as well. Smells like a well made malty amber ale with a hint of Belgian influence.

T: This follows the nose nicely the notes of honey and caramel are there, and maybe just a faint hint of burnt malts. Slightly earthy hop character but overall hop presence and bitterness is quite low. There is a nice yeast profile, slightly spicy, and behind that lies just a touch of bitterness. Big and malty though.

M: This comes across to me as very thick, very small bubbles and a heavy malt presence give this a creamy mouthfeel. Just a slight hint of booze that warms on the way down.

D: This would be awesome on a little bit cooler of a day. This is an ideal fall beer. The smells, and tastes remind me of football season, just seems like the quintessential fall time beer. Huge malts, nice yeasty profile, and overall great balance make a nice beer.

Thanks Nate!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 00:44:52 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of dpnelson1978
dpnelson1978

Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.
40°F

$9.99 / 6-pk.

A: Cloudy deep copper body with medium, tight rocky head of low retention that leaves moderate lacing and a thin cover.

S: Strong bready malt aroma. Slightly sweet, and perhaps a bit grassy. Low hop profile.

T: Slightly sweet, heavy bread malt profile. A little buttery (intentional?). Hay, and slightly boozy... at only 5.9 abv.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. A little too oily, and not remotely crisp.

D: Goes down easy, and tastes good enough, but nothing special.

O: A little disappointed with this selection.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 02:10:14 | More by dpnelson1978
Photo of plaid75
plaid75

New York

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

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured a toasted caramel.

The taste was likewise toasty with an earthy and grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a tasty and easy to drink country ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2010 20:15:44 | More by plaid75
Photo of beerwolf77
beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is amber orange with about a half finger of light tan head. No lace left behind.

The aroma is lightly spiced apples and sweet malt. A touch of grass and wheat as well. Not real strong in the nose.

The flavor is malty with a dry hop bite. Moderate spice with a solid wheat cracker backing. Not super strong in the taste department as well.

Medium body with average carbonation.

Overall nothing real special. Drinkable but not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 22:28:00 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of Stigs
Stigs

Pennsylvania

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

16oz pour on tap @ Vintage Estate...served in a pint glass

A - frothy light tan colored foam about half an inch in height, settled a little before sticking around nicely the rest of the drink. thin lacing left behind. the beer is slightly hazy and light copper in color.

S - sharp toasted malts and grains, mild earthy hops, some yeasty "country" scents...

T - again spotlight on the toasted malts, crackers...light layer of caramel and nuts. tiny bit of grassy hops along with an over-ripened apple fruitiness. pretty complex.

M - medium bodied for the style, nice bright and crisp carbonation. slightly creamy yet refreshing.

D - liked it, to me this style is all over the place but it grew on me after a few sips. good strong toasty tastes and a certain wildness to it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2010 00:07:38 | More by Stigs
Photo of Hophead101
Hophead101

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

7-13-10. Another decent beer at a Marriott very not normal for this mundane hotel chain and their beer selection.

Perfect clear amber color. Nice off white head. Very nice lacing as well. Not much smell. Might be a poorly washed glass, not sure. Mostly a malt smell. Some biscuit earthiness.

Quite spicy in taste. Malty, caramel. Not much hop. Not bad. Crisp on taste but also a post caramel creaminess.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2010 05:08:13 | More by Hophead101
Photo of ewright
ewright

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to DavidEddie for this extra whilst sorting out a mis-shipment. 12 oz bottle poured into a "fluted stange" glass.

This one pours out a deep copper color, clear enough to readily let light shine through. A thin layer of froth forms on top, but quickly fades to a small ecru ring around the glass. No lacing as the beer goes down. Nice earthy aromas rise from the glass with hints of sultanas, dried apricot and maybe a hint of tropical fruit ... candied pineapple? I'd rate the nose higher, but it faded too quickly.

Full rich malty flavor follows the nose perfectly. Sultanas again on the tongue, mixed with rustic bread and an ever-so-slight hint of lightly burnt sugar. Moderate floral hop bite on the finish complements the malt, but is subdued enough to let the malt shine.

Moderate carbonation prickles the tongue. The beer leaves an ever so slight aftertaste, not cloying but pleasing. This is one very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 23:30:03 | More by ewright
Photo of scottbrew4u
scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into pint glass a hazy orange/amber color with thin tan head that settled out quickly.

S: Tart cherries, caramel, orange peel, roasted grains, and honey make the malt profile. Hops are herbal and faint citrus.

T: Honey and caramel sweetness is met with a toasted and slightly bitter malt smoothness. Balance is to the sweet side but it does finish dry with some hop bitterness.

M: Light to medium body with light but crisp carbonation.

D: A unique but tasty beer. This is refreshing and well made and it has given the perception of a sweet beer at first then comes off bitter, dry and clean. I would easily drink another!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 02:46:20 | More by scottbrew4u
Photo of jjanega08
jjanega08

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pours a nice deep amber color with a huge off white head. The head is an off white color and rises to about three fingers. Holds great retention and lacing.

S= The smell is somewhat muted. The head is really thick and meranigue like so it makes me think the odor might be hidden underneath. I do get a little hop spice as well as some pure caramel sweetness. Not much else.

T= The taste is wonderful. Bready and caramelly at the same time. It sort of reminds me of a heath bar. Tons of toffee and caramel in the taste. Not much in the hop category. Biscuity and yet there is still a small light sweetness. It really reminds me of a nice loaf of bread.

M= Good medium body and medium carbonation.

D= This is actually a really decent brew. Worth every penny I spent on it. Biere de Garde? Woulda never guessed since that style seems to be a crap shoot. Whatever you concider this it's good.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 02:43:15 | More by jjanega08
Photo of Atricapilla
Atricapilla

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a tulp glass. Was a dark amber color with a white head that laced away. Aroma was of malt, cane sugar and oak. Not heavily carbonated. Flavors included light amounts of Saaz hops, coriander, and malt; slightly bitter, and a light sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 05:19:19 | More by Atricapilla
Photo of GDBEERMAN
GDBEERMAN

Colorado

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

12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a haze reddish copper. foamy head with slight retention. Good lacing.

S: A bit weak on the aroma, but a subtle hint of orange.

T: Creamy start, which shows hints of coffee and peach. Also hints of wine. Slight spice on the finish.

M: Maybe the best part about this beer is the ultra cream of the mouthfeel. A light beer that has the cream style of an oatmeal stout.

D: The smoothness of this beer shows to be an easy drinker, but the creamy style of the beer does make it a bit heavier on the way down.

Notes: This is a great beer for people who like wine. I had shared a bottle of this with my mom, who drinks mostly wine, and had never ventured into the vast craft beer style world. . . and after this one she was interested in trying other styles, and we did.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 04:53:40 | More by GDBEERMAN
Photo of mikey711
mikey711

New Jersey

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

It's extras received from beersis81 night! Thanks Lindsay

A: Deep amber color with a small off white head on it that sits as one ring around the top of the beer.

S: slightly musty smelling with a hint of woodiness it seems like. Some decent caramel notes too

T: Caramel up front with some coriander and bits of wood and dirt. A slight fruitiness is present as well. Breadiness is also present

M: Very mild with a good amount of body without being too spweet

D: Fairly easy to drink but the mustiness was not what i was in the mood for right now

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 01:04:31 | More by mikey711
Photo of


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep red with little head, which quickly fades.

S - faint raspberries and vanilla.

T - this is very good, lots of vanilla, caramel, and slight tartness.

M - very full and creamy, maybe a little more carbonation I would prefer.

D - very balanced and easy to get along with, but remains interesting throughout. Will definitely buy again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2010 03:25:10 | More by
Photo of CaptainIPA
CaptainIPA

Wisconsin

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

Never reviewed this style before.

Pours a rusty copper with a one-finger, ecru-colored head. Lacing sticks along side of glass throughout entire session.

Aromas of toasted bread, roasted malts and apple spice.

Medium bodied with a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Toasty, sweet caramel start, quickly balanced by roasted malts and earthy notes of grain. Finishes with a blast of bittering hops and a tangy bite of yeast on the tongue.

Lots of character to Domaine DuPage. A pleasure to drink and an incentive to explore other Biere de Garde offerings.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 03:33:39 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of tjsdomer2
tjsdomer2

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fairly complex color. Amber once poured, but eventually clearly appears red once it settles. Some copper toning is there as well. Lots of foam and great lacing.

Smell: I agree with the assertion that this smells like spiced apple. But specifically, I really think Domaine DuPage smells strongly like spiced ginger. Definitely alcohol here.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Creamy, complex feel. Not overly carbonated. Surprising considering the relatively light appearance. Tons of malt and a good amount of hops as well. Delicious balance. Lots of alcoholic burn, especially towards the bottom.

Drinkability: Intense. Old school.

Overall: This is a crazy good beer. Would definitely drink more of this. Very rough yet refined. Great!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 20:57:51 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of TripT
TripT

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hard pour into a standard pint glass produced a half inch off-white head that faded into a ring pretty quickly. Appearance: Redish orange and a little hazy. Not much aroma at first, but after warming up it has a nice sweet malty nose with a little butterscotch or caramel. Taste reflects the smell with the addition of a fairly prominent alcohol taste and some slight hop bitterness at the end. Very tasty. I would say not complex at all, but that's no slam. As others have said, it has a creamy mouthfeel that complements the flavor. The sweetness may wear on some, but I like some sweet beers and this one is pretty drinkable. I also love the fact that for me this is a local beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 23:02:38 | More by TripT
Photo of metter98
metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is orange-red in appearance and poured with just a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. There is a light amount of carbonation.
S: There is some malty sweetness in the aroma along with some notes of hops and yeast.
T: The initial taste has some sweetness with flavors of toasted malts; some notes of bitterness from the hops make an appearance in the finish. The overall taste starts to become more complex as it warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate.
D: It was rather drinkable, but if I have this again I would probably pair it with food. The beer becomes a bit more drinkable as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 00:09:37 | More by metter98
Photo of Vonerichs
Vonerichs

Illinois

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

Translucent red-orange, one finger of fluffy head and good retention.

The nose is malt-centric, toast and caramel. It's one dimensional.

The taste adds a little more to the scent. There are some fruits in there, tart apple and ripe red fruits I can't finger. The ripe reds add a little fruit punch characteristic, but the sweet and toasty malt keep it a backround note. It has a very sweet finish.

The body is thin but the sweetness adds texture to the mouthfeel. Medium to light carbonation.

A very enjoyable beer. There's nothing about it that says excellence, but is definitely above average to good in all areas.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 21:20:43 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of champ103
champ103

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark reddish/brown color. A small white head forms that recedes to nothing. Not much lace to speak of.
S: Malty sweet. Some caramel and bread/biscuit aromas. Lingering hops.
T: Follows the nose. Really sweet. Caramel, bread, and biscuit. A light grainy flavor. Hops lingering in the background.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Easy to drink. I can quaff a few with no problem.

Not bad at all. Enjoyable, but not a lot going on. Just a simple sweetness dominates. Worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2010 12:19:07 | More by champ103
Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,075 ratings.