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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,168 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,168
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 35
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
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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Photo of misterlimey
4.85/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought a single bottle on a whim, and I'm very impressed. This is a brown ale done right.

Serving type: Admittedly I drank this straight from the bottle, and this beer genuinely deserves to be poured and savored.

Appearance: Looks reddish through the bottle, somewhat opaque.

Smell: Enticing! The slightest hints of coffee and chocolate and a very drinkable hop aroma. Also something fruity, with a bit of the characteristic citrus of an American pale ale.

Taste: Extremely clean and rather refreshing for such a hearty breed of beer. Satisfying hop taste, might overpower certain delicate flavors in food. A touch of bitterness, though the aftertaste is quite sweet.

Mouth: Pleasant carbonation, just the right amount to pair with food and expect to clear the palette. Progresses into a nice foam finish.

Overall: This is truly a winning beer. I've been an IPA drinker for a while and I've recently discovered my passion for stouts and porters- I would recommend this to absolutely anyone remotely interested in beer.

misterlimey, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of DCon
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 fl oz. bottle from Paddy O' Fegan's in Chicago, IL for $5. Poured from the bright orange colored bottle w/ a farm pathway enclosed in a circle on the front into a 12oz Brasserie D'Achoufee Tulip Glass. Has then BEST BY 11/29/11 on the side.

Aroma- Has a light caramel aroma and tons of malt/sweetness. Very light hop aroma (if any) but the entire aroma is based around this sweet aroma.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that stays for almost the entire time! Has a dark amber colored body with a hazy background. Leaves thick lacing afterwards!

Flavor- Very sweet, tons of caramel in the taste here again. Has very light hops in the taste but noticeable. A light-medium hop bitterness finishes this one off them.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonation, Smooth, and very easy attributes all around. Doesn't leave much on the palate since it is very sweet and malt dominant.

Overall Impression- A fantastic Biere de Garde! I actually haven't had this style in a while, so it was nice to remember how much I like this style. My second brew from Two Brothers and am a HUGE fan of theirs! Go for this if you can find it.

DCon, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of socon67
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a shiny copper color. Some carbonation is noted, and a forthy biege foam on top.

S - Sweetness of caramel, and a scent of belgian yeastiness. A slight toastred malt smell is also noted.

T - Flavors that are sweet with cherries & caramel. Combines with yeast and has a bit of a hoppy finish. Some bitterness at the end and a boozy kind of burn as well.

M - Ranges from sweet to astringent. Complex but smooth drinker.

O - A good try from an american brewer on a biere de garde. Interesting enough to try again.

socon67, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of lurpy1
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

First sampling of a Two Brothers beer. Pours a pretty enough orange, with a little bit of head, but once I get down to enjoying the beer, there's just no there there. Nothing unpleasant aromatically or tastewise, just bland. VERY bland. Left a strong impression the brewers were afraid of the flavors they were using. More power to the hundreds that have positive feelings for this beer. I just didn't get it.

lurpy1, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of Arsenal11
4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap right at the awesome on site brew pub.

The beer looks great deep brassy color

Smells of caramel, dark fruit, and toast

The taste is great starts malty and than the caramel, dark fruit and a slight sweetness hits aftertaste is a nice balance of malt and light hops.

Arsenal11, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber. Head is fine and bone-white. Didn't get any notable lacing with this bottle.

Nose is bready and toasty, with some caramel malts in there.

Flavor is sweet up front, followed by a light citrus hops finish.

Quite tasty and refreshing. I think I need to try another, if that's any indication.

secondtooth, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of ElizabethCraig
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Black Sparrow in Lafayette, IN

Color/Appearance: a VERY clear medium red/amber. Little to no head - white in color and quickly dissipating leaving some lace behind.

Scent is a mild roasty malt scent with rich caramel notes.

Alcoholly-toased almond to amid-caramel roasted taste. Shifts as warms to lemony hops and a dry lemon finish. Moderately carbonated.

ElizabethCraig, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with one finger of cinnamon-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Gummy with complex carbohydrates--bread and cracker is redolent in the smell of this beer. Brown malt injects just a bit of roast that marries well with the heavy presence of aromatic malt.

T: Begins fairly sweet, with malt that is straightforward bready to start, but yielding some impressive and precocious umami after a few beats. Acidity is restrained into the middle where grains morph into some mellow fruit that reminds of pears, apples, and white grapes--all dried. The delicate roast from the smell emerges toward the finish, featuring mild to moderate bitterness and an equally understated transient tartness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly creamy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer's marketing is very era-appropriate--ten years ago, it would have been labeled an "amber" without another look, but now the label seeks to appeal to our burgeoning awareness of the table beers bearing some nebulous nationality. In all truth, any comparison to New Belgium's ubiquitous Fat Tire ale is appropriate, but the comparer must admit that this is re-tooled with an eye toward depth. The two beers are similar, and both are probably equally approachable and user-friendly. The difference is the real depth present here, with layers of roast and umami underneath the heavy biscuit that makes this so much more repeatable.

beagle75, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of GeezLynn
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 8/23/11 Reviewed 5/11

Appearance is very nice - a cloudy dark amber with a generous frothy white head. Aroma is a rustic combination of grass and mustyness with some caramel malt showing through. Flavor is bready sweet roll and red apple. Finishes with a soft bitterness. Mouthfeel is delicate with light, fine carbonation.

I’d consider this a nice beer to pair with food, but not something that stands out by itself.

GeezLynn, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of kevinconroy
1.83/5  rDev -52%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

This beer is awful. It claims to be a french style country ale. If a French style country ale means brown ale, then yes this is a french style country ale.

This brewery obviously did no research on true authentic biere de garde. I was expecting to get a little sour, a little sweet, reddish hue in color beer. This beer just turned out to be a bellow average brown ale at best. It tasted like a glorified newcastle.

Next time why don't you try a french style country ale before you try and make one because if i did know any better this brewery just puts what ever they feel like on their labels. This is the second beer I have had from two brothers and will most certainly be my last.

kevinconroy, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 9/18/11 consumed 8/13/11

A - Pours a clear light amber with one finger of quickly dissipating head. Very little lacing left behind.

S - caramel malts and apples, with a bit of apple cider.

T - quite a bit of fruit in the taste, but also a nice earthiness. Again fruit is mostly apple but some dark dried fruits as well.
Nice earthy dry finish. Malts are both caramel and biscuit. Some nice spicing as well.

M - Medium mouthfeel, slightly sticky.

O - overall a very nice beer. Seems like every beer that I have had in this style is quite different, so I have no idea how well this fits the style, but his is a nice easy drinking brew.

warnerry, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of thick malts, bringing a brown sugar syrup aroma to the forefront, with hints of toasted grains just underneath. Most of these grain smells hint towards light toasted, but I seemed to detect just a hint of chocolate malt. A slight, fresh rosewater quality rounds out the nose.

On the tongue, the beer sports a sweet fullness, with apricot and butter flavors intermingling with brown sugars and caramels. A nice bitter hoppy background fuzz provides the perfect complement, tempering the sugars with just a touch of sour grapefruit, and a hint of rosewater. The sugars last well into the mouthful, peeling off near the end to expose a toasted grain base. The aftertaste carries all of the primary flavors, and lasts for quite some time, wavering between sweet and hoppy bitter.

Overall, while it may be true that this beer doesn't adequately represent the flavors present in a French-style Country Ale, it is still a well-flavored and nicely balanced brew, and worth a taste.

jondeelee, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of falloutsnow
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer is copper in color, primarily transparent, white head of fairly dense bubbles of 2cm. Head dissipates quickly, leaving no noticeable lacing. Nothing wrong, but nothing special.

Primarily a grainy, multi-grain bread-like malt scent mixed with some other interesting, less identifiable esters, including a bit of farmhouse-must or -funk. Interesting, somewhat adventurous and playful, but would also appreciate a bit more aggressiveness here.

Taste opens with some fairly intense caramel malt, mingled with mild hop presence that is largely floral. This transitions to a heavier malt flavor with some herbal components . Finish is of semi-spicy hops and light malt.

Medium bodied, with light but ascertainable carbonation, this sits just right with me. Finish is fairly dry, but a bit sticky, as I would expect with a beer with so noticeable a malt component.

This is a flavorful, unique, medium-bodied beer that I could easily drink more than a few of in one session. Then note that it's at the lower end of the price and ABV spectrum these days, and I find this a very drinkable and enjoyable beer. I particularly enjoyed this one after dinner, so perhaps a very good digestif?

falloutsnow, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of RHCP313
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured at fridge temperature from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint. Bottle dating reads: Best by 12/7/11.

A: Pours a clear brightly filtered, but burnt orange garnet color. Brighter than I expected. A thick tan head builds to about two fingers and recedes to a creamy, but thin-sitting crown of tan head. A nice looking beer. Looks like some good thick lacing.

S: A quick sour funk up front, followed by ripe figs with some fruity yeast in back. Buiscuity, with a bit of spice would make this a great Autumn beer. I wouldn't say it smells 'delicious' per se, but for the style it seems appropriate.

T: Starts a little thin up front but develops some creamy malt and bready, buiscuity notes. There is some funky yeast that works with subtle dry raisin and minor spicy flavor. Hops take a second seat to the bready malts here.

M: Oddly refreshing. Medium body with nice, consistent carbonation let the flavors work to the back of my palate. A bit creamy up front and in the middle and finishes with clean flavor.

O: This is a beer I expected to drink like a heavier Autumn brew, but had some thinner properties that made it more sessionable than I expected. I like the combination of earthy malt but I was missing the stronger lingering, robust flavors of the style. A well done beer that was very easy to drink with nice flavors, but they were a bit thinned out.

RHCP313, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of Vixie
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nicer copper color with a hint of red, and a bit of an off white head. Seems to have quite a bit of carbonation as well

A lot of malt in the smell, as well as yeast. Reminds me a bit of bread, with just a hint of spice, maybe pepper.

The sweetness really hits you at first, malty with a bit of caramel. There is spice there, a hint of pepper and clove. The hops kick in at the finish. and they do linger a bit.

No complaints with the feel, not too thick, not too thin. The carbonation keeps it lively.

I am not familiar with this style. so have to review this mainly based on how it tastes to me. It does remind me a bit of a wheat beer, has that bread like smell and taste I associate with that style. It's really not a bad beer, but not one that made me stand up and take notice either.

Vixie, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Trying a Domaine Dupage from Two Bros....Little dissappointed that my beer has floaters in it...not a fan of floaters!!! The color is rich amber with creamy off white head....floaters are white! The smell is malty yet sweet. This is a very light bodied beer that has good flavor. The sweetness helps to carry the beer across the pallet. The mouthfeel is fine and it would probably go great with many different food pairings.

WoodBrew, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChicago
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Amber with a weak, white head.

S: Grainy and pretty rough. There is clear phenols and unrefined aromas that are unpleasant.

T: That gritty grain and old hop flavour is prevalent. Tastes like spoiling fruits and stale bread. Alcohol is clearly present throughout.

D: Booziness is far too strong for the ABV and the whole experience is unbalanced and just nasty...sorry. I know the style should show some booze, but this isn't a pleasant booze flavour...its just alcohol.

Overall: I like 2Bros; I really do. But this beer is just no good. Most of their regulars/seasonal are appropriate and faithful representations of their respective styles, but Domaine Dupage is just poor. It is unbalanced, harsh, and tough to finish. Grab a C&E or Resistance if you want to see 2Bros at their finest. This is them at their weakest.

JohnnyChicago, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best by 10/18/11. Thanks for the bottle Craig!

(A)- Pours a hazy amber color. Produced a nice cap of tan froth. Some lace.

(S)- A mildly amber-like malt sweetness. Bits of a toasted caramel and corn husk.

(T)- Again, a mildly toasted maltiness. Bits of a rustic nuttiness. Some more bits of a subtle toasty-like spice.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Sweet, toasty, and rich. Finishes clean.

(D)- Not bad. A nice rustic feel to it with an overall smooth body.

sweemzander, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of Tballz420
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just as a heads up, I've only had one or two of this style before, so my ability to rate it against "the norm" is limited.

Fairly dark copper colored brew, fair amount of haze, small white head doesnt last long, but leaves a fair amount of lace. Pretty malty on the nose, some nuttiness, some darker fruits as well. Taste is very large, light sweet caramel front, some fruit and nut notes, spice, bready, a bit of candy. Pretty complex taste, i think they did a good job with it, its well blended. Medium to full bodied, pretty smooth and creamy.

Not only will i have this again, but i will go through their line after this and their fine dortmunder as well. Seems like they are thinking outside of the box and doing a good job at it.

Tballz420, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of Northsider
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From bottle at Fountainhead Chicago.

Appearance was light brown, with quick white head.

Smell was fruity with some hoppiness as well. Bitter/sour finish in my opinion.

Taste was not my cup of tea. Slightly too bitter and not enough fruity sweetness that the smell suggested.

Overall not a great beer. If I had bought a 6 pack I'd probably drain pour it. One drink is enough for me. The sour/bitterness just kills it for me. I might be open to trying again, but not for a while.

Northsider, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of StoneTSR
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: A gorgeous pour with a fluffy and light looking homogenous head. The color is a murky reddish-orange. Lacing was strong and covered about half of the opposite side of the glass.

SMELL: This one has a very sugary nose, somewhat reminiscent of Cane & Ebel, but more dominating. Floral aromas highlight the sugar while hints of dark fruit linger in the background.

TASTE: This was one of my gateway beers into the craft beer world and after I really got into the scene I sort of forgot about Domaine DuPage, but it is nice to come back to an old favorite. I remember it being a little sweeter than this and I am surprised by the quick, bitter and slightly smoky bite up front. The familiar sugary flavor, however, is present on the lips and towards the back end of the sip as a touch of fruit and alcohol round this one out. This is a tasty beer. The aftertaste is very subtle, but leaves a pleasant touch of bitterness to whet the palate.

MOUTHFEEL: A bit sticky and well carbonated with very tiny, tickling bubbles. Not so much a sparkle as it is a fizz.

OVERALL: You don’t see a Biere de Garde every day, especially from an American brewer, but Two Brothers, as usual, did something a little unusual with this brew and it works very well. It is slightly on the sweet side for me these days, and I’m not sure I could knock down more than a couple in one sitting because of that, but to have one or two is certainly a treat.

StoneTSR, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For my 250th -- another local I've sampled, but never reviewed.

Best by 10/18/1 on the label. Hmm. Hope that means 11.

A -- Hazy orange-amber with a dense, light tan head that settles slowly, leaving good lacing and holding as a creamy cap for the duration of the drink.

S -- Bready, yeasty character with spicy, vaguely citric, hops toward the end. There is a candy caramel character to the nose with warming, along with the vaguely musty character.

T -- Bready character up front with some caramel and sourish Brett characters in the middle and lightly spicy and bitter hops in the finish. Aftertaste is a blend of breadiness and spicy hops.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a light-medium body.

O -- This beer is a nice departure from the different Ales and Lagers available. Very complex in character, yet not so much happening that it's distracting. The light sour character could be a bit surprising to craft beer novices, but the malt backbone balances the flavors well.

steveh, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of GossageBrewery
4.9/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this French Country Ale into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. This is the first time I have tried this style. The beer poured a clear, slightly amber straw color. It produced a nice white head and had average lacing. The aroma of the beer was sweet, smelled of fresh baked bread and had a hint of spice that I can't put my finger on. The aroma was wonderful. One of the best smelling beers that I have ever had. The taste was malty, a little bready, slightly dry and had notes of raisins and pear. There was some bitterness from hops that melded with the other flavors. Very complex beer. Awesome, I will be looking for this again. In fact a road trip might be in order.

GossageBrewery, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After an eye-opening exchange with Indianapolis’ own Sun King Brewing at a local restaurant, I decided to up my intake of local craft. Fortunately, it isn’t tough to find at the local liquor store: this particular beer had a huge orange sign displaying something along the lines of “State Fair Gold Medal Winner!” I was intrigued, so I grabbed a bottle. Domaine Dupage, out of Warrenville, IL – here we go…

A: A lovely sunset amber color on the body – it’s lively and appealing. The head, though, is almost nonexistent. Less than a finger at the first pour, soon contracting to nothing but a film. I really like the consistent display of carbonation in the body, though. It’s a nice diversion from the lack of a head and the subdued lacing.

S: Interesting – a musty, earthy smell at first. It seems almost symptomatic of DMS or some type of infection; it’s not really to my liking. There is a hint of sweetness below that, but it’s hard to get around such a prominent yeast.

T: A big, undeniable malty character to start with – sweetness that’s soon backed up by a touch of spicy, Noble hops. That funkiness that I am not incredibly familiar with definitely plays a part, accompanied by an old-fashioned mineral flavor that is reminiscent of well water. The finish is a strange bitterness, reminding me of orange rinds and astringent/blackcurrant. It carries itself in a way that would be best suited as a dinner beer; I don’t think I could have more than one bottle of this by itself in an evening.

M: Creamy, yet alive with consistent carbonation. This style should have that feel of “a beer you can almost chew,” because that’s what the palate calls for. They succeed there, at least in part.

O: A fair introduction to an uncommon style. I don’t think this will ever become one of my favorite types of beer, but who knows? I can certainly say that this one grew on me from first sip to last; who’s to say what change a few years might bring to my palate? I’ll keep my eyes open for beers of a similar style, to see what I end up deciding. Such is the adventure that is craft beer!

BarryMFBurton, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of neorunner
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blind Beer #1 - Light / Low / Tulip

Thanks to Kirk (Florida9) for sending me this in Round #5 of the Blind Beer BIF.

Amber brown in color with almost no head, just a slight ring around the edge of the glass. Aroma is all malt all the way. A slight estery nose like what you'd get from adjunct lagers mixes with a bit of sharp rye. Flavor is like you popped one of those caramel squares into your mouth. You know the type your gradma always had in her candy dish next to the gumdrops. Other similar tastes are fig pudding and grahmcrackers. Mouthfeel is fairly clean and not much of a lingering aftertaste.

Going to go with amber ale on this one for the style.

The reveal: Two Brothers Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale

Hmm, Biere de Garde makes sense with the esters I was smelling. This was a unique beer as it really showcased the caramel in the malt and is not a beer for someone that is not a fan of caramel. I can only imagine how long of a brewday it takes for that much caramelization to occur.

neorunner, Jun 14, 2011
Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,168 ratings.