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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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1,132 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,132
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 33
Gots: 77 | 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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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

On tap at TJ's...
Appears a hazy dark amber with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild cap and collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of wet hay, flowers, caramel, and earthy minerals.
Taste is of the aromas with some aspects of ripe fruit and bready yeast pulling forward.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly fruity, and semi-dry in the swallow.

10-18-2010 20:38:29 | More by weeare138
Photo of MowryJC


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - Lovely deep coppery color, pleasantly cloudy, with a medium-full head that settled fairly quickly into a thing film over the top, with some unven lacing.

S - Wonderful caramel aroma, light fruit as well. I'm thinking dried cherries. Almost no hop aroma whatsoever.

T - Full maltiness, with the caramel payoff I expected from the smell. A nice bitterness on the end that stays on the palate. A nice light warmth from the alcohol as it fades. Perfectly balanced for the style, IMHO.

M - A sexy, silky mouthfeel which lingers and stays on the tongue for just the right amount of time.

D - Incredibly drinkable. I feel like another one immediately following the first, and given the full body and flavor, impressively thirst quenching.

I'm a huge fan of this style, and this example doesn't disappoint.

10-14-2010 02:36:49 | More by MowryJC
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4/5  rDev +5%

12 oz poured into a Two Brother's pint glass.

A- It has an appealing amber to red tone (think of a sunset) with a decent head throughout.

S- A very sweet caramel smell with a small hint of dried fruit.

T- It is a deliciously rich beer. It;s like eating a caramel covered biscuit. There is also a hint of fruitiness.

M- Starts off with a medium mouthfeel then lightens at the finish, getting you ready for your next sip. Yet a pleasant bitterness lingers.

D- The drinkability is very high. It is a nice smooth beer that goes down very easy, but still lets you know that you are drinking a good beer.

In conclusion, I like all kinds of beers, but this one is not too light or too heavy. It is good on it's own or with any meal. I enjoyed it very much.

10-08-2010 01:38:37 | More by Antihippy6
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4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

12 oz bottle poured in a tulip glass.

Color is a reddish slightly cloudy copper. Good foamy head, that doesn't stay especially long.

Nose is sweet, smell of cherries and apple juice with a little grain.

Taste is a balance of tart and grain. Sweetness with a subtle flavor of molasses.

This was one of my early introductions to good beer. Drove about an hour and a half to the brewery from my college to get a pencil keg of Domain DuPage.

09-30-2010 20:22:13 | More by hopjuicer
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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

A: Quite red with a thin but consistent tan head that keeps its retention for quite a while; carbonation is bubbly and pleasant

S: Apple cider and pears sit on top of an earthy graininess; there is a tartness that is refreshing as well

T: Not as tart as the aromas would indicate; still a touch of fruitiness--apple and pear in particular, but really the flavors are dominated by an earthy grain quality with subtle wet hay flavors

F: A tad thin but fairly decent mouth feel

D: This is an okay beer with moments of greatness but it ultimately falls a bit short because of the simplicity and lack of a certain funk that I am accustomed to in my Bier de Gardes

09-13-2010 00:10:26 | More by dbossman
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4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

Ok we have an amber beer with sunset highlights, the beer has a fine cloudiness . The head is not huge but is not small and leaves sheets of oh so good beer lace.

Ok we have fruit cake in the nose, and some more aromas that are hard to pinpoint.

Ok the taste is not straight up fruit cake but I taste some similarities, you also have a nice hop profile hat really enhances the citrus and caramel flavor in the brew.

The body is medium and the complex taste just adds to the drink ability experience.

The key word here is complex.

09-07-2010 18:11:50 | More by earthboundagain
Photo of RunForYourBeer


4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

Best by 9/24/10 date on bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden copper color with thin layer of white head.

S: Caramel malt sweetness with a bit of a yeasty smell.

T: More caramel malts with some light biscuity malt.

M: Medium body with medium to high carbonation.

D: High.

This is a good beer. Very malty in general

09-03-2010 00:00:58 | More by RunForYourBeer
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3.15/5  rDev -17.3%

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.

09-02-2010 04:02:28 | More by BEERchitect
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Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%

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)!

09-01-2010 22:53:59 | More by biegaman
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

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]

08-17-2010 23:52:39 | More by TexIndy
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New York

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

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!

08-16-2010 01:00:40 | More by washburnkid
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2.68/5  rDev -29.7%

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...

08-13-2010 03:21:14 | More by BedetheVenerable
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4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

08-12-2010 03:09:14 | More by ZeroSignal
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3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

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!

08-07-2010 00:44:52 | More by pokesbeerdude
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2.73/5  rDev -28.3%

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$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.

08-03-2010 02:10:14 | More by dpnelson1978
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New York

4/5  rDev +5%

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.

07-31-2010 20:15:44 | More by plaid75
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3.15/5  rDev -17.3%

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.

07-29-2010 22:28:00 | More by beerwolf77
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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

07-18-2010 00:07:38 | More by Stigs
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

07-13-2010 05:08:13 | More by Hophead101
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

07-12-2010 23:30:03 | More by ewright
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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!

07-10-2010 02:46:20 | More by scottbrew4u
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

07-08-2010 02:43:15 | More by jjanega08
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

06-30-2010 05:19:19 | More by Atricapilla


3.85/5  rDev +1%

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.

06-25-2010 04:53:40 | More by GDBEERMAN
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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

06-16-2010 01:04:31 | More by mikey711
Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,132 ratings.