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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

1,069 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,069
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 31
Gots: 47 | 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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samie85

Illinois

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

A-Pours a orangish amber color with a white head.

S- Really sweet smelling caramel candy. Dry apple cider aroma as it warms. A slight bit of alcohol, but barely there.

T- Again, very caramel-y, finishes with that dry cider-like quality. Not as sweet as it smells.

M-Pretty smooth and finishes with that dryness in the throat that lingers.

D- Pretty easy drinking. If the dryness factor wasn't as prevalent I could see myself enjoying a couple or three of these in a night.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 21:25:06 | More by samie85
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katan

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark amber color. Extremely clear, filtered. Like glass. Head formation is light, light white in color. Leaves behind a small film.

S - Lightly scented - just a bit of yeast spice and light malt notes. The wild yeast notes come through ever so slightly.

T - Starts off with just a bit of sweetness. Builds a pretty solid bitterness, which is combined with a very light amount of hopping. Some grassy hop bite. Finishes with an interested malt note, slightly roasted and toasted, caramel - seems like Vienna malt. Aftertaste is non-existent.

M - Moderate to strong body - a combination of a solid beer and a potent carbonation profile. Does leave behind a clinging sweetness.

D - Smooth to drink - goes down easy. ABV is manageable. Flavors are not overwhelming. Not filling.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 04:11:11 | More by katan
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chetripley

Illinois

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

Two Brothers never fails to please and DD advertised as their flagship I admire their boldness to treat us to an original flavor.

A-Dark rust with yellow bubbles leaving solid lacing and not too much head.

S-Yeast and fruit, alcohol punch.

T-Smooth and creamy, yeasty and fruit. Malt finish with twang of bitterness and sweet aftertaste.

M-Creamy and smooth.

D-Comfortable taste quenches my thirst and makes me thirsty for more.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 22:23:50 | More by chetripley
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Reddish color with decently sized 1 1/2 finger head that disappeared quickly. No real lacing at all.

S - Got some belgian yeast in there. Very sweet smelling with a nice amount of spice and some malts.

T - I get a lot of clove in this one and belgian yeast. Find it to be kind of like a nice double but a little too sweet for my liking. Gets a little sour at the end.

M - Medium-light bodied with a kind of emptyish feel on the top. Decent carbonation.

D - Easily drinkable, but I'm not huge on the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2009 18:58:11 | More by AgentZero
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Citadel82

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I found this brew to be a bit of a paradox.Good looking reddish ale cplor with a short-lived tan head. /a fruity sweet smell that is addictive, a sweet taste that is a sugary treat but wearisome after awhile. A tingly sweet mouthfeel that is like no biere de garde I have ever had all in all a study in contrasts. Perhaps les true to the style but enjoyable nver the less.

As I said above it ours a reddish amber with a tan head that left lots of delicate lacing.

Aroma was malty with little hop scent discernible.

Taste was fruity sweet. Yeasty, some apples some caramel, some burnt sugary noes, faint grassy hops that appear in the wake of all else. Complex and challenging...curiously addictive.

Mouthfeel is light and pleasant. Strongly effervescent at first later somewhat muted, The fizzineess makes a nice counterpoint to a complex if somewhat sweet beer.

drinkable yes but one and done is the watchword here. This is a nice brew to finish the night or a nice counterpoint to something really salty.... or a nice piece of good chocolate...

I liked this beer although it was a too sweet for my usual tastes...

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 03:42:02 | More by Citadel82
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

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

Poured from tap at The Village Pub in St. Anthony, MN.

Appearance: Nice clear dark amber/brown color, with a small head that recedes quickly with minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet, malty, spicy and yeasty. Very Belgian-like.

Taste: Sweet and malty with a nice yeast profile with some complex phenols...clove spice, cinnamon and caramel malts. Very similar to a good Belgian dubbel in flavor.

Mouth Feel: Medium body with lighter carbonation. Has a nice slippery yet clean feel on the tongue.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. It's like a lower ABV Belgian dubbel. I will definitely order this one on tap again if it's available.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2009 18:28:05 | More by ChopperSmith
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matty

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is caramel malts and bread.Taste is malty,caramel and biscuit.Smooth and refreshing with lots of flavor.Seems to be worthy of any outing or occasion.I would recommend and purchase again.Good job by two brothers brewing.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 04:44:52 | More by matty
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darklordlager

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear dark orange, with a small head that recedes to nothing.

Smell is of sweet layered malts, and spiced bread.

Taste is of spicy rich caramel malts, bready, with a pleasantly unique aftertaste that lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium-to-heavy. Quite a bit of sweetness here, but not cloying.

Drinkability: finished the bottle easily, might get too sweet after another. Definitely has a refreshing element to it though.

Kind of reminds me of a cross between a belgian dubbel and a wee heavy. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 01:27:27 | More by darklordlager
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longdivision

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Isaac's in Newtown.

A - An opaque, ruby burnt orange. Steady lacing throughout.

S - sweet, malty, with hints of sugar cane. flemish yeast.

T - Sweet up front but smoothes out to a yeasty almost tart/tang. Reminds me of Duchesse de Bourgone, belgian sour ale, without the sour part.

M - Pleasantly medium with a dry finish.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer as I had no idea what to expect. Unique and had me coming back for more. I'm going to look for this at my local store. Try one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2009 01:34:09 | More by longdivision
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Blakaeris

Iowa

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

Pours brilliant orange-amber in color. Generous carbonation, but only a slight head that leaves no lacing.

Aroma is mild. Sweet toasted malt, along with a nice bit of citrus. Flowery notes and vague spices.

Taste is bready, toasted caramel malt. Subdued earthy hop bitterness. Quite nutty, woody, with tart apple, pear, and grape fruit esters. Finish is musty, holds minor yeasty spice and lingering toasted malt and apple.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, soft. Initially sweet and slightly syrupy, then it turns dry and tart.

Subtle and interesting. This is a style that I haven't had the opportunity to encounter very often. This beer is very flavorful and balanced resulting in a great drinkability as a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 17:38:52 | More by Blakaeris
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bmwats

Louisiana

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into the Duvel tulip/snifter.

A: Dark amber color. Very slight, bubbly white head. A little spotty lacing slowly recedes back into the body of the brew.

S: Light malty nose, and a little raspberry.

T: A little malt, a hint of sweetness, a little grassy, bitter hops. Also a lemon citrus.

M: Light body. The bitterness starts and finishes. A bit dry.

D: Very good sipping brew.

Solid atmosphere. Appearance is pretty good, but unspectacular; and basic but full nose. Really nice flavor, great balance of bitter and sweet all on a light malt base. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 20:35:55 | More by bmwats
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DawnL

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reddish Amber color with good head retention that will dissipate into a thin film.

The aroma is wine-like. Sour cherry - almost like the aroma of a tart red Burgundy.

There's a toasty flavor with caramel apple on the palate and a bruleed sugar character.

Oily mouthfeel.

Very tasty brew, however, I couldn't drink many of these. It's very mood and food specific.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2009 23:52:12 | More by DawnL
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fropones

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown pour with very minimal white head. Smells of grapes and oak. Taste is malty and nutty, almost like a brown ale without the body. Pretty refreshing. An aftertaste similar to grape rinds. Medium body with mild carbonation. Drinks nice, goes down good.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 19:53:16 | More by fropones
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ThaBobfather

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light amber color with about an inch of medium/thin whitish head.
Smell is caramel with some malt and and a little spice.
Taste is pretty sweet with some malt and like bread quality to the spice.
Finish is wet but with a complex spiced/malt after-taste.
Drinks great, the body is a little thicker than I'd expect, but it's smooth.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 16:38:38 | More by ThaBobfather
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a slightly murky, peachy golden color. I couldn't coax more than a thin, soapy head out of this one.

s: Lightly bready with mild fruit notes of grape and apple along with some moderate farmhouse funk and delicate spiciness. Nothing leaps out of the glass here, but it all comes together extremely well.

t: As with the smell, there isn't a single overwhelming element here. Just a bunch of hints and suggestions that make this fun to decipher. At various times I tasted slightly sweet grapes and other fruits, mildly funky wet hay, some dry unidetifiable spices, and a few other things I don't have the vocabulary for.

m: Light but creamy carbonation works well with this one.

d: Very interesting overall, I liked this quite a bit. Never had anything else quite like it.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 10:45:35 | More by DIM
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 07/31/2009. On tap at Blind Tiger. This beer pours a deep red with no head. Aroma of sweet malt, very indistinct though. Flavor of sweet caramel malt and apple skins. This is a decent beer, very drinkable, but it is not really complex at all.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2009 01:49:54 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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TubaManJack

Illinois

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

At the Two Brothers Tap House in a branded tulip.

Appearance- A solid amber and copper body. A slight bit of carbonation, leading to a sudsy head with a bit of retention. A bit of white lacing remains on the glass.
Smell- A nice combination of fruit and a bit of sweetness. The fruit is mainly a touch of sour citrus.
Taste- A slight french bread base. A bit of pepper against a slight ping of sourness of fruit. Towards the end of the glass, the beer resembles more of a dubbel with more sweetness and less sourness to balance.
Mouthfeel- Very smooth and lightly carbonated. It is almost creamy with a slight touch of ABV solvent.
Drinkability: Really nice and able to cut through some of the heavier foods. It maintains complexity through and overall a great pick.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2009 15:26:33 | More by TubaManJack
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Throckmorton

Pennsylvania

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

Frankly, I wasn't expecting much. I was wrong.

A - nice warm brown that still lets light pass, attractive. decent head that laced down the side as I drank.

S - nose isn't strong, but mostly carmel and malty.

T - carmel and nut without being too sweet.

M - substantial, but not in any way heavy.

D - high. this isn't a one-and-done.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 16:50:26 | More by Throckmorton
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littlekidlover

Illinois

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

I poured my "French Style Country Ale" into my beer tasting wine glass. I gave it a fairly vigorous pour but did not get much head. Its a slightly cloudy amber, nice color. The nose is malty, a bit of apple. The taste is sweet malt with enough hop bite to give it legs. I detect a bit of flowery flavors and dare I say bubble gum?The mouth feel is sticky enough that it may discourage you from drinking it in the sun, but feels appropriate for shoulder seasons. I purchase a six pack of this beer on occasion, not a standby for me, but one I will continue to revisit. It offers a nice counter point to the stout and ipa that seem to take residence in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 22:48:34 | More by littlekidlover
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Brenden

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was on tap in Hyde Park. Notes are from two days ago.

The off-white head of this copper-colored brew retains fairly well and leaves thin lines of lacing in the glass.
There's a toasted malt with a nice sweetness on the nose with some tart apple and a gentle spice. Hops aroma is very, very light.
There's a little less sweetness in the flavor, though it does contribute to the flavor pretty favorably. The back is all malts with toasted breads and grains with spices and tart green apple.
This one's got a nicely rounded-out crisp and smooth mouthfeel. The body is medium.
This one's a pretty nice brew and was helpful in easing me into an unfamiliar style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2009 16:51:52 | More by Brenden
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birchstick

Colorado

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

A - amber / light copper color with a nice, fluffy head

S - very sweet malts, some spice, sweet fruits

T - sweet caramel, sugary malts, with spice and a bit of pepper. There is also some dry, tart fruitiness to it. Pretty sweet and different tasting.

M - a bit thin but well carbonated

D - pretty decent drinkability. It is a decent tasting ale, and it is true to the biere de garde description. I will probably purchase something else from this brewery next time I choose Two Brothers.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 04:54:41 | More by birchstick
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Rayek

Colorado

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

Poured into a Two Brothers tulip.

A: The deep copper color has nice clarity and a steady bead of carbonation from tiny bubbles. A soapy cream head rests on top. It starts big and full before slowly settling to a thin film. Leaves a nice amount of lace.

S: Quite fruity and bittersweet. Raisins, currants and caramel dominate the nose. I even sensed a hint of bubblegum. A mild whiff of pepper and lemon keeps the sweetness in check.

T: Tastes initially of sweet breads and dark fruit. A pepper bitterness comes along quickly to quell the sweetness with a moderate bite. In the rafters is a bit of grapefruit citrus that seems a touch out of place. Finishes with a lingering sourdough sweetbread flavor.

M: The body is soft and smooth. Carbonation feels maybe a touch high.

D: This is a nice beer. It goes down easily, yet possesses a lot of complexities to ponder. The only detracting factor for me was the out of place citrus flavors. Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 04:19:39 | More by Rayek
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Goldopelgt

Ohio

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

A- Poured a clear amber color with an off-white head that sticks around and produces some decent lacing

S- Sweet and malty with the faintest amount of hops in the background

T- Like it smells..sweet with a good malt back bone...also has some yeast and spice notes to it...tastes good, but was hoping for more...

M- Clean and crisp and somewhat dry...but it just felt a little thin, not bad, but just like it was missing something...

D- Definitely not my favorite offering from Two Bros., but still a good brew...even with that said, I would not hesitate to recommend this one...

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2009 17:46:30 | More by Goldopelgt
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a best by date of 12/10/09 poured into a standard pint glass (its what they serve it in at the brew pub).

A- thsi one pours a dark amber/copper colored body with a small beige colored head that quickly gets downgraded to the title of crown.

S- sweet malts. toffee, and a bit of apple? very mild

T- the apple thing is throwing me off...i can taste them as well as smell them. the toffee malts are there too. also something bready.

M- medium bodied with the correct level of carbonation.

D- easy to finish and something i like to have a bunch of from time to time. probably my go to beer from two brothers, and the first beer i ever tried form them.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 05:01:17 | More by jwinship83
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bob182

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass.

After going through many of the reviews, I didn't notice anyone pointing this out yet: that smell is MOLASSES. It took a sec for me to get it, but this beer smells exactly like my mom's molasses cookies.

However, I only faintly tasted molasses. Regardless, it is a very drinkable beer, mellowing out as I got through it, and I must say drinking it put me in a better mood (childhood memories, I guess). I think I may have another and go sit out on the back deck -- cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 19:55:05 | More by bob182
Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,069 ratings.