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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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1,283 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,283
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 38
Gots: 143 | FT: 0
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Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: zerk on 05-15-2002

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Photo of EricCioe
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours impenetrable, murky orange with a two finger tightly packed white head with good retention and decent lace. The nose was weak, probably partially due to the restaurant serving it in a frosted mug. I had to wait for it to warm to get much out of it at all. When it came out, there was a little bit of spice and yeast, or perhaps spicy yeast, sitting atop a malt bill that had me convinced there was wheat. In the mouth the spiciness did a really nice job sitting atop a big but not sweet malty body. Where this beer really excels for me is the feel, with a medium body and nice carbonation keeping this around for a nice, long finish. It's refreshing rather than heavy but it stays interesting, a pretty rare combination for me.

Overall, I liked this beer a great deal. I had no idea what to expect in terms of style and I ended up liking it. I wish the nose had been a bit more potent but other than that, Two Brothers has a nice little gem on their hands here.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: A hazy moderate brown with a light red tint. There is an off white head that diminishes quickly but does not disappear.

S: Consists mostly of Belgian yeast and light malt, but there are also notes of apples and spices.

T: Similar to the smell. A mild Belgian ale with some fruity sweetness. There is a dry malt flavor which leads to a mildly hoppy aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Very drinkable.

O: A slightly spicy, easy to drink ale. Would be a good session ale for a fall night.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap: Poured a hazy medium beige color ale with nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of lightly aromatic Belgian style malt with light rustic ester. Taste is also dominated by semi-sweet Belgian-style malt with light rustic notes. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Enjoyable but nothing to write home about.

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

I haven't had a whole lot from this particular brewery, so it's always good to branch out. Review is from notes taken on 4/28/2011 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a ruddy coppery color with a slight ruby tinge -- looks kind of like a cider; stats with a 1 finger off-white head that fades quickly to a full, but thin cap with a thicker foamy ring around the surface; just a touch of haze and sediment floating about, but the body is mostly clear and it shows moderately strong carbonation bubbling up throughout; Only a few strands of lacing are left hanging behind as the drink swings low

Smell: Interesting, I would say I smell some overly ripe red apples, and some caramel notes; something just a bit musty to it, giving the initial impression of something with a little funk and tart to it, but it doesn't really come across that way. Like I said, interesting.

Taste: Much like I would expect from the smell, kind of a mulchy and mustly smell (I'm reminded of wet leaves on a lawn); blend of acidic and slightly overripe fruitiness; notes of caramel that linger into the aftertaste; I feel that for a beer that isn't overly assertive or robust, it has a lot going on and you really need to take your time to work thorough it effectively to get as much out of it as possible.

Mouthfeel: Body is near medium in weigh; bod comes across a little slick and oily, but the carbonation is still solid and lively despite the dead-esque feelings to the body; a thin and sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth and it holds a citric bitter tinge to the dryness; sits a little warm in the belly from the acidity.

Overall: An interesting beer, nice for the warmer spring and summer as I believe the nice body fruity aspects would make a wonderfully tasty balanced beers;s Finish is a little off for me --comes across a little caustic in the back of the mouth.

Photo of ccrida
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Schell's shaker pint, Domaine DuPage is a dull chestnut with a small off-white skim leaving no lace.

Smell is semi-sweet, some spiciness, complex stylistically.

Taste is classically aligned as a BdG,a nice caramel sweetness, some esters, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel is light, clean.

Drinkability is good, this is a well executed, clean BdG, with the classic notes to satisfy.

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

A -- A copper amber brew that pours into a two finger eggshell head to leave a thin splotchy foam, leaving wispy, broken lacing.

S -- Aromas of caramel apple, spice and hints of dark fruit.

T -- Slightly sweet yet dry malt characteristics with hints of floral notes, somewhat bready, some raisin and prunes in the background.

M -- Smooth and creamy, medium bodied, with moderate carbonation.

D -- Very nice. As this is what I think is my first biere-de-garde, I will consider it a style to look for and will definitely revisit this after trying a few others. Solid brew.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been sitting in the fridge for a couple months but I had never gotten around to trying it. Poured a very nice deep reddish amber with a good sized three finger plus high head of thick off white lace. This faded rather slowly and was replaced by a nice thick layer of side glass lace and a good amount of foam left on the top of the liquid.

THe aroma was rich and spicy. Lots of yeast present here, but at the same time very sweet with hardly atouch of alcohol. Rich caramel malty notes prevelant throught, really making a difference here, The flavor was very smooth with a rich sweet character coming through and balanced well against a dark fruity yeast character. Nice notes of pums and raisins throughout this one, really offering quite a bit of depth here. As it warmed a bit of spicy rum like flavor cae out with a touch of peppery like alcohol, but very nicely done. Very smooth texture and very highly carbonated, this as definitly a good choice here. It was highly drinkable and made an excellent sipper that was for sure.

Photo of deebo
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle with best before date of 9/1/11

A-Dense tan head that continues to skim the surface for half a glass, hangs on to the sides as well. Color is amber/reddish with lots of yeast floating around

S-Yeasty, balanced hop and sweet, toasted malt aroma

T-Malty upfront that quickly ends with a bite of alcohol and astringent hops to cleanse the palette

M-Heavy and creamier than I expected. Pleasant.

D-After finishing 1-the end note of hops and alcohol bite limit the drinkability a bit for me.

Photo of justiceavocado
3.04/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on a quiet Friday afternoon. The bottle has apparently been redesigned, but it is the same "food-friendly ale" as pictured on this site. Label stamped, "BEST BY 6/15/11."

L - About an eighth of an inch of off-white head, doesn't quite dissipate after about two minutes, leaving a film on top of the beer. Hazy copper-brown color, with obvious carbonation continuing to rise for minutes after the pour. Little chunks of yeast swimming around in there like yummy minnows.

A - Sweet plum overwhelmed by wood and bread. The faintest whisper of hops floats just beyond all that, not quite out of reach of the senses.

M - Moderate to medium body, good carbonation. And by "good," I mean present enough to tickle the tongue but not so strong as to clamber up into the nose. It leaves a kind of film-y feeling after going down, like rubbing your finger on rubber. I'm not educated enough to know why, but I wish it didn't.

T - Follows the smell diligently. A small point of sweetness hits at first, if not plum certainly prune and raisin, followed by fresh bread and biscuit washing the mouth while a tiny bit of bitterness shines from the back of the tongue. Major points for the restraint shown in the hop presence - just enough to be refreshing. Throughout, the yeast is very present, both in taste and in mouthfeel. One could even say the yeast is an 'atmosphere' with this beer.

That said, the taste is weak, almost a background to the mouthfeel. Drinking it is like listening to a good band with the volume down. I like what I hear, but...what exactly are they saying?

D - Pretty decent. I wonder what this would be like with food for two reasons: 1) the rubber-rubbing after-feel might disappear with a meal, and 2) the taste might seem even weaker than it does here (and I haven't eaten for about three hours). At 5.9%, it could be a good one with which to begin an evening of moderate debauchery (as opposed to heavy or even wild debauchery, obviously). I would buy it again, but only after its next release to see how it changes.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):

Not a beer style ventured into by many American brewers. A crisp-looking ale, clear brassy color with a tight, tiny-bubbled lacing. Candied fruit, white chocolate, shortbread, mild spice and wildflowers blow all expectations out of the water ... a godly aroma. Dried malt character blankets the palate, a bit biscuity but more of a dried grass flavor. Fruitiness abounds with hints of pear cider, baked apples and golden raisins, with a hint of alcohol within. Bubblegum? Herbal hop flavor and a small measure of bitterness checks any sweetness that may have lingered. Super tasty, hunt this beer down and get a semi-stinky cheese to throw it at.

Photo of moester13
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich honeyorange beer with a decent white head and very lively body. Smells of oranges, and a bit like copper. Hops come through with a good sniff.
Starts of fruity, citrusy and sweet with a clean finish. Hints of ginger and clove spice. More hoppy than the aroma suggests, really refreshing. Surprising mouthfeel, thick and creamy.
Very drinkable, excellent for summertime

Photo of dali27
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler into pint glass.

A: A rather bright, but attractive hazy orange color with a thin head that quickly collects in a ring around the side of the glass.

S: Toasted bready malts with a fruity sweetness. Smells very inviting.

T: Really good tasting beer. Heavy on the malt flavoring, but balanced against mild hop taste makes this one extremely enjoyable.

M: Thin to medium body. To me it's strange that a beer would have so much flavor and feel so thin. Definitely contributes to this being a very sessionable beer.

O: This is my current local favorite. So solid, so much flavor, so easy to drink. I have never had another beer of this style, so I don't know how true it is to other Biere de Garde's, but I do know that I love this one.

Even though "amber" can be such an all encompassing term, and I am not sure if this beer falls into this catagory, this is what I expect an "amber" to be. Most amber ales leave me disapointed, but this one, no way! Try it.

Photo of stewart124
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper color with some suspension/haze. Decent lacing along the glass.

Dark toasted caramel in the nose with some apple esters.

Yeast twang with a nice malty note. Loads of caramel and biscuity notes with a slight earthy character. Some vanilla and dark melanoidans. Very easy to drink.

I really enjoy the malt character and the mouthfeel. Again, very easy to drink and a nice beer overall.

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

This is an amber biere de garde that boasts a nice quarter inch head of off-white with a tinge of yellow to it. It doesn't last all that long though but does leave behind thin bands of lace.

Most Belgian styles have a stronger nose than this. I had to try a few times to get a good sense of this one. I've rewritten this part a few times. Malt sweetness comes out first and smacks of caramel. There are some fruit esters in there, but I can't figure out what fruit they smell like...maybe fig? And there's just a slight mustiness to it, but not off-putting.

Not digging the taste all that much. We are past it's "Best By" date of 2/3/11, so I'm going to take that into account. There is oxidation, but I'll try to ignore that. The malts dominate and much of the fruit in the smell is absent on the tongue. Not a lot of complexity here. The oxidation does abated after a little while allowing me to get some more of nuances of this beer and I did notice that the fruits resurfaced. Still damned if I can tell which fruits though.

It almost seems flat, it's so smooth with an exceptionally clean finish and hardly any bite or aftertaste. I had to knock it down a little since the carbonation in a biere de garde is supposed to be higher. The bitterness is really low and their label does list the IBUs as 24. About the label...putting brown print on a tan background with a tiny font may result in a class action lawsuit for excessive eye strain. Who reads that stuff? Us beer geeks! That's who! This is even harder to read than the novels that Greg from Stone writes on his bottles.

Photo of LiquidBread219
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep copper color, less than 1 inch head. ok lacing.

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

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

Mouthfeel: medium body, nice carbonation balance. sweet bread.

Drinkability: good session beer, excellent for your friends that really are just getting into craft beer.

Photo of Jesse13713
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 6/8/11

Appearance - A finger full of head with clumpy white froth. Laces well to the glass. The beer is a very cloudy and opaque brown to red-amber color. Looks like sweet fruits.

Smell - The smell here is very distant and cloudy. Faint hints of malt and wheat. Not much else is noticeable.

Taste - Very full of wheat. Kind of like I'm chewing on the wheatgrass itself. Tastes roasted with slight malts in the background. A light lemony cherry note remains very very subtle throughout. Slight spices as well.

Mouthfeel / Drinkablity - A very drinkable Biere de Garde. Light to medium bodied. A slight ethanol taste is present as I continue to drink. One of my favorite Biere de Gards I've had.

Photo of ChugginOil
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque hazy amber with a fingers worth of white head. Pretty bubbly lacing holds up pretty nice.

Light wheat aromas mixed with a faint light roasted malt scent. Very faint to say the least

A very warm abd wheaty taste is noticed very strongly throughout the beer. Probably the most dominating characteristic. Some roasted malt is noticed beneath the wheat and is balanced nicely. Within the subtle flavor combinations lies a faint cocoa taste.

Good carbonation ending with a creamy smooth texture. Friendly.

Drinkability is high on this one due to a very crisp, refreshing taste and low alcohol content

Photo of Brunite
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very clear dark amber color with one three fingers of fluffy off white head. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

S - Smell is very subtle. Bready malts, musty notes.

T - Unique taste. Biscuity malts predominate. Despite all malt...the sweetness is held in check...all with very, very little hop bitterness. There is also some funky earthy, musty notes per the style. Very unique. Interesting.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

D - Goes down easy due to mild flavors. Will have to try again. First time for this style.

Photo of LacquerHead
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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

Photo of cocogan
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.

Photo of mariposafan
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of AdamMY
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.

Photo of Erish
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of fdw3
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!

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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