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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

Domaine DuPage French Style Country AleDomaine DuPage French Style Country Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,006 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1006
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%


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:
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(Beer added by: zerk on 05-15-2002)
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left a small one finger head that quickly dissipated, and left little lacing. Body was a clear copper red amber.

Smell - diacetyl, fruity esters, overripe pears and plums, caramel, and toasty malt.

Taste - same as the smell. Buttery diacetyl with overripe pears, plums, washed with caramel and toated malt. It finishes with tart sour green apples.

Mouthfeel - medium fullness, smooth, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - this is very good, goes down well, and is very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2006 13:46:54 | More by ultralarry2006
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kbnooshay

New York

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the haul back from Chicago. Thanks going to my brother.

a: This poured clear and carbonated with an orange amber body and a small off-white head.

s: The aroma was grainy, sweet and of toasted caramel. This was slightly hoppy.

t: WOW! Sweet and malty. Very toasty aftertaste. The hop flavor is light but very nice. There is a nice doughey bread flavor also.

Mf/d: Slick and oily with a slight carbonation sting. I would only have a few of these because of the insane sweetness but this goes down so easy. Quite the treat. This is one incredibly balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 14:36:26 | More by kbnooshay
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BellsFan

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance = It poured from a twelve ounce bottle with a small head that quickly dissipated without leaving any lacing on the glass.

Smell = It has a rich caramel nose that is pleasant

Taste = the taste is also rich in caramel that seems too strong at first but then quickly dissipates leaving a nice finish. A toasted caramel is also evident.

Mouthfeel = adequate carbonation in conjunction with the thick caramel almost balance each other.

Drinkability = this is an easy drinker but not quite a session beer because of the thick caramel taste and mouth feel.

Overall I like it and would purchase another sixer.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 01:48:20 | More by BellsFan
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into Sam Adams glass on 5/13/09.

A - Poured a slight hazy, effervescent amber/orange body with reddish highlights and one-finger creamy eggshell head that settled to a slim coating that flared up with each swirl of the glass, leaving splashes of lace around the sides of the glass.

S - Light toasted grains, caramel and sugar up front with fairly aromatic floral hops contrasting with earthy tones and herbal notes. A pleasant fruity character also emerges, suggesting a subtle dark fruit tang as well as hints of ripe pear and other fleshy tree fruit.

T - Initial flavor is on the sweet side with a mild hop charcter combining spicy, floral and citric notes. Spicy notes in the finish with a fruity sweetness and a hefty malt backbone consisting of caramel and bready grains.

M - Medium bodied with a light syrupy texture and slightly sticky mouthfeel overall. Sweet finish with enough of a hop character to tingle the tastebuds just a bit.

D - I've been sitting on this for a while for some reason, but I was pleasantly surprised with this Two Brothers offering. Very interesting, flavorful style with a pretty light, crisp body and lots of subtle complexities all working together to create an extremely drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 23:30:07 | More by ffejherb
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4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber hue, no head, little movement from this bad boy. The nose reports plums, fresh apples, toast, malts, perhaps the list could go on! Razor sharp and aggressive offerings up front, large toasted malts, caramel, some hops also detected in the initial tasting. Becomes rather creamy and inviting; dough-like, fresh bread flavorings, quite enjoyable and for no extra charge has a decent belly-warming-offering! Nutty, buttery, slick, on the edge of full bodied, a fine offering from the "you never know what to expect from Ebel Bro's".

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2004 01:24:24 | More by GeoffRizzo
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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
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mjc3151

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - very clear, solid brown color, slight head

S - kinda smells like it's been aged in oak barrels, a bit roasted also

T - malty taste but not too over the top, perfect blend of hops and malts

M - slight carbonation, smooth

O - How many French country ales have you had? There is nothing quite like it. You must try this.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 01:04:30 | More by mjc3151
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312HopBomb

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear ruddy copper hue. Not much head but what's there holds on for a long time.

Aroma is strong malt with dark fruit. Fig, date and plums. Very nice almost like a great Belgian double without the funk.

Taste is more of the strong dark fruits and malt. Hops are far in the background but there are some earthy notes and a bubblegum yeasty character. The finish transitions to residual sweetness that is just perfect. There is a nice, full flavor packed in this one.

Mouthfeel has light carbonation that matches the profile of this brew. It has a medium mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Overall this is a fantastic French Country ale. One of Two Brothers best regular offerings. It's a great change of pace from my usual go-to APA(Sidekick)/IPA's. Way to go guys!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 04:04:52 | More by 312HopBomb
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Two Brothers Domaine DuPage delivers a slightly hazy, deep amber body with a reddish cast beneath a short but creamy head of white foam that holds quite well and leaves some thin lace about the glass. The nose is offers a comination of delicately toasty and straw-like grain with subtle notes of caramel alongside some soft summer fruit (apple, peach, cherry) and musty yeast. It's quite intriguing! The body is medium-light with a zesty, very-fine bubbled natural carbonation that finely pricks the tongue. The flavor starts with bold, toasty and caramelish malts upfront, followed by a splash of tart fruit (sour cherry, tangerine, plum) that fades into the finish. The tartnes is quite nice and refreshing, and it slowly fades in the finish, giving rise to some lingering toasty malt, a delicate spiciness, and finally a drying chalkiness that brings you full circle and ready for another sip. Given a chance, this is an exciting, fairly complex, refreshing, and satisfying beer that probably deserves much more recognition than it receives. Very nicely done and certainly worth trying!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2004 06:42:57 | More by NeroFiddled
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head over the cloudy coppery amber brew. Head lasts nicely, with plenty of bubbly lacing. Aroma is grains and light spicing. Taste is hearty grains, a touch of sour, and then closes with a touch of dry. Mouthfeel is great, smooth grains and tart working well together, and drinkability is excellent as well. Not sure if it's to style, but it's yummy, and that works for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 22:10:20 | More by ppoitras
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a cantillon taster - fridge - best by 7/10/09

Appearance: A copper colored beer that has orange highlights, apparent carbonation that flows to the surface, and a bubbly cream colored head that reaches 1.5" Good retention and lots of foamy lace stays behind.

Smell: Roasted, nutty barley malt. Pecan and cereal grains accompany some yeast earthiness. I can't smell any hop aroma.

Taste: Nutty forefront of almond and pecan. A distinct cereal grain flavor is smooth and not sweet at all. I guess there are some hop flavors, actually they take root in bitterness and not flavor.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth in both flavor and mouthfeel. This medium bodied beer shows a bitter finish and a fresh overall complexion.

Drinkability: Great. I like this beer alot. It is certainly a sessionable brew that has a multitude of strengths. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 16:14:28 | More by Risser09
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robbyc1

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful deep golden clear look with an off-white head that's 2 inches strong, great lace, really nice.

Strong nice sweetish bready malt and and minimal hops for this style.

The taste overdoes the nose, strong bready sweetness up front, bready, toffee, butterscotch, slight vanilla middle, finishes long and slightly sweet. The hops provide a bit of bitterness to balance the finish. One of my session beers for this style.

Heavy mouthfeel, creamy with refined carbonation.

Easy drinker, good for all year round drinking, the sweetness lends it as a good drinker with savory dinners. Yes, a nice one for this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 20:23:01 | More by robbyc1
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drizzam

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by date of 8/10/10 on the back label. The brew pours a crystal clear copper color with an off-white head topping it off. The head is fluffy and leaves a nice veil of lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - Sweet caramalized malts abound in the aroma...maybe a touch of butterscotch in there as well.

T & M - The taste far outperforms the nose. The toasty and sweet caramelized malt provides huge flavor. Some spiciness in the middle, then it finishes with just a slight floral hop bitterness toward the end. There's some unrecognizable fruit lingering about it there as well. As soon as I took it into my mouth I remarked to myself about how creamy this beer seems.

D - This beer has an understated complexity to it that makes it especially interesting, and tasty! This is the first brew I've had from Two Brothers, and now I want to try more. Very impressed!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 19:20:51 | More by drizzam
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cudmud

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep copper color very little head. What head there is produces nice lacing.

Smell: Wonderful smells of raisins, malt, and yeast.

Taste: A nice balance of sweet malts, raisin bread, and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and bread-like.

Drinkability: A great beer in both flavor and style.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 01:38:16 | More by cudmud
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Skidz

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out light golden brown and sits amber-orange in the glass with a thin head that goes to the sides with no skim.

Smell is caramely with honey present as well. Light aromatic hops, Saaz, and a mild yeastiness. Brown sugar and powdered chocolate back it up.

Sweet caramel flavors packed with malts and a nice herbal/floral hoppiness. Great bitter finish that leaves you mouth with some mild fruits.

Crisp and clean in the mouth, great carbonation. Awesome sweets and yeastiness, great beer all-around.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2004 04:01:45 | More by Skidz
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chuckm

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not overly heavy but still has a strong body. A beer I first had at a Leonas restaurant here in Chicago and was impressed by its ability to to hold its own with Italian food. I don't know what a French country style ale should be but this is darn good

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 05:37:45 | More by chuckm
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass, included in my last package from the esteemed Jeff (AleWatcher). Always much appreciated!

Pours a pleasant, clear-ish deep copper with a thin, whispy attempt at an off-white head that never makes it past fizzle stage.

Nose is quite nice - light notes of apples and a bit of caramel, earthy over-ripe fruit, nicely toasty.

Taste is just straight up delicious. Now admittedly, this is a style that A) I love and B) I feel is crazy under-represented, so take that into consideration. But back to the beer; it's complex, tasty, and quite moreish. Initial hit of toasty caramel wrapped around earthy apple and ripe fruit notes, lightly tart, coasts all the way to the finish, where a bit of alcohol comes poking through in the midst of lingering, tasty earthy fruit notes.

Mouthfeel is soft, medium bodied and a bit lush, light carbonation that tickles the tongue and then gets out of the way. Perfectly matched.

Drinkability is nice, very tasty and enjoyable. The alcohol comes through fairly noticeably for the abv, which is distracting, but doesn't get in the way too, too much. Overall, a very tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 17:14:20 | More by JohnQVegas
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TripT

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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
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dali27

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-01-2011 20:34:30 | More by dali27
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xmorgan

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in a bottle at *Citizen in MLPS MN with Gravlax Benidict

A very nice pairing and a perfect Saturday Brunch

A:Clear Copper Liquid with white head and absolutely no lacing

S: slight straw aroma

T: Malty but not sweet, smooth and spicy on the back end with a pleasant bitter aftertaste, hops seam slight and on the backend

M: full body with a dryness that leaves a slight malty bitterness in the mouth

O:A well balanced ale that is a good pairing with any foods, pleasant and compliments foods but does not cave in as a simple beverage, it is distinct enough to add to the meal as a component and not simply hydration.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 17:18:49 | More by xmorgan
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

tap

Pours a clear copper color with a sugar white lacing for a head.

Smells of biscuity malts with toffee and caramel sweetness.

Toasted biscuit malt flavor with toffee and nutty bitterness characteristics.

Medium body with a tingle of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Highly drinkable with a great flavor, a very enjoyable brew well worth trying and something I will definitely look for again in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 21:51:31 | More by Cylinsier
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travMI13

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An extra in a trade. Thought I would give this farmhouse ale/biere de garde a go on a nice, spring night on the patio. Thanks robbiemoy13!

2012 vintage. Best before 5/10/2012. 12 oz. bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

A: Pours a deep amber color with a finger of fluffy white head. Decent head retention and significant lacing.

S: Musty and yeasty with hints of apricot and maybe some pear. It smells more musty than anything, and it seems pretty true to the style.

T: Musty and yeasty with just a touch of the pear. Very well-balanced. The finish is crisp and clean with the hops, but a nice malty sweetness lingers a little bit. This is actually hitting the spot and would serve as a nice table beer.

M: Moderately carbonated. I would normally want a little more carbonation with this style. However, the sweet malts are really picking up the slack there. The finish is crisp and clean, and it is quite pleasant.

O: I have never had anything from Two Brothers before, so I didn't quite know what to expect. This beer is a nice surprise. If this was a bomber, it would be a great table beer for a family dinner. As it stands, it's a nice example of a farmhouse ale that doesn't try to do too much, yet is well-executed. I would have this again, and I would be open to trying other beers from Two Brothers

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 02:37:23 | More by travMI13
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deejaydan

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at the Clark Street Ale House. Wow... very refreshing. Not a ton of hops in here, they let the yeast do the talking for them. This is a very tasty, refreshing beer. My first French Country Ale, and I'll be sure to seek out more of them. Pours a nice orange/yellow color. Good head retention, and moderate lacing. Again, the aroma and the flavor comes from the yeast. This beer definately makes me want to come back for more.

Serving type: cask

04-06-2004 22:04:56 | More by deejaydan
Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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