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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

1,005 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1005
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:
No notes at this time.

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

Illinois

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

(Poured in an American pint glass)

Appearance: Nice reddish-bronze color with a thin white head that fades quickly. It has nice lacing on the glass

Smell: Good toasty malt aroma with a very slight hop spiciness

Taste: It taste like eating fresh sweet malt and then it ends with a nice hoppy finish. For having a strong malt taste at the beginning and a good hop taste at the end it really taste balanced by all the flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium smooth body with no hot alcohol taste and very gentle carbonation.

Drinkability: This really has a full malty taste but the hops are strong enough to support it without being sickly sweet. Very pleasant to drink and seems to fit the style guidelines very well.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2005 02:19:48 | More by rhoadsrage
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jera1350

Minnesota

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

Coppery brown color with a ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

Sweet caramel malt, some straw, almost a chardonnay smell as well. Some toffee now coming through.

Rich and creamy caramel and toffee malt. Nice and lightly sweet and satisfying taste. Almost like drinking a caramel dessert. Creme Brulee like burnt caramel. Some custard.

Smooth, not quite medium in body. As mentioned, a nice slight creamy texture. Dry on the finish.

Damn tasty and damn drinkable. Goes down really well. I will have this again and know some friends who will love this as well despite not being huge craft drinkers. Nice beer that is easily available and nicely priced.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 01:28:51 | More by jera1350
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 00:42:31 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Amalak

New York

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

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A. Light copper color, semi-opaque with some head and lacing. Solid Sediment.
S. Beautiful toasted nut scent.
T. Very nice rye taste to it. Light, but has a nice vegetable taste. Smooth and refreshing.
M. Very smooth on the tongue.
D. Not to astringent. Very nice balance to it. Well done all around.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 02:16:30 | More by Amalak
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

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

Hazy medium honey brown color with light head and moderate lacing.

Appetizing and complex aroma - bisuity malt, raisins, cherries. Flavor follows suit - complex, tasty and well integrated malt, hops and yeast components.

Medium body with just the right carbonation. Dry finish, leaves the palate clean and wishing more.

Thanks to DavidEddie for the awesome extra. A delicious surprise. I will seek this out again and look for others from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 19:02:20 | More by CliffBrake
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 03:42:13 | More by jondeelee
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beveritt

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel glass. This bottle was in a 10 pack of Winter Brews I received as a gift recently.

Appearance: Pours with very little head, maybe a quarter inch of creamy, off white head. This falls quickly and leaves a ring around the glass. The beer itself is a peachy-red/brown color with a chill haze. Constant stream of bubble coming up from the D.

Smell: Raisins, caramel and sweet alcohol.

Taste: Bubbly at first, feels slightly prickly. Once again, raisins, carmal and some sweet alcohol. Bready. Faint bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very effervescent, lots of bubbles on the tongue, but not much of the CO2 bite you normally get from highly carbonated beers. The bubbles feel smaller, like champagne made by methode champanoise. Great mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Overall, a very drinkable beer. I like this class of beers and with the lower alcohol level in this one, it makes it more reasonable to have a few.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 03:16:22 | More by beveritt
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish orange sunset hued brew with a thin cap of light brown suds. The dishwater head exhibits large and loose bubbles, and settles to a soapy haze with abundant lace coating the glass. I really like the uniquely pretty color of this brew.

S - Toasted malt campfire and burnt wood. Wet ashes....reminds me of the way that a campfire smells after you douse it with water to cool the dying embers. Autumnal and cozy with outdoorsy aromas. Smells like a walk in the woods on a wet autumn morning.

T - Sweet caramel malt with a good dose of toasty grains and some leafy hops. Burning wood with some really nice campfire nuances. Becomes progressively more hoppy and salty (soy sauce) towards the moderately dry and barky finish.

M - Low carbonation, medium in body, and very slightly acidic (sour) with a moderately dry finish. A tad under-carbonated IMHO.

D - An outstanding aroma and tasty flavors and a near perfect balance of roastiness and hoppiness make this an eminetnly drinkable brew. It's flavorful enough to hold my interest, and mellow enough to drink three or four.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 05:19:17 | More by pmcadamis
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Larrytown

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes deep red with virtually no head, but tons of lacing. Strange. There were toasty caramel notes in the nose, but pretty subtle.

I'm really digging the taste on this one. It's sweet upfront, but the toastiness and slight hops on the back-end balance it out. Very well crafted. Not a ton of carbonation in the head, but it's a beer that's meant to go down smooth. Boy does it. I'd love to knock back a couple more and at this ABV, I just might.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2008 22:23:55 | More by Larrytown
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Benjigoose

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pleasing orange amber and smell is sweet with notes of caramel, and hints of citrus. A soft light-tan head tops it off.

Taste is complex with flavors of toffee, caramel with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Texture is very smooth to the point of creamy. Highly drinkable and overall quite delicious! I would pair this with the sweeter group of traditional fall flavors (pumpkin, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.)

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 01:06:07 | More by Benjigoose
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ccrida

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 03:50:06 | More by ccrida
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Lawl3ss

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip. Best-by date on bottle 5.16.12

Look- Nearly clear dark apricot color with a surprising amount (three solid fingers) of fairly dense puffy-looking head. Leaves some very nice intricate webby lacing as it settles over five minutes or so. Plenty of yeast sediment in the bottle, not too much in the glass. No visible carbonation.

Smell- Robust amber and caramel malt, spice, and apple, with a touch fresh-cut flowers and a hint of straw. It’s almost perfume-like, musky but not in an off-putting way. Makes me think of candied apples and mulled cider in a warm cabin. I’ve never smelled a farmhouse-style ale that made me think so strongly of... well, the country around harvest time. A+

Taste- Woah! Woah! Hold up! What just happened there? I think my mind was blown. I swear it tastes like a mellow pear cider. Caramel malt starts it off, followed by a bit of grass and alcohol/yeasty spice, finishing with a very mild lingering fruity sweetness. As the flavors are gasping their last, a touch of rich nutty malt makes itself felt. I don’t really know what to make of it, but it’s not quite like anything I’ve had. Very tasty, and light on its feet for how malty it is. Fairly clean finish, excepting the lingering pear feeling that I can’t shake.

Mouthfeel- Crisp to start, and smooth thereafter. Soft carbonation, but it was a vigorous pour. Medium to full body, leaning towards medium. Drinks... like cider.

Overall- I don’t have much to compare it to, but it seems like a great mélange of English-style ale and Bavarian Saison. I have to give it props for hitting spot-on the “farmhouse feel”, even though I’d never really conceptualized it as such. I could definitely see people drinking something like this in the heat of the summer, and man is it tasty. I just wish I could get my hands on it on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 07:07:20 | More by Lawl3ss
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jaz58

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great craft brew. It went very well with the great burger I had at DMK.
Spicy smell and taste. Hints of carmel. Good mouth feel and very easy to drink.
Very good white head. Reddish carmel clear colour. A gentle hop aroma with a decent bitter finish.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 03:05:07 | More by jaz58
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Kongquistador

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I haven't been a huge fan of the other Two Brothers beer I tried, the Northwind Imperial Stout, but this is a far superior beer, and merits consideration, should you find it. With luck they will continue to produce it, although it claims to be a limited run.

Pours a nice reddish hue, just fading to yellow around the edges. Forms a very respectable head on a vigorous pour, which held form well with some large-ish bubbles. Head is slightly yellowish. Smell is not overpowering, mostly a citrus note.

Taste begins with a moderate citrus on the tip of the tounge, and moves onto the middle of the tounge with what others have described as an earthy taste. I'm not sure I want the term earthy, but it is hard to find the right word for the pleasant but very mild sensation as the beer swirls around your mouth. Finish is hoppy, but also in a moderated way, and nicely balances against the other flavors without overpowering. The hops have distinctly grassy note, which conjures the image of a small chateau in the rolling wheat fields.

This is a superbly balanced beer. I didn't like it much when I had my first, but I came back the next day for a review, and found that it has grown on me immensly. The subtle combination of flavors at each stage of the drink makes it worth returning to, as I will, many times with luck.

[Edit 11/03] I've had mixed luck with this beer. Some are quite good, and others seem to have gone off. It varies bottle to bottle, but in the 12 I had, 2 were yeasty and poor.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2003 04:41:35 | More by Kongquistador
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johanvond

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very tasty brew form Two Brothers amber in color and hazy with almost no head. It is my first Biere de garde and I first had it sevral years ago. Unfotunatly it didnt catch on but, The Professor's Pub, a new bar in kent, ohio now carries it and i cant pass it up when ever i stop in. It has a nutty aroma with a slight hint of aprcot. The mouthfeeel and body are good not too heavy. In the end you get a slight hop bite with bits of citrus floral notes. Quite pleasureable.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 21:42:58 | More by johanvond
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +10%
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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unclejazz

New York

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally got around to reveiwing one of my beer for your buck favorites. i am glad there is another great brewery coming out of the midwest.

A-This is a great copper color and just a bit cloudy. A 1/2 finger head that quickly went away and left very little lacing. There is a low but steady carbonation that i am sure will lend itself to good moutfeel.

S-one of the best things about this ale is the toasted notes that remind me of a fall harvest: pumkin, sweet potato, pine, coriander, and tea leaves.

T-this is an ale with a bite that seems to hit at just the right moment. Just when you think you are going to be unimpressed, there it is. eat sip leaves just enough flavor for me to want one sip more. Its starts out sweet and turns bitter before an unagi finish. very well layered.

M-There is still carbonation in the last half of this bottle and i would assume it is due to active yeast> Thanks yeast, old friend.

O-I keep an eye out for this and have a corner spot of my mixed six reserved for this one. I am excited about exploring all of the Two brothers varieties that are becoming available to the NY area.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 03:19:06 | More by unclejazz
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brave stuff from a worthwhile brewery. This is an accomplished Saison that could be labeled as Fantome Hiver’s baby brother. It brings an mild sourness to the caramel dough nutty complexity that forms the backbone of this hazelnut amber brew. Buttery and musty with hints of grass and hay. Parties in the mouth. Medium bodied with nice light carbonation. No head. Excellent session Saison…but aren’t they all?

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 05:23:50 | More by DaPeculierDane
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I actually first had this beer on tap in Chicago last summer but am now reviewing a bottle. Pours out a light brownish-amber color with no real head to speak of. A bit hazy with some bubble making their way to the top.

The smell reminds me of apples and spice. Hints of malt and something bready are present as well. Taste is very similar to the smell. The malt backbone is much more present. The apple and citrus notes are nicely balanced through out. Very low in terms of carbonation. Very smooth yet still retains some complex flavors. Different than what I remember on tap.

An impressive brew that could use a bit more carbonation. Maybe it is just my bottle?

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 23:58:54 | More by CharlesRiver
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wedge

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudless amber red hue with a fixed thin, bubbly cap. Almost no visible carbonation. Low-key toasted malt aroma - doughy with some fruitiness in the back. The flavor is smooth toasted sweet caramel malts that quickly blend with muted spiced fruits...bready with a slight tart hoppiness in the finish. Medium, coating mouthfeel - very smooth and balanced.

Very rich, yet subtle - a nice, malty bière de garde. Much better than the first beer I had from Two Brothers...I'll have to give some more of their beers a try. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 21:59:42 | More by wedge
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber with yellow trim in the body, with a finger of off-white foam; nice duration and lacing. Good nose, plenty of citrus and dried fruit, malty and a bit yeasty--sweet and a tad funky.

Solid, sweet and dried fruit taste--fig, date, berry, caramel--very good. I'd love a little more hop balance to this, but this is unquestionably one of the best representatives of the style I've ever had. The mouthfeel seals the deal--creamy smooth, but with a sour bite in the finish. The sweet-tart interplay is really impressive, and the vibrant effervescence brings it home with ease.

Domaine DuPage is another Two Brothers offering I've passed up for no good reason. This was excellent, and my wife, no huge fan of beer, enjoyed the heck out of this at The Crane Alley's beer and chocolate pairing with me tonight. I did, too. Excellent beer, well paired with a toffee/caramel truffle. Very well done, Two Brothers.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 02:38:01 | More by Gehrig
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DanL133

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My brother turned me on to this beer. It's a nice medium bodied beer with a lot going on.
Pours an opaque orangy honey color with a thin white cap.
Nice low carbonation mouth feel, smooth caramel with sweetness, pears, grass, cotton candy? moves to some hops that give a good clean finish.
This is a impressive beer. I recommend this one for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 01:14:23 | More by DanL133
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy reddish-brown with an off-white one finger head. Head retention is not very good but lacing is excellent.

Caramel immediately jumps out in the aroma along with a little biscuit and toast. I can also detect a little bit of yeast, molasses, and wood.

The flavor really seems to have quite a bit going on. Caramel and molasses are very prominent in the flavor. A bit of roast and biscuit linger in the background with a very assertive bitterness coming in almost immediately and lingering throughout. Oddly enough I can pick up some raspberry and bubblegum notes buried deeply underneath, presumably coming from the yeast. Mouthfeel is quite light but finishes a bit sticky.

Overall, an impressive beer in a style that is not seen too often in the US. There is a lot of depth to this beer and a whole lot going on. Definitely one to pick up if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 00:41:36 | More by rangerred
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was another recent acquisition during my visit to Mari's Six Pax 'n' Mor in Reading. I was surprised to see Two Brothers in PA and since this was one of the few that I had not tried previously at some point, it went into the carrier. It then took a back seat as I wended my way through a backlog of AIPAs and such, plus I was admittedly ignorant of the style until today and shied away from it until I could conduct sufficient research as to give myself some traction.

From the bottle: "French Style Country Ale"; "This food-friendly ale is deep amber in color, with a toasty, sweet caramel start. It finishes with just enough hops to clean off the palate. Bon appetit!"; "Two Brothers is a craft brewery on the outskirts of Chicago that specializes in rare and seldom-brewed beer styles. The two of us - Jason and Jim Ebel - strive to produce the very best beers available anywhere. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!"

I hope so too as I do not want to be duped in my own domain! Having learned my lesson with an earlier iteration of the style, I went with a kinder, gentler pour on this one. I ended up with a finger of foamy, deep-tan head that quickly fell away to wisps. Color was an elegant deep-amber, close to copper, with NE-quality clarity. Speaking of Nebraska, I recently got turned onto (both literally and figuratively) Val MidWest, a young lady from Lincoln who has an adult website and recently made news when she returned to her Catholic high school for an after-hours photo shoot! The nose on this was was really sweet, almost syrupy in its intensity with an underlying scent of dried dark fruits. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was unexpectedly less sweet than I had anticipated. Instead, it had a fruity quality, almost like fruitcake. In fact, that is exactly what it reminded me of with its bready, malty backbone to accompany the fruitiness! Wild. Finish was semi-sweet and actually quite refreshing in its reserved nature. This had the potential to be an over-the -top malt bomb but the masterful use of the yeast really worked well with the malt. I would recommend giving this a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 11:03:51 | More by woodychandler
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williamherbert

New York

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tremendously hazy; medium carrot orange. Radiant. Nice finger of flat head. The haze is great.

Some biscuity malt. A little farmhouse spice. Mild flowery, perfumey hops. Very fragrant.

Sweet caramel initially, very mild and very nice. Second hit of a Belgian, champagne-like spice. As it warms, that toasted caramel comes back. Really great how it evolves.

Bubbly, fizzy, effervescent. Appropriate for style. Thick as well. Two thirds caramel, one third champagne. Impressive as hell.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 03:25:16 | More by williamherbert
Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,005 ratings.