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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good
516 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
516
Ratings:
1,461
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
20.63%
 
 
Wants:
55
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231
For Trade:
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Domaine DuPage French Style Country AleDomaine DuPage French Style Country Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by zerk on 05-15-2002

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Reviews: 516 | Ratings: 1,461
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into pint at tap42 in ft Lauderdale. Pours a syrup amber brown with slight head. Smell is malty sweet ....bleh
Taste is exactly the same. Malty bready sweet. Maybe some peppery notes but otherwise very macro trying to hard kind of thing...
Its a bit heavy but the flavor is easy.
Its a step above macro...meh. I will never have again.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty amber red with an off-white single finger head of foam.

Nutty, caramel, grains, and slightly grassy.

Wonderful balance of sweetness and bitter, nuts, caramel, roasted malts, and hay.

Medium-heavy bodied, medium carbonation, sweet, slightly funky.

Overall, my first offering from Two Brothers and I was definitely not let down!

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Photo of jaz58
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My pal, Jeff brought this one back from the Midwest for me. Rock on!

Served in a Delirium Tremens shaped-glass.

A: Two finger, white head on top of a mildly cloudy, gold/red brew. Pretty good so far.

S: Sort of a sandy, brown sugary, hoppy, disposition overall. More sugar than anything.

T: Fairly smooth, a bit sugary (appropriate to style), and kinda bland. However, I guess the style itself is kinda bland. Malt/hop blend was about 50/50.

M: Sugary, but I've experience worse in this realm. Amazingly ridiculous lacing left on the glass.

O: I've had a few in this style in my day, and this is about in the middle.

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Photo of ChiPool
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated best by 12/29/12 (I think). Poured into tulip glass.

This is an exceptionally pretty beer. Pours a nice, cloudy amber color with an inch of cream colored head. Very nice lacing as well. On the nose, bready malts with a hint of cherries...cherry coffeecake. Down the hatch, more of the same malty/cherry notes. Light sour notes are detected as well. Mouthfeel is nice: balanced, medium.

I've had this plenty of times, and had some left over from a Halloween party. Good change of pace for my tastes.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a small tumbler. Best by 12/1/2012.

ECE/SAE amber liquid, somewhat cloudy with a dusting of off-white foam up top. Delicate lacing, average retention.

Lovely winter fruit and phenolic yeast notes in the nose, clean with pear skin and pale malt notes coming forward as well.

Nice distinctive yeast "funk" in the palate entry with a distinctive complexity desirable from farmhouse ales. Mildly tart and moderately dry throughout, finishing clean with a floral/earthy bitterness. Hops and yeast both seem to extend their flavors as the ale warms in a lovely synergy.

Soft gentle mouth-feel, though it could use a bit more carbonation perhaps.

A tasty little "farmhouse" ale - with more malt than many saisons and more hops than some biere de gardes; well priced, though further bottle conditioning might improve the affair.

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Photo of jpbersa
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance overall was what I thought was best, golden/amber color. The taste was awesome and exactly as they described it because you get the sweet taste in the beginning and then the hops kick in and finish the balance. There's not much of a head but there is really good lacing, carbonation is also on the lighter side.

This is a real good ale though and it was really good, good autumn beer.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Translucent amber, some carbonation, two finger head

S-Wheat, caramel, not much else, mainly malty in the nose.

T-Sweet malt, very heavy on the malt, caramel and toffee. Apples, fruits some candied sugar.

M-Light with some carbonation.

O-A style I think is underrated a solid brew, not great. But gotta give props to people who brew Biere de Gardes.

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Photo of rangerred
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, labeled 'Best By 12/1/12'. A 'leftover' from a family gathering in Plainfield, IL (Labor Day weekend - thanks Cousin Roger for buying some craft beer!); poured 10/1/12 to a pint glass back home in Oregon. Label design has changed since the one pictured above.

A: Hazelnut/amber with a slight fuzzy haze. Pours with a healthy off-white head (maybe a fingers-worth) that holds way before gradually falling to a thin skim. Almost no visible carbonation, however; lace is a few freckles and ring fragments.

S: Spicy-sweet scent, pretty strong. Nutty, in a 'Grape Nuts' cereal kind of way. Grainy, a little woody/pulpy.

T: Intriguing 'apple' crispness, good spice and mild tartness. Finish is sturdy, earthy and dry... maybe slightly 'brassy'/metallic, but it's not an off-putting flavor at all.

M: Soft mouthfeel, a mushy and lightly-carbonated grainy sweetness initially. Finish is a little more substantive, a sharper spicing and earthy/woody bite. Overall, a good balance, despite a sugary start.

O: An 'OK' beer, a bit better than what I'd consider 'average'. The moniker 'French Style Country Ale' is more wordy than a 'Bière de Garde' needs to be... No matters, it's easy enough to drink. Enjoyed a couple of these at the cookout last month and was happy to have had another pre-dinner on a Monday at home.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 9.20.12.

A - Pours a light amber-brown with a foamy light tan head that lasts a while.

S - Spicy and oaky.

T - Lots of spice, wood, burnt spices and Belgian yeast.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body and a spicy finish.

O - Oaky and spicy, leaving a tingle on the tongue.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours amber-copper with a thin off-white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Aromas are malty and sweet with toffee, vanilla, and toasted grain permeating the nose. Tastes are sweet, cloyingly sweet at times and towards the end. Notes of vanilla, toffee, toasted grains, caramel, brown sugar, raisin come to mind. Body is medium, creamy, and smooth with modest carbonation. Overall, it's delicate and pleasant but the sweetness gets to be too much towards the end. Still a nice offering from my local brewery.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium brown hue with a fair amount of haze to the body. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam. Overall, a nice looking beer!

Smell: sweet malt with a light fruity quality which makes this beer smell almost exactly like sweetened iced tea. It's a little bizarre, but the aroma is so interesting that I have to say I quite like it.

Taste: biscuity malt flavor with a little bit of fruity sweetness. The toasty, biscuity malt quality, while integral to the sweet-tea character, is just a little bit overemphasized in the flavor for my taste. Aside from that, this is a pretty decent brew.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a rather nice creaminess. I like it.

Overall: yes, this beer employs a biscuity malt character which I don't love. However, it is well put-together and, for a beer as biscuity as this, is not bad at all.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
2.91/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint tulip glass

A: Crystal clear, very deep copper color, very handsome actually, just slightly off-white head, pretty small once it settles but it's clinging to my glass all the way to the top

S: Aroma is very faint, just a crisp malt flavor with a touch of caramel

T: Again very one dimensional, just that light malt flavor, but has a lingering flavor that is not all that pleasant, the caramel sweetness lingers way too long, decent hops attempt to clear your palate, but the hop flavor combines with the sweetness in a strange way and the hops still don't manage to wipe that sweetness away, I attribute this to a heavy hand with the caramel malt

M: Slight dry finish, good carb, medium-light body, one of the highlights of this beer

O: Tastes like a strange french craft ale version of many lagers, overly sweet and slightly unpleasant flavors that linger on your palate, it needs more lightness of flavor not just mouthfeel, the flavors aren't big and bold but they feel too heavy

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Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1409th Review on BA
Draft to Pint/Gueuze glass?
16oz

@White Chocolate Grill, Naperville, IL

App- A bit of a caramel apple color with a good density and haze to it. A bit darker highlights with a small one finger head. A little bit of dotted cling.

Smell- A lot of fall scents to me. Pumpkin, squash, butter and a bit of spice and cream.

Taste- This was very similar to the nose. It had a good creamy flavor with a buttery creamy flavor. Some sweeter middle pocketed spiced caramel notes.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium carbonation. Fairly creamy residual flavors with a residual sweet spice.

Drink- Overall, a nice light creamy and refreshing Biere De Garde. Paired this with a blue cheese/walnut spinach salad and a grilled artichoke.

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Photo of joefuzz
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours deep orange with a very small off white head. Smells like black tea with some sweet floral presence. Tastes just as the nose let's on....tea upfront that mellows out very nice floral taste with some ripe citrus fruit notes. Mouthfeel is very thin with a very active carbonation. Overall pretty good session beer and very glad I got to try it.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type Bottle

Appearance - Carmal burnt orange, 1/2 creamy head with some nice foamy lacing.

Smell - Lemon, grass, earthy, a sour, wine like aroma also. Some faint hops and sugars round this out.

Taste - Sour, bready and bitter first sip. Caramel and lemon are a large flavor. Hops are bitter and add a citric flavor and feel. Added sugars along with some grapes come in at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Bitter, mild sourness. Tounge gets alot of fruits, some sugars and hops. Palate gets remaining sour flavors along with some caramel and citric notes. Finish is bitter and dry.

Overall - Decent, nothing to strong or overpowering about this beer. The farmhouse flavors are mild and smooth yet, theres enough bitter and sourness in it. Its worth a drink, and the price is really nice too.

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Photo of ksimons
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours an orangish caramel color with a thin layer of white head that leaves a ring of lace around the top

S-malt and bread, caramel, light raisins, and yeast

T-caramel, bread, somewhat sour fruits, and yeast.

M-light to medium body, light carbonation, slightly sour aftertaste

Overall the smell is nicely balanced but the taste and mouthfeel fall a little short.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy ice tea with a nice khaki fine bubbled head. Nice lace and retention.

S - Lemon and white peach tea with a sweet brown sugar backbone.

T - Big caramel malt note. Rum raisin, sweet ice coffee, and a dry tealeaf bitterness. Kick of lemon balances things out a bit.

M - Great carbonation on a medium-full body with nice retention on the palate.

O - Net sweet profile with great complexity.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I actually brought three six packs back from a quick trip to the Indianapolis area - in a hiking pack. All made it through checked luggage just fine, though packed well with clothes.

Thinnish tan head, fiery amber beneath.

Faint maltiness and even less hops - really very little on the nose to speak of.

There's a subtle maltiness - that of breadiness, a hint of toffee, lemony tartness, some floral notes to close.

Light carbonation, which works well with the rest of the beer, keeping it relatively subdued.

Very approachable - could be a great introductory beer for somebody just into craft. Along the lines of an amber, but more well-rounded, balanced.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Vintage Estates for $1.89

A - A hard pour produced a 1/4 inch of opaque colored head that fizzes quickly to a lace ring. Color is a dark amber brown with Christmas blast of yeast floaties.

S - Ah similar to a Flemish Sour I get tart lemon with mild caramel or toffee malt rounding out some sweetness. I search a bit for hops...

T - Taste is much less sour than I expected or wanted. It does taste overall balanced with mild lemon and sour mixed with some sweet caramel and toffee like malts. Hops in the finish are subtle but round out the overall flavor.

M - Light to medium but to me could use more carbonation.

Overall not a bad Bière de Garde. Plenty of toasted malt, sour, and sweet malts to make it very enjoyable.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours orangey brown with little or no head, but lots of active carbonation. Cloudy. Smell is musty and sweet.

Taste is mildly sweet and mildly sour, maybe slightly plummy. Nice tart finish.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Style: Bière de Garde
ABV: 5.90 %

LOOK: Somewhere between deep copper and amber. Fine clarity.

SMELL: Malty, with some caramel and toffee notes. Subtle floral aromas as well.

TASTE: Toasted caramel malts, pine and herbal tea like hops, and slightly bready. Mild fruity flavor and downplayed sweetness.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Clean finish.

OVERALL: A nice simple table beer, would pair just fine with an appetizer of cheeses and light citrus vinaigrette based club salad.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The copper-amber colored brew is capped with a nice cream cap of foam which left plenty of lacing down the glass. The aroma is a mixture of caramel mixed with the essence of sweet fruit. Some trailing spice opens the senses. Creamy malt flavors, biscuit mostly, pervade the palate experience. Muted hops at the end contribute some dried herbal flavors. This is a decent stab at the style, but I would like to see a bit more earthiness.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
24 IBU, 5.9% ABV, Best by date of 4/8/12 on label.

A - Pouring a clear ruby-copper color, Domaine DuPage has a stunning brilliance but a not-so-stunning head. Low and cream-colored, it's got moderate retention for it's small stature and little bits of lacing clinging to the glass.

S - Very lightly acidic and sour, this beer is mild on the aroma with very earthy malts of a small touch of caramel and toffee. Sweet, lingering fruit esters arise and remind of plum and dry fig newton. Reminiscent of Quad yeast, actually.

T - Deliciously malty sweet but balanced with both light toffee and caramel and a strong dark fruit ester to it. A bit of plum and cherry with a light apricot dance around as it cleans out with a mild hop presence on the finish. Very faintly sour and dry bitterness comes across as it finishes with a light oak wood flavor.

M - Strong carbonation prickles the tongue and bites at the throat on the way down. This medium-bodied, perhaps slightly funky, French-style ale is well balanced and finishes dry and faintly bitter.

O - Malt strong but well balanced, hops really only provide bittering balance that lasts through the finish. Complexity hides deep within this oak-laced beer giving it supreme drinkability, something to savor and sip, exploring it's depth.

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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.