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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

508 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 508
Hads: 1,419
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 20.37%
Wants: 48
Gots: 202 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde | 5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: zerk on 05-15-2002

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

Purchased a single bottle as part of a mixed six from a Chicago grocer. My first Two Brothers. Bottle stamped with a "by 7/6/12".

A: Pours well carbonated head. Leaves thorough lacing that clings to the glass fairly well. Color is a clear deep rusty-copper, amber.

S: Right off the bat is a strong toasted malt scent, followed by hint of sweet fruit and musty barnyard. Sweet smell is composed of brown rock candy, molasses, and dried apricot and peach.

T: Tastes of both piney hops and toasted malt. I would describe it as almost waves of malt and hops, cycling between the two as it lingers in your mouth. Getting flavors of yeast, coffee, molasses, malt, nice bright hops, and bits of dark, bitter chocolate. It finishes with a clean hops flavor that ultimately ends with a nice malty after-taste.

M: Well carbonated, but not overly so. Goes down easy and coats the mouth well.

D: Without being overly malty, or having a high ABV, I could definitely drink about three of these. But likely no more due to it's subtle sweetness.

I find the Domaine Dupage to be true to its style and quite tasty.

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Photo of travMI13
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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

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

Pours a clear coppery bronze with a nice cap of light tan foam that faded without leaving much lace. Smell is biscuits and light caramel, and a tad earthy. Taste is toasted biscuits, lightly sweet and nutty, caramels. Finishes clean and dry. Mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation. Tasty brew.

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

Poured into a tulip.

3.5 A: Fairly clear orange amber color. One finger of frothy off-white head. Retention is a hair below average and a small ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Flowery and grassy with toasty malts and a touch of caramel.

3.5 T: Again toasty malts, ample graininess, and caramel to complement. Flowery, grassy, and earthy otherwise.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. I'd prefer this to be a bit spritzier than it is though.

3.5 D: Tasty beer. I'm a big fan of the style, I wish I could find more of them.

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

12 oz. bottle tried 4 Nov 2011. Courtesy of R&S, thank you. Served in the (512) One snifter.

Large thick tan head. Well carbonated. Clear warm reddish brown in color. Aroma is light, roasty malts, sweet, earthy, a bit floral. Beer starts sweet and a bit boozy. Alcohol is readily apparent. Nutty maltiness, cinnamon and yeast. Medium body, alcohol presence seems a bit more than 5.9%. Moderate bitterness in the finish. Lingering sweet syrupy malts and warming alcohol.

The alcohol presence wasn't bad, just seemed like a lot more than 5.9%.

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Photo of vic21234
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle labeled with a best by date of 5/1/12.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a finger's worth of off-white head. Little to no lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- An overall sweet, almost fruity smell. Not much going on otherwise.

T- Up front is a sweet and caramel-like malt presence. Finishes off with subtle hop presence.

M- Light, extremely drinkable, dry finish.

Domaine Dupage was one of my first Two Brothers beers. A great beer from one of my local brewers, Domaine Dupage is a standby for me around here, as many restaurants in the area have begun serving it lately.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of Agold
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is copper with a short white head. Interspersed among a nice fine layer of foam are a handful of bigger bubbles. There is a bit of spotty lacing as well, but minimal retention. Aroma is biscuity, mildly roast, and a bit nutty. Flavor is similar, with a mild earthy hop note and a nice mildly fruity yeast character. Sort of verging on a saison-ish character but a bit cleaner. Definitely goes well with the nutty, biscuit from the malt. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent, very nice and refreshing. Medium light bodied, but the carbonation makes it much more drinkable.

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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.