Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Domaine DuPage French Style Country AleDomaine DuPage French Style Country Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,334 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,334
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 39
Gots: 166 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: zerk on 05-15-2002

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Sammy's Gourmet Burgers & Beers, served in a shaker pint (not chilled, only due to my asking for it that way).

A: Arrived in the glass a slightly cloudy deep amber, with a creamy, just off-white head. Said head left sheetlike lacing down the sides of the glass as I drank. Bubbles streamed continuously from the bottom of the beer.

S: Unfortunately, due to the location, I couldn't get much of the nose. What I was able to smell involved toast drizzled with honey as one sits amidst a freshly mown lawn.

T: Much like what I detected from the nose, actually. This reminded me of mowing grass around a beehive overflowing with honey, near a bed of fragrant flowers and an open window out of which wafts fresh baking bread. What hop presence is there does not cut into the sweetness overmuch, allowing it to star. As the beer warms, some subtle spiciness emerges, hints of coriander and cardamom.

M: Light in body and rather well carbonated, this drinks lively.

O: A rather enjoyable biere de garde, which manages to provide a decent array of hop flavors without steamrollering the malt.

Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BBD 1/28/15

Pours an effervescent copper/orange with a finger of beige head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Green apples, pears & grassyness

T: Follows the nose, white grape as well up front. Apple juice notes, apricot, caramel & woody hops as this warms, along with a little dryness. Finishes with leafy hops & jammy notes & a little dryness

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, skews fruity & sweet

A drinkable take on the style, perhaps a bit too sweet, but worth a go

Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a hazy, copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, pale malt, sugar, hint of caramel malt, euro yeast, and a hint of biscuit. Fits the style of a Biere De Garde. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, alcohol, pale malt, euro yeast, hint of caramel malt, and hint of hop. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, good feel, and decent body.

Photo of SteveJeremy
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Living in Connecticut, my access to Two Brothers Brewery isn't as ubiquitous as I'd like it to be, but when I heard a buddy from Illinois was coming up to visit his old neighborhood, I implored him to snag some of that delightful Chicago craft beer. My pal delivered, with a make your own six pack of beers from the likes of Metropolitan Brewing Company, Two Brothers Brewery, and Revolution Brewery. Kicking the six pack off with Two Brothers Brewery's Domaine DuPage. Let's light this one on fire.

Appearance - Adore this color; shockingly red, with maroon and brownish hues, and a gorgeous lacing around my nonic glass. She's a looker.

Smell - Smell is also great, with a sly mildness and inclusion of aromatic and caramel hops that provide a noseful. This beer has aesthetic down to a tee.

Taste - Starts off with a darker caramel flavor and then quickly changes gears and descends into a creamier and moderately bitter offering that still manages to hold its flavor without being too sharp and biting to enjoy. This also helps because the beer isn't that carbonated.

Mouthfeel - A comfortable feeling, given the identifiable bitterness. Thoroughly pleasant like the flavor itself.

My first Two Brothers offering is a huge winner in my book. From top to bottom this is a delicious, appetizing beer; think I may have just found a new style (French-Style Country Ale, respectively) I thoroughly enjoy.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Best by 9/25/14 (about 2 months from today's date).

A: Translucent medium amber body, tight cream colored head. Fades quickly to a lacey top.

S: Big tropical fruitiness and interesting hops. Certain sweetness and caramel aroma.

T: Balance of caramel malt and light yeast flavors. There is an assertive bitterness, but it Somehow finishes very clean and refreshing.

M: Surprisingly dry and clean on the finish. This is not a heavy beer on the palate.

O: Some big flavor but easy to drink. I'm not hugely into this mashup of hoppy/amber/farmhouse. Luckily they don't take either of those elements too far and end up with something pretty good.

Photo of chickenflea
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is slightly hazy, with a deep amber body and a reddish cast beneath a short but creamy head of white foam. The nose is offers a combination of delicately toasty and straw-like grain with caramel and slight fruitiness. The body is medium-light with a zesty, very-fine bubbled carbonation. The flavor starts with bold, toasty and caramel malts upfront, followed by a splash of fruit (sour cherry, tangerine, plum) that fades into a rather dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light. The beer reminds me of a toastier and drier Irish ale. I loved it.

Photo of silverking
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- slightly hazy amber with 1 inch of light tan head. Excellent lacing, nice head retention. There are steady streams of tiny, slow rising bubbles in the glass.

S- grain, chocolate, caramel, grassy.

T- caramel, roasted malt, chocolate. There a hints of citrus as well. It all concludes with a slightly yeasty finish. Not much Hop bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, gentle carbonation, creamy.

O- nice. It's a bit more roasty than I was expecting.

Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a 20 June 2014 date stamped on the label.

Pours clear, medium-dark amber with a creamy tan head that has good durability and leaves fine lacing on the glass.

Aroma is malty with faint hints of vanilla and spices.

The flavor features a solid, medium malt base with hints of herbs, orange and grapefruit. Changes with warming.

Medium body with very fine, soft, medium-high carbonation.

O: Refreshing. An interesting, easy drinking and complex brown ale.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Arrives a gorgeous copper color, clear as a mountain stream. Decent head retention and really good lacing left behind by the reddish-tan foam as it dissipates to its final state, alight ring.
Smell is weak but malt, wheat/grass and yeast. Balance is very good, though.
Taste is similar with notes of lightly roasted malt, caramel, grass, and yeast. Very well balanced.
Medium body, maybe a touch over, light-medium effervescence. Slight warming after the swallow. Smooth, reasonably clean finish. A nice brew for certain.

Photo of SassieCassie
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nose: floral with a hint of ethanol. Not a lot of head retention. Taste: crisp, light, and delicious. I was expecting this beer to be a bit sweeter/syrupy judging by the appearance, but I was wrong. This is a fantastic beer. Malty light and full of flavor

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: yellowish orange with a finger of an off white head that leaves a little bit of a lacing behind

Smell: citrus, mostly lemon. Farmhouse yeast. Lots of grassiness and wheatiness.

Taste: lemon bread. Lots of grass and farmhouse yeast. The taste is overly grassy and comes off fairly sweet

Mouthfeel: super sticky and sweet. Pretty light

Overall: a bit too unbalanced for me. First drink was bad but it got a bit better as it went on.

Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep copper and amber color, almost no head. Lacey on the glass

S: It doesn’t have an overpowering nose, smells of caramel and malt can be lightly noted.

T: Wonderfully rich and malty beer, not too heavy. Tastes of caramel, lightly fruity/citrus taste and a delightfully slightly bitter end and taste of hops on the finish

M: Medium, not too thick

O: Was one of my staple beers for a long time. Had this first at their brewpub and fell in love immediately. It’s named for the county I grew up in too which is a nice local touch. I highly recommend it, there’s just a character to it that I really like and don’t find all that often in beers.

-BeerandWhiskeyHQ

Photo of Chiefy770
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 fluid ounce bottle into an over-sized wine glass. Best by date of 05/17/14 printed on label.

Appearance: Glowing, clear amber body capped off with a nice off-white head. Good amount of lacing throughout.

Smell: Sweet caramel. Notes of apples and pears also come through. Minor floral notes are present as well.

Taste: Strong grainy taste up front. Somewhat sweet notes of fruit run alongside a strong presence of bread. The hops kick in and balance this out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Medium body. Very well balanced. Dry finish.

Overall: Great beer. I have not had many beers of this style so it is difficult to compare it to others, but it did not disappoint me. Recommended!

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/29/2014. Pours fairly cloudy copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toast, pear, apple, biscuit, floral, grass, pepper, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and compexity of malt, hop, and yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, pear, apple, floral, grass, pepper, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, pear, apple, floral, grass, and pepper on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance of malt, hop, and yeast flavors; with a crisp malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Biere de Garde style! All around good balance and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of FLima
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber mahogany color with apparent carbonation and practically no head, but leaving some laces.
Grainy aroma with notes of caramel, licorice and dark fruits.
Likewise sweet grainy, biscuit and slightly toasted malts flavor with notes of cocoa, flowers, caramel, spices, white wine and lastly bitter earthy hops. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Medium body with medium carbonation.
Original beer, although it is very smooth and lay back, it has more depth than initially suggests. Worth trying.

Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has some malts, a bit of sweetness. Taste is crisp, malts, grains, a bit of biscuit, light caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and enjoyable beer.

Photo of KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 11/28

Pours medium dark amber with a solid white ring of foam. Thin layer on top. Mostly see through, grains, breads, caramel, light toast. Tastes like a rich caramel amber with a hint of white wine. Light toffee toast too,. Touch of bitter sneaks in at the end. Clever.

Photo of Hergestridge
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am from Northern IN and now reside in NE IL... Have seen 2 Brothers @ my Favorite Beer Store, Woodmans...
I like this beer and am learning to appreciate the local craft/micro beer companies, but am thinking I picked the wrong 1st 2Bro brew.. It's a fine beer to be certain, but my taste buds are evolving from an adjunct mass produced brew to a more refined beer with character and distinction.. I will say that this beer is crisp, has a clean sweetness, and finishes with class .. a floral beauty to be sure.. My taste buds have been seeking a hoppy, IPA bitter appreciation as of late.. But 2 Bro is a pleasant change to my recent beersperation so to speak.. I may review again after a 2nd try, but this French Country entry is good. Just not sure it's where my beer mind is wandering.. It's definitely a class beer.. and I need to grow up from an adjunct mentality to a classy Micro-Brew entry.. Will re-visit as my taste buds mature in a world of every changing beer-scape..

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.3/5  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!

Photo of Cylinsier
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of xmorgan
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of Isoruku
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Typical beer from Two Brothers, and by that I mean a brewery that mistakes quirkiness for quality.

Domaine DuPage's taste experience is a wild collision of incompatible flavors including heavy malt, honey, floral notes and caramel. In other words, there's a lot going on, but it doesn't all make sense. The clash of flavors in your mouth is noticeable, but not really something you want to repeat, in my opinion.

Based on tasting their other beers, there is no indication that Two Brothers is liable to change their philosophy, which seems to be "Make it Different." But "different" doesn't always mean "better."

Photo of BB1313
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 12/10/13. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a transparent copper with a slight haze; small white head fades quickly and doesn't leave much lacing but there's nice retention. The aromas are full of caramel malts and some toast. There are raisins in the mix as well. The flavors match the nose, but seem more lively. Lots of caramel and butterscotch. Malts, grains, and breads. More raisin and it has subtle hints of dark fruits. Everything is calm and mild, but enjoyable. The mouthfeel is great. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied; active carbonation and it's smooth and fluffy. Easy drinking. This truly is a food friendly beer, like the label suggests.

This is a very safe and enjoyable beer. It has all of the characteristics that can be found in an amber ale. Solid brew right here.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into grand tulip; darker orange/amber with a medium fizzy white head that dissipates in a few moments, leaving some scattered lacing. Smells of toasted malt, with slight bitterness and some leafy notes. Taste is nutty toasted malt with a wet, clean feel to it. Reminds me of a wee heavy, but less boozy. Slight twinge of crisp hops finishes off, leaving some sticky remnants of the toasted malt behind. My first of the style, and it seems tasty.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a strange brew here, to dial up a classic rock reference this morning. French style country ale, was I naïve to think this was going to be a saison? it pours a surprising maple amber color, with only a little cloudiness, and a very short lived white head. it doesn't look or smell like any saison ive seen, instead emitting aromas of coppery toasted barley and an acidic wine like ester that must come from the yeast. the flavor isn't so abstract, its pretty much an amber ale on the malt front, sweeter, a tad dry, and caramel or toffee teasing. the yeast makes this interesting, but it doesn't totally work, green apple tartness, and a funny complexity that seems an accident, like the odd mix of smells in well used dishwater, rather than a meticulously honed fine ale. still, the final product doesn't taste bad at all, its just a style of beer I wasn't expecting, and I am not sure what it is, it seems quite far from the traditional biere de gardes of the world. it needed more carbonation, and the sweetness was an out of place last note. I did enjoy this beer in retrospect, but it was confusing and challenging to me at the same time. I will look for more from two brothers.

Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,334 ratings.