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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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1,173 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,173
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 35
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Brian700
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear amber color with minimul head. The head that was there disappeared pretty quick.

The smell was somewhat malty with low floral aroma.

The taste was malty with low hops. Not very complex.

The mouthfeel was decent. Medium body with low carbonation. It had decent drinkability but it wasn't anything that I would want to stick to personally.

Brian700, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of granger10
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light hazy copper color with a weak thinnish head that fades quickly. Aroma is of sweet bread flavors and honey. A bit of acidity in the aroma as well. Taste has more of that honey sweetness and a nice base of wheat and yeast flavors. Cider notes come in the form of a tart counterbalance to the sweetness. Still it finishes a bit sweet with some residual sugars in the end. Not bad, definitely easy to finish but not in the top of its class either.

granger10, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Attractive label with a château in the background, explaining French ale with caramel start and hop finish. 24 IBU and 5.9% ABV.

Pours a basic clear auburn amber hue with a scant collar cap that immediately squirms away.

Scents are of Wheatena cereal or maybe some healthy grain waffles.

First swigs: Earthy grainy almost raw soy bean flavor with a sprout organic like edge. Lingering flavor that finishes with a rough chalky woodiness. Somewhat sweet in the middle with a sugary honey detection. A blend of roasted caramel malts and honey. Reminds me of Fat Tire.

A bit easy on the light body. Gently carbonated. Goes back without struggle. Quite easy.

Last swigs: Wheat grainy and honey-ish. Misses the tru biere de garde flavor, but Two Brothers is a respectable establishment that makes quality beers with a twist. This on didn't Wow me but it did make for a pleasant drink. Note to self: Try more Two Brothers.

Beer is good. Happy unique beering.

blitheringidiot, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly cloudy redish/light brown mixture almost an amber but not quite. There with a small cream colored head that falls fast to a ring that leaves a little lace behind.

Aroma is nice malty almost bock like with some light fruitiness and hints of spice nice relaxing aroma kind of sooths the soul.

Taste is lightly sweet malt that soon gives way to a tart like green apple fruitiness that linger threw the finish of earthy hops and a good almost dirt like yeast presence. Nice complex yet simple little beer, the first of this style I have had to my knowledge.

Mouthfeel is light side of medium but has a grainy almost like dry dirt texture in the finish that I enjoyed.

Drinkability is good wouldn't mind having more of these at all. Thanks go to gimmehead for this treat.

mntlover, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of gimmehead
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich reddish copper with a small off-white head and minimal lacing. Smells very malty and grassy. Also some sweet caramel and sugar with a fruity apple or cherry aroma, very earthy. Taste is of wheat malts, grassy, lightly hopped with some sweet sugary notes and a very clean finish. Maybe a little on the thin side, but as I mentioned the mouthfeel is very clean. A very well balanced beer that paired nicely with grilled pork chops and made for a nice session. Highly recommended.

gimmehead, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

rhoadsrage, Feb 08, 2005
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle claims this to be deep amber in color. I would gage it to be more of a bronze. Yep, bronze. The head on this didn't last very long at all.
I'm not really sure of the techniques used to brew a beer of this style. But, this seems like it may be wet-hopped. The hop character isn't big, but subtle, and seemingly green and vegetal.
This has a finish and aftertaste akin to what you get from the beloved pacman yeast. If i were blindfolded i would have guessed this to be from Rogue. This, of course, is a good thing.
Otherwise, there is an adjunct-ness property to this beer which I fail to be able to characterize.
Not a lot else happens with this beer. I like it, but it's not a real thinker by any means.

Photo of Suds
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

DuPage pours a deep, brownish-red color with a slight cream-colored head. The aroma is an interesting, intriguing mix of young (under-ripe) fruit and malts. It’s something like apple, pear, cherry…all rolled in malt extract. The aroma isn’t exactly strong, but rather restrained. It is very appealing, however. The taste is a mix of malty, bready sweetness with tartness. Fleeting acidity. Medium body. Yeast flavors come out in the taste, as the beer warms. Finish is fruity, has a touch of bitterness, and is very refreshing. I didn’t have any expectations, and this was a nice find.

Suds, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of allengarvin
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, in a tumbler.

Appearance: Hazy orange-amber color, small head.

Aroma: Toasted bread-like aroma.

Flavor/Body: Nutty, toasty malt at first, and then a slightly spicy hop flavor, followed by a lot of acidity, making for a dry, sour finish. Body is a bit on the low, watery side.

A very nice beer, though I really favor acidic beers, so this might not be for everyone. I think it has an interesting, complex blend of flavors.

allengarvin, Nov 05, 2004
Photo of benmiliron
1.93/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Paid $7.99 for a six-pack.

Looks fine, smells nice - kind of woody. Taste is terrible, far too sour and not enough beer. Sourness is indescribable, but it dominates the beer and is impossible to get past. .

I wish I hadn't bought a sixer of this crap.

benmiliron, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this one on a whim because it looked good and is brewed in the IL suburbs where I grew up. Pours from the bottle an opaque amber color with hints of red. No real head to speak of on my pour at least. The smell is malty with some caramel and dare I say vinegar tones coming through. I can also detect a hint of hops, but it is definetly not upfront in any way. Quite a unique smell, this being my first tasting of the biere de garde style. The first sip is interesting...almost has a sour aspect to it. Hints of caramel and grape/plum come through along with a slight hint of vinegar. On the back palate I can taste some hops, which helps bring this together nicely. It's a little much for me personally. The mouthfeel is very light and airy...with a decent amount of carbonation. As far as drinkability...I don't think I'd have too many of these in one sitting, but I may come back to it again because it's so different from everything else I have tried. Overall, it's a nice brew and I look forward to exploring more of what Two Brothers has to offer.

orbitalr0x, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of Redrover
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 1/6 keg of this for the home kegerator. The beer pours a lovely dark burnished bronze. It is crystal clear with a nice off-white head and rings of lacing.

The beer has a delicate aroma of flowers, hop spiciness and fruit. Some malt pokes in as well .

The taste is very respectable. Not overly aggressive on the hopping, the beer is carried by fruit (apple & pear) flavors and more than a hint of fresh bread. Taste stays decent as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel is incredibly soft with great carbonation for this style. Drinkabity is good, but for me, I would like a bit more hop bite to make this an everyday beer.

This beer is good in bottles and better on tap. My favorite beer from this neat little brewery.

Redrover, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Messy rustic orange that glows like a Jamaican sunset when held up to my front window. The murkiness clears quickly and reveals loads of yeasties suspended like miniscule insects in amber. The head is small since I had to give the beer a gentle pour to keep some of the funkier stuff from entering the glass. The ecru head is creamyfirm and is leaving a good bit of lace in shredded sheets.

Malty, bready aroma with traces of fruit and spice. It's a fairly subtle nose, but a good one. The flavor is unlike anything that I've experienced before, but then this is my first biere de garde. After much drinking and head scratching, I'll go with toasted whole-wheat bread covered in a thin layer of orange marmalade and caramel and sprinkled with allspice. That doesn't quite capture it, but I can't come any closer than that.

Despite the fact that I'm having trouble putting the flavor into words, the way that I feel about it can be expressed in one word: delicious. The glass is nearly empty and I'm wondering where the beer has gone. Lightly sweet and citrusy, the finish reminds me of a hoppy pale ale. The medium body enhances drinkability even though the flavor profile gives this beer all the drinkability that it needs.

I have no idea if this is what a biere de garde is supposed to taste like or whether this is a good representation of the style. All I know is that Domaine DuPage is a wonderful beer that does just about everything right. The sad part is that this bottle is all I have and I can't remember where I bought it. Well worth your hard-earned money.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

NeroFiddled, Aug 22, 2004
Photo of Crosling
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's nice to see an American brewery attempt a biere de garde. It's a nice attempt as well because in terms of style, this beer is dead on.


Aroma of sweet toasted malt, herbal hops, vines, apples and a hint of orange.

Dynamic and molded in it's flavor profile. The malts are toasted throughout and at some points develop notes of butter, caramel and toffee. The hops are herbal and grassy. The malts are more scrumptious as it warms.

Crosling, Aug 12, 2004
Photo of Beertracker
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale isn't bottle conditioned, so it pours up without to much noise into a Brasseurs-style flute. This Biere de Garde pours up with a beautifully-full deep orangish-copper color with a low, creamy-white head that recedes rather quickly leaving a web of lace in its wake.

The aroma has a fresh toasted caramel maltiness (e.g. sweet nougat, hot caramel & toffee chunks) with some light fruity (i.e. caramel apples, honey comb & poached Bosc pears) notes underlying. The flavor isn't as rich as the nose implies and starts rather simplistic with a straight forward kiss of caramel malt. The caramel aspect is checked evenly by a moderate bitterness. There's a persistent toasted character that carries the flavor to a very nutty albeit slightly dry finish. There's just a hint of spiciness & alcohol towards the finish that adds some needed complexity.

IMO - This medium bodied ale could use a bit more carbonation to liven things up, but it isn't totally out of character. Unfortunately, my sample is marked by some oxidation. Not an overly complex Biere de Garde, but certainly worth seeking out!

Enjoy this one paired with Petit Livarot cheese or traditional Chipolata sausage w/ herbs. Here's to the Two Brothers (Jason & Jim) and their family of fine beers.

CHEERS! Beertracker

Beertracker, Jul 18, 2004
Photo of Skidz
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Skidz, Jun 29, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark brownish-amber color with a medium cream-colored head. Decent lacing. The aroma is mildly toasted malt and caramel. Light-bodied and smooth with a kind of low amount of carbonation. The flavor is a little tart but overall a mild blend of malt, bread, hops and caramel. The finish is very smooth, making for a fairly good session beer overall. I would get this again but it's a little simple in places.

Dogbrick, Jun 23, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly murky dark amber/brown with a nice off-white head that lasts and lasts. Aromas are different, and very appealing. I smell caramel, nice malts, herbal/floral hops, spices, and a bit of fruit. The taste is very earthy, herbal, malty, and very heavy on the caramel. This is reminiscent of some French Biere De Garde style ales, but to me, this does not have the malt complexities, or spicy hop profile that most French ales of this nature have. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth and the drinkability is good. This is a very good beer from the Two Brothers, but i'm not so sure about this being labelled as a biere de garde.

francisweizen, Jun 23, 2004
Photo of aracauna
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body is a deep red amber. This is a gorgeous hue. The head is a weak white. The aroma is candied yams with the caramel malt and yeast fruitiness playing tricks. The flavor suggests sweetness but there isn’t much. This is an interesting little beer.

aracauna, Jun 05, 2004
Photo of marc77
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Turbid dark amber hue. Covered by a steadfast, dense, stiff cream white head that leaves sticky lace. Stately notes of ripe peach, mandarin orange and musty yeast upfront in aroma. Coriander adds subtle herbaceous contrast. Well rounded and welcoming aromawise. Incipient in flavor is a combination of sourdough bread and orange zest. Tartness continues in an underripe tangerine and kumquat nature. Green pineapple hints. Sweetness augments as the beer warms, but remains as a subdued, honeyish presence. Highly carbonated initially, with a prickly carbonic bite. Eventually lightly dextrinous in mouthfeel. Trace clove surfaces after a deliberation. Musty, slightly cheesy yeast derived undertone adds token "farmhouse" character. Finishes minerally and slightly chalky, with citrus rind hints fading. A unique, albeit somewhat rough brew that would be an interesting one to cellar for a few months. If I had done this differently, I would've brought it out ice cold, opened the bottle, waited 15-20 min, then poured and enjoyed it. Nevertheless it's a tasty creation.

marc77, May 31, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clean very effervescent and light caramel color. No real head present but minor spots of sticky lace on the glass.
Aroma of caramel, orange, grain and a little bit of coriander.
Flavor of caramel and grains with a littel bit of coriander present.
Mouthfeel is sweet to start and moves to a gritty fell with some light spiciness and afinishes with just a touch of light perfumry bitterness.
Drinkability is very high. Nice beer, not sure if it's true to style or not due to limited experience with this style but very tasty and best offering I've had from this brewery.

CRJMellor, May 17, 2004
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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".

GeoffRizzo, Apr 11, 2004
Photo of deejaydan
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

deejaydan, Apr 06, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is basically a supped up version of a Fat Tire. It has more flavor & character, but it is basically an easy drinking, simple beer. It has some spicy notes, which add to the complexity, but overall it is quite simplistic and easily quaffed. A light amber color, with almost no head when served from the tap. This beer is mostly malty with some bready notes and some Belgian Yeast type spicing. A good intro beer for those not yet in to Belgian/ French country beers.

Gueuzedude, Mar 26, 2004
Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,173 ratings.