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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,202 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,202
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 36
Gots: 97 | 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 shbobdb
2.45/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Let's break it down:

Look: Awesome! A wonderful, inviting ruddy amber with a white, macro-lager head.

Smell: Yeast Funk mixing with a twing of malt

Taste: Like a mouthful of cloves. If you like cloves, you'll love this beer. If you don't . . . errrr . . . why are you drinking it?

Mouthfeel: Thick and round. Reallly nice.

Drinkability: I don't live the clove taste. At all. Yuck. Can barely finish one.

I get where they are going with this beer, and it succeeds admirably. Too bad what they were shooting for wasn't good taste.

shbobdb, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of edchicma
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a rich copper, with good initial head that leaves moderate lacing. Smell is fruity with some yeasty undernotes. Taste was surprisingly malty. No real bitterness, except for a tad on the finish..reminded me a bit of a maibock.Mouthfeel was slightly oily..I was hoping for a bit more dryness, but not bad. OK on the drinkability scale...a good brew, just not way above average.

edchicma, May 26, 2006
Photo of jj21
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle
Pours an amber hue in to the chalice with a decent head. Moderate carbonation rises to the top and forms an off-white 1" head. The aroma was a little fainter than I expected. Malty caramel and fruits, but not what I would expect from a saison. Same for the taste. There's a slight hop finish to balance it very nicely. The mouthfeel was disappointing. Flash-in-the-pan wateriness and it was gone. No lingering spiciness that I expected from a saison. More of a mild brown ale to me. Not a bad beer by any means, but it didn't blow me away. Good beer with food as it doesn't overpower, but emhances. I would drink it again.

With such an elegant label, I expected a little more. We all make mistakes.

jj21, May 24, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears an ultra clear brown red color with a short lived whtie head. The ring remains along with some patchy white spots. Sweet toasted caramel malt aroma, a little noble hops, mild fruits/ mostly light green grapes, and mildly spiced. Not really a saison from what I've had...this fits the biere de garde style description very well. Nice taste. Bready, malty, toasted, and more fruity esters weaving thoughout. Mild alcohol in a good way is apparent at random moments. Has a nice grape-like dryness to it and a semi sharp carbonation.

Good all around....easy on the senses but not lacking in complexity.

tastybeer, May 09, 2006
Photo of walleye
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the bottle. poured a amber with a off white head that left a small amount of lacing. aroma sweet, malt, hops with a nice touch of caramel, fruity. flavor I was excepting something close to Jully Pumpkin but this beer is no where close to JPs beer that said I enjoyed this beer very easy to drink nice and smooth. got caramel, hops, and malts, sweet. good beer

walleye, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of wedge
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

wedge, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of gmcfarre
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second act with Two Brothers... the first was a 6pk of their weiss beer which must have gone bad when I got to it. They are lucky I'm giving them a second chance on my first full saison...

12 oz bottle poured into St. Bernardus Chalice.

A - Orangy amber, slightly cloudy with 1cm head that fades fast. A bit of whispies on top. Lacing is minimal overall but what is left is in distinctive, heavy rings.

S - Emphasis on the hop nature, with fruits dancing in the distance. Not very sweet, but not too far off from an IPA. Smell seems kindof one dimensional.

T - Taste is fuller than smell lead me to believe. A touch of sweetness at the beginning. More malt activity than smells lets on, but hops leave a slight bitterness to the finish. A real biscuity / grainy feel to it. Whatever fruits are present have little impact on my palatte.

M - Full beginning with an almost powdery finish. Very little carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, could be a sessionable version of a saison. Alcohol hidden well.

gmcfarre, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of bearrunner44
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright amber. I poured the bottle pretty hard, but head didn't show up immediately. Not to worry; it's a late bloomer. Once the head develops, it has good retention and leaves plenty of lace as it fades.

Smell: Soft brown sugar and vague spikes of citrus sweetness, with an underlying bed of gently floral hop aroma.

Taste: Syrupy smooth malt sweetness. Caramel overtones, with (very) vague hints of grapefruit and spice. The malt profile is smooth, sweet and moderately bulky, but not assertive. The hop bitterness is low. I really like the way this beer uses hops; they definitely have character, contributing to the flavor from start to finish, but they never really emerge as a distinctly separate flavor. They compliment the malt nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body. The carbonation is subdued, but not flat. Smooth.

Verdict: This isn't a beer that wows you with big flavor. The malt profile isn't especially complex, but it's smooth, sweet, and well-balanced. It went very nicely with a light Caesar salad.

bearrunner44, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of Franchise
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This offering from Two Brothers pours a dark maroon that has some yeast floating around the body, leaving a tan lace that floats on the top of the beer. The aroma is plum, dates, figs, prune lots of "stone fruit" are present in this saison. There is a sweetness to the body (sugary prune juice). The taste is hoppy, starts off with watery plum fruit juice feel, it has a malty background that reminds me of grape juice. The finish is a suttle hop bitter aftertaste with a somewhat floural watery mouthfeel. Pretty decent overall, I love the different flavor for this saison.

Franchise, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of alexgash
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium copper body with golden edges and a small, off-white head. Toasted grains on the nose with light fruity sweetness. A bit of spice in there too (grains of paradise?). Not much else. Toasted bitterness up front. Fruity malt with singed notes follows and mixes with light whiskey and wood flavors. Interesting. Finish shows tangier/tarter sides of the fruit and resonant toasted, slightly floral, bitterness. Medium to light bodied with a slightly sticky, nicely carbonated feel. Not bad and the tartness mixed with caramel/bread is different than any beer I've had lately.

alexgash, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of twelvsies
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a saison? I guess brewers can do whatever they want to a style, and I'm all for experimentation, but this beer doesn't fit into any category really, and it's certainly not a saison. A bit of an identity crisis here. Pours a dark, stained-wood amber, kind of nice actually, but with no head at all. If I had to place a style label on this one, I'd lump it in as an ESB or English Ales in general. Full of toffee, carmel, and buttery notes, with a fairly quiet hop profile. Decently malty, but lost. Once again, definitely not a saison in my book. Chewy mouthfeel, kind of slick. Well, it does have a few redeeming qualities, but it's nothing more than a mild amber with a saison label on it. Who knows though, you might like it. Two Brothers do a great job in general, this one just needs a little work I'd say.

twelvsies, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of neonbrown82
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours very dark for a saison. It is a dark golden amber color with a decent carbonation and a thin white head. Definitely not what I think of when I try to picture a saison in my head.

The smell almost reminds me of a Rogue Dead Guy, and come to think of it the beer looks like a Dead Guy as well. Has a bit of a caramel malty aroma with a hint of buttery diacetyl. A light crisp hop aroma shares its place in the background with a hint of funk. Not nearly funky enough for a saison though. More like a red ale.

The taste is not quite what I was expecting after having smelled the beer. It starts off exactly like I was expecting, like a Dead Guy (see descriptors in above paragraph), but quickly fades into a very light flowery and fruity tart flavor. The finish all but drops off after that, leaving only a bit of hops bitterness matched with a trace of that candy-like tart.

The mouthfeel is interesting. Light and crisp, almost like a lager. Very hard to describe what is happening as the flavors run across my palate. Probably not something I will try again, yet it wasn't so dull that I have ruled out Two Brothers.

neonbrown82, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of beals
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from Whole Foods (Cambridge). Served in pint glass.

Thin head, less than 1/8 inch, but with surprisingly good lacing. Appears clear (no cloudiness), very light carbonation, light reddish-copper color. Sweet aroma, hints of apple. Slightly tart mouthfeel but smooth due to the lack of carbonation. As for taste, a sweet malty start quickly fades and gives way to a moderate alcohol presence. Strong caramel taste, good grain flavor, and a faintly bitter finish. Not quite like the other saisons I've had (perhaps it's the "Country Ale" twist), but I really like it.

beals, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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?

CharlesRiver, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of bignick
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Union ST in Newton Centre.

This is a tasty beer, even if it is not a classic saison in style. There is a very nice graininess to it, as opposed to the spicy yeasty flavor that typically is found in a saison. It is a nice flaovr though, and one of the better saisons out there. It is definitely a creative take on the style.

bignick, Feb 16, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head over the cloudy coppery amber brew. Head lasts nicely, with plenty of bubbly lacing. Aroma is grains and light spicing. Taste is hearty grains, a touch of sour, and then closes with a touch of dry. Mouthfeel is great, smooth grains and tart working well together, and drinkability is excellent as well. Not sure if it's to style, but it's yummy, and that works for me.

ppoitras, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Woodman's

best by 3/25/06

appearance: pours a clear amber-copper, very little in the way of an off white head to accompany the body, very slight rimmed lacing

smell: very toasty - grain, whole wheat. medium-thick caramel malt, very buttery, quite bready, a splash of citrus, touch of honey

taste: well this isn't what i would typically think of when seeing the style labeled as "saison"...this lacks much of the yeast and spice I have been accustomed to. the taste on this one is of toasted grain, whole wheat bread, sweet and thick caramel malts, buttered biscuit, honey, toffee, very faint chocolate, mild citrus hops dancing around beneath all the grain

mouthfeel: medium-light, herbal and toasty

drinkability: very drinkable, not par to style, but tasty nonetheless

dirtylou, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of soulgrowl
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear cherry wood with an off-white, mottled head. No lacing.

Smell: Distinct smell of toasted wheat or buckwheat... very nice. Buttery diacetyl is quite strong, giving me the impression of buttered wheat toast. White wine is also detectable, as are a bit of fruity hops.

Taste: Mostly caramel malts, with a short finish of herbal hops. This is mild and clean, tasty but weak, what the French might call "tres blasé." It wouldn't hold up against many foods, but might be great with pasta or chicken in an herb-cream sauce.

Mouthfeel: Very light and flat. This needs work.

Drinkability: This is inoffensive and pleasant, possibly a good crossover beer.

soulgrowl, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a nice American Amber Ale, rich rusty amber with a nice and retentive yellow-white head.

Smells like very chewy caramel and chocolate malts. The best kind of bread, incredibly yeasty and sweet.

Tastes very much like it smells. Loads of sweet, pleasant yeast, chocolate and caramel malt, and a nice sour sweet finish. No hop character of which to speak, but the malt's complex enough to carry the beer.

Saison? Hardly. This just tastes like a really malty amber ale. It's pretty good, yeah, and it is certainly easy drinking, but this is hardly what I think of when I think "saison"--there's no spiciness or complex hop character. Still well worth while, though.

mynie, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of beerceller99
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz. bottle.Nice clear dark amber with a light tan head. Mild smell of caramel and light roasted grains. Medium bodied with a chalky mouthfeel. Decent taste of honey wheat bread. Finishes crisp and clean. This would be a decent , mild session brew.

beerceller99, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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?

DaPeculierDane, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of ChiSox05
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear red and violet hued amber with a thin, disappearing head and faint lacing.

Living nearby, I wonder the water Two Brother's uses for there brews because the smell is so familiar. Must the minerals in there or something, I have no idea. Anyway, to me, smelled like DuPage County tap water, a hint of berry caramel malt and in there somewhere were green hops, but nothing that stands out.

Tastes like a toned-down amber. Black currant tea flavor. Like the smell, nothing leading the way, just the water, light caramel malt and faint hops all doing there own thing.

Light body, medium fizzy carbonation, some tingling sensation at the finish that rounds it out. Could be easily drinkable if there was some incentive in the flavor dept., its average and balanced.

ChiSox05, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Two Brother French Style Country Ale pours out a slightly cloudy copper color with an inch of head. The aroma is spot on for the Biere de Garde style. Sweet malt, honey, herbs, and a little tangy. Strongly herbal flavor with orange, coriander, and other spices. A little bit of a sweet honey flavor. I would like if it were a little more sweet and malty and a little less sour. Medium mouthfeel. Good beer, and especially impressive that this is an American version.

beveragecaptain, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a three-finger head that fades to a ring leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is a earthy hop. Starts slightly hoppy has an earthy spice flavor, finish is clean, more hops than malts. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

jdhilt, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of whynot44
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium bodied, slightly hazy orange amber color with a small creamy head that doesn't stay around.

Aroma is lightly toasted malts, toffee, caramel and a bit of herbal hops.

The taste is along the same lines, starting with a mildly nutty sweet caramel, then a bit of fresh biscuits and fruit - pears? - and a semidry finish with just a hint of hops bitterness and alcohol warmth.

whynot44, Nov 29, 2005
Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,202 ratings.