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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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very good

1,286 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,286
Reviews: 494
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 38
Gots: 146 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: zerk on 05-15-2002

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Ratings: 1,286 | Reviews: 494
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two Brothers- Domaine Dupage

Limited bottles at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA.

A- Good hazy copper brown with a small foamy head. Light lacing.
S- grainy bread crust and malt.
T- lightly toasted grains, bread crust, earthy malt, and a touch of earthy sweet hops.
M- good thick malt with an earthy grainy flavor and feel. Finishes off sweet and dry.

Overall- Improves as it warms up. Pretty decent, worth a try!

Photo of nickynick
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Domaine DuPage poured a dark amber color, with very little head. Smell was strong of sweet malty flavor. Taste was sweet, malty, hints of fruit. Faint hoppy citrus after taste. Mouthfeel was good, good carbonation. Drinkability was also nice. This was an interesting beer. I enjoyed it a good deal and I am interested in exploring more of this style.

Photo of drpimento
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Interesting dichotomy here. The aroma is wonderful: very rich and aromatic. Lots of citrus, malt and a bit of hop. Flavor isn't so hot. Kind of a jumble. Bitterness dominates and results in a long finish. Makes me wish I was in France having one of theirs. Decent enough amber color. Not much head nor lace. Like many of the other dos Bro's beer better.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep cherry wood red and topped with a half an inch of tightly packed sandy white foam which is held up by a few strings of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. Head fades into a ring and leaves little lacing.

S: Sweet and toasted, lightly caramel malitness backed by ripe red apples and a husky graininess. Fresh and refreshing for a Labor Day evening.

T/MF: Toasty and sweet, a blend of rich toasted malt and grain with a slight red apple juicy sweetness. Grain wins out in the long run and finishes rather husky, with traces of noble hop fruitiness. Body is rather smooth and dead set on medium bodied. Finish isn't too drawn out but does linger nicely on the tongue to remind you of what just happened.

D: A good and easy drinker, one of the better offerings from Two Brothers and a good represntation of the style.

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

A: Poured into an oversized tulip Duvel goblet, deep copper with a thin head, and some wispy swirls on top. Not much noticable carbonation.

S: Smell of caramel, toasted malts, hint of yeast and something floral.

T: Malty sweet flavor, mixed in with some hops. Finished malty, with a slight lingering citrus aftertaste.

M&D: Medium bodied, easy to drink, nicely balanced.

It was not what I expected, since I never experienced a "French Style Country Ale", brewed in Warrenville, IL. It reminded me very much of a Belgian-style brew. Definitely worth sampling.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a decent head and lace.
The aroma of toasted malts and hops.
The taste is sweet,earthy,caramel malts,mild hops and fruit hints.
The feel is medium body,medium carbonation and slightly creamy.The finish is only mildly bitter.

Notes: I wanted to write a whole lot more on this beer,but in the end I was just happy to write that it was a very good beer.I had never tried this style and did not know what to expect.
I had mine while having a super,spicy bowl of chili and this beer's taste and character shone right through.

Photo of kinger
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is a bountiful earthy, sweet aroma here slightly spicy. Nice light brown pour with an amber accent, sizable head and moderate lacing. Pleasant on the palate, could be creamier. Interesting flavor, much different from the aroma in many respects. Taste is sweet with an initial hit of caramel followed by a mild hop bitterness. There is a bit of earthiness in the taste. Interesting brew, definitely enjoyable.

Photo of beerkittycat
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is clear copper with ruby highlights. Received a disappointing "frat pour" otherwise known as no room left for decent foam, but it looks like an off-white head and it had decent lacing throughout. Aroma is very faint, but I'm in a typical college bar so I would be surprised if I could smell anything beyond the stale beer, ashtray and urinal cake. Anyhoo, what I could detect was some sweet malt, faint fruity esters, and some flowery noble hops. Taste is bursting with some awesome toasted malt with a slightly fruity sweetness of plum, cherry, and brown sugar. Those flowery noble hops have a moderate flavor and blend nicely with the malt but leave only a slight hop bitterness on the tongue. Medium mouthfeel is very smooth and finishes dry that makes for a very refreshing tasting experience. An excellent example of an amber style bier de garde and absolutely wonderful on tap.

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Struggled to put the light brown head on top, that disappeared almost before I stopped pouring it. Pleasant, lightly spiced nose that is somewhat promising--light peppery spice follows into the taste. A bit sweet and malty to support the spice. Good balance, but not spectacular. Warmed up fairly well, but didn't open up. Overall, not bad. I'd try on tap if I saw it, but probably not buy another bottle.

Photo of Deuane
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Copper with a thin light tan head that leaves behind fair lacing.

S-Sweet malt with a bit of toasted fruit and spice. Nothing overwhelming.

T-Sweet malty bordering on too sweet but it doesn't quite reach that point. A bit of apple, toasted bread and a yeast twang. Again, as in the aroma, all of this is somewhat muted.

M-Medium body with a nice smoothness. This is a nice feeling brew.

D-Easy to drink with a pleasant mouthfeel. Quite malty with a fair amount of sweetness. This is a beer that borders on good but in the end falls a little short due to the sweetness and not enough drying characteristics. I would like a bit more of a hop kick.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Domaine duPage, Two Brothers, Warrenville, Ill.

Mostly clear, amber/copper color, small head, turns to nil.

Aroma of caramel malt, sweetness, fruit, flowers, and Belgian yeast.

More of that on the tongue once it hits the palate. Nice biere de garde, though it tastes a lot like a Belgian amber or pale ale. Sweetness stays on top, rich malt, easy drinkability. Tasty stuff. Almost too sweet, but it grows dry, but lingers on the tongue.

Nice. I'll have another. Well, one more. After that I need some hops.

Photo of garcia2a
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep rusty amber color, mostly clear with some chunky sediment. I had a hell of a time with this one, as no matter how careful I was on the pour, I got almost nothing but a large, foamy white head.

The bouquet had some sweet caramel malt with a slight back nose of bready yeast, toasted grains and a tinge of vanilla and clove.

The taste had an initial sweet caramel bite, but as the additional sips occurred, I really got no additional tastes.

Mouthfeel was decent once the head went down. Smooth on the taste buds. This beer was very drinkable and interesting, but I think I wanted more from these taste. The sediment tells me there might have been an issue with this bottle. I will retry and adjust if needed.

Photo of sleazo
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A_pours a dark reddish brown hue. Minimal head leads to minimal lacing

S_smells rather dry with an almost charcoal like taste

T_Charcoal comes through again in the taste. More on the malty side with a biscuity/caramel taste dominating. After taste is slightly yeasty but mostly bittering hops

M_a little syrupy with a mild carbonation

D_a decent but not great Bier de garde. Still worth trying. Not sure where that charcoal comes from, but it reminds me of Fat Tyre

Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty ruby copper color with a nice fluffy egg shell head that dissipated into a sparse cap. The aroma is of smooth caramel malt, honey, and some dark fruit. The taste is a nice rich caramel malt, brown bread, honey, a touch of grassy hops in the end. The feel is moderate with some prickly carbonation, yet it remains quite a smooth beer. It is a tad slick but the hop bitterness help counter balance that. This is a fine malty brew. A very nice caramel malt that is quite smooth. Definitely worth a purchase.

Photo of JDV
2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Clark Street. Pours a medium amber with a sweet malt smell and taste. Very lightly bittered. Faintest hint of belgium yeast like influence to it, but not much. Kind of drying in the finish, but still sweet flavored. Decent but unremarkable compared to some of their other beers, I thought.

Photo of dsa7783
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, 12-ounce bottle copped from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
The beer pours a murky, copper, bright-orange, tawny appearance with a modest head and minimal lacing...
Nuances of caramel, vanilla, and candied sugars are noticeable in the nose...
This beer has a caramel start with a bittersweet finish... Flavor loaded with cotton candy, honey, malts, hops, caramel, and cloves...
Overall, this was an easily drinkable beer, yet it could have definitely been more assertive and flavorful... The essences noticeable on the tongue were there, but not assertive enough...
A decent American stab at the style...

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this brew in a trade with tytoanderso, Thanks Tyler!

12oz bottle, best by 11/21/08, served in a tulip glass.

L - clouded, orange/amber color with a quick fading tan head.

S - light scent of caramel malt and bitter/sour citrus aroma.

T - nice sweet caramel malt taste with a slight drying bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied, smooth feel.

D - goes down fairly easy.

Photo of Larrytown
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes deep red with virtually no head, but tons of lacing. Strange. There were toasty caramel notes in the nose, but pretty subtle.

I'm really digging the taste on this one. It's sweet upfront, but the toastiness and slight hops on the back-end balance it out. Very well crafted. Not a ton of carbonation in the head, but it's a beer that's meant to go down smooth. Boy does it. I'd love to knock back a couple more and at this ABV, I just might.

Photo of Buebie
2.35/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased at Heritage Liquores in St. Paul MN.

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip.
3 finger fluffy white head. The head quickly disipated into a filmy layer over the beer. Laceing is present.

Smell is of burnt toast, almost a stout grain style here. Does not smell like an ale. No fruity dough, citrussy notes to be found. Theres sweatness, but burtn toast is the prodominent smell.

Taste is sweeat and honey like, with caramel aftertones. Then at the swallow, burnt toast is back in full effect. This is very malty, with no real hop aroma or flavor.
I'm sure the burnt taste and smell is purposlfull. But it almost seems like the malt syrup was added without stirring or somthing, as it tastes undesireable.

Mouthfeel is thin and overcarbonated. Its a drainpour for me.

Photo of morimech
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with a nearly nonexistant head. What did develope quickly disappeared. Some spotty lacing left on the glass. It has a nice toasted malt aroma with caramel hints. The taste is likewise malty. Some fruitiness is present but there is mostly a earthy, musty flavor. Seems a bit thin and carbonation seems just a step up from being flat. I really wanted to score this beer higher but looking at the individual scores, it doesn't do any of them well. It has a good flavor and low ABV that helps drinkability but I don't think there is a need to seek this beer out in the future.

Photo of KeefD
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color absolutely no head. None. This also means no lacing Not sure if this is typical of the style, being my first one, but very underwhelming in appearance. Smell is super malty, bready and slightly fruity. The aroma on this thing is near perfection. Caramel goodness throughout the nose. Taste follows suit. Biscuit malts, nice caramel flavors, the slightest amount of hops in the background and very sweet to the tastebuds. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with little carbonation, but the carbonation that does pop up tingles the tongue. Alcohol is not overly-present at 5.9%. I really enjoyed this beer. I thought I had a dud by the look of the pour, but it turned out to be a really nice offering.

Photo of jjayjaye
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the crazy extras as part of a great trade with DavidEddie. Thanks Pops!

Pours a deep orange amber color with less than a finger foamy off white head that fades fairly quickly. Spotty patterns of lacing generated. The smell is fresh yet earthy some harvest fruit and grainy wheat notes. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth. Full flavored the taste of caramel is balanced with a nice hop tingle. A very easy drinker and at 5.9% ABV is quite sessionable. Recommended.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear copper color. Not much of a head, thin 1/4 that drops to a film quickly. Very spotty lacing. Smell is malty with some mild fruity notes. The malt has a distint toast flavor on the tongue and there are some apple flavors in there too. Enough hops to balance out what could be a too sweet brew. Medium to heavy body. I like this one. It's not earth shattering but it's something a little different and it's well done.

Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy apricot color with massive white creamy head. Good retention.

Smell shows some moderate summer fruit characteristics.

Taste is very refreshing. It is a nice sweet-tart combination, with a nice pear-peach taste at the start and some tartness at the finish.

Leaves a nice sweet taste in the mouth with very distinct notes of pear.

Easy to drink, very refreshing. Would be nice on a nice summer evening.

Photo of AylwinForbes
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This style of beer is not my favourite; but since it is the only Two Brothers that Gemato's serves, and I should be eternally grateful for that, I have had a lot of it. Very nice warm chestnut colour, which always sports a generous head when served (usually way too cold in this place). Malty caramel aroma predominates. Pleasant on the palate, slightly sweet, malt dominates, very low hop and bitter component.

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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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