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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,146 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,146
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 34
Gots: 84 | 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 Weissenheimer
2.73/5  rDev -28.3%

This is the third Two Brothers beer I brought back from Chicago and, like the others, it would do better if I were to judge it solely by its appearance. It's a hazy dull copper with a medium-sized light fawn head. As I drink, pretty mountains of lacing form on the side of the glass.

Also like the others, this one doesn't have much scent. What's there is sweet and fruity in a slightly syrupy way. Eventually I realize what it reminds me of; it has the creaminess of Gale's Christmas Ale, but without the spiciness.

I take a taste and am somewhat disappointed. The taste is slightly watery, and rather wimpy and thin. A nondescript fruitiness composes most of the taste. The "legs" on the glass look rather thick and oily; that, along with a certain winelike aspect of the taste, makes me suspect that there are some tannins involved.

After examining the overall taste and brooding on the finish, it becomes apparent that this beer's main problem is one of balance. Normally the hops wouldn't show through so much in a French ale. But this one is so thin, one-dimensional, and uninteresting up front that the hops in the finish end up overbalancing the whole affair. Also, certain elements that should be invogorating somehow manage to fall flat. The carbonation doesn't feel very interesting or lively; it's there, but it somehow feels dead. During the finish the woody tannins languish on my tongue in a rather uninspiring way. I won't be bothering with any more of this.

Weissenheimer, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of zerk
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours a deep copper... kind of odd for a saison... with a whispy halo of white. Aroma is a mixture of bread dough, slight caramel notes, and grassy hops. Flavor begins sweet and juicy with caramel and malt notes, followed by a nice balancing bitterness. I would have expected it to be a little more dry, but it seems to work. Leaves a grassy aftertaste that is quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is lively with a light to medium body and medium carbonation. This is a quite enjoyable beer although it's not completely what I thought it would be.

zerk, Dec 10, 2003
Photo of moulefrite
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Probably my favorite from these guys. Pours a very clean looking pale amber. Not much head, and a modest showing at best in the lace/stick category. Aromatics hint at the style of Belgian Saison/farmhouse ale-plenty of mildly assertive hop in a citric sort of way-nice malt balance as well. Toasty caramel malt followed by a blast of spicy, citrusy hop, and a medium bodied and rather refreshing mouth-feel add up to one sound brew.

moulefrite, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of mikes2923
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

Pours with a dark ambery/coppery color, with some strong foam and respectable amount of laceing. Can't tell a lot from the smell.. but the taste is very smooth, with (as everyone else has pointed out) a slight caramel hint in the taste. Not much carbonation, more of a creamy ale. Overall an excellent brew that goes down very smoothly. It's nice to promote a local brewer and when they are this good it's easy to do!

mikes2923, Dec 04, 2003
Photo of Winter
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

Pours a hazy amber with a light khaki colored head, which flattens and eventually disappears. Sweet caramel malt and biscuity aroma. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a touch of crispness. Sweet caramel malt on the front. Middle starts to introduce more of a fruitiness to the mix. Almost reminiscent of fermented grape jam. That jammy fruit flavor continues and combines with a toasted biscuit finish. Hops seem light. Very interesting and unexpected revelation of flavors. Great offering from Two Brothers.

Winter, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

The head was small, creamy, smooth, ivory with fine sized bubbles that fully dissipated. The body was uncarbonated, yeasty and cloudy with a light amber hue. The nose was malty with a light sweet, lightly bitter, caramel and fruity flavor. The palate was tingly, smooth, dry, and medium bodied.

hotstuff, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of Jon
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

Light copper color with hardly any head without agitation. Sweet, caramel malt nose with some herbal hops that require just a bit of attention. Toasted, sweet malt is at the forefront in the taste department, with a subtle breadiness accompanied by some more herbal, earthy and vaguely bitter hops on the finish. More malty than I'm accustomed to for the style. Smooth, well-carbonated and very drinkable, this makes for a fine session brew.

Jon, Oct 27, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%

Beautiful light golden coppery orange color, slightly opaque with little yeasties floating around, thin off-whitish cream colored head that fades to a thin ring and minimal spotty lace. Smells like an open field of grains with some nice little malty sweetness, dry, subtle, thin caramel notes behind. Taste is mild, pleasing, and subtle, lightly toasty with lightly dry biscuity tone and buttery sweetness, nice little grab of breadish yeast thats quite favorable on the palette. A mild drying woody hop finishes off this subtle masterpiece with enticing notes of grains and rice. Feel is medium bodied with a favorable little creamy start, adds soft thin grainyness and the finish is lightly crisp with a nice fluffy drying that fades well. A pleasant subtle beer with lots of thin layers and complexity. A good drinker and quite enjoyable, a great session beer. Thanks goes out to jeffboo for the bottle.

tavernjef, Oct 21, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

Medium orange color. Small head. Aroma is malty, slightly sweet and applish. Medium bodied. Malty with a carmely start. Applish and a little nutty. Touch of hop spiciness. Light and refreshing. Nicely balanced. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round, Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Great stuff from the far western 'burbs. Nice malty aroma behind a head that disappears a little too quickly. Taste of orange and some light spiciness comes through, finishes off dry with a note of red wine. Mesdames, Messieurs, makez zhure to teep your waiters, si'l vouz plait!

DrunkMcDermott, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of Kongquistador
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

I haven't been a huge fan of the other Two Brothers beer I tried, the Northwind Imperial Stout, but this is a far superior beer, and merits consideration, should you find it. With luck they will continue to produce it, although it claims to be a limited run.

Pours a nice reddish hue, just fading to yellow around the edges. Forms a very respectable head on a vigorous pour, which held form well with some large-ish bubbles. Head is slightly yellowish. Smell is not overpowering, mostly a citrus note.

Taste begins with a moderate citrus on the tip of the tounge, and moves onto the middle of the tounge with what others have described as an earthy taste. I'm not sure I want the term earthy, but it is hard to find the right word for the pleasant but very mild sensation as the beer swirls around your mouth. Finish is hoppy, but also in a moderated way, and nicely balances against the other flavors without overpowering. The hops have distinctly grassy note, which conjures the image of a small chateau in the rolling wheat fields.

This is a superbly balanced beer. I didn't like it much when I had my first, but I came back the next day for a review, and found that it has grown on me immensly. The subtle combination of flavors at each stage of the drink makes it worth returning to, as I will, many times with luck.

[Edit 11/03] I've had mixed luck with this beer. Some are quite good, and others seem to have gone off. It varies bottle to bottle, but in the 12 I had, 2 were yeasty and poor.

Kongquistador, Jul 28, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%

Hazy amber body with a quickly thining tan head. Very little lacing deposited on the glass. The nose is fruity and light. The taste seems coarse and yeasty, a little grassy; not all that pleasant to my palate. Lots of caramel malt sense as the beer warms to room temperature. This beer has a medium body and slightly astringent feel. Strong aftertaste is not particularly pleasant.

AtLagerHeads, May 20, 2003
Photo of Viking
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Amber-colored body, pretty hazy. Small bubly head (but the 3-oz sample I had just before the pint had a thick, frothy head...It must be the anti-head, full glass pour technique). Head retention was excellent. Smell was rather light, grassy and fruity like sweet apples in a haystack. Odd, thought really, but that's the impression I got. Grassy, spicy flavor. Not nearly as fruity as the smell indicated, but still had some fruitiness in the taste. A bit of refreshing hop bitterness became apparent halfway through. Light to moderate body, rather rough and carbonatey (is that a Bushism?), but rather crisp and clean. Slight aftertaste - mildly spicy/bitter hop presence, and fruity.

Good and refreshing overall. Excellent with a meal or as a thirst quencher.

Viking, May 18, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

It's a darker shade of amber with a small but thick off-white head. I can't get much of an aroma out of it, just some caramel maltiness. But the flavor is much better than the aroma suggests. Notes of sweet caramel malts and toffee come through wonderfully. It's medium bodied and crisp while being rather chewy sweet. Some hops are in the background through the malty finish. This is a brew definitely deserving of a try.

AudioGilz, May 08, 2003
Photo of beerluvr
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

Pours with a slight off white head, settling over hazy light amber liquid. Sweet malty/yeasty nose. Taste is crisp with lots of biscuity toasty maltiness up front. Clean bitterness from the hops follows. Very fine carbonation with smooth mouthfeel...malt wins out in the end, leading to a pleasantly sweet finish. An authentic take on the style.

Thanks cretemixer!

beerluvr, May 03, 2003
Photo of cretemixer
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

I grabbed this right out of the cellar at 52 degrees and was not dissapointed. Pours the color of raw honey with a fast fading white head. I'm left with a thin collar shortly after pouring. The aroma is of roasted barley with a hint of sweetness and a slightly earthy undertone. The taste has a slight graininess to it with a honey sweetness. Caramel malts and a mild hop bitterness to balance things out. A very smooth drinker with a light to medium body and smooth carbonation. An easy drinker and more importantly, a beer you want to have again & again. This one has found a place in my regular rotation.

cretemixer, Apr 14, 2003
Photo of jackndan
4/5  rDev +5%

Domaine DuPage (Du-pa-je) (Two Brothers Brewery). I really enjoyed this beer. Had a brownish color with a golden tint, absolutely clear in appearance. The head was thick, a little bit off-white, but did not leave a whole lot of lacing. The malty aroma introduces this very tasty beer. Bready malts, coupled with caramel and toffee. To my surprise, this beer had fairly little in the way of aftertaste, as a spritz of hops cleaned up nicely in the end. Buy if you find it, this has got to be one of my favorites from the du Deux Freses (thanks Cokes).

jackndan, Mar 08, 2003
Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +5%

Deep clear amber color, nice fluffy head that clings to the, malty caramel-candy like aroma,sweet malty caramel and toffee flavors, nice bitter finish. Great beer, one of my favorites from this brewery.

maxpower, Nov 26, 2002
Photo of cokes
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%

Lovely stuff here.
I admire the fact that Two Bros has the balls to label themselves "Brasserie du Deux Freses" on the bottle.

Slightly hazed amber in color. Off white head diminshes quickly.
Very herbal nose with some grainy qualities.
Starts off somewhat simple with toasted carmel dominating the mouth. After and few sips (and allowing it to warm), the complexities opened up. Dough-like malts with grape sweetness. Some nutty and buttery tones. Earthy and some mustiness (but in the best possible way). Carmel sticks around leaning towards toffee. Grassy, hay-like hops come in and dry this out toward the finish.
Medium bodied. Dances nicely in the mouth.
Just fun to drink. Would be great for a session, but also a nice treat in itself.

I got word that this should be available in Madison very soon. I am excited, to say the least.

A large thank you to Bighuge for giving me the advance screening. This one is right up my alley.

cokes, Jul 23, 2002
Photo of ZAP
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Burnt orange in color..barely any head...soft malty nose...a little thin in the mouth...not real familiar with this style,so it's tough to rate...toasty malt tones, but they are faint...dry finish...I'm glad I tried it but not a beer style I would seek out again..

ZAP, Jul 19, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

The beer pours a clear deep amber with a somewhat truncated head that splits off into islands of thin bubbly froth. Something weird, but nice, in the aroma. Like Rosemary or Sage or something. I think it's Rosemary. (I had a Farmhouse ale that used Rosemary at PizzaPort in Solona Beach, CA, and this seems similar to that.) This beer is a real refreshing change from all of the typical beer styles. It is very nice. Not often do you find French Style Country Ales available at the local package store. Thus, I'm having a hard time describing the taste. I would say it has quite a unique herbal quality. A healthy dose of grainy notes. And a nice bitter hop finish. Easy drinking for 5.9 a/v. Damn good beer.

Bighuge, Jun 14, 2002
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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,146 ratings.