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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

499 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 499
Hads: 1,361
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 44
Gots: 172 | 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 MasterSki
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before February 3rd, 2011. Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of off-white foam that dissipates to a thin cap but leaves minimal lace. Body is a hazed copper-amber with tons of bubbles adhering to the sides of the glass.

S - Fruity yeast, a touch of bubblegum, light apples, cherries, and bread.

T - Taste is yeasty with light toasted grains, tart apples and light hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Carbonation is a little bit harsh and unpleasant. Body is medium, and sufficiently hefty for 5.9%. Finishes lightly dry.

D - Other than the harsh and unpleasant carbonation this is reasonably drinkable. Doubt I'd ever buy it again but it's not a bad beer. (681 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Portsmouth tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent dark amber color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass and the head lasts for 3 to 4 minutes.

s - Smells of bready malts, musty, earthy malts, and light caramel malts. As it warms up some definite fruit and some toasted malts. Pretty nice, but was expecting a little more caramel here.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, bready malts, sweet fruit, wheat, and toasted malts. Pretty enjoyable and definitely a step up from the smell. I like the caramel and toasted malts mix with the sweet fruit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - I thought this was a pretty good beer. The smell improved a lot as it warmed up and I enjoyed the caramel and toasted malts in the taste. Would certainly have again. (887 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,205 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Matilda Glass

Pours a 1 finger beige head. Not very good retention or lace. Color is a very slight hazy dark golden bronze. No carbonation bubbles noticed. Nothing to special.

Aroma: It is like a hopped up saison. Kind of like an imperial red kicked with some saison juice. Some very sweet hops, backed up with some tarty fruits. red apples really show here. Very sour aroma. Some Belgium yeast. I can definitely tell that there is a malt background balancing this beer out. Simply amazing.

Taste: Not as amazing as the smell. The yeast strand really sticks out here. Very funky. Not as tarty, but still a tad is present. A lot more booze shining through here. Dried red apples. A lot like a saison. Big, hoppy taste as well, like an imperial red.

Mouthfeel: Robust and creamy. Medium bodied. A lower level of carbonation. A lot of booze is present after it settles in the mouth for a bit. Had it not been for the booze here, I would have enjoyed the mouthfeel a lot more. Leaves a very yeasty aftertaste.

Overall, this beer was unique. Some good parts, some not so good. My bottle is going slow, but I don't mind it. I don't know how much more I'd want though. (1,178 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy deep copper color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a toasted, nutty scent with just the right amount of funk. The taste is decent. It has a nutty, bisquity, flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a bit of yeast fruitiness. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. I'm not a huge drinker of the style, but it seems to fit within the guidelines. (473 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was another recent acquisition during my visit to Mari's Six Pax 'n' Mor in Reading. I was surprised to see Two Brothers in PA and since this was one of the few that I had not tried previously at some point, it went into the carrier. It then took a back seat as I wended my way through a backlog of AIPAs and such, plus I was admittedly ignorant of the style until today and shied away from it until I could conduct sufficient research as to give myself some traction.

From the bottle: "French Style Country Ale"; "This food-friendly ale is deep amber in color, with a toasty, sweet caramel start. It finishes with just enough hops to clean off the palate. Bon appetit!"; "Two Brothers is a craft brewery on the outskirts of Chicago that specializes in rare and seldom-brewed beer styles. The two of us - Jason and Jim Ebel - strive to produce the very best beers available anywhere. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!"

I hope so too as I do not want to be duped in my own domain! Having learned my lesson with an earlier iteration of the style, I went with a kinder, gentler pour on this one. I ended up with a finger of foamy, deep-tan head that quickly fell away to wisps. Color was an elegant deep-amber, close to copper, with NE-quality clarity. Speaking of Nebraska, I recently got turned onto (both literally and figuratively) Val MidWest, a young lady from Lincoln who has an adult website and recently made news when she returned to her Catholic high school for an after-hours photo shoot! The nose on this was was really sweet, almost syrupy in its intensity with an underlying scent of dried dark fruits. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was unexpectedly less sweet than I had anticipated. Instead, it had a fruity quality, almost like fruitcake. In fact, that is exactly what it reminded me of with its bready, malty backbone to accompany the fruitiness! Wild. Finish was semi-sweet and actually quite refreshing in its reserved nature. This had the potential to be an over-the -top malt bomb but the masterful use of the yeast really worked well with the malt. I would recommend giving this a try. (2,125 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear copper in color with a 2" head. Mild lacing developed.

Smell: fruity sweetness is up front, and a hint of barnyard stink is very soft.

Taste: loads of sweet ripe red fruits balanced with some Granny Smith apple tartness. There is noticable bitterness along with the mildly grainy malts.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and smooth at the finish. The caramel, fruits, and touch of tartness lingers after swallowing. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: not bad, but this just didn't come off as good as some others do in the style. Worth a try. (571 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (470 characters)

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

12 ouncer, with best by dating of 7/19/08 on the rear label. Pours a warm, orangy shade of amber, slightly cloudy, lightly toasted whole wheat bread head, that leaves just a bit of scattered lacing. Spiced up nose, with hints of spearmint, pepper, and more toasty notes. Flavorful brew, more toasty/wheat flavors, fruit, smoke, and sweet malts. Well worth a try, especially for appreciators of this French/Belgian style. (420 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a friend for sharing a case. Styles aside, this is was an interesting Belgian amber. Very subtle and drinkable. There's a not unusual, but uncommon, smooth cherry caramel taste that finishes with a gentle Belgian spice. No, it's not a big robust Belgian, but it's certainly a decent session beer and good rival to Fat Tire. (333 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Style: Bière de Garde
ABV: 5.90 %

LOOK: Somewhere between deep copper and amber. Fine clarity.

SMELL: Malty, with some caramel and toffee notes. Subtle floral aromas as well.

TASTE: Toasted caramel malts, pine and herbal tea like hops, and slightly bready. Mild fruity flavor and downplayed sweetness.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Clean finish.

OVERALL: A nice simple table beer, would pair just fine with an appetizer of cheeses and light citrus vinaigrette based club salad. (567 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber- dark for the style, but with a fine white head that sticks around for awhile and leaves some nice lacing. Smells a bit grainy, like brown bread with some earthy hops and some brown sugar glazed pears. The taste is very nice- quite balanced with some slightly sweet grainy malt, some notes of banana and pear, and some more earthy hops as well as a touch of brandied citron on the end that intermingles nicely with the long somewhat bitter earthiness. Very smooth and silky in the mouth, with just a touch of tartness. A very nice beer- can't believe its taken me this long to try it. (601 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at TJ's...
Appears a hazy dark amber with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild cap and collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of wet hay, flowers, caramel, and earthy minerals.
Taste is of the aromas with some aspects of ripe fruit and bready yeast pulling forward.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly fruity, and semi-dry in the swallow. (386 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Domaine DuPage not only sounds but also looks perfectly suited to be at the table for a classic, multi-course French meal. It has a classy mahogany tone and appreciably clean, if not glassy, complexion that offers up amber highlights when held against a bright backdrop. Even its head, a slim and fashionable crown of lace, looks swank and dashing.

The aroma is a unique blend of caramel, lightly charred oak, dried fruits, wild honey, toasty croutons and just a drop of alcohol. It's the kind of bouquet that lends itself to a laundry list of flavours and constantly warrants attention to see how the smells develop with time and air. And it's as intimidating as it is particular, showcasing unexpected strength.

The beer's flavour is decadently rich (again, perfectly in line with the French theme). It has the same richness as a high-fat cream and all the sweetness of a creme brulee. While I immediately start thinking of pot-au-feu or roast game or something sauteed in bacon grease, I can't help but wonder if this could work with dessert as well...

You be the judge: flavour specifics include roasted chestnut, honey-glazed pecan, French oak, baked apple, raisin and date, caramel, dried cranberry and a sugar and cream (creme brulee) combination. It's underlying sweetness is cut short by a brief but stern hoppiness. It has a clean, lager-like disposition despite all the musty, woodsy flavour and scent.

I can't help but close my eyes and see visions of musty cellars, crumbling corks and dusty bottles, stone bridges, a log on the fire, strong cheeses, the sounds of an accordion, a poetic language, warm scarves and the inexplicable desire to make love. If it can instill all that it stands to reason Domaine DuPage is one of the strongest examples of the Biere de Garde style commercially available. Thanks Sam for the beer (and vacation)! (1,860 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured a toasted caramel.

The taste was likewise toasty with an earthy and grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a tasty and easy to drink country ale. (329 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to BrewerB for this one.

Best By: 1/12/09

Poured into a goblet a very nice golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice foamy one-finger plus off-white head, with some nice small islands/sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with very slight yeast, pears, slight spice. The taste is very sweet, malty, some yeast notes, pears, some spicyness. Medium body, there's a syrupy texture to this brew. Drinkable, not a bad brew at all, thanks Brian. (472 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with brewcrew76 at DLD '07.

A: The ale is a deeper orange color, almost amber, with a crystal clear appearance. The head was near 2 fingers and is lacing throughout the glass.

S: The nose is dry toffee malts, thick with cereal grains.

T: The ale has a very strong malt flavor, almost to the point of sweet. Some tart green grapes come through as a result of the malts, providing a distinctly strong flavor. Lots of cereal, toasted grains come through as well, providing a dry bread-like finish.

M: The mouthfeel is dry, full of grainy dryness and hints of tartness. Very refreshing for a summer day.

D: The ale, despite its big malt body, is reasonable alcohol-wise, creating a big tasting drink that won't lay you out. (763 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Trying a Domaine Dupage from Two Bros....Little dissappointed that my beer has floaters in it...not a fan of floaters!!! The color is rich amber with creamy off white head....floaters are white! The smell is malty yet sweet. This is a very light bodied beer that has good flavor. The sweetness helps to carry the beer across the pallet. The mouthfeel is fine and it would probably go great with many different food pairings. (424 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Reddish and clear.Thin head that dissipates quickly. Leaves behind some lacing.

S- Didn't smell too much to be honest.

T- Yeasty, little caramel malt flavor. Leaves much to be desired.

M- Creamy, little carbonation dances on the tongue.

D/O- Wants to be a 5-6 session beer more than I wanted it to. Hate to say 'forgettable' about any craft brew but I was let down with this offering. (391 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%

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. (477 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy, dark orange beer with a half inch of creamy head. Modest retention and lacing.

Aroma is fairly sweet and fruity, with noticeable bitterness. A faint metallic note is detected underneath.

Taste follows the nose, although the bitterness is more prominent than expected. Very much a traditional European style hoppiness. Other than that the flavor is mostly sweet and malty, lightly fruity, and with that odd metallic undercurrent encountered in the aroma.

Carbonation is good, body is medium-thin, sort of a short and snappy finish. Refreshing but not as much as I'd hoped. This brewery makes 2 beers (at least) that are even more quenching and drinkable: the Dog Days Dortmunder style and the Ebel's Weiss. Domaine Dupage is nice but simple and unexceptional, saved to a degree by its unexpected bitterness. (817 characters)

Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.