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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,198 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,198
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 36
Gots: 96 | 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 RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange brown. Nose is a strong leafy aspect. Flavor is nice and roasted. Seems a bit leafy. Lasting profile. Feel is a bit thick on the liquid and smooth on carbonation. A nice example of this style. I usually don’t go for it, but I like this one.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in my La Fin Du Monde tulip.
A -The color is rose tinged golden like a beautiful bronze. The head is about an inch of light tan, no lace and the bead is very fine

S - A mild dark grain aroma w/ whiffs of noble hops that are earthy and spicey. The aroma is bready w/ a crisp dry malt smell
M - A relatively highly carbonated and semi-dry per style w/ light honeyed malt sweetness. The feel is crisp, med bodied and gently spiced w/ mild acidity

T - The malt flavor is light toast like biscuit and honey and there is a light white grape fruit element w/ a grainy cereal quality. The toasted malt has a light creamy flavor and the yeast give a bit of honey and sweet fruit effect w/ a hint of herbal hop flavor for good measure. The vinous notes make this interesting combined with the toasty creamy maltiness

D - I really love this beer for the simplicity, drinkability and flavor, but it is easy to drink mostly and I don't really notice 5.9% you could have fooled me if you said it was 6%. I would definitely order this if I saw it on draft

Slatetank, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BBD 1/28/15

Pours an effervescent copper/orange with a finger of beige head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Green apples, pears & grassyness

T: Follows the nose, white grape as well up front. Apple juice notes, apricot, caramel & woody hops as this warms, along with a little dryness. Finishes with leafy hops & jammy notes & a little dryness

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, skews fruity & sweet

A drinkable take on the style, perhaps a bit too sweet, but worth a go

russpowell, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

MasterSki, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

oline73, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.8/5  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.

feloniousmonk, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An intriguing and malty beer that tastes like it's not from around here.

Beautiful orangey-amber color with a modest head. Sprightly in the mouth. Hint of pineapple and butterscotch. Some nice roasted flavors. Bitter hops come on very slowly but take over the aftertaste.

Each mouthful starts out very promising with some golden malty sweetness but ends in a stew of funky flavors, hinting at musty and metallic. Very interesting and worth a try, but a pint would be too much of a good thing.

mactrail, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -21.3%

beernads, May 18, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

mdfb79, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

WesWes, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two-finger head with some staying power and good lace. Dark amber color with a slight haze.

Dark crystal malt aroma. Muted hop.

Full flavor and body--creamy texture. Good balance--the malt is not sweet, but it is not overly dry either. The hop is present throughout the taste and after the swallow.

This is a fine offering. I didn't notice the usual off flavors I associate with French country ales. I'd equate it to a very good pale ale.

smcolw, Aug 12, 2007
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
Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Gavage, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +5%

imperialking, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

woodychandler, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

weeare138, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Billolick, May 28, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

tempest, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.38/5  rDev +15%
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.

Georgiabeer, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

superspak, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of mothman
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

mothman, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

akorsak, May 26, 2007
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Gonzoillini, Jan 17, 2013
Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,198 ratings.