Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale
Two Brothers Brewing Company

Domaine DuPage French Style Country AleDomaine DuPage French Style Country Ale
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Style:
French Bière de Garde
Ranked #60
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
86
Ranked #21,802
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 12.01%
Reviews:
550
Ratings:
1,583
From:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  63
Gots
  286
SCORE
86
Very Good
Domaine DuPage French Style Country AleDomaine DuPage French Style Country Ale
Notes: One of the most award-winning craft beers (period), Domaine DuPage is a French Country Ale that offers a toasty caramel sweetness with just enough hops to cleanse the palate. A true original, both in style and taste, this decorated ale continues to shine as the flagship beer of Two Brothers.
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Photo of Wanzuki
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It took me a while to appreciate this brew. It just seemed like they took a conventional farmhouse ale and brewed it with a lot of sweet malts. But after leaving behind my style preconceptions I really have come to like it. It’s rich, and has some sweetness - not bitter, but more like the sort of beer we used to call balanced - and is nicely done. Caramel in color, tight bubbles in the head.

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Wanzuki from Illinois, May 03, 2020
Photo of 1009
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Walked into the packie with a craving for a different beer. They unfortunately could not satisfy my needs in regards to my originally indented purchase. I then found this, buried in the bottom of the cooler fridge and it had a cool cap design so I pulled the trigger. When I brought it to the counter the cashier goes “yeah, that beers not for me. It’s a bit off. It’s out of code.” He then pushed the 6-pack back to me and told me to “just take it”

Not my favorite beer, certainly not the worst. If it’s free, it’s for me.

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1009 from Massachusetts, Apr 29, 2020
Photo of jkrich
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. bottle: slightly hazy brown to amber hue with a foamy, sustained off-white head.

The aroma has an herbal and sweet characteristic with some earthy hints.

As this is my first ale from this category, I did not know what to expect - it is sweet like hard candy, but there are some hints of hop that gives some much-needed balance. As the ale warms in the glass, I detect caramel, molasses, and woodsy flavor.
Is there really such a thing as a "French Country Ale" or is this a take on the French country wines? Regardless, I am certainly enjoying the flavor profile - much like a complex amber ale.

A solid medium body with a slick and tangy mouthfeel, this ale has restrained carbonation that complements the flavor profile nicely.

This has been a very enjoyable drinking experience, though I don't believe it is a style I would seek out often.

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jkrich from Florida, Feb 16, 2020
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.66/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

App - deep copper , healthy, fine, dull white head with excellent lace.

Aroma - soft,rich malt. Faintly estery, (white grape?) Big bready character, hint of vanilla, berry, medium-low toffee, caramel dimension, very soft spice.

Flavor - Rich, bready, mellow, malt character. Some light toffee. Low blackcurrant character. A big vanilla tone from the alcohol, Low, nondescript esters and vaguely spicy, but no real phenolic character. Lightly grassy. Big melon rhind with a hint of rhubarb. A little more anise/ blackcurrant in the finish.

MF- A big part of the picture here. Solidly medium-bodied and creamy as heck. Medium-high carbonation. Really lovely on the palate.

OVERALL - Tastes like a way bigger beer than the numbers say it is. Proof that often the best beers come in humble packages. No art-school can. No snarky name. Just a blow-your -hair-back killer example of an under appreciated style. Respect, Two Brothers. Respect.

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Photo of PangeaPizza
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you hate IPA's as much as me then this beer is a must. It's everything an IPA isn't. Amber not tan, malty not hoppy, and suburban not Chicago. If you enjoy amber or brown ales this is one of the best you will find.

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Photo of defunksta
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: Pours a beautiful dark, clear, shiny amber color. Absolutely gorgeous.
Smell: Smells of caramel with a present bitterness on the nose.
Taste: Flavors of caramel malts with mild bitterness and relavitely dry. Almost indistinguishable from an amber or marzen.
Feel: The mouthfeel is smooth. Not too carbonated, but wouldn't mind a little more.
Overall: I'm not sure what this style is shooting for. The caramel malts are present with a slight funky twist. This is almost indistinguishable from an amber or oktoberfest. I don't appreciate much Belgian yeast or bitterness. I will try this one again sometime.

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defunksta from Illinois, Feb 24, 2019
Photo of marcobrau
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber with a modest amount of carbonation that forms a tight, white head then falls to a collar of bubbles. The nose is malt-accented but otherwise clean. Light caramel malt flavors lead to a biscuity character with a slight tawny character before a dryish finish. A tasty, malt-forward beer with excellent drinkability.

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marcobrau from Illinois, Nov 12, 2018
Photo of smbslt
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color with a fleeting light brown sugar colored head.
Some generic malt and bready aromas but weaker than the color would predict.
Forward sweetness tempered with some bitterness but lacking depth or complexity.
Feel is full despite the low carbonation level.
A solid beer that is a regular in the typical party line up and worth choosing over others.

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smbslt from Illinois, Sep 16, 2018
Photo of avalon07
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Had this beer on-tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook, poured into a pint glass. Had an amber color and a mostly clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Not much lacing.

S: A kind of muted aroma of hops, a floral quality, malt, and caramel.

T: Tasted of a fair shot of malt (the dominant ingredient), a bit of the floral quality, a mild hops presence (mostly in the finish), and a hint of caramel. This is a pretty unimpressive flavor. It's a thin, watery brew, with none of the ingredients ever really standing out. Not a whole lot of character to it.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a thin, watery finish. Light-bodied.

O: Thought this beer might be interesting, since not many American brewers make biere de gardes. Pretty disappointing overall.

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avalon07 from South Carolina, Sep 14, 2018
Photo of Lucular
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The last Biere de Garde I had was BFM's Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien. This beer has zero similarity to that beer. I have no idea what a Biere de Garde is.

That said, this beer does not have much to recommend it. It's fairly sweet with little hop character; perhaps some muted floral notes. Caramel is the predominant flavor. Not much going on at all.

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Lucular from Maryland, Sep 05, 2018
Photo of GreenDragonPurse
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber with no head. Delicate vague nondescript odor and you could really say the same of the taste; the biggest impression this beer leaves you with is mellow. Almost no bitterness. A calm, satisfying, infinitely drinkable beer. You want to take it into the woods with a picnic basket full of cold chicken and ham sandwiches with cheese, mustard and pickles, and cherries for dessert.

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Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a slight murky amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is flowery with some mild spice. The taste is similar to the nose.

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ordybill from Georgia, Aug 13, 2018
Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My first Biere de Garde. Great copper color, an off white head and a little lacing. A little citrus, a little malt, a little caramel, and hint of hops and you've got yourself a pretty tasty brew.

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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois, Aug 07, 2018
Photo of chitoryu12
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Amber with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Citrus, hops, and malt with a slight sour tinge.

Taste: A deep malt flavor, similar to a stout or porter with less roastiness. A small amount of bitterness at the back.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and no carbonation.

Overall: Not the usual for a biere de garde, but pleasant and easy to drink.

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chitoryu12 from Florida, Jun 12, 2018
Photo of udfan07
4.64/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank this out of the bottle. Great taste: citrusy with a taste of caramel. No bitterness whatsoever and it has a great finish at the end. Definitely having this again.

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Photo of jkblr
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle bb 3/10/18 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 5.9% ABV 24 IBU. The beer pours bright light reddish amber with minimal khaki head. The head recedes to a thin ring with no lacing or cap. The aroma is beery with a faint bready smell. The taste is semisweet caramel up front that slowly tapers off to less sweet caramel, but remains a little wet and sticky. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lowly carbonated and slick. Overall, confused. This is my first beer de garde, and I don't know if it's supposed to be flat, sticky sweet and caramelly. I wouldn't drink it again for pleasure though.

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jkblr from Indiana, Dec 07, 2017
Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours with very little head, but it does stick. Nice caramel color and fairly predictable smell. Some very light, sweet caramel notes that finishes with a bit of bitterness. Fairly refreshing on a hot summer day, but nothing mind-blowing.

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Photo of SoundMakesSense
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fine example of what is probably my favorite style to reach for when I just feel like having a beer. That is to say, it's very balanced: rich, sweet maltiness with just enough hops to clean up the palate. Yeasty funk isn't too in-your-face but keeps things complex. As it warms up, you definitely start to get more of the "farmhouse" notes.

Beautiful copper color makes it almost as nice to pour and hold as it is to drink!

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Photo of neenerzig
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a very clear, medium to deep amber copper color with lots of streams of little bubbles fairly rapidly and continuously rising to the beer's surface. Has a nice white head that's about an inch thick when first poured that eventually settles to fluffy surface coating of foam, a medium sized to thick ring lining the inside of the glass, and good lacing. Aromas of somewhat toasted malts along with slightly peppery and flower/herbal notes, a slight hint of funk, and a bit of earthy, floral hops. The taste is pretty much the same, with somewhat toasted, malt sweetness along with some peppery spice notes and a flowery/herbal presence. This is followed by a hint of barnyard funk and a bit of earthy, floral hops that add just a touch of bitterness. A very well rounded flavor profile here overall. Has a crisp, slightly prickly, slightly chewy and sticky, yet also decently smooth and creamy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Quite an enjoyable beer all around here.

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Photo of car2052
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle to snifter.

A: Light amber, with no discernible head.
S: Caramel, rum, strawberry and light citrus, raisin.
T: Sweetness upfront, with vanilla and rum like flavors in the middle of the palate.
M: Light side of medium.
O: Didn't really know what to expect. Alright, I suppose.

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Photo of bwood06
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My wife & I met a couple friends recently at Two Brothers Taphouse and surprisingly we had never been there (our friends had numerous times). I've had plenty of different brews produced by Two Brothers but never this one despite it being one of their flagships.

This beer pours a clear, amber color that shows off light to moderate carbonation. The head is a thick froth and is off-white in color, dissipating to a thin lacing that is retained very nicely. 4/5 The aroma is much more sweet than sharp with malt notes of caramel and sweet bread, with just a bit of toasted bread as well. There seems to be a hint of rye as well, providing just a bit of spiciness to the aroma. Hops come across as floral and just a bit fruity, but not tropical in nature. 3.75/5 The flavor profile reminds me of a hoppy Marzen. Caramel, toffee, and toasted bread kick things off and are backed up by a grainy earthiness before a bit of hay and peat moss come in (the hay and peat moss don't necessarily remind me of a Marzen, but the rest of the profile does). Hops present as both earthy and grassy, closer to hay than anything with a bitterness that is moderate and lingers moderately after swallowing. 3.75/5 This is a medium bodied beer that is a bit syrupy at points and creamy at others while being mouthcoating throughout. After swallowing it leaves a nice wet feeling in the mouth, essentially a thirst quenching feeling. Carbonation is very light. 4/5 This is a very good beer that showcases the Biere de Garde style well and is a very easy drinking beer that pairs well with a variety of foods. This is not a particularly complex ale but it is interesting and well crafted. 3.75/5

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bwood06 from Wisconsin, Apr 04, 2017
Photo of Hackattack
4.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look is deceivingly light copper in color compared to the deeply sweet/rich dark toffee taste. I LOVE these malty with the light hops on the end ales. I wish I had bought a 6-pack of these instead of 1 in a sampler 6 pack.

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Hackattack from Indiana, Mar 30, 2017
Photo of egregor35
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber hue, malty/sweet aroma. Creamy mouthfeel with a very malty base and a bright citrusy top end. The beer tastes fine, but doesn't really strike me as a farmhouse/country style ale. I'd regard it as more of an amber- akin to Fat Tire or Bell's Amber.

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egregor35 from Illinois, Mar 26, 2017
Photo of beerguy04
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark copper with an average white head. Good lacing. Smells malty and creamy. Tastes like a creamy amber ale. Mouthfeel is light. Overall, good middle of the road beer.

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beerguy04 from Illinois, Mar 01, 2017
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3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: pours golden cooper color with very little head
S: not much aroma. Little malty citrus
T: light malty citrus taste with a Belgium yeast flavor.
F: citrus tangy with light/moderate carbonation
O: nice flavor easy drinking. Not great but not bad

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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 1583 ratings