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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From:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
Bière de Garde
Ranked #42
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,236
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 12.04%
Reviews:
560
Ratings:
1,043
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 17, 2022
Added:
May 15, 2002
Wants:
  67
Gots:
  292
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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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
draft pour served in a clear plastic cup. dark amber with a finger of off-white head. aromas of dark bread, caramel and flora, earthy hops. get a lot of the same on the taste. the caramel / toffee flavor really pops but there’s enough hop bitterness or presence to balance it out. medium-full mouthfeel with a lower carbonation. finishes quite full and really quite smooth. this beer is quite the anomaly - rich and full of flavor yet quite smooth and easy drinking. it at once drinks heavier than 6% but at the same time drinks like a beer well below that. it’s not one i would reach to or order often but it’s still enjoyable. and pairs quite well with a meal.
Jul 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.68 by armin777

Jul 03, 2022
 
Rated: 3.61 by KT3418 from Colorado

Mar 11, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by AndrewFord666 from Illinois

Mar 08, 2022
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Medium amber appearance with virtually no head or lacing. Sweet, caramel malt aroma along with some fruitiness. Taste did not stray too far from the same attributes. Finish was drier than the early sweetness had led me to expect, although it did not linger very long. Had higher expectations
Jan 28, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
"Best by 12/23/21"; drank 11/28/21 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy orange rust appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice khaki head; thick lacing.

Orange citrus, acorn, caramel & faint orange soda notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Orange citrus, acorn, mild caramel, faint dill pickle & a hint of smoke.

A lot going on here, but it's just a bit "off" / too much. It aims for transcendence, but misses the mark.
Nov 29, 2021
 
Rated: 3.77 by Elemental19xx from Illinois

Nov 25, 2021
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Reviewed by 40ontarget from Colorado

3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Amber and clear with about a pencil width of light tan head. A very bready smell with a bit of citrus and a somewhat floral brightness. The taste is much toasty malt, some vanilla, and some earthy black pepper. The finish is dry and mildly bitter. Somewhat bubbly but also somewhat thin. Mostly an OK beer...not great...not terrible...an OK beer.
Sep 25, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by Fredric from Illinois

Aug 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.19 by STOOOO from Wisconsin

Aug 17, 2021
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Reviewed by GRPunk from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 oz. Bottle ($9.99 sixer at the Two Brothers Roundhouse Brew Pub) best by 11-05-21, poured into a Stone snifter

A- A normal pour creates a 1-finger, fluffy, tan head atop a clean, amber body with lighter carbonation. The head settles to a thin film with nice webs left on the glass.

S- A nice mix of caramel, stewed stone fruit, and some light herbal/leafy hopping. Plum and fig-like aromas. A little warmth brings out a nice leathery scent, and heightened stewed fruit and herbal tones. Maybe a little rum-like.

T- Much as the aroma suggests. There's big caramel malt with a touch of leafy hops. Light notes of leather. Some tobacco with warmth.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Relatively dry with just a little hop tickle.

O- A really pleasant brew that's quite drinkable. Almost a malty amber/red ale. I can see why this is a "flagship" beer, it's very user friendly.

A-4 S-4. 25 T-4.25 M-4 O-4.25
Jun 28, 2021
 
Rated: 3.76 by n_william from Illinois

Jun 14, 2021
 
Rated: 3.71 by jmh21 from Minnesota

Apr 07, 2021
 
Rated: 3.54 by STLBeer7458 from Missouri

Jan 08, 2021
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Reviewed by gyorgymarlowe from Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
L: Dark amber, cloudy
S: oak, rye, bread
T: caramel,, sweet, caramelized apple,
F: sticky sweet

Used to really enjoy this, but it doesn't do much for me now.
Oct 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.18 by Archfiend from Illinois

Sep 25, 2020
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Rated by Khocolate from Tennessee

5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
First time drinking or even tasting a Farmhouse Ale. This was an overall Very Good Beer.
Jul 26, 2020
 
Rated: 3.44 by tristanrussell36 from Illinois

Jul 07, 2020
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Best by 12/13/19, making this the second beer in a row I’ve had past freshness, sigh

Well this is a new tyle for me, I’d love to see what this is about

Pours a rich amber with less than a finger of tan head that quickly settles to a ring and does not leave lacing

Damn, this smells just like an amber, some savory spices back up caramel malts with light stone fruit notes. Nothing too special

The taste follows the nose closely, watery red malt with mild hops on the finish. Pretty meh to be honest, but I understand the freshness issue

Pretty light body with moderate carbonation at least keeps this interesting and refreshing

This was only ok, but I would try it again if fresh. Went well with fish and chips
Jun 13, 2020
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Reviewed by Wanzuki from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
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.
May 03, 2020
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Reviewed by 1009 from Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
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.
Apr 29, 2020
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Rated by Grounder from Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Intense copper color with little head. Grassy aroma. Rich malt-forward taste, with just a hint of hops. Excellent.
Mar 09, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by Grinky from Illinois

Mar 06, 2020
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Reviewed by jkrich from Florida

3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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.
Feb 16, 2020
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Reviewed by JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

4.66/5  rDev +22%
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.
Jan 06, 2020
 
Rated: 3.67 by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

Nov 26, 2019
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Reviewed by schrempf from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I like this beer. Awesome taste, mouthfeel, head. Color is pleasing. Although some friends are not into craft beer, everyone of them like Domain Dupage from Two Brothers. Normally found everywhere west of Chicago so an easy go to when other choices are lame.
Sep 27, 2019
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Reviewed by PangeaPizza

5/5  rDev +30.9%
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.
Sep 04, 2019
 
Rated: 3.76 by Trueprinceofgotham from California

Sep 01, 2019
 
Rated: 3.93 by MGibbons from Maryland

Aug 19, 2019
 
Rated: 3.69 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania

Apr 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3.73 by D-Duvelicious from Illinois

Apr 22, 2019
 
Rated: 3.81 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Apr 16, 2019
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
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.
Feb 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.07 by Payner19 from Illinois

Feb 20, 2019
 
Rated: 3.69 by Mojopin88 from Mississippi

Feb 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.35 by cheekyabbyeats from Illinois

Jan 16, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by Dazka from Italy

Nov 28, 2018
 
Rated: 2.69 by Fear from Illinois

Nov 19, 2018
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Reviewed by marcobrau from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.
Nov 12, 2018
Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 1603 ratings