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 #53
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,950
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 12.01%
Reviews:
546
Ratings:
1,578
From:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  63
Gots
  284
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 output01x
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Best By 03/15/12) into a snifter glass.

A slow pour yields a 1-finger cream-colored head that slowly fades to a thin, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a hazy strawberry orange with a good amount of large, energetic carbonation bubbles. Some light lacing can be seen temporarily clinging to the sides of the glass throughout consumption.

The nose is rather yeasty but has some nice citrus hops and sweet, malts aromas as well. Notes of pears, peaches, and apple juice give this beer a very subtle yet appealing quality.

Every aroma is immediately reintroduced to your senses (except this time as flavors!) as soon as this beer hits your tongue. Asian pear, yellow peaches, and some golden delicious apple all make for a very sweet, fruity experience. As this beer is swallowed, the sweet, biscuity malts really come out and add a good complexity to the light fruit flavors. The finish on the beer isn't exactly dry but is definitely lacking. There is no real evolution in the flavors between sips, which is rather unfortunate.

Light to medium bodied with very active carbonation, this beer is oddly not as refreshing as one would expect. The body is just light enough to allow the flavors to remain delicate. The carbonation fizzes away on your tongue at every point during the sip and almost gives this beer a sparkling quality.

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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 UrbanCaveman
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Sammy's Gourmet Burgers & Beers, served in a shaker pint (not chilled, only due to my asking for it that way).

A: Arrived in the glass a slightly cloudy deep amber, with a creamy, just off-white head. Said head left sheetlike lacing down the sides of the glass as I drank. Bubbles streamed continuously from the bottom of the beer.

S: Unfortunately, due to the location, I couldn't get much of the nose. What I was able to smell involved toast drizzled with honey as one sits amidst a freshly mown lawn.

T: Much like what I detected from the nose, actually. This reminded me of mowing grass around a beehive overflowing with honey, near a bed of fragrant flowers and an open window out of which wafts fresh baking bread. What hop presence is there does not cut into the sweetness overmuch, allowing it to star. As the beer warms, some subtle spiciness emerges, hints of coriander and cardamom.

M: Light in body and rather well carbonated, this drinks lively.

O: A rather enjoyable biere de garde, which manages to provide a decent array of hop flavors without steamrollering the malt.

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Photo of deebo
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle with best before date of 9/1/11

A-Dense tan head that continues to skim the surface for half a glass, hangs on to the sides as well. Color is amber/reddish with lots of yeast floating around

S-Yeasty, balanced hop and sweet, toasted malt aroma

T-Malty upfront that quickly ends with a bite of alcohol and astringent hops to cleanse the palette

M-Heavy and creamier than I expected. Pleasant.

D-After finishing 1-the end note of hops and alcohol bite limit the drinkability a bit for me.

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Photo of dbossman
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Quite red with a thin but consistent tan head that keeps its retention for quite a while; carbonation is bubbly and pleasant

S: Apple cider and pears sit on top of an earthy graininess; there is a tartness that is refreshing as well

T: Not as tart as the aromas would indicate; still a touch of fruitiness--apple and pear in particular, but really the flavors are dominated by an earthy grain quality with subtle wet hay flavors

F: A tad thin but fairly decent mouth feel

D: This is an okay beer with moments of greatness but it ultimately falls a bit short because of the simplicity and lack of a certain funk that I am accustomed to in my Bier de Gardes

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Photo of DanL133
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My brother turned me on to this beer. It's a nice medium bodied beer with a lot going on.
Pours an opaque orangy honey color with a thin white cap.
Nice low carbonation mouth feel, smooth caramel with sweetness, pears, grass, cotton candy? moves to some hops that give a good clean finish.
This is a impressive beer. I recommend this one for sure.

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Photo of BrySoChi
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Knoxrb12
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Campvann
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ffejherb
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into Sam Adams glass on 5/13/09.

A - Poured a slight hazy, effervescent amber/orange body with reddish highlights and one-finger creamy eggshell head that settled to a slim coating that flared up with each swirl of the glass, leaving splashes of lace around the sides of the glass.

S - Light toasted grains, caramel and sugar up front with fairly aromatic floral hops contrasting with earthy tones and herbal notes. A pleasant fruity character also emerges, suggesting a subtle dark fruit tang as well as hints of ripe pear and other fleshy tree fruit.

T - Initial flavor is on the sweet side with a mild hop charcter combining spicy, floral and citric notes. Spicy notes in the finish with a fruity sweetness and a hefty malt backbone consisting of caramel and bready grains.

M - Medium bodied with a light syrupy texture and slightly sticky mouthfeel overall. Sweet finish with enough of a hop character to tingle the tastebuds just a bit.

D - I've been sitting on this for a while for some reason, but I was pleasantly surprised with this Two Brothers offering. Very interesting, flavorful style with a pretty light, crisp body and lots of subtle complexities all working together to create an extremely drinkable beer.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to GDBEERMAN for the bottle

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, best by 11/04/10

A - Pours a clear copper color with about a half inch of white head; retention settles to a thin layer across the top of the beer with sticky lacing.

S - Nose is roasted malts, with a bit of nuttiness and a caramel character. Feint hop aroma; hard to nail it, but it seems somewhat grassy and herbal

T&M - Medium body and malt forward, with the nutty and caramel characters from the nose coming through in force. I'd dare say the hop presence here is damn near perfect - it swoops in at the very end and makes itself known in the finish, cleansing the palate for the next wave of malts.

D - Very smooth with excellent balance, clean flavors and easy on the palate. If I find myself traveling West, I would certainly pick some up.

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Photo of prisdefer
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of michaelsmith11
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of SteveJeremy
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Living in Connecticut, my access to Two Brothers Brewery isn't as ubiquitous as I'd like it to be, but when I heard a buddy from Illinois was coming up to visit his old neighborhood, I implored him to snag some of that delightful Chicago craft beer. My pal delivered, with a make your own six pack of beers from the likes of Metropolitan Brewing Company, Two Brothers Brewery, and Revolution Brewery. Kicking the six pack off with Two Brothers Brewery's Domaine DuPage. Let's light this one on fire.

Appearance - Adore this color; shockingly red, with maroon and brownish hues, and a gorgeous lacing around my nonic glass. She's a looker.

Smell - Smell is also great, with a sly mildness and inclusion of aromatic and caramel hops that provide a noseful. This beer has aesthetic down to a tee.

Taste - Starts off with a darker caramel flavor and then quickly changes gears and descends into a creamier and moderately bitter offering that still manages to hold its flavor without being too sharp and biting to enjoy. This also helps because the beer isn't that carbonated.

Mouthfeel - A comfortable feeling, given the identifiable bitterness. Thoroughly pleasant like the flavor itself.

My first Two Brothers offering is a huge winner in my book. From top to bottom this is a delicious, appetizing beer; think I may have just found a new style (French-Style Country Ale, respectively) I thoroughly enjoy.

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Photo of Hudi2
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer in the style
Maltiness perfect without being overbeing
Slight hopoy taste in finish
Color is a nice copper
Overall a great beer

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Motozappa
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nkp765
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of skaboom420
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OldRickSputin
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PeterPGH
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of muletrane
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of GeezLynn
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 8/23/11 Reviewed 5/11

Appearance is very nice - a cloudy dark amber with a generous frothy white head. Aroma is a rustic combination of grass and mustyness with some caramel malt showing through. Flavor is bready sweet roll and red apple. Finishes with a soft bitterness. Mouthfeel is delicate with light, fine carbonation.

I’d consider this a nice beer to pair with food, but not something that stands out by itself.

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Photo of brbrocc
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of AmitC
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying some new beer styles. This one is my first Biere-De-Garde.

Amber color inside the glass. Hazy appearance. Heard that it is often unfiltered, so not uncommon. Less than a finger thick head of off-white color, that persists for some time but then recedes. Very good and sticky lacing. Some bubbles.

Aroma: Very prominent malts and some sweetness in the nose. Caramel, some toasty aroma. A little of yeast aroma came at first but then disappeared very quickly. Not the best and strongest of aroma since i am consuming near the best by date. Some very very subdued noble hops.

Taste: Sweet, malty, toasty and caramel like. some very mild fruitiness. May be some balancing hops that prevent it from being overly sweet. Semi-dry finish.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied feel. Moderate carbonation. No astringency whatsoever.

Style Rate: 4
Personal Rate: 3.5

Nothing really wrong with this beer but nothing going on as well. Style wise - very mellow and semi sweet type of style. I can drink it, but won't seek this style out.

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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 1578 ratings