Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Domaine DuPage French Style Country AleDomaine DuPage French Style Country Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by zerk on 05-15-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
520
Ratings:
1,477
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
20.63%
 
 
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Reviews: 520 | Ratings: 1,477
Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A darker amber colored beer, with a bit of head. The nose is fairly sweet smelling. The taste is complex. There is some sweetness to it. Somewhat like banana. Interesting, but not my style.

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Photo of Treebs
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in a pilsner glass. Best by date of 3/25/12.

A: Pours a dark amber body with dark golden edges. A two finger, off-white head forms on the pour and has some pretty decent retention, although it only leaves some splotchy, soapy lace.

S: There is a slight yeasty backdrop that holds a subtle malty sweetness, some grassy/hay like hops and a little bit of tree fruit.

T: The taste pretty much follows the nose with a more forward caramel-esque malt bill. There is some nice pale malts as well with the same light fruit and grassy hops.

M: Excellent carbonation with a light body, but the flavors don't really linger too long on the palate.

O: This is a light, refreshing beer that has an above average drinkability. While the flavors were mostly subtle it still had a nice taste and I could drink several in one sitting.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz. bottle.Nice clear dark amber with a light tan head. Mild smell of caramel and light roasted grains. Medium bodied with a chalky mouthfeel. Decent taste of honey wheat bread. Finishes crisp and clean. This would be a decent , mild session brew.

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Photo of Mdog
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dull hazy amber, fast fading head. Not off to a good start.

Smell: Picks up here, sweet fruit and floral aroma.

Taste: Pretty good, Fruity-grape/apple flavors, toasted bread, a little earthiness.

Drinkability: Unoffensive, could have a couple in a sitting.

Tried this Biere de Garde, other than being an ugly looking beer it is a solid offering. Nice mix of flavors, kind of reminds me of a less earthy dubbel. Worth a try.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Diffused saffron color with some haze to it. Head is very minimal and quite fizzy leaving a small ring around the side of the glass.

S: White grapes, red apples, floral hops, cheap chocolate and vinous wood.

T: Begins sort of plastic like and rounded. Little bid of old lemon juice, pollen and faint caramel come next with faint hints of chocolate. Muted barnyard flavors mosey on in with minor hay and some fresh cut grass. Finishes with nips of honey, touch more of lemon juice and stale bread.

M: Medium body, bit hard.

D: Decent beer. Nothing crazy special but drinkable.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After an eye-opening exchange with Indianapolis’ own Sun King Brewing at a local restaurant, I decided to up my intake of local craft. Fortunately, it isn’t tough to find at the local liquor store: this particular beer had a huge orange sign displaying something along the lines of “State Fair Gold Medal Winner!” I was intrigued, so I grabbed a bottle. Domaine Dupage, out of Warrenville, IL – here we go…

A: A lovely sunset amber color on the body – it’s lively and appealing. The head, though, is almost nonexistent. Less than a finger at the first pour, soon contracting to nothing but a film. I really like the consistent display of carbonation in the body, though. It’s a nice diversion from the lack of a head and the subdued lacing.

S: Interesting – a musty, earthy smell at first. It seems almost symptomatic of DMS or some type of infection; it’s not really to my liking. There is a hint of sweetness below that, but it’s hard to get around such a prominent yeast.

T: A big, undeniable malty character to start with – sweetness that’s soon backed up by a touch of spicy, Noble hops. That funkiness that I am not incredibly familiar with definitely plays a part, accompanied by an old-fashioned mineral flavor that is reminiscent of well water. The finish is a strange bitterness, reminding me of orange rinds and astringent/blackcurrant. It carries itself in a way that would be best suited as a dinner beer; I don’t think I could have more than one bottle of this by itself in an evening.

M: Creamy, yet alive with consistent carbonation. This style should have that feel of “a beer you can almost chew,” because that’s what the palate calls for. They succeed there, at least in part.

O: A fair introduction to an uncommon style. I don’t think this will ever become one of my favorite types of beer, but who knows? I can certainly say that this one grew on me from first sip to last; who’s to say what change a few years might bring to my palate? I’ll keep my eyes open for beers of a similar style, to see what I end up deciding. Such is the adventure that is craft beer!

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Photo of Philly82785
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden-brown, with a creamy off-white cap. The nose is rather subtle with yeast and slightly toasted malt come out alongside hints of apple and pear. A very crisp balanced finish. It says on the palate then slowly dissipates. Thanks Heritage Liquor!

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Photo of hopflyer
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold, some reddish tint

Faint hops and malt.

Taste is a bit sweet, some bitter English type hops. A bit of yeasty.

Medium body, medium carb. A bit creamy.

Not sure what this style is supposed to be like but this beer is ok.

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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.

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Photo of jeffboo
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep orange with thick white, fluffy head.Flowery aromas (clover) and spicy yeast show on the nose. Sweet medium bodied beer with a candy sugar sweetness but overall bland flavors with a lightly spicy yeasty finish and a touch of malt. Not enough happening, could use a bigger malt jolt to round things out. A nice looking brew but could use some work.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two Brothers- Domaine Dupage

Limited bottles at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA.

A- Good hazy copper brown with a small foamy head. Light lacing.
S- grainy bread crust and malt.
T- lightly toasted grains, bread crust, earthy malt, and a touch of earthy sweet hops.
M- good thick malt with an earthy grainy flavor and feel. Finishes off sweet and dry.

Overall- Improves as it warms up. Pretty decent, worth a try!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a clear amber color with a fluffy white head on top, the retention and lacing are both pretty good. The smell is light, moderate malt and hop aromas here. The smell is earthy and kind of sweet. The taste of the beer is earthy, decent amount of malt with a caramel finish. The mouthfeel is smooth, light bodied and easy to drink. Overall it's a decent brew.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale isn't bottle conditioned, so it pours up without to much noise into a Brasseurs-style flute. This Biere de Garde pours up with a beautifully-full deep orangish-copper color with a low, creamy-white head that recedes rather quickly leaving a web of lace in its wake.

The aroma has a fresh toasted caramel maltiness (e.g. sweet nougat, hot caramel & toffee chunks) with some light fruity (i.e. caramel apples, honey comb & poached Bosc pears) notes underlying. The flavor isn't as rich as the nose implies and starts rather simplistic with a straight forward kiss of caramel malt. The caramel aspect is checked evenly by a moderate bitterness. There's a persistent toasted character that carries the flavor to a very nutty albeit slightly dry finish. There's just a hint of spiciness & alcohol towards the finish that adds some needed complexity.

IMO - This medium bodied ale could use a bit more carbonation to liven things up, but it isn't totally out of character. Unfortunately, my sample is marked by some oxidation. Not an overly complex Biere de Garde, but certainly worth seeking out!

Enjoy this one paired with Petit Livarot cheese or traditional Chipolata sausage w/ herbs. Here's to the Two Brothers (Jason & Jim) and their family of fine beers.

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours very dark for a saison. It is a dark golden amber color with a decent carbonation and a thin white head. Definitely not what I think of when I try to picture a saison in my head.

The smell almost reminds me of a Rogue Dead Guy, and come to think of it the beer looks like a Dead Guy as well. Has a bit of a caramel malty aroma with a hint of buttery diacetyl. A light crisp hop aroma shares its place in the background with a hint of funk. Not nearly funky enough for a saison though. More like a red ale.

The taste is not quite what I was expecting after having smelled the beer. It starts off exactly like I was expecting, like a Dead Guy (see descriptors in above paragraph), but quickly fades into a very light flowery and fruity tart flavor. The finish all but drops off after that, leaving only a bit of hops bitterness matched with a trace of that candy-like tart.

The mouthfeel is interesting. Light and crisp, almost like a lager. Very hard to describe what is happening as the flavors run across my palate. Probably not something I will try again, yet it wasn't so dull that I have ruled out Two Brothers.

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Photo of bruachan
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark amber color. not great in my opinion. little head

some darkfruity aromas. spice, herbal hop

plenty of darkness in the flavor--i might even taste some kilned astringency. sweet, even a little coughsyrupy. not a yeasty beer by any means. bready, toasty: quite some depth

can't quite get my finger on this brew. it's good but also not good. not great looking, but most of all alternating sips seem so different: this time it tastes like cough syrup, that time like toasty delicious

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: A tiny bit of a gusher, pours copper, mostly clear, with nearly a finger of white head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves just a little lacing.

S: Toasted malts, toffee, apples, and spice character.

T: Toasted malts with a lot of toffee, apples, hop presence is a little floral and spicy, but there isn't much there. Middle is light malt and toffee to a very slightly bitter finish with a little linger sweetness. A little light in flavor, it's like a toffee and spicy apple juice.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, fairly sweet finish with a little lingering bitterness and almost a metallic quality.

O: It's light, has a pleasant flavor, and is easy drinking, but it isn't that memorable. A good beer, but nothing more than that (not that it aims to be, nothing wrong with that). This would definitely hit the spot on a warm day when I just want something light and refreshing to go with a nice rustic pizza, pork sandwich, sausage pasta, etc.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I found this brew to be a bit of a paradox.Good looking reddish ale cplor with a short-lived tan head. /a fruity sweet smell that is addictive, a sweet taste that is a sugary treat but wearisome after awhile. A tingly sweet mouthfeel that is like no biere de garde I have ever had all in all a study in contrasts. Perhaps les true to the style but enjoyable nver the less.

As I said above it ours a reddish amber with a tan head that left lots of delicate lacing.

Aroma was malty with little hop scent discernible.

Taste was fruity sweet. Yeasty, some apples some caramel, some burnt sugary noes, faint grassy hops that appear in the wake of all else. Complex and challenging...curiously addictive.

Mouthfeel is light and pleasant. Strongly effervescent at first later somewhat muted, The fizzineess makes a nice counterpoint to a complex if somewhat sweet beer.

drinkable yes but one and done is the watchword here. This is a nice brew to finish the night or a nice counterpoint to something really salty.... or a nice piece of good chocolate...

I liked this beer although it was a too sweet for my usual tastes...

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Photo of jpbersa
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance overall was what I thought was best, golden/amber color. The taste was awesome and exactly as they described it because you get the sweet taste in the beginning and then the hops kick in and finish the balance. There's not much of a head but there is really good lacing, carbonation is also on the lighter side.

This is a real good ale though and it was really good, good autumn beer.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best by 10/18/11. Thanks for the bottle Craig!

(A)- Pours a hazy amber color. Produced a nice cap of tan froth. Some lace.

(S)- A mildly amber-like malt sweetness. Bits of a toasted caramel and corn husk.

(T)- Again, a mildly toasted maltiness. Bits of a rustic nuttiness. Some more bits of a subtle toasty-like spice.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Sweet, toasty, and rich. Finishes clean.

(D)- Not bad. A nice rustic feel to it with an overall smooth body.

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Photo of stewart124
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper color with some suspension/haze. Decent lacing along the glass.

Dark toasted caramel in the nose with some apple esters.

Yeast twang with a nice malty note. Loads of caramel and biscuity notes with a slight earthy character. Some vanilla and dark melanoidans. Very easy to drink.

I really enjoy the malt character and the mouthfeel. Again, very easy to drink and a nice beer overall.

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Photo of jj21
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle
Pours an amber hue in to the chalice with a decent head. Moderate carbonation rises to the top and forms an off-white 1" head. The aroma was a little fainter than I expected. Malty caramel and fruits, but not what I would expect from a saison. Same for the taste. There's a slight hop finish to balance it very nicely. The mouthfeel was disappointing. Flash-in-the-pan wateriness and it was gone. No lingering spiciness that I expected from a saison. More of a mild brown ale to me. Not a bad beer by any means, but it didn't blow me away. Good beer with food as it doesn't overpower, but emhances. I would drink it again.

With such an elegant label, I expected a little more. We all make mistakes.

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Photo of david18
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had a draft of this at Rattle and Hum in Manhattan's mid town. It was among the many beers I hadn't tried. A very pleasant but not outstanding beer. Very light in color with a great and brisk head. Aroma is yeasty, as it should be and the flavor is very refreshing and an easy drink at 5.9 percent alcohol by volume.

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Photo of confer
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark copper, no head at all, looked like a glass of wine.

S- Mostly I smell alcohol with a trace of sweet fruit. When first opened it smells like cream soda.

T- I didn't know what to expect as I never had a French Style Country Ale. There wasn't very much fruit flavor on a dull alcohol taste.

M- Dry and totally without carbonation.

D- Not for me. Other ales that came in the variety case were all much better.

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Photo of Ri0
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. Color is amber with a 2 finger khaki head. Decent retention and spotty lacing. Aroma is malty with a slight floral scent from noble hops. Flavor is on the sweeter maltier side with minimal hops. Not too exciting, but good flavor. Lighter body with nice carbonation. Simple beer that I would like some oak or must in along with the hops. .

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Photo of RHCP313
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured at fridge temperature from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint. Bottle dating reads: Best by 12/7/11.

A: Pours a clear brightly filtered, but burnt orange garnet color. Brighter than I expected. A thick tan head builds to about two fingers and recedes to a creamy, but thin-sitting crown of tan head. A nice looking beer. Looks like some good thick lacing.

S: A quick sour funk up front, followed by ripe figs with some fruity yeast in back. Buiscuity, with a bit of spice would make this a great Autumn beer. I wouldn't say it smells 'delicious' per se, but for the style it seems appropriate.

T: Starts a little thin up front but develops some creamy malt and bready, buiscuity notes. There is some funky yeast that works with subtle dry raisin and minor spicy flavor. Hops take a second seat to the bready malts here.

M: Oddly refreshing. Medium body with nice, consistent carbonation let the flavors work to the back of my palate. A bit creamy up front and in the middle and finishes with clean flavor.

O: This is a beer I expected to drink like a heavier Autumn brew, but had some thinner properties that made it more sessionable than I expected. I like the combination of earthy malt but I was missing the stronger lingering, robust flavors of the style. A well done beer that was very easy to drink with nice flavors, but they were a bit thinned out.

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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,477 ratings.
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