Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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85
very good
1,519 Ratings
Domaine DuPage French Style Country AleDomaine DuPage French Style Country Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
twobrothersbrewing.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by zerk on 05-15-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,519
Reviews:
531
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
256
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Ratings: 1,519 |  Reviews: 531
Photo of Lukebell15
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerguy101
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium orange color. Small head. Aroma is malty, slightly sweet and applish. Medium bodied. Malty with a carmely start. Applish and a little nutty. Touch of hop spiciness. Light and refreshing. Nicely balanced. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round, Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LiquidBread219
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep copper color, less than 1 inch head. ok lacing.

S: subtle earthy, sweet malts, deep ripe fruit.

T: sweet malt, ripped raisins/dates, bready.

Mouthfeel: medium body, nice carbonation balance. sweet bread.

Drinkability: good session beer, excellent for your friends that really are just getting into craft beer.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light amber color with about an inch of medium/thin whitish head.
Smell is caramel with some malt and and a little spice.
Taste is pretty sweet with some malt and like bread quality to the spice.
Finish is wet but with a complex spiced/malt after-taste.
Drinks great, the body is a little thicker than I'd expect, but it's smooth.

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Photo of whynot44
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium bodied, slightly hazy orange amber color with a small creamy head that doesn't stay around.

Aroma is lightly toasted malts, toffee, caramel and a bit of herbal hops.

The taste is along the same lines, starting with a mildly nutty sweet caramel, then a bit of fresh biscuits and fruit - pears? - and a semidry finish with just a hint of hops bitterness and alcohol warmth.

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Photo of gatornation
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy amber/orange color with a nice 1 finger head,sticky clingy lacing on side of glass..smell is fruit and yeast with some currant fruit some funk/slight sour..taste was the same its fruits apples pears some slight prune/plum notes with a sourbread malt finish not alot of hops..mouth feel was creamy with fruit and spice well carbonated very tasty highly drinkable..2brithers from IL makes some nice brews ..recommended

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear, bright toasty red/orange/yellow color. Thin white cap of foam, not a lot of retention and some small lacing.

S- Toasty, bready, caramel malts galore. Some faint notes of sweet fruits are noted.

T- Caramel malts again. Its sweet and malty. It breaks into a medicinal noble hop presence and finishes somewhat medicinal and astringent.

M- Lightish body with prickly carbonation.

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Photo of vw72
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of laketang
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

clear dark amber,no head but many tiny bubbles

sweet notes, caramel an d either banana or melon, on a gamble I would say melon.

a bit elegant, reminded me of champagne with a touch of Chambord. Malty

medium, clean finish champagne like carbonation without the gassy feel of bubbles.for me, no bitterness.

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Photo of jp32
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber in color. Smells sweet and slightly malty. Looks and smells similar to a marzen.

Caramel malt dominates the flavor with some earthy and tea-like notes lingering. Actually, the more I get into it, the more it seems like a total caramel malt beer. Mild bread, but mainly this reminds me of a marzen.

Good body, strong carbonation, overall a good beer. I'm just not sure it's that true to style here.

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Photo of briguy93
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SteveJeremy
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
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 StonedTrippin
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a strange brew here, to dial up a classic rock reference this morning. French style country ale, was I naïve to think this was going to be a saison? it pours a surprising maple amber color, with only a little cloudiness, and a very short lived white head. it doesn't look or smell like any saison ive seen, instead emitting aromas of coppery toasted barley and an acidic wine like ester that must come from the yeast. the flavor isn't so abstract, its pretty much an amber ale on the malt front, sweeter, a tad dry, and caramel or toffee teasing. the yeast makes this interesting, but it doesn't totally work, green apple tartness, and a funny complexity that seems an accident, like the odd mix of smells in well used dishwater, rather than a meticulously honed fine ale. still, the final product doesn't taste bad at all, its just a style of beer I wasn't expecting, and I am not sure what it is, it seems quite far from the traditional biere de gardes of the world. it needed more carbonation, and the sweetness was an out of place last note. I did enjoy this beer in retrospect, but it was confusing and challenging to me at the same time. I will look for more from two brothers.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of almychristopher
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours a hazy orangish copper with a thin white head that recedes to a ring of lace. the nose presents a lot of esters reminding me of apples and raisins, there's also a lot of malt in the nose. I think it's a nice aroma, but I'm not sure that it fits with the style guidelines. the taste follows with a lot of sweet maltiness and fruit at the front and a rather dry finish, the hops aren't very evident in this beer. the mouthfeel is a nice medium body with ample carbonation. a very drinkable and tasty beer.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a slight off white head, settling over hazy light amber liquid. Sweet malty/yeasty nose. Taste is crisp with lots of biscuity toasty maltiness up front. Clean bitterness from the hops follows. Very fine carbonation with smooth mouthfeel...malt wins out in the end, leading to a pleasantly sweet finish. An authentic take on the style.

Thanks cretemixer!

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Photo of edchicma
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a rich copper, with good initial head that leaves moderate lacing. Smell is fruity with some yeasty undernotes. Taste was surprisingly malty. No real bitterness, except for a tad on the finish..reminded me a bit of a maibock.Mouthfeel was slightly oily..I was hoping for a bit more dryness, but not bad. OK on the drinkability scale...a good brew, just not way above average.

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Photo of KDawg
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from tap and poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber color with a small head that disappears fast

very good aromas that are more malty along with grains and citrus aromas

very good medium body with a nice smooth feel. Lacking a bit on the mid and finish but with good flavors of malts and citrus'

This is usually a good go to for me. Very good and enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of mirish72
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in a mixed sixer and it ended up being a nice surprise.

Poured into a Chimay goblet, had a nice copper color. Smells of bready, fruity sweetness. Carries a malty, yet balanced taste. Very easy to drink. Not too familiar with the style, but it definitely could be a nice session beer.

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Photo of Hergestridge
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am from Northern IN and now reside in NE IL... Have seen 2 Brothers @ my Favorite Beer Store, Woodmans...
I like this beer and am learning to appreciate the local craft/micro beer companies, but am thinking I picked the wrong 1st 2Bro brew.. It's a fine beer to be certain, but my taste buds are evolving from an adjunct mass produced brew to a more refined beer with character and distinction.. I will say that this beer is crisp, has a clean sweetness, and finishes with class .. a floral beauty to be sure.. My taste buds have been seeking a hoppy, IPA bitter appreciation as of late.. But 2 Bro is a pleasant change to my recent beersperation so to speak.. I may review again after a 2nd try, but this French Country entry is good. Just not sure it's where my beer mind is wandering.. It's definitely a class beer.. and I need to grow up from an adjunct mentality to a classy Micro-Brew entry.. Will re-visit as my taste buds mature in a world of every changing beer-scape..

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Photo of champ103
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark reddish/brown color. A small white head forms that recedes to nothing. Not much lace to speak of.
S: Malty sweet. Some caramel and bread/biscuit aromas. Lingering hops.
T: Follows the nose. Really sweet. Caramel, bread, and biscuit. A light grainy flavor. Hops lingering in the background.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Easy to drink. I can quaff a few with no problem.

Not bad at all. Enjoyable, but not a lot going on. Just a simple sweetness dominates. Worth a try.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in North Aurora, IL for $1.50 in Fall 2010.

This French style country ale pours a medium brown with a long lasting head on it. There is a decent scent of malts to it. Upon drinking it has a semi-heavy taste of roasted malts with a slight hint of honey and spices. An interesting beer to come out of Illinois.

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Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle claims this to be deep amber in color. I would gage it to be more of a bronze. Yep, bronze. The head on this didn't last very long at all.
I'm not really sure of the techniques used to brew a beer of this style. But, this seems like it may be wet-hopped. The hop character isn't big, but subtle, and seemingly green and vegetal.
This has a finish and aftertaste akin to what you get from the beloved pacman yeast. If i were blindfolded i would have guessed this to be from Rogue. This, of course, is a good thing.
Otherwise, there is an adjunct-ness property to this beer which I fail to be able to characterize.
Not a lot else happens with this beer. I like it, but it's not a real thinker by any means.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy orange-brown, topped with a meek, simpering collar of head. Despite the lack of a prominent head, there's sticky lace all over the glass. Sweetish and malty in the nose, a bit of sugary sweetness, fairly well balnced. To the sweet side, with weaker floral hops. Smells kinda old, with prevalent honey and the dulled hops, although the bottle is within code. None of the funky barn smell I associate with Biere de Garde, much more like a sweeter saison. Pretty tame. Kind of an apple pie aroma, with doughy, muddy, caramel belgian malt and appley esters. Not quite what I'd wanted, but not at all unpleasant. The flavor starts out apple pie-like. Clean clover honey, golden caramel and granny smith apple dominate the flavor. Sweet with a touch of belgian yeast spice. A bit of a floral, spicy bite of hops in the finish, though very mild. Mostly driven by the malt and yeast character. I can't help but feel this is about 6 months expired, sans the surge of carbonation. Good, but not as impressive as others of the style, or others from the same brewery. My weakest experience with Two Bros. so far. Sessionable, in the way that there's not a lot going on and you can keep sipping. Softer carbnation aids in the experience, with a fullish body. I'd probably want just one or two before opting for something else, though. After relating it to apple pie, that's pretty much the gist of it. Let me tell you, there's a lot worse than being compared to apple pie, especially when we're talking about american beer.

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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,519 ratings.
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