Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

Domaine DuPage French Style Country AleDomaine DuPage French Style Country Ale
BA SCORE
66.2%
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3.81 w/ 1,528 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:
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Added by zerk on 05-15-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,041
Reviews:
534
Ratings:
1,528
Liked:
1,011
Avg:
3.81/5
pDev:
12.07%
Alströms:
4.04
 
 
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58
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Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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 -4.2%
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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Photo of Pablobomb
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmryan8
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DSincavage
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlexFields
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Florida9
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark amber to copper. Noticeably clear. Thin layer of head with absolutely no lacing.

S: Sweet malts and bread. Only a hint of hops.

T: Sweet malt on the front end with a faint, but distinct sourness. Fruity. Finishes with more malt and a slight bit of hops.

M: medium body.

D: good drinkability. Certainly enjoyed this beer and could see easily pairing well with a number of different foods. Would purchase again and would like to try on tap. I expected this beer to be "on lees," but it is crystal clear and not overly yeasty by any means.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zebulon
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this twice the first time was at 40-50 degF; the second time was at 60 degF and with dinner.

Color was a golden amber, with a rich off white head that tasted creamy, but died down from 1+" to 1/4" fairly quickly.

Mild malty sweet aroma.

The primary taste was bitter hops (vs west coast floral hops) balanced somewhat by slightly carmally malt. Dry tasting and a good compliment to my dinner (brisket roast in a slightly sweet and sour sauce). Could not pick up the fruit overtones that other have described. This not my favorite style and I may be trying to be too fair in rating it.

Medium body and very drinkable with a meal.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this one on a whim because it looked good and is brewed in the IL suburbs where I grew up. Pours from the bottle an opaque amber color with hints of red. No real head to speak of on my pour at least. The smell is malty with some caramel and dare I say vinegar tones coming through. I can also detect a hint of hops, but it is definetly not upfront in any way. Quite a unique smell, this being my first tasting of the biere de garde style. The first sip is interesting...almost has a sour aspect to it. Hints of caramel and grape/plum come through along with a slight hint of vinegar. On the back palate I can taste some hops, which helps bring this together nicely. It's a little much for me personally. The mouthfeel is very light and airy...with a decent amount of carbonation. As far as drinkability...I don't think I'd have too many of these in one sitting, but I may come back to it again because it's so different from everything else I have tried. Overall, it's a nice brew and I look forward to exploring more of what Two Brothers has to offer.

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Photo of socon67
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a shiny copper color. Some carbonation is noted, and a forthy biege foam on top.

S - Sweetness of caramel, and a scent of belgian yeastiness. A slight toastred malt smell is also noted.

T - Flavors that are sweet with cherries & caramel. Combines with yeast and has a bit of a hoppy finish. Some bitterness at the end and a boozy kind of burn as well.

M - Ranges from sweet to astringent. Complex but smooth drinker.

O - A good try from an american brewer on a biere de garde. Interesting enough to try again.

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Photo of output01x
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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 jaydoc
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of weeare138
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at TJ's...
Appears a hazy dark amber with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild cap and collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of wet hay, flowers, caramel, and earthy minerals.
Taste is of the aromas with some aspects of ripe fruit and bready yeast pulling forward.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly fruity, and semi-dry in the swallow.

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Photo of Schneic8
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug. Best by date of 1/29/12.

Appearance: Poured a burnt orange/copper color. Had a nice had that was slightly off white and little lacing. Kind of foggy.

Smell: Fruity apple smell. I get the sweetness of apple cider. Caramel as well.

Taste: Strong fruit flavor, similar to the smell. Sweet aftertaste. I also get a hint of dark fruits like raisin and spices.

Mouthfeel: Slight crispness in the beginning that sites well. It is smooth and finishes that way. There is the slight sweetness at the end that lingers.

Overall: This is a good beer that is easy to drink. It is a little too sweet for what I enjoy. I like the relatively mild carbonation and smoothness. I also like the rustic fell to it as well.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, BB 3/16/16. Tulip style pokal.

Appearance: pours a clear deep amber red with 2 fingers of frothy khaki head that recedes quickly. Little visible carb. Great lacing.

Smell: toasted grain. Not a whole lot on the nose.

Taste: pretty sweet caramelly arrival; complex malt with a little sourness. Very nice bittering. Lingering touch of hop. Just a touch too sweet.

Mouthfeel: well carbonated, clean finish. Lighter side of mid bodied.

Overall: a stand-up amber lager (that's not a lager). Really malty, complex, and clean. Great pairing with food.

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Photo of WesWes
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy deep copper color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a toasted, nutty scent with just the right amount of funk. The taste is decent. It has a nutty, bisquity, flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a bit of yeast fruitiness. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. I'm not a huge drinker of the style, but it seems to fit within the guidelines.

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Photo of keoki182
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Two Brothers is a reliable Illinois brewery that seems to really succeed with hops. Domaine DuPage, a French-style country ale, is a more malt based offering. Flat copper color, quickly fading toasted marshmallow head. Aroma is vaguely fruity, at times strawberry and at times grape. Nice bitterness in sip, followed by malty caress in mouthfeel. Smooth.

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Photo of bschmidt_37
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of carrollmel7
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of neorunner
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blind Beer #1 - Light / Low / Tulip

Thanks to Kirk (Florida9) for sending me this in Round #5 of the Blind Beer BIF.

Amber brown in color with almost no head, just a slight ring around the edge of the glass. Aroma is all malt all the way. A slight estery nose like what you'd get from adjunct lagers mixes with a bit of sharp rye. Flavor is like you popped one of those caramel squares into your mouth. You know the type your gradma always had in her candy dish next to the gumdrops. Other similar tastes are fig pudding and grahmcrackers. Mouthfeel is fairly clean and not much of a lingering aftertaste.

Going to go with amber ale on this one for the style.

The reveal: Two Brothers Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale

Hmm, Biere de Garde makes sense with the esters I was smelling. This was a unique beer as it really showcased the caramel in the malt and is not a beer for someone that is not a fan of caramel. I can only imagine how long of a brewday it takes for that much caramelization to occur.

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Photo of Rowold27
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Brothers really needs to do a "wild" version of this...I still remember it on cask years ago, when I think the cask was turning, and the slight sourness was just perfectly woven into it.

Revisiting a single from a gift pack...

Gleaming orange amber, reminds me of the pumpkin ale I just had. Visible trails of carbonation, sticky white crown of lace, leaving spots around it. It has a slight haze, and an almost reddish tint.

Sweet apple aroma, hawaiian punch and apple jacks. Fairly artificial and heavy on the sweet side.

Malt/Barley forward, very appley from the yeast also. Slightly toasty with a mild bitterness, spicy from the hop content. Some tangible alcohol. Medium bodied.

Fairly good, 1-2 would be the max, not really a session beer due to the sweetness and fruity esters.

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Photo of Beejay
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A beautiful golden brown with a nice bit of white head on top.. Sure looks good.

S: Sweet, and toasty.. Like freshly buttered toast with raspberry jam.

T: Sweet, fruit notes, very clean. Yeasty and just a kiss of hops in the finish

M: Clean and crisp.

D: Very nice, not sure if it is something I could do everyday, but overall very pleasant indeed.

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Photo of AylwinForbes
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This style of beer is not my favourite; but since it is the only Two Brothers that Gemato's serves, and I should be eternally grateful for that, I have had a lot of it. Very nice warm chestnut colour, which always sports a generous head when served (usually way too cold in this place). Malty caramel aroma predominates. Pleasant on the palate, slightly sweet, malt dominates, very low hop and bitter component.

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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 66.2% out of 100 with 1,528 ratings
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