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

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by zerk on 05-15-2002

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Reviews: 526 | Ratings: 1,506
Photo of egregor35
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber hue, malty/sweet aroma. Creamy mouthfeel with a very malty base and a bright citrusy top end. The beer tastes fine, but doesn't really strike me as a farmhouse/country style ale. I'd regard it as more of an amber- akin to Fat Tire or Bell's Amber.

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Photo of beerguy04
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark copper with an average white head. Good lacing. Smells malty and creamy. Tastes like a creamy amber ale. Mouthfeel is light. Overall, good middle of the road beer.

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Photo of mjwellman
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: pours golden cooper color with very little head
S: not much aroma. Little malty citrus
T: light malty citrus taste with a Belgium yeast flavor.
F: citrus tangy with light/moderate carbonation
O: nice flavor easy drinking. Not great but not bad

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Photo of ajm5108
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Rather straightforward malt beer that has some lager yeast notes sprinkled around but not much else. It is fairly non-descript and borderline adjunct, but it isn't offensive in any way.

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Photo of nausicaa-taos
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growing up in suburban chicago, this was the go to intro micro. I still love it and it's not just teenage nostalgia. Complicated notes for a pretentious styled brew in a simple package. And you can have a sixer and still have room in your tummy for ramen.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: very slight haze; bronze in color; 1 finger off white head that receded quickly to a blotchy cap; OK lacing;

S: orange, lemon, bread;

T: bready up front, then a very nice muted orange; mild bitterness on the finish; finish is short;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: refreshing; easy drinking; doesn't really follow the style guidelines, but it's very enjoyable;

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brass color with a one finger khaki colored head.
Aroma is very faint. Smells of peat moss, french oak, apple strudel, caramel and sultanas.
I'm not really getting much flavor... it tastes like water. Just a very mild but pleasant caramel malt taste with notes of wood and apples in the background.
I can see how this would pair nicely with food. The feel is very light and watery but where is the flavor?

Overall I'm disappointed, this is a pricey beer and I paid good money for it but I found it quite underwhelming. At least it has potential as a complement to food... but on it's own - as a beer - I'm not impressed.

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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 Ferb
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first impression of this beer was that it tasted like a home brew. Not that I'm an expert, but it has a great malt taste with some yeasty qualities and a bit of sweetness with some earthy tones. It just seemed to me that this is what a talented brewer would brew in their kitchen for their own every day consumption. That was a couple of years ago, and I still enjoy revisiting it on occasion. It pleases many tastes and goes well with simple rustic foods.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a coppery reddish color with ivory colored head. Caramel malt, some bread, yeast, and herbal tones on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with mostly malt.

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Photo of Ottoj55
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber color, off white head, some lacing. Malty pilsner smell with some hop presence, stone fruit aromas from the yeast. Malty taste with slight farmhouse/brett character, funky without being barnyard or horsey, yeast provides some stone fruit qualities. Typical body, rather crisp finish. Would drink again.

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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 allisino
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Wasn't expecting this to be half as delicious as it was. Fruity, crisp and delicious sweet aftertaste - very reminiscent of a wine, actually. I'm not a big wine drinker, so this was like wine improved for me! "Great burp" like someone else said, haha! I'm normally in pursuit of syrupy coffee, chocolatey stouts yet this ale packed a great punch AND was easy to finish with a (bbq) meal. Looking forward to trying this out of the bottle.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an IPA glass.
A - Pours a dark clear amber color with a small head.
S - The aroma is caramel.
T - The flavor is malty.
M - The mouth feel is medium as is the carbonation.
O - I was expecting something different. Maybe a little funky or tart, maybe grassy, maybe more of a Belgian yeast flavor. This turned out to be a fine beer but nothing out of the ordinary. Went perfectly well with my curried chicken. Not a beer I would seek out.

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Photo of plumberman63
2.67/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

medium brown amber in color with a light amber head. smells a burnt caramel. Taste follows the smell with a very slight bitter after taste. Not offense but would get again.

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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 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 Beginner2
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With 500 reviews before me (and my extensive review of this brewery's Roundhouse), I don't need to say a lot more. Since I drink this ale several times a year and like these guys, I offer advice instead.

Domaine DuPage is their cash cow, so they probably don't want to make changes.
But, maybe they should offer another brew in the same style with more yeast character and get a little closer to the style.

While Domaine Dupage still may be their food-friendly beer (and it was good with the range tonight of a spicy pasta sauce, brussels sprouts and salad), a yeastier ale tends to go with bread and baked foods. If Two Bros amps up the yeast, will that diversify their food-friendliness?

Domaine DuPage is on the list of "1001" beers and deserves to be there because it turned an obscure style into something American brewers should try to improve on.

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Photo of jwc215
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Milwaukee Cheeseburger Company, Franklin, WI:

Pours deep amber with a white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of caramel with light toast and slight earthy notes.

The taste is of caramel and sweet biscuit. The firm malt is balanced by light toast and a tea-like earthy balance in the finish.

Very smooth fuller side of medium-bodied. It has a nice refreshing quality to it.

An enjoyable, malt-forward, but balanced, delicious and smooth, unique brew!

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Photo of wedge6128
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I am really primarily a stout drinker, but for a lighter beer this is pretty fantastic.! A robust flavor with out being over powering, great with salad or Mexican food.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is always an interesting style beer. Two brothers does it well and does not disappoint.

Is a pretty light brown in the glass, nearly clear. There is nice lacing. The aromas is a nice crisp fresh beer smell with little in the east of his poking through.

The taste is a good malty balance with some yeast flavors. The after taste has a hint of hops. The whole f experience works. A very refreshing beverage. Great burp!

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
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 1000lbgrizzly
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper, perfectly clear body with a few streams of bubbles, light orange head that mostly fades. Toast, I swear I smell faint cinnamon, and vinous elements (green grapes) comprise the nose. Toasted malt, caramel, faint raisin, and some light hop bitterness to finish it up. Medium body, restrained carbonation, verging on rich.
Tasty, attractive, warming beer, surprised how delicious simple flavors can be. A good introduction to the style, if by chance I run across this obscurity again I'll be more inclined to try it.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed 7/15/12

L: A deep amber that borders on ruby. A very pretty color. Pretty good head retention and lacing.

S: Slight Belgian character with strong maltiness Somewhat earthy and musky, and very toffee/caramel forward with a bit tartness.

T: While the beer itself is not extremely sweet, it does have a lot of caramel character. Probably a lot of caramel malt used in this one. Finishes fairly sweet. A bit earthy, which is welcomed as it's lacking in flavor otherwise.

F: Medium-full body with medium carbonation.

O: While this is not a terrible beer, I wouldn't buy it again. It's too lacking in character and in any event this is one of my least favorite Belgian-French styles.

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Photo of TH28
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. 12/8/15 code date. Appearance: Amber/brown with a touch of orange. Clear with a moderate off white foam head. Aroma: Bready, toasty, caramel malt with a light fruity yeast character. Taste: Rich malt sweetness with toasted bread and caramel dominant. Bitterness is low to moderate. Definitely malt forward. Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation. Finish: Toasted malt and herbal hop flavors linger after the swallow. Overall: Fairly straightforward ale with Vienna/Marzen malt character. Ale yeast adds only a touch of fruitiness. Very malt forward, almost cloyingly sweet

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