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
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3.81/5
Very Good
1,550 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:
#16,771
Reviews:
537
Ratings:
1,550
pDev:
12.07%
Bros Score:
4.04
 
 
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Ratings: 1,550 |  Reviews: 537
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle enjoyed at Winking Lizard. Medium yellow with a soapy head and some lace. Above average carbonation that makes it hard on the mouthfeel. Aroma is soapy and mild spice. Drying finish. Its the style, though not the best example of the style. Good drinkability.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: single finger head on a clear, copper amber body and excellent lacing.

S: caramel malts, nutmeg, cinnamon... with these also reproduced in the flavor. Almost no hops by my nose.

T: caramel and toasted malts, nutmeg, cinnamon but these spices are light with subtle earthy hop character.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: nice spicy brew which nicely follows the style and isnt over carbonated like I feel many of these are.

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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 Texasfan549
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
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 kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is orange-red in appearance and poured with just a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. There is a light amount of carbonation.
S: There is some malty sweetness in the aroma along with some notes of hops and yeast.
T: The initial taste has some sweetness with flavors of toasted malts; some notes of bitterness from the hops make an appearance in the finish. The overall taste starts to become more complex as it warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate.
D: It was rather drinkable, but if I have this again I would probably pair it with food. The beer becomes a bit more drinkable as it warms up.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A delicious, but overly sweet French-style ale. The enjoyable confectionate side struggles without a balance from more acidic or attenuated character.

A clear copper colored beer has a froathy 1/4" foamstance from start to finish with good retainage and lacing. Darker in color than most and quite clear, it seems to be a more robust version of the style.

Malty sweet aromas take on a kettle-caramelization note with scorched molassas and a tea-like tobacco quality. A yeasty-fruity scent rounds out a very simplified Belgain aroma.

Again, sugary sweet flavors start the tasting. Fruity and confectioner's sugar come together in a rather Pez-like taste. Great when I'm 5, but at 35 I might want a more grown up taste. Malt flavors are swamped by the sugary taste, but do show a caramelly, bready taste that's reminscent of cookie dough. Lightly spicy with the tea-like hoppiness and light spicy phenolics. Mildly bitter but it hardly helps to offset the immense sweetness.

For a sweeter beer, the body starts out medium and lightens a bit going into the alcoholic and spicy finish but the beer retains its sugary feel throughout.

Well aged beers like the Garde/Mars Ales should have a level of depth, complexity, and maturity that is lacking from this sugar-tooth of a beer. I appreciate the character of the sweetness that focuses on the whisping powdered sugar impressions but this level of intensity and lack of balance or depth, it's tough to celebrate.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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 superspak
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/29/2014. Pours fairly cloudy copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toast, pear, apple, biscuit, floral, grass, pepper, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and compexity of malt, hop, and yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, pear, apple, floral, grass, pepper, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, pear, apple, floral, grass, and pepper on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance of malt, hop, and yeast flavors; with a crisp malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Biere de Garde style! All around good balance and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, copper color with orange highlights. It had a one-finger, long lasting, off-white head of pillowy foam. It left a little foam.

S - It smelled nutty, malty and earthy. Some sweet fruity aromas, too.

T - It tasted very fruity and yeasty. It had some spice flavors, like some cinnamon. It had a nice sweet caramel taste.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a great biere de garde and its is very easy drinking.

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Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color with a modest head that leaves a few dots of lace

Smell: Sweet pears and caramel, with an earthy aspect

Taste: Opens with a toasted malt and caramel flavor that adds pear and fig fruitiness by mid-palate, after the swallow, a balancing bitterness arrives though the fruit is ultimately dominant

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to low carbonation

Drinkability: A very interesting beer that is refreshingly drinkable; really like the balance

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap: Poured a hazy medium beige color ale with nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of lightly aromatic Belgian style malt with light rustic ester. Taste is also dominated by semi-sweet Belgian-style malt with light rustic notes. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Enjoyable but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of mothman
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Matilda Glass

Pours a 1 finger beige head. Not very good retention or lace. Color is a very slight hazy dark golden bronze. No carbonation bubbles noticed. Nothing to special.

Aroma: It is like a hopped up saison. Kind of like an imperial red kicked with some saison juice. Some very sweet hops, backed up with some tarty fruits. red apples really show here. Very sour aroma. Some Belgium yeast. I can definitely tell that there is a malt background balancing this beer out. Simply amazing.

Taste: Not as amazing as the smell. The yeast strand really sticks out here. Very funky. Not as tarty, but still a tad is present. A lot more booze shining through here. Dried red apples. A lot like a saison. Big, hoppy taste as well, like an imperial red.

Mouthfeel: Robust and creamy. Medium bodied. A lower level of carbonation. A lot of booze is present after it settles in the mouth for a bit. Had it not been for the booze here, I would have enjoyed the mouthfeel a lot more. Leaves a very yeasty aftertaste.

Overall, this beer was unique. Some good parts, some not so good. My bottle is going slow, but I don't mind it. I don't know how much more I'd want though.

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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 1,550 ratings