Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,514 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:
1,514
Reviews:
530
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
253
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,514 |  Reviews: 530
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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 BEERchitect
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
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 SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
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 oline73
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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 zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of LXIXME
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes.

Pours an amber color with a bit of an off white head. The nose brings yeast, caramel, bread, and a bit of light fruits. The taste adds in a bit of spice and follows through with some light fruits. Quite a few flavors come through but everything is quite mild. Light with good carbonation, this drinks quite well and is a nice example of a sessionable version of the style.

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Photo of mothman
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of off-white head on a perfectly clear, amber-brown body. The head settles very quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Rich malt with light toasty notes and a hint of caramel.

T - Sweet and malty up front with bread and toasted malt. Flavors intensify in the middle with more toast and some light carmel. The finish is malty with some slightly woody notes.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The rich malt character is the defining characteristic of this beer. Nothing overly complex, but that is par for the style. The relative dryness of the finish helps with drinkability, but the malt could become a bit cloying if this were more than a 12oz bottle. A nice example of an unusual style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Two Brothers Domaine DuPage delivers a slightly hazy, deep amber body with a reddish cast beneath a short but creamy head of white foam that holds quite well and leaves some thin lace about the glass. The nose is offers a comination of delicately toasty and straw-like grain with subtle notes of caramel alongside some soft summer fruit (apple, peach, cherry) and musty yeast. It's quite intriguing! The body is medium-light with a zesty, very-fine bubbled natural carbonation that finely pricks the tongue. The flavor starts with bold, toasty and caramelish malts upfront, followed by a splash of tart fruit (sour cherry, tangerine, plum) that fades into the finish. The tartnes is quite nice and refreshing, and it slowly fades in the finish, giving rise to some lingering toasty malt, a delicate spiciness, and finally a drying chalkiness that brings you full circle and ready for another sip. Given a chance, this is an exciting, fairly complex, refreshing, and satisfying beer that probably deserves much more recognition than it receives. Very nicely done and certainly worth trying!

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Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a 20 June 2014 date stamped on the label.

Pours clear, medium-dark amber with a creamy tan head that has good durability and leaves fine lacing on the glass.

Aroma is malty with faint hints of vanilla and spices.

The flavor features a solid, medium malt base with hints of herbs, orange and grapefruit. Changes with warming.

Medium body with very fine, soft, medium-high carbonation.

O: Refreshing. An interesting, easy drinking and complex brown ale.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, apples, some Belgian yeast, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of caramel, apples and little bit of spice. Then a tart bite comes in quickly along with a mild Belgian yeast breadiness and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's a fairly solid beer overall but there are better beers in the style that I would select before this one.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An intriguing and malty beer that tastes like it's not from around here.

Beautiful orangey-amber color with a modest head. Sprightly in the mouth. Hint of pineapple and butterscotch. Some nice roasted flavors. Bitter hops come on very slowly but take over the aftertaste.

Each mouthful starts out very promising with some golden malty sweetness but ends in a stew of funky flavors, hinting at musty and metallic. Very interesting and worth a try, but a pint would be too much of a good thing.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, light amber body with a medium, off-white head.

Smell: Interesting aroma of oven-baked apples with a tiny bit of butterscotch and faint flowery notes.

Taste: Sweet, nutty butterscotch with a very apple-like fruitiness. Hint of grapeskins. Floral hops. Semi-sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine little American-made biere de garde.

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Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BBD 1/28/15

Pours an effervescent copper/orange with a finger of beige head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Green apples, pears & grassyness

T: Follows the nose, white grape as well up front. Apple juice notes, apricot, caramel & woody hops as this warms, along with a little dryness. Finishes with leafy hops & jammy notes & a little dryness

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, skews fruity & sweet

A drinkable take on the style, perhaps a bit too sweet, but worth a go

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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,514 ratings.
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