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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Reviews: 523 | Ratings: 1,500
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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Photo of dcotom
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance of rich caramel, with a light tan head that leaves some nice lacing as it dissipates. Aromas of toasted malts, caramel, raisins. Nicely balanced, not too sweet, with a pleasant, long-lasting, slightly bitter finish. A fine example of what may be an overlooked and/or underappreciated style.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pure, rich amber with a modest head. The aromas are of caramel, toast, sweet corn, and squash. The aroma lead with a caramel apple flavor, followed by an even roasted flavor. Nice thing for a beer with this much caramel is that it does not get too sweet, nor does the mouthfeel get too syrupy. Instead there is a luscious, velvety texture. This is a very enjoyable beer in a much neglected style.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Pig & Fiddle. L: Pours clear reddish amber under a ½” persistent cream colored foam collar that persists and produces Belgian window lace. S: Spicy, malty nose. T: Spice and malt with light fruit and a moderate hop accent. F: Very creamy medium body and carbonation. O: Well balanced and very drinkable.

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Photo of GustoMan
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I recently enjoyed this on draft at my local Lucky's Market store. That was a pleasure to enjoy the french style Country Ale. Ales are always a full deep flavor.
A: Clear deep beautiful Amber color.
B: Smell of nice roasted grain, slightly peppery and flowery like honeysuckle.
C: Taste is so nice as you get a mouth full of many flavors like cracked grain, malt, rich hops and all very well balanced.
D: Mouthfeel was great as the carbonation was just right too. Not too much and not too liittle.
E: Over all this was one of my favorites at this place so far and I do hope they get some back again as Ii will bring my new "Drink Tank" growler to fill :) I like the Country Ale taste, a little sour and really rustic style taste.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A wonderful ale. Next to no bitterness, with the malts being more front and center. Even then, it's not overpowering, and overall it makes it flavorful yet highly drinkable.

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Photo of zdk9
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a clear dark amber color with a finger of white head.

S- Very reminiscent of buttery bread- challah, french toast, buttered lightly toasted wonder bread. A little vanilla and a little maraschino.

T- Very different from the aroma- lots more fruit- cherries, apricots, plums to accompany a strong malt backbone of maple syrup, malt syrup, very wheaty but soft whole wheat bread.

F- Good lingering sweetness, and still very quafable.

O- I wasn't really sure what to expect from a french style country ale, but this is nice. Malty, fruity, decent complexity, and very drinkable.

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Photo of Act25
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I get to Chicago often and am always pleased with midwestern craft.
And I've never had a French beer I liked... until now, this one, made in Illinois.
Which is, after all, settled by many French traders.

Wonderful style.

A - Pours a cloudy, copper color with orange highlights, with a foam ring that persists along with some lacing

S - Too faint, let it warm, but fruity, then nutty, malty and earthy.

T - Follows smell, a lovely fruity burst, and then light yeast in the Belgian manner.Also spice flavors melded and balanced with long, long sweet caramel flavors and finish.

M - At once, sweet and crisp becomeing sharp with a dry finish. Also light bodied, country.

O - first time this style, and definitely want to try them all, and more from this brewer. Well done. Must try.

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Photo of babaracas
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper with one finger of cream colored foam; thin layer sticks and a spray of lace trails down the glass. Smell: apricot jam, milk caramel, grainy, red delicious apple, mild herbal and earthy hopping. Taste: sweet and a bit bready upfront; into caramel, red apple and unripe pear, with a mild spiciness; then a fleeting note of ripe peach with tart skin. Then comes a blast of herbal hops that unceremoniously wash away the good things that came before and push into a dry/sticky finish with a minor metallic quality. Body is light-medium with subdued creamy carbonation. Best by date in Sept. 2015. Nice to see a "classic" (if possible for the style) take from an American brewery with wide distro, and in 6 packs no less.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - auburn tan color with slight head that disappears
Smell -sweet toasty malts maybe a little carmel
Taste - similar to smell but more sweetness
Feel - medium body and carbonation
Overall - pretty descent

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Photo of jadpsu
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In Laurel Ms. Best before date was 6 days ago (5/12/15) so I felt is was only right that I relieve my son-in-law of the "outdated" bottle of beer.

Pours a crystal clear light amber in color with an off whited head that has plenty of side glass lace and decent retention that when it subsides leaves a skim of lace.
Aroma: Some bready malt and some sweetness that reminds me of baseball card bazooka bubble gum.
Taste: Smooth and creamy, a little pear, and candied flavor (licorice ?).
Has a great malt taste and mouthfeel.

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

A: Unexceptional. Clear penny copper with almost no head and no lacing at all.

S: Chocolate, toasted malts. Heavy, but not overly complex.

T: Cereal grains, chocolate, malts...heavier than it looks.

M: Fairly flat overall, not as fresh as I think it ought to be.

Not a great beer by a company that is otherwise pretty exceptional.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Dark amber color, a bit of beige lacing around the glass rim.
S: A hint of Milk chocolate, mainly damp hay (by the way, I never thought I'd actually write a description like this...)
T: Slight bitterness at the back of the throat. Dark roasted malt is the only flavor I can identify, but there's something else there too.
F: Smooth, a little bit creamy.
O: Darker and heavier than I expected for a farmhouse ale, but not bad.

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Photo of Jim_Benz
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I just picked up a six pack not twenty minutes ago. It's not at all what I expected in a biere de garde but, surprise, it's better than I expected--even if I wanted more flavor from the yeast and French hops. I'd write in detail, but company just dropped by! And I'm gonna push a beer on them ...

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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,500 ratings.
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