Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,509 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
Reviews:
528
Ratings:
1,509
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
254
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 528 | Ratings: 1,509
Photo of FightingEntropy
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Struggled to put the light brown head on top, that disappeared almost before I stopped pouring it. Pleasant, lightly spiced nose that is somewhat promising--light peppery spice follows into the taste. A bit sweet and malty to support the spice. Good balance, but not spectacular. Warmed up fairly well, but didn't open up. Overall, not bad. I'd try on tap if I saw it, but probably not buy another bottle.

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Photo of Deuane
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Copper with a thin light tan head that leaves behind fair lacing.

S-Sweet malt with a bit of toasted fruit and spice. Nothing overwhelming.

T-Sweet malty bordering on too sweet but it doesn't quite reach that point. A bit of apple, toasted bread and a yeast twang. Again, as in the aroma, all of this is somewhat muted.

M-Medium body with a nice smoothness. This is a nice feeling brew.

D-Easy to drink with a pleasant mouthfeel. Quite malty with a fair amount of sweetness. This is a beer that borders on good but in the end falls a little short due to the sweetness and not enough drying characteristics. I would like a bit more of a hop kick.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Domaine duPage, Two Brothers, Warrenville, Ill.

Mostly clear, amber/copper color, small head, turns to nil.

Aroma of caramel malt, sweetness, fruit, flowers, and Belgian yeast.

More of that on the tongue once it hits the palate. Nice biere de garde, though it tastes a lot like a Belgian amber or pale ale. Sweetness stays on top, rich malt, easy drinkability. Tasty stuff. Almost too sweet, but it grows dry, but lingers on the tongue.

Nice. I'll have another. Well, one more. After that I need some hops.

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Photo of garcia2a
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep rusty amber color, mostly clear with some chunky sediment. I had a hell of a time with this one, as no matter how careful I was on the pour, I got almost nothing but a large, foamy white head.

The bouquet had some sweet caramel malt with a slight back nose of bready yeast, toasted grains and a tinge of vanilla and clove.

The taste had an initial sweet caramel bite, but as the additional sips occurred, I really got no additional tastes.

Mouthfeel was decent once the head went down. Smooth on the taste buds. This beer was very drinkable and interesting, but I think I wanted more from these taste. The sediment tells me there might have been an issue with this bottle. I will retry and adjust if needed.

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Photo of sleazo
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A_pours a dark reddish brown hue. Minimal head leads to minimal lacing

S_smells rather dry with an almost charcoal like taste

T_Charcoal comes through again in the taste. More on the malty side with a biscuity/caramel taste dominating. After taste is slightly yeasty but mostly bittering hops

M_a little syrupy with a mild carbonation

D_a decent but not great Bier de garde. Still worth trying. Not sure where that charcoal comes from, but it reminds me of Fat Tyre

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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty ruby copper color with a nice fluffy egg shell head that dissipated into a sparse cap. The aroma is of smooth caramel malt, honey, and some dark fruit. The taste is a nice rich caramel malt, brown bread, honey, a touch of grassy hops in the end. The feel is moderate with some prickly carbonation, yet it remains quite a smooth beer. It is a tad slick but the hop bitterness help counter balance that. This is a fine malty brew. A very nice caramel malt that is quite smooth. Definitely worth a purchase.

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Photo of JDV
2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Clark Street. Pours a medium amber with a sweet malt smell and taste. Very lightly bittered. Faintest hint of belgium yeast like influence to it, but not much. Kind of drying in the finish, but still sweet flavored. Decent but unremarkable compared to some of their other beers, I thought.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, 12-ounce bottle copped from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
The beer pours a murky, copper, bright-orange, tawny appearance with a modest head and minimal lacing...
Nuances of caramel, vanilla, and candied sugars are noticeable in the nose...
This beer has a caramel start with a bittersweet finish... Flavor loaded with cotton candy, honey, malts, hops, caramel, and cloves...
Overall, this was an easily drinkable beer, yet it could have definitely been more assertive and flavorful... The essences noticeable on the tongue were there, but not assertive enough...
A decent American stab at the style...

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this brew in a trade with tytoanderso, Thanks Tyler!

12oz bottle, best by 11/21/08, served in a tulip glass.

L - clouded, orange/amber color with a quick fading tan head.

S - light scent of caramel malt and bitter/sour citrus aroma.

T - nice sweet caramel malt taste with a slight drying bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied, smooth feel.

D - goes down fairly easy.

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Photo of Larrytown
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes deep red with virtually no head, but tons of lacing. Strange. There were toasty caramel notes in the nose, but pretty subtle.

I'm really digging the taste on this one. It's sweet upfront, but the toastiness and slight hops on the back-end balance it out. Very well crafted. Not a ton of carbonation in the head, but it's a beer that's meant to go down smooth. Boy does it. I'd love to knock back a couple more and at this ABV, I just might.

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Photo of Buebie
2.35/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased at Heritage Liquores in St. Paul MN.

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip.
3 finger fluffy white head. The head quickly disipated into a filmy layer over the beer. Laceing is present.

Smell is of burnt toast, almost a stout grain style here. Does not smell like an ale. No fruity dough, citrussy notes to be found. Theres sweatness, but burtn toast is the prodominent smell.

Taste is sweeat and honey like, with caramel aftertones. Then at the swallow, burnt toast is back in full effect. This is very malty, with no real hop aroma or flavor.
I'm sure the burnt taste and smell is purposlfull. But it almost seems like the malt syrup was added without stirring or somthing, as it tastes undesireable.

Mouthfeel is thin and overcarbonated. Its a drainpour for me.

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Photo of morimech
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with a nearly nonexistant head. What did develope quickly disappeared. Some spotty lacing left on the glass. It has a nice toasted malt aroma with caramel hints. The taste is likewise malty. Some fruitiness is present but there is mostly a earthy, musty flavor. Seems a bit thin and carbonation seems just a step up from being flat. I really wanted to score this beer higher but looking at the individual scores, it doesn't do any of them well. It has a good flavor and low ABV that helps drinkability but I don't think there is a need to seek this beer out in the future.

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Photo of KeefD
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color absolutely no head. None. This also means no lacing Not sure if this is typical of the style, being my first one, but very underwhelming in appearance. Smell is super malty, bready and slightly fruity. The aroma on this thing is near perfection. Caramel goodness throughout the nose. Taste follows suit. Biscuit malts, nice caramel flavors, the slightest amount of hops in the background and very sweet to the tastebuds. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with little carbonation, but the carbonation that does pop up tingles the tongue. Alcohol is not overly-present at 5.9%. I really enjoyed this beer. I thought I had a dud by the look of the pour, but it turned out to be a really nice offering.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the crazy extras as part of a great trade with DavidEddie. Thanks Pops!

Pours a deep orange amber color with less than a finger foamy off white head that fades fairly quickly. Spotty patterns of lacing generated. The smell is fresh yet earthy some harvest fruit and grainy wheat notes. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth. Full flavored the taste of caramel is balanced with a nice hop tingle. A very easy drinker and at 5.9% ABV is quite sessionable. Recommended.

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

Perfectly clear copper color. Not much of a head, thin 1/4 that drops to a film quickly. Very spotty lacing. Smell is malty with some mild fruity notes. The malt has a distint toast flavor on the tongue and there are some apple flavors in there too. Enough hops to balance out what could be a too sweet brew. Medium to heavy body. I like this one. It's not earth shattering but it's something a little different and it's well done.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy apricot color with massive white creamy head. Good retention.

Smell shows some moderate summer fruit characteristics.

Taste is very refreshing. It is a nice sweet-tart combination, with a nice pear-peach taste at the start and some tartness at the finish.

Leaves a nice sweet taste in the mouth with very distinct notes of pear.

Easy to drink, very refreshing. Would be nice on a nice summer evening.

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Photo of AylwinForbes
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, with best by dating of 7/19/08 on the rear label. Pours a warm, orangy shade of amber, slightly cloudy, lightly toasted whole wheat bread head, that leaves just a bit of scattered lacing. Spiced up nose, with hints of spearmint, pepper, and more toasty notes. Flavorful brew, more toasty/wheat flavors, fruit, smoke, and sweet malts. Well worth a try, especially for appreciators of this French/Belgian style.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a St. Feuillien chalice.

Best by 9/30/08

A: Pours a clear, reddish-orange color with some tarnished penny highlights. Small, but creamy, off-white head leaves a surplus of lace spots in the glass.

S: Nice aromas of toasted malt, caramel dipped apples, mild hops, and yeast (?).

T: Toasted malt, caramel, bread crusts, tangy green apple, pepper, and spicy hops.

M: Starts off with a dry and toasty malt profile, which gradually turns towards the sweeter side (caramel) of the spectrum, and finishes up spicy and tangy.

D: This is a extremely drinkable beer! Very malty with excellent balance from the hops. Very nice.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a six pack for last weekend. Poured into tulip glasses. Smallish sized head that faded rather quickly. The color was a dark red, bordering on brown. Lots of lacing down the sides of the glass. The taste was of burnt caramel. As for the body, it was on the heavy side, and certainly had some substance to it. This is not a beer that you can drink quickly. It's a slow sipper that tastes just as good at room temp. After two, though, I felt as though I had enough. A nice beer to enjoy with food or by itself.

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Photo of BeenJammin
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love to give local craft beers like this a try.

A - Red to amber in color. Head is a thin layer with decent carbonation.

S - Has the floral aroma working for it but not much else here

T - Toasty, sweet, carmelly tasting malts and just enough of a sticky hop bite.

M - Light, smooth, and sticky

D - Enough balance for me to come back for more but not what I would like to have as a session beer.

Overall, it is a good local craft beer. Would be a great beer for you if you like a balance of sweet, caramel malts to go along with a mild hop flavor.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle at the Winking Lizard in Columbus. I've had this and many other Two Brothers beers while in Chicago visiting family, so this wasn't a virgin bottle.

The beer is dark reddish brown with a thin head that maintains well. The aromas are on the malty side, some caramel, just a little hops (herbal), and maybe a touch of spice (I don't know which ones). The taste is sweet and malty, earthy, and worty in general. Nice, not my favorite style, but it's good.

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Photo of bruachan
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark amber color. not great in my opinion. little head

some darkfruity aromas. spice, herbal hop

plenty of darkness in the flavor--i might even taste some kilned astringency. sweet, even a little coughsyrupy. not a yeasty beer by any means. bready, toasty: quite some depth

can't quite get my finger on this brew. it's good but also not good. not great looking, but most of all alternating sips seem so different: this time it tastes like cough syrup, that time like toasty delicious

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Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from my buddy BeerTruth. Thanks man.

Pours a rich orange color, somewhat hazy with tons of bubbles rising to the top. About two fingers of off-white head on top recede to a pretty nice lace and it leaves some messy stick, too.

Smells very floral and fruity, with some bready and spicy aromas too.

Taste has a nice underlying bready, grainy flavor with a touch of malt sweetness. Some fruit flavor, slightly tart, with a little bit of herbal bitterness too. Quite dry through the finish. Nice medium body with a crisp mouthfeel and a pleasant, dry finish.

It's a beautiful spring day and this was very refreshing. I'd have it again.

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Photo of chuckm
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

not overly heavy but still has a strong body. A beer I first had at a Leonas restaurant here in Chicago and was impressed by its ability to to hold its own with Italian food. I don't know what a French country style ale should be but this is darn good. Color is golden but murky. I love the taste and mouthfeel

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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,509 ratings.
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