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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 521 | Ratings: 1,485
Photo of Jwale73
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No freshness dating, but best if used by 3/29/2008 on label. Poured into my Harpoon IPA glass. Presented with a beautiful copper color. Fluffy white head that dissipated quickly into a thin skim; light consistent lacing throughout the session. Scent of hops (reminded me a little of MH #9). Taste was not what I expected - slightly more malt than hops, but also tasted a little skunky. Somewhat lively mouthfeel initially, but carbonation disappeared rather quickly, leaving somewhat of a flat, mellow mouthfeel; not at all crisp. Not bad, but somewhat middle of the road all and all.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a nice light amber color, with medium thick off-white head that lingers well and leaves okay lacing. Aroma is a nice mixture of malty dark fruit and hoppy citrus and the flavor follows suit. The mouthfeel of this particular beer was nice and full, and slightly tingly.

As expected, the finish was initially slightly malty sweet, but became more well rounded as the hoppy bitterness and a hint of alcohol crept in.

A very pleasant beer.

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Photo of baos
2.45/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz into pint glass

A: Pours really dark with lots of sediment and a huge 4 finger plus dark tan head.

S: Butterscotch sweet smelling, caramel, malts. Yeasty and fruity. Kind of like fruitcake.

T: I'm not too fond of this one. Really strong tasting and sweet. Doesn't seemed to be balanced very well. Maybe I got a bad beer. I'll have to review it again.

M: The only thing that was decent in this review.

D: I only drank half of the beer. It was too strong and syrupy for me. Like I said before. I'll review again, to see if I just got a bad beer.

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Photo of
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Clark Street in Chicago

Poured a clear, dark gold/amber. Capped with a small, creamy, off-white head.

Aroma was pretty mild. A touch of vinegar, herbs, maybe some yeast.

Taste was vinegar again, faint. Spicy & herbal. Bit of sweetness, citrus -- tangerine/orange. Pepper at finish and some more citrus - lemon.

Light to medium in body. Medium + carbonation. Pretty dry.

OK. Vinegar taste not for me. Assumed, based on name, it was a Biere de Garde. Didn't seem to fit the style, based on others I have had. I wouldn't hurry back to this one.

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Photo of balconybrew
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass with a good white head. Lacing clung the entire way down the glass. Clear, reddish-brown liquid. Aroma was of malt, a hint of spice and fruit. Taste was of malt, but not too sweet. Balance and "bready." Minimal hops and a little yeast.

Tastes great and very drinkable.

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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 prototypic
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's slightly hazy and a reddish-amber color. Head is about a finger and a half. Off white head had pretty good retention though very light lacing remained.

Smell: Initially it has a caramel-malty sweet aroma. Definitely a twist of toasted nuts in there. Maybe a hint of raisin or some other dark fruit blended in.

Taste: Nice blend of dark fruit and caramel malts. Certainly has a very sweet taste to it. Toasted nut flavor is noticeable. Light hops are present, but it's far from a bitter beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, crisp, well carbonated, and a pretty refreshing beer. I'm actually pretty impressed with this beer. It's a first encounter with the style and it's better than I expected. Overall, good beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two-finger head with some staying power and good lace. Dark amber color with a slight haze.

Dark crystal malt aroma. Muted hop.

Full flavor and body--creamy texture. Good balance--the malt is not sweet, but it is not overly dry either. The hop is present throughout the taste and after the swallow.

This is a fine offering. I didn't notice the usual off flavors I associate with French country ales. I'd equate it to a very good pale ale.

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Photo of Cresant
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Bordeaux glass. Best by date: 9/20/07. A moderately vigorous pour resulted in a minimal head that dissipated to a tiny ring. The body was slightly hazy and amber in color with strong ruby highlights.

Smell was rich and sweet. Dried fruits. One dimensional.

Taste was sweet up front with a musty, cherry-like flavor. Caramel maltiness appears as it warms. A mildly funky finish. Earthy.

Mouthfeel had a creeping zip with tiny bubbles of carbonation. Medium in body.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish orange sunset hued brew with a thin cap of light brown suds. The dishwater head exhibits large and loose bubbles, and settles to a soapy haze with abundant lace coating the glass. I really like the uniquely pretty color of this brew.

S - Toasted malt campfire and burnt wood. Wet ashes....reminds me of the way that a campfire smells after you douse it with water to cool the dying embers. Autumnal and cozy with outdoorsy aromas. Smells like a walk in the woods on a wet autumn morning.

T - Sweet caramel malt with a good dose of toasty grains and some leafy hops. Burning wood with some really nice campfire nuances. Becomes progressively more hoppy and salty (soy sauce) towards the moderately dry and barky finish.

M - Low carbonation, medium in body, and very slightly acidic (sour) with a moderately dry finish. A tad under-carbonated IMHO.

D - An outstanding aroma and tasty flavors and a near perfect balance of roastiness and hoppiness make this an eminetnly drinkable brew. It's flavorful enough to hold my interest, and mellow enough to drink three or four.

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Photo of Nipitato
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Reddish bronze color with a weak off white head. Good clarity.

S: Toasty malt aroma with some caramel but primarily toasty. Some fain fruit (peach/apricot) ester traces, which really add to the overall aroma composition. Somewhat musty. A really nice complex aroma that opens up when it warms.

T: Sweet toasty malt character up front and carries throughout. Some fruity apricot ester flavor. Finish is sweet and just a touch hoppy.

MF: Medium body. Lightly carbonated. Smooth. Relatively dry finish. Some alcohol warming.

D: My first Bier de Garde review so take it with a grain of salt. Very drinkable. I really enjoyed this beer - alot going on, complex. I would definitely drink this again.

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

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with brewcrew76 at DLD '07.

A: The ale is a deeper orange color, almost amber, with a crystal clear appearance. The head was near 2 fingers and is lacing throughout the glass.

S: The nose is dry toffee malts, thick with cereal grains.

T: The ale has a very strong malt flavor, almost to the point of sweet. Some tart green grapes come through as a result of the malts, providing a distinctly strong flavor. Lots of cereal, toasted grains come through as well, providing a dry bread-like finish.

M: The mouthfeel is dry, full of grainy dryness and hints of tartness. Very refreshing for a summer day.

D: The ale, despite its big malt body, is reasonable alcohol-wise, creating a big tasting drink that won't lay you out.

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

Received as part of my February MicroBeerClub shipment received in early March. Best consumed by 6-29-07.

Beer poured a copper/amber color with a white head that is well sustained and is leaving a nice lacing behind. Nose is very pleasant, of lighter fruits and a hint of floral hops. Taste has hints of apple, pears, and finishes with a dry hop accentuated by the fruits. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and somewhat smooth. Overall drinkability is very refreshing and easy drinking. Recommended if you have access to this brew.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Diffused saffron color with some haze to it. Head is very minimal and quite fizzy leaving a small ring around the side of the glass.

S: White grapes, red apples, floral hops, cheap chocolate and vinous wood.

T: Begins sort of plastic like and rounded. Little bid of old lemon juice, pollen and faint caramel come next with faint hints of chocolate. Muted barnyard flavors mosey on in with minor hay and some fresh cut grass. Finishes with nips of honey, touch more of lemon juice and stale bread.

M: Medium body, bit hard.

D: Decent beer. Nothing crazy special but drinkable.

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Photo of AltBock
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It was on-tap @ the Brew Kettle on April 27th, 2007. On the Brew Kettle's beer menu, they said that Domaine DuPage was a Saison (not correct) with 22 IBUs with an ABV percentage of 6.0%. It came to me to at the right temperature in a standard nondescript American pint glass.

It poured a dark reddish amber with a thin layer of white foam that quickly dissipated away into a few foamy white rings along the edge of the beer and a few white streaks of lace around the glass. It didn't have much of an aroma to it. All there was, was a light aroma of a few juicy fruits coated in brown sugar. That's all I got. When it warmed up, still nothing else emerged from the background of the smell. It had a light and mild taste of toasted malts, some juicy fruits, tame toasted citrus hops, and then finished off with a small dab of sweet caramel. There weren't many tastes in the taste department, but what was there made for a better than average taste. I would have to say the mouthfeel is on the light side with a soft aftertaste of toasted malts and a few juicy fruits. I wouldn't mind trying it again, but if I don't, I wouldn't be hart broken if I missed it. It was an OK beer.

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Photo of zebulon
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this twice the first time was at 40-50 degF; the second time was at 60 degF and with dinner.

Color was a golden amber, with a rich off white head that tasted creamy, but died down from 1+" to 1/4" fairly quickly.

Mild malty sweet aroma.

The primary taste was bitter hops (vs west coast floral hops) balanced somewhat by slightly carmally malt. Dry tasting and a good compliment to my dinner (brisket roast in a slightly sweet and sour sauce). Could not pick up the fruit overtones that other have described. This not my favorite style and I may be trying to be too fair in rating it.

Medium body and very drinkable with a meal.

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Photo of dgfair
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Beautiful bright copper color with a very creamy white head that dissipates slowly leaving a thick coating of lace all around the glass.

S - A little bit of a musty, dusty aroma that has hints of fresh grain, light hops, and a subdued floral, pollen sweetness to it. Very nice scent that smells fresh and old at the same time.

T - Greeted with a very nice crystal malt biscuitiness up front...again, very fresh tasting. A touch of light bittering hops and more fresh malty sweetness. Seems like the word for this one is "fresh". Very nice.

M - Very creamy with a very smooth carbonation. Perfect balance in this mouthfeel, perhaps the best quality of this beer.

D - Extremely drinkable, would be great for a nice session with six of these and a tasty cheese platter. Overall, one of my favorite offerings from Two Brothers.

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into the nearest at hand pint glass

Smell is really great, a sweet hop scent with sort of musty aftertones

Taste decides to go in a different direction
Very gentle yet assertive hop hit up front, followed by a sweet wash over the palate. This beer really showcases a nice hop bite with a soothing, malty balance. While there are flavors of apples and something slightly musty which is great but I can't figure out what it is, I really love the delicate balance the hops and malt are playing.

Overall, I really liked this beer, had a great balance with some flavors thrown in that you don't see everyday, like an elephant walking a toy poodle. I wish I had some more of this, but will look forward to the day I see a six pack in the cooler.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hue is rich, deep copper/mahogany, minimally carbonated, bouqet is redolent of raisins, caramel, dark stone fruits, honey, taste is semi-sweet upfront, just enough bittering from the hops to provide balance on the finish. general taste is reminiscent of sweet, dark fruit, mouthful is slightly viscous in a good way, due to the residual sugars this is not necessarily a session beer but i could stand a few of these, a nice representation of the french country ale style.

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

Pours a translucent copper hued ale. Very little head, and very little lacings in this brew which has, not surprisingly, a very low level of carbonation.

Caramel and toasted biscuit. Mildly lemony but mostly grassy hops. Faintest hint of slightly sweet read apple?

Caramel malts with a biscuity finish. Spicy, peppery hops with a hint of orange citrus and a lemon grass finish. The slight hint of sweet, not tart red apples also comes through in the taste.

Loads of caramel mats in this one that manage to have an almost dry biscuity finish. Quite refreshing actually. Malts nicely balanced by peppery and citrusy hops, with their clean, bitter, and mildly tea like astringent finish. While assertive the hops dont linger in this medium bodied ale.

A clean, refreshing, well balanced ale. Sessionable, approachable, and enough flavour and body to hold the interest of an experienced beer drinker, as well as turn a newbie onto craft beer. Ill be looking for this one again come summer time!

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Photo of aluskungs
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The foam is here to stay. It does weaver down a little but it hangs in there. The beer is a nice mahogany color that looks great. Very desirable just looking at it.

Smells a bit off. Could be getting old. Smells like old sour apples. But there is good apple smell mixed in there to along with a sweet caramel smell, which is quite pleasant.

Large malt taste that has reminds me of cider. A cool caramel sweetness that transitions in to hop bitterness. Good soft carbonation like a bottle conditioned beer. The carbonation keeps it from getting to heavy and the hops clean your pallet for the next swig of beer. Before you know it, this beer is gone!

Great fresh flemish fantastic ale!

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

Ruby brown color. Not much head, carbonation or lace. This seems to be a sign of the biggest flaw on this beer which is it is somewhat flat.

The smell is slight sourness of fruit with some nutty and woody aspects.

Taste is slightly sweet with more fruity elemts and the nuttynes that is noticed on the nose is almost like a cherry pit or almond syrup. Somewhat hard to place but definitely appropriate for the style. I havent had too many American biere de gardes but I definitely think this is a good interpretation of the style its just a little flat in the mouthfeel and maybe a little too chalky and puckerish although I have noticed this before in the style as well.

A decent beer for sure and it would definitely go well with a roasted turkey dinner as it is so often recommended for Thanksgiving to have biere de garde.

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Photo of RustythePelican
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass with virtually no head. Color is a brilliant red/brown/amber with bubbling carbonation. This smells of green bananas and under-ripe peaches, with some breadiness lingering throughout. Taste features strong fruit esters with a very bitter finish (almost too bitter for my palate, although this may be standard for a Biere de Garde - I'll have to try a few more).

I rated this low on drinkability because of the bitter finish. This drinks like a bigger beer than it is. Recommended, but not an everyday beer.

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Photo of beveritt
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel glass. This bottle was in a 10 pack of Winter Brews I received as a gift recently.

Appearance: Pours with very little head, maybe a quarter inch of creamy, off white head. This falls quickly and leaves a ring around the glass. The beer itself is a peachy-red/brown color with a chill haze. Constant stream of bubble coming up from the D.

Smell: Raisins, caramel and sweet alcohol.

Taste: Bubbly at first, feels slightly prickly. Once again, raisins, carmal and some sweet alcohol. Bready. Faint bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very effervescent, lots of bubbles on the tongue, but not much of the CO2 bite you normally get from highly carbonated beers. The bubbles feel smaller, like champagne made by methode champanoise. Great mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Overall, a very drinkable beer. I like this class of beers and with the lower alcohol level in this one, it makes it more reasonable to have a few.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with a modest amount of carbonation that forms a tight, white head then falls to a collar of bubbles. The nose is malt-accented and yeasty. Biscuit and light caramel malt flavors dominate at first, then more tawny malt flavors express themselves, along with a bit of an alcoholic bite that suggests something stronger than 5.9 percent. A tasty, malt-accented beer, that I think could finish a bit drier. The mouthfeel is good and body just about right, but the finish is a little too thick, reducing the drinkability a bit.

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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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