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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

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
Reviews:
519
Ratings:
1,473
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
20.63%
 
 
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Reviews: 519 | Ratings: 1,473
Photo of AgentZero
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Reddish color with decently sized 1 1/2 finger head that disappeared quickly. No real lacing at all.

S - Got some belgian yeast in there. Very sweet smelling with a nice amount of spice and some malts.

T - I get a lot of clove in this one and belgian yeast. Find it to be kind of like a nice double but a little too sweet for my liking. Gets a little sour at the end.

M - Medium-light bodied with a kind of emptyish feel on the top. Decent carbonation.

D - Easily drinkable, but I'm not huge on the taste.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Attractive label with a château in the background, explaining French ale with caramel start and hop finish. 24 IBU and 5.9% ABV.

Pours a basic clear auburn amber hue with a scant collar cap that immediately squirms away.

Scents are of Wheatena cereal or maybe some healthy grain waffles.

First swigs: Earthy grainy almost raw soy bean flavor with a sprout organic like edge. Lingering flavor that finishes with a rough chalky woodiness. Somewhat sweet in the middle with a sugary honey detection. A blend of roasted caramel malts and honey. Reminds me of Fat Tire.

A bit easy on the light body. Gently carbonated. Goes back without struggle. Quite easy.

Last swigs: Wheat grainy and honey-ish. Misses the tru biere de garde flavor, but Two Brothers is a respectable establishment that makes quality beers with a twist. This on didn't Wow me but it did make for a pleasant drink. Note to self: Try more Two Brothers.

Beer is good. Happy unique beering.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I actually brought three six packs back from a quick trip to the Indianapolis area - in a hiking pack. All made it through checked luggage just fine, though packed well with clothes.

Thinnish tan head, fiery amber beneath.

Faint maltiness and even less hops - really very little on the nose to speak of.

There's a subtle maltiness - that of breadiness, a hint of toffee, lemony tartness, some floral notes to close.

Light carbonation, which works well with the rest of the beer, keeping it relatively subdued.

Very approachable - could be a great introductory beer for somebody just into craft. Along the lines of an amber, but more well-rounded, balanced.

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Photo of MNJR
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great garnet-brown color, with a thin lacing in the glass. Fast dying head after a couple sips. The flavor is bit too much maple/diacetyl for my taste at first, but I'm not too familiar with this style of beer. Very rich tasting, spicy and buttery flavors going down with a malty grain/brown sugar feeling in the aftertaste. Hops are noticeable but drowned out by the syrup on the tongue. Not sure I'd rush out for more of this brew. This is a unique beer that I might have to develop a taste for compared to what I usually drink. ABV is on the high side and the alcohol is up front. Powerful stuff. Good for a slightly heavier beer if you like a real punch and aren't put off by a sugary sweetness.

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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 feldspar
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep copper-brown, like a brand-new penny. Very little head, about an eighth-inch, which quickly dissipated like pond scum. Basically no visible carbonation.

S: Aroma is very light, mostly a vauge malty sweetness, maybe brown sugar as well. By the end, some faint fruity or citrusy smell.

T: Starts with a very subdued bitterness, pleasant without much of a bite. Smooth, creamy, nutty, buttery. A little sweetness, a lot of residual bitterness that lingers like a mild cheese.

M: A little thick, syrupy, viscous. Carbonation is moderate

D: Mildly drinkable. The unusual aftertaste and sticky viscous mouthfeel invite guzzling.

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

A hazy, yellowish and orangish body with an off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing behind. A few yeast bits float around throughout the body. Looks ok.

Light citrus with some pretty big malt sweetness on the nose.

Taste is sweet with some pale malts and a little bit of citrusy hops. Tastes a lot like a blonde to me actually.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Decent drinability.

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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 Jmamay22
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Elegant looking label and description attracted me to this unknown beer. Nothing like the anticipation of trying a beer from an unfamiliar brewery.

This french styled country ale pours somewhat cloudy with a dark amber color. Very little carbonation and at first I was worried this bottle had went bad. Thin whitish collar is all that shows for a head.

Smells of sweet of caramel and maple. Hints of fruity esters give a cherry scent.

Taste is similar with an initial sweetness that gives way to a fruity tartness that finishes with a slightly drying hop bite.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and the lack of carbonation seems to enhance the sweetness, but I felt this brew could have been improved with a more Belgian styled bottle conditioning although the brewery probably wasn't going for anything like that. An enjoyable beer, but not one you would likely have several in a sitting. Unique and worth a try, but this will not become a staple in my fridge.

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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 mwa423
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark pumpkin orange. Nice malty/yeast scent that is a strong foreshadowing of what's to come.

The taste was lots of yeast, with a fair amount of malt and a trace of hops.

Mouthfeel is very think and dry but goes down smooth with and a slight bitter aftertaste.

A perfect beer to have one or two of but not at all a session beer.

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

Poured golden copper into a snifter, with very little off-white head and no lacing. The smell was a little subdued for what I've grown accustomed to with this style; subtle earthiness, leather, and some spices (coriander?) and maltiness. The taste was a watered-down version of the smell, with even less coriander than before. The mouthfeel was a little on the thin side too. This beer needs a little work.

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Photo of cocogan
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Visual: Poured into pint glass. Amber in color with a one finger head.

Aroma: Canned peas and toast in the nose.

Taste: The smell of peas really brougtht out a pea taste in my mouth that was really not that pleasant. The peas were followed by the toast (well done toast but not burnt), which was comlemented by hints of honey and alcohol. Bit of hops at the end finishes the taste.

Body: medium

Drunkability: Really wouldn't want to drink this beer unless I was eating a meal. The taste alone isn't desirable but the toasted malts would really complement a diverse range of foods.

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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 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 PeprSprYoFace
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color with no head just a ring. No lacing.

Aroma is of just malt. Sort of brown sugar and honey. Not much.

Tastes like it smells. Nit very complex. A little bitterness. It's ok.

Mouthfeel is sort of viscous and not carbonated enough.

For sure not a beer you need to seek out. In fact there are probably others you have access to that are much better that I would drink over this. Not bad. Just bland.

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Photo of Duff27
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Reddish and clear.Thin head that dissipates quickly. Leaves behind some lacing.

S- Didn't smell too much to be honest.

T- Yeasty, little caramel malt flavor. Leaves much to be desired.

M- Creamy, little carbonation dances on the tongue.

D/O- Wants to be a 5-6 session beer more than I wanted it to. Hate to say 'forgettable' about any craft brew but I was let down with this offering.

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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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Photo of cnally
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

saw this at the store. this one looked appealing. poured into a glass.

this one pours a MASSIVE uncontrollable head. unbelieveable, looks like a root beer float collided with a science experiment with vinegar and baking soda. shame, too, because the beer is a beautiful amber hazy color.

scents of deep apple aromas, apple butter...slightly malty.

the flavor might not be my bag, but I am sure it is someone's. very sweet and appley flavor. but it is undeniably sour. the aftertaste is like an apple cider with cinnamon. but that sourness...

the feel is champagney and fizzy and seems like a bomb in your mouth.

not very drinkable. it is decent enough, as it the first beer I have had of this style...but the sourness and over fizzy with no decent returns...I cannot endorse this one.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: yellowish orange with a finger of an off white head that leaves a little bit of a lacing behind

Smell: citrus, mostly lemon. Farmhouse yeast. Lots of grassiness and wheatiness.

Taste: lemon bread. Lots of grass and farmhouse yeast. The taste is overly grassy and comes off fairly sweet

Mouthfeel: super sticky and sweet. Pretty light

Overall: a bit too unbalanced for me. First drink was bad but it got a bit better as it went on.

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Photo of drpimento
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Interesting dichotomy here. The aroma is wonderful: very rich and aromatic. Lots of citrus, malt and a bit of hop. Flavor isn't so hot. Kind of a jumble. Bitterness dominates and results in a long finish. Makes me wish I was in France having one of theirs. Decent enough amber color. Not much head nor lace. Like many of the other dos Bro's beer better.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 07/31/2009. On tap at Blind Tiger. This beer pours a deep red with no head. Aroma of sweet malt, very indistinct though. Flavor of sweet caramel malt and apple skins. This is a decent beer, very drinkable, but it is not really complex at all.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a coppery reddish color with ivory colored head. Caramel malt, some bread, yeast, and herbal tones on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with mostly malt.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear cherry wood with an off-white, mottled head. No lacing.

Smell: Distinct smell of toasted wheat or buckwheat... very nice. Buttery diacetyl is quite strong, giving me the impression of buttered wheat toast. White wine is also detectable, as are a bit of fruity hops.

Taste: Mostly caramel malts, with a short finish of herbal hops. This is mild and clean, tasty but weak, what the French might call "tres blasé." It wouldn't hold up against many foods, but might be great with pasta or chicken in an herb-cream sauce.

Mouthfeel: Very light and flat. This needs work.

Drinkability: This is inoffensive and pleasant, possibly a good crossover beer.

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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.
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