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: 528 | Ratings: 1,509
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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Photo of gonzo000
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color is interesting with very little head. The smell has a funk or a spice I do not care for, but it was not prevalent in the beer, and the taste really grew on me. Very good beer.

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Photo of EFitzsimmons
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good drinkable beer. No complaints with this beer.

Good gold with slight amber color. Very light carbonated head quickly fizzles to a solid rim around the glass.

Pretty good malt smell, but I'm not picking up much else.

Slightly sweet caramel, but with a strong malty flavor throughout.

Good light feeling, but still with a full mouth feel with a smooth dry finish.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold, some reddish tint

Faint hops and malt.

Taste is a bit sweet, some bitter English type hops. A bit of yeasty.

Medium body, medium carb. A bit creamy.

Not sure what this style is supposed to be like but this beer is ok.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a finger high and eggshell in shade. Its texture is creamy, but it's quick to fade. Streaks of lacing are left behind. (3.75)

Smell: I pick up a lot of caramel-laden malt. It's not quite as forward in French-style yeast as I'd like - I'm only getting a slight touch of bread and black pepper. Basically, this is around 3/10 on the rustic scale. Plus, it seems to have an excess of crystal malt for my personal tastes. (3)

Taste: The opening flavors are loaded with plenty of caramel, toast, and cream flavors. This beer in general does a good job of extracting the good qualities of crystal malt, while putting the weaker one on the back burner. It has a subtly spicy finish: I can pick it up, but it never overpowers. The way it tricks my palate between thinking it's from the hops or from the yeast on each different sip is just so damn deft; I'm not even bothered by its lack of rustic-ness. Its balance is bang-on, too. The more I drink it, the more I like it - the hallmark of a great beer. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy, the finish is just dry enough for this to not overwhelm my palate. Carbonation remains low. It lacks the palate-coating coarseness most beers with crystal malt seem to have, too, allowing the softness of the texture to shine through very well. (4)

Overall: Holy crap - the flavor profile is as impressive as the aroma is average. Just when I think it's just an amber ale with a French twist, it unfurls a few additional layers to my palate. It really is a beautiful beer, one that I'll definitely have to seek out in the future. (4.25)

3.9/5: The nose is like a cheese-eating surrender monkey; the flavor is like Charles De Gaulle

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Photo of kwlightner
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber to gold in color with nice foam and some lacing. Mild aroma. Enjoyable malty taste. Very mild, but suprisingly complex. Lingers in the mouth and goes down easy. Overall a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of BeerHistoryGuy
4.74/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A light amber beer with incredible amounts of flavors - all well balanced. I was surprised at the myriad of flavors, from spices to fruits to caramel, but it all works so well. And, somehow, the beer goes down easy and is very light. It is a sweet beer, but nothing over the top. All in all, this is a great beer for sitting around a porch, chatting, and just having a high quality crafted beer.

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Photo of spoony
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 355 ml bottle (best by January 7, 2015) into a wine glass.

A-The beer is light amber with a bronze hue. A thin off-white head drops pretty quickly to a cap then a collar. The foam leaves some lacing.

S-The aroma is on the sweet side with suggestions of spice, malted barley, carmel, some tree fruit like apple and pear, as well as some toast and biscuit malt. It is pleasant and decently complex.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. It packs a mild sweetness with fruit and caramel flavors. I get some pear, apple, baking spice, white grape, caramel, toasted bread, and just a little floral bitterness.

M-The heft is medium to above average and the carbonation is on the mild side.

O-This is pretty solid beer. I don't know that I will go out of my way to find it again, but for general drinking purposes, this fits the bill very nicely. It offers good complexity and I can see it pairing well with food.

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

Brown in color with good clarity. A fingernail of beige foam covers the majority of the top. Aroma is all amber malt. The flavor is primarily amber malt with notes of caramel. The mouth is lightly salty and dry.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Top Hops a few weeks back, not having a beer from Two Brothers in quite some time. I love this style, given how highly esteemed the Scythe and Sickle is in my book. While not as complex or as rich as that, this was a great example of the style with loads of flavor, a pleasing appearance, and an easy drinkability. The lack of spice and overpowering booze only made this easier to quaff while admiring how much this seemed like something imported and not from middle America!

Great pour to this, as it had a deep mahogany hue infused with plum, a moderately fluffy head, and thing rings of lacing that indicated the level of my beer after each sip. This wasn't completely clear either as it had a slight haziness to it and a few larger bits of sediment floating around, even though there wasn't anything left in the glass once I poured this out. Lots of apple, yeast, and dough in the nose followed by some earthy spice, lemon zest, and grass in the taste. Quite light for being so complex, this tasted very French from start to finish without being overly spicy and the carbonation meshed well with the range of flavors.

The alcohol was perfect here and that's not something that I say very often, but it complemented everything else so wonderfully. While not a Pumpkin beer, this had the feel one one in certain aspects without being overly spicy or heavy tot he taste. If there was a bit of champagne yeast in this, it wouldn't surprise me as this had a light feel to it from start to finish. This was wonderful stuff that put a smile on my face and proved to me that more U.S. brewers should give this style a go and while not as potent or full as something imported here, Two Brothers had a winner here that's sure to offend no one. Give it a go before the fall weather gives way to old man winter!

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Sammy's Gourmet Burgers & Beers, served in a shaker pint (not chilled, only due to my asking for it that way).

A: Arrived in the glass a slightly cloudy deep amber, with a creamy, just off-white head. Said head left sheetlike lacing down the sides of the glass as I drank. Bubbles streamed continuously from the bottom of the beer.

S: Unfortunately, due to the location, I couldn't get much of the nose. What I was able to smell involved toast drizzled with honey as one sits amidst a freshly mown lawn.

T: Much like what I detected from the nose, actually. This reminded me of mowing grass around a beehive overflowing with honey, near a bed of fragrant flowers and an open window out of which wafts fresh baking bread. What hop presence is there does not cut into the sweetness overmuch, allowing it to star. As the beer warms, some subtle spiciness emerges, hints of coriander and cardamom.

M: Light in body and rather well carbonated, this drinks lively.

O: A rather enjoyable biere de garde, which manages to provide a decent array of hop flavors without steamrollering the malt.

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Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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