706: Domaine DuPage

706 - Domaine DuPageName: Domaine PuPage
Brewery: Two Brothers Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Warrenville, IL
Style: Bière de Garde
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.9%
First Brewed: 2001
Price: $1.99

Tasting Notes
Soft, malty on the nose, neither roasty nor caramel, but kind of cakelike. A reasonable amount of spicy yeast character and fruitiness. Soft and slightly sweet on the palate, drying to a very faint roasty-toasty finish with a dab of bittersweet hops.

Ricky’s Thoughts

I’ve had this beer before. I have actually had both beers on the list from Two Brothers. But a few weeks ago Mickey told me they were on the list. I had no idea! SO I went in, grabbed both bottles and now we are ready to review them. But, after learning more about the beer, the brewery and the connection to France… Now I am excited to review it. Based on the tasting notes, I don’t have high hopes. But I am willing to give it a chance. Cheers!

In the Glass: I don’t remember this beer being this color. For whatever reason I imagined this would be a saison. Well, at least look like a saison. Also, the label has changed over the years. The label on BeerAdvocate is different than the label in the book is different than the label on the bottle. I wonder why they change labels. SanTan has been changing the design on their cans lately. I wonder what prompts a brewing company to do that.

This beer has little to no head, and not much lace to speak of. Too bad we didn’t review this beer with dinner. I am sick of looking at it. Let’s smell it!

Nose: That smells like grass. I am getting a hint of sweetness, too. If I closed my eyes, I can imagine standing in a cornfield on a farm filled with wildlife. This isn’t a bad thing. I like a nice earthy beer from time to time. Also, this beer is freezing cold. I don’t know why we do that. We should pour before we prep. Lesson learned, I suppose.

Flavor: Apparently this is their flagship beer. I mean, every brewery has to start somewhere. But this beer just isn’t very good. It’s bland, boring, and quite frankly, doesn’t deserve to be on the list. Of course, neither does PBR. But the history behind the beer helps. I will give this beer some credit, though. The history behind this beer, and it’s roots in France help me appreciate it that much more.

Mouthfeel: Not much going on. There is some slight carbonation around the edges, but nothing to write home about.

Aftertaste: The same flavors I was smelling stick around. I am getting a hint of citrus, even though the book didn’t say anything about citrus. But I will say, the lingering bitterness is definitely present. Not what you would get from a pale ale or an IPA, but the bitterness is getting stronger the more I swallow.

Overall, this beer would make a good table beer. Not something that I am going to order when I am out and not something I am going to look for at my local liquor store. But if I was in a rush, and needed a good food beer, this would do. I will also say that most of the beers I’ve had from Two Brothers haven’t been great. Oh, and they apparently opened a location in North Scottsdale. I need to go check it out… See what the fuss is all about.

Cheers to whatever you’re drinking tonight.

Domaine DuPage – The bottle says: “This food friendly ale is deep amber in color, with a toasty, sweet caramel start. It finished with jut enough hops to clean off the palate. Bon appétit. ”

“Two Brothers is a craft brewery on the outskirts of Chicago that specialized in rare and seldom-brewed beer styles. The two of us – Jason and Jim Ebel – strive to produce the very best beers available anywhere.”

Rating: 2.5/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

Bear with me tonight. I’m actually kind of sick with a sore throat and possibly a cold, so my review may not be entirely on point. Also, I think part of the problem when writing reviews more often is that I just can’t think of what to say! “The beer looks like this, smells like this, tastes like this.” What else is there? Oh well. I power on.

First of all, it’s a small bottle. That’s something new, right? I never really talk about what kind of bottle it is or what size it is. Well, this one is only 12 ounces. And it’s an American brewery, which can be very different from some of the bottles or beers that aren’t. This one is from Two Brothers. We have a lot of them right now. We are actually getting a Two Brothers location here in Arizona. I think it opens tomorrow, in fact. That might be worth a visit this weekend. I bet it will be busy. Maybe if I’m feeling better.

I actually don’t know that much about Two Brothers, so I’m reading up on them right now. Turns out they are located outside of Chicago. I had no idea. I’ve been to Chicago many times, since it’s only 3 hours away from where we used to live in Indiana. Not sure why they decided to open their first location outside of Illinois all the way out here in Arizona, but I’m not going to complain!

Turns out this beer we are drinking is their flagship beer. It’s a French Country Ale, which is not a style that I can say I’m very familiar with. Apparently the “two brothers”, Jim and Jason lived in France in their 20s and couldn’t find a similar beer when they returned to the US. So they made their own.

The beer almost looks like a darker wheat beer in the glass. It seems to be a bit carbonated, with some tiny bubbles floating to the top. There’s not a lot of head. It’s kind of a reddish-orange color. It doesn’t have a strong smell to it, but what is there is maybe a bit fruity, almost like a wine smell. France is definitely known for wine, so maybe that’s part of why this is a “French country ale”? I really don’t know. I guess it’s time to see what it tastes like.

Hmm… this one is interesting. Is it weird to say that it’s kind of like having your wine and bread at the same time. It does have sort of a wine-like taste to it, but it’s a beer, so there is the bread. Ricky didn’t like it. I think it’s unique. I can see why the brothers said it would pair well with food. It’s not as carbonated as I thought it might be. I do like the flavor, though. I might have to visit Two Brothers here this weekend and order this beer with some food just to see! It’s not my favorite style of beer, but I could see myself ordering it again. Here’s to enjoying this brewery soon here in the Grand Canyon State!

Rating: 3.5/5

705 bottles of beer on the wall…

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