Domaine DuPage (Two Brothers Brewing Co.)

Domaine DuPage is a French country ale in the bière de garde style.  This beer has a 5.9% ABV, 24 IBUs and is available year-round.

“Inspired by the Brothers time in France, this food-friendly ale is amber in color.  With a toasty, sweet caramel start.  It finished with just enough hops to clean off the palate.  Bon appetit!”

Domaine DuPage pours an amber color with a beige head.  After starting at an inch, the head fades to practically nothing.  Faint carbonation floats through the glass, with the liquid leaving ropes of lacing hanging from the glass.

When the folks at Two Brothers referred to this beer as a country ale they were not joking.  The smell emanating from the bottle reminded me of a country dinner.  I picked up notes of corn, butter, potatoes, wheat and flowers.  Kinda odd for a beer, but it definitely peaked my interest.

Now this is a sweet and tasty beer!  I picked up flavors of rock candy, honey and butter.  Almost as if a Belgian tripel had blended with a French saison.  Flavorful, but not too flavorful to keep you from drinking more than one.

The mouthfeel is where this beer took a hit on the points scale.  There is an intense heat that blasts your taste buds at first sip.  It fades after a moment as the flavors come forward, but it’s long enough for it to distract from the experience.  Mouthfeel is medium and slight sticky, which in turn leads to mild drying.

Domaine DuPage is a nicely balanced, easy-drinking French country ale.  I could easily see this being a great addition to a lunch box to be enjoyed on a warm summer day.  I hope to try more beers from Two Brothers Brewing Company the next time I’m back in the Midwest.

Overall:  7.5 out of 10

As a BIÈRE DE GARDE:  8.5 out of 10

FOR FANS OF: New Belgium BIÈRE DE MARS, The Lost Abbey AVANT GARDE, Brasserie de Saint-Sylvestre 3 MONTS

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