1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

2 Turtle Doves - The Bruery

Not Rated.
2 Turtle Doves2 Turtle Doves

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

403 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 403
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 192
Gots: 262 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

2 Turtle Doves is the second in the 12 Days/Years of Christmas Series. We decided to take our inspiration from the name and base the beer on the "turtle" candy, brewing it with cocoa nibs, toasted pecans, caramelized sugar and a lot of caramel malts. Somewhere between a Belgian-style Dark Strong Ale and an Imperial Porter, this beer is designed to take the journey through time until 12 Drummers Drumming.

(Beer added by: Overlord on 10-12-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 403 | Reviews: 243 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jpajpajeff


2/5  rDev -50.9%

04-27-2012 07:36:51 | More by jpajpajeff
Photo of barleywinefiend


2.13/5  rDev -47.7%

Poured a dark brown color with good carbonation and a fluffy tannish head. Nose is a complete let down. Smelled funky, booze. Taste is hot up front, immediate turn off, sourness, cocoa and the pecan is a struggle to find. Mouthfeel is hot, sknunky, unpleasant. Drinkability. No thanks.

03-19-2010 03:02:27 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of ejimhof


2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

12-25-2012 17:14:56 | More by ejimhof
Photo of cokes


2.55/5  rDev -37.3%

Virtually black, molten dark ruby topped with a glacier of slowly receding tan floe.
The nose is all port booziness, dark chocolate, and especially chalk board astringency-- the unfortunate byproduct of the interplay between the yeast and the rambunctious carbonation.
Basically, it's chalk at first and chocolately booze as it sits and warms.
Not what I was hoping for. But it's better than what I'll get.
It hits the mouth and explodes with hot fudge-drenched espresso beans. Way roastier than I was prepared for, but I can dig it. Some dark breadiness, with pinpricks of spiciness from either the yeast or from rye along with gentle notes clove and vanilla. All that is well and good, but it's quickly becoming a bubbling doomsday caldera of cocoa. It's all chocolate at the expense of everything else. People are screaming as it speeds towards their habitations. The cooling magma burps up port wine and gaseous fumes of booze. Fizzly and sizzly and eruptive up front, it grips and it sits and it cloys after a bit and it coats and it won't go away, and it preserves every horror to be memorialized eternally. It's fucking Pompeii all over again.

This is all excess. No finess. No depth. No nuance. Just shock and awe...and it does neither for me.

It reeks of the worst of Southern Tier's "candy" beers. If you are a fan of those, here's a sibling.
I'm glad I only bought one, as I doubt time will alter this much. You all can have the rest of this overpriced hype volcano.

01-28-2010 10:31:00 | More by cokes
Photo of rpstevens

New Hampshire

2.83/5  rDev -30.5%

Poured from a bottle into a smuttynose tulip. The pour yields a thick, two finger head that quickly fades to a thin layer over the beer. There is a small amount of sticky bubbly lacing on the sides of the glass, but not much. The beer is a dark brown, almost black, much darker than expected for the style, but interesting and inviting.

The smell is a lot of toffee, burnt sugar cookie malt and a slight hint of dark chocolate and vanilla sweetness (bordering on alcohol booziness).

The taste follows the smell almost exactly, the roasted malts and bitter dark chocolates hit first, followed by toffee, sugar cookies and vanilla. The beer finishes with a weird orange peel citrus sweetness/tartness that is a bit out of place. There is also a slight hint of slaty nuttiness throughout the flavor as the beer warms, adding depth, but not necessarily quality.

The beer is more carbonated than expected for the high abv, and the alcohol is well hidden, but the flavors of just don't meld together and compliment each other the way they should. This is the second Bruery beer I have had that leaves a weird taste in my mouth... Just an unfinished, almost complete beer that just isn't right...

12-27-2009 05:12:33 | More by rpstevens
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

2.88/5  rDev -29.2%

Appearance: Pour looks like the muddy mississippi. Mocha with some dark veins; no real lace, but the head was huge. Looks a bit over-carbonated, this brewer seems to struggle with carbonation a bit.

Smell: Burnt, acidic malt and bread, alcohol, pecans, cocoa nibbs. Perhaps some fruit that is over-carimalized to the point it is just on the left side of burnt. Not really tempting, smells more like a random assortment of over-cooked flavors.

Taste: Sharp, acidic, burnt coffee edge with pecans, cocoa nibs, brown sugar, and alcohol. All stick out separately, none work together

Mouthfeel: Perhaps a bit over-carbonated for the style, not smooth, alcohol not hidden.

Drinkability: Low, the high ABV is not concealed, very aggressive flavors that do not compliment each other.

Not a big fan, but I did not like partridge in a pear tree either. Could have bought a few but at $20 a bottle I am glad I did not. I rate like it says, with 3.0 being average, and I found this to be below average.

12-26-2009 04:34:33 | More by craytonic
Photo of IdrinkGas


3/5  rDev -26.3%

01-05-2012 01:57:29 | More by IdrinkGas
Photo of Greenplastic615


3/5  rDev -26.3%

08-12-2013 19:04:55 | More by Greenplastic615
Photo of SocalKicks


3/5  rDev -26.3%

03-27-2014 08:09:43 | More by SocalKicks
Photo of RichBeer


3/5  rDev -26.3%

11-16-2011 09:10:08 | More by RichBeer
Photo of wrightst


3/5  rDev -26.3%

06-20-2014 02:29:34 | More by wrightst
Photo of CityofBals


3/5  rDev -26.3%

09-12-2013 18:22:50 | More by CityofBals
Photo of PhineasGage


3/5  rDev -26.3%

01-27-2012 18:22:07 | More by PhineasGage
Photo of jerz


3/5  rDev -26.3%

11-16-2011 06:05:51 | More by jerz
Photo of pmccallum86


3.03/5  rDev -25.6%

Pours a brown color with a thin off white head.

Smell is of alcohol, dried fruits, nutmeg, and molasses.

Taste is alcohol up front, followed by dried fruit and spices. Very average example of the style.

Mouthfeel is carbonated and a little thin with an alcohol burning lingering on the tongue.

Average drinkability, average beer.

12-26-2010 04:31:23 | More by pmccallum86
Photo of deltatauhobbit


3.08/5  rDev -24.3%

Not really interested in saving it for some sort of vertical, especially since the first in the series is unjustly super rare now.

Pours a dark brown color with amber hues when held up to the light, huge tan head that fades slowly at first then speeds up with warmth, not much in the way of lacing.

Smell has a huge roasted malt aroma with a tinge of metalic, not picking up much of the cocoa nibs or pecans sadly.

Taste starts out with roasted malt and a good amount of dark fruit and candied sugar, big sticky mouthfeel, the alcohol then sneaks up and doesn't seem to leave, if it wasn't for those immediate flavors every time I take a sip the taste would be much lower because of the lingering alcohol.

03-19-2010 21:38:25 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.15/5  rDev -22.6%

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Hazed dark brown to black color. One finger of thick, light brown, whipped cream head with average retention and not really any lacing.

4.0 S: The nose is full of raw cacao and semi-sweet chocolate. Secondarily, something along the lines of walnut, then blackstrap molasses, some roastiness, toastiness, plum, raisin, and tobacco. Pretty good, but a lot of the flavors still seem a bit muddled. This could very well smooth out by the completion of the diagonal.

3.0 T: The taste is still quite raw and not really any better than fresh. The sip begins with an overload of booze and sweetness. Chocolate is there again with an overload of caramel and toffee. After that comes raisin, tobacoo, walnut and pecan. On the finish, the beer pulls a complete 180 and has a strong roastiness and an accompanying bitterness. In the aftertaste the sweetness starts building back up to the point of almost cloying. A lot of strong flavors that don't really work well with each other, at least not yet.

3.0 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Good amount of carbonation, but it isn't spritzy like in a well made Belgian. Too syruppy and chewy for my liking. Sweetness lingers.

2.5 D: The flavor profile is still a mess and it's too sweet and chewy to have any sort of drinkibility.

02-21-2011 03:22:24 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of CoolEthan


3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

03-27-2014 16:46:48 | More by CoolEthan
Photo of raverjames


3.3/5  rDev -18.9%

A: Black yet opaque. 1-finger head with ok head retention.
S: Cider and cocoa. There is a fruity smell here that is pretty strange.
T: More cider. A bit of chocolate. I am not sure if I taste the pecans, but there is a Belgian like yeast flavor.
M: A bit hot and could really benefit from some age. Carbonation is decent, but the booze is not well hidden. A bit too sweet.
D: Not so good. This beer should have been aged before release. The flavors are good, but mostly hidden by the cider flavor (bi-product of high abv beers).
I did not find this beer as enjoyable as all the other Bruery beers I have tried. It is good, but not on the same level as their other brews. There are too many off flavors that I did not expect. I will revisit in about a year to see how things have turned out.

12-20-2009 05:05:58 | More by raverjames
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.35/5  rDev -17.7%

Pours chestnut brown, sits opaque black in mine glass. Large, creamy, sand colored head sports incandescent bubbles like ornaments upon the tree. Ah, the holidays. Ah, beer. All that lovely head for some thin collared retention. Not a speck of lace.

Smells grapey. Cocoa, licorice and caramel bubble up in the dark and fruity wake. Maybe some pecan nuttyness but I think that's just because I'm straining.

Grape drank is up front, first and the foremost again. Some heat, cocoa and caramel sweetness but 'tis a mere afterthought. Thick mouthfeel is not as creamy as it should be and the carbonation is relaxed.

Too much dark fruit and and not enough of the promised pecan and cocoa.

12-26-2010 15:14:18 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of ToddT


3.38/5  rDev -17%

A- Dark brown almost black with a light brown head. Head falls quickly and leaves little to no lace on the glass.

S- Caramel, toffee, alcohol, and pecans.

T- Taste follows the nose, very sweet, lots of heat from the alcohol in the finish.

M- Medium in body, but a little thinner than expected, low to almost no carbonation. Would have liked it to be a little more creamy or silky feeling.

D- Very sweet and a noticeable alcohol presence, going to lose some points here.

An OK sipper but not one I'm going to revisit anytime soon.

12-22-2010 07:24:55 | More by ToddT
Photo of vacax


3.43/5  rDev -15.7%

On-tap at The Bruery Tasting Room.

Pours between black and very dark brown with a thin dark tan head. Smells of phenolic Belgian yeast with some nuance of dark chocolate and some earthiness. Tastes of darkly roasted grains, grape, phenols, and chocolate. Midpalate sensation brings some flora followed by a spicy finish with some cookielike notes. Medium in body, which feels a touch watery due to a high level of carbonation. I was expecting this one to be thick, but it really deviates from that expectation.

This reminds of of an imperial Black Orchard really. The cocoa nibs and toasted pecans sounded delightful, but they are generally unnoticeable for me. A strong roasty Belgian dark with little special appeal for me. The barrel aged version should be an improvement.

10-27-2009 20:40:53 | More by vacax
Photo of jp7161


3.5/5  rDev -14%

12-22-2011 06:12:33 | More by jp7161
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14%

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and not much lacing. Aroma of dry fruits and sweet malt base is fortunately not overly sweet. Taste is just enough balance between some dry fruits such as figs and plums with a rich sweet malt backbone. Body si quite full with average carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad overall though some of the upfront sweetness could be more balance with some additional complexity from missing ester.

04-02-2010 03:13:40 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of MrHirschybar


3.5/5  rDev -14%

12-23-2011 10:39:45 | More by MrHirschybar
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
2 Turtle Doves from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.