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2 Turtle Doves - The Bruery

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Ratings: 403
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 190
Gots: 263 | 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)
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I well enjoyed this one, found in Phoenix. Dark colour with some head. Pleasant aromas. Above average mouthfeel. On the sweeter side, with good characters of the coco, pecan nuttiness, yeast and very pleasant Belgian. I did not detect the alcohol. Dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 02:53:49 | More by Sammy
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour for the Bruery Initiation Celebration held at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a clear crimson-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and a really unique peanut butter and jelly combo. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great smell and some tasty flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 18:02:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

11-27-2011 06:17:42 | More by djrn2
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark brown with a large off white head and some good lacing as it goes down my tulip. Nose brings forward really nice notes of caramel, toasted nuts, molasses, brown sugar, and some generic sweetness.

The taste adds in some dark fruits in addition to molasses, caramel, nuts, and some sweet malt. Medium body with a bit of booze and nice carbonation levels. A really interesting concept and quite tasty. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this develops over the years.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 01:49:20 | More by Thorpe429
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3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bittersweet chocolate brown with slim highlights of orange and gold barely visible along the bottom edge. The golden khaki colored crown filled slightly more than half the glass on the pour and is deflating in slow motion. It never does becomes rocky, or visually interesting, and lays down almost no lace.

The nose is redolent of dark caramel and cocoa, with a background earthiness. Maybe a hint of toasted pecans, but I never would have gotten there on my own. An olfactory flicker of tart fruit is worrisome.

The Bruery 2 Turtle Doves is not light years better than Partridge In A Pear Tree, as was hoped. It might be a little bit better, once warming has occurred and the various flavors have had a chance to meld. It isn't a classic BSDA by any means, but that's probably the most accurate choice. Belgian-style stout would work too.

Specifics include pumpernickel bread, chocolate-covered caramels, tangy medium-dark fruit, black licorice and cloves. Alcohol is exceptionally well-masked, especially given the ABV. In the end, it comes together just well enough to earn the taste score seen above.

Despite being decently bubbled (never a certainty with these guys), the body/mouthfeel doesn't wow. It needs more size and especially more voluminous creaminess. Maybe the carbonation could use some work after all.

The Bruery has never really delivered on their early promise. Only a couple of saisons (Rue and De Lente) have been truly impressive. 2 Turtle Doves is good beer that was worth the purchase price, but I'll be looking for something more from 3 French Hens.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 12:41:40 | More by BuckeyeNation
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks like a BSDA, with an espresso color and a fluffy beige head; clumps of lace cling to the chalice on the way down

Smell: Rum-soaked dark fruit, with hints of chocolate and roasted nuts

Taste: Boozy dark fruit flavors dominate the opening, with an increasing astringency developing by mid-palate, with nut skin and chocolate aspects as well; after the swallow, the flavors blend together nicely, with the chocolate coming to the fore in the finish

Mouthfeel: Creamy medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Still a little young and boozy, but has potential; deep layers of flavor

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 02:06:44 | More by brentk56
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, opaque brown color was evident from the start with a rich looking hazelnut tone to it. The head finally calmed down after about twenty minutes but still dropped tons of foam and lace along the glass.

The aroma was very nice, a little bit ruddy at first. Hints of chcoalte and caramel, rich belgian spice and a wonderful bit of dark fruit all dancing around wonderfully inside of it. But it was once I took a sip that everything really came together for me. A wave of cascading brown sugar and tart apples just rolled across the tongue. Enormously rich and vigorous, this was just a wonderful thing to behold. Nice touches of chocolate and rich toffee like notes were all balanced well in advance of a lovely dark fruit tone that led the charge once the yeast kicked in. Nice notes of prunes and rasins, hints of plums and dark cherries were all very much evident in the profile. The carbonation was spot on, as the rich, velvet like bubbles converged on the tongue and added to the prickly pepper like spices that lasted long into the finish. Smooth as silk with almost all the alcohol very well hidden, this was certainly a gem.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 16:17:32 | More by mikesgroove
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 03:13:40 | More by Phyl21ca
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

12-02-2012 03:27:50 | More by acurtis
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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From old notes. Had this on-tap at the Bruery at its release.

A: Pours a dark brown color (mahogany?) with some reddish notes and a big khaki head.

S: The chocolate comes through nicely and there is a distinct nuttiness to it. A definite dark fruit thing underneath such as raisins and black cherry. As it warms, there is more and more of a raw cocoa aroma.

T: Not as sweet as I was expecting with quite a bit of nuttiness. Cocoa and baker's chocolate with a fair sweetness coming from the strong Belgian beer that serves as the base. Similar fruit notes come to mind here as well.

M: Medium in body with a full carbonation to it.

O: Considerably better than Partridge. The nuttiness sort of threw me, but I found it to be enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 07:26:37 | More by womencantsail
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

01-12-2012 07:49:07 | More by ygtbsm94
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

12-14-2011 00:26:51 | More by spycow
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-26-2013 01:14:24 | More by GRG1313
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3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A much stronger aroma that I expected from this brew. This was a vintage from a firkin. Everything about this kind of reminded me of a barley wine. The aroma was boozie with some dried fruits in the mix. There is some cranberry and fig flavors that fade into the strong alcohol aftertaste. Overall this is a really nice beer for Christmas time, bad thing is that it's aesthete brew and we may not see this again.

Serving type: cask

03-31-2011 22:04:08 | More by Knapp85
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Ah, Christmas in July. It pours a slightly translucent dark brown topped by about a finger of tan bubbly head. The nose comprises chocolate syrup, figs, plums, molasses, brown sugar, and that Belgian yeast character...you know the one. The taste follows very closely, with the chocolate and brown sugar amping up their sweetness (and then some), and a nice nuttiness coming through, ostensibly from the pecans. The body is a strong medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a silky smooth feel. Not a bad holiday brew at all. Makes me wonder how Three French Hens is gonna work out this winter...

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 23:58:02 | More by TMoney2591
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-14-2011 22:40:24 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-27-2013 21:25:01 | More by largadeer
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-14-2011 22:53:18 | More by JAHMUR
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-16-2011 05:54:52 | More by nickfl
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-29-2013 15:51:58 | More by feloniousmonk
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3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that dissipates pretty quickly to a ring with a ton of giant bubbles. Dark, dark brown body that is a bit lighter at the fringes. Some nice spotty lacing. Pretty impressive for such a high-gravity brew.

S - Smells like turtles - semi-dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and pecans. There's also some booziness to it. This is still pretty hot and could probably use some time to mellow and develop more dark fruit character.

T - The taste is much roastier with a ton of nuttiness, with a bitter dark chocolate finish. The alcohol is much better hidden as well, as it manifests as rum-soaked dark fruits.

M - Lower carbonation, viscous, smooth, medium-thick body. It's spot on for a high-gravity dessert beer.

D - This is pretty drinkable for a 12% beer, but I still feel like I'm getting diabetes after a 1/2 glass. 4-6oz is an appropriate serving. Best suited for sharing with dessert.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 04:55:01 | More by MasterSki
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark brown to black opaque hue with cola highlights, beautiful fine bubbled effervescent four finger thicket of head forms. These bottles got some carbonation going on, lacing is fine and even definitely in the Belgian style. This is my first run in with this bruer and there's definitely a nice layer of hype surrounding the experience. That's not a bad thing, but the frenzy to get the last release Partridge in a Pear Tree get's to me especially in the trading forums.

Aroma hits my nares with a sharp sweetness and soothing roasted pecans, a nice vanilla and oak like charred roasted malt character blends nicely. That dark roasted malt note with the cocoa nibs is really nice, the dark chocolate is there with a nice layer of fruitiness a bit of sweetened cherries with caramel and nuts. Complex to say the least, the amount of carbonation does indeed tickle the nostrils as well, it makes you want to giggle like the Pillsbury doughboy. Faint herbal hops do show up in the nose especially as it warms a bit.

Flavor is blasting with complexity again the sharp sweetness seems to coat the entire mouthfeel, with a layer of acidity from the dark roasted malt and cocoa nib additions. It's got a dark black roasted coffee edge with welcoming fruit dark cherries, caramel, and again mild charred oak even though I know this one hasn't met a barrel yet. There's just too much sweetness and carbonation to actually detect the hop bitterness or flavor, but the dark roasts blended with the dark roasts also has somewhat of a medicinal cherry syrup flavor. Basically due to the 12% abv, I think this aspect will mellow especially for those crazy types willing to hold on to this until the 12 Drummers Drumming release, I wouldn't say the heat kills the flavor profile right now but I'd prefer it to more on the mellow side. This one will warm you up this winter, grab a cigar and a couple extra bottles so you don't have to treat this like a holy grail ale. I think the pecans come off more in the nose, while the bottle has more of an oily bitterness from the nut additions.

Mouthfeel is medium to lighter bodied with a heavier note of carbonation, oily resins from both hops and nut additions. The finish leaves a bitter acrid old coffee water flavor with the acidity from dark chocolate as the mouthfeel after each sip. This is one aspect of the brew that really didn't sit well with me especially in the last of my pour.

Drinkability overall was okay definitely a nice brandy snifter/chalice sipper right now, serve this as an after dinner beer this Christmas and spin some heads. A special brew with big features that should tame with time. Definitely a beer that will have no problems holding up to the test of time if cellared properly, I would have a hard time drinking this in quantity definitely split with at least one friends or do yourself a favor and find a group of beer lovers to share this beauty with.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 05:57:32 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to DavoleBomb for this one.

Pours an effervescent mahogany with a finger of brown/mocha head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Raisins & other dark fruit, mutes a bit as this warms & then booze

T: Dark fruit, leafy hops, oaky dryness baker's choclate & some boozeyness up front, plus just a hint of vanilla. Raisins & a hint of cherry dominate as this warms, plus dryness & assertive but not overly intrusive booze that continues to mellow the warmer this gets, plus plums. finishes pretty dry with much plum & raisin & a bit of brandyish type boozeyness

MF: Fairly chewy, low but noticeable carbonation, pretty rich & complex

Pretty drinkable, especially it warms, the booze warmth blends better with all flavors presented. A fairly clean tasting take at the style, this went down well after working outdoors for half a day in the cold & wind. I look forward to more bruery offerings as I get a chance to find/try them

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 03:09:31 | More by russpowell
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3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Beer is dark brown / black and cloudy. There is almost no head (even after kind of a rough pour). What little head is there is brown and tiny bubbles. Carbonation is low as is lacing. Looks OK.

Aroma is alcohol first, a woodsey and slight roast second.

The flavor is about what the aroma set me up to expect. Can definitely taste the alcohol, some spices, coffee in the back of the mouth and the aftertaste, overall the beer is pretty dry, wasn't expecting that. Roast is in the back there are no hops or real bitterness in this one.

This beer was OK. Drinkability moderate and mouthfeel was fine, medium body, plenty of flavors to keep me entertained.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 00:41:50 | More by drabmuh
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

03-27-2014 08:09:43 | More by SocalKicks
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2 Turtle Doves from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.