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2 Turtle Doves - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
90
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430 Ratings
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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 195
Gots: 262 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Overlord on 10-12-2009

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.
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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  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.

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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...

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at TJ's in Paoli, PA for the 6th Anniversary celebration.

A - The appearance is good, very opaque only the smallest amount of light passes through at the base of the glass. The appearance reminds me of cacao liquer with thick viscous look and no head, dark coffee shade like cola w/ 'legs' as it is swirled like port wine

S - A rich fruity nose, somewhat sweet w/ vinous notes mild nuts and alcohol blend of aromas w/ slight buttery toffee notes and mellow cacao. The slight diacetyl enhances the pecan bowl aroma - it is packed with dry nutty scents!

M - Well, wow is all I could say when it expanded across my palate at first, very rich and thick, viscous feel. The texture is intense with density and mildly carbonated cask mouthfeel playing off the layers of dark maltiness w/ slight residual sweetness and alcohol in the warming finish the beer isn't cloying even in cask form

T -The taste is rich, but dry w/ mild syrup and nutty flavors w/ mild pepper and pecan accent. The dense flavor has cacao, toffee and fudge like tastes with an accent of stone fruit and mild burnt caramel edges. There is certainly an earthy element at play here -molasses or dark candy sugar giving the concentrated sweet quality with the cacao and nuts giving the smooth almost oily texture. A raisin like flavor w/ turtle totally fitting description as it has the dessert taste - the elements are there -pecan, caramel, cocoa w/ an almost coconut hint. I get a light tinge of plum from the yeast w/ light alcohol. It has a unique pecan note while totally caramel w/ fruitcake flavors. The toasted taste is evident with sweet edge in the finish

D - Although rich and slightly heavy (almost imposing) strength-wise. The stature is not enough to hinder drinkability -this is a superior brew. The flayers are layered and the concept translates well in the flavor. I would not guess 12% from the way this taste- well hidden alcohol - this beer is highly drinkable in small doses

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2 Turtle Doves from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.