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2 Turtle Doves - The Bruery

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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 195
Gots: 265 | FT: 16
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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 boothbeer
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened this bottle on Christmas and shared with my cousin. He didn't like it, so I had the pleasure of finishing it myself. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown with a very thin tan head that left no lacing. I think a more aggressive pour was needed. The darkness of the beer surprised me, even for a Belgian Dark Ale.

This smells like a Belgian beer. Traditional yeast smell that I love, coupled with some chocolate, roasted malt and some nutty aroma.

Tastes like a chocolate covered almond or macadamia nut. The dominating cocoa and chocolate flavors goes surprisingly well with the Belgian flavors. Very complex, and flavors blend well together.

Very high carbonation. Tingles on the tongue. Was looking for a smooth mouthfeel, and that was not what I got. Its not bad, just not what I expected.

Although %12 ABV, I am still giving this a good drinkability score. I drank almost the whole 750ml bottle with no problem.

Photo of biophiliadude
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into 10 oz glass

A: Jet black, nice brown 1/4 head

S: Dark fruits, dark chocolate

T: Wow! Chocolate covered strawberry's, caramel covered almonds! Complex, and comes in waves. Coffee there too.

M: Smooth, medium bodied.

D: High alcohol, but very enjoyable. I could easily drink this all night - granted the night would be over in about a bottle and a half. Really enjoyable beer from a "bruery" i'm excited to start getting into!

Photo of bbkd3b
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a wine glass... I'm putting this one off no more!

A: Pours a super-dark color with no light getting through the glass. Has a one-finger head with average retention. Leaves mediocre on the way down, but I'm too busy looking at how dark it is...

S: Really sweet smelling. Dark chocolate is definitely the most evident scent. Notes of sugar and some toasted malt scent underneath.

T: Far more powerful than the scent! At first, the dark chocolate is the most obvious taste, but when it sits on the tongue, a lot more starts to show up. There seems to be some dark fruit involved, and the pecans are at the hind end. There's a lot going on. Slight alcohol when it touches the back of the tongue. It's really complex and really delicious.

M: Heavier side of medium, thick and creamy. Goes down smooth, but when it's in the gut, the 12% ABV really heats you up!

D: Good, except for the high alcohol content. By the time I was done with the bottle, I wanted more, but I couldn't really drink anymore!

Overall/notes: After a couple of weeks of promising that I'd drink this, I finally followed through. Really good Belgian Dark that deserves to be consumed with respect. Great for a winter drink because it warms you up so well!

Photo of Popkas
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a thin head.

S: Roasted malts, toasted pecans and a bit of smoke. Interesting.

T: Chocolate and pecans and a little sweet vanilla.

M: Medium feel that is a bit a chewy.

D: Fairly drinkable given the abv and various things going on. Be interesting to see how the it changes in the cellar.

Photo of Intelligentsia
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750-mL bottle purchased at Bierkraft in Brooklyn, New York. Was refrigerated. This beer is very, very dark in color, typical of a Belgian Dark Ale, letting about zero light pass through. Poured a mild head that left very little lacing.

The nose was as advertised: Belgian all the way, with chocolate, caramel, butterscotch, roasted malt, nuts. Was just what the doctor ordered for a cool January evening. Hop aroma not present.

The taste is dominated by chocolate and caramel. Mild spiciness with just a tiny bit of hops to balance the strong malt presence and dominating cocoa flavors. Great complexity that lingers for a while afterwards. Very little carbonation, and this one barely feels like it is a stout 12% a.b.v.

Looking forward to Three French Hens next year.

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

Poured into a standard pint glass (it was the best thing available).

Appearance: Pours out brown and murky, producing a quarter inch of cocoa-colored foam. The head recedes to a creamy halo after a minute or so, but quickly finds its original form after brief swirl. Body is blackish brown and nearly opaque, showing just a touch of crimson through the bottom edge of the pint glass. Not much lacing. Looks mysterious and rich.

Smell: Toasted pecans loom large in the nose, and they smell great! Besides the pecans, I get chocolate malt balls, toffee, red currants, and red wine vinegar. That's about all. Nicely done.

Taste: Toasted pecans, sour red currants, charred oak, coconut, dark chocolate, and subtle alcohol. I love the way this is put together: a little sour, a little roasty, very rich and complex. I'm finding new flavors in each sip. Excellent!

Mouthfeel: Rich, thick, dry, on the syrupy side - feels kinda like a merlot actually. Carbonation is light and prickly. Lots of mouth-numbing. Aftertaste is mild, dry, and predominantly roasty.

Drinkability: This was an absolute treat. While I would have liked to share it with someone, I was very happy drinking the whole thing on my own. Hopefully I can find another bottle before supplies run out.

Photo of NCBeerFan
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've walked by this several times as of late and finally decided to grab a bottle and try it out. Poured a dark brown into a DFH snifter with a one finger head, which quickly dissipated into ring of bubbles; very little lacing. Smell of roasted pecans, toffee, chocolate, and subtle booziness. The taste closely follows the aroma, with the pecan/chocolate and sweet malty flavors being dominant. Fairly light carbonation and smooth mouthfeel, with the alcohol not overpowering. All in all, an impressive Belgian ale and one that I'll definitely try again.

Photo of krisandajt
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was supposed to crack this bad boy open for Christmas, but I never did get around to it. So I figure that New Years Eve Eve is just as good a day as any...

Appearance: Not being gentle with the pour I have before me a very dark, murky, chocolate-y brown colored brew. There's a huge amount of very thick, fluffy, bubbly head. Not craggy at all, the head actually forms a smooth dome on the top of my beer. The retention is excellent, and there's some nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Right off the bat I notice that there is virtually no trace of the high 12% ABV. Instead I am greeted by a slight Belgiany yeast twinge with some nuttiness. The label indicates that this beer is brewed with cocoa nibs, which I can see in the beer's appearance but it is a characteristic that is somewhat lacking in the nose.

Taste: The cocoa that is missing in the nose if very apparent on the palate. In fact, that's the first thing I notice. Immediately following the sweet cocoa is a nice subtle nuttiness that fades into an ever so slight alcohol booziness that reminds you that you are drinking a 12% ABV beer. It all blends together very nicely, and no single flavor hangs around on the palate long enough to really get a grasp of it. Instead I find myself taking sip after sip just to experience the complexity again and again. Very well done.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, maybe even slightly over carbonated, this beer has a nice medium to full body and leaves a slight tingle on the palate. A slightly smoother texture would have been welcome, but by no means is that a bad drinking beer.

Drinkability: A delightfully complex beer that I find myself really enjoying. I haven't experienced too many of The Bruery's beers, but if they are in the same league as this one then I will have to actively seek them out. This beer is tasty and quite drinkable, however the high ABV kind of disqualifies this beer as being a sessionable, all night drinker. Definitely recommend.

Photo of Schmaltzy
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chamay glassware.

A- Nice porter brown dark color with a small amount of head receeding to the sides of the glass leaving little or no lacing. Kind of dissapointed with the head on this one but the color is very nice.

S- Wow, nice toasted pecan/malt scent with some great chocolate, some subtle alcohol scents, really a great smelling belgian with nice yeasty aromas.

T- Great chocolate covered pecans as soon as you sip this beer followed by some great belgian yeast flavors. Really great dark flavors leaning toward a nice porter.

M- Very light carbonation which is nice but hopefully this will last long enough for the 12 days of Christmas. All in all right now the mouthfeel is good medium body with light carbonation.

D- Easy to drink at 12% with loads of chocolate, pecan, belgian yeast flavors. I can't wait to crack the other 3 bottles that I have but will wait 1 year, 3-5 years, and on the 12th day of Christmas. I also should be getting a -bal version from the Reserve Society that I cannot wait to try.

Photo of Inflames
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is maybe only my 4th Bruery beverage so far. (not available where i am)
After having white orchard, black orchard and partridge in a pear tree, I wasn't sure what to expect other than a tasty brew.
The aroma was probably the only area that I would knock this one on -a bit weak but I get a toasty almond scent. The beer it self is a shade or two from black. Instantly upon taste I think of porter then it quickly reminds me of a dubbel. Then the lingering flavor leaves me wanting more.
I am looking forward to trying this years release next year. I think it will be amazing with a little age to it.

A most try for those that enjoy dark beers.

Photo of SShelly
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

EDIT- Scores changed on 1/11/10, opened a bottle and felt it needed a higher score.

Pours a dark chocolate brown, edging towards black, low offwhite head leaves in a couple of seconds.

Low toasty aroma with a little bit of alcohol, fairly subdued for such a large beer, hints of chocolate as it warms.

Flavor is dominated by dark chocolate, fills the mouth and coats the tongue, a little bit of belgian twang towards the finish, leaves sweet malt in the mouth.

very smooth for a 12% beer, excited to have this with some age on it.

Photo of DrJay
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, chestnut brown with ruby edges and a mocha cap. Very fine bubbles coated the glass and left spotty lacing behind. Looks great. The aroma was bready and yeasty with notes of cocoa, alcohol, raisins, toast and nuts, the last I'm assuming from the toasted pecans. There was a hint of rosewater as well. The toasted pecans were prominent in the flavour too, balanced nicely with moderate bitterness and a bit of alcohol, cocoa, and a richer chocolate finish. Full bodied with a smooth, creamy texture and lowish carbonation. Mild alcohol warmth. Overall, quite good. It finished a bit chalky, but the pecan and chocolate flavours were quite nice. It seems like something you could lay down for a little while, but I'm skeptical that it will hold up for the next 10 years.

Photo of rfgetz
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and chalky brown color, gushing dark khaki colored head which retains well. Smell is of dark cocoa, dark fruit, faint nuttyness with a solid background of belgian yeast. Taste follows scent with rich dark cocoa, slight nuttyness with a dark fruit and belgian yeast background. Hints of vanilla and sweet cream. ABVs hidden very well.
Velvety smooth in spite of the cloudyness of the brew, nice carbonation level. Very good beer, just wish some of the more prominantly listed ingrediants packed a larger punch.

Photo of dnjmed
4.79/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On pour into standard Brit pint glass, head is unexceptional. However, this ale is dark as night.

The scent is delicious, perfect, with coffee, cherry, pecan, and chocolate.

Taste and texture are incredible- the smoothness completely masks the very high alcohol content. I've had stouts with less alcohol, but taste more alcoholic.

The pecans are what make the difference. They add a sweetness that is not found in most powerful stouts. It is distinctive and tasty. I am amazed that its called an ale. It tastes very similar to many great stouts. This is an excellent ale- stout hybrid, closer to the stout family in my opinion.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the source itself. 12 ounce serving, on to the beer:

Dark chocolate/caramel cream color. Not much head on top of this one, and not a lot of lacing forms. The nose catches the toasted pecans. In fact, they are far and away the biggest aroma. Some pears and a touch of cocoa emerges as the beer warms. Like the aroma, its taste is dominant of the toasted pecans between 42-50F. "Hot" pears, disguising the alcohol, plays second fiddle. Astringent cocoa is light tasting. The toasted pecans leaves an astringent flavor on the palate. As the beer warms, the pecan flavor dies down while pears and plums pop out more. The alcohol become a little more noticable, but still well hidden until you feel the beer go down your throat and heat up your chest. The aftertaste lasts long of toasted pecans with a side of pears.

I wonder how those with nut allergies will react to this beer, because this is definately the "nuttiest" tasting beer I've had. Lots of pecan flavor to go around, plus a little bit of Belgian Dark Ale. 12 ounces is a good serving size for me; a 750 ml bottle would require a person to share with.

Photo of rpstevens
2.86/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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...

Photo of scifan
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a nice fluffy tan head. Leaves just specks of lacing along the glass. This is one aromatic beer I could smell it as soon as I opened it. Smells so complex. This beer has alot going on. The first thing I pitched up on was the chocolate aromas. Also getting nice dark fruity smells and belgian yeast. Not a hint of alcohol in the nose. The first thing that hits the taste buds is velvety smooth dark chocolate. Then I'm hit with lots of sweet dark fruity flavors, plum, fig, and raisins come to mind. Then its washed away by the belgian yeasty flavors. Just a hint warming alcohol as it goes down. Its hard to believe that this is 12%. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and goes down way to easy to be that big of a beer. This is probably the best beer I've had from The Bruery yet.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, rich dark color. Some ruby reddish hues to it. Mild spicy aroma-cloves, ginger and cinnamon come to mind. Earthy and bready malt flavor. Burnt sugars with a dark chocolate untertone. Raisens, currants and dried fruits. Soft and full body with a long lingering dryness in the finish. Faint trace of alcohol. Very enjoyable and drinkable beer. A real winters evening sipper. Would probably cellar well.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2 Turtle Doves poured the color of dark chocolate with a one to two-finger milk chocolate color head.

It smelled and tasted like Belgian yeast and sweet and tart fruit. The bottle mentions cocoa nibs and pecans; however those flavors were not discernable. This was a heavy delicious fruity Belgian. The feel was thick and biscuity and a thorough pleasure to sip. With its heaviness and high alcohol content, it begs to be shared.

I had 2 Turtle Doves with and after Christmas dinner and it was perfect. It has no seasonal spices or flavors, so it's not so much a holiday ale as it is a classic cold-weather Belgian.

Photo of spointon
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 750ml brown bottle into a DFH stemmed snifter.

A= This ale poured a deep brown color that at first looked to be quite murky but was actually much clearer than that. Call it opaque. The rocky, dark tan head rose 1.5" (and progressively higher with each pour).

S= Lots of things going on in the aroma department. I smelled sweet and roasty malts, chocolate, and a fruity tartness that was hard to place.

T= This was a three way tie for sweet, bittersweet, and tart. The sweetness came from a lot of caramel and treacle malt notes, and the bittersweet rose out of the cocoa nibs lending a very pleasant bit of chocolate/coffee. The raspberry-like tartness was never overpowering and I felt it really lent a nice complexity to this beer. Finish was much drier than the start and showed just a bit of alcohol.

MF= Definitely a full bodied ale with a good amount of carbonation which lifted the feel quite a bit. Overall this remained rich and creamy though.

D= Really well made and interesting Christmas ale here. This would make an excellent fireside sipper, or as I discovered, it paired well with a roast beef dinner. Very versatile and tasty!!!

Photo of bmwats
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Roasted malt, raspberry, and a little bittersweet chocolate. Dark brown, not much carbonation to speak of except for a small ring of bubbbles around the edge of the glass. Very spotty, but clingy lacing.

S: Roasted malt and raspberry.

T: Roasted coffee malt, fruity raspberry flavor and dark chocolate. A little bitter but not overwhelmingly so.

M: Heavy and hearty. The fruitiness coats the palette, and the subtle bitterness hangs around for the aftertaste.

D: Great sipping beer.

Good atmosphere. Appearance is dark rich and pristine. Nose is full rich and pleasing with a great combination of components. Nothing subtle about the flavor... all the components stand out on their own. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a barely transluecent dark brown color with a shallow wispy light tan head that fades to spotty patterns of Belgian lacing. The smell is aggressive and a very good mix of figgy dark fruit molasses esters and an underlying chocolate malt. The mouth feel is adequately carbonated with a tangy brightness from the ABV yet ultra smooth and creamy..a huge complement to the overall drinkability. The malty choco-dark fruit flavors are really nice yet somewhat understated. I love the nutty character on the back of the tongue. While this one is slightly off classic interpretation of the style it's a GREAT concept and a WONDERFUL holiday ale. Very Drinkable...shared this one with both my sons...I hope to see this one around next holiday!!!

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After finally completing my semester up at Columbia, I had enough free time to get down to the Blind Tiger Ale House and see what was on tap. Sure enough, this was one of the offerings and between the name and the appearance of this bad boy, I ponied $7.50 for a glass of my own. Although the bar was crowded beyond belief and it was bitterly cold and windy out, this was certainly worth going downtown and savoring before my long ride home on the bus!

Granted, the lighting wasn't the best in this place but this had a dark pour to it with a rich, deep brown head and practically no carbonation. Ditto for the lacing but the aroma was pretty decent as I could pick up the strength of this well before I took my first sip. Then came the taste and yeah, it's packs a nice punch. Currant, raspberry, and bitter chocolate are dominant with the sweetness of caramelized sugar to give it a more bold mouthfeel. This is not something that I could have downed fast because of the taste nor would have I wanted to because of it's strength. Although it's not that that thick in terms of the consistency, it's not something that feels thin on the taste buds or palate!

Sure enough, the alcohol here is pretty potent and although this isn't classified as a Winter Warmer, it's just the spices that separate this from one of those. On the beer menu, this was listed as a Dark Strong Ale/Imperial Porter and a case could be made for either of those. Regardless of that, I've never had anything quite like this and this was by far, the best "dessert beer" that I've had in quite a long time. It's got just a bit too much alcohol in this to fully enjoy everything else it has to offer and the last few sips weren't the easiest for me to finish off. Nevertheless, I'd love to try this again in a bottle - this beer's a winner and worth going out of the way for, even if you're no longer in school like me!

Photo of craytonic
2.88/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Onibubba
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Xmas beer. Merry xmas. Dark brown with tawny highlingts. A decent head, but not as long lasting as I am used to from this brewer. Smell is sweet and bready, but not the spice overdose I was anticipating. Fairly subdued actually. Taste is a smack of figgy, raisony sweetness. A bit of a char/ roasted taste comes through too. No bitterness, no cocoa, no espresso, no nuttiness. Again, a bit subdued for the xmas beer I was anticipating. Mouthfeel was great, but that was to be expected - that is the Bruey's strongest character. The drinkability is OK, but that sweetness limits it. It does mask the alcohol nicely. Well done, but I'd have prefered more spice and odd characteristics over a sweet high alcoholic beer. This was a bit much for one person to kick back.

2 Turtle Doves from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.