2 Turtle Doves - The Bruery
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3.95/5 rDev -2.9%
A: This one has a very dense opaque dark brown color. It is relatively frothy and has a pale Tan colored head.
S: I get alcohol on the nose right away, as well as a strong ground pecan quality. fresh pecan nutty bitterness, not a caramelized pecan sweetness like I would have expected. Dark chocolate and a roasted coffee note are present as well.
T: Big flavors going on here, and lots of them. Orange peel tartness as well as a dark chocolate bitterness. Again I get that bitter fresh pecan bitterness as well. The dried orange peel sticks with my palate till the end... a bit surprising. Chocolate orange pecan napoleon pastry.
M: medium mouthfeel given all the flavors.
D: Low drinkability given the alcoholic presence.
11-19-2009 03:53:48 | More by flannelman808
4.25/5 rDev +4.4%
I was excited to say the least when I first heard that the Bruery was going to be distributed in Ohio. My first taste was the Autumn Maple, and the an Orchard White, however 2 Turtle Doves has left and impression on me.
The beer pours a dark, almost black and completely opaque, brown. A strong 4 finger head fills up the glass quickly after the pour.
The nose definitely brings notes of chocolate as well as fruit. I have a hard time detecting the aforementioned toasted pecans on the label.
This beer is very complex. Bringing nots of chocolate at first, followed by a faint nuttiness, and finished with hints of coffee.
The beer is carbonated much beyond my expectations, and leaves a tingling sensation on the cheeks and tongue. This might be what makes it hard to decipher its deep complexity.
At 11%, this beer is fairly drinkable due to the high carbonation, yet far from sessionable.
11-18-2009 03:10:20 | More by DigitalNoir
4.35/5 rDev +6.9%
2 Turtle Doves, Belgian style dark ale brewed with cocoa nibs and toasted pecans and 12%- this seemed like something quite interesting to try.
It was a very deep mahogany color, almost black, with a good creamy mocha head. It had a slightly sour beer smell to it that was lost once you tasted it- a little sour beer tease if you ask me, but nonetheless delicious. It also smelled like a deep dark toasted chocolate and a hint of caramel...The first sip had a roasted nutty flavor...deep nutty malt that ends with a deep chocolate kiss. It is absolutely full of flavor and pretty smooth for the strength. It's a fairly unique tasting beer and I highly recommend it to anyone. It's my idea of a perfect holiday brew- I am not a large fan of too much spice- but cocoa nibs and toasted pecans are very holiday for me! Each year The Bruery releases a new version to this song, with last year's version being "A Partridge in a Pear Tree", which was a Quadruppel, 12%, brewed with their own dark candy sugar, and a completely different beer. I am quite satisfied with this year's version and look forward to what they put out for the 3 French Hens next year. This is the type of Holiday Christmas Carol tradition I can enjoy-
11-13-2009 21:35:09 | More by femALEist
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
Dark brown, nearly black. Huge light tan head.
The aroma is sweet roasted pecans and dark bitter chocolate, then vanilla, caramel and a bit of dark fruit.
The flavor is rich and layered. Coca-Cola caramel sweetness with toffee and a nutty maltiness. Roasted pecans are wrapped with dark chocolate and vanilla. The cocoa nibs and hops add just enough bitterness, though only the cocoa provides flavor.
Though the body is rich, ample carbonation livens things up and keeps this high ABV beer manageable. Two Turtle Doves is not just a creative idea, it is a well crafted beer that is ideal for the Winter holiday season. I would love to try this with a few years of age on it.
11-13-2009 01:35:08 | More by BradLikesBrew
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
On tap at Stone's The Bruery night on 11/11/2009 and poured into a Bruery snifter. The beer appears near black with a creamy mocha looking head and good retention.
In the Stone fashion, the beer was served at a temperate 33 degrees so it took a millenium for it to warm. The nose opens with a light roast and accompanying notes of vanilla. Cocoa is evident, as well as a decided nuttiness. The malt is toasted and roasted. Each component is well balanced. The toasted nuttiness is excellent. Alcohol is hidden.
The flavor opens with moderately sweet cocoa with that same toasted character and distinct vanilla. The taste is nutty and very nice. Roast is at a low level and booze is well hidden for the ABV. The finish is dry, nutty, toasted, and roasted with lingering cocoa. Dash of coffee character is evident in the finish.
I had a tough time describing this beer but it's fairly unique. Mouthfeel is full and smooth. Very enjoyable. This is a delicious and subtle holiday beer from the Bruery. Recommended.
11-12-2009 21:48:05 | More by HopHead84
4/5 rDev -1.7%
A huge head of light brown cream with impressive retention. A chestnut brown liquid with some carbonation on the bottom of the glass that disappears after a few. The head thins to a light covering that protects the brew as it sits in my snifter. A good but not prodigious lacing on the sides here and there. Spots and streaks more than Brussels lattice. Still, a good looker at 12 % abv.
Smell is sweet, dark, and malty with a light cocoa and mocha edge. Caramel verging on molasses. A bit of alcohol in the sweetness with a faint but sharp coffee edge. I keep thinking I smell the pecans as there is a toasted breadiness that seems more complex than that but if I do it's a subtle note that rounds it all out. A bit of fig and Belgian candi sugar. The construction is good it's just not very big when cold. You have to sniff around. As it warms it blossoms nicely.
Taste is quite a bit bigger than the nose. The front is full of dark caramel and mocha. The toasted pecans flowing with the coffee and adding a touch of body. Figs and light Belgian yeast flex a fruity presence. Alcohol flows throughout but never protrudes. Finish is short and artfully hopped leaving a clean dryness with a toasted nuttiness and graham cracker. Somehow there is a bit of bubblegum in the mix that is quite delightful. Feel is lightly slick with a gentle carbonation. A smooth light syrupiness with a decent weight that helps you to realize the potency of this one as you start to want more. Respect is the watchword as it entices the mouth and tongue with its sensuous feel and taste.
While certainly not a session beer it is one that goes down easier than the abv would suggest. Get two of these. Appreciate it now and look forward to the vertical party in ten years.
One that really shines as you allow it to warm in the glass. I expect this one to smooth and mellow nicely. Which when you think of it, is the point of a twelve bottle vertical.
11-12-2009 06:13:56 | More by scootny
3.88/5 rDev -4.7%
On-tap at BoHo. Served in a generic tulip glass.
Seal brown liquid with auburn highlights near the bottom of the glass. Thin fairly creamy desert sand head which settles to a persistent collar, but reappears when agitated. Fast running, fine, even-sized bubbles form the lacing...not what I would expect from a Belgian style even on tap. Slick lacing.
Subdued aromatics: malt and nuts with hints of dates, and something which brings to mind a Belgian bock almost. Inoffensive, but surprisingly little going on.
Caramel, malt, fresh light roast coffee, with a touch of golden raisins on the palate. Hints of vanilla or banana. The pecans merge with the roast notes into the moderately dry finish. Really lacks the yeast-derived flavors I would expect though...
Well carbonated (but where is the head - maybe at 12% I'm expecting too much?) - warming but not at all hot.
Well balanced, but too simplistic in some ways for the style. Curious to try this in the bottle, especially with a couple years of age on it. It is pleasant enough on-tap now, but not exceptional...
11-12-2009 03:01:10 | More by augustgarage
3.98/5 rDev -2.2%
A: This beer pours a thick opaque deep chocolate brown. A two finger of thick sudsy light brown head. Head retention is ridiculous! Recedes eventually to a 1/4 cap that retains the length of the beer.
S: Nose is of strong alcohol notes, chocoalte, and caramel.
T: Taste is sweet caramel malts up front, a somewhat sweet milk chocolate and toffee blend in the middle with a strong cocoa, peacan and alcohol finish.
M: Full body, mild carbonation, thick and creamy on the tongue.
D: Despite the ABV, and alcohol being detectable, the booziness doesn't dominate or mask the flavoring. Well blended, tasty, and a nice one to enjoy on a cool evening.
11-11-2009 15:32:19 | More by Jayli
3.73/5 rDev -8.4%
On-tap at Liberty St. Tavern for $5 a goblet. It appeared dark brown with a short head. The initial aroma is sweet, fruity booze, followed by roasted grains. The flavor is a little too rich with bitter fruit. There's good complexity, but the balance is off. The dark fig and dried cherries notes fade into dark chocolate and smoke before a too dry and bitter citrus rind and floral tang - just not pleasant. Good beer, but needs some refining.
11-11-2009 14:42:39 | More by tempest
4.15/5 rDev +2%
Apearance - Pours black with a little brown showing on the edges if held up to the light. Rocky 1 finger tan head.
Nose- A lot going on here. Cocoa/dark chocolate contrasts with caramel sweetness. Nutty and spicy with dark fruits. Alcohol is evident.
Palate- Sweet chocolatey coffee with a yeast spiciness and a bit of cherry in the background. Alcohol is definitely present, but I would not have guessed this was a 12%er without consulting the bottle.
Mouthfeel- Full bodied and highly carbonated, but still creamy.
Drinkability- I had no problem drinking the whole bottle and if it were a little less pricy, I would make this a regular.
11-11-2009 05:12:56 | More by wknight167
4.18/5 rDev +2.7%
Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Bottle says it can age up to 10 yrs, but I can't wait that long...at least for the first one.
A: Pours a nice dark raisin color with very little light coming through with backlighting. 2 inch bubbly tan head. Good retention. Decent lacing.
S: Very aromatic! Can smell this several feet away. Wonderful spice amalgam. Dark dried fruit, chocolate, toasted caramel malt, hint of citrus. Spent a long time enjoying this.
T: Toasted caramel malt hits first followed closely by a smooth wave of chocolate. Mmmmm... Spice is there but is more prevalent later. Hint of alcohol burn at the end. With warming, chocolate turns into more distinct cacao note.
M: Medium-heavy body. Smooth and creamy feel. Lingers nicely on the palate.
D: Very drinkable especially considering the 12% ABV. I wanted to give this a higher rating, but I was definitely starting to feel this one at the end of the bottle. A wonderful holiday brew. Alcohol to warm, just enough spice to make it interesting but not overpower, and a great beer backbone. Looking forward to trying this again after aging.
11-09-2009 05:11:05 | More by mwilbur
3.88/5 rDev -4.7%
good lord this is strong stuff.poured into my fluted. nose is has alot of cocoa and caramel,with some alcohol. taste has rich caramel notes,finishes with dark chocolate bitterness. notes of belgian spice throughout,somewhat nutty as well.
overall,pretty good.full bodied mouthfeel,nice carbonation. one detraction is the high booze level.while not noticeable in flavor,this is a high abv beer.
11-09-2009 00:45:23 | More by wyattshotmaker
3.63/5 rDev -10.8%
Out of a 750ml capped bottle. Pours an almost near black color with a light brown head, very stout like. The head settles into a nice cap. The aroma is of nuts, dry tart grapes and some roasted malt. The taste starts off with a roasted malt which is quickly overwhelmed by a big red wine presence. The brew settles with a nice chocolate finish. There seems to be a sour cherry or cranberry essence going on here. The feel is moderate with very lively carbontion, a bit hot from the ABV; finishes sweet yet sour. I like the chocolate finish but not crazy about the sour fruit. The ABV is a bit bold. I would say this puppy needs some cellaring. The brew seems very raw.
11-08-2009 06:30:36 | More by Gmann
3.88/5 rDev -4.7%
Ive always loved the look of the bottles from The Bruery.
A- Pour this one gently! My first pour was slightly too vigorous. I ended up with a huge huge coffee colored head that stood out clear past the top of my Unibroue tulip. This beer puts the dark in Belgian dark. Totally opaque black with a massive, thick, rocky head that leaves lacing crawling up the glass.
S- Strong aroma. Really sweet and dank and the same time. Cocoa, roasted nuts dark fruits/berries and the typical notes from Belgian yeasts. Cocoa and nuts definitely dominate.
T- This beer puts the strong in Belgian strong. Boozy, sweet, acidic, almost sour at times. The dominate flavors are raw cocoa, a sharp sweetness akin to candi sugars, dark fruits and belgian yeasts.
M- Full bodied, Medium carbonation, dry.
D- Pretty damn strong. The alcohol is present but it is not like other boozy beers.
Im going to buy two more of these. One for sharing with my girlfriend for christmas and one for cellaring.
11-07-2009 04:15:26 | More by MbpBugeye
3.95/5 rDev -2.9%
Very excited to see this be arrive since I missed out on the first installment of this series.
Poured pretty dark without a ton of head. Smelled chocolatey and a little rich. Solid nose. The taste and mouthfeel left me wanting a bit more though. The 12% abv showed, but not too obnoxiously. Made me appreciate the on-bottle suggestion of trying it in 10yrs once the complete the series. It was definitely full of cocoa with some nuttiness, but not quite as delicious as I had hoped. Give this beer a year and it will be significantly improved.
11-07-2009 04:14:55 | More by mystikyle71
4/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
11-06-2009 05:57:32 | More by WVbeergeek
4.43/5 rDev +8.8%
Large bottle, w/o bottling date, which would be a nice touch for a bottled beer that can be aged for up to 10 years, according to the label anyway....pours near black, long lasting very dark khaki fluffy head, medium collar and typical light lace bits. Bold nose of dark chocolate, dark malts, some warming boozeness. Big, bold, brassy, ballsy and complex offering. Lots of dark chocolate, dark malts, 12% in evidence on nose and back of the tongue, but not overly hot or boozy. As it warms, the dark and bitter chocolate oozes out and coats the mouth. heady and quite delicious...."suitable for aging up to 10 years"...yeah right, I had this in the fridge for two days and I'm glad I cracked it open tonight.
11-05-2009 03:02:38 | More by Billolick
4.15/5 rDev +2%
Pours very dark, nearly black with a tan head that rises 3 fingers tall in my tulip using a standard pour. After settling down to a quarter inch, the remaining head parks there and doesn't move.
Smell is very nutty up front, definitely the dominating aroma. I can sense the sweet cocoa, but it is not immediately noticeable. Toasted malts, Belgian yeast, and dark fruits with a very slight (luckily) metallic element.
That metallic element carries over into the flavor unfortunately, but it is only momentarily distracting. Rich nuttiness, coconut, and cocoa powder creep in and erase the memory of any off flavors that are present. Some sweet dark fruits in the finish. The toasted pecans are the dominating flavor here and they are wonderful. This reminds me quite a bit of the Ken Schmidt/Maui/Stone collaboration porter, and believe it or not I am picking up more coconut flavor here than in that beer. This really is absolutely fantastic one the metallic nature disappears, which it has done after about 4 or 5 sips and a bit of warming.
Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium bodied with a ton of carbonation, but only a little prickle. I think this one could have done with fewer bubbles, but it is still creamy enough to be good.
Holy cow, this beer surprised me. I really enjoyed it, and I was extremely surprised to see it sitting at 12% ABV. Definitely drinks much smoother than one might anticipate. I can't wait to crack one of these open in 10 years, I really hope it holds up.
11-04-2009 05:29:01 | More by alcstradamus
4.13/5 rDev +1.5%
Poured into my chimay goblet. still need to get a tulip glass
A: Very dark brown leaving about a quarter inch of head that dissipated quickly but a thin layer of foam remained on top of the beer.
S: Toasted nuts and chocolate come out nicely and are really enjoyable. I could see how this smell can be hit or miss but it is very appealing to me. The roasted malts blend nicely with the pecans and cocoa nips. It is much more stout like than belgian dark ale.
T: Chocolate up front followed by toasted coconut, almonds and pecan. The chocolate is very much the dominating flavor with only a mild amount of fruity esters present in the finish. Again, this is much more like an oatmeal stout than anything else.
M: Big bold and rich flavors. Good creaminess and no booziness despite the alcohol.
D: A very nice sipper that would go great with dessert in my opinion.
11-03-2009 23:52:23 | More by mikey711
3.98/5 rDev -2.2%
Not much head forms when you pour this deep rust brown colored beer. Maroon, purple, ruby tones.. Very dark. No lacing. The head was beige and less than a finger thick.
Aroma was very thick and deep. Sweet Chocolate, nutty, spicy, lots of dark fruit..
Very interesting flavor. I can't say I taste pecans, but it's very nutty, again dark chocolate and plenty of dark sweet fruit. Also deep roasted malts with just a hint of yeast. Not as much spice flavor as the aroma led me to expect. Evolves nicely as it comes to room temp.
Rather thick body and mild carbonation.
I enjoyed this and look forward to trying my 2nd bottle when the vertical is complete.
10-31-2009 14:44:26 | More by Reagan1984
4.85/5 rDev +19.2%
750ml bottle poured into tulip shaped glasses:
A: Half a fingers width of a khaki colored head on top of a dark black, thick, chocolaty body.
S: A bouquet of roasted nuts, with an ever so slight coffee aroma, leading into a delicate chocolate/maple. Finishing off with a strong presence of vanilla.
T: Begins with sweet figs and plums that are easy to depict in the forefront... then there are so many nuances of flavor all over the palate, and the temperature changing allowing constant complexities to reveal themselves. It seems like a never ending journey for the taste buds. Most prominent are raisins, toasted pecans, silky smooth caramel, bittersweet chocolate, fresh brewed coffee, with a sweet finish of burnt toffee.
M: Creamy and viscous with a nice carbonation, leaving behind a warming presence of alcohol in the throat and chest.
D: It's sad to think this is a limited brew, because it goes down so smooth leaving you anxious to open your next bottle... if you happen to be lucky enough to have one.
The Kings Of Hop
10-30-2009 01:27:17 | More by TheKingsOfHop
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
3.78/5 rDev -7.1%
This just arrived in OH, $10.99 per bottle. The label states "Belgian style dark ale, brewed with cocoa nibs & toasted pecans". The beer is dark brown or black, completely black, with a thick frothy tan foam. The first and dominant aroma is chocolate, some roasted malts underneath. The taste is about 50% Sam Adams Chocolate Bock + 50% Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, actually more delicious than either of those though. Loads of cocoa with a roasted malt bitterness, it was hard to taste any pecans but maybe I can imagine they're there, otherwise a fantastic chocolate malt bomb. The alcohol isn't easily tasted but you can feel it fairly quickly at 12%, limits the drinkability some. Overall a great holiday beer, and I look forward to each year's addition to the "12 Days of Christmas" line-up.
10-26-2009 22:37:30 | More by TurdFurgison
3.68/5 rDev -9.6%
Not really sure what this should look like so I guess it looks okay. Brown bricking red color with a small tan topper a quarter inch thick fading into a spritzy cap.
Aromas of chocolate, caramel, nuts, an odd oxidized aroma alcohol, and more of the oddness. I like what's going on except for the off aroma.
Very nice and very dry. Cocoa, caramel, pecans really come through, oily, with a drying long finish. Black truffel, and some dark fruits. Almost wish there was more residual sugar however. So dry that it hurts the mouthfeel and leaves a chalky residue behind.
10-23-2009 21:33:18 | More by mcallister
4.18/5 rDev +2.7%
This is definitely one of the coolest ideas out there as far as a series of beers go. Unfortunately, I tried Partridge in a drunken state, but I remember thinking it was really good. Two Turtle Doves pours a nearly black color, with some nice ruby hues on the side when held up to the light. Heading is quick to rise, and produces about three fingers worth. The nose has an almost Winter Warmer like quality to it. I get some cola, spices, (cinnamon or nutmeg maybe) and some caramel like chocolate. The cocoa nibs come through in the taste quite a lot, producing a very pronounced bitter dark chocolate flavor. In the end I get some dark fruit such as prune and fig, but the chocolate lingers on for a while. I did not get the pecans at all at first, but after it warmed up some, I could taste them clearly when I breathed through my nose. The beer does not feel especially heavy, just large, with a good amount of carbonation happening. Alcohol is very well hidden when tasting, but believe me, it warms you up very quickly. I am having trouble taking my time with this beer, as it is so damn tasty, but still, I would recommend sipping this one on a cold winter evening. I also suggest getting a bottle of each within this series so that one day you might have the whole Twelve Days of Christmas collection. All I can say is that this beer is great, and we have great things to look forward to from the brewery. Cheers
10-22-2009 23:43:27 | More by jamie2dope
2 Turtle Doves from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.