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2 Turtle Doves - The Bruery

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422 Ratings
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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 194
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:
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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Photo of grayburn
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer really defies classification, I guess this along the lines of a double sour stout, this beautifully opaque beerpors midnight black with a dense tan head. Lacing and retention are both top notch
the smell and taste are a complete juxtaposition of a wild ale and an imperial stout, this roasted sourness is a delectable combination.
the beer's biggest asset is the huge creamy mouthfeel. Perfectly carbonated, excellent.
a sipper for sure, but easy to sip on all night.

Photo of Patrick999
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, it shows a very dark brown with minimal head. Not nonexistent, but minimal.

Big aroma of raisin and chocolate.

I get a massive chocolate bomb on the palate, just waves of bitter chocolate. To me it's like sipping a cup of drinking chocolate....remember Starbucks' "Chantico?" Kinda reminds me of that. Some raisin and maybe a little hazelnut. I'm sure the hazelnut flavor is a function of the toasted pecans, but I was actually hoping for a more nutty flavor. The 12% alcohol shows somewhat. A potent brew, it is.

Feel is as thick as you'd expect from a beer of this size.

Right now it's a sipper and one to share, as it is pretty hot. It may well go for 10 years, easy.

Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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

Photo of cassanoj
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark brown, almost black into a snifter. Foamy mocha head, but it settles. Leaves a little lacing.

The smell is pungent and dark. Chocolate, roasted or burnt malt, Fruits - Cherries, Plums, some oak, coffee, caramel, pecans...pretty complex.

Taste is whoof! Chocolate, a lot of chocolate. Cherries, oak, becomes bitter. Also some serious dark fig, brown sugar, vanilla, just hits your mouth and sits there.

Mouthfeel is thick, full-bodied, a nice grainy character.

It's hard to call this a Belgian Strong Dark Ale (has a lot of Stout to it) but whatever it is, I like it.

Photo of jwinship83
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle drank my my chimay goblet. bottle claims 11% ABV.

A- this one pours out a very dark brown colored body with a finger of coffee colored head. the head lasts throughout the entire beer and leaves behind a wall of lacing.

S- the nose has a strong alcoholic presence. its also full of dark chocolate, nuts, and some dark fruits. cherries, plums, and figs.

T- strong dark chocolate with some nuts. the label says pecans. the same dark fruits i could smell. plums come through the strongest followed by cherries and figs. decently large alcoholic burn in here too.

M- full bodied with a low level of carbonation. a little too thick i think. moderate warming from the alcohol.

D- this bottle was a little too big for me to tackle on my own. i wish i had someone to split it with. next time (much later one) i wont make the same mistake.

Photo of beerad666
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The 2 Turtle Doves pours our a dark chestnut, almost espresso with a very thin tan head, that quickly resides. Just a little lacing on the glass which seems about right for such a high alcohol beer. As this beer warms up the alcohol in the nose is more pronounced. There are some nice dried fruit smells, maybe dates of figs; along with toasted malts and chocolate and a hint of carmel. This is the type of beer that you just want to taste to see what else is going on. And when you finally do, the taste is fantastic! That sweet dried fruit comes through right away but there is also that rich chocolate flavor, not a sweet chocolate but a roasted nutty chocolate. Finally a light alcohol in the finish to warm you up inside. Although the alchol comes out it isn't a burn instead it's very smooth and leaves a nutty and woody taste in your mouth. A well balanced beer throughout. Definitely unique and makes for a perfct holiday beer for yourself or as a gift.

Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours black with a two-finger light brown head. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate, roasted malts, sweet pecans, and earthy hops, in that order.

Tastes similar to how it smells however the flavors have a bit more body than I would have guessed from the aroma. Slightly roasted malt flavors lead things off and are joined quickly by unsweetened chocolate. Midway through the sip a sweetness that is slightly nutty (I can attribute this to the pecans but unless I read the label I'm not sure I would have guessed). Near the end of the sip slightly leafy hop flavors make an appearance before a mildly bitter ending. The alcohol is hid surprisingly well and mostly shows up only as it warms on the way down.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid mouthfeel with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I have to say this is my favorite seasonal I've had thus far from the Bruery. The flavors meld together well, kind of a cross between an RIS, BSDA, and American Brown. Well worth a shot.

Photo of jgasparine
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured from the bottle with a thin tan colored head, which quickly receded with no traces of lacing. The body was an exceptionally dark brown... almost black, with no visible carbonation.

S- Smells roasty, with lesser aromas of burnt candy sugar and booze, and yet lesser aromas of cocoa. A distinct nuttiness emerged on the nose as the beer warmed.

T- Sweet caramel-like malt flavors dominate the palate, with some secondary roasted malt flavors coming into play... this malty character then evolves into some very mild hop bitterness and some distinct chocolatey booziness that lasts through the long, lingering finish. Tastes good, but something about it seems "muddled".

M- A firm, creamy mouthfeel... rich with unattenuated sugar and a silky-soft carbonation. I am tempted to give this a '5' in the mouthfeel department.

D- Despite the intriguing nose and the nice flavor, this "muddling" of flavors, combined with the high alcohol content, keep this beer from rating appreciably in the drinkability department.

Photo of mrc00per
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first beer from the Bruery and I was very impressed. It was a shared bottle and the smell was a bit overwhelming but the taste and drink ability were amazing, which everyone agreed on. This was a great holiday beer and I look forward to next year's edition.

Photo of darklordlager
4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque black, with a huge medium-tan head that is showing promise to stick around for some time. Sparse lacing as it goes down the glass. Very nice looking beer.

Smell is of cocoa, hershey's syrup, date bread, molasses. A little hop bitterness lingers with the bitterness from the roasted malts. A spicy smell lends some character as well. Butterscotch (diacetyl) or a nutty scent--hard to distinguish which. A bit of alcohol becomes more prominent as it warms.

Taste- First thought is of a Belgian style Russian Imperial Stout. A barrage of chocolate malts and dark chocolate flavour is built upon an estery fruitiness, probably due to the yeast. Dark fruit mixed with bittersweet dark chocolate, cocoa powder, with a bittersweet combination of hops and malt in the aftertaste that mingles with a bready character. The butterscotch detected in the smell is less apparent in the taste--it takes on a more popcorn-esque nutty quality (from the Pecans?). Every time I take a sip and start to hone in on the flavour, it transitions smoothly into something else. There's something interesting, intriguing, and pleasing that I can't quite place. -Maybe liquorice/star anise?

M-Actively carbonated, yet still smooth on the palette. Perhaps a little much, but not the point of being unpleasant or overwhelming.

D-Alcohol barely noticeable, carbonation keeps it somewhat light on the palate, deep flavours keep you bringing it back to the lips for more.... I've been sipping this glass for well over an hour, and while the flavours are complex and intense, they at no point becoming overwhelming or cloyingly sweet. Quite the feat.

Photo of GbVDave
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to errantnight for sending this in part 1 of our mammoth trade!

A: Pours a dark cola brown/black with a massive dark khaki head that is every bit of three fingers and meringue-like cream. Retention is decent and some lace is left behind.

S: Heather smelled chocolate covered cherries and toasted nuts (she picked up an almond aroma) with a boozy aroma. I noticed aromas of dark chocolate, dark fruit, fudge dipped cherries, malted milk balls, deeply roasted malt, and rich milk chocolate.

T: Once again Heather said chocolate and cherries. Dark bitter chocolate and Bing cherries, specifically. Also she picked out flavors of coconut, caramel, rum soaked plums, fudge, milk chocolate, toasted nuts, tart citrus, and of course booze.

M: Thick and viscous. Absolutely perfect amount of carbonation. This features masterful levels of interplay between the sweet, tangy, dry, juicy, and sticky layers of the mouthfeel. An absolute joy once it's in the mouth!

D: Holy crap! We were prepared to rate this much lower, considering the high abv. Yes, the booziness is readily apparent but it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb to harm the Drinkability score. Rather, it enhances it. Glad to know that this is one of the Chicago launch beers from The Bruery. All I have to do is drive to the liquor store to get another bottle. YES!

Photo of bamadog
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Part of my desert with Thanksgiving this year, and I have to say it's an excellent accompaniment with pecan pie. review is from 11/26/09 and the pour is from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a very dark brown, near black color; body is opaque; comes with a big 2 finger head that fades slowly to a full skim; loose oily washes of lacing hold a little bit, but mostly slides back into the glass.

Smell: Fantastic! Definite blast of sweet dark fruits like figs or dates, but there is also a rich chocolatey flavor as well (together it's reminiscent of chocolate-covered cherries); definite alcoholic vapory whiff as well; a bit of a banana bread scent as it warms over time.

Taste: Absolutely fantastic! Wonderful dark sweet fruits that are just a little tart; strong hints of the cocoa and dark chocolate that again reminds me of chocolate-covered cherries; a faint flavor of a nutty breadiness underneath everything; definite presence of alcohol is blended quite well; chocolate becomes much more present as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Makes the tongue tingle the second it hits it; gums are left very tingly as well; a firm coating is left all over the palate; a slight drying effect occurs as well due to the ABV; belly is left quite warm.

Drinkability: Typically I would give a lower score for this due to the higher ABV as I definitely couldn't take too much of this in a night, but the beer itself is too amazing to not thoroughly enjoy, I'll just have to sip it.

Photo of cwps48
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Decent two finger head. Pours a very dark brown with hints of red (hardly transparent). Head reduces to brim. Leaves moderate lacing.

S: Somewhat wine. Cocoa. Hints of booze. Ever so slight hop character. Has a yogurt smell actually. Very unusual. Could be the pecans...

T: Sweet. Lingering flavor is somewhat roasty. Belgian style dark fruits. Cocoa. I don't know what pecans taste like, so I can't say anything specific there, but there's definitely a flavor I cannot put my finger on.

M: Sticky. Very thick. Definitely a sipper with a dry finish.

D: This is a very heavy beer. Unique, I must say, but it'll take a while for me to finish.

Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours dark, dark brown with hints of mahogany around the edges with a huge creamy beige head that's fairly rocky on the bottom with lots of bubbles streaming to the top.

The aroma is sweet with lots of cocoa and molasses on top of some toasted nuts and dark roasted malts.

The taste starts out with a light toasted nutty character with the big sweet chocolate layering in on top. The underlying malt character is sweet with caramel and some vanilla as well. The finish is very boozy with some oaky tannins thrown in.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and very dessert-like with soft but active carbonation. The finish is dry, slightly toasty with some oak.

This is a big ol beer with tons of flavors and they're not coming together completely right now. It's still very good but could use a little time to meld and cool off.

Photo of MasterSki
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of jimiv73
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

well another very intoxicating beverage by the bruery! i got this on tap @ naja's place in redondo beach california! @ 8 dollars a glass i had two beers and speech started to slur wow! well the beer poured off a dark brown almost mahogony color and a thick tan head! the taste was not one of my favorites but good! i could taste a lot of nuttiness and chocolate with hints of caramel! the finish was slightly bitter and the beer wreaks of alcohol! the mouthfeel was okay i think it was served too cold!!! as far as drinkability i rated a 3.5 just because its too sweet and cant drink alot!!

Photo of azagthoth
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have relished the 2 Turtle Doves on several ocassions, but decided it was time to reserve a Sunday afternoon for a felicitous review of yet another thoroughly crafted ale from the folks at The Bruery.

Appearance - My Bruery tulip glass sheltered a tenebrous brown pour within entrance to black territory as the top inch of the glass fetched an ingratiating head. The head soon transformed into a minute decision but was in for the duration of my encounter with modest lacing.

Smell - A detonation of toasted nuts and a trifling flutter of dark roasted malt. As the beer settles and heightens in temperature, slightly sweet syrup and chocolate begin to solicit the nose.

Taste - Immediately upon my first sip I had to ask myself "Is this the base beer for the Rugbrod"? Denoted in that review I had encountered the warm toasted bread but especially the nutty potency, rendering the synonymity of the two beers in the sense of their overall "nuttyness". Dark bread layed the groundwork yet again while the obvious dissimilarity (although a peculiar compliment) was the habitation of alcohol at 12%ABV. Of course, I was able to endulge in such an intoxicating beverage as delicate hints of caramel slipped in through the slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - The mouth was rather consolidated as the warmness from the alcohol played nicely with perceptible dryness. Although I had witnessed a frangible touch of bitterness in the finish, the mouth was however replenished with an eminent creamy mouthfeel as the brew advanced towards room temperature.

Drinkability - Neck and neck with all of the prodigious Bruery beers. I am continually dumbfounded as to how one can dissimulate the palatableness of alcohol at 12% ABV. Phenomenal drinkability, and world class effort seems to come instinctively, again.

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

750ml bottle into big goblets

Appears dark brown, almost black, big fluffy head which is a darkish beige. Smells fruity and sweet, lots of cherry.

Taste is sweet fruit with a chocolate finish, very malty, not at all hoppy.

Mouthfeel is very effervescent and light. Pleasant to drink.

Photo of dirtylou
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, Riley's - very excited about The Bruery being available in Madison

appearance: poured into an unmarked chalice - dark mahogany body, huge foamy chocolatey cap and strong retention

smell: plum, raisin, dark fruit, alcohol, dry nuttyness, brown sugar, vanilla

taste: rich and well layered - cocoa, plum, woody booze, vanilla, brown sugar, dark belgian yeast, toasted pecan. i like this a lot as a holiday-seasonal

mouthfeel: alcohol has a bite, substantial carbonation keeps the body relatively light for the abv

drinkability: hindered by abv presence

Photo of flannelman808
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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

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-

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of HopHead84
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

2 Turtle Doves from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.