Barrel Aged 2 Turtle Doves - The Bruery
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Reviews by brystmar:
4.63/5 rDev +4.5%
Been waiting to pop this for awhile. Shared at our big NYC tasting this past Saturday.
Brownish body; light ring of tan head remains on the surface. But this beer is far too good to spend time discussing the nuances of its appearance.
Fruity, malty nose blends perfectly with the most "rounded" bourbon aroma I've ever smelled. Smooth, warm, and hearty; not sure how else to express its roundness. I generally dislike brews with a strongly pronounced bourbon character, but this is perfectly layered atop the base brew. Again, very rounded.
First impression from the taste is that Belgian-style beers shouldn't taste this good. The concept of aging a BSDA in bourbon barrels still makes me cringe, yet Patrick & the Bruery crew somehow managed to craft a world-class brew from it.
Similar to the nose, the bourbon character is silky smooth and very rounded. It blends magnificently with the fruity, dark caramely, brown sugary base. Decadent and well-refined. Hearty booze character soothes my throat as it descends.
Despite the crazy hype surrounding PVW-aged beers like BCS Rare, I truly believe the bourbon character present in BA2TD is superior. This is a must-try for bourbon lovers. Hell, I love this beer and I don't particularly like bourbon! BA2TD is one of the best examples of barrel aging in today's beer landscape.
04-18-2012 04:48:45 | More by brystmar
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4.45/5 rDev +0.5%
The Bruery Initiation Party 2013
(Aged for 2+ years)
Dark, cloudy brown with very minimal carbonation. There's a small ring of small bubbles clinging to the top of the liquid, but this isn't particularly bubbly. Leaves the glass slightly oily and spotted with stick. Unsurprising and pretty enough for the style considering it spent time in the barrel.
Incredible, rich, inviting aroma. Integrated bourbon (oak and vanilla), dark breads, decadent chocolate, and even just a hint of coffee fruit cake. Very nice.
The flavor is similar to the aroma, with the bourbon barrel leading the way, along with caramels, candy bar, and just the slightest hint of alcohol burn. Delightfully complex, yet marvelously drinkable.
Full in body with low carbonation. Oily, decadent, and rich.
Fantastic. Perhaps the beer of the day.
02-25-2013 22:08:23 | More by ehammond1
4.25/5 rDev -4.1%
Black and dark brown pour, almost no head to it, which is pretty customary for such a kind of beer. Aroma was pleasant, soft bourbon touch envelopes the spice of the base beer, followed by some cocao and vanilla.
Wow, what a nice taste, makes 13% just melt away on your tongue. Bourbon heat just is so tame. Keeps down the dark fruit and spice characteristic from the base beer, just a nice bourbon sipper this way. Some brown sugar and vanilla compliment the bourbon. Really chills out some of the astringency of the base beer. Actually, pretty much every flavor that was 'not for me' in the regular 2td is downplayed here in favor of better stuff.
Quite possibly the biggest improvement of any beer I can think of when placed in a bourbon barrel.
11-22-2011 18:08:57 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.35/5 rDev -1.8%
BA review #1200, although I'm in the 2600s on the other site. On tap at the Phoenix Club Bruery event. More -bals from one of the best -ballers out there, and it was actually listed as "Bal-aged 2 Turtle Doves," which was quite the site for sore eyes after a 40 minute line wait. Fun times.
Very dark brown with a lasting tan head and good lacing.
Awesome aroma, big roast, molasses, toffee, dark fruit, pecans, oak, and chocolate.
Flavor is also very righteous and complex. Roasted malt, brown sugar, toffee, dark fruits (plun, raisin), nuts, -bal, and vanilla, with non-negligible booze.
Big heavy boozy palate with low carbonation and some booziness
A damn good -bal aged beer overall. One of the highlights of this event, especially seeing "bal-aged" in the name. Great job, Patrick. Maybe you can actually name a beer something like "3 French Hens -Bal Aged." That would be REALLY awesome.
01-21-2011 20:55:19 | More by nickd717
4.72/5 rDev +6.5%
Served from tap into a Bruery sampler imperial pint at the Reserve Society Party. Poured a deep dark brown with a minimal light tan head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, chocolate, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, chocolate, cream, wood, and alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall impression... Jesus this was good! Had an excellently balanced flavor of sweetness, earthy, and boozy notes. The barrels definitely made this brew quite excellent. I hope it holds up for the people doing the vertical/horizontal/diagonal (whatever we decided to call it) tasting.
01-10-2011 14:13:49 | More by thagr81us
3.98/5 rDev -10.2%
(Bottle courtesy of Sparky!!). This was a major want for me. Thanks Eric!! Pours hazy chocolate color with tan head. Aroma has sweet bourbon and vanilla. Taste follows suit except for a little sourish note. Mellow. Full bodied with oily texture. Really happy to try this.
04-03-2011 22:03:55 | More by trappistlover
4.47/5 rDev +0.9%
thrilled to finally be able to open this one up, i figured what the hell and just went ahead and cracked it!
Poured a very nice and deep dark hazy mahogany colored brown with a big full head that stood at least three fingers high of tan colored lace.
The aroma was full of spice, from the first whiff I was picking up nutmeg, figs and hints of oak. A very nice bourbon like aroma with hints of vanilla and touches of almost leatherl. very full aroma as it warmed some other dark fruits, perhap cherries or plums started to emerge and really become prominant. A nice grainy and earthy back was at the foreground the whole time as was a nice mellow caramel like sweetness that let everything just blend together.
Very well put together and alot more mellow then I thought it would be, the year in the cellar really did this one justice. The first flavors I noticed were a very nice presence of figs or prunes that really helped to push forward the spices that were laying underneath. As it warmed I really started to pick up the wood flavors, very well done and nothing overbearing here at all. The alcohol was there but had mellowed quite a bit leaving behind a slight bourbon like warmeth but nothing that ws going to stop me now. The finish was long and drawn out with hints of earthy grains and a touch of fruit.
Very nice medium bodied ale that was really put together quite well. The carbonation had held up very well really giving it that full creamy feel. Seductively smooth this was the ideal balance of carbonation and smooth feel. Very nicely done.
I found this to be a very nice sipper. The alcohol in it was quite mellowed and the flavors went really with each other creating a very nice balance here.
A superb barrel aged beer this combined the best of what they can do. I would gladly by another one day. Really a nice selection here that I would have to recommend.
04-28-2011 01:14:29 | More by mikesgroove
4.72/5 rDev +6.5%
On tap at The Bruery. Murky dark brown with a thin crust of a head. Carbonation is fairly low.
This smells overwhelmingly of chocolate, caramel and vanilla at first. As it opens up a strong nuttiness appears, along with a trace of toasted grain. The mix of chocolate, nuts and caramel is wonderfully decadent. Some alcohol is evident, but it's subtle.
Layers of chocolate and caramel hit the tongue first. Rich and sweet, typical of a bourbon barrel aged beer from The Bruery, and expectedly delicious. Nuttiness is also prevalent, along with vanilla and toast. The barrel doesn't overwhelm the subtleties of Two Turtle Doves, but I no longer get the mild bitterness and astringency that the base beer had when it was fresh; barrel aging has turned this into a more sweet and refined beverage.
The Bruery has a great track record with these big malty barrel aged beers, and this one doesn't disappoint. I think I like this even more than Barrel Aged Partridge.
11-22-2010 03:01:12 | More by largadeer
4.5/5 rDev +1.6%
Shared with my roomate Niko on Christmas. Been in my cellar for over a year.
A- A very deep brownish black, it is opaque and quite dark. A thick syrupy pour, with a tannish head that retreats to a ring of foam around the top of the glass.
S- Smells very sweet, toffee and and brown sugar. Dark fruit, plums, and dark malt. There is definitely still heat from the barrel on the nose.
T- Smooth and sweet. A touch of oak and peat, bourbon, and brown sugar. The bourbon is very pleasant, and really adds to the base beer. Reminds me of BB4D, but a little more sweetness and depth.
M- Pretty good in both carbonation and body. The sweetness is a little intense after a while, but it's a great sipper.
O- Overall very very nice. My only complaint really would be that it is very sweet. Despite that, it manages to retain pretty decent drinkability, and depth.
12-26-2011 04:26:42 | More by Gfunk720
4.43/5 rDev 0%
Pours a a dark brown color with some copper hues along the edges. There is a nice inch or so of bubbly tan foam on top that recedes quite rapidly and leaves some spotty lacing.
Aromas begin with lots of vanilla, oak barrel, milk chocolate and light bourbon. A nice light nuttiness emerges as it warms.
The tastes begin with milk chocolate, toffee and dark caramel maltiness. Sweet notes from the bourbon, nuttiness and vanilla are abundant in the background. Quite rich and delicious; so good it makes you smile after each sip.
The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with low to medium carbonation. Light sweetness and slight bourbon dryness in the finish. The base beer was quite sweet when I first had it and the barrel aging help to dry it out and balance.
Overall I enjoyed the original 2 Turtle Doves the most of the first four variations offered and this Barrel-aged version is also a huge winner for me. The barrel-aging really takes this one to a new level. Typically I do not enjoy Belgian beers aged on spirit Barrels for whatever reason but this breaks the mold for sure. Definitely recommended and worth seeking out if you have the inventory to pull it off. Top 10 beer I have ever had.
11-14-2011 15:22:55 | More by claspada
Barrel Aged 2 Turtle Doves from The Bruery
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