2 Turtle Doves | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Overlord on 10-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
253
Ratings:
447
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
Wants:
190
Gots:
262
Trade:
14
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Ratings: 447 |  Reviews: 253
Photo of CaptainHate
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had a younger version of this to compare it to but to me this is what the epitome of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale is all about. It poured into a long stemmed tulip a very dark brown with a full dark tan head which dissipated quickly with almost no lacing. Smell is still pretty boozy with lots of dark fruit flavors and the taste almost perfectly reflects that although as it warms the interplay of flavors becomes more complex. Mouthfeel is what it is for a sipper like this. I don't detect any off tastes that sometime get associated with aging. I'm not aware of what The Bruery's game plan was for this was, like maybe I should've waited longer until all 12 days of Christmas had been released before drinking this. Or maybe today was the absolute optimum time to be drinking this bad boy. The only thing I regret is not sharing this 750 ml with someone who would likewise appreciate it. But I am definitely up to the task of seeing this through.

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Photo of Buck89
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2009 version. Muddy brown color with a mild tan head. Funky aromas. Pecans, maple, Funk, caramel, booze. The taste was better. Raisiny quad with a nice pecan balance. No off notes.

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very dark brown pour, 3/5" of head on the top. Aroma was a mixture of burnt sugar, chocolate, brown malt, yeast, caramel, toffee.

Taste gets even more complex as now you have some dark fruit bitterness, alcohol, caramel, brown sugar, brown malt, more roasted malt, cocao. Nuttiness in the mouth feel. Not gonna surprise anyone, but the more you let this warm up, the more complex and layered it is.

While far from my favorite style of beer, this one is actually pretty nice, very layered, nothing dominates and all seemlessly seems to meld together. Would bang again.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of arlo19
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks again Tim, will miss you buddy! Aroma is dry, toasted, woody. Pecan comes through, similar to coconut. Very unique aroma and taste. Tastes barrel aged. Some oxidation. Aftertaste is dry, bittersweet cocoa and cherry. Great sipper

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Photo of kidzord
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeff1973
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of BigRizz62
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of brotherloco
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HighRollerII
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TNeedles
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken 11/30/09.

A monster head rushing to four fingers has crazy active milk chocolate colored bubbles that fade in about 30 seconds. Body is the blackest of browns with really only a hint of brown when held to light. Nose is a nice mix of phelonic spices and creamy coco, with a hint of soured dark fruit. Enters the mouth with a strong alcohol presence and a bit of dark chocolate wrapped around ripe black fruits. Black cherries are truely there in the taste. Some spice adds to the profile nicely. Mouthfeel is slightly sweet and yields a pleasant bitter richness. Very nicely drinkable. Give this one time and I think it will be wonderful.

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Photo of JPick
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of midlifec
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LeeEvolved
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of bsling
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dheldman
3.09/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Seems to have fallen off. Great cocoa aroma isn't matched by the taste. Instead it's very muted with touches of cardboard. Probably would have done well to open this a few years earlier.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle
Served in an oversized wine glass

L - This beer is very dark brown with ruby highlights. An inch of tan heads rests atop.

S - It has developed a fruity smell over the years. I get a chocolate covered cherry aroma. It could be plum, but who has heard of a chocolate covered plum.

T - The cocoa is quite evident. It comes through nicely along with some roasted malt. a little dark fruit translate from the nose to the taste.

F - Full

O - I remember liking this more last year. It is good. but I was expecting a big chocolate forward beer that I recalled. I did have a tasting with a fellow BA that day. It could have something to do with the distorted memory.

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Photo of terranostra86
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 447 ratings