2 Turtle Doves
The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #57
Ranked #8,521
4.05 | pDev: 11.11%
Mar 10, 2022
Oct 12, 2009
2 Turtle Doves2 Turtle Doves
Notes: 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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Rated: 4.27 by minterro from California

Mar 10, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by mpenske from California

Feb 26, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by irishevans from California

Feb 13, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by faraday326 from California

Jan 31, 2022
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Reviewed by 86sportster883 from Maryland

3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
Poured into a Terruex tulip glass from a 32oz Crowler that I bought a year ago along with several others in this series. The beer is an impenetrable dark brown with a big rocky tan head that quickly diminishes to just a quarter inch ring that leaves behind a broken lace. A rigorous pour throws off aromas of alcohol soaked cherries, dark chocolate and sherry-like oxidation notes. The taste follows the nose, but is initially dominated by a sharp tartness that hides the high abv and introduces a hint of cocoa. As my palate adjusts and the beer opens up, the sourness fades but remains ever present. This beer has no caramel or toffee richness left in it and any nutty flavors are hard for me to pick up. The beer does have a pleasant drying finish but only hints at caramel malt flavors, let alone toasted pecans or anything even close to a pecan turtle. Maybe this keg was past it’s prime when I bought it. I hope I didn’t buy two of these…. After going 1/2 way through this crowler, hoping the turtle doves (wtf are they anyway?) would magically improve, this version of 2 turtle doves is 16oz drain pour. But I did get quite the buzz on the 1st half.
Jan 22, 2022
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Reviewed by sjrider from California

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle pour 2021 version @ 10.6% brewed w/ orange peel and spices. Opaque brownish black with quickly dissipating khaki head leaving minimal lacing and a ring of bubbles. Nose is mild roasty malt with hints of yeast and orange. Taste follows with some caramel and spice in the background. Finishes slightly dry with a lingering citric sweetness.
Jan 07, 2022
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
13 oz snifter pour at Lures Bar & Grille. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a moderate light tan head. Aroma and flavor feature dark malt, light chocolate/caramel/coffee, Belgian yeast esters, and spice. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and slightly boozy. This would probably benefit from a year or two (or 10?) of aging.
Jan 04, 2022
Rated: 4 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Jan 03, 2022
Rated: 4 by bigred89 from Maryland

Jan 02, 2022
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Reviewed by BubbleBobble from New York

3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Side by side tasting of the 2009 version and the 12 Days of Xmas both rebrew.

2009: Pours a very dark mahogany, relatively little head formation, but slightly more retention than the fresh version. Nose suggests a little tartness, some oak, dried cherries. Taste is less and rich than the rebrew - baking chocolate and dried cherry both pretty forward, finishing rather dry. Mouthfeel is moderate, but far thinner than the fresh version (and think that's a positive).

Rebrew: Similar to 2009 version, but head tapers away quicker; a few dots of lacing. Nose is a bit muted - dark fruit, slight sour pumpernickel bread. Taste leads with moderately sweet dark fruit, dark chocolate fudge, slight cordial sweetness. Mouthfeel is super thick and full with long, lingering warming.

Both are interesting beers, but think the 2009 version (whether its age, formulation, or likely both) is more interesting and a lighter package.
Dec 26, 2021
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I've only had 4 in this series of 12. So I was salivating that I could buy a case of the series barrel-aged; hoping that The Bruery actually shipped. So I threw a few more of their saisons into the order and... turns out I have a 2100 mile drive to pickup my order. Oh, well..... As every Cubs fan knows; expecting an outcome that is too good to be true equates to "wait until next year."

2 Turtle Doves was a pleasant surprise. Upon reading the label, I thought it would pair better with dessert; but opened it early to let it breath some. One taste led to another and then others at the Christmas Eve festivities got into the act... and it was gone. So, I couldn't even get to the dessert pairing.

Da Doves' Looks are only slightly above average, enough foam and lace to say "ale." Smells and Tastes say "The Holidays are Here", heaps of dark fruit and December spices and brewers sugar; all packaged as a balanced Christmas present. Full in my mouth and surprisingly not boozy or sweet, I wish there was another bottle ... or I had defied the holiday spirit and not shared.

But, life is good. And I really should pay more attention to The Bruery; but I'm shy of their imperial specialities... except special, social times of the year when I can share the extra alcohol. The Bruery brews as well in all traditions and as well as any brewer I know. Cheers ! (And I intend to make that long-promised visit this March... but that pick-up of the case of BA "12 Days/Years of Christmas"? It's too long a haul back to Chicago. It would be easier to change the beer distribution laws of the 50 United States that it would be to convince my wife to tolerate my driving for 2,000 miles. Believe it, Bros. )

12/31/21 Bought another copy and brought it to a party of two drinkers... so I could enjoy it more. But I enjoyed it about the same. No change in rating. But, I did discover that 2 Turtle Doves is not a versatile brew and does not stretch from appetizers to dessert. I drank only a few sips while eating the entree stuff.

I still hope to score this treasure again. And I'm counting over @ UnTappd.
Dec 25, 2021
Rated: 4.02 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Dec 25, 2021
Rated: 4.54 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Dec 25, 2021
Rated: 3.9 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Dec 24, 2021
Rated: 4.03 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Dec 24, 2021
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750ml bottle. Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It left sudsy sheets of lace on the glass. It smelled of dark dried fruits, biscuity malt, toffee and some spices. Sweet dark fruit taste with toffee, caramel and some mild spices.
Dec 19, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Dec 16, 2021
Rated: 3.58 by Shatik from California

Dec 08, 2021
Rated: 4.4 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Dec 03, 2021
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Rated by evanwoertz from California

4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
unfortunately has a little cough syrup when you taste it with sours. smell is strong but the feel is weak.
Oct 16, 2021
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Rated by RMW66 from Australia

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Just too sweet for my taste.
Jun 04, 2021
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Reviewed by HattedClassic from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The beer pours a decent khaki colored head with a creamy texture. The beer itself is a hazy dark brown color that looks nice but the texture appears to be a little too slick and oily.

The smell is okay. Cold, the beer has a very strong and unappealing purple olive smell that ruins the beer. However, as it warms, the beer gives off more of a candi syrup smell to it. There are some light dark fruit notes and moderate cocoa nib notes in the finish.

The taste is decent and strongly improves as it warms up. It has a strong candi syrup note upfront and followed by a mixture of the dark fruit notes and the cocoa nibs. The cocoa nib notes are also a bit stronger in the taste than in the smell. As the beer warms up, more notes start to emerge. A burnt pecan comes out in the finish alongside a bitter cocoa note that wasn't there before.

The feel is good. It has a medium heavy body and silky feel to it. There is a slight burn in the finish.

Overall, a decent beer but is surprising since it seemed it would have been chocolatier looking at the description.
Dec 30, 2020
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Reviewed by michiganmatt from California

3.42/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Deep dark brown pour, with a small layer of light brown head
Aroma is honestly pretty metallic, which I am very sensitive to and so is quite a negative
Taste is a mix of light chocolate, dark fruit, metallic flavors, quite sweet.
Medium-heavy body. moderate-light carbonation.
Overall, not really quite what I was expecting (from the description was expecting something more chocolatety). This beer ended up very similar to the previous beer in the series, Partridge in a pear tree.
Dec 30, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by Stengelfoot from California

Dec 27, 2020
Rated: 4.51 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Jul 31, 2020
Rated: 4.7 by bubseymour from Maryland

Jul 25, 2020
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Reviewed by Wetpaperbag from Washington

2.62/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
2009 version. Looks good, but the smell has notes of SATB, for those who know you know. There is a sweetness of some fruits, but this soy burnt malt taste is too much.
Mar 31, 2020
Rated: 4.3 by Beer21 from Florida

Mar 16, 2020
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Reviewed by IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
375 ml bottle from 2019 rebrew poured into Trillium The Six States glass and allowed to warm.

L: Small brown head, disappears quickly and leaves only a thin ring. Beer is a very dark brown.

S: Mostly get the cocoa nibs and roasted malts. Maybe a tad nuttiness.

T: Interesting. Has some Belgian quad qualities, but blessedly not oversweet. Some cocoa runs through the taste, some nuttiness. ABV pretty nicely hidden, but there is some warming on finish.

F: Pretty full-bodied. No carbonation to speak of. Construction and balance are decent. ABV well hidden.

O: Didn't really pick up what they were going for, but it's not bad for what it is.
Feb 19, 2020
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Reviewed by Ambiorix from Kentucky

3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Dark brown pour with a decent tan head.

Nose is sherry and cocoa powder. Ovaltine.

Sweet, malty, cocoa nibs. Sherry in the finish. A little oxidized but sherry and not wet cardboard. Stone fruit. Plums.

Not much hint if alcohol heat after 10 years. The oxidation isn’t surprising after this length of time with just a crown cap and no wax. I was really pleased it still tasted as good as it did.
Jan 05, 2020
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Reviewed by brycemc from California

4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Day 2:

Look: Pours a deep dark brown, almost black in glass. Head is finely bubbled and moderately lacing.

Smell: get a lot of strong alcohol notes on the front of the nose (just out of cold fridge). As warms, starting to pick up the chocolate note, maybe a bit of candy. Pepper note as well here, and maybe some dry citrus peel.

Taste: Dry chocolate, some very minor fruit note, definite nuttiness on middle palate and finish, plenty of warm booziness, a bit of spice (clove?). Finish is dry and long, dry cocoa and spice, and warmth. Doesn't feel quite like 11.9%, but 10%+ at least to my tastes.

Feel: Dry, somewhat stout-like. Finish is very long. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, but coating, getting Belgian yeast vibes. Warmth goes on forever.

Overall very very enjoyable. Would like to try this one after some age (maybe I'll keep my 2nd 12 pack for a dozen years...). Hybrid style description is accurate.
Dec 28, 2019
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Dark brown opaque body with two fingers of mocha foam that eventually settles into a ring. Rich chocolate, with caramel, nuts, brown sugar, and booze. Big caramel with some nuttiness within waves of booze and chocolate, accenting toffee, roasted malts, and dark fruit make up the taste. Not as uniform as taste. Feel is boozy, creamy, and smooth. One of my favorites in the series, definitely sweeter, but hey this is Christmas, we can be a little sweet!
Dec 27, 2019
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Reviewed by CaptainHate from Ohio

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.
Feb 24, 2018
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Reviewed by Buck89 from Tennessee

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.
Nov 25, 2017
Rated: 3.45 by ivegot3Dvision from Oregon

Mar 10, 2017
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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.
Feb 09, 2017
Rated: 4.11 by reebtaerG from Maryland

Dec 31, 2016
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Reviewed by arlo19 from Kentucky

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
Jun 08, 2016
Rated: 3.74 by kidzord from Illinois

Feb 21, 2016
Rated: 4.48 by jeff1973 from California

Feb 02, 2016
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