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2 Turtle Doves (Vanilla Beans) | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Overlord on 12-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by antioch:
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4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Tasting Room at The Bruery served the beer directly from the Firkin. Served in a tulip glass of course! Just as the normal 2 Turtle Doves it was a dark brown it had thin tan head that never dissipated.

The smell was almost exactly as the 2 Turtle Doves from the bottle that I've had, just a slight tinge of vanilla, but very mild. It might have smelled a bit more malty, but I didn't have them sitting side by side to check this.

The mouthfeel was a little bit more dry than what I remembered from the normal 2 Turtle Doves. Although, it was just about as thick as the originally and possibly less carbonated.

The taste was almost exactly the same as the original, maybe a little drier taste, a small bit of vanilla and a bit more maltiness. Chocolate, malts, slight hints of pecans and a bit of burn from the alcohol.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Overlord
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown, almost blackish core, with a surprising one to one and a half inch head.

Smells like cocoa, roasted malt, a hint of vanilla (vanilla surprisingly muted in this), and some grain-y sugariness.

TAste is, again, surprisingly mild on the vanilla. There's a whisper of ... bourbon? ... more cocoa, roasted malt, and that bit of distracting grainy sugary something. Not sure what that is. A bit of an earthy/roasty aftertaste.

Typical cask mouthfeel: light, airy, coats ye' ol' tongue. Pretty good, but I'm not sure this is much of an improvement over the regular.

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Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at The Bruery,

A: Pours brown with a medium cask head, solid retention.

S: Light vanilla, pecan/nuts, roasted malt.

T: For me there wasn't a huge difference between this and the original. The flavours did see more smoothed out though almost like a light barrel aging. Good dark malt flavour, hint of vanilla and Christmas spice, bittersweet chocolate, with a direct pecan nut note, almost astringent at the end.

M: Nice soft carbonation, smooth, silky, nice feel.

D: I was wondering what they where going to do with the sequel to Spice Tree. While the former greatly and uniquely improved its base beer, the 2 Turtle Doves w/Vanilla just does a slight tweaking. Still very good winter beer, though maybe I expected too much.

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Photo of jerz
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of azagthoth
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at The Bruery, Dec 4 2009.

Appearance- An atramentous brown pour that exposed a glowing, cream-colored head that was just shy of an inch. Unusual for sure, but absolutely smashing! I should also note that there was no head deflation, as the retention was persistent throughout my sample.

Smell - Sugar immediately burglarized my nostrils upon first whiff. The reminiscent aromas of the 2 Turtle Doves began to surface directly after - dark roasted malt, toasted nuts, and light syrup although slightly subdued in this vanilla cask version. It was rather perplexing that any hints of vanilla really needed to be sought after, but if desired you just might smuggle in a few leads.

Taste - A graceful ale weighted of toasted pecans permeated the tongue upon my sip. Dark bread, roasted malt, and sugarcoated bitter chocolate were prevalent as one would identify in the primary non-cask arrangement. The indication of bitterness in the finish is seasoned, in comparison to the conventional version of 2 Turtle Doves.

Mouthfeel - The inclusion of caramel associated with a tepid dryness provided a silky finish, having come from the cask. I am obliged to assert that the stupendous body on this ale is analogous to many of your well known Imperial Stouts on the market, in terms of body with vigorous qualities.

Drinkability - Unparalleled drinkability for a beer of this size! The Bruery seems to celebrate this theme of crafting 12% + ABV beers that are composed of unmitigated consumption. This is genuinely an art, and an incisive trait that is decorously being coined right before our very eyes. I humbly consider their efforts as revolutionary in the adolescent stages of the craft beer movement.

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2 Turtle Doves (Vanilla Beans) from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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