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Barrel Aged 2 Turtle DovesBarrel Aged 2 Turtle Doves

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The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by womencantsail on 11-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bruery 8th Anniversary celebration on 05/14 /16.

Pours an opaque dark caramel color with very little head to speak of. Silky smooth texture with caramel malt, vanilla, oak, maple, toffee and bourbon aspects. I'm not sure how this tasted in 2009 but, seven years later, this is absolutely world class.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours mostly black, some dark brown towards the light, super small 1/10" head on it. Nice mild aroma of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla.

Easy coverage on the alcohol, bourbon is mild, flavorful and not aggressive or domineering. Any dark fruit bitterness from the base is swallowed. A little bit of dark sugar sweetness comes through, and the toffee notes. This really takes a base beer I was meh on and replaces all the not so down with feels with good bourbon and oak smoothness.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle shared as part of #bottlecherwednesday at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. Poured into a tulip. Liquid is very dark, not quite opaque, brown topped by a two finger tan head that settles quickly to a collar. Some spots of lacing, but not much sticking to the glass. Aroma is dominated by barrel notes: bourbon, vanilla, molasses, cocoa, alcohol, and oak. There are also some nutty and malty notes. Taste is sweet malt, brown sugar, vanilla, and cocoa plus some bourbon and alcohol burn. Medium-plus body, slick, creamy texture, soft carbonation, long warming finish.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2010)

The Bruery Initiation Party 2013
Anaheim, CA

(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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour for the Bruery Initiation Celebration held at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a sweet brown sugar flavor and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is quite tasty and holding up very well for its age.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received in trade from t0rin0, thanks for hooking me up with a long time want Bobby!

Pours a solid dark brown with the faintest of garnet highlights when held to light an impish off white head dissipates almost instantly. Smells of bourbon, wood, and vanilla with a solid shot of ethanol. Chocolate and brown sugar coated raisins and nuts round out the nose. The flavor is sweet up front with a hit of grape an raisins before the onslaught of barrel moves onto my palette. Bourbon vanilla earthy wood and vodka burn their way through my gullet eventually settling into a dark fruity sweet sugary finish that lingers long after every sip. Medium to thick body with a sweet oily coating mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. There's a lot going on here and most if it is great. I did find the alcohol to be a bit harsh but that didn't stop me from sipping on this celebratory bad boy all night.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Amyliz4 for opening this one up next to a bottle of the regular version. Served in a Bruery tulip. Pours a moderately-dark brown with a nice tan head. Spots of lacing. The nose carries really excellent bourbon notes. So smooth, and well integrated with the base beer. Nice dark fruits and moderate sweetness in the background. Still a touch of caramelized character. Flavor isn’t quite as nicely done, but the bourbon and base still meld well. Medium body; quite smooth. Very tasty.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 12/01/12 notes.

a - Pours a dark brown color with a few lightly tan bubbles and lot to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, caramel malts, toffee, vanilla chocolate, oak, bready malts, and toasted malts. Awesome nose; a ton of bourbon and caramel to it.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, bourbon, oak, vanilla roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, toasted malts, bready malts, spices. More caramel than the nose and again, lots of bourbon; not hot though. Really awesome.

m - Thick and chewy full body and low carbonation. Lots of bourbon but not hot; awesome mouthfeel.

o - Overall a fantastic beer from the Bruery. Reminds me a little bit of their 100% BA Cuir but with a little more caramel to it. Tons of bourbon, caramel, and chocolate and not hot at all. Would love to have it again and hoping the BA 4 Calling Birds I just ordered is just as good.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason for opening this at his birthday celebration. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - Tan foam settles to wisps, a thick collar, and splotchy lacework. Very dark brown body.

S - Great bourbon and barrel aroma, vanilla, oak, chocolate and nut brownies, light tobacco, and superbly well-hidden alcohol. Not much Belgian character but who cares?

T - The taste reveals a bit more of the base beer's heavy chocolate and caramel flavors, as well as some oxidized fruity flavors. Oak, vanilla, and bourbon show up later and linger into the finish. Not much alcohol here either.

M - Medium-full body, chewy and viscous, with an oaky, tannic, and dry finish. Thankfully the barrel-aging didn't thin this out too much as it still drinks like dessert. Again, well-hidden alcohol.

D - Excellent beer - the best of the barrel-aged Christmas beers and probably The Bruery beer I'd be most interested in having again. Good thing I've got a bottle in the cellar! Already really mellow, so I wouldn't age this much longer.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Amy, always so generous with the Bruery rarities. Beer served in a Bruery glass. Beer is brown and hazy with a wispy white head of small bubbles, no lacing, low retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, spicy and bourbon, smells nice.

Beer is medium in body and sweet with a nice finish, overall a good beer and I'd love to have more. The spices plays nicely with the malt and the finish is great, liquor forward and a ncie finish. very good beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is dark chestnut brown with a thin tan head. The aroma offers a pleasant bouquet of vanilla, oak, bourbon, chocolate. Lovely flavor, with additional notes of caramel and toffee. A delightful sipping beer. Light to medium in body with lingering sweet booze and bourbon. A tasty beer from The Bruery.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Andrewinski1. Thanks homey. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a dark brown with a thin ring of mocha colored foam around the rim.

The aroma has a rich bitter cocoa aroma with some hints of spice such as cinnamon. Notes of plumbs and other dark fruits. Nice mellow barrel characters here with just a kiss of bourbon lingering in the background. The pallet has a lot of fruity characters with sweet plumbs and a bit of tart cherries on the finish. Sweet bitter cocoa with some hints of caramel and toffee. Nice mellow bourbon on the flavor.

The body is thick and chewy with soft carbonation. Overall this one is very enjoyable. The tartness on the pallet kind of seems a bit out of place but overall this is enjoyable.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Claaark13 for the nice tick! Poured into a tulip. The color is pitch black with slight amber hues. There is a small light tan head.

The aroma has lots of chocolate with some vanilla and bourbon thrown in. I'm excited about the taste from the aroma.

The taste has lots of nice chocolateyness. There is a bit of fruityness in the front that hints at some tartness. The finish is all boozy bourbon that's quite warming. This dances between quad and stout-like characteristics.

This is a thick, slow sipper with not much carbonation (just enough to be there). This was a real treat!

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Photo of brystmar
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.89/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Generously shared by Captain Haddock aka largadeer. Thanks, Chris.

A: Pours a mahogany body with a ring of tan foam.

S: This is a little boozy in the nose; I expected this to have calmed down after 2 years. The barrels dominate, giving the beer a bourbon-forward, vanilla, caramel-esque note. I happen to like barrel-forward beers where the booze doesn't completely dominate, so I'm inclined to give this a 4.

T: Boozy, but it has a good bourbon flavor that melds well with the base beer, particularly its raisin components. It gives the beer a "pre-aged" profile, suggesting sherry oxidation. Chocolate as well. As in the nose, I'm giving this a 4 due to the well-expressed barrel presence that manages to hide some of the booze.

M: While the booze is not fully expressed in the nose and taste, it IS present, and you DO notice it (or at least I do). So I'm dinging the mouthfeel. Otherwise, it's a full and rich beer with plenty of dessert-esque flavor.

O: Admittedly, I'm not a huge fan of The Bruery, but I wasn't super-impressed with this one. It's decent enough, but given what it takes to get it, it's comfortably in "bah" territory for me. Absolutely worth trying if it falls in your lap, but not worth chasing down.

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Photo of Gfunk720
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.


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Photo of JoeySchlitz
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brown with a low but fairly thick creamy head which fades to some nice swirls. The smell on this is intoxicating. Tons of smooth bourbon, chocolate, cocoa, decadent figs, caramel and burnt brown sugar.

The taste (when cold) follows and is really smooth. Chocolate undertones shine through a bit more with a buttery diacetyl end, which is borderline almost too buttery. There’s a very slight cherry, dark fruit end that becomes more prevalent as the beer warms to room temperature. It’s not overpowering but I have a feeling that it could take over the beer down the road. Will have to see on the next bottle. Carbonation is ample and helps to tone down the heavy alcohol.

Overall one of the better BA versions of the Bruery Holiday verticals.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of phichifiji00
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rich dark brown, clear, no head, no lacing.

Smell: Bourbon, brown sugar, raisins, chocolate, toffee, caramel.

Taste: Bourbon, brown sugar, raisins, toffee, caramel, oak, vanilla, a bit boozy.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, no carbonation, smooth, silky, boozy.

Overall: A tasty warming beer. Very complex brown sugar/caramel flavors. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of claspada
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of seeswo
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for bringing this one, Cam.

Pours a very dark brown, letting light through around the edges. The nose is dark fruits and roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Smells really, really good. The taste is overwhelmed by chocolate, thrown out of balance relative to the other flavors. Otherwise, bourbon, vanilla, oak, roasted malts and dark fruit. There is also a wee bit of a muddy tannic flavor in the middle that doesn't work for me. The mouthfeel was nice, low to medium carbonation and good body. Drinks well for the ABV. Overall, the taste didn't live up to the nose, but this was still pretty good.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown near black with slight lacing, decent carbonation.

S: Roasted Malt, bourbon, raisin, plum.

T: Bourbon ,sweet roasted malts ,burnt pecans , chared barley ,slight hop slight chocolate, vanilla.

O: I had always wanted to try this and finally had a chance Thanks to whoever brought this to the tasting , I appreciate it, Very solid beer that is drinking very well at this point.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark dark brown. Nice reddish tint. A nice light tan head. Looks pretty nice, smells incredible. Burnt caramel, tons of bourbon. Roasty, chocolate. Flavour profile is similar. A bit hot but reallt nice. Love the aromas and flavours. This beer is stellar

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Bruery Tulip light tan head around the edges and very minimal lacing. Dark charred sugared pecan color that you can see through at the edges.

S: Sweet and spicey, plenty of bourbon and oak in the nose mixing with toasted nuts and tons of caramelized sugars.

T: This starts off to me similar to how an oud bruin would. There is no sourness; perhaps what could be years down the road, but there are other characters that I can quickly think of in an imperial oud bruin. Oak barrel aging with tons of cherry sweetness - Check! Tons of caramelized sugars, mixing with booze and a light body; definite check! The differences are clear when you start to taste the belgian yeast characters that have not yet gone to the sour cream / vinegary side and I can definitely enjoy the bourbon that is relatively prevalent in here. There is a ton of vanilla and that great roasted pecan flavor from TTD's followed by a strong plum and berry flavor from Belgian Candy Sugar. For my favorite beer ever from the Bruery in the original Two Turtle Doves, I am glad to have finally opened this after staring at it for months in my cellar.

M: Very light in body, little to no carbonation which is slightly disappointing but for a barrel aged BSDA, I slightly expected this.

O: I was a huge fan of the original Two Turtle Doves, and this is no exception. I can definitely really enjoy the time and effort that went into making this beer and look forward to its return someday down the road.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Darkness snifter.

This is a pleasant surprise. I wasn't expecting to see this opened up at our last tasting. Pours a dep dark reddish brown. Some off white head. I get lots of bourbon on the nose. Vanilla and chocolate with some bits of dark fruit round out the smell profile. Bourbon is pretty heavy in my mouth from this small pour. It mutes some of the stuff I smelled. Some oak comes through with the vanilla, chocolate and dark fruit. Really hard to get around that bourbon for me.

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