Prime Rib and Two Turtle Doves Dark Ale from The Bruery

by Beer Answers on December 26, 2009


For Christmas dinner, our main course was Prime Rib. When we were researching what to have with the idea of pairing with a seasonal craft beer, we saw some recommendations for a hearty, dark Belgian to go with prime rib. Among the specific recommendations, was a seasonal from The Bruery, Two Turtle Doves, a Belgian style, Dark ale brewed with cocoa nibs and toasted pecans. It is heavy on the alcohol at 12% ABV.

We served the Prime Rib with a red wine and truffle sauce, green beans, roasted autumn vegetables (purchased from Cardiff Seaside Market in Encinitas, CA) and a cauliflower dish.

Tasting Notes

The beer has a rich taste with undertones of chocolate and coffee, but this didn’t get in the way of the beef. In fact, it went very well. The beer complemented the beef without overwhelming it the way that a Cabernet or Merlot sometimes does with  prime rib.

Two Turtle Doves is the second annual offering of The Bruery’s Twelve Beers of Christmas series. Well worth looking for before it all disappears. We got ours at a favorite haunt, Texas Wines and Spirits in Carlsbad a few blocks from the ocean (North San Diego County).  Texas Wines and Spirits offers a large selection of The Bruery’s offerings and is the self-proclaimed largest selection of craft beers in the region. We have no reason to dispute their claim.  They are a friendly and helpful group of people.

If you’re not in our neck of the woods, SoCal, here is a list of places to shop for brews from The Bruery.



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