Two TortugasJanuary 1, 2012 San Diego, CA
Karl Strauss Brewing Co.
San Diego, CA
Two Tortugas is the 2nd addition to our less than literal “Twelve Days” series of holiday ales. This Belgian-inspired Quadruple Ale has a delicate union of toffee, dark fruits, and warming spices that will continue to develop with age.
Original gravity: n/a
Strauss is building up by one non-12 Days of Christmas animal a year; kinda fun. The beer’s serious, though: big fruity nose—ripe apple, plum—with deep malt behind it, and a lusciously malty body behind it, twisted and layered with more fruit, delineated with spicy yeast notes. Plenty of fruit here—even light pineapple—and yet it’s a quad for the beach; well-attenuated. Save this for a broadly-menu’d holiday meal, and go a little crazy.
- Lew Bryson
This russet-hued ale might have a benign enough appearance, but one whiff tells you that there’s considerable substance to the brew. A robust maltiness reveals itself in notes of candied apple and stewed plum, while an allspice-forward spiciness must surely come from the yeast. On the palate, it is sweet and ample-bodied, with lots of spicy toffee notes, suggestions of fruitcake—the kind you keep rather than regift—and even a hint of sweet coffee. A warming, still spicy finish completes this late-night tipple, best accompanied by a roaring fire and assorted truffles.
- Stephen Beaumont
Lew Bryson writes about beer and whiskey from his home in southeast Pennsylvania. He has a family and two dogs. That's all you need to know.
Once described as “beerdom's Brillat-Savarin,” Stephen Beaumont is the author of five books and countless articles on beer, spirits, food, travel, and how it all goes together.
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