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TWELVE - Ithaca Beer Company

TWELVETWELVE

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BA SCORE
87
very good

132 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 132
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%


Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: klewis on 01-01-2010)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gusher warning! I lost about a sixth of the bottle in a few seconds. I aged this more than a year. Dark caramel colour, rich aroma of yeast and caramel and candi, and booze. Above average mouthfeel, rich, right on the style. Good spiciness. A sipper, still good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 02:04:33 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch E!020.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and dark fruits. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 08:24:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very happy to be able to try this one, now I just gotta pop that 11 I have been on the lookout for and we will have the vertical in the books.

Pour is massive, nice medium brown color with a good bit of cloudiness and sediment in the bottom of the glass. Huge off white head rises up almost the width of the hand in a snifter before getting massively rocky and cratered and settling itself out nicely. Dark fruits and brown sugar like spices are dominating it here early on for me. Warming yields plums, figs, raisins, and a touch of alcohol that seems to prickle at the nose a touch. First sip is well carbonated and a touch hot, needs to mellow for a few months I would think. Rich raisins and plums, roasted malts, a touch of peat and leather in the back giving it some much needed balance. Nice dry finish here caps it off well leaving just a hint of fruit and sugary glaze on the palate until you come back for the next sip.

Overall not the biggest quad I have ever had but I really think it serves its purpose quite well. Give it some age I am sure this will end up being simply outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 14:21:00 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

1.63/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige/amber color ale with a huge off-white head with good retention and some lacing. Bottle was quite a gusher which makes me wonder if everything was fine. Aroma is grossly oversweet with lots of notes of dry fruits. Taste is quite unbalanced with loads of sugar and excessively sweet dry plums and gross caramel notes. Body is quite full with excessive carbonation (even for the style) and no detectable alcohol. I either got a bad bottle or this is one incredible mess.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 18:27:14 | More by Phyl21ca
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a chalice. The nose is some pretty dark brown with a nice tan and creamy head. The nose brings forward some really nice dark fruits with some fig and dates being the most prominent. The taste is more dark fruits with a bit of booze and quite a bit of complexity. The mouthfeel is a bit creamy with a really nice body. Drinks quite well and I'd love to see how this ages.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 02:49:30 | More by Thorpe429
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have had a few of the Excelsior series of brews from Ithaca and have been impressed with most of them,glad to try this one.Poured into a chalice with a huge blooming off white head a hazed amber brown,the head was all encompassing.A mix of spicy yeast,toast,and caramel in the nose,there is some fruity esters as well.Flavors of the spicy yeast like clove and white pepper,mixed with rich caramel at mid swallow,the fruit is subdued in my opinion.It begins to get a bit sticky after a bit but is pretty solid,its not overly complex but again pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 23:17:50 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Big thanks to Trxxpaxxs for this bottle!

Batch E!028. Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 6. It pours a hazy sienna-ruby topped by a third-of-a-finger of short-lived dirty tan bubbles. That's right, not even a real head, just a collection of foam-like bubbles at the surface. The nose comprises brown sugar, dark wheat, clove, light cocoa, light fig, and a light kiss of red grape. The taste holds notes of cocoa, fig, dark fruits (in the back), cashew, light wood, banana, dark greens, cinnamon, brown sugar, clove, and a touch of pine resin. The flavors kinda clash slightly at times, while at others they mesh beautifully. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, kinda grainy feel. Overall, a decently solid quad, one that is currently showing some age, but still has some wisdom to impart to us.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 05:06:50 | More by TMoney2591
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a tremendous dark fruit and caramel malt scent. The taste is good as well. It has a really nice roasted and crystal malt flavor highlighted with the addition of Belgian yeast esters. It boasts of dark fruits and roasted malt character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking quad. It's complex, but not overly so. It has good malt flavor with excellent yeast character.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 23:30:21 | More by WesWes
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shared with many people at my cellar cleaning.

Light fizzy head, semi clear dark chestnut brown color.

Nose nice molasses and barrel, toasty nutty hazelnut, rummy, little toasted coconut, brown sugar.

Taste similar, sweet brown sugar, candy malt, little syrupy malt, some warming booze, mild chewy earthy spicy hops, sticky and syrupy. Finish is hot booze, more earthy spicy hops, syrupy caramel molasses like candy, etc.

Mouth is fuller bod and syrupy, nice popping carb.

Overall not bad, but not as special as I expected it to be, a bit too sweet and sticky overall, so def could have improved.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 02:34:41 | More by jlindros
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a hazy brown color with a 1/2" head that falls to a surface foam quickly.

Smell: huge malt and fruit sweetness along with a tinge of alcohol. Some earthiness is also detectable.

Taste: big malt profile here. Dark fruit sweetness, brown sugar, earthy tones, yeast, warming alcohol, and a moderate bitterness. This comes across a bit unbalanced as the sweetness is overpowering.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth throughout with a velvety finish. Aftertaste is long lasting.

Drinkability: between the big sweetness and alcohol, an 6 oz pour was more than enough in a session. Definite slow sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 22:16:38 | More by Gavage
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle share at Beermongers, Portland, OR
Vintage bottle consumed in Dec. '11. Thanks to writerLJberg for the share!

Heard a lot of reports of gushers on this one, but fortunately we didn't have that problem. Poured a hazy cider brown color with a generous cap of off-white head even in our little sampler glasses. Aroma of caramel and ripe fruits. Huge pear profile in the aroma, and also very dominant in the taste. Also notes of caramel, brown sugar, and dried fruits--aside from the pear--and a bit of leather; nearly nothing to mention as far as hops go. Very smooth and flavorful, probably really benefited from aging. I really liked this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 09:49:56 | More by Rifugium
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Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Capped and foiled bomber, Batch E!020, $11.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours murky darker brown. The head is huge, rocky and long lasting, going to multi layered froth, and leaving world class lacing. Dark, ripe fruit infused nose, with raisins, rum, and a spiced up yeasty snap. Full flavor NY State take on the classic Belgian style. Soft and buttery mouthfeel, this one is quite yummy already, curious what a year or two in the bottle would do. More ripe fruit, raisins, figs, vanilla, cloves, warming alcohol, yeasty spiced up finish. Flavorful, complex and nicely crafted, understated,highly drinkable..real nice job here by Ithaca

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 23:40:45 | More by Billolick
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Wasatch

Utah

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

750ml
Batch: E!023

Poured into a Westy glass a very nice grapy color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger thick/creamy light tan head, with lots of small islands left behind. The nose is malty, very slight yeast note, figs, raisins, plums. The taste is very nice, slightly sweet, malty, some yeast notes, lots of figs/raisins/plums. Full/Medium body, ABV is almost not existent. Very Drinkable, a very tasty brew. Thanks Wayne!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 20:20:30 | More by Wasatch
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle apparently contains an orgy of Trappist yeasts but, at least for the first two pours, nothing would muck up this flawlessly clear, lustrously polished chestnut-colored beer. (Note: get to the bottom and it looks like a high-school science class experiment.) Transfer into the glass made a lot of fizzy noises but ultimately didn't result in any head.

Most quads have more flavour in their aroma than most other beers do their entire body but this one, not overly fragrant, smells relatively plain. What's there is good though. There is the expected sweetness but it actually favors savoriness and spice, showcasing a duo of something like (but not exactly) nutmeg and something like (but not exactly) sage.

12 has a flavour that threatens to become a little (or a lot) cloying with warmth, but with some chill on it it's delicious. A chewy, tootsie-roll like taste predominates with a butter tart flavour on the finish. As well as the conventional dried fruit notes (slightly understated in this example), it also has a root-beer or Jägermeister kind of root herbalness to it, with hints of citrus peel, liquorice, anise, poppy seeds, ginger, and juniper berries.

The aftertaste is considerably dry, with a pure cocoa-like sootiness and tea leaf bitterness. The stark herbal qualities again shine through with a significant earthiness and resemblance to the French liquor Chartreuse. And I'm not sure if it's the French malts or Belgian yeasts but there is a very musty, cellar-like character typical of Bières de Garde.

When you advertise emulating the great strong beers of Belgian Trappist monasteries you're pretty much sticking your neck out to be put in a noose. But, like the phenomenal Brute, Ithaca has not only succeeded but thrived where others have failed in trying to replicate the hardest of old-world recipes. Trust me, the monks don't do much better than this.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 03:50:30 | More by biegaman
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle picked up in Buffalo.

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange, brown away from the light, thick and rocky light tan head forms and settles down to a medium layer and ring around the glass, some lace spots stick.

Smell is neat, sweet and sugary, quite yeasty with a lot of dark fruit, big plum character, some raisin/date, brown sugar, alcohol, a bit of wood/earthiness, really crazy fruit character, caramel, a bit of wafer, pretty neat.

Taste is very sweet, tons of raisin and plum, dates, caramel, lots of brown sugar, candi sugar, big biscuit through the middle, alcohol, a bit of woodiness, a touch of roastiness, huge sweet and intense fruit character in the finish, pretty nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, some warmth, a bit sticky and sweet, pretty crazy character for a quad, real rich with a ton of dark fruit.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 02:50:40 | More by Viggo
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Monastary-style Quadrupel ale. Batch E!021.

A: The label best describes the coloring so I cannot take credit here, a chestnut pour that had glistening highlights of cadmium orange. Against backlighting the color appeared a dark ice-tea color with murky burgundy glimpses around the glass edges. The head is slight, about a finger high, pie crust in color, with a medium sense of retention.

S: The alcohol is very well mannered here on the nose for a quad with a defining touch of sherry and some barrel woodiness. After some agitation the alcohol tends to show though a bit more along with some dark fruit of prunes. My overall impression was on that was mixed, thankful for the restraint of such a large beer, but somehow still left me wanting more.

T: The flavor opens with a heavy show of malts laced with some Belgian candy sugar. Dark fruit of black cherries and plums add some spicy and sweet notes complimenting the warming alcohol and caramelized sugars. Spicy licorice, warm cola combine with the earthy and woodsy german hops. The finish finds a particular spiciness of fennel sweet mixing well with the sweet caramelized sweet palate. I absolutely love how the alcohol adds its own spiciness, with enough to be appreciated, but never distracts, from the other flavor and attributes. In the end were some smoky woody afterthoughts.

M: Thick luscious malt lie heavily on the tongue with a syrup like consistency. Warm, spicy feel on the inner cheeks while the swallow reveals boozy sweet dried rum.

D: The abv of 12% was never a hinderance or overbearing like many other quads and actually felt a few points lower. This one was more focused on the sweet malty nature with spicy alcohol notes that remains very manageable consumption wise. Easy drinking for a quad and highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 00:21:56 | More by beerthulhu
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

2.58/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On draft at The Pony Bar in NYC.

I am always excited and hopeful when trying an American quad. This beer appears a dark walnut hue with a very tiny head and no lacing. The aroma is basically missing everything I identify with a quad. It's too sweet and a bit artificial. There is no yeasty or Belgian characteristics that I can detect. The flavor is off and finishes with an odd astringency. Oh well, I tried. Ithaca makes awesome wild ales. Quad...not so much.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2010 06:32:34 | More by Huhzubendah
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into goblet, batch E!020. Pours deep dark brown color with 1.5 fingers of light tan head with fantastic retention that reduces to a nice lacing cap. Some decent lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of strong nutmeg, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. Big on the nutty aromas here, pretty interesting. Taste of huge caramel, toffee, chocolate, and nuttiness. Big sweetness in the taste with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, and nuttiness with a bit of spiciness on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied. Alcohol is well hidden, none in the taste and a small warming on the finish. Nicely smooth drinking despite the level of carbonation and alcohol level. Overall, a very nice quadrupel from Ithaca!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 03:47:30 | More by superspak
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, dark fruit and chestnut hints. In the taste, a white grape fruitiness and dry nuttiness. A smooth and medium to big mouthfeel, with a sticky fruit and dry nuttiness in the aftertaste. Nice flavor, fruity and dry, easy to drink, and hides the ABV quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 12:56:51 | More by OWSLEY069
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blackie

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: ruddy brown in color, pours a finger-width layer of off white head, soon falling back to a well retained coating and full ring

s: run glazed fruitcake, spicy alcohol, prune and dark raisin, toasted sugars, big and malty, booze soaked dark fruits, some Belgian yeast influence

m: carbonation light, delicate, medium smooth body, some silkiness

t: dark fruit, plum and raisin, light woody roast drying up the finish and lingering with a mild bitterness, aged hop flavors, toasty burnt sugars, moderate yeast influence, spicy alcohol

d: a pretty nice quad, flavorful and true to style, but lacking in some of the complexities of a finer example, fairly easily drinkable for a 12 percent beverage

750 from Westmere in Albany, batch 23

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 01:18:20 | More by blackie
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep shade of ruby with a frothy off white head that slowly recedes but never dissipates. Smells of spicy Belgian esters, lots of dark fruit and caramel in there. Sweet tasting with load of caramel and melanoids, spicy yeast and hints of dark fruit and alcohol. I was hoping there would be more dark fruit in the taste but as I expected from the aroma it seems lacking. Sweet sticky mouthfeel, thick body, moderate level of carbonation. Nice sipper, but seems to be missing that indescribable something that makes it world class.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 22:10:50 | More by johnnnniee
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 2/19/2010. Bottle. Pours black with a thick, foamy tan head. Aroma of roasted nuts, burnt roasted malt, Belgian yeast, and light spices. Flavor of the same roasted nuts and mal and Belgian yeast. Definitely lacks the fruity notes of the traditional quads and I certainly wouldn't have guessed this was a quad just from tasting it. It reminds me more of a dark BSA like Bruery Two Turtle Doves. Nonetheless, it was very good and tasty!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 18:46:49 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Gmann

New York

4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Out of a 750ml foil and capped bottle. Pours a dark chocolate brown color with an explosive tan head, watch out for this one. Lots of big bubble in the head, which slowly settles leaving some chunky lacing. The aroma is disappointing for a big brew. I pick up some fruity sourness but that is it. The flavor starts of chocolatey and woodsy, which is very nice, gives it an earthy edge to a style that can be overly sweet and fruity. Some brown sugar/dark candi sugar sweetness, some tobacco. The quad has a light dark fruit tart finish. I wish most quads/BSDAs tasted like this, great balance. The feel is moderate with fizzy as hell carbonation, very burpy. Seems that they used champagne yeast. It is a touch hot from the ABV. Though overcarbonated, it suits the brew well. This drinks very well for a BSDA, nice earthy offset to the sweetness, nothing cloying on this one. Biggest negative to the brew is easily offset by burping, which I like doing. An excellent American made quad.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 06:06:09 | More by Gmann
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear brown hue with a thin mocha head.

S - Aromas of sweet malts, light plums, faint alcohol.

T - Taste is tons of sweet malts, cardboard, caramel.

M - Mouthfeel is sticky, syrupy.

O - Overall this beer was far too sticky to be enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 00:54:29 | More by rudzud
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark mahogany liquid with a tan head of medium height, this is an interesting beer. The smell isn't overly engaging. A little nutty malt scents and a touch of citric hops...some distant esters, but overall a restrained aroma. The taste, however, is spectacular...malty, toasted, moderately burnt grain and malt, complex and peppery, yeasty flavors. Chocolate and alcohol, tannic nut shells, dark malts, and spice. Great! The mouthfeel is full, with a warming sensation. Nice, lingering finish. All in all, this is a fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 02:45:39 | More by Suds
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TWELVE from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.