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TWELVE - Ithaca Beer Company

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TWELVETWELVE

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BA SCORE
87
very good

133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 18
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
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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mjaskula

New York

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was a huge gusher. I had to leave it in the sink for a while, I might have lost a quarter of the bottle to foam. Other than that surprise this beer is pretty great.

Served in a sniffer. As expected from the gushing this beer pours with a giant tan head. As it falls it becomes rocky and clings to the glass very thickly, almost too thick to be called lace. The beer itself is dark brown thick and hazy.

The aroma seems thick dense and complex, it's sweet, malty, strong and alcoholic with dark fruits. The flavor is very sweet, and somewhat nutty and a bit alcoholic. There's a lot of fruit flavor: dark fruits, fig, prune, apple, and tropical fruits.

The mouthfeel is dry and clean, and even though it was a gusher it doesn't see to be highly carbonated. Maybe most of the carbonation left the beer earlier.

I really like this beer, I'm going to have to search out more ithaca beers, I haven't had that many.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 02:41:09 | More by mjaskula
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in st bernardus oversized wineglass.

pours a dark, murky, brown/amber tone with at least 3 fingers of foamy off-white/beige head that threatened to overflow; never had a quad with this much head! decent retention; moderate lacing.

nose is predominantly of belgian yeasts, bready malts, dark fruits, and spices.

the aforementioned aromas pull through in the taste, along with notes of pepper and caramel; bit of a hoppy finish with a boozy aftertaste.

full-bodied, creamy mouthfeel with more carbonation than i ordinarily prefer in my quads. in the end, a nice, tasty beer and a respectable take on the style, though IMO doesn't rival anything the monk are doing across the pond.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 03:21:28 | More by perrymarcus
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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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StephenRich

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 12 is 12% abv and comes in the Excelsior Series bottle; wine shaped and capped with a thin rubber sleeve. I let the bottle rest out of the fridge until it came to the bottom of the cellar temperature range at 12C (54F). Immediately when I opened the bottle it surprised me - without warning the obviously still active yeasts gave way to a massive rush of excitement pushing an aromatic white foam, fairly constantly, out from the bottle.

Really, the foam would not stop. I had an inkling of what would happen here based on the picture of this beer on Ithica's website, but even still I could barely believe what was happening. I poured two snifters as gently as I could and was aghast by the results. What I ended up with was less than an inch of beer, and a FULL glass of head. Deep, dense, airy and pillowy head. It was ridiculous; I had never seen anything like it before.

Whats more, is that as I was starring at this beer in astonishment, the bottle continued to erupt with foam at me! I could see that although the fluid line was significantly reduced in the bottle, the head continued to develop and rise in the bottle until it was left with no option but to escape. It took over 5 minutes to properly pour two snifters of the Ithica 12.

I am not sure exactly what yeast strains that Ithica has used, although I would be very interested to find out, but they obviously really enjoyed this beer. And once given a taste of oxygen they burst back to life eating everything and creating CO2 as fast as they could. This was really very extraordinary.

Eventually, I was able to pour two well presented glasses and it did manage to create a very lovely beer - well, some may not describe it as lovely. With the last bit of sediment swirled and laid to rest in our glasses, the 12 formed a murky and cloudy maroon garnet beer with dark shades of golden brown, dark amber, burnt orange, and mahogany. The head, while much more subdued than before, was still a massive, airy pillow of foam resting contently on top this opaque, but very appetizing beer. The head was over two inches and showed dense carbonation towards the bottom, but large airy bubbles near the top. It was an pale egg shell color with an almond creamy off-white glaze. Very dramatic so far.

The nose was massively perfuming blasting complex Belgian yeasts, spice and dark ripe fruit at me. As I was hoping, the scent was a playground of flavor - dry dark chocolate, figs, raisins, caramel, light toffee, dark malts, pepper, a touch of citrus, earth and funk all came together in an ever tangling mixture of aroma. Hops were present bringing fresh fields and a touch of flowers, but mostly deep malt, spicy dried fruit and yeast dominate the air near this beer.

I gently lifted the dark and ominous beer to my mouth and let a deep and soothing wave of Belgian and American flavors rush over my palate. By Belgian and American I mean that its complexity, delicate flavors, and perfect aromas came in with a massive and never ending crush of exuberance. The spice and yeast is noticeable from start to finish, so once you get beyond that prepare for smooth and creamy dark malts bringing caramel, dates, prunes and zest. Apricots seem to meld with cocoa and light roast brining a soft but large earth sweetness to the party.

That was really what surprised and impressed me - there are massive and complex flavors here, but they are all on their own level perfectly crafted; they just run at you with an insane amount of excitement. This, along with the beer's premature foaming leads me to believe that it is still in its infancy - three, four or even eight years from now this beer could mature into an unrivaled vintage, and a prize in anyone's cellar.

But now, it still had much To offer. The mouthfeel was surprisingly smooth and gently carbonated - it made the head seem more like a krausen than head (Krausen is a foam that develops on the surface of a wort as the active yeast is fermenting it creating a slew of byproducts and flavors). After some funk and light tartness hums past the malty fruits and esters, a spicy and crisply dry finish quenches - it has earthy hop notes and floral yeast still raging inside it. The finish here is dry, but with much effort.

I am left with the taste of chocolate and caramel doused with a good amount of spicy and complex yeast. Mellow sweet fruits still fume off my tongue, as does rich malt. This Quad was exceptionally entertaining, slightly confusing, but very delicious. As much as I did enjoy the 12, it is not among my favorite of the style, although I am also left wondering how this will be in five years. The next few bottles that I can get my hands on will find their way into my cellar - thats for sure!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 20:04:51 | More by StephenRich
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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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Proteus93

Virginia

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

I hope to make it to Ithaca later this year, but in the meantime, picking this up in Philly is just fine by me. Batch E!020.

A: Poured into what I felt would be an appropriate St. Bernardus chalice. It was a decision that played out very well... it pours beautifully. Dark brown topped with an easy three fingers of creamy tan head.

S: Some soft notes of caramel complement a rather modest and yet complex aroma of dark breads along with a touch of biscuit. I even find myself picking up on some leafy notes... I almost want to say grassy, but it's not quite that. Some hints of dark fruit, though nothing in particular stands out, and it's quite mild - but certainly there, playing a role.

T: Rich and malty, and I would go so far as to say that I am finding a bit of nuttiness in it, which is not expected, but very welcome. Like the aroma, dark breads are noted, as are some and maybe even a bit of an intriguing spiciness of nothing in particular (that I can place a finger on, at least!). Some modest fruitiness, perhaps most like plum. The very balanced characters of both the aroma and flavour do great things for this beer.

M + D: Quite a big body, with a big, sparkling carbonation to go with it. It's a quality I tend to enjoy very much in a such styles... a rich, and almost drifting over the tongue just enough to be savoured and then lifted away in the finishing dryness. I do find that it feels a little bloating, but nothing there is a deal-breaker. They've done very well at putting together an American brewed take on the style and, while they can stand up quite proud among the quads on the other side of the pond, they make home proud with a bit of an American take on it. Very nice. Hopefully I'll get my hands on some more before it's all gone!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 02:28:47 | More by Proteus93
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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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Mgaide

New York

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

This Monastery-style Quadrupel Ale has a translucent chestnut color, which I expect is the result of being non-filtered. On the nose it displays a pleasant maltiness, with hints of chocolate, expresso, and nutmeg. The first thing that stood out on the initial sip was a "sit up and take notice" effervesce that delivers a tongue tingling sensation. On the palate, spices mingle with nuts, dark chocolate, faint black licorice, fruitiness, and expresso. The finish on this bad boy lingerers and the subtle spiciness hang on the tongue while nuisances of chocolate, coffee, and malt start to take over and then shift to a enjoyable dryness.
To me this ale has a quality that most 12% Ales can only hope to attain, and that is a nice balance and concentrated flavors that conceal the high alcohol content. This ale has a lighter mouthfeel that also belies its ABV. In sum, this is a quadrupel ale that is satisfying, balanced and deliverers the goods.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 02:15:09 | More by Mgaide
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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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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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steve8robin

Massachusetts

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

Got this bottle on a work trip. 750ml Batch E!020...

A: Beautiful actively carbonating dark iced tea brown with a humongous off-white head that fades very slowly. Very good.

S: Some sweet bready caramel malts upfront blended nicely with some figs and hints of cranberry, pear, and apple. Bitter earthy hops hidden on the backend. Good.

T: Bready boozy sweet caramel cranberry upfront. A hidden bitter hop bite way on the backend. With some spicy pine flavors in the middle Good.

M: Heavy body with a thick silky feel. Leaves some strong flavors on the palate. Decent.

D: Goes down good. A lot easier than expected for 12% ABV, but the alcohol is definitely noticeable. Good.

All in all, this was a good brew. Was a few dimensions short of being incredible, but not a bad buy by any means. Definitely enjoy if you have the opportunity to access. Don't make this brew a priority hunt.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 04:10:26 | More by steve8robin
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Gobzilla

California

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

750ml bottle shared by torino at woodshop 5.1

Poured a dark brown with reddish highlights with a finger of head that left good sticky lacing on the glass. It had belgian yeast and brown sugar aromas with hints of caramel, dark fruits, and booze. The belgian yeaast dominate the taste with caramel and dark fruit accents that had slight spice brown sugar notes. There was also a fair amount of booze as well.. the beer was medium to full body with lots of carbonation that had a sweet spicey boozy finish. Quads aren't really my favorite style of beer but this one was pretty damn tasty and drank decent that wasn't overly boozy.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 18:24:48 | More by Gobzilla
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

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

Upon cracking the cap on this one a huge hiss of carbonation had me scrambling toward the sink. I was sure this was going to be a gusher but it didn't quite reach the crown. The pour was a semi-dark brown with a big, fizzy head that quickly filled the glass. This was a slow pour, and reveals a beer that does not look as thick as I'd expect from a 12% quad. Retention is very good, with a creamy full lace and a rich coating on the sides of the glass. Edit: when I went back for my 2nd pour the foam had indeed reached and rolled over the crown; in fact it was bizarre because in addition to chunky foam on the side of the bottle there were also a couple of clumps of brown yeast sediment.

Smell is big and fruity, with lots of dark fruits, slightly sour cherries, a bit of raisin, and some green apple. Malt-wise there is some bready, slightly sweet caramel, a hint of smoke and some toast. Some nice yeast character too, which is spicy and floral and is undoubtedly contributing some of the fruity esters. Really nice, complex nose.

Taste is maybe not quite as complex as the nose, but still has a lot of character. Tastes of semi-sweet caramel malt and slightly toasty bread. Spicy yeast like the nose, but not as estery. The biggest difference is that it's not nearly as fruity as the smell. There is some dark fruit and a hint of apple but that's about it. Fruit comes out a bit more as it warms closer to room temp. Finish is smooth and clean.

Mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy and smooth, but it's also only a medium body and feels a bit too light for the strength of the beer. Carbonation is very active but does not detract from the creaminess of the beer. Would rate higher if it had a bit more meat to it.

This is a well done, tasty beer from Ithaca. Love the complexity of the nose although I wish it translated more fully to the palate. I wish I could say that this would be a good candidate for aging but given the carbonation issue and the gushing I can't imagine it doing anything but getting worse in that regard. Probably better to drink it now if you're holding it. Cheers to another great year IBC!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 02:02:44 | More by number1bum
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elvisnj

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a generic US beer glass.

Pours nice head. Color is roasted chestnut. Clear and pretty.

Nose is all belgian yeast and fruity malt esters. Smells good.

Taste is a belgian yeast punch to the palate. Its a quad alright. Tastes of light fruits like apple and green grapes and caramel. Fruity esters are almost over the top. It clearly had a high fermentation temp. Alcohol is hidden behind all the yeast and esters.

Smooth mouth feel. Nice overall beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 17:33:18 | More by elvisnj
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Atricapilla

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. Appearance was a deep brown chestnut with a medium sized ivory colored head.Aroma was predominantly malt with some fairly strong yeast presence. Taste was earthy; again with malt and yeast predominating. Some sweetnes was present, perhaps too much for my liking.Slight hints of caramel and ethanol flavors were also present.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 15:31:14 | More by Atricapilla
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bomber poured into a chalice; batch E!23

Pours a deep chestnut brown with mahogany highlights throughout. The thin, off-white cap didn't stick around for too long, leaving some scattered powered sugar type covering over the body.

The nose is of cherries, mild roast, spice, Belgian yeast and some earthy hops. Broad and clean, not very deep.

Rich, dark fruits and caramel on top of a bed of tart Belgian yeast. Some earthy hops (noble?) and clove spiciness through the middle leading to a mild roast and a slightly sugary/bitter finish. It's like a lingering cherry sweetness battling out with earthy, bitter hops.

Different than traditional Quads in that this is clean and somewhat bright. Smooth and creamy feel with a medium body.

This is pretty easy to drink, but I think misses some of the traditional qualities of a Quad. But that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Ithaca did a pretty solid job with this one. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 23:39:31 | More by ColForbinBC
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levifunk

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at Madison, WI BA Tasting #2

appearance - I think this is the one that gushed when opened. poured dark cloudy brown with a white head.
smell - smells fruity, caramel
taste - earthy flavor (spices), subtle sweetness, but no where near what i expected off the nose. a little bitterness even.
mouth - very fluffy. too much carbonation for me, its basically champagne.
overall - very good job covering the alcohol, well balanced flavor, but maybe a little bland?

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 18:43:34 | More by levifunk
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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

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

Got from jjayjaye through a trade...thanks man! Poured from a 750ml bottle into my chalice. Pours a lighter brown, like ice-tea...but ends up very muddy brown in the glass. Tons and tons of creamy tan head. The head has excellent retention...and is SUPER frothy! Leaves wonderful full coated lacing all over the glass. As the beer settles, the head remains a good 1/2 inch or cream, and tons of spotty settling at the bottom of the glass. The longer it sits, the thicker the sentiment gets too.

Aroma is awesome and full of fruit and Belgian yeasts. Very malty to the nose...booze is pretty hidden for 12%...but slightly detectable.

Creamy, smooth, sharp, crisp...and a nice bite! A solid Belgian Strong ale with nice spices. The booze is a lot more noticeable through the mouthfeel...and swallow for that matter. Very good beer! Ithaca really knows how to make a solid and consistent line-up of beers! I would say this is just a step down from some of the Trappistes Belgians, but right there with the best American version Belgian beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 19:05:53 | More by ShadesOfGray
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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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soco7tyx7

New York

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

A - Pours a dark brown with a ruby hue. Hazy with a super thick soapy off white head with some decent lacing. Leaves a heady film throughout

S - Dark fruits, black berries, warm caramel, spicy yeast

T - Sweet dark fruits, with a roasted quality. Earthy, spicy, and yeasty. Finishes with a touch of alcohol and some residual bitterness from that roast character

M - Smooth, medium champagne like body. Feels thick in the back of the mouth. Finishes with a bit of heat

D - Overall a very tasty Quad. I enjoyed drinking it, but it's definitely a sipping beer. It hits ya kinda quick so eat something before or with it. The alcohol, though detected is well disguised so watch out!

Notes: I think this one would age especially well. The alcohol could chill out a little and it would be interesting to taste how the roasted character and the high carbonation plays out after a few years

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 21:17:46 | More by soco7tyx7
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bonkers

New Jersey

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

I poured from a 750 ml bottle into 2 oversized wine glasses. It pours a murky, fuzzy, brown with a big, big white head. I did not have any gushing problems some previous reviews had, but it was highly carbonated. Sweet dark fruits soaked in light alcohol rule the aroma. Dates and sweet figs are up front on the flavor. It finishes dry and has the slightest bit of alcohol in the finish. It is full/medium in body and highly carbonated. A bit of a sipper it is a another nice brew by Ithaca.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 21:14:53 | More by bonkers
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asabreed

New York

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ATTENTION: HAVE AT LEAST TWO GLASSES ON HAND IF YOU PLAN TO OPEN A BOTTLE OF THIS ANYTIME SOON.

I hate to use capital letters, but let me preface this quickly by saying a few things. I need to learn not to put bottles of beer on wine racks, especially beers that aren't corked, but I did it with this one two nights ago. As I was talking to a friend today on the phone, I picked up the bottle to read the label again, and I noticed my fingers were slightly wet, and the smell was beer, and the beer was indeed coming from the Twelve bottle.

Worried that this may have been a bad bottle, I decided not to screw around anymore, so I put it in the fridge for about 50 minutes and just opened it 10 minutes ago.

If you've read more reviews below, you'll know that this is pretty much a gusher, most likely because I imagine the champagne yeast levels weren't as tweaked as they needed to be as it was bottled.

I had to use a pint glass, my Brooklyn tulip, and a Samuel Smith 12 oz. nonic (all three clean glasses within reach of the cabinet) to combine pours before the carbonation stopped finally and slowly gushing out of the top.

Now, I'm pretty sure, due to the reviews below, that it's not just my bottle. So is this intentional? Did Ithaca put too much champagne yest in this sucker?

Not sure, but let's go ahead and get it reviewed, not that half the bottle has been sipped and transferred and finally all, so far, poured into the Brooklyn tulip.

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Appearance: If you read what I wrote above, you know this is a gusher. That said, it's also a very pretty beer in the glass. Extremely dark red, almost opaque, with a huge lighter mocha-colored head that just erupts, growing rocky dense crags at the top of the body, and leaving crater-sized holes as it dissipates, along with raucous sheets and caverns of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: Belgian yeast and dark fruit esters dominate this beer, along with earthy and soil-like phenols coming through. There's definitely some unsweetened cocoa and chocolate malt presence too, along with some sweeter caramel. There also seems to be a huge sense of spice in here, but I imagine it's the different strains of yeast rather than spices, but the huge peppery tingles the nose a bit, in a good way.

Taste: Thinking of age, and I'm not one to usually say something this -- maybe because I just can't detect it -- but this one's definitely a little hot on the palate. I'm not sure if it's the alcohol I'm discerning, but you can definitely tell this is a strong brew. It doesn't take away from the experience, but it's definitely present here. Also, there are the dark berries from all the fruit esters, in addition to some citrus. A lot of spiciness from the yeast. Some nuanced caramel and chocolate sweeter malt flavors. And some nice bitterness from the hops at the end, lingering with the chocolate and sweeter flavors and the earthiness also from the yeast.

Mouthfeel: The champagne yeast and Trappist yeast really makes this wonderfully full and creamy and spritzy all at the same time. One of the best things about this beer, despite the initial gushing of the first few pours.

Drinkability: Will age mellow out the carbonation truly? If so, let this one sit in the basement, and DO NOT let it sit on a wine rack; make sure you keep it upright. I think I paid around $8 for the bottle, and to me, for something like this, that's a steal. I wonder if it would've made a difference if it were corked and caged instead of capped? I can't help being caught up with the carbonation issues, but I'd be really interested to open a bottle two years down the road and see what happens. Maybe grab two, but this is definitely more than worth a shot overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 19:11:29 | More by asabreed
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

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

Warning: 12 became to latest Ithaca 750ml offering that turned out to be a gusher for me, so beware. After the original gush, foam slowly rose from the bottle neck for about five minutes.

The head exploded after the pour, causing me to wait a little bit before I poured some more and attempted to drink. Although there is a little bit too much head here, it is thick and sticky. Great retention with very good lacing.

The aroma has some dark fruits, a lot of caramel-malty sweetness, clove and a ton of yeasty, peppery flavors.

12 gas a flavor that is pretty complex and pretty good. Dark fruits that features mainly a raisin flavor pair with just a touch of sugary sweetness. The malt profile is big and sweet, with caramel and a lightly toasted taste to it. There is also a hint of clove. The most pronounced flavor in 12 is the peppery, spicy flavors from the Belgian yeast, which lends an almost medicinal character to the beer (but not in a bad way). The finish has just a hint of warming from the alcohol, but nothing that could tip you off that this bad boy is packing 12% ABV.

12 explodes on my tongue, a lot like a good Saison. Although this is not typical for a quad, I'm not too surprised considering the carbonation issues I had with this bottle. With that said, the feel seems to work for 12, so I won't complain too much.

12 is yet another big beer from Ithaca that I enjoyed very much. I'm sure that I will pick up another bottle before they are gone from the shelves around here.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 23:26:12 | More by Hojaminbag
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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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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Teresa's Next Door for their Ithaca night in a tulip glass.

TWELVE is chestnut brown in color with some reddish trim if you look close enough. On the top lays a scattered cap of burnt sugar colored foam that's kinda condensed. This fades to a small ring around the glass. Only some poka-dot lacing sticks.

Malt driven but supposedly there is some hops in there, I can't pick them out. What's weird about this is I'm getting alot of roast that's reminding me of coffee, I've never smelled anything like it in a quad. Some sugary sweetness and some dark fruits. Some lingering spice

Well, there it is again, roast and coffee, I thought I was going crazy but it's there. Blocking that out, some dark fruit with fig and plum, maybe some berries. The malt is there but not as sweet as Belgian versions. There is a nice amount of Belgian yeast giving out bread and keeping this in check.

A big medium bodied beer that is malt forward, yet does not come off as silky smooth like a bernie 12 or the like. Carbonation is pretty light and a afterthought. The aftertaste is pretty tame as well. Truthfully, I thought i was drinking some perkulator dopplebock, perhaps I'm off my rocker. I have no problems with the feel though.

I'm glad I had 12 but won't be going back for it. Perhaps aging a bottle will take out all that roast but for no it's getting in the way. This is good beer and perhaps just a different approach on the style. Need some more fruit flavor and malt sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2010 04:35:50 | More by BARFLYB
TWELVE from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.