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TWELVE - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
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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Photo of aerozeppl
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch E!20

A: I knew this would be a gusher and it still took 3 glasses to hold this monster back. Dogfish super glass comically oversized Dogfish tulip AND an Ithaca pint glass. 12? fingers of slightly tan head. The beer itself is a nice looking deep burnt rusty brown color. Tons of visible carbonation.

S: This is so overcarbonated you can actually get the CO2 for the first couple of min it is in the glass. Not the smell mind you but the sting in your nostrils. Reminds me of the smell of taking an airlock off a carboy. Once that comes down you get some burnt candi sugar. Lots of sweetness. Molasses. Little bit of booze. Some dark fruit. Once the carbonation dies down it has a great nose.

T: The taste is smooth. Dark fruit. Really nice malt backbone with a slight hint of smoke and leather. Little bit of toffee. Raisins. The alcohol is masked completely. It has a nice complexity to it and a knock could be it is too smooth.

M: Carbonation is a huge issue with this beer. After an hour in the glass it is ok.

D: I like this beer after a while. The carbonation issue is huge. It really ruined what otherwise was an excellent beer. Have a few more in the cellar and they will be sitting for quite a while. I knocked it on appearance for the overcarbonation and gave it a 4 on mouthfeel after a while.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a deep dark almost black brown, there's a very thin light brown head. Nose is sweet and fruity, almost like grapes.

Taste is sweet, fruity ad very grapey. Mouthfeel is pretty light an crisp. Overall quite drinkable.

Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Photo of blackie
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

Photo of codewarrior
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Capped 750mL Bomber (batch E!028) into a Chalice.

Picked this up from the source at the Ithaca Beer Co. tasting room.

A: Poured 1 finger of head. Deep, deep brown, nearer a special brown than a quad.

S: Fruit and sweetness, hint of iron at the back.

T: Rich and appley, fades into a fat, long and starchy finish. Still feels more like a special brown than a quad, although the taste is nice and earthy for fall.

F: Thick and murky, lovely feel.

D: Like it more as it opens up. Biggest problem here is that it doesn't drink like a quad at all. Far starchier than caramely.

Photo of bminor7
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml from Hoosick Bev in Troy.

I will admit I was going to hold onto this one for a while since I've seen previous special editions from Ithaca become hard to find...but this one seems to be relatively common. Waited until cooler weather to go after a quad.

Pours dark, with little head...not that impressed. typical quad aroma profile with dark malts, belgian yeast, and candi sugar, and raisins and plums. taste is similar but not bad, brown sugar and dark fruits predominate. the mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style. drinkability is decent, but at 12% and almost done with the bottle, it's hard to tyyyype. there are better quads out there. try again Ithaca! love their one-offs.

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

Not sure why everyone is having problems with the carbonation of this beer. I opened mine and it was fine, get it real cold to open and let it warm up not that hard. Batch E!020 BTW.

Anyway, a fairly thin looking pour from a beer with a 12% ABV. Retention is great, with a thick creamy full lace and a rich coating on the sides of the glass.

Smell is large 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 and maybe a little clove from the yeast. Yeast also adds some great Belgian esters to the party. Really a great smelling beverage, quite inviting.

Taste is sadly not quite as complex as the nose, but still has a lot of character. Tastes of slightly toasty bread and I am detecting some dark caramel or pale chocolate. Really smooth but not as estery as I would have expected from the nose. 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 extremely smooth and clean. As it warms you detect a little bit more of the alcohol but nowhere close to an abrasive level.

This is a well done, tasty beer from Ithaca. I actually haven't been a fan of many of their offerings but this is by far my favorite. Love the complexity of the nose although I wish it translated more fully to the palate. Glad I waited 6 mo to crack it open as I read it needed some time to let the alcohol mellow, which it has.

Photo of mjaskula
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.

Photo of perrymarcus
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

Photo of StephenRich
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!

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Photo of Proteus93
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!

Photo of beerthulhu
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.

Photo of Mgaide
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
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.

Photo of Wasatch
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!

Photo of steve8robin
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.

Photo of Gobzilla
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.

Photo of number1bum
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!

Photo of elvisnj
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.

Photo of Atricapilla
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.

Photo of ColForbinBC
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.

Photo of levifunk
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?

Photo of ShadesOfGray
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.

TWELVE from Ithaca Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.