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TWELVE - Ithaca Beer Company

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TWELVETWELVE

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BA SCORE
87
very good

133 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Dope

Massachusetts

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

Bottle is from batch E!028.

A: A really dark amber/red. Large, dense and fizzy light light brown head. Fades nice and slowly, however only the lightest specks of lacing left behind.

S: Lots of brown sugar and caramel. Decent dark fruits, primarily raisin. Perhaps some fig to boot. Swear I even get some grape skin.

T: Lots of molasses and raisin and toffee up front. Sweet caramel too which bleeds into the middle. More raisin in the finish with perhaps that grape skin. A bit dry in the finish with some toffee and brown sugar.

M: Fairly heavy but not overly so. A bit astringent and a little syrupy. Drying.

O: Pretty decent quad. Nothing earth shattering but a solid beer nonetheless. Very sweet and fruity example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 03:10:36 | More by Dope
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

10-15-2012 02:40:47 | More by t0rin0
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%

08-02-2012 04:25:43 | More by RoryOMoore
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billab914

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my CBS snifter. Dark brown in color with a thin tan head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma has a rich maltiness to it. I get a lot of dark fruit to it with notes of raisin, cherry and plum all coming out. I get a little bit of the yeast spice, but the malts are clearly the star of the show.

The taste follows through with some really nice malty flavors. It's sweeter up front with more notes of cherry and plum. The finish has some balancing bitterness with a touch or roasted malts. Some of the yeast spice comes out in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Overall I thought it was a really good beer. The aroma felt very sweet and malty, but they managed to add some bitterness to the finish that really helped out. Very rich and flavorful beer overall and a very nice version of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 22:55:48 | More by billab914
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mcss

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

06-09-2012 03:22:06 | More by mcss
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BostonHops

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, which all pull through in the taste. there are also secondary 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.

original review on: 08-30-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 22:25:33 | More by BostonHops
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-25-2012 18:42:02 | More by mdfb79
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

04-16-2012 15:23:27 | More by GrindFatherBob
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.1%

04-07-2012 21:49:35 | More by dtx00
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-28-2012 21:22:22 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

03-28-2012 15:05:46 | More by kjkinsey
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SLeffler27

New York

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fills an Ommegang snifter with a huge, creamy, khaki head that overflows and pushes out of the bottle after pouring. A patchy lacework is left after the head slowly diminishes over a cloudy, dark brown beer.

Emits a strong, farm funkiness with charred malt and light caramelized sugar. There is a mix of clove, nutmeg and light pepper. With warmth comes a light white wine aroma.

TWELVE is meaty with wine or sherry undertones. Roasted malt with figs, brown sugar and spices follow the nose. There is a light, brief finish and great balance.

A full body with less carbonation than was suggested during the pour. Alcohol is clearly present, though less than one would expect from the stated ABV. TWELVE is sticky and smooth simultaneously.

This one was easily consumed on a hit day while reading outside, but would go equally well with a hearty meal.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 11:45:17 | More by SLeffler27
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templar316

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect deep amber. Soft caramel and apricots on the nose. Tastes of candi sugar and dates, a biscutty sweet malt dance past blending into a mild apricot finish with a soft dry finish. This has been in my cellar for years and was well worth the wait! Poured side by side with new 3phils this was a fine example of the benefits of ageing...

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 03:08:03 | More by templar316
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-31-2012 08:39:59 | More by ygtbsm94
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dougofthefuture

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed as part of blind BIF #6.

A - Murky brown, with a nice two finger head that has some staying power.

S - Wow, this smells great. The first thing that comes to mind is fudge brownies. Follow that up with some dark fruits, and a very noticable vinous port-like character. 4.5

T&M - This has to be a winter warmer or spiced up BSDA. Either way, very fitting for the coldest day of the winter so far. This is immediately warming, with lots of undisernable spices (cinnamon? clove? nutmeg?) and a nice strong finish without much boozy bite. Fairly highly carbonated, it walks a fine line between too light or too syrupy. The fruitiness is present, but in more of a phenolic yeast character than a sweetness or body. Must be a belgian strain. 4/4.5

O - This is a great cheery beer. I want to eat a fudge browny with it. Very well balanced for being so spicy. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 00:12:30 | More by dougofthefuture
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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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EkimGram

New York

3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 750mL bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Colour is a hazy dark orange-brown. Thin head fades to a bubbly lacing around the rim.

Smell: Dark fruits, alcohol, and Belgian yeast mix well together in balanced aromas.

Taste: Very sweet and fruity - I get a lot of dates, raisins, brown sugar, and alcohol. A little too sweet for my preferences.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, a little thin actually. Light, modest bite from carbonation.

Overall: The smell had me excited for what I thought would be a nice, savory brew. The taste is pretty disconnected from the aromas, it was surprising and a bit of a letdown. The sweetness is almost too much to handle, it does get better as it warms up, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 08:20:01 | More by EkimGram
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-03-2012 03:55:15 | More by hoppymcgee
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-30-2011 14:05:33 | More by rowingbrewer
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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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FrankyLikesIt

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-14-2011 19:36:58 | More by FrankyLikesIt
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DavidEddie

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-14-2011 14:54:13 | More by DavidEddie
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-06-2011 01:10:45 | More by xnicknj
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-05-2011 04:02:10 | More by ritzkiss
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-01-2011 07:29:25 | More by rab53
TWELVE from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.