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TWELVE - Ithaca Beer Company

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TWELVETWELVE

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BA SCORE
87
very good

137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 90
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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

DavidEddie, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

xnicknj, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

ritzkiss, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +2.6%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of bluntedboywonder
5/5  rDev +28.2%

bluntedboywonder, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Pours cloudy, opaque, dark brown with an average tan head that slowly recedes to some very thin spots of lace with a thin collar. The nose has some spicy yeast with a bunch of roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel, some alcoholic heat, and a bit of alcoholic heat. The flavor is lightly sweet with a good amount of caramel, and brown sugar malt with underlying spicy yeast, and a hint of burnt and hops bitterness. The body is full with light carbonation and a medium malty and alcoholic heat finish. Bit disappointed with this offering.

CuriousMonk, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev +2.6%

twowheelssoar, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2/5  rDev -48.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of hannydawg
4/5  rDev +2.6%

hannydawg, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This bottle leaked while traveling but lost only 2 or 3 ounces. The cap and foil remained perfectly intact however. I've read reports of gushing issues so this comes as no surprise.

750mL bottle to tulip. Batch E!020. Sampled 8/1/11.

A: The pour produces 3 fingers of light khaki brown head, frothy, bubbly and very long lasting. The body is a dark chestnut brown and completely opaque. Extremely solid appearance.

S: The label indicates French malts, German hops & Trappist yeast. Sounds awesome and smells pretty good too. Cookie, caramel and cocoa powder dominate the aroma with toasted bread and nut notes in the background.

T: The yeast imparts strong flavors of leather, earth and must. Hop flavor is minimal, adding woodsy qualities if anything. Adding sweetness is plum, quince and other general dark fruits. The integration of flavors works extremely well.

M: Disappointing mouthfeel. The body is rather light and carbonation rather high. Never good for a quad. Minerally texture with fine, fizzy, expansive effervescence. On a positive note, alcohol is nowhere to be found, although the bottle doesn't list the ABV. (It drinks like a 9.5%.)

O: The first half of the bottle was lackluster. Coming to room temperature and losing some of the excess carbonation really brought this beer into its own in the second half. Quite enjoyable with standout flavor.

FeDUBBELFIST, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a recent trade. Thanks again Thanks again David...

Batch# E!028

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a RR snifter...

A - Pours a dark chestnut with a one finger off white head the dissipates at a hasty pace. Lace is minimal...

S - Plums, figs, and various other dark fruits. There is also a good amount of sweet malts to complement the dark fruits...

T - Lots of sweet notes up front. Caramel, and toffe being the most prominate. Finishes with figs, plums, a hint of alcohol, and a little spiciness in the aftertaste. Although the alcohol makes a presence in the finish, it is really smooth...

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carboantion...

O - A little over carbonated for my likings, but still a really solid brew. Definitely something I would be interested in trying again...

Cheers...

comfortablynumb1, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of capeannbass36
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle....batch# E!028

A- Poured into a tulip. Dark brownish red. No light penetrates this "mud". Finger and a half, sandy, off white colored head that dissapates quickly. Soapy lacing lasts throughout.

S- Sweet malt, dark fruit, caramel, and brown sugar.

T- Dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar.

M- Medium light carbonation. Sticky, syrupy.

O- Not bad, not great. Will try again. Somewhat surprised that some have said that this beer pours "clear". How can that be? When I cannot see through it??!!

capeannbass36, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of biegaman
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.

biegaman, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brownish red pour with an off white head. Hardly any retention or lacing.

S: Dark fruits, plums, grapes. Tons of candied sugar and perhaps some grain, all built on a backbone of booze.

T: The taste starts with the dark fruits and involves into candied sugar and booze. Leaves a strange taste on the back of the mouth.

MF: The beer coats the mouth, is medium bodied, and full of alcohol. Not all that balanced.

O: Only average. Considering I just got to try a bunch of De Struise quads, this falls short.

russwbeck, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of OakedCanuck
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into cervoise

A - Pours a brownish red to darker brown. Lots of fluffly, bubbly white head suggesting over-carbonation. Takes a while to pour

S - Dark fruits of currants, dark cherries, raisins. Some citric hops, orange rind. Brown sugar and toffee

T - A solid backing of the aforementioned dark fruits accented by a smoky malt presence contributing minor chocolate and charcoal. Slight grass and pine hops as well as some pepper and cherries

M - WAY overcarbonated. This caused the mouth to be prickly and full. Body seemed lighter than it should be also due to this.

O - Aside from the carbonation problems affecting the appearance and mouth, I think this would be a pretty good Quad. ABV was hidden fairly well too.

OakedCanuck, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of superspak
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!

superspak, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of ManVersusBeer
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dark, nutty chestnut brown that can't be seen through. A good settling orange-brown head rises with active carbonation.
Smell is a lot of prunes with a bit of soy soy and speck, some smoked meats. Hints at bread and yeast with a light touch of honey.
Dark fruits overwhelm my mouth, mostly plums and prunes with bits of alcohol soaked raisins coated in sweet BBQ sauce. An interesting lager-like light toast and brown sugar flavor comes out, making this one complex.
It finishes sticky and slightly overpowering with the alcohol that is still present even after a year has passed. Prickly, almost too intense carbonation follows as well.
A good brew, though, and the differing flavors shine, creating a nice display and array of the dark fruit notes that are common for the style, despite its lack of spice.

ManVersusBeer, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of mikereaser
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown with half a glass of off-white foam that quickly faded and left some lacing down the glass. The aroma is roasted malts, dark fruit, fig, brown sugar and a hint of smokiness. The taste is more sweet, brown sugar, dark fruit, and a syrupy sweetness. Its medium bodied with very lively carbonation, more than I would like. It sort of makes it hard to drink and enjoy, the flavor is lost pretty quickly.

3.5/4/4/3.5/3.5

mikereaser, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich dark brown color with a bit of red mixed in and a finger of tanish head atop. The head fades fairly quickly down to a thin layer leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is mix of sweet dark fruit (plum and raisin) and some sweet malt. There is also some earthiness and a bit of booze as well.

T - Starts off with a lot of dark fruit flavors and some earthy malt flavor and a bit of caramel malt. Through the middle some brown sugar, a bit of smoke, and some spiciness. The finish is a mix of dark fruit flavor and some booze that lingers nicely.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth and a touch think and syrupy. The finish is fairly sweet with some booze warming as well.

D - Very drinkable. A nice American take on the Quad style. The addition of the smoky flavor in the beer is really nice and everything feel well balanced.

ngeunit1, May 23, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch E!020

a - opened the bottle and filled my la trappe chalice. classic quad color of deep purple with a reddish tint, but the creamy head that i look for in this style was nowhere to be found.

s - spicy nutmeg and a lot of earthy notes. dark fruit is there, but has taken a backseat to the spicy earthy odor. the earthiness is very barley and grain smelling.

t - the same earthy barley found on the nose is what the taste is all about. there is a lot of sweetness in the flavor as well. not sure if this one really works that well for me. certainly not the authentic yeasty quad that i love, but another spicy american take that kind of misses the mark for the style in my opinion. very grainy instead of creamy...and too sweet in a nutmeggy way.

m - medium bodied and good carbonation. booze isn't in your face, but sweetness is a bit.

o - overall this brew is very grape-juice like and not quad-like, could use a few steps off of the sweetness and a bit more creaminess to the body. it isn't bad, but not something that i will seek out again. kind of wish it was a 12oz bottle and not a 750.

cosmicevan, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to trxxpaxxs for this. Batch E!028

A-Pours muddy chocolate brown with 1/2 inch of foamy tan head. Reduces slowly, leaving soapy lacing.

S-Dark stewed fruit, condensed milk, caramel, booze.

T/M-Stewed plums, cinnamon, smoky wood, clove, candi sugar, molasses. Thin body for a quad, which exposes some boozy phenolic character. The finish is papery and a bit smoky.

O-Pretty good at the start, but it falls apart in the finish. Not a traditional quad flavor profile, but certainly interesting and worth trying.

DaveHS, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch E!020

A - It pours an initially impressive fig-brown hue, capped with a big honey-tan head. Two seconds later it looks closer to flat soda. Still, the style tends to be this way.

S - The smell is more like the Dubbels I am familiar with, rather than BSDA or Quad. Medium and orchard fruits are available in the nose: bruised peach, bruised and brown apple, plum, pluot, and carambola. Some cinnamon spice, too. There is also a healthy dose of grain, from impressions of straw and raw barley, to sweet oat and roast barley.

T - The good: there is a nutty and carob-like overtone to this beer which is quite reminiscent of a few of the better Dubbels I can recall. The comparison to Dubbel is, I guess, laudable, given the ABV. Nuances of various shades of grain, bruised and browned orchard fruits, unripe papaya and sharp, spicy alcohol give this flavor a broad enough spectrum to keep it interesting. The bad: the flavor is neither complex nor vibrant enough for the style. A quad should be more dynamic than this two-note offering (grain, orchard/stone fruit). Also, the flavor does not change throughout the quaff: it tastes the same when it crosses your lips as it does while lingering for a good minute after said sip. This bothers me for some reason.

M - The feel is too thin and not expansive enough to handle the booze. Not terrible, per se, but no great shakes either.

O - I like this quite a bit more than the score will reflect. I seem to rate stringently on Quads.

ktrillionaire, Apr 22, 2011
TWELVE from Ithaca Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.