TWELVE | Ithaca Beer Company

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Ithaca Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by klewis on 01-01-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 90
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of templar316
4.87/5  rDev +24.9%
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...

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of klewis
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy, dark ruby color with a huge , frothy head. Good sustain with decent lacing.

S: A bready, yeasty smell with aromas of pepper and other miscellaneous spices.

T: Big, complex, and wonderfully balanced. Mild phenols mix with soft flavors of prunes, walnuts, and figs while a mixture a spices mask any appearance from the alcohol.

M: Big and full-bodied with a champagne-like carbonation. Finishes quite dry.

D: Absolutely delicious. Worth seeking out.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of david18
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a very interesting aroma and flavor that has a much smokier and hoppier sensibility than I would have expected from a quadrupel. I did not have a very big glass (it was afternoon and I didn't want too much alcohol) but what I had was excellent and I may go back there tonight to get another one.

Overall, good light color, great flavor, aroma and mouthfeel. One of the better US/Belgian fusion beers I've had.

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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!

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Photo of stakem
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this bottle freshly after release and cellared it for approximately 6 years prior to drinking/reviewing.

750ml into a matching Ithaca excelsior tulip. The brew is a dark mahogany color with ruby clarity and a khaki cap a finger strong that fades slowly.

The aroma is malty and sugary smelling like caramel, molasses, raison and bread.

Taste brings much of the same focus on malty sweetness with a very mild oxidative note. Raison, prune, plum and dates all wrapped up in caramel, molasses and bread to biscuit malt.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. I cannot believe I waited 6 years to open this brew. Not sure how it was fresh but it is exquisite now.

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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.

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4.33/5  rDev +11%
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

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

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

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!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Boto
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: Thanks to my brother-in-law for sharing this. This one pours a fairly opaque brown color. There was a fairly substantial head, but it didn't last long. It left a little lacing. Nice aroma of yeast, breadiness, candi sugar, dark fruits. The taste is along the same lines. Dark fruits, some candi and caramel sugar, breadiness. The alcohol is hidden in this one. A real nice Quad.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of dougofthefuture
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
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

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Photo of Gmann
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, batch 020.

A gusher right out of the fridge, with a couple of ounces on the countertop even with a glass at the ready. Two inches of liquid with four of rocky foam which continued to climb up out of the glass. A solid, dense biege foam cap for the duration of the glass with plenty of spongy lacing. The body is mahogany with ruby hues.

Aromatics lead off with grape jam, Jolly Ranchers, clove-spiked cotton candy, and rum-soaked raisins. Plenty fruity and very quad-like.

Medium bodied with a tacky, sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation is soft with a prickly edge.

Grape bubble gum, plump malt, dark sugars, plums, raisins, and dark rum start the palate.
Warming alcohol adds some depth and heft, but is seriously well hidden.

Finishes with lingering grape jam, rum, raisins, and warming alcohol.

Great quad. Bigger than average and the sweetness is in check. Plenty of quad character and no hint of infection, contrary to what the gusher eludes to.

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TWELVE from Ithaca Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 143 ratings