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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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.

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Photo of JAramini
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gentle pour yields massive head. This one is active. Don't move too fast or you'll have TWELVE all over your counter. It then subsides into pillowy and fluffy finally settling in at a thin layer of foam that clings to the glass.

In the pour it doesn't seem that dark, but in the snifter it's pretty well opaque and dark brown to black in color.

The aroma is primarily roastiness and smokiness. The same goes for the taste.

Carbonation is pretty high. The bubbles are more reminiscent of a tripel than a quad. Very bright and active with carbonation. Perhaps overcarbonated for the style.

Overall, I'd say this beer is a bit of a disappointment. If I were tasting it blind I don't know that "Quad" is the first style designation I would jump to. For a quad it isn't particularly complex and doesn't show much in the way of dark fruit. All I get is malt and smoke. The smoke isn't overwhelming, but is one of the more prominent flavors. If I didn't know the style I might call it a Belgian Stout.

Not bad, but not particularly interesting or exciting. There are many, much better quads out there.

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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.

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Photo of EkimGram
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Andy for sharing this bottle with me! Poured into a tulip. The body is medium to dark brown with a violet tint to the body. About a finger of off white creamy head resides on top and retains for a bit. Malty sweetness in the aroma. Mostly dark fruits, figs, dates, plums and a small rustic dirty finish to it. The taste is very sweet and malty. Flavors of really ripe grapes and musty sweetness to it. Brown sugar and a lingering aroma of toffee round out the flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit light for the style and the carbonation could be toned down a bit. Overall though, it's sound and drinks with good flavors and well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of scootny
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gusher!!! After pouring off a bit it still kept sending foam up the neck and into the sink. Got another glass. A kind of muddy brown with a nice sized head, a bit soapy looking but nice. Smell is toasted malts and sweet toffee. Some Belgian funk and fruit esters. Taste is sweet and malty with a good brown bread and molasses center. A nice cocoa dusting as it moves toward the finish. Hops are mild but there is a metallic bitterness that may be from the yeast. Normally it would be on the bottom but the explosive opening would have mixed it into the whole bottle. Too bad as a smoother finish would have moved the score. Feel is aces however. Thick and creamy with a rich texture. Quite drinkable in spite of the metallic yeast and another bottle sampling is in the offing. No trace of the high abv and still a good tasting brew.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shared with many people at my cellar cleaning.

Light fizzy head, semi clear dark chestnut brown color.

Nose nice molasses and barrel, toasty nutty hazelnut, rummy, little toasted coconut, brown sugar.

Taste similar, sweet brown sugar, candy malt, little syrupy malt, some warming booze, mild chewy earthy spicy hops, sticky and syrupy. Finish is hot booze, more earthy spicy hops, syrupy caramel molasses like candy, etc.

Mouth is fuller bod and syrupy, nice popping carb.

Overall not bad, but not as special as I expected it to be, a bit too sweet and sticky overall, so def could have improved.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of codewarrior
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle picked up in Buffalo.

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange, brown away from the light, thick and rocky light tan head forms and settles down to a medium layer and ring around the glass, some lace spots stick.

Smell is neat, sweet and sugary, quite yeasty with a lot of dark fruit, big plum character, some raisin/date, brown sugar, alcohol, a bit of wood/earthiness, really crazy fruit character, caramel, a bit of wafer, pretty neat.

Taste is very sweet, tons of raisin and plum, dates, caramel, lots of brown sugar, candi sugar, big biscuit through the middle, alcohol, a bit of woodiness, a touch of roastiness, huge sweet and intense fruit character in the finish, pretty nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, some warmth, a bit sticky and sweet, pretty crazy character for a quad, real rich with a ton of dark fruit.

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Photo of levifunk
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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?

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Photo of bminor7
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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.


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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep shade of ruby with a frothy off white head that slowly recedes but never dissipates. Smells of spicy Belgian esters, lots of dark fruit and caramel in there. Sweet tasting with load of caramel and melanoids, spicy yeast and hints of dark fruit and alcohol. I was hoping there would be more dark fruit in the taste but as I expected from the aroma it seems lacking. Sweet sticky mouthfeel, thick body, moderate level of carbonation. Nice sipper, but seems to be missing that indescribable something that makes it world class.

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Photo of phisigben
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After opening the bottle it started to gush out foam not very fast but fast enough that I immediately grabbed a glass and begun to pour into my Chimay chalice.

Look - It pours a dark amber murky brown with a very fluffy white/off-white colored head and the head lingers for several minutes.

Smell - Dark fruits, some Belgium yeast, a little brown sugar and some very well hidden alcohol. None of the aromas are very powerful they are very subtle.

Taste - Just like in the nose there are some dark fruits (fig, plum, raisins etc etc) there is a hint of spice that I didn't find in the nose. The alcohol is very well covered up but compared to other quads that I have had this is a little dry.

Mouthfeel - It has a nice malty feel but not sticky, it seems a little too carbonated.

Drinkability - This is a good quad but when compared to others this really isn't in the top 5 for me, when compared to others I find it a little wanting in all areas.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 2/19/2010. Bottle. Pours black with a thick, foamy tan head. Aroma of roasted nuts, burnt roasted malt, Belgian yeast, and light spices. Flavor of the same roasted nuts and mal and Belgian yeast. Definitely lacks the fruity notes of the traditional quads and I certainly wouldn't have guessed this was a quad just from tasting it. It reminds me more of a dark BSA like Bruery Two Turtle Doves. Nonetheless, it was very good and tasty!

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