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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Our Anniversary Ale, Twelve is reverently brewed with French malts and German hops then piously fermented with a special blend of Trappist yeast strains. Enjoy the burnished chestnut color, remarkable balance of fruity and spicy aromas, rich but dry flavor and long contemplative finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9982) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2011 750 bottle. Pours hazy brown with off-khaki head. Nose is floral, yeasty spice, brown sugar, hopcitrus. Tastes rock sugary malty, with spicy yeast, figgy fruit, hopcitrus, some brown sugar and mild honey and finishing chardonnay notes. I had this one fairly fresh, and found it to be a solid offering. Added 26-Mar-2011, and rating changed upward slightly. Note, upon opening a new 750 from Caponeís tonight, the color is very ruddy muddy looking, similar to Westy 12. The nose and taste are complex, giving a profile that I suspect would stack up well to the Trappist brews in a blind taste test. This one is stellar, and I fear I didnít give it the proper respect upon my initial review. I consider this a world class Quad, and a world class Trappist ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6717) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2011 Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured a very dark brown color with a large foamy tan head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was sweetish red wine, cherries, wood and brown sugar. The flavor was brown sugar, cherry, plum, molasses, bread and wood with a strong boozy undertone. The finish was long with wood, whiskey, plum, anise and brown sugar elements. Thick and full body. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
merc7186 (2928) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2013
A: Brownish/Amber Hue, Passes No Light, Thick Off White Head, Good Lacing S: Raisins, Dark Mildly Roasted Malts, Black Plum, Mildly Yeasty T: Raisins, Black Cherries, Black Plum, Mild Dark Malts, Mild Chocolate M: Great Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet Overall, a really solid Quad that is not overpowering, well balanced and is well complimented by the great carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (21403) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2010 Bottle at DC local tasting. Brown color, gusher, off white head. Aroma of caramel and dirt. High carbonation. Taste is scotch and caramel. 3.1 Last bottle at Paradiso georgetown, shared with staff. Near-gusher. Massive body, pumpernickel bread, very nice stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2010
A big thanks to Leafs93 for this fine brew. Pours deep murky brown color with a very thick caramel colored foam head. Has an aroma of dark fruit, spices, caramel, and yeast. Starts sweet and foamy, then the bitters hit with a nice level of carbonation. It leaves you with a nice velvety caramel finish, with some very delicate chocolate notes. What a Quad. I have had the big 4 (Westy 12, Roch 10, Achel, and St. Bernie 12) and this ranks up there with them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - NOV 17, 2010
Smooth tasting quad with great mouthfeel. Doesnít have those strong estery malts that true Belgian quads have but the subdued dried fruit taste is very pleasant. Very drinkable. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2010
750ml bottle shared at a tasting. Thick, unfiltered, yeasty brown color. Foamy head, gusher. Though the style isnít so prolific, this may be the best Quad Iíve ever had. Yeasty and thick, which i think works perfectly. Some fruity bitterness, but mostly a yeast bomb. Mmm. Rich, nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Brown with a thick off white head. Aroma is malty, caramel, burnt toast, alcohol, spice, yeast. Taste is alcohol, very interesting cider/rum/overcooked caramel, raisin, nice layers of complexity. Fine job and a Quad by an American brewery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2534) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Batch E! 028. Thin milk chocoalte colored head of varying sized bubbles. Kind of a sloppy head. Rich and malty aroma with distinct abbey aroma to it. Dark fruit, yeast, sweet malts and some light roasted grains. Color is a dark brown with a crimson hue to it. Medium bodied and very flavorful. More dark fruit, brown sugar, a hint of spices, grapes and some rich roasted grains. Noticable alcohol presence that does not detract from the flavor. Finishes roasty and malty with a hint of cinnamon and smoke. A very good brew and one that I am enjoying immensly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - APR 18, 2011
As stated, deep amber/copper color, creamy head, and a delicious Belgian flavoring. Iíve come to love the deep fruity Belgian ales, and this reminds me of those a lot, even more than Ommegang. Lovely beer.

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