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La Trappe Isid’or Oak Aged Trappist Ale - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

La Trappe Isid’or Oak Aged Trappist AleLa Trappe Isid’or Oak Aged Trappist Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

38 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 38
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%


Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rvdoorn on 06-04-2011)
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Beautiful, nearly clear, deep copper-amber pour with two finger head with good retention and lacing. Very earthy, malty, complex nose that tells you right away that this was aged in oak. Big hints of vanilla, butterscotch, and oak with a solid malty, sweet caramel base and just a touch of banana. The taste is nothing short of heaven. It's totally dominated by the woodsy oak. Very complex with hints of vanilla, honey, toffee, caramel, apple, butterscotch and an unexpectedly distinct bourbon present, although I don't believe the barrels that it was aged in were bourbon barrels. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth as silk. I had this beer on tap at the PINT Winter Bier Fest and it was easily the best beer of the day. It didn't lose a thing being put in a bottle. Totally amazing beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 15:22:31 | More by beerdrifter
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La Trappe Isid'or Oak-aged Trappist Ale. 12.7 % fluid ounces. 7.5% ABV.

The first barrel-aged La Trappe brew was so expensive I steered clear of it. One I tasted it, I regretted that mistake and bought this bottle the very same day, similarly expensive. Sorry, but I forgot how much. Somewhere between $12 and $15. So, here's a regular Belgian-style pale ale from the Netherlands from an oak barrel. Let;s get to it. It's been sitting in my DBF (dedicated beer fridge) for about 3 months, and tonight's the night to tackle it.

Appearance: Deep, dark burgundy coloration, very slim, soon gone head.

Aroma: leaps right out at you, screaming …what? wine? bourbon? cognac? what barrel is involved here. It does not say. And I haven't even brought it up to my nose, I've only sat erect in my chair, with the aroma leaping out from the glass. Let's go in…whiskey? brandy? I just can't nail it. There was definitely something in those barrels, because I'm not just getting oak, plenty of richness, fruit, and booze oozing out of the nose. Grapes, berries, leather, plum, dates…tobacco, brandy, …yes.

Taste: the barrel's work greets the tongue faster than the base ale does. Lots of oak-y, barrel-y, I'm still not sure, but feeling very brandy/cognac-y like goodness. Very deep stuff, and deliriously delicious. The base beer is mild and lovely enough to buoy any barrel-ation. Plenty of dark fruit flavors mash up against plenty of booze . A brilliant blend.

Let's read the label a minute: "La Trappe Isid'or was specially brewed to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Beerbrewery de Koningshoeven and was named after Brother Isidorus the first brewer of the O.L.V. Koningshoeven Abbey. The first brew of this ceremonial brew was aged in oak barrels. This aging ensures the balanced and rich taste of this unique, exclusive Isid'or Oak Aged."

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S- oak clove grapes and wine grass orange

T-mild oak darker fruits, slight grapes, tad lemon something is slightly off though

M-lighter in body not much carbonation almost flat

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Appearance poured reddish copper brown with light foam head that dissipated rapidly

Smell chocolate milk and mint dominate early on followed by alcohol, oranges and raisens

Taste. Strong alcohol taste, fruits and hints of oak

Mouthful

Smooth medium body

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Apple pie, damp oak, wood shop dust, baked bread, caramel, biscuit, alcohol, chlorine, spice and fruit overtones are manifest at various stages of the aroma.

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3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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Looks like it was bottled March 22, 2011, if I am reading it correctly.

Beer is dark amber in colour with a moderately sized off-white head. Retention is OK. Some lace.

Oak is pronounced in the nose, along with vanilla and caramel. Yeast, some fruit (banana, apple). Fairly rich.

Taste is a letdown- not as nice as the nose. Oak and vanilla stick out, with apple and banana below. Some yeast, a bit of spice. Rather thin.

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La Trappe Isid’or Oak Aged Trappist Ale from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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