La Trappe Isid’or Oak Aged Trappist Ale - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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Reviews by beerdrifter:
4.48/5 rDev +13.4%
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!
02-19-2012 15:22:31 | More by beerdrifter
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3.15/5 rDev -20.3%
We blind tasted this beer during a tasting session in the Mug (Middelburg, The Netherlands)
A - A hazy light brown beer, with a beige / off white thin head.
S - Sweet vanilla
T - Vanilla and oak wood,licht sweet and sour with some white wine.
M - The body is a bit to thin, the carbonation is medium, the bitterness is low as well and there is no alcohol warmth to be disvovered.
O - Not bad, but I like a more firm body.
12-08-2011 12:17:10 | More by Mar02x
3.88/5 rDev -1.8%
Soft balanced Belgian ale, cellared for a while, from Oak Tree Liquors. Cloudy yellow coloured body with some retained head. Medium plus smooth mouthfeel, caramel and fruity centre,almost creamy. A good drinkability pale. The oak is there, and it is subtle.
12-03-2012 00:07:20 | More by Sammy
3.76/5 rDev -4.8%
A-deep ruby orange not much carbonation one finger head
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
O-Although this beer can be aged it does not seem to be holding up well, lack of carbonation and flavors that do not completely go together.
03-26-2013 22:52:51 | More by rlee1390
4.35/5 rDev +10.1%
La Trappe Isid'or
Appearance: reddish orange, medium head, and good lacing.
Smell: alcohol, yeast, and spice.
Taste: banana, faint molasses, and yeast.
Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.
This is rather pricey, but a nice, well crafted brew nonetheless.
01-08-2012 03:32:36 | More by megahurts4
3.78/5 rDev -4.3%
Pours a slightly hazy amber color wih an inch or so of off-white foam on top. The head settles out pretty quickly and leaves only light traces of lace on the glass.
Aromas begin with oaky notes with a hint of vanilla and some underlying caramel malt. As it warms the Belgian yeast phenolics and esters emerge more but still play second fiddle to the oak notes.
The tastes begin with sweet, toasty malt up front with some vanilla oak notes. More caramel and toffee in the middle with a bit of an earthy hop presence. The malt dries out in the finish but remains toasty with stronger drying oak and moderate bitterness. Yeast clove notes emerge more and more as is warms but are never the star of the show.
The mouthfeel is medium-thick bodied with fairly high carbonation, and a slightly drying yeast and oaky finish.
Overall this beer was a real surprise when I stumbled across it on draft at dinner the other evening; but was glad to be able to sample because of the high bottle price tag, so on draft was a bargin per say. That being said it is an interesting combination, but it works pretty well. The malt is fairly thick and the oak increases this perception, but overall the yeast and oak melding just don't work for me here in the end. Quite solid beer but nothing I need to sample again or seek out if you have not sampled, because of the average flavor profile and inflated price tag.
03-19-2012 14:14:36 | More by claspada
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
Pours a three-finger cream/beige head that fades slowly to a ring leaving no lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is malty dark fruit and wood. Slightly dry finish. $4.80 for a 330ml bottle from a Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, ME.
01-07-2014 23:43:50 | More by jdhilt
2.24/5 rDev -43.3%
Poured into a LaTrappe chalice on 1/13/13
The appearance is a murky copper and rust with a decent amount of fizzy bubbles filling about 1/3rd of an inch of space. Head retention is slim, bunching in a slightly thicker island.
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.
I cannot say that this tastes very good. It has a fruit and alcohol presence that is so ripe, in terms of perception, that it is almost tart. Baked, dry bread and caramel linger in the background.
The feel is thin; only a few steps up from watery. This does not make a good vehicle for the flavors as they are. On the plus side, carbonation isn't pointed and is fairly calm.
I'm not terribly impressed with this. Some of the less pleasant qualities are diminished over time, but not enough to save the overall experience.
01-18-2013 01:46:10 | More by Ryan011235
3.63/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Feels thin. Quite astringent.
Overall, not bad, but disappointing. Not something I would go for again, particularly considering the price.
09-03-2012 20:52:08 | More by jrenihan
4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
12.7 oz bottle from K&L Wines ($20.99). Bottled on 22 Mar 11, opened on 6 Aug 11. Rubber cork. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.
Appearance: An opaque dark amber color with golden blonde near the top (unusual but interesting). A nice head with moderate lacing on the glass.
Smell: Somewhat weaker than I expected for an oak aged beer. Oak, hops, honey, and white wine. I’m guessing white wine barrels is what the beer was aged in; I couldn’t detect bourbon or stronger spirits in this particular batch.
Taste: Tastes of a slightly sweet Belgian pale ale with a spicy oak and white wine. Again, not as strong as expected, but good.
Mouthfeel: Perfect mouthfeel. Very smooth, lightly carbonated.
Drinkability: This beer was very drinkable, and went down much quicker than expected. Not complex enough for a $20 bottle, but good.
08-06-2011 06:21:23 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
Not sure how this is only the second review of this beer. I grabbed mine for $5 for a 375ml corked 'n caged purty bottle at my local booze-slinger. No bottle date, but "Trappist" and "Made in Holland" will suffice tonight. Also I love the slogan: Taste the Silence. I do believe I will!
Poured gently into my big Tripel Karmeliet glass. Been a while since I've had a Belgian brew all to myself.
A. Mostly clear, slightly bubbly rust-burgundy. An assertive, balanced dense foamy tan head, sofly falling lace. Appealing.
S. Oak (white oak?) gentle apple-sugar sweetness, complex, subtle, reserved, smells dubbelish, hint of clove, eastern spice, woody, mildly fruity.
T. Mouth-filling, expansive. Seems Dubbel-like, not really a Belgian Pale. Pleasing ripe autumn fruits, some starch, sour apple and characterful dry oak, lingering cranberry-like sourness...surprising amount of lemon-sour here, not overarching but more than expected. Curious if it is wood or yeast derived (or even intentional). Phenolic, but more reminisenct of a red wine or a sherry with the oak... interesting, different.
M / O. Medium body, filling, small-bubbled carbonation puts the flavor all over your palate. Finish is mildly malt-sweet, pomme fruit and that odd woody lingering soft sourness again. Pleasing finish, soft and long.
This is a rewarding beer. Not a great one, but recommended if you want something to get your tastebuds moving in a slightly different direction than most Belgians. I'm thinking it would go well with shellfish, and the price is right. Nicely done, La Trappe.
07-15-2011 01:48:48 | More by kkipple
3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
Bottle shared at GRG1313’s tasting.
Pours a clear orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, fruit, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.
05-09-2013 00:43:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.48/5 rDev -11.9%
Commercial description: 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 beer was aged in oak barrels. This aging ensures the balanced and rich taste of this unique, exclusive Isid’or Oak Aged.
Look: poured a hazy orange/golden colored with a small not long lasting amber head.
Smell: Banana, oak, vanilla, honey and almonds.
Taste: Caramel, citrus fruits, banana, some floral hops, candy sugar, oak and a slight bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation, thin bodied.
Overall: I expected so much from this one. It is a good beer, don’t get me wrong, but it feels like a watered down version of a regular aged Isidor to me. No need to spend a whopping 11 euro for this one
06-04-2011 16:15:18 | More by rvdoorn
4.25/5 rDev +7.6%
Pours cloudy amber with small head that fades quickly. Aroma of sherry, plum, cherries, apricots, wine, slight vanilla, yeast, belgian spice. Very complex. Don’t get any oak on the nose from the initial pour. After a few sips, I get a toffee smell in the aroma along with some grape. Thick mouthfeel, solid carbonation with some nice effervesence. Flavor of cherries explodes, a little pear, red wine maybe, with some sherry-like alcohol warmth on the finish. A bit of a bitter back end with a lasting alcohol warmth. The oak is not very present, but has a finish similar to an oaked chardonnay if that makes sense. Complex flavor really engulfs the palate. Only complaint is that I was hoping for a little more vanilla oak. But this is excellent. Why isn’t this rated higher?
10-17-2012 21:01:27 | More by BMMillsy
La Trappe Isid’or Oak Aged Trappist Ale from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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