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

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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

40 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by kkipple:
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 01:48:48 | More by kkipple
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4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
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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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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

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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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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.

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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?

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La Trappe Isid’or Oak Aged Trappist Ale from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
88 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.