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

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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rvdoorn on 06-04-2011)
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soonerlight, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of beerdrifter
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

beerdrifter, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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."

feloniousmonk, May 13, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

megahurts4, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of PangaeaBeerFood
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from BXL East in Manhattan at $15 for a 375ml, corked and caged bottle. Poured into a wide-mouthed La Trappe chalice that fit all but the last ounce or so into it.

The beer pours a light caramel or butterscotch-like color, with a finger's width of fluffy head that dissipates slowly.

The aromatics are very restrained, which is a bit disappointing. I expected the big Belgian yeast character and vanilla barrel notes to be prominent, but they're very muted.

However, the beer more than makes up for it in taste and mouthfeel. It starts like an ordinary Tripel, with a flavor reminiscent of honey and ripe light fruits. The sweetness is kept in check not by hops, but by a noticeable yet pleasant alcoholic heat. Then, mid-sip, the barrel character starts to come to the forefront with heavy vanilla notes. The finish is long, lingering and semi-sweet with a bit of woody tannins at the last moment.

The mouthfeel is very full and luscious, with minimal carbonation. It gives the beer a wine-like mouth-coating character that seems to help the finish linger after you swallow.

Overall, this was a stellar brew, and particularly fitting for the cold night it was enjoyed on. Though I would have expected more intensity from the aromatics, the flavor and mouthfeel are so above and beyond other Tripels on the market and more than make up for it.

PangaeaBeerFood, Nov 04, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


375ml into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazed apricot butterscotch, half the tone of the quad. Minor light tan head subsides slowly, ok lacing.

Aroma while not strong is complex. Both light and dark skinned fruits, honey. Slight dry solvent vinous accent, the oak is minor.

Taste surprises with its strength and complexity, nothing in common with the average pale ale. Begins with tiny sweets. Oak is much louder, hint of chardonnay. Banana way in the background. Finishes slightly dry, zero bitter. Light to medium bodied lively mouthfeel.

impending, Oct 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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?

BMMillsy, Oct 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

bird_soul, Aug 16, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of a slightly hazy, amber brown body. The head settles out pretty quickly and leaves only light traces of lace on the glass.

S - Woody notes of oak with a hint of vanilla and some underlying caramel malt.

T - Thick, sweet, toasty malt up front with some vanilla. More caramel and toffee in the middle with a bit of herbal hop flavor. The malt dries out in the finish but remains toasty with stronger herbal hops and moderate bitterness. Lingering coconut and dill notes in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-thick body, fairly high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This beer was a real surprise when I stumbled across it recently; I really didn't expect to see oak aged Trappist beer on the shelf when I went to the store. It is an interesting combination, but it works pretty well. The malt is fairly thick and the oak increases this perception, while also adding some vanilla and a spicy note that works well with the hops. Well worth a try if you can find it.

nickfl, Aug 13, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Falcon91Wolvrn03, Aug 06, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

kkipple, Jul 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Hopheadjeffery, Nov 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Hophead101, Dec 13, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

UCLABrewN84, May 09, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

jdhilt, Jan 07, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, Dec 03, 2012
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La Trappe Isid’or Oak Aged Trappist Ale from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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