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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Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by rvdoorn on 06-04-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by rlee1390:
Photo of rlee1390
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of DWolf
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of NilocRellim
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep dark amber colour, clear. Smells bitter, bready, and malty. grains and red malts, not too sweet. Light Belgian yeasts and a little herbaceous. Mouthfeel and body are on the heavy side, with a thicker mouth coat. Great moderate carbonation brings it up enough. Clean flavours overall. Delicate notes of stone fruits, raisin, caramelized sugar, and a delicate bitterness on the finish. No lingering flavours, just a cloying mouthfeel. Characteristic fruity body, notes of banana clove.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.17/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of chiphansel
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of martianMan
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of megahurts4
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of claspada
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

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Photo of mrunseen
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Stum-pub
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of bubseymour
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of BlackLotus
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of alelover
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.24/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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.

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Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jrenihan
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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