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

Brewed by:
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: 49 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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 jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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."

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Photo of stevoj
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A work of art. Spices and dried fruit flavors abound Aroma of caramel, figs, oranges, etc. taste is complex mixture of the noted aromas, with a lingering palate and slightly dry finish. Very nice indeed, a fitting tribute to Brother Isadore.

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Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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 pathman
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of BMMillsy
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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?

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Photo of bubseymour
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of claspada
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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 rlee1390
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of jrenihan
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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 Faxmesomehalibut
4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of randylangford
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Ryan011235
2.24/5  rDev -44.3%
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 impending
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of beerdrifter
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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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