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 alelover
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of BlackLotus
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of urbanvets
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz bottle corked.

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


Smooth medium body

As far as pale ales go, not as rounded or tasty as Duvel, Orval, or Westvleteren Blonde.
Pretty expensive, wouldn't buy again.

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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 mrunseen
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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 speak72
5/5  rDev +24.4%

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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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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 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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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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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Photo of DWolf
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of megahurts4
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Hophead101
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Mar02x
3.17/5  rDev -21.1%
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 PangaeaBeerFood
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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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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Photo of ikantspel
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12.7 oz bottle. Served into chalice.

Pours a raw amber color.

Medium head that dissapates rather quickly. Slight lacing

Dark fruit and medicinal smell. A little malt and coffee hidden in there

Malty and medicinal. Wish I could pinpoint the flavor. Goes down well, but the alcohol kinda overwhelms slightly. A cocoa like flavor finishes it off.

While im not entirely disappointed its more of the fact I paid 22.99 for the bottle. The la trappe oak aged quad was slightly cheaper and tasted a lot better.

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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 Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of kkipple
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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