jerohen (1931) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2012 Bottled from the monastery, tasted side by side with the regular Isid’or. Hazy orange/amber colored, lasting head. Very malty and woody nose, some yeast, caramel, fruity notes. Sweet and bitter flavor, malts and oak again, some alcohol shining through. Tastes a lot stronger that it actually is (only 7.5%). Very good, it really feels like this beer was made to be oak aged (which beforehand i would have never thought). Pretty expensive, but this time it may be worth it.
77ships (3014) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 Vintage. 375 ml. bottle split by 4 @ Kulminator. Pours a clear orange amber with no head safe for a hint on the sides. Oxidized nose in a good way, vanilla, sweet wood, dried orange peels, almonds, sweet spices, candy sugar, slight touch of wine. Taste is sweet caramel, toffee, oxidation, bit wood vanilla, sweet young wood, orange peel, touch tangerines, spices, sweet malts, thick sweet flowers, very slight bitter herbs in the back. Slightly oily body, quite light, def. lighter than the O.A. Quad’s. It is a good beer but not as good as the finer O.A. Quad’s esp. of the same age. Than again, I have always seen the Isid’or as a weaker version of their Quad. Whilst this is good, there is nothing here to justify the ridiculously high price tag, many times over was an O.A. Quad of theirs costs.
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle.Pours a cloudy medium purple/red with a thin white head.Nose is bright cherry,blackberry and a red wine aspect.I wonder what type barrels were used? I get a brandy/bourbon presence for sure with the taste as well as a heavy dose of Belgian yeast and dark fruit.Great mouthfeel and finish.Solid yet pricey beer.
BMMillsy (956) - Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2013 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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gmonroe10 (192) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark orange amber, small head. Nose is sweet; caramel raisin, slight alcohol, clean. Initial taste is of fruit and raisins; further along, more bourbon, oak, slightly sour. Very subtle bitter at end. Quite carbonated.
docskalski (9) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2011 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I must confess I haven’t had the original Isid’or, but the oak aged version is very good. A delicate caramel aroma matches the amber transparency which leans gold. An effervescent head lightly flows to the surface. Flavors are abundant starting with a mild hop bitterness, lingering into a smooth caramel mid with intricate notes of oak in the back, and finishes with a complex dark red fruit combination reminding me somewhat of raspberries. It might just be worth the $25 price tag, but a 4 pack of Rochefort 10 may have been more satisfying for a similar price.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2011
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another silent beginning throwing off a tall head that settles slowly and colors of a browner amber. Medium full nectar with cotton like fibrous effers. I’m not really picking up on the oak here. Tastes pretty average for this style. Dried fruit and defined minerality like crushed stones combined with a modest malty sweetness with and balanced kiwi acidity. As it warms then oak influence shows it’s face in the form of graham cracker yet ever so gently.
MaartenRF10 (1358) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chestnut brown, unclear with some small flocks of yeast. Not a very complicated taste, but it does haves nice wood flavour from the barreling. Some vanilla and bourbon, yeast. Ok body and rather high carbo. From trade with Benzai, thanks Rene!
Gerbeer (1221) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a light red/brown with light head. Aromas of wood/oak, vanilla, and fruit. Flavors are similar; very strong fresh oak, plus malts.
Ober (2805) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A little hazy orange/golden colored beer, with a small beige head. The aroma of wood, vanilla fruits like apricot wit manderin. The taste of fruits like sinas and apricot. wood with vanilla notes. Hints of caramel. The aftertaste is some sweet with bitter. Still de wood and vanilla notes.