Brewed by De Koningshoeven (Bavaria - Netherlands)
Style: Belgian Ale
Berkel-Enschot, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 822   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Named after brother Isidorus, Koningshoeven Abbey’s first brewer. Brewed to mark the occasion of the Trappist brewery’s 125th anniversary in 2009, Isid’or was so well received that it earned itself a permanent place in La Trappe’s line-up. Unfiltered, slightly sweet amber ale with a hint of caramel, which continues to ferment after bottling and has a rich, slightly bitter flavour, and a fruity aftertaste. Wheat & barley malts, Perle hop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Bottle Code K09F9; Sampled October 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, nicely tan colored head. The head leaves a ton of thick lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is murky, dark amber color that shows a mostly clear, orange tinged, dark copper and light amber color when held up to the light. The aroma is fairly clean with some metallic / herbal hop notes, a honey’d malt character, some biscuit grain notes as well as some fruit notes of lightly oxidized apples, fresh cut pears and some green melon notes. The nose is actually pretty simplistic and it is actually a bit too clean, especially for a Belgian’esque beer.

Faintly metallic and herbal up front, but a tinny note seems to get a bit stronger in the finish. There is a touch of bitterness that provides some structure to the finish. The malt character as a soft sweetness as well as some cracker like grain notes, some caramelized malt notes as well as some biscuit character; much of the malt seems to be over-powered by the metallic note found here though. A sip taken after some time spent away from the beer has me noticing some brown sugar and toasted brown bread flavors. Much of the metallic notes seem to mix with some phenolic notes that provide more of a plastic note than the traditional clove note; this last is here as well though. The body of this is a touch chewy, though it is not heavy it does not have the drinkability I might like to see in it. There is some fruit character in teh flavor as well and it reminds me more of oxidized apples than anything; though this isn’t as bad as it might sound.

This is a bit disappointing, despite the fact that I wasn’t really expecting too much from it to begin with. It might really benefit from some age, which would hopefully diminish the metallic note. This isn’t overly complex either, and I truthfully don’t know if age will really improve this much (but it will change it).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2010
Tap at Max’s Belgian Fest 2010. One of the better Belgians on tap for the fest. Pours a deep copper brown with a nice lasting fluffy head. Aroma is spicy nice herbal and peppery phenolics, some burnt toast, biscuit malts, light caramel sweetness and restrained fruitiness. Flavor is nicely sweet- caramel, crystal malts, candy sugar, toast, biscuit, leather and earth with nice phenolics- light clove, pepper, and low fruitiness- airy and fluffy smooth finish. nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Very dubbelish, but a bit on the lighter side. Lots of cookie dough and caramel. A bit light on the hops, but what is there, is spicy and herbal. Medium body is moderately carbonated. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3279) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Draft at Cap Ale House Innsbrook. Medium orange amber, quite clear, nice compact and lasting white head. Aroma was "Belgian" with notes of caramel and apricot fruit. Flavor matched. A bit of a very faint rubbery phenolic on the finish, but not easy to detect. Nice enough beer, but I would have expected a bit more for a "landmark" beer from these folks.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pivnizub (8800) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - FEB 9, 2010
Bottle: Slightly hazy, light amber coloured, small persistent creamy off-white head, moderate fruity (citrus-fruity) and toasty nose; moderate - as well - bitter-sweet flavour, medium bodied; increasing alcohol in the sweet-bitter finish, followed by a distinctive tartness in the aftertaste. O.K. yawn.......

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2010
tasted 11/7/2009. beautiful hazy fiery burnt orange colored pour with a huge pale orange tinted tannish head. rich yeasty aroma... notes of candy caramels, orange peel, earthy spices, wet grass, a little vanilla, flowers and some fruitiness (apricots?). the flavor is equally yeast filled and somehow hot... a bit sweet but it finishes nicely dry... in between are notes of banana esters, flowers, brown sugar and clove-y cinnamon spiciness. it tastes a lot like bananas cooked in brown sugar caramel and sprinkled with clove/cinnamon and some kind of booze. the medium body is terribly easy to drink as it is prickly yet airy and soft. pretty safe and run of the mill but very tasty. 7/5/7/4/15/3.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dyetube (1181) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2010
This beer pours a deep amber with a thin white head leaving a little lacing down the sides. The aromas are caramel, candied sugar and light citrus. Flavors are candied sugar a little cinnamon and light citrus. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (12545) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2010
Botled 33cl (BB 01/2012)
Courtesy of bierkoning, ty Edo! Deep amber, hazy, color, steady off-white head. Fruity, a bit sweetish, Leffe-like aroma. Crisp carbonation. Slightly alcoholic, apricot, grapes, banana, lychee fruityness. A bit thin. Brewed for the 125th anniversary, but beer itself is not much to celebrate. Beer for masses and way too overrated here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (3791) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2010
Slight hazy brown/orange pour with medium creamy head. Yeasty and alcoholic aroma with banana, citrus and spices. Full flavour with malts hops and fruits, mostly orange peel and banana. Hints of earthy oak. Nice bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (4167) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2010 0,7 l bottle (on my own) 2010-01-30, Göteborg AR: Banan, light yeastiness AP: Trocadero, high apricot ceam coloured steady head F. Banana, apricot, dry finish, in the end there is that sweet banana liqueur from the canarie islands Yolk: AR: more sour banana tones F: not so much in the beverage that is simliar to the rest

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