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RATINGS: 1075   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kuzo (116) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Pours a medium copper with thin white head and lots of lacing. Aroma is light fruit, apricot, pear. Taste is light malts with a nice sour apple overtone. The apple really becomes prevalent as it warms up. Very mild spice. Soft, light/medium bodied, some carbonation. Goes down very easy but not much to remember.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
erickok (5271) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2011
Amberbrown body, lightly filtered, with nutty coloured head. Big head with small bubbles that brings out a yeasty aroma. Dough, leather, roasty and spices/nutmeg. Rich typical Belgian style sweetness with a slight bitterness in the back - but fatty rather than dry. Like the sticky mouthfeel. Slow drinker. (33cl bottle)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Poured from a bottle into a trappist glass. The head is very thick, and the lacing is smooth and creamy. The color is a hazy amber, with a medium body. The scent is rich with dark fruits (plum more specifically) and some caramel with a hint of spice. The flavor is delicious and satisfying, the low carbonation makes it seem creamy. Flavors of sweet malts and yeast come to the tongue, with a faint vanilla bean aftertaste chased by the spicy warmth of a nice 7.5% abv. I loved this brew, simply another fantastic trappist brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (4437) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2011
Red amber colour, enthusiastic, fluffy, cream white head. Yeasty malt aroma, some tartness, banana, reminding of overripe fruit. Rather sweet flavour, quite malty, caramel, some spice. Slight bitterness coming through. Finish rather dry, some lingering fruits/malt tones. Rather nice. (From 33cL bottle)
Brewed for the 125th aniversary of the brewery, and this is my 125th rating. What a coincidence ;)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer4eternity (212) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 3, 2011
330ml bottle. Looks nice in the glass: Opaque, hazy, orange-amber hue with small amount of yeast sediment, large frothy light beige head quickly diminishes, sudsy lacing. Divine array of complex aromas: very fruity (sweet over-ripe fruits, apricot, banana esters, cherry) marzipan, moderately malty especially caramel, toffee, brown sugar, yeasty , spicy (clove especially) later on a hint of mint, yuuum. Tastes delicious: light heavy sweet though not cloying, moderately bitter. Enjoyable palate: medium body, oily slightly syrupy texture, light carbonation, dry warming spicy finish. Very very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 28, 2011
Bottle 750ml. Exceptional beer. Aromas of caramel, nuts, and bread. Taste has a sweet start, with bitterness taking over for a long finish. Palate is creamy, and full bodied. Orange, with a frothy head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BritAlesRule (215) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2011
Pours a beautiful dark walnut/mahogany and fairly opaque, with floating yeast throughout. Half-inch foamy head dissipates to an eighth-inch creamy version that stays. Aroma of caramel and raisiny confections under an overcast sky with rain-soaked walkways and blustery winds blowing through orchards. Flavor is much the same with a backbone of chocolate and licorice. Perfect medium mouthfeel, slightly spritzy with a mild alcohol bite coming in at the end but still awash with flavor. The Aroma is the star here and the alcohol profile, especially at just 7.5% was slightly offputing, still, my next favorite beer of theirs after the Quad. Nice to stumble across a Trappist I haven’t had outside of Westvleteren.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3964) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2011
750ml bottle - Pours murky ornage with a one finger head. It has a very fruity aroma with cherries and other dark fruits. The flavor is sweet and full of dark fruit. It has a bubbly palate, a medium body, and is a very tasty, excellent quaff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerchugger (716) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2011
Pours a deep hazy copper with a nice creamy head that really lasts and clings to the glass. The aroma is rather sweet with apples, bananas, and figs. Its also a bit spicy with coriander and nutmeg. Tart cherries and vanilla are a little faint but noticeable. Very nice apple flavor with the spices giving it a nice balance and comolexity with the bananas. The finish is a little dry and short, but nice and enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GRM (3698) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2011
Brown bottle, 1 pint 9.4 ounces, drank with Luc Bourbonnière, savoured on March 10 2011; eye: caramel with a reddish hue, hazy, no effervescence, beige head that falls rapidly, no lacing; nose: malt, light Madeira, light cardboard, light sugar; mouth: Madeira, malt, light sugar, alcohol, finale in butterscotch with presence of Madeira, medium body, average carbonation, lightly alcoholic texture; overall: disappointing FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 9,4 onces, 7,5 %, bue avec Luc Bourbonnière, savourée le 10 mars 2011; œil : caramel avec une teinte rougeâtre, trouble, pas d’effervescence, mousse beige qui tombe rapidement, pas de dentelle; nez : malt, léger madère, léger carton, léger sucre; bouche : madère, malt, léger sucre, alcool, finale en caramel écossais avec présence de madère, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, texture légèrement alcoolique; en résumé : déçu

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