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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with Vin and Sean to celebrate the launch of PhillyCraft. Pours a hazy chesnut with a rich, fuzzy beige head. Aroma of fresh plums, rasin bread, cinnamon buns, butter, and grapes. Medium, perhaps slightly full, bodied with a chewy, firm, supple palate. This is a lovely sipping beer; perfect for a nice, slow session. Easy finish with very balanced malty/earthiness to balance the sweetness of the dark fruits. Excellent Belgian ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Bottle at the brewery. Red hued with good off-white foam. Toasty and bread-crust malt in the aroma, alnong with a general fruitiness from the yeast. On the dry side in the flavor with some caramel and fruit. A little tart plum in the finish and a light bitterness. High carbonation and medium in body. A pretty nice amber beer on the whole. Avoids the weird house yeast character that I often get in their beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Bottle at Hamilton Creek. Pours a murkey dark amber with a light beige head. Aroma of Belgian ale esters and candi sugar. Medium bodied with an earthy texture. Flavor of caramel, cherry, plums, and yeast- basically all the typical characteristics of a Trappist ale. Well done, and reminds me of Chimay.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
amg800 (237) - Ada, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Pours hazy amber with a beige head and lively carbonation. Aroma is earthy with roasted malts, woodsy, clove, slight resin hop, also slight alcohol. Taste is sweet and slightly bitter, salty. Long full palate with a creamy texture. Carbonation disapates quickly. Lacing is good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2010
750 mL bottle from Total Wine in Tucson, served in a snifter. Pours hazy caramel amber with a tall, frothy tan head. The head remains and leaves a moderate amount of lace. The nose has aromas of flowers, fruit, caramel and pale malts along with a slightly acidic hop accent. The flavour is moderately caramel sweet with notes of banana and orange. There is also a faint hint of wheat. The finish is long and sweet with intense caramel notes. On the palate, it is full in body with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent caramel malty ale with fruity and floral notes. It is nice and complex, definitely the best of the Koningshoeven beers. 2010-12-24

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2010
Pours dark murky orange with a snall head, Aroma of esters and dark fruit. Sweet and fruity flavour with raisins and fig. Reasonably complex but a little tame.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tderoeck (8076) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2010
18/12/2010 - 33cl bottle @ Gentse Biervereniging - Trappist night

Pretty clear amber coloured beer. Light beige thick creamy head, non adhesive. Aroma: caramel, little malty, some dried fruits. MF: soft carbon, medium body, smooth texture. Taste: caramel, sweet malts, a little hops. Aftertaste: caramel, little sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kerolasa (409) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2010
Head is really big, but it could be outcome of my poor pouring technique. Colour is golden red and just a little unclear. Smell gives hay earth sort of aromas. Bit sweet taste which could mean this is really strong beer, but if I look the label it’s only 7.5. Puzzling. Well citrus and reisins aromas are not bad, with some earthy flavours as well. But not my biggest favourite to be honest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - DEC 12, 2010
Bottle, 33cl. Pours a hazy and amber beer with an offwhite head. The aroma is sweetness, yeast and fruit. The flavor follows the nose with some additional malt. The palate is sweetness. Overall a good and well-balanced beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
canary dog (733) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - NOV 28, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2011 RE-RATE: Pours a caramel tawny hue; head disperses quickly. Slight caramel and pear flavors dominate a rather subdued-tasting brew. Smooth, mellow, and luscious overall profile. Far from complex for a trappist or Belgian style ale, but I enjoyed the overall profile anyways. Easy drinking and yummy. Tastes like an ever so slightly "lighter" version of Chimay Bleu. Excellent.

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