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RATINGS: 1137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (4432) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2012
Hazy amber, small white head. Soft fruit, banana, bread, grains. Candi sugar, yeast, and a semi bitter yeast bready finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (3024) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2012
Drank on tap (12 oz) at The Merry Monk (Albany, NY) on September 18, 2012. Honey copper, small head. Aroma of ripe fruit and brown sugar maltiness. Taste of dried fruit, malted barley, fruity herbs aftertaste. It’s La Trappe, it’s good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2012
750 ml bottle from LCBO, shared with Phil, cool, tulip. 22SE12. Cloudy orange-copper with a small tan head. Acetone, solvent, pear drop, esters, quite fruity, apricots, stewed fruits, jammy, a touch of brightness, a hint minty/herbaceous, some harsh alcohol, a touch peppery. Medium body, full, fluffy effervescence. Nice fruitiness, esters, still some harsh alcohol notes and solvent, jammy fruits, some light toast, almost caramel notes, still a touch peppery, a little yeasty; fairly sweet with low bitterness and a somewhat harsh alcohol/solvent, fruity finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
barncatmatt (2283) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2012
750ml bottle from the LCBO. deep golden with an off white head. sweet malty nose with minimal belgian yeast character. flavour is one dimentional, boring and sweet. tough to drink a 750 of. dissapointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2012
Bottle from the LCBO. Pours a hazy brown-orange with a lot of foamy off-white head that dissipates quickly. Smell is decidedly sweet, with caramel and vanilla notes. Palate is on the light side of medium with strong carbonation. Taste is a bit sweet at first then turns a bit bitter but still very well balanced with with the sweetness. The aftertaste is very long lasting. It’s enjoyable, but not as strong as the other La Trappe beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (2163) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2012
Bottle from LCBO. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber, with a half-inch beige head. Aroma is very spicy, with the faintest hint of alcohol. Taste is spicy at the beginning, with bread and biscuit at the end. Again, the faintest hint of alcohol. A tasty one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (7290) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 20, 2012
Bottle 750 ml
Aroma: fruity , estery front with phenolic backing. Mineral notes, sweet top. Predictable but good.
Appearance: hazed dark amber with plus sized tabbed top. Some lace shown. 4-
Body , Flavour , Palate and Final Notes: medium bodied. Rather strong frontal what character, some tartness, Belgian yeast, alcohol. Classic approach - what would you expect from something named Trappe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2012
750 mL bottle. Dark copper brown, nice head. Earthy, dry aroma. Carbonation a little higher than it needs to be. Flavour is pleasant, not as yeasty as some, earthy hops, not particularly exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iphonephan (6727) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2012
From a bottle at huppel the pub in den Haag. Pours an opaque dark golden color with a thick creamy head. Aroma of caramel and toffee. Malt, coriander, and candy sugar with a very slight bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarrettB (1565) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2012
11/29/2009 - While American beers continue to be affordable, even at their fanciest, some of the Belgian beers on local shelves feel like they’re getting a bit out of my price range. For this and other reasons, the La Trappe Isid’or felt like an especially fancy beer, and classy too. This, I find, is another interesting distinction between Belgian and American craft beers. Our labels have gone in different directions. We emphasize the new, the outrageous, the powerful. Belgian beers portray history, and ironically, sobriety. So when a beer like this gets poured for the evening, it’s time to out on some nice slacks and ponder in the issues of European unification, and the syncretism of modernity and tradition in those breweries still operating out of otherwise open and empty Belgian fields. Before I’m done considering the Euro, though, a huge, billowing head erupts from the glass, crawling it’s way down and leaving footprints all the way. It also collapses around the edge, leaving a peak that inspires me to write a very bad haiku about Mt. Fuji. The liquid is a nice, fire hearth orange, with some pomegranate blushes. The aroma is comparatively dull - dry and crisp with fresh grain scents, but little else. The flavor is full-bodied, somewhat sweet, but still expectedly mild. Wet grains, light brown sugar and molasses amble around the mouth, propelled by a heavy carbonation, and peaking around the mid-taste. The aftertaste is a completely unobstrusive mild, winding grain taste, descending back to a normalcy most apparent in the aroma. This La Trappe is pleasant, mild mannered and probably an excellent accompaniment to a Belgian meal, where it can borrow some excitement from a plate of good food.

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