Beer #184 2009 La Trappe Isid’or

2009 La Trappe Isid’or

Name: Isid’or

Style:  Belgian Pale Ale

Brewery:  La Trappe (Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.)  website

Country: Netherlands

Region: Berkel-Enschot

ABV: 7.5% abv

How served:  750ml caged and cork bottle poured into a La Trappe chalice.       

My Overall Opinion: Very Good

I paired this beer with:   Fish stew topped with an Irish sharp cheddar and served with bread made with Sierra Nevada Bigfoot.

Tasted on:  Thursday December 15, 2011  

Notes:  La Trappe is 1 of the 7 Trappist Breweries and the only one found outside of Belgium.

 This was bottled in 2009.  Batch 13:38  K05F9 

The beer poured a hazy light orange with a 1 and a half finger fluffy off white head which dissipated before I was a quarter of the way down the glass leaving a minimal lacing.    

The nose of this beer was of sweet caramel, toffee, bready yeast, plums, raisins and candi sugar.

The taste started off mildly sweet with toffee, caramel, raisins and plums, mid way through I got some spices which included hints of cinnamon and it ended on the dry side.     

The body with a thin to medium and coated my mouth with a mild oily slickness with moderate carbonation and finished with a pleasant warmth from the alcohol.

The drinkability was very good.  I’m very glad that they (La Trappe) decided to make this a year round brew, instead of the intended one off brew.

On the Label:  The monks of Brewery de Koningshoeven have been brewing La Trappe beer for a living since 1884.  La Trappe Isid’or has been specially created to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Brewery de Koningshoeven.  This ceremonial beer was named after Brother Isidorus, the first brewer of La Trappe.

La Trappe Isid’or is a mildly sweet amber beer with a hint of caramel.  Soft bitter flavor with a fruity after taste.  Brewed with own grown Perle hops.  Serving temperature 10 – 12°  C.

La Trappe Trappist Ale can be aged like fine wine. 

Bitterness: 25 BU. 

Malts: Pale, munich, caramel, and wheat malt.

Hops: Halletauer and Koningshoeven Perle.

 Taste the Silence

 From their website:   La Trappe Isid’or

2009 Introduction of La Trappe Isid’or

To mark the 125th anniversary of the Trappist brewery, a special anniversary beer was brewed in 2009. This Trappist beer was named after Isidorus, the first brewer in the abbey O.L.V. van Koningshoeven. It was intended that this beer would only be brewed in the anniversary year. However, Isid’or was so well received that Abbot Bernardus decided to adopt this Trappist beer into the permanent range.

In 2009, it has been 125 years since friar Isidorus Laaber hesitantly, with successes and setbacks, started what is now a stunning product. To commemorate this fact, we are releasing a special-occasion beer for the international market in this jubilee year. It is obvious that the beer will carry the name of our first brewing master. It is a homage to this simple friar with his golden hands, who made our brewery, and thus also our monastery, famous.

As always, part of the profits of La Trappe will go to the monasteries in Indonesia and Uganda, which were set up by Koningshoeven. The profit of La Trappe Isid’or will go entirely to the co-friars in Uganda. Since they fled the violence in Kenya in 2008, they have had to start from scratch in Uganda. With the profit of La Trappe Isid’or, the community there will be able to build a new monastery and find a new source of income.

La Trappe Isid’or is a lightly sweet amber beer with a hint of caramel. The beer tastes softly bitter and has a fruity aftertaste. La Trappe Isid’or is brewed with the self-cultivated Perle hop.

7,5% alcohol, pouring temperature 10-14 ºC

Beer #183 Deschutes Jubel 2010 Once A Decade Ale

Deschutes Jubel 2010 Once A Decade Ale

Name: Jubel 2010 Once A Decade Ale

Style:  American Strong Ale

Brewery:  Deschutes Brewery  website

Country: USA

Region: Bend, Oregon

ABV: 10.0% abv

How served:  22 oz waxed and capped bottle poured into a Delirium Noël snifter to get me into the holiday mood.       

My Overall Opinion: Amazing. 

I paired this beer with:   Lobster raviolis with marinara sauce.  Not the best choice of beer to go with this lobster ravioli, but what the heck, life is short and drink what you want, when you want it.  Overall nothing clashed and meal & beer was very enjoyable… mission accomplished!

Tasted on:  Wednesday December 14, 2011  

Notes:  This is a Special batch of their seasonal winter brew Jubelale. 

 The beer poured a muddy deep brown with a thin dark tan head which left a thin and sticky lacing on my glass.     

 The nose had nice aromas of toffee, chocolate, plums, roasted malt, hints of vanilla and a very pleasant warmth from the alcohol.

 The taste is similar to the nose.  I got chocolate, toffee and sweet roasted malts up front, then the vanilla, dark fruits and some bourbon flavors snuck in midway, and the beer finished dry with a very pleasant warmth from the alcohol.   

The body with medium to moderate with a slick/creamy mouthfeel with a very nice warmth from the alcohol.

The drinkability was good, but one which you would like to sip and savor.  This beer improved greatly as it warmed up and was good to the last drop.  Wait only 9 more years & look for the 2020 at a bottle shop near you.

On the Label:  Best after 1/29/2011   1032K

From their website:    Strong Ale  Alc. 10% | IBUs 55

Jubel 2010 is a deeply complex, intensely flavored take on our festive winter seasonal, Jubelale. Available on tap as Super Jubel at our pubs around the holidays, 2010 is only our second bottling of this prized rarity originally released to mark the 2000 millennium.

Pairings: Braised Pork Belly with Potato Rosettes Malt Crusted Idaho Trout

Beer #182 Mikkeller & BrewDog Devine Rebel

Mikkeller Devine Rebel brewed at BrewDog

Name: Devine Rebel

Style:  English Barleywine

Brewery:  Mikkeller   website  Brewed at BrewDog  Fraserburgh Scotland

Country: Denmark

Region:   København

ABV: 12.1% abv

How served:  11.2 oz capped bottle poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass       

My Overall Opinion: Very Good

I paired this beer with:   Grilled Salmon steaks (what else do I eat?)

Tasted on:  Monday  December 5, 2011  

Notes:  Batch # 243 Bottled on: May 07, 2009

This beer an opaque copperish orange with a one finger light tan head which left a small and thin lacing on my glass.    

The nose had aromas of toffee, roasted malts, vanilla, dark dried fruits like prunes and a hint of whiskey.

The taste starts off with the sweetness of caramel and dark dried fruits then in the middle you get some layers of vanilla, oak, and whiskey, near the end of the taste I picked up some of the dry bitterness of the hops were there.  

This beer had medium slick body with a very nice warmth from the alcohol which lingered a while.  It was  a sipper for sure and a  mighty fine Barleywine, wish I had more!

On the Label:  In a rock ‘n roll collaboration 2 of Europe’s most extreme, experimental brewers have combined forces, talents and ideas to produce this innovative ale.

Uniting inspiration, ingredients and people from around the world this beer was brewed and aged at BrewDog in Scotland.

This rebellious beer is partially aged in oak Speyside whiskey barrels and partially aged in stainless steel, combines an ale yeast and a champagne yeast and showcases a single hop variety. 

Produced and Bottled by Brewdog Ltd. Fraserburg, Scotland.

From their website:    Welcome along to the BrewDog label workshop. We thought we would give you a little look behind the scenes at the early stages and concepts of designing a products packaging. You know all about this beer and how it is made, we hope you would like to know a little bit about the thought process behind the packaging as well. Let’s go deeper into the rabbit hole and deeper into the innermost workings of the BrewDog machine.

Firstly the collaboration beer now has a name. The 12.5% Barley Wine which BrewDog and Mikkeller joined forces to make in December 2008 will be called Devine Rebel. It has now fully fermented and tastes amazing! It is being partially oak cask aged, 25% of the beer is ageing in Speyside whisky barrels and the other 75% is ageing in one of our conditioning tanks. We wanted to get some oak flavours and tiny hints of whisky but we wanted to make this a minor part of the beers flavour profile which is why only some of it is ageing in oak. The barley wine ageing in the oak and the barley wine ageing in the tank will be re-united in April 2009 and bottled.

You can see the logo with the BrewDog dog appearing on the right of Mikkell.

With the packaging, what we wanted to incorporate visually into the label was key elements of both brewer’s strong branding. The Mikkeller and BrewDog logo are both prominent, we also added a fun tweak to the Mikkeller logo for the collaboration with the original BrewDog dog appearing alongside Mikkell. The more minimalistic feel of the label is a nod to the style of the Dane’s packaging, we still have some text to add to the front of the label (name, ABV, product of Scotland) but we are going to try hard to keep the simple minimal feel. The label also incorporates the cool vertical lines typical of a Mikkeller label, yet these lines are scuffed and in various blues, typical of a BrewDog label. The version of the label I am currently working on is for the US market so there is the big blank space top left for the mandatory US government health warning.

To get the initial visual we end up cutting out and sticking loads of early concepts and drafts to bottles to get the right visual feel for the development. Our office is full of mocked up prototype product packaging and labels and designs which did not make the final cut as well as visual concepts for new products. Once we have a rough visual for the beer, then it is a case of fine tuning it and writing the text for the product. I usually draw, write and scribble on loads of draft label sheets like the one in the image above as all the various bits of text for the packaging begins to take shape.

Obviously we have had to sample the beer allot over the last few days to check how it is maturing and ensure the packaging reflects the product. Unless you visit the brewery you are going to have to wait a little bit longer until you get to sample it.

As always with our blog, we welcome and feedback or comments!

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