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La Trappe Isid'or - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

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very good

567 Ratings
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Ratings: 567
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 20
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: redmagik99 on 07-09-2009)
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Reviews by IronDjinn:
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3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml brown bottle, caged and corked. Pours out a hazed russet amber hue, tall frothy off-white head that tends to fall fairly quickly but engulfs the glass at first. This one takes a few attempts to pour.

Grainy malt on the nose, pear, green apple peels, slightly sour yeasty twang--a bit of a cidery character.

The malt opens up in the flavour, with some bready, caramel malt up front that also has a touch of a toasty note. Apple and pear skins in the middle, then some citrus kicks in, along with mild yeasty phenols towards the finish. Dry peppery phenols linger on in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light, texture is thin and almost completely gives way to a brisk prickly effervescent carbonation that dominates the character of the mouthfeel.

A bit dry and dominated by brisk carbonation, this BSPA tends to maintain the basic characteristics of any of the other La Trappe ales I've sampled so far. I enjoyed it for what it is, there are really no faults to be found here, yet held up against other offerings of this style it does not really stand out from its peers. To put it bluntly, from my snobby opinion this is a well-crafted ale for the style, but at the same time isn't very memorable either. Chalk it up to an embarrassment of riches when it comes to selection.

IronDjinn, Apr 14, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip glass a hazed lighter amber shade with some burnt orange tinge to it,a large fluffy white crown atop that left broken chunks of lace behind as it settled slowly.Bubble gum was the main thing I got in the nose,a bit of phenolic spice as well.Flavors are decent but one dimensional in the medicinal hop,and bubble gum notes,there is a some caramel malt and pear-like flavors that come in but they dont compete with the medicinal qualities.Its a good beer (not worth $11.99)but not great,someone who like Belgian hops and phenols would be more inclined to like this beer.

oberon, Feb 24, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

beerhunter13, Oct 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

tbryan5, May 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

dcurrin, Dec 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

FadetoBock, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of bishopdc0
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My wife ordered this beer. Served in a la trapped glasses at Novare Res and split it with my wife. The beer is red and cloudy with thin whisper of lace

Big malt crystal pale and toasted malts a little different then the sour I ordered. A nice complex malt through

The mouth is smooth and the carbonation is subtle but good for the style. The malt taste is up front and isn't sweet but very malty. The malt reveals a grainy taste the lingers.

Not my type of beer but not bad

bishopdc0, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

TimoP, Feb 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Doomcifer, Aug 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

petewheeler, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian style bomber, caged and corked, $10.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Happy 125th birthday Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V., this one pours cloudy light brown/orangy amber, the lighter tan head is initially fluffy and about 3/4 inch in height, slowly the fade begins, very slowly, the head remains frothy and puffy, leaving a thick film, an ample collar and elongated bands of thick, sticky lace. Orangy, fruity nose with minty bubblegum also shining through. Fairly complex Belgian, with notes of more minty bubblegum, plenty of fruit, sweet malts and Belgian spice. On the sweet side of the street, tasty and warming none the less. Nice offering from the monks of La Trappe.

Billolick, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Guinnsslvr, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a recent trip to Austin. 11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

The beer pours a nice orange color with a white head. The aroma is strong Belgian yeast with some fruit, wheat and bubblegum. Very nice smelling. The flavor is very similar with the bubblegum and fruit being fairly strong. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Apr 02, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

BeerDrinkingDiver, Aug 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

ant1, Mar 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Marius, Sep 01, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, maybe its the geek I try to suppress, but I was very excited to try this beer, mostly because it just sounded old and important. I was not disappointed. Poured a hazy orange-gold with a short, creamy white head. Some lacing in the tulip glass. Dank, fruity aroma reminiscent of a trippel. Apples, pears, clove, spice, and sweet yeast. Direct is not always bad. Lively mouthfeel adds to the taste. Long finish. Very, very nice flavor. Smooth, spiced fruit and pale malt character draws you in. Mostly sweeter spices, but a touch of white pepper. Plays well with the white apple and tangy fruit. Warming finish. A great long-sipper that makes you sad when the bottle is empty.

magictrokini, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a nice deep cloudy golden color with a small white head and just a bit of light white hea thaw thin but stays.

Taste is nice and dry very smooth and crisp. Really sharp an tasty and easy to drink worth trying.

kingcrowing, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Pulling the cork releases a big burst of oak with stone fruit. This is a young bottle - older bottles have more sherry notes on the nose and palate.
It pours a hazy peach under a 3" under a bone white foam cap that is persistent and lacy.
The young bottle has apricot to peach fruit flavors joined with a dash of pineapple while in older versions it turns more to prune and sherry. Light biscuit lightly flavored by caramel shows up in the middle and it dries slightly by the finish with a suspicion of cider.
The body is medium for such a big beer and the very fine soft carbonation gives it an extraordinary creaminess.

pat61, Friday at 08:46 PM
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3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2014. Purchased from a Belgian supermarket while on a trip quite a while back. The label states that this beer was brewed to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the brewery and is named after brother Isidorus, the first brewer.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep coppery-amber hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Yields a decent head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a thin surface layer. Aroma of caramel malt with hints of sherry, oxidation, fruity yeast esters, mild brown sugar, a twinge of marzipan and faint stewed leaves. Slightly vinous in character. OK but probably a bit old.

Tastes of caramel malt with a sweet oxidised character and a lingering finish. Notes of fruity yeast esters, subtle apricot, mild sherry, a hint of marzipan, light brown sugar, caramel, faint earthiness and stewed leaves. A twinge of cardboard in the background, followed by a delicate bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with effervescent carbonation and good body. Faintly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of sweet sherry, caramel and yeast esters.

Not bad, though it's pretty obvious that I've held onto this bottle for too long. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are reminiscent of fruity yeast notes and sherry. Somewhat oxidised and with little bitterness. Body is OK. Goes down alright, but I reckon this is overly oxidised and not as the brewer intended. I may re-review in the future if I have the chance. Worth sampling if you come across it.

jazzyjeff13, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Libationguy
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reddish-light brown in color with orange hues. Off-white two finger head with medium retention.

Rich, warm aromas of molasses, dark brown sugar, ginger bread cookies, christmas pudding and pumpernickel bread. Brett actually dries the sweet tones out slightly.

The richness continues on the palate with caramel, molasses, black bread, gingersnaps, wet animal fur and orange marmalade. Black fruit notes and allspice on the finish.

Medium+ body with a rich mouthfeel. Full bitterness on the mid-palate and finish balance the richness in the beer. Nice, long finish.

Libationguy, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of whoneeds8
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Koningshaeven chalice a opaque burnt orange almost brown with a one finger head. The scent has strong raisin and grapefruit notes. The alcohol scent is actually detected in the scent. The taste is rather bready with some rasin flavors mixed in. Not much of a hop bitterness that I can tell. Overall, this is an ok Belgian, but I wouldn't really call it a pale ale.

whoneeds8, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears an amber semid clouded crust of bread like hue...with a nice off white cream colored head. Fine Belgian style lacing coats the sides of the glass. Aroma contains toasted caramel malted barly with cherry/raisin/apple fruitiness going on. Hints of Belgian yesat spiciness blends in as well to form a unique BPA experience from the Netherlands lone Trappist brewery. Flavors slightly bitter roasted malts caramelized sugars flow with a fruity spicy mix of flavors. Caramelized apple/raisins with a slightly nutty spiced edge from the yeast. Effervescent carbonation kicks the medium bodied ale across the palate nicely. Overall this is a decent beer made for sipping on, glad I grabbed a gift pack with two bottles of Isid'or and Quad with an official glass.

WVbeergeek, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of kwkdmk
3.75/5  rDev -6%

kwkdmk, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of Keegan
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Keegan, Mar 20, 2013
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La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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