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

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Reviews: 273
Hads: 667
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 15.37%
Wants: 26
Gots: 96 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: redmagik99 on 07-09-2009

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.
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Reviews by drperm:
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3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle retrieved from my cellar after 13 months in honor of my birthday. Poured into my Chimay goblet and enjoyed in front of a Christopher Walken DVD.

A: Cloudy, dense copper tone with slight white foamette.

S: malt all the way. Very mild grain, hazelnuts, brown sugar.

T: Starts mediocre but develops complexity as it goes. Malty with notes of toast, nuts, and that particular roasty yeast that certain Low-Country breweries seem to favour.

M: A bit caramelly- sweet finish. Slight hint of cotton candy.

O/D: not bad at all, but a disappointment overall. I'm wishing I had tried one fresh first in order to have a comparison with my cellared version.

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Photo of StephenRich
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The La Trappe Isid'or was brewed in 2009 to honor, and commemorate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the La Trappe Trappist Brewery by friar Isidorus Laaber. The beer was created for the entire world to enjoy, and bears La Tappe's first Brewmaster's name. Like all of La Trappe's beers, the profits from the sale of Isid'or will go directly to charitable causes, this specifically to their co-friars in Uganda to help them set up a community and a self sufficient monastery.

La Trappe (Koningshoeven) has been one of my most favorite breweries since I began drinking real beer - I do consider it an honor to be drinking this beer in La Trappe's original Brewmaster's esteemed memory. The Isid'or is classified as a Belgian Pale Ale - I'm not really sure where it belongs though. It is definitely not pale, has rich fruity flavors, but isn't a Dubbel or Quad. It is 7.5% abv, so its not quite a Belgian Strong Dark Ale either. I don't really care what beer style this should fit into, because really, I am just happy to be enjoying it.

The Isid'or comes in a Belgian style 330ml bottle, which is just enough to fill a Koningshoeven chalice, and also enough to tease me. I want more! I would love to find this in a 750ml bottle to age. After enjoying it I just imagined how smooth and wondrous it would be with another year or two to mellow and mature in the bottle.

I opened the Isid'or at cellar temperature around 12C (54F) and poured it into a Koningshoeven chalice, one of my favorites. The pour was smooth and gentle but showed rich life immediately as the beer hit the glass. A direct pour created a murky reddish brown beer with flecks of amber gold, brick, bronze and mahogany. A creamy and tightly packed head build up just over an inch with a nutty eggshell color. It's pretty gorgeous sitting in its chalice - the gold rim on the glass creates a crown for an otherwise kingly beer. Touches of golden brown shine through the center, and into the light it reveals a totally opaque and hazy depth.

The nose is packed with a huge wave of classically Dutch Trappist beer aromas; mulled fruits meet soft spices and earth. It begins with gentle malts showing both pale sweetness and dark richness. Bananas, plums, figs, dates, raisins and grapes are all over the nose with touches of cinnamon, coriander, pepper, all spice, and cloves. Hints of biscuit and apple sauce fade in the back with a gentle balance of floral herbs and a touch of booze. It is tantalizing and mouthwatering already.

It seems so fitting that Monks brewed this beer - even before tasting it you can tell that this is a beer meant to be sipped slowly, and savored. The first sip brought lush and gooey malts to the forefront of my palate showing wide dark fruits and a rustic yeast sensation. What I mean is that the sweet pale and crystal malts come through as a complex and hazy structure, rather than a clean and tight one. This beer has been crafted by the hands of the Monks, and you can tell.

Soft pears, plums, dates and apricots flow through your palate with an earthy backbone, but a silky and creamy texture. Hints of spice, grapes and yeast show up to add fresh flavors and a touch of balance to the Isid'or. Hops are gentle but very floral which, when paired with the esters and grassy aromas of the beer create a genuine sensation of heritage and traditional brewing.

As the beer warms, smoother more elegant malt flavors open with a still floral and earthy flavor. Malts begin to show caramel and melted toffee, and a hint more of bitter hops show up to play. The finish is long and warming creating a uniquely Trappist end to a masterful beer. I loved the smooth and balanced complexity of this beer, but it is the general flavor that had me reaching back for more. I love the richer and deeper Quadrupel, but this Isid'or is a touch more refined in character, but at the same time is much more rustic. Does that make sense?

Just try the beer if you can find it, and don't share it with any food. While I can think of a great many cheeses, desserts and mains that would work very well with this beer I would argue that it is meant to be savored as a meal itself.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great belgian beer of a beautiful dark amber color and a nice beige foam.
Smell is really incredible - really sweet - with notes like caramel, chestnut honey, candy and dark chocolate with cherry. Some malty/yeasty character as well.
Taste has stronger malty character and some nice fruity notes, specially in the end.
Feel is not as great, but body and carbonation are really balanced and is a bit crispy; maybe more bitter would be great.
Yeah.. great one!

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Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of bishopdc0
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
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

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -37%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of magictrokini
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
89 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.