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

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89
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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Photo of cudmud
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice orange color combined with a fawn head of one finger. Nice lace. In all, a wonderful appearance.

Smell: Great yeast esters. Very bread-like combined with spice, and orange smells.

Taste: Killer malt and yeast flavors with a good bitter aftertaste. Kind of reminds me of raisin-bread.

Mouthfeel: Thick and bready.

Drinkability: Very good. All the elements are balanced well. This is one you want to drink all night.

cudmud, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of ccrida
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a La Trappe goblet, Isid'or is a hazy burnt gold with a thick, creamy head leaving nice lace.

Smell is sweet cured fruits with a nice complexity, class Belgian esters.

Taste is awesome. Big, rich tasty malt flavor, cured fruits, wow. Bitterness on the clean finish provides balance to the really nice candied raisin sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is high. I'm really loving this beer, killer!

ccrida, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

La Trappe Isid'or

There does not seem to be a freshness date (just a production code), although the label reads "...can be aged like fine wine". This was produced sometime in 2009, and most likely early on, so this bottle is about two years old.

In a full glass, the body appears a crimson accented light chestnut brown, but when held to the light it's a glowing orange-crimson. For this being such a longstanding bottle I'm surprised it has poured such a murky body, but I guess it did get moved a few times recently and that probably disturbed it. The head rises up quickly, forming a dense finger thick cap of yellowed off-white; and then slowly settles down. Unfortunately the lacing is not quite as good.

The aroma offers a waft of floral character over a delicate golden-caramel maltiness that's spiked with some yeasty fruitiness (including some dark-skinned fruits) and spicy phenolics.

It's quite supple and smooth across the palate with a moderate, very-fine bubbled natural carbonation and a medium-light body. There's a gently dextrinous edge to it though, and that, coupled with the soft carbonation, allows it to appear more medium in body.

The flavor is not overtly rich, but it is full, and it is complex, and it is fairly sweetish. The yeasty fruitiness seems to dominate at first sip (some strawberry!), but then the softly caramelish and lightly toasty malt becomes more apparent. Both are always balanced by an infusion of delicate spice that I believe is mainly yeast based, but also at least partially hop induced. At times I find the fruitiness to be more apple-like, but in most sips I find it to be more plum-like (with some fig and grape). The core of it, however, is the gently spicy (clove, white pepper, perhaps some all spice, cinnamon and anise) and plastic-like yeast phenolic; and as you progress through the glass you'll find it grows in the finish to the point that really, that's almost the only thing you find. Sure, there will be hints of dark fruit skins and bitterness, and perhaps some echoes of floral hops and toasted malts, but the phenolics take center stage, gently swirling at the back of your mouth. And that's what really balances it because there's not a lot of bitterness there. It's the alcohol and the phenolic spice that give the bitterness that is there enough grip to keep it in check.

It's remarkably drinkable, and the more it warms the more velvety and supple it becomes both in terms of mouthfeel and in flavor. It's a charming, delicately complex and sweetish sipper. It's almost sherry-like in a way, but not as rich or full. If I were to pair it with food I'd stay on the lighter side: soft cheeses with chewy bread, moules in white sauce with a hint of anise, sweet potatoes fried, roast pork, carrot soup - you get the picture. Well worth trying before it's gone!

NeroFiddled, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of atlason
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich impressive lacing tending towards cubism. Amber brown with light haze.

Nose: doughy with seductive caramel

Taste: Caramel with yeasty belgian malt. Well integrated damp foresty flavors: mushrooms, moss.

Aftertaste: lingering caramel

Overall very pleasant trappist, second only to Orval.

atlason, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A rich amber colored beer with a super size foamy white head.
Extremely well carbonated that helps to maintain the foamy head to the bitter end. (get it!)
Aroma is of rich complex malts fruity yeast and some bitter hops.
A rich tasting beer smooth and creamy with a sweet caramel maltiness some toasted malts can be picked up too. The hops take a back seat, typical of Belgian pale ales, and are slightly bitter. I can taste a fair amount of alcohol warming too.
A well made beer I think with lots of nice lacing. With a dry finish.

micromaniac129, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of alysmith4
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on-tap at a 2 Amy's pizza restaurant in DC. I was pleasantly surprised that they had such a great brew available, and it was only $7/glass. The appearance was a nice caramel color, with redish/pink undertones. The taste was excellent! Lots of juicy fruit, bread, and sugar. The main flavor that kept coming through for me was cherry. I would have thought it was some kind of cherry beer if I didn't know otherwise. I would definitely have this beer again, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good Belgian Pale.

alysmith4, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of TimoP
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

TimoP, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Guinnsslvr, Nov 09, 2012
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, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of mbunje
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tyler's in Durham, North Carolina

A - Dark Amber color with a cream color head. '
S - Caramel, wood, richness
T - like a quad but with more bitterness, less sweetness, and a woody/oak finish that makes all the difference.
MF - full bodied, but not syrupy and very smooth. The dry finish from the wood is perfect. This could not be done better.
D - A lot of beer to drink more than one or two. But this is a very drinkable high end belgian...er...beer from the Netherlands.

Overall, best "belgian style" beer I have had in a long time (even though it is from the Netherlands). Awesome, must have beer for any beer geek. No question.

mbunje, May 17, 2010
Photo of Fr0stb1te
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Fr0stb1te, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of frontalot
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

frontalot, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of Alt
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Alt, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of smellandsip37
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

smellandsip37, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of Longhorn08
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Longhorn08, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of d_brommer_nh
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

d_brommer_nh, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of cdrogers
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to La Trapp goblet. Purchased a 4-pack set with the glass. It included two Isid'or and two of the quads.

Appearance is a nice dark-copper, pretty much tea-like in color. It had a darker off-white head and it went from real thick to thin fast.

Smell is slightly fruity / floral, but very subtle. Some earthy hop aroma, but this goes with the others and is subtle.

Taste is quite good but I'm a bit bias because by default I love anything Trappist. :) It's got a very subtle sweetness, probably belgian sugar. It finishes with a little hoppy bite, but very smooth.

Mouthfeel is good with nothing lingering around. The bitterness and slight sweetness do hang for a bit, but go away fast.

Overall I love this one and highly recommend it. This is my first shot at the non-Belgian Trappist from Koning and it's looking good. Got the quad to look at tonight as well.

Cheers

cdrogers, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of DeanCHS1980
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

DeanCHS1980, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of jtmcgraw
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

jtmcgraw, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Luiz0930
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Luiz0930, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of BeerDetective
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer from a bottle this evening while awaiting some friends. It poured a nice tan color with some red highlights. The nose was like a good bier de garde, which I was not expecting, though it was a pleasant surprise. The taste was reminiscent of Gavroche for me, but a little bit more spice in the back of the palate. Mouthfeel was smooth and excellent, you can roll the beer pleasantly around. Overall a highly drinkable 7.5% Belgian. Get it while you can.

BeerDetective, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of ChanceK
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

ChanceK, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Brewsed
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Brewsed, May 02, 2012
Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Franck, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of GoGata
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

GoGata, Jul 28, 2013
La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
89 out of 100 based on 567 ratings.