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

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89
very good

525 Ratings
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Ratings: 525
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 19
Gots: 46 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: redmagik99 on 07-09-2009)
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ccrida

Oregon

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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2009 23:35:31 | More by ccrida
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 20:19:45 | More by NeroFiddled
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atlason

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 03:04:33 | More by atlason
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 12:39:49 | More by micromaniac129
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alysmith4

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2010 21:15:46 | More by alysmith4
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

02-07-2012 02:37:30 | More by TimoP
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Guinnsslvr

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

11-09-2012 03:33:27 | More by Guinnsslvr
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mbunje

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2010 01:47:07 | More by mbunje
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Fr0stb1te

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

03-05-2013 16:16:13 | More by Fr0stb1te
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Alt

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

12-29-2011 09:58:05 | More by Alt
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Longhorn08

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

04-13-2014 15:02:29 | More by Longhorn08
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d_brommer_nh

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

12-28-2013 16:13:22 | More by d_brommer_nh
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cdrogers

Illinois

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

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 03:13:00 | More by cdrogers
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DeanCHS1980

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

02-16-2014 04:36:17 | More by DeanCHS1980
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jtmcgraw

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

12-24-2011 01:58:12 | More by jtmcgraw
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Luiz0930

California

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

12-03-2013 07:06:08 | More by Luiz0930
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BeerDetective

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 23:11:37 | More by BeerDetective
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ChanceK

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

12-22-2012 22:54:58 | More by ChanceK
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Brewsed

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

05-02-2012 01:11:12 | More by Brewsed
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GoGata

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

07-28-2013 02:31:36 | More by GoGata
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barbellsNbeers

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

06-01-2013 04:28:51 | More by barbellsNbeers
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

04-02-2013 03:17:42 | More by RochefortChris
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cowboy83

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

08-17-2012 20:30:05 | More by cowboy83
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

10-01-2013 16:46:33 | More by francisweizen
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jroberts8811

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

04-21-2013 01:34:35 | More by jroberts8811
La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
89 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.