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

La Trappe Isid'orLa Trappe Isid'or

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BA SCORE
89
very good

498 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 498
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.75%


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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bobhits

Kentucky

2.73/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Well my second of a 2 beer sampler I got from la Trappe, so of course served in there very nice looking glass ware.

Like nearly all of the trappest beers this one has a HUGE head, though not as dense and creamy as a quad it looks pretty nice and it leaves enough lacing to give props.

The nose is full of fruity esters but the cloves and spices seem to take charge. This one is on the sweet side it seems.

The flavors suprisinly bring in a good bit of sour fruit to be mixed with strong caramel malts and an impressive amount of spices. Big bold letters here, but this is NOT a sour. It simply from the hops and perhaps yeast gives off a somewhat acidic fruit flavor.

7.5% is felt here but the velvety smooth body seems to make up for it in the mouth feel.

I won’t be looking for this one again, but an interesting beer and imo a different spin on the Belgian Pale Ale than I’ve had before.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 13:25:10 | More by bobhits
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a La Trappe chalice on 11/23/12

08:11
K11E11

Dense and cloudy dark orange with brown hues; nudging toward murky territory. The head hits 1/3rd on an inch before dropping to a soapy layer.

Lots of fruits in the aroma: various apples, pear, banana, pineapple and even a little kiwi. There is also a rich array of yeast spiciness and smoothed grain tones. Clove, pepper. The layers and complexities are impressive.

While the aroma is great, the taste leaves some to be desired. Fruit flavors are blunted, spices diminished and grains more hollow. All in all, the lavishness of the aroma simply isn't to be had here. While the grain seem to puff up more over time, the finish is musty and a bit dirty.

The feel seems pretty much standard fare; on the light side of medium with appropriate carbonation.

This isn't so bad that it isn't worth finishing. In some respects the flavors pulled together later on in the glass. Regardless, this is hardly worth $4.99 a pop.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 05:33:56 | More by Ryan011235
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Travlr

District of Columbia

3.13/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught at Churchkey. Slightly cloudy amber colored with a very thin light tan head and not much lacing. Aroma of caramel and nutmeg. Taste is mostly malts with a subtle background of spice. Body was a bit on the thin side. No noticeable finish. Nice enough, but not very complex.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2009 04:44:27 | More by Travlr
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Filosoof

Netherlands

3.13/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a strange mixture of styles. It wants to be original -so very much. The result is almost a disaster. It looks like amber, it smells like tripel and tastes like brown plus some extra notes.

Beer must bring fun. This beer tastes like the ugly monk on the label.

L: amber/rose/trouble;
S: banana and a touch of apple, hops.
T: what is this? Strong caramel, unbalanced hops, spicy, metallic, tart.
M: medium CO2, no harmony; there is no finish and no real reason to take another nip.
O: this beer 'wants to be a popstar', but it isn't.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 19:22:59 | More by Filosoof
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2012 15:27:27 | More by bishopdc0
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a goblet

A: Pours a relatively light shade of yellow/orange but settles into a much darker, hazy copper hue. The head isn't prominent, but forms a solid white layer over the liquid.

S: Aroma is very light, almost nonexistent. A touch of spice, a touch of yeast, and a bit of heavy fruit, but it's all incredibly subtle.

T/M: Flavor is equally diminishing. Large bubbles bombard the tongue up front, but there's not a whole lot that follows. Some apricot and yeasty aftertaste make up the majority of the profile with a faint bitterness lingering in the background. The spiciness starts to emerge after a few sips but, again, it's all very subdued.

At 7.5%, it's potent for how light it tastes, but there are better Trappist brews available.

TheBeerAlmanac.com

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 03:33:12 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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Errto

Connecticut

3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a round gold color which turns amber in the glass. Very generous lingering head coming out of my Chimay chalice on this one.

The smell is powerful even from a distance. The pear others have reported is definitely the predominant scent.

A lot of hard to describe flavors in the taste. Much more of the fruit thing, almost tart in a way. Towards the back a powerful spice and hop bitterness. Complex, an interesting mixture, but I'm not sure it blends all that well.

Nice tingly carbonation yet it really coats the mouth.

Not sure I would have more than one.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 19:57:01 | More by Errto
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a large, fading head.
Nose shows sweet confectionary notes, banana, pear and apple esters alongside caramel.
Flavours are equally sweet but seem a little weak, with just a bit of confectionery and alcohol. Not particularly interesting.
Carbonation is too full on.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 10:18:02 | More by CrazyDavros
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chicagoanbeerone

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep malty crisp flavor with a nice heavy kick but not heavy on texture. tatse to much like a lager though and abit disapointed expected more beligin like or trippel like tatse but still very good and smooth. it reminded me of batch 19 by coors
overall worth a try and i might buy this again

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 18:14:31 | More by chicagoanbeerone
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 22:09:12 | More by kingcrowing
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Yokoono76

Colorado

3.34/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: beautiful apricot color, some cloudiness, small head.

S: nothing noticeable, perhaps some malt... Not a lot of odor.

T: notes of apricot and slight malt, and some floral. Fresh malty aftertaste.

M: nice carbonation, compliments the light flavor. Medium body mouth feel.

O: descent beer, flavor is solid, but not heavy. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. I enjoy it, but I would not pay $7 for the 11.2 oz. I would order if on tap for sure. Easy drinking and nice flavored, just not accessible.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 00:50:20 | More by Yokoono76
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A new Trappist beer, from a bomber, corked & caged with a label that had an authentic feel of age to it. Maybe it's just the picture of the really old guy, maybe it's the style of the label that looks like old parchment, maybe it's just the name Isid'or, but this put me in the mood for an exceptional tasting. I chose my Orval glass for the occasion.

The beer is darker than you'd expect, a deep copper color, mostly clear or maybe just a little hazed. A thin but solid layer of foam across the top, very little lacing (but some existed). The first aroma is Unibroue yeast esters, and after that I get a little smoke (cigarette smoke, not smoked malts). Very odd, I would place this as a Unibroue in a blind test, not a bad thing but not exactly expected from Koningshoeven. The taste is likewise of the Unibroue profile, light esters and some noticable ethanol, more of the cigarette smoke which is seriously off, I've never smelled nor tasted this in a beer before. Well carbonated, peppery mouthfeel with a mildly bitter after-taste.

"Trappist" isn't really a style of beer of course, but I still felt this didn't have a Trappist vibe to it. Very odd altogether.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 03:08:23 | More by TurdFurgison
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle Code K09F9; Sampled October 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, nicely tan colored head. The head leaves a ton of thick lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is murky, dark amber color that shows a mostly clear, orange tinged, dark copper and light amber color when held up to the light. The aroma is fairly clean with some metallic / herbal hop notes, a honey'd malt character, some biscuit grain notes as well as some fruit notes of lightly oxidized apples, fresh cut pears and some green melon notes. The nose is actually pretty simplistic and it is actually a bit too clean, especially for a Belgian'esque beer.

Faintly metallic and herbal up front, but a tinny note seems to get a bit stronger in the finish. There is a touch of bitterness that provides some structure to the finish. The malt character as a soft sweetness as well as some cracker like grain notes, some caramelized malt notes as well as some biscuit character; much of the malt seems to be over-powered by the metallic note found here though. A sip taken after some time spent away from the beer has me noticing some brown sugar and toasted brown bread flavors. Much of the metallic notes seem to mix with some phenolic notes that provide more of a plastic note than the traditional clove note; this last is here as well though. The body of this is a touch chewy, though it is not heavy it does not have the drinkability I might like to see in it. There is some fruit character in teh flavor as well and it reminds me more of oxidized apples than anything; though this isn't as bad as it might sound.

This is a bit disappointing, despite the fact that I wasn't really expecting too much from it to begin with. It might really benefit from some age, which would hopefully diminish the metallic note. This isn't overly complex either, and I truthfully don't know if age will really improve this much (but it will change it).

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 16:20:46 | More by Gueuzedude
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- The warm orangish-brown body has a sea of microbubbles swirling to a creamy light tan head that last a bit.
S- The soft apple cidery aroma is all that really comes through in this dry clean aroma. There is a faint herbal hop note in the very finish but only when it opens quite a bit.
T- The soft apple fruity note has some yeasty qualities and a dry woody note in the finish. There is a soft alcohol prick in the finish with a more faint green note that grows a bit when the beer warms.
M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a fizzy finish that adds a bit of body.
D- This beer is a bit bland or mundane with the apple flavors the only thing that stands out.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 14:33:11 | More by rhoadsrage
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drperm

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 19:52:59 | More by drperm
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saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Book says Belgian pale ale, but the look says anything but. Pour is a brownish orange with an appropriately big white head. Aroma is quite solid, lots of passion fruit and light citrus mixed with Belgian sugars. Taste is not as sharp as expected, some pear and fig in there with some light fruit. But it misses that bite that I like in Belgian golds. Finishes light like a decent American pale ale. Overall a solid brew, but not one to search out.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 08:07:34 | More by saintwarrick
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a turbid and cloudy deep reddish copper colour, deep like a thick Belgian beauty. Head is a robust thick off-white cloud that sinks to a little film. Lacing is ok, and there's a surprising amount of carbonation. Overall, a very nice look.

Nose is a little thinner than I expected, some round Belgian characters come through and a little caramel sweetness. There's a hint of something a little peppery as well and a light hint of something green and fresh, but it's all very light - occurring only as slight accents to the base aroma, which is largely based around the sweetness.

Taste is quite phenolic. Some initial sweetness is lambasted by the big phenolic bitterness, which rolls peppery sharpness up the palate through to the end. A little heat on the back accentuates this again. Really rather punchy, and very direct - it doesn't round out the palate very well. Mouthfeel is tight, but could use more body.

Actually gets rather tiresome after a while. The phenolic bitterness is overwhelming when it's concerted, and I feel the heat in the body a little too much.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 10:06:52 | More by lacqueredmouse
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GRG1313

California

3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange amber with a short white head;

Nose is full of esters of pears and undertones of cooked bananas.

Mouthfeel is a bit frizzy with very small "fuzzy" bubbles and a bit too fizzy.

Flavors are burnt toast and green herbs. There is a sweet alcoholic undertone which is deceiving since the beer is not particularly high in alcohol.

Some nice malt/sweet character and a decent toast/herb finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 06:51:57 | More by GRG1313
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nout72


3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first two sips tasted very promising, similar to the La Trappe Quad, rich and full, after another sip I got the sweet/sour/bitter of an Orval, but after a few more sips the taste morphed into a watery syrupy beer.

Maybe you need to drink this beer very very slowly, to let your mouth get enough time to neutralize again...

It is just like eating Ketchup flavored potato chips, the 1st chip has a true ketchup taste, but after a few chips the taste runs flat and you only get a undefined sweet/sour flavor, you could have just as well bought the Bolognese or the Cheese and Onion, in the end they all taste the same.

I don't have this muted flavour sensation with the La Trappe Quad, the Chimay Blue or the Rochefort 10, with every sip of these beers the taste maintains its fullness, no matter how fast I am drinking.

Still the beer is of high quality, smooth and balanced, not likely to ever get a headache of this beer, it is just not special enough for a trappist.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 20:09:28 | More by nout72
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An orange color with a thin head. Some yeast on the bottom of the bottle.

Smell is fruity and has a light caramel notes.

Taste is sweet and fruity and has a heavy malt base. A very light hoppiness. Mouthfeel is sweet and sticky. This appears to be a light version of the quadrupel and is a nice addition to the La Trappe range.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 15:01:26 | More by Absumaster
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to John for the bottle.

Pours a cloudy caramel body.

Aromas of bubblegum and caramel.

Sweet caramel turns to grape bubblegum, apricot, and spicy yeast.

Medium to full body. Not much on the finish.

Not bad, but I think we have come to expect more from Trappist brewers.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 21:55:22 | More by BradLikesBrew
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punkrkr27

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper pour with a 1 finger, white head. The aroma is caramel, toffee, tree fruits, bubblegum, dry spices, and nuts. The flavor is dry and relatively clean with very mild Belgian esters, some subtly sweet bread and caramel malt and a touch of nutty tree fruits on the finish. Dry, medium body wit lots of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 17:46:13 | More by punkrkr27
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TexIndy

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a snifter. Bottling code on the back but no way to decipher it. It's new to the market here so should be good though. It was a cloudy orange amber with lots of carb streams from the etching. It had a large head that settled into a constant 1/8" foam cap. Thick, slow sliding sheeting that left a few spots behind.

The aroma was bready with fruity yeast and candi sugar. Some alcohol in the nose as well. The taste was candi sugar, plum and raisin and fruity yeast. Was good but didn't blow me away. Mouthfeel was medium with lots of carb. Sweet aftertaste.

Overall, a good BPA but not something that I'll remember tomorrow. Just now available here in TX. Rotation - not memorable enough to make the rotation. Also, it's pricey so hurt by that. [N;N]

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 23:43:32 | More by TexIndy
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dasenebler

Maine

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl, Netherlands. Best by 10/12.

Pours a nice rosy amber with a big off-white head. Good lacing, and good retention.

The aroma is somewhat hoppy, fruity and spicy, with notes of fresh grass and sweet nuttiness.

Well-hopped and pretty bitter, with a nice caramel malt body to support the bitterness. Finish is hoppy, earthy and leafy, while the mid-palate is somewhat sweet and rich. Good flavors, but nothing amazing. There are some yeasty, phenolic and warm, spicy notes as well. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and slick, but the carbonation kind of died down and fell flat.

Not too inspiring, but definitely a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 16:27:25 | More by dasenebler
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mulder1010

Australia

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ML poured into a Unibroue Tulip. Thanks to Jeffo for the beer

A-- Poured an almost iced tea color, golden hazy brown. One finger slightly off white head that quickly faded away. A little bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. Good, responsive head retention to this.

S-- A lot of spices in the nose. Also get some orange and a touch of vanilla. Spices a very dominant.

T-- Once again a lot of spices with some orange, grapefruit and vanilla. Different was my first thought.

M-- Quite carbonated and lighter body feel. Really reminds me of say marmalade. Candied orange peel, candied grapefruit and such. Very prickly on the tongue. Hops are very floral and have a big vanilla blossom feel and taste to this. Lots of vanilla and in some ways reminds me more of vanilla extract.

D-- Different pale ale to me. Vanilla is interesting and quite different. Gets sweeter as it warms up and the alcohol becomes more obvious as well. Not so sure I would do more than one at a time with this. I like the differences as opposed to a US style Pale Ale but it is better colder than warmer as the alcohol is hidden better and not nearly as sweet. Would drink again though.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 13:25:03 | More by mulder1010
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La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
89 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.