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

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Reviews: 270
Hads: 651
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 26
Gots: 87 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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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Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Amber color of moderate clarity. Once sediment reached the bottle it became fairly hazy. A finger of white head.

S: Dark fruit. Perhaps of touch of a stale aroma.

T: More dark fruit character: some fig, but predominately a cherry note. Caramelized sugars. Bready notes. Beer is balanced well. Maybe slightly oxidized but in a vinous slight sherry kind of way.

F: Good carbonation. I feel as though many North American breweries tend to overcarb anything in the belgian style; this is is well done though and how a belgian should be carbed in my mind. It's crisp and refreshing.

O: This was great I would happily buy it again. (635 characters)

Photo of fishyakLA
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Within the Belgium style, my key word is balance. Not too sweet, not too much dried fruit, not too much alcohol, not too much carbonation, etc. Yet all the elements are there without any one element taking over too much. Not my favorite beer, but a solid enjoyable choice . And if someone asked me for a good example of this beer style, this one strikes me as in the middle of the style box. (395 characters)

Photo of stevoj
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A work of art. Spices and dried fruit flavors abound Aroma of caramel, figs, oranges, etc. taste is complex mixture of the noted aromas, with a lingering palate and slightly dry finish. Very nice indeed, a fitting tribute to Brother Isadore. (241 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this earlier tonight up at the Cloverleaf, poured out of a 11.2 oz. bottle and into a snifter. I like beers of this style because of their complex strength and potency and this beer had plenty of those to offer. As it warmed up, the notes came out beautifully and the sweetness was just right not to overpower everything else!

This had a gorgeous copper hue to it with a moderate amount of head that quickly subsided. Nice candied and caramel sweetness in the nose with both of those also coming out in the taste, along with booze, pear, sugar, and dark fruits. This was thick, dark, opaque, and a smooth sipper as everything in it came on stronger and stronger as it warmed up. The mouthfeel was full, a bit cloying, and slightly sticky as each sip went down. Lots of the booze lingered on for a while but it never felt like this was too strong or that the alcohol squashed everything else out.

This was one to savor and thankfully, I had plenty of time to do that tonight. There's something about the Trappist beers that make them seem organic and this was another example of a beer that seems naturally tapped and not brewed to be beer. This was dark and potent enough to be a Tripel but why split hairs? A beer like this showed why the trappists put the Strong in Belgian Strong Pale Ales but you'll never know that as everything quietly sneaks up on you. Just sit back and savor the subtle beauty of this! (1,416 characters)

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! (458 characters)

Photo of Zet
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in its appropriate La Trappe chalice: a nice dark amber colour with a light yellow head of foam. Smell of yeast and cloves with a little chocolate. Delicate taste of dried fruits (peach, fig) and vanilla an a little sourness (orange?) and alcohol when swallowing, very well balanced. Very smooth mouth feel, like a Weizen. Nice trappist blonde. (351 characters)

Photo of macpapi
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pretty nice brown-amber color with a nice, fluffy white head.

Smell is nice. There is the combined presence of Belgian yeast, candied sugar, and dark, sweet fruit--the Belgian trilogy of sorts, though typically for dark ales. This one may officially be a pale, but I am noticing that it shares many characteristics of a dark.

Taste follows suit to a point. Sweet and malty with the definite presence of plum, fig, and raisin. There is also a certain bread-like quality to the taste as well. A bit of spice to finish it off. Nice flavor on the whole.

Isid'or is moderately carbonated and has a full-bodied presence in the mouth. This beer has quite a bit of character.

Overall, this is a pretty damn nice beer. It does not have an over-the-top, in-your-face presence. However, it is smooth, somewhat complex, and easy to drink. It may not be at the top of the list of Trappist ales, but you could do far, far worse than this brew. (961 characters)

Photo of jmasher85
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A perfectly acceptable Trappist strong ale. Well, fairly strong. It's 7.5 percent, but you can definitely taste the strength of the booze. As far as looks go, you can tell this beer means business, between the painting on the label of the monk who looks older than the brewery itself and the murky brown pour that contains more than a bit of sediment (but since I'm a sucker for sediment, bring it on!).
Smells as rich as it looks, with some leather, prune, and strong raisin scent on it. Taste follows the same path, with a mild bready flavor on top. Goes down nice and smooth with a small, yet soft and fluffy head. Not a ton of complexity, but certainly delivers where it's needed. Nothing to complain about with this Dutch take on the Trappist. (755 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky brown-red, one finger of fizzy white foam, settles to a thin ring, a few dots trail down the glass. Was a foamer, lost 1/4 of the bottle. Smell: cooked pear, overripe nectarine, whiff of date bread, buttery note. Taste: lots of plum, dried dates, pear and spiciness and some vinous booziness in the finish. Building prickly yet overall subdued carbonation is really nice. Enjoyable. (396 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- Nice hazy brown color, fluffy white head that dissipates quickly with minimal lacing

Smell- Nice Belgian yeast character on the nose with bready malt

Taste- More of that Belgian yeast character and bready malt. Complex flavors in there

Mouthfeel- Medium body, crisp carbonation

Overall- A very good Trappist brew (322 characters)

Photo of aleigator
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Pours a beautiful amber, copper color, with a decent, fizzy head.

Aromas of banana and toffeish malts are escaping from the glass.

Almost juicy banana along with cane sugar and a subtle hop dryness, including dough wheat, which blends well into the malty body of the beer. The hops compliment to the sweeter body of the beer, not only by adding balancing bitterness, but also by giving the malts a bready characteristic, including a somehow chewy aspect to the otherwise smooth mouthfeel. Finishes with a noteable, lively carbonation, which brings out honey and raisins. This gets accompanied by a supportive bitterness, which leaves the palate a little earlier than the malts do. (682 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Isid'or pours a welcoming shade of golden brown, with a fizzy froth of vintage white sitting on top. The brew is somewhat murky, and more than adequately carbonated. From the nose, I am picking up lots of fruit esters, primarily plum... apple cinnamon, some phenols, and a bready malt character. The initial wave of flavor reveals a big molasses taste, with fig, moving onward to a very spicy, alcohol-laden ending, and a fair amount of sharp hops. The finish is smooth however, leaving a very wholesome grainy flavor on your tastebuds. Overall, very good, but could use some improvement in the balance department. (614 characters)

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. (621 characters)

Photo of Takahiro
4/5  rDev +0.8%

A: opaque brown, with off-white foam, thick and lasting
S: belgian yeasty, yogurty, banana-cloves
T: fruity with banana, black pepper spicy, belgian phenol (bitter>), as my tongue got used to it i sense vanilla and oakiness very strongly
M: very spiritzy with carbonation (nice) and finishes dry

Overall, it's a nice sipper. i really like this oaky character. (365 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown although I did let a bit of sediment slip into the glass. Solid one finger off-white head with very good head retention. Lacing was just so-so.

Aroma is extremely fruity, even more so than other BPA's I have had. There is almost a tropical character to it but quite a bit of cherry thrown in. Also some peach and peppery spice. Quite nice.

The flavor carries over the fruitiness from the aroma with peach and cherry along with quite a bit of pepper and coriander. Nice bready malt in the background that plays nicely with the fruit. Very dry mouthfeel with abundant prickly carbonation.

Overall, this is a very good BPA although it fall a bit short of being outstanding. I love the fruitiness but the malt could be turned up a bit. All in all, though, a good beer. (829 characters)

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. (1,582 characters)

Photo of janubio
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml. corked bottle. Pours an amber orange colour, with a small head that does not take much time to fade, but leaves a good lace and and a tiny layer on the surface. Smell of caramel, plums, raisins, cloves, apple and sugar. Medium carbonation, medium body, crispy texture. Tasteof caramel, oranges, sugar, plums, raisins, sugar and some spices. (348 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 3/5/2013. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of golden raisin, plum, pear, apple, light banana, clove, toast, brown bread, candi sugar, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of golden raisin, plum, pear, apple, light banana, clove, caramel, toast, brown bread, candi sugar, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy clove spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of golden raisin, plum, pear, apple, clove, caramel, toast, brown bread, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian amber ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,478 characters)

Photo of Acotzintli
4.76/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer that tastes so nice while drinking, that I almost forgot how it has 7,5% alcohol. The taste, and the aftertaste are so good, that it can be drinked when ever and with every kind of food. I strongly recommend to try this beer without hesitation.
5 thumbs up.

P.S. this is my subjective opinion. (300 characters)

Photo of BeernerdJeff
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Solid Trappist beer overall. Belgium maltiness and fruit flavors up front, with great carbonation. Flavors are well balanced, making for a crisp and clean taste. Good introductory Trappist beer for beginners.

The price is right on this one as it was one of the cheaper Trappist beer selections but is not cheap on taste. Would certainly try this one again. (357 characters)

Photo of CowsandBeer
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Random find at a liquor store on the way home from work. Stamp of “12:40 K24H12.” Cool little 11.2 oz bottle poured into an Achel Trappist glass. Served slightly chilled.

Appearance: Pours a huge off white head which quickly fizzles away. Eventually only some wisps and a ring remained. Reddish brown body with lots of carbonation action.

Aroma: Candi sugar, dried cherries, prunes and sweet caramel malts. A bit of carbonation ‘bite’.

Taste: Dried cherries and prunes up front followed by candi sugars. Ends on a very pleasant malty note not unlike a fresh loaf of bread. Floral alcohol throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation and rosy alcohol. Definitely a warming beer.

Overall: A very sweet beer with lots of dried cherry/fruit notes, toasty caramel and brown sugarish malts. Very carbonated and warming. Nothing to really go out of your way for but I wouldn’t mind trying the oak aged version of this. (947 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. La Trappe Tasting Goblet. Cooper color, orangish amber to the light & cloudy appearance. Intense caramel malt & Belgian yeast aromas, orange hues, as well as biscuit, herbal, flowery & phenolic notes. Sweet mild toasted flavor & spiced touch at first sip. Medium to full body. Moderate to soft carbonation. Oily texture & kind warming & well integrated ABV. In the middle, fruity, delicate & low bitterness rounded by gentle notes of wood resolve in a very subtle citric zest astringency. Sweet/bitter finish. Fruity aftertaste & spicy hints. Refreshing, flavorful & suggested for a paused drink !! (612 characters)

Photo of TerryW
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Trappist beer lite. Suitable for introducing the style to someone you think might be scared off by the sturdier stuff. Works best if its served up room/cellar temperature instead of cold so that all the flavours and aromas have a chance to work.

Lots of caramel and sugar. Very sweet, but not tooth jarring. A bit of dark fruit. Lots of spice and yeast. Comes across as reminiscent of a weiss. Fairly easy drinking. (416 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Has a very unattractive pond water brown color with a fizzy head of bigger bubbles that sounds away to some scuzzy foam trappings.

Semi-sweet apple aromas with a delectable juiciness that comes adorned with fleshy notes and assorted bruised fruits. Pear and fresh fig factor in, also, with appealing esters that don't come off as muddled or contrived. Vibrant with pale and dark fruits. Light toast character melds well with nectary Belgian malts and low phenol levels. Musty grape and slight perfume notes are other layers in the aroma. Complex.

Spicy start on the palate that is quite short of brutal, although a decent stack of alcohol gives you a good jolt. Massively fruity, still, showcasing more apple and pear and grape than anything else. Some apricot and hints of cherry also come out. It gets a little sweeter as it warms up, but the candi sugar notes are secondary. Yeast has become quite formidable, as I'm noticing a nutshell flavor stirred in with the sweetness of the caramel malt.

A good body with a wetness that fills out the mouthfeel without coming off as too oily or textured. Smooth, as there's a contained level of carbonation that doesn't seem to want to isolate itself. It does show up late, the most. Gas is ideal, in these ways.

A lot of heftiness and flavor coming at you, however, without being bold. A sturdy Belgian golden ale with a darker side. (1,381 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a La Trappe Chalice. Date stamp of 15:03 K05C13. Poured carefully to keep most of the sediment in the bottle, but a tiny bit came along with the pour.

Appearance: Hazy red-amber (auburn) beer with a thin off-white head. Some small strands of delicate persistent lacing. Held up to the light you can see the carbonation coming up.

Smell: Yeast mostly - a few fruity esters. With a swirl some green banana.

Taste: Candi sugar, some banana, some fruit notes, spiciness in the middle, and the finish is leafy herbal and mildly bitter. Complex would be a good way to describe it.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated - scrubs the palate clean. An almost airy mouthfeel. Only towards the end of the glass is there some very slight stickiness noted, but even then it is still a light mouthfeel.

Overall / Drinkability: Definitely better as it warms up, as when first poured and cold I wasn't that impressed. That being said, I always feel like I'm missing something when I put a Trappist Ale in a chalice, that I'm not concentrating all the complex flavors properly and I'm missing something. However, this could be the point: the monks just want me to drink it and not obsess over it. It's just beer that they made for charitable activities. Or maybe it is more of a visual wow that they're looking for: Look at that glass! Now look at what is in it! So here's my conclusion. Great packaging, but the inside contents are just good, not great. I wouldn't mind having a bigger glass, but I'm okay with the fact that I just have a 11.2oz as well. So overall, I think above average, but not hugely so for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. There are better examples out there. (1,683 characters)

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