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

La Trappe Isid'orLa Trappe Isid'or

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

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Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website

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 BMMillsy


4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A birthday beer for me! On tap at Brass Tap Gainesville. Pours a cloudy copper with small creamy head. Aroma of plums and figs, candy sugar, and a bit of yeast. Flavor is big plums, and more plums. Wow straight up fruit flavor here with some candy sugar sweetness. Easy drinking with medium mouthfeel. Excellent beer, but not quite as good as the barrel aged version.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2013 22:57:23 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of beerpirates


3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at de koningshoeve

A-Pours a rich, slightly hazy amber with a generous tan head.

S-Bready and sweet with a strong dose of candi sugar and hints of Belgian yeast.

T-Very fruity, like a fresh pears , with lots of juicy sweetness. A bready malt comes to the fore in the finish and then just a hint of sour twang.

M-Medium bodied with high carbonation

D-A very solid example of the style. Nicely sweet but not overdone.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2013 08:20:37 | More by beerpirates
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

La Trappe Isid'or, named for Isidorus, the first brewing monk in the history of the Konigshoeven brewery, was released several years ago (2009, I believe) for the brewery's 125th Anniversary. When it first came out, I went through about three kegs on tap at the Blue Nile, and took notes one night, but somehow lost them. Gone somewhere in the missing spaces in the internet.
I put it on again not too long ago, last year or the year before, and I kept meaning to re-review it, and never got around to it. Well, it's back, and the third time is the charm...I think...we'll see...doing it now, before I go home to take on the oak-aged version.

7.5 % ABV. Belgian-style pale ale, or strong pale ale?

The look: gorgeous burgundy, reddish-brown coloring, opaque, showing clearer at the foot of the glass, underneath a creamy off-white head of foam, a good 1/2 inch, long-lasting, looking great.

The aroma: I'm getting hops first, a particularly floral, herbal, fruity hop, grown at the monastery, called Perle. Apple and apricot with a caramel twist. Malt flavors linger here, too. Utterly pleasant and arrestingly simple in it's complexity.

The taste: Smooth plus rich. Totally even, completely cool, balance incarnate, but a wonderful blend of tingly, tangy hop sensations on the palate, with the herbal, fruity malt flavors. terrific mix. A maltier, bigger Belgian pale, close to a Belgian amber, but really a thing unto itself. This feels, to my memory, a bit different from when it was first released, but I could be completely wrong. Maybe I was expecting something bigger, thicker, boozier, perhaps, and was disappointed.

What this is, is excellent. If you're not chasing after trappist rainbows or Belgian unicorns, just relax and be happy, get lost and ....taste the silence. Yeah....

I like this beer a lot. you should have one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2013 03:54:24 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Verdugo Bar in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, banana, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but smells slightly better in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2013 06:22:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I stopped into the La Trappe brewpub with A-1 BA Brabander on 05Oct12. My first of two biers there was Isid'or, at €3.50 for a 0.25l glass.

The chalice held a clear, rich amber bier; truly a lovely hue, even if it was a little dark for a Belgian strong pale. Had a thin, fine, tan head; extremely fine, just a minute layer of bubbles. Lacing was excellent, I might add. Nose was mild, with some candi-sugar sweetness noted. Medium in body, it had a light, bubbly airiness on the tongue.

Candi-sugar sweetness also was on display in the flavor. Additionally, there was some caramel and toffee making it, to me, a bit dubbel-ish. I also detected some subtle hints of raisiny dark fruit. Solid, all in all. Thnx Thijs! Prosit!

3.83/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2012 18:36:01 | More by Bierman9
Photo of gatornation


4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap 12oz pour @ MTHB

A-pours a slight hazed light chestnut color with a small white head that reveals sheets of lacing as you drink this

S- smells fruity and sweet with candied fruit of apples and pears spice is in the finish

T follows the nose sweet white fruits of front with more candied fruits some molasses and sweet bread

M- good amount of carbonation sweet and spicy with dried fruits

O- easily drinkable a touch to sweet IMO none the less very enjoyable for a 12 oz serving

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2012 22:02:25 | More by gatornation
Photo of bishopdc0


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
Photo of Thorpe429


3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the abbey cafe during last week's trip to Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a La Trappe chalice.

Pours an amber-caramel color with a great white head and plenty of lacing. The nose brings light fruit and some caramel. A bit of bread crust. The flavor adds in a fair amount of fruit. The mouthfeel is full and chewy with a bit of alcohol and light bitterness. Nothing spectacular.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2011 20:33:04 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of kylehay2004


4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Minimal head. Amber with crimson hues.

S: Mostly apricot, some fig, raisin, malt and bread mixed in.

T: Fruity caramel malt to begin. Earthy in the middle with a nutty finish.

M: smooth. moderate carbonation. Fuller bodied than other trappist beers.

O: This is a heavy beer. I like the flavor changes but the fruity ness was more on the semi sweet side.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2011 02:48:42 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of Rifugium


4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Ebenezer's Pub, Lovell, ME

This was labeled as "Brother Isidor" on the beer menu, but this is the closest thing I could find to that, and it's probably what it was, considering Ebenezer's menu. Whatever it was, it was REALLY good.

Poured dark, burnt sienna with a nice finger of white head that retained well. Smell of light fruit and citrus. Tastes of rich caramel; light spice; light and dark fruits: pears, cantaloupes, raisins, plums; smooth and light, and nearly perfect to my palate. Medium body and some carbonation, highly pleasant and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2011 16:47:44 | More by Rifugium
Photo of timobkg

New Jersey

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A pale yellow, with a nice foam head. It's very effervescent, and you can see a constant cascade of bubbles coming up to the surface.

The aroma is a mix of apricots and other light fruits. Very nice, this is the highlight of this beer.

The beer tastes good, with a slight sweetness and tastes of belgian yeast and spices.

Overall, it's very pleasant, but the flavor is not quite able to match the great aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2011 15:03:05 | More by timobkg
Photo of rtepiak


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a staple abbey from a staple abbey. Every beer i've had is rather good. But i would like to state that they seem to be a bit better on the european side of the water as quality goes. This one was spot on la trappe. Pour is murky dark apple with a small but thick head. Nose of belgian yeast plum and apple pie. The palate with a nice sweet toffee and almonds and clove. Not as malty in my recollect as the dubbel.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2011 21:24:58 | More by rtepiak
Photo of Cozzatoad


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

Had it on-tap at a local pub

A- Orange/Amber, a bit cloudy. Small head, decent retention and nice lacing

S- Pleasantly fruity (apple, citrus, maybe pear) with perceptible yeast, but maybe too clearly alcoholic

T- After such a fruity aroma you would expect the taste to be the same and in fact there is apple, with some spiciness from the esters; but sure this is not actually rmainly fruit: malt is dominant, and tends to cover up the fruit flavours; overall the flavour is always the same. The end is more hoppy and cleans the mouth

M- Not much to be said. Decent carbonation, medium body, goes down easy but has nothing worth remembering

D- An easy drink but alcohol is too much detectable in my opinion. There's also a slight metallic aftertaste

Quite an average beer to be honest, no huge flaws but nothing worth praises

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2011 16:35:02 | More by Cozzatoad
Photo of Brabander


3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer during a trip to the brewery where we got the tour. This was poured in a small 100 cl glass. It surprised me in the beginning because i thought it was the tripel. After the first sip i knew it wasn't. There is not much to say about the head with such a small glass.

The Isid'or has a very soft taste, very smooth. Not a very complex beer but that can be said for all the Trappes.

I will have to try this one next time when i am there in a bigger glass.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2010 20:06:47 | More by Brabander
Photo of mbunje


4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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
Photo of jgasparine


4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured with a 1/2" cream-colored head, which slowly receded with some very impressive lacing. The body was a semi-opaque dark honey color. No visible carbonation.

S- Sweet breadlike malt aromas combine with Belgian yeast aromatics and some subtle candy sugar; and yet subtler phenolics.

T- Big crackerlike malt and Belgian yeast flavors echo the nose perfectly. Some mild stale hop bitterness comes through midway, and lasts through a doughy and slightly boozy finish (fusel alcohols?).

M- A medium body; well-attenuated with an abundant prickly carbonation, yet not bloating.]

D- Goes down smooth. The concept of fusel alcohols make me consider the prospect of a headache to come...

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2010 03:00:34 | More by jgasparine
Photo of alysmith4

District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
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
Photo of augustgarage


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse. Served in a generic tulip.

It is dark in the bar, so color is difficult to assess - but this is an unusual shade for a Belgian pale ale - almost burnt orange in complexion. The body is slightly hazy with a dense tall head which recedes slowly to a creamy old lace collar and a surface dusting. Beautiful art-nouveau frosted lacing.

Pale malt, toasted biscuits, banana, cookie dough, and lots of esters in the nose - very inviting.

Mineral rich water, sweet yeast, and apple cider on the palate. Bready finish - sweet, then dry.

A little thin bodied, lacking effervesence, but nicely warming.

Overall this reminds me more of a Tripel than a BPA - a unique and flavorful example of the style - very much worth a try if you run across it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2010 06:12:51 | More by augustgarage
Photo of ccrida


4.6/5  rDev +15%
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


4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8 oz. pour into a tulip. ($6)

A: The color was a beautiful orangish-brown with yellow tints along the glass. The body was cloudy with a bit of sediment that fell to the bottom. 2 finger thick head that, off-white and didn't last terribly long.

S: Nice bready, caramel malt backbone and a little bit of hay upfront. Light hops...wild grass, herbs and orange & lemon citrus. The Isid'or is heavy on yeast aromas, mostly doughy, but a faint barnyard scent pokes through.

T: Great flavor and easy to disect: white grape, golden raisin, pineapple, pear, banana & bubblegum. A moderately sweet brew. Light alcohol on the nose and palette which is more and more present as the glass comes to room temp.

M: Medium to full body, creamy with good carbonation: lively & fizzy. Very easy going. Semi astringent finish and decent duration. I got a metallic mouthfeel on one or two sips.

D: I thoroughly enjoyed this Belgian Pale Ale. If you find it on draft, order up!! This one is a real treat.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2009 01:14:33 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip. Poured a light, hazy plum with a half inch off-white cap that dissipates into a think slick of foam. Nose is mild - earthy, herbal and a little minty. Taste follows nose; however, some candi sugar comes out in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively effervescence. I fell in love with this beer as soon as I tried it. It's exceptional and unfortunate that it's limited. That being said, I think I preferred the bottle to the draft.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2009 21:30:05 | More by Jwale73
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/13/09 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spices, fruit, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out malty with flavors of caramel, dark fruits and spices. There's a strong Belgian yeast backbone and a mild but complementary hops presence to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice Belgian-style beer with substance and flavor that make it worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2009 18:49:32 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of czechsaaz


4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very sweek candi-sugar smelling. No hop presence at all. Some spicy yeast esters.

Orange colored and cloudy with a big white head that lasts as a solid layer thick foam around the edge of the glass and a thin layer throughout the rest. Leaves a TON of lacing.

Flavor right off is hop bitter, way more than the aroma made me think there sould be. Then there's a nice caramel malt and candi sugar flavor. It does a good bitter-sweet-bitter thing with the bittering hops, malty middle amd hoppy aftertaste. Yeast character is peppery with a liggle earthy flavor. Not like dirt but kind of dry grass or hay.

Medium bodied with a good carbonation level. Lively but not at all rough.

If this were available to me on tap regularly, I would drink it regularly. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2009 01:57:26 | More by czechsaaz
Photo of 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
Photo of glid02


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy brownish-gold color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of ripe pears and sweet malts with hints of spices - brown sugar mostly.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Ripe light fruits - pears with light hints of bananas - with smooth brown sugar flavors. The ending is crisp with a mild bitterness leaving hints of green apples lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could easily have another.

Overall this is a solid beer on the darker side of Belgian Pales. Easy-drinking and worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2009 02:29:05 | More by glid02
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La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
89 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.