La Trappe Isid'or - Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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3.68/5 rDev -7.8%
I rested this foaming gusher for a week in my cellar, obtained from Premiere Gourmet. Tolerable yeasty aromas from the surving majority of the bottle. Beige coloured body and abundant bubbly head. Above-average mouthfeel, although alcohol stung my parched lips. Satisfying though still drying finish. A little cooca and vanilla in the yeast, nothing complicated. She is about right for the style, me thinks.
04-29-2010 03:04:45 | More by Sammy
4.01/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
05-05-2013 06:22:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.55/5 rDev -11%
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.
09-15-2011 20:33:04 | More by Thorpe429
4/5 rDev +0.3%
A: The beer poured cloudy golden orange in color with a two finger beige head that quickly died down into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible near the edges of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of fruits, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is a lot stronger than the smell and has flavors of apples, caramel malts and spices. The initial taste has a little sweetness, which transitions over to a slight amount of bitterness, which is mostly present in the finish. There becomes more sweetness and less bitterness as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate. There is some dryness, particularly in the finish.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink for this style because the alcohol is well hidden and there's a good balance between sweetness and bitterness.
07-21-2010 21:24:59 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +0.3%
Bottle: Poured a deep caramel color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of Belgian caramel malt with some sweet notes and some light fruity ester. Taste is also a mix between some Belgian caramel malt with some good notes of fruity ester and a balanced level of sweetness. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed with nice level of complexity and great level of drinkability.
07-27-2012 15:30:55 | More by Phyl21ca
3.93/5 rDev -1.5%
An aptly named Pale Ale or Amber Ale, brewed in the Belgian traditions of estery fruitiness and phenolic spice. La Trappe Isid'or proves lighter than a Dubbel and with a hop balance to make it enjoyable and remarkably balanced.
The appearance of deep coppers, ambers, and with a significant glowing hazy; this beer reveals a creamy looking carbonaiton that forms a dense creamy white head that laces lightly and retains well.
Vivid aromas of grapes, dates, figs, and berries bind well with a grainy-sweet maltiness and confectioner's sugar quality that proves alluring and appetizing.
Fruity esters, malty sweetness/breadiness, and balanced spiciness from phenols give the beer it's signature flavors. Herbal hops give a light floral, but also grassy/herbal taste here and there. Grapes, raisons, and prunes seem to amplify the sweetness until the orange zest and white pepper phenolic notes give complexity and balance to the beer.
Medium weighted throughout, the beer begins with a malty-sweet creaminess that slowly fades into mild dryness but still malty and peppery. Alcohols fuel the sensation of dryness though a menthol-like evaporative quality.
With all the complexity and balance displayed here, I keep looking for those finite intangibles that make this beer premiere. But, in the end, there are none- it's only a good beer. Somewhat of a let down in the Trappist world.
08-06-2010 06:11:29 | More by BEERchitect
3.45/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
08-31-2011 06:51:57 | More by GRG1313
4/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
09-09-2011 02:48:42 | More by kylehay2004
3.78/5 rDev -5.3%
This brew had caught my eye at my local shop the one day I was there. I was interested in trying this one because I like mostly everything that La Trappe puts out. This beer poured out as a slightly murky orange color. The head was decent but didn't lace the glass all that much. The smell of the beer was a little spicy but had more of a yeasty malt aroma to it. The flavor has some bread-like qualities with some light herbal notes as well. The mouthfeel is sooth and nicely carbonated. Overall I found this to be a pretty good Belgian Pale Ale.
08-31-2011 16:16:03 | More by Knapp85
3.7/5 rDev -7.3%
Poured into a large tulip glass a hazed lighter amber shade with some burnt orange tinge to it,a large fluffy white crown atop that left broken chunks of lace behind as it settled slowly.Bubble gum was the main thing I got in the nose,a bit of phenolic spice as well.Flavors are decent but one dimensional in the medicinal hop,and bubble gum notes,there is a some caramel malt and pear-like flavors that come in but they dont compete with the medicinal qualities.Its a good beer (not worth $11.99)but not great,someone who like Belgian hops and phenols would be more inclined to like this beer.
02-24-2010 22:22:13 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +0.3%
Served in a Koningshoeven trappist goblet at Bad Apple yesterday.
The color was a slightly hazed rusty orange amber. The creamy tan foam was long lasting, and gently edged up on the sides of the glass. Aroma was yeast dominated, some apple and spice in the background. Full bodied with a phenolic spice and banana taste. Plenty malty with a residual caramel sweetness, and a light bitterness. Aftertaste was pleasant and fairly drying from the alcohol. Overall tasty and well made.
As a one off batch it was nice to try once, but I prefer their Quad & Dubbel more.
08-15-2009 17:48:32 | More by emerge077
3.98/5 rDev -0.3%
A - Poured out a cloudy, light burgundy color with a one-finger, tan head of thick, firm foam. It left a little sudsy lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of dried fruits, light caramel malts and touches of raisin.
T - It tasted fairly sweet with a fruity flavor. There were mild raisin and plum flavors. It had sweet caramel backbone.
M - It was crisp and sharp. It really popped on the tongue. A light to medium-bodied beer.
D - This is a pretty good brew. I expected more from an Anniversary beer, but it was still quite tasty.
01-07-2010 01:54:26 | More by zeff80
3.9/5 rDev -2.3%
750ml caged and corked bottle, my first new Trappist offering in a long time. Toreador, oh, don't spit on the floor. Please drink the Isid'or. That's what it's for. (With apologies to Bart Simpson, et al.)
This beer pours a hazy medium orange amber hue, with two fingers of silken foamy off-white head, which leaves some chunky, spiky lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.
It smells of sweet pale malt (part barley, part edgy wheat), riddled with tropical fruit, candy sugar, faint Belgian (or I guess Dutch?) yeast, some banana chips, and very mild, drying earthy hops. The taste is more pale barley and wheat malt, well blended, and still well sugared, with pureed banana, some latte-worthy caramel/toffee/vanilla syrup, a subtly pervasive yeastiness, and some more of those underwhelming, but stolidly integral earthy, leafy hops.
The carbonation is a wee bit frothy, but in that good way, the body a decent medium weight, and pretty unaffectedly smooth as well (this is starting to sound like the boy you wish your baby girl eventually brings home to meet Mom...). It finishes rather off-dry, the sugary malt, fruit, and, I suppose, spices still large and in charge - the obvious omission here being the booze, but it doesn't really register as of yet. I am certain that will change soon.
One of the better BSPAs that I have encountered of late, and that's WITH the big sugary nature that just won't quit. The subtly of the Trappist name may be a tad challenged here, but it still passes quite easily - the yeast and fruit seemingly calling in favours to do so.
11-28-2012 03:10:15 | More by biboergosum
4.53/5 rDev +13.5%
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!
01-24-2011 20:19:45 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
11-14-2009 18:49:32 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.58/5 rDev -10.3%
A - pours with a small head of off white foam on a hazy, amber body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.
S - sweet, caramel malt and some spicy notes of clove and coriander with a hint of red apple.
T - caramel malt with some toasted notes and a bit of red apple. Some spicy clove in the middle and black pepper that fades to caramel malt in the finish.
M - medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.
D - I don't really know what to think about this one. It isn't much of a belgian pale ale, it seems more like an amberto me. The sugary malt is dominant and it really pages out any yeast and hop character. Drinkable, but not real exciting.
09-09-2011 02:51:43 | More by nickfl
3.78/5 rDev -5.3%
Appears an amber semid clouded crust of bread like hue...with a nice off white cream colored head. Fine Belgian style lacing coats the sides of the glass. Aroma contains toasted caramel malted barly with cherry/raisin/apple fruitiness going on. Hints of Belgian yesat spiciness blends in as well to form a unique BPA experience from the Netherlands lone Trappist brewery. Flavors slightly bitter roasted malts caramelized sugars flow with a fruity spicy mix of flavors. Caramelized apple/raisins with a slightly nutty spiced edge from the yeast. Effervescent carbonation kicks the medium bodied ale across the palate nicely. Overall this is a decent beer made for sipping on, glad I grabbed a gift pack with two bottles of Isid'or and Quad with an official glass.
12-04-2010 21:11:31 | More by WVbeergeek
4.11/5 rDev +3%
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.
05-13-2013 03:54:24 | More by feloniousmonk
4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
this isnt the best la trappe brew, but that said its still superior to many many others in this genre. pours a not fully clear glowing red color with a lovely belgian head into a leffe thick stem goblet. smell is very sweet, malty, and alcoholic. taste is quite tart, and way less sugary than the nose would suggest. a hop crispness washes over the mouth and leaves a delicate fizz on the tongue. belgian yeast notes trickle in and so does the sweetness in the aftertaste. chewing this flavor for awhile now. nice mouthfeel, to be expected in these beers, bright and clean. it aint the quad, but its delicious
01-07-2012 00:56:36 | More by StonedTrippin
4.4/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
05-12-2011 16:47:44 | More by Rifugium
La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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