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

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La Trappe Isid'orLa Trappe Isid'or
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Netherlands | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A nice controlled rocky, and deep white vanilla head forms, solid three fingers with thick soapy fine retention. It sits on a very amber body,almost red but more of a light chestnut brown with excellent orange highlights. Pinches of light yellow bubbled carbonation crawl up along the sides, a real nice classic looker.

Excellent aroma. Spicy phenols of mild clove and nutmeg quality. Small hinting caramel, and nice classic candi sugar that gets into plum and a sort of buttery raisin character. Light sensations of fruit cake as well, very good sense of dryness and just a touch of warmth. Real nice bouquet.

Palate takes a bit more of a simpler turn than expected. Light bodied but easily supportive malts and a very crisp and dry almost saison like character. Effervescent slightly finish, hints of apple, banana, and raisin in the mid palate but washes quite fast and quickly on the aftertaste.

Pretty solid but the impression from the aroma is that a much more impressive beer is coming and it just turns out rather solid instead.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian style bomber, caged and corked, $10.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Happy 125th birthday Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V., this one pours cloudy light brown/orangy amber, the lighter tan head is initially fluffy and about 3/4 inch in height, slowly the fade begins, very slowly, the head remains frothy and puffy, leaving a thick film, an ample collar and elongated bands of thick, sticky lace. Orangy, fruity nose with minty bubblegum also shining through. Fairly complex Belgian, with notes of more minty bubblegum, plenty of fruit, sweet malts and Belgian spice. On the sweet side of the street, tasty and warming none the less. Nice offering from the monks of La Trappe.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a recent trip to Austin. 11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

The beer pours a nice orange color with a white head. The aroma is strong Belgian yeast with some fruit, wheat and bubblegum. Very nice smelling. The flavor is very similar with the bubblegum and fruit being fairly strong. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered a bottle at Tap and Table in Emmaus, PA for $7. Served in a chalice it appears light amber with a slight haze. Man, this is a delicious beer. The flavor is a subtle mix of lemon peel, vanilla, white pepper, sweet candy bread, and white grape. The spices are very mellow, but the flavors are deep. The body is very drinkable and if it weren't a little expensive I'd order another.

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Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cloudy amber in color with a one finger head that lasts a long time before falling to a thick surface foam. Moderate lace develops.

Smell: caramel and brown sugar sweetness with some spicy yeast tones are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, yeast, pears, red apples, some hints of pepper, and a moderate bitterness make up a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp at the start, less so and a bit dry at the finish.

Drinkability: this beer was very easy to drink and was overall very enjoyable.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let's kick off my 25th birthday with a Dutch beer; appropriate given I played with a Dutch soccer team on FIFA 10. On to the beer:

It's more dark than pale. It's a dark orange color with reddish hues mixed in, and the head retention on top is adequate. Aroma....it's fruity, most resemblant of strawberries. Caramel aromas hit the nose too.

Nice flavor. On the sweet side, as expected...it comes out a little different than expected. It's really a Belgian-style amber ale, with fruity esters flavor, plus a little toasted malt, carmelized sugar, and dry biscuity malt. This is the flavor Palm hoped it had. The carbonation is strong at first, but time mellow it out some, but it's still hitting your palate. Because it's Belgian inspired, I expected such.

Only my second beer from the La Trappe family, but Isid'or, unilke the Quad, will bring me back to try other products of the family. Recommended.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
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).

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Photo of liamt07
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Premier Gourmet, split with Steve and Jason. 33cl into a tulip, on my inaugural brewday.

Hazy orange brown, with an offwhite head. A thick collar is left and some sparse retention. Nose has some banana, with big yeasty fruity esters. Some caramelized fruits and gentle breadiness. Taste moves more into dark fruit territory, plums and others similar fruits of the caramelized sort. Some yeast and dark bread character still. Medium full body, typical drying Belgian ale finish with some subtle spicing. Gentle carbonation. Somewhat complex, sits in a not-well defined area between a Belgian Strong Pale and Belgian Strong Dark - quite nice, I'd have this one again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, poured into a St. Bernardus goblet,

A: Pours a dark amber (BPA), I'm not so sure, looks more like a dubbel. Long-lasting white head with some nice Belgian lace.

S: Musty attic, with dark fruit. A classic nose if not particularly fragrant.

T: Dark malt, candi sugar with a lot of plum, treacle and black mission fig. Some spice like character (cinnamon) in the finish, with a note of copper.

M: A tad overcarbonated, medium-bodied, smooth for sure.

D: I liked this effort, sort of a Trappist session beer, and more of a dubbel/Chimay Red type brew instead of a BPA, in fact it reminded me a lot of that beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very stoked to see this at the COOP today... grabbed a bottle immediately... Think it cost about $10... but I could be wrong... shared with Brenda...

Poured into my delirium snifter.... grrr :15 late I remember .... I have a fucking La Trappe and a Koningshoeven glass.... oh well... cheers to whatever is clean. :-)

Great head .. easy 2 fingers.. probably more... the brew is a hazy sunset orange... tons of bubbles streaming off the inside of the glass... nice lace and a solid cap for the entire bottle..

Nose is chock full of pils malt and some spicy phenols at first... some lite orangy notes emerge ... honey remnants as it warms..

Flavor is surprisingly good.. I like Koningshoeven a bunch... but this is a nice treat... very balanced with just enough pale malts and the expected Belgian yeasty profile.. more than I expected spicy hoppiness is a welcome surprise and adds to the overall brew... I swear I'm getting touches of rose water.. makes me think of a lite perfume ... finish has whaffs of caramel and the lesser elements above... lingers for a long while... solid body and a fair carbonation that sticks around until the final sip.. I really like this..

I would thing this a BSPA.... hands down.. too much going on for a standard Belgian Pale... but what do I know? Good stuff for sure... I am gonna get these while I can.. I think a bit of time in the bottle will help.. but Isid'or is pretty nice right now... I want another glass.. but Brenda polished off the remnants..

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1st had this beer in De Bierboom (Brugge) and bought this 33cl bottle (Euro 1.60) to review at home. Best before 09-2013 and poured into a Westmalle chalice.

Looks the part, mini haze in the hazel-nut reddy/brown body, a thin but complete off-white foaming head sat on top. Bubbles rising to the surface throughout the tasting. The head also prouced some good heavy lacing.

Toffee in the nose, and the sweeter end of the malt table, no burnt or toasted bread or chocolate, just a pleasant toffee aroma.

The taste is a lovely blend of toffee flavours and understated hops, which give the beer a slight bitterness towards the end of the mouthfeel. The alcohol contend is well hidden and this is so easy to drink you could forget it has an ABV of 7.5%.

The first beer in my quiet Saturday night in (4th June 2011).

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, dark copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, alcohol, slight spice, slight grass, and a hint of floral hops. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight hops, slight alcohol, and a hint of spice. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Make sure to stretch first; I practically sprained my wrist trying to get this bottle open. Seeing the abundance of carbonation once in the glass, I'm surprised it wasn't easier - these bubbles have enough strength to propel a rocket yet couldn't help out with the synthetic cork?! The amber liquid is well illuminated despite its lack of clarity.

The bouquet has a candy-sweet, fruity undertone that is perfumed in high-voltage yeasty spice. The beer is low on specific flavours but is sneakingly seductive. A faded blend of buttermilk and peppercorns. And it's no lightweight; the malts are as substantial as the yeast. With a bit of air it starts to smell like caramel squares.

Most all Belgian (or in this case, Dutch) ales can be characterized by a simple, straightforward maltiness and a distinct, complex yeastiness; this makes for a category of beers that, as a group, is rather distinct but are individually often indistinguishable from one another. Nothing marks Isid'or as a special-occasion offering...

As alluded, the malts are sugary-sweet and don't offer much salient flavour. The yeast, on the other hand, is overtly effervescent, offering huge notes of bruised apple and clove. As result, the beer is zesty but mild-flavoured; as savoury as bitter. Still there is some spice, but it's bundled with a certain 'comfy' feeling.

All that said, energy is the feature - not flavour. This ale has mini Energizer-bunnies for bubbles. The body is medium-volume, although there is enough flesh to pair with food (or, in the 750ml format, act as a substitute for it). The alcohol might gradually make the head feel heavy, but it won't cause it to smack off the table.

For a special anniversary offering Isid'or lacks the twinkle in its eye. Still, De Koningshoeven found a nice middle ground between elegance and playfulness (read: easy, casual drinking). It's effervescent enough to make a good 5 o'clock boost but works just as well as a late evening wind down; a large-size bottle of the stuff is better than a day at the spa. I'd be happy to finish all my stressful evenings off with it.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Trappe chalice. Pours a medium red-orange amber with beautiful one finger fine white head with great retention and massive lacing. A very nice presentation in the La Trappe glass. Aroma of caramel malt, stone fruit, Belgian yeast and spicing; hints of banana and plum. Classic Belgian strong ale flavors, caramel malt, light and dark stone fruit, Belgian yeast, very light clove. Medium creamy body. A bit lighter in taste intensity compared to other Belgian pales, but very pleasant and well made.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first trappist beer in a 75 cl bottle with steel cage and natural cork - I can't wait...

A: The pour is redish golden, almost perfect amber, slightly hazy with a grand white rich creamy head that last for a really long time. Some nice lacings.

S: Light bitter, spicy and sweet caramel malt at first, but then there's lots of fruit in it. The most complex La Trappe beer I've smelled so far. A clear yeasty precense.

T: Sweet caramell malt and some wheat, dark fruits and spices. A light alcoholic taste. Yeast (like most Belgians). Bitter and fruity (Bananas and citrus).

M: The longlasting aftertaste is really sweet and dry/bitter at the same time. The body is full and the carbonation is medium.

D: This is a really nice beer. To bad it's only brewed once. If you get your hands on one - buy it, drink it and enjoy!

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Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours an amber brown color with OK head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty nice, consisting of cherry, vanilla, rootbeer and spice. This beer smelled pretty nice, but improved both in the aroma and flavor department once it warmed up a bit. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except there is some nice underlying hoppiness that I think helps to cut the moderate sweetness a bit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with the beer showing a fair amount of carbonation. Drinkability is very good, with the alcohol well disguised.

Nothing extraordinairy here, but nevertheless, this is a pretty solid Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark cloudy ruby/rustic copper color with golden amber hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy yellowish beige head that slowly fades.

Earthy and spicy aroma with hints of clove, pepper, medicinal notes, alcohol, light and dark fruits. Also a slightly funky earthy grass presence with subtle hops.

Medium body with a good balance of spice, earthy notes, malt backbone, dark and light fruits and sweet alcohol. Clove, pepper and cinnamon spice up front followed by a nice malt backbone with hints of candi sugar, apple, raisin and plum. There is also a slight medicinal syrupy note but it is not overwhelming and actually blends well with the other flavors. The alcohol is noticeable but still pretty well masked at 7.5% making it pretty drinkable. This is a pretty complex beer with some unique flavors and I will definitely be drinking a lot more of this in the future.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.36/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330 mL bottle from the Brass Rail Deli.

A: The BPA is a brightly lit orange hue, opaque but radiant near the base of my glass. A nondescript head never really took off on pour and quickly shrunk to a thin band.

S: The nose is bready with a bit of a yeasty fruit twist. Candi sugars enhance the sweetness with a chalky finish.

T: An interesting body, light and airy but not shy on flavor. Candi sugars, pale and light, are sweet and fruity. They run into bready malts and the yeast. Tree fruits (apples, apricots) stand out, as does a bit more booze than 7.5% would suggest. Very pleasant sugar and fruit finish.

M: The mouthfeel is never overwhelming, allowing the maltiness, yeast, sugars and even a mild hop presence to come through.

D: I tried this last week and Max's and wasn't impressed. That must have been alcohol fatigue because I really am enjoying this bottle.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a mixture of sunset orange and amber in color accompanied by a impressive cream tinted head that was rigid and foamy as well extremely sturdy. Beneath lied a light misty haze of micro particles suspended in the drink that partially obstructed clarity. Elongated splotches of foam adhere rather well to the glass walls while a respectable amount of carbonation, isolated micro bubbles sparsely separated, rise at a fair rate.

S: The nose was fruity with a strong sense of juicy apples and pears. A warm spicy cola nature is evident as well along with a decent level of malt caramalization giving this a malty appeal.

T: The flavor was spicy with bright apples and ripe pears combined with a luscious malt caramelization delivering a sweet and fruity taste. Sharp in pronouncation there was a soft toasted breadiness, dried toffee, along with a respectable amount of bitterness to balance things out. Warm cinnamon sticks and caramelized residual sugars add moments of sweetness. There was a bit of acidity to the overall affair while an ending fade brought about a fruitiness of dry apple peels and tangy apricots. Overall a well balanced beer, malty sweet, fruity with a good bitterness that brings much delight to the taste buds. Don't know if I would consider this a Belgian pale as listed, drunk more like a Flemish brown ale.

M: The mouthful was lighter then expected considering the rich maltiness from the flavor, was very slick and fluid on the tongue with a light sense of carbonation presence barely detected around the edges. Very smooth with a short fade of malt caramelization that lingered a bit leaving a residual coating behind.

D: Very nice drinkability, the 7.5%abv is nicely hidden behind a luscious malty body that makes this go down with much ease and delight. You can hardly go wrong with a trappist product.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle stamped 14:19-K85C13. Sampled on October 14, 2013.

The pour is an attractive looking heady orange-amber with a faint cloudiness making it a tad opaque. Good carbonation.

The aroma is of Belgian pale malts, toasted biscuit, pear, yeast, and thin hops.

The body is medium and astringent.

The taste tends to have a higher bitterness than the aroma might suggest. There are upfront Belgian malts and pear or other fruit along with a moderate lingering after taste. It has its redeeming qualities.

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Photo of stevoj
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 7$

Appearance - Slightly hazy brown colour with an above average size fizzy/frothy off-white/beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, caramel, wood, bananas

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with some caramel and some woody notes. There is also a bit of a dark fruit taste and a some light banana and a yeasty spiciness. It ends with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall - Nothing wrong with this one at all. A nice well rounded and very drinkable beer. Not the cream of the crop as far as trappists go, but very close. I'll buy more.

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La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
89 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.