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

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Ratings: 589
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 22
Gots: 61 | FT: 2
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:
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(Beer added by: redmagik99 on 07-09-2009)
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Photo of nickfl
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.11/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of mactrail
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich with sharp notes. Body is less heavy but mouth filling. Coarse carbonation in the mouth but very beautiful head and streams of lacing in the goblet. A pretty golden amber color. Fragrant like fruit bread. Notes of toasted rye. Fruity like a Hefeweizen but without so much banana. Spicy hints of cinnamon along with the cloves. Dried currants, complex fruitiness. Some hops that mingle with the murky Belgian yeasty flavors.

Very drinkable. Each sip has that surprising sharp fruitiness with a touch of sweetness. Long mellow aftertaste. I'll look for this on tap.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a LaTrappe glass (that came with it)

Pours hazed golden amber with a thin head that becomes a lasting wisp. Trailing lace sticks.

Smells of bubblegum and cotton candy with tropical fruits. The smell is mild, but nice.

The taste follows the aroma - bubblegum and cotton candy. Some herbal - towards licorice - bitterness follows that balances it. Still, it remains on the sweet side. Alcohol is apparent, but not overwhelming. Finishes with a balanced sweetness.

The feel is zesty. Light-bodied - almost airy, but enough "beer" lingers - with a dry yeasty/bready aftertaste.

This is a "nice" brew. Gentle - carbonated, but not too. Balanced, but sweet. It doesn't make magic the way the quad that was in the set does, but it holds up as a very good brew. It's a solid example of a "bubblegum" Belgian brew.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 ounce glass, 33 cl bottle (10 oz), three pours to empty. Lots of head, slow to settle, leaves little lace. The broth is deep amber with a moderate level of cloudiness.

Caramelized sugar aroma. No notable hop to the nose.

Cloy and sweet. Rich, thick body with enough carbonation to prevent the beer from being syrupy. The malt flavor is strong enough to cover the alcohol which is lightly evident. There's a moderate bite of the Belgian yeast. With the exception of the nearly non-existent hop, it is a well balanced beer.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
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).

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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).

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy to lightly cloudy golden orange in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation near the edges of the glass at the surface. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that reduces fairly quickly to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate flavors of light fruits (apple and pear), spices, and Belgian yeast.

T: Similar in taste to the smell but with moderate to strong presence of pale malts and just a hint of toffee sweetness. Moderate flavors of light fruits including apple, pear, and peach. There are notes of spices and the Belgian yeast flavors.

M: Slightly lighter than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable and easy to drink, especially for the style. The alcohol is well hidden and this is a good sipping beer.

Photo of corby112
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.43/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of tempest
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  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.

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
90 out of 100 based on 589 ratings.