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

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very good

552 Ratings
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Ratings: 552
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 19
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
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 hustlesworth
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%

A- crazy huge beige foam over a murky fiery orange-red body. A skin immediately forms on the surface of the head and aromas of yeast fill the room. Finely bubbled cobwebs of lace maxed out.

S- very nice sweet honeyed fruit aroma of mandarin, pomelo, plum, pear, orange blossom, apricot, lemon, white grape, cedar and banana with funky earthy barnyard yeast. Toffe vanilla and cookie sweet malt intermingle with all the fungi.

T- same fruity and sweet grain as the aroma with zero hop bitterness and just a touch of alcohol. Flavor fades rather quickly leaving some canned pear pineapple fruit cocktail notes behind. Amazing balance of sweet and tart here as things barely get toasty and the only bitterness provided is in the form of floral alcohol. Yeasty earthy green bell pepper and funk in the mellow finish.

MF- very juicy and lighter than it appears. Velvety fine carbonation. Moderately dry but otherwise clean on the cheeks.

D- total refresher. This one goes down so easy and the 7.5% doesn't rock ones head too much (seemingly). Tastes great but feels diluted after a second and a half. I only wish it could match the powerful and amazing aroma. Very glad to have had this one.

hustlesworth, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of smaakmakkers
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

Tasting a La Trappe Isid'or, 33cl bottle.

A: Orange, a little brown. Great creamy head and beautifull bubbles.
S: Flowers, and something old. A little bit malt.
T: Sweet, and bitter at the same time. Still getting the flowers. Small bitter aftertaste.
M: Not thick, not creamy.
O: A great beer, but the Quadruple is better.

Cheers

smaakmakkers, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of brutalist
4.75/5  rDev +19%

brutalist, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev +1%

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.

liamt07, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of LukeONeill
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

LukeONeill, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of beerdrifter
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Nice copper-amber pour with one finger head that quickly dissipates with decent lacing. Fruity, malty nose with hints of caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, banana, and just a touch of bubblegum and oakiness. The fruitiness shines through in the taste as well with lots of pear, apple, and a bit of banana. Really solid malt backbone with hints of caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, and toffee. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but very smooth with just slightly chewy and syrupy. I tasted the oak aged version of this first and really thought I'd be let down with this version since the oaked was so amazing. But this one holds it's own and it's one of those beers that just screams to be put in a barrel. I'll definitely be picking up more of both of these incredible beers!

beerdrifter, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of crnipeter
3.83/5  rDev -4%

Somewhat hazed orange-amber body gets topped by dense, creamy ivory head with yellowish hue and good retention, that slowly fades to a stable collar.
Nose is sweet with mild spicy notes of hops or phenols and evident citrusy and pear-like esters
Flavor is malted-wheat sweetness with caramelized sugar, phenolic or hop-derived spiciness and lemony esters.Ends spicy with mild alcohol in the aftertaste to balance the malt.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

In short: a bit too sweet Belgian Ale with caramel & malted-wheat sweetness, spice and lemony esters. (330 ml, BB date 05/2014, into tulip.)

crnipeter, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of bluesfan1181
4/5  rDev +0.3%

bluesfan1181, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of ArrogantBastage
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%

375ml bottle poured into La Trappe chalice

A: Pours a deep, rich coppery amber and cloudy topped with a dense, rocky head. Head dissipates to a thin ring with an island of bubbles in the center after a bit.

S: Rich malt, bananas, faint clove, subtle sweetness dominate the aroma with yeast hiding in the background.

T: Sweet malts start off followed immediately with bananas and faint alcohol. Finish is slightly dry leaving traces of sweet malt and bitter hops

M: Medium bodied, slightly viscous but not cloying, Nice carbonation level helping to prevent the beer from feeling thick.

D: Pretty good and one that I would have again

ArrogantBastage, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of SLeffler27
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Dresses up a La Trappe chalice with a half-inch creamy white head that eventually dissipates leaving a thin coating of lace over a cloudy, dark amber ale.

Gives off a fruity aroma similar to white wine. Also has herbal notes, mustiness and some honey.

The flavor is fresh, malty and sweet. Pears progress nicely to white wine; however, this is less complex than others of its style. Regardless, it is clean throughout with a modest malty finish.

Isid’or has a medium body, smooth texture, and lots of carbonation. There is no hint of alcohol.

Flows easily with food or conversation. This is just a great beer.

SLeffler27, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of xnapshot
4/5  rDev +0.3%

xnapshot, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of sommersb
4.03/5  rDev +1%

Tasted On: 02-17-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 330 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Grace's, Nashville

Pours with a huge off-white head, with lots of carbonation seen in the glass. Color is a dark orange-red and clarity is semi-clear. Excellent retention with good lacing on the glass sides.

Aromas are malty and sweet, spicy with caramel notes. Also get some floral hops and light citrus. Very nice.

The taste matches the aromas well - caramel malts, spices, maybe some orange, and a light bitterness. Nice touch of alcohol warning is present.

Body is medium to full, with a high amount of carbonation. Aftertastes are of molasses and dark fruits; finishes somewhat dry.

Overall a solid Belgian ale - reminds me of a dubbel but not as strong. A malty treat that I can recommend.

sommersb, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Arborescence
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Arborescence, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of vr6corrado
4/5  rDev +0.3%

vr6corrado, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of muskiesman
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%

from my notes;
Poured from bottle into a La Trappe goblet.

A: Warm clear honey orange glow. Thin bubbly white head that fades fast almost no lace.

S: Sweet white grape and apples, yeast

T: Pear and apple with sweet grapes and bread. Tart and sweet but nothing overpowering

M: Very smooth light carbonation. The finish is a nice tart and rather dry

O: Very good overall, love the tart finish and huge sweet fruits

muskiesman, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of ales4baldo
4/5  rDev +0.3%

ales4baldo, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%

Pours a warm amber colour, a little dark. A smallish white head dissipates at a moderate pace to a good sized film.

Smell is quite bready, along with some fruit (grapes, apple), some spice and some yeast. Has some similarities to apple cider. Reminiscent of La Trappe's tripel, which I suppose is not a surprise. A bit unusual compared to most abbey style pale ales.

Taste is similar to the nose. Bready, lots of apple flavour. The apple cider comparison is even more pronounced, almost leaning toward apple juice. Alcohol is more noticeable than expected for a 7.5% brew.

Moderate carbonation, medium body. A bit chewy. Not bad.

Overall, sort of an unusual beer. The apple flavour really sticks out. I could see some people being really into this beer. I like it, but it is not something I would be in the mood for all that often.

jrenihan, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of TimoP
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

TimoP, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of asafarc2
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

asafarc2, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of doucmehu
3.95/5  rDev -1%

A: Poured into a La Trappe goblet, gives a nice bubbly white head that fades quickly. A ring and a lily-pad chill out for the rest of the ride. This is a nice sunset orange-gold with no haze.

S: First reaction is that of sweet apple cider and Belgian yeast. As it warms, this gives way to some dark fruit and phenol alcohol.

T: Tons of esters and phenol alcohol, followed by smooth caramel toffee, overripe banana, mild clove and plum, and finishes with a bit of dry acidic tartness in the back corners of my mouth. The aftertaste leaves behind plenty of clove and pepper spice.

M: Very heavy for the style, this is fairly smooth and sticky with below average carbonation for a BPA, and in fact more reminiscent of a Quad. Finishes slightly tart and bitter, coating the mouth for quite some time.

O: Very nice Belgian style beer, though I can't help but think this is misclassified. It reminds me of a slightly toned down La Trappe Quad, which I guess makes sense. Is that what this is supposed to be? More drinkable due to lower abv, and I could drink a couple of these in a sitting.

doucmehu, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Douberd
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Poured from a bottle 300 ml.

Pours a light amber colour beer, with a white-brownish soapy head. Lots of bubbles and all of them around he glass's walls, none in the middle.. Fruity smell,taste is good but high alcohol is very noticeable.

Overall quite good.

Douberd, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Texasfan549, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of spamages
2/5  rDev -49.9%

spamages, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
3.55/5  rDev -11%

We pour a brew the color of a toasted sunset, with browns and oranges mixing together. It holds a half finger tall tannish head showing good retention. The lacing is thick and spotty. Carbonation appears active, and the haze throughout is impenetrable, despite the lack of gross sediment. The aroma opens with bready malts housing cooling notes of vanilla and cream. Esters are huge, with banana and sugary sweet, cooled bread. With warmth comes a stark aroma of permanent markers and phenols, but these become more clovey with time. The yeast is present and is quintessentially Belgian, with must and metallics. As we sip, we begin with souring grain, cooling ester sweetness, and bready caramel malts. The middle moves with lighter, more creamy esters and that metallic yeast. At the peak there is a battle between banana and phenols, bringing us over to the end for a flash of honey sweetness before coiny metallics and malts wash everything else away. The aftertaste breathes with peppery alcohol, estery sweetness, bitter hop balance, grain, and a hint of lemon rind. There is a final breath of tartness, of sauerkraut. The body is fuller and the carbonation is medium. There is a chewy thickness, with great smack and slurp. The mouth is left with a creamy pop, and is fully coated. Ultimately there is a mild astringency and chalkiness. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks fine.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the unique aroma and taste components. The esters were huge, and contrasted nicely with the synthetic, chemically phenols. This beer is Belgian through and through, but the finish was a bit souring for our liking. It isn’t entirely overpowering, but some persistence of some of the softer flavors would have helped balanced this beer in the end.

TheBrewo, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

JBrew13, Jan 28, 2012
La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
89 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.