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

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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 22
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
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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 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.

mactrail, May 18, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at 't Arendsnest in Amsterdam. From notes.

A - Poured a medium copper with a filmy beige head and medium visible carbonation. Hazy pour. Good retention and OK lacing.

S - Yeasty. Quite mild. Some dark fruit. Really 'fresh' smell but not overly inviting.

T - Yeasty with some sugar and dark fruit. Wood and earthiness also.

M - Dry finish complimenting mild carbonation and a medium body.

O/D - Nice but weaker in all things I expected. Good but I wouldn't seek it out. They could have put a little more into this. It seemed mild for the ABV.

tbeckett, May 13, 2011
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.

Rifugium, May 12, 2011
Photo of alpinebryant
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into Duvel Tulip with D on the bottom of the glass. Clear body, thick white head that continued to build long after the pour.

S: caramel malts, fruity plum aromas, belgian doughy yeast

T: Rich creamy caramel, vanilla and coke flavors , fruity plum and faint cherry. Ripe pear with some bitterness. Light belgian malts flavors and biscuit with an unreal smoothness throughout.

M: Medium to light mouthfeel with a perfect level of carbonation that tricks you into thinking it is thicker than it actually is. Possibly fermented a little hot as there is a slight nail polish flavor.

alpinebryant, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of timobkg
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

timobkg, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of nickhiller
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: so cloudy it's almost opaque, one finger head leaves behind a thin cap of yellow foam.

S: sherry, strawberry jelly

T: vanilla, cherries, dried fruit, cola, marshmallow, it really just tastes like an alcoholic cherry Coke. More roast and bitterness than Chimay or some of the other Trappists but immediately recognizable as one of them, there's a strange paint thinner taste/aroma in the finish.

M: medium bodied and creamy, alcohol is almost invisible apart from a bit of warming in the throat.

D: good beer, not the most unique, in fact I'm not sure that I could pick it out from a crowd Trappist beers, but that shouldn't detract from it's drinkability. It's easy to drink and well balanced which counts for a lot.

nickhiller, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of atlason
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich impressive lacing tending towards cubism. Amber brown with light haze.

Nose: doughy with seductive caramel

Taste: Caramel with yeasty belgian malt. Well integrated damp foresty flavors: mushrooms, moss.

Aftertaste: lingering caramel

Overall very pleasant trappist, second only to Orval.

atlason, Mar 26, 2011
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.

smcolw, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

rtepiak, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
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

Cozzatoad, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of rarbring
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer is deep amber a bit orange, off-white head leaving no lacing, and some curtains.

The smell is very fruity, sweet ripe pears, apples and some honey.

The taste is also extremely fruity, pears, apples, melon. Some sweet jam and some mild Christmas spices.

Medium carbonation, lots of minimal bubbles, soft and a medium high body, round and balanced.

A really nice trappist.

rarbring, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of tbrown4
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. -> Ommegang glass. I haven't had this one in a few years. Picked up a single at a local bottle shop a few weeks ago. Split it with my wife tonight while watching "Big Bang Theory"

A - Brownish, dark orange. Hazy. Frothy two finger off-white head.

S - Yeasty. Almost of fresh bread. Surprised at the alcohol in the aroma.

T - Round and even malt presence, minimal hops. Not much in the finish other than some "tangy-ness".

M - Slight carb pop, no alcohol warmth. Seems average.

D - Easy to drink, more-so than others I've tried in the style. I wouldn't rush out to get this one again, but it's a good one to have on hand to use as an introduction to Belgian brews for a craft newbie.

tbrown4, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of orz
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Perfect, appealing cloudy amber color. Nice, thick, a bit off-white head, however it collapses too quick.

S: Black pepper, bananas, citrus and yeast. Well balanced but nothing extraordinary.

T: Herby bitterness and bananas, and I guess that's all I can say about it. But don't get me wrong, I love it. At the beginning you feel only bitter herbs without anything else, which may be a bit disappointing, but after some more sips bitterness disappears and bananas with slight sweetness come into play. WOW! Superb!

M: Due to the taste sensations "dynamic" is the right word! The beer surprises with every sip. Medium to full bodied with perfect carbonation.

D: I think I'll buy a six-pack and keep it for special occasions. I graded drinkability 5, but I wouldn't be able to drink one after another. I don't even want to! Keep it exceptional!

orz, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of kaseydad
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at the Public House in SF.

Wine glass brought to the table. Hmmm. Well wine glass pour and I am met with an amber colored ale with a big foamy white head that hides quickly. Fruity aroma central! Pears, grapes and apples to name a few. A lot going on here. As fruity as it smells, the taste comes at me with a bitter smack to the palate followed with a light floral swallow. Lingering dark fruit aftertaste. Awesome. Dry mouthfeel with light carbonation. At 7.5% this drank very smoothly though I drank it slow to savor each and every sip. You should too. Great beer!

kaseydad, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of czfreeman
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased on my first trip to the Netherlands. Super Weekend, brought this back with me to try. fresh until 5-2013.
Poured into my goblet, an immediately beautiful light head is produced. A bit darker than expected, more of a light golden-brown tone with a nice cherry red tone accenting.The lovely head slowly sinks after several minutes of frothy goodness.
Upon first smells, I immediatly detect a strong spicy note of hibiscus, spiced rum, cherry, slightly musty undertone of aged woodlike cellar quality. Some citrus, all supported by a candied sugar biscuit background.
Flavor is quite a few notches higher in complexity than expected. a spicy bhit of yeast up front followed by a tongue tingling array of plums, spiced raisin, fresh apple, hibiscus, cherry, cloves. A hit of pepper, nutmeg, and a slight warming alcoholic hit in the throat end every sip.
Its hard to sip it slowly, as the complexity continues to unfold it makes me return to the glass to pick out new flavors. The medium body and light warmness on the finish make this a wonderful beer to enjoy upon returning home on this cold night, but I could see this brew also fitting perfectly on a warm summers evening outside. It's a bit like a sherry wine, good slightly warmed or ice cold.
A great find, I've never seen this one before, and glad I got it. I look foward to the Quad tommorrow.

czfreeman, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

NeroFiddled, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of josefnewsong
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruddy orange/brownish color with two fingers of cream colored foam that retains well and leaves good bits of lace.

Smells like candied sugar, belgian yeast, hints of fruit

Tastes of candied sugar, belgian yeast, a slight crisp apple flavor, hints of alcohol, and some other subtle fruit flavors in there

Medium-bodied and very smooth with a hint of carbonation followed by stickiness

Very drinkable, just a bit on the sweet side

josefnewsong, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of dstc
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky, copper- brown color with a lite tan head. Head falls to a very small one. Thin lacing.

Has the nice, sweet, candied malt aroma you'd expect from Koningshoeven.

Taste of caramel malts with sweet Belgian candied sugar. Mildly fruity in the aftertaste. Bit of an alcohol taste.

Rather full bodied and quite smooth with very simple carbonation.

Good stuff just like all La Trappe beers. Give it a try

dstc, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of evilkalla
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into a snifter glass.

A: Pours a light reddish-brown with a half-inch of head.

S: Smells of belgian-style pale malts and belgian yeast. Very pleasant.

T: Very interesting, not quite one of the lighter-type belgian pale ales but not quite a dubbel-style, either. Sort of a mix of the two. Bready, tasty malts with a strong bitter backbone to it. Great.

M: Feels very good in the mouth. Sufficient carbonation but not overwhelming.

D: Drinks really good. I could drink a bunch of these. Would buy again.

evilkalla, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of TCgoalie
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you Matt for this fella.

Pours a mildly hazy reddish brown. Some head appears upon pouring but recedes. Lacing is minimal.

The most noticeable trait of the smell is a candy aroma. Along with the candy smell are bready malts and apple sweetness.

The bready yeast and malts are balanced against subtle bitter hops. The resulting flavor is a well balanced caramel tasting pale.

Medium in the mouth with sufficient carbonation. Not much else to report.

This is a very drinkable ale and is enjoyable. Solid.

TCgoalie, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Burnt orange/brown, huge creamy head and lots of lacing.

Smell - Malts, Barley, sugars and spices. Nice pale ale floral yeast also.

Taste - Rather sweet and spicy ale. Nice orange and sugar bite mixed with floral yeast. Pretty good balance. Really dont pick up on the alcohol, or much hops. Strong grape an plum also

Mouthfeel - Sweet and sour on tounge and palette, this ale is smooth and mild on mouth. No burn from alcohol, and you can pretty much drink anything after this one too.

Drinkabilty - Has just enough alcohol to keep it from getting any higher drinkabilty . This is pretty tasty and easy to drink. Love the sweet fruits and tart yeast. Really good, not world class but glad i tried it out.

wvsabbath, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of Errto
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a round gold color which turns amber in the glass. Very generous lingering head coming out of my Chimay chalice on this one.

The smell is powerful even from a distance. The pear others have reported is definitely the predominant scent.

A lot of hard to describe flavors in the taste. Much more of the fruit thing, almost tart in a way. Towards the back a powerful spice and hop bitterness. Complex, an interesting mixture, but I'm not sure it blends all that well.

Nice tingly carbonation yet it really coats the mouth.

Not sure I would have more than one.

Errto, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of micromaniac129
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A rich amber colored beer with a super size foamy white head.
Extremely well carbonated that helps to maintain the foamy head to the bitter end. (get it!)
Aroma is of rich complex malts fruity yeast and some bitter hops.
A rich tasting beer smooth and creamy with a sweet caramel maltiness some toasted malts can be picked up too. The hops take a back seat, typical of Belgian pale ales, and are slightly bitter. I can taste a fair amount of alcohol warming too.
A well made beer I think with lots of nice lacing. With a dry finish.

micromaniac129, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of MM3
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer has a beautiful hazy amber color.

The smell of the beer is fruity, a little bit hoppy. The beer also has the distinct La Trappe yeast smell all their beers have.

The taste of the beer is malty sweet combined with some fruity esters. It is slightly sour.

The beer feels very smooth and is very easy to drink.

MM3, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of scootny
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of a gift pack with a gold rimmed glass. A hazed amber with a sizable off white head and decent lacing. Smell is sweet and malty with a Belgian fruitiness. Banana and funk predominate. Light , sweet malt and a floral hop presence. Taste is rich and malty with a carmel sweetness and mild but firm bitterness. Nice fruitiness running from banana to light fresh figs. A touch of pear. Finish is clean and dry with a bit of cork. Feel is velvety and full. More like a quad with a good amount of carbonation that is almost creamy. Quite drinkable even though the glass, feel, and taste encourage sipping. You just don't want to rush this one. Yum

scootny, Dec 19, 2010
La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
90 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.