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

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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 23
Gots: 67 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: redmagik99 on 07-09-2009

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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.

Photo of Errto
3.35/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.51/5  rDev +13%
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.

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.

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

Photo of mulder1010
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ML poured into a Unibroue Tulip. Thanks to Jeffo for the beer

A-- Poured an almost iced tea color, golden hazy brown. One finger slightly off white head that quickly faded away. A little bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. Good, responsive head retention to this.

S-- A lot of spices in the nose. Also get some orange and a touch of vanilla. Spices a very dominant.

T-- Once again a lot of spices with some orange, grapefruit and vanilla. Different was my first thought.

M-- Quite carbonated and lighter body feel. Really reminds me of say marmalade. Candied orange peel, candied grapefruit and such. Very prickly on the tongue. Hops are very floral and have a big vanilla blossom feel and taste to this. Lots of vanilla and in some ways reminds me more of vanilla extract.

D-- Different pale ale to me. Vanilla is interesting and quite different. Gets sweeter as it warms up and the alcohol becomes more obvious as well. Not so sure I would do more than one at a time with this. I like the differences as opposed to a US style Pale Ale but it is better colder than warmer as the alcohol is hidden better and not nearly as sweet. Would drink again though.

Photo of nhindian
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a La Trappe chalice.

A - Pours a light caramel color, a bit murky. Builds about a finger's worth of cream-colored head that dissipates fairly quick. This can be attributed to the absolutely hugely wide rim on the chalice.

S - Smell is spicy and filled with orange peel and coriander. Rich in Belgian yeast, a bit of a grapefruit component as well.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Spices really come through the most, with the orange and other fruits following. As mentioned earlier, the grapefruit comes through at the end, along with some banana. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy, with good carbonation. The remains of the head help the first wave of flavor be nice and creamy, and the carbonation complements the dry and spicy finish.

D - Drinkability is moderate. The flavors are pleasant, but a bit overwhelmed by the spice and alcohol at the end. Not bad, but not entirely interesting.

Photo of tubacharlie
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full, luscious head of a creamy khaki color nearly spills over the top of the tulip glass, settling to a solid blanket of mixed bubbles with limited lacing. The body is a rich, orange-red-brown color, dense and cloudy with active carbonation.

The light scent of caramel malts and burnt brown sugar wafts through the air, portending the flavor soon to be released on the tongue.

Surely enough, the slightly sweet caramel notes are apparent at first sip, followed by molasses and roast grain flavors with a peppery finish and a light hop tang. Creamy and effervescent in the mouth, the head disappears near the end of the glass, leaving a light ring at the edges but plenty of fizz below.

Wholesome as liquid bread, this is a pleasure to drink and would pair nicely with roast beef or a thick slab of prime rib and roast potatoes.

Photo of BuckyFresh
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a hazy orange/ruby color, with an off-white two-finger head. The head recedes pretty quickly and lacing is minimal. I can't really see through the glass all that well, due to the yeasties dancing about, but I can tell from the disturbance on top of the beer that there is pretty decent carbonation present.

Smell: Aroma is one of spicy yeast, bread pudding, grapes, raisins, pear, caramel, and a touch of sour apple. A little more fresh and citrus-like than some of the other Trappists I have tried. Very refreshing and inviting.

Taste: Lots of sweet fruitiness, but a good deal of dry bitterness as well. The hops are a little more assertive than I anticipated and the alcohol is well-hidden by spicy yeast and high carbonation. All in all, a very complex, well balanced example of the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with some significant bitterness and biting carbonation. The sweetness is there, but the more I drink, the more the dry, astringent character of the beer presents itself.

Drinkability: Not my favorite Trappist Ale, but I'd take this beer over a large majority of everything else that's out there.

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

This brew pours a orange bread hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a two finger creamy,velvety looking head with a nice rim of lacing aswell,the smell is very bready with also strong hints of caramel,toffee and dried fruits,it has a nice creamy over medium bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and the has rich tastes of bread,toffee lots of caramel and finishes with a nice caramelized fig like sweet finish and overall ill have no trouble finishing the bottle but if your not into a sweet amber ale then this would not be for you but for me quite enjoyable.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel tulip.

A - The appearance of this beer is exquisite. It pours a glowing rd hazey colour, wuth an off whit tight head that retains well.

S - Bit of a let down, with only some yeast present.

T - Up front the are some vanilla and citrus fruits. finishes with a nice warming boozyness.

M - Medium body and carbonation that gives you a nice smooth feel.

D - This is my favourite La Trappe beer and is recommended.

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

Thanks to CampusCrew for sharing this brew with me during a beer tasting hang out in 8/2010.

Appearance is a golden caramel color with a nice fluffy head and head retention.
Smells of caramel malts, noble hops and subtle Belgian spice.
Tastes as it smells with a nice hop bitterness, followed by a dash of sweet malt finish.
Mouthfeel is medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
This is a nice Belgian-style beer with substance and caramel malt flavor, equal noble hop character, and a subtle Belgian yeast hint sneaks in. A nice find worth a try if you prefer more mellow Belgian/yeast character.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a La Trappe chalice.

A: Pours a cloudy medium caramel color. Head is slightly off white, fades quickly but leaves excellent lacing. It looks vibrant, maybe the glass is just pretty.

S: Quite a bit of noble-like hop aroma. Not very fruity, but you can detect the bitterness. Beyond that there is a big yeast presence.

T: A fairly light, yeast driven character fades away into a mild bitterness followed by lingering fruity yeast flavors. Clean and simple, very easy to drink.

M: Fairly high carbonation, otherwise nothing of note. Seems to suit it well.

D: So easy to drink, hard to believe the abv. Actually pretty refreshing.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear copper color with smallish white head that laces ok. Nose is largely bready malt on top of some yeastiness, simple, but not bad by any means. Flavor is similarly simple, bready and yeasty, witha bit of depth added from some light fruity notes--pears, maybe some apple. Moderate mouthfeel, well-carbonated. Decent drink, sometimes the booze shines through a bit. Not a bad beer overall, though not something I'd grab on a regular basis.

Photo of sholland119
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a rich, slightly hazy amber with a generous tan head.

S-Bready and sweet with a strong dose of candi sugar and hints of Belgian yeast.

T-Very fruity, like a fresh bosc pear, with lots of juicy sweetness. A bready malt comes to the fore in the finish and then just a hint of sour twang.

M-Medium bodied with an aggressively prickly carbonation I did not really care for.

D-A very solid example of the style. Nicely sweet but not overdone.


Photo of punkrkr27
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper pour with a 1 finger, white head. The aroma is caramel, toffee, tree fruits, bubblegum, dry spices, and nuts. The flavor is dry and relatively clean with very mild Belgian esters, some subtly sweet bread and caramel malt and a touch of nutty tree fruits on the finish. Dry, medium body wit lots of carbonation.

Photo of aokla
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flute glass:

Rich amber color, cream-colored head dissipates relatively quickly. The sweet, fruity caramel scent offers a balanced, smooth aroma, but the alcohol is certainly noticeable. Taste has the fruity, bubblegum-like quality that one might expect from a strong Belgian pale ale, but the alcohol taste here is much more prominent/lasting (i.e., as compared to the recently-tasted Delirium Tremens...) Medium-bodied, relatively strong-tasting but drinkable beer. Minimally sour.

In all: A-, thumbs up.

Photo of bskrtz
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice cold bottle, poured into glass beer challis

A) Burnt orange, very hazy with lots of suspended carbonation. Puffy head mellows quickly leaving lacy white cover

S) Sweet pastry, sour fruity mash. Mild spice, raisons

T) Sweet caramel, fruit juice, dark fruits - dates, figs.

M) Ample carbonation lasts through the pour. Thick, smooth and refreshing. Delicious. Alcohol is hardly noticable but don't be fooled -- this is strong beer

D) I really enjoyed this beer and will be certain to buy more (if I can find it...)

Photo of dasenebler
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl, Netherlands. Best by 10/12.

Pours a nice rosy amber with a big off-white head. Good lacing, and good retention.

The aroma is somewhat hoppy, fruity and spicy, with notes of fresh grass and sweet nuttiness.

Well-hopped and pretty bitter, with a nice caramel malt body to support the bitterness. Finish is hoppy, earthy and leafy, while the mid-palate is somewhat sweet and rich. Good flavors, but nothing amazing. There are some yeasty, phenolic and warm, spicy notes as well. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and slick, but the carbonation kind of died down and fell flat.

Not too inspiring, but definitely a solid brew.

Photo of clvand0
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a nice head that hangs around for a while and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The flavor has a nice caramel malty sweetness with some fruit, yeast spiciness, and a touch of alcohol. The body is medium with a nice bit of carbonation. Drinkability is fine, but I'm not sure that I'd have two in a row. Probably my favorite beer from La Trappe.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Copper orange color. nice eahd retention but low lacing.

smell: tons of caramel on the nose.

taste: lots of caramel, basically a caramel bomb. In a good way it did not dominate the beer. Some round buttery flavors meshed well with subtle sweetness and hop flavors.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: fabulous belgian ale.

Photo of TexIndy
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a snifter. Bottling code on the back but no way to decipher it. It's new to the market here so should be good though. It was a cloudy orange amber with lots of carb streams from the etching. It had a large head that settled into a constant 1/8" foam cap. Thick, slow sliding sheeting that left a few spots behind.

The aroma was bready with fruity yeast and candi sugar. Some alcohol in the nose as well. The taste was candi sugar, plum and raisin and fruity yeast. Was good but didn't blow me away. Mouthfeel was medium with lots of carb. Sweet aftertaste.

Overall, a good BPA but not something that I'll remember tomorrow. Just now available here in TX. Rotation - not memorable enough to make the rotation. Also, it's pricey so hurt by that. [N;N]

Photo of xylophonica
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this from the bottle on site at the La Trappe brewery in the Netherlands 2/9/10.

A - Deep dark amber/ruby colour. Big head.

S - Sweet sugary caramel with a hint of fruit and the phenolic smell typical of this brewery.

T - Smooth head, mildly bitter with some banana. Very reminiscent of a double.

M - Very smooth and creamy with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

D - Smooth but becoming bitter towards the end which may be slightly offputting. Quite pleasant to drink though.

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

Spicy clove aroma with a side-note of liquorice. Fairly sweet malt.

Cloudy, golden colour with a creamy, tan head. Okay head retention.

Good, sweet malt flavour backed up with a nice, spicy yeast character.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation.

A solid Strong Belgian Pale. Good flavour all around and not overbearing in any way.

La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
89 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.