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

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Ratings: 592
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 22
Gots: 62 | 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 51mmz0rz
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
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
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of fragilehearted
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heh, didn't even realize this was only brewed once till I went to BA! I just saw a Koningshoeven I didn't recognize & couldn't resist...=) Now I'm even more excited.

11.2oz bottle into a Chimay goblet. There's a stamp on it that says K08F09, whatever that means.

A - hazy amber color. Not a ton of head & goes down pretty quickly. I didn't get a lot of lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, candied fruits (lots of raisin, prunes, banana), cloves, brown sugar, malty goodness...this beer smells GREAT!

T - Just like it smells. Alcohol comes out a bit (more than I'd expect w/ the ABV), but still pretty smooth. Not really what I consider a Belgian Pale Ale, but better! There's a bit of spice in there too.

M - fair amount of carbonation, doesn't bother me - keeps it from being syrupy since it does have sweetness. Really smooth & creamy. Warms as it goes down.

D - great. I could drink more. I might have rated it a bit highter, but you can pick up on the booziness a bit more than I'd expect. But if you like Trappists & other Koningshoeven brews, you'll probably like this or at least feel it's worth trying.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Koningshaeven chalice a opaque burnt orange almost brown with a one finger head. The scent has strong raisin and grapefruit notes. The alcohol scent is actually detected in the scent. The taste is rather bready with some rasin flavors mixed in. Not much of a hop bitterness that I can tell. Overall, this is an ok Belgian, but I wouldn't really call it a pale ale.

Photo of searsclone
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 FL OZ bottle into a Chimay goblet. The cork is stamped "50/08" which I assume is 50th week of 2008. I drank in August 2010. Pours copper color with a quickly dissipating head. It looks like a dark champagne with all of the bubbles rising to the top.

Smells spice, alcohol and sweet.

Taste: raisins, spices and caramel

Feels sharp on the tip of the tongue and goes down smooth and easy.

High drinkability, overall very good.

Photo of drperm
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle retrieved from my cellar after 13 months in honor of my birthday. Poured into my Chimay goblet and enjoyed in front of a Christopher Walken DVD.

A: Cloudy, dense copper tone with slight white foamette.

S: malt all the way. Very mild grain, hazelnuts, brown sugar.

T: Starts mediocre but develops complexity as it goes. Malty with notes of toast, nuts, and that particular roasty yeast that certain Low-Country breweries seem to favour.

M: A bit caramelly- sweet finish. Slight hint of cotton candy.

O/D: not bad at all, but a disappointment overall. I'm wishing I had tried one fresh first in order to have a comparison with my cellared version.

Photo of StephenRich
4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The La Trappe Isid'or was brewed in 2009 to honor, and commemorate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the La Trappe Trappist Brewery by friar Isidorus Laaber. The beer was created for the entire world to enjoy, and bears La Tappe's first Brewmaster's name. Like all of La Trappe's beers, the profits from the sale of Isid'or will go directly to charitable causes, this specifically to their co-friars in Uganda to help them set up a community and a self sufficient monastery.

La Trappe (Koningshoeven) has been one of my most favorite breweries since I began drinking real beer - I do consider it an honor to be drinking this beer in La Trappe's original Brewmaster's esteemed memory. The Isid'or is classified as a Belgian Pale Ale - I'm not really sure where it belongs though. It is definitely not pale, has rich fruity flavors, but isn't a Dubbel or Quad. It is 7.5% abv, so its not quite a Belgian Strong Dark Ale either. I don't really care what beer style this should fit into, because really, I am just happy to be enjoying it.

The Isid'or comes in a Belgian style 330ml bottle, which is just enough to fill a Koningshoeven chalice, and also enough to tease me. I want more! I would love to find this in a 750ml bottle to age. After enjoying it I just imagined how smooth and wondrous it would be with another year or two to mellow and mature in the bottle.

I opened the Isid'or at cellar temperature around 12C (54F) and poured it into a Koningshoeven chalice, one of my favorites. The pour was smooth and gentle but showed rich life immediately as the beer hit the glass. A direct pour created a murky reddish brown beer with flecks of amber gold, brick, bronze and mahogany. A creamy and tightly packed head build up just over an inch with a nutty eggshell color. It's pretty gorgeous sitting in its chalice - the gold rim on the glass creates a crown for an otherwise kingly beer. Touches of golden brown shine through the center, and into the light it reveals a totally opaque and hazy depth.

The nose is packed with a huge wave of classically Dutch Trappist beer aromas; mulled fruits meet soft spices and earth. It begins with gentle malts showing both pale sweetness and dark richness. Bananas, plums, figs, dates, raisins and grapes are all over the nose with touches of cinnamon, coriander, pepper, all spice, and cloves. Hints of biscuit and apple sauce fade in the back with a gentle balance of floral herbs and a touch of booze. It is tantalizing and mouthwatering already.

It seems so fitting that Monks brewed this beer - even before tasting it you can tell that this is a beer meant to be sipped slowly, and savored. The first sip brought lush and gooey malts to the forefront of my palate showing wide dark fruits and a rustic yeast sensation. What I mean is that the sweet pale and crystal malts come through as a complex and hazy structure, rather than a clean and tight one. This beer has been crafted by the hands of the Monks, and you can tell.

Soft pears, plums, dates and apricots flow through your palate with an earthy backbone, but a silky and creamy texture. Hints of spice, grapes and yeast show up to add fresh flavors and a touch of balance to the Isid'or. Hops are gentle but very floral which, when paired with the esters and grassy aromas of the beer create a genuine sensation of heritage and traditional brewing.

As the beer warms, smoother more elegant malt flavors open with a still floral and earthy flavor. Malts begin to show caramel and melted toffee, and a hint more of bitter hops show up to play. The finish is long and warming creating a uniquely Trappist end to a masterful beer. I loved the smooth and balanced complexity of this beer, but it is the general flavor that had me reaching back for more. I love the richer and deeper Quadrupel, but this Isid'or is a touch more refined in character, but at the same time is much more rustic. Does that make sense?

Just try the beer if you can find it, and don't share it with any food. While I can think of a great many cheeses, desserts and mains that would work very well with this beer I would argue that it is meant to be savored as a meal itself.

Photo of BobZ
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml 11.2 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy deep yellow almost orange. A thin ½" head builds initially that recedes quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet, hoppy, spicy, almost more triple than pale ale.

Taste: Very good, but very sweet, also spicy, with an ever-present (and very pleasant) subtle hop bitterness. The sweetness is very honey like. Unique and delicious version of a pale ale. Unlike a tripel this beer finishes just like it begins, the flavor is consistent throughout.

Mouth feel: Gently carbonated, smooth and well balanced.

Drinkability: Good beer and sessionable, but maybe just a little too sweet.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

300mL bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint (really, is there ANY beer that doesn't look good in one of these?)

Isid'or pours a deep tangerine hue with a core of caramelized iced-tea. A big, frothy head holds court up top, rich custard in color and creamy in its consistency. Hazy body with torrents of carbonation pushing around the yeast like Miso soup. Lacing galore. A soft grassiness from the hops, but the aroma is by and large on the muted side. Pale malts and Belgian yeast throw off some spicy bread crust, dried fruit, and a light sulfur funk.

Flavor is big and fruity, with bananas, sweet bread, and clove leading the charge. Hops are faded, but show up in the finish to contribute a detectable bitterness that lingers well. Nice balance of spices and sweetness, but this beer does become slightly cloying after a while. Creamy-slick consistency to the medium body, with a bubbly carbonation level that perks up the tongue and allows the underlying complexity to really take hold. There's a lot going on in this beer, but it ultimately works. A great Trappiste ale, could fool even the most seasoned Belgian beer drinkers.

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

Thanks to John for the bottle.

Pours a cloudy caramel body.

Aromas of bubblegum and caramel.

Sweet caramel turns to grape bubblegum, apricot, and spicy yeast.

Medium to full body. Not much on the finish.

Not bad, but I think we have come to expect more from Trappist brewers.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aptly named Pale Ale or Amber Ale, brewed in the Belgian traditions of estery fruitiness and phenolic spice. La Trappe Isid'or proves lighter than a Dubbel and with a hop balance to make it enjoyable and remarkably balanced.

The appearance of deep coppers, ambers, and with a significant glowing hazy; this beer reveals a creamy looking carbonaiton that forms a dense creamy white head that laces lightly and retains well.

Vivid aromas of grapes, dates, figs, and berries bind well with a grainy-sweet maltiness and confectioner's sugar quality that proves alluring and appetizing.

Fruity esters, malty sweetness/breadiness, and balanced spiciness from phenols give the beer it's signature flavors. Herbal hops give a light floral, but also grassy/herbal taste here and there. Grapes, raisons, and prunes seem to amplify the sweetness until the orange zest and white pepper phenolic notes give complexity and balance to the beer.

Medium weighted throughout, the beer begins with a malty-sweet creaminess that slowly fades into mild dryness but still malty and peppery. Alcohols fuel the sensation of dryness though a menthol-like evaporative quality.

With all the complexity and balance displayed here, I keep looking for those finite intangibles that make this beer premiere. But, in the end, there are none- it's only a good beer. Somewhat of a let down in the Trappist world.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into chalice.

A - Poured a cloudy amber brownish with a frothy white head and that didn't hang around too long, but had lots of carbonation. Lacing clung to the glass a bit.

S - Figs, grapes, apples, sweetness.

T - Alcohol is a bit upfront. Taste follows the nose with mostly a fig and grape-like taste behind the alcohol.

M - Very lively and tingly in my mouth. Bittery after taste.

D - Very good beer, but lots of better belgian pale ales to choose from. The alc is also a bit in your face instead of chilled back in the mix for my tastes.

Photo of cudmud
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice orange color combined with a fawn head of one finger. Nice lace. In all, a wonderful appearance.

Smell: Great yeast esters. Very bread-like combined with spice, and orange smells.

Taste: Killer malt and yeast flavors with a good bitter aftertaste. Kind of reminds me of raisin-bread.

Mouthfeel: Thick and bready.

Drinkability: Very good. All the elements are balanced well. This is one you want to drink all night.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, sugary, small gingerbread like maltiness, actually, quite mellow. In the taste, a gingerbread maltiness and a sugary balance to it. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry malt and small sugar hints in the aftertaste.

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured cloudy golden orange in color with a two finger beige head that quickly died down into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible near the edges of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of fruits, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is a lot stronger than the smell and has flavors of apples, caramel malts and spices. The initial taste has a little sweetness, which transitions over to a slight amount of bitterness, which is mostly present in the finish. There becomes more sweetness and less bitterness as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate. There is some dryness, particularly in the finish.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink for this style because the alcohol is well hidden and there's a good balance between sweetness and bitterness.

La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
89 out of 100 based on 592 ratings.