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

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530 Ratings
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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 20
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
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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 twiggamortis420


3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

300 mL bottle with some sort of stamp of 13:03 K08F09, perhaps brewed in Aug 09? Pours a fairly cloudy orange color with a large, fluffy beige head. Fades pretty quick and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Pretty average looking brew compared to the Belgian Trappists.

Smell is somewhat faint but exhibits some caramel malt sweetness and bready, even a bit spicy, yeast characteristic.

Taste is bready yeast with a bit of dark fruit and a surprisingly high amount of alcohol for a meager 7.5% ale. Caramely malt with a definite candi sugar flavor. A touch of toasty malt and a kiss of hops give it a little bit of bittering on the finish. Body is a bit thin, it just doesn't have a whole lot of heft to it. Not a bad brew by any means, but this has been my least favorite Trappist beers, perhaps the Dutch cannot quite hang with the monks from Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 19:23:20 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of SkeeterHawk


4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up at the Kirkwood Spec's the other day. They were selling them in singles, and now I am a bit surprised to see that it is 7.5%ABV. I believe that it was in the neighborhood of $4, so that is a bit pricey for a "small" beer. Anyway, we move on to the review:

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy burnt orange color with a 1/8" head of creamy tannish bubbles. The head falls into the beer for the most part within a minute or so, but there is still a thick island of foam in the middle of the beer maintained by a bunch of bubbles rising. There really isn't any lacing left on the glass after drinking the beer.

Aroma: I initially got some toasty malts and a dark cherry impression, but after doing the review on the appearance, I don't really get the cherry anymore. The beer is still toasty, but it is really cold so I am not getting much else except for some Belgian yeast character. As the beer warms up, the caramel sweetness is becoming a much bigger player in the aroma. The beer is also becoming much more floral...I think that I am getting Jasmine?

Taste: The beer has a significantly bolder flavor than I thought it would from the aroma. Man, this is a really nice beer! It has tons of depth of flavor with some caramel, toast, fruit, and the list goes on and on. I hope that I can pace myself enough on this one bottle to taste it as it warms up. I am getting floral notes in here as I sip on it, and even though the beer is 7.5%, I am getting some evident warming on the back of the throat after the sip. The beer has a very creamy mouthfeel, and there is plenty of carbonation to enhance the sweetness that makes up the backbone of this beer.

Opinion: Well, obviously I really liked this beer. If it truly is a "Belgian Pale", then I think that this is probably the best one that I have had to date (Is Orval REALLY a Belgian Pale?). It has a very well blended and refined flavor that makes it easy to drink, yet substantial enough to make you take your time with it. I will give it pretty high marks for my review, and that is because I am reviewing it against other examples of this style. I would not drink this beer all the time, and I would take other styles over it...but if you tell me that all you have is a cooler full of Belgian Pale Ale (Like that would happen), I would probably reach for this one first now.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 03:53:46 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of augustgarage


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

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse. Served in a generic tulip.

It is dark in the bar, so color is difficult to assess - but this is an unusual shade for a Belgian pale ale - almost burnt orange in complexion. The body is slightly hazy with a dense tall head which recedes slowly to a creamy old lace collar and a surface dusting. Beautiful art-nouveau frosted lacing.

Pale malt, toasted biscuits, banana, cookie dough, and lots of esters in the nose - very inviting.

Mineral rich water, sweet yeast, and apple cider on the palate. Bready finish - sweet, then dry.

A little thin bodied, lacking effervesence, but nicely warming.

Overall this reminds me more of a Tripel than a BPA - a unique and flavorful example of the style - very much worth a try if you run across it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2010 06:12:51 | More by augustgarage
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Book says Belgian pale ale, but the look says anything but. Pour is a brownish orange with an appropriately big white head. Aroma is quite solid, lots of passion fruit and light citrus mixed with Belgian sugars. Taste is not as sharp as expected, some pear and fig in there with some light fruit. But it misses that bite that I like in Belgian golds. Finishes light like a decent American pale ale. Overall a solid brew, but not one to search out.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 08:07:34 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of zeff80


3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, light burgundy color with a one-finger, tan head of thick, firm foam. It left a little sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dried fruits, light caramel malts and touches of raisin.

T - It tasted fairly sweet with a fruity flavor. There were mild raisin and plum flavors. It had sweet caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp and sharp. It really popped on the tongue. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good brew. I expected more from an Anniversary beer, but it was still quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 01:54:26 | More by zeff80
Photo of JordanEllwanger


4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber with a cream white head. Smells strong and sweet. Lots of fruity notes in there. Taste is much bolder than the smell, toasted malts chased by a fruity sniff of alcohol. The taste leaves me a little disappointed. The feel is a little too sharp for me. Overall though a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 05:23:06 | More by JordanEllwanger
Photo of Spineypanda


4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber and has the classic Trappist head to it. Poured into a Urthel glass, so not quite as authentic as I could make it but it works for this purpose.
Smells of floral notes and a very strong alcohol and ester smell. Has a major smell of fresh clovers.
Tastes of alcohol and the nice taste of the yeast they use to give it that taste that most Belgian beers have... even though this is from the Netherlands.
Has a very carbonated mouthfeel that fills the mouth.

Thanks Netherlands, this is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 03:38:31 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of brewdoc75


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

Poured from a corked 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Nice, rocky, off-white head is noticable at first. It quickly dies to a solid, one-inch crown. THe beer itself is a light-amber, mahagony concotion. Strong carbonation throughout.

S: Tart, fruity, with a hint of caramel. Some estery aroma and phenolic spice from the yeast, but not much. In the end I get a faint, cork-like character, which is slightly off-puting, but at the same time rustic.

T: Nice flavors with plenty of fruits like apple and pears. The fruitiness is on the tart side. I do get some nice phenolics with some clove-like character. There is a touch of caramel in the flavors and a faint sweetness of the malts. The hops are definitely there and supply an almost leathery or earthy bite. The alcohol is slightly noticable in the end.

M: Light to medium bodied. Crisp, tart, and refreshing. The acidity is noticable in the mouthfeel as a brightness on the tongue. The carbonation is on the stronger end and scrubs the flavors down nicely.

D: A nice Belgian Pale Ale. Maybe a bit too strong for the style, but definitely nice. I really enjoy the style however. The yeastiness may be a bit toned down for some as well. Overall, this is a solid BPA and worth a try. I would like to see the price (10 bucks a bottle)a bit lower though.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 00:12:56 | More by brewdoc75
Photo of ccrida


4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a La Trappe goblet, Isid'or is a hazy burnt gold with a thick, creamy head leaving nice lace.

Smell is sweet cured fruits with a nice complexity, class Belgian esters.

Taste is awesome. Big, rich tasty malt flavor, cured fruits, wow. Bitterness on the clean finish provides balance to the really nice candied raisin sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is high. I'm really loving this beer, killer!

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2009 23:35:31 | More by ccrida
Photo of ArrogantB


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

750ml bottle $10.49, I feel cheated. Hazy orange color, the head sucks, ha! It smells like funky fruits, belgian yeast, interesting. the taste is more of the same, weird fruits but not sour, maybe a bit of apple in the aftertaste, odd. This was an odd trappist beer, I would have rather had the dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 02:34:18 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of GilGarp


3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml. bottle stamped K08F09.

Poured into a chalice, it has a radiant golden orange color with very good clarity. The rocky head sticks around nicely.

Aroma is classic Belgian pale. Lots of spicy character from the yeast and a pleasant floral quality come together.

Flavor is more intense than I expected. It starts inocently enough with a light sweetness like a pear dipped in honey. Then it gets a strong pungent bitter kick that comes out of nowhere. Not hoppy bitter but lots of spice and alcohol. I wouldn't call it hot but it's close.

Mouthfeel is medium in body with high carbonation. The latter I feel contributes to the sharp spice flavors.

Overall it's a nice example of the style, worthy of a try, probably not again.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 00:58:06 | More by GilGarp
Photo of HardTarget


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

Small 11.2 oz brown bottle with raised lettering and art. Sports a trappist symbol.

A) Big 3 finger tight head sits comfortably on the beer. Soft leather brown body shows a very hazy cloudy beer. Backlit it glows amber.

S) Belgian yeast mostly, mild earthy malt base comes through for some complexity.

T) Not a fan of BPAs as they are often too earthy or leathery for me. This has those flavors, but they are soft and mild letting a well balanced slightly sweet brew shine through.

M) Odd combination of spritzy and casklike, it's like what's there froths in the sip, but then settles out quickly.

D) Easy drinking, but definitely Belgian. A very pleasant sipper.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 00:21:46 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Billolick

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 02:16:18 | More by Billolick
Photo of baggio


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

Bottle@home (shared with friends).

A: Red-brownish with a small white head.

S: Belgian phenols, Exotic fruit, Belgian yeast.

T: Caramel, Spices, Belgian yeast, Exotic fruits & hint of floral hops.

M: Very drinkable and refreshing. Could easily have a bottle for myself. Medium carbonation.

Very refreshing beer. Wish they would make this a year-round beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 19:17:23 | More by baggio
Photo of Jeffo


3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at the local bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big two finger medium-thick off-white head with poppy bubbles. Decent retention, head slowly pops and fades down to a decent foam cap. Tawny or rust orange/brown in color, cloudy with medium carbonation evident. A thin film remains until the end but leaves no lacing.

SMELL: Toasted and wheat malt up front with sweet caramel notes too. Decent strength here as well. Nice spices, clove and coriander perhaps, and notes of that spicy Belgian yeast. Pear and slight green apple esters as well. Quite nice.

TASTE: Toasted and wheat malt again with nots of caramel and sweet candy sugar as well. A touch of that green fruit in the middle, though not overwhelming, and lots of spicy yeast, clove and coriander at the end. A bit of spicy alcohol rounds it out at the finish. Strong and longer lasting aftertaste is sweet with caramel and candy sugar, as well as lots of yeast and spices. Nice.

PALATE: Medium-thin body, light and semi creamy on the palate. Medium carbonation, goes down alright with a little delayed bite at the end, and finishes crisp with the appropriate amount of dryness at the end. Not bad, but a little too light and overly carbonated for my tastes.

OVERALL: Pretty good brew by La Trappe. The mouthfeel detracts a bit from this one, but it might rival their Quad for best offering. Give it a try if you find it.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 14:48:46 | More by Jeffo
Photo of yemenmocha


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

Pours pale amber with slize haze, and enormous white head. Plenty of carbonation! And the carbonation is noticeable on the palate as well, giving a pleasant effervescence. Nose has some bread and peach skin in the aroma. Palate has a lot of yeasty/bready flavors, mouth tingling soft spices, and a soft biscuity to caramel like malt sweetness. Easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 03:35:52 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of Evil_Pidde


4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first trappist beer in a 75 cl bottle with steel cage and natural cork - I can't wait...

A: The pour is redish golden, almost perfect amber, slightly hazy with a grand white rich creamy head that last for a really long time. Some nice lacings.

S: Light bitter, spicy and sweet caramel malt at first, but then there's lots of fruit in it. The most complex La Trappe beer I've smelled so far. A clear yeasty precense.

T: Sweet caramell malt and some wheat, dark fruits and spices. A light alcoholic taste. Yeast (like most Belgians). Bitter and fruity (Bananas and citrus).

M: The longlasting aftertaste is really sweet and dry/bitter at the same time. The body is full and the carbonation is medium.

D: This is a really nice beer. To bad it's only brewed once. If you get your hands on one - buy it, drink it and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 18:07:52 | More by Evil_Pidde
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into an oversized red wine glass. Beautiful ruby-brown in color with a slightly off-white head. Nice, sudsy lacing. I'm excited to try this one given the limited production.

Bready, malty yeast comes up from the glass, followed by some funky fruit notes. A little bit of Belgian spice, citrusy. A vinous character also weaves itself into the aroma, with plums, apples and other orchard fruits. More and more subtleties come out in the aroma as I let this one warm up.

The flavor consists of bread like malts mixed with plums and grapes. Picking up some typical Belgian spice and citrus peel. The 7.5% ABV comes through slightly, but is not present for the most part.

The mouthfeel seems a little on the watery side compared to most Belgians I've had. But then again I've mostly had quads and triples and this only supposed to be a pale ale, so the mouthfeel and body appear to be about right for this style. Smooth, but ample carbonation, and a fairly well hidden ABV make this beer quite drinkable.

Overall, I thought this was a quality Belgian beer and I would love to have it again. Too bad its fairly limited and hard to come by. I can imagine this being a great summer beer while you're kicking back and relaxing outside.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 03:00:49 | More by sisuspeed
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New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mmm, this cap smells good, and the bottle very pretty. Poured into a large-bodied goblet, revealing blood-orange body and thin yellowed head, bubbling festively underneath. Smells just slightly and like floral hops with citrus, yeast funk and pear juice. It's a good smell, but I wish there were more of it.

Tastes delicious: very sweet and bready with a little candied character, good malt presence and effervescent carbonation that expands the body in your mouth to something almost chewable. It's very smooth, fairly warming... but hard to get a feel for the body with all that carbonation. Kinda feels like I'm drinking foam sometimes. I don't think I could put much of this down.

Overall it's not bad. I don't know if I'd pick it up again, but it was worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 02:50:50 | More by abuliarose
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A new Trappist beer, from a bomber, corked & caged with a label that had an authentic feel of age to it. Maybe it's just the picture of the really old guy, maybe it's the style of the label that looks like old parchment, maybe it's just the name Isid'or, but this put me in the mood for an exceptional tasting. I chose my Orval glass for the occasion.

The beer is darker than you'd expect, a deep copper color, mostly clear or maybe just a little hazed. A thin but solid layer of foam across the top, very little lacing (but some existed). The first aroma is Unibroue yeast esters, and after that I get a little smoke (cigarette smoke, not smoked malts). Very odd, I would place this as a Unibroue in a blind test, not a bad thing but not exactly expected from Koningshoeven. The taste is likewise of the Unibroue profile, light esters and some noticable ethanol, more of the cigarette smoke which is seriously off, I've never smelled nor tasted this in a beer before. Well carbonated, peppery mouthfeel with a mildly bitter after-taste.

"Trappist" isn't really a style of beer of course, but I still felt this didn't have a Trappist vibe to it. Very odd altogether.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 03:08:23 | More by TurdFurgison


4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8 oz. pour into a tulip. ($6)

A: The color was a beautiful orangish-brown with yellow tints along the glass. The body was cloudy with a bit of sediment that fell to the bottom. 2 finger thick head that, off-white and didn't last terribly long.

S: Nice bready, caramel malt backbone and a little bit of hay upfront. Light hops...wild grass, herbs and orange & lemon citrus. The Isid'or is heavy on yeast aromas, mostly doughy, but a faint barnyard scent pokes through.

T: Great flavor and easy to disect: white grape, golden raisin, pineapple, pear, banana & bubblegum. A moderately sweet brew. Light alcohol on the nose and palette which is more and more present as the glass comes to room temp.

M: Medium to full body, creamy with good carbonation: lively & fizzy. Very easy going. Semi astringent finish and decent duration. I got a metallic mouthfeel on one or two sips.

D: I thoroughly enjoyed this Belgian Pale Ale. If you find it on draft, order up!! This one is a real treat.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2009 01:14:33 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, maybe its the geek I try to suppress, but I was very excited to try this beer, mostly because it just sounded old and important. I was not disappointed. Poured a hazy orange-gold with a short, creamy white head. Some lacing in the tulip glass. Dank, fruity aroma reminiscent of a trippel. Apples, pears, clove, spice, and sweet yeast. Direct is not always bad. Lively mouthfeel adds to the taste. Long finish. Very, very nice flavor. Smooth, spiced fruit and pale malt character draws you in. Mostly sweeter spices, but a touch of white pepper. Plays well with the white apple and tangy fruit. Warming finish. A great long-sipper that makes you sad when the bottle is empty.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 19:07:00 | More by magictrokini
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip. Poured a light, hazy plum with a half inch off-white cap that dissipates into a think slick of foam. Nose is mild - earthy, herbal and a little minty. Taste follows nose; however, some candi sugar comes out in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively effervescence. I fell in love with this beer as soon as I tried it. It's exceptional and unfortunate that it's limited. That being said, I think I preferred the bottle to the draft.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2009 21:30:05 | More by Jwale73
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Rhode Island

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

On-tap 11/13/09 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spices, fruit, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out malty with flavors of caramel, dark fruits and spices. There's a strong Belgian yeast backbone and a mild but complementary hops presence to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice Belgian-style beer with substance and flavor that make it worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2009 18:49:32 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of coldmeat23


4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Thanks go out to my friend Tom, for bringing me this one.

This pours an opaque, golden, orange color. A one-finger head of creamy, off-white colored foam sits on top. It leaves a full surface covering layer. The lacing is curtain-like and very sticky.

The nose is filled with a huge yeastiness. Very good presence of white fruits. Lots of bananas, pears and apples. Good presence of candi sugars. Light hints of booziness.

The taste follows the nose, almost completely. The yeastiness is still out front, but the fruits are doing their best to try to make their presence equally obvious. A mild sweetness from the candi sugars. A very light spice presence comes right at the end. Good warmth follows, all the way down.

Full-bodied with a medium level of carbonation. It has a mild smoothness, with a touch of roughness around the edges, which keeps it interesting. It has a nice, mild, level of creaminess.

This is nicely drinkable, but watch out for that 7.50%abv, it'll sneak up on you, quickly.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 04:53:31 | More by coldmeat23
La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
89 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.