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

La Trappe Isid'orLa Trappe Isid'or

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498 Ratings
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Ratings: 498
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.75%

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: redmagik99 on 07-09-2009)
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Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep caramel color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of Belgian caramel malt with some sweet notes and some light fruity ester. Taste is also a mix between some Belgian caramel malt with some good notes of fruity ester and a balanced level of sweetness. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed with nice level of complexity and great level of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 15:30:55 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of thierrynantes


3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from La Cave à bières (Le Havre), tasted in 2012.

Appearance : amber golden color with white foamy head.
Smell : yeasty aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : sweet malty with caramel and fruits notes and spicy finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the Belgian Pale Ale style.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 16:59:41 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of WastingFreetime


4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pouring out this opaquely hazed coppery amber brew creates a huge rush of craggy head and a nasal blast of peaches, bubblegum, pears, plums, brown sugars, flowers, and a touch of spicy yeast. Flavors include all of the elements from the nose with the addition of bready elements and a harder emphasis on the yeasty spice. Long lingering finish. Lighter texture and snappy carbonation. Very well made.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 23:04:21 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of nrbw23


3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice dark copper color with a fairly thin foamy off white head. Head has pretty solid retention and becomes a really thin layer of bubbles.

S- A very floral aroma. Quite a bit of candied sugar. A bit of tropical fruits as well. A good amount of spice here as well.

T- Pretty sweet overall all. A touch of hops toward the end. A good malt back bone here for sure. Yeast and spice make themselves known.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and a good amount of carbonation too.

O- Not too bad at all. Maybe a touch on the sweet side for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 10:30:13 | More by nrbw23
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a large, fading head.
Nose shows sweet confectionary notes, banana, pear and apple esters alongside caramel.
Flavours are equally sweet but seem a little weak, with just a bit of confectionery and alcohol. Not particularly interesting.
Carbonation is too full on.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 10:18:02 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of BostonHops


4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a medium amber / dull orange tone with bright orange highlights; pour was somewhat aggressive but wow, what a head - foamy, billowing 3" at least, slowly fades while leaving patches of lacing. nose is nice, relatively fragrant and offering an appealing assortment of fruit (banana, apple), spice (namely clove), belgian yeast and a touch of herbal hoppiness.

more of the same comes across in the flavor. fruity with strong notes of spice, yeast, and vaguely herbal. medium bodied on the palate with some prickly carbonation.

overall, a very nice belgian pale. full of flavor and pretty nicely balanced. definitely impressed.

(originally reviewed: 11-23-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 21:22:43 | More by BostonHops
Photo of AgentMunky


4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Stamped 13:10 K08F09.

A: Thin but dense head tops a translucent brownish-amber beer. Pretty enough.

S: Sticky-spicy grapes? Smells like a quad at first whiff. This impression never really departs, as I get lots of molasses, sweet fruit (apple, pear), and dense spiciness. Perhaps slightly grainy from a distance?

T: Intriguing! Initially much like a BSDA in character, the thick fruit and generous spice detected in the nose are very much present here. However, the aftertaste is lighter, grainier, and peppier, leaving one with the impression of a well-made Belgian Pale Ale.

M: Well-carbonated, lightly tingly, and both compelling and refreshing.

O: Great yeast, fruitiness tartness, light finish, heavy body...engaging combination. I'm a fan, and I'd recommend it to those who like beer, Belgian styles especially.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 04:01:11 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of superspak


4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into chalice, K11E11 bottle code. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some light spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of banana, pear, clove, grape, bubblegum, earth, and peppery yeast spices. Very balanced an pleasant aromas with good strength. Taste of banana, pear, grape, pepper, clove, earth, citrus peel, bread, candi sugar, and yeast spices. Fairly dry finish; with lingering notes of pear, banana, grape, bread, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Very balanced malt flavors with the spiciness of the yeast. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming present on the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian pale ale. Extremely balanced with good complexity; and very smooth to sip on. Really well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 02:15:46 | More by superspak
Photo of sweemzander


4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a hazy amber color. Some good tan froth and lace.

(S)- A nice combo of clay-like yeast and banana. The tiniest hint of lemon peel and earth.

(T)- Again, a nice combo of a yeasty clay and banana. Heavier on the earth too.

(M)- A higher carbonation level, but it fits this beer. Earthy and dry. Good mouthfeel without being abrasive.

(D)- A solid belgian. All the right flavors and tidbits to remind me of the style. Well-done.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 16:01:23 | More by sweemzander
Photo of nout72

3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first two sips tasted very promising, similar to the La Trappe Quad, rich and full, after another sip I got the sweet/sour/bitter of an Orval, but after a few more sips the taste morphed into a watery syrupy beer.

Maybe you need to drink this beer very very slowly, to let your mouth get enough time to neutralize again...

It is just like eating Ketchup flavored potato chips, the 1st chip has a true ketchup taste, but after a few chips the taste runs flat and you only get a undefined sweet/sour flavor, you could have just as well bought the Bolognese or the Cheese and Onion, in the end they all taste the same.

I don't have this muted flavour sensation with the La Trappe Quad, the Chimay Blue or the Rochefort 10, with every sip of these beers the taste maintains its fullness, no matter how fast I am drinking.

Still the beer is of high quality, smooth and balanced, not likely to ever get a headache of this beer, it is just not special enough for a trappist.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 20:09:28 | More by nout72
Photo of homebrew311


4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into La Trappe glass. Pours a semi cloudy dark orangeish red, with a creamy white head. The retention is great and the lacing is significant. The aroma features mellow spices characteristic of Belgian yeast. Notes of banana and clove are present along with some candied grapes. The taste is similar to the nose, a bit on the mellow side, very well and delicately balanced. This is very easy drinking and enjoyable. The 7.5% abv is very well hidden. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, the carbonation is moderate. Overall, this brew is very enjoyable. Perhaps it is lacking in bold flavors, but for what it is, it is quite good.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 05:12:42 | More by homebrew311
Photo of hustlesworth


4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 02:02:15 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of smaakmakkers

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 19:34:21 | More by smaakmakkers
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 02:01:08 | More by liamt07
Photo of beerdrifter


4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 15:11:28 | More by beerdrifter
Photo of crnipeter


3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.)

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 14:51:48 | More by crnipeter
Photo of ArrogantBastage


3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 18:08:52 | More by ArrogantBastage
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 13:21:47 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of sommersb


4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 04:47:57 | More by sommersb
Photo of muskiesman

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 22:25:08 | More by muskiesman
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 03:10:52 | More by jrenihan
Photo of doucmehu


3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 02:41:10 | More by doucmehu
Photo of Douberd


3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 21:34:23 | More by Douberd
Photo of TheBrewo


3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 21:18:51 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of horshack7


4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a tulip is a amber copper with a bright white and thick frothy head.

Aroma: Toffee, banana, faint pear, figs. A very bready sweetness shoots from the malts. Hops are both floral and citrusy but they do carry a nice dryness in the nose.

Taste: Figs, dark ripe fruit, banana, brown bread, with touches of spice and dark sugar. The mouthfeel is crisp but it smooths out well. In the end is a little dryness with minor pear notes.

Notes: A very well rounded beer and a solid amount of sweetness all the way through. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 04:10:28 | More by horshack7
La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
89 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.