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

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Reviews: 267
Hads: 648
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 26
Gots: 86 | FT: 2
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Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: redmagik99 on 07-09-2009

Named after brother Isidorus, Koningshoeven Abbey’s first brewer. Brewed to mark the occasion of the Trappist brewery’s 125th anniversary in 2009, Isid’or was so well received that it earned itself a permanent place in La Trappe’s line-up. Unfiltered, slightly sweet amber ale with a hint of caramel, which continues to ferment after bottling and has a rich, slightly bitter flavour, and a fruity aftertaste.
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Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Make sure to stretch first; I practically sprained my wrist trying to get this bottle open. Seeing the abundance of carbonation once in the glass, I'm surprised it wasn't easier - these bubbles have enough strength to propel a rocket yet couldn't help out with the synthetic cork?! The amber liquid is well illuminated despite its lack of clarity.

The bouquet has a candy-sweet, fruity undertone that is perfumed in high-voltage yeasty spice. The beer is low on specific flavours but is sneakingly seductive. A faded blend of buttermilk and peppercorns. And it's no lightweight; the malts are as substantial as the yeast. With a bit of air it starts to smell like caramel squares.

Most all Belgian (or in this case, Dutch) ales can be characterized by a simple, straightforward maltiness and a distinct, complex yeastiness; this makes for a category of beers that, as a group, is rather distinct but are individually often indistinguishable from one another. Nothing marks Isid'or as a special-occasion offering...

As alluded, the malts are sugary-sweet and don't offer much salient flavour. The yeast, on the other hand, is overtly effervescent, offering huge notes of bruised apple and clove. As result, the beer is zesty but mild-flavoured; as savoury as bitter. Still there is some spice, but it's bundled with a certain 'comfy' feeling.

All that said, energy is the feature - not flavour. This ale has mini Energizer-bunnies for bubbles. The body is medium-volume, although there is enough flesh to pair with food (or, in the 750ml format, act as a substitute for it). The alcohol might gradually make the head feel heavy, but it won't cause it to smack off the table.

For a special anniversary offering Isid'or lacks the twinkle in its eye. Still, De Koningshoeven found a nice middle ground between elegance and playfulness (read: easy, casual drinking). It's effervescent enough to make a good 5 o'clock boost but works just as well as a late evening wind down; a large-size bottle of the stuff is better than a day at the spa. I'd be happy to finish all my stressful evenings off with it. (2,106 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle, my first new Trappist offering in a long time. Toreador, oh, don't spit on the floor. Please drink the Isid'or. That's what it's for. (With apologies to Bart Simpson, et al.)

This beer pours a hazy medium orange amber hue, with two fingers of silken foamy off-white head, which leaves some chunky, spiky lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of sweet pale malt (part barley, part edgy wheat), riddled with tropical fruit, candy sugar, faint Belgian (or I guess Dutch?) yeast, some banana chips, and very mild, drying earthy hops. The taste is more pale barley and wheat malt, well blended, and still well sugared, with pureed banana, some latte-worthy caramel/toffee/vanilla syrup, a subtly pervasive yeastiness, and some more of those underwhelming, but stolidly integral earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is a wee bit frothy, but in that good way, the body a decent medium weight, and pretty unaffectedly smooth as well (this is starting to sound like the boy you wish your baby girl eventually brings home to meet Mom...). It finishes rather off-dry, the sugary malt, fruit, and, I suppose, spices still large and in charge - the obvious omission here being the booze, but it doesn't really register as of yet. I am certain that will change soon.

One of the better BSPAs that I have encountered of late, and that's WITH the big sugary nature that just won't quit. The subtly of the Trappist name may be a tad challenged here, but it still passes quite easily - the yeast and fruit seemingly calling in favours to do so. (1,577 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a LaTrappe glass (that came with it)

Pours hazed golden amber with a thin head that becomes a lasting wisp. Trailing lace sticks.

Smells of bubblegum and cotton candy with tropical fruits. The smell is mild, but nice.

The taste follows the aroma - bubblegum and cotton candy. Some herbal - towards licorice - bitterness follows that balances it. Still, it remains on the sweet side. Alcohol is apparent, but not overwhelming. Finishes with a balanced sweetness.

The feel is zesty. Light-bodied - almost airy, but enough "beer" lingers - with a dry yeasty/bready aftertaste.

This is a "nice" brew. Gentle - carbonated, but not too. Balanced, but sweet. It doesn't make magic the way the quad that was in the set does, but it holds up as a very good brew. It's a solid example of a "bubblegum" Belgian brew. (822 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Trappe goblet.

Appearance
Very murky burnt amber with 1-2 fingers of billowy off-white head. Really good head retention and moderate carbonation (from what I can see through the murk).

Nose
Belgian yeast, banana, black pepper, pear and potpourri.

Taste
Very, very yeasty. Banana, pink peppercorn and potpourri. Touches of barnyard and dried hay. Bosc pears, honeydew melon and drops of lemon juice. Dry finish with light notes of clove and dead grass.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, delicate and moderately dry.

Overall
The yeast is the main attraction in Isid'or. Very easy drinking and mellow...and quite tasty. (637 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky copper colour with an amber hue, thumb of he's with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Scent us dominate by sugary malts, brown sugar, toasted caramel, hints of boozy sweetness, and a touch of leafy greens.

T - Flavour brings forth the same sugary malts alongside hints of toffee, vanilla and oaky undertones. Some mild leafy green hops linger alongside some buttery yeast esthers.

M - Lighter bodied, smooth and a touch of ABV heat on the finish.

O - A tasty Belgian, solid flavour profile, and easily drinkable. The ABV is dangerously subtle and this is well worth seeking out. (612 characters)

Photo of chicagoanbeerone
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep malty crisp flavor with a nice heavy kick but not heavy on texture. tatse to much like a lager though and abit disapointed expected more beligin like or trippel like tatse but still very good and smooth. it reminded me of batch 19 by coors
overall worth a try and i might buy this again (291 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I stopped into the La Trappe brewpub with A-1 BA Brabander on 05Oct12. My first of two biers there was Isid'or, at €3.50 for a 0.25l glass.

The chalice held a clear, rich amber bier; truly a lovely hue, even if it was a little dark for a Belgian strong pale. Had a thin, fine, tan head; extremely fine, just a minute layer of bubbles. Lacing was excellent, I might add. Nose was mild, with some candi-sugar sweetness noted. Medium in body, it had a light, bubbly airiness on the tongue.

Candi-sugar sweetness also was on display in the flavor. Additionally, there was some caramel and toffee making it, to me, a bit dubbel-ish. I also detected some subtle hints of raisiny dark fruit. Solid, all in all. Thnx Thijs! Prosit!

3.83/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Pours a fairly clear amber colour, about two fingers of white head, sticky with quite a bit of lace. Smell is of belgian yeast, fruity, greaan apple, spicy points, clove and a bit of alcohol along with a tiny bit of funk as well. Taste is quite yeasty and lightly sweet, a fair bit of malt charachter as well here, a little vinious and again lightly funky, quite fruity too. Light-Med carbonation, Med-Full body, really smooth with a great feel. Solid belgian pale here, something I could easily revist and probably will. (521 characters)

Photo of Groulxsome
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Beautiful little bubbles. Very tight head and great retention. Cloudy amber-red. (4.5)

Smell: Spicy yeast, some caramel, and some banana/clove. (3.5)

Taste: A little understated. It's got the La Trappe signature spice to the yeast (a little more savoury than most Belgian Strongs), which then jumps in to a more caramel and banana body. Some nice sweetness (candy) in there too, but it's just a little thin and watery. (3.5)

Mouthful: Silky and very nicely carbonated. Very small bubbles. (4.5)

Overall: It's a very nice beer, but not really what I'd expect from a brewery like La Trappe. It'd be really great if found at a nice local brewpub, but the taste is a little too watery to be outstanding despite its excellent execution of its apparence and mouthfeel. (3.5) (784 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chilled La Trappe glass that I received for free with a four-pack of the beer. I promise this did not affect my rating. ;)

-Appearance 4.0: Small head, probably due to the bowl-shaped glass. Foamy residue lingered on top. Beautiful, deep-golden color. Almost a metallic color to this beer. I am not exaggerating when I state that this is one of the most beautiful looking beers I have ever seen.

-Smell 3.5: Interesting bouquet and I mean that in a good way. Subdued hints of caramel and very light hints of barley. Well-balanced, but still subdued.

-Taste 4.5: Wow. Slightly sour up front, with a hint of that spicy Belgian...I mean, DUTCH...abbey yeast. Middle is a very pleasing mid-level barley taste with some delightful caramel overtones. Finish is frothy and smooth and I taste more of the yeast and some delicious syrupy sugars. Aftertaste is dry and wonderfully smooth.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Excellent level of carbonation and the sugars make for a very pleasant mouthfeel.

-Overall 4.5: This beer is a wonderful abbey ale and has so many subtle differences from any other abbey ale you may have had previously. The color alone is unique and worth buying the beer just to see it in your glass. The taste is excellent and is representative of the product of generations of master abbey brewers, men who have nothing else to do other than perfect their beers. This is an excellent brew and well worth tracking down. (1,434 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 7$

Appearance - Slightly hazy brown colour with an above average size fizzy/frothy off-white/beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, caramel, wood, bananas

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with some caramel and some woody notes. There is also a bit of a dark fruit taste and a some light banana and a yeasty spiciness. It ends with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall - Nothing wrong with this one at all. A nice well rounded and very drinkable beer. Not the cream of the crop as far as trappists go, but very close. I'll buy more. (751 characters)

Photo of Brunthe
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a nice looking 750ml bottle into a 33cl Maredsous goblet. The colour is a cloudy hazelnut, and has a fluffly, but thin, off-white head. Extreme lacing all around the glass as the drink goes on. I really like the look of this.

S: I am honestly not picking up much smell from this at all. What I do get is a very faint smell of caramel. It isn't a bad smell, but it's unimpressive.

T: This is very sweet, very fruity. The strong taste subsides quickly and turns to a warm, candy-like taste, with some lingering bitterness. The more I sip, the less intense the burst of sweet flavour is, thankfully. I am not personally a fan strong sweetness, but the ending of this beer is pleasant.

M: Excellent! It is very smooth, not too much carbonation in this one. It feels very refreshing.

If this were not a Trappist product, I don't think I would recommend it very highly simply because of that strong sweet taste up front. However, as it is "special" in the regard that it is a Trappist beer then I would not pass this up if you can find it. (1,052 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap 12oz pour @ MTHB

A-pours a slight hazed light chestnut color with a small white head that reveals sheets of lacing as you drink this

S- smells fruity and sweet with candied fruit of apples and pears spice is in the finish

T follows the nose sweet white fruits of front with more candied fruits some molasses and sweet bread

M- good amount of carbonation sweet and spicy with dried fruits

O- easily drinkable a touch to sweet IMO none the less very enjoyable for a 12 oz serving (489 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. A cryptic "13:04" and "K04H11" are printed on the label.

4.0 A: Well hazed orange amber color. Two and a half fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is decent and a moderate sized ring of lacing is left behind.

4.0 S: Really earthy and "dirty." Grassy with rainwater and mud. Alas, but this is also quite fruity and spicy. Tons of apple, some peach, and maybe some currants. Spiciness comes in clove foremost with some pepper underneath.

4.0 T: Again earthy, dirt, fruity, and spicy. Apple is the most prominent flavor, then clove, then mountain stream. Hay, pepper, dirt, peach, currants, and paw paw after that.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation that is pleasantly spritzy. Moderate creaminess.

4.0 D: Tasty, well rounded beer. No complaints. (787 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy to lightly cloudy golden orange in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation near the edges of the glass at the surface. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that reduces fairly quickly to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate flavors of light fruits (apple and pear), spices, and Belgian yeast.

T: Similar in taste to the smell but with moderate to strong presence of pale malts and just a hint of toffee sweetness. Moderate flavors of light fruits including apple, pear, and peach. There are notes of spices and the Belgian yeast flavors.

M: Slightly lighter than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable and easy to drink, especially for the style. The alcohol is well hidden and this is a good sipping beer. (935 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3.8/5  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. (559 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.32/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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) (703 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (878 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.09/5  rDev +3%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of nout72
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (975 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (635 characters)

La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
89 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.