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

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Ratings: 607
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 24
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

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Beer added by: redmagik99 on 07-09-2009

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Ratings: 607 | Reviews: 263
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.

Photo of fragilehearted
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
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
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
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
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
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
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
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
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
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
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
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
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
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
3.91/5  rDev -2%
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
3.67/5  rDev -8%
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
4.67/5  rDev +17%
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
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of crossovert
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, unique cap to this beer. The first Konigshoeven beer to be labeled as 'La Trappe' in the United States.

It pours a darker brownish/reddish pale with a hint of amber. The head is massive and ivory white and as it recedes it leaves delicate lacing.

This one packs a punch in the smell department. It has tons of fruity elements including grapes, raisins, and other dark fruits. Lots of yeasty esters. There is a subtle hint of hops though it sits in the background.

The mouthfeel is the first thing I notice here, it is not super carbonated, instead more of a barleywine type mouthfeel, interesting. It has a definite vinous/grapey vibe going through it along with raisin. It also has a large sweetness that also carries herbal hops.

It is a solid pale ale, a somewhat unique one that has a bit different drinkability and mouthfeel characteristic than your standard Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

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

I had this beer during a trip to the brewery where we got the tour. This was poured in a small 100 cl glass. It surprised me in the beginning because i thought it was the tripel. After the first sip i knew it wasn't. There is not much to say about the head with such a small glass.

The Isid'or has a very soft taste, very smooth. Not a very complex beer but that can be said for all the Trappes.

I will have to try this one next time when i am there in a bigger glass.

Photo of daledeee
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Koningshoeven brand to try.

This beer poured a very nice rusty brown with some cloudiness and an overwhelming head. It was coming out of the bottle before I poured it.

Nose is a little carmel. Not much else. Rather disappointing.

Taste is malt and caramel with a hop background. It reminds me of cream ale. It leaves a rather citrus rind finish. I wonder about the classification. This is more of a dubbel or doppel.

Mouth feel is average for this type and not remarkable.

This beer tastes good. I would seek it out again.

Photo of boss302
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A This is a beautiful red beer. It poured with a thick head typical of bottle conditioned beers. The head faded by 1/4 glass and was gone by the end. It did have good lacing.

S Clean fresh aroma. Nothing really stands out here for me.

T Slightly sweet flavor, a little cloying. There is some tartness at the back of the tongue. Balance is tilted toward the sweet side. Smooth beer.

M Medium body, high carbonation.

D Good drinkable beer, but there are other Trappists that I would prefer to drink.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- The warm orangish-brown body has a sea of microbubbles swirling to a creamy light tan head that last a bit.
S- The soft apple cidery aroma is all that really comes through in this dry clean aroma. There is a faint herbal hop note in the very finish but only when it opens quite a bit.
T- The soft apple fruity note has some yeasty qualities and a dry woody note in the finish. There is a soft alcohol prick in the finish with a more faint green note that grows a bit when the beer warms.
M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a fizzy finish that adds a bit of body.
D- This beer is a bit bland or mundane with the apple flavors the only thing that stands out.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let's kick off my 25th birthday with a Dutch beer; appropriate given I played with a Dutch soccer team on FIFA 10. On to the beer:

It's more dark than pale. It's a dark orange color with reddish hues mixed in, and the head retention on top is adequate. Aroma....it's fruity, most resemblant of strawberries. Caramel aromas hit the nose too.

Nice flavor. On the sweet side, as expected...it comes out a little different than expected. It's really a Belgian-style amber ale, with fruity esters flavor, plus a little toasted malt, carmelized sugar, and dry biscuity malt. This is the flavor Palm hoped it had. The carbonation is strong at first, but time mellow it out some, but it's still hitting your palate. Because it's Belgian inspired, I expected such.

Only my second beer from the La Trappe family, but Isid'or, unilke the Quad, will bring me back to try other products of the family. Recommended.

Photo of benfons
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark-orange colour, nice dense thick head.

S: Caramel, rock sugar, fruits: peche,... and yeast

T: Rock candy, hint of appple and a burned caramellike bitterness.

M/D: Alcohol noticeable, a bit down on carbonation, not enough in there to drink it often

Photo of RuudJH
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trappist ale, with a classic label of an old monk. Isid'or stays within the catholic tradition. Cheers.
La Trappe does have a lot of different brews. This one I never tried before.

Dark amber colour, with soapy head, ok carbonation.

Smell is fruity and (roasty) malty, with a modest amount of hoppyness and floral notes. Not too strong aroma.

Taste is similar, also a bit faint. There's a bit of fruits, spice, herbs.
A bit simple sugary alcohol in the aftertaste. .

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied. Refreshing it is because of the active carbonation, making it well drinkable.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is full of esters and phenols - banana, clove, fig, pepper, strawberry, and a hint of vanilla.

Pours translucent gold with plenty of head. Looks good.

Velvety smooth lush maltiness and esters/cloves. Pepper, banana, fig, strawberry. Touch of alcohol. Tastes nice. Feels good. Good drinkability.

Nice no holds barred Belgian complex ale.

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

A: Pours a hazy copper, topped by a tightly carbonated two finger head. Retention is good and light lacing is left behind.

S: Strong aroma of biscuity maltsup front, followed by green apples, lemon zest, and distinct notes of Belgian yeastiness.

T: Biscuity malts are prevalent again, but dark fruits and some spicy character comes through. Green apples and lemon zest are still present but take a backseat.

M: Medium body with very high carbonation, honestly it felt overcarbonated.

D: The ABV is well hidden and the taste is good, but the overcarbonation makes it a one and done for me.

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