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

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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 21
Gots: 66 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: redmagik99 on 07-09-2009

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Photo of 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.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orangey colour with very pleasant beige head, thick when first poured, sinks to a cm with small bubbles, nice and dense on top, leaving some decent webs of lace around. Steady bead feeds the head from below, and it has a pleasant, slightly yeasty haze.

Nose is fairly tangy, fairly Belgian. Goodly amount of malt giving off a nice earthy sweetness with orange peel and nice peppery Belgian spice at the back. Hint of coriander, with caramel and a hint of buttery diacetyl on there as well. Sweet mostly, spice is kind of underplayed. I like a good spicy nose and this undercuts my expectations a bit.

Taste is quite good, nice caramel maltiness pervades through the front palate, then a nice earthy note with slight tartness around the edges coming through on the mid, lemon-orange with a hint of anise, clove and more coriander. Slight whisper of a boozey strength but without the warmth. Hint of vanilla on the back as well? Yeah not bad, pretty par for the course in Belgian pale-ale terms. A slight coppery aftertaste is not bad, nothing here is bad, but nothing here is making me cream myself.

Feels dry overall, like a Belgian should be. Starts early, sapping the moisture with a sharp spice sensation and finishes champagne crisp. Don't love it, but it's stylistically fine.

Quite downable for all its sharp edges. Not a bad beer at all. I think the best offering I've had from Koningshoeven.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a turbid and cloudy deep reddish copper colour, deep like a thick Belgian beauty. Head is a robust thick off-white cloud that sinks to a little film. Lacing is ok, and there's a surprising amount of carbonation. Overall, a very nice look.

Nose is a little thinner than I expected, some round Belgian characters come through and a little caramel sweetness. There's a hint of something a little peppery as well and a light hint of something green and fresh, but it's all very light - occurring only as slight accents to the base aroma, which is largely based around the sweetness.

Taste is quite phenolic. Some initial sweetness is lambasted by the big phenolic bitterness, which rolls peppery sharpness up the palate through to the end. A little heat on the back accentuates this again. Really rather punchy, and very direct - it doesn't round out the palate very well. Mouthfeel is tight, but could use more body.

Actually gets rather tiresome after a while. The phenolic bitterness is overwhelming when it's concerted, and I feel the heat in the body a little too much.

Photo of DaveHS
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful hazelnut brown. Moderate to high carbonation
with fine, Prosecco-like bubbles. The creamy tan head has very nice
retention, and leaves a few fingers of sticky lacing. Muted aromas of
caramel, toast, spicy yeast, cloves and white pepper. Body is buttery
and soft, with light, prickly bubbles. The flavor profile is sublimely
balanced, and framed by the delicate, estate grown Perle hops.
Reminds me of a vintage bottle of De Dolle's Bos Keun, crossed with
yeasty complexity of a top notch Biere de Garde. Most of what comes through in the nose is present in the flavor profile, particularly the caramel. The finish is dry and lingering.

Photo of GJ40
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a chalice. Purchased at Sam's in Durham.

A - Amber and hazy with a small beige head that dissipates quickly.

S - Fruity and spicy. A little grassy and earthy as well.

T - Smooth and balanced with notes of fruit, honey and brown sugar (though still on the dry side).

M - A moderate consistency and a moderate to high carbonation of very fine bubbles.

D - Pleasant and easy to drink. This one would make a great start for those new to Belgians.

Photo of mbunje
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tyler's in Durham, North Carolina

A - Dark Amber color with a cream color head. '
S - Caramel, wood, richness
T - like a quad but with more bitterness, less sweetness, and a woody/oak finish that makes all the difference.
MF - full bodied, but not syrupy and very smooth. The dry finish from the wood is perfect. This could not be done better.
D - A lot of beer to drink more than one or two. But this is a very drinkable high end belgian...er...beer from the Netherlands.

Overall, best "belgian style" beer I have had in a long time (even though it is from the Netherlands). Awesome, must have beer for any beer geek. No question.

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

I rested this foaming gusher for a week in my cellar, obtained from Premiere Gourmet. Tolerable yeasty aromas from the surving majority of the bottle. Beige coloured body and abundant bubbly head. Above-average mouthfeel, although alcohol stung my parched lips. Satisfying though still drying finish. A little cooca and vanilla in the yeast, nothing complicated. She is about right for the style, me thinks.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Unibroue glass.

A: A wonderful medium slightly hazy golden color. A one finger white head was formed.

S: Fruit smells with apple, pear and yeast, some floral hops and some mild sugar sweetness.

T: Fruit jumps out with flavors of green apple, pear, slight orange flavor coupled with some musty yeasty flavors. The sugary sweetness takes over with the fruit but get overcome by the nice floral hops finish. Slight crisp dry finish. Nice beer.

M: Medium, not overly coating. Carbonation is a bit high but very little alcohol flavors. Smooth drinking with a slightly crisp finish.

D: High, very nice little drinker here.

Overall a solid Trappist beer, but not really an award winner. Still I would be glad to drink it anytime and I really enjoyed it.

Photo of srandycarter
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, a difficult review. Do I review as it is, or assume what it would be like if it wasn't CORKED. Try a little of both, I guess.

A - Pretty dark caramel, slightly murky, with nice 1 inch off white head.

S - Corkiness is there, but there is also malt, fruitness and standard Belgian yeast notes.

T - Juicy fruit, corky, dark fruits. The finish is marred by the corkiness too.

M - Maybe a little too carbonated for me, but nice. Good balance, except for the running complaint.

D - Don't like the cork stuff - in wine nor beer. I would like to try it again sometime with a bottle holding a non moldy cork.

La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
89 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.