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

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Ratings: 590
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 22
Gots: 62 | FT: 2
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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 daledeee
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
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
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
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
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.'s fruity, most resemblant of strawberries. Caramel aromas hit the nose too.

Nice flavor. On the sweet side, as 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
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
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
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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
4.43/5  rDev +11%
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
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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 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
3.55/5  rDev -11%
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.

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

330ml bottle poured in my favorite Grimbergen's chalice.

A: Beautiful amber color. A bit cloudy. Huge two fingers head which dissipates quite quickly leaving a bit of lacings
S: Sweet malts. Sweet bubblegum and a bit of yeasts in the end
T: Sweet malts is very evident, caramel and yeasts. Bitter end
M: Medium body and molasses. Medium carbonation
D: Good

La Trappe, IMHO, is the "less good" Trappist. However, still a quite good beer.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a recent trip to Austin. 11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

The beer pours a nice orange color with a white head. The aroma is strong Belgian yeast with some fruit, wheat and bubblegum. Very nice smelling. The flavor is very similar with the bubblegum and fruit being fairly strong. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a honey like hue and a fizzy white head that has fair retention, but leaves next to no lacing.

Nose is full of big belgian malt character with a slightly banana like estery yeast character. Actually a bit of hop character coming through here too.

Classic dark belgian pale flavor. Nice rich malt character, balanced by subtle european hop character that does provide a decent bitterness. The estery yeast does come through on the palate as well, and some slight caramely notes as well. Finish is nice and crisp without being too dry for the style. A tiny touch of spice and some rich malt linger on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty damn close, but a tiny bit thin, IMHO. Carbonation is also the tiniest bit high, but no major flaws here.

Drinkability is solid. Could easily put a couple of these away, and the abv is not a factor.

Overall, a very nice, classic trappist brew. Not too heavy, not too light, massive flavor while maintaining solid drinkability and authentic trappist character. A great example of trappist brewing, and a fine beer. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, poured into a St. Bernardus goblet,

A: Pours a dark amber (BPA), I'm not so sure, looks more like a dubbel. Long-lasting white head with some nice Belgian lace.

S: Musty attic, with dark fruit. A classic nose if not particularly fragrant.

T: Dark malt, candi sugar with a lot of plum, treacle and black mission fig. Some spice like character (cinnamon) in the finish, with a note of copper.

M: A tad overcarbonated, medium-bodied, smooth for sure.

D: I liked this effort, sort of a Trappist session beer, and more of a dubbel/Chimay Red type brew instead of a BPA, in fact it reminded me a lot of that beer.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a nice deep cloudy golden color with a small white head and just a bit of light white hea thaw thin but stays.

Taste is nice and dry very smooth and crisp. Really sharp an tasty and easy to drink worth trying.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle Code K09F9; Sampled October 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, nicely tan colored head. The head leaves a ton of thick lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is murky, dark amber color that shows a mostly clear, orange tinged, dark copper and light amber color when held up to the light. The aroma is fairly clean with some metallic / herbal hop notes, a honey'd malt character, some biscuit grain notes as well as some fruit notes of lightly oxidized apples, fresh cut pears and some green melon notes. The nose is actually pretty simplistic and it is actually a bit too clean, especially for a Belgian'esque beer.

Faintly metallic and herbal up front, but a tinny note seems to get a bit stronger in the finish. There is a touch of bitterness that provides some structure to the finish. The malt character as a soft sweetness as well as some cracker like grain notes, some caramelized malt notes as well as some biscuit character; much of the malt seems to be over-powered by the metallic note found here though. A sip taken after some time spent away from the beer has me noticing some brown sugar and toasted brown bread flavors. Much of the metallic notes seem to mix with some phenolic notes that provide more of a plastic note than the traditional clove note; this last is here as well though. The body of this is a touch chewy, though it is not heavy it does not have the drinkability I might like to see in it. There is some fruit character in teh flavor as well and it reminds me more of oxidized apples than anything; though this isn't as bad as it might sound.

This is a bit disappointing, despite the fact that I wasn't really expecting too much from it to begin with. It might really benefit from some age, which would hopefully diminish the metallic note. This isn't overly complex either, and I truthfully don't know if age will really improve this much (but it will change it).

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

Large corked bottle.

Poured into a goblet, it produces a hazy dark golden beer with a nice off white head, but not as nice as you would expect from a trappist, even though not belgian. Minimal lacing.
Classic belgian yeast aroma (never know how to define this better), caramel, fruits, spices.
Medium bodied, soft and creamy on the palate, with a nice blend of flavors that end up a combination of sweetness and spiciness; fruits, caramel, yeastiness all make an appearance, well balanced (by the spiciness, not hoppiness).
Very good, but not great.

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

Presentation: Brown 750, corked and caged, with nice label.

Appearance: Hazy dark burnt orange beer; a strong ivory cap fades to a decent (but not overly impressive) film.

Smell: Fruit up front; some red apple, backed with light sweet caramel and just a hint of spice. Nice, but fairly simple.

Taste: Really nicely balanced between slightly toasted caramel, juicy apples, and a slight hop bitterness. Again, pretty tasty, if not revolutionary.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: Don't get me wrong; this is a tasty Belgian; just not quite what I was expecting from a Trappist brewery brewing a special-edition beer.

Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip glass a hazed lighter amber shade with some burnt orange tinge to it,a large fluffy white crown atop that left broken chunks of lace behind as it settled slowly.Bubble gum was the main thing I got in the nose,a bit of phenolic spice as well.Flavors are decent but one dimensional in the medicinal hop,and bubble gum notes,there is a some caramel malt and pear-like flavors that come in but they dont compete with the medicinal qualities.Its a good beer (not worth $11.99)but not great,someone who like Belgian hops and phenols would be more inclined to like this beer.

La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
89 out of 100 based on 590 ratings.