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

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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 22
Gots: 60 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website

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 mbunje
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

mbunje, May 17, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -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.

Sammy, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of Kadonny
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Kadonny, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

srandycarter, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

eduardolinhalis, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Mora2000, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

AKBelgianBeast, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev -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.

Halcyondays, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

kingcrowing, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
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).

Gueuzedude, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

brdc, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

BedetheVenerable, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

oberon, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of billyshears
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Fluffy light tan head, cloudy sienna brown.
S:Smell of Belgian yeast, apples and fruits, some slight malt.
T:Nice spice and bready and caramel malts. Apples, pears, perhaps some cherry. Nice yeast (of course). A bit of that "bubblegum flavor" and a bit of bitterness (not much) on the backend.
M:Very nice mouthfeel. Well carbonated and medium body.

Very tasty Belgian pale; certainly one of the better I've had. Very well balanced and alcohol well hidden. The first beer of Koningshoeven I have tried and I am pleasantly surprised.

billyshears, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle poured into the trusty chalice.

A: Dark amber and hazy, with a thick white head that settles slowly. Leaves a thin film with very nice lacing on the glass.

S: Caramel and spice, with fig, raisin, and some tropical friut notes shine through. Hops are a minor factor in the smell.

T: Same as above, but more. Caramel, spice, and Belgian yeast take over, while subtle notes of pear, apple and fig lend a fruity character to the brew. Hops dry out the finish, but are still very subtle.

M: Medium to full-bodied, this beer is a stepping stone to Trappist ales. Very tasty, easy to drink, and flaavorful. From start ro finish, it's a very good beer.

WYVYRN527, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330 mL bottle from the Brass Rail Deli.

A: The BPA is a brightly lit orange hue, opaque but radiant near the base of my glass. A nondescript head never really took off on pour and quickly shrunk to a thin band.

S: The nose is bready with a bit of a yeasty fruit twist. Candi sugars enhance the sweetness with a chalky finish.

T: An interesting body, light and airy but not shy on flavor. Candi sugars, pale and light, are sweet and fruity. They run into bready malts and the yeast. Tree fruits (apples, apricots) stand out, as does a bit more booze than 7.5% would suggest. Very pleasant sugar and fruit finish.

M: The mouthfeel is never overwhelming, allowing the maltiness, yeast, sugars and even a mild hop presence to come through.

D: I tried this last week and Max's and wasn't impressed. That must have been alcohol fatigue because I really am enjoying this bottle.

akorsak, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of keithmurray
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ML poured into a chalice

Appearance: Beer pours a magnificent caramel colour with white head

smell - i'm not picking up too much here except for a bready aroma

Taste - faint citrus flavor to go along with an aftertaste of the aroma which is reminiscent of baked bread

Mouthfeel - approppriate carbonation makes this a pretty smooth drinking beer, slight sweetness on the finish, no detection of the alcohol whatsoever, which may be a good or a bad thing depending upon your perspective

My first sample of this Dutch company's offerings and I have to say that this was a good brew that i'd be willing to revisit.

keithmurray, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of jgasparine
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured with a 1/2" cream-colored head, which slowly receded with some very impressive lacing. The body was a semi-opaque dark honey color. No visible carbonation.

S- Sweet breadlike malt aromas combine with Belgian yeast aromatics and some subtle candy sugar; and yet subtler phenolics.

T- Big crackerlike malt and Belgian yeast flavors echo the nose perfectly. Some mild stale hop bitterness comes through midway, and lasts through a doughy and slightly boozy finish (fusel alcohols?).

M- A medium body; well-attenuated with an abundant prickly carbonation, yet not bloating.]

D- Goes down smooth. The concept of fusel alcohols make me consider the prospect of a headache to come...

jgasparine, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of alysmith4
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on-tap at a 2 Amy's pizza restaurant in DC. I was pleasantly surprised that they had such a great brew available, and it was only $7/glass. The appearance was a nice caramel color, with redish/pink undertones. The taste was excellent! Lots of juicy fruit, bread, and sugar. The main flavor that kept coming through for me was cherry. I would have thought it was some kind of cherry beer if I didn't know otherwise. I would definitely have this beer again, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good Belgian Pale.

alysmith4, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a mixture of sunset orange and amber in color accompanied by a impressive cream tinted head that was rigid and foamy as well extremely sturdy. Beneath lied a light misty haze of micro particles suspended in the drink that partially obstructed clarity. Elongated splotches of foam adhere rather well to the glass walls while a respectable amount of carbonation, isolated micro bubbles sparsely separated, rise at a fair rate.

S: The nose was fruity with a strong sense of juicy apples and pears. A warm spicy cola nature is evident as well along with a decent level of malt caramalization giving this a malty appeal.

T: The flavor was spicy with bright apples and ripe pears combined with a luscious malt caramelization delivering a sweet and fruity taste. Sharp in pronouncation there was a soft toasted breadiness, dried toffee, along with a respectable amount of bitterness to balance things out. Warm cinnamon sticks and caramelized residual sugars add moments of sweetness. There was a bit of acidity to the overall affair while an ending fade brought about a fruitiness of dry apple peels and tangy apricots. Overall a well balanced beer, malty sweet, fruity with a good bitterness that brings much delight to the taste buds. Don't know if I would consider this a Belgian pale as listed, drunk more like a Flemish brown ale.

M: The mouthful was lighter then expected considering the rich maltiness from the flavor, was very slick and fluid on the tongue with a light sense of carbonation presence barely detected around the edges. Very smooth with a short fade of malt caramelization that lingered a bit leaving a residual coating behind.

D: Very nice drinkability, the 7.5%abv is nicely hidden behind a luscious malty body that makes this go down with much ease and delight. You can hardly go wrong with a trappist product.

beerthulhu, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Opaque reddish-brown body underneath a two-finger head of rocky off-white foam; sub-par retention and light lace. Not bad, but certainly not an overly impressive example of the style.

S: Belgian (Dutch?) yeast is pretty much all there is, with a pretty even balance of fruit and spice, with the latter appearing more up front. Pear is definitely the standout aroma, in a very pleasant way. A bit of mildly sweet malt rounds things out.

T: Follows the nose precisely - light spiciness at first, followed by a rich fruit middle, and finally a bit of malt - but then with just a bit of dry astringency on the finish. Very nice, but not quite as appealing as the aroma.

M: Smooth, highly-carbonated body is fresh, lively, and excellent for the style.

D: Not bad on this front, but the astringent finish and aftertaste is less than fully appealing.

Notes: I do love a good Belgian, and while this isn't quite a great one, it really did hit the spot. Check this out if you're looking for a pure, smooth, restrained dose of an excellent yeast strain. It's everything you'd expect, and nothing you wouldn't - which is both a compliment and a bit of a complaint, because if it's possible for a Trappist ale to be boring, this one could be guilty. Still, it's a real treat.


woosterbill, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of StJamesGate
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours rich bronze with yellowy honeycomb head. Big honey and flower nose. Yellow cake malts, banana and yeast in the middle and warm spicy hops to finish with some clove sting. Syrupy dark honey tang lingers. Some burn, round and sticky.

A big, chunky ale; this has more malt and fruit than any PA I can recall.
I like the Belgian thing of not being handcuffed by a style.
A dessert beer, and a real treat.

StJamesGate, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet. From an 11.2 oz. bottle.

A - Pours a gorgeous bright orange color with some reddish hints and some light brown hints. Nice white head that is dense and frothy. Very enticing. Nice sticky ring around the glass.

S - Nice candied sugar malt smell up front with some fruity hints. Pear juice and some apple as well. Some hints of honey as well. Then some nice hop appeal and character with some mild fresh piney notes. Very nice.

T - Sweet fruit juice hints. Apple and pears. Some yeasty character as well. Some nice bitterness at the end form the hops gives the fruitiness a more balanced appeal. Very well put together beer with the flavors melding very well together.

M - Frothy and delicious. Medium body.

D - Very nice drinkable beer. The ABV isn't too high and the flvaors are just right.

JoEBoBpr, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

300 mL bottle with some sort of stamp of 13:03 K08F09, perhaps brewed in Aug 09? Pours a fairly cloudy orange color with a large, fluffy beige head. Fades pretty quick and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Pretty average looking brew compared to the Belgian Trappists.

Smell is somewhat faint but exhibits some caramel malt sweetness and bready, even a bit spicy, yeast characteristic.

Taste is bready yeast with a bit of dark fruit and a surprisingly high amount of alcohol for a meager 7.5% ale. Caramely malt with a definite candi sugar flavor. A touch of toasty malt and a kiss of hops give it a little bit of bittering on the finish. Body is a bit thin, it just doesn't have a whole lot of heft to it. Not a bad brew by any means, but this has been my least favorite Trappist beers, perhaps the Dutch cannot quite hang with the monks from Belgium.

twiggamortis420, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up at the Kirkwood Spec's the other day. They were selling them in singles, and now I am a bit surprised to see that it is 7.5%ABV. I believe that it was in the neighborhood of $4, so that is a bit pricey for a "small" beer. Anyway, we move on to the review:

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy burnt orange color with a 1/8" head of creamy tannish bubbles. The head falls into the beer for the most part within a minute or so, but there is still a thick island of foam in the middle of the beer maintained by a bunch of bubbles rising. There really isn't any lacing left on the glass after drinking the beer.

Aroma: I initially got some toasty malts and a dark cherry impression, but after doing the review on the appearance, I don't really get the cherry anymore. The beer is still toasty, but it is really cold so I am not getting much else except for some Belgian yeast character. As the beer warms up, the caramel sweetness is becoming a much bigger player in the aroma. The beer is also becoming much more floral...I think that I am getting Jasmine?

Taste: The beer has a significantly bolder flavor than I thought it would from the aroma. Man, this is a really nice beer! It has tons of depth of flavor with some caramel, toast, fruit, and the list goes on and on. I hope that I can pace myself enough on this one bottle to taste it as it warms up. I am getting floral notes in here as I sip on it, and even though the beer is 7.5%, I am getting some evident warming on the back of the throat after the sip. The beer has a very creamy mouthfeel, and there is plenty of carbonation to enhance the sweetness that makes up the backbone of this beer.

Opinion: Well, obviously I really liked this beer. If it truly is a "Belgian Pale", then I think that this is probably the best one that I have had to date (Is Orval REALLY a Belgian Pale?). It has a very well blended and refined flavor that makes it easy to drink, yet substantial enough to make you take your time with it. I will give it pretty high marks for my review, and that is because I am reviewing it against other examples of this style. I would not drink this beer all the time, and I would take other styles over it...but if you tell me that all you have is a cooler full of Belgian Pale Ale (Like that would happen), I would probably reach for this one first now.

SkeeterHawk, Jan 17, 2010
La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
90 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.