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

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529 Ratings
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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 19
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
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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 czechsaaz


4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very sweek candi-sugar smelling. No hop presence at all. Some spicy yeast esters.

Orange colored and cloudy with a big white head that lasts as a solid layer thick foam around the edge of the glass and a thin layer throughout the rest. Leaves a TON of lacing.

Flavor right off is hop bitter, way more than the aroma made me think there sould be. Then there's a nice caramel malt and candi sugar flavor. It does a good bitter-sweet-bitter thing with the bittering hops, malty middle amd hoppy aftertaste. Yeast character is peppery with a liggle earthy flavor. Not like dirt but kind of dry grass or hay.

Medium bodied with a good carbonation level. Lively but not at all rough.

If this were available to me on tap regularly, I would drink it regularly. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2009 01:57:26 | More by czechsaaz
Photo of Otesanek


4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale amber with a 3/4" off-white head that settles down to a good thick cover. Traces of lace here and there. Aroma definitely has some bananas in, mild belgian spice, mild malty sweetness comes through with a hint of apple skins. Not a terribly complex aroma, but nice. Flavor picks up a bit more than the aroma, initial taste is a forward malt sweetness with faint flavors of oranges and bananas. As the flavor progresses the hops come forward, earthy and a little citric. The finish is very intense, full of big caramel and bitter hops, spicy cinnamon-clove. Long after the swallow I'm still tasting some tannic apple skin and vanilla caramel. Mouthfeel is very nice, rich and smooth, the carbonation is soft and keeps everything light and easy drinking. This drinks just like a 7.5% should, nice and easy, smooth with a hint of warmth. Very tasty, disappointing aroma is saved by an otherwise excellent drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 15:31:03 | More by Otesanek
Photo of Travlr

District of Columbia

3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught at Churchkey. Slightly cloudy amber colored with a very thin light tan head and not much lacing. Aroma of caramel and nutmeg. Taste is mostly malts with a subtle background of spice. Body was a bit on the thin side. No noticeable finish. Nice enough, but not very complex.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2009 04:44:27 | More by Travlr
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cloudy amber in color with a one finger head that lasts a long time before falling to a thick surface foam. Moderate lace develops.

Smell: caramel and brown sugar sweetness with some spicy yeast tones are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, yeast, pears, red apples, some hints of pepper, and a moderate bitterness make up a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp at the start, less so and a bit dry at the finish.

Drinkability: this beer was very easy to drink and was overall very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 13:55:30 | More by Gavage
Photo of DefenCorps


3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I grabbed a bottle at DeCicco's, and drank it this past weekend out of my Koningshoeven chalice (a gorgeous glass)

Amber-copper with decent clarity, it has a thin off-white head with good retention. No lacework, however.

The nose is a combination of honey, floral character (jasmine and rose), spices (white pepper, some clove), with the clove increasing as it warms up. Yeasty, this is solid stuff

Great, well-rounded flavors with a blend of honey, caramel, fresh bread (and bread yeast-like). There's some of the spice character but the clove is relatively muted. Mild floral character with rose water. Solid, this finishes mildly drying with a nice, spicy, yeasty character. Mildly overcarbonated, this fact hurts the mouthfeel, creating a unwelcome sharpness. Medium-light in body, this finishes great, and is enjoyable. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 04:55:54 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of juju7


4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So far my pick of the La Trappe family. Looks fantastic with a some serious carbonation, a cheesecake lookin head (if you know what I mean), solid and meaty. Nice, hazy sunburst orange. Some fruity esters mixed in with bready malt and some sticky pudding vibes. Caramel brittle, and some sweet yeastiness on the palate. This is very drinkable. Alcohol touch is only light. A great lasting finish. This is a pretty damn good beer, plus at $8 for a 750ml this is insanely cheap.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 10:55:33 | More by juju7
Photo of glid02


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

Had on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy brownish-gold color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of ripe pears and sweet malts with hints of spices - brown sugar mostly.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Ripe light fruits - pears with light hints of bananas - with smooth brown sugar flavors. The ending is crisp with a mild bitterness leaving hints of green apples lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could easily have another.

Overall this is a solid beer on the darker side of Belgian Pales. Easy-drinking and worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2009 02:29:05 | More by glid02
Photo of adamette


4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review. I am not kidding, I had my laptop on the bar! On tap at the Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood, Ohio.

A Kind of basic translucent light brown body under a creamy white head. Good lacing. 4.0

S Light citrus smell, some sweetness, light smelling. Interesting. 3.5

T Interesting. The nice light sweetness with some citrus continues right into the taste. I am finding it a bit difficult to describe this beer. There is a kind of light "white grape juice" sweetness for sure and there is very little hops. The lemony taste is there as well. The 7.5 ABV is extremely well hidden as I found the bottom of my glass before I thought that I might. Complex, interesting and entirely drinkable. All of that together is difficult to find in one place. 4.5

M As stated, the light feel helps to eclipse the ABV very well and really suits the other tastes in this beer. 4.5

D Very high, as suggested above. 4.5

Notes: A nice surprise to find on tap the Beer Engine, this place is incredible!

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2009 00:09:20 | More by adamette
Photo of HalfFull


3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked 750 ml. bottle into a large wine glass. A rich orange golden in color with a soapy inch of slightly off white head. Decent retention is offered, settling in to a steady surface cap. Somewhat deep in color for a Belgian Pale, yet light for a self described amber.

Belgian yeast and ripe pear on the nose, not unlike a good tripel initially. Bit or caramel and orange and a touch more sweetness comes around the corner along with some vanilla. Dense and full, well balanced in the nose.

Flavor follows the nose, smooth and somewhat rich, yet disparate from its initaial association with a tripel at this point. Nice perky carbonation helps this along. Becomes a bit thin in body after some time yet remaining very drinkable. Alas, an amber triple or a light dubbel. A manageable and drinkable Belgian of moderate strength and character that is enjoyable with or without food and which offers many subtleties.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 04:53:46 | More by HalfFull
Photo of corby112


4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark cloudy ruby/rustic copper color with golden amber hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy yellowish beige head that slowly fades.

Earthy and spicy aroma with hints of clove, pepper, medicinal notes, alcohol, light and dark fruits. Also a slightly funky earthy grass presence with subtle hops.

Medium body with a good balance of spice, earthy notes, malt backbone, dark and light fruits and sweet alcohol. Clove, pepper and cinnamon spice up front followed by a nice malt backbone with hints of candi sugar, apple, raisin and plum. There is also a slight medicinal syrupy note but it is not overwhelming and actually blends well with the other flavors. The alcohol is noticeable but still pretty well masked at 7.5% making it pretty drinkable. This is a pretty complex beer with some unique flavors and I will definitely be drinking a lot more of this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 02:06:11 | More by corby112
Photo of champ103


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

A: Pours a hazy reddish/copper color. A two finger off white head forms and gently recedes. Sticky lace is left behind.
S: Belgian funk and yeast. Lots of sweet fruity aromas. Apples, pears, and bananas are dominate. Some bread and biscuit as well. There are lots of layers in the nose.
T: A bit more reserved than the nose, but still very good. Belgian funk and yeast flavors. Candy malts, and sweet fruits.
M/D: A medium body with the perfect amount of carbonation. Crisp, dry and creamy all at the same time. Very easy to drink considering the alcohol content. I really enjoyed sipping on this.

I really like this beer. Not an Orval clone by any means, but if you like Orval then this will also be a treat. Something I highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2009 03:17:15 | More by champ103
Photo of Seanibus


4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice. Everything you'd want out of a light Belgian.

Pours deep amber with fluffy white head. Smell is rich clove and cinnamon, like a spiced peach. Flavor is carmelly, strong yet delicate, with apricot and pineapple, lightly phenolic and spicy. Mouthfeel is sparkly and carbonated.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2009 20:46:32 | More by Seanibus
Photo of nickd717


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

On tap at Monk's Kettle in San Francisco for $10.25. A bit expensive but hey, a new trappist beer, gotta try it.

A - Pours a cloudy orangish-copper color with a medium-sized creamy off-white head.

S - Caramel, banana bread, dark fruits, mild funk, and yeast.

T - Somewhat sweet with banana, Belgian yeast, caramel, spices, and dates.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with a fairly dry finish.

D - Pretty high for the style. This is a very nice beer overall.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2009 21:39:09 | More by nickd717
Photo of NittanyBeerFan


4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy garnet color when poured into an outward-flared tulip glass. The pour leaves about 1 cm of quickly-fading coarse head. Thin delicate laces stick to the sides of my glass.

S: Fruity Belgian yeast character and malts in the background with a hint of caramel. Maybe a slight touch of warmth in there too.

T: Spicy flavors flow gracefully into the fruity contributions of the yeasts. There is a slightly dry malty middle, which leads into a fruity finish accompanied by a slight, almost fleeting, glimpse of Perle hop character. Finishes out a bit of warming alcohol in the exhale.

M/D: Slightly bitter character in the finish the is juxtaposed nicely against the sweet flavors the comprise most of the flavor. The beer is medium bodied with the ample carbonation that you would expect from a BPA. It leaves the palate feeling fresh and crisp. Delicious and flavorful, the alcohol provides a nice bit of warmth to usher in the fall.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2009 23:11:38 | More by NittanyBeerFan
Photo of pershan


4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a slightly hazy, deep copper (with a thick, creamy white head) into a chalice. There was a distinct aroma of Belgian yeast (banana/clove) and fruity esters - what you'd expect in an authentic Belgian ale. More of the bubble-gum Belgian yeast component in the flavor profile, with a nice tart (cherry?) component, and a clean bitter hop finish. A slightly fizzy mouthfeel which brought out and blended all the flavor components together nicely. Heavy Brussel's lacing down the glass. Overall, a nicely balanced and flavorful Belgian ale, true to to style, with its high ABV disguised well.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2009 17:21:45 | More by pershan
Photo of Wildman


4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a murky copper amber color and formed a light tan foamy head the left circular lace as it slowly subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, yeast and spices. The flavor was of malt, orange, spices and a hint of pepper. The body was medium light and slightly silky. The finish was sweet yet sprite.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 02:06:15 | More by Wildman
Photo of dirtylou


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

on-tap at the Publican in Chicago

cell-phone notes

appearance: served in a tulip, hazy orange body, light beige ring - standard lacing

smell: very yeast-driven, brown sugar, apple and pear, floral notes, allspice, vanilla soaked cherry

taste: enjoyed while waiting on a table at the Publican - great complexity for the belgian pale style...smooth yeast presence, vanilla, pear, apple, sweet cherry. adequately spiced with a low alcohol warming and moderate sweetness

mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, nice yeast strains

drinkability: nice

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2009 17:01:02 | More by dirtylou
Photo of drtth


4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a stemmed tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer as served is a deep rust colored amber with slight haze and thin off-white head that recedes quickly to a ring of foam. For most of the beer sipping leaves light speckled lacing

Smell: The aroma is subtle and complex with yeast, spice, vanilla and some nice fruity character. The fruits seem to be mostly cherry and maybe banana with hints of citrus zest (orange and lemon).

Taste: The flavor is pretty much what would be expected from the nose. There is some vanilla and spice here with lots of fruity character. The fruitiness seems to be mostly dark fruit (e.g., cherry) with some citrus zest (orange and/or lemon). While there is yeast in the background there is no alcohol detectable.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to full- bodied with moderate but long lasting carbonation. The finish is a medium long, slow sweet fade to dryness at the end.

Drinkability: This is very drinkable. I could easily have had a second one (and almost did). I will return to this beer again if I ever have the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2009 02:06:09 | More by drtth
Photo of JohnGalt1


4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very stoked to see this at the COOP today... grabbed a bottle immediately... Think it cost about $10... but I could be wrong... shared with Brenda...

Poured into my delirium snifter.... grrr :15 late I remember .... I have a fucking La Trappe and a Koningshoeven glass.... oh well... cheers to whatever is clean. :-)

Great head .. easy 2 fingers.. probably more... the brew is a hazy sunset orange... tons of bubbles streaming off the inside of the glass... nice lace and a solid cap for the entire bottle..

Nose is chock full of pils malt and some spicy phenols at first... some lite orangy notes emerge ... honey remnants as it warms..

Flavor is surprisingly good.. I like Koningshoeven a bunch... but this is a nice treat... very balanced with just enough pale malts and the expected Belgian yeasty profile.. more than I expected spicy hoppiness is a welcome surprise and adds to the overall brew... I swear I'm getting touches of rose water.. makes me think of a lite perfume ... finish has whaffs of caramel and the lesser elements above... lingers for a long while... solid body and a fair carbonation that sticks around until the final sip.. I really like this..

I would thing this a BSPA.... hands down.. too much going on for a standard Belgian Pale... but what do I know? Good stuff for sure... I am gonna get these while I can.. I think a bit of time in the bottle will help.. but Isid'or is pretty nice right now... I want another glass.. but Brenda polished off the remnants..

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 08:45:35 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of berkey


4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this for New Beer Sunday but I got distracted and the day got away from me. 750ml corked and caged bottle. From last nights notes.

Poured into my Koningshoeven/La Trappe glass (which reminds me I need to buy more Koningshoeven beers to justify owning this vessel). Forms a disappointingly small head for a Belgian Pale with medicore retention. Hazy pale amber body.

Aroma is fairly yeast heavy followed by fruit especially dried apricots. Also some earthy wood notes in the background.

Flavor follows the aroma to a degree but the fruit is much more upfront along with other sweet flavors including an almost pineapple tropical fruit character along with caramel and maybe even some honey. As is warms spice and some banana start to peek through. Even with al these sweet descriptors I'm using it's not cloying at all. Fairly mellow with decent balance.

More carbonation on the feel than expected from the weak head which is nice. Great prickly tingle. Mellow flavor profile keeps this very drinkable but even so the last two pours of the 750 had me wishing for some more variety. What's odd is I'm picking up a good share of alcohol heat from this medium strength ale.

Overall a decent brew. One of the reasons I like La Trappe/Koningshoeven is that they seem more willing to do one off beers like this. Not a trait the Trappist brewers on the Belgian side of the border seem to share.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 19:34:17 | More by berkey
Photo of tempest


4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered a bottle at Tap and Table in Emmaus, PA for $7. Served in a chalice it appears light amber with a slight haze. Man, this is a delicious beer. The flavor is a subtle mix of lemon peel, vanilla, white pepper, sweet candy bread, and white grape. The spices are very mellow, but the flavors are deep. The body is very drinkable and if it weren't a little expensive I'd order another.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 23:35:42 | More by tempest
Photo of joedon


4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden-amber, slightly hazy beer with a long lasting billowy white head.
Smells of spice, malt and yeast.
Tastes of honey, Perle hops, and big malt base.
Really chewy texture and a bit sweet. Very smooth and drinkable.
This was offered to me at t'Arendsnest in Amsterdam. The bar keeper told me the hops were grown on the Abbey in Tilburg and this was a "one-off" special beer.


Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2009 18:33:58 | More by joedon
Photo of John_M


3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours an amber brown color with OK head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty nice, consisting of cherry, vanilla, rootbeer and spice. This beer smelled pretty nice, but improved both in the aroma and flavor department once it warmed up a bit. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except there is some nice underlying hoppiness that I think helps to cut the moderate sweetness a bit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with the beer showing a fair amount of carbonation. Drinkability is very good, with the alcohol well disguised.

Nothing extraordinairy here, but nevertheless, this is a pretty solid Belgian pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2009 20:34:35 | More by John_M
Photo of emerge077


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

Served in a Koningshoeven trappist goblet at Bad Apple yesterday.

The color was a slightly hazed rusty orange amber. The creamy tan foam was long lasting, and gently edged up on the sides of the glass. Aroma was yeast dominated, some apple and spice in the background. Full bodied with a phenolic spice and banana taste. Plenty malty with a residual caramel sweetness, and a light bitterness. Aftertaste was pleasant and fairly drying from the alcohol. Overall tasty and well made.

As a one off batch it was nice to try once, but I prefer their Quad & Dubbel more.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 17:48:32 | More by emerge077
Photo of ShareANevada


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

Had the privilege of trying this on tap at the Hop Leaf on my latest visit. It's not everyday you get to try a '125th Anniversary' beer, and being a KH fan, this was a must.

Pours a murky coppery color, with a nice frothy head of tiny soft bubbles. The smell is somewhat light, but composed of sugar, carmel and yeast basically, it did not seem overly complex in this department.

The taste is a somewhat muted blend of spicing. Difficult to pinpoint some of the finesse that went into this brew. The sweetness plays a minor part in this, while the hop take their normal, subdued, position for this belgian.

The body is what makes this a little extra special. Really nice silky body, coats the mouth and tongue. Very very pleasant. With the 7.5 abv, and a body like this, I could potentially drink this beer all evening. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2009 19:12:48 | More by ShareANevada
La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
89 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.