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

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89
very good

540 Ratings
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Ratings: 540
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 20
Gots: 53 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

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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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours pale amber with slize haze, and enormous white head. Plenty of carbonation! And the carbonation is noticeable on the palate as well, giving a pleasant effervescence. Nose has some bread and peach skin in the aroma. Palate has a lot of yeasty/bready flavors, mouth tingling soft spices, and a soft biscuity to caramel like malt sweetness. Easy drinking.

12-06-2009 03:35:52 | More by yemenmocha
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

This is my first trappist beer in a 75 cl bottle with steel cage and natural cork - I can't wait...

A: The pour is redish golden, almost perfect amber, slightly hazy with a grand white rich creamy head that last for a really long time. Some nice lacings.

S: Light bitter, spicy and sweet caramel malt at first, but then there's lots of fruit in it. The most complex La Trappe beer I've smelled so far. A clear yeasty precense.

T: Sweet caramell malt and some wheat, dark fruits and spices. A light alcoholic taste. Yeast (like most Belgians). Bitter and fruity (Bananas and citrus).

M: The longlasting aftertaste is really sweet and dry/bitter at the same time. The body is full and the carbonation is medium.

D: This is a really nice beer. To bad it's only brewed once. If you get your hands on one - buy it, drink it and enjoy!

12-03-2009 18:07:52 | More by Evil_Pidde
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +1%

Poured this into an oversized red wine glass. Beautiful ruby-brown in color with a slightly off-white head. Nice, sudsy lacing. I'm excited to try this one given the limited production.

Bready, malty yeast comes up from the glass, followed by some funky fruit notes. A little bit of Belgian spice, citrusy. A vinous character also weaves itself into the aroma, with plums, apples and other orchard fruits. More and more subtleties come out in the aroma as I let this one warm up.

The flavor consists of bread like malts mixed with plums and grapes. Picking up some typical Belgian spice and citrus peel. The 7.5% ABV comes through slightly, but is not present for the most part.

The mouthfeel seems a little on the watery side compared to most Belgians I've had. But then again I've mostly had quads and triples and this only supposed to be a pale ale, so the mouthfeel and body appear to be about right for this style. Smooth, but ample carbonation, and a fairly well hidden ABV make this beer quite drinkable.

Overall, I thought this was a quality Belgian beer and I would love to have it again. Too bad its fairly limited and hard to come by. I can imagine this being a great summer beer while you're kicking back and relaxing outside.

11-30-2009 03:00:49 | More by sisuspeed
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abuliarose

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

Mmm, this cap smells good, and the bottle very pretty. Poured into a large-bodied goblet, revealing blood-orange body and thin yellowed head, bubbling festively underneath. Smells just slightly and like floral hops with citrus, yeast funk and pear juice. It's a good smell, but I wish there were more of it.

Tastes delicious: very sweet and bready with a little candied character, good malt presence and effervescent carbonation that expands the body in your mouth to something almost chewable. It's very smooth, fairly warming... but hard to get a feel for the body with all that carbonation. Kinda feels like I'm drinking foam sometimes. I don't think I could put much of this down.

Overall it's not bad. I don't know if I'd pick it up again, but it was worth a try.

11-30-2009 02:50:50 | More by abuliarose
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -16%

A new Trappist beer, from a bomber, corked & caged with a label that had an authentic feel of age to it. Maybe it's just the picture of the really old guy, maybe it's the style of the label that looks like old parchment, maybe it's just the name Isid'or, but this put me in the mood for an exceptional tasting. I chose my Orval glass for the occasion.

The beer is darker than you'd expect, a deep copper color, mostly clear or maybe just a little hazed. A thin but solid layer of foam across the top, very little lacing (but some existed). The first aroma is Unibroue yeast esters, and after that I get a little smoke (cigarette smoke, not smoked malts). Very odd, I would place this as a Unibroue in a blind test, not a bad thing but not exactly expected from Koningshoeven. The taste is likewise of the Unibroue profile, light esters and some noticable ethanol, more of the cigarette smoke which is seriously off, I've never smelled nor tasted this in a beer before. Well carbonated, peppery mouthfeel with a mildly bitter after-taste.

"Trappist" isn't really a style of beer of course, but I still felt this didn't have a Trappist vibe to it. Very odd altogether.

11-22-2009 03:08:23 | More by TurdFurgison
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

8 oz. pour into a tulip. ($6)

A: The color was a beautiful orangish-brown with yellow tints along the glass. The body was cloudy with a bit of sediment that fell to the bottom. 2 finger thick head that, off-white and didn't last terribly long.

S: Nice bready, caramel malt backbone and a little bit of hay upfront. Light hops...wild grass, herbs and orange & lemon citrus. The Isid'or is heavy on yeast aromas, mostly doughy, but a faint barnyard scent pokes through.

T: Great flavor and easy to disect: white grape, golden raisin, pineapple, pear, banana & bubblegum. A moderately sweet brew. Light alcohol on the nose and palette which is more and more present as the glass comes to room temp.

M: Medium to full body, creamy with good carbonation: lively & fizzy. Very easy going. Semi astringent finish and decent duration. I got a metallic mouthfeel on one or two sips.

D: I thoroughly enjoyed this Belgian Pale Ale. If you find it on draft, order up!! This one is a real treat.

11-22-2009 01:14:33 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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magictrokini

California

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

Okay, maybe its the geek I try to suppress, but I was very excited to try this beer, mostly because it just sounded old and important. I was not disappointed. Poured a hazy orange-gold with a short, creamy white head. Some lacing in the tulip glass. Dank, fruity aroma reminiscent of a trippel. Apples, pears, clove, spice, and sweet yeast. Direct is not always bad. Lively mouthfeel adds to the taste. Long finish. Very, very nice flavor. Smooth, spiced fruit and pale malt character draws you in. Mostly sweeter spices, but a touch of white pepper. Plays well with the white apple and tangy fruit. Warming finish. A great long-sipper that makes you sad when the bottle is empty.

11-20-2009 19:07:00 | More by magictrokini
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +0.3%

Served in a tulip. Poured a light, hazy plum with a half inch off-white cap that dissipates into a think slick of foam. Nose is mild - earthy, herbal and a little minty. Taste follows nose; however, some candi sugar comes out in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively effervescence. I fell in love with this beer as soon as I tried it. It's exceptional and unfortunate that it's limited. That being said, I think I preferred the bottle to the draft.

11-14-2009 21:30:05 | More by Jwale73
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +0.3%

On-tap 11/13/09 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spices, fruit, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out malty with flavors of caramel, dark fruits and spices. There's a strong Belgian yeast backbone and a mild but complementary hops presence to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice Belgian-style beer with substance and flavor that make it worth drinking for a while.

11-14-2009 18:49:32 | More by TheManiacalOne
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Thanks go out to my friend Tom, for bringing me this one.

This pours an opaque, golden, orange color. A one-finger head of creamy, off-white colored foam sits on top. It leaves a full surface covering layer. The lacing is curtain-like and very sticky.

The nose is filled with a huge yeastiness. Very good presence of white fruits. Lots of bananas, pears and apples. Good presence of candi sugars. Light hints of booziness.

The taste follows the nose, almost completely. The yeastiness is still out front, but the fruits are doing their best to try to make their presence equally obvious. A mild sweetness from the candi sugars. A very light spice presence comes right at the end. Good warmth follows, all the way down.

Full-bodied with a medium level of carbonation. It has a mild smoothness, with a touch of roughness around the edges, which keeps it interesting. It has a nice, mild, level of creaminess.

This is nicely drinkable, but watch out for that 7.50%abv, it'll sneak up on you, quickly.

11-11-2009 04:53:31 | More by coldmeat23
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

An orange color with a thin head. Some yeast on the bottom of the bottle.

Smell is fruity and has a light caramel notes.

Taste is sweet and fruity and has a heavy malt base. A very light hoppiness. Mouthfeel is sweet and sticky. This appears to be a light version of the quadrupel and is a nice addition to the La Trappe range.

11-08-2009 15:01:26 | More by Absumaster
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czechsaaz

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

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

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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

District of Columbia

3.13/5  rDev -21.6%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -6.5%

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!

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

Australia

4.35/5  rDev +9%

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.

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

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

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

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

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!

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

California

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

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

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +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.

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

California

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

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

California

3.95/5  rDev -1%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

09-21-2009 23:11:38 | More by NittanyBeerFan
La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
89 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.