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

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555 Ratings
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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 19
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: redmagik99 on 07-09-2009)
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

jarrett123, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of thecheapies
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Has a very unattractive pond water brown color with a fizzy head of bigger bubbles that sounds away to some scuzzy foam trappings.

Semi-sweet apple aromas with a delectable juiciness that comes adorned with fleshy notes and assorted bruised fruits. Pear and fresh fig factor in, also, with appealing esters that don't come off as muddled or contrived. Vibrant with pale and dark fruits. Light toast character melds well with nectary Belgian malts and low phenol levels. Musty grape and slight perfume notes are other layers in the aroma. Complex.

Spicy start on the palate that is quite short of brutal, although a decent stack of alcohol gives you a good jolt. Massively fruity, still, showcasing more apple and pear and grape than anything else. Some apricot and hints of cherry also come out. It gets a little sweeter as it warms up, but the candi sugar notes are secondary. Yeast has become quite formidable, as I'm noticing a nutshell flavor stirred in with the sweetness of the caramel malt.

A good body with a wetness that fills out the mouthfeel without coming off as too oily or textured. Smooth, as there's a contained level of carbonation that doesn't seem to want to isolate itself. It does show up late, the most. Gas is ideal, in these ways.

A lot of heftiness and flavor coming at you, however, without being bold. A sturdy Belgian golden ale with a darker side.

thecheapies, Feb 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

DeanCHS1980, Feb 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

BeerSingh, Feb 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Vsarmatov, Feb 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Chemister, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Biff_Tannen, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

target88, Feb 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

TwiggyCZ, Feb 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

zeledonia, Feb 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Allurex, Jan 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

BJSmit, Jan 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

jrohrbacher, Jan 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Ainjyll, Jan 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

RaphaelSC, Jan 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

jak, Jan 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

WynnO, Jan 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

zapahoppa, Jan 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

MystikCelt, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of damndirtyape
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a La Trappe Chalice. Date stamp of 15:03 K05C13. Poured carefully to keep most of the sediment in the bottle, but a tiny bit came along with the pour.

Appearance: Hazy red-amber (auburn) beer with a thin off-white head. Some small strands of delicate persistent lacing. Held up to the light you can see the carbonation coming up.

Smell: Yeast mostly - a few fruity esters. With a swirl some green banana.

Taste: Candi sugar, some banana, some fruit notes, spiciness in the middle, and the finish is leafy herbal and mildly bitter. Complex would be a good way to describe it.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated - scrubs the palate clean. An almost airy mouthfeel. Only towards the end of the glass is there some very slight stickiness noted, but even then it is still a light mouthfeel.

Overall / Drinkability: Definitely better as it warms up, as when first poured and cold I wasn't that impressed. That being said, I always feel like I'm missing something when I put a Trappist Ale in a chalice, that I'm not concentrating all the complex flavors properly and I'm missing something. However, this could be the point: the monks just want me to drink it and not obsess over it. It's just beer that they made for charitable activities. Or maybe it is more of a visual wow that they're looking for: Look at that glass! Now look at what is in it! So here's my conclusion. Great packaging, but the inside contents are just good, not great. I wouldn't mind having a bigger glass, but I'm okay with the fact that I just have a 11.2oz as well. So overall, I think above average, but not hugely so for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. There are better examples out there.

damndirtyape, Jan 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Poupae, Jan 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Peter_L, Jan 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Saind, Jan 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

kristjan, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a brown 330 mL brown bottle with the La Trappe embossing on the neck of the bottle. The only information to mark when this might have been bottled is a production code for which I do not have the decoder, so I have no idea how old this beer is. Given the style, it likely doesn't matter as long as it's under a couple years old. Poured into a large brandy snifter.

Appearance - This has to be the darkest looking Belgian Strong Pale Ale I've ever seen. Rather than tones of yellow, gold, orange and amber, this one is coppery, cinnamon-stick brown with some faint orange highlights where the light manages to penetrate the liquid and massive head. Speaking of which, atop the mostly brown/burnt umber body is a towering and effervescent looking head, about three-to-four fingers thick. Mostly microbubbles save for a few medium sized bubbles that begin to burst, giving the impression of swiss cheese. Head is the color of creme and leaves visible, but faint lacing as it slowly begins to dissipate.

Smell - As I wrote when I first took a whiff of this, it's almost a banana bomb. The fruity phenols dominate the aroma, but they are one note, giving the strong impression of banana and banana bread. A little bit buttery as well, which is odd considering this is not the oak-aged version of the beer. Some sweeter notes of caramel malt come through as well, but in a supplementary role to the phenols.

Taste - Not quite as heavy on the banana-like phenols, but they are still quite dominant. Luckily now there are some other fruit elements as well--but of the dried variety: dates, figs and perhaps prunes. A little bit of bakery spice and toasted caramel come through as well along with some faint esters from the high alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and medium-bodied, with ample carbonation and an effervescent feel, almost like if champagne had more heft to it. Aftertaste is mostly sweet.

Overall, an alright beer. Not one I'm likely to rush out to buy again, but I might have it again depending on the other options I had available to me. I can see this one being appealing to those who like Dubbels or other Belgian Dark Ales, as it seems to skirt the line between styles a little bit to me. Not as much on the dark fruits, but the overall profile is definitely different from many of the top-notch BSPAs I've sampled.

LambicPentameter, Dec 31, 2013
La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
89 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.