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

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Reviews: 268
Hads: 650
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 26
Gots: 86 | FT: 2
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Netherlands

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: redmagik99 on 07-09-2009

Named after brother Isidorus, Koningshoeven Abbey’s first brewer. Brewed to mark the occasion of the Trappist brewery’s 125th anniversary in 2009, Isid’or was so well received that it earned itself a permanent place in La Trappe’s line-up. Unfiltered, slightly sweet amber ale with a hint of caramel, which continues to ferment after bottling and has a rich, slightly bitter flavour, and a fruity aftertaste.
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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear copper color with smallish white head that laces ok. Nose is largely bready malt on top of some yeastiness, simple, but not bad by any means. Flavor is similarly simple, bready and yeasty, witha bit of depth added from some light fruity notes--pears, maybe some apple. Moderate mouthfeel, well-carbonated. Decent drink, sometimes the booze shines through a bit. Not a bad beer overall, though not something I'd grab on a regular basis. (454 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky brown-red, one finger of fizzy white foam, settles to a thin ring, a few dots trail down the glass. Was a foamer, lost 1/4 of the bottle. Smell: cooked pear, overripe nectarine, whiff of date bread, buttery note. Taste: lots of plum, dried dates, pear and spiciness and some vinous booziness in the finish. Building prickly yet overall subdued carbonation is really nice. Enjoyable. (396 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at de koningshoeve

A-Pours a rich, slightly hazy amber with a generous tan head.

S-Bready and sweet with a strong dose of candi sugar and hints of Belgian yeast.

T-Very fruity, like a fresh pears , with lots of juicy sweetness. A bready malt comes to the fore in the finish and then just a hint of sour twang.

M-Medium bodied with high carbonation

D-A very solid example of the style. Nicely sweet but not overdone. (429 characters)

Photo of CowsandBeer
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Random find at a liquor store on the way home from work. Stamp of “12:40 K24H12.” Cool little 11.2 oz bottle poured into an Achel Trappist glass. Served slightly chilled.

Appearance: Pours a huge off white head which quickly fizzles away. Eventually only some wisps and a ring remained. Reddish brown body with lots of carbonation action.

Aroma: Candi sugar, dried cherries, prunes and sweet caramel malts. A bit of carbonation ‘bite’.

Taste: Dried cherries and prunes up front followed by candi sugars. Ends on a very pleasant malty note not unlike a fresh loaf of bread. Floral alcohol throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation and rosy alcohol. Definitely a warming beer.

Overall: A very sweet beer with lots of dried cherry/fruit notes, toasty caramel and brown sugarish malts. Very carbonated and warming. Nothing to really go out of your way for but I wouldn’t mind trying the oak aged version of this. (947 characters)

Photo of TerryW
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Trappist beer lite. Suitable for introducing the style to someone you think might be scared off by the sturdier stuff. Works best if its served up room/cellar temperature instead of cold so that all the flavours and aromas have a chance to work.

Lots of caramel and sugar. Very sweet, but not tooth jarring. A bit of dark fruit. Lots of spice and yeast. Comes across as reminiscent of a weiss. Fairly easy drinking. (416 characters)

Photo of tbrown4
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. -> Ommegang glass. I haven't had this one in a few years. Picked up a single at a local bottle shop a few weeks ago. Split it with my wife tonight while watching "Big Bang Theory"

A - Brownish, dark orange. Hazy. Frothy two finger off-white head.

S - Yeasty. Almost of fresh bread. Surprised at the alcohol in the aroma.

T - Round and even malt presence, minimal hops. Not much in the finish other than some "tangy-ness".

M - Slight carb pop, no alcohol warmth. Seems average.

D - Easy to drink, more-so than others I've tried in the style. I wouldn't rush out to get this one again, but it's a good one to have on hand to use as an introduction to Belgian brews for a craft newbie. (699 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.73/5  rDev -6%
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. (2,341 characters)

Photo of janubio
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml. corked bottle. Pours an amber orange colour, with a small head that does not take much time to fade, but leaves a good lace and and a tiny layer on the surface. Smell of caramel, plums, raisins, cloves, apple and sugar. Medium carbonation, medium body, crispy texture. Tasteof caramel, oranges, sugar, plums, raisins, sugar and some spices. (348 characters)

Photo of jbphoto88
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another pretty Belgian brew. Isid'or is a ruddy orange, fully hazed drink with no visibility except in the thinnest of depths close to glass edge. The head is strong and fluffy but fades too quick. It neves goes away fully always having a nice ring of suds fed by tons of tiny bubbles.

The nose is very typical of a Belgian ale but this one seems to be a little bolder then just a pale. Yeasty and bready with hints of toasted grain and white fruits.

Taste is good but not the best. I find the flavor to be thickly sweet with a heavier malt profile then anything else. The sweet continues through some bready yeast flavors into the finish. Still sweet after it's gone but some yellow raisins and caramel brings it home.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a tart carbonation and a pleasant dry finish. A nice brew that's satisfying but kind of falls a little flat in the long run. Tasty and one I'd try again but it is a little expensive at $4 a bottle, ouch! So it might be a while before I buy another. (995 characters)

Photo of RuudJH
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.75/5  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. (857 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a warm amber colour, a little dark. A smallish white head dissipates at a moderate pace to a good sized film.

Smell is quite bready, along with some fruit (grapes, apple), some spice and some yeast. Has some similarities to apple cider. Reminiscent of La Trappe's tripel, which I suppose is not a surprise. A bit unusual compared to most abbey style pale ales.

Taste is similar to the nose. Bready, lots of apple flavour. The apple cider comparison is even more pronounced, almost leaning toward apple juice. Alcohol is more noticeable than expected for a 7.5% brew.

Moderate carbonation, medium body. A bit chewy. Not bad.

Overall, sort of an unusual beer. The apple flavour really sticks out. I could see some people being really into this beer. I like it, but it is not something I would be in the mood for all that often. (838 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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! (839 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.75/5  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. (651 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml brown bottle, caged and corked. Pours out a hazed russet amber hue, tall frothy off-white head that tends to fall fairly quickly but engulfs the glass at first. This one takes a few attempts to pour.

Grainy malt on the nose, pear, green apple peels, slightly sour yeasty twang--a bit of a cidery character.

The malt opens up in the flavour, with some bready, caramel malt up front that also has a touch of a toasty note. Apple and pear skins in the middle, then some citrus kicks in, along with mild yeasty phenols towards the finish. Dry peppery phenols linger on in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light, texture is thin and almost completely gives way to a brisk prickly effervescent carbonation that dominates the character of the mouthfeel.

A bit dry and dominated by brisk carbonation, this BSPA tends to maintain the basic characteristics of any of the other La Trappe ales I've sampled so far. I enjoyed it for what it is, there are really no faults to be found here, yet held up against other offerings of this style it does not really stand out from its peers. To put it bluntly, from my snobby opinion this is a well-crafted ale for the style, but at the same time isn't very memorable either. Chalk it up to an embarrassment of riches when it comes to selection. (1,289 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, dark copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, alcohol, slight spice, slight grass, and a hint of floral hops. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight hops, slight alcohol, and a hint of spice. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, body, and blend. (452 characters)

Photo of searsclone
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 FL OZ bottle into a Chimay goblet. The cork is stamped "50/08" which I assume is 50th week of 2008. I drank in August 2010. Pours copper color with a quickly dissipating head. It looks like a dark champagne with all of the bubbles rising to the top.

Smells spice, alcohol and sweet.

Taste: raisins, spices and caramel

Feels sharp on the tip of the tongue and goes down smooth and easy.

High drinkability, overall very good. (452 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber body with a profuse amount of suspended particulates. The head presents as off-white4, dense, and retains well. The lacing is thick and sticky and in the Belgian form.

Aroma: Lots of sweet, vinous alcohol, caramel, bitter apple, dark fruit,nd some grassy, herbal notes.

Taste: Opens with caramel, followed by floral and herbal hops, spicy alcohol, pepper, and then ripe bananas, and bitter apple rind. Later in the taste, earthy and grassy notes appear. Finishes with a lingering mild herbal bitterness, and spicy alcohol.

Mouth feel: Smooth, fairly soft, pleasant, with zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: This beer seems an ideal selection for Autumn, with its complex and rustic notes. This being said, today is the Winter Solstice, but here in Texas, it seems like a Fall day.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom 335 ml brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. (933 characters)

Photo of brewdoc75
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Nice, rocky, off-white head is noticable at first. It quickly dies to a solid, one-inch crown. THe beer itself is a light-amber, mahagony concotion. Strong carbonation throughout.

S: Tart, fruity, with a hint of caramel. Some estery aroma and phenolic spice from the yeast, but not much. In the end I get a faint, cork-like character, which is slightly off-puting, but at the same time rustic.

T: Nice flavors with plenty of fruits like apple and pears. The fruitiness is on the tart side. I do get some nice phenolics with some clove-like character. There is a touch of caramel in the flavors and a faint sweetness of the malts. The hops are definitely there and supply an almost leathery or earthy bite. The alcohol is slightly noticable in the end.

M: Light to medium bodied. Crisp, tart, and refreshing. The acidity is noticable in the mouthfeel as a brightness on the tongue. The carbonation is on the stronger end and scrubs the flavors down nicely.

D: A nice Belgian Pale Ale. Maybe a bit too strong for the style, but definitely nice. I really enjoy the style however. The yeastiness may be a bit toned down for some as well. Overall, this is a solid BPA and worth a try. I would like to see the price (10 bucks a bottle)a bit lower though. (1,312 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (1,683 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears an amber semid clouded crust of bread like hue...with a nice off white cream colored head. Fine Belgian style lacing coats the sides of the glass. Aroma contains toasted caramel malted barly with cherry/raisin/apple fruitiness going on. Hints of Belgian yesat spiciness blends in as well to form a unique BPA experience from the Netherlands lone Trappist brewery. Flavors slightly bitter roasted malts caramelized sugars flow with a fruity spicy mix of flavors. Caramelized apple/raisins with a slightly nutty spiced edge from the yeast. Effervescent carbonation kicks the medium bodied ale across the palate nicely. Overall this is a decent beer made for sipping on, glad I grabbed a gift pack with two bottles of Isid'or and Quad with an official glass. (763 characters)

La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
89 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.