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

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Reviews: 272
Hads: 660
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 15.37%
Wants: 26
Gots: 92 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 thecheapies
3.86/5  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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-orange amber color with a nice off-white head and decent lacing

S-dark fruit, brown sugar, spices, malt

T-fig, plums, brown sugar, malt, cloves, cinnamon, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-good flavors and enjoyable sipping, nice to drink during the holidays

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Photo of puboflyons
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle stamped 14:19-K85C13. Sampled on October 14, 2013.

The pour is an attractive looking heady orange-amber with a faint cloudiness making it a tad opaque. Good carbonation.

The aroma is of Belgian pale malts, toasted biscuit, pear, yeast, and thin hops.

The body is medium and astringent.

The taste tends to have a higher bitterness than the aroma might suggest. There are upfront Belgian malts and pear or other fruit along with a moderate lingering after taste. It has its redeeming qualities.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A birthday beer for me! On tap at Brass Tap Gainesville. Pours a cloudy copper with small creamy head. Aroma of plums and figs, candy sugar, and a bit of yeast. Flavor is big plums, and more plums. Wow straight up fruit flavor here with some candy sugar sweetness. Easy drinking with medium mouthfeel. Excellent beer, but not quite as good as the barrel aged version.

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Photo of Libationguy
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reddish-light brown in color with orange hues. Off-white two finger head with medium retention.

Rich, warm aromas of molasses, dark brown sugar, ginger bread cookies, christmas pudding and pumpernickel bread. Brett actually dries the sweet tones out slightly.

The richness continues on the palate with caramel, molasses, black bread, gingersnaps, wet animal fur and orange marmalade. Black fruit notes and allspice on the finish.

Medium+ body with a rich mouthfeel. Full bitterness on the mid-palate and finish balance the richness in the beer. Nice, long finish.

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Photo of babayaga
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tulip.

Appearance- Small cream-colored head, body orange to copper, clear but not brilliant.

Aroma- Sweet malt, a nip of alcohol as it warms up. Very light floral.

Flavor- Raisins, some minerals, some phenolic character. Unique bitterness. Maybe that's an astringency that I can't place.

Mouthfeel- Medium creamy body, tastes somewhat sweet but Hmmm. Different. Kind of slick on the top of my mouth but I'd say the finish is somewhat dry.

Overall- This is nice. I'm not really familiar with the style, and it was a nice nightcap.

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Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Chimay goblet at World of Beer - SMU.

Muddy copper, completely opaque, burnt orange at the edges. Thin, filmy head of off-white.

Good amount of maple, brown sugar, raisins in the nose. Sweet, dark, rich aroma. A hint of toasted bread.

Burnt raisin bread flavor. Less maple, hints of vanilla, green apple, strawberry. Smooth alcohol. Lingering burnt malt.

Medium body, highly carbonated. Big fizzy bubbles. Alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Need to let it warm to bring out sweetness. Good, could be more complex. A smooth drink, though.

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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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

La Trappe Isid'or, named for Isidorus, the first brewing monk in the history of the Konigshoeven brewery, was released several years ago (2009, I believe) for the brewery's 125th Anniversary. When it first came out, I went through about three kegs on tap at the Blue Nile, and took notes one night, but somehow lost them. Gone somewhere in the missing spaces in the internet.
I put it on again not too long ago, last year or the year before, and I kept meaning to re-review it, and never got around to it. Well, it's back, and the third time is the charm...I think...we'll see...doing it now, before I go home to take on the oak-aged version.

7.5 % ABV. Belgian-style pale ale, or strong pale ale?

The look: gorgeous burgundy, reddish-brown coloring, opaque, showing clearer at the foot of the glass, underneath a creamy off-white head of foam, a good 1/2 inch, long-lasting, looking great.

The aroma: I'm getting hops first, a particularly floral, herbal, fruity hop, grown at the monastery, called Perle. Apple and apricot with a caramel twist. Malt flavors linger here, too. Utterly pleasant and arrestingly simple in it's complexity.

The taste: Smooth plus rich. Totally even, completely cool, balance incarnate, but a wonderful blend of tingly, tangy hop sensations on the palate, with the herbal, fruity malt flavors. terrific mix. A maltier, bigger Belgian pale, close to a Belgian amber, but really a thing unto itself. This feels, to my memory, a bit different from when it was first released, but I could be completely wrong. Maybe I was expecting something bigger, thicker, boozier, perhaps, and was disappointed.

What this is, is excellent. If you're not chasing after trappist rainbows or Belgian unicorns, just relax and be happy, get lost and ....taste the silence. Yeah....

I like this beer a lot. you should have one.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance- The beer pours a lightly hazed orange amber color with a one finger just off white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of some lightly toasted Belgian malt with some aromas of tropical fruits as well as a decent citrus hit. Mixed with these sweeter fruit smells and malt smells are some notes of a hoppiness and a bit of a yeastiness. The hop brings a grassy and herbal smell while the yeast smells bring with them aromas of banana and some spice.

Taste –the taste begins with a drier fruit flavor of a mix of citrus and grape. It has almost a wine like flavor in the fruit, but it also has a nice amount of a Belgian grain upfront which balances out he fruit to produce a Belgian triple like flavor up front. A yeastiness soon comes to the tongue and brings with it lighter flavors of banana and a moderately stronger clove and coriander taste. These tastes are later complimented by hop flavors of a grassy and herbal nature that were detected in the nose, but also a little bit of an earthy like flavor. All in all, the flavors end up leaving a dry and balanced hop and malt flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is just above normal. The two in combination crate a very crisp and clean feel on the tongue and fantastically match the flavor profile of the brew.

Overall- A rather nice, tasty, and drier Belgian strong with just the right level of hop to compliment the flavors of the brew. Rather easy drinking and a good brew to try.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Translucent orange/amber, two finger head

S-Some plums, clove banana, wheat and yeast.

T-Plums and other fruits, very fruity. Some bread and caramel as well.

M-Light, dry, slightly carbonated and crisp.

O- Better than the Oak Aged (might be due to differences in age) and one of the better offerings from this gang of monks.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Verdugo Bar in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, banana, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but smells slightly better in my opinion.

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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.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

light brown, maple in color with a low profile white head, good carbonation
smell is of tropical fruit, typical belgian yeast smell
now heres where its different than other trappist brews ive tasted, light, light, light fresh fruit, maybe melon. the yeast profile is perfect!
mouthfeel is ultra dry, probably one of the driest beers ive ever had the pleasure of tasting
overall hard beer to find, but well worth it!

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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.

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Photo of acevenom
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours hazy copper with a thick, biege colored head that dissipates slowly. There are some visible streaming bubbles that can be seen along the side of the glass. Some lacing is left behind on the glass as the head retreats. The beer smells pretty malty with some mild sweetness and fruit, but the aroma is not strong. The flavor is of malt, light toffee, and banana. Some flavors of clove come out as the beer warms. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry, but the drinkability is high for a high ABV beer. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of Yokoono76
3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: beautiful apricot color, some cloudiness, small head.

S: nothing noticeable, perhaps some malt... Not a lot of odor.

T: notes of apricot and slight malt, and some floral. Fresh malty aftertaste.

M: nice carbonation, compliments the light flavor. Medium body mouth feel.

O: descent beer, flavor is solid, but not heavy. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. I enjoy it, but I would not pay $7 for the 11.2 oz. I would order if on tap for sure. Easy drinking and nice flavored, just not accessible.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Trappe chalice. Pours a medium red-orange amber with beautiful one finger fine white head with great retention and massive lacing. A very nice presentation in the La Trappe glass. Aroma of caramel malt, stone fruit, Belgian yeast and spicing; hints of banana and plum. Classic Belgian strong ale flavors, caramel malt, light and dark stone fruit, Belgian yeast, very light clove. Medium creamy body. A bit lighter in taste intensity compared to other Belgian pales, but very pleasant and well made.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown with an orange tinge, slight cloudiness, fair carbonation, 1 finger beige head.

S: Licorice, dark fruits, prunes, anise, brown sugar, carmelized sugar.

T: Licorice, dark fruits, carmelized sugar, but all in a light, only slightly sweet presentation. Trappist belgian style quality. Balanced. Pleasant.

M: Medium body, medium high carbonation.

O: Nice. Love the bottle which feels like a work of art from a European gallery, and love that its Trappist. Feels like a more watery version of a Rochefort 6. Still love its authenticity and uniquenss. Would go well with spicy puddings, and mild to medium strong cheeses.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a La Trappe Goblet. Purchased in Wakefield, RI in a gift set.

A- Pour a slightly hazy amber body with a 2" white head that leaves uniform lacing.

S- Cloves, belgian spices, wheat, unripe bananas, bubblegum, tropical fruits.

T- Belgian spices, clove and coriander upfront, ends smooth and tropical with cotton candy, candied sugar, and maple notes.

M- Light, smooth and creamy with medium carbonation.

This brew has surpassed a lot of the Belgians that I have tried in the past. It's super complex, tasty, and the flavors really mesh to create a balanced and complex brew.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark amber with a thick light tan head. Much, much darker than I had expected.

S-smells like pale belgian malts with a certain tropical fruityness and a aged herbs, similar to a strong IPA past its due. quite complex, but not necessarily a good complex.

T-comes in with an amazing taste of pale belgian spices and herbs and grains, it tastes somewhere in between a Belgian IPA and BSPA though there is no bitterness here, It's an amazingly clean taste with just a small amount of rawness. it is so crisp and wonderful. great matching after-taste.

M-medium carbonation with a good, dry finish

O-I don't know exactly what I would call this style, but it is Belgian, and it is amazing. It is such a wonderful flavor. Fairly complex. I could drink a lot of this. It is so tasty! I recommend this for anyone who likes Belgians!

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Photo of bonkers
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bottle into a tulip, hazy golden pour, very fizzy on the pour. It settles down, slight head, no lacing. Lots of phenols on the nose. The flavor is overpowered by the phenols, some alcohol, lingering alcohol on finish. The body is medium, light carbonation. IMO an underwhelming beer, pales in comparison to other belgians.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very hazy swampy red-brown, unrelenting tower of tan head as per usual with strong Belgian ales
S - big phenol aromas of grape cough syrup, plumb, some caramel, not much of the 'pale ale' aspects making it though the nose though
T - prominent phenol flavours similar to the nose, pear and plumb, light leafy and metallic hop notes peak through towards the finish
M - medium body and very creamy, coats the mouth briefly then dryness builds through the finish, bit of a mineral feel left
O - a tasty Belgian ale, the pale ale aspects are a little subdued for my liking but a solid brew none the less that I am glad I came across

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La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
89 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.