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

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La Trappe Isid'orLa Trappe Isid'or

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Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 vinicole
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Slightly oxidised copper colour. Light haze. Frothy head.
Spicy aroma. Yeast and malt. Orange peel.
Earthy flavour. Banana and dried fruit. Bitter finish.
Decent body with a soft carbonation.
Not my favourite style but nevertheless quite tasty.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a chalice.

Hazy brown amber color with thick frothy off-white head with pretty good retention, it gradually dissipates to some eternal bubble film atop along with some lacing ring and patch along the glass-side, high visible carbonation.

Big caramelized malt in a nose, it nicely mingles with chalky yeast, candy sugar, a bit of phenolic spice, floral, herbal, and mildly sweet fruitiness reminding of banana and cherry to wrap everything up together.

The taste starts off with fruity flavor of banana and cherry then malt taken over with notes of caramel and bread as well as candy sugar sweetness. Some spiciness and herbal reveal in the middle while hop bitterness is at the end with a slight bitterness to satisfy the taste buds.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel from its lively carbonation that is proper to carry all the things well inside the palate, dry finish.

Truly Belgian with its trademark fruity and yeasty character, alcohol is very well hidden, so tasty and pretty easy drinkable Trappist.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Orval chalice.

L - Copper brown with minimal foam.

S - Sweet phenols, banana, apricot, slightly malty

T - Boston brown bread, raisins, slightly bitter aftertaste. Smooth roasted flavor, full fruit, treacle.

F - Thin on the tongue, carbonation is not intrusive.

Not a Belgian Pale Ale! This has all the hallmarks of a Dubbel. It is reminiscent of an Orval.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle served cold into a tulip glass. Thanks to my friend Adam for picking this up while he was in Quebec.

Appearance - hazy amber color with a nice finger of off-white head. Plenty of carbonation and good retention. Not much in the way of lacing.

Smell - not a big nose, but caramel and butterscotch dominate with a capital D. Some Belgian style yeastiness, and the nose amplifies in intensity as the beer warms.

Taste - light, yeasty, with lots of caramel and butterscotch. Light and airy flavours too. Some booze makes its way through, but a fine Belgian pale ale.

Mouthfeel - smooth, light bodied, very expressive carbonation. Great feel with a drying palate.

Overall - for a one off celebration beer turned into a regular feature, Isid'Or is one hell of a fine Belgian pale ale. Easy to drink, not too boozy ( but certainly a bottle for sharing), and just plain enjoyable at any time. Great beer in the summer or the winter.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle with a splendid La Trappe label. Poured into a stemmed Belgian tulip.

A - amber color with hints of orange when held in the light. Nice held on the pour leaving a beautiful Trappist ale.

S - banana notes paired with caramel malt and a fine yeast fill the nose before notes of slightly sweet dark fruit with a mild Belgian spice brings together a very solid aroma.

T - sweet and soft malt notes of caramel and light bread. Highlighted yeast funk adds some complexity to the dark fruit flavors.

M - medium bodied and smooth texture. Not as thick and coating as bigger Trappist ales, but this is a damn fine liquid. Drinkable and delicious.

O - I enjoyed this La Trappe offering and it's nice to see trappist 'table beers' making it into bottles and distributed to the U.S. My adventures to Belgium have always been filled with world class table ales. Now I can have one at home. I'm not sure this is light enough to be a Belgian Pale ale, but this is one to savor nonetheless.

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Photo of Premo88
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into snifter

L: murky dark orange (it's clear but I decanted a bit too much sediment); topped by thick 1/2-inch head of beige/tan foam; keeps a thick beige collar; orange color has lots of amber, lots of brown; no major sticking or lacing

S: sweet darker fruits, dusty yeast underneath; the dust is almost musty like an old wooden home, but it's a light note; hot cherry pie ... the malt is adding some pie crust

T: follows the nose with dusty/fruity plums, dates, plenty of sweetness, but it's a bit more earthy than the nose; black pepper ... tastes like a spicy hop bite -- it opens at the front of each sip but starts sliding into the aftertaste, playing back and forth with the sugary sweet dark fruit flavors

F: perfect ... what a great Belgian ale is all about, big carbonation, solid midweight brew, very filling

O: fantastic brew ... tastes more like a dubbel/quadrupel than the average Belgian strong pale, but it still has a hint of that earthy/yeasty note often in the Belgian strongs, making it a bit of a hybrid; the peppery hop bite works very well and spices up the sweeter flavors; I might like this better than La Trappe's abbey ales, it's that good

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thick cloudy dark amber color with lots of activity. Frothy beige 3-4 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with mediocre legs. Flavors of apples, toffee, berries, floral banana yeast, dark grains, herbal spices. Pleasant sweet fruity feel with sharp yeast bitterness. Oily smooth almost full body with prickly carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, with a soft lingering thick dark malty, caramel yeast, leafy herbal feel. Slightly leathery and earthy. Nice intensity, accessible. Very tasty and good balance. Refreshing yet warming, perfect for spring and autumn. Overall excellent quality craft.

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Photo of dar482
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in an lightly hazy medium to deep amber color.

The aroma offers banana, clove, anise, toffee, caramel candy sweetness.

The flavor follows with a cooked sweet banana, apple, and pear. Peppery spice, a caramel candy sweetness in the middle, with a dry and whiskey-like finish.

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Photo of Dzu
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 0.33l bottle into La Trappe glass.
L: Turbid dark amber color with weak foam head.
S: Caramel, dark fruits, plums .
T: Sweets, plums and raisin, weak boozy and bitterness in aftertase.
F: Good balanced, medium carbonation and thin body.
O: Great ale. Reminds me La Trappe's Quad.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had their ales often and think the inexplicable character of their yeast sets them apart.
The only Trappist brewery in The Netherlands, I wonder if being more north explains the difference.

After pouring a good head, I had to admire it.
The modest fragrance brought me right in and, without unpacking Isid'or, I had to sip some.
The sign of a subtle ale, you just want to experience it.
I drink Isid'or often (I'd guess eight times). It is a particularly good ale to enjoy throughout the courses of a meal. For me the Trappist style of unusual carbonation by itself detracts from their beers, but with a meal the yeasty carbonation serves a higher purpose and cleanses the palate.

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Photo of RobinLinde
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the beautiful bottle into a a tulip. Has a misty amber body with a white head. No lacing and poor retention.
Smell: Sweet caramel, a touch of candy cane.
Taste: Sweet and tastes of light roasted malt and has a fruity aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and very smooth.
Overall: A solid good Belgian beer, lacks something that makes it more exciting.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Burnt orange/copper colored beer, mildly hazy. White, silky frothy head that lingers. Leaves a touch of lace.
S: Very yeasty, like a wheat ale. Plenty of that bready and estery smell. Hints of toasty malt as well. Very nice
T: Interesting. Somewhat like a saison, in that it is yeasty and bready. Also has that toasty malt from the nose. And true to the style, there is a dry, hoppy bitterness, though it is very light. Actually quite nice to drink.
F: Super silky and smooth. Full body. A bit of dryness from the hops that runs against the smooth, silky finish. Carbonation is mild-medium
O: Excellent beer, great drinking experience. Expertly crafted

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Photo of jw4free
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: clear dark Amber good effervescence. Big fluffy head, fades slowly, not much lacing. S: malts honey and barley sugar. T: tobacco, leather and smokey bonfire. Yeasts towards almond. F: decent mouthfeel. Smooth and velvety. Not too carbonated. Warming alcohol. O: I like this one.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A nice controlled rocky, and deep white vanilla head forms, solid three fingers with thick soapy fine retention. It sits on a very amber body,almost red but more of a light chestnut brown with excellent orange highlights. Pinches of light yellow bubbled carbonation crawl up along the sides, a real nice classic looker.

Excellent aroma. Spicy phenols of mild clove and nutmeg quality. Small hinting caramel, and nice classic candi sugar that gets into plum and a sort of buttery raisin character. Light sensations of fruit cake as well, very good sense of dryness and just a touch of warmth. Real nice bouquet.

Palate takes a bit more of a simpler turn than expected. Light bodied but easily supportive malts and a very crisp and dry almost saison like character. Effervescent slightly finish, hints of apple, banana, and raisin in the mid palate but washes quite fast and quickly on the aftertaste.

Pretty solid but the impression from the aroma is that a much more impressive beer is coming and it just turns out rather solid instead.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
7.5% ABV

A - Impossible to pour without sediment (despite the fact the beer has been undisturbed for months), gobs of yeast float in suspension clouding an otherwise clear amber beer; its heavy carbonation doing little to keep the off-white foam afloat.

S - Deep biscuty and caramel malts provide a hefty aroma for the abundant yeast to springboard off of. Dry and earthy, the yeast carries dark fruit undertones but leans more towards wet clay and spice nuances.

T - Sweet caramel malt cuts through an overly dry yeast profile that carries complimentary dark fruit characteristics and a finish of coriander sprinkled over wet clay.

M - Heavily carbonated to the point of effervescence, Isid'or has a medium-full body, partly perpetuated by the floating yeast chunks, and a dry, smooth finish.

O - Never mind the chunky, unattractive appearance and you'd have yourself one fine brew! This Belgian strong pale ale focuses more on the yeast (of which there's plenty) than it's rather simple malt base with a touch of caramel sweetness.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

0.75 corked bottle.
Poured into tulip.
Copper/amber hazy beer under 2-finger beige head. Recedes rapidly to a ring of froth.
Smell - fruity (figs, dates, cherry acidity), cabbag hints, caramel, clove, well-recognized la trappe yeasts.
Taste - yeasts, spices, dark fruits.
Excellent balance, moderate carbonation, medium body, remarkable specimen of the style.

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Photo of drmeto
3.04/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

-earthy and leathery on the front
-strong floral hoppyness
-Faint honey,caramel and Banana
-Hoppy and slightly malty finish

I found this fairly boring

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Amber color of moderate clarity. Once sediment reached the bottle it became fairly hazy. A finger of white head.

S: Dark fruit. Perhaps of touch of a stale aroma.

T: More dark fruit character: some fig, but predominately a cherry note. Caramelized sugars. Bready notes. Beer is balanced well. Maybe slightly oxidized but in a vinous slight sherry kind of way.

F: Good carbonation. I feel as though many North American breweries tend to overcarb anything in the belgian style; this is is well done though and how a belgian should be carbed in my mind. It's crisp and refreshing.

O: This was great I would happily buy it again.

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Photo of fishyakLA
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Within the Belgium style, my key word is balance. Not too sweet, not too much dried fruit, not too much alcohol, not too much carbonation, etc. Yet all the elements are there without any one element taking over too much. Not my favorite beer, but a solid enjoyable choice . And if someone asked me for a good example of this beer style, this one strikes me as in the middle of the style box.

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Photo of stevoj
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A work of art. Spices and dried fruit flavors abound Aroma of caramel, figs, oranges, etc. taste is complex mixture of the noted aromas, with a lingering palate and slightly dry finish. Very nice indeed, a fitting tribute to Brother Isadore.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this earlier tonight up at the Cloverleaf, poured out of a 11.2 oz. bottle and into a snifter. I like beers of this style because of their complex strength and potency and this beer had plenty of those to offer. As it warmed up, the notes came out beautifully and the sweetness was just right not to overpower everything else!

This had a gorgeous copper hue to it with a moderate amount of head that quickly subsided. Nice candied and caramel sweetness in the nose with both of those also coming out in the taste, along with booze, pear, sugar, and dark fruits. This was thick, dark, opaque, and a smooth sipper as everything in it came on stronger and stronger as it warmed up. The mouthfeel was full, a bit cloying, and slightly sticky as each sip went down. Lots of the booze lingered on for a while but it never felt like this was too strong or that the alcohol squashed everything else out.

This was one to savor and thankfully, I had plenty of time to do that tonight. There's something about the Trappist beers that make them seem organic and this was another example of a beer that seems naturally tapped and not brewed to be beer. This was dark and potent enough to be a Tripel but why split hairs? A beer like this showed why the trappists put the Strong in Belgian Strong Pale Ales but you'll never know that as everything quietly sneaks up on you. Just sit back and savor the subtle beauty of this!

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Photo of JaimeLondon
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great belgian beer of a beautiful dark amber color and a nice beige foam.
Smell is really incredible - really sweet - with notes like caramel, chestnut honey, candy and dark chocolate with cherry. Some malty/yeasty character as well.
Taste has stronger malty character and some nice fruity notes, specially in the end.
Feel is not as great, but body and carbonation are really balanced and is a bit crispy; maybe more bitter would be great.
Yeah.. great one!

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Photo of Zet
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in its appropriate La Trappe chalice: a nice dark amber colour with a light yellow head of foam. Smell of yeast and cloves with a little chocolate. Delicate taste of dried fruits (peach, fig) and vanilla an a little sourness (orange?) and alcohol when swallowing, very well balanced. Very smooth mouth feel, like a Weizen. Nice trappist blonde.

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Photo of macpapi
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pretty nice brown-amber color with a nice, fluffy white head.

Smell is nice. There is the combined presence of Belgian yeast, candied sugar, and dark, sweet fruit--the Belgian trilogy of sorts, though typically for dark ales. This one may officially be a pale, but I am noticing that it shares many characteristics of a dark.

Taste follows suit to a point. Sweet and malty with the definite presence of plum, fig, and raisin. There is also a certain bread-like quality to the taste as well. A bit of spice to finish it off. Nice flavor on the whole.

Isid'or is moderately carbonated and has a full-bodied presence in the mouth. This beer has quite a bit of character.

Overall, this is a pretty damn nice beer. It does not have an over-the-top, in-your-face presence. However, it is smooth, somewhat complex, and easy to drink. It may not be at the top of the list of Trappist ales, but you could do far, far worse than this brew.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A perfectly acceptable Trappist strong ale. Well, fairly strong. It's 7.5 percent, but you can definitely taste the strength of the booze. As far as looks go, you can tell this beer means business, between the painting on the label of the monk who looks older than the brewery itself and the murky brown pour that contains more than a bit of sediment (but since I'm a sucker for sediment, bring it on!).
Smells as rich as it looks, with some leather, prune, and strong raisin scent on it. Taste follows the same path, with a mild bready flavor on top. Goes down nice and smooth with a small, yet soft and fluffy head. Not a ton of complexity, but certainly delivers where it's needed. Nothing to complain about with this Dutch take on the Trappist.

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