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

La Trappe Isid'orLa Trappe Isid'or
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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #32
Ranked #6,714
3.99 | pDev: 9.52%
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Very Good
La Trappe Isid'orLa Trappe Isid'or
Notes: 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 kitch
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of July 2020. Poured into a La Trappe goblet glass.

Appearance: A dark copper amber colour with a one finger beige head that had good retention and eventually settled to a nice thin replenishing layer while leaving lots of nice lacing.

Aroma: Dark fruit, prunes, plum, fig, raisin, Belgian yeast, caramel and a touch herbal.

Taste: Sweet, dark fruit, plum, prunes, fig, raisin, followed by banana, clove, toffee and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with soft to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Looks great and aroma was nice too. But it was sweet, too sweet for my liking. The sweetness was so strong that sipping it was the only way for me, and even that was too much at times.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a roasted-walnut shade of brown with two fingers of dense light-khaki foam. Head retention is good. Notable sludge at the bottom of the glass. Aroma is light nutty, earthy, toasty, caramely malts with just a hint of spicy hops. Flavor profile is nutty, earthy, caramely, toasty, bready malts with a bit of dry spicy hop behind. It comes off as a rather slick slice of bread. Mouth feel is still with a medium-thin consistency. Overall, it feels and tastes a bit like a hearty loaf of rye or hearty-whole-grain bread.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 11.2oz bottle.

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Photo of FLima
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh from the brewery tap.
Brown color with a thick head with good retention.
Aroma with notes of caramel, nuts, mild pine, faint chocolate and prunes.
Flavor with notes of prunes, brown sugar, nuts, some chocolate, grains, biscuit and tea leaves. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% is absent.
Easy drink Dubbel with good malt complexity.

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Photo of Beersnake1
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at a bottle shop in Namibia of all places. Pours light brown with a nice tan head. Nose is bread, raisin, fig, wheat, grapes. Taste is slightly bitter upfront, with a nice toffee, raisin, and bread layered on top. This is super nice to sip.

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Photo of KooVee
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle, bb in 6m.

Slightly hazy paler shade of amber. Fluffy foam of notable longevity.

Nose is prunes, figs, spice ..I would guess grains of paradise... and some unrefined sugar wafting out of the cellar. Not particularly unique for the style, but pleasant.

Taste matches in terms of initial impressions but there is no blooming. What was promised in the aroma stays mute, and a cloying sweetness takes over. The mouthfeel is too thin, the bitterness too narrowly herbal and short. As the beer warms it becomes ever more low-dimensional.

The execution is not at fault, the design is. The brewer ran out of insipiration at the aroma.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle,

pours a clear, dark amber color, thick white colored head. pretty good head retention. aroma of bready malt and herbal earthy Belgian yeast esters. similar flavor, mildly sweet. thin to medium bodied.

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Photo of jrc1093
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle reads ‘K02613’

Pours a deep rust-dirt brown with vague ruby hues and over a finger of fluffy, bone white head; good retention and solid albeit inconsistent walls of lacing hold to the walls nicely, while a thicker ring of foam surround the surface; fair amount of speckled sediment rests on the bottom.

Aromas of dark fruits, candied sugar, plums, light fig, caramel, and underlying milk chocolate; dark fruits threaten to overwhelm throughout, but various background notes present themselves with more prominence to offset this and add balance to the bouquet.

Taste brings further dark fruit, figs, subdued chocolate, and bits of earthy, herbal bitterness on the finish; solid, but a bit one-dimensional and finishes rather quickly.

Mouthfeel shows a medium body with consistent, nuanced, prickly carbonation; malty softness sits comfortably on the palate and leaves light fatigue while imparting solid flavor.

Solid elements to build with, but occasionally lacks both consistency in some places (mouthfeel) and dynamism (flavor profile) in others. In spite of this, it proves to have a nice enough foundation to remaining enjoyably drinkable.

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Photo of Martin194
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Cloudy amber with a fluffy tan head.

Smell: Orange, some dark fruits, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, mushroom/earthiness, some hops, caramel.

Taste: LOTS of spices, alcohol, a hint of banana, cherry, followed by a bitter aftertaste. The aftertaste is just a *little* to bitter for my personal tastes, but it's not bad at all. It's aftertaste and feel is similar to that of a strong IPA, which doesn't quite fit for me even though I like IPAs.

Feel: Medium body, normal carbonation, leaves a warm, dry mouthfeel after swallowing.

Overall: Excellent beer!

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Photo of REVZEB
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap. Heavy on the clove and belgian spices, there is some candi sugar, plum and yeasts that are for balance, but don't quite add up enough. Still enjoyable, but make this very bright, despite the fuller body. Diving below there surface flavors, there is some depth with some banana, some mushroom and general earthy flavors, wish that would be more at the forefront

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Photo of Michelleroo
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this! Such a complex beer! Smells divine, so pretty in a glass with a terrific fuzz factor! And the taste...when I’m holding it on my tongue, the taste is so yummy with raisins/fruits that I never want to swallow it. Smooth, better with every drink. Would definitely grab this up again.

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Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It has a nice fruity dark sweet cherry and raisin like flavor up front with loads of dark sweet caramel and buttery bready malt notes throughout. Carbonation is light and the feel is slick. The finish has the slightest kiss of hop bitterness and a mellow sweet Brandy like alcohol note. Enjoy slowly as this one could become somewhat cloying.

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Photo of ICTguy21
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: brown and turbid as a Trappist beer should be, also has a thin tan head

Smell: some caramel, overly ripe fruit and yeast

Taste: taste of dark fruit, yeast and a bit of candied sugar

Feel: smooth very well balanced with the carbonation

Overall: an excellent beer, pretty unique flavor

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Photo of dertyd
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out a hazy dark golden/brown color, with a thin off white colored head------------- the aromas are of raisins, Carmel, spice, sweet malt and grass/floral----------- the flavors are of plums, raisins, dried cherries and spice, the beer has a high amount of carbonation giving it a thinner mouthfeel with a slightly bitter finish--------------- overall this beer was nice, it's your typical Belgian strong ale with sweet dark fruits, spice and grassy aromas

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Photo of BFrederickJudd
4.91/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first trappist and it was amazing. Nice amber color, wonderful smell. Absolutely no clue of its alcohol content. Kinda warms you up also. Would I buy this again? Yes.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky rust colour, an inch of foam to start, shrinks fairly quickly.

Smells of caramel malt, dried fruit, cloves, brown or candi sugar; I can't make up my mind.

Fruity taste, spice of cloves, brown sugar, malty but light sweetness. Light bitterness.

Medium body with prickly carbonation.

Nice beer.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank at Delirium Café, Brussels.

Quick notes: Pours a beautiful yellow to orange body. Aroma was strong of belgian yeast. Taste is more close to a tripel then a BSPA. Very interesting La Trappe beer.

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Photo of citizencane
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost opaque caramel color with abundant head and thick lacing into a 4oz glass. Smells of burnt sugar and spices, maybe cinnamon, clove, and honey? Taste is caramel malts, clove, faint other spices. Feel is thick and smooth. As I keep drinking, a slight apple character comes out. Another absolute winner from this brewery.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a glossy semi-dark amber color. Sustaining finger’s worth of glossy white head dissipated in a nice slow fashion. Slim lacing. The aroma takes on all of the normal Belgian sweet to spicy bready/yeasty goodness. Sly grassy sweetness with Belgian sweet sugar embalms it all together nicely. The flavor takes all of the previously mentioned aromas to ride into a slight sticky Belgian sweet sugar aftertaste. Slight sticky sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionable to sipping feel to it. Overall, pretty nice for a Belgian Strong Pale ale.

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Photo of schavuytje
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The best of La Trappe, flavor of phenols citrus, taste amber moles sweet caramel and phenols in finishing phenols bitter; Zundert is a more complex trappist amber

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Photo of chinchill
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

La Trappe Isid'or on tap at the Pour Taproom (Greenville, SC).
Pours with a hazy copper body and a semi-durable off-white head that leaves patterned lacing.
Aroma: sweet and fruity with hints of candied fruits, dark dried fruits and vanilla. Intriguing.
Flavor: Largely follows the aroma, with dark dried fruits dominating the complex flavor. About equally bitter and sweet. Nicely harmonious and interesting.
Mouthfeel: medium body with soft, medium carbonation.
Overall: refined and mild, with well hidden alcohol, this is beer worth seeking out and savoring.

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Photo of vinicole
3.79/5  rDev -5%
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 +0.3%
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 +3.8%
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 taxandbeerguy
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +3.8%
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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La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 786 ratings