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

La Trappe Isid'orLa Trappe Isid'or
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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #32
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #6,754
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 9.52%
Reviews:
310
Ratings:
786
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Netherlands
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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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Reviews by BlurryVisi0n:
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4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an over-sized wine glass. (Signature La Trappe glass).

Appearance: A semi-hazy amber, light bubbles on the body. Head is off-white settles with even lacing maybe 1/4" from the initial pour.

Smell: A hearty banana peel scent, deep fruit and yeast makes it beyond worthwhile. In the end you really inhale this brew.

Taste: Strong yeast, and lightly sweet. It is a complex feel that you will fall in lust with. It has a (rye) sour bread feel that i will say this best complimented with one of your favorite meats.

Mouth: Medium and it comes off maybe a notch light. I wish it was more sticking that's all.

Overall: Really really good brew, the worst part about it is finishing it. I will definitely another when I see it again. Salud!

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Photo of StephenRich
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The La Trappe Isid'or was brewed in 2009 to honor, and commemorate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the La Trappe Trappist Brewery by friar Isidorus Laaber. The beer was created for the entire world to enjoy, and bears La Tappe's first Brewmaster's name. Like all of La Trappe's beers, the profits from the sale of Isid'or will go directly to charitable causes, this specifically to their co-friars in Uganda to help them set up a community and a self sufficient monastery.

La Trappe (Koningshoeven) has been one of my most favorite breweries since I began drinking real beer - I do consider it an honor to be drinking this beer in La Trappe's original Brewmaster's esteemed memory. The Isid'or is classified as a Belgian Pale Ale - I'm not really sure where it belongs though. It is definitely not pale, has rich fruity flavors, but isn't a Dubbel or Quad. It is 7.5% abv, so its not quite a Belgian Strong Dark Ale either. I don't really care what beer style this should fit into, because really, I am just happy to be enjoying it.

The Isid'or comes in a Belgian style 330ml bottle, which is just enough to fill a Koningshoeven chalice, and also enough to tease me. I want more! I would love to find this in a 750ml bottle to age. After enjoying it I just imagined how smooth and wondrous it would be with another year or two to mellow and mature in the bottle.

I opened the Isid'or at cellar temperature around 12C (54F) and poured it into a Koningshoeven chalice, one of my favorites. The pour was smooth and gentle but showed rich life immediately as the beer hit the glass. A direct pour created a murky reddish brown beer with flecks of amber gold, brick, bronze and mahogany. A creamy and tightly packed head build up just over an inch with a nutty eggshell color. It's pretty gorgeous sitting in its chalice - the gold rim on the glass creates a crown for an otherwise kingly beer. Touches of golden brown shine through the center, and into the light it reveals a totally opaque and hazy depth.

The nose is packed with a huge wave of classically Dutch Trappist beer aromas; mulled fruits meet soft spices and earth. It begins with gentle malts showing both pale sweetness and dark richness. Bananas, plums, figs, dates, raisins and grapes are all over the nose with touches of cinnamon, coriander, pepper, all spice, and cloves. Hints of biscuit and apple sauce fade in the back with a gentle balance of floral herbs and a touch of booze. It is tantalizing and mouthwatering already.

It seems so fitting that Monks brewed this beer - even before tasting it you can tell that this is a beer meant to be sipped slowly, and savored. The first sip brought lush and gooey malts to the forefront of my palate showing wide dark fruits and a rustic yeast sensation. What I mean is that the sweet pale and crystal malts come through as a complex and hazy structure, rather than a clean and tight one. This beer has been crafted by the hands of the Monks, and you can tell.

Soft pears, plums, dates and apricots flow through your palate with an earthy backbone, but a silky and creamy texture. Hints of spice, grapes and yeast show up to add fresh flavors and a touch of balance to the Isid'or. Hops are gentle but very floral which, when paired with the esters and grassy aromas of the beer create a genuine sensation of heritage and traditional brewing.

As the beer warms, smoother more elegant malt flavors open with a still floral and earthy flavor. Malts begin to show caramel and melted toffee, and a hint more of bitter hops show up to play. The finish is long and warming creating a uniquely Trappist end to a masterful beer. I loved the smooth and balanced complexity of this beer, but it is the general flavor that had me reaching back for more. I love the richer and deeper Quadrupel, but this Isid'or is a touch more refined in character, but at the same time is much more rustic. Does that make sense?

Just try the beer if you can find it, and don't share it with any food. While I can think of a great many cheeses, desserts and mains that would work very well with this beer I would argue that it is meant to be savored as a meal itself.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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 StJamesGate
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours rich bronze with yellowy honeycomb head. Big honey and flower nose. Yellow cake malts, banana and yeast in the middle and warm spicy hops to finish with some clove sting. Syrupy dark honey tang lingers. Some burn, round and sticky.

A big, chunky ale; this has more malt and fruit than any PA I can recall.
I like the Belgian thing of not being handcuffed by a style.
A dessert beer, and a real treat.

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Photo of Beer-Ed
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewdoc75
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a recent trip to Austin. 11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

The beer pours a nice orange color with a white head. The aroma is strong Belgian yeast with some fruit, wheat and bubblegum. Very nice smelling. The flavor is very similar with the bubblegum and fruit being fairly strong. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. La Trappe Tasting Goblet. Cooper color, orangish amber to the light & cloudy appearance. Intense caramel malt & Belgian yeast aromas, orange hues, as well as biscuit, herbal, flowery & phenolic notes. Sweet mild toasted flavor & spiced touch at first sip. Medium to full body. Moderate to soft carbonation. Oily texture & kind warming & well integrated ABV. In the middle, fruity, delicate & low bitterness rounded by gentle notes of wood resolve in a very subtle citric zest astringency. Sweet/bitter finish. Fruity aftertaste & spicy hints. Refreshing, flavorful & suggested for a paused drink !!

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

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

Let's kick off my 25th birthday with a Dutch beer; appropriate given I played with a Dutch soccer team on FIFA 10. On to the beer:

It's more dark than pale. It's a dark orange color with reddish hues mixed in, and the head retention on top is adequate. Aroma....it's fruity, most resemblant of strawberries. Caramel aromas hit the nose too.

Nice flavor. On the sweet side, as expected...it comes out a little different than expected. It's really a Belgian-style amber ale, with fruity esters flavor, plus a little toasted malt, carmelized sugar, and dry biscuity malt. This is the flavor Palm hoped it had. The carbonation is strong at first, but time mellow it out some, but it's still hitting your palate. Because it's Belgian inspired, I expected such.

Only my second beer from the La Trappe family, but Isid'or, unilke the Quad, will bring me back to try other products of the family. Recommended.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.21/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a goblet

A: Pours a relatively light shade of yellow/orange but settles into a much darker, hazy copper hue. The head isn't prominent, but forms a solid white layer over the liquid.

S: Aroma is very light, almost nonexistent. A touch of spice, a touch of yeast, and a bit of heavy fruit, but it's all incredibly subtle.

T/M: Flavor is equally diminishing. Large bubbles bombard the tongue up front, but there's not a whole lot that follows. Some apricot and yeasty aftertaste make up the majority of the profile with a faint bitterness lingering in the background. The spiciness starts to emerge after a few sips but, again, it's all very subdued.

At 7.5%, it's potent for how light it tastes, but there are better Trappist brews available.

TheBeerAlmanac.com

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Photo of Mark_Robinson
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of jbphoto88
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of SadMachine
3.31/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle, my first new Trappist offering in a long time. Toreador, oh, don't spit on the floor. Please drink the Isid'or. That's what it's for. (With apologies to Bart Simpson, et al.)

This beer pours a hazy medium orange amber hue, with two fingers of silken foamy off-white head, which leaves some chunky, spiky lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of sweet pale malt (part barley, part edgy wheat), riddled with tropical fruit, candy sugar, faint Belgian (or I guess Dutch?) yeast, some banana chips, and very mild, drying earthy hops. The taste is more pale barley and wheat malt, well blended, and still well sugared, with pureed banana, some latte-worthy caramel/toffee/vanilla syrup, a subtly pervasive yeastiness, and some more of those underwhelming, but stolidly integral earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is a wee bit frothy, but in that good way, the body a decent medium weight, and pretty unaffectedly smooth as well (this is starting to sound like the boy you wish your baby girl eventually brings home to meet Mom...). It finishes rather off-dry, the sugary malt, fruit, and, I suppose, spices still large and in charge - the obvious omission here being the booze, but it doesn't really register as of yet. I am certain that will change soon.

One of the better BSPAs that I have encountered of late, and that's WITH the big sugary nature that just won't quit. The subtly of the Trappist name may be a tad challenged here, but it still passes quite easily - the yeast and fruit seemingly calling in favours to do so.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of BeerDetective
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer from a bottle this evening while awaiting some friends. It poured a nice tan color with some red highlights. The nose was like a good bier de garde, which I was not expecting, though it was a pleasant surprise. The taste was reminiscent of Gavroche for me, but a little bit more spice in the back of the palate. Mouthfeel was smooth and excellent, you can roll the beer pleasantly around. Overall a highly drinkable 7.5% Belgian. Get it while you can.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with quite a bit of particulate matter. A short fizzy head that fades quickly.
S - vaguely fruity/ bannana & figs / with a small spice characteristic coming through. Cloying malty sweetness present.
T - sweet malts and darker fruit tastes in the front followed by a twinge of fleeting bitter. Spice and fruit even more prevalent in the taste than the smell.
M - light but still a little syrupy and not as carbonated as the fizzy head led me to believe.
D - nice for sampling from the 11.2 ounce size. Good for the now and then dip into the naturally sweeter Belgians.

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of drperm
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle retrieved from my cellar after 13 months in honor of my birthday. Poured into my Chimay goblet and enjoyed in front of a Christopher Walken DVD.

A: Cloudy, dense copper tone with slight white foamette.

S: malt all the way. Very mild grain, hazelnuts, brown sugar.

T: Starts mediocre but develops complexity as it goes. Malty with notes of toast, nuts, and that particular roasty yeast that certain Low-Country breweries seem to favour.

M: A bit caramelly- sweet finish. Slight hint of cotton candy.

O/D: not bad at all, but a disappointment overall. I'm wishing I had tried one fresh first in order to have a comparison with my cellared version.

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Photo of HoistinBrews
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 786 ratings