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

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La Trappe Isid'orLa Trappe Isid'or

Brewed by:
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 kaseydad
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at the Public House in SF.

Wine glass brought to the table. Hmmm. Well wine glass pour and I am met with an amber colored ale with a big foamy white head that hides quickly. Fruity aroma central! Pears, grapes and apples to name a few. A lot going on here. As fruity as it smells, the taste comes at me with a bitter smack to the palate followed with a light floral swallow. Lingering dark fruit aftertaste. Awesome. Dry mouthfeel with light carbonation. At 7.5% this drank very smoothly though I drank it slow to savor each and every sip. You should too. Great beer!

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Photo of Rifugium
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Ebenezer's Pub, Lovell, ME

This was labeled as "Brother Isidor" on the beer menu, but this is the closest thing I could find to that, and it's probably what it was, considering Ebenezer's menu. Whatever it was, it was REALLY good.

Poured dark, burnt sienna with a nice finger of white head that retained well. Smell of light fruit and citrus. Tastes of rich caramel; light spice; light and dark fruits: pears, cantaloupes, raisins, plums; smooth and light, and nearly perfect to my palate. Medium body and some carbonation, highly pleasant and very drinkable.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber and has the classic Trappist head to it. Poured into a Urthel glass, so not quite as authentic as I could make it but it works for this purpose.
Smells of floral notes and a very strong alcohol and ester smell. Has a major smell of fresh clovers.
Tastes of alcohol and the nice taste of the yeast they use to give it that taste that most Belgian beers have... even though this is from the Netherlands.
Has a very carbonated mouthfeel that fills the mouth.

Thanks Netherlands, this is a good beer.

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Photo of tubacharlie
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full, luscious head of a creamy khaki color nearly spills over the top of the tulip glass, settling to a solid blanket of mixed bubbles with limited lacing. The body is a rich, orange-red-brown color, dense and cloudy with active carbonation.

The light scent of caramel malts and burnt brown sugar wafts through the air, portending the flavor soon to be released on the tongue.

Surely enough, the slightly sweet caramel notes are apparent at first sip, followed by molasses and roast grain flavors with a peppery finish and a light hop tang. Creamy and effervescent in the mouth, the head disappears near the end of the glass, leaving a light ring at the edges but plenty of fizz below.

Wholesome as liquid bread, this is a pleasure to drink and would pair nicely with roast beef or a thick slab of prime rib and roast potatoes.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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 PapaEugene
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being a huge La Trappe Quadruppel lover, I started bothering the local shops about this beer a few weeks ago. Today I finally managed to get my hands on this dutch beer.

Poured it in a La Trappe glass. It has a beautiful dark amber color and a rather fresh smell. I was expecting a light taste, but it was pretty complex. Medium carbonation, light bitterness, hints of citrus, some caramel, malts and spicy hops. I think that like the La Trappe Quadruppel, this beer can still mature when stored under the right conditions.

Make sure you try one soon as this batch should be a one-off production and most likely just available in Holland, the homecountry of this monastery/brewery. Not sure how many bottles will be produced.

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Photo of joedon
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden-amber, slightly hazy beer with a long lasting billowy white head.
Smells of spice, malt and yeast.
Tastes of honey, Perle hops, and big malt base.
Really chewy texture and a bit sweet. Very smooth and drinkable.
This was offered to me at t'Arendsnest in Amsterdam. The bar keeper told me the hops were grown on the Abbey in Tilburg and this was a "one-off" special beer.


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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very stoked to see this at the COOP today... grabbed a bottle immediately... Think it cost about $10... but I could be wrong... shared with Brenda...

Poured into my delirium snifter.... grrr :15 late I remember .... I have a fucking La Trappe and a Koningshoeven glass.... oh well... cheers to whatever is clean. :-)

Great head .. easy 2 fingers.. probably more... the brew is a hazy sunset orange... tons of bubbles streaming off the inside of the glass... nice lace and a solid cap for the entire bottle..

Nose is chock full of pils malt and some spicy phenols at first... some lite orangy notes emerge ... honey remnants as it warms..

Flavor is surprisingly good.. I like Koningshoeven a bunch... but this is a nice treat... very balanced with just enough pale malts and the expected Belgian yeasty profile.. more than I expected spicy hoppiness is a welcome surprise and adds to the overall brew... I swear I'm getting touches of rose water.. makes me think of a lite perfume ... finish has whaffs of caramel and the lesser elements above... lingers for a long while... solid body and a fair carbonation that sticks around until the final sip.. I really like this..

I would thing this a BSPA.... hands down.. too much going on for a standard Belgian Pale... but what do I know? Good stuff for sure... I am gonna get these while I can.. I think a bit of time in the bottle will help.. but Isid'or is pretty nice right now... I want another glass.. but Brenda polished off the remnants..

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1st had this beer in De Bierboom (Brugge) and bought this 33cl bottle (Euro 1.60) to review at home. Best before 09-2013 and poured into a Westmalle chalice.

Looks the part, mini haze in the hazel-nut reddy/brown body, a thin but complete off-white foaming head sat on top. Bubbles rising to the surface throughout the tasting. The head also prouced some good heavy lacing.

Toffee in the nose, and the sweeter end of the malt table, no burnt or toasted bread or chocolate, just a pleasant toffee aroma.

The taste is a lovely blend of toffee flavours and understated hops, which give the beer a slight bitterness towards the end of the mouthfeel. The alcohol contend is well hidden and this is so easy to drink you could forget it has an ABV of 7.5%.

The first beer in my quiet Saturday night in (4th June 2011).

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Photo of mactrail
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich with sharp notes. Body is less heavy but mouth filling. Coarse carbonation in the mouth but very beautiful head and streams of lacing in the goblet. A pretty golden amber color. Fragrant like fruit bread. Notes of toasted rye. Fruity like a Hefeweizen but without so much banana. Spicy hints of cinnamon along with the cloves. Dried currants, complex fruitiness. Some hops that mingle with the murky Belgian yeasty flavors.

Very drinkable. Each sip has that surprising sharp fruitiness with a touch of sweetness. Long mellow aftertaste. I'll look for this on tap.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a medium amber / dull orange tone with bright orange highlights; pour was somewhat aggressive but wow, what a head - foamy, billowing 3" at least, slowly fades while leaving patches of lacing. nose is nice, relatively fragrant and offering an appealing assortment of fruit (banana, apple), spice (namely clove), belgian yeast and a touch of herbal hoppiness.

more of the same comes across in the flavor. fruity with strong notes of spice, yeast, and vaguely herbal. medium bodied on the palate with some prickly carbonation.

overall, a very nice belgian pale. full of flavor and pretty nicely balanced. definitely impressed.

(originally reviewed: 11-23-2011)

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Photo of juju7
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So far my pick of the La Trappe family. Looks fantastic with a some serious carbonation, a cheesecake lookin head (if you know what I mean), solid and meaty. Nice, hazy sunburst orange. Some fruity esters mixed in with bready malt and some sticky pudding vibes. Caramel brittle, and some sweet yeastiness on the palate. This is very drinkable. Alcohol touch is only light. A great lasting finish. This is a pretty damn good beer, plus at $8 for a 750ml this is insanely cheap.

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Photo of DocSkalski
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must confess I haven’t had the original Isid’or, but the oak aged version is very good. A delicate caramel aroma matches the amber transparency which leans gold. An effervescent head lightly flows to the surface. Flavors are abundant starting with a mild hop bitterness, lingering into a smooth caramel mid with intricate notes of oak in the back, and finishes with a complex dark red fruit combination reminding me somewhat of raspberries. It might just be worth the $25 price tag, but a 4 pack of Rochefort 10 may have been more satisfying for a similar price.

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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 perrymarcus
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a medium amber / dull orange tone with bright orange highlights; pour was somewhat aggressive but wow, what a head - foamy, billowing 3" at least, slowly fades while leaving patches of lacing.

nose is nice, relatively fragrant and offering an appealing assortment of fruit (banana, apple), spice (namely clove), belgian yeast and a touch of herbal hoppiness.

more of the same comes across in the flavor. fruity with strong notes of spice, yeast, and vaguely herbal. medium bodied on the palate with some prickly carbonation.

overall, a very nice belgian pale. full of flavor and pretty nicely balanced. definitely impressed.

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Photo of Wildman
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a murky copper amber color and formed a light tan foamy head the left circular lace as it slowly subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, yeast and spices. The flavor was of malt, orange, spices and a hint of pepper. The body was medium light and slightly silky. The finish was sweet yet sprite.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pouring out this opaquely hazed coppery amber brew creates a huge rush of craggy head and a nasal blast of peaches, bubblegum, pears, plums, brown sugars, flowers, and a touch of spicy yeast. Flavors include all of the elements from the nose with the addition of bready elements and a harder emphasis on the yeasty spice. Long lingering finish. Lighter texture and snappy carbonation. Very well made.

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Photo of evilkalla
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into a snifter glass.

A: Pours a light reddish-brown with a half-inch of head.

S: Smells of belgian-style pale malts and belgian yeast. Very pleasant.

T: Very interesting, not quite one of the lighter-type belgian pale ales but not quite a dubbel-style, either. Sort of a mix of the two. Bready, tasty malts with a strong bitter backbone to it. Great.

M: Feels very good in the mouth. Sufficient carbonation but not overwhelming.

D: Drinks really good. I could drink a bunch of these. Would buy again.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up at the Kirkwood Spec's the other day. They were selling them in singles, and now I am a bit surprised to see that it is 7.5%ABV. I believe that it was in the neighborhood of $4, so that is a bit pricey for a "small" beer. Anyway, we move on to the review:

Appearance: Pours a somewhat cloudy burnt orange color with a 1/8" head of creamy tannish bubbles. The head falls into the beer for the most part within a minute or so, but there is still a thick island of foam in the middle of the beer maintained by a bunch of bubbles rising. There really isn't any lacing left on the glass after drinking the beer.

Aroma: I initially got some toasty malts and a dark cherry impression, but after doing the review on the appearance, I don't really get the cherry anymore. The beer is still toasty, but it is really cold so I am not getting much else except for some Belgian yeast character. As the beer warms up, the caramel sweetness is becoming a much bigger player in the aroma. The beer is also becoming much more floral...I think that I am getting Jasmine?

Taste: The beer has a significantly bolder flavor than I thought it would from the aroma. Man, this is a really nice beer! It has tons of depth of flavor with some caramel, toast, fruit, and the list goes on and on. I hope that I can pace myself enough on this one bottle to taste it as it warms up. I am getting floral notes in here as I sip on it, and even though the beer is 7.5%, I am getting some evident warming on the back of the throat after the sip. The beer has a very creamy mouthfeel, and there is plenty of carbonation to enhance the sweetness that makes up the backbone of this beer.

Opinion: Well, obviously I really liked this beer. If it truly is a "Belgian Pale", then I think that this is probably the best one that I have had to date (Is Orval REALLY a Belgian Pale?). It has a very well blended and refined flavor that makes it easy to drink, yet substantial enough to make you take your time with it. I will give it pretty high marks for my review, and that is because I am reviewing it against other examples of this style. I would not drink this beer all the time, and I would take other styles over it...but if you tell me that all you have is a cooler full of Belgian Pale Ale (Like that would happen), I would probably reach for this one first now.

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Photo of OutFox
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, poured into a La Trappe goblet. Enjoyed on 9/8/11, taken from notes.

A - Dark creamy amber color with an off white head. Great retention and great lacing.

S - Candied sugar, oak, raisin, yeasty, very pleasing. Love the aroma.

T - Classic trappist style. This is like creamy malty candied sugar goodness. Maybe some banana? I dunno its just freakin damn good. Hints of some fruit.

M - Lighter than it looks. Good palate coating. REally lingers for a while after the sip.

O - Very good. Love everything Konigshoven brews and this is no exception. Just damn good beer.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
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 51mmz0rz
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a La Trappe chalice.

A: Pours a cloudy medium caramel color. Head is slightly off white, fades quickly but leaves excellent lacing. It looks vibrant, maybe the glass is just pretty.

S: Quite a bit of noble-like hop aroma. Not very fruity, but you can detect the bitterness. Beyond that there is a big yeast presence.

T: A fairly light, yeast driven character fades away into a mild bitterness followed by lingering fruity yeast flavors. Clean and simple, very easy to drink.

M: Fairly high carbonation, otherwise nothing of note. Seems to suit it well.

D: So easy to drink, hard to believe the abv. Actually pretty refreshing.

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Photo of pershan
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a slightly hazy, deep copper (with a thick, creamy white head) into a chalice. There was a distinct aroma of Belgian yeast (banana/clove) and fruity esters - what you'd expect in an authentic Belgian ale. More of the bubble-gum Belgian yeast component in the flavor profile, with a nice tart (cherry?) component, and a clean bitter hop finish. A slightly fizzy mouthfeel which brought out and blended all the flavor components together nicely. Heavy Brussel's lacing down the glass. Overall, a nicely balanced and flavorful Belgian ale, true to to style, with its high ABV disguised well.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Thanks go out to my friend Tom, for bringing me this one.

This pours an opaque, golden, orange color. A one-finger head of creamy, off-white colored foam sits on top. It leaves a full surface covering layer. The lacing is curtain-like and very sticky.

The nose is filled with a huge yeastiness. Very good presence of white fruits. Lots of bananas, pears and apples. Good presence of candi sugars. Light hints of booziness.

The taste follows the nose, almost completely. The yeastiness is still out front, but the fruits are doing their best to try to make their presence equally obvious. A mild sweetness from the candi sugars. A very light spice presence comes right at the end. Good warmth follows, all the way down.

Full-bodied with a medium level of carbonation. It has a mild smoothness, with a touch of roughness around the edges, which keeps it interesting. It has a nice, mild, level of creaminess.

This is nicely drinkable, but watch out for that 7.50%abv, it'll sneak up on you, quickly.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8 oz. pour into a tulip. ($6)

A: The color was a beautiful orangish-brown with yellow tints along the glass. The body was cloudy with a bit of sediment that fell to the bottom. 2 finger thick head that, off-white and didn't last terribly long.

S: Nice bready, caramel malt backbone and a little bit of hay upfront. Light hops...wild grass, herbs and orange & lemon citrus. The Isid'or is heavy on yeast aromas, mostly doughy, but a faint barnyard scent pokes through.

T: Great flavor and easy to disect: white grape, golden raisin, pineapple, pear, banana & bubblegum. A moderately sweet brew. Light alcohol on the nose and palette which is more and more present as the glass comes to room temp.

M: Medium to full body, creamy with good carbonation: lively & fizzy. Very easy going. Semi astringent finish and decent duration. I got a metallic mouthfeel on one or two sips.

D: I thoroughly enjoyed this Belgian Pale Ale. If you find it on draft, order up!! This one is a real treat.

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La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.98 out of 5 based on 723 ratings.
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