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 babayaga
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
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 TexIndy
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a snifter. Bottling code on the back but no way to decipher it. It's new to the market here so should be good though. It was a cloudy orange amber with lots of carb streams from the etching. It had a large head that settled into a constant 1/8" foam cap. Thick, slow sliding sheeting that left a few spots behind.

The aroma was bready with fruity yeast and candi sugar. Some alcohol in the nose as well. The taste was candi sugar, plum and raisin and fruity yeast. Was good but didn't blow me away. Mouthfeel was medium with lots of carb. Sweet aftertaste.

Overall, a good BPA but not something that I'll remember tomorrow. Just now available here in TX. Rotation - not memorable enough to make the rotation. Also, it's pricey so hurt by that. [N;N]

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had it on-tap at a local pub

A- Orange/Amber, a bit cloudy. Small head, decent retention and nice lacing

S- Pleasantly fruity (apple, citrus, maybe pear) with perceptible yeast, but maybe too clearly alcoholic

T- After such a fruity aroma you would expect the taste to be the same and in fact there is apple, with some spiciness from the esters; but sure this is not actually rmainly fruit: malt is dominant, and tends to cover up the fruit flavours; overall the flavour is always the same. The end is more hoppy and cleans the mouth

M- Not much to be said. Decent carbonation, medium body, goes down easy but has nothing worth remembering

D- An easy drink but alcohol is too much detectable in my opinion. There's also a slight metallic aftertaste

Quite an average beer to be honest, no huge flaws but nothing worth praises

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Photo of mulder1010
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ML poured into a Unibroue Tulip. Thanks to Jeffo for the beer

A-- Poured an almost iced tea color, golden hazy brown. One finger slightly off white head that quickly faded away. A little bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. Good, responsive head retention to this.

S-- A lot of spices in the nose. Also get some orange and a touch of vanilla. Spices a very dominant.

T-- Once again a lot of spices with some orange, grapefruit and vanilla. Different was my first thought.

M-- Quite carbonated and lighter body feel. Really reminds me of say marmalade. Candied orange peel, candied grapefruit and such. Very prickly on the tongue. Hops are very floral and have a big vanilla blossom feel and taste to this. Lots of vanilla and in some ways reminds me more of vanilla extract.

D-- Different pale ale to me. Vanilla is interesting and quite different. Gets sweeter as it warms up and the alcohol becomes more obvious as well. Not so sure I would do more than one at a time with this. I like the differences as opposed to a US style Pale Ale but it is better colder than warmer as the alcohol is hidden better and not nearly as sweet. Would drink again though.

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Photo of ArrogantBastage
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into La Trappe chalice

A: Pours a deep, rich coppery amber and cloudy topped with a dense, rocky head. Head dissipates to a thin ring with an island of bubbles in the center after a bit.

S: Rich malt, bananas, faint clove, subtle sweetness dominate the aroma with yeast hiding in the background.

T: Sweet malts start off followed immediately with bananas and faint alcohol. Finish is slightly dry leaving traces of sweet malt and bitter hops

M: Medium bodied, slightly viscous but not cloying, Nice carbonation level helping to prevent the beer from feeling thick.

D: Pretty good and one that I would have again

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Photo of dasenebler
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl, Netherlands. Best by 10/12.

Pours a nice rosy amber with a big off-white head. Good lacing, and good retention.

The aroma is somewhat hoppy, fruity and spicy, with notes of fresh grass and sweet nuttiness.

Well-hopped and pretty bitter, with a nice caramel malt body to support the bitterness. Finish is hoppy, earthy and leafy, while the mid-palate is somewhat sweet and rich. Good flavors, but nothing amazing. There are some yeasty, phenolic and warm, spicy notes as well. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and slick, but the carbonation kind of died down and fell flat.

Not too inspiring, but definitely a solid brew.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the abbey cafe during last week's trip to Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a La Trappe chalice.

Pours an amber-caramel color with a great white head and plenty of lacing. The nose brings light fruit and some caramel. A bit of bread crust. The flavor adds in a fair amount of fruit. The mouthfeel is full and chewy with a bit of alcohol and light bitterness. Nothing spectacular.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, a difficult review. Do I review as it is, or assume what it would be like if it wasn't CORKED. Try a little of both, I guess.

A - Pretty dark caramel, slightly murky, with nice 1 inch off white head.

S - Corkiness is there, but there is also malt, fruitness and standard Belgian yeast notes.

T - Juicy fruit, corky, dark fruits. The finish is marred by the corkiness too.

M - Maybe a little too carbonated for me, but nice. Good balance, except for the running complaint.

D - Don't like the cork stuff - in wine nor beer. I would like to try it again sometime with a bottle holding a non moldy cork.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew the color of a toasted sunset, with browns and oranges mixing together. It holds a half finger tall tannish head showing good retention. The lacing is thick and spotty. Carbonation appears active, and the haze throughout is impenetrable, despite the lack of gross sediment. The aroma opens with bready malts housing cooling notes of vanilla and cream. Esters are huge, with banana and sugary sweet, cooled bread. With warmth comes a stark aroma of permanent markers and phenols, but these become more clovey with time. The yeast is present and is quintessentially Belgian, with must and metallics. As we sip, we begin with souring grain, cooling ester sweetness, and bready caramel malts. The middle moves with lighter, more creamy esters and that metallic yeast. At the peak there is a battle between banana and phenols, bringing us over to the end for a flash of honey sweetness before coiny metallics and malts wash everything else away. The aftertaste breathes with peppery alcohol, estery sweetness, bitter hop balance, grain, and a hint of lemon rind. There is a final breath of tartness, of sauerkraut. The body is fuller and the carbonation is medium. There is a chewy thickness, with great smack and slurp. The mouth is left with a creamy pop, and is fully coated. Ultimately there is a mild astringency and chalkiness. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks fine.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the unique aroma and taste components. The esters were huge, and contrasted nicely with the synthetic, chemically phenols. This beer is Belgian through and through, but the finish was a bit souring for our liking. It isn’t entirely overpowering, but some persistence of some of the softer flavors would have helped balanced this beer in the end.

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Photo of clvand0
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a nice head that hangs around for a while and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The flavor has a nice caramel malty sweetness with some fruit, yeast spiciness, and a touch of alcohol. The body is medium with a nice bit of carbonation. Drinkability is fine, but I'm not sure that I'd have two in a row. Probably my favorite beer from La Trappe.

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Photo of bonkers
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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 nickfl
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours with a small head of off white foam on a hazy, amber body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - sweet, caramel malt and some spicy notes of clove and coriander with a hint of red apple.

T - caramel malt with some toasted notes and a bit of red apple. Some spicy clove in the middle and black pepper that fades to caramel malt in the finish.

M - medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - I don't really know what to think about this one. It isn't much of a belgian pale ale, it seems more like an amberto me. The sugary malt is dominant and it really pages out any yeast and hop character. Drinkable, but not real exciting.

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Photo of benfons
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark-orange colour, nice dense thick head.

S: Caramel, rock sugar, fruits: peche,... and yeast

T: Rock candy, hint of appple and a burned caramellike bitterness.

M/D: Alcohol noticeable, a bit down on carbonation, not enough in there to drink it often

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Photo of boss302
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A This is a beautiful red beer. It poured with a thick head typical of bottle conditioned beers. The head faded by 1/4 glass and was gone by the end. It did have good lacing.

S Clean fresh aroma. Nothing really stands out here for me.

T Slightly sweet flavor, a little cloying. There is some tartness at the back of the tongue. Balance is tilted toward the sweet side. Smooth beer.

M Medium body, high carbonation.

D Good drinkable beer, but there are other Trappists that I would prefer to drink.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at 't Arendsnest in Amsterdam. From notes.

A - Poured a medium copper with a filmy beige head and medium visible carbonation. Hazy pour. Good retention and OK lacing.

S - Yeasty. Quite mild. Some dark fruit. Really 'fresh' smell but not overly inviting.

T - Yeasty with some sugar and dark fruit. Wood and earthiness also.

M - Dry finish complimenting mild carbonation and a medium body.

O/D - Nice but weaker in all things I expected. Good but I wouldn't seek it out. They could have put a little more into this. It seemed mild for the ABV.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Koningshaeven chalice a opaque burnt orange almost brown with a one finger head. The scent has strong raisin and grapefruit notes. The alcohol scent is actually detected in the scent. The taste is rather bready with some rasin flavors mixed in. Not much of a hop bitterness that I can tell. Overall, this is an ok Belgian, but I wouldn't really call it a pale ale.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orangey colour with very pleasant beige head, thick when first poured, sinks to a cm with small bubbles, nice and dense on top, leaving some decent webs of lace around. Steady bead feeds the head from below, and it has a pleasant, slightly yeasty haze.

Nose is fairly tangy, fairly Belgian. Goodly amount of malt giving off a nice earthy sweetness with orange peel and nice peppery Belgian spice at the back. Hint of coriander, with caramel and a hint of buttery diacetyl on there as well. Sweet mostly, spice is kind of underplayed. I like a good spicy nose and this undercuts my expectations a bit.

Taste is quite good, nice caramel maltiness pervades through the front palate, then a nice earthy note with slight tartness around the edges coming through on the mid, lemon-orange with a hint of anise, clove and more coriander. Slight whisper of a boozey strength but without the warmth. Hint of vanilla on the back as well? Yeah not bad, pretty par for the course in Belgian pale-ale terms. A slight coppery aftertaste is not bad, nothing here is bad, but nothing here is making me cream myself.

Feels dry overall, like a Belgian should be. Starts early, sapping the moisture with a sharp spice sensation and finishes champagne crisp. Don't love it, but it's stylistically fine.

Quite downable for all its sharp edges. Not a bad beer at all. I think the best offering I've had from Koningshoeven.

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Photo of MM3
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer has a beautiful hazy amber color.

The smell of the beer is fruity, a little bit hoppy. The beer also has the distinct La Trappe yeast smell all their beers have.

The taste of the beer is malty sweet combined with some fruity esters. It is slightly sour.

The beer feels very smooth and is very easy to drink.

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Photo of Brunthe
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a nice looking 750ml bottle into a 33cl Maredsous goblet. The colour is a cloudy hazelnut, and has a fluffly, but thin, off-white head. Extreme lacing all around the glass as the drink goes on. I really like the look of this.

S: I am honestly not picking up much smell from this at all. What I do get is a very faint smell of caramel. It isn't a bad smell, but it's unimpressive.

T: This is very sweet, very fruity. The strong taste subsides quickly and turns to a warm, candy-like taste, with some lingering bitterness. The more I sip, the less intense the burst of sweet flavour is, thankfully. I am not personally a fan strong sweetness, but the ending of this beer is pleasant.

M: Excellent! It is very smooth, not too much carbonation in this one. It feels very refreshing.

If this were not a Trappist product, I don't think I would recommend it very highly simply because of that strong sweet taste up front. However, as it is "special" in the regard that it is a Trappist beer then I would not pass this up if you can find it.

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Photo of Groulxsome
3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Beautiful little bubbles. Very tight head and great retention. Cloudy amber-red. (4.5)

Smell: Spicy yeast, some caramel, and some banana/clove. (3.5)

Taste: A little understated. It's got the La Trappe signature spice to the yeast (a little more savoury than most Belgian Strongs), which then jumps in to a more caramel and banana body. Some nice sweetness (candy) in there too, but it's just a little thin and watery. (3.5)

Mouthful: Silky and very nicely carbonated. Very small bubbles. (4.5)

Overall: It's a very nice beer, but not really what I'd expect from a brewery like La Trappe. It'd be really great if found at a nice local brewpub, but the taste is a little too watery to be outstanding despite its excellent execution of its apparence and mouthfeel. (3.5)

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into chalice.

A - Poured a cloudy amber brownish with a frothy white head and that didn't hang around too long, but had lots of carbonation. Lacing clung to the glass a bit.

S - Figs, grapes, apples, sweetness.

T - Alcohol is a bit upfront. Taste follows the nose with mostly a fig and grape-like taste behind the alcohol.

M - Very lively and tingly in my mouth. Bittery after taste.

D - Very good beer, but lots of better belgian pale ales to choose from. The alc is also a bit in your face instead of chilled back in the mix for my tastes.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I rested this foaming gusher for a week in my cellar, obtained from Premiere Gourmet. Tolerable yeasty aromas from the surving majority of the bottle. Beige coloured body and abundant bubbly head. Above-average mouthfeel, although alcohol stung my parched lips. Satisfying though still drying finish. A little cooca and vanilla in the yeast, nothing complicated. She is about right for the style, me thinks.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 ounce glass, 33 cl bottle (10 oz), three pours to empty. Lots of head, slow to settle, leaves little lace. The broth is deep amber with a moderate level of cloudiness.

Caramelized sugar aroma. No notable hop to the nose.

Cloy and sweet. Rich, thick body with enough carbonation to prevent the beer from being syrupy. The malt flavor is strong enough to cover the alcohol which is lightly evident. There's a moderate bite of the Belgian yeast. With the exception of the nearly non-existent hop, it is a well balanced beer.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle $10.49, I feel cheated. Hazy orange color, the head sucks, ha! It smells like funky fruits, belgian yeast, interesting. the taste is more of the same, weird fruits but not sour, maybe a bit of apple in the aftertaste, odd. This was an odd trappist beer, I would have rather had the dubbel.

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Photo of Douberd
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle 300 ml.

Pours a light amber colour beer, with a white-brownish soapy head. Lots of bubbles and all of them around he glass's walls, none in the middle.. Fruity smell,taste is good but high alcohol is very noticeable.

Overall quite good.

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La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.98 out of 5 based on 737 ratings.
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