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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Netherlands
latrappe.nl

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.

Added by redmagik99 on 07-09-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
750
Reviews:
292
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
123
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 750 |  Reviews: 292
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 oberon
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip glass a hazed lighter amber shade with some burnt orange tinge to it,a large fluffy white crown atop that left broken chunks of lace behind as it settled slowly.Bubble gum was the main thing I got in the nose,a bit of phenolic spice as well.Flavors are decent but one dimensional in the medicinal hop,and bubble gum notes,there is a some caramel malt and pear-like flavors that come in but they dont compete with the medicinal qualities.Its a good beer (not worth $11.99)but not great,someone who like Belgian hops and phenols would be more inclined to like this beer.

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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 TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/13/09 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spices, fruit, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out malty with flavors of caramel, dark fruits and spices. There's a strong Belgian yeast backbone and a mild but complementary hops presence to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice Belgian-style beer with substance and flavor that make it worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy to lightly cloudy golden orange in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation near the edges of the glass at the surface. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that reduces fairly quickly to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate flavors of light fruits (apple and pear), spices, and Belgian yeast.

T: Similar in taste to the smell but with moderate to strong presence of pale malts and just a hint of toffee sweetness. Moderate flavors of light fruits including apple, pear, and peach. There are notes of spices and the Belgian yeast flavors.

M: Slightly lighter than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable and easy to drink, especially for the style. The alcohol is well hidden and this is a good sipping beer.

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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 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 nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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 Gkruszewski
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears an amber semid clouded crust of bread like hue...with a nice off white cream colored head. Fine Belgian style lacing coats the sides of the glass. Aroma contains toasted caramel malted barly with cherry/raisin/apple fruitiness going on. Hints of Belgian yesat spiciness blends in as well to form a unique BPA experience from the Netherlands lone Trappist brewery. Flavors slightly bitter roasted malts caramelized sugars flow with a fruity spicy mix of flavors. Caramelized apple/raisins with a slightly nutty spiced edge from the yeast. Effervescent carbonation kicks the medium bodied ale across the palate nicely. Overall this is a decent beer made for sipping on, glad I grabbed a gift pack with two bottles of Isid'or and Quad with an official glass.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of imbibehour
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 Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian style bomber, caged and corked, $10.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Happy 125th birthday Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V., this one pours cloudy light brown/orangy amber, the lighter tan head is initially fluffy and about 3/4 inch in height, slowly the fade begins, very slowly, the head remains frothy and puffy, leaving a thick film, an ample collar and elongated bands of thick, sticky lace. Orangy, fruity nose with minty bubblegum also shining through. Fairly complex Belgian, with notes of more minty bubblegum, plenty of fruit, sweet malts and Belgian spice. On the sweet side of the street, tasty and warming none the less. Nice offering from the monks of La Trappe.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of SadMachine
3.31/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of mklisz
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a LaTrappe glass (that came with it)

Pours hazed golden amber with a thin head that becomes a lasting wisp. Trailing lace sticks.

Smells of bubblegum and cotton candy with tropical fruits. The smell is mild, but nice.

The taste follows the aroma - bubblegum and cotton candy. Some herbal - towards licorice - bitterness follows that balances it. Still, it remains on the sweet side. Alcohol is apparent, but not overwhelming. Finishes with a balanced sweetness.

The feel is zesty. Light-bodied - almost airy, but enough "beer" lingers - with a dry yeasty/bready aftertaste.

This is a "nice" brew. Gentle - carbonated, but not too. Balanced, but sweet. It doesn't make magic the way the quad that was in the set does, but it holds up as a very good brew. It's a solid example of a "bubblegum" Belgian brew.

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, dark copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, alcohol, slight spice, slight grass, and a hint of floral hops. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight hops, slight alcohol, and a hint of spice. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.98 out of 5 based on 750 ratings.
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