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 keithmurray
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ML poured into a chalice

Appearance: Beer pours a magnificent caramel colour with white head

smell - i'm not picking up too much here except for a bready aroma

Taste - faint citrus flavor to go along with an aftertaste of the aroma which is reminiscent of baked bread

Mouthfeel - approppriate carbonation makes this a pretty smooth drinking beer, slight sweetness on the finish, no detection of the alcohol whatsoever, which may be a good or a bad thing depending upon your perspective

My first sample of this Dutch company's offerings and I have to say that this was a good brew that i'd be willing to revisit.

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

A- Poured with a 1/2" cream-colored head, which slowly receded with some very impressive lacing. The body was a semi-opaque dark honey color. No visible carbonation.

S- Sweet breadlike malt aromas combine with Belgian yeast aromatics and some subtle candy sugar; and yet subtler phenolics.

T- Big crackerlike malt and Belgian yeast flavors echo the nose perfectly. Some mild stale hop bitterness comes through midway, and lasts through a doughy and slightly boozy finish (fusel alcohols?).

M- A medium body; well-attenuated with an abundant prickly carbonation, yet not bloating.]

D- Goes down smooth. The concept of fusel alcohols make me consider the prospect of a headache to come...

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Photo of alysmith4
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on-tap at a 2 Amy's pizza restaurant in DC. I was pleasantly surprised that they had such a great brew available, and it was only $7/glass. The appearance was a nice caramel color, with redish/pink undertones. The taste was excellent! Lots of juicy fruit, bread, and sugar. The main flavor that kept coming through for me was cherry. I would have thought it was some kind of cherry beer if I didn't know otherwise. I would definitely have this beer again, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good Belgian Pale.

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

A: Poured a mixture of sunset orange and amber in color accompanied by a impressive cream tinted head that was rigid and foamy as well extremely sturdy. Beneath lied a light misty haze of micro particles suspended in the drink that partially obstructed clarity. Elongated splotches of foam adhere rather well to the glass walls while a respectable amount of carbonation, isolated micro bubbles sparsely separated, rise at a fair rate.

S: The nose was fruity with a strong sense of juicy apples and pears. A warm spicy cola nature is evident as well along with a decent level of malt caramalization giving this a malty appeal.

T: The flavor was spicy with bright apples and ripe pears combined with a luscious malt caramelization delivering a sweet and fruity taste. Sharp in pronouncation there was a soft toasted breadiness, dried toffee, along with a respectable amount of bitterness to balance things out. Warm cinnamon sticks and caramelized residual sugars add moments of sweetness. There was a bit of acidity to the overall affair while an ending fade brought about a fruitiness of dry apple peels and tangy apricots. Overall a well balanced beer, malty sweet, fruity with a good bitterness that brings much delight to the taste buds. Don't know if I would consider this a Belgian pale as listed, drunk more like a Flemish brown ale.

M: The mouthful was lighter then expected considering the rich maltiness from the flavor, was very slick and fluid on the tongue with a light sense of carbonation presence barely detected around the edges. Very smooth with a short fade of malt caramelization that lingered a bit leaving a residual coating behind.

D: Very nice drinkability, the 7.5%abv is nicely hidden behind a luscious malty body that makes this go down with much ease and delight. You can hardly go wrong with a trappist product.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Opaque reddish-brown body underneath a two-finger head of rocky off-white foam; sub-par retention and light lace. Not bad, but certainly not an overly impressive example of the style.

S: Belgian (Dutch?) yeast is pretty much all there is, with a pretty even balance of fruit and spice, with the latter appearing more up front. Pear is definitely the standout aroma, in a very pleasant way. A bit of mildly sweet malt rounds things out.

T: Follows the nose precisely - light spiciness at first, followed by a rich fruit middle, and finally a bit of malt - but then with just a bit of dry astringency on the finish. Very nice, but not quite as appealing as the aroma.

M: Smooth, highly-carbonated body is fresh, lively, and excellent for the style.

D: Not bad on this front, but the astringent finish and aftertaste is less than fully appealing.

Notes: I do love a good Belgian, and while this isn't quite a great one, it really did hit the spot. Check this out if you're looking for a pure, smooth, restrained dose of an excellent yeast strain. It's everything you'd expect, and nothing you wouldn't - which is both a compliment and a bit of a complaint, because if it's possible for a Trappist ale to be boring, this one could be guilty. Still, it's a real treat.


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Photo of StJamesGate
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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 JoEBoBpr
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet. From an 11.2 oz. bottle.

A - Pours a gorgeous bright orange color with some reddish hints and some light brown hints. Nice white head that is dense and frothy. Very enticing. Nice sticky ring around the glass.

S - Nice candied sugar malt smell up front with some fruity hints. Pear juice and some apple as well. Some hints of honey as well. Then some nice hop appeal and character with some mild fresh piney notes. Very nice.

T - Sweet fruit juice hints. Apple and pears. Some yeasty character as well. Some nice bitterness at the end form the hops gives the fruitiness a more balanced appeal. Very well put together beer with the flavors melding very well together.

M - Frothy and delicious. Medium body.

D - Very nice drinkable beer. The ABV isn't too high and the flvaors are just right.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

300 mL bottle with some sort of stamp of 13:03 K08F09, perhaps brewed in Aug 09? Pours a fairly cloudy orange color with a large, fluffy beige head. Fades pretty quick and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Pretty average looking brew compared to the Belgian Trappists.

Smell is somewhat faint but exhibits some caramel malt sweetness and bready, even a bit spicy, yeast characteristic.

Taste is bready yeast with a bit of dark fruit and a surprisingly high amount of alcohol for a meager 7.5% ale. Caramely malt with a definite candi sugar flavor. A touch of toasty malt and a kiss of hops give it a little bit of bittering on the finish. Body is a bit thin, it just doesn't have a whole lot of heft to it. Not a bad brew by any means, but this has been my least favorite Trappist beers, perhaps the Dutch cannot quite hang with the monks from Belgium.

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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 augustgarage
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse. Served in a generic tulip.

It is dark in the bar, so color is difficult to assess - but this is an unusual shade for a Belgian pale ale - almost burnt orange in complexion. The body is slightly hazy with a dense tall head which recedes slowly to a creamy old lace collar and a surface dusting. Beautiful art-nouveau frosted lacing.

Pale malt, toasted biscuits, banana, cookie dough, and lots of esters in the nose - very inviting.

Mineral rich water, sweet yeast, and apple cider on the palate. Bready finish - sweet, then dry.

A little thin bodied, lacking effervesence, but nicely warming.

Overall this reminds me more of a Tripel than a BPA - a unique and flavorful example of the style - very much worth a try if you run across it.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Book says Belgian pale ale, but the look says anything but. Pour is a brownish orange with an appropriately big white head. Aroma is quite solid, lots of passion fruit and light citrus mixed with Belgian sugars. Taste is not as sharp as expected, some pear and fig in there with some light fruit. But it misses that bite that I like in Belgian golds. Finishes light like a decent American pale ale. Overall a solid brew, but not one to search out.

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, light burgundy color with a one-finger, tan head of thick, firm foam. It left a little sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dried fruits, light caramel malts and touches of raisin.

T - It tasted fairly sweet with a fruity flavor. There were mild raisin and plum flavors. It had sweet caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp and sharp. It really popped on the tongue. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good brew. I expected more from an Anniversary beer, but it was still quite tasty.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber with a cream white head. Smells strong and sweet. Lots of fruity notes in there. Taste is much bolder than the smell, toasted malts chased by a fruity sniff of alcohol. The taste leaves me a little disappointed. The feel is a little too sharp for me. Overall though a very good beer.

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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 brewdoc75
3.78/5  rDev -5%
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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Photo of ccrida
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a La Trappe goblet, Isid'or is a hazy burnt gold with a thick, creamy head leaving nice lace.

Smell is sweet cured fruits with a nice complexity, class Belgian esters.

Taste is awesome. Big, rich tasty malt flavor, cured fruits, wow. Bitterness on the clean finish provides balance to the really nice candied raisin sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is high. I'm really loving this beer, killer!

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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 GilGarp
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml. bottle stamped K08F09.

Poured into a chalice, it has a radiant golden orange color with very good clarity. The rocky head sticks around nicely.

Aroma is classic Belgian pale. Lots of spicy character from the yeast and a pleasant floral quality come together.

Flavor is more intense than I expected. It starts inocently enough with a light sweetness like a pear dipped in honey. Then it gets a strong pungent bitter kick that comes out of nowhere. Not hoppy bitter but lots of spice and alcohol. I wouldn't call it hot but it's close.

Mouthfeel is medium in body with high carbonation. The latter I feel contributes to the sharp spice flavors.

Overall it's a nice example of the style, worthy of a try, probably not again.

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

Small 11.2 oz brown bottle with raised lettering and art. Sports a trappist symbol.

A) Big 3 finger tight head sits comfortably on the beer. Soft leather brown body shows a very hazy cloudy beer. Backlit it glows amber.

S) Belgian yeast mostly, mild earthy malt base comes through for some complexity.

T) Not a fan of BPAs as they are often too earthy or leathery for me. This has those flavors, but they are soft and mild letting a well balanced slightly sweet brew shine through.

M) Odd combination of spritzy and casklike, it's like what's there froths in the sip, but then settles out quickly.

D) Easy drinking, but definitely Belgian. A very pleasant sipper.

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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 baggio
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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A: Red-brownish with a small white head.

S: Belgian phenols, Exotic fruit, Belgian yeast.

T: Caramel, Spices, Belgian yeast, Exotic fruits & hint of floral hops.

M: Very drinkable and refreshing. Could easily have a bottle for myself. Medium carbonation.

Very refreshing beer. Wish they would make this a year-round beer.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at the local bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big two finger medium-thick off-white head with poppy bubbles. Decent retention, head slowly pops and fades down to a decent foam cap. Tawny or rust orange/brown in color, cloudy with medium carbonation evident. A thin film remains until the end but leaves no lacing.

SMELL: Toasted and wheat malt up front with sweet caramel notes too. Decent strength here as well. Nice spices, clove and coriander perhaps, and notes of that spicy Belgian yeast. Pear and slight green apple esters as well. Quite nice.

TASTE: Toasted and wheat malt again with nots of caramel and sweet candy sugar as well. A touch of that green fruit in the middle, though not overwhelming, and lots of spicy yeast, clove and coriander at the end. A bit of spicy alcohol rounds it out at the finish. Strong and longer lasting aftertaste is sweet with caramel and candy sugar, as well as lots of yeast and spices. Nice.

PALATE: Medium-thin body, light and semi creamy on the palate. Medium carbonation, goes down alright with a little delayed bite at the end, and finishes crisp with the appropriate amount of dryness at the end. Not bad, but a little too light and overly carbonated for my tastes.

OVERALL: Pretty good brew by La Trappe. The mouthfeel detracts a bit from this one, but it might rival their Quad for best offering. Give it a try if you find it.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale amber with slize haze, and enormous white head. Plenty of carbonation! And the carbonation is noticeable on the palate as well, giving a pleasant effervescence. Nose has some bread and peach skin in the aroma. Palate has a lot of yeasty/bready flavors, mouth tingling soft spices, and a soft biscuity to caramel like malt sweetness. Easy drinking.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first trappist beer in a 75 cl bottle with steel cage and natural cork - I can't wait...

A: The pour is redish golden, almost perfect amber, slightly hazy with a grand white rich creamy head that last for a really long time. Some nice lacings.

S: Light bitter, spicy and sweet caramel malt at first, but then there's lots of fruit in it. The most complex La Trappe beer I've smelled so far. A clear yeasty precense.

T: Sweet caramell malt and some wheat, dark fruits and spices. A light alcoholic taste. Yeast (like most Belgians). Bitter and fruity (Bananas and citrus).

M: The longlasting aftertaste is really sweet and dry/bitter at the same time. The body is full and the carbonation is medium.

D: This is a really nice beer. To bad it's only brewed once. If you get your hands on one - buy it, drink it and enjoy!

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into an oversized red wine glass. Beautiful ruby-brown in color with a slightly off-white head. Nice, sudsy lacing. I'm excited to try this one given the limited production.

Bready, malty yeast comes up from the glass, followed by some funky fruit notes. A little bit of Belgian spice, citrusy. A vinous character also weaves itself into the aroma, with plums, apples and other orchard fruits. More and more subtleties come out in the aroma as I let this one warm up.

The flavor consists of bread like malts mixed with plums and grapes. Picking up some typical Belgian spice and citrus peel. The 7.5% ABV comes through slightly, but is not present for the most part.

The mouthfeel seems a little on the watery side compared to most Belgians I've had. But then again I've mostly had quads and triples and this only supposed to be a pale ale, so the mouthfeel and body appear to be about right for this style. Smooth, but ample carbonation, and a fairly well hidden ABV make this beer quite drinkable.

Overall, I thought this was a quality Belgian beer and I would love to have it again. Too bad its fairly limited and hard to come by. I can imagine this being a great summer beer while you're kicking back and relaxing outside.

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La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.98 out of 5 based on 730 ratings.
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