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:
747
Reviews:
291
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
121
For Trade:
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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 Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Caskaway
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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

on tap 12oz pour @ MTHB

A-pours a slight hazed light chestnut color with a small white head that reveals sheets of lacing as you drink this

S- smells fruity and sweet with candied fruit of apples and pears spice is in the finish

T follows the nose sweet white fruits of front with more candied fruits some molasses and sweet bread

M- good amount of carbonation sweet and spicy with dried fruits

O- easily drinkable a touch to sweet IMO none the less very enjoyable for a 12 oz serving

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle from the local supermarket. Dark, muddy ruby pour with a tan head. Smells of caramel, yeast and dark fruit. Tastes bitter-sweet, of caramel and dried fruit.

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

Poured into a snifter. A cryptic "13:04" and "K04H11" are printed on the label.

4.0 A: Well hazed orange amber color. Two and a half fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is decent and a moderate sized ring of lacing is left behind.

4.0 S: Really earthy and "dirty." Grassy with rainwater and mud. Alas, but this is also quite fruity and spicy. Tons of apple, some peach, and maybe some currants. Spiciness comes in clove foremost with some pepper underneath.

4.0 T: Again earthy, dirt, fruity, and spicy. Apple is the most prominent flavor, then clove, then mountain stream. Hay, pepper, dirt, peach, currants, and paw paw after that.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation that is pleasantly spritzy. Moderate creaminess.

4.0 D: Tasty, well rounded beer. No complaints.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of cowboy83
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of 4ster
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jrfehon33
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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 Cbenadu2
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep caramel color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of Belgian caramel malt with some sweet notes and some light fruity ester. Taste is also a mix between some Belgian caramel malt with some good notes of fruity ester and a balanced level of sweetness. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed with nice level of complexity and great level of drinkability.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from La Cave à bières (Le Havre), tasted in 2012.

Appearance : amber golden color with white foamy head.
Smell : yeasty aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : sweet malty with caramel and fruits notes and spicy finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the Belgian Pale Ale style.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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 nrbw23
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice dark copper color with a fairly thin foamy off white head. Head has pretty solid retention and becomes a really thin layer of bubbles.

S- A very floral aroma. Quite a bit of candied sugar. A bit of tropical fruits as well. A good amount of spice here as well.

T- Pretty sweet overall all. A touch of hops toward the end. A good malt back bone here for sure. Yeast and spice make themselves known.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and a good amount of carbonation too.

O- Not too bad at all. Maybe a touch on the sweet side for my liking.

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Photo of evavro
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.32/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a large, fading head.
Nose shows sweet confectionary notes, banana, pear and apple esters alongside caramel.
Flavours are equally sweet but seem a little weak, with just a bit of confectionery and alcohol. Not particularly interesting.
Carbonation is too full on.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Stamped 13:10 K08F09.

A: Thin but dense head tops a translucent brownish-amber beer. Pretty enough.

S: Sticky-spicy grapes? Smells like a quad at first whiff. This impression never really departs, as I get lots of molasses, sweet fruit (apple, pear), and dense spiciness. Perhaps slightly grainy from a distance?

T: Intriguing! Initially much like a BSDA in character, the thick fruit and generous spice detected in the nose are very much present here. However, the aftertaste is lighter, grainier, and peppier, leaving one with the impression of a well-made Belgian Pale Ale.

M: Well-carbonated, lightly tingly, and both compelling and refreshing.

O: Great yeast, fruitiness tartness, light finish, heavy body...engaging combination. I'm a fan, and I'd recommend it to those who like beer, Belgian styles especially.

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La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.98 out of 5 based on 747 ratings.
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