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

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3.99/5
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La Trappe Isid'orLa Trappe Isid'or
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
Ranking:
#4,273
Reviews:
297
Ratings:
760
pDev:
9.52%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 760 |  Reviews: 297
Photo of Bierman9
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I stopped into the La Trappe brewpub with A-1 BA Brabander on 05Oct12. My first of two biers there was Isid'or, at €3.50 for a 0.25l glass.

The chalice held a clear, rich amber bier; truly a lovely hue, even if it was a little dark for a Belgian strong pale. Had a thin, fine, tan head; extremely fine, just a minute layer of bubbles. Lacing was excellent, I might add. Nose was mild, with some candi-sugar sweetness noted. Medium in body, it had a light, bubbly airiness on the tongue.

Candi-sugar sweetness also was on display in the flavor. Additionally, there was some caramel and toffee making it, to me, a bit dubbel-ish. I also detected some subtle hints of raisiny dark fruit. Solid, all in all. Thnx Thijs! Prosit!

3.83/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of KrisDLSmith
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of spiderwebb70
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of traumaqueen
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of peensteen
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly clear amber colour, about two fingers of white head, sticky with quite a bit of lace. Smell is of belgian yeast, fruity, greaan apple, spicy points, clove and a bit of alcohol along with a tiny bit of funk as well. Taste is quite yeasty and lightly sweet, a fair bit of malt charachter as well here, a little vinious and again lightly funky, quite fruity too. Light-Med carbonation, Med-Full body, really smooth with a great feel. Solid belgian pale here, something I could easily revist and probably will.

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Photo of Groulxsome
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
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 jmedenwaldt
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of BeerDocT
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chilled La Trappe glass that I received for free with a four-pack of the beer. I promise this did not affect my rating. ;)

-Appearance 4.0: Small head, probably due to the bowl-shaped glass. Foamy residue lingered on top. Beautiful, deep-golden color. Almost a metallic color to this beer. I am not exaggerating when I state that this is one of the most beautiful looking beers I have ever seen.

-Smell 3.5: Interesting bouquet and I mean that in a good way. Subdued hints of caramel and very light hints of barley. Well-balanced, but still subdued.

-Taste 4.5: Wow. Slightly sour up front, with a hint of that spicy Belgian...I mean, DUTCH...abbey yeast. Middle is a very pleasing mid-level barley taste with some delightful caramel overtones. Finish is frothy and smooth and I taste more of the yeast and some delicious syrupy sugars. Aftertaste is dry and wonderfully smooth.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Excellent level of carbonation and the sugars make for a very pleasant mouthfeel.

-Overall 4.5: This beer is a wonderful abbey ale and has so many subtle differences from any other abbey ale you may have had previously. The color alone is unique and worth buying the beer just to see it in your glass. The taste is excellent and is representative of the product of generations of master abbey brewers, men who have nothing else to do other than perfect their beers. This is an excellent brew and well worth tracking down.

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Photo of WeissBoy
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ThinkAgain
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 7$

Appearance - Slightly hazy brown colour with an above average size fizzy/frothy off-white/beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, caramel, wood, bananas

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with some caramel and some woody notes. There is also a bit of a dark fruit taste and a some light banana and a yeasty spiciness. It ends with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall - Nothing wrong with this one at all. A nice well rounded and very drinkable beer. Not the cream of the crop as far as trappists go, but very close. I'll buy more.

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Photo of Brunthe
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
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 +12.8%

Photo of buzze40
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Caskaway
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 -6%
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 +0.3%
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 +0.3%

Photo of cowboy83
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of 4ster
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jrfehon33
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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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La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 760 ratings
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