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:
740
Reviews:
290
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
121
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 740 |  Reviews: 290
Photo of YvesB
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of EpicHobo1
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Euroglot
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dar482
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in an lightly hazy medium to deep amber color.

The aroma offers banana, clove, anise, toffee, caramel candy sweetness.

The flavor follows with a cooked sweet banana, apple, and pear. Peppery spice, a caramel candy sweetness in the middle, with a dry and whiskey-like finish.

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Photo of Dzu
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 0.33l bottle into La Trappe glass.
L: Turbid dark amber color with weak foam head.
S: Caramel, dark fruits, plums .
T: Sweets, plums and raisin, weak boozy and bitterness in aftertase.
F: Good balanced, medium carbonation and thin body.
O: Great ale. Reminds me La Trappe's Quad.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had their ales often and think the inexplicable character of their yeast sets them apart.
The only Trappist brewery in The Netherlands, I wonder if being more north explains the difference.

After pouring a good head, I had to admire it.
The modest fragrance brought me right in and, without unpacking Isid'or, I had to sip some.
The sign of a subtle ale, you just want to experience it.
I drink Isid'or often (I'd guess eight times). It is a particularly good ale to enjoy throughout the courses of a meal. For me the Trappist style of unusual carbonation by itself detracts from their beers, but with a meal the yeasty carbonation serves a higher purpose and cleanses the palate.

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Photo of RobinLinde
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the beautiful bottle into a a tulip. Has a misty amber body with a white head. No lacing and poor retention.
Smell: Sweet caramel, a touch of candy cane.
Taste: Sweet and tastes of light roasted malt and has a fruity aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and very smooth.
Overall: A solid good Belgian beer, lacks something that makes it more exciting.

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Photo of Roelleke1986123inkijk
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer!

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Burnt orange/copper colored beer, mildly hazy. White, silky frothy head that lingers. Leaves a touch of lace.
S: Very yeasty, like a wheat ale. Plenty of that bready and estery smell. Hints of toasty malt as well. Very nice
T: Interesting. Somewhat like a saison, in that it is yeasty and bready. Also has that toasty malt from the nose. And true to the style, there is a dry, hoppy bitterness, though it is very light. Actually quite nice to drink.
F: Super silky and smooth. Full body. A bit of dryness from the hops that runs against the smooth, silky finish. Carbonation is mild-medium
O: Excellent beer, great drinking experience. Expertly crafted

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

Photo of jw4free
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: clear dark Amber good effervescence. Big fluffy head, fades slowly, not much lacing. S: malts honey and barley sugar. T: tobacco, leather and smokey bonfire. Yeasts towards almond. F: decent mouthfeel. Smooth and velvety. Not too carbonated. Warming alcohol. O: I like this one.

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Photo of Av10
4.74/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jaydee01
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Wfurtado
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

Photo of smakawhat
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 Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of collk22
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
7.5% ABV

A - Impossible to pour without sediment (despite the fact the beer has been undisturbed for months), gobs of yeast float in suspension clouding an otherwise clear amber beer; its heavy carbonation doing little to keep the off-white foam afloat.

S - Deep biscuty and caramel malts provide a hefty aroma for the abundant yeast to springboard off of. Dry and earthy, the yeast carries dark fruit undertones but leans more towards wet clay and spice nuances.

T - Sweet caramel malt cuts through an overly dry yeast profile that carries complimentary dark fruit characteristics and a finish of coriander sprinkled over wet clay.

M - Heavily carbonated to the point of effervescence, Isid'or has a medium-full body, partly perpetuated by the floating yeast chunks, and a dry, smooth finish.

O - Never mind the chunky, unattractive appearance and you'd have yourself one fine brew! This Belgian strong pale ale focuses more on the yeast (of which there's plenty) than it's rather simple malt base with a touch of caramel sweetness.

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Photo of jrob21
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
3.98 out of 5 based on 740 ratings.
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