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

La Trappe Isid'orLa Trappe Isid'or
752 Ratings
La Trappe Isid'orLa Trappe Isid'or

Brewed by:
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.

Added by redmagik99 on 07-09-2009

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Ratings: 752 |  Reviews: 294
Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle with a splendid La Trappe label. Poured into a stemmed Belgian tulip.

A - amber color with hints of orange when held in the light. Nice held on the pour leaving a beautiful Trappist ale.

S - banana notes paired with caramel malt and a fine yeast fill the nose before notes of slightly sweet dark fruit with a mild Belgian spice brings together a very solid aroma.

T - sweet and soft malt notes of caramel and light bread. Highlighted yeast funk adds some complexity to the dark fruit flavors.

M - medium bodied and smooth texture. Not as thick and coating as bigger Trappist ales, but this is a damn fine liquid. Drinkable and delicious.

O - I enjoyed this La Trappe offering and it's nice to see trappist 'table beers' making it into bottles and distributed to the U.S. My adventures to Belgium have always been filled with world class table ales. Now I can have one at home. I'm not sure this is light enough to be a Belgian Pale ale, but this is one to savor nonetheless.

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Photo of Premo88
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into snifter

L: murky dark orange (it's clear but I decanted a bit too much sediment); topped by thick 1/2-inch head of beige/tan foam; keeps a thick beige collar; orange color has lots of amber, lots of brown; no major sticking or lacing

S: sweet darker fruits, dusty yeast underneath; the dust is almost musty like an old wooden home, but it's a light note; hot cherry pie ... the malt is adding some pie crust

T: follows the nose with dusty/fruity plums, dates, plenty of sweetness, but it's a bit more earthy than the nose; black pepper ... tastes like a spicy hop bite -- it opens at the front of each sip but starts sliding into the aftertaste, playing back and forth with the sugary sweet dark fruit flavors

F: perfect ... what a great Belgian ale is all about, big carbonation, solid midweight brew, very filling

O: fantastic brew ... tastes more like a dubbel/quadrupel than the average Belgian strong pale, but it still has a hint of that earthy/yeasty note often in the Belgian strongs, making it a bit of a hybrid; the peppery hop bite works very well and spices up the sweeter flavors; I might like this better than La Trappe's abbey ales, it's that good

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Photo of Freepack88
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thick cloudy dark amber color with lots of activity. Frothy beige 3-4 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with mediocre legs. Flavors of apples, toffee, berries, floral banana yeast, dark grains, herbal spices. Pleasant sweet fruity feel with sharp yeast bitterness. Oily smooth almost full body with prickly carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, with a soft lingering thick dark malty, caramel yeast, leafy herbal feel. Slightly leathery and earthy. Nice intensity, accessible. Very tasty and good balance. Refreshing yet warming, perfect for spring and autumn. Overall excellent quality craft.

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Photo of toscanoigor
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dsshuck
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hartsells01
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pjhdaas
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josip990
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IckyT2012
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of user785335
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of EpicHobo1
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Euroglot
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dar482
3.79/5  rDev -5%
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 +6.5%
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 +1.5%
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 +0.8%
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 Dutchcraftbeergeek
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer!

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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 +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jw4free
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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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La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 752 ratings
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