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

La Trappe Isid'orLa Trappe Isid'or
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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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Ratings: 750 |  Reviews: 292
Photo of Xul
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy copper, topped by a tightly carbonated two finger head. Retention is good and light lacing is left behind.

S: Strong aroma of biscuity maltsup front, followed by green apples, lemon zest, and distinct notes of Belgian yeastiness.

T: Biscuity malts are prevalent again, but dark fruits and some spicy character comes through. Green apples and lemon zest are still present but take a backseat.

M: Medium body with very high carbonation, honestly it felt overcarbonated.

D: The ABV is well hidden and the taste is good, but the overcarbonation makes it a one and done for me.

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Photo of muskiesman
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from my notes;
Poured from bottle into a La Trappe goblet.

A: Warm clear honey orange glow. Thin bubbly white head that fades fast almost no lace.

S: Sweet white grape and apples, yeast

T: Pear and apple with sweet grapes and bread. Tart and sweet but nothing overpowering

M: Very smooth light carbonation. The finish is a nice tart and rather dry

O: Very good overall, love the tart finish and huge sweet fruits

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Photo of dgilks
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spicy clove aroma with a side-note of liquorice. Fairly sweet malt.

Cloudy, golden colour with a creamy, tan head. Okay head retention.

Good, sweet malt flavour backed up with a nice, spicy yeast character.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation.

A solid Strong Belgian Pale. Good flavour all around and not overbearing in any way.

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Photo of Jodio
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thecheapies
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Has a very unattractive pond water brown color with a fizzy head of bigger bubbles that sounds away to some scuzzy foam trappings.

Semi-sweet apple aromas with a delectable juiciness that comes adorned with fleshy notes and assorted bruised fruits. Pear and fresh fig factor in, also, with appealing esters that don't come off as muddled or contrived. Vibrant with pale and dark fruits. Light toast character melds well with nectary Belgian malts and low phenol levels. Musty grape and slight perfume notes are other layers in the aroma. Complex.

Spicy start on the palate that is quite short of brutal, although a decent stack of alcohol gives you a good jolt. Massively fruity, still, showcasing more apple and pear and grape than anything else. Some apricot and hints of cherry also come out. It gets a little sweeter as it warms up, but the candi sugar notes are secondary. Yeast has become quite formidable, as I'm noticing a nutshell flavor stirred in with the sweetness of the caramel malt.

A good body with a wetness that fills out the mouthfeel without coming off as too oily or textured. Smooth, as there's a contained level of carbonation that doesn't seem to want to isolate itself. It does show up late, the most. Gas is ideal, in these ways.

A lot of heftiness and flavor coming at you, however, without being bold. A sturdy Belgian golden ale with a darker side.

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Photo of daledeee
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Koningshoeven brand to try.

This beer poured a very nice rusty brown with some cloudiness and an overwhelming head. It was coming out of the bottle before I poured it.

Nose is a little carmel. Not much else. Rather disappointing.

Taste is malt and caramel with a hop background. It reminds me of cream ale. It leaves a rather citrus rind finish. I wonder about the classification. This is more of a dubbel or doppel.

Mouth feel is average for this type and not remarkable.

This beer tastes good. I would seek it out again.

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

The beer is deep amber a bit orange, off-white head leaving no lacing, and some curtains.

The smell is very fruity, sweet ripe pears, apples and some honey.

The taste is also extremely fruity, pears, apples, melon. Some sweet jam and some mild Christmas spices.

Medium carbonation, lots of minimal bubbles, soft and a medium high body, round and balanced.

A really nice trappist.

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Brownish-orange brew with a thick off-white, 2-finger, frothy head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Faint caramel and malty aroma with hints of fruit in the background. The aroma is neither overpowering nor offensive – just sort of a mellow blend.

T: Similar to the smell this is a mellow yet succulent beer. There are tastes of sweetness from the malts, fruity esters, and phenols to balance this brew. The hops give this beer a mild herbal taste. There are some great underlying flavors that hekp t

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Pretty good Belgian pale ale. It was easily drinkable, well balanced, and had enough alcohol to make it interesting. Worth price and would have it again.

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

Mmm, this cap smells good, and the bottle very pretty. Poured into a large-bodied goblet, revealing blood-orange body and thin yellowed head, bubbling festively underneath. Smells just slightly and like floral hops with citrus, yeast funk and pear juice. It's a good smell, but I wish there were more of it.

Tastes delicious: very sweet and bready with a little candied character, good malt presence and effervescent carbonation that expands the body in your mouth to something almost chewable. It's very smooth, fairly warming... but hard to get a feel for the body with all that carbonation. Kinda feels like I'm drinking foam sometimes. I don't think I could put much of this down.

Overall it's not bad. I don't know if I'd pick it up again, but it was worth a try.

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

Let's kick off my 25th birthday with a Dutch beer; appropriate given I played with a Dutch soccer team on FIFA 10. On to the beer:

It's more dark than pale. It's a dark orange color with reddish hues mixed in, and the head retention on top is adequate.'s fruity, most resemblant of strawberries. Caramel aromas hit the nose too.

Nice flavor. On the sweet side, as comes out a little different than expected. It's really a Belgian-style amber ale, with fruity esters flavor, plus a little toasted malt, carmelized sugar, and dry biscuity malt. This is the flavor Palm hoped it had. The carbonation is strong at first, but time mellow it out some, but it's still hitting your palate. Because it's Belgian inspired, I expected such.

Only my second beer from the La Trappe family, but Isid'or, unilke the Quad, will bring me back to try other products of the family. Recommended.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance- The beer pours a lightly hazed orange amber color with a one finger just off white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of some lightly toasted Belgian malt with some aromas of tropical fruits as well as a decent citrus hit. Mixed with these sweeter fruit smells and malt smells are some notes of a hoppiness and a bit of a yeastiness. The hop brings a grassy and herbal smell while the yeast smells bring with them aromas of banana and some spice.

Taste –the taste begins with a drier fruit flavor of a mix of citrus and grape. It has almost a wine like flavor in the fruit, but it also has a nice amount of a Belgian grain upfront which balances out he fruit to produce a Belgian triple like flavor up front. A yeastiness soon comes to the tongue and brings with it lighter flavors of banana and a moderately stronger clove and coriander taste. These tastes are later complimented by hop flavors of a grassy and herbal nature that were detected in the nose, but also a little bit of an earthy like flavor. All in all, the flavors end up leaving a dry and balanced hop and malt flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is just above normal. The two in combination crate a very crisp and clean feel on the tongue and fantastically match the flavor profile of the brew.

Overall- A rather nice, tasty, and drier Belgian strong with just the right level of hop to compliment the flavors of the brew. Rather easy drinking and a good brew to try.

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

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle, my first new Trappist offering in a long time. Toreador, oh, don't spit on the floor. Please drink the Isid'or. That's what it's for. (With apologies to Bart Simpson, et al.)

This beer pours a hazy medium orange amber hue, with two fingers of silken foamy off-white head, which leaves some chunky, spiky lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of sweet pale malt (part barley, part edgy wheat), riddled with tropical fruit, candy sugar, faint Belgian (or I guess Dutch?) yeast, some banana chips, and very mild, drying earthy hops. The taste is more pale barley and wheat malt, well blended, and still well sugared, with pureed banana, some latte-worthy caramel/toffee/vanilla syrup, a subtly pervasive yeastiness, and some more of those underwhelming, but stolidly integral earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is a wee bit frothy, but in that good way, the body a decent medium weight, and pretty unaffectedly smooth as well (this is starting to sound like the boy you wish your baby girl eventually brings home to meet Mom...). It finishes rather off-dry, the sugary malt, fruit, and, I suppose, spices still large and in charge - the obvious omission here being the booze, but it doesn't really register as of yet. I am certain that will change soon.

One of the better BSPAs that I have encountered of late, and that's WITH the big sugary nature that just won't quit. The subtly of the Trappist name may be a tad challenged here, but it still passes quite easily - the yeast and fruit seemingly calling in favours to do so.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very hazy swampy red-brown, unrelenting tower of tan head as per usual with strong Belgian ales
S - big phenol aromas of grape cough syrup, plumb, some caramel, not much of the 'pale ale' aspects making it though the nose though
T - prominent phenol flavours similar to the nose, pear and plumb, light leafy and metallic hop notes peak through towards the finish
M - medium body and very creamy, coats the mouth briefly then dryness builds through the finish, bit of a mineral feel left
O - a tasty Belgian ale, the pale ale aspects are a little subdued for my liking but a solid brew none the less that I am glad I came across

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

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, sugary, small gingerbread like maltiness, actually, quite mellow. In the taste, a gingerbread maltiness and a sugary balance to it. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry malt and small sugar hints in the aftertaste.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle poured into the trusty chalice.

A: Dark amber and hazy, with a thick white head that settles slowly. Leaves a thin film with very nice lacing on the glass.

S: Caramel and spice, with fig, raisin, and some tropical friut notes shine through. Hops are a minor factor in the smell.

T: Same as above, but more. Caramel, spice, and Belgian yeast take over, while subtle notes of pear, apple and fig lend a fruity character to the brew. Hops dry out the finish, but are still very subtle.

M: Medium to full-bodied, this beer is a stepping stone to Trappist ales. Very tasty, easy to drink, and flaavorful. From start ro finish, it's a very good beer.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of fishyakLA
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Within the Belgium style, my key word is balance. Not too sweet, not too much dried fruit, not too much alcohol, not too much carbonation, etc. Yet all the elements are there without any one element taking over too much. Not my favorite beer, but a solid enjoyable choice . And if someone asked me for a good example of this beer style, this one strikes me as in the middle of the style box.

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Photo of DiUr
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. La Trappe Tasting Goblet. Cooper color, orangish amber to the light & cloudy appearance. Intense caramel malt & Belgian yeast aromas, orange hues, as well as biscuit, herbal, flowery & phenolic notes. Sweet mild toasted flavor & spiced touch at first sip. Medium to full body. Moderate to soft carbonation. Oily texture & kind warming & well integrated ABV. In the middle, fruity, delicate & low bitterness rounded by gentle notes of wood resolve in a very subtle citric zest astringency. Sweet/bitter finish. Fruity aftertaste & spicy hints. Refreshing, flavorful & suggested for a paused drink !!

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Photo of BeernerdJeff
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Solid Trappist beer overall. Belgium maltiness and fruit flavors up front, with great carbonation. Flavors are well balanced, making for a crisp and clean taste. Good introductory Trappist beer for beginners.

The price is right on this one as it was one of the cheaper Trappist beer selections but is not cheap on taste. Would certainly try this one again.

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aokla
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flute glass:

Rich amber color, cream-colored head dissipates relatively quickly. The sweet, fruity caramel scent offers a balanced, smooth aroma, but the alcohol is certainly noticeable. Taste has the fruity, bubblegum-like quality that one might expect from a strong Belgian pale ale, but the alcohol taste here is much more prominent/lasting (i.e., as compared to the recently-tasted Delirium Tremens...) Medium-bodied, relatively strong-tasting but drinkable beer. Minimally sour.

In all: A-, thumbs up.

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La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Beer rating: 81.6% out of 100 with 750 ratings
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