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

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Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
Netherlands | website

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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3.98
pDev:
15.33%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Verdugo Bar in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, banana, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but smells slightly better in my opinion.

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, dark copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, alcohol, slight spice, slight grass, and a hint of floral hops. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight hops, slight alcohol, and a hint of spice. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

light brown, maple in color with a low profile white head, good carbonation
smell is of tropical fruit, typical belgian yeast smell
now heres where its different than other trappist brews ive tasted, light, light, light fresh fruit, maybe melon. the yeast profile is perfect!
mouthfeel is ultra dry, probably one of the driest beers ive ever had the pleasure of tasting
overall hard beer to find, but well worth it!

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml brown bottle, caged and corked. Pours out a hazed russet amber hue, tall frothy off-white head that tends to fall fairly quickly but engulfs the glass at first. This one takes a few attempts to pour.

Grainy malt on the nose, pear, green apple peels, slightly sour yeasty twang--a bit of a cidery character.

The malt opens up in the flavour, with some bready, caramel malt up front that also has a touch of a toasty note. Apple and pear skins in the middle, then some citrus kicks in, along with mild yeasty phenols towards the finish. Dry peppery phenols linger on in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light, texture is thin and almost completely gives way to a brisk prickly effervescent carbonation that dominates the character of the mouthfeel.

A bit dry and dominated by brisk carbonation, this BSPA tends to maintain the basic characteristics of any of the other La Trappe ales I've sampled so far. I enjoyed it for what it is, there are really no faults to be found here, yet held up against other offerings of this style it does not really stand out from its peers. To put it bluntly, from my snobby opinion this is a well-crafted ale for the style, but at the same time isn't very memorable either. Chalk it up to an embarrassment of riches when it comes to selection.

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Photo of acevenom
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours hazy copper with a thick, biege colored head that dissipates slowly. There are some visible streaming bubbles that can be seen along the side of the glass. Some lacing is left behind on the glass as the head retreats. The beer smells pretty malty with some mild sweetness and fruit, but the aroma is not strong. The flavor is of malt, light toffee, and banana. Some flavors of clove come out as the beer warms. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry, but the drinkability is high for a high ABV beer. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of Yokoono76
3.31/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: beautiful apricot color, some cloudiness, small head.

S: nothing noticeable, perhaps some malt... Not a lot of odor.

T: notes of apricot and slight malt, and some floral. Fresh malty aftertaste.

M: nice carbonation, compliments the light flavor. Medium body mouth feel.

O: descent beer, flavor is solid, but not heavy. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. I enjoy it, but I would not pay $7 for the 11.2 oz. I would order if on tap for sure. Easy drinking and nice flavored, just not accessible.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Trappe chalice. Pours a medium red-orange amber with beautiful one finger fine white head with great retention and massive lacing. A very nice presentation in the La Trappe glass. Aroma of caramel malt, stone fruit, Belgian yeast and spicing; hints of banana and plum. Classic Belgian strong ale flavors, caramel malt, light and dark stone fruit, Belgian yeast, very light clove. Medium creamy body. A bit lighter in taste intensity compared to other Belgian pales, but very pleasant and well made.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown with an orange tinge, slight cloudiness, fair carbonation, 1 finger beige head.

S: Licorice, dark fruits, prunes, anise, brown sugar, carmelized sugar.

T: Licorice, dark fruits, carmelized sugar, but all in a light, only slightly sweet presentation. Trappist belgian style quality. Balanced. Pleasant.

M: Medium body, medium high carbonation.

O: Nice. Love the bottle which feels like a work of art from a European gallery, and love that its Trappist. Feels like a more watery version of a Rochefort 6. Still love its authenticity and uniquenss. Would go well with spicy puddings, and mild to medium strong cheeses.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a La Trappe Goblet. Purchased in Wakefield, RI in a gift set.

A- Pour a slightly hazy amber body with a 2" white head that leaves uniform lacing.

S- Cloves, belgian spices, wheat, unripe bananas, bubblegum, tropical fruits.

T- Belgian spices, clove and coriander upfront, ends smooth and tropical with cotton candy, candied sugar, and maple notes.

M- Light, smooth and creamy with medium carbonation.

This brew has surpassed a lot of the Belgians that I have tried in the past. It's super complex, tasty, and the flavors really mesh to create a balanced and complex brew.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark amber with a thick light tan head. Much, much darker than I had expected.

S-smells like pale belgian malts with a certain tropical fruityness and a aged herbs, similar to a strong IPA past its due. quite complex, but not necessarily a good complex.

T-comes in with an amazing taste of pale belgian spices and herbs and grains, it tastes somewhere in between a Belgian IPA and BSPA though there is no bitterness here, It's an amazingly clean taste with just a small amount of rawness. it is so crisp and wonderful. great matching after-taste.

M-medium carbonation with a good, dry finish

O-I don't know exactly what I would call this style, but it is Belgian, and it is amazing. It is such a wonderful flavor. Fairly complex. I could drink a lot of this. It is so tasty! I recommend this for anyone who likes Belgians!

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Photo of bonkers
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bottle into a tulip, hazy golden pour, very fizzy on the pour. It settles down, slight head, no lacing. Lots of phenols on the nose. The flavor is overpowered by the phenols, some alcohol, lingering alcohol on finish. The body is medium, light carbonation. IMO an underwhelming beer, pales in comparison to other belgians.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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 sfprint
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very dark amber/brown, quickly dissipating head, hazy.
S: plum, apricot, almost like a preserve, not particularly sweet, winter spices
T: very good but dense and intense. winter spices, slightly sour.
M: slightly astringent, moderate carbonation
O: Pretty good strong ale.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber body with a profuse amount of suspended particulates. The head presents as off-white4, dense, and retains well. The lacing is thick and sticky and in the Belgian form.

Aroma: Lots of sweet, vinous alcohol, caramel, bitter apple, dark fruit,nd some grassy, herbal notes.

Taste: Opens with caramel, followed by floral and herbal hops, spicy alcohol, pepper, and then ripe bananas, and bitter apple rind. Later in the taste, earthy and grassy notes appear. Finishes with a lingering mild herbal bitterness, and spicy alcohol.

Mouth feel: Smooth, fairly soft, pleasant, with zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: This beer seems an ideal selection for Autumn, with its complex and rustic notes. This being said, today is the Winter Solstice, but here in Texas, it seems like a Fall day.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom 335 ml brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an over-sized wine glass. (Signature La Trappe glass).

Appearance: A semi-hazy amber, light bubbles on the body. Head is off-white settles with even lacing maybe 1/4" from the initial pour.

Smell: A hearty banana peel scent, deep fruit and yeast makes it beyond worthwhile. In the end you really inhale this brew.

Taste: Strong yeast, and lightly sweet. It is a complex feel that you will fall in lust with. It has a (rye) sour bread feel that i will say this best complimented with one of your favorite meats.

Mouth: Medium and it comes off maybe a notch light. I wish it was more sticking that's all.

Overall: Really really good brew, the worst part about it is finishing it. I will definitely another when I see it again. Salud!

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

Poured from 33cl bottle in to a adequate goblet.

the nose was of dry fruit, blackberry coming assocs. as does a with of cabbage.

she is not her fathers daughter as the beer will kick-up her skirt foe many a boy (Had this beer had boobies.)

but whe is drinkable crispy and pleasant. Hats off the fellows add lasses who make such stuff of angels!

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a La Trappe chalice on 11/23/12

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Dense and cloudy dark orange with brown hues; nudging toward murky territory. The head hits 1/3rd on an inch before dropping to a soapy layer.

Lots of fruits in the aroma: various apples, pear, banana, pineapple and even a little kiwi. There is also a rich array of yeast spiciness and smoothed grain tones. Clove, pepper. The layers and complexities are impressive.

While the aroma is great, the taste leaves some to be desired. Fruit flavors are blunted, spices diminished and grains more hollow. All in all, the lavishness of the aroma simply isn't to be had here. While the grain seem to puff up more over time, the finish is musty and a bit dirty.

The feel seems pretty much standard fare; on the light side of medium with appropriate carbonation.

This isn't so bad that it isn't worth finishing. In some respects the flavors pulled together later on in the glass. Regardless, this is hardly worth $4.99 a pop.

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Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Make sure to stretch first; I practically sprained my wrist trying to get this bottle open. Seeing the abundance of carbonation once in the glass, I'm surprised it wasn't easier - these bubbles have enough strength to propel a rocket yet couldn't help out with the synthetic cork?! The amber liquid is well illuminated despite its lack of clarity.

The bouquet has a candy-sweet, fruity undertone that is perfumed in high-voltage yeasty spice. The beer is low on specific flavours but is sneakingly seductive. A faded blend of buttermilk and peppercorns. And it's no lightweight; the malts are as substantial as the yeast. With a bit of air it starts to smell like caramel squares.

Most all Belgian (or in this case, Dutch) ales can be characterized by a simple, straightforward maltiness and a distinct, complex yeastiness; this makes for a category of beers that, as a group, is rather distinct but are individually often indistinguishable from one another. Nothing marks Isid'or as a special-occasion offering...

As alluded, the malts are sugary-sweet and don't offer much salient flavour. The yeast, on the other hand, is overtly effervescent, offering huge notes of bruised apple and clove. As result, the beer is zesty but mild-flavoured; as savoury as bitter. Still there is some spice, but it's bundled with a certain 'comfy' feeling.

All that said, energy is the feature - not flavour. This ale has mini Energizer-bunnies for bubbles. The body is medium-volume, although there is enough flesh to pair with food (or, in the 750ml format, act as a substitute for it). The alcohol might gradually make the head feel heavy, but it won't cause it to smack off the table.

For a special anniversary offering Isid'or lacks the twinkle in its eye. Still, De Koningshoeven found a nice middle ground between elegance and playfulness (read: easy, casual drinking). It's effervescent enough to make a good 5 o'clock boost but works just as well as a late evening wind down; a large-size bottle of the stuff is better than a day at the spa. I'd be happy to finish all my stressful evenings off with it.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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 jwc215
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a LaTrappe glass (that came with it)

Pours hazed golden amber with a thin head that becomes a lasting wisp. Trailing lace sticks.

Smells of bubblegum and cotton candy with tropical fruits. The smell is mild, but nice.

The taste follows the aroma - bubblegum and cotton candy. Some herbal - towards licorice - bitterness follows that balances it. Still, it remains on the sweet side. Alcohol is apparent, but not overwhelming. Finishes with a balanced sweetness.

The feel is zesty. Light-bodied - almost airy, but enough "beer" lingers - with a dry yeasty/bready aftertaste.

This is a "nice" brew. Gentle - carbonated, but not too. Balanced, but sweet. It doesn't make magic the way the quad that was in the set does, but it holds up as a very good brew. It's a solid example of a "bubblegum" Belgian brew.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Trappe goblet.

Appearance
Very murky burnt amber with 1-2 fingers of billowy off-white head. Really good head retention and moderate carbonation (from what I can see through the murk).

Nose
Belgian yeast, banana, black pepper, pear and potpourri.

Taste
Very, very yeasty. Banana, pink peppercorn and potpourri. Touches of barnyard and dried hay. Bosc pears, honeydew melon and drops of lemon juice. Dry finish with light notes of clove and dead grass.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, delicate and moderately dry.

Overall
The yeast is the main attraction in Isid'or. Very easy drinking and mellow...and quite tasty.

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

A - Pours a murky copper colour with an amber hue, thumb of he's with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Scent us dominate by sugary malts, brown sugar, toasted caramel, hints of boozy sweetness, and a touch of leafy greens.

T - Flavour brings forth the same sugary malts alongside hints of toffee, vanilla and oaky undertones. Some mild leafy green hops linger alongside some buttery yeast esthers.

M - Lighter bodied, smooth and a touch of ABV heat on the finish.

O - A tasty Belgian, solid flavour profile, and easily drinkable. The ABV is dangerously subtle and this is well worth seeking out.

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Photo of chicagoanbeerone
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep malty crisp flavor with a nice heavy kick but not heavy on texture. tatse to much like a lager though and abit disapointed expected more beligin like or trippel like tatse but still very good and smooth. it reminded me of batch 19 by coors
overall worth a try and i might buy this again

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Photo of Bierman9
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
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 peensteen
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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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La Trappe Isid'or from Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V.
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