La Guillotine - Brouwerij Huyghe

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89
very good

303 Ratings
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94
outstanding

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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 27
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2002

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Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Faux ceramic plastic lined and red foiled top 330ml bottle with a “Best Before End” date on the back label.

Appearance: Rich golden hue with a faint haze from the yeast, decent lacing but has trouble sticking.

Smell: Dry doughy cookie like aroma similar to a mild biscotti, some dried fruit also. Mild phenolic in the back with hints of anise and black pepper.

Taste: Crisp and lively, the carbonation is at a medium to high level and kneaded right into the light body. Spicy and peppery with an abundance of phenols and an underlying character of alcohol. Dry malt flavour with a mild fruitiness to complement it, hops are there with a bite and the yeast throws a nuttiness that lasts far into the finish. Fruitiness is a tad peachy but like dried peaches. Spiciness from the phenols and alcohol linger and clean the palate. Alcohol starts to become more of a presence as the beer warms with a faint solvent and flexed estery showing.

Notes: Spicy and quite flamboyant, that is just what I want in my Belgian Pale Strong Ale. Perhaps a little over the top but there is nothing wrong with that. Complex and flailing with wild flavours.

Photo of Weizenmensch
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL painted ceramic-look glass bottle with red foil around the neck. Best before July '06, if I've understood the labelling system properly.

Appearance: Pretty nice cloudy dark yellow/orange pour with fairly quick dissipating head. Darker than Duvel, but still pretty appropriate. Lacing quite sticky but not all over the place. Fairly normal for the style.

Smell: Gorgeous citrus and cider aromas. Really full-flavoured, I am spending more time sniffing this than drinking it!

Taste: Really nice. Peppery, alcoholic, some candied sugar. Quite watery, i.e. not too pungent, like a watered-down scotch. Very drinkable and a nice sticky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy with head forming in the mouth. Quite lubricated. Smooth goin' down. It seems like a layer of Guillotine still covers your tongue and mucous membranes after you've swallowed. Cool.

Drinkability: For the style, this is well drinkable. These kinds of strong Belgian ales aren't usually too good to have dozens of, but this one is nice and I could see myself having a few in rapid succession. Still, if I wanted to get that smashed I might as well drink a couple then switch to some cheap local macro brew. I'm enjoying this one now though, and this will become a regular I think.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Massive carbonation with a huge head of foam about an inch thick. Golden colored with a bit of haziness. Aroma of green apples and Belgian candy sugar. I also get a bit of a Belgian yeast strain in the aroma with some pale malt. The flavor is pale malt,Pale malt and a Belgian yeast strain. Mouthfeel is a bit carbonated but dry and smooth. Taste and mouthfeel are very good,but overly carbonated and the aroma is Ok.

Photo of pat61
4.73/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fruit and malt on the nose. Pours brilliant orange tinted amber with a vigorous, long lasting, 3” white rocky foam cap. A fruity palate starts with orange, peach, and a hint of banana, spice, light caramel, a touch of bread, pepper and a light bitterness on the finish. Medium body and medium high carbonation. A delight to drink.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 750ml bottle bought to share for the new year. It is a glass bottle with a fake ceramic coating and features a picture of a guillotine on the label (duh!) Sealed with a cork and red foil covering. Description mentions that this is a Belgian tripel.

Poured into a small wine glass. Pale golden colour, with medium carbonation and some haziness. Forms a foamy white head which subsides after a couple of minutes. The smell is fantastic - a rich, malty aroma with spice and some alcohol.

The taste is slightly less impressive - quite bitter and astrigent but lacking the malt that I detected from the aroma. A hoppy, spicy bitterness dominates and it doesn't seem quite balanced out with sweetness or grain. The carbonation and flavour dry out the mouth, although it feels quite smooth and full-bodied. The alcohol gives it a warmth when swallowed.

An impressively crafted beer, just not quite as good as some others from this brewery (particularly Delerium Tremens). A good example of a Belgian tripel, and a treat to be savoured on occasion.

Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not too good, quite spicy and fizzy, but i really didn't like the detergenty taste that it left in your mouth, it could be quite good, but its just a bit fizzy and soapy for me.

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

Just plain good. Very drinkable. I agree maybe a tad sweet but not overly. It supports the fruit notes.

Photo of biboergosum
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml standard Huyghe painted bottle - hmmm...guillotines, how very seasonal...

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium golden yellow colour, with some weird, continuously rising basal effervescence, and a teeming tower of thinly puffy, bulbous bone white head, which settles in for a lazy spell, before slowly, slowly ebbing away, leaving some nice soapy webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of earthy, sassy Belgian yeast, grainy pale malts, a bit of peppery spiciness, very soft citrus notes, and subtle leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet pale malt, some astringent orchard fruitiness, a bit of bubble gum, a slightly sugary alcohol edge, and muddled citrusy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is more than a tad frothy, i.e. in danger of heading straight up one's nose, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, with somewhat of a fruity tendency. It finishes on the sweet side, the malt, sugar, and alcohol all barely tempered by the deftness of the yeast integration.

Not my most favourite style, but for what it is, it is well-made - sugar, grain, fruit and restrained booze fury. Edging into Tripel territory, this is kind of a bit off-putting to actually drink. Maybe it's my unfair seasonal expectations, maybe not.

Photo of Mar02x
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer on a tasting at my place, with thanks to my uncle 'Peer'. I had some beers from 'Brouwerij Huyghe' before (even the Frubee Banana) and for some reason I never tried this one. It was the fourth beer we tried that evening.

A- Straw colored, white fluffy head that doesn't dissipate.

S- Nice fruits

T- You can't tell it's 9,3% ABV though which is good. Good taste.

M- Nicely carbonated. A bit to heavy for a thirst quencher, but will do ;)

Overall: Good beer, but not outstanding. I will try another one in the future.

Photo of SpruceMoose
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ah Belgian beer, we meet again. I can long remember the days when my father would allow me sips of his Chimay or Duvel, so I was inevitably eager to have the spiciness of Belgian brew on my lips again when I noticed La Guillotine's bottle at the local bottle shop, with its characteristic red foil and ceramic bottle that reminded me of good old Delirium Tremens, and knew I had to pay the $11 AUD for it and try it out for myself.

Appearance: A slow pour produces a deep copper tone with minimal head. Large chunks of sediment could be seen floating in the Chimay goblet I was drinking it out of, a common theme with many Trappist or otherwise Belgian beers.

Smell: Essences of red wine, fruit and cinnamon are instantly noticeable and not too overwhelming. Highly reminiscent of the taste.

Taste: Hints of apricot, grape and several other fruits are instantly noticeable, followed by a wave of alcohol (almost inavoidable given the 8.5% ABV and thin body). A mild aftertaste of such flavours lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin for a Belgian ale, and seems rather peculiar given the strength of the beer and the intensity of its flavour. However, it does provide a smooth drinking experience due to minimal carbonation.

Overall: It fails to reach the dizzy heights of Delirium Tremens, Chimay or Duvel, but is enjoyable in its own right. Should serve to be a great winter warmer, and I would definitely drink it again if it weren't for the ghastly price of $11 a bottle.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Retaining creamy head. Nuttiness, fruit, and spices (clove, pepper) and hops, in a creamy yeast but not all that works. Wild. Medicinal alcohol kick, so not wild enough. Carbonation tickle tongue.
Slightly above average beer but below average Belgian.

Photo of j_rod22
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

appearance = golden pour with a great lacy small/medium white head, a bit hazy

smell = fruity - hint of banana, pineapple, mandarins/oranges. Spicy, malty aroma

taste = very sweet fruity citrus start with a bitter finish, personally great combination, considering the ABV, not too overpowering, very pleasant and goes down smooth.

mouthfeel = creamy, great complexity of sweet/sour notes

overall = for a belgian strong, I love the sweetness start with the bitter/sour finish, easy to drink and not overpowering.

Photo of PTRAINOR
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious Belgian ale. Pale golden color and nice head when poured. Slightly boozy. Crisp with a hint of fruitiness. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of vanrassel
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured with a cloudy gold with a slight apricot hue and a thin, effervescent head. There were some fruity esters present in the smell, along with a yeasty aroma you'd expect in a beer of this kind.

The taste started malty and with a bit of sharp alcohol. The taste was quite tart and citric, reminding me of ginger ale and lemon. The carbonation was a little high for my liking.

I have to concur with others that it's curious Huyghe would brew another beer so similar to Delirium Tremens. This one's different enough, however, that I can state a clear preference for its superior sibling.

Photo of elricorico
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pourerd a hazy orange with a thick creamy white head. If that was all, appearance would probably be a four, but it has so much sediment floating around in it! The first of the sediment actually dropped with an audible plop. Quite a turn off for me, and I tend to always pour my yeast into the glass with belgian beers

Smell is quite nice on the other hand. Very citrus with orange peel quite notable. Not as much spice smell to it as some others of the style, but still a hint there.

Taste is a sweet and tangy mix of citrus flavour with a spicy(coriander?) follow up and an alcohol finish. The alcohol isn't overpowering, but is definitely there in the end. Makes for a pleasant mix, and isn't quite like any Belgian Strong Pale that I've tasted.

Mouthfeel isn't bad, but I find the carbonation to be a bit overdone. Leaves the beer feeling a bit sharp against your tongue.

I find this beer to be all over the place. There are mouthfulls that I find fantastic and mouthfulls that put me off a bit. It's certainly a complex and interesting beer.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber with lots of big chunks of sediment floating round. Large white head.
Nose shows candi sugar, golden syrup, sweet bread and fruit cake. Incredibly sweet smelling.
Flavours include the same sweet bready malt and candi sugar. Way too sweet and cloying.

Photo of RuudJH
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a nice 33 cl. bottle, typical from Huyghe brewery.

Very active from the bottle, golden colour with good head and carbonation, floaty bits, good lacing in the glass.

Smell is very pleasant of malts, fresh fruits and herbs.
Equal taste, but now it's also very much bitter hoppy too. Classical tripel, I would say: dry bittersweet aftertaste.

Medium body. Alcohol is only slightly noticable.
This beer is a good one from Huyghe. I've had some of theirs in the past. This beer is maybe only very little different from the others.

Photo of Squelch
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a recent weekend in Brussels.

Appearance: Straw colored. Flaked with yeast cake. super white fluffy head that doesn't dissipate.

Smell: Nice belgium aroma here. You can tell where it was brewed by the smell.

Taste: Disappointed in this one. Not alot going on. Mellow on the funkiness, malt, and hop. I will say it is balanced. You can't tell it's 9% ABV though which is good.

Mouthfeel: 2nd best part about this beer. Medium bodied all the way.

Overall: Good beer. Not their best. Wouldn't pass one down if offered.

Photo of Garin
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It poured a bubbly pale gold, slightly hazy, with a creamy white head sitting nicely on top.

The aroma was complex and interesting. Sour fruits and sweet cherries, floral and herbal notes, with a spiciness.

The flavour is spicy and earthy, and I'm having a hard time adjusting to it. It's like licking the bottom of a fifty-year-old spice cabinet. I'm becoming more accustomed to it, and I'm finding rich pear flavours and some floral undertones. Hm. A bitter orange-peel flavour fills the finish.

The mouthfeel is full and rich, difficult as it is to separate out the flavours from the mouthfeel.

It's a mighty brew, perhaps a bit much for me. Still, that's not the beer's fault, is it?

Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear dark golden yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a short head consisting of large bubbles on the surface that eventually completely faded away, leaving only a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of Belgian yeast and pale malts are present in the nose along with hints of floral hops and fruity esters. Hints of candi sugar become noticeable once the beer warms up.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that the fruit is a bit stronger—apples seem to stand out in particular—and there are subtle bits of sweetness. There are also some hints of peppery spices towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: This beer didn't seem to be as complex as other beers in the style, but hid its alcohol rather well and therefore was quite drinkable.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a green 330 ml bottle coated with grey enamel, red foil around neck and cap, best before date marked on back label. Appearance is a hazy golden apricot hue, foamy white head that eventually recedes to a thin cap. Spicy nose, peppery, clove and banana, sweetish fruit like peach or apricot, some boozy pear, sweet malt. Flavour is peachy and peppery, boozy malt finish, but that taste of fruit comes back to linger on the aftertaste. Big boozy mouthfeel, the alcohol definitely makes its presence known. Probably one of the best specimens I've had from this family brewery so far, it has a well rounded character, and a very memorable one at that.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.85/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Suprised to find I'd not reviewed this beer before, as I've had it many times over the years: anyway this review is of a 330ml bottle, plastic designer covered. Best before Oct 2013, taken during one of my 'mixed tasting evenings' March 2011.

Poured into a Westmalle chalice: dull orange/old gold in colour, with a large white head which stayed but produced minimal lacing.

The nose was sweet and yet with citrus notes within.

The sweetness carried on into the taste, the sour citrus smells did not. Alcohol took over the mouthfeel, which was almost too fizzy, certainly well carbonated, if not overly.

Just a bit too sweet and lacking in body for me, as well as the alcohol content being too obvious.

Photo of errantnight
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hey now! Brouwerj Huygne has a ton of beers that aren't Delerium ___, huh?

Picked this one up in gay ole Paris when I was there last November.

Pours into my Bruery tulip with a thick, luscious head, great retention, moderate lacing. Not quite the truly astonishing head on a Duvel or an Orval, but this looks really beautiful. Until I accidentally tip a little yeast into the bottom. Not a problem taste-wise, but still.

Aroma is... well it's strong, it's delightful, but it's also a mystery. It reminds one strongly of a Duvel or Delerium Tremens, but against the backdrop of traditional Belgian esters and phenols with all their bubblegum, banana, and warm spice goodness (and requisite delicate malty sweetness), there's this OTHER aroma... my mind turns to cucumber by way of coriander and maybe pepper and perfume. I'm intrigued, but I'm more intrigued then I am hooked.

On the palate that mysterious aroma takes a back seat to an extremely well constructed brew that's moderately sweet and full up front that cleans up with a bone dry finish and a hint of spice and just the right amount of bitterness. Clean and easy to drink.

I really enjoy this, and I'm dying to try another one with a more developed palate to figure this out, on the other hand.... I'd rather have a Delerium Tremens.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Huyghe into Guillotine glass. Fluffy white head medium retention. High clarity.  Aroma, nice hoppy bouquet, light sweetness. Taste nicely bitter with slight sweetness. Dangerously drinkable.  Very refreshing  No alcohol noted at all. Our guide at the brewery says this is coming to the states soon and also said that the recipe has been tweaked to where they are now very happy with it. Look out. This one is dangerous. 

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

I first tried this almost a year ago in Canberra's Belgian Beer Bar, but decided to rebuy it tonight and serve at a temperature I was comfortable with.

It poured golden yellow with a dynamite two-inch foamy head, which also laces brilliantly.

Spice, light fruit such as apricot and citrus come through upon inspection of aroma. It's extremely complex, and a pleasure to disect.

The taste is highly spicey with the lighter fruits coming through strong. It has relatively high carbonation and the mouthfeel remains light yet somewhat creamy.

It's definately something I could drink a lot of, although almost too similar to its brother Delirium Tremens. Regardless, I remain very happy with it; something I'll buy again!

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La Guillotine from Brouwerij Huyghe
89 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.