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La Guillotine - Brouwerij Huyghe

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BA SCORE
88
very good

208 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 20
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2002)
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Reviews by mzwolinski:
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mzwolinski

California

3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive bottle, but a fairly unattractive beer. The faux-ceramic look is classic-looking and functional in protecting the beer from light. Once poured, though, the beer pours a pleasant clear yellowish gold, but is marred by a large-bubbled, uneven off-white head. Reminds me of a mangy dog's coat.

The aroma is mixed as well. Nice spicy and floral hops, but the malt character has something of an unpleasant metallic tinge to it.

In the mouth, the beer starts juicy, citric and sweet. A bit of honey character mid-palate. The finish has some nice spicy hops, but, as foreshadowed in the aroma, this quickly melds into a rather harsh metallic flavor that leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Besides that, the mouthfeel is a bit fizzy.

A promising beer, and drinkable, but ultimately disappointing, especially given the usually fine beers produced by this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 02:54:05 | More by mzwolinski
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330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/5/2012. Pours moderately cloudy golden color with a 3 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Great dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of apricot, pear, apple, white grape, bread, candi sugar, light pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big apricot, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, light banana, candi sugar, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness/floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, candi sugar, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong pale. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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La Guillotine from Brouwerij Huyghe
88 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.