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La Guillotine - Brouwerij Huyghe

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88
very good

191 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2002)
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Ochsenblut

Italy

4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A one centimeter white head sits atop a hazy peach colored body. The carbonation is very active, replenishing the head constantly throughout the session.

This beer smells of spice, apples, and mandarins. It is also fuming alcohol slightly.

The taste is smooth. Soon after the carbonated bite subsides, there is pepper, orange rind and medicinal phenols. This makes for a complex balance between sweet and spicy, which is especially pleasing. The alcohol is warming and is very understated. The aftertaste is medicinal and only slightly acidic.

La Guillotine is nothing short of delicate and is clearly a finely crafted beer. To reach this sort of balance whilst maintaining a smooth mouthfeel AND high carbonation is something special to behold.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 21:36:25 | More by Ochsenblut
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer that I am happy to have discovered during my stay in a foreign land. Pours a cloudy golden tinge with a small, but impressive looking white head. Loads and loads of sediment were swirling around this beer, as well as a few other darker sediment particles that did not look attractive, but didn't seem to bug me. Smell was excellent, fruit throughout such as cherries, apples, passionfruit, pineapple. There was also a light medicinal smell in there. Taste was amazing, juicy fruit, and sweet sugary honey dominated, with some mild sour trangs coming through as it went towards the back of the palate. It was somewhat syrupy, maybe due to the honey tastes I noticed. As for drinkability, My God if only I had this beer around every night, I would be in sheer bliss. I swear this beer came straight from Hades to tempt us all with its deliciousness. Indulge

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 10:10:18 | More by jamie2dope
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REDAMI

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Hazy medium gold with a creamy, thick, white head.

S - Tart funk, wet straw, woody, citrus, lemony.

T - Sweet malt followed by bitter orange peel, dried apricot, a grassy finish. Definite spicy, yeasty funk.

M - Sharp, stinging carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

Complex and interesting. I enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 19:02:24 | More by REDAMI
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into the brewery chalice at the Frigo cafe in Shinjuku Japan. I've never seen this in the USA, not sure why it's in Tokyo but several other people were ordering it too so it's apparently popular.

The appearance was pale and cloudy yellow with a thick poofy white head (similar to Delirium Tremens). The aroma was grassy and funky and also similar to Delirium Tremens. It tasted delicious, almost exactly like one of my favorite beers (Delirium Tremens).

Not really sure why Huyghe makes 2 different beers which are so similar. Maybe someday I'll try them side-by-side and compare for what difference must exist.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 18:02:18 | More by TurdFurgison
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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. 

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2012 01:01:45 | More by KickbacksSteve
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j_rod22

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 16:05:06 | More by j_rod22
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AgentMunky

California

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a cervoise glass. Best before January 2014.

A: Even a gentle pour resulted in one of the largest heads I've ever seen, filling 85% of the glass and then expanding right over the edges. After aeons of churning, it settles down, balancing out at about three fingers and leaving surprisingly little lacing in its wake. The beer is a cloudy straw-yellow, barely clear with lots of bubbles.

S: Yeasty and zesty. Peppery and floral. Delicate but straightforward.

T: Good gods...Absolutely one of the best BSPAs I've ever tasted. Soft and velvety, subtly fruity, pleasingly and delicately spicy. La Guillotine is the perfect balance of sweet and piquant, neither ever managing to defeat the other. The aftertaste is extensive and flipflops between a slightly sticky sweetness and a drying yeastiness influenced by hops (and perhaps some spices). Damn good.

M: Caressing, clinging, and beguiling. Mmmm.

O: The only other BSPA that gives La Guillotine a run for the money is Don de Dieu, which has a completely different character. Most similar to Duvel, La Guillotine pleases me far more, even if it cannot serve as such a widely-regarded stylistic benchmark. The alcohol is vaguely noticeable, but completely unconcerning. I could (and would) drink a pint or more of this beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 19:37:13 | More by AgentMunky
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Brabander

Netherlands

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This week i brought some beers to my cousing Peter because we are going to have a beertasting at his place with a bunch of newbies into beer.

Peter however has discovered the special beers some time ago, he loves the Pannepot of the Struise.

Anyway...now to this beer! He gave me this bottle and asked me to drink it and give it an honest review, that's what i did. Best before december 2013.

Poured in my Struise glass this beer has the looks, five fingers big bubble head and a cloudy fluid. Very nice carbonation, that's what i like in a beer.

The beers has the same smell like a Duvel but then a bit better. Yeastnotes and some floral scents.

Taste is absolutely superb, there are only very few strong pale ales who will score better than this one!

So Peter, this a beer which is very very good. When you see it...try it.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 10:36:43 | More by Brabander
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einar85

Norway

4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Quite big bubbles, but the head retention isn't very impressive (which could be caused by a low serving temperature). Golden in color.
The aromas are fruity and sweet of cookies.
It's a classic tripel - sweet and full-bodied. The alcohol is well covered up here. More cookies.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 19:49:22 | More by einar85
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2003 15:22:07 | More by IronDjinn
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goblet

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured this out into a goblet from a marble white 330 ml bottle with red foil around the cap that runs down the neck.

Appearance:it got a decent fluffy white head after the pour though it did reduce to a thin layer,low carbonation,cloudy golden yellow with yeast floating around .

Smell:faint hits of fruit like citrus and banana some sugar, the malt scent is lite and sweet what you would expect from a belgian pale ale but not quite like a duval.

Taste:lite body and sugary sweet but not in a bad way but no means ,spice yeast that you can chew on with a fruity dry citrus,like grapefruit skin that let sit in the sun,a bit sour ,the hops are flavorful and oily .

Mouthfeel:the feel is crisp with a bite like a pilsner meets a strong pale ale and fell in love and this is what they made, with a dry after taste .

drinkability: i like this style of beer it`s sour, cloudy full of yeast,and spice and many things nice,i`m still looking for the perfect beer of this style but this one is up there on the list.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 15:17:58 | More by goblet
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellowish color and a clear texture. There was a foamy, two inch, long-lasting head. Lots of good lacing.

S: A powerful aroma of fruit, malt, and yeast.

T: Tasted of malt (a lot of malt - more than I might have expected), Belgian yeast, fruit, and some esters. A lively flavor, with just enough complexity and power to make it interesting.

M: An off the charts amount of carbonation (I haven't had anything this bubbly in quite a while), with a prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A well made, vibrant, and very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 20:17:33 | More by avalon07
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Weizenmensch

Japan

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2005 10:13:16 | More by Weizenmensch
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palmer69

United Kingdom (England)

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bought at drinx vanuxum(def. spelt wrong) in belgium. Poured into its own tulip glass with a large white head.Smells very sweet and earthy/hoppy.Drank while eating some clam chowder, the pepper in the chowder deffinantly accentuates the sweetness of this brew. I don't think that it would have been quite as good with out the clam chowder, which was pretty spicy. recommend drinking it with a spicy dish. with the low carbination, it won't make the dish feel hotter, it actually cools it down.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 22:53:07 | More by palmer69
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2002 20:21:30 | More by Jason
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ccrida

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3cl bottle bought and consumed in Budapest at a little cafe in front of Staint Stephans catherdral. Dull spritzy gold, medium sized white head with some foamy lace.

Smell is very nice, somewhat saison like quinine and limestone, tropical fruits, softer but complex.

Taste has the nice tropical esters but also some soapiness, robust hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dry and light.

Drinkability is solid, very nice and textured blonde, depth of flavor, balance, some nuance.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 15:44:01 | More by ccrida
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donnebaby

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Long-lasting tight foam head over this apricot-colored beer. Significant particles abound. The nose is great and heavy on creamy fresh fruits: banana, peach and apple.

Taste is complex in the mouth, beginning w medium orangy maltiness, which, once gone, leaves an array of tastes, big on dry leaves and spices. Cloves and nutshells. Notes of grapefruit and overripe oranges. Ending with dry chocolate-orange bitterness. A clean, small taste, with good complexity.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, the best part of the brew for me. Carbonation is light but sharp, especially felt on the tongue, as soon as the cream from the head passes. Very good drinkability. 9% is imperceptible except for the warming of the stomach.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2004 09:41:18 | More by donnebaby
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nickss

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the appropriate glass. The beer itself is cloudy and has a golden hue. The white, rocky head is a monumental 2". Gorgeous crystaline lacing.

Spicy hops, almost smokey aroma. Yeasty and lemony. Pepper is apparent as well. This one seems to be almost a mix of a rauch and a belgian strong. Amazingly complex.

Crisp lemon flavour with an almost Saaz-like presence. A bit of pepper. This one reminds me a bit of some of the Unibroue offerings.

Crisp mouthfeel due to the carbonation. All in all though, moderately thick and quite nice.

Drinkable, but a bit too highly carbonated for me to drink more than a couple. Fantastically enjoyable though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2006 23:39:24 | More by nickss
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Crosling

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Hall's Beer Tavern in Paris, France.

Damaged Pear Skin.

Odd nose. It's sticky, very fruity and sharp as hell. Red apple skins, pears and caramel seep through.

Medium bodied. Fruit laden palate. Smooth. Huge caramel in the backround with notes of peach, pears and apples.

This beer makes me think that Huyghe can actually brew but oddly enough, it is very similar to the Tremens....

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2004 23:37:47 | More by Crosling
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RuudJH

Netherlands

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 09:15:14 | More by RuudJH
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errantnight

California

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 04:43:48 | More by errantnight
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smulkowski

Idaho

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into a chalice, light honey-colored with a short but lingering head. The nose was slightly funky, with a typical Belgian yeast profile and spice, a bit of funk, and a bit of fusel alcohol. The flavor matched, but was a bit more muted...in the mouth, the texture was creamy due to the relatively high carbonation. Overall, this was a well-carbonated, very easy-drinking Belgian Pale, I look forward to drinking it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 04:41:39 | More by smulkowski
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rinhaak

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear with a very airy head that fades very quickly. A modest nose with aromas of raspberries, alcohol, and cough syrup.

Well balanced in the mouth, the beer is a little bitter up front, takes on a slightly sweet, almost cherry-like flavor in the mouth, then moves to a dry finish that reminds me of fresh cut weeds. Very bubbly in the mouth with crisp carbonation, despite smelling a bit boozy, there is little hint of the 9% (as listed on my bottle) as I sip.

Overall a nicely made offering that drinks easily and offers a worthy alternative to Duvel.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 17:34:25 | More by rinhaak
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dauss

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 33cl brown bottle coated with this cream colored coating thats beginning to crack off. A bright red foil covers the bottle cap on the top of the bottle. There were notches on the label, but I'm unable to decipher what it meant. This beer was purchased in Taiwan 8 months ago and brought to the US.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow. At first a lage white head had formed, but quickly dissappeared. It is very effervescent, tons of little bubbles just streaming through the beer.

Smell: A thick and sweet malty nose with a bouquet of fruit. General fruity esters with green apples accompany a spicy phenolic nose.

Taste: A full bodied malty and lightly sweet entrance with a lot of fruit flavors. Strong carbonation turns the beer into a bubbly and almost creamy consistancy. Mild phenols and alcohol begin to peak near the finish with a light drying sensation and a malty grainy taste in the end with a full mouthfeel. The 9% ABV is really noticible when the beer warms up.

Notes: I wish this beer had some sort of head retention or lacing, but at 9%, I can understand why it doesn't. This beer has mellowed out into a smooth and fruity Belgian beer. The alcohol is still quite strong after spending so much time in the bottle, and the heavy carbonation makes this a slow sipping beer. Its still very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 01:07:38 | More by dauss
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice foil-topped faux-ceramic 33cl bottle. Opens with barely a sound of carbonation - I was a little worried, as this one had a fair bit of age on it, but my worries were premature.

Pours a thick, cloudy light orange-beige colour, with a yellowing white head of compact bubbles. Carbonation bubbles make slow progress upwards from the base of the glass. Heavy body leaves excellent lacing. A great looking beer.

Light, fruity note on the nose: cider, pineapple with hints of darker, yeasty elements. As it warms, more organic tones of leather and earth creep in, providing a decidedly unusual character for such a light-coloured beer.

Crisp entry on the palate, with pine resin characters, rye bread and spices. Rather reminiscent of the loaves peppered with caraway I had in Austria. Very noticeable, robustly bitter back palate stays long and sharp. There's a strong note of alcohol heat to numb the palate slightly as well. Despite this, the body is quite creamy and full - more so than many invert-sugar reliant Belgian ales.

This is a very drinkable brew, and one that is smooth with age. I imagine there's some fresher characters in the younger version that I may have missed, but the mellow, creamy, languous version I have here is just fine with me...

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 06:21:30 | More by lacqueredmouse
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