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La Guillotine - Brouwerij Huyghe

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BA SCORE
88
very good

273 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 24
Gots: 38 | 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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Photo of adamette
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from a 330 cl bottle purchased at De Bier Temple in Brussels before I left there. Smuggled home in my suitcase and then chilled for the past 24 hours in my fridge. Poured into my Ommegang gold rimmed goblet.

A One inch kind of basic off white head that stuck around for a few minutes over a Belgian Strong Pale Ale body with lots and lots of sediment floating around. Moderate lacing left in my glass. 4.5

S Sweet malt that I expected, a nice Strong Belgian Pale Ale smell but then an unwelcome rubbing alcohol smell that was too strong and obvious. I know that this is an 8.5 to 9.0% ABV beer but the smell does not hide it very well. By the way the front label mentions 8.5% and the back label mentions 9.0%. 3.5

T Well the rubbing alcohol smell did not carry over into the taste I am glad to say. Sweet malt in a Pale Ale dominates, a muted hop profile and a kick of alcohol but it is well eclipsed by other tastes. There is a nice muted citrus taste as well that I appreciated more as this beer warmed. 4.5

M Moderate with big sweet taste, the kick of alcohol but it finishes nice and easy with a pleasant barley malt aftertaste. 4.0

D Fair. This is a big ABV beer so I would say one and done. 3.5

Notes: I was attracted to this beer since the bottle looks much like another beer brewed by this brewery, Delerium Tremens, and I am glad that I followed through on getting it. While it does not reach the level of Delerium Tremens it is a very good beer.

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4.04/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of karait95
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a dark golden color can be seen at once and a very big rocky head is formed right away, it is white and leaves a lot of traces behind on the glass. Carbonation is rich and forms a permanent layer on top of the beer.

S: classic aroma mainly formed by the barley malts with high alcohol and some fruity spirit balanced with some little hops.

T: high alcohol but very rich flavors: starting with some fruits then barley malts and finally hops.

M: sensations are complicated well balanced with some little sweetness and bitterness of course alcohol makes a complicated sensation but not unpleasant.

Photo of ATPete
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33ml bottle purchased from The Beer Koning in Amsterdam, NL.

A- Very hazy yellow/orange, thin white head with some visible rising carbonation.

S- Piney almost minty, some spice, some hops, orange peel, apple and booze...very nice

T- Vanilla, Dr Pepper, some ginger, bread, lots of spices, old fruit and quality malt.

M- i think this is its strongest aspect, very crisp with a medium mouth feel.

D- Based on its sheer complexity i wish i had a few more bottles to cellar and watch mature with some time...

R- I haven't had a bad beer from Huyghe yet. This one is worth buying at least 3 of.

Photo of Cwrw
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dour name for a beer, La Guillotine I assume makes reference to the effect this beer could have on an unsuspecting drinker quaffing it quickly--indeed, the alcohol hits quickly like the drop of the blade.

Mammoth head, near brilliant white, and very fine-bubbled, milk-like. The lacing moves quickly, but it does stick. Cloudy, peachy, yellow in some light, light brown in others. The appearance is everything a Belgian strong ale should be. The aroma is super sweet, strongly fruit-filled, and syrupy. Apricot, peach, and tart candy. Mmm. The strongly sweet aroma gets high praise from sweet-beer lovers. There is a creamy quality about the aroma as well, and the yeasty freshness is superbly appetising. The taste is very much like wine or sherry, along with some ultra-sweet fruit brandies I have tasted. The phenolic taste is not overwhelming, though very tangible: otherwise there are sweet malt, apricot and berries of various sorts, mint, and earthy yeast tastes, leaving a dry puckering mouth sensation. The finish, though, is extremely alcoholic, leaving the tongue with a warming, burning feel, which is the only reason this is not an easily drinkable beer. High carbonation, and full-bodied. No, this is enjoyable only perhaps occasionally, and certainly no more than two in the same session. High carbonation, and full-bodied. This is more akin to a fruit brandy or port. Phenomenal.

Photo of xylophonica
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Massive soft pillowy head straight from the bottle. Actually couldn't pour the whole thing at once. Liquid is a nice pale amber colour (although slightly murky) with plenty of carbonation bubbles. Lacing is above average.

S - Light aromas of sweet berries with various herbs. Touch of hops as well as some phenolic scents. Textbook stuff for this style of drink.

T - Spicy and herbal. Sweet and refreshing initially but with a touch of bitterness (verging on sourness) as the drink is savoured which again fades away to leave a soothing sensation. It's a different taste but not an unpleasant one.

M - Spicy with very solid levels of carbonation. Quite bitey at first but soft on the way down and well offset by the creamy head.

D - The whiff of phenol you get when you first taste this is probably the only reason you wouldn't want to consume this drink in vast quantities. Very enjoyable but the alcohol content would catch up to you quickly.

Again an intriguing beer from this brewer. Probably not as desirable as stablemate Delirium Tremens but still worth a look. A solid drink, but with such an odd taste it's probably not to everyone's liking.

Photo of davidchollar
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like the bottles and labels from this brewery, very artistic and distinct! This BSPA poured into my tulip glass presents a fine looking beer. A hazy, golden honey with a gorgeous thick white head. Note: This very well may be a beautiful ale, or it could be that I just haven't had a classy beer in a while, been swilling lately to beat the heat.

My first impression of the smell is good. Strong and fruity, I get the typical "Belgian Strong" smells. I just realized it kind of reminds me of Hoegaarden's Forbidden Fruit, in it's nearly over-the-top fruitiness. Apricot dominates, also some pineapple and candy, nothing spectacular here but certainly not bad.

The taste, however, is a little better. Well balanced, with a bold, sweet and SPICY taste up front but a pleasantly bitter kick at the finish. Very smooth and easy to drink. This is 9% abv ?! Nothing bad to say about the taste. If anything, I would say La Guillotine falls short of the 90 mark for lack of originality - it just doesn't seem that memorable. I'd get it again, but at 470 yen ($4.50), it's kind of expensive. Along with the other Brouwerij Huyghe offerings I've had ... Recommended.

Photo of ablaze
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Minimal foamy head with little lacing on top of this golden brew.

Daisies and apricots on the nose, with some apple juice.

Pineapple, candied ginger, calimyrna figs, tart mangoes on rye. Sweet and sour with some dry pepper (helping hand of alcohol). This is delicate and refreshing, perfect for an afternoon in the sun. Light body, crisp from the tartness and decent carbonation.

This would go great with a light and flaky halibut, or some angel food cake as a dessert. Very fun and interesting Belgian to sip on; glad I have another bottle to finish off the season.

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Mar02x
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of rec
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

Photo of joegrnwave
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of bostonryan
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

330 ml ceramic bottle with red foil cap. 'Best Before End' of Mar 2007 clipped on the back label. Has been aging for over a year. Has tried this one at a Beer Fest, and was quite strong (almost harsh). Let's see what some rest time has done.
Color is yellowy/golden with a haze from the yeast. Not a large head, decent layer of white foam, thin lacing. Yeasty and acidic smell, also get aromas of fenel and anise.
Taste has smoothed out nicely. Lots of carbonation keep it crisp and light. Yeasty flavor, with spice and pepper. A bit fruity, but not sweet, quite dry finish. Slightly alcohol aftertaste, but still well hidden. Complex, and still a bit strong in the flavor department, but has mellowed out nicely.

Photo of Rilesmiles
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

La Guillotine from Brouwerij Huyghe
88 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.