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La Guillotine - Brouwerij Huyghe

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BA SCORE
88
very good

227 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 21
Gots: 24 | 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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kojevergas

Texas

2.69/5  rDev -31.7%

9% ABV according to the Antwerp Beer Passion Weekend menu. Served on-draught into 20cl beer fest stemware. Reviewed from notes taken in Summer 2011.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of nice soft cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Body colour is a semitransparent light gold.

Sm: Very light scent of barley. Bland. I get very little.

T: Light pear esters, full clean barley for the foundation, badly handled stale malt, and crystal malt. Generic floral hopping. Tries to be complex but compromises its structure to do so. It's a bit messy; not real balanced. Built alright.

Mf: Coarse and wet, not really suiting the flavours of the body.

Dr: High ABV, easy drinking, and pretty good quality, but not special. Below average.

C-

03-04-2013 22:08:09 | More by kojevergas
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heygeebee

Australia

2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Poured a bomb of a fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation, and erm, enough bits floating around to make it look like some sort of orange snow-ornamen that you shake. No lacing (unless you count the sediment clinging to the sides of the glass). This from a half-bottle pour, so the sediment wasn't sitting in the bottom and I poured in one mighty go.

Egads! Never seen anything like it. Looks like a million small goldfish in a beer glass.

Moving on - aromas of mandarin and some strong yeast, yes we are in Belgian territory

Taste is both sweet and sour at the same time, lovely complexity. More mandarins and citrus and hops bundled together. Nicely carbonated in the mouth.

This is really drinking with my eyes closed, tho, and in reality this is bad with that much sediment.

Will review again.

06-10-2011 11:09:09 | More by heygeebee
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.85/5  rDev -27.7%

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.

04-26-2011 12:26:16 | More by BlackHaddock
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -23.9%

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.

06-03-2002 17:22:28 | More by rastaman
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MikWalker


3/5  rDev -23.9%

10-28-2012 17:52:34 | More by MikWalker
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desint

Belgium

3/5  rDev -23.9%

05-24-2013 11:53:46 | More by desint
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pin

Australia

3/5  rDev -23.9%

05-22-2013 04:35:35 | More by pin
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Sam-VW

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -23.9%

06-17-2014 09:40:52 | More by Sam-VW
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HopFace

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.9%

03-13-2012 09:48:26 | More by HopFace
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mhbarber

Virginia

3/5  rDev -23.9%

03-05-2013 15:19:37 | More by mhbarber
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Vsarmatov

Russian Federation

3/5  rDev -23.9%

07-10-2013 18:41:25 | More by Vsarmatov
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -23.9%

12-03-2013 22:33:20 | More by RochefortChris
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.05/5  rDev -22.6%

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.

02-09-2012 04:08:46 | More by CrazyDavros
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -18.8%

A: Very nice yellow pour with so many bubbles it really is ridiculous. Big white head with very nice retention and lacing.

S: Lots of candied sugar, spice, and fruits. Smell is very sweet.

T: I was expecting a bigger taste here. The cloying sweetness is there, but very watered down. Fruity up front, but not much else. It seems like it wants to be bigger, but it just isn't. The alcohol is hardly noticeable, however.

MF: Very prickly, nicely carbonated. Light in body. A real thirst quencher.

D: I was kind of underwhelmed here. The taste is very average, and nothing really stands out.

04-08-2011 01:16:18 | More by russwbeck
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -18%

Overall, the very light golden ale was pleasant to drink, but seemed to be one dimensional. Poured out nicely with a good head that fell quick with very little lace, but that might have been because it was a little too cold. Strong fruity esters like apple cider, and yeasty all over the place(even pouring gently and leaving an inch), and tasted very sweet on the tip of the tongue, a solid carbonation bite with a slight bitterness to the back but nothing much and no hop presence at all. I was hoping that it would warm up well, but seemed to get thinner and the 9% alcohol really expanded and filled my mouth. It comes in a sharp bottle with a guillotine on the front, so I had hope for a bit more. Good if it's in front of you and you like Huyghe. I couldn't read the best used by date on the bottle, and got it in Jasper, Alberta--so maybe it was past its prime.

08-22-2006 04:26:17 | More by FightingEntropy
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leinie13

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

04-23-2013 02:14:36 | More by leinie13
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His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

10-25-2012 16:48:20 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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TrevorWGrover

Germany

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

05-29-2013 16:48:25 | More by TrevorWGrover
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wer3w01f

Russian Federation

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

05-06-2013 08:49:18 | More by wer3w01f
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Raziel313

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

02-14-2014 07:39:59 | More by Raziel313
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ekalb31

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

08-11-2013 20:11:30 | More by ekalb31
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Chrily

Norway

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

05-16-2013 12:54:27 | More by Chrily
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newton99

Belgium

3.31/5  rDev -16%

Poured a bomb of a fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation, and erm, enough bits floating around to make it look like some sort of orange snow-ornamen that you shake. No lacing (unless you count the sediment clinging to the sides of the glass). This from a half-bottle pour, so the sediment wasn't sitting in the bottom and I poured in one mighty go.

Egads! Never seen anything like it. Looks like a million small goldfish in a beer glass.

Moving on - aromas of mandarin and some strong yeast, yes we are in Belgian territory

Taste is both sweet and sour at the same time, lovely complexity. More mandarins and citrus and hops bundled together. Nicely carbonated in the mouth.

04-04-2013 10:14:39 | More by newton99
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jahred

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -14.2%

Brought this bottle back from Amsterdam. Best before date Feb '07 on the bottle.

Pours a very pretty, very pale yellow-orange color with an extremely creamy, white head. The scent is light, malty and fruity, though I can't make out particular fruits.

Upfront, the taste is even more fruity - peaches and pears, with an odd grainy texture that I didn't quite like. This is followed by a long, peppery, phenolic aftertaste that's quite spicy and a bit overpowering. Not quite as balanced or tasty as I'd like.

07-29-2004 04:56:59 | More by jahred
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

11-27-2012 02:27:01 | More by biboergosum
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La Guillotine from Brouwerij Huyghe
88 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.