La Guillotine - Brouwerij Huyghe

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BA SCORE
88
very good

272 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 24
Gots: 37 | 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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2.6/5  rDev -34.2%

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2.69/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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-

Photo of heygeebee
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.85/5  rDev -27.8%
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 rastaman
3/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of kofukasho
3/5  rDev -24.1%

A decent enough brew, but at 8.5% it might be too strong for some people's tastes.

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of RochefortChris
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
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 russwbeck
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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La Guillotine from Brouwerij Huyghe
88 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.