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La Guillotine - Brouwerij Huyghe

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La GuillotineLa Guillotine

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very good

103 Reviews

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 319
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 20.26%
Wants: 28
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2002

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Reviews: 103 | Hads: 319
Photo of jcubz
2.77/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I must have had an awful bottle. It's Nov 2015 and best before Oct 2017. Bottle hissed when opened but poured with zero head. Almost no carbonation. The feel and taste were off because of it. Just tasted like flat strong Belgian home brew. Maybe it was at the end of the CO2 tank,thought it'd be bottle conditioned but no yeast... I'll update my review when I try my next bottle...

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Photo of Suds
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, supper effervescent, huge headed brew....this beer is an engaging, but not spectacular, strong Belgian. The smell is muted, with herbs and some yeast notes. There is a solid bitterness, and it is a relatively dry beer. Drinkable and good, but neither interesting nor outstanding.

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Photo of MrDell
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


La Guillotine– bottling date unknown – Best Before 10.2017

Appearance: Lots of smoke upon opening. Absolutely crystal clear with a big, golden, perfectly white head. Small bubbles make up the fast moving carbonation. Beer became cloudy when yeast was added to the last third of the glass.

Aroma: Very strong, spicey Belgian yeast esters. Very nice aroma.
Taste: As with the aroma the yeast is the dominant feature here. Not completely dissimilar to the brewery’s other Belgian Strong Pale Ale – Delirium Tremens. Delirium Tremens is more hoppy though, whereas this is a yeast bomb! Also reminds me of another Belgian classic - La Chouffe. Just when I thought this beer couldn't get any 'yeastier' I poured the last bit of the bottle into the remaining 1/3 of the beer and wow it's strong. It coats your mouth and can be tasted for a long time in the finish. I do like it though.
Mouth feel: Carbonation is prickly, dry finish.
Overall: A very enjoyable and easy to drink 8.5% brew. As previously stated, the most dominant feature of this beer is the Belgian yeast which might not be to everybody's taste but I really like it. 8.25 / 10

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, Pours a clear golden color with a large foamy white head. Aroma of citrus, spices, brown sugar, yeast, hay, malt. Taste is pretty much the same, very smooth the alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snowy webs over bright gold. 4
Flowers, hay, and wax on the nose. 4
Sugary up front, perfume, a whack of clove, then lots of grass and noble spice. 4
Nectar end and clean linger. 4
Crisp, smooth, slight cling. 4

You’d know it was Delerium: perfume and spice. The 8.5% is very quiet. Quenching and easy, though I want more hops from something that’s calling itself a Belgian IPA. 4

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Photo of BeerChancelor
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 33cl chalice.

A: Well-carbonated, clear golden color and a 1-finger creamy head with amazing head retention

S: The first thing that comes is flowers, then some citrus and spices with a faint of alcohol present

T: Hoppy, barley malt, pepper, faint sweet notes of citrus and alcohol is definitely there. Kind of lacking with respect to the smell

M: Light-body, well-carbonated, with a dry pale finish - kind of throws you off at the end, after an interesting combination of flavors

O: I'm a bit disappointed by the flavor. The smell promises so much and the flavor doesn't live up to the expectations. I would like to remark though the super head retention and carbonation.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Guillotine appears to be a carbonated golden ale with an appropriate billowy head of white foam. With lots of fruit esters, Belgian yeast, spices, a honeyed aspect, and a bready mouthfeel, it's a delicious Pale. My only criticisms are that it might be a tad too sweet and that it's not terribly unique.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, honey, fruit, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with honey, fruit, spice, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with great aromas, but unfortunately the flavors just aren't quite as good to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of pat61
4.73/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fruit and malt on the nose. Pours brilliant orange tinted amber with a vigorous, long lasting, 3” white rocky foam cap. A fruity palate starts with orange, peach, and a hint of banana, spice, light caramel, a touch of bread, pepper and a light bitterness on the finish. Medium body and medium high carbonation. A delight to drink.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

- Golden brown very nice head retention
-smell of fresh bread or pleasant warm smooth
-smooth, with a slight citrus lingering,
- more bubbly than i prefer, with a pleasant warmth to it.
- very refreshing and drinkable overall

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is pleasantly juicy with orange and lime backed by sweet vanilla and some waxy graininess. It pours a large, soapy, eggshell-white head and a clear, light gold body. The flavor is tart, spicy, and bitter, as well as slightly boozy and grainy sweet with only a hint of fruitiness. It's highly carbonated, frothy, and crisp.

The aroma is more pleasantly expressive than the flavor, while the flavor seems to be dominated by the spicy and bitter qualities with some grainy sweetness in support and fruity esters only on a very low level.

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Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear rusty amber colored head with a tall puffy white colored head.

Smells sweet and sticky with a spicy apple aroma. Slight tart scent this reminds me of my grandmothers apple butter.

Starts out mildly sweet with a strong apple flavor. Slight cinnamon and clove flavors. Slight taste of pipe tobacco. Mild bitterness and a slight brown sugar flavor.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall a tasty ale and was perfect for thanksgiving. Try this one with hot apple pie,

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Pours a clear golden color with a very thick head that sticks around a long time and sticks to the glass. A strong amount of carbonation is visible. Lots of sediment at the end of the pour.

Smell – Yeast, a funky spice, and a touch of cider with lemon. Malt becomes noticeable as the head dissipates.

Taste – Cider, pepper, with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel – Medium body, good carbonation. Goes down easy for 8.5%abv.

Drinkability – Easy drinking, but a bit cidery for my personal taste.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Pour: Golden yellow with a frothy three finger head that dissapated to a one finger head and held on throughout the drink.

Smell: Apricots, belgian yeast, various fruits, slight hint of spice.

Drink: Sour fruit in the front, followed by a mix of apricots and belgian yeast flavor, semi-clean, slightly lingering belgian aftertaste.

Overall: A damn fine beer. Well balanced and quite tasty for the style.

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Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Pours an orange color with a 1/2" head that lasts a while. Belgian yeast is strong in the aroma. Caramel, belgian yeast, citrus, and a moderate bitterness are the main flavors. Aftertaste is long. Mildly refreshing, and quite easy to drink.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best before date of May 16, 2015.

A loud pop when I pulled the cork out, it pours a medium gold with a 2 finger head of foam that seems to keep on growing...well above the lip of my glass.

The smell is of citrus hops, some spice..err...peppery notes, a real dank kind of smell that you get from some well made IPAs.

It's pretty hoppy from the get go but I DO get a smidgeon of sweetness deep beneath that biter flavour and there is a nice peppery sort of spiciness going on. The citrus, malt, yeast, and pepper are doing a good job of satisfying my palate and the alcohol is there but not invasive.

Medium bodied for the most part; it thins out a tad in the finish.

I had never heard of this brew but it's very enjoyable and easy drinking and dry enough to make it "thirst quenching", if there's such a thing with beer. :^)

Edit: BIG malt kick with the last pour. Yum!

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Photo of superspak
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of lwillitz
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

11.2-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - huge rocky white head over a transparent gold with floating sediment, high amount of visible carbonation

S - orchard fruits, peppery spice, floral hops, yeast

T - fruits (apple, peach), light bitterness of floral hops, peppery spice, yeast, touch of warmth from the alcohol; dry finish with lingering yeast and floral notes

M - light/medium body with high carbonation

O - I'm still not a big fan of Belgians, but this is not a bad beer. By no means my favorite, but quite drinkable and quite interesting.

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Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear dark golden yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a short head consisting of large bubbles on the surface that eventually completely faded away, leaving only a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of Belgian yeast and pale malts are present in the nose along with hints of floral hops and fruity esters. Hints of candi sugar become noticeable once the beer warms up.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that the fruit is a bit stronger—apples seem to stand out in particular—and there are subtle bits of sweetness. There are also some hints of peppery spices towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: This beer didn't seem to be as complex as other beers in the style, but hid its alcohol rather well and therefore was quite drinkable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a tasty belgian blonde, lost somewhere between a classic tripel and a belgian pale or strong golden. its hazy and pale yellow, with a few yeast bits and a nose of cut grass and fruity yeast coming off of a several inch tall white head that rings every sip. the taste has a little bit of floral hops on the front end, and a pretty sweet and sturdy malt base for its color, but it flavored predominantly by a classic belgian yeast strain thats got hints of pears and apples to it, without being cloying or artificial. a decent bit of residual sugar in the finish gives body by arrests drinkability significantly, and even effervescent carbonation cant cut it or lighten it up much. a hearty brew for its looks, and one that while i enjoy it quite a lot, its a one and done for me. just a bit filling and sweet for all day drinking, but its alcohol is well hidden and its quality is at the forefront of the experience.

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Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber-tinted golden color in the tulip. A modest head bu subtle lalcing along the glass as you sip. Smell of gardenias and hot dogs.

Crisp malty mouthfeel with a deep fruit taste, like dry cherry wine. The yeasty flavor is the main attraction. Floral and perfumey with a savory, meaty, wild yeast taste. Smooth and slightly buttery with a spicy bitter finish.

Less sweet than a lot of these strong Belgians. The classic blonde flavor with a restrained yet sharp, alcoholic note. On tap at Fathom in San Diego.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Massive carbonation with a huge head of foam about an inch thick. Golden colored with a bit of haziness. Aroma of green apples and Belgian candy sugar. I also get a bit of a Belgian yeast strain in the aroma with some pale malt. The flavor is pale malt,Pale malt and a Belgian yeast strain. Mouthfeel is a bit carbonated but dry and smooth. Taste and mouthfeel are very good,but overly carbonated and the aroma is Ok.

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Photo of ccrida
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of j_rod22
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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La Guillotine from Brouwerij Huyghe
87 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.