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La Guillotine - Brouwerij Huyghe

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217 Ratings

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 21
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe visit their website

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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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-20-2013 04:27:03 | More by Kmat10
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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

4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-07-2013 01:10:13 | More by kkmiller76
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Russian Federation

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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

4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

04-28-2013 19:28:18 | More by schnarr84
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

04-21-2013 13:45:10 | More by Noelito76
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3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | 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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 10:14:39 | More by newton99
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

04-04-2013 08:57:49 | More by RedneckBeerz
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

03-24-2013 13:11:26 | More by Pilsgrimage
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

03-17-2013 19:27:23 | More by RblWthACoz
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Russian Federation

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

03-15-2013 20:27:23 | More by BoringBunny
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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


Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2013 22:08:09 | More by kojevergas
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

03-04-2013 17:50:17 | More by Humorum
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden with incredible clarity and a big white head. Aroma is a little grassy. Flavor is fruity, spicy and slightly sweet. It's got a bit of a saisson-ish taste though it doesn't seem like it was supposed to. Thin feel but silky smooth.

This is an interesting and refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 13:30:22 | More by GJ40
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4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
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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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-20-2013 18:24:34 | More by Brewsed
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

01-16-2013 23:57:30 | More by SnatchyMcPants
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

01-16-2013 19:08:38 | More by BILF
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-14-2013 22:37:25 | More by WilstonOreo
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3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 't Brugs Beertje

Clear golden body with a thick tight white bubbled head. Laces nice. Long lasting head.
Smells of grass and yeast.
Wasn't expecting all the hop flavor in this. Grassy and fruity hops. The hops provide a nice bitterness that builds up. Yeasty.
Medium bodied/carbonated.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2013 09:38:29 | More by MattSweatshirt
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-05-2013 13:55:00 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ah Belgian beer, we meet again. I can long remember the days when my father would allow me sips of his Chimay or Duvel, so I was inevitably eager to have the spiciness of Belgian brew on my lips again when I noticed La Guillotine's bottle at the local bottle shop, with its characteristic red foil and ceramic bottle that reminded me of good old Delirium Tremens, and knew I had to pay the $11 AUD for it and try it out for myself.

Appearance: A slow pour produces a deep copper tone with minimal head. Large chunks of sediment could be seen floating in the Chimay goblet I was drinking it out of, a common theme with many Trappist or otherwise Belgian beers.

Smell: Essences of red wine, fruit and cinnamon are instantly noticeable and not too overwhelming. Highly reminiscent of the taste.

Taste: Hints of apricot, grape and several other fruits are instantly noticeable, followed by a wave of alcohol (almost inavoidable given the 8.5% ABV and thin body). A mild aftertaste of such flavours lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin for a Belgian ale, and seems rather peculiar given the strength of the beer and the intensity of its flavour. However, it does provide a smooth drinking experience due to minimal carbonation.

Overall: It fails to reach the dizzy heights of Delirium Tremens, Chimay or Duvel, but is enjoyable in its own right. Should serve to be a great winter warmer, and I would definitely drink it again if it weren't for the ghastly price of $11 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 12:58:52 | More by SpruceMoose
La Guillotine from Brouwerij Huyghe
88 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.