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La Guillotine - Brouwerij Huyghe

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BA SCORE
87
very good

97 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 307
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10%
Wants: 27
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2002

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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. (305 characters)

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. (586 characters)

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. (332 characters)

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 (228 characters)

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. (546 characters)

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, (466 characters)

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. (521 characters)

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. (411 characters)

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. (240 characters)

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! (874 characters)

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. (1,509 characters)

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. (551 characters)

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. (919 characters)

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. (915 characters)

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. (517 characters)

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. (417 characters)

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. (474 characters)

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. (364 characters)

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. (515 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clearish orange although there are definitely some murky yeast or carbonation bubbles kicking around and the head and lace retention are great. Citric and some sweet fruit and definite yeast and spicy nose as it is a particularly strong beer. Crisp, light bodied, passes easy, great balance between a crisp edge thanks to spice and carbonation and a smoothness from yeast as well as some sweet fruit flavors like mango or pineapple as well as crisp citric orange. Alcohol started to warm the finish and hit me as I drank but overall this is a really enjoyable ale. (573 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable. Pours a hazy dull gold color with a huge frothy white head into my Chimay goblet. Head retention is great for a Belgian ale. Plenty of spotty lacing on the glass.

Solid if not spectacular aroma. Mostly light fruit, Peaches and pears. Some belgian yeast and rich malt.

Taste is more of the same. There is a touch of alcohol presence (not quite a "burn") to go along with the sweet fruit, malt and yeast. Still very tasty.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. You know there is a warming alcohol presence but it is not overdone.

Overall a good solid Strong Pale Ale. (577 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Delirium TapHouse. (Reviewed from notes dated May 27, 2013).

A-The beer has an orange-tinted, golden-amber color. It is clear with a stray bubble or to two of carbonation. There is some nice lacing left on the glass by the fat, one-finger head.

S-The smell has the underlying banana doughy, sweet, Belgian yeast smell that is similar to Tremens. There is a bit of spice and floral notes from the hops, but I would hardly call this bitter, even by timid Belgian bitterness standards.

T-The taste is similar to the smell at the start, with sweetness, bread, dough, and banana up front. Towards the finish, the hops kick in with a mild, bitter spiciness. The finish is on the bitter end of the spectrum, but is quite abrupt.

M-The feel is lightly oily with a medium heft and a fine, smooth carbonation.

O-I had a difficult time getting into this beer. The flavors did not integrate very well with one-another. It is as if they took Tremens, which I enjoy, and injected an unnecessary hop note that just doesn't fit very well. While I did not hate this beer, there are other Belgian bitters that I would go to first. (1,133 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.29/5  rDev +10%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of newton99
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

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