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La Guillotine - Brouwerij Huyghe

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BA SCORE
89
very good

267 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 23
Gots: 32 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

GRUUMSH, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 17/12/12 sweet label and cap with the "Guillotine" and nothing else,(except a little blood)

A hazy golden yellow with a large well sustained soapy foam that leaves lots of random lace deep down the glass

S sour green apple with some pineapple and spicy yeast, its simple but solid, just a little banana and bubblegum as it warms

T a little booze and some apple juice but lacking some of what the nose has, still decent with some fruity notes and a little sweet grains

M a little foamy and just a little heat, sweet candied pineapple finish, a little average in this department

O perhaps a little generous here but it was pretty easy to drink , the bubbles could be controlled a little better but that's my only major complaint

well priced and I really like the simple label and cap, I'd call it a triple not a BSPA but it could swing either way

wordemupg, Dec 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

laurastradford, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Hanzo, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

biboergosum, Nov 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

MikWalker, Oct 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

His_Royal_Hoppiness, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of Tone
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, citrus hops, slight grass, and a hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level and slight dryness. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, slight hop, hint of alcohol, and slight earthy malt. Overall, good appearance, blend, and body.

Tone, Oct 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Naftali, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Marius, Sep 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

parintele, Sep 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

bostonryan, Sep 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

WynnO, Sep 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

harpus, Jul 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

morfius85, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of rinhaak
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear with a very airy head that fades very quickly. A modest nose with aromas of raspberries, alcohol, and cough syrup.

Well balanced in the mouth, the beer is a little bitter up front, takes on a slightly sweet, almost cherry-like flavor in the mouth, then moves to a dry finish that reminds me of fresh cut weeds. Very bubbly in the mouth with crisp carbonation, despite smelling a bit boozy, there is little hint of the 9% (as listed on my bottle) as I sip.

Overall a nicely made offering that drinks easily and offers a worthy alternative to Duvel.

rinhaak, Jul 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

supermeniscus, Jun 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

shama84, Jun 01, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into a chalice, light honey-colored with a short but lingering head. The nose was slightly funky, with a typical Belgian yeast profile and spice, a bit of funk, and a bit of fusel alcohol. The flavor matched, but was a bit more muted...in the mouth, the texture was creamy due to the relatively high carbonation. Overall, this was a well-carbonated, very easy-drinking Belgian Pale, I look forward to drinking it again.

smulkowski, Mar 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

HopFace, Mar 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

NicDacey, Mar 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

codasnap52, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Huyghe into Guillotine glass. Fluffy white head medium retention. High clarity.  Aroma, nice hoppy bouquet, light sweetness. Taste nicely bitter with slight sweetness. Dangerously drinkable.  Very refreshing  No alcohol noted at all. Our guide at the brewery says this is coming to the states soon and also said that the recipe has been tweaked to where they are now very happy with it. Look out. This one is dangerous. 

KickbacksSteve, Mar 01, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a dark golden color can be seen at once and a very big rocky head is formed right away, it is white and leaves a lot of traces behind on the glass. Carbonation is rich and forms a permanent layer on top of the beer.

S: classic aroma mainly formed by the barley malts with high alcohol and some fruity spirit balanced with some little hops.

T: high alcohol but very rich flavors: starting with some fruits then barley malts and finally hops.

M: sensations are complicated well balanced with some little sweetness and bitterness of course alcohol makes a complicated sensation but not unpleasant.

karait95, Feb 28, 2012
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.

CrazyDavros, Feb 09, 2012
La Guillotine from Brouwerij Huyghe
89 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.