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La Guillotine - Brouwerij Huyghe

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La GuillotineLa Guillotine

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BA SCORE
88
very good

285 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 26
Gots: 49 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2002

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of newton99
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of RedneckBeerz
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Pilsgrimage
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of BoringBunny
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of mhbarber
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -32.2%
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 Humorum
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of GJ40
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of einar85
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of SpruceMoose
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of wordemupg
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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

Photo of laurastradford
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

La Guillotine from Brouwerij Huyghe
88 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.