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La Guillotine - Brouwerij Huyghe

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89
very good

267 Ratings
THE BROS
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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.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

stevoj, Feb 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

estevaom, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of beerpirates
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into my lost abbey stemware glasd

A: Golden yellow color with a thick, fluffy and persistent head. A little bit cloudy and dirty too
S: Belgian yeasts. Fresh malt. Sweet flowery perfume. Citrus and spices (reminds a Triple)
T: Belgian yeasts, malt and spices. Moderate sweet
M: Balanced sweetness, low bitterness and reasonable carbonation
D: High. Despite the high ABV, you cannot feel too much the alcohol. Really easy to lose the head here...

beerpirates, Jan 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

DrNo, Jan 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

rekel, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

drno904, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of skypup
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased two bottles in Belgium.

.33L bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Cloudy Deep Gold. Large, firm head; that doesn’t disperse immediately. Mild lacing.

S- Lots of yeast with a touch of fresh grass.

T- Obvious yeast and toasted malt with a touch of hops. Some honey that mellows to a bitter finish.

M- Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

D – Decent drinkability, worth having one…or two. I had this beer on tap in Belgium, but didn’t write down my thoughts at the time, except to buy a couple bottles when I saw it at a shop. After tasting it again, I definitely can place it as a very good beer.

skypup, Sep 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer on a tasting at my place, with thanks to my uncle 'Peer'. I had some beers from 'Brouwerij Huyghe' before (even the Frubee Banana) and for some reason I never tried this one. It was the fourth beer we tried that evening.

A- Straw colored, white fluffy head that doesn't dissipate.

S- Nice fruits

T- You can't tell it's 9,3% ABV though which is good. Good taste.

M- Nicely carbonated. A bit to heavy for a thirst quencher, but will do ;)

Overall: Good beer, but not outstanding. I will try another one in the future.

Mar02x, Sep 04, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a recent weekend in Brussels.

Appearance: Straw colored. Flaked with yeast cake. super white fluffy head that doesn't dissipate.

Smell: Nice belgium aroma here. You can tell where it was brewed by the smell.

Taste: Disappointed in this one. Not alot going on. Mellow on the funkiness, malt, and hop. I will say it is balanced. You can't tell it's 9% ABV though which is good.

Mouthfeel: 2nd best part about this beer. Medium bodied all the way.

Overall: Good beer. Not their best. Wouldn't pass one down if offered.

Squelch, Aug 01, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | 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.

This is really drinking with my eyes closed, tho, and in reality this is bad with that much sediment.

Will review again.

heygeebee, Jun 10, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This week i brought some beers to my cousing Peter because we are going to have a beertasting at his place with a bunch of newbies into beer.

Peter however has discovered the special beers some time ago, he loves the Pannepot of the Struise.

Anyway...now to this beer! He gave me this bottle and asked me to drink it and give it an honest review, that's what i did. Best before december 2013.

Poured in my Struise glass this beer has the looks, five fingers big bubble head and a cloudy fluid. Very nice carbonation, that's what i like in a beer.

The beers has the same smell like a Duvel but then a bit better. Yeastnotes and some floral scents.

Taste is absolutely superb, there are only very few strong pale ales who will score better than this one!

So Peter, this a beer which is very very good. When you see it...try it.

Brabander, Jun 10, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a cervoise glass. Best before January 2014.

A: Even a gentle pour resulted in one of the largest heads I've ever seen, filling 85% of the glass and then expanding right over the edges. After aeons of churning, it settles down, balancing out at about three fingers and leaving surprisingly little lacing in its wake. The beer is a cloudy straw-yellow, barely clear with lots of bubbles.

S: Yeasty and zesty. Peppery and floral. Delicate but straightforward.

T: Good gods...Absolutely one of the best BSPAs I've ever tasted. Soft and velvety, subtly fruity, pleasingly and delicately spicy. La Guillotine is the perfect balance of sweet and piquant, neither ever managing to defeat the other. The aftertaste is extensive and flipflops between a slightly sticky sweetness and a drying yeastiness influenced by hops (and perhaps some spices). Damn good.

M: Caressing, clinging, and beguiling. Mmmm.

O: The only other BSPA that gives La Guillotine a run for the money is Don de Dieu, which has a completely different character. Most similar to Duvel, La Guillotine pleases me far more, even if it cannot serve as such a widely-regarded stylistic benchmark. The alcohol is vaguely noticeable, but completely unconcerning. I could (and would) drink a pint or more of this beer. Highly recommended.

AgentMunky, May 15, 2011
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2.85/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Suprised to find I'd not reviewed this beer before, as I've had it many times over the years: anyway this review is of a 330ml bottle, plastic designer covered. Best before Oct 2013, taken during one of my 'mixed tasting evenings' March 2011.

Poured into a Westmalle chalice: dull orange/old gold in colour, with a large white head which stayed but produced minimal lacing.

The nose was sweet and yet with citrus notes within.

The sweetness carried on into the taste, the sour citrus smells did not. Alcohol took over the mouthfeel, which was almost too fizzy, certainly well carbonated, if not overly.

Just a bit too sweet and lacking in body for me, as well as the alcohol content being too obvious.

BlackHaddock, Apr 26, 2011
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3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very nice yellow pour with so many bubbles it really is ridiculous. Big white head with very nice retention and lacing.

S: Lots of candied sugar, spice, and fruits. Smell is very sweet.

T: I was expecting a bigger taste here. The cloying sweetness is there, but very watered down. Fruity up front, but not much else. It seems like it wants to be bigger, but it just isn't. The alcohol is hardly noticeable, however.

MF: Very prickly, nicely carbonated. Light in body. A real thirst quencher.

D: I was kind of underwhelmed here. The taste is very average, and nothing really stands out.

russwbeck, Apr 08, 2011
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4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A one centimeter white head sits atop a hazy peach colored body. The carbonation is very active, replenishing the head constantly throughout the session.

This beer smells of spice, apples, and mandarins. It is also fuming alcohol slightly.

The taste is smooth. Soon after the carbonated bite subsides, there is pepper, orange rind and medicinal phenols. This makes for a complex balance between sweet and spicy, which is especially pleasing. The alcohol is warming and is very understated. The aftertaste is medicinal and only slightly acidic.

La Guillotine is nothing short of delicate and is clearly a finely crafted beer. To reach this sort of balance whilst maintaining a smooth mouthfeel AND high carbonation is something special to behold.

Ochsenblut, Mar 14, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 750ml bottle bought to share for the new year. It is a glass bottle with a fake ceramic coating and features a picture of a guillotine on the label (duh!) Sealed with a cork and red foil covering. Description mentions that this is a Belgian tripel.

Poured into a small wine glass. Pale golden colour, with medium carbonation and some haziness. Forms a foamy white head which subsides after a couple of minutes. The smell is fantastic - a rich, malty aroma with spice and some alcohol.

The taste is slightly less impressive - quite bitter and astrigent but lacking the malt that I detected from the aroma. A hoppy, spicy bitterness dominates and it doesn't seem quite balanced out with sweetness or grain. The carbonation and flavour dry out the mouth, although it feels quite smooth and full-bodied. The alcohol gives it a warmth when swallowed.

An impressively crafted beer, just not quite as good as some others from this brewery (particularly Delerium Tremens). A good example of a Belgian tripel, and a treat to be savoured on occasion.

jazzyjeff13, Jan 01, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a nice 33 cl. bottle, typical from Huyghe brewery.

Very active from the bottle, golden colour with good head and carbonation, floaty bits, good lacing in the glass.

Smell is very pleasant of malts, fresh fruits and herbs.
Equal taste, but now it's also very much bitter hoppy too. Classical tripel, I would say: dry bittersweet aftertaste.

Medium body. Alcohol is only slightly noticable.
This beer is a good one from Huyghe. I've had some of theirs in the past. This beer is maybe only very little different from the others.

RuudJH, Jul 30, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Massive soft pillowy head straight from the bottle. Actually couldn't pour the whole thing at once. Liquid is a nice pale amber colour (although slightly murky) with plenty of carbonation bubbles. Lacing is above average.

S - Light aromas of sweet berries with various herbs. Touch of hops as well as some phenolic scents. Textbook stuff for this style of drink.

T - Spicy and herbal. Sweet and refreshing initially but with a touch of bitterness (verging on sourness) as the drink is savoured which again fades away to leave a soothing sensation. It's a different taste but not an unpleasant one.

M - Spicy with very solid levels of carbonation. Quite bitey at first but soft on the way down and well offset by the creamy head.

D - The whiff of phenol you get when you first taste this is probably the only reason you wouldn't want to consume this drink in vast quantities. Very enjoyable but the alcohol content would catch up to you quickly.

Again an intriguing beer from this brewer. Probably not as desirable as stablemate Delirium Tremens but still worth a look. A solid drink, but with such an odd taste it's probably not to everyone's liking.

xylophonica, Jul 23, 2010
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3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a tiny little hotel glass

Pours straw yellow with a big coarse head that fades fast, leaving a thin film and little floating islands on top of my beer. Some of it sticks to the side, leaving some lacing behind. Very carbonated. The smell is very yeasty-Belgian, with a little banana thrown in the mix.

Taste is fairly sweet and fruity, light, still banana, maybe a tiny hint of cloves.

Mouthfeel is coarse -- not exactly rough...maybe I should call it "airy". Good beer, not stellar, wouldn't session it.

snaotheus, Apr 09, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

0,33l bottle ABV 8,5

Pours fizzy golden straw, slightly clouded, beer with fluffy resistant head. Sweet nose of yeasts, hop, citrus & coriander. Not very sweet taste with excessive yeasts & alcohol, moderate carbonation, nothing to add. I've perused previous reviews and thought whether liquid in my glass was the same as beer of reviewers. This one don't stun, but disappoint me.

Dentist666, Mar 07, 2010
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3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in its own glass @ "Pinguin zem Bier-Huus": A very nice Beer house in Basel.

A: Golden yellow color with a thick, fluffy and persistent head. A little bit cloudy and dirty too
S: Belgian yeasts. Fresh malt. Sweet flowery perfume. Citrus and spices (reminds a Triple)
T: Belgian yeasts, malt and spices. Moderate sweet
M: Balanced sweetness, low bitterness and reasonable carbonation
D: High. Despite the high ABV, you cannot feel too much the alcohol. Really easy to lose the head here...

eduardolinhalis, Feb 10, 2010
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3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review!
Poured from a bottle into Duval glass which suited as the head filled the glass and stuck around for half of the beer.
Light colour with hints of sediment.
Smell is citrus with a light spice. The yeast dissapates if allowed to breath before drinking.
Tastes almost sweet with yeast just threatening to be there stronger than it is. Brings with it a nice warmth of alcohol that combines very well with the carbonation.
A few sips per minute allows appreciation of a very good beer.

bloxy14, Jan 11, 2010
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunny in colour. Big white cloud, which burned away quite fast, leaving hardly any trace - might have been the glass. Then again, would you expect a lasting head with a guillotine?
Smell is orange-lemon, hint of spice (coriander). Some earthiness from the yeast.
As promised by the smell, the taste begins with slightly sweet citrus, coriander, builds to a distinct bitter finish, and then rolls back with a strong alcoholic warmth.
Tingly, almost ticklish carbonation, which counters the strong alcohol a bit.
All in all, a very nice beer. Beware of the 9% ABV, or you might just lose your head.

Paisan, Nov 19, 2009
La Guillotine from Brouwerij Huyghe
89 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.