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La Guillotine - Brouwerij Huyghe

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BA SCORE
88
very good

241 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 21
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2002)
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Photo of dauss
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 33cl brown bottle coated with this cream colored coating thats beginning to crack off. A bright red foil covers the bottle cap on the top of the bottle. There were notches on the label, but I'm unable to decipher what it meant. This beer was purchased in Taiwan 8 months ago and brought to the US.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow. At first a lage white head had formed, but quickly dissappeared. It is very effervescent, tons of little bubbles just streaming through the beer.

Smell: A thick and sweet malty nose with a bouquet of fruit. General fruity esters with green apples accompany a spicy phenolic nose.

Taste: A full bodied malty and lightly sweet entrance with a lot of fruit flavors. Strong carbonation turns the beer into a bubbly and almost creamy consistancy. Mild phenols and alcohol begin to peak near the finish with a light drying sensation and a malty grainy taste in the end with a full mouthfeel. The 9% ABV is really noticible when the beer warms up.

Notes: I wish this beer had some sort of head retention or lacing, but at 9%, I can understand why it doesn't. This beer has mellowed out into a smooth and fruity Belgian beer. The alcohol is still quite strong after spending so much time in the bottle, and the heavy carbonation makes this a slow sipping beer. Its still very good.

dauss, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of Weizenmensch
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL painted ceramic-look glass bottle with red foil around the neck. Best before July '06, if I've understood the labelling system properly.

Appearance: Pretty nice cloudy dark yellow/orange pour with fairly quick dissipating head. Darker than Duvel, but still pretty appropriate. Lacing quite sticky but not all over the place. Fairly normal for the style.

Smell: Gorgeous citrus and cider aromas. Really full-flavoured, I am spending more time sniffing this than drinking it!

Taste: Really nice. Peppery, alcoholic, some candied sugar. Quite watery, i.e. not too pungent, like a watered-down scotch. Very drinkable and a nice sticky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy with head forming in the mouth. Quite lubricated. Smooth goin' down. It seems like a layer of Guillotine still covers your tongue and mucous membranes after you've swallowed. Cool.

Drinkability: For the style, this is well drinkable. These kinds of strong Belgian ales aren't usually too good to have dozens of, but this one is nice and I could see myself having a few in rapid succession. Still, if I wanted to get that smashed I might as well drink a couple then switch to some cheap local macro brew. I'm enjoying this one now though, and this will become a regular I think.

Weizenmensch, May 12, 2005
Photo of elricorico
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pourerd a hazy orange with a thick creamy white head. If that was all, appearance would probably be a four, but it has so much sediment floating around in it! The first of the sediment actually dropped with an audible plop. Quite a turn off for me, and I tend to always pour my yeast into the glass with belgian beers

Smell is quite nice on the other hand. Very citrus with orange peel quite notable. Not as much spice smell to it as some others of the style, but still a hint there.

Taste is a sweet and tangy mix of citrus flavour with a spicy(coriander?) follow up and an alcohol finish. The alcohol isn't overpowering, but is definitely there in the end. Makes for a pleasant mix, and isn't quite like any Belgian Strong Pale that I've tasted.

Mouthfeel isn't bad, but I find the carbonation to be a bit overdone. Leaves the beer feeling a bit sharp against your tongue.

I find this beer to be all over the place. There are mouthfulls that I find fantastic and mouthfulls that put me off a bit. It's certainly a complex and interesting beer.

elricorico, Apr 28, 2005
Photo of thesilverhand
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at home, from a bottle, in a tulip glass. It poured a slightly hazy orange-yellow with a massive creamy foam head. This is quite an attractive beer, and leaves a nice lace on the glass.
The nose is full of sweet fruit - very sweet. My girlfriend says, "Mmm...cidery." Definitely a bit of apple!
Then to the first sip - there's still lots of fruit; it's not as sweet or distinct as I expected from the nose, but is still prevalent. It fades pleasantly into spice - pepper and cloves most strongly. The alcohol - it is nine per cent, after all - also comes through strongly into the finish, which is quite dry.
It's a bit sharply alcoholic on the palate...not unpleasant, but I can feel the alcohol more than I'd like.
Overall, this is a really nice beer...I wouldn't - or perhaps couldn't, at this strength! - have more than a couple at a sitting, but I certainly will have it again.

thesilverhand, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of jahred
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brought this bottle back from Amsterdam. Best before date Feb '07 on the bottle.

Pours a very pretty, very pale yellow-orange color with an extremely creamy, white head. The scent is light, malty and fruity, though I can't make out particular fruits.

Upfront, the taste is even more fruity - peaches and pears, with an odd grainy texture that I didn't quite like. This is followed by a long, peppery, phenolic aftertaste that's quite spicy and a bit overpowering. Not quite as balanced or tasty as I'd like.

jahred, Jul 29, 2004
Photo of Crosling
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Hall's Beer Tavern in Paris, France.

Damaged Pear Skin.

Odd nose. It's sticky, very fruity and sharp as hell. Red apple skins, pears and caramel seep through.

Medium bodied. Fruit laden palate. Smooth. Huge caramel in the backround with notes of peach, pears and apples.

This beer makes me think that Huyghe can actually brew but oddly enough, it is very similar to the Tremens....

Crosling, Jul 23, 2004
Photo of Cwrw
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dour name for a beer, La Guillotine I assume makes reference to the effect this beer could have on an unsuspecting drinker quaffing it quickly--indeed, the alcohol hits quickly like the drop of the blade.

Mammoth head, near brilliant white, and very fine-bubbled, milk-like. The lacing moves quickly, but it does stick. Cloudy, peachy, yellow in some light, light brown in others. The appearance is everything a Belgian strong ale should be. The aroma is super sweet, strongly fruit-filled, and syrupy. Apricot, peach, and tart candy. Mmm. The strongly sweet aroma gets high praise from sweet-beer lovers. There is a creamy quality about the aroma as well, and the yeasty freshness is superbly appetising. The taste is very much like wine or sherry, along with some ultra-sweet fruit brandies I have tasted. The phenolic taste is not overwhelming, though very tangible: otherwise there are sweet malt, apricot and berries of various sorts, mint, and earthy yeast tastes, leaving a dry puckering mouth sensation. The finish, though, is extremely alcoholic, leaving the tongue with a warming, burning feel, which is the only reason this is not an easily drinkable beer. High carbonation, and full-bodied. No, this is enjoyable only perhaps occasionally, and certainly no more than two in the same session. High carbonation, and full-bodied. This is more akin to a fruit brandy or port. Phenomenal.

Cwrw, Jul 18, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Long-lasting tight foam head over this apricot-colored beer. Significant particles abound. The nose is great and heavy on creamy fresh fruits: banana, peach and apple.

Taste is complex in the mouth, beginning w medium orangy maltiness, which, once gone, leaves an array of tastes, big on dry leaves and spices. Cloves and nutshells. Notes of grapefruit and overripe oranges. Ending with dry chocolate-orange bitterness. A clean, small taste, with good complexity.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, the best part of the brew for me. Carbonation is light but sharp, especially felt on the tongue, as soon as the cream from the head passes. Very good drinkability. 9% is imperceptible except for the warming of the stomach.

donnebaby, May 20, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky dull orange color, under a flush, fuzzy white head.

Nose is resplendent with spices and citric fruit, lively and arousing.

Taste: great, tingly, fruity, spiciness, right from the start and on and on. Blend of lemon, peach, orange apricot, with peppery, clovey companionship, creating a very active, rewarding flavor, quite playful on the palate, spicy citrus never quits in this one.

Body is lightish, though, and finish is soft, swift, unremarkable. Alcoholic volume kicks in quickly too, at a meager 9%, even...

Reminds me a lot of Delirium Tremens, the most famous beer from this brewer, which makes you wonder why..eh, but why wonder, why wonder...A good bottle of suds, I sez!

feloniousmonk, May 01, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Retaining creamy head. Nuttiness, fruit, and spices (clove, pepper) and hops, in a creamy yeast but not all that works. Wild. Medicinal alcohol kick, so not wild enough. Carbonation tickle tongue.
Slightly above average beer but below average Belgian.

Sammy, Apr 01, 2004
Photo of IronDjinn
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a green 330 ml bottle coated with grey enamel, red foil around neck and cap, best before date marked on back label. Appearance is a hazy golden apricot hue, foamy white head that eventually recedes to a thin cap. Spicy nose, peppery, clove and banana, sweetish fruit like peach or apricot, some boozy pear, sweet malt. Flavour is peachy and peppery, boozy malt finish, but that taste of fruit comes back to linger on the aftertaste. Big boozy mouthfeel, the alcohol definitely makes its presence known. Probably one of the best specimens I've had from this family brewery so far, it has a well rounded character, and a very memorable one at that.

IronDjinn, Sep 14, 2003
Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a white head that stays, leaving no lace. Low carbonation. Light golden color. Nose is alcohol and apple. Starts with an alcohol flavor, and finishes the same but smooth. Some sweet overtones but the alcohol overwhelms the malts and hops. The 330ml bottle was found in York, England for £2.25.

jdhilt, Sep 13, 2003
Photo of Garin
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It poured a bubbly pale gold, slightly hazy, with a creamy white head sitting nicely on top.

The aroma was complex and interesting. Sour fruits and sweet cherries, floral and herbal notes, with a spiciness.

The flavour is spicy and earthy, and I'm having a hard time adjusting to it. It's like licking the bottom of a fifty-year-old spice cabinet. I'm becoming more accustomed to it, and I'm finding rich pear flavours and some floral undertones. Hm. A bitter orange-peel flavour fills the finish.

The mouthfeel is full and rich, difficult as it is to separate out the flavours from the mouthfeel.

It's a mighty brew, perhaps a bit much for me. Still, that's not the beer's fault, is it?

Garin, Aug 29, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes: 12oz faux-ceramic, brown-glass bottle with no freshness date.

a Pretty good Belgian ale. This Pale ale pours a very light golden colour with a mammoth head. It had the aromas of sugar, alcohol, yeast and fruit. It tasted very fruity (peaches and nectarines come to mind) with a slightly medicinal alcohol taste in the background. This beer from the Huyghe family brewery was very different to all of the beers in their Delirium line. This was a very interesting beer with a nice, creamy mouthfeel. The drinkability is very good on this one, I could easily drink many of them. A classic Belgian beer!
Cheers!
-F

francisweizen, Apr 10, 2003
Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not too good, quite spicy and fizzy, but i really didn't like the detergenty taste that it left in your mouth, it could be quite good, but its just a bit fizzy and soapy for me.

rastaman, Jun 03, 2002
Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Faux ceramic plastic lined and red foiled top 330ml bottle with a “Best Before End” date on the back label.

Appearance: Rich golden hue with a faint haze from the yeast, decent lacing but has trouble sticking.

Smell: Dry doughy cookie like aroma similar to a mild biscotti, some dried fruit also. Mild phenolic in the back with hints of anise and black pepper.

Taste: Crisp and lively, the carbonation is at a medium to high level and kneaded right into the light body. Spicy and peppery with an abundance of phenols and an underlying character of alcohol. Dry malt flavour with a mild fruitiness to complement it, hops are there with a bite and the yeast throws a nuttiness that lasts far into the finish. Fruitiness is a tad peachy but like dried peaches. Spiciness from the phenols and alcohol linger and clean the palate. Alcohol starts to become more of a presence as the beer warms with a faint solvent and flexed estery showing.

Notes: Spicy and quite flamboyant, that is just what I want in my Belgian Pale Strong Ale. Perhaps a little over the top but there is nothing wrong with that. Complex and flailing with wild flavours.

Jason, Jun 02, 2002
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