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La Guillotine - Brouwerij Huyghe

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88
very good

285 Ratings
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outstanding

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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 26
Gots: 49 | 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 JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of skypup
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Mar02x
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.

Photo of Squelch
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of heygeebee
2.82/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Photo of Brabander
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
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.

Photo of russwbeck
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of Ochsenblut
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of RuudJH
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of xylophonica
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.

Photo of snaotheus
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of Dentist666
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.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
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...

Photo of bloxy14
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of Paisan
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.

Photo of TheSarge
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy gold in color, mounds of soapy white head that clings well to the glass.

Cotton candy like aromas. Hints of white grape and various sweet spices.

Initially very fruity and bitter in the end. Sweet like biting into an under ripe orange, and finishes bitter the same as an under ripe orange. The alcohol is very detectable.

MF is prickly upfront, wetting in the middle and a powdery dryness, which fades into the alcoholic warmness.

Overall I feel this is a little too strong in the alcohol characteristics to be very drinkable; however, if this is brewed with only the four main ingredients as labeled on the bottle, I'd be very impressed with no sugars added.

Photo of adamette
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from a 330 cl bottle purchased at De Bier Temple in Brussels before I left there. Smuggled home in my suitcase and then chilled for the past 24 hours in my fridge. Poured into my Ommegang gold rimmed goblet.

A One inch kind of basic off white head that stuck around for a few minutes over a Belgian Strong Pale Ale body with lots and lots of sediment floating around. Moderate lacing left in my glass. 4.5

S Sweet malt that I expected, a nice Strong Belgian Pale Ale smell but then an unwelcome rubbing alcohol smell that was too strong and obvious. I know that this is an 8.5 to 9.0% ABV beer but the smell does not hide it very well. By the way the front label mentions 8.5% and the back label mentions 9.0%. 3.5

T Well the rubbing alcohol smell did not carry over into the taste I am glad to say. Sweet malt in a Pale Ale dominates, a muted hop profile and a kick of alcohol but it is well eclipsed by other tastes. There is a nice muted citrus taste as well that I appreciated more as this beer warmed. 4.5

M Moderate with big sweet taste, the kick of alcohol but it finishes nice and easy with a pleasant barley malt aftertaste. 4.0

D Fair. This is a big ABV beer so I would say one and done. 3.5

Notes: I was attracted to this beer since the bottle looks much like another beer brewed by this brewery, Delerium Tremens, and I am glad that I followed through on getting it. While it does not reach the level of Delerium Tremens it is a very good beer.

Photo of goblet
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured this out into a goblet from a marble white 330 ml bottle with red foil around the cap that runs down the neck.

Appearance:it got a decent fluffy white head after the pour though it did reduce to a thin layer,low carbonation,cloudy golden yellow with yeast floating around .

Smell:faint hits of fruit like citrus and banana some sugar, the malt scent is lite and sweet what you would expect from a belgian pale ale but not quite like a duval.

Taste:lite body and sugary sweet but not in a bad way but no means ,spice yeast that you can chew on with a fruity dry citrus,like grapefruit skin that let sit in the sun,a bit sour ,the hops are flavorful and oily .

Mouthfeel:the feel is crisp with a bite like a pilsner meets a strong pale ale and fell in love and this is what they made, with a dry after taste .

drinkability: i like this style of beer it`s sour, cloudy full of yeast,and spice and many things nice,i`m still looking for the perfect beer of this style but this one is up there on the list.

Photo of errantnight
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hey now! Brouwerj Huygne has a ton of beers that aren't Delerium ___, huh?

Picked this one up in gay ole Paris when I was there last November.

Pours into my Bruery tulip with a thick, luscious head, great retention, moderate lacing. Not quite the truly astonishing head on a Duvel or an Orval, but this looks really beautiful. Until I accidentally tip a little yeast into the bottom. Not a problem taste-wise, but still.

Aroma is... well it's strong, it's delightful, but it's also a mystery. It reminds one strongly of a Duvel or Delerium Tremens, but against the backdrop of traditional Belgian esters and phenols with all their bubblegum, banana, and warm spice goodness (and requisite delicate malty sweetness), there's this OTHER aroma... my mind turns to cucumber by way of coriander and maybe pepper and perfume. I'm intrigued, but I'm more intrigued then I am hooked.

On the palate that mysterious aroma takes a back seat to an extremely well constructed brew that's moderately sweet and full up front that cleans up with a bone dry finish and a hint of spice and just the right amount of bitterness. Clean and easy to drink.

I really enjoy this, and I'm dying to try another one with a more developed palate to figure this out, on the other hand.... I'd rather have a Delerium Tremens.

Photo of palmer69
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bought at drinx vanuxum(def. spelt wrong) in belgium. Poured into its own tulip glass with a large white head.Smells very sweet and earthy/hoppy.Drank while eating some clam chowder, the pepper in the chowder deffinantly accentuates the sweetness of this brew. I don't think that it would have been quite as good with out the clam chowder, which was pretty spicy. recommend drinking it with a spicy dish. with the low carbination, it won't make the dish feel hotter, it actually cools it down.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2001.

Appearance : yellow (troubled) color, with white foamy head.
Smell : yeast, peppery, and malty aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet and fruity flavours, well-hop spiced.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian strong pale ale.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to my fiancee for bringing this one back from Belgium for me!

Presentation: Cool fake ceramic painted bottle with foil cap and a label with...what else? A guillotine.

Appearance: Bright golden beer with a LOT of fairly large yeast sediment floating about in suspension. There's vibrant carbonation, and a snow white cap that soon fades to a persistent film.

Smell: Sweet, yeasty, fruity (apple, peach, orange citrus) and buttery cookie, with a slight spiciness. Dead on for a Belgian Strong Pale.

Taste: Bold. Sharp Belgian candy-sugar induced alcohol sweetness, backed by notes of vibrant peach and green apple. There's a mild, spicy hop presence, with significant hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, yet somewhat coating.

Drinkability: One and done; it's tasty, but not to be trifled with...

Conclusion: I'm somewhat torn on this beer. The flavors are nice, if slightly simple, and the alchol is a bit hot, but it's also nicely sharp and palate-cleansing. Overall, a pretty nice Belgian Strong Pale.

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