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La Guillotine - Brouwerij Huyghe

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BA SCORE
89
very good

272 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 23
Gots: 36 | 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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Photo of snaotheus
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.

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
3.8/5  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.

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
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of markaberrant
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - I hate these stupid bottles, you can't see the sediment. I was just about to tip up the bottle after a beautiful pour and then... plop, plop, plop, massive chunks of yeast do "cannonballs" into my glass and now I'm left with something resembling bubble tea. It was clear, gold with orange hues, big puffy white head, and ample carbonation. Doesn't leave much for lacing.

S - mild acidity, otherwise your typical tripel character, sweet pils, lemon/orange zest, herb and spice

T - I don't really get any of the acidity in the flavour, but I do get a distinct lemon lime character that reminds me of 7Up or Sprite, but in a good way. Moderate amount of sweetness upfront, finish is decidely dry. Pepper is mild, which is good because the alcohol is really dry.

M - When I'm not straining yeast threw me teeth, it is bubbly, mouth filling but light. The alcohol is certainly noticable, but is not warm.

D - maybe not the best tripel I've ever had, but tasty and unique enough to be recommended.

Pretty good, finish is exceptionally dry. The acid in the smell is a little odd. Worth trying once, but I'd stick with their Delirium Tremens which is far superior.

Photo of therica
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle in Leuven.

A= nearly no head, with apple-juice color and appearance.

S= apple, corn, malt, with typical hints of alcohol.

T= Nice taste, and the typically-Belgian taste of alcohol is rather light, considering the 9% ABV. Apple, corn, malts, some hops bite. Spicy peppery, some fruitiness and nutty evidence seem to come and go as it's consumed.

M= lots to savor in the finish and after-taste.

D= definitely try it, if for nothing else than the souvenir bottle! ha ha

If you're at the Brauhaus in Brussels, go to the end of the dead-end alley and see the little-appreciated and frequently overlooked Jeanneke Pis, the squatting little sister of famous Manneken Pis!

Photo of ATPete
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33ml bottle purchased from The Beer Koning in Amsterdam, NL.

A- Very hazy yellow/orange, thin white head with some visible rising carbonation.

S- Piney almost minty, some spice, some hops, orange peel, apple and booze...very nice

T- Vanilla, Dr Pepper, some ginger, bread, lots of spices, old fruit and quality malt.

M- i think this is its strongest aspect, very crisp with a medium mouth feel.

D- Based on its sheer complexity i wish i had a few more bottles to cellar and watch mature with some time...

R- I haven't had a bad beer from Huyghe yet. This one is worth buying at least 3 of.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice foil-topped faux-ceramic 33cl bottle. Opens with barely a sound of carbonation - I was a little worried, as this one had a fair bit of age on it, but my worries were premature.

Pours a thick, cloudy light orange-beige colour, with a yellowing white head of compact bubbles. Carbonation bubbles make slow progress upwards from the base of the glass. Heavy body leaves excellent lacing. A great looking beer.

Light, fruity note on the nose: cider, pineapple with hints of darker, yeasty elements. As it warms, more organic tones of leather and earth creep in, providing a decidedly unusual character for such a light-coloured beer.

Crisp entry on the palate, with pine resin characters, rye bread and spices. Rather reminiscent of the loaves peppered with caraway I had in Austria. Very noticeable, robustly bitter back palate stays long and sharp. There's a strong note of alcohol heat to numb the palate slightly as well. Despite this, the body is quite creamy and full - more so than many invert-sugar reliant Belgian ales.

This is a very drinkable brew, and one that is smooth with age. I imagine there's some fresher characters in the younger version that I may have missed, but the mellow, creamy, languous version I have here is just fine with me...

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: clear gold color with plenty of carbonated streams, medium head finishing to a finger-thick layer, decent lacing
s: flat yeast smell with hints of banana and a bit of zest
t: sweet, banana and yeast flavor all there along with warm alcohol & slight tartness at the end -- this is like a more tart version of delirium tremens! same brewer, similar ceramic bottle & taste!
m: a carbonated adventure! medium body
d: easy to drink given the abv & plenty of taste & carbonation to keep you interested. prefer delirium over this, but not by too much

Photo of ablaze
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Minimal foamy head with little lacing on top of this golden brew.

Daisies and apricots on the nose, with some apple juice.

Pineapple, candied ginger, calimyrna figs, tart mangoes on rye. Sweet and sour with some dry pepper (helping hand of alcohol). This is delicate and refreshing, perfect for an afternoon in the sun. Light body, crisp from the tartness and decent carbonation.

This would go great with a light and flaky halibut, or some angel food cake as a dessert. Very fun and interesting Belgian to sip on; glad I have another bottle to finish off the season.

Photo of davidchollar
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like the bottles and labels from this brewery, very artistic and distinct! This BSPA poured into my tulip glass presents a fine looking beer. A hazy, golden honey with a gorgeous thick white head. Note: This very well may be a beautiful ale, or it could be that I just haven't had a classy beer in a while, been swilling lately to beat the heat.

My first impression of the smell is good. Strong and fruity, I get the typical "Belgian Strong" smells. I just realized it kind of reminds me of Hoegaarden's Forbidden Fruit, in it's nearly over-the-top fruitiness. Apricot dominates, also some pineapple and candy, nothing spectacular here but certainly not bad.

The taste, however, is a little better. Well balanced, with a bold, sweet and SPICY taste up front but a pleasantly bitter kick at the finish. Very smooth and easy to drink. This is 9% abv ?! Nothing bad to say about the taste. If anything, I would say La Guillotine falls short of the 90 mark for lack of originality - it just doesn't seem that memorable. I'd get it again, but at 470 yen ($4.50), it's kind of expensive. Along with the other Brouwerij Huyghe offerings I've had ... Recommended.

Photo of vancurly
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Leffe chalice.
Rocky offwhite foamy head..hazy apricot in colour, some thin persistent bubbling lifting off the bottom of the glass and disappearing in the haze....
Tropical fruit nose...pineapple mostly, but a hint of sherbety lemon. Some grassy notes.
Candy-like, yet spicy...hint of anise (licorice allsort), maybe some nutmeg or coriander... quite a savoury profile. Some wild vegetal herbal hop in there also. And plenty of pineapple as it warms...
Almost tart in mouthfeel....Quite dry in profile... alcohol heat is evident.

Photo of rec
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first tried this almost a year ago in Canberra's Belgian Beer Bar, but decided to rebuy it tonight and serve at a temperature I was comfortable with.

It poured golden yellow with a dynamite two-inch foamy head, which also laces brilliantly.

Spice, light fruit such as apricot and citrus come through upon inspection of aroma. It's extremely complex, and a pleasure to disect.

The taste is highly spicey with the lighter fruits coming through strong. It has relatively high carbonation and the mouthfeel remains light yet somewhat creamy.

It's definately something I could drink a lot of, although almost too similar to its brother Delirium Tremens. Regardless, I remain very happy with it; something I'll buy again!

Photo of Shadman
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw this along with the small selection of non-macro singles at a local beer store. Pured a hazy amber-yellow with a ton of carbonation...as much fizz a ginger-ale. Frothy white head that left a small amount of lacing. Very much a breadish smell with a hint of that high ABV. Tasted quite yeasty with a touch of hops. Definitely feel the alcohol in the mouth afterward. Tried this one on an empty stomach...got quite the head-rush..

Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml ceramic bottle with red foil cap. 'Best Before End' of Mar 2007 clipped on the back label. Has been aging for over a year. Has tried this one at a Beer Fest, and was quite strong (almost harsh). Let's see what some rest time has done.
Color is yellowy/golden with a haze from the yeast. Not a large head, decent layer of white foam, thin lacing. Yeasty and acidic smell, also get aromas of fenel and anise.
Taste has smoothed out nicely. Lots of carbonation keep it crisp and light. Yeasty flavor, with spice and pepper. A bit fruity, but not sweet, quite dry finish. Slightly alcohol aftertaste, but still well hidden. Complex, and still a bit strong in the flavor department, but has mellowed out nicely.

Photo of vanrassel
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured with a cloudy gold with a slight apricot hue and a thin, effervescent head. There were some fruity esters present in the smell, along with a yeasty aroma you'd expect in a beer of this kind.

The taste started malty and with a bit of sharp alcohol. The taste was quite tart and citric, reminding me of ginger ale and lemon. The carbonation was a little high for my liking.

I have to concur with others that it's curious Huyghe would brew another beer so similar to Delirium Tremens. This one's different enough, however, that I can state a clear preference for its superior sibling.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into the brewery chalice at the Frigo cafe in Shinjuku Japan. I've never seen this in the USA, not sure why it's in Tokyo but several other people were ordering it too so it's apparently popular.

The appearance was pale and cloudy yellow with a thick poofy white head (similar to Delirium Tremens). The aroma was grassy and funky and also similar to Delirium Tremens. It tasted delicious, almost exactly like one of my favorite beers (Delirium Tremens).

Not really sure why Huyghe makes 2 different beers which are so similar. Maybe someday I'll try them side-by-side and compare for what difference must exist.

La Guillotine from Brouwerij Huyghe
89 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.