La Guillotine | Brouwerij Huyghe

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La GuillotineLa Guillotine

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 115 | Ratings: 373
Photo of dadplusbeer
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an incredibly interesting beer on the account that it sips like a high ABV amber with a belgian back bone. Really thought this was a great find for something out of the ordinary. Not an every night beer but one for good food and good conversation.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This pours a bubbly golden color, somewhat murky. The head was minimal, 1 finger, white, and dissipated quickly. The nose is is fruty. I also get some sour notes to it. The taste I get like a sour apple flavor. I'm not a big fan of that flavor palate. The feel has a nice bubbly feel to it. Technically, it's a strong beer, but it isn't for my palate.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had a 0.33l bottle of this at Olivier in Utrecht on 25SEP16; cost was €5.70.

Poured very clear, with a medium-golden color and steady, fine carbo. Had a 1" fluffy, marshmallow-white head which ebbed slowly with nice lacing. Nose was somewhat crackery with a little lemon zest and mild, subtle spiciness. Had a solid medium body and minimal prickle.

Was crackery and dry on the palate. Was a touch fruity, with some green apple and pear present, and a hint of sourish astringency in the chalky, dry finish. Mostly an "nbd" bier.... Cheers!

3.81/5 rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


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Photo of puboflyons
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the corked, caged, and foiled 750 ml bottle with an 05/16 bottling date. Sampled on August 16, 2016.

Yellow-orange carbonated pour leading up to a big, white head that lingers.

Big aroma of crackers, Graham crackers, Orange zest, butterscotch, and grass.

Light to medium body.

Effervescent fruitiness in the taste along with toasted bread, crackers, and a clean, moderately bitter and fruity finish.

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Photo of Dzu
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Beutiful light-amber with a nice foam head.
S: Fruits and sweets.
T: Bittersweet (more betterness), weak caramel taste.
F: Long aftertaste. Alcohol very good hidden.
O: Classic belgian pale ale. But not of my favourite styles.

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Photo of kitschiguy
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy, light yellow with lots of bubbles and a big frothy head which hung around. Looked good. Some good lacing.

Nose - yeasty and some spice. A little citrus.

Palate - Rich and quite complex. Yeasty with banana, spice and lingering alcohol in the back of the mouth. Finish is quite long with strong bitterness coming through.

Mouth is good. Quite full. A bit sticky afterwards.

Overall a very enjoyable beer but the lingering bitterness at the end put me off.

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Photo of Trosevear
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark yellow almost amber with a nice puffy head and a lacing that is beautiful down the side.

S: Extremely coriander, slightly citrusy with a slight sweet smell to it.

T: Super sweet with a slight bitterness from the hops, it also has a little bit of coriander taste to it and almost a little wheaty.

F: Slightly carbinated and has a great feel to it.

O: Actually a pretty amazing beer and would defiantly would have this beer again.

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Photo of janubio
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden colour, two fingers head that fades soon. Great lace. Smell is malty, yeast, dried fruits, slithly citrus, peach. Medium to full body, fizzy carbonation. Palate is thick and astringent. Taste is spicy, candied sugar, fruits. alcohol is very noticeable, as it warms your throat and stomach. Dry and astrigent finish.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy gold with a fluffy white head and heavy lacing.

Smells super yeasty with floral spice.

Taste follows the nose with some candied sugar sweetness and some warmth thrown in.

Less carbonated than tremens but still decent carbonation.

Overall a good BPA from an awesome brewery.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Veiled golden color with a powerful storm of activity. Thick creamy and super frothy white 5 fingers island cloudy head, lasting more than 20 minutes, creating thick leggings. Flavors of cheese, coriander, banana yeast, strong presence of grains, floral bouquet, some hops, hints of wood and a nice vinous and roasted feel. Some ester fruits like apples, a hint of honey, oaky, grassy, and orangy clove. Pleasant sugary feel yet sharp and bitter. Slick light body with champagne like carbonation. Medium to strong finish of long length, ending with a burned malty tongue coat, hoppy grass feel, warming alcohol, yeasty, barrel aged feel, and fruity grapefruits. Overall this is an outstanding craft with rich delicious yet accessible flavors for the style and strength. Very fresh but the smell is a little rotten yet still pleasant. Incredible quality stuff. Complex, balanced, well intensified, filling, warming, a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Hazy golden colour with a big white head That stats 3 to 4 minutes in my Chouffe tulip
S - Biscuits and flowers
T - quite refreshing with faint flowery hops that linger, booze and malt come after
F - quite enjoyable warming feeling in those cold days. The carbonation is fine
O - quite enjoyable belgian strong pale ale. I wouldn't say that it is an ipa per say, it's more of a thing between a strong pale ale and a saison

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Photo of jcubz
2.77/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I must have had an awful bottle. It's Nov 2015 and best before Oct 2017. Bottle hissed when opened but poured with zero head. Almost no carbonation. The feel and taste were off because of it. Just tasted like flat strong Belgian home brew. Maybe it was at the end of the CO2 tank,thought it'd be bottle conditioned but no yeast... I'll update my review when I try my next bottle...

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Photo of Suds
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, supper effervescent, huge headed brew....this beer is an engaging, but not spectacular, strong Belgian. The smell is muted, with herbs and some yeast notes. There is a solid bitterness, and it is a relatively dry beer. Drinkable and good, but neither interesting nor outstanding.

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Photo of MrDell
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


La Guillotine– bottling date unknown – Best Before 10.2017

Appearance: Lots of smoke upon opening. Absolutely crystal clear with a big, golden, perfectly white head. Small bubbles make up the fast moving carbonation. Beer became cloudy when yeast was added to the last third of the glass.

Aroma: Very strong, spicey Belgian yeast esters. Very nice aroma.
Taste: As with the aroma the yeast is the dominant feature here. Not completely dissimilar to the brewery’s other Belgian Strong Pale Ale – Delirium Tremens. Delirium Tremens is more hoppy though, whereas this is a yeast bomb! Also reminds me of another Belgian classic - La Chouffe. Just when I thought this beer couldn't get any 'yeastier' I poured the last bit of the bottle into the remaining 1/3 of the beer and wow it's strong. It coats your mouth and can be tasted for a long time in the finish. I do like it though.
Mouth feel: Carbonation is prickly, dry finish.
Overall: A very enjoyable and easy to drink 8.5% brew. As previously stated, the most dominant feature of this beer is the Belgian yeast which might not be to everybody's taste but I really like it. 8.25 / 10

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, Pours a clear golden color with a large foamy white head. Aroma of citrus, spices, brown sugar, yeast, hay, malt. Taste is pretty much the same, very smooth the alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snowy webs over bright gold. 4
Flowers, hay, and wax on the nose. 4
Sugary up front, perfume, a whack of clove, then lots of grass and noble spice. 4
Nectar end and clean linger. 4
Crisp, smooth, slight cling. 4

You’d know it was Delerium: perfume and spice. The 8.5% is very quiet. Quenching and easy, though I want more hops from something that’s calling itself a Belgian IPA. 4

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Photo of BeerChancelor
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 33cl chalice.

A: Well-carbonated, clear golden color and a 1-finger creamy head with amazing head retention

S: The first thing that comes is flowers, then some citrus and spices with a faint of alcohol present

T: Hoppy, barley malt, pepper, faint sweet notes of citrus and alcohol is definitely there. Kind of lacking with respect to the smell

M: Light-body, well-carbonated, with a dry pale finish - kind of throws you off at the end, after an interesting combination of flavors

O: I'm a bit disappointed by the flavor. The smell promises so much and the flavor doesn't live up to the expectations. I would like to remark though the super head retention and carbonation.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Guillotine appears to be a carbonated golden ale with an appropriate billowy head of white foam. With lots of fruit esters, Belgian yeast, spices, a honeyed aspect, and a bready mouthfeel, it's a delicious Pale. My only criticisms are that it might be a tad too sweet and that it's not terribly unique.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, honey, fruit, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with honey, fruit, spice, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with great aromas, but unfortunately the flavors just aren't quite as good to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of pat61
4.73/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fruit and malt on the nose. Pours brilliant orange tinted amber with a vigorous, long lasting, 3” white rocky foam cap. A fruity palate starts with orange, peach, and a hint of banana, spice, light caramel, a touch of bread, pepper and a light bitterness on the finish. Medium body and medium high carbonation. A delight to drink.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

- Golden brown very nice head retention
-smell of fresh bread or pleasant warm smooth
-smooth, with a slight citrus lingering,
- more bubbly than i prefer, with a pleasant warmth to it.
- very refreshing and drinkable overall

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is pleasantly juicy with orange and lime backed by sweet vanilla and some waxy graininess. It pours a large, soapy, eggshell-white head and a clear, light gold body. The flavor is tart, spicy, and bitter, as well as slightly boozy and grainy sweet with only a hint of fruitiness. It's highly carbonated, frothy, and crisp.

The aroma is more pleasantly expressive than the flavor, while the flavor seems to be dominated by the spicy and bitter qualities with some grainy sweetness in support and fruity esters only on a very low level.

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Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear rusty amber colored head with a tall puffy white colored head.

Smells sweet and sticky with a spicy apple aroma. Slight tart scent this reminds me of my grandmothers apple butter.

Starts out mildly sweet with a strong apple flavor. Slight cinnamon and clove flavors. Slight taste of pipe tobacco. Mild bitterness and a slight brown sugar flavor.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall a tasty ale and was perfect for thanksgiving. Try this one with hot apple pie,

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Pours a clear golden color with a very thick head that sticks around a long time and sticks to the glass. A strong amount of carbonation is visible. Lots of sediment at the end of the pour.

Smell – Yeast, a funky spice, and a touch of cider with lemon. Malt becomes noticeable as the head dissipates.

Taste – Cider, pepper, with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel – Medium body, good carbonation. Goes down easy for 8.5%abv.

Drinkability – Easy drinking, but a bit cidery for my personal taste.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Pour: Golden yellow with a frothy three finger head that dissapated to a one finger head and held on throughout the drink.

Smell: Apricots, belgian yeast, various fruits, slight hint of spice.

Drink: Sour fruit in the front, followed by a mix of apricots and belgian yeast flavor, semi-clean, slightly lingering belgian aftertaste.

Overall: A damn fine beer. Well balanced and quite tasty for the style.

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La Guillotine from Brouwerij Huyghe
3.9 out of 5 based on 373 ratings.
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