La Guillotine | Brouwerij Huyghe

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La GuillotineLa Guillotine

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Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2002

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Photo of Beginner2
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have I found a new friend?
(Not with a name like this.)
But, I have reacquainted myself with an untested brew (by me) from a brewery whose house yeast seems to me to be great. And the results are even better.

An hour into this magnum, the lace still hangs to the bulb and the foam still says "drink me."
As for Smell, it is two steps from Belgian Heaven: malts begetting fruit, multiplied by a yeast that is, like a good match, made in Heaven. The Taste proves this. As does the wonderfully and indescribable Feel.

I had this BSPA (notice I avoided its name) with a totally below average dinner and it made the dinner great. (Of course, I was the cook.) So a $12 beer is a good value when you consider that it makes me look like a good cook.

All this makes me think that in the blind pursuit of getting the most possible points to become a Poo-bah (and pursuing the lower probability path of trying too many brews that I know I am unlikely to appreciate as good), that it is always a good idea to return to those brewers that most make me happy. Huyghe is one of them and probably is in my Big Ten Belgians.

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Photo of MisterRevPaul
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I truly enjoy this beer, it was my introduction to Belgian style beers many years ago before all the lawsuits about what was officially trappist
For a non official Trappist, the mouth feel is perfect

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Photo of sisterofba
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Luig
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boone757
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brouwerij Huyghe "La Guillotine"
750 ml painted bottle, corked "2.012" & caged
$10.99 @ Cherry Hill Wine, Liquor & Beer, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Belgian strong golden ale. The label reads "golden blonde" but what I've got before me is actually darker, and more of an amber in color - I'm guessing that has to do with age, this is almost 6 years old and I don't remember it being so dark before. It's also quite hazy but that's probably just because I didn't let it sit in the fridge for long enough. The head is a creamy off white that drops readily but then maintains a solid surface covering, at least so far. The aroma displays bready, grainy malt and yeasty fruitiness with notes of cherry, raisin, orange, and apple. Some very light spicy and leafy hops can be found in the background if you nose around a bit. I'm assuming that some of the breadiness of the malt is also due to age and oxidation. The flavor is nice, with a beautiful balance of sugary, bready and grainy malt and yeasty fruitiness, but also spiciness. It's sweet upfront with the fruitiness stepping in quickly, and then spicy with just a touch of alcohol before it dries in the finish with a rising bitterness that lingers. I remember this beer as having had a clear note of alcohol, and it's there, but I wonder if it's toned down with age (probably) or if they've changed it slightly. Well I'm glad I've tried it again because I like it a lot more than I'd thought I would. Of course I do have an aged bottle, so maybe I should seek out a fresh one to test against my memories. And of course it IS a different beer, it's currently made with Amarillo hops which weren't even available all those years ago when I'd first sampled it. Back to the beer itself, the head has now waned but it did hold well for some time, and there's some limited but nice lacing left behind. I'd suggest that maybe it's a little limited because of the high alcohol but in actuality it's just 8.5%. Hmmm, with that in mind, it really drinks like a stronger beer, so maybe this is the beer I remember. In the mouth it's medium-full in body with a dextrinous side, and delicately tingling with a fine-bubbled effervescent carbonation. Overall it's a strong beer so don't expect that you can plow through it, but neither is it meant for that. I'm enjoying it, and I'll judge it on it's own, but at the same time I'm thinking that there are better, well not necessarily "better", but more refined beers out there. Still, I like it. It has it's own charm.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured to a Duvel glass.

A: The body is yellow and very crystalline. The head is two fingers thick, white and with great retention.
S: The aroma is very close to a Duvel, having a bright malty side, a touch of hoppiness held together with a belgian flavourful yeast.
T: Taste is exactly the same as the aroma, a strong malty touch, powered by a belgian yeast culminating in a hoppy and dry end.
M: Body is medium with a high carbonation. Good but alcohol is too noticeable. It's a bit strong on that end, I've had >7% BSPAs that hadn't this kind of prominence on the alcohol.
O: Good but nothing fancy.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BenMaalouf
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Nace4
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of slufsar
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mishi_d
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shanex
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale from the same brewery as the notorious Delirium.

The 33cl bottle pours a two inches head fading quickly, the texture is very bubbly, champagne like.

It's not my favorite in the style, Duvel easily surpass this, but worthy of a try anyway.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of khmel
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beersnake1
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a golden yellow - light and transparent. Good carbonation. Nose is almost pale ale like. A little hoppy, wheat, orange. Taste is really nice. A tiny bitterness immediately, but then a really nice earthy citrus peel taste. Bitterness quickly disappears. Classic Belgian golden ale. Lovely.

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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yaron73
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bottle from a Supermarket in Brussels.

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Photo of dadplusbeer
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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 AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maxist
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JTuomi
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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 Sid_Smith
4.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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La Guillotine from Brouwerij Huyghe
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