La Guillotine
Brouwerij Huyghe

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #46
Ranked #11,796
3.95 | pDev: 11.39%
Brouwerij Huyghe
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Pale to mid gold, poured carefully with minor haze. Foam formed swiftly so I suggest pouring reeeeeal slow, also because it's bottle-conditioned. Once settled the head is c2Cm of just off-white super-creamy (ie very small bubbles) looking head that looks like it'll stick around a long while. ps 15mins later, it does, and forms chunks+lacing down the side of the glass.
S- It has that Belgian yeast leather+spice profile, nice.
T- Woof! Bright, solid trad-style hoppy bitterness. Then fast off into a meaty (malty!) solid middle. The ABV% note isn't really discreet here, it's easy to spot, it's loud. The finish is bright, liquor-ish with a dry lick across my palate.
F- really nicely done. It comes over as a notably punchy beer, yet the hoppy bitterness and malty richness are extremely well balanced.
O- I'm really enjoying this, it's a testament to very skilled brewing. It's that punchy, for me it's more of an autumn/winter beer. Versatile, I think this would have no probs standing up to drinking together with a good pungent blue cheese, curry, or such.
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! - The front lable describes this as 'Golden blond', the back lists 'Triple fermentation' and 'brewed with barley malt, wheat and oats'.
330ml bottle £3.45 BB: 17/06/2023 Bought from BeerMerchants, Kent/UK as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.
p.s. the bottle etc has completely changed from that shown above. The white bottle is like another Huyghe/Delirium beer, this beer is now in a standard dark brown glass bottle. The illustration of 'the chopper' looks a better quality too. 'Since 1654'.... the beer or the guillotine, the latter I imagine....

Mar 14, 2021
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Spike from England

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Clear, copper colour with only a couple of streams of bubbles. Two finger, head collapses quickly to a cap. Dusty, Belgian yeast aroma. Grass, pale malt & yeast taste profile. Aftertaste is herbal and moderately bitter. Sticky mouthfeel, dry finish, high carbonation (but not gassy). Looks great but lacks refreshment. I can't taste the alcohol but I can feel its heavy, dense presence.

Mar 13, 2020
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lmaduells from Spain

2.81/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Usually when you try Belgian beers you know that beer is good, and sometimes excellent. Drinking Belgian beer is drinking quality beer. Well, this beer is not a disappointment. I haven't tried Belgian beer for so long.

Mar 12, 2020
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FLima from Brazil

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery.
Golden color with a thick head with decent retention.
Aroma with notes of candied sugar, apple puree, bread and herbaceous.
Flavor with notes of herbal, candied sugar, orange marmalade, candied fruits and some grapefruit. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 8% is well disguised.
Hoppy Belgian Strong Golden Ale with nice herbal and fruity notes.

Oct 08, 2019
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OlaB from Norway

3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a big top of white head that dissolves slowly and leaves some sticky lacings.
Aroma is off peaches, apples, citrus, biscuits, honey, spices and flowers.
The taste is sweet and fruity at the start before it goes to dry with spicy and herbal notes. It then finishes of with a medium bitterness. The flavours are balanced good, but it maybe a slightly weak.
Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
A nice and enjoyable belgian strong ale.

Jun 08, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beyond the haze, the roast, the sour, there's a world of beer that depends upon balance, subtlety, nuance and ease in drinking over that of hoppy, sweet, acidity and char. If variety is the spice of life then the flavors of Brewery Huyghe.

Strong, golden and pale, La Guillotine pours with a separated pulp of orange in a true to golden elixir while a tall column of foam floats the ale. Lightly toasted aromas of malt is strong with honey, light caramel and peanut brittle. As a fruit and spice medley swirls about the nose, notions of sweet white wine and herbal grassiness soon follow. Honey, cereal and toasted bread frame the initial malt focused taste.

Floral hops begin to fall away and the host of fruit and spice flavors start to overshadow the lingering malt sweetness. The fruitiness of rum soaked apricots, peaches, pear and mangos rise along with milder notes of red apple, lemon and pawpaw- all seemingly of the slightly over ripened variety. Balancing spice comes close to rivaling the intensity of fruitiness with peppery hops, hay, vinous spice, white pepper and cumin.

Full bodied but relaxing as the session moves along, the bold alcohol, light wine-like acidity and resinous nature of hops all suggest that the beer has remarkable drinkability for its strength. A long and grassy aftertaste carries an inherent unsettled bite that's remiss of detergent and potpourri.

Feb 06, 2019
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drmeto from Germany

3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

-pours a hazy golden with a big,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-soapy,peach,honey,grainy,coriander,pineapple,earthy,leather,old barn
-spicy,grainy,grassy,soapy,rye bread
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
The Aroma of this is a bit too weird for me.

Aug 15, 2018
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jamesroses from Argentina

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle

Golden orange, big head of small bubbles and lots of carbonation. Lacing sticks to the glass. Very good retention.

Aromas of belgian yeast, pears, green apples, some lime and oranges.

Taste follows the nose with a sweeter but not overwhelming presence. A hint of booze in the end.

Mouthfeel is full, starts sweet and finishes dry.

Nice BSPA, not good as Duvel but enjoyable anyway.

Jul 08, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
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 via this brew untested by me, I have reacquainted myself with a house yeast that seems to me to be great.

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 indescribably soft Feel.

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

I have since Had Guillotine with at least two renditions of my world-famous ratatouille (so declared by me) and a late spring vegetable soup. Huyghe is close to making me a culinary genius... or at least impressed by my cooking.

All this makes me think that the blind pursuit of getting the most possible points (a habit developed in becoming a Poo-bah) often results in trying too many brews that I know I am unlikely to appreciate as good. Instead, I should pursue more pleasure and return to those brewers that most make me happy. Huyghe is one of them and probably is in my Big Ten Belgians. I am determined to retry there more common fare and edit my reviews for clarity and reduce the impression of idolatry.

Jun 10, 2018
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MisterRevPaul from West Virginia

4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
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

May 31, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Dec 24, 2017
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Oct 25, 2017
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Shanex from France

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Jun 26, 2017
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Beersnake1 from California

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

May 18, 2017
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dadplusbeer from New York

4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Apr 02, 2017
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Feb 17, 2017
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
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


Oct 07, 2016
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Aug 17, 2016
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Dzu from Russian Federation

4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Apr 16, 2016
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kitschiguy from Hong Kong

3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Mar 21, 2016
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Trosevear from Canada (AB)

4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Mar 14, 2016
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janubio from Spain

3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Jan 16, 2016
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Brew_42 from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Jan 12, 2016
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Bruno74200 from France

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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

Dec 08, 2015
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jcubz from Canada (SK)

2.77/5  rDev -29.9%
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...

Nov 27, 2015
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