La Guillotine
Brouwerij Huyghe

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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #43
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #9,048
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 11.11%
Reviews:
127
Ratings:
404
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Brouwerij Huyghe
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  38
Gots
  103
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Reviews by arkanu:
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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Photo of nouseforotacon
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this in Tokyo from Isetan department store. Best before August 2008.

Poured out a very pale yellow, lightly golden in color. Foamy white head rushed quickly to the top, but also faded quickly leaving a murky white film with strong carbonation.

The smell was a bit funky at first, boldly sweet with warm alcoholic smelling fruit esters. Dry spice, somewhat peppery, touch of yeast, and some sugary artificial aromas come to the surface. Complex and interesting.

Initially very wet in the mouth, with a dry finish that was also warm alcoholic (reminds me of champagne). The fruit character was present, sweet and tart, reminding me of nectarines. Spicy, peppery aftertaste was present. The body felt surprisingly light in the mouth, with a low hop character.

Well done, but unfortunately I felt like the mouthfeel was slightly unbalanced. There was a somewhat nasty artificial flavoring that left my tongue with an on/off harsh, unpleasant aftertaste.

I dig Belgian Strongs, both pale and dark. This one is worth a try, complex, but still a bit unbalanced.

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Photo of Sam-VW
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of JayQue
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable. Pours a hazy dull gold color with a huge frothy white head into my Chimay goblet. Head retention is great for a Belgian ale. Plenty of spotty lacing on the glass.

Solid if not spectacular aroma. Mostly light fruit, Peaches and pears. Some belgian yeast and rich malt.

Taste is more of the same. There is a touch of alcohol presence (not quite a "burn") to go along with the sweet fruit, malt and yeast. Still very tasty.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. You know there is a warming alcohol presence but it is not overdone.

Overall a good solid Strong Pale Ale.

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Photo of knot
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of therica
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

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Photo of KevMo84
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of davidchollar
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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

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Photo of GuinnessRegular92
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ThatsStout
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Kevinpitts
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of kenstogie
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

it was good .not great but good... i think it may have been stored improperly.....

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Photo of markaberrant
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Vogt52
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of vanrassel
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Photchkiss
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ablaze
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of redwax
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of ccrida
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3cl bottle bought and consumed in Budapest at a little cafe in front of Staint Stephans catherdral. Dull spritzy gold, medium sized white head with some foamy lace.

Smell is very nice, somewhat saison like quinine and limestone, tropical fruits, softer but complex.

Taste has the nice tropical esters but also some soapiness, robust hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dry and light.

Drinkability is solid, very nice and textured blonde, depth of flavor, balance, some nuance.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

La Guillotine from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 404 ratings