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La Guillotine | Brouwerij Huyghe

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BA SCORE
88
very good
113 Reviews
La GuillotineLa Guillotine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe
Belgium
delirium.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
361
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
20.46%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
88
For Trade:
0
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Reviews by davidchollar:
Photo of davidchollar
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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 tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of SkiBum22
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of R_Kole
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Faux ceramic plastic lined and red foiled top 330ml bottle with a “Best Before End” date on the back label.

Appearance: Rich golden hue with a faint haze from the yeast, decent lacing but has trouble sticking.

Smell: Dry doughy cookie like aroma similar to a mild biscotti, some dried fruit also. Mild phenolic in the back with hints of anise and black pepper.

Taste: Crisp and lively, the carbonation is at a medium to high level and kneaded right into the light body. Spicy and peppery with an abundance of phenols and an underlying character of alcohol. Dry malt flavour with a mild fruitiness to complement it, hops are there with a bite and the yeast throws a nuttiness that lasts far into the finish. Fruitiness is a tad peachy but like dried peaches. Spiciness from the phenols and alcohol linger and clean the palate. Alcohol starts to become more of a presence as the beer warms with a faint solvent and flexed estery showing.

Notes: Spicy and quite flamboyant, that is just what I want in my Belgian Pale Strong Ale. Perhaps a little over the top but there is nothing wrong with that. Complex and flailing with wild flavours.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL painted ceramic-look glass bottle with red foil around the neck. Best before July '06, if I've understood the labelling system properly.

Appearance: Pretty nice cloudy dark yellow/orange pour with fairly quick dissipating head. Darker than Duvel, but still pretty appropriate. Lacing quite sticky but not all over the place. Fairly normal for the style.

Smell: Gorgeous citrus and cider aromas. Really full-flavoured, I am spending more time sniffing this than drinking it!

Taste: Really nice. Peppery, alcoholic, some candied sugar. Quite watery, i.e. not too pungent, like a watered-down scotch. Very drinkable and a nice sticky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy with head forming in the mouth. Quite lubricated. Smooth goin' down. It seems like a layer of Guillotine still covers your tongue and mucous membranes after you've swallowed. Cool.

Drinkability: For the style, this is well drinkable. These kinds of strong Belgian ales aren't usually too good to have dozens of, but this one is nice and I could see myself having a few in rapid succession. Still, if I wanted to get that smashed I might as well drink a couple then switch to some cheap local macro brew. I'm enjoying this one now though, and this will become a regular I think.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Massive carbonation with a huge head of foam about an inch thick. Golden colored with a bit of haziness. Aroma of green apples and Belgian candy sugar. I also get a bit of a Belgian yeast strain in the aroma with some pale malt. The flavor is pale malt,Pale malt and a Belgian yeast strain. Mouthfeel is a bit carbonated but dry and smooth. Taste and mouthfeel are very good,but overly carbonated and the aroma is Ok.

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Photo of pat61
4.73/5  rDev +21%
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 DannyBaldoni
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 750ml bottle bought to share for the new year. It is a glass bottle with a fake ceramic coating and features a picture of a guillotine on the label (duh!) Sealed with a cork and red foil covering. Description mentions that this is a Belgian tripel.

Poured into a small wine glass. Pale golden colour, with medium carbonation and some haziness. Forms a foamy white head which subsides after a couple of minutes. The smell is fantastic - a rich, malty aroma with spice and some alcohol.

The taste is slightly less impressive - quite bitter and astrigent but lacking the malt that I detected from the aroma. A hoppy, spicy bitterness dominates and it doesn't seem quite balanced out with sweetness or grain. The carbonation and flavour dry out the mouth, although it feels quite smooth and full-bodied. The alcohol gives it a warmth when swallowed.

An impressively crafted beer, just not quite as good as some others from this brewery (particularly Delerium Tremens). A good example of a Belgian tripel, and a treat to be savoured on occasion.

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Photo of Robertas
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not too good, quite spicy and fizzy, but i really didn't like the detergenty taste that it left in your mouth, it could be quite good, but its just a bit fizzy and soapy for me.

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Photo of justme
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just plain good. Very drinkable. I agree maybe a tad sweet but not overly. It supports the fruit notes.

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Photo of tux_alin
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of FBorrego
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of biboergosum
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml standard Huyghe painted bottle - hmmm...guillotines, how very seasonal...

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium golden yellow colour, with some weird, continuously rising basal effervescence, and a teeming tower of thinly puffy, bulbous bone white head, which settles in for a lazy spell, before slowly, slowly ebbing away, leaving some nice soapy webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of earthy, sassy Belgian yeast, grainy pale malts, a bit of peppery spiciness, very soft citrus notes, and subtle leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet pale malt, some astringent orchard fruitiness, a bit of bubble gum, a slightly sugary alcohol edge, and muddled citrusy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is more than a tad frothy, i.e. in danger of heading straight up one's nose, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, with somewhat of a fruity tendency. It finishes on the sweet side, the malt, sugar, and alcohol all barely tempered by the deftness of the yeast integration.

Not my most favourite style, but for what it is, it is well-made - sugar, grain, fruit and restrained booze fury. Edging into Tripel territory, this is kind of a bit off-putting to actually drink. Maybe it's my unfair seasonal expectations, maybe not.

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Photo of Tuckersmth
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MaevaS
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Mar02x
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer on a tasting at my place, with thanks to my uncle 'Peer'. I had some beers from 'Brouwerij Huyghe' before (even the Frubee Banana) and for some reason I never tried this one. It was the fourth beer we tried that evening.

A- Straw colored, white fluffy head that doesn't dissipate.

S- Nice fruits

T- You can't tell it's 9,3% ABV though which is good. Good taste.

M- Nicely carbonated. A bit to heavy for a thirst quencher, but will do ;)

Overall: Good beer, but not outstanding. I will try another one in the future.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of SpruceMoose
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ah Belgian beer, we meet again. I can long remember the days when my father would allow me sips of his Chimay or Duvel, so I was inevitably eager to have the spiciness of Belgian brew on my lips again when I noticed La Guillotine's bottle at the local bottle shop, with its characteristic red foil and ceramic bottle that reminded me of good old Delirium Tremens, and knew I had to pay the $11 AUD for it and try it out for myself.

Appearance: A slow pour produces a deep copper tone with minimal head. Large chunks of sediment could be seen floating in the Chimay goblet I was drinking it out of, a common theme with many Trappist or otherwise Belgian beers.

Smell: Essences of red wine, fruit and cinnamon are instantly noticeable and not too overwhelming. Highly reminiscent of the taste.

Taste: Hints of apricot, grape and several other fruits are instantly noticeable, followed by a wave of alcohol (almost inavoidable given the 8.5% ABV and thin body). A mild aftertaste of such flavours lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin for a Belgian ale, and seems rather peculiar given the strength of the beer and the intensity of its flavour. However, it does provide a smooth drinking experience due to minimal carbonation.

Overall: It fails to reach the dizzy heights of Delirium Tremens, Chimay or Duvel, but is enjoyable in its own right. Should serve to be a great winter warmer, and I would definitely drink it again if it weren't for the ghastly price of $11 a bottle.

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La Guillotine from Brouwerij Huyghe
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