La Guillotine | Brouwerij Huyghe

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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,205
Reviews:
120
Ratings:
384
pDev:
11.17%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
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Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of RyanByorick
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tivlavrie
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of chebode2
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Brew_42
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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 palmer69
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bought at drinx vanuxum(def. spelt wrong) in belgium. Poured into its own tulip glass with a large white head.Smells very sweet and earthy/hoppy.Drank while eating some clam chowder, the pepper in the chowder deffinantly accentuates the sweetness of this brew. I don't think that it would have been quite as good with out the clam chowder, which was pretty spicy. recommend drinking it with a spicy dish. with the low carbination, it won't make the dish feel hotter, it actually cools it down.

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Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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 ccrida
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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 constantine_272
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sendbeer
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PTRAINOR
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delicious Belgian ale. Pale golden color and nice head when poured. Slightly boozy. Crisp with a hint of fruitiness. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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 nickss
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the appropriate glass. The beer itself is cloudy and has a golden hue. The white, rocky head is a monumental 2". Gorgeous crystaline lacing.

Spicy hops, almost smokey aroma. Yeasty and lemony. Pepper is apparent as well. This one seems to be almost a mix of a rauch and a belgian strong. Amazingly complex.

Crisp lemon flavour with an almost Saaz-like presence. A bit of pepper. This one reminds me a bit of some of the Unibroue offerings.

Crisp mouthfeel due to the carbonation. All in all though, moderately thick and quite nice.

Drinkable, but a bit too highly carbonated for me to drink more than a couple. Fantastically enjoyable though.

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

Photo of donnebaby
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Long-lasting tight foam head over this apricot-colored beer. Significant particles abound. The nose is great and heavy on creamy fresh fruits: banana, peach and apple.

Taste is complex in the mouth, beginning w medium orangy maltiness, which, once gone, leaves an array of tastes, big on dry leaves and spices. Cloves and nutshells. Notes of grapefruit and overripe oranges. Ending with dry chocolate-orange bitterness. A clean, small taste, with good complexity.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, the best part of the brew for me. Carbonation is light but sharp, especially felt on the tongue, as soon as the cream from the head passes. Very good drinkability. 9% is imperceptible except for the warming of the stomach.

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

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

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 Yogiibear
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice strong blonde, hops, caramel and some yeasty banana notes.

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Photo of ananh
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of RuudJH
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a nice 33 cl. bottle, typical from Huyghe brewery.

Very active from the bottle, golden colour with good head and carbonation, floaty bits, good lacing in the glass.

Smell is very pleasant of malts, fresh fruits and herbs.
Equal taste, but now it's also very much bitter hoppy too. Classical tripel, I would say: dry bittersweet aftertaste.

Medium body. Alcohol is only slightly noticable.
This beer is a good one from Huyghe. I've had some of theirs in the past. This beer is maybe only very little different from the others.

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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 Dzu
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Bitterbill
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best before date of May 16, 2015.

A loud pop when I pulled the cork out, it pours a medium gold with a 2 finger head of foam that seems to keep on growing...well above the lip of my glass.

The smell is of citrus hops, some spice..err...peppery notes, a real dank kind of smell that you get from some well made IPAs.

It's pretty hoppy from the get go but I DO get a smidgeon of sweetness deep beneath that biter flavour and there is a nice peppery sort of spiciness going on. The citrus, malt, yeast, and pepper are doing a good job of satisfying my palate and the alcohol is there but not invasive.

Medium bodied for the most part; it thins out a tad in the finish.

I had never heard of this brew but it's very enjoyable and easy drinking and dry enough to make it "thirst quenching", if there's such a thing with beer. :^)

Edit: BIG malt kick with the last pour. Yum!

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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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La Guillotine from Brouwerij Huyghe
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 384 ratings
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