La Guillotine | Brouwerij Huyghe

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La GuillotineLa Guillotine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe
Belgium | website

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
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
356
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
20.46%
 
 
Wants:
35
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86
For Trade:
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Photo of thesilverhand
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at home, from a bottle, in a tulip glass. It poured a slightly hazy orange-yellow with a massive creamy foam head. This is quite an attractive beer, and leaves a nice lace on the glass.
The nose is full of sweet fruit - very sweet. My girlfriend says, "Mmm...cidery." Definitely a bit of apple!
Then to the first sip - there's still lots of fruit; it's not as sweet or distinct as I expected from the nose, but is still prevalent. It fades pleasantly into spice - pepper and cloves most strongly. The alcohol - it is nine per cent, after all - also comes through strongly into the finish, which is quite dry.
It's a bit sharply alcoholic on the palate...not unpleasant, but I can feel the alcohol more than I'd like.
Overall, this is a really nice beer...I wouldn't - or perhaps couldn't, at this strength! - have more than a couple at a sitting, but I certainly will have it again.

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Photo of ablaze
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Paisan
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunny in colour. Big white cloud, which burned away quite fast, leaving hardly any trace - might have been the glass. Then again, would you expect a lasting head with a guillotine?
Smell is orange-lemon, hint of spice (coriander). Some earthiness from the yeast.
As promised by the smell, the taste begins with slightly sweet citrus, coriander, builds to a distinct bitter finish, and then rolls back with a strong alcoholic warmth.
Tingly, almost ticklish carbonation, which counters the strong alcohol a bit.
All in all, a very nice beer. Beware of the 9% ABV, or you might just lose your head.

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Photo of Ochsenblut
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A one centimeter white head sits atop a hazy peach colored body. The carbonation is very active, replenishing the head constantly throughout the session.

This beer smells of spice, apples, and mandarins. It is also fuming alcohol slightly.

The taste is smooth. Soon after the carbonated bite subsides, there is pepper, orange rind and medicinal phenols. This makes for a complex balance between sweet and spicy, which is especially pleasing. The alcohol is warming and is very understated. The aftertaste is medicinal and only slightly acidic.

La Guillotine is nothing short of delicate and is clearly a finely crafted beer. To reach this sort of balance whilst maintaining a smooth mouthfeel AND high carbonation is something special to behold.

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Photo of newton99
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bomb of a fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation, and erm, enough bits floating around to make it look like some sort of orange snow-ornamen that you shake. No lacing (unless you count the sediment clinging to the sides of the glass). This from a half-bottle pour, so the sediment wasn't sitting in the bottom and I poured in one mighty go.

Egads! Never seen anything like it. Looks like a million small goldfish in a beer glass.

Moving on - aromas of mandarin and some strong yeast, yes we are in Belgian territory

Taste is both sweet and sour at the same time, lovely complexity. More mandarins and citrus and hops bundled together. Nicely carbonated in the mouth.

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Photo of smulkowski
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into a chalice, light honey-colored with a short but lingering head. The nose was slightly funky, with a typical Belgian yeast profile and spice, a bit of funk, and a bit of fusel alcohol. The flavor matched, but was a bit more muted...in the mouth, the texture was creamy due to the relatively high carbonation. Overall, this was a well-carbonated, very easy-drinking Belgian Pale, I look forward to drinking it again.

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Photo of j_rod22
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

appearance = golden pour with a great lacy small/medium white head, a bit hazy

smell = fruity - hint of banana, pineapple, mandarins/oranges. Spicy, malty aroma

taste = very sweet fruity citrus start with a bitter finish, personally great combination, considering the ABV, not too overpowering, very pleasant and goes down smooth.

mouthfeel = creamy, great complexity of sweet/sour notes

overall = for a belgian strong, I love the sweetness start with the bitter/sour finish, easy to drink and not overpowering.

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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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Photo of BeerChancelor
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 33cl chalice.

A: Well-carbonated, clear golden color and a 1-finger creamy head with amazing head retention

S: The first thing that comes is flowers, then some citrus and spices with a faint of alcohol present

T: Hoppy, barley malt, pepper, faint sweet notes of citrus and alcohol is definitely there. Kind of lacking with respect to the smell

M: Light-body, well-carbonated, with a dry pale finish - kind of throws you off at the end, after an interesting combination of flavors

O: I'm a bit disappointed by the flavor. The smell promises so much and the flavor doesn't live up to the expectations. I would like to remark though the super head retention and carbonation.

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Photo of palmer69
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
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 einar85
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Quite big bubbles, but the head retention isn't very impressive (which could be caused by a low serving temperature). Golden in color.
The aromas are fruity and sweet of cookies.
It's a classic tripel - sweet and full-bodied. The alcohol is well covered up here. More cookies.

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Photo of bloxy14
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review!
Poured from a bottle into Duval glass which suited as the head filled the glass and stuck around for half of the beer.
Light colour with hints of sediment.
Smell is citrus with a light spice. The yeast dissapates if allowed to breath before drinking.
Tastes almost sweet with yeast just threatening to be there stronger than it is. Brings with it a nice warmth of alcohol that combines very well with the carbonation.
A few sips per minute allows appreciation of a very good beer.

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