Brewed by Ellezelloise (Brasserie des Légendes)
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellezelles, Belgium
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 1085   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Bottle; Unfiltered.
The only self-proclaimed ‘Belgian stout’ – 9% by volume – named after famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirrot and considered a World Classic.
Made in small batches, then lagered for ten days in German oak casks.
"The Hercule is considered by many to be a classic – very malty, but dry, with a hint of sweetness in the finish, and perfectly hopped. It has a very distinctive and intoxicating spicy aroma of fresh spruce that suddenly, irresistibly, fills the room when the swing-top is released. This unique house character probably derives from the strains of yeast used by the brewery – and possibly from the fermentation in oak – because the beers are made entirely of malt and hops, without any spices or sugar."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sulawang (913) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2016
Visual: Bottle conditioned. Pours dark brown with a very small dissipating head, a thin hazy layer of retention, micro bubbles here and there. Nose: sweet caramel barley malts, (lvl-7)-pungency Attack: half crisp/slick, low CO2 Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) brown sugar, light roasted barley malt, soy sauce, almost salty, cola, licorice, gingerbread spices, > light tingly mouthfeel Finish: residual soft bittersweet maltiness, minor tangy, roasted barley exhale, clean finish. Summary: The initial sip was underwhelming seeing that it is bottle conditioned yet drank with quite low carbonation. As it warms however, layers of of clean flavours emerge. Very sippable, well hidden ABV - not as heavy as 9% suggests. I would have preferred a creamier mouthfeel though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MelvinKalksma (687) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - FEB 5, 2016

Roasted malts, malts, chocolate, yeast and fruit.

Turbid ruby/black beer with a slight/medium off-white/brown head.

Starts medium sweet with malts, roasted malts and chocolate; ends slightly dry and bitter with yeast and fruit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jimbo2 (103) - DENMARK - FEB 4, 2016
Possibly on of the most overrated beers on RB. Very little body for the type, little complexity, quite watery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Demens (126) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 27, 2016
0,33l bottle. Dark brown colour with big foamy quickly disappearing tan head. Aroma: caramel, coffee, toffee, fruits, raisin. Taste: Sweet matly start than the medium bitter coffee like caracter dominates. Light carbonation, full body. Rich bitter/sweet finish. Best stout I tasted so far.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
__Rb81 (589) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2016
Bottle at Broer & Zus, Beverwijk. Pours dark with a small beige head. Aroma is not so pronounced, roasted malts, chocolate. Taste is sweet, light roasted bitter, chocolate, coffee. Sweet aftertaste, chocolate, light roasted malts. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Markth (149) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2016
Romige Belgische stout, niet wild, wel mooi in balans. Donker bier, wit schuim. Korte nasmaak, koffie gebrande mout. Weinig hopsmaken ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
flying_pig (1362) - SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2016
330ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£5.20):
An excellent Belgian beer, plenty of flavour & a great balance too; it’s easy to drink for the strength. The beer was quite sweet with plenty dark fruits & some lighter acidity on the nose with the roasted flavours being more noticeable come the taste & the beer was quite creamy with a beautiful mouthfeel; another excellent imperial stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kokkenrolv (267) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2015
Bottle. Aroma is vinous, hints of coffee and chocolate. Black, small brown head. Medium sweetness, light bitterness, taste is prunes, raisins, nuts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans. Medium + body, soft carbonation, long finish, nice mouthfeel. Nice one!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AaronTDubs (238) - - DEC 9, 2015
Brown/black color. Average carbonation. Surprisingly light aroma. Some coffee and yeast fruitiness in the nose. Quite sweet, but balanced by the roasted bitterness and slight hoppiness. Rasins, chocolate, some phenolic notes. The fruit flavors from the yeast gives it a bright flavor, not common for stouts. It does have a Belgian character. Nice creamy body, but drinks very light. Very good beer, though not something I’d drink often.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopverdju (399) - BELGIUM - DEC 5, 2015
Om te beginnen: waarom zou dit een imperial stout zijn? Dit is gewoon een stout met wat meer alcohol! Donker bruin tot zwarte kleur met rijkelijk wandklevend beige schuim. Gist en deeg geur, koffie en cacao. Een niet plakkerige stout met een zoetig – bittere smaak. Droge chocolade bitterige afdronk.

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