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


on tap

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RATINGS: 978   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blackisle (752) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - JUL 7, 2014
Fliptop bottle 33cl. Very dark brown with floating particles, two finger dense creamy tan head, recedes slowly, good retention and thick lacing; aroma roasted malts, licorice, coffee, dark fruits; roasty bitter taste, coffee; full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation; roasty full bitter slightly sweet finish, alcohol, coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
latsch (8) - - JUL 5, 2014 does not count
Schöne Flasche. Klassische Tiefe farbe. Röstnoten, Kaffee, Lakritz. Versteckt den Alkoholgehalt nicht.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brnandersen (1959) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2014
33 cl. flip-top bottle pored in to a Snifter. Pitch black with a dense, tanned head. Roasted aroma with chocolate, yeasts, coffee, rich malts, liquorice, red berries and a herbal-grassy bitterness. Taste is bitter and roasted. Medium to full body with a oily texture and an average carbonation. Finishes dry and roasted with rich malts, chocolate and yeasts. Excellent Stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
koleminer20 (628) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2014
From notes. Enjoyed at the Ashley’s Rare & Vintage Beer TasteFest on June 07. I was terribly unimpressed by this offering. Don’t know if it was a bad bottle, or what, but it just wasn’t great at all. The pour was a thin dark brown, letting a lot of light through. There is a thin light tan head, no lace. The aroma has a light malt to it, and a strong earthiness. The flavor is much of the same. It tastes as if dirt and water were mixed together and presented in my glass. The mouth feel is thin and slick, minimal carbonation, and a dirty lingering aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jonb5 (370) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2014
330ml flip top bottle, poured into La Chouffe chalice. A: Very dark mahogany, pretty much opaque, one finger tanned head, good retention, decent amount of lacing. S: Cranberry, molasses, very much like a Belgian Dubbel, but slightly less fruity. T: Espresso, cocoa bean, creamy diacetyl, molasses, slight cranberry, slight bitterness which becomes more pronounced as the beet warms. Did a very good job of hiding the booze. M: Light body for the high abv, very smooth, creamy texture. O: A complex, balanced interpretation of an Imperial stout, a bit of a stout/dubbel mash up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thanatosti (925) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
33 cl. flip top bottle @ home, bougt @ Hogerdijk, Culemborg. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Tasty is fruity but with a lot of roasted malts and coffee tones. Mouthfeel is round and soft, with a medium bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
miquelcrush (1408) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 18, 2014
Bona cervesa, equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (6704) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 17, 2014
330mL bottle, pours a deep dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is unmistakably Belgian, with dry cocoa, Belgian yeast, and light candied sugar. Flavour is very dry and yeasty, with unsweetened dry cocoa, Belgian yeast, and roasted malt. Again, unmistakably Belgian in construction. Full-bodied, yeasty and cocoa-y. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mainuh_man (176) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2014
Pours black with a frothy tan head that dissipates quickly. Nose is yeast, biscuit, citrus and a hint of coffee/roasted malt. Pretty interesting/different bouquet for a stout. Initial flavor is a lightly sweet, giving way quickly to a tart citrusy character, and finishing relatively dry with roasted malt and citrusy hops that linger on the tip of the tongue, and warm alcolhol in the chest/stomach. Soft carbonation with a light to medium mouthfeel, and a relatively think texture. Overall, an interesting take on stout that features some different flavor components than the norm. Tasty enough, but not by favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (3492) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks Tom L. Pours brown with a beige head, aroma is a bit roasted with smoked malt and chocolate, flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, nuts, medium bodied.

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