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


on tap

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RATINGS: 973   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
annunz123 (861) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Dark fruit, wood, and a little bourbon-like booze in the aroma. Flavor is surprisingly mild and sweet but still complex, with coffee, chocolate, and cherry, and some wood. A little spice, alcohol, and roast coffee bitterness in the finish. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartlebier (1734) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - MAY 13, 2014
33cl bottle, forgot where from exactly, bb 10/2015. Shared with Guinness chocolate mousse dessert, perfect pairing. Pours a beautiful 80% chocolate brown with beige crema. Aromas suffused with coffee, berries, delicate leather and cocoa. Taste of younger port and Wiener Melange, on a thinnish palate for the abv. Fresh roast and wood tannins help to keep it dry and refreshing, never sweet despite the obvious yeastiness - deliciously untypical. A bold yet balanced, beautiful BE stout, a big surprise and indeed a potential BE benchmark aka classic. Will revisit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Garlic_of_Doom (448) - SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle. Black with a small beige head. Chocolate dominates the aroma, slight coffee and alcohol as well. Roasted/burnt, old coffee, tart notes, to high bitterness for the flavour Medium body, high carbonation, dry. Long bitter, peppery after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Smalle (112) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAY 11, 2014
Bitter chocolate, coffee, even a very light hop note, some alcohol. Taste: sweet with coffee, roasted malt. Very sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silvan7 (700) - Samarate, ITALY - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle @ unibirra. Colore marrone velata, schiuma beige (più chiaro delle classiche imperial stout) fine e molto persistente. Aroma tostato, di salamoia delle olive, caffè, lievito. abbastanza intenso. Gusto piuttosto secco, lievemente acidulo, si ritrovano caffè, tostatura, lievito e un buon amaro da luppolo. Molto ben bilanciata, non colpisce particolarmente per alcun aspetto specifico.abbastanza calda, nasconde molto bene i suoi 9 ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
angel77 (957) - oviedo, SPAIN - MAY 6, 2014
Botella de 33 cl en el momento importaciones beni de brujas. 06-05-2014. Sabores tostados y ahumados en una cerveza de cuerpo medio con 9 vol con buen y fácil paso por boca dejando un agradable regusto por unos minutos, ligeramente dulce se puede repetir sin problemas. Bastante buena, una sorpresa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeremyh70 (714) - Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Pours an opaque dark brown chestnut with a tan head that settles to a film and leaves little lacing. The nose is roasty with some molasses and dark fruits. Very smooth. Some molasses and a bit of sweetness is represented in the taste also, along with some roastiness, cocoa and raisin and fig fruitiness. Hints of espresso, anise and some alcohol. Finishes mostly dry with a soft moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a light/medium body and light carbonation. Really nice and refined flavors. Fine example of a stout with Belgian yeast adding some fruitiness. With a bigger mouthfeel and perhaps a bit more carbonation, this would be stellar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
minutemat (1655) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2014
330ml bottle from Vanuxeem. Pours pitch black with a cream head and dark fruits on the nose. Taste presents lovely toasty flavours, some soothing dark chocolate and a little coffee coming out the shadows before a beautiful bitterness on the finish. A truly beautiful stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RuudvdWeele (1) - - APR 30, 2014 does not count
Positive surprise is how dry the beer is. Not sweet at all. Problem with some stouts is that they are too sweet to my taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (4361) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2014
Poured a hazy dark brown with a bubbly tan head and some broken lace. The aroma is light roasted malt, light fruit. The flavour is medium bitter with a thin malt hop bitter palate and a long bitter finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

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