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


on tap

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RATINGS: 992   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorgeLee (1268) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2014
Bottle from Beers of the World. I had this years ago, remember an empty bottle adorning our beer bottle room decoration at university, also vaguely remember being slightly underwhelmed. So here’s another try. Dark brown colour, reddish brown hints, thick white head, quite high carbonation. Initial thoughts are a bit thin, bit of booze, long ash tray roasty malt finish. It’s ok. I really don’t get the excitement of this highly rated beer though - I’ve actually found nearly all Belgian stouts or beers with a darker malt bill than a kind of ruddy brown to be a bit underwhelming, even from breweries I normally love.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kerenmk (2564) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks Tom L. Black with beige head. Slightly vegetal, a little smooth and sweet taste that then turns smoky. Dry, wood and roastiness in the mouth. medium-bodied, long, roasty finish. Really good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdiBeer (1499) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2014
Aroma: dark ripe fruits, chocolate, molasses, toasted malts. Appearance: dark clear brown / black, medium frothy beige head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: subtle sweets continue, not overpowering, chocolate, light coffee, light carbonation. Overall: extremely subtle Imperial Stout, nice aroma and palate, not overpowering, just delicious. Bottle from Beer of Belgium, Ieper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holmen2 (1221) - NORWAY - JUL 11, 2014
Black. Beige head. Wonderful aroma of dark berries and roasted barley. Lots of roasted barley in taste, and in the long, moderately bitter, aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blackisle (850) - 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 (2024) - 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 (744) - 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 (392) - 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 (973) - 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.

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