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

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RATINGS: 968   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."


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
angel77 (849) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeremyh70 (684) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
minutemat (1496) - 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.

4.4
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (4229) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (5164) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2014
UPDATED: APR 27, 2014 33cl bottle from Abcbeers. Thick creamy tan head. Clear black pour. A lovely stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DandyLion (515) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2014
Bottle at home. Dark brown with tan/brown head. Aroma is malty and a little sour. Taste is sweet malt and a little Chocolatey. Quite carbonated. It's nice and easy to drink- def can't taste the 9% abv. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RasmusOtt (1083) - Aalborg, DENMARK - APR 18, 2014
Pours a very dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of sweet chocolate, dark roasted malts, caramel and some notes of darker sweet fruits. Taste has that same sweet chocolate character along with some warming alcohol, dry wood and some roasted notes. weak body on this one though. Straight forward malty and a little bit one-sided but easy drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (647) - Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma of figs and dates. Has a slight tobacco flavor, raisins, earthy, dry, good fruit in it. A really nice beer!

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
xXbaptisteXx (38) - - APR 16, 2014
Bière noire, belle mousse dense . Nez de malt, café chocolat, épices, réglisse. Bonne amertume sèche et durable, goût de malts torréfié qui domine sur le chocolat et un peut de café, un peut épicée, assai douce pour une stout enfain je me comprend... Assai pétillente. Vraiment différente des autre stout!


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