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


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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeoHippie2 (794) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Tap, black pour with a thin tan head. Aromas of herbs, and subtle notes of dark fruits. Flavor is earthy at first with notes of anise, then notes of dark fruit, dates, some plum. Very complex and different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABT_S54 (89) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
33cl bottle served in a Trappist glass. Pours a black, inky liquid with little head or carbonation. Quite a thin mouthfeel given the style and strength. Not a classic Belgian stout and quite dry compared to some. Much prefer the De Dolle offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
age_jellema (30) - Hengelo, NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2014
A decent light sweet light bitter dark beer. A bit thin easy on the sparks. Drinks easy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerheart65 (894) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 18, 2014
Dark brown, almost black, thin and short beige head, not much lacing. Medium strong aroma has bit anise, spruce, also other hers which are hard to define. Bitter sweet, long finish, coffee, spruce, living flavor, soft carbonation, medium body to light. Interesting one, nuanced and bit hard to define..would need Hercule of beers for this one, Liked anyway.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RW80 (341) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2014
Swing top 33 cl bottle Appearance: very dark brown with a slight brownish head. Aroma: belgian yeast, spice, , roasted malts, chocolate,alcohol. Taste: roasted malts, coffee and choclate, some red fruit. Fruitier and some sourness compared to most imperial Stouts. Still there is enough sweetness their to overcome the bit sourness in the start Bittersweet Finish. Except for the unexpected sourness it’s a bit to middled out to make a real impression. It’s quite thiun feeling for 9% ABV. thin-medium body, medium carbonation. I

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
poech73 (116) - Nivelles, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2014
Un très bon stout comme là-bas sans la densité mais avec la levure belge et un houblon minéral et aromatique. Rien qu’au nez tout y est : le malt fortement torréfié et légèrement grillé, le sucre, l’alcool. En bouche elle se distingue des autres stouts par son corps moelleux sans être sirupeux, ses saveurs de grains de levure et sa finale de brûlé sèche avec une amérisation minérale et aromatique sur une longueur moyenne. Ici je goûte que l’alcool ne déséquilibre en rien la dégustation au contraire elle lui apporte une certaine onctuosité. Cependant, son corps manque d’une certaine puissance que l’on trouve dans d’autres bières du style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (5467) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JAN 14, 2014
Sehr dunkelbraune Farbe mit geringem bräunlichen Schaum. Geruch röstmalzig hefig, leichte Kaffeenoten, alkoholisch. Geschmack röstmalzig, schokoladig, leicht nach Kaffee. Der Alkoholgehalt ist schon deutlich zu spüren.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niller (435) - Hammel, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle from Voldby Købmandsgaard. Dark brown/black colour with a small brown head. Roasted malts, yeast, sweet fruits, notes of coffee, chocolate and some licorice too. Good light bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnicolaescu (537) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JAN 10, 2014
SWING-TOP 33CL. Look: pitch black with a big coffee frothy head with average retention. Aroma: belgian yeast spice, fruit stone, roasted malts, a touch of alcohol. Taste: green fruit bitterness/astringency, roasted malt. All in all, belgian yeast - both wild and domesticated - dominate the traditional stout character.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
benito230 (2) - - DEC 28, 2013 does not count
Mousse dense, gout fade (peut etre lie a la temperature car conservee au frigo)

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