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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1085   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - APR 6, 2006
33 cl bottle. Yeast at the bottom. Very dark brown colour with a great huge head. Lovely aroma of chocolate, sweetness and notes of roastedness, very smooth and delicate. Very smooth flavour of roastedness, bitter chocolate and some coffee too, also hints of oak and vanilla. This rare belgium stout is very enjoyable now, and I love to taste this one after some years of lagering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2006
Beer exploded as soon as I popped the swing top! Pours a nearly opaque dark brown color with a large, tan, mostly and quickly diminishing head. The aroma is pretty sexy: Malty with a heavy note of roasted grain, light notes of coffee and sugary-sweet Hershey’s Bar; Hoppy with a trace of herbs; Yeasty with a light note of damp basement; Miscellaneous notes include traces of cherry and flat cola, light notes of green olive/brine and wood, garden soil moderate notes of sherry and alcohol. The flavor is heavily sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic with a long, warm, lightly bittersweet finish. The body is medium-to-full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is softer-than-average.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - MAR 12, 2006
Very dark red brown, almost black body with a lovely creamy tan head that dimished slightly but never quite disappeared. Great aroma of dried fruits, candy sugar and pipe tobacco (reminded me of the cupboard in wich my father kept his old smoking gear). Rather oaky, roasty flavour, with hints of cocoa, coffee, and bitter chocolate. Very full bodied with a long bitter aftertaste. Simply great for a cold evening inside by the fire.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Hazy dark brown with a fat brown head. Lightly tart dusty cocoa and sweet tobacco aroma. Starts with dark fruit in the flavor and gets roasty with some mint. Finishes slick on the tongue with stong notes of oak and a hint of leather. I had this a couple years ago and was not nearly as impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (16706) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2006
Bottle. Very dark ruby, lasting beige head. Lots of dark roasted malt and some dark fruit. Plenty of dark choc and coffee espresso. Full in mouth, burnt and bitter finish. Impressive dary stout. Finish has a bit of alcohol heat. Bit of smoke and black treacle on aroma too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (9430) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2008 First rating
Bottle at Bishops Arms (Avenyn) Gothenburg, Sweden.
Very dark red color, thick creamy brown head. The beer came slowly out of the bottle when the cork had been opened, without pouring. High carbon dioxide level perhaps?
Sweet scent with some alcohol in it. Wine like aromas as well. Very mild taste with low bitterness. Long, but timid, aftertaste of sweets. Some coffee in the taste.

Second rating
(33 cl bottle at Restobieres, Brussels)
Sweet, alcohol, smooth scent, some chocolate. Sweet, lactic, acidic taste. Grainy, alcohol taste, som echocolate. Moussy mouthfeel, low bitterness.
On March 22, 2008

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeranarchist (231) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2006
wow, this one pours a thick brown foam, mmm cream. Aroma is great, but not the roasty tones typical for stout, but spicy like a belgian strong ale. Tastes great, but again: tastes like belgian strong ale, not typical stout. Chocolate, dark fruits etc... But wait, in the finish I taste the roasted malts..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (2055) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Popped the top and received a huge rush of dark tan foam. I ended up spilling half the beer on the rug and kitchen floor. Black pour with a really nice creamy tan head. Really rich aroma of chocolate and liquorish. Flavor is super smooth dark chocolate and dark fruit. Body is silky smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oh6gdx (24430) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 4, 2006
Bottled. Dark brown/black colour, big brown head. Aroma is roasted malts and some "fruityness". Hides ABV very well in both aroma and flavour. Chocolate, old dark coffee, ashes and hops in flavour. Still very pleasant. Full bodied and palated, Extremely welldone. Roasted malts in aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Bottle from 10/05. Raisin/plum aroma. A fine looking stout and tasty with loads of malt, leaning toward the sweet side and away from the bitter, more like milk chocolate. The hops are a wonderful grade note appering about 3/4 of the way to the finish and sustaining a mor ebitter roasty finish. Fine, fine stuff indeed. Olivers beverage comes through with another great one for me. Fairly soft and mild mannered for an imperial but in a refined way.

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