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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1057   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1557) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Pours deep black with a beige head with slowly fades. Aroma of vanilla, wine, fig and chocolate. Flavor has notes of chocolate, plum, raisin, caramel and roasted malts, carmelized sugars and vanilla. Pleasantly sweet - ends with a twinge of red wine and light alcohol. Full, round body with lively, yet soft and airy carbonation. The head disapates as it warms giving it somewhat of a wine-like appearance. Enjoyable stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2005
I really was going to wait, and share this, but, damn, had a few and here it goes. This baby poured all fizzy with tiny bubbles, a fizzy thick brown head, The nose was like a west 12, all kinds of dark things swirling in here. I am even getting cherries. After the fizz settled, There was a small head, with less then average lacing. The taste: Dry man, like a real fine port. The after taste was almost woody with traces of aging, maybe bourbon? Wow, I am really enjoying this. There is fruit swimming with roasted chocolate and a trace of smoke. A real nice alcohol warming. I DID NOT look at any ratings before, and I am right in the thick with this. Wolfs, Thanks Pal. and again, I owe you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2005
This bottle is too darn small! Dark red/black, cocoa head, great lacing. Aroma is roasty chocolate and anise. Taste is full, not quite thick, lots of roasty coffee and licorice, some sweet dark fruits. Very nice, I seem to remember this one being in our top 50 a couple of years ago.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 19, 2005
Almost black color, big brown head. Chocolate, roasted, toffee, sweet caramel in aroma, rich and very dimensional one. Also mild alcohol, nuts and vinous tones come up from aroma. Roasted, strong coffee in flavor, ends with strong coffee and dry aftertaste with medium alcohol. Nice lace in glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2007 No#59. (2000). What a find this was, and at 2:30 euro what a buy!. Aroma is distinctly dark fruits with molasses and little coffee kicking in too. The flavour is very full, fruit and malt are the main players with molasses again makign an appearance. An increadably well balanced beer and one of my fav’s from the trip, wish i could get my hands on more. Great belgiun influance added to the stout character.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6322) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2005
Bottle (330ml - swing-top, dated Sep 2005). Poured deep dark ruby-brown with an average foamy light brown head that diminished fairly quickly - noticeable tiny black sediments at bottom of glass. Aroma is fantastic - espresso, cream, pure cocoa chocolate, dried figs, red wine, deeply roasted malt. Mmmm. Mouthfeel is acidic and creamy and somewhat light. Taste is ... oh, bitter coffee & chocolate, stewed prunes, sour wine, a bit of metallic tang, it’s actually salty! It gets more fruit and leather notes as it warms - wow this is fun to drink - I only bought one, so sad. Terrific lighter bodied stout - flavour for days.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluevegie (3068) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2005
Thanks to Kook! Black body with ruby tinges and a light tan head. Coffee in the aroma along with dried fruit and rich chocolate. Full upfront balanced flavours of liquorice, burnt sugar and soy sauce, don’t seem to notice the alcohol. This gets better the more you drink it. Not as heavy and chewy as some of my favourite stouts but that makes it unique and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11893) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2005
Black with a bubbly light brown head that quickly disappears. Aromas of malt, molasses, orange peel, and sherry. Flavour initially of dried fruits, chocolate, and malt, dry and with a distinct wooden finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (5205) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 13, 2005
This bottled brew with a flippy top poured a very small sized head of thin medium sized bubbles that were quickly diminished. It left behind a thin oily lacing and an opaque brown cola like appearance. It had molasses raisin and malty notes in the aroma. It had a cask like thin initial vinous mouth feel with a stronger thicker vinous finish. The flavor was smooth medium chewy thick raisin malt dough and had a mild cask like port note.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Swing-top opened with a sharp pop and then ghostly vapors danced in the bottleneck and slowly emerged like an ethereal Belgian genie. Translucent, dark ruby-brown body with visible suspended particles and a silky tan head. Very alluring aroma of chocolate pudding and cookies with a vague hint of smoke and some winey oak character. Flavor of chocolate cookies, caramel, and liqueur with smooth oak characters. Nice dryness. Smooth texture with substantial, mouth-filling carbonation. Fantastic beer, distinct and more complex than the vast majority of American stouts.

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