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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1036   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilsnerrogge (2618) - Finspĺng, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2005
(8.4 %) Dark brown, almost black colour. Nice head. Date and liquorice aroma. Sweet and roasty flavour with notes of coffee and chocolate. Alcohol bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9443) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2005
beautiful flip top directly fresh from Belgium, that "popped" twice from the carbonation. The added flavourings gave it a syrupy aroma with molasses. Not as thick as other Russians

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Beer pour dark brown with a massive beige head that is totally retained. Extra appearance point for the awesome label and flip top bottle. Aroma is malty with a bit of chocolate and some roastiness. Flavor is intriguing and wonderful. Flavor is intially sweet malt with some chocolate, but the finish is very dry yeasty. There is a final vinous note that echoes from beyond the finish and provides the user with a wonderful memory on which to base the beer. I love the combination of maltiness and yeastiness with a bit of high gravity. I wish more Belgian breweries would try their hands at the stout experience. I need more of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 Bottle sampled at Brugs Bertje. Pours a deep black color with ruby highlights and a thick, light brown head. Good aroma of liquorice, roasted malt and chocolate. Very good flavor of liquorice, roasted malt and chocolate with dryness in the end. Light to medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JK (4918) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Black; no head. Aromas of balsamic vinegar and red wine. Complex, vinous flavor, with soy sauce, choclate, wine, and coffee. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2005
The swing top popped and the sound and action was as if it was a bottle of champagne. A huge pop followed by flowing foam. I quickly poured the erupting contents in to my glass and found a thick black stout with full tan head forming in my glass. The aroma is not terribly powerful, but chocolate and a saltiness somewhat like soy sauce were present. Despite being a stout there was still a decidely ’belgian’ character to the aroma. Wonderful mixture of a roasted and smokey imperial stout and a belgian strong ale. It’s an amazing mix of somkeyness and the strong fruityness you expect from a Belgian beer. It has a medium body and a smooth malty finish seemingly lacking any hop character at all, but that doesn’t take anything away from this wonderful find.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Good grief, the second I popped the swing-top this thing tried its damndest to coming ejecting out of the bottle and turning into an $8 puddle on the floor. Luckly my strenuous thumb training, in anticipation of this very moment, allowed me to keep it from vomiting forth. Big collapsing fizzy tan head sits atop an opaque black body. The aroma is pretty subdued, bitter chocolate and some light sweetness. Flavor-wise, its got an interesting nuttiness that really comes through in the aftertaste. Mainly, though it is light chocolate and a good bit of bittering hops. The palate is medium, dry and a bit spritzy. Much more tame than the current trend of massive Imperial Stouts. Overall decent, but I think that this and the De Dolle Export Stout have led me to beleive that the Belgians have not really mastered the art of stouts. Though I would like to see a spontaneously fermented stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Bottle. Not much nose-kinda grapey. Taste-yeats, lots of chocolate, grape, CO2, slight cherry. No big whoop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2154) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 9, 2005
pours black with a brown head. grape ape aroma, i.e, chocolate and grape. sweet syrupy notes taste is yeasty with chocolate and lime. nice roast finish with some citrus. yummy, very inventive.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Huge Burnt chocalate and espresso stout. Big Oloroso and madeira notes, with rasins date plums and prunes and a nice malt acidity. Very warming brndyish notes and a gigantic mouthfeel. Simply amazing stout of incredible depth.

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