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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1042   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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."


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2005
Aroma is sweet, roasted malts, and dark fruits. Dark brown coloured with a large brown head. Taste is great: dark chocolate, biscuits, nice roasted malts. Great mouthfeel, wonderful beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 26, 2005
Dark brown colour with a dense light brown head. Malty aroma with a dark fruit sweetness and hints of alcohol. Malty flavor with faint roasted notes, some plum sweetness and a alcohol finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtw (1140) - farmington, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2005
foamed a bit out of the grolsch-style bottle when i popped it open, and tons of yeast sediment on the bottom that must have been partially suspended in the bottle. smells like a belgian ale with tons of roasted barley. spritzy mouthfeel, flavors of molasses and roast barley. fascinating flavor--it explodes with bread, brown sugar, vanilla, sherry, even some dry cinnamon. it is very dry but even though most of the "feeling" has evaporated from my mouth, i can still taste some sweetness. definitely an intriguing beer

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - APR 7, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2007 (on bottle)Odd, sour nose, but what a taste. Rounded and kind of sweet. Still with a lot of dried fruits, coffeeicecream(with hazels) and a lasting toffe, small alcohol finish. Big on the woodnotes allthrough the pour. RETASTING(THANX RENÉ) 1999 OR 2000 EDIT. Easy, laid back dirt, liqourice and ryebread here.The finish oes takes a beating from the ageing, gets very flat and molasses-sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 5, 2005
Pours a nice dark brown/black with a fuller brown head. Chocolaty aroma along with some yeast and a bit of roast. Excellent flavor that manages to combine Belgian yeast with very roasty malt. You also pick up some flavors of vanilla, mild hops, and oak. Full bodied, slightly velvety with an undeniably Belgian feel. This is great stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 3, 2005
Black with a thck tan head that lasts forever. Aroma of espresso, chocolate, and licorice. Flavor of raisins, vanilla, and burnt oak. Silky smooth with a beautiful finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilsnerrogge (2633) - Finspång, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9537) - 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

4.2
   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.

3.7
   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.


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