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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1063   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2005 33 cl bottle, bbe March 06. Colour of darkest chocolate, topped by abundant, airy coffee-with-lots-of-milk-coloured and big-bubbled head which never completely disappears. Little lace. Light sparkling. Burnt aroma with coffee liqueur, butterscotch, alcohol, pralines; one can smell the pleasantly burnt odour from half a metre distance upon opening the bottle. Burnt, sweetish and light tart taste with cocoa powder, prunes and a long, burnt, dry and bitter aftertaste. Rich, full palate, but just a bit too simple.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4522) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Bottle. Very small tan head that quickly dissipated, no lacing, no visible carbonation, opaque, and a black hue. Aroma was malty, chocolate and some mild roastiness. Flavor was malty, chocolate, some roastiness, and dry. Smooth, dry mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2005
Last week, I drank a Grimbergen Optimo Bruno which expired two years ago. At first, the aroma of this Ellezelloise remembered me of this beer, but after a while, aromas of coffee, alcohol, raisin and wine could be distinguished. The taste was sour and reminded me of the glass of Stella Artois with powder coffee I’ve drunk once. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but de gustibus et coloribus non disputandum est: I do not like this one. The only good thing about is was the beautiful, very dark excellent black color.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
TinyClanger (41) - West Sussex, West Sussex, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2005
[Bottle, at Evening Star, Brighton] Black beer with a smallish, tight, ivory-coloured head. Loads of chocolate on the nose, with malty hints. Sweet, chocolatey flavour with alcohol predominant, and peachy hints, leaving a sweet, tangy aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) Pitch black beer with a lovely brownish head. This really is heavy and solid stuff. Notes of licorice and an almost carbon-like driness from the burned malts. But in spite of it’s almost frightening appearance this really is rather easy to drink and the alcohol isn’t really scary. 140798

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Courtesy of Pailhead. Pours dark black with nice beige head, fades to film. Lots of chocolate in the aroma with some ripe fruit. Flavor almost exactly the same as aroma with some coffee in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lunkie (1640) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2005
Strong malt aroma. Black colour with good head and lacing. Strong smokey malt flavour. Fizzy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomT (18) - BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2005
The best Belgian stout, made in a relatively young microbrewery. Very dark, full colour. Solid taste clearly reflecting the roasted grains. The packaging of this beer with the special bottle and the wooden crates adds to the charm of this fine stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUN 25, 2005
33cl bottle. Thanks to Footbalm for this beer. The cap blew forcefully when I opened the top, but it was pretty timid. The pour was nearly black, with some dark red at the dges and a quickly dissapating, miniscle head. The aroma is sour with a mixture of cocoa, chocolate, and coffe. The taste is nearly sour, bittersweet chocolate with a semi-sweet chocolate finish. The taste is complex. There are also notes of coffee, dark fruits, and a touch of spice. The mouthfeel is nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2005
Unlike some of the other posts, this beer really fulfilled my expectations. I bought this at a small shop in Bastogne and thought is was a rare brew, but obviously it has been rated quite a bit. That being said this was an extremely well balanced stout. Nice dark tan head lasts almost throughout the glass. Taste is hard to put a finger on, toffee, coffee, spices and an excellent balance of sweetness. This beer hit the spot. I only wish I had another one to confirm my rating.

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