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

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RATINGS: 974   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   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."


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6131) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2004
Matta sent me this cool looking bottle a few months ago. Thanks brother in arms First of all, I love the brewery’s description: "in his barn", "fit his equipment in a surprisingly restrained space" and all those allusion to the typical artisanal garage brewery. I want to visit the place someday. Appearance is deep dark brown, almost black with a huge beige head, fully foamy and sticky, spectacular in size for an imperial stout, the largest I’ve seen in the style and a good 1cm stays during the whole session. Complex aroma of cookie dough yeast, bread, chocolate, molasses, oatmeal, coke, dates, dark berries, nutmeg, light coffee, caramel... A trailorload of malt. Very rich palate, quite sweet, but not overwhelmingly so, still delicate, although unfortunately balanced by a bit too much acidity and a very restrained bitterness. Perfect cleaning carbonation over a silky medium body. Maybe a bit too roasty/tart after a few sips if I can throw a complaint, but it’s a nice change of pace from american renditions and simply adorable in its structure and mouthfeel. Basically no trace of alcohol in there when 10-15 celsius, but as it warms, there's more and more alcohol and bitterness, I think I prefer it at cellar temp in that regard. You’d think I overrate this just because it’s belgian, but really it’s top notch smooth with a superb spongy chocolate cake aftertaste and without overstated piney bitterness you find in left hand’s or bear republic’s. Just awesome, why aren’t there more or those?

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3727) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2004
Deep roasted chocolate, vanilla, coffee, Twizzlers, ethanol, dried fruit (figs, dates). Sweet and smoky, very nice. Dark black with reddish hues, clear, with medium tan foamy lacing head. Thick watery body, not quite oily, with soft-medium carbonation. Starts with medium acidity and sweetness, no bitterness. Taste of coffee, chocolate, figs/dates, and some Twizzlers. Finish is medium-heavy acidic, still sweet, and just a bit of bitterness showing up. Aftertaste is still sweet, not cloying - just present with roastiness and nuttiness. Mild-medium bitter after, too. Overall, is pretty clean. Can feel the 8.4%abv - slight warming effect. This is a very enjoyable stout, big taste but not overwhelming. Nice balance of sweetness, acidity (tannic), and bitterness (roast, coffee). Worth the search for.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 9, 2004
UPDATED: APR 13, 2004 Dark brown almost black color with medium sized thick head. Strong alcohol taste with nice roasted malt flavor. Coffee and chocoltae go along with a light fruit(?)taste. Slight burning finish. Not sure if I've had a Belgiun stout before but if not, it's my favorite.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (1856) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2004
33cl. flip-top bottle: This poured an opaque brown color. A bit of a tan head to it. Typical roastiness and chocolate. Hints of yeast and fruit to the nose also. Chocolate taste is there, yet it is more than that. Some fruity sweetness coming through. An extremenly nice brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
guzzler67 (1507) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Unfiltered and very dark with a large tan, rocky head that did not last long and left little lacing. Chocolate, toffee aroma developed after a bit in the glass. Fruity, sweet malt taste with a full-bodied mouthfeel. Smooth, lush finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2009 (Bottled) Almost black with a large, tanned and firm, lasting head. Dry, roasted, sourish chocolate aroma with lots of salty licorice. Oily and dry, roasted-malty, very bitter-hoppy licorice and chocolate flavor with a chalky-dry seafood aftertaste. Dry, full-bodied palate with warming alcohol hints and ashiness in the finish. An excellent, warming and perfectly balanced imperial stout! Yummy! (Draught@St.Urho’s, 7-4-8-4-15=3.8) Very dark brown with a small, beige head. Quite mild, roasty aroma with some yeastiness and hints of alcohol when cool. Roasted-malty, slightly sweet flavor with pear and berry hints, and moderate bitterness. Medium body with low carbonation. Ok, but no substitute for the bottled version. Very dark brown with a small, beige head. Quite mild, roasty aroma with some yeastiness and hints of alcohol when cool. Roasted-malty, slightly sweet flavor with pear and berry hints, and moderate bitterness. Medium body with low carbonation. Ok, but no substitute for the bottled version.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2004
Black with a thick medium-sized beige head. Aroma of plums, chocolate, brown sugar and herbs. Quite smooth chacoalte flavour. Notes of herbs, vanilla and caramel. Dry notes of alcohol, coffee and raisin in finish.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jde123 (764) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 21, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2006 A wonderful Belgian stout. Chocolaty aroma gives way to a velvety smooth texture, with a seldom unsurpassed flavor. Fantastic!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Black with a brown head that disapears fast. Sweet aroma of raisons and alcohol. Flavor of raisons, and dark fruit with just a little roastiness. Both the flavor and aroma seem very similar to Port.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jeppe (2631) - Řlbutikken, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2004
Bottle - Label says 8,4%.
Beautiful stout, black body with a foamy beige head. Aroma is more lika a Belgian Ale than a stout: Sweet nut, caramel, malt and alcohol. Flavor is also not very stout-like, but again more like a Belgian ale with malt and raisin notes. Quite a dissapointment for a stout but still a good beer.


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