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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lunkie (1615) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2005
Bottle. Spicy belgian yeast character. Light roasty flavours, biscuity malt and well balanced hop bitterness. Not a warming complex beer as expected just straightforward and suprisingly drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5801) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of wolhfs. Aroma is chocolate and fruit with a light alcohol. Pours a dark brown with a small off-white head. Lots of chocolate and fruit from start to finish. A light roasted grain and lighter roasted coffee flavor comes into play in the finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Bottle best before ’03 picked up in John’s Market. Decent little IS. A touch oxidized but really standing up strong for its age. Oakiness is there, a touch dry and tannic. Still quite malty, any semblence of hops are gone. Medium bodied and smooth. Still well carbonated. Takes on some characteristics of a belgian strong ale. I would like to try a bottle from a more recent vintage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1468) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Bottle. Best before end: 11/05. An opaque black pour with a HUGE creamy beige head and little floaties. Aroma is slightly oaky with some subtle vanilla beans and cocoa. Not packed with roasty aromas like most imperials. Very unique, almost wheaty, aroma for this style. Flavor is very toffee-ish. Exactly what I would’ve expected from a Belgian stout. Creamy. Nice amounts of cocoa and milky coffee. Medium-bodied. Fairly dry. Presence of alcohol is almost non-existant. A nice crisp alternative to many oily, thick imperials. A very unique imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Black with a huge light brown head. Aroma is very sweet and similar to a belgian strong. The stout characteristics are barely noticable in the aroma. Rather light beer. The body wasn’t all that impressive, a little thin. Not much for flavor here either. Kind of a sour/bitter plum taste. The beer really isn’t sweet at all as the aroma leads one to believe. Flat, stale, uninteresting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flemdawg (549) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2005
This one really fell short in my eyes, but thats the way things go. Brownish black body with a light tan head and trace lacing. Malty(plums) aroma with other dark fruits like rasins and dates with a hing of chocolate and maybe a hint of alcohol. Plumy malts in the flavor wth a dash of bitter chocolate and some rasins as well. If i wasnt told this was a stout, I would have guessed a bock or maybe a stong belgian, but not stout.

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