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


on tap

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RATINGS: 992   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."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Tar black color.Nice strong creamy tan head.Malty sweet aroma with hints of coffee and raisin.Possible prune as well.Roasted malt taste slight amount of hops,very slight,mellow sweetness that doesn't hit you to hard,slight raisin coffee and some bitter chocolatethe alcohol does make a presence but only briefly then it fades into the after taste where it is there only until the malt and sweet fruit tones take over.what a nice brew thanks jskendzel.nice trade

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2547) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2003
What an interesting and uniqe beer. Pours red-brown but rather cloudy with sediment. Full creamy head. Aroma was a bit of a let down with some chocolate but also green olives notes. The flavor was wonderful: chocolate, some roast, light indistinct fruitiness, and an absolute velvety texture. Easy finish. This is 9%?!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2003
Black, tan head on top. Nose is choclatey and fresh with a light alcoholic tinge. The body is fruity with an excellent roast profile. Finishes with a light organic hoppiness. Great stout, loving the Belgian impressions in there. Complex and delicious.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2003
Black with light brown head. Faint aroma - some dark chocolate. Huge bitterness - not overly roasty but a sweet candy malt overlapped by chunky high alpha bitterness. I admire its assertiveness but I'm not sure I'd want another one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8035) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 3, 2003
Jet-black beer; brown-grey thick head, stable. Nose of urine, black malts, dark fruit, liquorice, chalk. Bitter chocolate, ink, mushrooms in the taste; palate of sweet liquorice, balanced by both dark roasted malts & hops. Warming up, the balance is lost and the liquorice overwhelms. Thick, chewy mouthfeel with a soupy, sweet aftertaste. I like a good stout as much as the next one. I think the best are made in the UK and the USA. Much as I appreciate Ellezelloise, I think they are on safer grounds with the Quintine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - APR 12, 2003
A Belgian stout? That's interesting! Wonderful appereance: deep brown colour with yeast particles, good creamy head. The aroma is yeasty, with hints of liquorice, chocolate and black cherries. The flavour is quite yeasty too, malty, sweet (liquorice, caramel and chocolate) fruity (black cherries). The finish is quite spicy, only a bit alcoholic. This beer has a perfect balancement and a good complexity. You can't even feel the 9% ABV. Excellent. [Note: I have to agree with loweredsixth, since as this beer warms its flavour really changes, losing some of the tastes]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - APR 11, 2003
Sampled from 50 deg to 55 deg F.
Wow. Belgian yeast aroma...strong clove, bubblegum, fruit, sugar, and later some alcohol. The flavor was a little milder than the aroma. Sweet malt, yeast/bread, bubblegum, alcohol. The feel was a bit thin and at times really felt watery. The color was a dark brown color with a nice tan head.

As this beer warms more it seems as if it is falling apart...becoming too watery...losing the complexity of it's aroma and flavor. It is not quite room temperature now and it is much worse than at 50 deg.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 8, 2003
Dark chocolate brown color with a tight tan head. A very subtle choco aroma that seemed to have a granola bar thing happening in the background. Tasted much like it smelled, though very deceptive, keeps its power and deep flavor on the down low.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2003
Dark black color with a very creamy tan head...turpentine, paint, and oatmeal vinous aromas get mystifying..fermenting black cherries float across the velvet..so soft, delicate..bliss.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2003
Wow...now why the hell have I never seen or even heard of a Belgian stout before? Is this the only one or am I just not lucky enough to be in a place where they are actually accessible? The Belgian yeast is rather strong here - almost overpowering, and that's saying a lot for an Imperial. The first impression I got was not of the yeast however, it was creaminess; the chocolatey, hazelnutty, almost buttery initial mouthfeel was fantastic. I thought this was unfortunately a bit lost to the yeast though. As is the case with many imperial stouts, even great ones, the intensity of all of the flavors is a bit hard to control and definitely difficult to balance, so oftentimes one flavor will dominate. This is a fantastic beer, but Belgian yeast is so powerful, and it took forefront a bit much for me. This would be fantastic with a slight readjustment.

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