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


on tap

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RATINGS: 987   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 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 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2003
Seeing as how I love Belgian strong ales and imperial stouts, this beer was right up my alley. Had this at Monk's Cafe, which was awesome, but I sampled too many beers and my memory is kind of shady. I remember a kind of chocolatey yeasty aroma, maybe a little fruit. The flavor was like a Belgian - fruity, malty, and yeasty - but with chocolate nad roastiness of a stout thrown in. Body was closer to medium than full. Overall very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2003
Not as black as most imperial stouts. Aroma brown sugar, soy and light spice. Sweet, dark roasted grain flavor. Finishes with a tartness that is nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (842) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2003
Chocolatey, some roasted and fruity notes. Slightly smokey chocolate flavor. Creamy, soft mouthfeel. Finish is slightly sweet, very hoppy for the style. Very drinkable and smooth for the ABV, innovative interpretation of an imperial.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 13, 2003
Why did this have to go away? Rich dark coloring that pours out extra slow. Amazing chocolate characteristics that give way to smoked malts and subtle sugars. I miss this one terribly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2003
POP! and the whole room became a wonderful olfactory treat. BIG thick, light creamy brown head. Body as black as midnight in a cave, impossible to observe any sort of light transmitted throught even the edges of the glass, very aesthetically pleasing. Nose of roasted notes with alcohol, chocolate and hints of spices. Subdued hints of licorice and esters. Dry and roastey, smokey then sweet. No taste of chocolate, but woah, this stuff is stoutstanding! A bit of cloying holds the mingling chorus of flavors for ohh so long, followed by an intense warming effect.

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