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 16/20
Travlr (17662) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Appearance is almost black with a thin, rapidly disappearing tan head and minimal to no lacing. Smell is of dark fruits, nuts and cocoa. Taste is very subtle, with plum, vanilla, roasted sweet malt and a dry slightly bitter chocolate finish. Slightly thin body for its style and strength, but a nice, understated, complex beer. I have one in storage for 13 months so far, very curious to taste it when it has matured a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (16924) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2002
UPDATED: APR 8, 2009 2009-04-08, ~2 years old, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Black color; the usual Belgian generous head; a layer of foam is persistent. Very nice aroma of chocolate malts, mature. Good mouthfeel, not too thick but smooth enough; it has a good chocolate malt flavor, with hints of roasted malt and also some liquorice given by the age, with some Belgian character too. Correct bitterness. Balanced and interesting.

2007-11-09, 7-4-8-3-15=37
The aroma has some caramel and chocolate, and an additional rum touch. Medium round body, good caramel and chocolate flavour, less strong and complex than expected, and not much bitter.

2002-09-25, 9-5-9-5-18=46
Dark colour; brown, generous, creamy head. Delicate nose, of malt, roasted malt, yeast, caramel.
Powerful brew, perfect balance of elements: sweetness and bitterness; smoothness and dryness; roasted malt and hop. Some sweet liquorice as well. Very strong, but the alcohol is not overwhelming. Strong and long palate (hop, liquorice, malt).
A giant one, an almost perfect Imperial Stout (or whatever).
A must try with some years of aging (this one, I guess, was 2ys old).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (15792) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2006
Bottle. Very dark ruby, lasting beige head. Lots of dark roasted malt and some dark fruit. Plenty of dark choc and coffee espresso. Full in mouth, burnt and bitter finish. Impressive dary stout. Finish has a bit of alcohol heat. Bit of smoke and black treacle on aroma too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (15759) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2007
Bottle, 33cl, 8.4% ABV. A nice-looking beer with a head that should be bigger. The body is sure black, and the head is beige and lasting, but as mentioned, a bit small. Coffee, burnt malt, licorice and a sweetness in the aroma. Sweet flavor with coffee also playing a major part, followed by notes of licorice, burnt malt, a slight buttery touch and a hint of hoppy bitterness. The finish is quite long, with sweetness, coffee and licorice. Full body. I like my stouts drier, but it is sure nice. The little buttery flavor are also something I would like to have removed. (071027)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (15393) - Hřjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2008
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, chocolate and coffee. Medium bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (15306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2012
Bottle at Delirium Hoppy Loft, Brussels. Pours brown with a medium, tan head. Dark, yeasty bread toast aroma with hints of roast coming in. Medium sweet flavor, dusty cocoa, dark sugar, some floral, herbal bitter notes. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, all dark malts, lightly herbal and spicy hops and toasted sugars. Drinks exceptionally well for the ABV. A very nice beer overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (15303) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2004
Black, small brownish head. Some yeast sinking to the bottom of the glass.Aroma from cocoa and coffee. Also witk malts and some plums. Maybe some raisins as well. Flavor is quite strong and smoky. Tastes of cocoa and chocolate, Has a rather bitter finish. A good and complex stout

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (14915) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 18, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2008 Dark brown, a bit creamy. Chocolate and fruits. A bit smoke. Filling texture. low carbonation. Great finish! Re-rating sep 08. Damm, the aroma blew me completely away. Wood, vanilla, yeast & loads of chocolate. Brilliant!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (14809) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2012
Bottle from Brygshoppen, Aarhus. Clear very dark brown with a big and lasting beige head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate and wood. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and roasted moderate bitter finish. 311012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (14784) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 16, 2004
Bottled, alc. 8.4% (BB 06/2005)
Opaque black, huge cloudy brown head. Aroma has some sweetness, lots of roast, coffee beans and chocolate with mild hops added. Medium to full-bodied. Full of malts and chocolate, hints of sugar, nicely hopped. Bitterish roasted aftertaste with some burning alcohol, which makes this a bit unbalanced. Some yeast in the bottle. Excellent stout.

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