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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 932   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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."


kp's rating

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2009
Date: April 04, 2002
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Appearance: black
Flavor: lots of rich chocolate flavor, slight alcohol finish

Date: November 16, 2002
Score: ii
Words: blind
Appearance: black, nice head
Aroma: slightly sweet malt aroma
Body: thin body
Flavor: roasted malt flavor, slight sweet alcoholic finish, hint of bitterness
Overall: good but boring

Date: April 14, 2003
Score: iii
Appearance: black, foamy tan head
Aroma: sweet liqoorish aroma
Flavor: big malt flavor, touch of sweetness, maybe a bit of sweet liquorish, hint of alcohol

Date: August 16, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Appearance: black, creamy beige head, sheets of lace
Aroma: roasted malt aroma
Flavor: rich and roasty flavor, growing sweet fruity esters balances the dark roasts, touch of licorice, light bitterness from the roast

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RasmusOtt (968) - Aalborg, DENMARK - APR 18, 2014
Pours a very dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of sweet chocolate, dark roasted malts, caramel and some notes of darker sweet fruits. Taste has that same sweet chocolate character along with some warming alcohol, dry wood and some roasted notes. weak body on this one though. Straight forward malty and a little bit one-sided but easy drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (460) - Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma of figs and dates. Has a slight tobacco flavor, raisins, earthy, dry, good fruit in it. A really nice beer!

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
xXbaptisteXx (10) - - APR 16, 2014
Bière noire, belle mousse dense . Nez de malt, café chocolat, épices, réglisse. Bonne amertume sèche et durable, goût de malts torréfié qui domine sur le chocolat et un peut de café, un peut épicée, assai douce pour une stout enfain je me comprend... Assai pétillente. Vraiment différente des autre stout!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SilverfoX (67) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2014
coffee, nuts, toast, roasty, chocolate, with a nicy creamy head and a dark body, light sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, creamy, average carbonation, quite a dark chocolate bitter aftertaste i like it very much! bottle from beers of europe.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewje41 (142) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2014
Bottle. This is an extremely malty beer. Semi sour aroma. Flavor is a lot of malt with some bread. Sweet finish. Very dark. Very well hidden alcohol. Well done.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wouterv (17) - BELGIUM - APR 10, 2014
Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee and dark fruits. The taste is a bit yeasty and the same chocolate notes and coffee can be differentiated here. Decent stout, and price-quality wise, this is a really good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brandman (1992) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 3, 2014
Black body, light brown head. Aroma has berries, yeast, dark roasted chocolate malt. Quite yeasty stout, sweet and bit roasted. aftertaste brings some alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
guzgorog (169) - FRANCE - MAR 31, 2014
Bière noire, haut col de mousse dense noisette. Nez de malt, un peu de café et de chocolat, épices, réglisse. Bonne amertume sèche et durable, goût de malts torréfié qui domine, un peu de café, de chocolat, légèrement épicée, elle a du corps mais pas tant pour une stout, bonne pétillence. Effectivement à mi-chemin entre une ale belge forte et une stout !

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (1926) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Full marks. Aromas of chocolate and vanilla. Taste is sweet and bitter, with good balance.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (948) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2014
Pours black with a very low tan head. Aroma is caramel, honey, brown sugar, chocolate, leather, nutmeg, spices. Taste is chocolate, honey, brown sugar, dark red berries, slight funk. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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