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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1025   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."

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (1567) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - MAY 19, 2015
Bottle (330 ml) @ Delirium Hoppy Loft, Brussels 150514. Roasted malty and fruity with coffee, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry, bitter and roasted with coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vadie (969) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2015
Rouge très foncer, presque noir, avec une moyenne robe marron. L’arôme du malt torréfié, un peu du café, et du levure belge un peu (presque) fruité. En bouche il y a les mêmes caractéristiques.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rolfarild (73) - NORWAY - MAY 16, 2015
Black,brown shortlivin head. Aroma of coffe, oak and chocolate. Taste milkchocolate and sour. Aftertaste of vegetables. Seems very sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bawelt (20) - Lyon, FRANCE - MAY 11, 2015
Excellente Stout ! Malgré son titrage à 9°, elle n’est pas agressive du tout comme pourrait l’être la Guinness Export. Comme dans toute stout qui se respecte, les arômes caféinés sont présents ainsi que l’amertume qui s’équilibre parfaitement avec une attaque framboise qui sucre le tout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tfredvik (1322) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 9, 2015
Pours a very deep brown body with a creamy, beige, long-lived head that laces the glass very well. The aroma is a bit confusing, what style of beer is this? It’s called a stout, but to me the aroma feels closer to a Belgian strong ale, at least I find distinct notes of Belgian yeast. There are stout-ish notes as well, I get plenty of roasted notes with coffee. It’s a very fruity brew, with lots of dark dried fruits and dark berries. The strong flavour follows the aroma, with additional notes of liquorice and alcohol. The fruity notes feels Belgian yeasty, not hoppy. The taste is moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Full body, pretty soft carbonation. A good Belgian strong ale with an extra dose of roasted malt.
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 1.5 years before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Online]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarkoNm (1198) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - MAY 8, 2015
On tap in Brussels. Pours a dark brown color, topped with a hefty beige colored head that has amazing retention. Slight roasty aroma, lots of coffee notes and some chocolate. Taste starts with some sweetness, chocolatey, followed by a mild roasted and coffee body and very mild bittery feel in the end. Smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer (5477) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2015
Bottle bought in Belgium. Dark brown with a small bubbly head. Has a healthy nose, but a slightly understated roasted malt taste. Has a decent smoothness to its texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJoer (932) - NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2015
Medium mokka brown head, black coloured body, fruity coffee pure chocolat light malt smell, medium carbonation medium bitter, chocolat liquorise burned malts taste some sour

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PauloAG (160) - BELGIUM - APR 19, 2015
330cc bottle. Not the typical imperial stout. The usual aromas/flavours are there but below "belginess" in a good way. Yeast, spice notes. Really a very pleasant dark ale Belgian style stout.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
procraste (116) - FRANCE - APR 15, 2015
C’est vraiment pas terrible ... ça se boit, mais sans joie ... c’est mou, acide, sans trop de corps, et trop sucré ! ... c’est quoi le concept ? Pas pour moi ! j’y reviendrai pas et je n’ai pas fini mon verre ... Meilleure bière brune 2012, franchement faut pas déconner et ça me donnerait limite l’envie d’être plus sévère !

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