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

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RATINGS: 1100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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."


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3.4
   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kittenbieer (28) - LYON, FRANCE - SEP 22, 2016
Jolie robe d’un noir intense avec une belle mousse ivoire.Le nez nous offre une légère odeur de "Fumé".La bouche nous amène sur un goût de café "à l’ancienne"avec quelques notes chocolatées.L’amertume arrive en arrière bouche avec un dosage parfait! Excellent stout!!!!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
appiantiqua (39) - Lyon, FRANCE - SEP 22, 2016
Goûtée dans un petit verre Duvel 18cl. Magnifique robe ébène surmontée d’une mousse ivoire. Nez très élégant sur le café et le chocolat. Le goût précise encore les choses en évoquant un café préparé "à l’ancienne". La finale reste tout aussi agréable et longue en ajoutant une pointe d’amertume. Une très belle réussite. 15.5/20

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
calern (33) - - SEP 6, 2016
Dark liquid with light brown foam. Molasses and choclate aroma. Sweet with slight bitterness. Slick with fizzy carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndrewEire (10) - IRELAND - SEP 1, 2016
Smoke, coconut, quite roasted, peanut butter, some chocolate, oaks. Quite nice, really. Medium body, slick texture.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (12675) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 26, 2016
Bottle - Sweet molasses and dark notes with some sweet boozy yeasty notes. Jet black brown with a rich light brown head. Sweet and dark roast with some nice bitterness. Light sweet and and molasses like finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jenner707 (64) - DENMARK - AUG 25, 2016
Completly Black beer with a foamy beige head. The carbonation is exceptionelly smooth! Hints of roasted malt and liqure

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
seynie (353) - Tienen, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2016
Dark brown with a small beige head. Typical burnt caramel, but not in a sweet way. Chestnut, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, spices, creamy, some red cherry in the distance. Dry wood in the finish, more coffee grind, some paint, mineral. Peculiar

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Anthobeers (91) - - AUG 5, 2016
Bonne bière, mousse légère, arômes multiples et parfois surprenant, niveau gustatif généreux. Globalement une bière sympathique.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (1359) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2016
Robe noire surmontée dune mousse claire peu tenace qui laisse cependant quantité de dentelles bien structurées sur mon verre. Nez belge fort agréable de chocolat, de fruits rouges des champs (principalement de la framboise et de la fraise), de céréales grillées et de tabac blond. Un sucre résiduel en bouche qui complète parfaitement ces chaleureuses notes de grain de café torréfié. Une attaque qui se définit sur des notes de quadrupel (dominante de raisin sec et de figue) et de levures gomme balloune. Subtile amertume en fin de bouche qui me ravit. D’une grande buvabilité, cette bière figure certainement parmi les très bons stouts belges qu’il m’ait été donné de déguster.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (4051) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2016
Pours black with low light tan head. Aroma of dried fruit, brown sugar, molasses, hazelnut. Taste is sweet and chocolatey with a mikd herbal finish. Medium to full bodied and creamy with soft carbonation.


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