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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1103   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."

kp's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10883) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scrumpy369 (507) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 18, 2016
On tap at csakajo. Dark brown colour small offwhite head. Nose is light roasted malts. Taste is medium bitterness, roasted malts, ashy butterish sourness. Ehh, had (much) better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (4108) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 17, 2016
Pours a deep brownish black from the bottle with bubbly tan head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of burnt caramel sugar, hint of roast, and spicy yeast notes. Taste follows with a hint of oxidation and earth behind the molasses. Not bad, but not great, I like American stouts better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zarrach76 (29) - FRANCE - OCT 11, 2016
Superbe couleur brune surmontée d’une belle mousse ocre à bulles très fines, épaisse, onctueuse et moyennement persistante. Au nez, des malts nobles avec un parfum de torréfaction très prononcé : café et cacao bien sûr ! On perçoit les houblons très floraux derrière, avec des pointes d’agrumes (citron vert, pamplemousse, orange amère, mandarine...), de la noix, du bois, un peu de miel, du caramel, de la céréale... Très beau nez qui invite à la dégustation. En bouche, une explosion de saveurs ! La carbonatation est moyenne, des houblons très souples sont d’attaque dès le départ avec un goût plaisant de levure, et laissent progressivement la place aux malts, pas trop sucrés, avec toute la palette de goûts décelés au nez. Très belle progression des saveurs, le tout très équilibré avec un alcool qui sait se faire discret malgré les 9%. Le final nous laisse sur les arômes de torréfaction, les levures, le cuir, la terre, les herbes légèrement poivrées... Très bonne sur toute la ligne, même si ce goût de levure assez perceptible (que j’apprécie personnellement) peut en rebuter certains. Conclusion, une excellente Imperial Stout Belge ! Bouteille 33cl, V&B Grenoble.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kittenbieer (64) - 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!!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
appiantiqua (68) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
calern (34) - - SEP 6, 2016
Dark liquid with light brown foam. Molasses and choclate aroma. Sweet with slight bitterness. Slick with fizzy carbonation.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (12892) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jenner707 (65) - DENMARK - AUG 25, 2016
Completly Black beer with a foamy beige head. The carbonation is exceptionelly smooth! Hints of roasted malt and liqure

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
seynie (356) - 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

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