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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1019   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer (5330) - 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 (913) - 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 (146) - 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 (96) - 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 !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hohops (463) - Kent, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2015
Pours dark brown with a large off-white solid head. Aroma- milky coffee, liquorice, smooth chocolate. Taste- coffee, blackcurrant, dark fruit hints, milk chocolate, cocoa. Smooth in the mouth, not as full-bodied as expected. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beeebon (254) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
Not quite what I have come to expect from the style. Pours dark with beige bubbly head which doesn’t last but leave lacing in the glass as you go. Aroma isn’t overly interesting, slightly roasted malt, oak and vegetable notes. Taste is lightly fruity sweet and earthy bitter. Feels rather thin and watery in the mouth, nothing like the massive slick oily sensation you normally get. Overall it is certainly drinkable and not bad but at the price I paid for a bottle i was left a little disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pyrmir (3901) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2015
Bottled during Brussels vacation. Hazy dark brown with beige head. Aroma has roasted malt, cacao, smoke and alcohol. Taste is roasty, lighter than expected, coffee, cacao, yeast, burnt notes and some acidity. Unusual but pretty cool

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tsekouratos (453) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - MAR 11, 2015
Dark brown t black color, light beige head. Feint aromas of roasted. Taste is roasted and some grains. Sadly the typical stout notes, like chocolate or coffee, were absent Medium body with medium carbonation. Not good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alusmamuts (785) - LATVIA - MAR 7, 2015
Almost balck with rich beige creamy head. Acidic aroma. Roasted malt bit sour bitterness with touch of sweet, cofee anc chockolate notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
didierlewallon (211) - ponferrada, SPAIN - MAR 5, 2015
Cerveza de color marrón oscuro con una densa capa de espuma de tono marrón chocolate. Aroma potente y dulce, con notas de malta tostada, chocolate, levadura y regaliz. El sabor es de malta tostada con chocolate dulce en la lengua, junto con unas notas de regaliz, el final da paso a una sensación seca y amarga. Cerveza compleja e interesante. Excelente cerveza, me gusto.

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