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

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RATINGS: 1163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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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3.3
PubTun33 (108) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2019
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2019 330ml glass bottle dated as best before 05/2020 from Vini Vivi, West Hampstead. Served fridge cold into a goblet. The beer pours a velvety black colour, with one finger of off white head, creamy in texture. The head dissipates down to a thick layer that slowly recedes in a crescent like fashion. A nice thick lacing is left as the drink goes down. The aroma is quite strong. In the beginning a hit of fruity orange, followed with coffee, oak, sourness. Liquorice. Nothing sweet or too bitter. A real alcohol presence, similar to a liquor like brandy or cognac. Surprisingly the alcohol presence doesn’t come through in the taste. The coffee does big time as does a fresh fruity flavour. The oak and the real lambic like sourness are what dominates. The sour taste seems to grow in dominance as the beer warms. Different to what I was expecting. Nothing rememerable in the way of mouthfeel. But a balance of sour and light bitter from the coffee linger on the palate. Overall, a slow drinker. Complex and well made. I’m not sure it is a beer I’d seek out again but very different for the style.

2.8
AleMuse25 (1055) - Gdańsk, POLAND - AUG 22, 2019
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2019 Mikołaj Rutkowski is drinking a Hercule Stout by Brasserie des Légendes. taki średni

3.5
Erzengel (11687) - Saarland, GERMANY - JUL 14, 2019
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2019 Shared @ Koelschtrinkers tasting. Smooth mild beginning. Roasted caramel, very dry with hints of sourness. Smooth mild, sessionable with a fruity dry malty ending. Not too much bitterness.

4
FrothyTickers24 (294) - - JUN 4, 2019
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2019 Zwart bier met een ruime crème kleurige schuimkraag. Chocolade en koffie toetsen. Iets Te bittere afdronk

3.7
danlo (5641) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2019
UPDATED: APR 17, 2019 330ml bottle from ORB Easter Belgium Beer Festival 2019. Black brown colour, beige foam head leaving lots of lacing and aroma of dark fruity, malt, roasty, chocolate. Taste is tart fruity, malt, roasty, dark chocolatey, with some bitterness. Medium bodied, soft to medium carbonation, dry roasty booy finish. Quite drinkable.

3.4
pleispleis (672) - Maccagno, ITALY - APR 12, 2019
UPDATED: APR 12, 2019 bottiglia 33 cl, schiuma fine cappuccino persistente, colore marrone/nero, al naso caffè e solvente, in bocca cioccolato fondente caffè, corpo rotondo, watery (nooo per un’ Imperial Stout) alcool ben bilanciato, acidula, lieve astringente carbonazione moderata, attacco dolce con amaro moderato. Bevuto di gran lunga meglio. Manca di carattere. Difettosa? c. Luppoli e Uva Varese 12.04.19

4.7
bestxiii (278) - Normandie, FRANCE - MAR 23, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2019 Bue en bouteille au Trappist (Caen 14000) Nez de café fruité. Jolie robe noire. Mousse légère couleur crème. En bouche du café robuste arrive en premier dans le palais suivi d'une touche de chocolat ainsi qu'une suite de fruits macérés au goût vinaigré.

4.1
robinshute123 (202) - Torquay, Devon, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2019
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2019 Dark brown, nutty stout. Lots of flavour and a great pint. Defo something to try!

3.3
kappldav123 (7052) - Nordhausen, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2019 Huge thanks to JefVerstraete for that one! Bottle looks simple but good. Ber in the glass dark brown, small head. Dry malty aroma with a fruity touch. Starts fine malty, light roasty. Some light sourish hints, some chocolate. Fruity hints of berries. Finish well balanced. Nice!

3.8
DraftDodger (3273) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2019 Copenhagen 20/2 2019. 33 cl bottle from Køl Beer Webshop (kolbeer.com). Drawing of good old Poirot in Peter Ustinov inspired version on the label. Pours opaque dark brown with big light beige head. Bubbly but fairly stable. Settles as 3 cm thick Crown of foam. Substantial Lacing. Aroma is dark sweetish with strong yeasty notes and a sharp, sourish odor rummaging in the background. Caramel, licorice, humid basement and hints of tart berries. Strong alcoholic presence. Light carbonation. Slightly thick, Soft but lightly prickly texture. Flavor is fairly sweet followed by a more moderate but notable sourish bitterness. Aftertaste is tart with a sweet undercurrent. Lingers for a while. Lightly Berning alcohol. Fairly fresh and easy to drink for a Stout with a ABV of 9,0.


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