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

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RATINGS: 1110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybion (141) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2016
Bottle, 330 ml. Pours jet black with a tiny sheen of light tan head, which doesn’t stick around long. Lacing is fairly thick. Aroma of roasted malt, slight cocoa, caramel, molasses, slight liquorice, earth, spices. Somewhat fresher than the usual imperial stout aroma. Taste is moderately sweet with caramel malts and cocoa coming through at the forefront with some coffee now, followed up by a fair dose of Belgian yeasty spice and lingering light bitterness. Little bit salty and with a dry finish. Body is medium, texture is oily and carbonation is minimal. Seems light for an impy but decent enough. Reviewed with blocked up nose so some of this might be inaccurate...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (3071) - SPAIN - DEC 7, 2016
Bottle 33cl @ Cerveceria Internacional, Seville, Spain. A: Dark brown. T: Roasted malt, sweet, chocolate, spicy.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PotjeBier (2815) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2016
I’ve had this several times in a distant past, when it was still brewed in the original Ellezelloise kettles, I remember it to be a great beer. Now I had it on tap. Clear deep brown color. Dense light beige head with good retention and lacing. Aroma’s: sweet, light roast, light fruit. Hints of butter as well. Flavor is moderate sweet, caramel, light roast. Medium bodied. Drinks deceptively easy. Finishes slightly dry. Technically OK, but not a shadow of its former self.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SvanteL (360) - SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2016
Nästan svart med ljusbrunt skum. I doften finns milda rostade toner. Smaken är söt och snäll med små rostade toner. En besvikelse, känns oerhört lätt för att var 9 %, ingen stor doft eller smak eller eftersmak som man väntar sig av en imperial stout. Känns som en engelsk svag porter på 4 %. Provning på De Klomp.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nicocanta (94) - - NOV 12, 2016
Une stout belge qui opte pour la douceur. Une torréfaction contenue qui fait la part belle aux arômes chocolatés et contient celui de café. Les Neuf degrés passent relativement inaperçus. C’est plutôt sympa mais il me semble manquer un je ne sais quoi pour affirmer un peu plus de caractère.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
josanguapo (1234) - SPAIN - OCT 27, 2016
From Belgium in a box. In Teku glass. Playing Magic Duels. Surprisingly drinkable for the style, with well hidden alcohol and a very balanced profile.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tricksta_p (3756) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2016
Bottle at home. Aroma is dark malt, caramel, spicy notes, dried fruits, raisins, chocolate, with notes of liquorice. Flavour is moderate to medium sweet and moderate bitter. Body is medium. A very Belgian style Stout, like a blend of Stout and Belgian strong dark ale flavours. Not exactly how I like my Stout, but it’s an interesting beer, very different.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scrumpy369 (536) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (4213) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zarrach76 (72) - Grenoble, 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.


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