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

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RATINGS: 1138   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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tandembrauer (1751) - Stavanger, NORWAY - APR 9, 2018
UPDATED: APR 9, 2018 Shared bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours hazy dark brown with beige head. Aroma of dark bread, dark dried fruits, caramel, some roasted notes. Tastes slightly bitter with some sweetness. Medium bodied,

4
loscovar (1148) - Principality of SEALAND, - MAR 27, 2018
Bottle from beershop. Black color, brown head. Roasted malts, chocolate, liquorice

3.6
colui72 (1216) - HONG KONG - MAR 26, 2018
Pours black, with a medium beige head, little lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and spruce. Tastes roasty bitter, very chocolatey, not too complex, quite simple. Oak casks add a bit of wood but not as expected. Feels very light besides its ABV. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Decent.

3.8
sinfull (1906) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2018
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2018 Black with were little, beige head. Dark fruits, raisins, roasted malt and chocolate in aroma. Sweet, malty taste with moderate, roasted bitterness. Full-bodied and smooth.

4.3
Davros IX (697) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2018
Bottle at home from Beers of Belgium. I've always wanted to try this beer because I like the bottle shape and beer name and I am a shallow individual. A great pour with a deep, dark brown in the glass and a good head. The aroma was all roasted malts and this was taken forward into the flavour. The taste filled my mouth with loveliness and the mouthfeel was caressing. The alcohol was definitely there, but added another layer to the taste and texture. This did not disappoint and I would very happily drink this again and again.

4.1
wilde_joost59 (435) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 8, 2018
Thuis uit een beugelfles. Bijna zwart, bruin schuim. Heerlijke stout, je proeft het gevaarlijke abv van 9% nauwelijks. Uistekend en dat terwijl vandaag (8 maart 2018) de hagel nog tegen de ramen slaat. Niet te zoet, zelfs klein bittertje.

3.6
ruuurd (427) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2018
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2018 This stout in my opinion misses a lot of character. Its a nice, mouty beer though.

3.7
rodsquad (465) - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - FEB 10, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2018 Bottle from Fountainhall Wines. It's dark brown with a quickly vanishing light tan head. It's a bit washy-looking if I'm honest. Aromas immediately gets it back on my good side. Chocolate, rum n raisin, little grassy, little dry fondant. Surprised to find a touch of sour fruitiness. But this is Belgium! Flavours have coffee and cocoa. Roasty and smooth. For the high ABVs its flavours are lighter than expected and nicely balanced. Surprisingly drinkable for a beer reaching towards double figures. The beer is soft, smooth and full bodied. Low prickly carbonation. It feels like a stout. It drinks great. This is a super stout. Smooth chocolate and roasted, bitter coffee bean with a slight twang of fruity wild yeast.

3.6
mmmeinike (514) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2018
Dark brown almost black with a tan head. Aroma is malty, chocolate, licorice and sweet. Taste of roasted malt, licorice, vanilla and som coca/chocolate.

3.7
patricks110 (2897) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 11, 2018
Damn good; only complaint being the body is thinner than usual for the style. Pours a dark black with brown edges, thin tan head dissipates quite quickly. The nose is rich, roasted coffee,bakers chocolate, belgian esters, quite herbacious. Notable Belgian flavour with a bit of star anise, prunes, dark, bitter chocolate, spicy and floral hop notes. No carbonation, medium body, aftertaste is bitter and astringent. There is bit of sweetness but it finished dry and bitter. Overall a fine brew!


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