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

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RATINGS: 1125   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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3.7
cgarvieuk (25987) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 3, 2007
UPDATED: APR 20, 2017 deep deep black, odd sour malt nose, strong roasted malt with alight sweetness and hint of coffee. A great stout with full mouth flavour Tk2. 2007Deep black ... light roast fruit malt nose ...quite sweet ... lots of caramel and toffee malts . Bottle at nialls... Drunk 2017...Dark black... Thin tan lacing.. Dark chocolate roast malts nose... Heavy dark malts.. Rich toffee chocolate roast malts.. Dark sweet.. Rich sweet chocolate roast malts 3.5

3.5
Quevillon (3172) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2007
Bu au Bistro L’Autre Oeil, à Gatineau, en bouteille de 33 cl. Brune rougeatre très foncé, bon collet beige. Arome de malte caramelisé intence avec un peu d’alcool, rien de cafiné. Goût bien caramelisé et très sucré pour son style, avec une sensation d’alcool O.K.!

4.1
footy (348) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2007
2 tastings one from the Belgianshop 12/04 another purchased at Bootlegger in Paris 10/05. Dark pour with full tan head. A roasty, chocolate aroma. Very Sweet tasting with a dry ending. Similar to De Dolle Stout in its sweetness but without the yeasty characteristics

4
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 17, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2007 a nice potent stout. tastes toasted and has some interesting aromas for a stout. nice for a stomach craving the comfort of a sout.

1.8
charlotte (5425) - rødovre, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2007
Bottel bought in the Tatoverede Enke dark brown colour strong and very alc in the tast more a Rosted tast of bread.Not my type of stout.

3.8
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2007
Bottle. Very dark brown. roasty, sweet slightly metallic aroma. Flavor is very sweet, dominated by dark sugars and toasted malt. Finishes slightly sticky-sweet with hints of tobacco. Dried fruits and smoke comes in too. Hard but nonetheless smooth carbonation. Warming alcohol. Complex beer and an interesting take on the style.

3.7
Eructoblaster (4370) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2007
Bottle - 330ml. Dark brown body with low carbonation and an average, lasting beige creamy/foamy head. Very enjoyable malty aroma with chocolate, roasty, vanilla and coffeeish notes. Its very well balanced malty/hoppy taste hides the alcohol pretty well. It also carries oaky and vineous hints. Ends with a good bittersweet and warming finish. Nice!

3.5
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Bottle courtesy boboski. Poured a very dark brown with a thin light tan head. Looked thin coming out of the bottle. A sweet roastiness is apparent in the aroma. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. The taste has a chocolately bitter roastiness to it, with a bitter sour finish. The sour finish was slightly off-putting.

4.3
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2007
Dark brown with a beige head. Sweet malt aroma with chocolate. Taste is sweet and alcoholic with background sourness, cocoa and an ashy finish. A bit like drinking hot chocolate with a dash of brandy and smoking a cigar. Luxury.

3.4
thewolf (12800) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2007
Dark mahogany with a small beige head. Sweet aroma with a primary tone of rye bread and some regular malty sweetness. Quite a lot more bitter than I’d expected, with a dominating dark chocolate feel. A bit thin for the type.


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