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

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RATINGS: 1129   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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3.9
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2007
Bottle (2000) at DTE - Ratebeer night (06-01-07). Black- light brown head. Berries, roasted, mould, burned, chokolate, cocoa, dry finish. Nice smooth.

3.8
Mette (224) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2007
En hyggelig lille flaske drukket sammen med "drengene" på "Enken". Den er sort og har et beigefarvet skum. Det smager og dufter faktisk rigtig godt. Dumle, kakaomælk, alkohol, fløde, støvet choko og kaffe. Rimelig fyldig.

4.1
Maria (10212) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2007
To put it short: In this little chubby bottle lives a very nice, little stout... The color is black/brown with a nice head. Aroma and flavour is a delicious mix of coffee, chocolate and licorice and the finish is long and develops in an exciting way all the way through. It’s sweet in the beginning but the nice bitterness balances this. The alcohol is very subdued, really nice stout.

4.3
kopestes (164) - Braine l’Alleud, BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2006
0.33l bottle at home. Dark brown almost black with beige head. Roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Coffee, hop and malty sweet taste. Dry sweet finish. Excellent stout.

3.5
Finn (7514) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2006
Bottle 0,33l at Duvel Cafe, Stockholm 1 Dec 2006. 8,4%. Black. A tanned creamy head. Light coffeeish aroma. Pleasant flavour of coffee. Cautious roasted finish. Well rounded.

3.9
Fin (10476) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2006
Bottle picked up in Antwerp in Oct’ and resisted until now. Poured black with a tan head and was very lively, I let it stand for a second once opened to locate a decent glass, and some of it had frothed up over the work surface. Bitter chocolate and roasted malts dominate the aroma, the taste was far smoother and more subtle than I imagined but very, very good with the dark chocolate and roasted malts easing their way through along with some coffee and a pleasant sweetness, this really didn’t taste a 9% beer the alcohol appeared very well hidden and not at all harsh.

3.4
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Best by 07/06. Black/brown. Small, frothy, off white cap. Nose is dark chocolate, roasted malt, and slightly sour. Same flavors turned down a notch. Huge dry, roasted chocolate aftertaste. Smooth, medium palate. Past its prime, would love to try it fresh.

3.6
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, very sweat and malty with hints of chocolate. Flavors of dark fruits, sweat cocoa, kind of roasty and more caramel.

4
hopdog (12437) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2006
.33L bottle. This one is at least from 2001 (label lists best before 2002 / 2003 as the latest dates and neither are notched). Poured a dark, dark brown with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits / stronger raisins, caramel, and chocolate. Tastes of dark fruits, roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, and very light coffee.

4.2
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2006
Bottle at the brewery/farm, black with a beige foamy head. A spiced malty aroma with a background sweetness. Burnt malt dominates the palate at first with some stoned fruits. Finished long and dry. Very good.


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