overall
98
75
style
Brewed by Ellezelloise (Brasserie des Légendes)
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellezelles, Belgium
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 1127   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maria (10213) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Finn (6936) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (10161) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (12083) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7887) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2006
33cl. Pours jet black with a fairly thick, moussy, small-bubble tan head. The head runs off, and leaves no lace. Huge nose of port and raisins, not getting the spruce. Molasses is there, but that’s not a northern conifer, either. Beautiful mild dry palate with a bit of sweet at the end, though--at least we’re talking about the same beer in terms of flavors. Not much finish, fairly watery body, and the alcohol’s well nigh undetectable. This is an impeccably modulated beer, especially for the abv. Great stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluekuma (94) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2006
Bottle. Black, brown tinged with fast vanishing white head. Interesting aroma; rich roast malt & something that’s a deadringer for a sweet birch muscle balm that presently soothes my work-weary limbs. Sticky on the palate with light carbonation and a suprisingly restrained, thin roast malt taste with a lasting bittersweet finish.


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