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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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ALLOVATE (3015) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2006
Ahhh, I saw this one on the shelf of the Bier Tempel in Brussels, Belgium, and knew, along with the ’Duchesse de Burgoigne’ I needed to buy it. But, unlike the Duchess, this worked for me and turned beer fantasy into reality.
Into a tallboy glass at around room temperature. Poured an engine oil, brownish black with bursting brown bubbles producing a very thin but dense pad of light-brown cream. Head managed to last and even left some lace on the glass. Thick, heavily ladened malt nose. Hints of bitter/sweet chocolate, burnt tar, burnt wood, cocoa powder, bitter dark berries and port-like alcohol spice. Striking, bitter dark malts in the mouth to differ from the silky thick aroma. Big malty palate has some burnt caramel, tar, bonfire ash, over-baked cherries and a slight touch of savoury raisins. In the back it is strongly bitter, smoky and doesn’t accomplish hiding its ABV, but it blends well into this aggressive Stouts overall effect on the palate. Finish is very long, malty, complex and very warming with just a little residual fruit sugars, alcohol spice and smoke remaining in the mouth long between swallows. It is quite a nice drop, faultless actually. Stouts aren’t huge on my desired beer list but more like this and they may just make the top 5. Delicious!!! (33cL, BB 09/07)

ABUSEDGOAT (2759) - California, USA - SEP 15, 2006
Found this one by chance in local beer store.. the last bottle at $6.50. Black pour with a light tan head, decent lacing. Not the darkest I’ve seen, but certainly dark. Aroma is yeasty with chocolate and sugar. Hard to describe. Flavor brings out a lot more roasty bitterness but ends with a delicate and powerful sweet chocolate finish. Different from every other imperial stout I’ve had. Unlike all of the American ones. Awesome.

elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2006
bottle. dark brown color. liqerice aroma. lots of liqerice taste. bit sweet. good.

Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Bottle thanks to HogTownHarry! Poured a medium-viscocity black with a creamy beige head and significant small yeast floaties. Dry and complax roasted malt aroma with dark chocolate, licorice, and toasty oak... licorice and some dark fruits became stronger as this warmed up. Flavor was rich, dark, and malty too... dark chocolate, espresso, and licorice up front and dry with fruits and some soy showing up around the middle... toasted oak was intertwined beautifully here. Finish was roasty and dry with espresso bitterness and some fruity tartness... lasted for quite a while. Excellent stout!

WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Beer 27 Summer 2006 trip in Europe. Drank on 7/3/06 bottled and purchased at the Beer Temple in Brugge, Belgium. This brew is sweet, airy, slightly strong, but overall quite good. It is certainly different from non belgian stouts but it was well worth trying.

Skinnyviking (9570) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2006
Bottle. Brown creamy good looking and lasting head (perfect). Clear very dark red body (almost perfect). Sweet malt aroma (almost like the Danish hvidtoel). Strong coffee hops alcohol flavor. Well balanced in spite of the high alcohol percentage.

emotv (353) - Izmir, TURKEY - SEP 3, 2006
Dark brown colour, with a delicious head, strong and nice, much like coffe liqouer, nice beer.

fonefan (49293) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown 2 black with a light brown head. Aroma malty, smoked, vinous and hoppy. Flavor heavy with notes of chocolate and sweetness, long.

DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2006
Dark brown with thin beige head. Malty aroma with notes of berries, vegetables and spices. Rocky flavour with notes of chocolate and sweetness. A bit alcoholic.

irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 8, 2006
pours a fairly bright, ruby-tinted brown, with a tan head that retains well and leaves ok lace. sweet nose with notes of caramel and raisin. a warm, mellow toastiness underneath. very malty. beer starts sweet and strong, with alcohol flavor prominent. lots of dark/dried fruit in the flavor - prune, dried bing cherry... well, I can’t really call this a stout...more like a dark dubbel. it reminds somewhat of Raison D’Etre. I little too hot - throws off the balance. interesting beer, and perhaps I would have responded more positely to it if I was thinking Belgian strong. still, the alcohol flavor was too prominent to ever buy it again.

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