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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1121   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Abijen (2571) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, - OCT 5, 2013
Pours a pitch black beer with a creamy tan head. Smells a bit sour and salty. Strange. Tastes like it isnt a stout. More like a begian brown ale. Taste malts and yeasty. Bit choco and coffee in the aftertaste. Average carbo, medium body and a sticky texture. Not bad but not great.

Scipio (1185) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2017
Pours black with a medium, light beige head. The aroma has quite a bit of alcohol in it. It has significant yeast, chocolate, roasted malt, and minor vanilla. The yeast makes the nose unusual. The taste is dry and sweet. I find plenty of vanilla, raisin, alcohol and yeast. Chocolate and coffee are complimentary, while there is subtle cherry and plum as well. The finish is alcohol and cherry with just a bit of coffee. Medium bodied, slick in texture, and flat carbonation. This is different from anything I can remember having. Its worth trying just for its uniqueness.

ozzatoadisback (200) - ITALY - SEP 28, 2017
Murky dark brown with about one finger of mocha head which recedes pretty quickly but still leaves some lacing. Intense aroma shows caramel malts, maybe a hin of soy sauce, slight roasted malts, vinous or liqueur notes, liquorice and hints of dark/dried fruit. Taste reflects the aroma in both notes and good intensity (plus slight spiciness) but brings a tad too much sweetness (especially so if you consider this a stout) and a quite too aggressive/dominant alcohol feeling. Body is medium (actually surprisingly light for the abv) with average carbonation. Possibly this is a bit too thin of a mouthfeel to fully support taste complexity and alcohol strenght. An interesting beer, but not devoid of flaws. Overall much more a belgian strong dark than an imperial stout.

DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 18, 2017
18-Sep-17 (330-ml swing-top bottle: Obtained 01-Mar-06 in trade with bogdi1, thanks Juha!)
Knowing what I know now about these flip-top bottles, I'd have consumed this beer early on. Live and learn. This Belgian Stout pours a black body and a thin, tan head that dissipates fully and quickly. The nose offers aged aromas of soy, earthy logs, mushroom, Oloroso Sherry, roasted meat, mild ash tray, and some chocolate. On the palate, it's earthy and gently roasty, with molasses, dark chocolate, lightly smoked meat, dark toast, and dried mushroom. Roasty bitterness is light while malty sweetness is medium, yet the finish still shows pleasant, balancing dryness. The beer is medium-full in weight, low in carbonation (damn flip-top), and smooth in mouthfeel. Overall, despite the low carbonation and moderate oxidation from the flip-top, this Belgian Stout is still quite enjoyable and complex. But I tend to like the aged character, so I'm more forgiving.

SylvainCFC (324) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 11, 2017
une robe profondément noire, assez effervescente sous le col de mousse, beige, stable, crémeux, belle dentelle. Nez café, torréfié, très boisé, vernis. Bouche moelleuse, épaisse, huileuse, très peu carbonatée. Sur le malt grillé, torréfié, sec en début de bouche. Touche houblonnée légère et de fruits mûrs. Douceur quasi liquoreuse en fin de bouche avec une amertume moyenne (noire et légèrement verte). Un stout remarquable par sa texture épaisse, soyeuse, bien équilibré entre sécheresse grillée, torréfiée et douceur maltée et fruitée. Ne fait pas ses 9%, on peine d'ailleurs a y voir un Imperial Stout.

Simonsen (1318) - NORWAY - SEP 9, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2017 Flaske . svært farge. noe oljeaktig tekstur. lavt karbonert med tynn skumtopp. Smaker røstet malt,kaffe,sjokolade samt noe funky ettersmak av gjær

nathanvc (646) - Brugge, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2017
Bottle at Waterhuis aan de Bierkant. Pours cloudy black with a big, frothy, tan head. The aroma contains roasted malt, barley & hops, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and caramel. It tastes medium sweet and light roasted bitter, giving way for a mix of hops and chocolate in the finish. Full body, oily texture, fizzy carbonation. A very good Belgian, rather than Imperial, Stout.

zenkis (865) - Ogre, LATVIA - AUG 24, 2017
Not much "imperial" but very decent, without off-flavors this stout is. With a kinda twist - Belgian yeast gives it a bit... playfull character rather being very bold, thick stout. Light bitter, avg level or roast, medium+ body. Liked.

Zilverenmaan (265) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2017
Appearance: dark red-brown, head light mokka. Aroma: coffee at first with deeper chocolate-sweetish notes, light alcohol. Taste: coffee- bitterness, somewhat creamy, some vanilla, alcohol. Taste rich but alcohol and carbonation are a bit too dominant for my taste. Would have preferred it softer.

ironcontra (401) - POLAND - JUL 22, 2017
Wine on the nose, tart for the style, something like some juice in the mix there, light bod

erikaraeb (263) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 19, 2017
Lots of toast, bread, and nuts. More of a dark, roasted brown ale than a stout. Surprisingly light in bod. Creamy head that sticks around. Hides its alcohol well.

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