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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1125   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2009
Date: April 04, 2002
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Appearance: black
Flavor: lots of rich chocolate flavor, slight alcohol finish

Date: November 16, 2002
Score: ii
Words: blind
Appearance: black, nice head
Aroma: slightly sweet malt aroma
Body: thin body
Flavor: roasted malt flavor, slight sweet alcoholic finish, hint of bitterness
Overall: good but boring

Date: April 14, 2003
Score: iii
Appearance: black, foamy tan head
Aroma: sweet liqoorish aroma
Flavor: big malt flavor, touch of sweetness, maybe a bit of sweet liquorish, hint of alcohol

Date: August 16, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Appearance: black, creamy beige head, sheets of lace
Aroma: roasted malt aroma
Flavor: rich and roasty flavor, growing sweet fruity esters balances the dark roasts, touch of licorice, light bitterness from the roast

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

worldbeertaste (1818) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2017
Bottle. Dark Brown with a light tan head. Smells of roasted malts, caramel and toffee with coffee & chocolate. Sweet & smooth on the palate with the Alcohol well hidden and a dry finish. Very drinkable.

julesxxl (65) - Cholet, FRANCE - NOV 3, 2017
(noire, nez cannelle-café, bouche géranium/café et sucre de canne, "affectueuse", très équilibrée)

Rider0nTheStorm (101) - Ablis, FRANCE - OCT 29, 2017
Une bonne stout de Belgique, cadeau de mes parents, elle est très brune. Au gout, elle passe bien. Ses 9% ne se font pas sentir, la levure belge est plutot discréte. Bonne donc!

panda_brewmaster (45) - Bournemouth, Dorset, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2017 Aromas of yeast, roasted malt, dark chockolate, oak and subtle vanilla. Taste of malt, dark chockolate, a bit of caramel, subtle coffee and a hint of vanilla. Very well balanced aftertaste of sweet and bitter with a remainder of dark chocolate and the high abv.

Scipio (1215) - 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 (208) - 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 (348) - 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 (1321) - 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 (712) - 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.

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