Hercule Stout – Brasserie des Légendes (Belgium)


Hercule Stout – Brasserie des Légendes, 9% ABV, 33cl, (Ellezelles, Belgium)

  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Low CO2 brown sugar light roast barley malt soft spices almost salty clean
  • Where I got it : 16th Liquor Store / W. Van
  • How much: $5 (after 10% off) – 33cl., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not 100%

Visual: Bottle conditioned. Pours dark brown with a very small dissipating head, a thin hazy layer of retention, micro bubbles here and there.

Nose: sweet caramel barley malts,  (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: half crisp/slick, low CO2

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) brown sugar, light roasted barley malt, soy sauce, almost salty, cola, licorice, gingerbread spices, > light tingly mouthfeel

Finish: residual soft bittersweet maltiness, minor tangy, roasted barley exhale, clean finish.

Summary: The initial sip was underwhelming seeing that it is bottle conditioned yet drank with quite low carbonation. As it warms however, layers of of clean flavours emerge. Very sippable, well hidden ABV – not as heavy as 9% suggests. I would have preferred a creamier mouthfeel though.