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Hell's Belle - Big Boss Brewing

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189 Ratings
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.93%


Brewed by:
Big Boss Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: blackie on 02-26-2007)
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SLeffler27

New York

3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear SRM 6-8 amber. A slight white froth quickly dissipates leaving no lacing. This one is truly clear and the color closely matches the label arch.

Subtle fruit aromas mix with a barnyard funkiness. Apples and pairs add sweetness while clove adds spice. Warmth brings out a light banana aroma.

Flavors bring out sweetness from the nose, a bit too sweet for the style. Fresh apple is slightly mouth watering. Warmth brings out light pepper and white wine. The finish is long and faint.

Alcohol is well controlled. A light body with fizzy, silk-like texture and quite dry.

Hell’s Belle is easily approachable. What it lacks in flavor and aroma is made up for by being an entry level Belgian. It is enjoyable on its own or with light food or cheese.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 20:09:15 | More by SLeffler27
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brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a decent enough head that leaves a few dots and dashes

Smell: Shortbread malt with hay and white pepper

Taste: The shortbread brings some sweetness in the front end, with the white pepper and hay flavors adding balance in the middle; the flavors blend together nicely in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Refreshing and tasty; a good stab at the style

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 23:09:10 | More by brentk56
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carolinared

North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle. I liked this beer, had very interesting aroma and nice taste with good balance, not too much wheat/yeast/sweetness. Typically I like beer on the hoppy/bitter side, but found this brew to be interesting and refreshing without becoming cloying. Easily could drink a few of these on a hot afternoon. Maybe not at the apex of Belgian pale ale globally, but, for a local beer and good price point, I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 17:59:24 | More by carolinared
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jrstamp

Connecticut

2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden, but not to style for a Belgian Pale Ale. Very clear with a medium carbonation. Quickly disapating head.

S: Strong Belgian yeast character, very Saison like, with some spice. Light hop aroma. Some malt sweetness.

T: A little too sweet, but not terrible. Muted malt flavor that is kind of unappealing to me.

M: Light to medium body, fairly dry finish.

O: Taste and Aroma have some significant flaws. Not something I would look to drink more than a sample worth.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 01:17:26 | More by jrstamp
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with some straw yellow highlights and a light amount of gentle visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of light fruits (white grape, pear, apple, and peach) with some lighter notes of spicy yeast (white pepper) and light lemon citrus.

T: This beer tastes very similar to how it smells. Upfront there are some pale malts with light fruit sweetness (white grape, pear, apple, and peach/apricot). That is followed by some lighter notes of spicy yeast, similar to white pepper and a touch of lemon citrus. Light amounts of spicy/earthy hops that contribute a light amount of bitterness towards the finish which does not linger.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry.

O: While this beer has a moderately high ABV, the alcohol is well hidden making this beer a very nice sipping beer (not one that I want to be using for a session beer because it is a but too strong for that). Nice flavors make this one enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 02:20:17 | More by dbrauneis
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a clear looking golden yellow color, the head was white and fizzy looking. The retention and lacing are decent. The smell of the beer is very Belgian, lots of bread-like aromas on the nose with some minimal fruit esters. The taste of the beer was pretty straight forward, grains and some sweet sugar-like flavors. Not much depth to the mouthfeel, just kinda feels boring to me. Overall it's an ok brew, not really something I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 01:00:25 | More by Knapp85
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cnjohn19

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

If you like belgians then you'll like this one...but you won't love it...it has a spiced backbone and an awesome and surprisingly thick mouthfeel...overall a 3.5 represents a beer slightly above average...

Enjoy this beer while listening to iron and wine...

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 02:01:58 | More by cnjohn19
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
7% ABV, "Bottled on" unmarked.

Thanks to Onenote81 for this bottle!

A - Hell's Belle is a brilliant clear blonde color with a pluming head of foam on 'er. The tightly packed little bubbles drop slowly and produce one little arch of lace on the glass.

S - Yeast esters blaze out of this beer with a fire-y fury; potent clay and white pepper, cardamom, and a splash of white grape all make an appearance. Earthy wood splinters show up too, but certainly not to the degree this one is barrel aged. Grainy pale malt balances the upfront hoppiness of the sharp citrus notes of lemon, grapefruit, and mild pineapple.

T - Sharply dry Hell's Belle flames up with a hoppy bite of citrus and earth tones with quite a bit of earthiness from the Belgian yeast esters following. There is a good balance of yeast and hops backed by a grainy pale and sweet pilsner malt base.

M - Plenty of carbonation keeps Hell's Belle lively-feeling while very smooth at the same time. The alcohol presence goes almost unnoticed making it a devil in disguise as this beer finishes out with an incredibly dry bite and moderately bitter lingering flavor.

O - Nothing screams "cool off" like the penetrating stare from a fire-headed woman on a crisp Belgian pale ale titled Hell's Belle. Especially when it's over 100° outside. And I cool off indeed. This is a tasty rendition of a Belgian classic, complete with plenty of yeast nuances to cut through the hoppy flavor. Hell's Belle is unique, enjoyable, and foxy.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 22:40:41 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Luigi

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slighty hazy light orange/yellow color. With the yeast left in the bottle the head did not exist. Yet with a good shake the yeast helps the head become a good one finger with decent lacing and retention.

The aroma is fragrant with Belgium yeast, some light bread malt, and a little citrus from the hops. Nothing overdone, but nothing bad.

The flavor give off hints of banana bread, I touch of honey, Belgium yeast, and a good bitter hop.

The finish is semi-dry with a nice mix of light malt and hop lingering for a litle. Light and easy to drink.

It just seems like something is missing. But at the same time Big Boss brewery has met the basic expectations of a Belgium Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 02:25:15 | More by Luigi
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argock

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass goblet. No freshness date. Single purchased at Ingles (Boone, NC) for $1.49.

A: Clear golden with bubbles rising to a slight off-white head that drops to a thin rim and leaves no lacing.

S: Sweet grainy aroma with some light herbal hops and a bit of corn and phenol.

T: There is a full flavor although it is on the sweet side with a lot of candi sugar and pale continental malt. The yeast adds a light, subtle phenolic component. There is a very grainy edge through the middle with a light corn note to the finish.

M: The feel is medium bodied with very active carbonation to give a somewhat crisp finish.

O: Not too bad but I'm not really sure what style it is -- it doesn't fit the single or the BSPA too well. Pretty tasty but has some rough edges and a little bit more attentive brewing to get all of the DMS out.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 01:17:45 | More by argock
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GinaBeerInc

California

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent deep golden with a wispy-lacing white head. Aroma of lightly sweet pale Belgian malts and a good amount of bready Belgian yeast and some mild sulfuric notes, Body starts fairly full and sweet with good, authentic Belgian character and some drier earthy bittering hops. A pretty decent Belgian ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 20:01:29 | More by GinaBeerInc
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich aroma has fruity, clove, malt and yeasty notes - it smells almost like unbaked bread but with an earthy hint. It pours a clear golden with a fairly typical white head that leaves some decent lacing. Flavor - such flavor, a malty core; strong yeasty and fruity notes, the latter mainly pear plus a touch of banana; earthy and clove hints. Smooth, firm texture has plenty of fizz and sass, leaving a fruity, yeasty and rather tingly finish. This Belle is a heavenly brew!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 05:22:08 | More by Cyberkedi
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jayfro70

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours relatively clear with a nice head and consistent tiny bubbles. Nice appearance.

S: Pretty standard nose. Smells like a combination of bud light and a belgian tripel.

T: Very light taste. Not much to it Easy to drink and enjoyable. Not offensive, and nothing overly great about it

M: Smooth moutfeel. Carbonation consists of a lot of tiny bubbles. Nice.

O: A nice smooth, easy drinking beer. Not overly powerful, and for a 7% abv beer, goes down very easily. Almost too easily. I could see myself drinking a lot of these without thinking much about it. And for the price... Very good.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 03:22:17 | More by jayfro70
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured a hazy pale yellow with a minimal white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, spices, wheat, and subtle alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, clove, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was an okay brew. The flavor and aroma on this one were pretty close to what one would expect from this style. While they were pretty close to traditional, they were not otherworldly which kept this brew from going to the next level. Worth trying if you get the chance, but I would leave it at that.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 23:56:43 | More by thagr81us
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duckrabbitfan

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color, minimal head. Looks as advertised.

Appropriately citrusy, spicy, etc., though a bit underwhelming.

Tastes about what it smells; there's something lacking but it's a legitimate representation of the Belgian Pale Ale style.

Others have said it; I will re-iterate... remarkably uncarbonated. I'm not a raving fan. Not a total let-down, but there are aspects missing.

Overall this is not Big Boss' best offering, but it will do. For the price around here, I'll take it, though as a fan of the style, I can't say I recommend it above all others. Give it a shot, though.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2012 02:30:54 | More by duckrabbitfan
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LtCracker20

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a crystal clear golden yellow body with an almost 4-finger white head that stays around for a long time! Some really nice lacing as well.

S- Really yeasty, a lot of sweetness, some sweet fruits, and some citrus hints.

T- Slightly stale funk, some fuitiness, and some grainiess.

MF- Moderate body with a lot of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 04:59:51 | More by LtCracker20
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syrupjoe

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pale gold color with no head.

Nose is fruity (citrusy) with a hint of coriander.

Taste is also citrusy with a titch of tropical fruit and coriander, as well as a bit of pear and a slight pepper contribution.

Absolutely no carbonation, slightly flabby mouthfeel.

Overall this isn't a bad Belgian Pale but the fact that it's completely flat has me scratching me head. Bottle seemed to have a good seal on it, but perhaps there was a slow leak. Also very little

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 00:13:43 | More by syrupjoe
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kneeland

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've yet to find a Belgian styled ale that can say anything negative about. Big Boss found a great combination of beer and banana bread. Delicious.

You need to shake it too much to break up the wheat on the bottom, so I don't think i got the full effect of the flavor. But it pours a thick looking, very non-transparent orange/cream color. Thin lacing, I was hoping for more.

Also, I love the label. Very cool looking. Go North Carolina! One of the best NC beers I've had

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 18:13:59 | More by kneeland
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ccrida

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold with a white head that leaves light lace with little last.

Smell is heavy fruity Belgian yeast esters.

Taste is very estery, loads of banana, some green apple, a little pink peppercorn. Light plastic phenols. Nice little mineral snap.

Mouthfeel is dry, with a light body. Could use more carbonation, it would have helped the appearance as well as the mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good, it's big flavors, but smooth, and light bodied.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 20:59:23 | More by ccrida
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly turbin straw color. half inch head with an aggressive pour.

Smell really doesnt have all that much to it, but what can you expect from a PA? Hints of Belgian yeast are there, and they kind of get overshadowed by a malty smell.

Taste is just a Belgian Pale Ale. Not really much going on here. Some Belgian yeast, some malt, no hops. None of them really make themselves known. The malt is somewhat sweet, but not in a terrible way.

Overly smooth, in a good way. This thing is drinkable. Light body and not a whole lot of strong dominant flavors. Yep check this one up for a session beer if it were in the Session range. The alcohol really doesnt even come out. Thank God!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 00:11:48 | More by VncentLIFE
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mikul93

California

2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A Pours a murky straw gold color with a small head that dissipated rather quickly. Some lacing.

S Spice, Yeast, sweet malt and some fruit.. maybe banana.

T Spice with a candy sweetness. There is a musty aftertaste

M Nice carbonation with a dry finish.

O Not that great of a beer. Would not seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 03:47:57 | More by mikul93
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RSchaeffer

New Hampshire

2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review #19
12oz bottle into Portsmouth pint glass.

A - Pours golden straw in color, slightly hazy with a thin white head.

S - The nose is mostly bananas with a bit of spicy, yeast notes.

T - Quite sweet and sugary. Fruit notes are dominated by banana and apple. Spicy yeast finish.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth.

O - I honestly did not enjoy this one, I found it to be quite sweet for my liking. I wouldn't drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 00:47:57 | More by RSchaeffer
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a clear golden color with a thin white head.

S: A fairly light nose. There is a decent amount of banana along with some sugar and pears, maybe a bit of sweet apples. A little bit of yeast, bread, and spice.

T: Lightly spiced with some sweet bread and sugar. There are mild fruit notes, mostly some banana with a little bit of pear and apple. There is just a little bit of straw, some light spices, too.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Not bad, but sort of bland and muddled.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 07:53:41 | More by womencantsail
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rebel1771

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a small head that fades quickly.

S: Smells of dried apricot, coriander, honey, and a hint of banana.

T: Sweet candied fruit flavor up font with hints of coriander and a decent helping of yeast. Balances out nicely with dry pale malt flavor.

O: Overall not a bad brew in any respect. Quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 23:21:00 | More by rebel1771
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robwestcott

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to first time trader, Brambleman, for this one.

poured cold from the bottle to a foothills 12oz pilsner a semi translucent straw gold with a wisp of a short lasting white head

aroma of belgian yeast and a bit of orange rind.

pretty standard fare for a belgian pale, though with a bit of citrus tang in front of the banana and cloves.

light bodied, very subtle citric bitter, smooth and medium carbonation.

overall - very light and enjoyable. at 7%, the alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 01:49:21 | More by robwestcott
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Hell's Belle from Big Boss Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.