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Hell's Belle - Big Boss Brewing

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 10
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Boss Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: blackie on 02-26-2007

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Photo of marine1975
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of wrwhite174
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of duckrabbitfan
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of LtCracker20
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Tackle42
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of syrupjoe
3.23/5  rDev -8%
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

Photo of planbee
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of EasyReader
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of NCbeerpirate
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev +14%

3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of kneeland
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
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

Photo of ccrida
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
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!

Photo of mikul93
2.85/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Photo of RSchaeffer
2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of rebel1771
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of robwestcott
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, marked brewed May 2011, poured into a pint glass. Some of the additional sediment in bottom of bottle added after the first few sips.

A - Hazy golden color, darker than a standard American lager, with a 1 finger of-white head. The head has moderate duration and leaves little lacing. Sediment (yeast?) in bottom of glass. Sediment suspended

Aroma: Mainly a moderately strong fruity yeastiness. Hints of coriander. cloves & cinnamon in the nose The 7% ABV is partly apparent in the nose although mostly hidden upon tasting.

Taste: this is a surprisingly malty ale with a fine yeasty Belgian bent. a good bit of clove, and some mild tartness. Different from any beer I can remember and with very enjoyable flavor, finish and aftertaste.

M - medium-light body; well-chosen carbonation; semi-dry finish; lightly crisp.

Photo of mralphabet
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Hazy orange color little bits of yeasties floating around with lots of creamy off white head.. about 2 fingers worth of head and the foam stick around.... wonderful lacing.

S: Good aroma, but not overwhelming.... Hint of citrus, clove and bananas very powerful.

T: I'm getting banana, clove and hints of melon, citrus and coriander. Nice mix.

M: Smooth with a slight snap of carbonation at the finish.

D: Very Belgian, very drinkable.... with the ABV at 7 it is not a great session brew so one will do you... Over all a very good beer.... I'll have to check out more Big Boss brews.

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery's tasting room

Pours and orangish amber. Smells of Belgian yeast and coriander. Tastes of wheat, yeast, and mild coriander spice. Well carbonated; light to medium bodied.

Not bad. Definitely one of the better year round offerings from Big Boss.

Photo of SylviaFaye
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is nice for what it is, a simple, spiced confection. I found it quite a soothing treat, especially for a break from the summer heat.

That said, the appearance could be better. I pulled off almost no head, and the oblique, honey-colored body was rather dull. Not much can be said for the mouthfeel as well; it was nice but not a grade above anything else that I have had in the style.

Corriander, cloves, and fruity esters presented themselves in both the taste and smell. The finish was floral and warm, contributing nicely to the relaxing elements of the experience.

Overall, this beer is not bad. I would not mind putting a few back on a sweltering day. A beer does not have to be amazing to be enjoyable.

Hell's Belle from Big Boss Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.