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Hell Hath No Fury Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hell Hath No Fury AleHell Hath No Fury Ale

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635 Reviews
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Reviews: 635
Hads: 1,295
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 71
Gots: 126 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CRJMellor on 11-03-2004

Originally conceived along the lines of a Belgian Dubbel, Hell Hath No Fury... Ale morphed during development into something entirely different. Blending a pair of Belgian abbey-style yeasts into a recipe more akin to a roasty stout, Hell Hath No Fury... Ale offers up warm, roasted notes of coffee & dark chocolate together with the fruity & clove-like aromas.
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Photo of utopiajane
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thispoured softly and very brown with no real hues in it. a thick enough head of khaki foam. Nose is light and does not really scream belgian. But it is roasty with dark fruit and cocoa. Smooth creamy and a tasty. very soft mouthfeel. A bit of nutty flavor it has the flavors of a dubbel but for some reason it's too milky creamy. it drinks very differently. I still liked it.

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Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is boozy, deeply caramelized, with dark fruit notes of cherry, plum, and raisin, along with pear esters, which contrast the light roast malt character oddly. There's a touch of smoke, which adds to the strangeness.

Flavor is smoky and roasty, with Belgian esters of pear and apple skin hitting mid palate and bringing a light sweetness, finishing dry and spicy. Didn't recall it being so dark.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a dark reddish brown with a small head. The aromas of dates, pecans, walnuts, caraway, rye bread, and a hint of smoke are noticeable. The flavor leads with a sort of buttery pecan feel, followed by a odd light smoke tone, like you are tasting the air from a barbecue next door, then raisins, oak, and cherrywood. The mouthfeel is semi rich, with a rather flat foam. Overall this is an enjoyable beer, but not one that knocks it out of the park. There are better examples of this style, but I can see this working great with a rich meal.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,bottled 08/28/2015. A new one to me from Bell's. No style listed on the bottle or label anywhere, I come to find it is categorized as a Dubbel.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours an extremely dark cola-black colored body, almost stout-like in appearance, if I didn't know any better. Finger and a half of frothy khaki-cream head. 'Chocolatey' in appearance. Looks very frothy and creamy, but I wouldn't know this was a Dubbel style ale just by looking.

S - A yeasty, minerally aroma. Creamy & chocolatey, the Belgian yeast infiltrates a roasted Barley aroma. Smells almost more like a spiced Belgian stout than it does a Dubbel.

T - Taste follows the nose: roasted Barley malt, Belgian yeast / spices. Roasty, bitter, chocolatey. Again, almost more of a spiced Belgian stout. Not particularly flavorful or interesting. Mild suggestions of cloves.

M - Feel is creamy, and easy-drinking, with good carb. No overt alcohol presence. Fullish in body.

Overall, average and uninteresting, and not a terribly good stab at the style. Might possibly be a suitable candidate for aging a bottle for a year or so. Still, not an ale from Bell's I'm too interested in having again, but I might perhaps like to see how the barrel-aged version fares.

Bell's Hell Hath No Fury Ale -----3/5.

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Photo of PatrickBeebe
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Bottled 8/28/15.
Pours dark brown, one finger tan head, dissipates quickly leaving behind light lacing. Smells like figs and dates, with some sweet malt. Taste roasty, slightly sweet, kind of has some raisins to it as well. Medium body, appropriate for the style. Clean taste, just not really my style.

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Photo of Bis4beer70
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There are two very widely known quotations in the play; from the opening to the play:

Music has charms to soothe a savage breast.
The word "breast" is often misquoted as "beast" and "has" sometimes appears as "hath".

Also often repeated is a quotation of Zara in Act III, Scene VIII:

Heaven has no rage, like love to hatred turned,
Nor hell a fury, like a woman scorned.
This is usually paraphrased as "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned."

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Photo of tigg924
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, dark brown, with 1/3 inch head. Taste is dark bread, toasted malt, and a touch of rye. This is everything good I associate with Bells. Clean, tasty, and an elevated example of the style. A dubbel that I could do several of. A winner.

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Photo of MaximalC
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours seal brown with chestnut highlights and a very meager cap of khaki bubbles. Sweet aroma smells of raisins, toasted bread, toffee, cherry cough syrup, and even a hint of smoke.

The taste features a deep and full-flavored malt backbone consisting of molasses, raisins, burnt ends, charcoal, and brown sugar. The Belgian yeast adds a touch of clove to augment the sweetness and keep it from becoming too one-sided, although habituation shows some slightly cloying candy sugar on the back end. Alcohol is mostly well-concealed but shows up some in the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy body make for a rich, velvety mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a very interesting brew that takes the style into uncharted waters. The burnt, charred character is a really nice addition and no doubt serves as the beer’s namesake. I’d liken it to a more heavy-handed incarnation of Goose Island’s Pepe Nero, which is one of my personal favorites. This was a pleasant surprise from Bell’s.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 8/28 (brief review):
As notes say, beer doesn't quite fit a category. Before reading I was thinking oatmeal stout. Maybe a lightly sweet dubbel with a hint of smoke is the easiest simple way I can describe it. Some sips have a light cola note. Looking at style, maybe it's the crystal malts coming through as there is something (be it that or the yeast) that harkens to the base style.

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Photo of Ri0
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Dark brown with a 2.5 finger khaki head. Dark, roasted malt, with faint coffee and bitter chocolate. Some raisin, and holiday spice. Bold and roasty flavor from the malts, not much of a dubble, but it does have some of the raisin taste. Finishes with a light toffee and spice. Medium creamy feel. I really enjoyed this on a cool rainy fall night.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- very dark, but a little light can get through
S- bitter smell, but can also pick up a little chocolate & coffee
T- chocolate espresso, not much bitterness in the taste
F- on the heavy side, as this type of beer should be

GF bought a 6-pack of this for me. Not my usual style, but I'm starting to enjoy this type of beer more and more.

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Photo of beergoot
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown body; decent tan hued head. Deep, roasted grain scent; chocolate notes. Roasted grain flavors; mocha; alcohol notes; spice notes along the lines of mint or anise. Heavy body; sweet finish.

Experienced on tap at the Mansfield, OH "Old Bag of Nails" pub...

Overall, a fine heavy, dark beer. The flavor seals the deal and, although not trendsetting or world-class in character, it should certainly satisfy those looking for a big, dark beer fix.

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Photo of tmryan21
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a thin black with a very thin tan head.

Smell: Chocolate, vanilla, and some dried fruits.

Taste: Chocolate dominated for me. Some fruit/Belgian yeast on the back-end as well.

Feel: A little thinner than expected. Carbonated well.

Overall: A nice one to try. More of a stout than a Dubbel though.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, pkgd 8/28/15 poured into a pint glass.

A - Black and dense, little to no head that moves to a thin lace, the bubbles reaching to top and immediately searching for the side of the glass.

S - Roasted malts, coffee, burnt wood. Some faint spices.

T - Slight left turn here. The aroma notes are there, but much more muted, and more of the belgian/abbey flavors appear. Having a hard time finding words for this, but it is good. There seems to be saltieness in the finish.

M - Carbonation is medium, heft is full but not overbearing. Gets a little sticky once it warms.

O - An interesting blend. Perfect for a fall day. Would probably compliment a hearty meal well. I used it as an appetizer.

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Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

super interesting! picked up a single not knowing what to expect, i was in for a surprise. this is more like a smoked stout in my opinion, a darn good one at that, but not a dubbel.
very unique, if you see it try it. you wont be disappointed, or maybe you will :)

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Photo of mschrei
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Like the description says, reminiscent of a stout. Looks almost black with dark brown consistent foam. It's a bit thinner than most stouts, and it's got a mild tang on the aftertaste. The word that best sums it up for me is "earthy". I personally think it's better than the numbers on the site would indicate.

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Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours opaque brown with tiny/no head. nose; not sure what the hell i smell here... spent firewood? star anise? little to no real nose for me. taste; dark roasted malts, chocolate, cola, and light raisin/fig. aftertaste is a bit of burnt toast, light plum and cola. despite the lack of head, carbonation is strong here with a medium+ mouthfeel. a very interesting blend of stout and dubbel stylings that i'm sure will rub fans of either style a little odd. i like the experimentation and this beer gets pretty ok results.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The flavors are nicely complex and appropriate for what I think of as a Belgian Stout. Chocolate malts are prominent with a real smoky tone. Dark fruits like prune and raisin but I'd like to see them more up front. Belgian yeast flavors of peppercorn, clove and anise come out in the finish. This poured with a lot of carbonation on the glass and it feels as if it's too carbonated for the style but I must say I like this beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass, this odd beast I guess.

A deep dark brownish plum like purple body, thick and opaque as all can be. Real nice creamy tan two finger head as well, with an espresso like consistency and appearance. Neat looking brew.

Interesting aroma. Hints of scorched toffee, dark fruit raisin and a bit of brown sugar. A mix of char like roast and dark fruits, with the former being a little more subtle.

Sort of expected, yet unexpected palate. Porter like roast notes but with thicker body and a fruitier mid palate. Chewy scorched raisins and hints of carbon sugar notes with a tolerable flavor. Real thick but not horribly syrupy almost with a licorice like feel and consistency, even a bit of black licorice coming off on this on the aftertaste.

What a unique brew, very interesting, out there and a lot of fun. Have to remember to put this on my list every year.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours near black with a little fizzy head.

Nose has a bit of dark dried fruit but not overly so.

Flavor is that of a typical belgian strong, good amount of syrupy sweet with the raisin/prune notes.

Body is definitely on the lighter side and the ABV isn't as "strong" as other strong ales I've had. It's nice but not eye opening.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip.

Deep cola color (near black) with 1 finger of brown head. Very little light penetration.

Cocoa nib, roasted barley, vanilla, raisin, and milk chocolate.

Roasted barley, dark Belgian candy syrup, molasses, raisin, and fig. Powdered cocoa, milk chocolate, and banana peel. Hints of clove and potpourri.

Medium bodied, syrupy, smooth, slick, and mildly sweet.

A smooth, sweet, and complex ale just straddling the line between a Sweet Stout and a Belgian Dark Ale.

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Photo of babaracas
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours pretty close to black with thin layer of light brown foam, spots of lace on the glass. Smell: quite roasty, meaty, burnt sugar, cola and anise notes. Taste: caramel, fig, burnt toast, anise, earthy note buried in some lactose-y sweetness. Feel is a bit slick, sticky and messy. I suppose this fits in that anything goes "Belgian stout" category but, even so, it's messy.

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Photo of madelfonatree
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled August 28, 2015 and enjoyed September 27, 2015 in a Med Elf tulip/snifter.

"A brew that gives you either sympathy for the devil or the courage to face him. Goes especially well with your favorite lost my girl/truck/dog/trailer song."

Look - Looks like a stout with no head. Aggressive pour yielded a thin ring of tan head. Lacing comes in the form of sporadic bubbles and a clear film.

Smell - Sweet coffee. Chocolate. Raisins. Bread. Malt. Dark fruit.

Taste - Fig. Honey. Bread. Nut. Char.

Feel - Heavy carbonation. Doesn't sit well in the stomach. Syrupy.

Overall - Looking at reviews it looks like we are drinking many different versions of this. I like Belgian darks. This is okay. No head but a lot of fiz.

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Photo of tlema1
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: jet black, very stout-like...beautiful tan head
S: fruit, bread...kind of a mess
T: some roast, some dark fruit, some Belgian yeast....terrible after taste
F: mouthfeel ok, but overpowered by a terrible aftertaste
O: can't wrap my tastebuds around this mess

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Photo of Budinetz
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle at Molly's Irish sports pub and grille in Bethlehem, Pa. Date the bottle was packaged is 8/28/15.

Pours a deep, dark, reddish black color with a tan head that dissipates quickly. A thin layer of film adheres to the sides of the glass as I consume.

Smells of roasted malt, subtle alcohol, raisins.

Tastes of bready Malts, honey, fig. Tastes very viscous.

Mouthfeel is heavy as the viscosity of the beer is quite high. Finishes with a slight prickle on the tough.

Overall a solid brew. Would definitely get this again.


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Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 635 ratings.