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

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1,120 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,120
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 60
Gots: 69 | FT: 3
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Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: CRJMellor on 11-03-2004)
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
Photo of damndirtyape
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%

12oz bottle (batch 10735), bottled on 10/18/11, poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Quite dark and black, cola brown gets let in at the edges. The head is a dark tan, but this dies back to a think ring which eventually goes away completely. Not much in the way of lacing either. Not much to look at for a Belgian strong dark ale.

Smell: What it lacks in appearance it makes up for in aroma. Smoky, molasses, earthy hops.

Taste: Definitely one to let warm up a bit. Tastes a bit unusual when cold - a little too sweet. Once warmer, dark fruit, smoke, a bit of chocolate and coffee, a hint of toffee, and a mild bitter finish - part black coffee, part pine resin.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, thick, creamy, and sticky all at the same time.

Overall / Drinkability: While the alcohol is well hidden, this does show up not to far into the glass, so the point on this beer about "giving you the courage to face the devil" is duly noted. The smoky aspect was not expected, and adds something quite different to the beer. On my first sip I did think this was a stout rather than a Belgian, but as I drank more, the Belgian character came out more and the smoky flavor was a nice touch. I can't say it's terribly drinkable, one is enough for me per evening, but overall, quite a nice beer.

damndirtyape, Nov 28, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Greensboro for the annual brewfest that went on over the weekend here in town.Poured a deep dark brown with some ruby tint thruought,almost no head to speak of,almost flat looking.Aromas are bursting with dark fruit,raisin/prune,and plum dominate,there is some molasses,and alcohol present as well.Big and sweet on the palate,cakey with that dark fruit element playing a big role again,seems more alcoholic than it is.Its mouth coating and sticky,really a sipper,the sweetness can become a bit much after awhile as well.

oberon, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%

On Tap at Maduro. First beer from the new barrel. Served nice and warm, the way I like it.

Strange, this is a very strange and disagreeable beer. The aroma as well as the front and middle of the taste are dominated by nuts, mainly walnuts and hazelnuts – not what one would expect from a Dubbel or BSDA. I can’t say that I like it at all. The beer is extremely dry, the texture is grainy, almost chalky, and the alcohol is completely apparent, not in a friendly warming way but in a pow, bam, pop we’re going to give you a nut milk shake and then burn you taste buds so that you can’t taste any subtleties. Wait, did I just say nut milkshake? Yep, that’s what this beer largely is.

Now to the good part…the finish…wow, if the finish was the entirety of the flavor rather than a fleeting moment of bliss, this beer would be a real winner. The chocolate and vinous qualities are wonderful. I pick up dates, plums, raisons, and dried cherries. The subtleties are fantastic. It’s really a shame that they are so subtle. One has to really work at picking them out through the nut milkshake/ABV burn fiasco.

In addition to what I described above, the mouthfeel is thick, ridiculously thick. This beer really feels like there are solid particulates suspended in it. Appearance is fine. The color is almost burgundy. It’s completely ominous. The head is fantastic, huge, dark brown, and lasting. Carbonation, however, is very low –almost nonexistent. Also, very sweet.

Drinkability – It goes down very well for its size and strength but it’s just not something that I could find myself drinking very often. I want nutty brown ales not dubbels. In winter maybe I could do this but certainly not during the hottest week of the last decade.

DaPeculierDane, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

DanGeo, May 28, 2013
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%

Bell's Hell Hath No Fury, Belgian Strong Dark Ale 7.7% alcohol. Pour this one into a Dogfish Snifter.

A- Pours a dark nearly opaque fluid that brings forth a burnt tan quarter inch head that leaves mild sticky lacing.

S- Upfront toasted malts, sweet raisins, brown sugar, and a tangy hop charactor.

T-M- Taste is mild and smooth flavors of plums, raisins, and a smoked malty backbone. Slightly sweet brown sugar and light ester of boozy bite on the backbone. Mouthfeel is moderatly carbonated and leaves a slick alcohol feel on the palete.

Overall a good offering but just not my cup of tea... cheers!

wesbrownyeah, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of sgoodship
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

Batch 8739 bottle donated by my good friend Brian - cheers.

A: Poured from a 12fl.oz. bottle. Dark brown - almost black in color. A seriously stout level of darkness. Tiny hints of ruby red against the light. A coffee stained head. Dissipated to a fine dusting and a healthy ring. Formed some nice lacing which magically evaporated from the glass.

S: A mix of a porter-like roasted malt, molasses and coffee smell with strong phenols, some spicy muskiness, dark fruit and licorice. Alcohol is there but not that obvious.

T: Much as the smell would suggest but the phenols came through a little too much for me at first. Some rum, fruit, spiciness. Coffee starting coming through more strongly as the drink warmed up. I thought that I would catch more alcohol on the finish but this is a low ABV compared to many BSDA's I have had.

M: Has the rich and decadent mouthfeel of a quality Belgian BSDA. A creamy, syrupy slickness. Smooth with a low level of carbonation to keep it somewhat lively.

D: Reminiscent of the true quality Belgians but not quite on par. Not a bad offering and I found it enjoyable. I have a good amount of respect for Bells. For me, the phenolic emphasis was too pronounced but that is a personal preference.

sgoodship, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%

Ahhh Bell's, how I miss you here in Illinois. At least Wisconsin and Indiana aren't that far from me! The Hell Hath No Fury pours into my glass a deep dark brown that is for all intensive purposes nearly black. A small tan head rises and falls to a ring atop the brew. Aromas of dark roasted malt featuring burnt coffee grounds, figs and some dark fruits. Somewhat toasty with a touch of anise, caramel and some yeasty tones as well. Interesting, but it doesn't really grab me.

First sip a somewhat burnt dark malt character that flows into a mix of smoky coffee, licorice, caramel, dark fruits, figs and some spiciness. Flows down with some yeasty qualities and only a touch of hops. Finishes dry with a bit of sweetness as well. This one just doesn't do it for me unfortunately.

Mouthfeel is actually on the light to medium side with lots of fast moving carbonation that explodes on the palate.. Goes down pretty easily. Overall, I was unable to figure out where this brew was going. If I see it again I'll probably give it another shot...but at this point it doesn't make me want to run back.

orbitalr0x, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of blitz134
3.28/5  rDev -13%

Interesting looking brew. This is definately the darkest "Belgian Dark" I've had. Half inch of medium tan head on the pour, reduced to a skim layer with a ring around the glass.

An interesting mix of toasted malts with a touch of chocolate and some vinuous fruits underneath. Has a musty straw overtone as well. Also a bit of that belgian twang and this strange spicing that seems a lot like anise or sassafras...unique. Lots going on here, a bit out of the style...it gets bonus points for being unique.

Flavor isn't nearly as complicated. Initially it is fairly light flavored on the tongue and has some unripened vinuous aspects. Then there is a transition to a bit of a toasted flavor that isn't nearly as predominant as the nose hinted. Finishing flavor is Belgian sugar and yeast and that anise flavor again. Alcohol become evident after the swallow. This is just a bit strange overall, tastes kind of spiced.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium, maybe a bit more medium. A bit overcarbonated making it a bit too crisp on the tongue. Flavor lingers after the swallow.

Just average drinkability. Not necessarily hard to drink at the moment but this one is enough for me now and probably forever. Just a bit odd...unique sounds less derogatory though...

blitz134, Mar 15, 2007
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

DaftPatrick, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

Batch 9999; consumed 10/10/10

A - Pours completely opaque black/dark brown with two fingers of dissipating light brown head; looks more like a stout.

S - Dark ripe fruits (plums And figs), roasted malt, with a faint sour aroma and a bit of alcohol as well.

T - The fruits in the aroma and joined by some nice chocolate and deep roasted malts.

M - Relatively light mouthfeel for such a complex flavor profile. A bit drying on the tongue, but a little creamy as well. Mouthfeel seems to change from one moment to the next, which is interesting.

D - With the flavor profile, I'm not sure that I would have more than a couple in a sitting, but I'm enjoying it. Seems like a cross between a Belgian strong ale and a stout.

warnerry, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of marvin213
2.53/5  rDev -32.9%

Opaque with a creamy-looking head, this looks more chocolate stout than Belgian-dark; nevertheless, it looks consistent. The head dissipates at a medium pace. From Hopslam thru the regular lineup on up to this Hell Hath No Fury, Bell's makes good-lookin' beers.

I smell Belgian yeast and dark malt...I know, what an insight. I'm glad there's no raisiny pungency I've had in some of my more recent ventures into the style, but there's nothing noseways that sings something special.

It tastes more Belgian than dark, and it really isn't all that string on the tongue. In fact, it's opacity relative to its light zest make for a bit of an odd notion. It's actually unbalanced and off-kilter in this regard. I acknowledge that the style lends itself to a meeting of extreme minds, but this one's a little crazy for me.

Like I say, it's too zesty for so malty a beer. As I've also already mentioned, it's odd-not a unique, refreshingly cool sorta way, but a repugnant, backlashingly WTF-did-I-order sorta way. Maybe a shot with a weird nutty cheese would pair handsomely, but even a small serving leaves something to be desired.

marvin213, Nov 19, 2010
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Namarsha82, Nov 22, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Skye1024, May 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

ryancl, Jul 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

sm0key, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

Batch 9999! Still awaiting news of what Batch 10000 will be.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Almost pure black with thin tan head and a couple of lacing tendrils.

Smell: Chocolate and anise accented roasted malts, dark musty and sweet fruit, clove and alcohol.

Taste: Strange mix of musty sweet fruit and roasted malt. Notes of clove, plum, raisins, licorice and chocolate. Improves as it warms somewhat.

Feel: Creamy and chewy but slightly chalky body, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Interesting beer overall with lots of different flavors and smells kicking around. This is a more than solid BSDA overall that makes me think "Belgian Stout".

bsp77, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of strangebrew52
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

A: Appears black with a small amount of tan head

S: Yeast, dried fruits and some spice notes in there

T: Roasted malts, a little bit of dried fruits, coffee.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Smooth

D: I really enjoy this brew, I would definitely drink this again

strangebrew52, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of jcdiflorio
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Served 12oz long neck brown bottle crimp-on cap into snifter.

Opaque,black browish hue,mocha ring around glass,chunks of yeast floating in the beer.
Aroma was very roasty,chocolaty,a bit smokey a moderate malt nose to the beer. Fruity aromas also and hints of clove.
The taste was very chocolaty,yeasty hints of clove a bit fruity.Syrupy with a dry bittersweet finish.
A medium mouthfeel,a bit cloying and sticky. A bit rough on the palate.
Beligium meets stout very different, just didn't really excite me
A bit of a dissapointing offering from Bell's one of my favorite breweries.
A really different beer,worth at least a try,just because it's so different.

jcdiflorio, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of deebo
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%

bottled 10-18-11

A-Black as hell with a tan head that quickly dissipates.

S-Smells like a stout-heavy roasted malts.

T-Heavy roasted malt-not much else going on here. Just a hint of raisin sweetness as it warms.

M-Smooth-highly carbonated-alcohol non-existant

D-Very high

O-May have been inspired by a dubbel but this is a stout all the way. A good beer-but for the price I'd go with something else, no need to come back to this one.

deebo, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

12 oz bottled 10/18/11 poured into a NB globe

A: Thin head that quickly reduces to nearly nothing except a thin ring around the glass. Dark, dark brown with some red highlighting that is only noticeable against a bright light.

S: Fruity Belgian yeast, plums, raisins, tobacco and faint biscuit.

T: Tobacco, some roasted malt, the dark fruit and the yeast are up front. Transitions to some bready biscuit and a good dose of roasted malt. Finish is dry and features the roasted malt.

M: Medium body, medium carb. Somewhat astringent. Drinkability is moderate.

O: Hell Hath No Fury took me on a surprise trip. I was expecting more dominating fruit quality and yeast, but the tobacco and roasted malt provided a nice twist. I think of this as sort of a “dirty” dark Belgian ale because the flavors aren’t as clean as you might be accustomed to.

mjtiernan, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Osiris9588
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

12oz bottle with batch nunmber 7673 on the label--I entered this number in at the Bell's website and found that this batch was brewed on 10/11/2006. It pours an opaque dark, dark brown, with a two finger tan head--very creamy, good renetion and fair lacing.

The nose is dominated by yeast, along with some chocolate, malt, coffee, charcoal, and wood. The flavor follows the aroma, all with a fair amount of pepper, sweet dark fruits, some caramel, and a warm alcohol.

The mouth is medium bodied, rather creamy and smoky, and the alcohol is not at all intrusive. It is very drinkable, all the flavors melding nicely, though I think it seems much creamier than a traditional dubbel. A very enjoyable beer nonetheless.

Osiris9588, Oct 26, 2006
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled 10/18/11.

Appearance: A stout like dark blackish brown with a moderate amount of bubbles clinging to the glass. About two fingers of tan head that quickly fade into a few thin patches. Lacing is fairly light.

Smell: Some Belgian yeast and cloves with dark fruits including raisins, figs, and dark cherries. Also a big presence of dark roasted caramel malts giving a mildly sweet chocolate aroma with a hint of coffee. Smells somewhat sweet but balanced.

Taste: Dark fruit taste upfront with hints of dark cherries, plums, and raisins. Moderate amount of Belgian yeast and clove adds a bit of a funky kick. Midway comes a very noticeable presence of roasted malts with caramel, toffee, chocolate, and a light hint of coffee. Kind of tastes like a Belgian dark ale mixed with a English porter. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth. Slightly boozy feeling but the heat is very tame.

Overall: An interesting and tasty take on a Belgian dark ale. Very well balanced.

MattyG85, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of tyleeis
4/5  rDev +6.1%

tyleeis, Nov 10, 2012
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Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 1,120 ratings.