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

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Ratings: 1,140
Reviews: 604
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 67
Gots: 75 | 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

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 oberon
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.99/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of sgoodship
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of blitz134
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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...

Photo of warnerry
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of marvin213
2.56/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of bsp77
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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".

Photo of strangebrew52
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jcdiflorio
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of deebo
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

A little fruit in the aroma with some roast.
Pours black with ¼” tan head that quickly dissipates.
fruity and sweet up front with good body. Starts sweet and then the bitter grows followed by a lingering malty fruity sweetness. There are some nice roasty malt flavors in the background. The dark malt flavors are not burnt malt flavors.
Chewy and creamy.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours extremely dark with a dark tan head that is quick to dissipate.

S: The aroma is dark, roasty, and definitely Belgium. Notes of chocolate mix with Belgium spicy and clove to make this brew really dynamic.

T: This is a solid BSDA with a twist. This brew has many traits of an American Sweet Stout (notes of creamy chocolate), with a Belgium spice. Dark fruit notes and spicy clove round off the Belgium end.

MF: Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and full....very much Belgium.

D: Drinkability is good at 7.5%.

Overall Hell Hath No Fury is good without being great. I love the American twist on one of my favorite Belgium styles.

Photo of mondegreen
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has such a cool name.

12oz bottle into a balloon tulip.

Pours like a stout. Nearly black with pretty much no head. No lacing or anything else to speak of. Nose is spicy dark fruits and yeasty bread. Taste is heavy. Thick dark fruits and a touch of spice on the back end. Almost cloying sweetness.

Mouth is full, Drinkability suffers a tad from the sweetness, but not awful.

In all, an okay attempt at an American Dubbel (as the side of the six pack says). Not sure why it's a BSDA on here, but it doesn't change the fact that this is an okay beer, nothing more or less.

Photo of ADR
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick almost completely black color, dark tan creamy head. Fat globs of lace on the glass. Dark pumpernickel aroma, slight fruitiness but not much. Carbonation is lower, body fairly heavy. Flavor doesn't match style at all well, some aspects of non-descript sweetness at first, but an odd cooked celery impression that links up with an instant coffee sense and too much bittering at the close. The beer would be an OK dark Porter or a weaker Imperial Stout, but its not a good example of a Dubbel. Not really an awful brew, though on its own, its not much above average in that realm either.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark ruddy brown nearly opaque with a dark tan moccha head, which dwindles a bit quick and leaves thin lacing sporadically around my snifter. Aromatics have deep fruit notes blended with creamy chocolate herbal tea character that also leaves room for rasins and other vinous notes with a touch of smokey leafe notes and alcohol is definitely evident in there as well. Flavor is initially sharp with a tart note this mellows to a creamy fruit and dark chocolate mix with soothing somewhat medicinal alcohol and ripe fruit combo fininish with a leafy herbal hop character and bready yeasty unfiltered as usual Bell's style. Mouthfeel has a fuller body that comes off slightly syrupy in texture and definitely has a sturdy flow of carbonation kinda tickles the back of the throat. Drinkability is decent I'm guessing this is an American dubbel ale but overall it's not as ballsy as the label claims something about taking on the Devil...I don't know.

Photo of chinchill
3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle (2012) served in a goblet. Six pack says "American Dubbel Dark Ale".

Smoky aroma, like a rauchbier, and a bit sour. Some dark fruit as well.
Taste follows, although there is more dark malt here and the Belgian(?) yeast comes out too. The abbey dubbel style becomes a b it more apparent with warming.
Very smooth, with good low carbonation.

O: way too smoky for style. Disappointing and not recommended unless a rather smokey dubbel sounds appealing.

Photo of OStrungT
2.82/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very dark brown color. It is almost black. I can not see through it at all. It boasts a thin brown head that fades slowly leaving many laces.

This beer has a spicy aroma. It smells of cloves. It also has a slightly metallic aroma. Too bad. Some cherry is present. It has a slight bittersweet chocolate aroma as well.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Metalic flavor up front. Some spicyness. Chocolate covered cherries are also present. Unfortunately, the metalic flavor is dominate.

This beer leaves a metalic aftertaste. It is carbonated well.

I doubt this beer would make the best session beer. I am not sure if I got a bad bottle, or if this beer is just not very good.

Overall: I am sorry that I didnt like this one a bit more. I love Bells, and I love the style. Something just wasnt right this time. Thanks anyways ggaughan for giving me the chance to try this one.

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

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color, almost black. Nice caramel one finger head that quickly dissipated with no retention to speak of.

Smell: Dark fruit notes with a bit of chocolate and coffee. A minor a woody roastiness is apparent.

Taste: A molasses sweetness is first apparent but gives way to a roasted coffee and chocolate flavor. The dark fruits then become present. Nice dry finish. This seems awfully close to a stout / BSDA hybrid.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and easy on the palate. Nice mouthfeel. No carbonation to speak of.

Drinkability: I definitely could drink more of these, but I may prefer either a proper BSDA or stout.

Photo of jeonseh
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As i pour this into my glass, as much as i tried i could get a head to form. On the whole i found it to be dark chocolate and slightly reminiscent of coke in color.

S - Cinnamon, plum, and dark chocolate

T - this doesn't remind me too much of a BSDA at first sip as it does a stout. I am getting a lot of roasted, almost smoky dark chocolate with a hint of spice. Has a bitter back end on it that almost makes me want to pucker and do note hints of cherry and plum as the tastes lingers on

MF - Decent body that leans a little thin for my taste for the style. Does a nice hint of carbonation though that fits well

D - Overall an okay beer but there are better BSDAs out there to drink and better session beers to drink multiples of

Photo of ByTor2112
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. Very thin film of espresso colored head.
Aroma- dark chocolate, oaky, some dried fruit and smokiness.
Very rich complex mouthfeel here. Malty sweetness, oaky flavors and fruit like dates, raisins or figs. Alcohol is being coy-strength is felt but then it subsides and disappears among the othe flavors. I am getting some whiskey notes in there too. Hops are mild to nil as they are playing 3rd string in this ale. As it warms up I get some light clove flavors. This was a challenging ale for me. I t was also my first Bell's. Very Good nightcap.

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