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

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635 Reviews
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Reviews: 635
Hads: 1,299
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 71
Gots: 125 | 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 Andrewtherooster
4.72/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 9999

Beer appears black with a slight reddish tinge, though opaque, with a nice tan laced crown.

The smell's roasty with notes of raspberry and cranberry, as well as some earthy clove, ginger root, and allspice.

The taste starts with some floral notes (hibiscus and rose), going into the berry-like fruitiness, and finishing with alcoholic warmth. This is all amidst a consistent chocolate/roasted malt current. Goes down easily, but with more complexity than I expected.

Mouthfeel is very round, balancing well between having a decent body and maintaining carbonation levels.

Overall, this is a great beer that I'm very glad Bell's put out again. I wish this were year-round, but hey. I should make a note that this beer does not fit the Belgian Strong Dark Ale style categorization. While the beer displays qualities of a Belgian-style yeast strain, I feel as though this is more an American Stout fermented with some funky yeast as opposed to an actual Belgian-style ale. Regardless, this beer hits a great medium with being complex and warming (incredible around a campfire) while still being very quaffable.

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Photo of bb0bbby
4.62/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bob's Bar Columbus, OH (They said it was super fresh)

A: Dark brown. Buddy thought it was a porter. Great head & lacing.

S: Dark fruits & dark sugars.

T: Crisp & clean. Dark fruits & molasses aftertaste with slight alcohol aftertaste. Kind B Tasty!

M: Medium body, perfect amount of carbonation.

D: I had 3 of these and then changed to Bell's 10,000. I wanted to switch back but had to leave.

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Photo of matjack85
4.59/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this on tap at Quenchers Saloon in Chicago. 11oz serving into a brandy snifter for $8.

Dark brown color with red highlights when held to light. The 1-finger mocha colored head dissipated quickly, leaving a small rim on top. Lacing was good.

Wonderful smell to this! Dark fruits over dsrk chocolate and other sweet malts.

Light malty sweetness made up of caramel and vanilla. There are also chocolate and cherry flavors present. Mild hop bite in the finish. Delicious.

Velvety smooth, creamy mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation.

This is a great beer that even manages to significantly hide the 7.7% alcohol. Haven't tried it in the bottle yet, but if you get a chance to have it on tap, don't miss out.

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Photo of stimulus
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a goblet.
Batch 9999; #10000 must be coming soon (I hope it doesn't take as long as 9000).

A: Pours an opaque dark brown with a tan head, leaving solid lacing.
S: Smells like dark fruits, like plums, figs, and raisins, with a bit of brown sugar/molasses to follow.
T: Some sort of mix between the aforementioned dark fruits and chocolate; no alcohol bite. What a delicious blend.
M: Medium carbonation and on the heavy side for the body.
D: This tastes like a blend between a porter and an abbey dubbel, like chocolate covered raisins. It's a nice dessert to follow up a hearty dinner.

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Photo of claytron
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had seen this one at the liquor store several times and passed. My passing has ceased and another stellar beer from Bell's emerges. I don't think they make a bad beer. Truly amazing, time after time creating wonderful beers in all styles.

This beer pours a dark brown with a tan one finger head that recedes slowly. I poured this into a Weizen Glass (my only beer ware at the moment) and it gives the brew a little head after each drink. Should use a snifter or large wine glass as is suggested. There is almost no lacing on the glass. the first smell brings memories of many belgian beers but upon tasting it has a taste all it's own. Very smooth taste going down. I drank the first one very rapidly and started to feel a buzz but didn't realize that it was so potent. The alcohol content really doesn't hit you because the beer goes down so smoothly. highly recommended.

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Photo of righthereisay
4.51/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a single at a bottle shop for $3.50. Put in the freezer 15 minutes prior to serving.

Appearance: Very Dark. Light brown head with some lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, alcohol,

Taste: Wow. This one is good. Light Chocolate, some coffee It is like a stout. Nice and malty. I am very impressed. I wasn't expecting something this good. Possibly the best winter Bell's beer.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, a little carbonation, basically a Stout with a lot of alcohol, but you can't taste the alcohol.

You could throw down a lot of these. At 7.70%, you will only know it when you wake up in the morning.

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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 EtOHMD
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick looking very dark brown to black with thin head. Smoky aroma up front, reminds me of a barbecue. Kept looking for more behind it but didn't detect anything else. Smoky Chocolate, cola, oak, tobacco, mild resin and pine. Very complex and warming flavor. Generally a dry feel. Excellent beer. Could drink a couple to three. Nice compliment to a meal of roasted chicken and winter veggies.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark Ale? Ha! Black? Black as the Ace of Spades, it were. Black as night. Even the white bits were black.

It poured with a stunningly deep brown head, really thick, and about a finger's worth. The liquid itself was like heavyweight motor oil - really thick, viscous and deep, dark black in color. I ran and got my blankie, stuck my thumb in my mouth and began to cry out for my mommy. After I finally uncurled myself from my fetal-ball status, I found the courage to pick up my glass again. The nose was amazing - obviously yeast-driven with notes of plum, raisin, anise, and chocolate. What hath Hell and Bell wrought? The mouthfeel was thick and full with a taste of licorice on the palate. The finish had a chocolate/licorice taste. Yow! I liked it, but it was too much even for the likes of me.

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Photo of TonyT
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass

A- Thick dime size head, tinted brown. Amebic lace that hangs

S- Roasted malts without being burned. Very pleasant.

T- The first few sips offer nice roasted malts and slight coffee taste. More malts than hops, which is working very well. Further down the glass, a cola taste starts to make its entrance but the malts still hang and the hops start to come in towards the back. Slight alcohol feel which warms...If you put the beer down for a few minutes, the cycle starts over...nice.

This beer is bordering on a porter.

M- Dryness in the front, mellows in the middle and the carbonation and alcohol hits in the back. Very interesting. Nice medium feel through. Malts stick around in the front, for a while.

D- This is definitely a beer that you could have a few of.

Hell Hath No Fury Ale is the perfect beer to drink on the first day that the temperature dropped down to 52 degrees...welcome to the dark ale season.

Kudos to Bell's Brewery.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with a small tan head which doesn't last too long. It smells like roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and dark fruit. It tastes like smoke, dark fruit, chocolate and coffee. Pretty tasty. The mouthfeel is medium/full, and it's creamy and a bit slick. The drinkability is pretty good too, it's smooth and easy to drink. Overall I like this beer a lot. If it wasn't for the ABV, it would be a good session beer for me. I would drink this again definitely. Good thing I bought a six pack!

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottles from batch 10.17.06 courtesy of BeerBeing (Birthday BIF) and nflmvp (Simply Beer BIF). One bottle was used in the creation of a loaf of bread which wonderfully complemented the other bottle. This one was shared with BA Danfield.

This one pours a deep brown with barely a hint of red shining through the very edge when held up to the light. There's a medium sized light tan head which holds for a minute or two before settling down to a thin halo atop the beer.

The nose is mostly dark fruits (plums, raisins, a little bit of dates) but also a slightly sweet overly ripe cherry smell. There's also a slight alcohol spicy character which adds complexity but doesn't drag down the overall enjoyability.

The taste is a well rounded but not overly dominant chocolate cocoa flavor along with plenty of the expected and very smooth dark fruits. Much less booze in the taste than in the nose.

This is a great, smooth, well rounded beer that I'd love to have again. This is a great example of the style.

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Photo of MDekker
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here it goes! Out pours this liquid, black as night, completely unexpected, but not as thick looking as a stout. The relatively small head is bordering on brown. In the nose I get all sorts of things - coffee, licorice, bread, and even a meaty summer sausage smell. But again, it's not like a stout - there's something lighter and not so somber about it. Upon tasting, I find more - notes of cranberry and cherry, along with the dark, roasted, chocolate flavors, but again, it has some brightness to it. In the mouth it's smooth, but not creamy, with a little alcohol bite to. Overall, I was really pleased with this brew - the alcohol starts to kick in so I wouldn't be able to pack these in, but it's a really pleasant drinking experience.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.

Pours thick and deep brown/black with 2cm of foamy tan head which quickly fades with a good lacing. Smells of sweet smokey pine, caramel, and roasted malt. Tastes of fruits and roasted nuts, a Belgian sweetness and a nice dry hop finish. Medium to full in body with a light carbonation. Very nice sweet, dark beer with a really appealing taste and masks the alcohol well.

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Photo of Newglarusguy
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this beer because of it's label, I'm also a big fan of ale's but I didn't check the labeling on the side that it was a dark ale. Having said that this is probably one of the best ale's I've had to date it pours a rich deep coffee colour the smell just attracted me to it nice hop malts and barley smell to it very pleasing. The taste is superb none like any other dark ales I have tried it the past tastes of caramel hops and a good malt. I strongly recommend this ale to anyone out there but beware this is a beer to enjoy not to engorge.

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Photo of mcallister
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this brew and was glad to see it at the brew pub. Bell's characteristics all the way.

A dense dark brown with no hints of light penetration. No head.

Very sweet roasty malt, coffee, cassis, hints of vanilla, with a caramel, toffee edge. Fig, mollasses and milk chocolate in the nose as well.

Rich smokey roasted chocolate malt, coffee freshly brewed, a hint of creme de brulee, blackberry, fig paste, and caramel.

Creamy, sweet mouthfeel. Overall a damn good beer. Hope they bottle this one. Complex and hell and balanced. Much like a stout. Delicious.

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Photo of aepb1
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Deep dark brown body, light brown head

S- Nice roasty maltiness, some spicy sweetness, a very inviting nose

T- Malt under it all. Sour fruits moving into sweet fruits and some coffee bitterness. Very nice complexity

M- Medium bodied and creamy. Considerable warming for a 7.5% abv

D- Very Cool take from a very cool brewery and it is easy to revisit!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amazingly dark and deceptive pour as it sits like a stout - heavy and black with a finger high head of light cocoa brown firm foam. Keeps its stay for a bit and then some before keeping a slim ring always present. Lacing sticks in tiny little inky strings and patches.

Aroma is a bit muted at first, takes a bit of warming before the tones of dark rounded chocolate begin to take shape. Has some mite sized hints to slight dark fruity raisiny stuff, dates, and banana bread with nuts. A slight warmth also emerges into the nose late.

Solid, robust taster. Deep, dark, lasting flavors roll across the palate with a nice darkly sweet chocolatey tone thats chewy smooth and quite thickly; portly even, and kinda smokey/peaty too. Wonderful! Nice little medley of toasted fruity nut breads with glimmers of caramel and vanilla thrown in. A big time Bell's treat! Yum!

Feel is thick and lovingly soft in a stouty texture. Fullish body, semi chewy and bready, yet very smooth, creamy, and soft with a very hearty warmth and character that suits the colder air weather.

Styles aside; stout, dubble, Belgian dark, whatever...its a whole lotta goodness. Kinda makes me think Expedition stouts' little brother of a sorts. Big and stouty with a tiny flare of the Belgian candy, bready, sweetness. Godd stuff!

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Photo of Jesstyr
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a palm tulip.

Pours dark brown, nearly black, with some like reddish/amber characteristics. Head is light, barely a finger, but lingers nicely with good lacing. Nose is strong in belgian sugar - the sign of a potentially great beer to me.

Taste is strong and malty, excellent hint of chocolate and overall strong belgian sugar flavor that is perfectly balanced. Very smooth, but you can tell its a bit heavy on the booze - it has the slightest of alchohol burn. Nice medium body that finishes a great overall beer.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to nflmvp for this bottle, an extra in a trade, what a guy!

A - this belgian pours a wicked dark inky color, with a thin dark tan colored head that laces to a stubborn ring after half a minute

S - wow, what a complex aroma, every time i smell it i get a new characteristic, most prominent is a deep dark fruity raisin or date, with hints of toffee, vanilla, and spice, like nutmeg or coriander, incredible

T - WOW, i thought the taste was complex, this is an amazingly layered taste, wheaty and bready up front, with chocolate/coffee flavors, and raisiny. this beer does a good job of masking its style, It could be one of several things. it ends with a dry finish with an alcohol kick.

M&D - smooth and mouthcoating, but a bit dry and a sharp alcohol twang, but what an amazing beer, so many flavors packed in 12 oz. man i may move to MI for beer alone. this may be the best Bell's offering i've ever had.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass - batch 7673 from 2006! Thanks Josh for the chance to try this one and at such an age!

A: Pours a deep dark brown/black with a big dark brown head that fades to a ring and leaves no real lacing.

S: The nose is chocolate covered cherries and vanilla with a slight belgian yeast aroma. Smells delicious.

T: The taste is creamy chocolate with a cherry backbone and some vanilla on the finish. It's also got that belgian yeast flavor in there as well. It's pretty sweet and I am not picking up any hops which isn't a surprise given the age of this bottle. I really like this and am curious as to how it tastes fresh.

M: The feel is thick and chewy with a nice creamy texture.

D: I really like this and would definitely have it again. The ABV isn't that high and the alcohol is nowhere to be seen.

The age has given this a bit of oxidization but it's not that bad and doesn't detract from the other flavors. What a treat!

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

single finger head mild chocolate head with some lace, rapidly dissipating. very dark brown with only a small amount of light passing through. very nice almost chocolate covered strawberry like aroma with syrup notes. The flavor is mostly chocolate then dark fruit with a nice sweet finish. A slight smokey note. This beer gets better as you drink it and it is very drinkable. medium to full body and moderate to high carbonation.

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Photo of dedrinker
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black. Obsidian. Onyx. A rich and foamy tan head slowly resides into a creamy thin pancake batter, ready to flip. Aromas of roasted coffee, bitter and acidic, that mellow out to cocoa powder, chocolate chip cookies and milk. The flavor boasts complex and varied layers of coffee, cake - coffee cake - chocolate, vanilla, wood, suede, new shoes, new cars, Jonathan's beard, and a holiday that has yet to be declared. The body goes oddly from medium to light to full, and all with a creamy mouth feel that gives way to a thin acidic roasty bite. This is the taste of a bitter old snow beast who harbors a warm soul and a heart of gold.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz into a tall goblet

A: Pours very dark brown, nearly pitch black with a finger of tan head that slowly recedes to a ring around the beer. Carbonation seems fairly lively.

S: Mixture of toffee, caramel, and roastiness. Faint hops in the background. Almost like a mixture of a stout and a Belgian Dark Strong ale.

T: Quite complex, but atypical to a Belgian Dark Strong. The dark fruits are there (raisin and plum) with some sweet caramel, but the sweetness is well supported. There is an interesting roastiness that accompanies the beer with a faint smokiness in the background. I really like how these two flavors play off each other. They complement each other very well. Saying the ABV is well hidden is an understatement.

M: Exactly where I'd want it to be. Good carbonation with a fairly thick mouthfeel.

O: This beer is very interesting. I really like how the dark fruit sweetness mixes with the roastiness. It's not complex the way a Chimay Blue or Rochefort 8 is complex. It's also not typical to a Belgian Imperial Stout. It's an interesting American version of a beer with a Belgian yeast strain that is dark and strong. I make this distinction because it is quite different than most beers within the style, but I'm quite fond of the beer.

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Photo of martincm
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours up dark but still nice and thin. Head subsides fairly quickly. Looks like black water in the glass. Nice spicy taste with adequate carbonation. This beer could use a little something zingy or zesty to accompany all of the flavor. Good brew, Bell's!

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