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

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Ratings: 1,138
Reviews: 603
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 65
Gots: 73 | 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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

God I am so glad to get these guys back in IL... into the Chimay goblet...

A - Dark body with a finger of tan head that drops down to a ring around the glass after 30 seconds.

S - Leather, lots of chocolate and roasted malt, almost tiramisu-esque. Hops are present, and lend a light grassyness to the beer. Citrus notes (pinnapple?) under it all.

T - Roasty for start to finish. Starts out with caramel, pine, cream, citrus (orange). Lots of hop presence. Long finish with coffee, cream, and some apricot. Reminds me a lot of coffee based deserts.

M - Silky and mid bodied.

D - I really enjoy this style, the very American Belgian dark. This might not be the most complex beer, but everything makes sense, and plays well with each other. Give me this and Nosferatu year around...

Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rsyberg01 for the bottle

Let me start by saying I read nothing about this beer before I tried it, boy was I shocked!! Was expecting maybe a DIPA, or a brown ale...

Poured a deep dark brown, big thick brown creamy head faded quickly leaving a thin 1/2 inch clingy lacey gooey head that stuck till the bottom of the glass. The smell was classic belgian, sweet, dark cherries, but hints of caramel, even maybe chocolate, very full and nice bouguet. Maybe even a sherry or bourbon smell as well. Taste was wonderful, dark fruity flavors right up front, apricots, bananas, cherry, a bit of a bready taste and a nice dry finish. The feel was so much lighter tehn I though basedd on appearence, and that is a good thing in this case. Not thick at all, very nice light and lively consistency, nice carboination, dances around in the mouth, beautiful. This one really shocked me, mostly because I did not know it was a belgian strong dark, I thik I may do more blind reviews as it was a welcome suprise to say the least!

Photo of vdread
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Hell Hath No Fury Ale is beautiful. it pours a thick black with no light coming through, a thick tan head, and visible chunks of sediment floating around.

it smells like roasted malts and sharp spice.

there is a strong dark fruit presence, as well as rich chocolate, spice, strong roasted malt, some sweetness, and a slight hint of spicy hops.

mouth creamy, thick, and with chunks.

i thoroughly enjoyed this beer's complex qualities. i would probably enjoy it more if i could find it in tejas, though.

Photo of schoolboy
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Woo hoo. Another great Bell's beer. This is a big one. A little sweet. Stoutish. Unique. Recommended. I am putting a couple bottles up for storage to try in a year of so.

I recently put up some Hopslam in long term aging. This is very different, with much more of a maltyness going on.

After a year:

Woo hoo! I have had a few of these sitting in the aging bin for 11 months. Since I don't feel like going out, I've gotten a few old ones cold today. This one is barely cold. It is about a year old, in my ager...

It might be better if it were colder. It's black as night. thick smelling, with nothing foul. Enjoyable aroma and taste. It tastes stronger than it is, but inoffensive.

Photo of pkkosmatka
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black with a brownish cast. Rich, dark mahogany highlights at the base of the glass. Creamy dark tan head. Retention is excellent. Decent lacing.

Smell: Roasty, fruity (soft, sweet berries and some sweet dark fruit), mild leafy hops, subtle smokiness in the background.

Taste: Rich, full, chocolatey, fruity (more dark skinned fruits - prune, plum, raisin, dates - than the nose suggests), gently phenolic and delicately spicy, roasty, deep toffee, toasted malts, suggestions of creamy coffee, some leafy hops. The yeast is similar to Chimay in many ways. Quite rich, but not overly complex. The flavor is less roasty than the nose suggests. As it warms it becomes much more like a Belgian-style dubble - just one loaded with malt.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy with a moderate carbonation. Smooth. Chewy.

Drinkability: Hmmm. An odd beer here. It's quite tasty and enjoyable, but also full and rich... more of a sipper. One of these would be perfect on a cool night in front of the fire, or with a good drama on the DVD. You'll learn to love it by the end of the glass, and you might not be ready for another, but I'm sure you'll remember to pick some more up next time you see it.

Photo of Shumista
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass after being left out for a while to warm up a bit.

A- Hell Hath No Fury pours a much darker brown than I expected, with a small brown head. Looks dark enough to be a porter or a stout. Lots of chunky white sediment settles to the bottom quickly.
S- Smells very belgian. Ripe dark fruit, sweet roasted malts and some yeast.
T- The dark fruits and sweet malts from the aroma are there, but there's other flavors that I didn't expect from the aroma. The roasted malts give it very noticeable chocolate and coffee flavors that remind a lot of a stout or porter. It's sweeter than I expected from the aroma as well.
M- Creamy, medium bodied (almost thick/full bodied), with a decent amount of carbonation.
D- Very high for how flavorful of a beer this is. I'd put a few more back if I hadn't only bought the single.

This is a really interesting beer that blurs the lines between style. Some aspects of it remind me of a sweet stout like Bell's Double Cream Stout while others remind of a Belgian Dubbel. Definitely worth a try and something that I will be buying a six pack of soon to share with friends.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Slow's Barbeque in Detroit. Overall it was an excellent beer, but more of a Belgian stout than a dubbel.

The appearance was dark brownish black with a thin layer of dark foam on top (kind of like a stout). The aroma was roasted malts and sweet malts, and the flavor was intensely sweet. To me it tasted like Expedition Stout but 1/2 as robust and a little sweeter.

I recommend this if you can find it.

Photo of tapman
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was told this was a heavy American Brown at the store, but I'm not disappointed that it's a BDS.

Dark brown in color, opaque and has a ruby red trim around the edges; looks like a great stout! Medium head (2 fingers) with good retention and fluffy, thick lacing. Sediment at the bottom of the bottle-bottle conditioned.

Nose is chocolate licorice, coffee, fudge and a soft floral character.

Taste is a rich latte, a firm yet subtle earthy hoppiness. A strong bitterness balances the bakers chocolate. Regardless of these big flavors, the beer drinks remarkably smooth. A minute after a sip some raw sugar/ light cotton candy notes start to paint the palate.

Smooth and not as thick as you would expect. I could have used a slightly fuller mouthfeel, but quite quaffable as is.

Awsome brew, though not quite the brown I expected. Heck, you could probably trick someone into believing that this is a brown, though a very sweet one. Thanks Bell's!

Photo of frikker
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This puppy is dark. By the labeling, which only says "ale", I was expecting something lighter in color. This poured a thick light brown creamy head with incredibly dark liquid. Looks like a stout. I was surprised. The lacing doesn't quite hold, which means to me that it could be aged for quite a bit longer.

Smell: Smells like a bit of a rye ale, surprisingly. The belgian smell, if you will, isn't present. It smells sweet, probably from the malt character. The hops are there, too, to remind you that this isn't a stout. Nothing to powerful here, though.

Taste: You know, I really like this one. Reminds me a bit of coffee tones, with some beautifully balanced malt character. It leaves a bit of a sweetness on your palette after you swallow, as opposed to a dark profile like I'd expect out of a stout. I like it. There is a bit of a bitterness on the outside, but it quickly subsides so that the sweeter characters can come out and play.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, thick, but not over the top.

Drinkability: As usual, bell's nails the balance. I could drink this all day. It isn't too sweet, and has enough character that I keep finding more I like about it.

Batch 9999

Photo of garbercury
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this brew a few years back, glad to revisit it, and it seems better the second time around...

A--Deep dark brown, reddish hue. Minimal lacing that fades quickly...

S--Peppery spice, black licorice, it does have some of that BSD flavor I love, great nose, enjoyable.

T--Excellent, very strong flavors, spice, licorice in the back end of this guy.

M--Good feel a little bit too much carbonation, but still very solid.

D--I really like this beer. Bell's is such a great brewery, I love to see them do Belgian styles and this one does not disappoint. Highly recommended.

Photo of sweemzander
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Batch # 8739

(A)-Pours black and fairly thick. Produced a decent 2-finger head that dissipated after a minute or so.

(S)- Great dark fruits with rich raisin and cinnamon bread. Subtle molasses and roastedness. Yeasty clay with hints of lemon and bananna.

(T)- Rich roasted malts with layered raisin biscuits and clay funk. Finishes in a lemon bananna cinnamon-thing.

(M)- Pretty thick feeling stuff with good carbonation level. A bit more roasted character than usual for the style, but is an interesting twist and provides balance amongst the rather fruity breads.

(D)- A very robust Belgian Strong Dark due to the pronounced roasted component that borders on stout level, but is an interesting variance from the norm. Robust in body, yet slightly lighter in the ABV department.

Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 1,138 ratings.