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

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Reviews: 604
Hads: 1,144
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 68
Gots: 76 | 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 Huhzubendah
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown opaque body with an inch of soapy, beige head. Aromas of raisins, plums, yeast, brown bread. Similar flavor. Aggressive carbonation. Alcohol presence is pretty mild, likely attributed to the 2+ years of cellar time. I've yet to have an American dubbel or strong dark ale that stands up to the Belgian greats. This one was pretty good. (345 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hell Hath No Fury pours an extremely dark shade of brown - it's oily, with a hint of garnet, and almost black. In the context of this as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, this is too dark for the style. The aroma also does not hint at its supposed style - I am picking up roasted malts, brown sugar, molasses, a touch of dark chocolate, and only the slightest hint of fruit esters one might expect. I am going to abandon scoring this beer within the confines of this style for the rest of the review, because it's clear to me that Bells did not intend to adhere to it so much. As for the flavor, I'm getting some dark fruit elements up front along with a sweet taste that's something along the lines of a 'Stella Doro' Italian cookie. The finish consists of bittersweet chocolate with much evidence of alcohol presence. Overall, this one tastes like it's not sure if it wants to be a Belgian Stout or a Strong Dark Ale... it doesn't excel at either point of view and it's not an interesting combination. Not a bad tasting beer by any means, but I would not buy it again. (1,063 characters)

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. (357 characters)

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

A- Dark as midnight. A rich grainy mocha colored head develops with tight clusters of slightly larger bubbles in small islands in a creamy sea of foam.

S- Rich dark roasted coffee. Chocolate. Cocoa. Molasses. A bitter hop presence behind.

T- Molasses sweetness vs. Hop bitterness. Or more of a well choreographed dance between the two. Rich mocha and smoke. Very interesting and flavorful.

M- Med. to light bodied per the style. Although the moderate abv may have something to do with it. A good carbonation fizz follows this brew down to the gullet.

O- A solid brew for sure. Plenty of flavor to go around and then some. Complex and balanced. This beer was bottled 10/3/12 so it ain't young. I'm sure this one gets Better with age. (739 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a brown ring of head.

S: Hoppy nose, full of citrus and floral notes as well as fruity Belgian yeast esters. Molasses? Yes. Molasses.

T: Dark fruit, chocolate, molasses, citrus fruits, citrus rind.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

O: Pretty good, not their best beer, but definitely worth a try. Recommended. (326 characters)

Photo of Brandegee
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From 12 oz bottle into Chimay goblet

Appearance: Dark mahogany brown, almost black. Accurate description by Bell's as it's a bit darker than the usual dubbel. Very little head and no lacing. A firm layer of sediment remains in the bottle

Smell: Not much! Some wood, maybe some toasted nuts and tobacco.

Taste: Actually, mouthfeel dominates first, with a heavy carbonation. When the taste gets going I have to agree with most reviews: fig and raisin first, with some molasses as the tail end. The finish is fairly clean, without being overly bitter or sweet, but a lingering syrupy, burnt flavor reminds me I'm drinking a slightly different Belgian dubbel.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation up front, but the finish feels almost flat.

Overall: Dubbels don't always appeal to me but this one has a nice roasted flair at the tail end that is different. Not the best dubbel I've had, for sure, but pretty decent. (902 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

P- Thanks to Jim in Pittsburgh for this brew.

A- motor oil black with minimal head and quite opaque.

S- fig, raisin and dark roasted malts hit the nose. Simple yet great complements.

F- fig and dark roasted malts and also molasses.

M- syrupy like molasses mixed with fruit juice and burnt malts. Actually not bad but not great.

O- an average one from Bell's. Wasn't expecting too much from it so it didn't disappoint. (422 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired in a trade with tcman128. Thanks again, buddy! 7.5% ABV per my bottle's label. Bottled 10/18/11. I like the amusing label art and colour. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stemtulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery and style.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger tan colour head of nice cream and thickness, and pretty good (~3-4 minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a nontransparent opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Sm: Lovely refined sugars, rich raisin, buried hints of fig, molasses, dark malts, burnt dark stonefruit, syrup, burnt bready notes, and a light touch of smokey earthiness. Very interesting. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Light bubblegum hoppy notes. Curious. I'm excited to try it; it's atypical of the style but I'd call it appealing. A below average strength aroma. Subtle yet inviting.

T: Burnt bread and molasses are dominant here, with pleasant dark stone fruit and fig notes complementing. It's got a good full malty base comprised of dark bready malts and touches of light earthy character. Well balanced, hiding the ABV quite well. Well handled sugars - some unrefined dark sugar and hints of candi sugar. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. A bit raisiney. Built well, if uniquely for the style. I quite like it, but it's not horribly complex. Its balance and subtlety make up for its simplicity. I quite like it.

Mf: Full-bodied. Smooth and wet. Good carbonation. Good thickness. Good presence on the palate. Complements the flavour profile nicely. Not syrupy or viscous as I feared upon smelling it.

Dr: A rather drinkable little Belgian Strong (if we're considering it that) from Bell's. I'd definitely get this again, and it seems to age nicely. It won't blow you away, but it's a solid balanced example of the style and I quite like it. Very enjoyable stuff if not on par with Belgian examples of the style. Definitely worth trying. I'd recommend it to friends. Thanks for the opportunity to try this, tcman128!

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Photo of dbossman
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Black with a thin fairly quickly dissipating light brown head; nearly no lacing

S: The Belgian yeast hits you first: banana, bubblegum, cloves, and though those are quite prominent, there is some darker fruits and some slightly bready roasted malts peaking through, but man, that yeast strain is dominant

T: While the banana/bubblegum flavors from the yeast are still prevalent, they aren't dominant in the flavors; in fact, there is a pleasant roasty, chocolatey, bready and slightly boozy malt presence with just a touch of coffee and dark fruits as well

F: A touch thin upfront but creamy and sticky on the back end

O: An interesting beer; I wish it was a bit more assertive in hops and mlats so it wasn't so much of a yeast bomb, but I still really enjoyed sipping this down on a cool Halloween night

(from notes) (825 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a nice dark pour with a rim of off-white head. smells of raisins, rum barrels, coffee, toffee, wet grass. the flavor is extremely bitter.. very dirt-manure like. coffee, sweet malt bill is buried behind a raunchy bitterness. medium body, higher carbonation. definitely a weird tasting beer, but it gives me high hopes for a beer i just bottled. it has a weird poop-like flavor overall, but somehow it works. a nice mellow dirt-taste with coffee, dark fruits, but that overall dirt bitterness takes over everything. the beer i bottled is the same way but fresh. this is old.. hoping it turns out something like this. (615 characters)

Photo of mikeyv35
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Date: 06/02/2011
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2009
Glass: DFH Chalice

Pours a dark brown maple in color w/ a skim coat light brown head that leaves medium lacing. Aromas of molasses, raisins, figs, and charred smokiness. The taste was of molasses up front, and finishes w/ slightly smokey malts and hop bite. Medium bodied and slightly lush. The Belgian style carbonation was not there in order to fit the style, more slick than anything. A little odd for the style, but pretty drinkable.

Overall, an OK brew. I would not actively seek this out again, but would drink if offered. (580 characters)

Photo of dvmin98
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Liberty in Charlotte, NC

Dark fruits like plums and raisins. A bit of a nutty flavor lingers and had a chocolaty backbone. Nice lacing around the glass that lasts for a while. Mouthfeel is a bit carbonated on the tip of the tongue. Overall very solid. (266 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown to black with only darkness when held up to light. Not much head and no lacing. Aroma is dark malts with a hint of black licorice. Flavor is smooth front to back with not a lot going on other than a real nice malt flavor. A bit thicker but a nice topper on the end of the night. (297 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours dark brown/cola-like in color with a thin, beige head. Aromas are spicy, Belgian yeast, dark malts, banana. Tastes are pleasant with dark malts, banana, fig, spicy, slight roast, faint tobacco leaf. Mouth-feel is creamy & smooth, medium body, nice carbonation. Pretty standard for the style, but I think it's definitely recommendable. Can't complain at all. (376 characters)

Photo of Weli
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Dark brown color with good clarity, little or no head

S-Dark stone fruits, hints of munich malt

T-Similar to aroma dark stone fruit, plums etc. some chocolate sweetness in the background, overall quite dry though

M- Medium bodied, low carbonation and no head

O- Nice belgian dark, but nothing really to make it stand out. Too little carbonation for the style. (367 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a nice tan two finger head that sticks for a while, black in color, and a just a little bit of lacing.

S: Brown sugar, honey a slight hint of caramel thats only at the tail end.

T: Sweet up front, strong hints of brown sugar and caramel up front, with the tail end consisting of licorice and honey.

M: Medium bodied, and almost no carbonation at all.

O: This was probably my least favorite brew from Bells, in being my favorite brewery I was probably expecting a lot more and was dissapointed, not a terrible beer, but just not what I wanted in the Belgian. (573 characters)

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

Beer wasn't priced when I picked it out, was slightly shocked when it rang up at $16.79 for a six pack. I was expecting a similar price to Oberon or Two Hearted. I am now glad that I went through with the transaction.

A: Once again I was surprised when I poured it into a glass. It's appearance was reminiscent of a stout. Dark brown to black color. A slight tan head that vanished quickly.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, bananas, dark sugars.

T: Roasted malts, figs, prunes, cocoa, & earthy hops.

O: Went down incredibly well. Mild carbonization. Smooth with great flavor & complexity, but not overwhelming.

Ended drinking 2 a day for the last 3 days. Thought this 6 pack was going to last a bit longer. Oh we'll. (715 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hell Hath No Fury

Enjoyed on tap at the HoneyPie Cafe on 1/26/13. Served chilled in a Bolleke Goblet.

A) This is a dark brown brew. There was a full finger of creamy tan head. Excellent retention and some nice lacing too.

S) Definitely picked up that banana aroma from the yeast with this one. A little like banana bread batter. I found some cocoa powder on the nose as well, and light roasted malt.

T) I found much of the flavor to be similar to what I experienced with the aroma. I did make note of some mild spices and a bit of dark fruit coming through. The alcohol remained well hidden. Finishes a little earthy and roasty, not overly sweet.

M) Solid medium body, not heavily carbonated. A nice thickness to it. Mouth coating and quite smooth. Good aftertaste...

O) I really enjoyed this beer it was the perfect way to end dinner and bring on the dessert. A real nice beer to just sip on and relax. Glad to recommend....

Paired with the caramel banana cream pie. Delicious.... (989 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle-dated 10/03/12. Poured into a Chimay chalice.

Pours a very dark brown. No light getting into this one. The head is creamy and dense. Tan foam peaked at about an inch-and-a-half. Amazing retention.

Belgian yeast (with fruits and nuts), mild chocolate, and malty roast. Dark fruits include dates, figs, apples, and a hint of cherries. Nuttiness speaks of roasted chestnuts. Decent nose.

The dark fruits (date, fig, and raisin) are here, but the prominent feature is that of coffee. A great coffee flavor for a Belgian-style ale. That, combined with the yeast's nuttiness (almond), impresses me. Some more chocolate. Lots of roasty malt notes, that are at borderline-inappropriate levels for a BSDA, taste amazing at the threshold. Light creaminess is a flavor, especially as it warms. Such supple, yet bold, flavors despite the quieter nose.

Drinks pretty thick and chewy. Lots of chew, in the way that you'd get a properly constructed oatmeal stout. Carbonation feels light to medium-light, and that's right where I want it to be. An expertly crafted feel.

Tastes great for the style (I swear, it was deemed a dubbel only months back). A beer that I had a first-time great experience with last year, and wanted to confirm or disconfirm its greatness this year. Let's say it's just how I remember it. (1,310 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown, nearly black with a small kahki head. Almost looks like a stout or thick porter. Aroma is very dark fruit, some yeast and spice, and maybe a hint of chocolate and, strangely, some smoke. Flavor is all fruits, with some banana, raisin, and fig. Them some strange roastiness. Medium mouthfeel with moderate to light carbonation. A touch bitter on the finish. Interesting, and not sure how to classify this one. It is unique, but a little weird. As I get further into it, it’s very hard to get it down. Honestly, this ended up a drainpour (but admittedly, I already downed a DIPA bomber and a 12 oz impy). (622 characters)

Photo of --Dom--
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a nearly black color with a short-lived soda like fizzy head. Smells of molasses and dark roasty malt.

Honestly a pretty one-dimensional beer. Starts off with smoky roasted malt, almost coffee like, but not quite. Not quite as sweet as the smell would suggest. Around the middle, I find myself waiting on more taste that just never shows up. It's over before it really starts. It seems a little too close to a stout for me. I like stout, but when I buy something that's billed as a dubbel, that's what I want to taste. Toward the end it starts trying to be a belgian but it just comes up short. Mouthfeel is like an oatmeal stout or similar.

Overall it really is an above average beer, as most offerings from bell's are. But I am a little disappointed. And I certainly do not feel it's worthy of the pricetag, $16 for a sixer. If you do pick it up, keep in mind that it drinks more like a stout and less like a belgian and you might be ok with it. I still love you bell's but it's not a winner for me. (1,051 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color and a moderate amount of carbonation is evident from the bubbles rising near the edges of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high dense tan head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of dark malts in the nose along with notes of dark fruits and hints of chocolate malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that it has a little less flavors of dark fruits and a little more flavors of chocolate and other dark malts. Hints of Belgian yeast are also noticeable. No sweetness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be rather different compared to other beers in the style and somewhat resembles an American Stout brewed with Belgian yeast, making the taste complex yet very drinkable. I was initially expecting something very different but this beer grows on you and the taste improves as it warms up. (1,044 characters)

Photo of MQ4188
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Served at 40 degrees and finished at 50 degrees. Color of used motor oil with a tan creamy head. Aroma of a sweet belgian ale with a hint of ester. Hit palate with a sweet, fruity, toffee wash that gives way to a smooth light smoked sweet coffee.

Very smooth mouth feel with much complexity.

Obviously got more complex as it warmed but there was no boozy kick, even thought this is nearly an 8% .abv

This would be a fine dessert ale that many non craft beer folks would enjoy. (507 characters)

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

Pours nearly black with some russet highlights and a small, creamy-looking head. Aromas of dark fruit, bready malt, raisinets, yeasty phenolics, molasses, and earthy/vinous notes. Roasted chocolaty malt, smoky char, purple fruits, yeast, clove, spice, and faint licorice. Quite drying and fairly clean overall. Kinda, sorta dubbel-like, but with an added roasty element. Interesting and not too shabby... (404 characters)

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. (467 characters)

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