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

Hell Hath No Fury AleHell Hath No Fury Ale

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Ratings: 1095
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%

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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:
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(Beer added by: CRJMellor on 11-03-2004)
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2013 20:45:44 | More by dvmin98
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4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
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....

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 23:18:12 | More by RoamingGnome
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Bell's.

A - Poured very dark brown with a small amount of white head.

S - Dark fruit, cloves, Belgian yeast, raisins.

T - Dark fruit, clove, raisins, Belgian yeast and some spice in the background.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 14:03:59 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Sheffield's.

A- Pours a dark brown with small off white head that leaves a minimal lacing behind.

S- Cocoa powder, dark dried fruits, caramel and roasted malt, licorice, and some tobacco.

T- Lot's of dark fruit including plumb, raisins and figs followed by unsweetened chocolate, roasted malt, licorice and brown sugar.

M- Medium carbonation a slightly syrupy body that finishes dry.

O- Not bad, but there a little too much sweetness for my liking.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 01:39:19 | More by iadler
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4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 22:51:03 | More by matjack85
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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A finger of super smooth brown head. Good retention, decent lace, black body.

Impossible to smell over adjacent patrons' food. I walk across the restaurant to get a whiff of plum on it, but not much else.

Taste is rich, some date, tart malt, some Belgian funk. Definitely a stout/dubbel hybrid. Relatively dry. Very faint cherry. Traces of chocolate on the finish as it warms.

Feel is super-smooth, not syrupy.

Interesting, effective style fusion. Not necessarily a new favorite, but worth a try and to try aging a few months.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 16:17:11 | More by zaphodchak
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4.6/5  rDev +22%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2011 03:47:32 | More by bb0bbby
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer on tap at a local beer bar. Like most Bell's beers this one went under the radar for me for a while, trying to fix that currently.

Beer is brown to black with a mild haze, tan head, small bubbles, low retention, low lacing, low carbonation.

Beer smells very roasty, very strong, sweet, mild yeast.

Beer is basically a stout in my opinion. Mild yeast contributions might push this into the Belgian style ale category. Very roasty, decent finish, I'd have it again. Belgian stout.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2011 02:45:05 | More by drabmuh
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a deep almost opaque black with barely any head. Aroma is dried fruit, dark malts, and a hint of alcohol. The taste is a nice amount of sweet fruits with dark malts and a bit of spice. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with mild carbonation. This is an interesting yet very tasty beer, one I would certainly have again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2011 00:12:42 | More by atsprings
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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at City Tap House, Philly, PA

A: Dark brown, and almost stout-like.

S: Dark fruits, dark sugars.

T: Matches the aroma pretty much: dark fruits, dark sugar and molasses, some bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, small amount of carbonation.

D: Drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2010 18:45:05 | More by Rifugium
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3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Brown, soda like.. with a decent amount of carbonation. Very little head and lacing.

S- Roasted malt, dark fruits, and caramel

T- Tastes like dark fruit, light hints of coffee, touch of alcohol

M- There was a little to much carbonation for me. While it was fairly smooth, it could have been lower for me.

D- This is a really drinkable beer. Its something that could really grow on me because the flavors are there but you don't have to commit to a strong abv beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2010 04:06:25 | More by curly31989
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of overripe dark fruits - figs, raisins, and plums, with hints of semi-sweet chocolate aromas lingering in the background. As it warms hints of roasted malt aromas make a brief appearance.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark malt flavors with slight amounts of roast kick things off and are joined quickly by large amounts of moderately sweet dark fruit flavors - raisins and prunes mostly with hints of lighter figs. Midway through the sip mild amounts of dark chocolate flavors make their way into things before fading out into a mildly bitter ending. As the beer warms slight amounts of char come in before the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was somewhere between a BSDA and a stout although it leaned more toward the former. Most other "Belgian Stouts" I've had have featured a lighter yeast profile with lighter fruit flavors and so the huge dark fruit flavors in this beer were interesting. It's not something I'd fall over to try again but it's an interesting beer that's worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2010 00:14:47 | More by glid02
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Had twice: Draft into pint glass and 12oz bottle into pint glass

A: Very dark brown. ~ coffee like color, tan head, about 1/2 inch thick. Nice foam. Dissipated down to very thin.

S: Dark and fruity. On tap it was chocolate smelling, some raisin and berry. Belgian yeast sour odor existed with the bottled version, less berry and chocolate.

T: Tap: Dark berrys, bit a figs, raisin, port wine flavors. Strong Coffee taste with some hint of dark chocolate. Bottle: Stronger coffee flavor, some more yeast to the taste. Started sour and ended sweet.

M: Both were very creamy and medium bodied. Cannot detect alcohol content. High level of carbonation.

D: I liked both and enjoyed the differences. Little more drinkable from tap over out of the bottle. I imagine bottle will age into tasting like the tap. Both had great flavor and feel.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2010 20:01:44 | More by Jacobpaul81
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2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Bodega. Served in one of their blasted 10oz glasses.

A- Only a small wispy head skims the top of this dark brown/red/purple beer. Lacing is only left around the top of the glass until the head is gone.

S- Very weak nose, it helps to allow it to warm but I still cant get much other than coffee and dark fruits.

T- Surprisingly imperial stout like. Lots of coffee and chocolate, even a little bit of roast. This really is a lot more like a "Belgian stout". The Belgian style dark fruits, yeast and sweetness is pounded down by coffee flavors that are much too strong.

D- Honestly, I didnt care too much for this one. I struggled to find the motivation to finish this glass. Im pretty glad I didnt spend the $18 sticker for a 6 pack.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2010 19:46:10 | More by MbpBugeye
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3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Bodega.

Looks like an imperial brown or a stout. Mahogany in color, nearly black. Dark head and good syrupy legs.

Smells very dark and roasty, sweet and bitter as well.

The flavor doesn't impart much Belgian anything. Super rich, roasted malt and biscuitty notes. Semi-sweet chocolate flavors.

Full bodied, sticky and chewy. Not very drinkable, but a tasty brew I wouldn't mind revisiting once a year.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2010 05:10:36 | More by Spider889
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South Carolina

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

Poured from the Mellow Mushroom in Greensboro after the Summerfest Brews Festival. Served from tap into a Chimay goblet. Pours a deep dark brown with a one finger tan head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of bananas, alcohol, malt, and vanilla. The flavor was of fruit, malt, caramel, alcohol, and vanilla. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a nice brew. Went down quite smooth and was quite enjoyable even after a day FULL of drinking at the festival. Had a very nice flavor, but just a decent aroma for its style. Worth trying for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2010 18:48:46 | More by thagr81us
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2010 12:32:35 | More by oberon
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4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at the Herot.Hit you up front with a cross between a hoppy porter and a stout but is considered an American Dubbel. Surprising smooth and very drinkable..This is one of those beers you've gotta get within the first few weeks it comes out because it dries up fast. Popular when it hits the taps at the local pubs!

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2009 03:21:18 | More by hrking
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3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last beer I got to try at last night's Bell's tasting at the Indy Beer Sellar.

Appearance: Pours a very deep, warm shade of brown with the slightest reddish undertones. No head nor lace forms to speak of, and the complete viscosity of the liquid leaves the amount of carbonation up to the imagination.

Smell: Slightly yeasty with fruity esters, the smell also has light grains and mild and sweet malts. A little heavy and syrupy.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is full of light, sweet spice and chewy dark fruits. A metallic drying in the back of the taste meets a syrupy malt in an unusually bright way. Feel is moderate, viscous, chewy and bright.

Drinkability: Pretty high, but doesn't remind me as much of the style as expected.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2009 22:12:33 | More by kels
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4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

Poured a dark, dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, chocolate and some roast. Tastes of stronger dark fruits (plums and raisins), cocoa, and roast. Medium sweet with light alcohol in the finish. Light lacing left on the glass.

Notes from 11/20/06

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2008 19:51:16 | More by hopdog
Photo of cokes


3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque, clotted garnet-brown-black, with a modest rise of mocha brown head which shows great lacing and modest retention.
It smells of plums, cloves, and dark chocolate, with backing wet concrete, oatmeal, dead leaves, rubber band, cherry pits, and stale coffee.
Once in the mouth, the malt lays down plum and black cherries, roasted grain, which continually gathers steam until it reaches full blow espresso. Clove is huge and rasping, and honestly, gets to be a nuisance in short order. There is a milk chocolate yeast-rich moment in the middle, still strewn with clove and oatmeal. The finish is all bitter, cold, burnt coffee.
The body approaches full with a fuzzy, minor carbonation. It's well suited enough.
I don't hate this, but I don't love it either. This need more true malt depth, in lieu of the primarily roasted malt that is present and (especially) a tempering of the drooling, rabid, clovey yeastiness.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2008 08:13:21 | More by cokes
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3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A deep, dark solid black beer with a half-finger of solid, foamy, tan lacing with great retention and fantastic lacing. Eventually it settles into a sheen of slick oily film. A mysterious, inviting brew.

Aroma: Yeast that lends a nice edge, plenty of earth, smoke, wood, faint char, and a minimal amount of banana or other fruity notes.

Taste: Burnt malts, smoke and burnt wood, heavily roasted coffee and baker's chocolate, bananas, yeast, raisins. A fair number of bitter astringencies lend an interesting and rounded body to everything, enhancing the dryness. Faint sweet and spicy alcohol. Both very complex and very strange.

Mouthfeel: Fine to medium bubbled, creamy, and very big bodied. A large amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Still a damn interesting and strange brew, perhaps even a little better on tap than from a bottle. Alcohol is fine for the style, and though it's not an unbelievably amazing beer, it's still a very unique one - Belgian dark meets American stout meets Rauchbier? Recommended, still.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2008 00:01:47 | More by CrellMoset
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into about a half-pint snifter very dark with a solid light brown head. Smelled of a rich mix of smoked coffee, chocolate, hops. The flavor was strong yet not overpowering. It was a good mix of flavors with the hint of smokiness making for a really good finish. Despite its medium to even heavy body, this was a pretty drinkable brew, although a definite sipper. Another great brew from Bells!

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2008 20:11:09 | More by jeremyd365
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North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a root beer brown color and a ringlet of a head that leaves no lace

Smell: Vinous red wine and vinegar arome with a horse blanket element to it

Taste: Woody vinous flavor with a tobacco and horse blanket finish

Mouthfeel: Thick body with very little carbonation

Drinkability: Intriguing, but not my cup of tea

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2007 20:13:14 | More by brentk56
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New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bell's- Hell Hath No Fury Ale

Appearance- Murky brown with no head.
Smell- Light fruit aroma. Detected raisins, cherry, and prune.
Taste- Light dried fruit flavors came through, raisin, prune, and cherry with a mix of licorice.
Mouthfeel- Slight alcohol presence. Smooth and warming on the tongue.
Overall- A bit on the mild side, but tasty and a good choice.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2007 13:30:15 | More by NJpadreFan
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Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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