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

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Hell Hath No Fury AleHell Hath No Fury Ale

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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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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 Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Simple and great for whatever it is. Black with almost no head. Dark chocolate malt, heavy carbonation, refreshingly hits the spot. Cross style, not great for a Belgian as light on the yeast. Malty but not on sweet side.Tad roast, licorice and anise.

Photo of GRG1313
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 9999. 7.5% abv.

Pours black/brown with a thick, firm and rich dark tan head and which is long lasting.

Nose is a perfumed rich plum character that stays very floral and elegant.

Mouthfeel is rich and perfectly balanced.

Flavors are assertive and rich. Front palate is sweet carmel coffee, perhaps a bit too sweet for my taste but perhaps not for others. It is a rich and layered sweetness. Flavor goes from sweet carmel and plum to a rich coffee/burnt carmel-burnt toast character and

finishes with a rich burnt toast quality and character and ends with carmel and bitter espresso. Very nice.

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 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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark with a brownish head. Pretty good lacing.

S: Roasted malt along with some sweet fruits. A bit of hops.

T: Chocolate and dark fruit; dark malts and some style-specific yeast characteristics.

M: Full body and medium carbonation. Fairly chewy.

D: Definitely one to be sipped, but all around very enjoyable.

Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

That's a pretty strong beer. Alcohols make it seem much higher than the 7.7% advertised. Begins with a deep, rich mohogany / burgundy color and nearly opaque. Initially good retention, but fades relatively quick. Good lacing. Smells very fruity (dried prunes, raisons, berries, and cherries), sweet (licorice and candy sugars). Maltiness could have come through better. Tastes strong with the fruits and sugars, but still weak with the bready, malty qualities. Remains hot and spicy. Spices seem to come from alcohol and added ingredients, and not from the classic Belgian yeast. Feels hot, very very hot with a follow up of thin sweetness, and yet no real texture or firmness. The beer is nice, but comes through a little too cough syrup-like. Probably could use some age.

Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one a long time ago and I really need to have it again sometime. I remember this brew really sparking my interest. The color was really dark and it looked very thick also. The head was minimal and didn't really do much in the way of lacing but the retention is great. The smell was big and loaded with sweet caramel and roasted aromas. Couldn't get much in way of Belgian yeast aromas or anything like that. The taste of the beer was burnt but at the same time it was sweet and almost reminded me of a dessert. The mouthfeel was oily and had a low carbonation to it. Overall I really wanna give this one another go. I feel that I'd enjoy this one ever more now.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.97/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle (courtesy of Tpaglia): Poured a pitch-black color ale with a small brown foamy head with minimum retention and lacing. Aroma of light sweet malt and candi sugar. Taste of sweet malt and candi sugar with no spices or yeast characteristics being noticeable. Body is about average with no alcohol being discernable. I though that this beer was generally lacking in character and not that close to the style and definitely sub par from this usually great brewery.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Darkest mahogany with toasted pecan trim. I've seen plenty of stouts that weren't this dark. The wonderful looking cap is buttered wheat toast brown. Although it doesn't match the rocky majesty of a true BSDA, it's a looker in its own right. So far I'm impressed.

I like the nose as well. It's dark malty and is spicy enough to make me believe that an actual Belgian yeast strain was used. As long as the phenolic nature of the aroma stays in the background, the flavor and I will get along just fine.

Hell Hath No Fury doesn't quite get it done on the palate. I respect Bell's enough to judge this beer as I would a BSDA from Belgium. The sad truth is, it comes up considerably short. It's still a little on the cool side, so I'll be interested to see if I change my tune once it warms a little.

The first thing that strikes me is how much the beer feels like a double stout in the mouth. It's full and could even be considered borderline syrupy thanks to all the mouthcoating. That lush, sticky feeling is accentuated by a relative lack of carbonation (relative, at least, to a Belgian ale). Since I like this sort of mouthfeel, I think it's great.

The flavor seems a little dumbed down to me. Most of the usual style elements are present: ripe figs, dark candi sugar, dark rum, cocoa, molasses... even anise. Clove spice is present and accounted for as well. For some reason, though, they don't meld into the wonderfully complex whole that the world's best versions deliver. It's hard to put into words. I know a great BSDA when I drink one and I'm not drinking one right now.

I was interested to see how one of the best breweries in American would approach one of my favorite styles. While I can't say that I'm completely disappointed, I have no desire to buy another bottle if no changes are made. Hell Hath No Fury Ale hath a lot of potential, but it ain't there yet.

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

Thanks for sharing, Jer.

Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head. Typical aromas for the style, here: dark fruits and sweet sugars (toffee and brown sugar, for the most part). There is a bit of banana and maybe even some roasted malt, particularly as it warms. The banana more pronounced on the palate than it is on the aroma. Plenty of toffee, sugar, and dark fruit (raisin, mostly) flavors with a hint of roast on the back end.

Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a coffee-like, black color with a mocha, one-figner head. The head quickly dissapated.

S - It smelled of malt and dried fruits. Possibly some orange, too.

T - It has a caramel-like maltiness. Also, a spicy hop quality and some bittersweet chocolate.

M - It was smooth and slightly creamy. A heavy-bodied beer.

D - An oustanding Bell's product. It almost reminds me of an RIS or great porter.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia. Batch #10735.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a moderate-sized, beige head.

Smell: Roasty and fairly sweet-scented all around, implying sugary promises of gooey chocolates and caramels rounded with cooked fruits, phenolic spices, drizzled molasses and a small shot of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet chocolate morsels and coffee dosed with a fair amount of table sugar evolve into tastes of smoky molasses brushed berries, plump raisins, toasted pumpernickel, cracked cloves, and understated resins. Restrained bitterness. Some burnt caramel opening up as it warms. Drying, fruity, spicy finish that's reasonably smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. A little bit chewy, even.

Overall: Something different, I liked it, and the overall flavor profile made me think of a Schmaltz anniversary brew. I went in a bit uncertain of the style, merely buying it as I'm a fan of Bell's, but enjoyed the malt-forward, stout-like elements blended with the Belgian qualities for a beer that seemed bigger than the listed 7.7%.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

I was lucky to find a single o' this in Mundelein...then everywhere seemed to have it on-tap. Dammit. Oh well. It pours a pretty much opaque black-brown topped by a short finger of stark ecru foam. The nose comprises rum, figs, raisins, cherries, cinnamon, chocolate, nutmeg, black pepper, clove, and a touch of black olives. The taste runs very similarly, though the spice reign slightly more supreme than the fruits, with the pepper, cinnamon, and clove really taking some firm control. Some light sourdough seeps in there as well. The body is a hefty-ish medium, with a light carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice and tasty BSDA, one that is dangerously drinkable: I'm not entirely certain I can stop...

Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown foam on top of a black body with clear, amber highlights. The head settles quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Dark sugary notes of brown sugar, molasses, smoky caramel and cola.

T - Sweet, dark malt up front with notes of molasses and dark sugar. Some smoky licorice in the middle with dark caramel and more molasses. The beer finishes with lots of dark sugar, lightly roasted grain, and light bitterness with smoke and licorice lingering in the aftertaste.

M - A thick, syrupy body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - I'm not really getting much Belgian character out of this brew, but there is a nice combination of complex, dark sugar and subtle roast. The sugar is heavy and intense, but it somehow doesn't seem cloying and the beer is reasonably drinkable despite the sweet finish. Nicely done.

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 TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from northertimber, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color with a thin tan head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with Belgian yeast, chocolate and dark fruit, with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is rich and very-well balanced with flavors of dark chocolate, Belgian yeast and a touch of dark fruit. The malt character is very hearty and the hops presence is mild. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good representation of style, good kick to it, I could certainly drink quite a few of these. This is a good beer to stick with for an evening.

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

Love the label.

Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Nose is unusual for the style. Coffee and tar. If I didn't know any better, I'd say this was a stout. Interesting flavor profile. Coffee and a real stout like profile do exist. (the nose didn't lie) Quite robust and a steady flavor profile. On the backside I get a sweet tone from sugar and a touch of that yeasty funk I've come to expect from my Belgian ales. Feel is thick on liquid. Carbonation is slightly low. This is a nice to drink Belgian ale. Far be it from me to argue the finer points. But might this be a Belgian Stout?

Thanks to Grafter for the chance to try this one.

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

Picked this up at Macadoodle in Jane, MO, a touch pricey at $13 a sixer, Batch 9999...

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 4 fingers of caramel colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Pears & apple peels

T: Follows the nose, some chocolate cherry notes, dryness, candi-sugar & some brown bread notes up front. Plums, carob, powdery dryness & figgyness as this warms. Finishes fruitty, with candi-sugar sweetness/dryness & slight chocolaty/boozey notes

MF: Fairly rich, firm carbonation & good balance. It is somewhat warming

A good drinking Belgian Dark. This is fairly interesting, but not mind-blowing. Would buy again if in the mood for this style

Photo of Rifugium
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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 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!

Low B

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid brown body, opaque, thin, but lasting layer of cocoa-tan foam above. Solid look for a dubbel.

Nose is all cocoa powder, with suggestions of maple, nuts, & other sweet, dark and tasty things.

Taste is more of the same, with an appreciated heft to the feel. Comes on and grows spicy on the tongue, coats the palate with a slick, chocolately, syrupy sweetness. Cloys a tad, but still delights.
Thins out a touch and dries nicely in the finish.

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Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 1,140 ratings.