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
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 1,140 | Reviews: 604
Photo of Duff27
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours into a Bell's tulip. Huge three-fingered mocha head atop a near black beer. Head appears thick and frothy. Excellent lacing.

S- Chocolates, dark fruits. Slight whiff of Belgian yeast.

T- Grapes, more dark fruits. No hops detected. Belgian yeast is more subdued than other Belgian-style beers I've had recently...and that's okay.

M- Good carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

D/O- Well overall I'd have to say this pleased me. I found no glaring flaws, at least my tastebuds. Pairs well with Hellmouth's "Pawnshop St. Christopher".

Photo of Tone
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of earthy malt, hint of hops, and a hint of smoke. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight citrus hops, and slight floral hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, blend, and body.

Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a reddish tint. A thick dart tan head forms. This looks good but I'm confused because it looks more like a porter or something than like a Belgian dark.

Smells of grapes, chocolate, and roasty malt. Good, but surprising again, much more roast and chocolate and much less fruit and sugar than I was expecting.

Taste is a bit different from the nose. Still some chocolate but there's also a big roasted coffee flavor. Not really getting the grapes but I do get some subtle sweet cherry flavors.

This beer is at least as much like a stout as like a Belgian dark, if not more so. But who really cares if it's "to style?" It's a good beer, and a unique one. Worth seeking out if you're a fan of dark beers in general.


Photo of DrJay
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much completely black with a fluffy chocolate brown head. Good retention and plenty of streaky lacing. Yeasty aroma with some bread crust, wheaty malt, chocolate, faint burnt and a bit of dried fruits. Low bitterness with plenty of malt sweetness, some milk chocolate, bread, yeast, and berry/cherry fruitiness towards the end. Lingering wheat, yeast, and chocolate. Full bodied, fairly heavy, with carbonation on the low side that produces a creamy texture. Some dryness. Alcohol is well hidden. This is really tasty stuff, kind of a hybrid between a dark belgian and a stout or porter. I'd definitely buy this again.

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

A: poured a dark brown with brown highlights when held up to the light with a very thin khaki head and left almost no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: upfront on the nose I was greeted by chocolate and dark fruit notes alongside some mild roastiness and mild minty spice notes.

T: the taste had some banana and mild belgian yeast flavors with chocolatey, mild minty herbal, and roasty accents. It did also have some dark fruity character.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, dark fruity, chocolatey, and slight creamy boozy finish.

D: I thought it was a solid BSD and really liked the beer all around which drank pretty good.

Photo of harpus
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Maroon to brown liquid with good lacing.

S: Stone fruit, apricots and peaches. Some earthy notes, which could definitely be stronger. There isn't enough strength or complexity in the nose, but it's not bad. The style is very competitive with some truly great Belgian beers, so it's a good beer that suffers more from judgment against style than on its own merits.

T: Good flavor. It's not your typical Belgian Dark. There are licorice and raspberry flavors that I wasn't expecting. It's sweeter without quite enough complex yeast flavors, but it's still rather enjoyable. Again, comparison to style hurts more than anything. I don't mean to be too apologetic. I just want to be clear about my motivations for these ratings.

M: A little thin for the style. It could use more carbonation and body.

D: Fairly easy to drink, but it's a tad too sweet and too thin for a Belgian.

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

12 oz bottle picked up in Michigan a while ago.

Pours a pretty dark and opaque brown, almost stout like, medium sized light tan head forms, settles to a big bubbled ring around the glass, some lace spots stick all over, looks pretty cool. Smell is neat, very rich and smokey, sweet caramel, some candi, light chocolate and roast, brown sugar, some dark fruit, lightly spicy, touch of bubblegum, pretty cool aroma. Taste is similar, very sweet and smokey, brown sugar, lots of dark fruit, butter on burnt toast, some chocolate and light roast, caramel, light spiciness, very rich in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty smooth and rich. Not a bad beer, maybe more of a Belgian stout than a BSDA, but either way its pretty good.

Photo of Bighuge
2.28/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Black body. Thin creamy brown head. No light gets through. Looks like a stout. Lace comes in rings.

Aroma: Thick dark malts, chocolatey, mud, sludgey yeast.

Taste: Sludgey yeasts here as well. Dark, sludgey malts. Sludge in general. A little raisin, but it's hidded behind the sludgey dark malts. I think I'm getting some sludgey wet cardboard/armpit oxidation as well. Taste is not to my liking.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-full body. Low carbonation. Alcohol is absent on the palate.

Drinkability: Not one I need to return to. Probably my least favorite Bell's product to date. I just finished a Smutty Winter (dubbel) and this is not even in the ballpark of that beer.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle opened on 2-23-12.

A - Pours a cola brown with a small fizzy dark brown head. Gone almost instantly.

S - Boozy old fruit and sweet raisins.

T - Similar to the smell, stronger fruit.

D - Lower carbonation and a medium body.

O - Swwet, low carbonation, but still pretty damn good.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

9999 on the back label..what does this mean?

It pours a really dark brown, can't see any light shining through, with a 1 finger head of tannish foam and does a good job with the lacing.

Brown sugar in the smell, with some yeast, and some noticeable bitterness. The aroma isn't all that strong so I had to work at what I got.

Tasting...it has some chocolate and dark fruit sweetness, quite a bit of alcohol, some bready malt, more booze, some bitter chocolate notes, slight tartness on the back end. For a 7.7%abv brew, it comes across as a *lot* stronger and, imho, smothers the flavours big time.

Medium bodied with the carbonation on the light side of medium, the mouth feel is not something to complain about.

Drinkablilty, to be blunt, is pretty bad. It'll be a chore to finish the bottle.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Is this really a Belgian style beer, or a mix between a Belgina and a stout???

Pours a satin black/brown with a deeper brown head with poor retention. You can se the bubbles clearly on the ouside edge of the beer, right next to the glass, sporadic and hasty. Tne aroma is a lightly spiced roasted malt. The taste better defines the variations between the Belgian and English parts of this beer. Very malty, not a lot of hop presence, but I know it's there. Velvety sweet mocha with some smokey, but lots of toasted mlats. IT tastes more stout than Belgian. But both styles are represented. The palate is very sweet and drak and with some good carbonation as well. A complex nightcap.

Photo of glid02
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.

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 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!

Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid the price (4.25) for this one but it was worth it!

A - Pours pitch black which was scary since I thought it was more of a Doppelbock and had a mere half inch of head.

S - Ow wow it smelled lighter than expected! I got a lot of candied sugar, little yeast WHICH is a plus!, and a mild dark aroma of dark fruit like fig or raisin. Hmm...

T - Medium ABV at best tasted of mostly mild yeast, sweet plum and raisin and maybe a little chocolate but you would have to dig DEEP for flavors that complex.

M - Medium and surprisingly sip-able

D - Well I don't know the price of a six pack since I threw the cap away but it really wasn't as dark and horrible as I anticipated. Really balance Belgium which is easy to say since its and American Belgium which use less yeast! Nice brew.

Photo of jrallen34
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Bruery tulip...Dark brown with a nice medium brown head, pretty nice retention but lacking on the lacing...Light aroma, I can sorta see the dubbel notes; alcohol, plums, sugar and spiced mixed with coffee, and strangely clove...More dubbel characters but this has way to much alcohol for me, candied sugar, dark fruits and spice. Light chalk finish.

Don't hate but don't love it. Not a drain pour but wouldn't have it again.

Photo of avalon07
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a big, tan-colored, long-lasting, foamy head. Average lacing.

S: A subdued aroma of yeast, malt, and mild spices.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, some malt, but not much in the spice department. There was also an unpleasant grassy quality in the finish. A thin flavor (for a BSDA) that could have been better.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: I guess I expected better from Bell's. This isn't a terrible or undrinkable beer, but it is disappointing.

Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft, 3$ happy hour at Maduro with Golden2wenty1 and expatsteve

appearance: delivered in the standard Maduro pint glass...dark mahogany body with strong garnet tinting, no head to speak of

smell: I get almost nothing on the nose, which was a big dissapointed since that is hardly the case with most of the Bells line. Only a light roastiness and some light coffee/chocolate sweetness

taste: Well first of all, I have no idea what this beer is. 2 things are absolutely certain though. This is not a belgian strong ale and this is not a dubbel, at least not in my eyes. It falls closer to a stout/porter hybrid, and falls well below their existing stouts/porter. Thank goodness, the aroma wasnt telling...taste is hazelnut, sweet chocolate, plum, dark cherry, light oatmeal, coffee grounds, general nuttiness

mouthfeel: creamy and smooth, medium-full body

drinkabilty: not an issue

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. 7.5% ABV, Batch # 9999 (Sept. 21, 2010).

Thanks to both GormanB and Sweemzander for bottles of this. I figured I'd age some and see how it turns out.

A - The slow, tall pour creates a nice frothy tan head with nice staying power and some clingy lace above the black beer.

S - A funky Belgo-American yeast seems to populate the beer alongside a bittersweet chocolate and cocoa aroma. Dark candi sugar, dark fruits, and roasted chocolate malt in the mix as well. Sort of grainy on the back end.

T - A rough blend of Belgian and American, Hell is a mix of light Belgian nuances; yeast, candi sugar, and fruit esters with fully American coffee and heavily roasted chocolate malts. A Belgian-ized porter if you will.

M - Medium-bodied and soft up front with a smooth mid-palette finishing very dry and just a touch acrid bitter. Lingering sweetness provides a bit of balance.

D - Unique but not fantastic, Hell is a sipping beer and the next time I open a bottle I'll probably split it with someone.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong and yeasty with fruity and caramel hints. It pours a dark chocolate brown with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled tan head, looking rather like a stout or porter. Rich, mouth-filling flavor is mainly yeasty with tones of caramel, roast coffee and chocolate, as well as a hint of hop bitterness. Sublime texture is thick, oily and fizzy. I strongly recommend this one!

Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with small tan head that died quick and left lace around the glass. A strong malt aroma of roasted and some cocoa overpower fruity, yeasty aromas but they are there. Taste is more of same which is slightly shameful as even though orange and dark fruit, as well a nutty yeastiness, make this a full-bodied and tasty sipper, it just has a little bit too much of a dry edge of burnt/bitter chocolate and roasted (even coffeesque) malt so there's just a touch too much of breadi-biscuitiness in the finish. Still, a quality Belgian style brew that is nice to drink and the ABV only complements the backend w/ making beer boozy.

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.

Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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

The color is a deep, rich red-brown, something akin perhaps to cherry wood with surprising clarity for the color. A light brown head between one and two fingers tall has decent retention, leaving a firm, strong layer atop the beer that trails patchy lacing behind it.
The dark fruits I would expect are in the aroma with a touch of licorice beneath a roasty malt that could form a stronger backbone. Not extremely but pretty complex, a bit of a sherry aroma, prominent spiciness, and candied sugars taking over. This would have a 4.5 if the malts would come through here.
The same goes for the flavor. A sturdy and reletively complex mix of candied sugars that aren't as sweet as many Belgians (or at least standards for particular Belgian styles), dark fruits, spiciness and alcohol make up most of it, giving it a sherry-like quality. A touch of burnt wood lingers, which is actually nice with the other flavors. Alcohol sneaks up but doesn't hide for laong. This one did end up kicking my sinuses, even though 7.5% really isn't that high considering. Maybe I'm not used to the style, but I wonder where the Belgian yeasts are.
The motuhfeel is pretty thick, even verging on chewy. While sweet, this one does avoid cloying, which is good. It doesn't really go the way of either crisp or smooth, and carbonation is very light (which is appropriate).
This is a nice offering from Bell's, though I don't how how "traditional" it is.

Photo of ZAP
2.73/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours black...thick...looks like an Imperial Stout...

S-Nose is smokey and peaty...some blackened, burnt malt too...not real assertive aroma.

T-Does not strike me as a Dubbel...carries more stout characteristics than anything....burnt malt....smoke....

M-Thick, full and rch..again seems more like and Impy Stout

D-This is the third bottle I have had of this and I am not impressed....really has no true dubble characteristics..might have worked fine as Bells 8000 or something with a looser clasification, but even then this comes off as a muddles, poor tasting beer....regardless of what it is classified as I would not buy it again....give me more of the hopslam please..

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