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

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Ratings: 1,139
Reviews: 603
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 65
Gots: 74 | 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: 1,139 | Reviews: 603
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some dark brown and dark amber highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall tan head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium sized patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts with chocolate, caramel, molasses, dark fruits, and quite a bit of spices.

T: The beer is pretty sweet with notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, and molasses over the top of roasted malts. There are dark fruit flavors in addition to the spicy Belgian yeast.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy.

O: I really enjoyed this brew and the taste made me think this contained an actual Belgian yeast strain. This is definitely a beer that you will want to sip slowly.

Photo of woodychandler
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark Ale? Ha! Black? Black as the Ace of Spades, it were. Black as night. Even the white bits were black.

It poured with a stunningly deep brown head, really thick, and about a finger's worth. The liquid itself was like heavyweight motor oil - really thick, viscous and deep, dark black in color. I ran and got my blankie, stuck my thumb in my mouth and began to cry out for my mommy. After I finally uncurled myself from my fetal-ball status, I found the courage to pick up my glass again. The nose was amazing - obviously yeast-driven with notes of plum, raisin, anise, and chocolate. What hath Hell and Bell wrought? The mouthfeel was thick and full with a taste of licorice on the palate. The finish had a chocolate/licorice taste. Yow! I liked it, but it was too much even for the likes of me.

Photo of mothman
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 8739

This one is dark. Color is a deep ruby red, can't even see through it except on the bottom edges. Head is a tan brown that leaves a medium level of lace.

Aromoa: This beer smelt much like a hefeweizen, fruity, only there was also a chocalte and roasted malt flavor as well. Taste was like a chocolate covered banana. There was a nice hint of floral hops and a very strong taste of carmel present.

The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy. Leaves a hoppy flavor for the aftertaste.

Overall, to me this beer seems to combine a few different styles, and for that, it is unique. I would recommend that a person tries it.

Photo of yourefragile
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #8739 poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear, very dark brown, near black with a thick off white, creamy head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves very little lacing.
S: Very mild, mix of dark fruit, malt, caramel, yeast, Belgian-y in general.
T: Very big flavor, similar to the aroma, but much stronger. Immediately reminds me of a Unibroue beer. Starts with a strong overpowering Belgian yeast flavor that takes a while for me to get off my tongue and taste the rest. However, hiding in there are roasted malt body with strong dark fruit, raisin, brown sugar, etc flavors. Thick and smooth mouthfeel make this a very flavorful and overpowering beer. Interesting, but just seems out of control to me and not quite on point for this style.

Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

Photo of tempest
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from one of the many coolers at Abe's. This is a strong B+ beer. Very American in that, while it's clearly Belgian inspired, the yeast is still fairly clean (like the Sparkling Ale) and the malts control the flavor. That's not a bad thing, but this isn't an amazing Belgian. It is a nice sort of strong brown/porter-ish beer with hints of clove and cinnamon on top of the chocolate loaf and roast character that really defines and makes the beer. The aroma, while not much more than the flavor in terms of depth, is oddly intoxicating. I don't understand it, but while I might only want to drink one or two of these beers in a day, I could smell it all week. Go buy this beer, and then smell it.

Photo of BARFLYB
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a st. bernardus glass. Could of got a 6-pack but only got a single.

A- Bell's HHNF ale has a very dark mahogany color to itself. Almost like a mix of black & brown intertwined. A very creamy dark tan head had more retention that i was expecting. This BSDA left nice streaks of lace. This looks promising so far.

S- A lot of roastiness in the smell which was not expected. Alot of dark fruits in the nose with some figs and a dash of clove. A lot of malts and spice in this as well. Almost detected a Belgian yeast variety but who knows. A hint of chocolate and cocco as well.

T- Altogether on first sips i felt that the Belgian yeast took a turn for the worst as this is not what i like in my BSDA. Behind that yeast is alot of dark malt character giving off a roasty appeal with some chocolate thrown in the mix. Some light coffee in the middle. The addition of spices such as clove also comes into play while some figs, molasses % candi sugar come out. A whole lot going on without structure. Somewhat dissapointing.

M- A bit on the thick side of things for a BSDA but that may be what Larry was going for. The flavors don't come together nicely leaving me sipping this pretty fast without letting it sit for any time, the aftertaste had a metallic and rust like feel to it. Coats the mouth nicely though, i just wish it was more tasty. Mild carbonation.

D- I managed to finish the bottle but barely made it through the 12oz. Glad I only bought a single as this was not to my liking. A moderate ABV would make this a candidate for multiple bottles at a time, but not this time. Much better examples of this style made in the U.S. so I won't be going back to this.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hell Hath No Fury pours a very dark brown, with a good sized light brown froth. Aroma is malty, a little fruity. The flavors of this beer are very complex. Strong roasted malt, brewers chocolate, brown sugar and some pit fruits (cherry like) to name a few. Definately alittle boozy, even though its only 7.5%. Not so sure this is a Belgian Strong Dark, but whatever it is, its a pretty damn good beer.

Photo of corby112
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with some very slight amber/mahogany edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy, foamy coffee colored head.

Roasted malty aroma with hints of dark fruit and slight smokiness. Slight hints of chocolate and licorice as well as dark berries. Overall, the aroma is very bland and the only characteristic of the beer that I wasn't impressed with.

Medium bodied and slightly overcarbonated up front with a smooth and creamy medium body and bitter dry finish. Subtle spice up front with some dry earthy hops. Hints of dark fruit, mostly berries and cherry along with some peppery spice and silky chocolate notes. An interesting take on the style. I look forward to trying this one again sometime.

Photo of weeare138
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a toasted, dark brown with russett highlights when held to the light. A small, tan head quickly fizzles out into a collar. Small amounts of spotty lace slide back into the brew.
Smell is of cocoa beans, brown sugar, toasted malt, oven roasted oatmeal, and Bell's signature funkadelic house yeast found in nearly all their brews that reminds me of stale bread.
Taste is of cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, figs, and cola.
Mouthfeel is sweet, sugary, fizzy up front, all in a yeasty, medium bodied brew. Cocoa powder and sugar tickles the tongue during the finish with a mild warmness.

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

Pours black with a fairly slight head that fades to a ring. Smells spicy and malty with some vinous notes as well. Nice backbone of tangy yeast and very dry, spicy malt, with lots of clove, but not a lot of sweetness. The finish is dry and almost woody with some lingering spicy bitterness. Smooth and slightly tangy in the mouth. A little bit different interpretation of the style, but I enjoyed it.

Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - black with a short, soft, off white head

S - roasted malt, sugar, Belgian yeast, faint spice

T - roasted malt, faint spice, caramel, faint bitterness, some cinnamon, some chocolate

M - full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a really nice beer. It's like a Belgian stout. It has both American and Belgian qualities. The spices are sublte but add complexity and nuance. I would definitely like to have this again.

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a black body with a creamy tan head that fades to a ring pretty quickly. There is a gentle carbonation that can be seen but the body is a bit dense unless held to the light where it is a warm brown as the glass narrows.

S- This beer has a slight sweet prune and brown sugar note with a smell of sweet dark roasted malt with a faint earthy hint.

T- This beer has a smooth dark malt flavor with some notes of brown sugar. There is a spicy note that finishes the flavor. The is a light cola note and a faint coffee roasted malt flavor that come through as it warms but the flavor is very well blended together.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tiny little fizz that cleans up the finish nicely.

D- The beer has a very nice flavor and is very smooth and drinkable.

Photo of akorsak
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a multi-case purchase with several central PA BA's.

A: The ale is a deep black color that allows no light to escape. The head is a small ring of off-white color, not too impressive.

S: The aroma is molasses and brown sugar with raisiny hints.

T: The ale has too much going on. The first few sips provide a molasses bitterness paired with brown sugar. Green grapes emerge after that with a bit of tartness. Finally there are some smoky flavors that bring the beer full-circle and accentuate the molasses flavors.

M: The flavors overall are a little to raw and mismatched for my tastes. Some parts, like the smokiness, really work but the molassess doesn't.

D: This is a rare miss, in my opinion, by Bell's. The flavors never come together, creating a series of conflicting tastes.

Photo of billab914
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 9999. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured a dark brown color with a thin tan lacing sticking to the sides of the glass.

The aroma has brown sugar, caramel, some sweeter dark fruits and a little chocolate to it. I also get some Belgian yeast spice coming through as well as some alcohol.

The taste has a bit more of the chocolate flavors coming out in it. I get crisp fruits mixing with the belgian yeast spice in the finish. Some sweeter caramel notes are there as well.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty solid beer of the style, but not one that really stood out. It seemed to lack a little of the depth that the best of the style have to me. A pretty tasty beer to sip on this evening overall though.

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

What a treat to find this beer available at the Oregon Beer Festival. I don't know if the beer was true to type, as it was a bit deeper and roastier then I expected. It very much reminded me a mythical blend of a rich porter with a dark belgium ale. Lot of dark fruit on the palate with enough hops in the finish to keep interesting and from being overly sweet. This is not the sort of beer I'd want to drink all the time (especially on a hot summer day), but this would be a great late fall or winter brew to sip before a warm fire. Another excellent beer from Bell's.

Photo of biegaman
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hell Hath No Fury looks like it's been licked by hell's hot flames and turned charred black as result. This is staunchly opaque and, without the typical highlights observed in a Belgian Strong Dark ale, has me looking at it as more of a porter. Its ocher-brown head drains to the perimeters. BSDA's are often dark, deep tones of mauve or brown, but never have I seen one this simply black. Just like a black hole, this sucks in light and emits nothing.

Apparently its aroma was raked over the coals as well! This smells like a smoked porter. It has a sooty, roasty, ashy persona with a generous hint of smoked meat. There seems to be some underlying phenols, but the spiciness takes back seat to the smoke character. I can't claim to be sensing much dark fruit or bready maltiness either. A little swirling brings out notes of coffee, chocolate and even more lightly spiced, heavily smoked meat.

The taste is similar to aroma and boasts the same unorthodox, perplexing combination of smokiness, spiciness and dark roasted malts. Some fruit (plum, raisin) seems to have finally bled through although they continue to be accompanied by equal parts coffee, chocolate, anise and some bourbony oak too. It would seem to me they went a little heavy on the roast malts and didn't get enough ester/phenol production out of their yeast.

What prompts me to say that is the abundance of bittersweet maltiness and the relative lack of fruity or spicy flavours. There is plenty that differs this from other BSDA's but notably it is the absence of phenols and minor presence of esters. With every sip I think more and more of this as a porter - there really isn't much of anything Belgian about it.

The carbonation is low and the beer borders on syrupy at times. There is a certain bittersweet character that is (again) more typical of porters than BSDAs. There's a note of alcohol that is neither balanced nor complimentary. This isn't very rich nor complex; there's no caramelized sugar syrup nor phenolic dry yeast. This bottle was brewed in September and it is now June, but for a beer this style and strength that shouldn't have anything to do with it.

But as things stand now I'm not too anxious to search out another bottle to be sure. If you look Belgian Strong Dark ales up in the BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) you'll see some of the world's highest rated and most coveted beers listed as "commercial examples" for this style. With those offerings readily available on the market there's no reason to settle on this, even if the same brewery does make the best stouts and IPA's around.

Photo of Axnjxn
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Thanks goes to CRJMellor for this one.

Batch 7673

Pours a dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy brown head which leaves quickly, some oil slick left behind. The nose is of sweet malts, yeast, dark fruits, and some caramel. The taste is pretty nice of malts, yeast, prunes/figs, and slight caramel. ABV is hidden pretty well, nice warming effect. Medium body, well rounded brew. Very drinkable, a different take on a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but very nice. Way to go Bell's.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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