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

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85
very good

1,114 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,114
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 58
Gots: 68 | FT: 2
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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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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

03-08-2013 00:50:37 | More by orangesol
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 19:55:03 | More by rhoadsrage
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

05-20-2013 14:14:19 | More by InspectorBob
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 02:22:03 | More by dbrauneis
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 03:33:36 | More by Georgiabeer
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

09-03-2013 18:19:03 | More by DrunkinYogi
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

01-05-2014 06:23:13 | More by zestar
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Wasatch

Utah

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 00:56:53 | More by Wasatch
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 01:00:50 | More by mothman
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Secret Santa jay23. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Dense head lasts and lasts, with plenty of slow-falling lace. Aroma is roasty dark grains, some fleeting fruitiness, and what smells to me like bug spray. Probably alcohol mixing with something else and messing with my weird nose. Taste is sweet dark malts upfront, light coffee bitterness in the middle, and twinges of fruit and alcohol in the close. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and almost slides over the tongue, and drinkability is dangerously easy. Won't mind revisiting this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 23:09:32 | More by ppoitras
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 21:06:44 | More by BARFLYB
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 16:45:54 | More by Stinkypuss
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 02:29:16 | More by biegaman
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John_M

Oregon

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2006 18:24:11 | More by John_M
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superspak

Michigan

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/9/2012. Pours pitch black color with a small 1 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, molasses, raisin, banana, coffee, clove, toast, roasted malt, light pepper, herbal, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity, balance, and strength. Taste of dark chocolate, banana, raisin, molasses, clove, coffee, roasted malt, toast, light pepper, earth, and yeast spiciness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, molasses, raisin, banana, clove, roasted malt, coffee, light pepper, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor robustness, complexity, and balance; with zero cloying flavors noticed after the finish. A bit dry on the finish as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian style stout! Great flavor complexity, robustness, and balance; and very smooth to sip on. This was a very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 04:12:14 | More by superspak
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-05-2013 03:24:16 | More by brandoman63
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-25-2011 03:48:45 | More by rab53
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 22:12:30 | More by Viggo
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Bighuge

Minnesota

2.23/5  rDev -40.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 02:18:24 | More by Bighuge
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 03:02:33 | More by DrJay
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tdm168

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 02:16:14 | More by tdm168
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glid02

Georgia

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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sendbeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

10-22-2012 21:18:19 | More by sendbeer
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beertunes

Washington

3/5  rDev -20.4%

03-10-2013 19:19:52 | More by beertunes
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Tone

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 00:30:02 | More by Tone
Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.