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

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Ratings: 1,138
Reviews: 603
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 65
Gots: 73 | FT: 3
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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

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Beer added by: CRJMellor on 11-03-2004

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to nflmvp for this bottle, an extra in a trade, what a guy!

A - this belgian pours a wicked dark inky color, with a thin dark tan colored head that laces to a stubborn ring after half a minute

S - wow, what a complex aroma, every time i smell it i get a new characteristic, most prominent is a deep dark fruity raisin or date, with hints of toffee, vanilla, and spice, like nutmeg or coriander, incredible

T - WOW, i thought the taste was complex, this is an amazingly layered taste, wheaty and bready up front, with chocolate/coffee flavors, and raisiny. this beer does a good job of masking its style, It could be one of several things. it ends with a dry finish with an alcohol kick.

M&D - smooth and mouthcoating, but a bit dry and a sharp alcohol twang, but what an amazing beer, so many flavors packed in 12 oz. man i may move to MI for beer alone. this may be the best Bell's offering i've ever had.

Photo of MDekker
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here it goes! Out pours this liquid, black as night, completely unexpected, but not as thick looking as a stout. The relatively small head is bordering on brown. In the nose I get all sorts of things - coffee, licorice, bread, and even a meaty summer sausage smell. But again, it's not like a stout - there's something lighter and not so somber about it. Upon tasting, I find more - notes of cranberry and cherry, along with the dark, roasted, chocolate flavors, but again, it has some brightness to it. In the mouth it's smooth, but not creamy, with a little alcohol bite to. Overall, I was really pleased with this brew - the alcohol starts to kick in so I wouldn't be able to pack these in, but it's a really pleasant drinking experience.

Photo of Onibubba
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got a couple of these in a mixed 6 pack. No style description other than "ale." Hard pour produces a black beverage with a small tight beige head which does not last. Can see some bubbles/carbonation in the liquid hugging the glass. Smell is somewhat neutral and inoffensive. No hop smell. I assume this is a stout or porter, and I'm going to go with a porter.

I don't really like the taste. Not sweet, but there is a sweetness to it. Not bitter, like hoppy, but a bit sour. Not tart, but bad sour. Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is much lighted than it seemed. Not much of an alcohol bite. Could easily gulp this if I could get past the taste.

As I enter the review, I see that this is a Belgian Strong, not a stout or a porter. Huh. Higher alc than I assumed too. While not god awful, I'm in no hurry to touch my other bottle of this.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color, almost black. Nice caramel one finger head that quickly dissipated with no retention to speak of.

Smell: Dark fruit notes with a bit of chocolate and coffee. A minor a woody roastiness is apparent.

Taste: A molasses sweetness is first apparent but gives way to a roasted coffee and chocolate flavor. The dark fruits then become present. Nice dry finish. This seems awfully close to a stout / BSDA hybrid.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and easy on the palate. Nice mouthfeel. No carbonation to speak of.

Drinkability: I definitely could drink more of these, but I may prefer either a proper BSDA or stout.

Photo of sellthesedownfal
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap last night, served in a large goblet. Nice deep brown color. Smells delicious. The alcohol content is high, but not overwhelming. I was a bit disappointed by the fact that the taste of the beer did not linger on the tongue. Pretty solid Belgian style dark ale, however, and on tap for $3 was a steal!

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

Pours a dark auburn and fills my snifter to become an opaque black. Starts with a nice looking creamy dark tan head but quickly reduces to a mere lace ring. The nose consists primarily of roasted malt notes with pungent, acidic esters and maple for some contrast. Malt nose transfers over to the palate as dry roasted malt, dark fruits, plum, some bittersweet chocolate, and spicy hop for balance. Yeasty characters are more subdued than I’d like, but what does come through is sour astringent that ends up tasting like cough syrup. Full bodied and moderate carbonation gives this a thick and fizzy mouthfeel. A descent BSDA but strays from the yeasty characters that I prefer.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. Very thin film of espresso colored head.
Aroma- dark chocolate, oaky, some dried fruit and smokiness.
Very rich complex mouthfeel here. Malty sweetness, oaky flavors and fruit like dates, raisins or figs. Alcohol is being coy-strength is felt but then it subsides and disappears among the othe flavors. I am getting some whiskey notes in there too. Hops are mild to nil as they are playing 3rd string in this ale. As it warms up I get some light clove flavors. This was a challenging ale for me. I t was also my first Bell's. Very Good nightcap.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch: 7676
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Imperial pint glass the color of strong dark coffee with two fingers of brown foam. Smells of sweet caramel, dried dark fruits and nuts. Tastes of smokey, mildly roasted coffee beans and cocoa powder. Me likes. A nice bitter, dry finish. Rather highly carbonated and smooth. This beer hides it's alcohol rather well, but to me it is shy of being sessionable. I would, however drink this again whenever I came across it. Would love to try this on tap.

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.

Photo of bjohnson
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky brown color, almost black. Nice caramel one finger head that has slight retention. The color of this still makes nervous--in a good way!
S: Dark fruit notes of prunes. A bit of nuttiness in there also. Sweet aspect to the aromas.
T/M: Molasses flavors with a smoky coffee and chocolate background. Interesting blend of flavors. Nestle cocoa powder laced with dark fruit. Dark cherries are noticeable in the aftertaste. Slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste with a dry finish. Smooth and easy on the palate. Nice mouthfeel.
D: Hell hath no fury like a belgian strong dark ale. Another winner from Bell's. Glad I got the chance to try this offering.

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 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 ppoitras
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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 brstilson
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from the bottle into a frosted beer mug. Color is a very dark mahogany. The tan head retained well. After two sips a 1-finger head still remained. Laces well.

Smells are mainly fruit and alcohol. Very wine-esque in aroma. No hop aroma

Taste is complex and includes smoke, fruit, and alcohol flavors. Very light hop flavor and light bitterness, however it is more dry than bitter.

Mouthfeel is soft and silky. Alcohol will first slightly warm the tongue, followed by a fruity bitterness.

Despite the high-ish alcohol content and gravity, this beer is very easily drinkable. The excellent aftertaste encourages further consumption.

Overall, it's a very good beverage, but not something hop-heads would enjoy. There are a lot more wine qualities in this Ale than beer. The thickness doesn't stifle drinkability. I highly recommend this in a frosted glass over a bottle. It is well worth it.

Food Pairing: Enhances the flavor of salty foods. Would be good paired with mexican.

Photo of vwcraig
2.58/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours darkest mahogany with brownish highlights. Big tan head settles to a heavy ring of lacing around the edge. Light fruity smell but soapy smelling at the same time like dishwater. Not really a lot for the nose. First taste of a belgian style yeast. Also kind of clovey. Medium bodied and slick going down. Sweetish aftertaste. Overall average.

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

As with the last few brews this one has bad head retention and lacing. Gotta be due to the glass. Its brand new, hasn't been washed with soap, only a thorough rinse with hot water before and after each use. Perhaps I should wash it with soap after this use then rinse thoroughly. Ahh well, the color is opaque black, looks like a stout actually.

In the aroma I can detect is a faint belgian yeast character.There seems to be some darker malts-chocolate and roasted grain chiefly. Reminds me of a porter with the exception of the esters and clove-like phenols.

Real awkward character for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Definitely an American interpretertion. Among the yeast esters which are fewer than expected for the style, there is a chocolate influence and perhpas roasted grain bitterness as well. Faint traces of alcohol. Malts are most foreground in this brew's flavor profile though the esters blend nicely with the malts. Overall a good brew, by no means bad, though it is not what is normal for the style. This is undoubtedly an American interpretation.

The carbonation levels in this brew are lower, more like that of an american porter or stout rather than a belgian strong. The body is heavy and creamy and goes down easily. I'm indifferent as to whether I'd buy this brew again. If I wanted a good unique American Stout or Porter I'd definitely buy this again, though if I was looking for something belgian I'd not buy this. In my opinion this brew is a mixture of An American Porter and A Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

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 timtheenchanta
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottles from batch 10.17.06 courtesy of BeerBeing (Birthday BIF) and nflmvp (Simply Beer BIF). One bottle was used in the creation of a loaf of bread which wonderfully complemented the other bottle. This one was shared with BA Danfield.

This one pours a deep brown with barely a hint of red shining through the very edge when held up to the light. There's a medium sized light tan head which holds for a minute or two before settling down to a thin halo atop the beer.

The nose is mostly dark fruits (plums, raisins, a little bit of dates) but also a slightly sweet overly ripe cherry smell. There's also a slight alcohol spicy character which adds complexity but doesn't drag down the overall enjoyability.

The taste is a well rounded but not overly dominant chocolate cocoa flavor along with plenty of the expected and very smooth dark fruits. Much less booze in the taste than in the nose.

This is a great, smooth, well rounded beer that I'd love to have again. This is a great example of the style.

Photo of geexploitation
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, even for the style, with a medium sized head that fades to a collar. The aromas are fruity (strawberries and cidery apples) and a touch minty, with plenty of sweet candi sugar backing. On the tongue, a flash of bitterness gives way to a beer that is quite sweet, a bit cloyingly so, at first, with fruits coming out in a crescendo from the mid-palate to the finish. This beer has the same problem with sweetness that many American versions of Belgians do, namely that it's thickly sweet instead of, paradoxically, dryly sweet. Mouthfeel is a bit too thick for the style -- it's sluggish instead of full. For some reason, though, this beer is insanely drinkable. The ABV is well concealed and I find myself compulsively sipping this thing. Overall, this is a good American Belgian strong dark ale, but not something that can hang with the Belgian versions of the style.

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

Batch 7673
Purchased at local liquor store columbus ohio. Poured aggressively into a pint glass, centimeter thick tan head, with minimal lacing. The body is opaque mahogany black.
Smells of biscuit, a tinge metallic maybe some dark fruit, but miss shapen and not fully formed. Some port, hints of raisins, and a little hop scent in the very back corner, all in all its rather subdued and not quite what I had hoped for. The taste is slightly fruity although not really absolutely discernible. Some toasty notes with minor hints of chocolate and anise, but quite lacking in what I'd hope for from bells. I have to give it to PeatReek for saying it so articulately "chocolate covered beef jerky, but without the salt."
This is not a bad beer, but falls short on many an aspects I'd hope for in a Belgian style Ale, especially a Strong Dark. I am sure I will not buy this again, nice try Bells, but I'd perfer many of your other delicious offerings.

Photo of PeatReek
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with just a touch of dark tan head and barely any fizz, quite unlike the explosive pour of many true Belgians. Body is opaque with hints of burnt umber around the edges where the light does (barely) get through. Head is already down to a rim by the time I take the first whiff.

The aroma is very mild; perhaps I poured too cold as it doesn't seem to be throwing anything up into the air. Hints of raisin and port and chocolate-covered-cherry goodness. Each sip starts with a mild buzz on the tongue, giving over quickly to a roasty, sweet, and... savory flavor. Like chocolate covered beef jerky, but without the salt. Prominent star anise flavor - yes! That's what it is; now that I taste it, I would almost call this a licorice porter.

"Hell hath no fury ale" is barely bitter, very malt balanced, only subtley alcoholic, and lacks that certain astringent bite characteristic of many Trappiste ales like Rochefort. In short, I love it. I'm not at all a purist when it comes to Belgian-style ales, and I'm definitely a fan of this sweet, raisiny, licoricey interpretation. I'll probably put away my other bottle to age for a few months or years, but I will be sorely tempted by it in the meantime.

(Batch 7673, bottled October 2006)

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

a - deep dark almost black color, smallish tan head with little retention, moderate lacing, quite a few bubbles rise to the top throughout the session

s - molasses, dark fruits, prominent smoky scent as well, deep roasted malt

t - molasses and brown sugar, slight sweetness at the start, middle has a strong smokey flavor, finish has a slight hint of malty Belgian flavors, very different from others in this style, probably wouldn't guess it was a Belgian Strong Dark just by flavor

m - prominent carbonation, medium-bodied, dry finish

d - not overly drinkable, interesting, but not enough to grab a few more

By Bell's standards, a pretty mediocre offering. A unique beer the likes of which I haven't had before. Definitely worth a try, but I'll stick with a few other Bell's offerings as regulars.

Photo of HopDerek
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.

Pours thick and deep brown/black with 2cm of foamy tan head which quickly fades with a good lacing. Smells of sweet smokey pine, caramel, and roasted malt. Tastes of fruits and roasted nuts, a Belgian sweetness and a nice dry hop finish. Medium to full in body with a light carbonation. Very nice sweet, dark beer with a really appealing taste and masks the alcohol well.

Photo of pavandal
2.72/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beer poured into my tulip glass a dark stout like color. 1/2 inch head that ended out at about 1/4 of an inch. thick lacing down the glass.

Smell wasn't there. I could barely smell the thing, no real hints or notes to speak of.

taste wasn't all that great either. A real weak brew, the only real flavor was a plumlike palate in the aftertaste.

A rather thick beer for a BSD. Low ABV for the style. Maybe a good starter for this genre of beer.

Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 1,138 ratings.