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

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85
very good

1,121 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,121
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 60
Gots: 70 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: CRJMellor on 11-03-2004)
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Photo of Chaz
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown / burgundy in color, with a nice thick tan head and sticky lace. Dark fruit esters tickling my schnozz from two feet away, beckoning me "come hither!" . . . I might end up calling a cab tonight. Yeasty too, just as I'd hope a Belgian dubbel or dark ale would be. Nice lively mouthfeel and carbonation, malty but balanced, with some bitterness evidenced toward the end of the palate. This is actually fairly dry and a bit tannic, woody - smokey? Maybe . . . it's definitely well-balanced, vinuous and slightly chcolatey as well as dangerously drinkable. When I ordered it I was told that it was a Belgian dubbel in style, and that seems more specific than the Strong Dark Ale style designation provided here . . . am I splitting hairs tonight? Probably, but when I think Belgian Strong Dark Ale I think of something a bit bigger than this all around, somewhere between Ommegang (which this reminds me of, just a little bit) and a Quad or Blue Cap. Splitting hairs again . . . I really like this on first impression, and should like to try it again to see if I'm not just an uncritical sucker for Bell's brews.

Chaz, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of adams82
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with a slightly tan colored creamy head. The head is a little bit on the thin side, leaving a small amount of lacing. Yeast sediment easily found its way into this one!

S: Smells of yeast and a hint of chocolate/roasted malt behind it. Almost what I thought it would smell like after seeing the pour.

T: Tastes a bit yeasty and finishes with sweet dark malts, slightly spicy... a bit of alcohol on the finish too... just enough to be noticable, not overpowering what so ever.

M: Mouthfeel is nice; smooth and slightly creamy. Nice medium body, carbonation is subtle.

D: It would be easy enough to have one or two of these in a sitting considering the ABV. It goes down easily and is a nice take on the style. Definatly worth another visit or two!

adams82, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of clvand0
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dark color with a moderate head that falls quickly and doesn't leave a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of yeast character with some vegetable hints floating around. Smells ok, but could be better. The flavor is pretty sweet with some light spices and hints of alcohol. The spices in this one aren't my favorite and they seem to dominate the flavor. The body is fairly full and the drinkability is ok, but the flavors just don't do it for me.

clvand0, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Tar black body, chunks of sediment on the bottom of the glass. Head is small and tan. Pretty dark for a dubbel.

Smell: Nice smell, Belgian style yeastiness and sugary dark fruits, a little chocolatey, even.

Taste: A good amount of roasted malts are noticeable, combining quite nicely with the fruitiness of the yeast. Alcohol is well hidden, but adds to the flavor nicely. I would like to see more age on this one, but it is a good American take on this Belgian style.

Drinkability: A nice glass of beer, very different than many of the traditional Belgian examples, still I like it.

TastyTaste, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of xav33
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Hell Hath No Fury
12 oz bottle
Packaged 10/06, descended into 11/06
Medium pour in a snifter.

Poured black, with brown highlights, with an average frothy mostly diminishing light brown head with a tiny ring of lacing.

Smelt of smoked game, earthy, burnt malt.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet and bitter coffee roast and earthy yeast, followed by a moderate bitter soy sauce and dark dark chocolate sweetness on a long smokey finish. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied, syrupy and velvety, softly carbonated, with light astringency.

Overall, the flavors are a bit odd and interesting, a combination of dark malt roast bitterness and yeasty sweetness. Despite the strongly astringent finish,it mostly works.

xav33, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of brewcrew76
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a solid black with a creamy brown head.

S - Vegetal is the dominant aroma with some smokey/roasty malt in the background.

T - Vegetal taste with a roasty, grainy, chalkiness. Tastes like a stout that has gone sour the way lagers fermented at warm temperatures turn vegetal.

M - Creamy and dry and chalky at the same time.

D - I am surprised to have the bad of a beer from an amazing brewery like Bells. I had this one on tap at the Maduro during the Great Taste of the Midwest and do not remember it being this bad.

brewcrew76, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of SupaCelt
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a rich, deep and dark brown colour. I got a fairly large cocoa coloured head off the pour that was frothy and cola like. It quickly reduced to a thin surface layer. This thing is extremely dark to the extent that I cannot visualize the carbonation level. It looks quite lovely. It leaves some lacing behind.

The nose is characterized by a chalky Belgian yeastiness that overlies cocoa tones and a mild dark fruit character. There is a faint bubblegum scent that lies fairly well masked by the overall earthiness of the nose. Vague alcohol presence is detectable with gentle agitation of the glass.

The taste is laden with a pleasant yeast character again. The taste is otherwise hard for me to describe. It has a definite fruitiness. I guess I could say it has some subtle chocolate influence, be it cocoa or say a baker's chocolate blandness. It is quite earthy. I am thinking of woodsy character like bark or dried leaves. Maybe a faint bit of nuttiness. It has a very natural appeal to it. There is a spicy and peppery quality that is right at home. Rich and a bit complex. Dry finish with some noteable bitterness as well.

The mouthfeel is pleasantly medium. It has a vague creaminess that is offset by the dryness of the finish. Easy to tolerate.

Drinkability is good. I am not having any problem enjoying this, but I think I can feel it hitting me in the head a little. I will respect the authority. This is good. It is hard for me to find fault with any of its aspects. I think I may have experienced some bottle to bottle differences, as this bottle was quite a bit more appealing than my first bottle was. I don't see how that is possible being a small batch and coming from the same six pack too. Maybe I am just tasting better today. Perhaps not earthshaking, but solid and well made per usual. Great label as well.

SupaCelt, Nov 03, 2006
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.

feloniousmonk, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of quasimoto
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep opaque dark dark brown, with a finger and a half of tan head. There is a slight ruby hue to this one.

S - Strong aromas of chocolate, spice, orange peel, and above all coffee. smooth, but not overpowering. Then there is a sort of smokey molasses flavor. Not too pleasant.

T - Most of the aromas transfer over to the flavor, but it turns sort of red fruit flavor, like raspberries, very sweet. But once again there is that smokey molasses flavor that turns it to a BBQ flavor. Nasty.

M - Very smooth, not real chewy, and doesn't leave a residue. Very nice.

D - I could drink this all night. But for the style, it is not really on key. It seems more like a coffee stout, with a Belgian yeast, mixed with some BBQ sauce.

quasimoto, Oct 31, 2006
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.

BEERchitect, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of terrabyte
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep black color with a medium brown head.

Aroma is thick with coffee and dark chocolate

The flavor will wake you up. Dark, bitter chocolate, toasted walnuts, cappuccino, smoke, and burnt firewood. Aftertaste has quite a boquet of flavors. Here you can catch hints of dark fruits, raisins, cherry cough syrup, and a bite of alcohol flavored like Jagermeister. Ending with some d.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy and creamy. Low carbonation. Still drinkable despite all this.

Write your reviews fast when drinking this. I found most of my flavors in the beginning, and began to get used to them by the end. This is an assaulting mix of flavors that almost seem to be picked just to piss you off. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I didn't hate this beer than much. I merely raise an eyebrow at the combination. I think if it didn't have the burnt campfire ember in it, I might actually have enjoyed it more. Real hell, would have no beer.

terrabyte, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of ADR
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick almost completely black color, dark tan creamy head. Fat globs of lace on the glass. Dark pumpernickel aroma, slight fruitiness but not much. Carbonation is lower, body fairly heavy. Flavor doesn't match style at all well, some aspects of non-descript sweetness at first, but an odd cooked celery impression that links up with an instant coffee sense and too much bittering at the close. The beer would be an OK dark Porter or a weaker Imperial Stout, but its not a good example of a Dubbel. Not really an awful brew, though on its own, its not much above average in that realm either.

ADR, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Onyx presentation with a brown foam head. Medium level of carbonation. Some brown lace is present.

S: Rich toffee, cocoa, roasted malt, java.... Very complex. Hints of corrander and spices. Nice.

T: Medium bodied, yet still rather rich and complex. Seemed to get better as it warmed. Flavors of roasted malt, rich plumbs and dark fruits, fermented grain, chocolate, and a touch of woody smoke.

M: Lighter than what I anticipated. Smooth. Easy going down. A touch of density wouldn't hurt.

D: Pretty good. Not an everyday brew, but undoubtedly one i'll revisit as the weather turns cooler.

Notes: Not bad. Some dubbel-like character. If it had more "stouty" mouthfeel, this would be a top beer for me.

Frozensoul327, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of CortexBomb
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour is deep black to plum in tone, with a modest white head. It really looks more like a stout than a Belgian, but the purpleish tone does make its style more evident. Smell on this is a bit odd: pears, malts, some caramel. I do like it, but the style expectation here is high, and it did not impress on that basis.

Taste malty up front, orange peel, yeast, a bitter on the back of the tongue from the hops and a very full, creamy mouth. Alcohol starts to show up about midway, and on the swallow it is very prominent. There are bit of other Belgian trademarks here, some dark fruit character for instance, but they aren't hugely prominent. I would call the taste average for the style.

Mouthfeel, again, a bit above average for the style it has a nice creamy feel with some hop bitters. Drinkability, not bad, but the alcohol is certainly more notcieable here than with the average Belgian, so I have to keep drinkability down to a modest 3.

Basically: Bell's does Belgian Ale here with a moderate degree of success. The flavour on this one has less fruit and more alcohol than I personally care for though, so this one ends up getting average marks. Not a bad beer though.

CortexBomb, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of gmfessen
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured beer out from bottle into a pint glass. Beer poured brown, but looks black in the glass. Minimal head on the pour, which diminished quickly into a thin rim around the edge. The smell is dominated by toasted malts typical of bell's darker beers with a slight nose of alcohol. The taste is pretty good, mostly like it smells; heavy on the roasted malt, a little nutty and a slight aftertaste of alcohol. The overall mouthfeel is enjoyable, a full bodied beer with a creamy carbonation that goes down smooth. Overall, I think this is a good beer but I don't think that I could drink them all night.

gmfessen, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of nortmand
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very dark pour with a fleeting brown head. Head is minimal throughout the entire beer.

Smells of ripe plums, roast and molasses. It smells good, but it kind of falls flat. It could be much more.

The flavor is similar. Everything is there, but just barely. Sweet molasses, roasted barley and dark, ripe fruits. There is a nice estery sweetness midtongue, but that's the only really exciting part. Leaves a metallic aftertaste.

Full bodied and a bit slick, leaves a warming alcohol effect. An ok beer, but not too exciting.

nortmand, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep dark mohogany, with a light tan head.
the aroma is light, candy sugar, fruit, hint of citrus, light alcohol.
the flavor is soft, malty, candy sugarish, citrus, spice, fruity, drops off to a lingering spicy malt mess.
this beer for some reason reminds me of the blue labeled chimay, but i have not have that beer in over a year so i could be mistaken. but it is very good and deserves a try.

plaztikjezuz, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of walleye
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the bottle. poured a dark brown to black with a nice sized brown head which left some lacing. aroma raisins, coffee, yeast, alcohol,, brown sugar, some sourness, plums,. flavor roasted malts, semisweet chocolate, dark fruits, nice alcohol bite. a nice dryness and bitterness to this

walleye, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with batch nunmber 7673 on the label--I entered this number in at the Bell's website and found that this batch was brewed on 10/11/2006. It pours an opaque dark, dark brown, with a two finger tan head--very creamy, good renetion and fair lacing.

The nose is dominated by yeast, along with some chocolate, malt, coffee, charcoal, and wood. The flavor follows the aroma, all with a fair amount of pepper, sweet dark fruits, some caramel, and a warm alcohol.

The mouth is medium bodied, rather creamy and smoky, and the alcohol is not at all intrusive. It is very drinkable, all the flavors melding nicely, though I think it seems much creamier than a traditional dubbel. A very enjoyable beer nonetheless.

Osiris9588, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of klewis
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 7673

A: Pours nearly black with a modest bubbly head that quickly subsides to a light layer of foam. Moderate lacing.

S: A strong stale yeasty smell with malty undertones.

T: Nutty malt taste with some earthy flavors, a mild spiciness, and a bit of tartness. Tastes like a brown ale made with Belgian yeast.

M: Medium-light bodied with high carbonation and a lingering flavor.

D: It's nice to see Bell's is thinking outside of the American brewer box and trying this style. However, it seems to me to still have the character of an American brew. Whether this is a good thing or bad thing, I don't know. Overall, it is a decent beer, but not worth the price tag to me. Worth trying.

klewis, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of kirok1999
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours surprisingly dark, nice dark head with good lacing that lasts quite a while.
Smells of chocolate, bananas, dark fruit, raisins.
Tastes dark....sweet enough to fit the style, yet some weird notes that take it in a different direction. A good one. Banana fruit comes through, slight wheat notes that combine with the darkness very well. Very mild cocoa taste in the finish. Very interesting.
Oily feel with mild carbonation.
Very nice brew. I bought a single bottle but now will buy a 6 or two to stock up.

kirok1999, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of Mitchster
2.28/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

$1.90 for a single from Jack's, stamped 7673 on the bottle. I saw this and didn't quite know what to think. I love their triple, so I thought this would be interesting, and as soon as I opened it, I knew I was in for something different. This pours unlike any dubble I've ever had....thick, black, with a dark cocoa crema like head and ruby accents. The head has very good retention and near solid sheets of lace. The aroma is of banana bread served with some burnt rubber dipping sauce sprinkled with cocoa powder and soaked in Laphroaig. If you can picture that, you'll know exactly what this beer tastes like. Carbonation is mild. The mouthfeel is like motor oil, syrupy and dense with a slick, oily sheen coating the entire mouth. The taste is very peculiar...like the wheat series gone stout. Starts with burnt banana peel acidity, followed by deeply roasted grains, hot tar and driveway sealant. In the middle is a brief blast of cocoa powder and then finishes with black rubber, peaty scotch, and dark fruits. Bitterness is really nice in the finish, lingering slightly sweetly seemingly forever.

One thing is for sure...this isn't even remotely a belgian-style dubble. It seems to me that they threw the Wheat Series yeast into a batch of Kzoo stout on accident, accidently knocked a bottle of Laphroaig 15 into it, and needed to get rid of the mistake. Blamo... Instant "dubbel". I sure am glad I didn't buy a six pack of this...I would have been pissed. I've never had a beer like this, and I'm not quite sure I want another. Rated as a beer, not to style (where as you would guess, it fails miserably).

Mitchster, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of GimpyCane
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack at Andersons General Store and what a great buy. Poured aggressively a full body and very dark brown with a tan hue, creamy 3 inch head leaving a good amount of lacing and settlement on bottom of glass. Upon pouring the aroma of roasted coffee and malt hits your nose. I could smell a tab of licorice, cola and a light hint of alcohol. What I smell is what I taste. Very complex in flavor, starts off burnt caramel sweet with a roasted coffee, very slight licorice aftertaste and a light hint of alcohol. Full body, slightly syrupy and a soft carbonation give this brew a good drinkability and feel on the palate. IMO this is a great buy, I'm enjoying them and I highly recommend it. Great beer Bell's, Thanks.

GimpyCane, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of Wildman
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark tan that did not allow any light to penetrate it. It formed a dark tan foamy head that vanished quickly and left circular lace. An aroma of malt, chocolate and pepper with a touch of coffee. The flavor was of malt, chocolate with a bit of pepper and some spices. The medium body finished off with a slightly bittersweet finish.

Wildman, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck. No freshness dating, but it is coded 7673.

The beer pours a very dark brown with a tan head, not much lacing.

The aroma is of molasses, toasted malts and raisins.

The taste is slightly smoky and sweet. Lots of good stuff going on. There is some spices (black pepper) in background complimenting the dark fruit and brown sugar. Coco and earth flavors emerge late.

The mouth is sturdy and slick. I think this is a very nice beer and one worth seeking out. Thanks to Craig AKA CRJMellor for the sample!!

Redrover, Oct 21, 2006
Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 1,121 ratings.