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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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!!

Photo of Winter
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served dark brown in color with a light brown head that eventually disappeared. Light aroma of chocolate malt, cocoa, dark malts. The mouthfeel is medium-to-full-bodied and very smooth. Complex taste introduces flavors of roasted malt, dark rum, and dark chocolate. Turns slightly nutty midway. Things end dry with hints of caramel and a strong boozy, rummy finish. Sit back and enjoy this one, as the flavors really emerge as the beer warms.

Overall, a very nice offering. Intriguing for a Belgian Strong Dark. Definitely a sipper at 9.0 % abv and one that you're not going to rush through (at least I didn't).

Photo of freed
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Glad Bells finally sent something besides Oberon to OBF. Had a full glass of this early on. Enjoyed it, but was kind of confused.

Pours a thick, murky, smokey brown with a syrup brown quaff of foam. Really nice look to it.

Aroma is mildly peaty and estery - smells more like a porter than a dubbel.

Taste is a thick knot of chocolate and brown malts with a mild orange crisp finish. Some fruity/estery compliments of the yeast, but this tastes more like a thick stout or porter.

Interesting beer but not quite what I'd expect from a dubbel.

Photo of aforbes10
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the eccentric cafe. Good looking beer served in a snifter. dark brown, chocolatey colored with a thin foam head. smells heavily of yeast and chocolate powder. taste is kind of Belgian like with some yeasty clove hints, but its also a lot like an oatmeal stout with roasted malt and chocolate flavors. I like it very much because its different from any other beer i've had and its very tasty. easy to drink as well.

Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The beer comes to me in a tumbler with a mocha colored head that slowly recedes. Slight lacing is left behind as I drink. The beer is a very dark brown in color, appearing black in the dim barroom environment.

smell: Smells like a yeasty, light stout at first. Aromas of light roast and a slight woodiness are found, with a very light dark chocolate presence.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is at the high end of the medium range, and the body a lighter heavy.

taste: Again, the beer reminds me of a light stout with a dose of Belgian yeast character. Woody, roasted malts and a light sweetness are found.

drinkability: easy enough

On tap at Maduro for the Bell's Great Taste pre-party

bottle, batch 7673: I'm getting some smoke, especially on the tongue, that I didn't find on tap. It also seems a little similar to a Euro Dark, with some Munich and metallic notes.

11/18/2010: lots of plummy dark fruits, chocolate, smoke, roasty and highly aromatic, smooth on the tongue, retract previous statements about euro and munich, good stuff, no score changes

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 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 unklesyd
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was not at all what I was expecting. Much darker color than I would have thought for the style, not much effervescence. Nose was very muted. Picked up some underlying yeast and roasted aromas, but that was about it.

Based on the flavor and viscocity of this brew, I would have thought they were going for a RIS brewed with some Belgian yeast added late to the ferment to give it a little bit of the yeasty bite. No breadiness or raisins as I would have thought.

Usually BSDAs are deceptive in their drinkability and ability to quench thirst even on a hot day. This was very heavy on the tongue and on the palate.

Photo of mattcrill
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed multiple fresh samples of this at the 11th Annual Indiana Microbrewer's Fest

Aroma: Dark fruits, musty yeast notes, plums, raisins, and a bit of candy-like sweetness.

Appearance: Jet black throughout with a rich chocolate, fluffy looking head.

Flavor: Dark fruity notes continue, some Belgian yeast notes, bananas, clove, and a touch of lactic bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full, a touch creamy, lightly carbonated.

Overall impression: Nicely done. I can't wait to try this when it comes out in bottles. I think this would age well. Full, rich, and complex. Another standout from Bell's. Strongly recommended.

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