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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,132 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,132
Reviews: 602
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 64
Gots: 72 | 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:
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(Beer added by: CRJMellor on 11-03-2004)
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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
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).

Winter, Oct 01, 2006
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.

freed, Sep 05, 2006
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.

aforbes10, Aug 21, 2006
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

blackie, Aug 17, 2006
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.

TurdFurgison, Aug 05, 2006
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.

John_M, Aug 02, 2006
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.

unklesyd, Aug 02, 2006
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.

mattcrill, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Slow's in Detroit.

Damn near black with a light brown head that stops just short of the lip of the pint glass it was served in. Good retention with some lacing. A bit darker than other dubbles I have enjoyed.

Weak nose that does have some cocoa and suggestions of roasted malts. A little weird for style, but o.k.

Tastes more like a stout or an imperial porter than the given style. Lots of roasted malt flavor with some chocolate and vanilla. Enough hop bitterness for balance and as it warms the yeast flavors start to emerge with some spice and a slight banana flavors. Not a dubble in my book. More like a hybrid stout that was concocted with the same approach as some of the wheat project beers. A unique beer, yes, but it takes me in a totally different direction than what I was expecting. Having said that, the flavors are agood and well balanced.

Nice full mouth that again makes me think of a stout. Quite drinkable in light of the abv and unique character. I look forward to sipping this one later in the year after the cold weather sets in.

ypsifly, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft, 3$ happy hour at Maduro with Golden2wenty1 and expatsteve

appearance: delivered in the standard Maduro pint glass...dark mahogany body with strong garnet tinting, no head to speak of

smell: I get almost nothing on the nose, which was a big dissapointed since that is hardly the case with most of the Bells line. Only a light roastiness and some light coffee/chocolate sweetness

taste: Well first of all, I have no idea what this beer is. 2 things are absolutely certain though. This is not a belgian strong ale and this is not a dubbel, at least not in my eyes. It falls closer to a stout/porter hybrid, and falls well below their existing stouts/porter. Thank goodness, the aroma wasnt telling...taste is hazelnut, sweet chocolate, plum, dark cherry, light oatmeal, coffee grounds, general nuttiness

mouthfeel: creamy and smooth, medium-full body

drinkabilty: not an issue

dirtylou, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Maduro during $3 Happy Hour. Surprised to get a full pint pour of such a strong ale. Wpe is me.

Pour: stout-like modnight black, no visibility, a minimal coffee brown head that quickly fades to a spotty skim.

Nose: What nose? Almost nothing to report, even as it warms, only faint notes of cocoa and capuccino.

Taste: Initial burst of meaty smoke, hazelnut, cocoa powder, capuccino, roasted espresso, vanilla liquor in the finish.

Feel: thin for a stout or porter, thick for a Belgian, with fizzy/velvety carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: No way in HELL is this a Belgian. As my comrade expatsteve iterated earlier, much more similar to a muted, less sweet version of Tyranena's Who's Your Daddy? imperial porter than anything Belgian. No fruity esters or dry yeasty finish in this one. No Hell, no Fury...just a mellow Daddy if anything. Still a tasty, gender-bender of a beer.

Golden2wenty1, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of expatsteve
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black, with a few brown notes in there. A little lacing, following a meager amber head. Medium viscosity.

Aroma: Nearly no nose at all - not when it was poured, not when it warmed. I get some chocolate notes, some suggestions of vanilla and a little espresso.

Taste: Hmm...not at all what I was expecting. Reminds me of a more balanced Who's Your Daddy imperial porter. Lots of chocolate malts, vanilla, hazelnut, and some roasted espresso. Sweet for the most part with a little booze bite in the finish. For the most part just got richer and sweeter as it warmed.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, heavy, but easy on the way down. Very low carbonation leaves this feeling thick.

Drinkability: If this beer is hell, then it truly does have no fury. Very mild for a beer of this body and strength. Good easy drinking, but it's not a beer that blows me away by any means. I'm curious if Bells themselves designate this a Belgian Dark, as it really seems closer to a stout and even closer to a porter. Fans of those beers will be more impressed with this than people looking for a real Belgian style ale.

expatsteve, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of Tbone
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is currently on tap at the Map Room in Chicago. Pours pitch black, possibly unfiltered as no light comes through. Minimal beige head. Minimal aroma, but very nice strong sweet dark beer with tastes of licorice. Resembles an imperial stout moreso than a Belgian Strong Ale. Stout like roastiness. Thicker/heavier mouthfeel than a typical Belgian.

We like it so much we came back for more three days later.

Tbone, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap at Maduro. First beer from the new barrel. Served nice and warm, the way I like it.

Strange, this is a very strange and disagreeable beer. The aroma as well as the front and middle of the taste are dominated by nuts, mainly walnuts and hazelnuts – not what one would expect from a Dubbel or BSDA. I can’t say that I like it at all. The beer is extremely dry, the texture is grainy, almost chalky, and the alcohol is completely apparent, not in a friendly warming way but in a pow, bam, pop we’re going to give you a nut milk shake and then burn you taste buds so that you can’t taste any subtleties. Wait, did I just say nut milkshake? Yep, that’s what this beer largely is.

Now to the good part…the finish…wow, if the finish was the entirety of the flavor rather than a fleeting moment of bliss, this beer would be a real winner. The chocolate and vinous qualities are wonderful. I pick up dates, plums, raisons, and dried cherries. The subtleties are fantastic. It’s really a shame that they are so subtle. One has to really work at picking them out through the nut milkshake/ABV burn fiasco.

In addition to what I described above, the mouthfeel is thick, ridiculously thick. This beer really feels like there are solid particulates suspended in it. Appearance is fine. The color is almost burgundy. It’s completely ominous. The head is fantastic, huge, dark brown, and lasting. Carbonation, however, is very low –almost nonexistent. Also, very sweet.

Drinkability – It goes down very well for its size and strength but it’s just not something that I could find myself drinking very often. I want nutty brown ales not dubbels. In winter maybe I could do this but certainly not during the hottest week of the last decade.

DaPeculierDane, Jul 21, 2006
Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 1,132 ratings.