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

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Reviews: 604
Hads: 1,144
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 68
Gots: 76 | 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:
Beer added by: CRJMellor on 11-03-2004

Originally conceived along the lines of a Belgian Dubbel, Hell Hath No Fury... Ale morphed during development into something entirely different. Blending a pair of Belgian abbey-style yeasts into a recipe more akin to a roasty stout, Hell Hath No Fury... Ale offers up warm, roasted notes of coffee & dark chocolate together with the fruity & clove-like aromas.
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Photo of SerialTicker
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I poured as aggressively as I could, but it made no difference. Poured like a cola, and the head fizzled away with the sound of one. The color of the beer is just a pitch black, laceless, headless disappointment. Hell Hath No Fury is unfiltered, and some sediment can be seen, which helps a little bit.

Smell: HHNF smells strange, but it smells really good. Such an interesting aroma... I get a clove smell mostly, and some malts. A very sweet smell.

Taste/feel: Has a taste of coriander and clove... it really just tastes a lot like a witbier or dunkelweizen to me, just with a dark malt aftertaste. Keep in mind, I'm not at all familiar with the style "Belgian Strong Dark", so this could very well be typical. That's just what I get. It doesn't taste like I thought this would at all -- it's very sweet, with a verrry slight bitterness and sourness on the finish (the latter no doubt due to the Belgian yeast). It doesn't have a super interesting depth of flavor, but it's still tasty. However, a single bottle is more than enough for me during a session. The sweetness and overall feeling of this one is too thick and heavy for me to have too much of. By the bottom of the glass, it almost feels syrupy.

A very interesting beer, and I'm not entirely sure what to make of it. It's pretty tasty, but not at all like I thought it would. (1,352 characters)

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

Missing a bit as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but still a rich and somewhat tasty beer. Pours a dense mahogany brown with a small tan head. Head retention is about average for a Belgian. No lacing on the snifter.

Smell is fairly mild, some dark fruit (cherries and plums) and some maltiness.

Taste is pretty good. Not much complexity but some nice rich malts, a little spices and dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is rich and there is a nice warming alcohol aspect. Not hot or burning,, just right for winter sipping.

Overall a nice strong winter beer, just not a top shelf Strong Dark Ale. (580 characters)

Photo of superspak
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. (1,185 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Bell's Brewery, Inc. branded pinched tulip glass

Pours the darkest brown possible, beige one-finger head which dissipates quickly. No lacing. Ripe dark fruit and Belgian yeast on the nose and hint of roasted coffee beans. Opens with light notes of date and fig, joined by yeasty esters, finishes smooth with some hints of toffee and burnt raisin, an interesting touch with roasted malt and coffee notes not usually found in beers in this style. Light-medium body, slick mouthfeel. Certainly a solid brew that displays some originality with the addition of flavors not usually found in other brews in this style. (647 characters)

Photo of C20Percent
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, dark brown -- can't see through it at all with a very minimal amount of tan colored head on top. Super dark for a Dark Belgian Ale, which does make it very interesting, but there's nothing here that wows me.

S: Mostly yeasty, bready, with some fruit aromas. I can also smell some of the toastiness. There's a bit of dark cherry here. In general, I would say the smell is actually really good. It stands out for sure.

T: Taste a lot like it smells -- there's some dark cherry and fruitiness mixed with some yeasty breadiness. It's not bad -- not really my style, but I think they've done good with the taste. As good as they could do with the style anyway.

M: Really good here. Smooth and creamy. Good carbonation. Not too heavy -- probably a close-to-perfect thickness. Some chewiness that brings out the fruitiness. Best feature here.

O: This is a good brew. But, I don't think I'd buy it again because it's not my favorite style. But, props to Bell's for brewing something like this. Would love to try the bourbon barrel variety. Overall, pretty good offering. (1,083 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 11523, bottled 3 October 2012. Tasted 29 November 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours very dark brown, much darker than I was expecting. A bit of light gets through at the edges, and there it's coffee brown. Medium tan head, one finger, retention and lacing are just okay.

Smell is quite faint, but what's there is mildly fruity. Cherries and figs, a bit of coffee. Nice, but I have to work hard to get to them.

Taste is, likewise, blandly fruity. I get more potency here, but it's not as pleasant as the smell. Sort of ambiguous and tobacco-like. Slightly bitter, herby. Gets sweeter as it warms up, but it's ambiguous, and I can't really figure out what it tastes like. I'm chasing the flavor, and not finding enough.

Mouthfeel is fine. Medium-bodied, enough carbonation. Fades out more quickly than I'd guess, taking the flavor with it.

An odd beer, without any really pronounced flavors or aromas. I'm finding myself describing it by what it lacks, rather than what it has, because there just isn't all that much there. Warming up improves that a bit, but it's still just a vague impression of a beer. One of the weaker Bell's beers I've had. (1,154 characters)

Photo of KC9LDB
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Packaged 10/18/11 (first home aged beer review)
Appearance is black, very similar to a stout. Short head very similar to coffee. dissipated slowly.
Smell is coffee and chocolate very dry.
The taste is bittersweet at first. After a few sips it got sweet, then towards the end back to bittersweet.
Mouthfeel is very chewy and even a bit abrasiv.
I would try this again, but I'm not completely impressed, could have been better.
All in all its a great beer on itself, if you have an extra, give a one year age a shot. (514 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep brown color with a 2-finger foamy tan head. Great retention and some lacing.

S – Rich malts with caramel, cherries, plums, and some chocolate.

T – Sweet nearly all the way through with caramel, molasses, chocolate, and dark fruits like cherries and plums. Some yeasty clove spice can be appreciated mid-taste, and very subtle grainy, earthy bitterness creeps in at the finish.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with decent carbonation, a creamy, slightly sticky, and mouth-coating feel, and a slightly bitter, spicy, dry finish. Malty sweetness lingers nicely. Some alcohol warmth is apparent.

O – This is a good beer and a nice American attempt at a Belgian strong dark ale. While it doesn't have quite the same amount of complexity as a true Belgian ale, it has a fair amount of depth, particularly in the taste. A tasty and very drinkable version of the style. Another good beer from Bell’s. (980 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick coffee-colored head into a tulip glass that left a thin ring which disappeared halfway through. the body was dark brown, almost black that reminded me of licorice.
s - yeasty with nice roasted malt and coffee aromas.
t - coffee, chocolate, yeast, dark fruits, baked bread.
m - very thick mouthfeel and creamy.
o -another winner from bell's. very pleasant, complex, and drinkable. (409 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (844 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, brown around the edges, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Molasses, candied sugar, plums, dark fruits, some chocolate and a wee bit of coffee.

T-Candied sugar, plums, dark fruits, good balance but no bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation though.

O-A solid Belgian brew. Could be better but a nice easy drinking brew. (362 characters)

Photo of tdm168
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. (425 characters)

Photo of Beer_Runner
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/03/12 and aged about one month before opening.

A: The pour began slowly and became increasingly aggressive but this did not cause the beer to form a head. So not head to evaluate. The brew is a deep, dark mahogany color and absolutely opaque.

S: The aroma is fairly robust and consists of sweet dark roasted malt, toasted barley and just a few hints of prunes and chocolate.

T: The taste has a Belgian yeast spice and a little bready yeast, along with sweet malt and some toasted grain; and, there are again just a few hints of dark dried fruits and chocolate.

M: The body in on the heavier side of medium, and is very smooth and finished clean. There is very little carbonation and that seem to work just fine for this beer.

O: This beer has a unique combination of flavors and does not fit neatly into any particular style category – it is just a darn good beer. It successfully combines the best aspects of a Belgian double and a stout. This combination results in a pleasing and robust dark beer. This beer may not appeal to everyone, but if you like Belgian doubles and stouts this beer is able to pull-off that rare feat of blending the best of both styles into one beer. (1,198 characters)

Photo of EricMehon
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just cracked open my first round of Hell (Hath No Fury). Black in color, dark tan/brown head. Medium to full-bodied. The balance of roast and chocolate is superb, and the dark fruits, though more subtle with this brew are there. Rather stout-like, but I'm okay with that. Not exceptional but damn solid (302 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 11/5/12

11523 PKGD 10/03/12

Very dark brown; nearly black in the glass save a few grape juice highlighted streaks. One finger head thins considerably. Not much lace.

The aroma has a fair amount of toasted dark bread and a hint of roastiness and smoke. Fruits have a good showing - tart apple, apple butter, banana and hints of raisin. Mild yeast spice. Maybe a dusting of cocoa powder.

The taste starts with a fruity twinge, coupled with a moderate herbal hop presence. From there is thickens up with a bready middle and finishes dry and rather spicy. Hints of alcohol linger. Raisins and some sugary tones.

The body is close to medium-full; partially slick from alcohol and sugars and partially gritty. Carbonation is vigorous bur calms down over time.

It started off rough, but pulls together by about halfway through the glass. Decent enough, but I'm in no hurry to try it again. (918 characters)

Photo of kirkpjr
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a tulip.

A: Pours a murky dark brown that is barely translucent. A half inch of mocha head quickly fizzes away.

S: Raisins and other dark fruits with a strong spice - cinnamon and brown sugar maybe?

T: The fruits are mild with a chocolate malt that outshines most of the BSDA components there might be. Seems to lean more stoutish in style.

M: Very thick and not as much prickly carbonation you would expect for the style. Drinks almost like a stout.

O: Interesting twist on the style, but does not leave me wanting more. The purchase of a single served it's purpose. (577 characters)

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

A - Very dark, almost black in color. Actually reminded me a lot of a coffee stout in appearance. Thin khaki colored head that dissipated quickly.

S - Strong roasted odor with a hint of alcohol and some malts as well.

T - Dark fruit, malt, some hints of chocolate, and a very slight alcohol warming sensation.

M - Most definitely full, with a sticky texture that coats your mouth. Light carbonation.

O - I'm not very experienced in this style, but as far as tasty beers are concerned, this one was unique. Not something that necessarily jumps off the page, and I prefer Dogfish Head Raison d'etre over this, but still a decent selection. (641 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark cola brown body - near stout status... a good amount of light brown head retains and laces well.

Peat moss, root beer, molasses, faint Belgian yeast, vanilla, more root beer, some cream soda qualities, maybe a hint of cinnamon... peculiar.

Candi sugar, obvious root beer, some brown ale bits, mellow licorice, this beer is weird.

Honestly I'm not sure why they continue to brew this one, especially at this price. This is a rare strike from Bell's. (456 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a wide mouthed tulip. Bottled 10/3/2012.

Cordovan and sienna highlights flit about beneath the dark brown background. A small wheat head forms a lasting crust and collar up top. Good retention, average (at best) lacing.

Unctuous estery aromatics suggesting raisins, prunes, brown sugar, and plenty of Belgian yeast. Hints of toffee and chocolate as well. Delicate and inviting.

Heavy malt base is draped in wave after wave of peppery yeasty phenols. Brown bread, bitter root, and walnuts appear mid-palate. Low bitterness is present throughout to offset the malt. Dry, leafy finish.

Smooth, well carbonated, medium-bodied mouth-feel.

Lacks the depth and complexity of the best Belgian ales, but this ale is still brewed to style, just with the emphasis on drinkability over other concerns. (826 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown almost black color. Decent muddy brown head that quickly disappears to a tiny ring around the glass. After my first drink it left a nice layer of lace reminiscent of a the outline of a fire. I thought that was pretty sweet considering the name of the brew.

S - This one threw threw me off a bit until I discovered this has Belgium roots. Sweet malty smells, clove, phenolic, brown sugar.

T - Again, by looks almost fooled on this one. Looks like a porter/stout, but definitely not. Nice smokey flavor up front followed by malty and sweet goodness. Not much bittnerness to balance it out would be my complaint.

O - This is definitely solid and took me down a different path than I thought. I would try this again and definitely recommend it. (765 characters)

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

Poured from a bottle into a Leffe goblet. The pour is very dark reddish-brown with a nice tan head. The nose has some yeasty notes, sweet bready notes, dark fruit, and a little bit of a roasty or smokey quality.

Medium-full body and nice, firm mouthfeel. Taste follows the nose quite well. There is some sweet dark fruit, some bready, cookie-like notes, ginger, cardamom, and that same little hint of smokiness right in the back of the palate. The carbonation keeps the sweetness and smokiness from getting too intense, though a bit of each lingers on the finish. The smokiness gives it a roasty quality, almost like a stout.

Overall, a nice dubbel, but not really in the same league as a top-shelf Trappist dubbel. The depth of flavor and pastry-like taste typically brought on by Belgian yeast strains doesn't seem to be present here. Still, it has a distinct flavor all its own and is tasty in its own right. Fans of dubbels should try this one. I doubt you've ever had one quite like it. (993 characters)

Photo of curasowa
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, dark red with one finger of tan head that fades slowly with a uniform curtain of lace.

Aroma: Strong roasted notes, with bits of cocoa, burnt malt and tobacco.

Taste: Thick, creamy and pretty sweet, this beer fully coats your mouth and doesn't let go. Roasted malt shows up in the middle before a chalky and sweet finish that is fairly lingering.

The Rest: Pretty tasty, but definitely not my favorite BSDA. The roasted notes are overpowering and it's a bit lacking in depth. (496 characters)

Photo of hardy008
2.48/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a 3 finger mocha colored head with pretty good retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has dark roasted malt, dark fruit, cherries, and licorice. I am not sure that I like having dark roasted malt in a BSDA.

Tastes much like it smells with dark roasted malt, dark fruit, cherries, and a small amount of licorice. Sweet, with some bitterness from the dark roasted malt. I am not sure I care for the dark roasted malt or the licorice / anise taste, in what is classified as a BSDA.

Full bodied, chewy, with below average carbonation and a roasted malt / licorice aftertaste. Not something I would buy again. (624 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My review may be a little off because the date on the bottle reads 10/18/2011..

Appearance - Pours a pitch black color with a thin, tan frothy head that disappears instantly. Has very thin lacing..

Smell - Strong scent of coffee and toffee. Along with some dark chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste - Identical to the smell, along with a nice sweetness to it.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with mild carbonation.

Overall - I don't like dark ales but I know that this tastes good for the style it is. So I'll give it an honest rating. (530 characters)

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

A - Pours a very dark burgundy brown color with a thick head that simmers to a even thin layer of creamy head that really sticks to the sides of the glass.

S - Chocolate roasted malt, cocoa, and a little bit of charcoal.

T - Follows the nose with chocolate roasted malt, small traces of cocoa, a touch of smokey flavor, and a little bit of dark fruit. There's a mild lingering bitterness coming from the chocolate malt.

M - Medium thin body, not heavy, not too sticky, mild carbonation.

O - Well balanced and an interesting mix that works but I can only handle one bottle of this malty concoction. (602 characters)

Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.