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

Hell Hath No Fury AleHell Hath No Fury Ale

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1,095 Ratings
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Ratings: 1095
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%

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 russwbeck


4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my Leap Beer!

A: Black pour with a few fingers of light brown head. Really nice retention on this one, the lacing does leave a little to be desired. The head seems to be a bit too fizzy, but overall a great looking beer.

S: Really nice roast and fruit aroma being emitted by this beer. Plums seemingly, with certainly Belgian yeast, and a lot of sugar. I would say I smell some booze, but at only 7.7% I really doubt that's the case!

T: This beer tastes really good. Roasted malts up front give way to a welcomed sweetness from the deep, dark fruits. The finish is dry and sugary, with just enough roast sticking around to keep it wonderfully balanced. No booze notes at all.

MF: I like the lower ABV really helps this beer on the palate. No sharp alcohol finish that is typical of this style. The beer sits on the palate dry, with a medium body and high carbonation. Very drinkable.

O: Homerun from Bell's. Can they do no wrong? With I had picked up a few more of these. The price is a bit high at $15.00 for a 6er, I'd say worth it!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 04:23:31 | More by russwbeck
Photo of WastingFreetime


4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A. Extremely dark brown color that passes for black, short-lived one finger tan head that leaves behind some minimal lacing on the inside of the glass.
S. Smells just like a cross between a stout and a Belgian dark, tons of roasted aroma mixed with raisins, dark fruits, and a heavy dark malt medley.
T. Flavor of plum pudding and a bar of baking chocolate with all sorts of other dark fruits mashed up on top, and a cup of black coffee on the side. Finishes semi-chalky and really nicely dry, almost Irish stout-like in the end. It practically screams “Belgian Stout!” by now.
M. Lightly carbonated on a medium yet smooth and silky body, somewhat coating on the tongue but that is bearable because I happen to enjoy the flavor that I am being coated with. I heartily recommend giving this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 20:39:56 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of koleneack


3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It had such a great smell to it that I was expecting a lot more. I usually really enjoy Bell's beer but this one left me a little disappointed. Good beer. I would probably get it again but not go searching for it. I am fairly new at reviewing beer so please keep that in mind.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 19:54:03 | More by koleneack
Photo of womencantsail


3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing, Jer.

Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head. Typical aromas for the style, here: dark fruits and sweet sugars (toffee and brown sugar, for the most part). There is a bit of banana and maybe even some roasted malt, particularly as it warms. The banana more pronounced on the palate than it is on the aroma. Plenty of toffee, sugar, and dark fruit (raisin, mostly) flavors with a hint of roast on the back end.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 17:28:12 | More by womencantsail
Photo of deebo


3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottled 10-18-11

A-Black as hell with a tan head that quickly dissipates.

S-Smells like a stout-heavy roasted malts.

T-Heavy roasted malt-not much else going on here. Just a hint of raisin sweetness as it warms.

M-Smooth-highly carbonated-alcohol non-existant

D-Very high

O-May have been inspired by a dubbel but this is a stout all the way. A good beer-but for the price I'd go with something else, no need to come back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 03:06:01 | More by deebo
Photo of elNopalero


4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Forgot to write down bottle information. From last year (2011).

This pours a dirty brown with big sloppy bubbles. It has a gloriously roasty, smoky aroma with some raisiny sweetness rounding it out. Big smoky flavor, too. Low carbonation on this, with some lactic stout sourness becoming evident. Estery flavors, with a clear finish. Thin bodied but full flavored with toffee, raisin, and a smooth dark chocolate flavor complementing the smoked malts. This is hard to place, not one you can pigeonhole in any specific style, but it’s a good one. Reminds me of the Belgian smoked stout I’ve had at Freetail in San Antonio, in some ways.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 21:03:54 | More by elNopalero
Photo of iadler


3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Sheffield's.

A- Pours a dark brown with small off white head that leaves a minimal lacing behind.

S- Cocoa powder, dark dried fruits, caramel and roasted malt, licorice, and some tobacco.

T- Lot's of dark fruit including plumb, raisins and figs followed by unsweetened chocolate, roasted malt, licorice and brown sugar.

M- Medium carbonation a slightly syrupy body that finishes dry.

O- Not bad, but there a little too much sweetness for my liking.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 01:39:19 | More by iadler
Photo of BarryMFBurton


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

I hadn’t heard of this beer before it came out; my beer guy told me about it the day they got it in the shop. Lucky for me, I guess – they sold out relatively quickly. Any beer from Bell’s that’s big and Belgian is alright with me, anyway. Cheers!

Brewed three-and-a-half months ago (“PKGD 10/18/11”).

A: Extremely dark, like pouring molasses or melted dark chocolate. Not a speck of light is showing through the black, as it shines like obsidian. The head is a silky-smooth, luscious tan, retaining a full half-finger for quite a while. Sparse, patchy lacing. Looks more like a stout than a Dubbel.

S: This nose is certainly not strong, and strange for this style. Molasses, cocoa, toffee, and probably one of the biggest plum scents I’ve ever come across. It sort of takes that last aroma and pushes the profile to a peculiar place of rum, barbeque sauce, anise, and pungent tobacco. It’s different, for sure.

T: The odd character from the nose definitely manifests itself in the palate. Plum, is it? That, plus super-spiced malts, coffee, and big tobacco smoke are sitting at the helm here. They’re thick, gooey flavors, flattening out with even more thick additives like brownie batter, cinnamon-raisin cake, and chocolate-covered banana. It’s almost a sweet-tooth’s dream, besides the plum/prune darkness. Nearing its end is an appropriate fruity dryness that’s augmented by just the faintest pine-hop astringency. It finishes out with a slow burn of cocoa, raspberry, and more smoke. Again, this is an unusual palate; interesting, nevertheless.

M: The feel is quite typical: it’s light, creamy, and warmly alcoholic. Dry in parts, especially at the end.

O: Is this a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, or is that just the closest label they could give to this beer? I’m not really big on pigeon-holing styles; that’s not what craft beer is about. But this is certainly something I’ve never had before (at least not in this incarnation) – as interesting as it is drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 05:58:02 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of mjtiernan

New York

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled 10/18/11 poured into a NB globe

A: Thin head that quickly reduces to nearly nothing except a thin ring around the glass. Dark, dark brown with some red highlighting that is only noticeable against a bright light.

S: Fruity Belgian yeast, plums, raisins, tobacco and faint biscuit.

T: Tobacco, some roasted malt, the dark fruit and the yeast are up front. Transitions to some bready biscuit and a good dose of roasted malt. Finish is dry and features the roasted malt.

M: Medium body, medium carb. Somewhat astringent. Drinkability is moderate.

O: Hell Hath No Fury took me on a surprise trip. I was expecting more dominating fruit quality and yeast, but the tobacco and roasted malt provided a nice twist. I think of this as sort of a “dirty” dark Belgian ale because the flavors aren’t as clean as you might be accustomed to.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 04:05:08 | More by mjtiernan
Photo of hopfacebrew


4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from GDBEERMAN in our trade - thanks Rob!!

Coming in I knew nothing of this beer so I just cracked it and poured to a NBB globe glass and started reviewing. Bottled numbered 9999.

A - Poured from brown 12 oz bottle to globe glass. The beer pours a thick dark dark brown color with dark brown edges. A huge 2 finger dark tan head with excellent retention and lots of lacing. There is a bit of yeast chunks floating around but not a lot.

S - There is a nice aroma of belgian yeast along with roasted grains and a malty sweetness. No hop character detected.

T - The sweetness of the brew starts the drink off. It's a pleasant sweetness brought on by the malt. Mild bitterness. The yeast character comes through in the middle and brings a nice banana and clove character. The beer finishes smooth with a lingering roasted malt on the tongue. Hides the alcohol very well.

M - Medium to full bodied with good carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O - This was a treat! I am jealous we don't have Bell's distribution in Colorado as I would drink a lot of this. Goes down easy and is quite delicious.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-19-2011 19:03:06

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 13:52:14 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of Vec2267


3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brown to black, not the head/carbonation I expect from the style

S - spicy, sour, cocoa

T - complex, tons of malt, burnt sugars, spice (anise/clove), sour

M - syrupy, extremely rich

O - this reminds me more of a bock than a BSDA

I'm not sure what to make of this beer. It is certainly a complex, tasty beer, I think it the sour notes that turn me off. Not representative of the style, but still interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 00:25:12 | More by Vec2267
Photo of matjack85


4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this on tap at Quenchers Saloon in Chicago. 11oz serving into a brandy snifter for $8.

Dark brown color with red highlights when held to light. The 1-finger mocha colored head dissipated quickly, leaving a small rim on top. Lacing was good.

Wonderful smell to this! Dark fruits over dsrk chocolate and other sweet malts.

Light malty sweetness made up of caramel and vanilla. There are also chocolate and cherry flavors present. Mild hop bite in the finish. Delicious.

Velvety smooth, creamy mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation.

This is a great beer that even manages to significantly hide the 7.7% alcohol. Haven't tried it in the bottle yet, but if you get a chance to have it on tap, don't miss out.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 22:51:03 | More by matjack85
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown, with the smallest of ruby highlights. Massive dark tan head collapses into a two table top.

Dark fruity aroma. Enticing and deep.

Taste follows aroma. Big dark fruits, hints of sugar candy way in the back.

Rich mouthfeel flows gracefully.

A nice take on a Belgian Dark.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 23:38:11 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of Nerudamann


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

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look – jet black, with about half a finger’s worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – malty, somewhat spicy-smelling. Also a hint of a roasted/barrel-roasted quality.

Taste – definitely a deeper, darker, roasted malt kind of quality. Dark molasses or chocolate tones as well, most of which come out in the middle and middle-end of the tasting. The finish and aftertaste is marked with the roasted quality again.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced, but leans a little more toward the watery side.

Overall – not a bad or bad-tasting brew at all, but not terribly intriguing, but also not at all dull.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 17:25:22 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of kylehay2004


4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

single finger head mild chocolate head with some lace, rapidly dissipating. very dark brown with only a small amount of light passing through. very nice almost chocolate covered strawberry like aroma with syrup notes. The flavor is mostly chocolate then dark fruit with a nice sweet finish. A slight smokey note. This beer gets better as you drink it and it is very drinkable. medium to full body and moderate to high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 13:12:03 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 9999; september 2010.

poured into oversized snifter.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a small white head after a vigorous pour. head dissapates into a small ring around the glass. Decent lacing. Some chunks of sediment on in the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Mellow roasty cofee notes mixed with subtle chocolatety fudge. Its go some fruity notes in the nose. Raisins, dates, prunes. Mild spice.

Taste: Nice coffee roasty note. Some dark fruits start to show though. Midpalate chocolate notes are really strong. Some vanilla accompanies the chocolate. Little bit of spicy finish with some clove notes.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. The beer is a little thin. The carbonation is a bit prickly. Fair smooth beer all things considered.

Overall: This beer reminds me of a Stout and a Quad blended together. Its a good beer, Iould be interested to try the bourbon a barrel version of this beer. Should be good.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 03:54:56 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of nickfl


4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown foam on top of a black body with clear, amber highlights. The head settles quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Dark sugary notes of brown sugar, molasses, smoky caramel and cola.

T - Sweet, dark malt up front with notes of molasses and dark sugar. Some smoky licorice in the middle with dark caramel and more molasses. The beer finishes with lots of dark sugar, lightly roasted grain, and light bitterness with smoke and licorice lingering in the aftertaste.

M - A thick, syrupy body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - I'm not really getting much Belgian character out of this brew, but there is a nice combination of complex, dark sugar and subtle roast. The sugar is heavy and intense, but it somehow doesn't seem cloying and the beer is reasonably drinkable despite the sweet finish. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 06:06:34 | More by nickfl
Photo of zaphodchak


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

A finger of super smooth brown head. Good retention, decent lace, black body.

Impossible to smell over adjacent patrons' food. I walk across the restaurant to get a whiff of plum on it, but not much else.

Taste is rich, some date, tart malt, some Belgian funk. Definitely a stout/dubbel hybrid. Relatively dry. Very faint cherry. Traces of chocolate on the finish as it warms.

Feel is super-smooth, not syrupy.

Interesting, effective style fusion. Not necessarily a new favorite, but worth a try and to try aging a few months.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 16:17:11 | More by zaphodchak
Photo of PorterLambic


3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, dark near-black with just a hint of light getting through the edges. Good sized head develops from a "straight down the pint glass" pour, eventually settling to a film and no lace to speak of.
Smell is malty with notes of cocoa, wood, coffee and vanilla.
Taste is richer with malt, wood, cocoa, coffee, some rum-soaked dark fruits and a slight alcohol presence.
A bit watery up front but beefing up middle through finish. Warming the palate and throat. More effervescence than expected but it fades fairly quickly. Medium + body. Balance is good throughout but could use a bit of tweaking. Aftertaste is a nice malty rum & dark fruit fade.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 01:39:49 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of zachary80


3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 10735. Poured into a Globe

Strong pour shows a moderate-sized brown head with no retention. Body is very dark brown and opaque. No lacing.

Aroma is good - dark chocolaty malt, slightly toasty. Slight coffee character.

Taste follows the aroma, some faint chocolate flavors, mild esters. Not exactly typical of a BSDA, but Bell's indicates its a stout/BSDA style mix.

Carbonation seemed high at first sip, normal afterwards, works well in the beer. Full-bodied.

Overall nothing too exciting, despite being an interesting stylistic blend.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 04:23:16 | More by zachary80
Photo of dtivp

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with ruby highlights, a thin light brown cap with no lacing.

Aroma of bourbon, vanilla and sweet dark fruits.

Taste starts sweet with dark cherries, plum, vanilla, then a little balance with roasted malt and a bourbon, oak ending.

Mouth Feel is medium body, light carbonation, thin and smooth with a nice alcohol warming.

Overall this is a very nice dark ale, was surprised how strong the alcohol presence was at 7.7% ABV. Would like it to have a little more body. A nice sipper on a cold night with a great name.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 14:58:14 | More by dtivp
Photo of BelgiumBill


3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I paid $2.99 for a single 12oz bottle.

Poured it into a Guinness glass and it was black with some deep brown at the edge when held to the light. The head was thin and beige despite a vigorous pour. It quickly receded to a ring around the glass with no lacing.

The smell was of dark roasted malts, some dark fruits, raisins, prune.

It tasted of deeply toasted malts, dark fruits, and a bit of hop bite on the back half of the finish.

Thick but not chewy. Sweet elements balance with the bit of hops and burnt characteristics.

Solid overall. One might expect a higher ABV but I liked that it wasn't 9-10% or else it likely would have put off a boozy feel. Not a great value at $3 a bottle. At $2 a bottle I'd buy it again, at $3 I'll pass.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 18:41:05 | More by BelgiumBill
Photo of ales4baldo


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P-Makes note that not even hell can show the fury as a pissed off woman.

A-Poured out suprisinly thick and pitch black. Didnt retain any of its head and the color of head was a brownish coffee tan.

S-Almost get dark chocolate and wood notes. Relative to a soft stout. Deep coffee as well.

T-I get the belgian yeast and black licorice. Belgian malts as well. Roast flavors and dark coffee seem present. Belgian candy creeps in there but not much.

M-Medium bodied with flavors that arent present in the early sip but slowly emmerce out of nowhere. Subtle carbonation.

O-Different from an actual Belgian strong dark ale that i normally drink. This one has a little too much of the coffe, dark bean/roast flavors to it when i would like to taste more Belgian candy and malt.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 23:35:29 | More by ales4baldo
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head signature snifter. Label says Pkgd 10/18/11.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black with a 3/4 inch head that doesn't retain for too long before reducing to an 1/8 inch ring around the snifter. Lacing somewhat present.

S- Rich malty nose that's a bit glassy but has a hint of caramel in the back so it's a neat contrast.

T- Roast notes upfront with bits of caramel. Tastes a bit metallic when I swish but luckily the banana sweetness from the Belgian yeast keeps things balanced. Alcohol is also masked decently. Maybe some raisin in the aftertaste.

M- Dry and clean, almost crisp. Medium carbonation and a middle-of-the-road body for a brew so malty.

O- Not the greatest, but definitely worth it.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 01:59:00 | More by Immortale25
Photo of ksimons

New York

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-very dark brown, almost black, with a thin layer of tan head that disappears quickly and leaves some lacing on the top. The beer almost looks flat, which after tasting I know its not, I just don't normally think a beer looks flat so this was a new one for me.

S-rich roasted malt, raisins and other dark fruits, caramel, and spices. Nice.

T-taste comes close to the smell, but not quite. The malt body doesn't seem as rich and the dark fruits are a little lighter than the smell would suggest. There is a bit more flavor once the beer warms, hints of coffee, molasses, and caramel come out more.

M-medium body, medium carbonation

Overall compared to Belgian BSDA's it does not make the cut. Its not bad though and as the beer warms it gets more interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 00:23:53 | More by ksimons
Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 1,095 ratings.