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

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Reviews: 604
Hads: 1,145
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 cratez
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Plum Market in Ann Arbor, MI.

Pours a pitch black hue with one finger of tan foam and some stringy lacing on the tulip.

Smell is roasted and nutty malts, blueberry, bubblegum, vinous aromas, cardamom, clove, red plum, faint cocoa, and smoke.

Taste is roasty malt, dark pit fruit, candi sugar, vinous red wine-like tartness mid-palate, slight cocoa and smoke, nondescript spiciness precedes a vanishing aftertaste. Doesn't do much for me.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, full-bodied, smooth middle, spicy and prickly hop bite transitions to a bone dry, chalky finish.

Overall, it seems like the brewer has mixed a dubbel and stout to craft this quirky take on a BSDA, but the end product fails to excite me. It's really just a malty ho hum strong ale that pales in comparison to the Belgian greats. I'm glad I got to try this since it's one of the rarer offerings from Bell's; however, I won't be purchasing again. (947 characters)

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

12oz bottle opened on 2-23-12.

A - Pours a cola brown with a small fizzy dark brown head. Gone almost instantly.

S - Boozy old fruit and sweet raisins.

T - Similar to the smell, stronger fruit.

D - Lower carbonation and a medium body.

O - Swwet, low carbonation, but still pretty damn good. (296 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Bell's.

A - Poured very dark brown with a small amount of white head.

S - Dark fruit, cloves, Belgian yeast, raisins.

T - Dark fruit, clove, raisins, Belgian yeast and some spice in the background.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. (254 characters)

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! (1,047 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (826 characters)

Photo of koleneack
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (276 characters)

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. (438 characters)

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. (439 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of iadler
3.62/5  rDev -4%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (2,008 characters)

Photo of mjtiernan
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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. (851 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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 (1,311 characters)

Photo of Vec2267
3.62/5  rDev -4%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4.59/5  rDev +21.8%
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. (715 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (291 characters)

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. (690 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (965 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of zachary80
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of dtivp
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of BelgiumBill
3.47/5  rDev -8%
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. (742 characters)

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