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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
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:
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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Reviews: 604 | Hads: 1,145
Photo of GimpyCane
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (731 characters)

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. (356 characters)

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!! (537 characters)

Photo of Winter
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
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). (614 characters)

Photo of freed
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (424 characters)

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 (1,069 characters)

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. (428 characters)

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. (569 characters)

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. (624 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (1,074 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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 (898 characters)

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (905 characters)

Photo of expatsteve
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (1,110 characters)

Photo of Tbone
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.99/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (1,755 characters)

Photo of shivtim
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap in Indianapolis, of all places. Came in a goblet type glass. It was pitch black with the slightest brown lacing. Very intense looking. The nose was gentle, you could sense the alcohol just a bit, with an earthy malt being the main smell. Taste was pretty complex, with a sweet coffee flavor and heavy malts, and some unidentifiable sweet fruitiness. The coffee wasn't bitter at all, and although it was the main flavor, it was subtle enough to allow the other flavors to surface. The alcohol was well hidden. Mouthfeel was excellent, very smooth but with good carbonation. Surprisingly drinkable, but watch out for the high ABV. (644 characters)

Photo of shbobdb
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I'm gonna say this beer is an ADS, rather than a BSDA that it is listed as.

That declaration of bias aside, let's break down the stats:

Appearance: Man. It pours black! I tried holding my cognac glass to the light and I couldn't see though it. I tried to see what happens when light shines though it onto a pure white napkin, and all I got was a shadow. Black, black, black. The head was equally dark. Imagine the darkest stout head you've ever seen, double that and you're getting in the right direction.

Smell: Stout. Raw stout. Dark malts, malt, malt, dark malts, and then booze.

Taste: Very complex. In many ways this beer is an Imperial Irish Dry Stout, as opposed to merely a dry Stout. It was described to me as 'starting out like Guinness and ending like a belgian white'. I'm not so sure about that, but it captures the idea of this beer.
In my mind, it started out with a blast of malt and roasted barley. Bittersweet to the extreme, followed by raisins, plums, and other fruit flavours that I expect from a Doppelbock, rounded out by a very dry finish. Now, it is dry like "I just had a packet of sugar' as opposed to 'wow, this is a dry wine', but it is still dry. Drying. Man, it leeched the moisture out of me.

Mouthfeel: I think I explained this in the taste section.

Drinkability: Wow. It took me a looong time to finish. I'm not sure I'd order it again. However, I am *definately* not sorry I tried this beer. Amazing! Wonderful! A must try! Even if only for the ride! (1,504 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this brew and was glad to see it at the brew pub. Bell's characteristics all the way.

A dense dark brown with no hints of light penetration. No head.

Very sweet roasty malt, coffee, cassis, hints of vanilla, with a caramel, toffee edge. Fig, mollasses and milk chocolate in the nose as well.

Rich smokey roasted chocolate malt, coffee freshly brewed, a hint of creme de brulee, blackberry, fig paste, and caramel.

Creamy, sweet mouthfeel. Overall a damn good beer. Hope they bottle this one. Complex and hell and balanced. Much like a stout. Delicious. (582 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Sampled on draught @ Bell’s Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Very dark brown color with a small and quickly diminishing white head. Quite dark, considering they call it a Belgian Dubbel. Really gentle aroma, with a light hint of molasses, chocolate and red fruit, but it is very subtle. Upon tasting, this is more like a Belgian stout. Really roasty, with molasses, chocolate and coffee notes and heavily yeasty, leathery tones. Light cassis and port wine flavors as well, though very light, considering they consider this beer a Dubbel. But, what makes this beer so special is its heavenly body. It’s so creamy and thick and really brings out the flavors. (664 characters)

Photo of hoppymeal
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Everytime I go to Bell's I order up the same beers, but not today. After passing this one over many-a-time, today I decided to give it a try and I left feeling quite pleased although I'm sure the 9% the Fury packs helped me out. The beer poured an opaque black with a creamy, inviting tan head which faded to a small ring around the glass. The initial smell is roasted malts and coffee. At first the taste followed and then a cola-like sweetness developed about half way through. Not as thick as some of the others like Expedition (mmm!), but still a solid body on this one. The cola flavor also became evident in the smell as did a tangy sour extension to the roastiness. This probably won't replace any of my fallbacks, but was a nice change of pace today. (758 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thing first, this beer was served way too cold! It was almost icy and I like my dubbels to be damn near room temp. So I got an amber while waiting for the beer to warm up a bit.

Pours a really dark almost purple looking color. Burgundy in the middle and a deep purple around the sides. Head is weak and nonexistant after a few seconds. Carbonation seems a little low.

Aroma was chocolatey and spicy. As it warmed this beer gained a vinous side to it in the smell and was reminiscent of a port with chocolate added.

This beer was very sweet as it warmed. When cold I got a roasty bitter chocolate flavor and a dry mouthfeel. But when it got to the appropriate temp. it was quite sweet. Dark, vinous fruits dominated along with some residual sugars. The yeast strain was very noticeable and quite spicy. This beer was also quite alcoholic and gave me a boozy impression.

Port flavors dominate the more the beer opened up but a roastiness, which is unusual for the style, also played a prominent role. Body was moderate in thickness and the lack of carbonation and effervescence was a dissapointment, but the other qualities of this offering made it not so bad.

Easy to drink, esp if you like a sweeter beer and don't mind the alcohol qualities in here. Another nicely made offering from Bell's. (1,317 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with maroon highlights. Almost no head present.
Aroma is lots of raisins, figs and dates with a generous dose of Belgian Candi sugar and a coriander yeast profile.
Flavor is heavy sweetness, almost cloying with a dark citrus base and lots of spicy coriander and yeast in the background.
Mouthfeel is pure rocket fuel. High ABV is very dominant with alcohol front and center that is exacerbated as the beer warms.
Drinkability is good if you like high ABV's High and potent ABV distracts somewhat from the malt and other flavors but a pretty tasty brew nonetheless (584 characters)

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