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

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Ratings: 1,135
Reviews: 603
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 Shumista
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass after being left out for a while to warm up a bit.

A- Hell Hath No Fury pours a much darker brown than I expected, with a small brown head. Looks dark enough to be a porter or a stout. Lots of chunky white sediment settles to the bottom quickly.
S- Smells very belgian. Ripe dark fruit, sweet roasted malts and some yeast.
T- The dark fruits and sweet malts from the aroma are there, but there's other flavors that I didn't expect from the aroma. The roasted malts give it very noticeable chocolate and coffee flavors that remind a lot of a stout or porter. It's sweeter than I expected from the aroma as well.
M- Creamy, medium bodied (almost thick/full bodied), with a decent amount of carbonation.
D- Very high for how flavorful of a beer this is. I'd put a few more back if I hadn't only bought the single.

This is a really interesting beer that blurs the lines between style. Some aspects of it remind me of a sweet stout like Bell's Double Cream Stout while others remind of a Belgian Dubbel. Definitely worth a try and something that I will be buying a six pack of soon to share with friends.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to deleriumfest (I think) for sending this one my way.

Pours a deep dark brown with a nice tan head that lingers pretty well and leaves good lace.

Nose is alot of belgian yeast, so much so that with my eyes closed i would have guessed this to be a strong golden. Also some light fruit and a tiny bit of metal.

Taste is very light for the style, really this tastes almost like a combination of a strong golden and a dubbel. The light fruit and belgian yeast come out strong, and there is also a touch of light sugar and spice. There is however a very dubbely finish with some spice and metallic flavors. The finish is pretty dry and light fruit and belgian yeast linger on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is where this one suprises me. Although the carbonation is slightly too high here, the mouthfeel is actually fairly chewy. I like where this one is at but i think the carbonation could be dropped a bit too make it a smidge better.

Drinkability is pretty solid, as it should be for the abv. abv is hidden well, right where it should be, and the mouthfeel and extra carbs make this one an easy drinker.

Overall an interesting and almost style melding brew. This one is really like a dubbel and a golden all at once. the belgian yeast reeks in the nose and in the flavor but the finish screams dubbel. A very interesting brew to say the least, and a very sessionable belgian, especially dark belgian. Good for what it is, and a tasty brew in general. Good stuff.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at 54 degrees.

Pours opaque dark brown, almost black, with some barely translucent, murky mahogany edging when held to the light.
A half inch head of tan settled quickly to reveal a placid surface and a few dots of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with chocolate covered raisins with cloves, hints of anise, dark rum, and espresso. A very faint whiff of burnt rubber way in the back.

On the thick side of medium bodied, with a slightly creamy and tacky mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated for the style and a bit syrupy.

Ripe fruit, dark chocolate, and roasted malts dominate the palate. Hints of coffee beans, raisins, black licorice, and char follow through.

Finishes with lingering roast, chocolate, and barely a trace of warming alcohol.

Tasty enough, but the low carbonation detracts, and it's a bit heavy on the chocolate. Lacking a bit in complexity.
Quite dry for the style and highly drinkable, regardless.

Big props out to BA MacDomer for the hookup!

Photo of SykDoc
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours a very dark brown that is opaque when held to the light. I minimal brown head forms which reduces to a lacing that stays throughout the life of the beverage.

She aroma is a bit weak. It smells like a belgian ale with the yeast and some malty and sweet notes.

The taste is quite good with lingering sweet malt notes. A small amount of yeast and and hops is present and covers the EtOH nicely.

I was most pleasantly surprised by the mouthfeel. There is a nice level of carbonation which highlights the taste quite well. It is a heavy body, but this quickly resides to a mild dryness.

I feel this beer is quite drinkable. Between the mouthfeel and taste, it is quite good and I look forward to having another. However, it is certainly not the best beer and it is hard to classify where it belongs.

Photo of spointon
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a deep dark pitch black color with a thin looking 1/4" light tan head. The head very quickly dropped to a skim and left only a few minor spots of lace down the glass.

S= Aromas of sweet syrupy malts dominated, with additional notes of raisins, figs, dark candi sugars, roasted grains and Belgian yeast.

T= The flavor on this ale was the perfect combination of malty/sugary sweetness, dark roasted grains, and yeasty Belgian funk. Very little hop presence and a nice warming alcohol finish. Seriously, this tasted like a Belgian stout. Very nice.

MF= The just-short-of-heavy body was lifted somewhat by a fairly high carbonation level. Very creamy and smooth.

D= I really liked this ale a lot! I had no idea what to expect, and I was pleasantly surprised. Very easy to drink and flavorful. I will be drinking more of this one!

Photo of stewart124
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As soon as I opened the bottle I could pick up a faint presence of alcohol. With closer take I could pick up cloves, raisins along with other dark candied notes and that trace of Belgian yeast.

The color was almost pitch black and a decent tan head sat atop.

Body is fairly big and very smooth. The taste is mildly sweet but not a huge presence of residual sugars. There is a slight hint of roasted malts that I am picking up. Almost a toasted/burnt note. There is sweetness but I'm not sure if it is a malty sweet or sweetness derived from sugars added to the already complex grain bill. Hops are barely noticeable.

Very interesting beer. It was not quite what I had in mind when I opened the bottle but sometime bell's does that. I'd pick it up again.
Hops are barely noticable.

Very interesting beer. It was not quite what I had in mind when I opened the bottle but sometime bell's does that. I'd pick it up again.

Photo of tjkurz
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass bought as a single. No indication on label for date or genre. Poured as black as coffee with a decent thick tan head. Smells of roasted malts. Tastes roasty malty up front and interesting fruit malt mild coffee combo. MF not a lot of carb looks thicker than it feels. 7.5 abv - can definitely taste the booze drinkable enough - Belle's has done better though.

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

Poured into a snifter, dark brown almost black color with a small creamed-coffee head the dissipates quickly leaving behind very light lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast, light licorice and spice, alcohol and dark fruits. Definitely has a nice Belgian dark ale aroma. Dark fruit reign supreme in this beer, hints of raisin and prune, plus a light taste of apple and spice. Some notes of chocolate show up here in there but it's very light. Belgian yeast gives it a light dryness. Creamy, slick mouthfeel, light carbonation. Alcohol is pretty well hidden in the mouth and it's fairly quaffable. A nice beer and was glad I had the chance to try it. Thanks to Greggy for giving me this bottle!

Photo of wgarton
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark espresso color head over a really dark brow (near black) body. There's some floating sediment throughout that actually adds a little bit of interest to the beer.

S: I'm really not a fan of the scent of this beer. There's a definite dark stout scent with some licorice, espresso, and dark malt. But there's some frutiness in there too that just smells off. I wish I could enjoy it more, but I just don't.

T: Onto the better things. The taste is a very good long espresso and dark malt with just a bit of sweetness in it that balances really well. A very enjoyable brew.

MF: A thick creamy beer that finishes with a tinge of carbonation. Goes down pretty easily, but is a little thick for quick drinking.

D: Overall, a pretty good beer, but not Bells' best offering. It's a good beer to savor, it's just missing all of the elements that would help put it up in the top of its class.

Photo of aggiearcher13
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle in a mixed six pack a while back. Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours real dark, a bit of a ruby color to it when I hold it up to the light, but quite dark. About a 1/4 inch of a creamy tan head that disappears after a few minutes.

S: Malty, definitely some chocolate and some fruit.

T: Dark malts, caramel and candy sugars up front, fades into a dark fruit, very nice finish, a little bit of spice with a little bit of alcohol on it. It's good, a little bit less candy sugar than I was expecting. The yeast profile isn't a present as I was expecting but it's there and I think it's just right. I like it.

M: Velvety, very very nice.

D: Great beer to enjoy slowly on a cold snowy night. I'm going to have to go back and pick up a six pack or two.

Photo of mbrasi
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is something that doesn't remind me of a belgian. The spice is subdued and is dominated by dark malts and some tobacco. Flavor is good but different. The belgian flavor comes out in the finish of this beer but the beer itself doesn't exactly replicate the style. I like the originality of the beer. From the dark brown appereance to the respectful belgian spice in the finish. The yeastiness is missing but I don't mind at all.

Photo of gmcfarre
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into traditonal pint glass
Batch 8739

A - Pours a near black opaque darkness with an acceptable 1/2 inch latte colored head. Head comes to rest at a thin, uneven layer. Lacing is minimal.

S - Sweet molasses with strong roasted and smokey compliments. Good amounts of peat & woody alcohol spice. Pleasant and strong.

T - Starts with a dark fruit and molasses dextrous flavor that is soon aided by a bevy of earthy wood and peat flavors. A mellow burning alcohol spice adds to the complexity. Some belgian-style yeast is evident as well.

M - Fairly heavy bodied with a fainly oily mouthfeel. Spicy alcoholic finish with some residual sweetness.

D - Not a bad US interpretation of a Belgian style. Worth trying, especially if you are a fan of Bell's or the style.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 8739 into Duvel tulip. As coincidence has it I received this as an extra from two excellent traders a few days later - many thanks to CrellMost and hwwty4 - I enjoyed this a great deal so it's good to have a little more of this for the winter!

Pours leather dark...almost like a quad. Banana nut bread head. Decent lacing - almost root beer consistency.

Very clean to speak of - a little husky leather...maybe a little wine/port scent. Chocolatey maly is strongly present. Minimal hop profile...stewed figs and raisins (and a little clove) emerge.

Nice, dark ripened fruits of prune, figs and raisins. Subtle and earthy with some mild chocolate malt. Good finish.

This is very solid - quite complex...warmth helps but doesn't necessarily bring about huge flavor profile. Finish is soft and heavy...Kinda feels like a big, comfortable chair.

Solid fireplace beer...great for Thanksgiving in the kitchen. Goes down slowly but velvety and well. I have had this a few days after later in the evening and it is great for a nighttime sipper.

Photo of kzoobrew
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep ruby color. Ruby color only show when light is shined directly into the the glass. Huge 3-4 finger head, good retention and lacing.

Smell is quite interesting. Roasted malt and chocolate stout like aroma accompany the dark fruit sweet belgian aromas.

Flavor is much sweeter than what the nose leads you to believe. Dark fruit and candi sugar flavors up front. Just behind the roasted malt and chocolate flavor mix quite well. Slight spiciness and smoke ling on between sips.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, very creamy. Finishes slightly dry.

Enjoyable, fairly easy to drink. Alcohol is masked well. Quite a drinkable brew.

Photo of mothman
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 8739

This one is dark. Color is a deep ruby red, can't even see through it except on the bottom edges. Head is a tan brown that leaves a medium level of lace.

Aromoa: This beer smelt much like a hefeweizen, fruity, only there was also a chocalte and roasted malt flavor as well. Taste was like a chocolate covered banana. There was a nice hint of floral hops and a very strong taste of carmel present.

The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy. Leaves a hoppy flavor for the aftertaste.

Overall, to me this beer seems to combine a few different styles, and for that, it is unique. I would recommend that a person tries it.

Photo of Buebie
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a snifter. Color is black with zero light transparency. 1 finger brownish kaki head, leaving spotty thin lace. Mild thin layer of retention. I had no idea this would be so dark.

Aroma is a sulfer like salt based sell, almost ocean like at a harbor on a fresh day. Dark chocolate malts reign over much of the aroma, with hints of pepper and cloves.

Sweet upfront with a dominating wheaty ginger flavor. It resembles a wheat wine in that respect. Candi sugar, plums, and a peppery spice complex. Wow, this is a strange brew (lol, had to drop that line). Finish is dry and smooth with a clean crispness. Some sweet syrup like vanilla flavor lingers after the swallow.

Very interested and complex beer. Nicely done in the belgian style, just slighty breaking all the rules. Highly recommend.

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

This beer pours a deep amber brown with a thick brown head. The aroma is medium sweet with plum, raisin, anise and chocolate as well as a nice yeasty component. The flavor is initially fruity but more spicy towards the finish. Thick bodied, full mouthfeel. Finishes nicely sweet (chocolate and locorice) and somewhat long.

Photo of semihobo
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz from the Bell's store, bottled on 9/22/08 (Batch 8739).

Pours into a chalice with a dark tar color, opaque and near black with ruby highlights on the edges. Small head with a smattering of foam, bad staying power and non-existent lacing.

Intense, sweet smell, even when served on the colder side. Phenolic, nice and funky like chocolate banana bread with some cloves and cinnamon. A splash of vanilla, a little rum. Yum.

Smell is a little more brash, still dominated by phenols but they aren't so flawless on the taste. Some smoke and chemical adhesive taint the taste. Still, on balance, it tastes fine. Still strong banana and clove notes, some roasted notes from the dark malts, some baker's chocolate... not cloyingly sweet, at least. Minimal hop presence is distributed throughout the taste, minty with a little pepper kick. The alcohol hides well until the finish, where it is busted.

Mouthfeel is a little rough, would prefer softer carbonation. Average body for the style.

I liked this one a lot at the first smell and it got progressively worse as I went on. I'd try another, since there are some good things going on alongside some unfortunate tastes... too bad it's not distributed in Chicago. Overall, just about average for the style.

Photo of gford217
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew provided by CrellMoset poured into a snifter.

Pours dark, dark brown with only the slightest amount of light passing through the edges. An aggressive pour produced a one-inch thick mocha head that dissipated to a small ring immediately leaving very little lacing.

The smoke is most distinctive part of the aroma as it is present throughout. There are also some dark roasted malts and chocolate with some sugary sweetness and dark fruits on top. All of this is underpinned by hints of yeast in the nose.

The taste starts out much sweeter than the aroma indicates with lots of candi sugar and dark fruits. The are generous sweeter dark malts and sweet chocolate in the middle. The smoke comes back in the finish and lingers on the palate between sips along with a hints of spices.

The mouthfeel is smooth with decent carbonation and has a dry, smoky feel in the finish.

This is one very interesting beer with the Belgian base and tons of malts and smoke on top. I really enjoyed it and think it's one of the more unique beers I've had in a while. Thanks again to Chris for sharing this one.

Photo of nrbw23
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice deep dark brown color with a nice foamy tan head. The head has great retention and leaves a ton of lacing.

S- Smells of yeast, dark fruits, chocolate, smoke, and roasted flavours.

T- Can pick up some dark chocolate flavour with a spicy yeast in the background. Some roasted bitterness comes through in the finish along with notes of caramel and toffee.

M- Medium to high carbonation and medium in body but overall feels smooth.

D- Nice to drink just not something I could drink a lot of in a sitting.

Photo of jsp2
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle purchased at whole foods in a 6 pack for $14.99. (yikes).

This is a great tasting, strong dark beer. Very thin head on the pour. Very sweet and malty taste stands up well to the supposed 7.5% alcohol. Very clean and well balanced with no shortage of flavor.

Once again I am very impressed with beers from this brewery and this is no exception. Top quality interpretation of the style.

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

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is half and inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of anise, dark chocolate, and spices. The taste is full of anise, so much so that it obscures other flavors. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer, but pretty one-dimensional.

Photo of Zraly
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours lovely, dark black with a brownish head. Very stout-like in appearance and smell. A little bit different from what I was expecting, but nice all the same.

Tasting notes comprise of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, rum, and phenols. Thick and medium-to-full bodied. Rich and creamy finish, and leave the palate dry. This style follows suite with the new trend of "Belgians Stouts" (e.g., Buffalo Stout). The interesting mingling of flavors here reminds me of hot chocolate (malts) with cinnamon and spice (e.g., yeast/phenols).

A wonderful sipper that could be enjoyed with a chocolate dessert or as dessert itself.

Photo of treyrab
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one sitting in the cellar for a while so decided to bring it out on this cold evening...

A: Wow! This one pours like a stout! Almost complete blackness with some dark brown/ruby along the edges. The head is dark mocha brown and sits around for a while! This is a phenomenal looking stout...I mean Belgian Dark Ale

S: Very, very heavily scented with chocolate and roasted malts. Extremely interesting how the Belgian yeast spices sneak up and complement the roast and chocolate so well.

T: There is such an array and levels of flavors in this beer. Starts with chocolate, roast, Belgian yeast spices, and coffee. Some slight metallic notes come in (very slight) and it finished with more Belgian yeast spice and bitter coffee.

Overall, this is BY FAR the most interesting Belgian Strong Pale Ale I have ever had. It is a blend between a Belgian Dark and Stout in my opinion!

Photo of sgoodship
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 8739 bottle donated by my good friend Brian - cheers.

A: Poured from a 12fl.oz. bottle. Dark brown - almost black in color. A seriously stout level of darkness. Tiny hints of ruby red against the light. A coffee stained head. Dissipated to a fine dusting and a healthy ring. Formed some nice lacing which magically evaporated from the glass.

S: A mix of a porter-like roasted malt, molasses and coffee smell with strong phenols, some spicy muskiness, dark fruit and licorice. Alcohol is there but not that obvious.

T: Much as the smell would suggest but the phenols came through a little too much for me at first. Some rum, fruit, spiciness. Coffee starting coming through more strongly as the drink warmed up. I thought that I would catch more alcohol on the finish but this is a low ABV compared to many BSDA's I have had.

M: Has the rich and decadent mouthfeel of a quality Belgian BSDA. A creamy, syrupy slickness. Smooth with a low level of carbonation to keep it somewhat lively.

D: Reminiscent of the true quality Belgians but not quite on par. Not a bad offering and I found it enjoyable. I have a good amount of respect for Bells. For me, the phenolic emphasis was too pronounced but that is a personal preference.

Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 1,135 ratings.