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

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1,121 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,121
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 60
Gots: 70 | 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

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(Beer added by: CRJMellor on 11-03-2004)
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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.

mothman, Nov 29, 2008
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.

Buebie, Nov 27, 2008
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.

kmeves, Nov 26, 2008
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.

semihobo, Nov 26, 2008
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.

gford217, Nov 25, 2008
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.

nrbw23, Nov 24, 2008
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.

jsp2, Nov 24, 2008
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.

KarlHungus, Nov 24, 2008
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.

Zraly, Nov 23, 2008
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!

treyrab, Nov 22, 2008
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.

sgoodship, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of yourefragile
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #8739 poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear, very dark brown, near black with a thick off white, creamy head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves very little lacing.
S: Very mild, mix of dark fruit, malt, caramel, yeast, Belgian-y in general.
T: Very big flavor, similar to the aroma, but much stronger. Immediately reminds me of a Unibroue beer. Starts with a strong overpowering Belgian yeast flavor that takes a while for me to get off my tongue and taste the rest. However, hiding in there are roasted malt body with strong dark fruit, raisin, brown sugar, etc flavors. Thick and smooth mouthfeel make this a very flavorful and overpowering beer. Interesting, but just seems out of control to me and not quite on point for this style.

yourefragile, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of NoLiberty
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful deep chestnut brown, almost opaque black but just showing enough around the edges to show the reddish tinge. A solid off-white creamy 2-finger head rumbles, almost as if from a nitro tap, to a resting half finger cap that clings to the edges like whipped froth. Really nice. Beer is clear unless yeast is unsettled from the bottom, but otherwise nice and crisp looking.

Aroma is mild and deep in the glass, but still present and complex. Mixed incense, roasted plums, and sweet burnt sugar aromas all capped with a smokey oak quality and subtle alcohol.

The taste is, unfortunately, this beers downfall. It's not terrible by any means, but the rest of the beer is so solid that i wish the taste could match up with the rest. Immediately after pouring I get a strong metallic meat flavor followed by intense cloying sweet alcohol. Once the beer begins to warm the flavors switch to earthier flavors with some browned sugar and dried fruit. No hops, which is cool and expected. Again, this is almost Scotch ale-like with a medium bodied feel and strong flavor but dominant smoke character. I'm not sure exactly where that's coming from or why, but definitely there. The flavor is interesting but not quite to style. There is some Belgian yeast qualities at the start and finish which makes the whole experience a little confused.

Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, nice carbonation that moves the beer all around. Medium bodied with a bit more sugar-feel than I would like. Could probably use some time.

Despite the moderate alcohol strength (7.5%) this has a strong alcohol flavor and feel which makes this beer a litle hard to enjoy from start to finish. Maybe could use some time in the cellar.

NoLiberty, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

Batch # 8739

A: Pours a nice Stout-black color with a slight, but creamy, khaki-colored head. Sticky little strings and splotches of lace left on the glass.

S: Interesting mix of things here. Roasted malt, sweet dark fruit, clove, vegetables, caramel, and candi sugar. Toasted grain.

T: See above. Dry, roasty malt takes the edge off the sweet fruit flavors (raisins, figs, plums,...). Dark and/or semi-sweet chocolate asserts itself in the middle and this finishes with a touch of clove, smoke, and roasted malt.

M: Starts full and sweet, but quickly turns peppery and dry.

D: Certainly not the best BSDA I've ever met, but I found a lot to like and I'll probably re-visit at a later date. Would be interested to try on draft.

GbVDave, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of Dalem
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color with a pinky finger size head that doesn't stick around very long but does leave a thin frost on the windows type of lace all the way through drinking. Roasted malt, smokey maplewood and caramel are the dominant aromas with a slight nip of spicy alcohol in there as well. The texture of the brew itself is smooth but not too thick allowing all kinds of complexities to appear in the taste from start to finish. Up front it's almost like coffee but tempered with the flavors of dark cherries. Toffee and vanilla characteristics have a huge presence in the middle but are also split with a very distinct roasted malt taste. The sweet and lingering finish/aftertaste has hints of black licorice but nothing that would bum out those who don't like the taste of black licorice.

Dalem, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with drgonzo3705, Thanks Paul!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - dark brown/black color with a creamy light brown head that fell to a layer and left behind spots of lacing.

S - smokey, roasted coffee bean aroma.

T - smokey taste, flavors of dark fruits, chocolate, coffee and yeast.

F - smooth and creamy feel.

D - it went down easy enough but more than two might be a chore.

JoeyBeerBelly, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of Atron67
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark black/brown body with a tan head on top that build up a little to a foamy level, then stuck as a little film on top for the rest of the time.

S- belgian spiced and quite malty. pretty interesting, not hugely complex but solid.

T- very smooth malty. pretty light body for the abv but ide assume thats due to some spiciness. seems kinda generic in flavor for a belgian. not huge in flavor but tasty and smooth.

M- thick though not super heavy. lightly carbonated.

D- its a pretty solid brew, not amazing but definitely well done. it would make a great belgian 'backbone' for making some experimental belgians though.

Atron67, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle in trade from bobby91w. Thanks!

Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head. Smell is tobacco, smoky bubble gum, belgian yeast and dark fruity. Taste is gummy, dark fruit, lightly hopped and with belgian yeast and a dubbel like flavor overall with a rich tobacco like smokiness to it. Nice body and moderate carbonation. Very good for a style that isn't one of my preferred.

JDV, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of inhoc00
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a dark brown with no head.

S- Huh. Bells yeasty. Bready. Hmmm?

T- Much better than the smell. Fruity, figs, malty with a touch of hops. Dull alc. aftertaste.

M- Fresh carbonation.

D- Not great. Starting to really wonder about Bells. Is this a quality brewery? All of Bells seem to have the same bready, yeasty smell regardless of the style. I don't know...

inhoc00, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of hopdog
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

Poured a dark, dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, chocolate and some roast. Tastes of stronger dark fruits (plums and raisins), cocoa, and roast. Medium sweet with light alcohol in the finish. Light lacing left on the glass.

Notes from 11/20/06

hopdog, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of GRPunk
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (Batch ID 8739) poured into a tulip glass.

A- It poured with a 1/2 finger, tan head that quickly dropped to a lace that left nice sticky spots. The body was nearly black with red accents.

S- It had a lot of sweet aroma (figs, plums, raisins, maybe cherry) mixed with some roasty/nutty/smokey notes, and a slight hint of alcohol that became more apparent with warmth.

T- There were nice fruity flavors as suggested by the aroma with some buttery notes and roasty/smokey malts. There was some peppery spice flavor too. The alcohol is fairly well hidden.

M- It had a nice, viscus feel with light-medium carbonation.

D- It's a smooth, robust sipper and a solid foul-weather beer.

GRPunk, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Smokestack goblet. This beer pours a dark, rich brown with a big 2 inch head that disappeared into just a slight rim around the glass, leaving no lacing. The aroma is chocolaty, with notes of coffee, prunes, molasses and what reminds me of smoky bacon. The taste is dark fruits with raisins and plums up front, followed by coffee and bitter chocolate. There are also notes of smoked meats in the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is full and just a bit astringent. The mouthfeel really allows for a bit of the booze to come through and saturate the palate. This is a good beer, but not something that I think I could drink more than one of.

hwwty4, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured an opaque black with dark tan head. It smelled like wild yeast with orange and lemon hops, and burnt barley malt, with noticeable alcohol. It tasted fairly complex, like wild yeast, burnt coffee, barley malt, smoky licorice, and lemon hops. It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation, and had a lasting bitter aftertaste with a bit of alcohol warming. Overall this was somewhat like a dubbel, but also somewhat like a porter, which was an interesting flavor but was a bit out of control. It had pretty good body and wasn't difficult to drink, but it could have been a bit smoother. I think a couple years of aging will really help the flavor pull together, and also help the body calm down. So fresh, it's not that great, but it has potential to become pretty great.

Pencible, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of bpelowski
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: pours a very dark reddish brown with just a thin ring of tan head around the rim of the goblet, aroma of chocolate, yeast, sweet dark fruits, taste is chocolate, dark fruits, not overly sweet which is nice, has a medium full mouthfeel, finishes smooth. I like this one quite a bit. Another great beer from Bell's.

bpelowski, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of BeaBeerWife
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally out this year. Nice -n- Dark, slight coffee esters and a bit of raisin / prune in the smellings as well. Also..definitely deep dark sweet flavs like molasses. Deep rich dark taste, mild belgian-yeast flavs. Lots of residual sugars, syrupy on the glass! Real nice, although no head to speak of. I'm going to let the rest of what's left in my bottle sit and warm up some more!

BeaBeerWife, Nov 09, 2008
Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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