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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,111 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,111
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 58
Gots: 68 | FT: 2
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CRJMellor on 11-03-2004)
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jwinship83

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- dark brown, almost black, body under a finger of beige colored head. very even lacing left behind

S- dark ripe fruits. plums, cherries, raisins, a hint of sweet malt, and leather

T- very much like it smells. not a hint of alcohol. a little too sweet for my liking. heavy on the cherries.

M- light and a little thin. carbonation feels too strong

D- a nice american try at a great belgian style. i think it missed the mark a little bit, but never the less im glad to have tried this one. not bells best, but definitely drinkable. one bottle is enough.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 04:30:02 | More by jwinship83
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ahking

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark beer but not a stout. This beer is more of a belgian ale with complex yeast character and spiciness. A slight head with little lacing on the glass. Aroma is intensely spicy, herbal, and floral. Quite a nice surprise; like smelling a bouquet of beer flowers. Flavor is a bit strange though and I am not sure that I prefer it. Sweet, almost cloying, mixed with those herbal aromas doesnt mix well for me anyway. I would say this beer almost needs to be a bit more sour to balance it out and make it more like a true belgian. This beer would be a prince if it were barrel aged.

Worth a try if you are at the bar. I would be disappointed if I purchased an entire 6 pack of this (got it direct from the brewery in a mixed sixer).

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 01:45:11 | More by ahking
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kenoftheyear

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours super dark like a RIS with a creamy caramel head. The head has pretty decent retention for the style, but all good things must come to an end.

It has an aroma of roasted malt and a slight hint of blueberry. There is a strong coffee presence as well.

The flavor is more of a strong stout than a belgian dark. There is a very nice mix of roasty and creamy flavors. The body of the beer has a good amount of dried dark fruits.

It has a pretty thick mouthfeel and a nice fluffy carbonation that fits well with this very dark beer.

I think this is a damn good beer that possibly doesn't fit a category, but hell, no problem with that.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 01:02:13 | More by kenoftheyear
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Slynger

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Blackly brown with a lid of tight tan.

Nose is mostly dark cocoa, with a touch of dark fruit and spice.

Taste brings more though. Darkly roasted and bitter dark chocolate with a bit of dark coffee. Some modestly sweet dark chocolate as well with a good presence of fig/red apple fruitiness and belgian yeast. Full bodied and oily slick with a nice amount of fuzzy uplifting crab.

This one is alright, but Bell's has a lot of stuff I would before it for a better price (even in Illinois).

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 05:06:55 | More by Slynger
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jpalarchio

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #8739 (bottled 09/22/08)

Poured a mighty dark brown with a good head that really seemed to last. Smell was particularly strong in comparison of others that I have had in this style. Taste seemed to be a bit overpowering; I've had this beer before but previously it was probably 6-8 months after bottling. I think this beer needs a little time to mellow out.

Overall not a bad beer, probably not at the level of Chimay Blue or anything with a pink elephant on the bottle. I think I'll put the other 5 away and store them a bit.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 03:13:10 | More by jpalarchio
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kinger

Ohio

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

Interesting take on this style and an all around comforting brew. Aroma is mild and uneventful, some richness and dark fruits. Real dark brown pour, sizable light brown head that soon turns to a fine film. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with an exceptional dry finish. Flavor is also dry with some nice mild spice mixed in with dark fruit, burnt chocolate, and rich caramel. Very good sipper.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 01:08:21 | More by kinger
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asabreed

New York

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Delirium Tremens glass.

Appearance: Opaque city. Coffee-colored head and nice frothy retention.

Smell: It seems like every dark Bell's brew has the same kind of ballpark aroma: chocolate, milk stout cream aromas, roasted-but-not-burnt malt characteristics, mild hops, and some coffee. Here that base seems to be mixing with some yeast flavors and mild fruit with the mix.

Taste: A odd mix of a rich porter and yeast-induced Belgian fruit and malt flavors, which somehow works. That said, I feel like dedicating it one way or the other would be much better and make this a beer many people would be looking for. The initial richness and roasted malt flavors of the porter slides into fruit flavors from the malt, some hops, and a lingering finish, once again not surprising, halfway between a porter and maybe a lighter version of a Belgian Strong Dark, or a Dubbel.

Mouthfeel: Oddly lighter and creamier than I would've thought from the appearance and darkness. Nice carbonation levels, without much stickiness or cloying nature at all, and easy to drink.

Drinkability: I had this a few years ago on tap and from the menu I believe it was an Imperial Porter or something of that nature. I think the litmus test applies here, or the blindfolded taste taste. What is this beer? And why is its experimental nature not documented so that we can understand these things in accordance with the process and the goals by Bell's? Am I overthinking this? Possibly. I like this beer a lot, mainly because even if he two styles I'm comparing it to are usually richer, this still maintains a lightness in flavors and mouthfeel that are ideal for making it able to be consumed in a session. A nice experience, and something I'll try again, but I think they could use the techniques from this process and make two unique beers from this, and those would have the potential to be great in their own right.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 04:43:38 | More by asabreed
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I just bought a single of this beer because it is pricey to jump into a sixer at this price. I really am enjoying this, nice chocolate to black color. Smells of a nice malty scent and has just a lace around the edge of the glass. The best part is the length that the flavor lingers! It will stay with you for awhile which is great. I would recommend buying this beer if possible. But start with one if you can, because it's a one, maybe two per sitting beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 03:04:25 | More by madtowndmb1
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sleazo

New York

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

A_Pours a very dark brown venturing into the black realm. The tannish head has some immediate lift but settles into a nice cap. Lacing is good but not great.

S_Chocolate malt dominates here with a faint hint of fruitiness which I would gather is from the yeast. Some vanilla in there as well.

T_A bunch of rum soaked figs intermingle with deep rich roasted chocolate malts. The backend is slightly spicy and mostly bitter. The bitterness appears to come from the malt and not from any large addition of hops. It goes from sweet to dry in a heartbeat which is nice. The yeast does not make its presence known too strongly as the normal spice notes are virtually absent or greatly subdued

M_Thick yet effervescent.

D_Almost more of a stout than a Belgian strong dark ale. For the style it is rather mild. Not mind blowing but solid and a nice nightcap on a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 02:40:57 | More by sleazo
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shroompod

Ohio

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

pours a dark brown , wispy head , no lacing.

aroma of chocolate, coffee , sweet malts.

Nice chocolate malts on tasting , bittering hops are subdued but keep this from being sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium. good carbonation.

Overall a nice treat, not my favorite of the style but worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 23:36:01 | More by shroompod
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bound4er

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black that pours to a frothy head that settles fairly quickly to a dark tan skimming. Shows some decent lacing.

Smell is somewhat restrained - sort of a burnt charcoal aroma from the malt and some woodsy notes from the hops.

I taste some roasted malt flavors and get a prune-like quality to the aftertaste. I bit more complexity would be nice.

Mouthfeel is quite nice - lots of richness and smoothness - medium to full bodied.

Drinkability is high - it slides pretty easily - I could see myself having a few of these in a night without a problem

All-in-all a very good beer but it falls short of outstanding due to its somewhat "flabby" nature - it needs a bit more sharpness to gain focus. At $13 for a sixer, I am on the fence as to buying more.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 00:38:24 | More by bound4er
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dedrinker

Kansas

4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black. Obsidian. Onyx. A rich and foamy tan head slowly resides into a creamy thin pancake batter, ready to flip. Aromas of roasted coffee, bitter and acidic, that mellow out to cocoa powder, chocolate chip cookies and milk. The flavor boasts complex and varied layers of coffee, cake - coffee cake - chocolate, vanilla, wood, suede, new shoes, new cars, Jonathan's beard, and a holiday that has yet to be declared. The body goes oddly from medium to light to full, and all with a creamy mouth feel that gives way to a thin acidic roasty bite. This is the taste of a bitter old snow beast who harbors a warm soul and a heart of gold.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 06:14:32 | More by dedrinker
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SammyDavisJrJrJr

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

God I am so glad to get these guys back in IL... into the Chimay goblet...

A - Dark body with a finger of tan head that drops down to a ring around the glass after 30 seconds.

S - Leather, lots of chocolate and roasted malt, almost tiramisu-esque. Hops are present, and lend a light grassyness to the beer. Citrus notes (pinnapple?) under it all.

T - Roasty for start to finish. Starts out with caramel, pine, cream, citrus (orange). Lots of hop presence. Long finish with coffee, cream, and some apricot. Reminds me a lot of coffee based deserts.

M - Silky and mid bodied.

D - I really enjoy this style, the very American Belgian dark. This might not be the most complex beer, but everything makes sense, and plays well with each other. Give me this and Nosferatu year around...

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 02:57:29 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
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dogger6253

Minnesota

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

Pitch black with a dark, mocha head. The head doesn't last too long, falling to only a thin film on top of the beer, a little thicker around the edge of the glass. The nose is very fresh and strong. A bouquet of dark fruits and coffee with a lemon zest tossed in.

The flavor is very good, but a lot heavier than I'd expected. This really feels more like a stout than a strong dark ale. When it first hits your tongue, you get a bitter chocolate taste with a sweeter coffee/cocoa thing. It leaves a lingering dark grape flavor on your lips, touch of figs and tobacco. After each sip, it coats your mouth with a sweet, fruity flavor. The body is fairly heavy, not much carbonation. It's actually very syrupy, coating your mouth with every sip. Surprisingly accessible, very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 20:42:56 | More by dogger6253
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giblet

Ohio

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

this poured pretty nice into my glass with about one eighth inch of head. the head settled to a film like on the top. smells of rich roasted coffee - cocoa. very dark in color. taste if pretty good. a bit lighter in taste and body than the color suggests - likens to a porter. decent finish. not the best i have had from this wonderful brewer but a good brew nontheless.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 09:09:34 | More by giblet
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oelergud

Virginia

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

Long necked brown 12oz glass bottle with a pry-off cap. Pink label showing a devil cowering before a housewife.
Dark opaque body with a ruby edge. The head is dark tan with tiny to medium bubbles, good retention and decent lace.
Sweet prune and malty scent, marcipan, nuts and spice.
Dark earthy flavors, chocolate, molasses, dark syrup, overripe fruit, spice and nuts. The aftertaste is sweet and long.
Full body with good coating and lots of residual sugars.
Great drinkability, sweet and mellow, does not get boring.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 00:43:10 | More by oelergud
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Auslander

Ohio

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

12 oz. bottle purchased at Piccolo's Wine Shop for $3.25. Black as night color. Head does not last long. Very little lacing. Smells of coffee, licorice and alcohol. Maybe smoke? Taste has hints of chocolate and coffee. Good mouthfeel. A pleasant brew worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 22:52:36 | More by Auslander
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

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

A- Pours an opaque dark brown/almost black with a dismal tan head that almost immediately fades completely. No light passes through when held up to the light.

S-Deep, rich, roasted chocolate malt, caramel and toffee. Balanced.

T-Flavor upfront is somewhat mild but consists of a dark chocolate flavor with a spicy yeast in the background. Some roasted bitterness comes through for the finish along with notes of caramel and toffee.

M-Medium to high carbonation and medium weight body. It seems like it's not as thick as it should be but its still velvety and smooth.

D- Not sure if this is supposed to be a BSDA, imperial porter, Belgian stout, or Imperial stout; but its good. One of my favorites from this brewery. Picked this up on a whim last week and I am glad I did so.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 23:56:04 | More by PittBeerGirl
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torchednoodle

California

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

Thanks to lightindarkness for the opportunity to try this one, it was a pleasant surprise.

Pours a nearly opaque dark brown/black, with minimal lacing. Taste is loaded with yum, a whole bunch of dark toasty malts, smoky bitter chocolate, and coffee. Pretty drinkable stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 03:42:44 | More by torchednoodle
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gwobst

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle at Chevy Chase Wines and Spirits in DC.
Poured into an English Pint glass.

Appearance: very dark, dark head that dissipated after a few minutes, completely opaque.

Aroma: Malty, Smoked wood

Taste: Flat dark brown ale, smooth, smoky and distant coffee undertones, can't taste the alcohol at all

Mouthfeel: didn't linger too long, had slight malty aftertaste

Drinkability: very pleasant, I would pick up another.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 00:44:18 | More by gwobst
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jeremyd365

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into about a half-pint snifter very dark with a solid light brown head. Smelled of a rich mix of smoked coffee, chocolate, hops. The flavor was strong yet not overpowering. It was a good mix of flavors with the hint of smokiness making for a really good finish. Despite its medium to even heavy body, this was a pretty drinkable brew, although a definite sipper. Another great brew from Bells!

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2008 20:11:09 | More by jeremyd365
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BierFan

Michigan

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Black coffee colored body with a cappuccino colored head. Looks yummy.

Smell: Dark roasted malts and licorice.

Taste: Dark, bitter, alcoholic, but not overly intense in any area. Well balanced flavors.

Very drinkable dark ale and overall a fantastic offering from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 03:10:21 | More by BierFan
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maximum12

Minnesota

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

What is this beer?

Picked it up because I've always liked Bell's, & this is one I haven't seen around MN before. My first impression is of faint coffee, smoke, deep burning malts, etc.

Very odd. I thought the six-pack said this was a dubbel - BA says Belgian Strong Dark - I say it's closer to a tormented Baltic Porter?

Anyways, one of the weirdest, most unique beers I've had in quite some time. My face is scrunching up with each sip trying to figure out just what that next taste is going to hold. I like it though. Glad to have a sixer. Might buy another before it vanishes. Pretty easy to drink for something so dark.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 00:24:15 | More by maximum12
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dino213aa

Virginia

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

Can't say I've had many Belgian strong dark ales, but I would imaging this is a respectable showing by Bell's.

A: Deep brown, almost completely opaque. Light head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing that leaves an even string around the glass when drinking.

S: Unlike anything I've experienced- a mix of wood ash and burnt sugar/caramel. Reminds me of creme brulee.

T&M: The first thing I notice is smokiness. Finishes tart. definite alcohol undertone throughout. The aftertaste is reminiscent of cold-smoked salmon. Fortunately I like cold-smoked salmon.

D: I could see myself enjoying several of these. Goes down easier with no flavor or aroma too overbearing.

Overall I like this brew. A bit of a departure for me considering I mostly like tripels, quads and saisons, but this makes me reconsider. Intriguing.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 17:22:13 | More by dino213aa
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Greggy

Minnesota

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

A- Pours a black color with nice dark tan head. The head is fluffy and 3 fingers in height in my unibroue tulip. The head has some nice retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Some dark chocolate, some earthiness with notes of mushroom, some yeasty notes of light banana and clove, also some sweetbread notes. There is a little smokiness in here to.

T- Starts out with a very dark dry chocolate note and then has some light earthiness and a hint of dark fruit, some light grapefruit/melon notes, then moves to the finish. The finish is dry with dark German chocolate notes and a nice light dry hopiness.

M- Carbonation is low-med. Nice array of notes on the palette

D- I'd say classing this as a belgian strong dark is closer than the bells stating it's a dubbel. This had a lot of neat characteristics. It wasn't worth the $14+ that I had to pay for the sixer, but I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 02:04:31 | More by Greggy
Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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