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

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Ratings: 1,139
Reviews: 603
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 65
Gots: 74 | 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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Ratings: 1,139 | Reviews: 603
Photo of KarlHungus
3.62/5  rDev -4%
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
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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.

Photo of NoLiberty
2.96/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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.

Photo of Dalem
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of JDV
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of inhoc00
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
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...

Photo of hopdog
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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

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.

Photo of hwwty4
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Pencible
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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.

Photo of BeaBeerWife
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

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

Poured a dark, raisiny brown, settling into the snifter an opaque and nearly black color. Tan head, about a pinkies width. Not great retention. Wisps of bubbles on top, a good ring, some lacing.

Chocolate, raisins, and cherries to the nose. The chocolate becomes more noticeable as the beer warms, as does spice and alcohol accompanying the fruits. The spice comes to tickle the nostrils a bit. A hint of coffee. The aroma brings to mind a moist spice cake.

As full bodied a flavor as it has a nose. Dark fruits, tart cherries. Some chocolate. Molasses. Not as much of an alcohol presence as I expected, though it is certainly there. Seem to ride the slight amount of carbonation onto the palate. Bittering at end has both hop and roasted malt characteristics.

Creamy and full bodied. Subdued carbonation, although the spice seems to ride what there is onto the palate.

Maybe a touch strong - and complex - to be that drinkable. But tasty and nice, a good winter beer.

EDIT: Went overkill with the score for the smell. Lowered from 4.5 to a straight 4. I still quite like this beer.

Photo of schellsbeer
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Huge thanks to Greggy for giving me this beer from one of my all time favorite Breweries...Bells from Michigan.

A - Very dark brown to almost black. Very little to no head present. Zero lacing. Looks like someplace dark and forbidden....sort of like Hell. Tiny carbonization bubbles are constantly trying to make their way to the top.

S - Strong Ale Smell. Roasted malts. Some alcohol is also present in the nose. A little smoke... Maybe a sign of things to come upon taste. I think Hell might smell a little like smoke and burning things. Bells might have something here.

T - Here goes...I am about to sample a small portion of hell. Wish me luck.... Well, I'm back. Very strong smoke burnt malt caramel alcohol taste. Very unlike anything I have ever come across from Bells but once again, the boys in Michigan don't disappoint. Thick like thin syrup. I think I could put this on my pancakes. Too bad I only have one bottle. As I get further into Hell, the alcohol becomes more pronounce. This is definitely a strong ale...Winter Warmer maybe.

M - Thick with alcohol. I do like Bells Stouts and Porters better but this brew is good. Therefore, I have to only give a 3.5.

D - Somewhat on the strong side for a session beer but great for a slow warming beer in the evening. I would drink again but will move onto other winter warmers and strong ales at this time.

Thanks again Greggy. I really appreciate it.

Thanks Bells.

Photo of mcsquint
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gift from jtrockchalk. 12oz bottle into pint glass.
A - Opaque black with billowing 2-3 finger long lasting head. Excellent lacing on the glass
S - Roasted malt, caramel, chocolate.
T - There is a lot of flavors in here! Dark roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, followed by coffee and licorice.
M - Thick. Light on the carbonation.
D - It's obvious that this is a very well made beer. For my taste, it's a little too heavy for session drinking; plus I'm not a fan of black licorice flavor. For those who are, this is definitely worth a try.

Photo of cokes
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque, clotted garnet-brown-black, with a modest rise of mocha brown head which shows great lacing and modest retention.
It smells of plums, cloves, and dark chocolate, with backing wet concrete, oatmeal, dead leaves, rubber band, cherry pits, and stale coffee.
Once in the mouth, the malt lays down plum and black cherries, roasted grain, which continually gathers steam until it reaches full blow espresso. Clove is huge and rasping, and honestly, gets to be a nuisance in short order. There is a milk chocolate yeast-rich moment in the middle, still strewn with clove and oatmeal. The finish is all bitter, cold, burnt coffee.
The body approaches full with a fuzzy, minor carbonation. It's well suited enough.
I don't hate this, but I don't love it either. This need more true malt depth, in lieu of the primarily roasted malt that is present and (especially) a tempering of the drooling, rabid, clovey yeastiness.

Photo of tedpeer
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cubbyswans for the extra.
12 ounce poured into a New Belqium goblet.

A - pours a dark brown, with a thin layer of foam that quickly became a ring around. No lacing.

S - Smokey, fruity.

T - Roasted malt. Slightly bitter finish.

M - Thin. Smooth. To much carbonation.

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

Thanks to SirSketch for the LIF win!
12 oz. bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

Pours dark as night with a seal brown color, capped by a finger's width of custard-brown head. Foam quickly recedes to a ring of bubbles and a few patches. Great aroma, too. Roasted chocolate and caramel malts give way to a rich, complex smokiness. Dark fruits and gentle floral notes chime in as well.

The flavor is as intricate as the aroma, with luxuriously rich and dark chocolate notes paired with smoky, roasted malt. An earthy, somewhat spicy hoppiness finishes the sip, and the 7.7% abv is quite well masked. Mouthfeel is medium in body, creamy, nicely carbonated, and finishes smooth with a roasted nuttiness. All in all, a solid offering for Bell's, not surprisingly. Gladly have again...

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

12 oz bottle into US Pint

A: Black or maybe super brown with brown head that stuck around for ahile

S: toasted grains and a bit of banana the alcohol is present when it warms

T: Cherry and black licorice. The toasted malt sticks around in a not too bitter finish

M: Smooth but certainly not heavy like a stout or even a heavy porter. This is the key to drinkability

D: Yeah, you can have 2 or so of these in a sitting but the ABV doesn't allow much thoughtful enjoyment thereafter so getting knocked down a bit for that

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