Hell's Belle | Big Boss Brewing

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Hell's BelleHell's Belle

Brewed by:
Big Boss Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by blackie on 02-26-2007

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Photo of Twrightnc
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Great tasting Belgian style beer. Great in the springtime. Being a local of Raleigh it is nice being close to this brewery. This one is one of my favs. They have an awesome run club too!

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Photo of atsprings
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served a crisp yellow with a thin head that was somewhat lasting. The aroma was of sweet fruits with a hint of spice. The taste was also of sweet fruits with a slightly more pronounced spice to it. There was also a good yeast bite as well. The beer was good and light and the carbonation was not overpowering at all. This is probably one of the best beers of the style I've ever had.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.29/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich aroma has fruity, clove, malt and yeasty notes - it smells almost like unbaked bread but with an earthy hint. It pours a clear golden with a fairly typical white head that leaves some decent lacing. Flavor - such flavor, a malty core; strong yeasty and fruity notes, the latter mainly pear plus a touch of banana; earthy and clove hints. Smooth, firm texture has plenty of fizz and sass, leaving a fruity, yeasty and rather tingly finish. This Belle is a heavenly brew!

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Photo of kexp
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. What a nice belgian tripple offering. Color was a nice slightly burnt orange. Head was a nice inch in the 8 oz stemmed glass provided by the brewery. The smell was sweet and a touch fruity, which got my anticipation level up quite a bit. Taste was outstanding. Sweet, fruity (orange, apricot), very slightly spicy. Could not detect the alcohol. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel was nice, not great. Overall, a really good take on a belgian tripple. Loved it.

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Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barley's the other night.

The beer pours a light gold color with good head retention and lacing. The is complex, attractive and interesting, showing honey, bananna, clove, with some noticeable spice as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though it's not quite as forward and intense. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, but with plenty of flavor and a slight creaminess. Drinkability is exceptional; I could easily drink this all evening. Very impressive.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden orange with a thin white head. Low retention and light lacing.

S: Very light aroma of spice, but otherwise about average.

T: Delicate citrus and spice blend incredibly well with a very light malt. Light hops work to bring balance to everything. The finish is interesting in that it seems a bit quick but has a enjoyable lingering hint of sweetness.

M: Medium bodied but on the lighter side; light carbonation.

D: Smooth! Goes down easy with little to no alcohol recognition in the taste. The lingering hint of sweetness whets the palate for the next drink Very good.

Wow! I'm sometimes amazed when something comes to me from a round-about way and it's been local the whole time. Such is the case with Helle's Belle. I live in the city it is brewed in and it has taken this long to learn of it! I'm a fan of the Abbey styles and it's absolutely wonderful to have someone brewing something this good in my back yard.

Great job, Big Boss, I'll be stopping by soon!

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Photo of ordybill
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the "World of Beer" in Cary, NC. This beer has a murky golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is of slight hops and some spice. The flavor is a nice blend of citrus and spice with some malt and hops. a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. A really good beer highly recommended.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.16/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured for a 12 oz bottle, bottled 11/07

A: Pours a clear, very pale gold, under the tiniest of white heads that doesn't cover the entire beer. No lace, no retention. Slightest bit of yeast sediment is left in this one, but seems to be filtered for the most part.

S: Very nice fruity nose, a little bit of clove, caramelized banana, some hints of apple, some yeast and some hayish character. Well done.

T: Taste is much like the nose, fruity, some banana, pear and apple, but with a spicy/peppery kick in the finish. Malt character takes on a wheaty character. Hops are there as well in both a slighly grassy taste and decent bitterness. Some yeasty notes and maybe the slightest hint of alcohol. Again, very well done.

M/D: Carbonation is a bit high on this one, but gives a decent kick for body that is very light. The 7% is tamed very well for such a light beer. Drinkability is good and would go very well on a hot day. A very nice surprise to find such a well done Belgian Pale Ale from a local brewery.

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Photo of burnstar
4.14/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice gold. Small medium fizzy head which recedes rapidly. Visible carbonation clings to the side of the glass. Light sweet aroma with notes of apples and bananas. Earthy. Background sweetness. Pears and bananas. Yeasty. Spicy in the finish. Very light bitterness. One of the best american attempts at a Belgian style ale I've had. Balanced and quite tastey. Medium bodied. Not overly carbonated. A very solid American Belgian style beer.

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Photo of erikeifert
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up a single from whole foods and poured it into a pils glass. good looking brew with a golden color and decent head that goes away fairly quickly. taste great, sweet and bready. real easy drinking and i could probably put this beer into my rotation of easy drinkers for after work. 7% abv? cant tell but i did only have one. I am impressed with what big boss is doing and i look forward to trying more of there stuff.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a very pale sunshine yellow into a tulip glass. About a half inch head which dissipates fairly quickly, leaving just a slight bit of foam floating on top.

Aroma is nice, typical of a Belgian pale ale. Slightly sweet and yeasty, with just a hint of a smell I call "Juicy Fruit bubble gum"

Taste is very mild but has a good depth of flavor. I am having this with some smoked salmon spread on crackers, and they go very well together.

Mouthfeel is quite lite, especially for a 7% brew. Carbonation leaves little pinpricks on the way down.

Overall, this is a very easy drinking beer. It's nice to find a nice, light Belgian ale at the local grocery store from a local brewery.

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Photo of scooter231
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a Belgian beer alright. Pours a honeyed, golden tone that is appropriately hazy, with lighter, straw colored hues when held to the light. Floaties are definitely present. Hi, Yeast! Head was poofy and white but not as impressive as I thought it would be. No lacing.

A big whiff and your nose is infiltrated with sweet malts and citrus, specifically orange, and zesty notes. Honey is also very present. Smells malty and sweet- nothing muted here.

Taste falters juuuust a wee bit. Sweet, but not cloyingly so. Again, the malts are definitely saying hello, with their sweetness- no real bitterness to speak it. Citrusy notes are less present, but honey comes through. Apricot makes a stand, too. It's tasty.

Mouthfeel is slick, veeeery very slick, oily, and chewy. I prefer more carbonation but this is spot on for this beer. It's dense. Overall, a tasty brew, though the overall effect is a bit heavy, and the 7% does a good job of sneaking up on you. And, come on. Hell's Belle? The name alone gives it a thumbs up.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly turbin straw color. half inch head with an aggressive pour.

Smell really doesnt have all that much to it, but what can you expect from a PA? Hints of Belgian yeast are there, and they kind of get overshadowed by a malty smell.

Taste is just a Belgian Pale Ale. Not really much going on here. Some Belgian yeast, some malt, no hops. None of them really make themselves known. The malt is somewhat sweet, but not in a terrible way.

Overly smooth, in a good way. This thing is drinkable. Light body and not a whole lot of strong dominant flavors. Yep check this one up for a session beer if it were in the Session range. The alcohol really doesnt even come out. Thank God!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
7% ABV, "Bottled on" unmarked.

Thanks to Onenote81 for this bottle!

A - Hell's Belle is a brilliant clear blonde color with a pluming head of foam on 'er. The tightly packed little bubbles drop slowly and produce one little arch of lace on the glass.

S - Yeast esters blaze out of this beer with a fire-y fury; potent clay and white pepper, cardamom, and a splash of white grape all make an appearance. Earthy wood splinters show up too, but certainly not to the degree this one is barrel aged. Grainy pale malt balances the upfront hoppiness of the sharp citrus notes of lemon, grapefruit, and mild pineapple.

T - Sharply dry Hell's Belle flames up with a hoppy bite of citrus and earth tones with quite a bit of earthiness from the Belgian yeast esters following. There is a good balance of yeast and hops backed by a grainy pale and sweet pilsner malt base.

M - Plenty of carbonation keeps Hell's Belle lively-feeling while very smooth at the same time. The alcohol presence goes almost unnoticed making it a devil in disguise as this beer finishes out with an incredibly dry bite and moderately bitter lingering flavor.

O - Nothing screams "cool off" like the penetrating stare from a fire-headed woman on a crisp Belgian pale ale titled Hell's Belle. Especially when it's over 100° outside. And I cool off indeed. This is a tasty rendition of a Belgian classic, complete with plenty of yeast nuances to cut through the hoppy flavor. Hell's Belle is unique, enjoyable, and foxy.

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Photo of jonziefle
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a cloudy, slightly pale honey color; microsuspension is visible. Two finger white, bubbly head that diminishes to a thin layer before sticking around some more. No lacing at all.

Smell: Sweet wheat malt and fruity yeast esters. Some banana and cinnamon spices as well. Moderate sweetness.

Taste: Nice darker wheat malt flavor, banana and cinnamon flavors. Moderate sweetness. Very similar to the nose, with it having more bite and having a darker taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice bite to start. Clean finish.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable Belgian Ale and very refreshing. Simple flavors come together well, and it has a very good mouthfeel. Only the appearance is slightly lacking, with it being slightly paler than I usually like.

Buy Again? Yes

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy peach gold to amber under a clingy 1” cream colored foam cap that dissipates moderately fast.

S: Peach, ripe to over ripe fruit, a trace of banana and spice.

T: Very fruity flavors with a blend of orange, citrus, stone fruit, and a light malty caramel sweetness finished off with a moderate bitterness.The yeast driven fruit flavors are moderate to moderately high, the malt flavors are moderate to moderately low, the hop bitterness is moderate. There is a long lingering fruit finish.

F: Medium to medium light body, medium high carbonation, no astringency, very minimal warming.

O: A good, flavorful Belgian Pale Ale.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip)
bottled in Feb. no year listed
A- This beer has a hazy light copper body has a creamy white head that fades to a thick ring and is supported by a gentle carbonation.

S- The green pine resin hops are followed by a light yeasty aroma.

T- The floral yeast flavor is dry and crisp with a green hop snap in the finish. There is a light cheese rind brett character in the finish along with the hops that linger a moment.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizzy foam in the finish and no real alcohol heat.

D- This beer has a nice flavor with some good yeast characteristics and nice hops that compliment.

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Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 3/24/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a mix between a straw color and apple cider color; starts with a big two finger head that is fluffy and white and fades rather slowly to a full skim; body is entirely clear and shows strong carbonation as it breathes; when I finish the pour, the body is much cloudier from the yeast; no lacing is left behind.

Smell: A tart apple presence; a little perfumey and there is a nice coriander spicing; slight biscuity and yeasty presence.

Taste: Pretty much like the smell, the tart apple presence dominates the palate and the definite coriander spicing compliments it very well; very slight presence of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Very nice carbonation that is strong but not sharp; body is fairly well-built, not light, but certainly not heavy either; slight drying effect and there is a light sticky coating on the roof of the mouth; surprisingly the belly is left a little warm.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day; great flavors, crisp light body and a manageable ABV at 7%.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a decent enough head that leaves a few dots and dashes

Smell: Shortbread malt with hay and white pepper

Taste: The shortbread brings some sweetness in the front end, with the white pepper and hay flavors adding balance in the middle; the flavors blend together nicely in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Refreshing and tasty; a good stab at the style

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shades of Orval!
Very nutty, very bready. Yeast is heavy duty in the flavor. Quite a bit dense for the style but that's ok. Shades of grape candy flavor pop up. Grape soda, even. Not very soda like in density, though. Heavier than that in flavor, but still light enough on the palate.
Tasty and interesting. I'd be happy try other offerings from this place,

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Photo of Walken
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Boss: Hell's Belle (Bottled 04/10) (Tasted 06/16/10)
12 oz. botle, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Appearance: Evenly hazed straw colored beer with a decent looking ring of bone-white foam around the edges and some Belgian style lace on the glass.
Odor: Blast of fruit, cherry juice, apple skin, currant, cranberry tartness backed by a few whiffs of floral hops.
Consistency: Light body, medium/high carbonation keeps things lively and slightly creamy.
Flavor: Clean pils malt sweetness and yeast derived red fruit & spice are amply balanced by a nice bit of clean, herbal bitter hop flavor and both ride into the dry finish.


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Photo of rebel1771
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with a small head that fades quickly.

S: Smells of dried apricot, coriander, honey, and a hint of banana.

T: Sweet candied fruit flavor up font with hints of coriander and a decent helping of yeast. Balances out nicely with dry pale malt flavor.

O: Overall not a bad brew in any respect. Quite tasty.

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Photo of fragilemacabre
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As Misha (ommegangpbr) said: this beer does a good job of being authentically Belgian.

It's sort of a cross between sparkling wine and Champagne with some deeper beery qualities. There's a white grape flavor going on here with some well-done carbonation and a bitter edge that keeps it from flying out of its category. This one isn't terribly spice-heavy, though it jumps on the palate some. I'm not bored. It's a bit earthy, which works in its favor and ties in well with its hay color.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle with a clearly notched bottled on date, poured into a tulip yields a big Belgian beast with a sunny golden honey body crowned with three fingers of luxurious fine white foam with awesome staying power that leaves a fat ring of non-stick 'lacing' that slides down the glass without leaving many marks.

Nose is wonderfully yeasty, fruity, earthy and promising... with just a whiff of perfumey herbal hops. Yeasty, but nothing funky about this beer.

Taste is wonderfully malty and nutty with bright flavors of juicy apples and ripe plums with a touch of banana and spicy clove, riding a crisp medium body with a nice dry, bitter finish. Carbonation is excellent, as is the drinkability.

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Photo of SmasNadroj
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoy this beer. It pours a champagne bubbly gold with minuscule head and white curtain lacing.

Smells earthy, and malty in a crackery sort of way. After a bit, I noticed a peat malt smell, like scotch- very faint but its there.

It tastes like a lush, malty american take on a belgian pale. A little bit of apricot and lemon are hiding behind biscuity malt. Sweet but not too sweet, the malt balances it out pretty nicely. It has a tangy and somewhat bubbly finish. An all around friendly and approachable beer. Damn tasty if I do say so

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