Hell's Belle | Big Boss Brewing

Hell's BelleHell's Belle
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by blackie on 02-26-2007

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Ratings: 290 |  Reviews: 109
Photo of SteveMi
5/5  rDev +41.2%

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5/5  rDev +41.2%

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5/5  rDev +41.2%

Photo of ryansuttles
4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

Photo of Twrightnc
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

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 MIKESTARR01
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.46/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atsprings
4.42/5  rDev +24.9%
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 runr
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.29/5  rDev +21.2%
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 jamesrange62
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of kexp
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
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 nathanmiller
4.21/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
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 +18.4%
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 +17.5%
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 +16.9%
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 +15.8%
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 +15.8%
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 +15%
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 +15%
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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Hell's Belle from Big Boss Brewing
Beer rating: 34.5% out of 100 with 290 ratings
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