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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1/5  rDev -71.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -57.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -50.6%

Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -43.5%

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2/5  rDev -43.5%

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2/5  rDev -43.5%

Photo of Shawn25
2/5  rDev -43.5%

Photo of mentor
2.06/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to GCBrewingCo for the opportunity. pours a thin layer of lightly pinked off-yellow head over a hazed thin browned yellow liquid. Smells vegetal and wet cardboard on a sticky sweet and strong ester. Not right for the style. The syrup of a marachino cherry without the cherry flavor. Artificial. Watermelon and raspberry.

Tastes extract fruit. Earthy with syrup stickiness. Ble-ech. Very estery (pear, cherry is mild). Some juniper. Thick mouthfeel holds the unpleasant on my tongue much longer than I'd hope to get away with. Dumped.

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Photo of drperm
2.46/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

WFB '07 tasting.

This beer is pervaded by a strange note of hominy that upsets the balance of the whole thing, and drives down my ratings of what could otherwise be a fair brew.

I've had more mediocre brews from Big Boss than anything else; I'm wondering if quality control didn't suffer when the brewery changed hands last year from the old Edenton establishment.

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Photo of ToddThompson
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of sailbretthd
2.58/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A--pours a nice golden yellow with little head, fair amount of sediment in bottle

S--some spice along with yeast

T--not enough, I expect more flavor than I am finding. A little bit of spice and citrus but not what I expected.

M--lots of carbonation but some filminess, not crisp nor clean

D--would give a second chance on draft but one bottle is enough

I really expected to like this beer based on their solid brown and kolsch but I think this one could use some more work.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.65/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Any AC/DC fans in the house? Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with some orange hues throughout. A soft white head that has limited retention and no lacing.

The nose is soft overall. A light malt aroma with hints of caramel and bready notes, but no real distinct Belgian characteristics. Some minor hope notes on the back end but nothing really distinct. Some yeast notes but not really a Belgian yeast character. More along the lines of a US Amber. Some minor butyric and a light butter note as well.

The taste brings out a bit more Belgian quality but still wanting more. To start the malt has more of a malty taste with a distinct bready note. A light candy sugar flavor is noticeable on the backend but is more of a texture thing than taste. The yeast is a bit more distinct with a light plum and fig notes. Limited on esters though. A light hop note in the back end with more of a earthy character. Some minor butyric but a bit cleaner than what the nose indicated.

The body is a bit dry even for style. I think this has to do with the sugar that was added. Carbonation is ok. Overall a limited beer with more of an amber quality than Belgian pale.

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of KajII
2.76/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

Poured a hazy amber in color with virtually no head just a thin layer floating on top that did not stick around too long and had extremely poor lacing.

The aroma was very mild of a hay like malt, citrus hops and a moldy yeast with hints of fruit (peaches I think) and honey.

It tasted moderately bitter with a light fruity flavor from the beginning to end and had a mild hoppy pungent flavor at the finish that only lasted for a very short duration.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and watery and dry in texture with a super mild carbonation.

Overall the beer was a tasty brew, it's just that I expected a little more from a Belgian style beer.

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Photo of JasonHaviland
2.81/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Like a pack of bubble gum in the glass. Might be for some, but not me. Not well integrated or smooth...too much going on and trying to do too much.

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Photo of kkipple
2.84/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A. Looks nice, a dull rich amber-copper with a decent white head that goes into my glass well, falls fast and leaves just a touch of lace around.

S. Kind of a weird aroma here... malty and estery, vague spice and smells kind of like... tangerines? Palm juice? I dunno... it's rather sweet, almost sickly sweet smelling, big sugar and malt notes here. A little toasty. Strangely metallic. Not well put together, really... I wonder what hops they used here?

T. A bit better. Malty-sweet with bitter, fruity-weird hops for character that I'm not sure this beer needs. Just a tad earthy and there's that metallic note again. Seems like there is a chunk of candy sugar in this one. Finish is a little damp and sweet. Decently carbonated.

I wanted to like this beer... the artwork and the name are great, and Big Boss makes some good brews. Alas, this didn't do it for me... a fair shot at a rather rare style, this needs to be gone over again for my liking. Worth a shot if you can get it fresh, maybe.

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2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a extremely light yellow in color with a white 1/8 inch head that quickly recedes, below average lacing and above average carbonation. Smells of floral citrusy hops, fruits, and cloves. Tastes fruity and light with cloves coming through and almost dominating.

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2.88/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of mikul93
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A Pours a murky straw gold color with a small head that dissipated rather quickly. Some lacing.

S Spice, Yeast, sweet malt and some fruit.. maybe banana.

T Spice with a candy sweetness. There is a musty aftertaste

M Nice carbonation with a dry finish.

O Not that great of a beer. Would not seek out again.

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2.91/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy despite leaving most of a tremendous amount of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Darkish gold and a massive pillowy white froth with tons of thick, sticky lacing.

Honey dominates the aroma...also floral.

Fuller-bodied than average for the style, with some sweetness that I could do without. Butterfinger-candy. Fairly bitter.

Smoothish mouthfeel, not quite spicy enough, could be spritzier - exhibits some of the same pitfalls a lot of American takes on Belgian beers have. Still goes down easy for the alcohol content and gives a nice warming effect.

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Photo of jrstamp
2.92/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden, but not to style for a Belgian Pale Ale. Very clear with a medium carbonation. Quickly disapating head.

S: Strong Belgian yeast character, very Saison like, with some spice. Light hop aroma. Some malt sweetness.

T: A little too sweet, but not terrible. Muted malt flavor that is kind of unappealing to me.

M: Light to medium body, fairly dry finish.

O: Taste and Aroma have some significant flaws. Not something I would look to drink more than a sample worth.

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Photo of klikger
2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Thanks for the extra, OskarsBamaBlues!

A - Golden, small white head which shrinks quickly, fair lacing

S - Belgian yeasts, cardamom

T - Yeast, grassy herbs, some lemon --> a touch of honey and floral hops --> More yeast and herbs make for an earthy, slightly bitter finish. This isn't a bad Belgian pale, but there's something I can't define that's just off.

M - Medium to heavy-bodied, decent carbonation

D - A lot of booze for 7%, actually. Between that and the flavor, one is plenty for me.

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Hell's Belle from Big Boss Brewing
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 290 ratings
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