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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Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 289
Photo of syrupjoe
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pale gold color with no head.

Nose is fruity (citrusy) with a hint of coriander.

Taste is also citrusy with a titch of tropical fruit and coriander, as well as a bit of pear and a slight pepper contribution.

Absolutely no carbonation, slightly flabby mouthfeel.

Overall this isn't a bad Belgian Pale but the fact that it's completely flat has me scratching me head. Bottle seemed to have a good seal on it, but perhaps there was a slow leak. Also very little

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Photo of kneeland
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've yet to find a Belgian styled ale that can say anything negative about. Big Boss found a great combination of beer and banana bread. Delicious.

You need to shake it too much to break up the wheat on the bottom, so I don't think i got the full effect of the flavor. But it pours a thick looking, very non-transparent orange/cream color. Thin lacing, I was hoping for more.

Also, I love the label. Very cool looking. Go North Carolina! One of the best NC beers I've had

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Photo of ccrida
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold with a white head that leaves light lace with little last.

Smell is heavy fruity Belgian yeast esters.

Taste is very estery, loads of banana, some green apple, a little pink peppercorn. Light plastic phenols. Nice little mineral snap.

Mouthfeel is dry, with a light body. Could use more carbonation, it would have helped the appearance as well as the mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good, it's big flavors, but smooth, and light bodied.

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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 mikul93
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
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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Photo of RSchaeffer
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review #19
12oz bottle into Portsmouth pint glass.

A - Pours golden straw in color, slightly hazy with a thin white head.

S - The nose is mostly bananas with a bit of spicy, yeast notes.

T - Quite sweet and sugary. Fruit notes are dominated by banana and apple. Spicy yeast finish.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth.

O - I honestly did not enjoy this one, I found it to be quite sweet for my liking. I wouldn't drink this again.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a clear golden color with a thin white head.

S: A fairly light nose. There is a decent amount of banana along with some sugar and pears, maybe a bit of sweet apples. A little bit of yeast, bread, and spice.

T: Lightly spiced with some sweet bread and sugar. There are mild fruit notes, mostly some banana with a little bit of pear and apple. There is just a little bit of straw, some light spices, too.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Not bad, but sort of bland and muddled.

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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 robwestcott
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to first time trader, Brambleman, for this one.

poured cold from the bottle to a foothills 12oz pilsner a semi translucent straw gold with a wisp of a short lasting white head

aroma of belgian yeast and a bit of orange rind.

pretty standard fare for a belgian pale, though with a bit of citrus tang in front of the banana and cloves.

light bodied, very subtle citric bitter, smooth and medium carbonation.

overall - very light and enjoyable. at 7%, the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, marked brewed May 2011, poured into a pint glass. Some of the additional sediment in bottom of bottle added after the first few sips.

A - Hazy golden color, darker than a standard American lager, with a 1 finger of-white head. The head has moderate duration and leaves little lacing. Sediment (yeast?) in bottom of glass. Sediment suspended

Aroma: Mainly a moderately strong fruity yeastiness. Hints of coriander. cloves & cinnamon in the nose The 7% ABV is partly apparent in the nose although mostly hidden upon tasting.

Taste: this is a surprisingly malty ale with a fine yeasty Belgian bent. a good bit of clove, and some mild tartness. Different from any beer I can remember and with very enjoyable flavor, finish and aftertaste.

M - medium-light body; well-chosen carbonation; semi-dry finish; lightly crisp.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Hazy orange color little bits of yeasties floating around with lots of creamy off white head.. about 2 fingers worth of head and the foam stick around.... wonderful lacing.

S: Good aroma, but not overwhelming.... Hint of citrus, clove and bananas very powerful.

T: I'm getting banana, clove and hints of melon, citrus and coriander. Nice mix.

M: Smooth with a slight snap of carbonation at the finish.

D: Very Belgian, very drinkable.... with the ABV at 7 it is not a great session brew so one will do you... Over all a very good beer.... I'll have to check out more Big Boss brews.

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Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery's tasting room

Pours and orangish amber. Smells of Belgian yeast and coriander. Tastes of wheat, yeast, and mild coriander spice. Well carbonated; light to medium bodied.

Not bad. Definitely one of the better year round offerings from Big Boss.

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Photo of SylviaFaye
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is nice for what it is, a simple, spiced confection. I found it quite a soothing treat, especially for a break from the summer heat.

That said, the appearance could be better. I pulled off almost no head, and the oblique, honey-colored body was rather dull. Not much can be said for the mouthfeel as well; it was nice but not a grade above anything else that I have had in the style.

Corriander, cloves, and fruity esters presented themselves in both the taste and smell. The finish was floral and warm, contributing nicely to the relaxing elements of the experience.

Overall, this beer is not bad. I would not mind putting a few back on a sweltering day. A beer does not have to be amazing to be enjoyable.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled June 2011.

A very foamy soapy head that makes a good few fingers but recedes quickly. Cloudy murky yellow orb like body with not much visible carbonation, kind of dull. Leave a simple puck at start, but then only a thin collar while drinking, and then pretty much disappears of any sense of head or lacing what so ever.

Bouquet though is classic Belgian sweets and yeast, kind of spicy phenolic like in a way, a hint of wild ale brett like sour that come out like sour raspberries.

Taste is strong, unfortunately a bit too medicinal. Strongly bitter medicine on the finish, with some yeast character. Sort of lacking in the finish department, kind of wet and muted. There is a strong body feel to this but the taste is not what I am expecting.

I am going to have go middle of the road on this one, it's not one I'd want to have again that's for sure.

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Photo of n2185
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pouirs a hazy straw yellow with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin cap with little lacing.

S: Some spice and clove notes at first followed by a little bubblegum. There's an odd aroma of what I can only describe as corn afterward with some yeast and floral notes on the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, some spice notes at first followed by some candy sweetness. Then comes a musty corn-like flavor from the yeast with a slightly bready and spicy finish. There is a light bitterness from the hops as well.

M: Light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is fairly crisp but that thick corn-like flavor keeps it from being really light.

O: Not a bad beer, but as soon as I put the corn description to the nose/flavor, I just couldn't get it out of my head so it kind of detracted from the beer as a whole.

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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 DarthRadb
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy and Golden, Pours a good head and left nice lacing in my Hefe Pint Glass.

Smell - Sweet, grapefruity smell and taste, less fruity if you don't pour the extra sediment, (good either way.)

Taste - Light Hop, Very Heavy Grapefruit and Unripe Peach taste. You don't taste or smell the stronger 7% ABV.

Mouthfeel - Light with a nice Green Apple aftertaste.

Drinkability - A very Drinkable Beer, goes great with many types of food. A very nice Belgian Blonde Ale.

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Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz Big Boss Hell's Belle poured by Lynn @ the tap room above the brewery. Pours a nice hazy golden hue with a bone white 1" head atop. Smells of typical Belgian yeast esters with light caramel and pale malts backing up the fruitiness. Tastes like another BPA, fitting the style to a T. Overall this was a cool brew, considering the free pint that I was served after my first portion, thanks Lynn! I will probably pick up a six or so when in the area. I would also like to mention that whatever yeast they are using in this beer, will give you a vicious headache the morning after having a few. Cheers!

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Photo of KajII
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
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 metter98
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Big Boss Brewing, Raleigh, NC

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a thin white head that slowly faded away and left lacing down the edges of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of fruit, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The alcohol is well masked, which makes this beer a good sipper.

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Photo of NiceHead
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think I like this beer a little more than several reviewers here.

I thought the color looked very appealing with it's rich golden color. I also found that the head remained throughout, which I liked. It didn't pour a 2 inch head or anything, but it remained thick.

I found the aromas to have a hint of corriandor and spice, which had me poised for a larger flavor. That's not really the case though. The taste was only a slight let down comparably, as it was a little bit tinny. Though, still an enjoyable beer.

It is very drinkable, with a full but not to heavy mouthfeel. No doubt that one could session with this beer. Just so long as you are the kind of drinker who can session with 7.0% ABV.

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Photo of JK4Stout
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very light gold in color. Light head that dwindles quickly, but never completely dissapears.

S-Actually, not too great. One would think there would be a nice malty or Belgian yeast aroma here. In all actuality though it reminds me of a banquet beer...corn!

T-Here we have a winner! The taste is wonderful. Very light and warm. I think this is a good fall/winter time beer. However, it is in no way too heavy or overpowering for the warmer days.

M-Well carbonated, and a taste that lingers smoothly long after swallowing the drink. I also notice that as it warms more of a feeling comes with it and more flavors are unlocked!

D-At 7% I don't know if I would recommend this for a blow-out party, but it is very much a welcome ale that i stumbled upon quite by accident! I had stopped at a gas station in NC for a red bull and this just intrigued me. A very good find!

(Mom, I waited until getting home to partake!)

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Photo of klikger
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
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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Photo of Boto
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle from a Harris Teeter: This one pours a hazy straw golden yellow color. There was a bit of a white head on it that lingers just a bit and leaves some lacing. An interesting nose. The main thing I get is honey followed by floral notes. Some breadiness and clove also. The taste is OK. There is a slight tartness to it with just a hint of bitterness. I also get some faint fruit and wheat. Slightly bready, spices and fruit notes also. Interesting and not bad.

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Photo of boston2bburg
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
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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Hell's Belle from Big Boss Brewing
3.56 out of 5 based on 289 ratings.
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