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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

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

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Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 287
Photo of elflake
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

If you're in the grocery at 1:58 and not in the mood for hoppiness, an excellent choice. Nothing special, nothing to complain about. More carbonation would be welcome, (and more flavor ), but very drinkable , ( session Belgian ? ), just too bland. Wouldn't want it to be my first beer of the night, but works fine as seventh or tenth...

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Photo of aubuc1
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a very pale yellowish orange with a thin white head.

Smell is a nice fruity, chalky belgiany yeast. Smells sort of like unibroue.

Taste is slightly tart and chalky. Some hoppiness makes it pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is very good and it is pretty drinkable.

Not a life changing beer, but pretty nice.

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Photo of mothman
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Weyerbacher tulip.

Pours 1 finger of creamy off white head. Fades to a smaller layer leaving some thick splattered lace. Color is a lightly hazed golden orange with a lot of active carbonation.

Aroma: Fairly bland for a bpa. Has some yeast flavors with cloves and spices. Light banana flavors. Not too much here.

Taste: Seems like it has a very grassy hop flavor with a large amount of yeast here. The only spice note I can really pick out is the clove. Some banana flavors again. I also get some alcohol towards the finish. Not a lot of fruit flavors here which I like to see in a bpa.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, bubbly, and creamy. A medium bodied with a surprising medium amount of carbonation (I expected higher). Ends very dry with some spice flavors.

Overall, I wasn't overly impressed with this one. It was fine to drink, but just didn't have a big flavor like some of the other bpas I have had. That and the alcohol showed more than I want to see in the style.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with light fruity ester is OK. Taste is a mix between some candi sugar, which is a bit too raw with some notes of fruity ester and a light dry hoppy finish. Body is quite full with average filtration and good carbonation and no alcohol was perceptible. Not bad though it has some flaws (too much sugar and ingredient don't' mesh together).

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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 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 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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Photo of cbros
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle from a friend who came back from Raleigh. Pours a nice dark yellow with some carbonation activity after the pour. The smell reminds me of carolina BBQ and baked beans...weird. The taste is decent but nothing outstanding. This isn't a bad Belgian Pale Ale but I probably wouldn't get this again.

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Photo of shivtim
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Charlotte.
Looks great. Nice bright pale yellow. Clear. Brilliant white foamy head that lasts.
Nose is slight peat moss, euro hops, earthiness. Taste is more saaz, slightly yeasty and musty. Works well together. True to style. Alcohol undetectable.

Pretty solid mouthfeel and good drinkability. Not bad!

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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 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 movingtrain
3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack of this at Harris Teeter in North Carolina.

12 ounce bottle poured into a Carolina Beer Company sample glass.

Appearance is straw in color, slightly cloudy, and very little head. However, the beer is pretty active, there seems to be a good bit of carbonation going strong, just not in the head.

Smells is earthy...some lemon, mint, caramel, tarragon, and dried fruit.

The flavor is much the same...this reminds me a lot of Great Lakes's "Grassroots" ale. It is somewhat Saison-ish, but not as complex. Pretty malty in the flavor profile, and slightly bitter around the edges.

The bottle reads "Belgian Style Ale," which should have been a warning that there is not specific style intended in this beer. It is Belgian-esque, but only in the fact that it is slightly funky and earthy. There is some candy sugar in the taste, which may account for the "Belgian Style" tag on the label.

Overall, this is decent, but nothing to write home about. It's drinkable, but nothing about this beer make me want to have it again and again.

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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 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 bdupree
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with a very dense, creamy foam. Lingers quite a while. Slightly hazy golden hue.

S: Good aroma, but not very powerful. Hints of the banana, but not a great deal more.

T: Taste brings out the banana, with honeydew melon and citrus. Might be some hints of coriander in there, too. All the flavors do blend well.

M: Buttery. Very, very smooth.

D: This is a very drinkable Belgian style ale, in the Americanized sense. With a slightly lower alcohol level, you can drink this one without getting the KO punch from a high gravity Belgian.

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Photo of L337ish
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice cloudy, honey look. Head fades and leaves pretty much no lace.

S: Smells great. Kind of sweet, accompanied with a nice smell of wheats and malts.

T: Reminiscent of a darker brew. The word "lemony" comes to mind. The taste is pretty similar to the smell, which in my opinion is quite good.

M: A medium body. Pleasant bitterness with a great, clean finish.

D: Very easy to drink. Goes down smooth and leaves me wanting another sip pretty soon after.

I don't quite know what to say about this beer. There really is nothing to complain about, but there isn't really anything that stands out to me either. Overall, it's a good beer. I think pretty much anyone can enjoy this brew as it's not too strong and easy to drink.

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnished gold with bright lemon highlights and a handful of slowly ascending bubbles. The two finger crown of bone colored foam looks like it belongs on an American ale rather than a Belgian one... but then this is an American ale. The foam melts into a thick puddle and the glass isn't exactly coated with lace.

The nose does a pretty good job adhering to the style guidelines, probably because Big Boss uses a capable yeast strain. It's modestly golden fruity with a great deal of clove spiciness. More power would have been better.

Hell's Belle is a decent Belgian-style pale ale, though that's where it ends. Unfortunately, there isn't the flavor definition or complexity that the best versions possess. Translation: it's both too messy and too simple. Having said that, the brewers got the outlines of the style essentially right.

The maltiness tastes slightly toasted bready and has the earthy, nutty, melanoidin quality of Munich. Hop flavor is not abundant and bitterness is moderate-balancing. Yeast esters are still pear-apple fruity and are also impressively clove-like, with a phenolic vibe that is slightly offputting, becoming somewhat more tolerable with warming. Suggestion to the brewers... use a cleaner yeast.

The beer drinks every bit of the 7.0% ABV, which is a positive in my book. An American ale mouthfeel (as opposed to a Belgian ale mouthfeel) is no surprise. In the end, with respect to quality, this characteristic is pretty much in line with all the rest.

Big Boss Brewing deserves credit for giving North Carolinians a glimpse of the possibilities outside of the usual wheat ale, amber ale, pale ale and stout. It's just too bad that they didn't come closer to the Belgian pale ale bull's eye.

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Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slight hazed lemon-gold with a nice tight one finger craterous white head that held well,interesting aromas,I pick up some light pheolic spice,lemon,and a briney-like component wich is odd.Flavors are pretty subtle for the style but pleasant,subtle phenolic spice and smoke with some light candied ginger and lemon.Not bad its highly drinkable,just subtle for the style.

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Photo of jmalex
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my friend Tim for bringing this back from NC. I had never heard of this brewery and am excited to try it.

APPEARANCE: Pours into an Allagash tulip a clear, nearly straw gold. A very small head forms initially but shrinks immediately to just a tiny collar with a few stranded wispy bubbly patches.

SMELL: Quite peppery with a decent dose of sweetness. A little bit of farmhouse funk is here too, but the spiciness tends to overwhelm all.

TASTE: Very sweet. Some of it is from minimal fruity esters of the yeast, but a lot seems to be just residual sweetness and sugars. There's nearly enough bitterness to balance it out, and the spiciness helps too.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium to medium light bodied, and the carbonation is waaay low.

DRINKABILITY: Not the best. Though I can see how someone may find this refreshing, it's just way too sweet for my tastes, and certainly for a Belgian pale ale style.

Well, not the best, but I'd love to try some of their other (non-Belgian) stuff. I can't recommend this one, however.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yet another beer that I picked up during the summer, and even though visions of Trevor Hoffman coming out of the bullpen are going through my head as I down this, I'm reassured that #42 will quickly put those thoughts to an end as the World Series will kick off next week. I'm not an AC/DC fan but this has a nice name and label to it. What about the beer inside? That's a bit of a different story...

Nice pour to this - decent head, a hazy golden color, and a hue nearly as good as one of it's Belgian counterparts. Not much of a strong or distinctive odor to it and the taste surprisingly is tough to pinpoint as well. Sure, there's banana, clove, straw, lambic-like sourness to this, malt, and wheat but with all of these put together, it just feels like something's not clicking here. I'm not downing it fast nor avoiding it, but the dour aftertaste is not as biscuit-like as I would have hoped for. Is it a Belgian Pale Ale in taste? A trippel? Or perhaps a beer that can't really be categorized? I'll stick with my last suggestion.

Sure, there's alcohol in here and in the midst of everything, it can be felt. I commend these guys for going after this style in a part of the country where...well, there isn't anything like this. I bought this in Carolina on my way home from being on the road this summer and I don't think that I ran the risk of ever having anything like this before. No two Belgian beers are remotely close to being like each other and that is more than certainly the case with this. Now if I could only find out where this went astray...

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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 apbarwood
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright, pale amber color. A little bit of foam to start but it doesn't last long at all and minimal lace if any. A hint of pears and citrus in the aroma maybe, a little whiff of some yeast, not much. Flavors delivers what the aroma promises with a little more gusto but barely. It seems very unbalanced towards the sweet/spiced side. It has a cloying mouthfeel that isn't totally appealing. It's not horrible but not very good either. I don't really recommend it.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks very much to ThirstyBird for sharing this one. 12oz. bottle served in my ST tulip. Poured a hazy orange-gold with a head that quickly dissipated into a skim. Nose was candi sugar with some citrus qualities. Taste consistent with nose; however, a biscuity quality also comes out. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied and a little syrupy with a consistent background carbonation and some astringency at the finish. Decent brew, but lacking in complexity - didn't blow me away.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P- Thanks Skeeordye

A- a yeasty chunk floating light orange color with yellow mixed in. No head and lokos quite carbonated.

S- banana, peach, floral spices and a peppery malt if that sounds reasonable.

T- a strong banana and floral spice hits first but then i get a hefty pepper taste with a bready apricot filling type of taste.

M- floral mouthfeel but yeasty and strong banana.

D- overall not bad but the chunks of yeast were a displeasing site. Its a nice beer to have once and awhile but i wouldnt buy a sixer of it. This would be good with a pasta dinner.

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Hell's Belle from Big Boss Brewing
3.56 out of 5 based on 287 ratings.
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