Hellfire Belgian Strong Ale | Straight To Ale

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Hellfire Belgian Strong AleHellfire Belgian Strong Ale

Brewed by:
Straight To Ale
Alabama, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hellfire Belgian Style Quadrupel

It's a big, complex Belgian Style beer at 10% ABV. Rich malty sweetness up front along with dark, fruity esters and spicy notes. Low bitterness and medium body in this one, which finishes with a smooth alcohol warmth.

Added by UncleJimbo on 10-15-2010

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 49
Photo of Dope
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottling date that I could see.

A: Pours a dark, dark brown with a very tall, very frothy and airy medium brown head. head eventually settles, leaving just little smudges of lacing. Great head retention, however.

S: Strong dark fruit aroma, lots of figs. Some raisin in there too. Dark bread and sweet candi sugar. It actually kinda reminds me of...prepared banana bread mix. Made with overripe bananas. How's that for a mental...aroma?

T: Hmph. Strong toasted bread mixed with brown sugar, figs, raisins and ripe bananas. That's pretty much sums it up. Mild herbal hoppiness (and light bitterness) in the finish. Long lingering bready aftertaste. No real sign of alcohol, hard to believe this is 10%.

M: Fairly heavy, smooth.

O: Not a bad quad. Odd overripe banana flavor that just doesn't "fit" but otherwise a nice tasty quad. Alcohol remarkably well hidden as this is not harsh at all. Quite smooth and easy drinking in fact.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

A bit too sweet and thin to me to really be a great beer. The color and aromas are nice, representing the style well. The flavors lack depth. You get a sweet hit on the palate, the beginnings of some clove and other warming spices and then everything fades very quickly. Decent, but there are better options.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a deep dark brown. No real head to speak of.

Not much of a smell, slight dark fruit.

Taste is dark fruit forward. Mellows into a nice malt and spiciness that crisps up on the finish. A slight pepper/spicy finish that lingers nicely with a bit of a light carbonation.

Mouthfeel is fairly carbonated. Light and slightly creamy.

Good beer. Kinda hits you in the face with malt and dark fruit at first.

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Photo of konigstiger
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a growler purchased from Southern Package in Sheffield, AL.

A: Deep, dark ruby red. Aggressive pour yielded moderate,off white head that dissipated
quickly. A little bit of lacing remains afterward.

S: Malty, a sweet sourness which sounds a little odd putting it in writing but the smell is
very pleasant.

T: Malty, with sweet fruits dominating. Yes, you can tell it is 10% but the alcohol is not
overpowering. The taste becomes more complex and interesting as the beer warms.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and almost creamy.

A fine brew from one of my favorite breweries.

Thanks to the folks at Southern Package for the varied selection. It's nice to see quality beers showing up in this part of the world.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter; thanks, Corgidad!

A: Garnet, opaque, with a white one-finger head that dissipates to foam. Decent lacing.

S: An unusual sourness pervades (hope I'm not getting this in the taste). Oak, Belgian yeast, clove and malts follow.

T: No sourness. Cherries pop up with biscuity malts, cola, yeast and spices. Cinnamon and chocolate finish the round. Robust and sweet. Even better as it warms. Didn't even feel the alcohol...but it felt me. Doesn't drink like a quad, more like an American Strong Ale

M: Medium with medium, chewy carbonation. Great froth on the tongue.

O: Another great entry from Straight To Ale. These guys make some solid brews. Put some Hellfire in your fridge.

Note: Enjoyed on draft in a taster glass 6/4/16. This time it tasted like a quad. Dark fruits (plums, dates, raisins), Belgian yeast, bready malts; sweet, powerful and terrific. This was more of a 4.25. I must've had an infected bottle 2 years ago.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I’ll be perfectly honest here. I see a Belgian ale with minimal reviews and a high rating, with reviews only coming from the brewer’s home state. I’m coming in to this thing skeptical.

Nice dark brown on it. Minimal head. Nose is nice. Soft fruits. Flavor is bangin’. I mean, that thing’s good (Ron Burgundy voice). Overly ripe fruits. Dark sweet tone. Consistent flavor. Very smooth feel. A great ale. Really glad I picked this one up. Very highly suggested.

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Photo of richj1970
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into chalice.

A: Pours a dark mahogany reddish brown with a very small one finger head that quickly settled to a thin ring around the edge. Very little if any lacing.

S: Sweet malts, raisin, dates, plumbs, and yeast esters. Some spices like clove are faint.

T: Very nice dark fruit flavors. Raisin, dates, dried cranberries. The tartness from the fruits is offset nicely with sweetness from Belgian candy sugar. Hints of spices come through as it warms. The 10% ABV sneaks up on you as this is a very easy drinking brew.

M: Medium body that coats the tongue without being overly thick. A fair amount of carbonation without much of a head.

O: A solid quad from a talented local brewer. Nice job STA!

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Photo of Ardbeg7732098
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding beer from a brewery that, IMHO, does some great work with relatively little notice. If you are a fan of Trappistes Rochefort 8/10, you'll like this beer. A bit fuller than the 8, but not quite the sweetness of the 10. Still, it shares with them a heavy malty character, taste (and aftertaste) of dried fruits (certainly raisin and fig, also apricot), some citrus. The nose in fantastic, more fruity than the palate, which is more balanced by the breadiness of the yeast and some spice (nutmeg/clove). The mouthfeel is not heavy, which for some is may be a turnoff in this style but for me is just about right, with moderate carbonation. I'd have to taste them together to decide if they actually compare favorably to the Rocheforts in taste, but they doubtless compare favorably in price and availability (where I live, anyway).

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Photo of bret_lybrand
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

With a somewhat dark color, I was pleasantly surprised by a light, easily-drinkable taste. There was no ABV rating on the bottle and I was shocked to read that this Belgian Style Quadrupel Ale was a sneaky 10.0%. Although comparable to certain winter ales, I think this beer is enjoyable at any time in small quantities.

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Hellfire Belgian Strong Ale from Straight To Ale
3.94 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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