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Hell Hath No Fury Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Hell Hath No Fury AleHell Hath No Fury Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally conceived along the lines of a Belgian Dubbel, Hell Hath No Fury... Ale morphed during development into something entirely different. Blending a pair of Belgian abbey-style yeasts into a recipe more akin to a roasty stout, Hell Hath No Fury... Ale offers up warm, roasted notes of coffee & dark chocolate together with the fruity & clove-like aromas.

Added by CRJMellor on 11-03-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
642
Ratings:
1,356
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
17.51%
 
 
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70
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139
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Photo of Allenjoseph5
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a large snifter

L- almost black. Nice khaki head. But don't fall in love with it, it doesn't stick around. No lacing.

S- dark chocolate and cherries

F- very full bodied. Great oily rich mouthfeel

T- chocolate, licorice. Drinks like a stout. Nice bitterness. Leaves a nice subtle alcohol warmth at the end

O- very enjoyable. This is not the first time I've had this, and I'm enjoying it a little more this time around. The aging might help mellow out the flavors. I remember the licorice being a little strong for my taste the first few times around. This one is almost exactly a year old, according to the date on the bottle. If you don't like it the first time around, put it in the back of your fridge and forget about it for a while.

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Photo of RickS95
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a not quite black, exceptionally dark brown, somewhat thin looking beer. A hint of light survives around the edges. Not much head to speak of. A gathering of brown bubbles begins to form but there's no legs.

It smells like a Dubbel, with lots of caramel malt. Smells like a soft drink. Really, not much else in the nose.

Coffee and chocolate finally make an appearance. You'd think they would pair well with the caramel malt, but it's like the lost direction with this beer and forgot what they wanted it to be. Certainly, it doesn't taste bad. Far from it, just a bit confusing.

Being a Dubbel, it's not going to be all that viscous, but it's still a bit loose for something with coffee and chocolate in it. It's pretty smooth, to be sure, but I wanted something better held together. There's plenty of sweetness up front and a lingering bitter finish for balance. The almost 8% ABV is hidden and it's fairly easy to drink.

It's a good beer, just not great. Decent alcohol, lots of flavors, and easy to drink. I just want more body.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, about 6 months old

very dark brown, and foamy cream colored head. aroma is bready, some raisin, earthy. taste is balanced - some caramel sweetness but not too much. depth of flavors is good. medium to thicker mouthfeel. not sure I'd peg this as a Dubbel, but definitely a tasty dark ale.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown to light black in color with a minimal of light seeping through. There's a fingernail of tan colored head surrounding the rim of the glass and covering about half of the middle. There's plenty of light sediment throughout the body. I smell raisins, black licorice, dark Belgian candy sugar, and a hint of molasses and smoke. I taste dark raisins, Belgian candy sugar, alcohol, and fig. The body is slightly warm with alcohol and lightly chewy.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a very dark brown with a two finger tan head. The head receds quickly. Very light lacing.

S - Aromas are dark roasted malts and Belgian yeast.

T - The flavor is raisins, plums, Belgian yeast, and roasted malts. There is a woody smokiness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is an interesting mix of Dubbel and Belgian Stout. Definetly worth checking out.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown. Thin tan head recedes quickly. Smell is a mixture of coffee and quad. Taste is a mixture of coffee, raisins and smoke. I don't care for it

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.96/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black in color with dark brown highlights when held to the light. A nice brown colored head sits atop. Very stout looking beer.

The aroma is of Belgian yeast and dried dark stone fruit. Or alcoholic plums and raisins.

Dark cherries and raisins are present in the front. The finishing flavor is malty and slightly tart, which gives away to an iron-like blood aftertaste. (think when you cut your finger and without thinking quickly put it in your mouth).

It's definitely roasty, but something about the fruity flavors and the yeast choice doesn't seem to all fit together in harmony. It's more of a far-out experimental beer, and one that I probably wouldn't try again.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thispoured softly and very brown with no real hues in it. a thick enough head of khaki foam. Nose is light and does not really scream belgian. But it is roasty with dark fruit and cocoa. Smooth creamy and a tasty. very soft mouthfeel. A bit of nutty flavor it has the flavors of a dubbel but for some reason it's too milky creamy. it drinks very differently. I still liked it.

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Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is boozy, deeply caramelized, with dark fruit notes of cherry, plum, and raisin, along with pear esters, which contrast the light roast malt character oddly. There's a touch of smoke, which adds to the strangeness.

Flavor is smoky and roasty, with Belgian esters of pear and apple skin hitting mid palate and bringing a light sweetness, finishing dry and spicy. Didn't recall it being so dark.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a dark reddish brown with a small head. The aromas of dates, pecans, walnuts, caraway, rye bread, and a hint of smoke are noticeable. The flavor leads with a sort of buttery pecan feel, followed by a odd light smoke tone, like you are tasting the air from a barbecue next door, then raisins, oak, and cherrywood. The mouthfeel is semi rich, with a rather flat foam. Overall this is an enjoyable beer, but not one that knocks it out of the park. There are better examples of this style, but I can see this working great with a rich meal.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,bottled 08/28/2015. A new one to me from Bell's. No style listed on the bottle or label anywhere, I come to find it is categorized as a Dubbel.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours an extremely dark cola-black colored body, almost stout-like in appearance, if I didn't know any better. Finger and a half of frothy khaki-cream head. 'Chocolatey' in appearance. Looks very frothy and creamy, but I wouldn't know this was a Dubbel style ale just by looking.

S - A yeasty, minerally aroma. Creamy & chocolatey, the Belgian yeast infiltrates a roasted Barley aroma. Smells almost more like a spiced Belgian stout than it does a Dubbel.

T - Taste follows the nose: roasted Barley malt, Belgian yeast / spices. Roasty, bitter, chocolatey. Again, almost more of a spiced Belgian stout. Not particularly flavorful or interesting. Mild suggestions of cloves.

M - Feel is creamy, and easy-drinking, with good carb. No overt alcohol presence. Fullish in body.

Overall, average and uninteresting, and not a terribly good stab at the style. Might possibly be a suitable candidate for aging a bottle for a year or so. Still, not an ale from Bell's I'm too interested in having again, but I might perhaps like to see how the barrel-aged version fares.

Bell's Hell Hath No Fury Ale -----3/5.

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Photo of PatrickBeebe
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Bottled 8/28/15.
Pours dark brown, one finger tan head, dissipates quickly leaving behind light lacing. Smells like figs and dates, with some sweet malt. Taste roasty, slightly sweet, kind of has some raisins to it as well. Medium body, appropriate for the style. Clean taste, just not really my style.

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Photo of Bis4beer70
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There are two very widely known quotations in the play; from the opening to the play:

Music has charms to soothe a savage breast.
The word "breast" is often misquoted as "beast" and "has" sometimes appears as "hath".

Also often repeated is a quotation of Zara in Act III, Scene VIII:

Heaven has no rage, like love to hatred turned,
Nor hell a fury, like a woman scorned.
This is usually paraphrased as "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned."

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Photo of tigg924
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, dark brown, with 1/3 inch head. Taste is dark bread, toasted malt, and a touch of rye. This is everything good I associate with Bells. Clean, tasty, and an elevated example of the style. A dubbel that I could do several of. A winner.

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Photo of MaximalC
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours seal brown with chestnut highlights and a very meager cap of khaki bubbles. Sweet aroma smells of raisins, toasted bread, toffee, cherry cough syrup, and even a hint of smoke.

The taste features a deep and full-flavored malt backbone consisting of molasses, raisins, burnt ends, charcoal, and brown sugar. The Belgian yeast adds a touch of clove to augment the sweetness and keep it from becoming too one-sided, although habituation shows some slightly cloying candy sugar on the back end. Alcohol is mostly well-concealed but shows up some in the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy body make for a rich, velvety mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a very interesting brew that takes the style into uncharted waters. The burnt, charred character is a really nice addition and no doubt serves as the beer’s namesake. I’d liken it to a more heavy-handed incarnation of Goose Island’s Pepe Nero, which is one of my personal favorites. This was a pleasant surprise from Bell’s.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 8/28 (brief review):
As notes say, beer doesn't quite fit a category. Before reading I was thinking oatmeal stout. Maybe a lightly sweet dubbel with a hint of smoke is the easiest simple way I can describe it. Some sips have a light cola note. Looking at style, maybe it's the crystal malts coming through as there is something (be it that or the yeast) that harkens to the base style.

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Photo of Ri0
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Dark brown with a 2.5 finger khaki head. Dark, roasted malt, with faint coffee and bitter chocolate. Some raisin, and holiday spice. Bold and roasty flavor from the malts, not much of a dubble, but it does have some of the raisin taste. Finishes with a light toffee and spice. Medium creamy feel. I really enjoyed this on a cool rainy fall night.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- very dark, but a little light can get through
S- bitter smell, but can also pick up a little chocolate & coffee
T- chocolate espresso, not much bitterness in the taste
F- on the heavy side, as this type of beer should be

GF bought a 6-pack of this for me. Not my usual style, but I'm starting to enjoy this type of beer more and more.

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Photo of beergoot
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown body; decent tan hued head. Deep, roasted grain scent; chocolate notes. Roasted grain flavors; mocha; alcohol notes; spice notes along the lines of mint or anise. Heavy body; sweet finish.

Experienced on tap at the Mansfield, OH "Old Bag of Nails" pub...

Overall, a fine heavy, dark beer. The flavor seals the deal and, although not trendsetting or world-class in character, it should certainly satisfy those looking for a big, dark beer fix.

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Photo of tmryan21
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a thin black with a very thin tan head.

Smell: Chocolate, vanilla, and some dried fruits.

Taste: Chocolate dominated for me. Some fruit/Belgian yeast on the back-end as well.

Feel: A little thinner than expected. Carbonated well.

Overall: A nice one to try. More of a stout than a Dubbel though.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, pkgd 8/28/15 poured into a pint glass.

A - Black and dense, little to no head that moves to a thin lace, the bubbles reaching to top and immediately searching for the side of the glass.

S - Roasted malts, coffee, burnt wood. Some faint spices.

T - Slight left turn here. The aroma notes are there, but much more muted, and more of the belgian/abbey flavors appear. Having a hard time finding words for this, but it is good. There seems to be saltieness in the finish.

M - Carbonation is medium, heft is full but not overbearing. Gets a little sticky once it warms.

O - An interesting blend. Perfect for a fall day. Would probably compliment a hearty meal well. I used it as an appetizer.

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Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

super interesting! picked up a single not knowing what to expect, i was in for a surprise. this is more like a smoked stout in my opinion, a darn good one at that, but not a dubbel.
very unique, if you see it try it. you wont be disappointed, or maybe you will :)

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Photo of mschrei
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Like the description says, reminiscent of a stout. Looks almost black with dark brown consistent foam. It's a bit thinner than most stouts, and it's got a mild tang on the aftertaste. The word that best sums it up for me is "earthy". I personally think it's better than the numbers on the site would indicate.

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Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours opaque brown with tiny/no head. nose; not sure what the hell i smell here... spent firewood? star anise? little to no real nose for me. taste; dark roasted malts, chocolate, cola, and light raisin/fig. aftertaste is a bit of burnt toast, light plum and cola. despite the lack of head, carbonation is strong here with a medium+ mouthfeel. a very interesting blend of stout and dubbel stylings that i'm sure will rub fans of either style a little odd. i like the experimentation and this beer gets pretty ok results.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The flavors are nicely complex and appropriate for what I think of as a Belgian Stout. Chocolate malts are prominent with a real smoky tone. Dark fruits like prune and raisin but I'd like to see them more up front. Belgian yeast flavors of peppercorn, clove and anise come out in the finish. This poured with a lot of carbonation on the glass and it feels as if it's too carbonated for the style but I must say I like this beer.

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