Hell Hath No Fury Ale
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

Hell Hath No Fury AleHell Hath No Fury Ale
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Belgian Dubbel
Ranked #59
Ranked #23,061
3.82 | pDev: 11.78%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Hell Hath No Fury AleHell Hath No Fury Ale
Notes: 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.
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Photo of HipCzech
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Central Market (Houston, TX) in a plastic pint glass. Deep, dark brown color with a modest head of light brown foam. Huge malty notes of dark chocolate, roasted grain, figs and dates. Medium body, smooth feel, and light to medium carbonation. A big malty brew with hints of its ABV, but maybe not as much complexity. Still, a terrific beer to accompany Monday night grocery shopping.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 9/1/17; drank 10/1/17 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque brown/purple appearance.

An even pour yielded a big khaki head; frothy lace.

Caramel, clove, cream, mild citrus & faint brown sugar notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium mouthfeel.

Cream & mild caramel flavors up front; mild brown sugar bite on the finish.

Cream & mildly rich with a faint bite; interesting but not one you'll long for.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from (very long-standing) notes. Poured from a '12 12 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass. Consumed 9/3/17.

A: Pours a very dark brown, but distinctly brown rather than black. A thin light tan head quickly fades to a ring of foam. Low level of visible carbonation, and essentially opaque.

S: Boozy, raisins, dark fruit, some brown sugar. Dark rich malts with mild chocolate. Some figs and plums as well. Nice aroma, and a good example for style.

T: Malty sweet, some chocolate in the roast. Sweet raisins and prunes again, with some Belgian yeast ester fruitiness as well. Light brown sugar and Belgian rock candi. More fruity yeast esters in the hang with just a bit of boozy character.

M: The body seems surprisingly light, and light enough to its detriment. It's lighter than most examples in the style, but certainly an exemplar of the concept that not all dark beers are heavy. Average carbonation sensation for style. The alcohol flavors are much more restrained than the nose suggested.

O: It sure doesn’t taste as good as it smelled. The aroma was big and dark and complex and boozy. The flavors seemed watered down by comparison. Not bad at all, but my mouth was watering from the aroma and it just didn’t pay off. A decent beer, but nothing I’d be in a hurry to repeat though.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown, so deep it appears to be a shoe polish black, producing 2+ fingers of somewhat lasting, tan, foamy head which leaves motes and wisps of lace as it recedes. Aroma is Belgian yeast MEETS American Craft Stout: malty with dark roast, toffee, Nestle's Quik-like chocolate, banana, dark fruits heavy to raisin, faint grape, dried apple, honey, spice, earthy/floral hops, Belgian funk & a vinous hint. Taste is sweet dark fruits leaning toward dark grape, roast, bready malty, dark chocolate, brown sugar, Belgian funk with hints and nuances of smoke, banana, cherry, anise, cloves & roasted nuts. Finishes sweet and clean with low alcohol prominence giving way to a thin and short-lived fruity, malty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with medium-high carbonation, silky & creamy with a lively spice. A wild hybrid of Belgian Dubbel and American Stout.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and dark fruit. Taste is mostly roasted malts, some light coffee, and slightly bitter dark chocolate.

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Photo of FLima
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black color with a thin caramel head with short retention.
Nice aroma with lots of dark chocolate, cocoa, mild clove and dark fruits.
Flavor with notes of coffee, some cloves, dark chocolate, prunes on syrup, roasted malts, a bit of licorice, grapes and banana.
Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Medium towards full body with appropriate carbonation of tiny bubbles. Alcohol of 7.5% is completely absent.
Interesting take on a Dubbel with a Stout accent. I question whether this is a sipper, once it is fairly drinkable. All flavors are very balanced. I kept increasing the score while I slowly drank it. Bell’s…

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Photo of larryarms847
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a fluffy slighty tan head of foam.

Notes of berries, tobacco, leather, and other dark fruits.

Dark fruit takes the mainstage here with roasty notes on the finish.

Full bodied, medium carbonation, lingering bitterness.

Overall, not something I'd seek out again, but an interesting style and brew nonetheless.

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Photo of Quackershnoc
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I did not expect it to be so dark…barely some ruby edges when held to the light; thin khaki head that leaves lacing

Aroma: yeast; malt; chocolate; banana and maybe some other fruits; a bit roasty; some coffee notes in there

Taste: a nice sweetness throughout; banana, cherry, and maybe some other fruits come to the front; moves into yeasty/bready/malty flavors; maybe a little spice in there too; finishes with some dark chocolate notes, a hint of coffee, and a bit roasty; slightly dry aftertaste, and bitter like you just had some really good dark chocolate

Mouthfeel: thick with a really nice creaminess to it; great carbonation; a mouth-coater; smooth and drinkable

Overall Impression: a very solid beer, with a lot going on; it smells absolutely wonderful; an interesting take on the style; I dig the aftertaste a lot

From notes taken on 12/5/2012

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Photo of Samlover55
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Ommegang Goblet
BB 3/6/18
L- dark black with a little brown fizz no head
S- carmelized brown sugar, dark fruit
T- black coffee, black licorice, with a dark fruit-y finish
F- full-bodied, highly carbonated, chewy
Overall a unique and flavorful beer, which is drinking like a sipper, but feels very drinkable as well

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Photo of bret717
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look- pours cola brown with a thin ring of head

Aroma- coffee, char, brown sugar and a hint of banana

Taste- follows nose with coffee, char, and brown sugar followed by Belgian yeasty banana along with roasty bitterness

Feel- medium bodied and highly carbonated

Overall- unique combo of roasty stout flavors and Belgian yeast flavors

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Photo of awasteofmytime1234
1.34/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This beer taste likes pennies, I could hardly finish it. Its so gross, I drank it while eating something else and all I could taste was this metallic taste, what are they brewing it in? The after taste tastes like I'm drinking grinded up pennies.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BOD 9/15/17. Pours as dark as a porter, nearly black. Normal head volume, lacing and quite outstanding retention.

Quite outstanding nose similar to that of an Olde Ale coupled with those of a mild stout. Rich dark fruit (prune, raisin) over a base that is slightly sweet. Underneath is a light char and even lighter note of chocolate.

Heavy medium body with a texture that is extremely smooth and hints at being creamy. The carbonation / body balance is adequate and soft, thus adding to the mouthfeel. Effervescence is present and tickles the tongue from time to time but comes across as a bit under carbonated.

The flavor profile is outstanding and rather unique. A base sweetness remains throughout. Prune arrives mid-palate and is the first flavor to separate, then quickly morphs to raisin. Chocolate makes a brief subtle appearance, then the sweetness fades allowing the char and roast to emerge. Clove makes an appearance near the end and lingers after the finish along with a note of bitter bakers chocolate.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a small tan head and minimal lacing.

The smell is loaded with raisin and other dark fruits.

The taste has the dark fruit but it's more subtle and has nice roasted malts also.

The mouthfeel is medium thick with medium carbonation and a slightly thick, lingering finish.

Overall a nice easy to drink Belgian although the flavors are bit muted.

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Photo of pweis909
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nealy black, opaque, prune juice appearance. Almost no head. I expected big dark fruit aroma, but I'd have to say little dark fruit aroma. Slightly phenolic. Low stout like roastiness. The combination of phenolics and roast gives the slight impression of smoked beer. Very thick mouth feel, milk shake quality -- not unwelcome, but uncharacteristic for a Belgian inspired beer. This is a tough beer to rate. In a lot of ways it fell short of the expectation of a big flavorful Belgian beer, being somewhat subtle when I was looking for intense, and then the mouthfeel seeming completing out of alignment with expectations. But if I put my expectations aside, what do I think? It is a big enough beer, maybe the kind you drink only one or two of at a time. As I sit and dwell upon it's virtues, the subtleties open up enough to for me to register appreciation. I think I am glad I bought I six pack. This is a beer to ponde.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

bottled 09/08/17

L- The beer pours thin and black with a two finger tan head. Lacing is light and retreats to join the beer in the glass.
S-The nose is an odd mix of dark fruit and smoke. Not bad, just weird. In the end the smoke wins out.
T- Unfortunately the differing flavor aspects just kind of meld into a muddled mess. There is underlying dark fruit but it is mostly overwhelmed by the smoke and roasted malt.
F- Mouthfeel overall is medium. Carbonation is light.
O- This beer is certainly an interesting style mashup. Unfortunately I tend to be sensitive to smokey flavors and it just kind of overwhelmed the dark fruit. If you like smokey beers or are at least less sensitive to it you may want to give it a shot.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.96/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Hell Hath No Fury has a thin, beige head, a very dark brown (nearly black) appearance, with brown highlights, at the edges, and no glass lacing. The aroma is of deep, rich, dark-roasted, sweet malt, some licorice, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is of all those elements, with cream and low bitterness. Mouthfeel is high medium and silky, and Hell Hath No Fury finishes medium sweet to dry.


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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Looks of ruby burnt raisins, khaki ring around the collar, no lacing.

Smells like baked bread, dates, nuts, dark dried fruits.

Tastes bready with lots of fermented apples, dark grapes, and raisins playing about. Fermented grape alcohol booze as well.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, dry.

Overall, lots of interesting flavors in the dark fruit realm.

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Photo of matcris
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

LOOKS: Dark brown, with a finger of slowly receding tan head that leaves a mild lacing behind.
AROMA: Mild chocolate and coffee, cloves, dark dried fruit; the Belgian part comes through and blends nicely with all the other qualities.
TASTE: This reminds me, as they say on the label, of some stouts, with the coffee and chocolate notes, where I sometimes get a jammy/red wine vibe, probably from the yeast used. Only in this case it is more of the Belgian dark dried fruit and a bit of clove. Everything is blended well, here. Slight bit of char, but even R.J.T. probably won't mind this amount.
FEEL: Average carbonation, dry, medium body.
OVERALL: Subtle, because nothing is clobbering you over the head, yet, all of the pieces of the puzzle get to speak. Nice, and interesting brew, Bell's!

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Photo of drtth
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into my Duvel tulip a deep dark brown, almost black, color with 1 1/2" head of dark tan foam that recedes slowly to leave a 1/2" ring on the glass and a thin cap of foam on the surface of the liquid. Sipping.

The aromas include mostly the coffee and dark chocolate from the dark malts. The Belgian yeasts, some dark fruit and a hint of clove are just barely noticeable in the background.

The flavors are a well integrated blend of some dark chocolate sweetness.along with a noticeable coffee flavor. In addition the Belgian yeast puts in a quick early appearance but then recedes to the background and some dark fruits and a hint of clove remain in the background.

The mouth feel is on the heavy side of medium bodied with some persistent smooth, soft carbonation. The finish begins with the fading of the coffee and chocolate followed by the fruits and light clove as there is a gradual emergence of a slightly burnt, earthy character that persists through a long slow fade to a dry finish.,

Overall I've enjoyed this beer and expect to be trying another. If you are looking to try a beer that is both a stout and a dubbel (or vice versa) this one is worth sampling.

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Photo of Junior
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Dark reddish brown. Very thin head.
Smell - Sweet malts, chocolate and fruit (berries maybe)
Taste - Very well balanced. Malt, with some chocolate and fruit.
Feel - Very low bodied for me. Little to no carbonation (bottled on 9/1, consumed on 11/22). Clean finish.
Overall - Interesting, easy drinking beer. Would like to find another that is more carbonated.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. 7.5% abv

Appearance- Pours a deep plum, almost black. Opaque.

Smell- Sweet malt, dark fruits abound. Plum

Taste- Sweet malt with ample grain, hints of belgian yeast. Raisin notes abound. Heavier notes of dark fruit follow, most notably plum. Slight grape tartness on the back end. Finishes a bit bitter with just a touch of coffee darkness.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy in body with low carbonation.

Overall- An easy sipping dubbel with lots of flavors. This on exemplifies the style. Great flavor profile. No fury, but you just might feel a slight burn in your belly!

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Photo of puck1225
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours absolutely beautifully: dark reddish brown writhing a rich foamy light brown head and good lacing. Light smell but mostly of chocolate. Taste is an unusual mix of dubbel fruitiness and the chocolate and coffee notes of a porter. A fun beer!

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Photo of bbtkd
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bell's Hell Hath No Fury Ale, 7.5% ABV, 8 IBU. Pours dark brown to black, with a half finger tan head that left decent lacing. Nose is sweet raisins and malt. Taste follows with moderate sweetness, no bitterness, and besides raisins I'm picking up prunes. Decent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a single serve into a tulip....

Pours rather dark for a dubbel, but has a nice head with outstanding lacing. On the nose, Dark fruits (raisin, prune, and date) meld well with uniquely-strong herbal notes (anise especially) but the classic Belgian yeast notes are lacking. This carries over to the palate, where there is a wealth of candi sugar and fruit, and some interesting stout-like toasted notes, but a lack of balance from the expected (but not really present) true malts and yeast. It seems boozier than it really is, with some noticeable burn. The finish is excellent, however. Well-carbonated, but not overly so, it has a nice crisp and remarkably light mouthfeel. Overall, this is an interesting brew, but it isn't really a dubbel.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown that lets ruby light through and with an off white head. Smells of plums, dark fruits, yeast, and chocolate. Tastes of roasty malts, sweet plums and other dark fruits, light yeast, coffee, and chocolate. Medium-heavy creamy body with medium carbonation. Overall a pretty good Belgian dark ale.

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Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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