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

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Hell Hath No Fury AleHell Hath No Fury Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: Belgian Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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.

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Ratings: 1,467 |  Reviews: 674
Reviews by Twoheartedzombie:
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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Photo of drtth
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
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 matcris
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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 oberon
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Greensboro for the annual brewfest that went on over the weekend here in town.Poured a deep dark brown with some ruby tint thruought,almost no head to speak of,almost flat looking.Aromas are bursting with dark fruit,raisin/prune,and plum dominate,there is some molasses,and alcohol present as well.Big and sweet on the palate,cakey with that dark fruit element playing a big role again,seems more alcoholic than it is.Its mouth coating and sticky,really a sipper,the sweetness can become a bit much after awhile as well.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.99/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap at Maduro. First beer from the new barrel. Served nice and warm, the way I like it.

Strange, this is a very strange and disagreeable beer. The aroma as well as the front and middle of the taste are dominated by nuts, mainly walnuts and hazelnuts – not what one would expect from a Dubbel or BSDA. I can’t say that I like it at all. The beer is extremely dry, the texture is grainy, almost chalky, and the alcohol is completely apparent, not in a friendly warming way but in a pow, bam, pop we’re going to give you a nut milk shake and then burn you taste buds so that you can’t taste any subtleties. Wait, did I just say nut milkshake? Yep, that’s what this beer largely is.

Now to the good part…the finish…wow, if the finish was the entirety of the flavor rather than a fleeting moment of bliss, this beer would be a real winner. The chocolate and vinous qualities are wonderful. I pick up dates, plums, raisons, and dried cherries. The subtleties are fantastic. It’s really a shame that they are so subtle. One has to really work at picking them out through the nut milkshake/ABV burn fiasco.

In addition to what I described above, the mouthfeel is thick, ridiculously thick. This beer really feels like there are solid particulates suspended in it. Appearance is fine. The color is almost burgundy. It’s completely ominous. The head is fantastic, huge, dark brown, and lasting. Carbonation, however, is very low –almost nonexistent. Also, very sweet.

Drinkability – It goes down very well for its size and strength but it’s just not something that I could find myself drinking very often. I want nutty brown ales not dubbels. In winter maybe I could do this but certainly not during the hottest week of the last decade.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Hell Hath No Fury, Belgian Strong Dark Ale 7.7% alcohol. Pour this one into a Dogfish Snifter.

A- Pours a dark nearly opaque fluid that brings forth a burnt tan quarter inch head that leaves mild sticky lacing.

S- Upfront toasted malts, sweet raisins, brown sugar, and a tangy hop charactor.

T-M- Taste is mild and smooth flavors of plums, raisins, and a smoked malty backbone. Slightly sweet brown sugar and light ester of boozy bite on the backbone. Mouthfeel is moderatly carbonated and leaves a slick alcohol feel on the palete.

Overall a good offering but just not my cup of tea... cheers!

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Photo of sgoodship
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 8739 bottle donated by my good friend Brian - cheers.

A: Poured from a 12fl.oz. bottle. Dark brown - almost black in color. A seriously stout level of darkness. Tiny hints of ruby red against the light. A coffee stained head. Dissipated to a fine dusting and a healthy ring. Formed some nice lacing which magically evaporated from the glass.

S: A mix of a porter-like roasted malt, molasses and coffee smell with strong phenols, some spicy muskiness, dark fruit and licorice. Alcohol is there but not that obvious.

T: Much as the smell would suggest but the phenols came through a little too much for me at first. Some rum, fruit, spiciness. Coffee starting coming through more strongly as the drink warmed up. I thought that I would catch more alcohol on the finish but this is a low ABV compared to many BSDA's I have had.

M: Has the rich and decadent mouthfeel of a quality Belgian BSDA. A creamy, syrupy slickness. Smooth with a low level of carbonation to keep it somewhat lively.

D: Reminiscent of the true quality Belgians but not quite on par. Not a bad offering and I found it enjoyable. I have a good amount of respect for Bells. For me, the phenolic emphasis was too pronounced but that is a personal preference.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ahhh Bell's, how I miss you here in Illinois. At least Wisconsin and Indiana aren't that far from me! The Hell Hath No Fury pours into my glass a deep dark brown that is for all intensive purposes nearly black. A small tan head rises and falls to a ring atop the brew. Aromas of dark roasted malt featuring burnt coffee grounds, figs and some dark fruits. Somewhat toasty with a touch of anise, caramel and some yeasty tones as well. Interesting, but it doesn't really grab me.

First sip a somewhat burnt dark malt character that flows into a mix of smoky coffee, licorice, caramel, dark fruits, figs and some spiciness. Flows down with some yeasty qualities and only a touch of hops. Finishes dry with a bit of sweetness as well. This one just doesn't do it for me unfortunately.

Mouthfeel is actually on the light to medium side with lots of fast moving carbonation that explodes on the palate.. Goes down pretty easily. Overall, I was unable to figure out where this brew was going. If I see it again I'll probably give it another shot...but at this point it doesn't make me want to run back.

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Photo of blitz134
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting looking brew. This is definately the darkest "Belgian Dark" I've had. Half inch of medium tan head on the pour, reduced to a skim layer with a ring around the glass.

An interesting mix of toasted malts with a touch of chocolate and some vinuous fruits underneath. Has a musty straw overtone as well. Also a bit of that belgian twang and this strange spicing that seems a lot like anise or sassafras...unique. Lots going on here, a bit out of the style...it gets bonus points for being unique.

Flavor isn't nearly as complicated. Initially it is fairly light flavored on the tongue and has some unripened vinuous aspects. Then there is a transition to a bit of a toasted flavor that isn't nearly as predominant as the nose hinted. Finishing flavor is Belgian sugar and yeast and that anise flavor again. Alcohol become evident after the swallow. This is just a bit strange overall, tastes kind of spiced.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium, maybe a bit more medium. A bit overcarbonated making it a bit too crisp on the tongue. Flavor lingers after the swallow.

Just average drinkability. Not necessarily hard to drink at the moment but this one is enough for me now and probably forever. Just a bit odd...unique sounds less derogatory though...

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Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of warnerry
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 9999; consumed 10/10/10

A - Pours completely opaque black/dark brown with two fingers of dissipating light brown head; looks more like a stout.

S - Dark ripe fruits (plums And figs), roasted malt, with a faint sour aroma and a bit of alcohol as well.

T - The fruits in the aroma and joined by some nice chocolate and deep roasted malts.

M - Relatively light mouthfeel for such a complex flavor profile. A bit drying on the tongue, but a little creamy as well. Mouthfeel seems to change from one moment to the next, which is interesting.

D - With the flavor profile, I'm not sure that I would have more than a couple in a sitting, but I'm enjoying it. Seems like a cross between a Belgian strong ale and a stout.

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Photo of marvin213
2.56/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Opaque with a creamy-looking head, this looks more chocolate stout than Belgian-dark; nevertheless, it looks consistent. The head dissipates at a medium pace. From Hopslam thru the regular lineup on up to this Hell Hath No Fury, Bell's makes good-lookin' beers.

I smell Belgian yeast and dark malt...I know, what an insight. I'm glad there's no raisiny pungency I've had in some of my more recent ventures into the style, but there's nothing noseways that sings something special.

It tastes more Belgian than dark, and it really isn't all that string on the tongue. In fact, it's opacity relative to its light zest make for a bit of an odd notion. It's actually unbalanced and off-kilter in this regard. I acknowledge that the style lends itself to a meeting of extreme minds, but this one's a little crazy for me.

Like I say, it's too zesty for so malty a beer. As I've also already mentioned, it's odd-not a unique, refreshingly cool sorta way, but a repugnant, backlashingly WTF-did-I-order sorta way. Maybe a shot with a weird nutty cheese would pair handsomely, but even a small serving leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Namarsha82
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of tigg924
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Skye1024
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ryancl
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of sm0key
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of bsp77
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 9999! Still awaiting news of what Batch 10000 will be.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Almost pure black with thin tan head and a couple of lacing tendrils.

Smell: Chocolate and anise accented roasted malts, dark musty and sweet fruit, clove and alcohol.

Taste: Strange mix of musty sweet fruit and roasted malt. Notes of clove, plum, raisins, licorice and chocolate. Improves as it warms somewhat.

Feel: Creamy and chewy but slightly chalky body, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Interesting beer overall with lots of different flavors and smells kicking around. This is a more than solid BSDA overall that makes me think "Belgian Stout".

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Photo of strangebrew52
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Appears black with a small amount of tan head

S: Yeast, dried fruits and some spice notes in there

T: Roasted malts, a little bit of dried fruits, coffee.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Smooth

D: I really enjoy this brew, I would definitely drink this again

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Photo of aboyd87
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of jcdiflorio
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served 12oz long neck brown bottle crimp-on cap into snifter.

Opaque,black browish hue,mocha ring around glass,chunks of yeast floating in the beer.
Aroma was very roasty,chocolaty,a bit smokey a moderate malt nose to the beer. Fruity aromas also and hints of clove.
The taste was very chocolaty,yeasty hints of clove a bit fruity.Syrupy with a dry bittersweet finish.
A medium mouthfeel,a bit cloying and sticky. A bit rough on the palate.
Beligium meets stout very different, just didn't really excite me
A bit of a dissapointing offering from Bell's one of my favorite breweries.
A really different beer,worth at least a try,just because it's so different.

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Photo of deebo
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottled 10-18-11

A-Black as hell with a tan head that quickly dissipates.

S-Smells like a stout-heavy roasted malts.

T-Heavy roasted malt-not much else going on here. Just a hint of raisin sweetness as it warms.

M-Smooth-highly carbonated-alcohol non-existant

D-Very high

O-May have been inspired by a dubbel but this is a stout all the way. A good beer-but for the price I'd go with something else, no need to come back to this one.

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