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

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Hell Hath No Fury AleHell Hath No Fury Ale

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

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.

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Photo of mynie
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn dark dour. Very nice shade of black, actually. Looks wonderful against the gold lettering of my Duvel glass. If--this is a silly suggestion, I guess, but if you got a glass with a gold rim or lettering this is the beer to pour into it.

Smells firm, smooth and stouty. Like a BPA and a firmly hopped English porter. For reference, this smells a lot more like De Dolle's export stout than it does their Stille Nacht. The yeast is subdued and there's no real spiciness. Judging it as a strong stout, however, this smells exceptionally smooth and complex.

Tastes very good, though not quite as good as I had hoped. Big stout malt, roasted to a point where they don't resemble dark chocolate so much as milk chocolate that's been a little burnt. The hops are dry and not too intense (not surprising, since this was bottled 7 months ago), but still provide a nice balance to the malt. The yeast comes in fairly strong at the end, and while it has a little bit of Belgian burniness to it I really can't quite place it.

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4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amazingly dark, actually completely black body hosting a two finger thick beautiful milk chocolate head. Vibrant spicey nose, jumps out of the bubbles at you with notes of wheat, and a hint of malt. Enters the mouth nicely dark and quickly yields a strong presence of burnt malt. This palate is nicely presented and actually smooth and even for how dark it is. Nice warming effect to the belly. A easy drinking mouthfeel for the style, very welcome. Solid winter beer. Will probably age well. Yum!

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A. Extremely dark brown color that passes for black, short-lived one finger tan head that leaves behind some minimal lacing on the inside of the glass.
S. Smells just like a cross between a stout and a Belgian dark, tons of roasted aroma mixed with raisins, dark fruits, and a heavy dark malt medley.
T. Flavor of plum pudding and a bar of baking chocolate with all sorts of other dark fruits mashed up on top, and a cup of black coffee on the side. Finishes semi-chalky and really nicely dry, almost Irish stout-like in the end. It practically screams “Belgian Stout!” by now.
M. Lightly carbonated on a medium yet smooth and silky body, somewhat coating on the tongue but that is bearable because I happen to enjoy the flavor that I am being coated with. I heartily recommend giving this one a try.

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Photo of mdmako
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark dark brown with a moderate amount of tan head that leaves some lacing.

S - A nice combination of earthy malts smells with dark fruits such as raisons. A definate chocolate aroma with some smokieness.

T - A deep combination simular to the nose but more of a burnt flavor.

M - A medium/thick feel that feels like it looks, bold.

D - Excellent flavors coming together for those of you that prefer the more bold flavors. A little hard to drink all the time though especially for the price.

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Photo of arvjunk
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep brick red/brown; dark; nice one and half finger head; nice lacing

S - Dark Fruit; raisins, plums, turbinado sugar, molasses, bittersweet, coffee, roasted malts, figs

T - Roasted malts all over this giving way to figs, raisins, chocolate and coffee. Slightly bitter in the finish. Sweetens slightly as it warms in a rich, yet subtle way

M - Creamy medium bodied; thick w/o being sweet

D - Great fall beer; not a warmer, but definitely not light. Drinks smooth.

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Photo of jsp2
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle purchased at whole foods in a 6 pack for $14.99. (yikes).

This is a great tasting, strong dark beer. Very thin head on the pour. Very sweet and malty taste stands up well to the supposed 7.5% alcohol. Very clean and well balanced with no shortage of flavor.

Once again I am very impressed with beers from this brewery and this is no exception. Top quality interpretation of the style.

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Photo of bernardus1212
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a brandy snifter.

Pours almost black with a tan head

Smell of malts and belgium yeasts, chocolate, coffee, and allspice.

A crisp beer with a smokey spice with some chocolate and coffee. Really enjoyed this. Bells comes up with some wild stuff. Ive had bber in the similar style but this was unique. Going to pick up some more of this.

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Photo of NODAK
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is spicy with cloves definitely present. Sweet as well, with dark fruits and sugar...some alcohol.

Pours black in the pint glass...small brown head that is loose and fades pretty fast.

Taste has some dark fruits, sugar, and cloves upfront in the body of the beer. Backend has some yeastiness to it, as well as a small alcohol twinge to it, and a typically (for style) minor bitterness bite. Finishes with Belgian sugars remaining on the tongue.

A solid take on a Belgian style here....tasty, drinkable, and to style. When paired with its tripel, I must admit that Bell's does Belgians quite well!

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. This is the 2010 fall release.

Appearance: Pours black like a stout with a brown head. The head fades very quickly and the lacing is little more than a few spots. Uninspiring.

Smell: Spicy, lots of clove. Fruity esters from the Belgian yeast and a little roasted malt. Good but not the best.

Taste: For not having the most interesting aroma, this beer tastes great. It integrates the Belgian and stout characteristics better than most "Belgian stouts" I've had. There's quite a bit of spicy clove and some anise, powdery yeast, and dark fruit, then the roasty and chocolate flavors swirl around perfectly. A touch of bitterness, then a long bready, yeasty finish with a touch of cocoa.

Mouthfeel: Pretty nice. Smooth with lots of carbonation that stays soft, not sharp. Lots of heavy residual feel and flavor.

Overall: The Bell's website describes this as a beer that was conceived as a dubbel, but they ended up with a recipe for a stout. It really works well with the Belgian yeast elements leading the way, complemented perfectly by the roasted malts.

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Photo of MmmIPA
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Westmalle goblet and the batch number is 7673.I enjoyed this while listening to the new Disavowed cd.This beer is to be savored!

This has to be the best looking belgian beer I have ever seen.Upon opening the bottle I thought I smelled some yeast.Thick brown head that sizzles away.Fades to a big patch of brown in the glass and a nice ring.I taste chocolate,dark fruits and malty goodness.I smell the dark fruits in the beer.This taste more like a RIS or a porter.The color of the beer is very dark red/black.The taste lingers in your mouth for a bit.This beer seems a bit sticky and Bells may have had a hell of a time cleaning out the fermentation tanks.I like this beer,I cant taste any hop flavor in it.I would for sure have this beer again if I can find it on tap or bottle.I cant taste the booze at all.It has a very creamy mouthful and goes down very easy.The beer poured out like sludge,when the beer warms up you can really smell the dark fruits.I cant get over the chocolate taste in here,it is very good.I want another one for my cellar to replace the one I just had.Very good beer from Bells and worth a try if you happen to see it in stores.Great job Bells.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

A little fruit in the aroma with some roast.
Pours black with ¼” tan head that quickly dissipates.
fruity and sweet up front with good body. Starts sweet and then the bitter grows followed by a lingering malty fruity sweetness. There are some nice roasty malt flavors in the background. The dark malt flavors are not burnt malt flavors.
Chewy and creamy.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from northertimber, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color with a thin tan head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with Belgian yeast, chocolate and dark fruit, with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is rich and very-well balanced with flavors of dark chocolate, Belgian yeast and a touch of dark fruit. The malt character is very hearty and the hops presence is mild. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good representation of style, good kick to it, I could certainly drink quite a few of these. This is a good beer to stick with for an evening.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass. This beer pours a very dark brown color that does not let in any light. Had a small tan brown head 1/4 inch when poured that settles instantly to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Had some decent lacing as well. Sweet aromas of dark fruit and roasty malt are present along with perhaps some vanilla. The taste is very much in line with the smell-dark fruits, vanilla, some slight spice, roasted malt and a hint of caramel thrown in. Rounded out with a bit of hops on the back end. Nicely balanced indeed. Has a smooth and frothy, creamy like and sort of syrupy, full bodied mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. Very nice and easy to drink. Another excellent brew from Bell's!


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Photo of keethrax
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice an dark with a decent, but short lived head.

Smells very Belgian, looks more like a porter. And unsurprisingly has taste components of both. Roasty and malty, somewhat syrupy, but not cloying. Malt gives way to dark fruit flavors, maybe blackcurrant. Biscuit on the finish, but not in initial aroma, which seems "backwards" to me, but interesting.

Lots going on here, This may be the cold weather Bell's go-to for me covering the non-Oberon part of the year.

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Photo of BeaBeerWife
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally out this year. Nice -n- Dark, slight coffee esters and a bit of raisin / prune in the smellings as well. Also..definitely deep dark sweet flavs like molasses. Deep rich dark taste, mild belgian-yeast flavs. Lots of residual sugars, syrupy on the glass! Real nice, although no head to speak of. I'm going to let the rest of what's left in my bottle sit and warm up some more!

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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 Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, dark brown in color, with a substantial amount of carbonation, and a head that overflowed my glass - Oops.... perhaps I poured too hard. The retention is fantastical!

S: Belgian funkiness, with brown sugar, raisons for sure, and many other dark fruits and spices.

T: Full bodied, spicy, and VERY upfront maltiness. The sugar is there and hits hard at first, but then the yeast takes over. Very nice.

M: The ABV is hidden well due to the fact that I feel the balance is astoundingly great. The yeasty fluffiness and carbonation work extremely well in this setting.

D: Bravo Bells! I tried this stuff last year and remembered really liking it. I thought I would give it another go to see if my tastes had changed... Nope!

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Photo of kirok1999
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours surprisingly dark, nice dark head with good lacing that lasts quite a while.
Smells of chocolate, bananas, dark fruit, raisins.
Tastes dark....sweet enough to fit the style, yet some weird notes that take it in a different direction. A good one. Banana fruit comes through, slight wheat notes that combine with the darkness very well. Very mild cocoa taste in the finish. Very interesting.
Oily feel with mild carbonation.
Very nice brew. I bought a single bottle but now will buy a 6 or two to stock up.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I just bought a single of this beer because it is pricey to jump into a sixer at this price. I really am enjoying this, nice chocolate to black color. Smells of a nice malty scent and has just a lace around the edge of the glass. The best part is the length that the flavor lingers! It will stay with you for awhile which is great. I would recommend buying this beer if possible. But start with one if you can, because it's a one, maybe two per sitting beer!

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an extemely dark brown, almost black. Looks like a wierd mixture of cola and coffee. Head started fizzy but mellowed out to a dark brown beige pillow on top of the brew. Lots of sediment at the bottom of the glass.

S: Cherry, roasted barley, prunes and cinnamon

T: Alot of fruit up front. Starts with cherries but then transitions to sticky dark fruits right across the tip of the tongue. A plentiful malty backbone binds the sugars to a fairly substantial roasted barley terrain that really becomes more apparent as the beer warms. The roastedness is more distinct than your everyday Belgian strong dark ale, but its not over bearing. There's a buttery aspect hidden in there, perhaps a touch of diacetyl.

M: Full body, silky. Very nice.

D: This beer reminds me a lot of Three Philosophers. I thought this beer was well balanced with fantastic drinkability. I would highly recommend this beer to

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Unibroue tulip glass.

Pours a surprisingly dark color with a 1.5 finger light tan head. No indication of style on the bottle description - just alcohol content.

Roasted malt aroma. I'd guess this as a robust porter at this point. Still taken back by the darkness of this Belgian dark (which sounds like a weird comment).

First sip impression. Silky mouthfeel and great flavor. Bells is delivering once again up to this point.

Really no Belgian flavors to this one. The typically spicy yeast is hidden by the (wonderful) roasted malt. I suspect this is another instance of Bell's loose interpretation of a style which is fine by me. Belgain and style don't go together anyway.

Back on track. Soft and silky in the mouth.

The only downside to this beer is the lack of distinct Belgian flavor. It really didn't impact my rating. I wonder how people would rate this one blind.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed multiple fresh samples of this at the 11th Annual Indiana Microbrewer's Fest

Aroma: Dark fruits, musty yeast notes, plums, raisins, and a bit of candy-like sweetness.

Appearance: Jet black throughout with a rich chocolate, fluffy looking head.

Flavor: Dark fruity notes continue, some Belgian yeast notes, bananas, clove, and a touch of lactic bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full, a touch creamy, lightly carbonated.

Overall impression: Nicely done. I can't wait to try this when it comes out in bottles. I think this would age well. Full, rich, and complex. Another standout from Bell's. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to SirSketch for the LIF win!
12 oz. bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

Pours dark as night with a seal brown color, capped by a finger's width of custard-brown head. Foam quickly recedes to a ring of bubbles and a few patches. Great aroma, too. Roasted chocolate and caramel malts give way to a rich, complex smokiness. Dark fruits and gentle floral notes chime in as well.

The flavor is as intricate as the aroma, with luxuriously rich and dark chocolate notes paired with smoky, roasted malt. An earthy, somewhat spicy hoppiness finishes the sip, and the 7.7% abv is quite well masked. Mouthfeel is medium in body, creamy, nicely carbonated, and finishes smooth with a roasted nuttiness. All in all, a solid offering for Bell's, not surprisingly. Gladly have again...

And with great pleasure, I announce that Obama is on the cusp of being declared the next president of the United States!!!

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (batch 10735), bottled on 10/18/11, poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Quite dark and black, cola brown gets let in at the edges. The head is a dark tan, but this dies back to a think ring which eventually goes away completely. Not much in the way of lacing either. Not much to look at for a Belgian strong dark ale.

Smell: What it lacks in appearance it makes up for in aroma. Smoky, molasses, earthy hops.

Taste: Definitely one to let warm up a bit. Tastes a bit unusual when cold - a little too sweet. Once warmer, dark fruit, smoke, a bit of chocolate and coffee, a hint of toffee, and a mild bitter finish - part black coffee, part pine resin.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, thick, creamy, and sticky all at the same time.

Overall / Drinkability: While the alcohol is well hidden, this does show up not to far into the glass, so the point on this beer about "giving you the courage to face the devil" is duly noted. The smoky aspect was not expected, and adds something quite different to the beer. On my first sip I did think this was a stout rather than a Belgian, but as I drank more, the Belgian character came out more and the smoky flavor was a nice touch. I can't say it's terribly drinkable, one is enough for me per evening, but overall, quite a nice beer.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Corby112 for this beer!

Pours black with a whipped chocolate head. Since I'm a fan of dark beers this is a thing of beauty.

Ok, I've encountered this before. I smell bacon. I don't know why, but this and Black Butte XXI smell like bacon to me. I also pick up some fruit. I like.

Thankfully the bacon doesn't get picked up in the mouth. Lots of malt, smoke, and fruit. There are a couple other things I can't identify. Very pleasant taste. I wonder how this would taste after being thrown into a barrel.

Nice and creamy in the mouth. Perfect abount of carbonation.

This is a great beer. Very drinkable. I would have this again.

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