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

Hell Hath No Fury AleHell Hath No Fury Ale
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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.

Added by CRJMellor on 11-03-2004

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Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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 EtOHMD
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick looking very dark brown to black with thin head. Smoky aroma up front, reminds me of a barbecue. Kept looking for more behind it but didn't detect anything else. Smoky Chocolate, cola, oak, tobacco, mild resin and pine. Very complex and warming flavor. Generally a dry feel. Excellent beer. Could drink a couple to three. Nice compliment to a meal of roasted chicken and winter veggies.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark Ale? Ha! Black? Black as the Ace of Spades, it were. Black as night. Even the white bits were black.

It poured with a stunningly deep brown head, really thick, and about a finger's worth. The liquid itself was like heavyweight motor oil - really thick, viscous and deep, dark black in color. I ran and got my blankie, stuck my thumb in my mouth and began to cry out for my mommy. After I finally uncurled myself from my fetal-ball status, I found the courage to pick up my glass again. The nose was amazing - obviously yeast-driven with notes of plum, raisin, anise, and chocolate. What hath Hell and Bell wrought? The mouthfeel was thick and full with a taste of licorice on the palate. The finish had a chocolate/licorice taste. Yow! I liked it, but it was too much even for the likes of me.

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Photo of TonyT
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass

A- Thick dime size head, tinted brown. Amebic lace that hangs

S- Roasted malts without being burned. Very pleasant.

T- The first few sips offer nice roasted malts and slight coffee taste. More malts than hops, which is working very well. Further down the glass, a cola taste starts to make its entrance but the malts still hang and the hops start to come in towards the back. Slight alcohol feel which warms...If you put the beer down for a few minutes, the cycle starts over...nice.

This beer is bordering on a porter.

M- Dryness in the front, mellows in the middle and the carbonation and alcohol hits in the back. Very interesting. Nice medium feel through. Malts stick around in the front, for a while.

D- This is definitely a beer that you could have a few of.

Hell Hath No Fury Ale is the perfect beer to drink on the first day that the temperature dropped down to 52 degrees...welcome to the dark ale season.

Kudos to Bell's Brewery.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with a small tan head which doesn't last too long. It smells like roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and dark fruit. It tastes like smoke, dark fruit, chocolate and coffee. Pretty tasty. The mouthfeel is medium/full, and it's creamy and a bit slick. The drinkability is pretty good too, it's smooth and easy to drink. Overall I like this beer a lot. If it wasn't for the ABV, it would be a good session beer for me. I would drink this again definitely. Good thing I bought a six pack!

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottles from batch 10.17.06 courtesy of BeerBeing (Birthday BIF) and nflmvp (Simply Beer BIF). One bottle was used in the creation of a loaf of bread which wonderfully complemented the other bottle. This one was shared with BA Danfield.

This one pours a deep brown with barely a hint of red shining through the very edge when held up to the light. There's a medium sized light tan head which holds for a minute or two before settling down to a thin halo atop the beer.

The nose is mostly dark fruits (plums, raisins, a little bit of dates) but also a slightly sweet overly ripe cherry smell. There's also a slight alcohol spicy character which adds complexity but doesn't drag down the overall enjoyability.

The taste is a well rounded but not overly dominant chocolate cocoa flavor along with plenty of the expected and very smooth dark fruits. Much less booze in the taste than in the nose.

This is a great, smooth, well rounded beer that I'd love to have again. This is a great example of the style.

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Photo of MDekker
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here it goes! Out pours this liquid, black as night, completely unexpected, but not as thick looking as a stout. The relatively small head is bordering on brown. In the nose I get all sorts of things - coffee, licorice, bread, and even a meaty summer sausage smell. But again, it's not like a stout - there's something lighter and not so somber about it. Upon tasting, I find more - notes of cranberry and cherry, along with the dark, roasted, chocolate flavors, but again, it has some brightness to it. In the mouth it's smooth, but not creamy, with a little alcohol bite to. Overall, I was really pleased with this brew - the alcohol starts to kick in so I wouldn't be able to pack these in, but it's a really pleasant drinking experience.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.

Pours thick and deep brown/black with 2cm of foamy tan head which quickly fades with a good lacing. Smells of sweet smokey pine, caramel, and roasted malt. Tastes of fruits and roasted nuts, a Belgian sweetness and a nice dry hop finish. Medium to full in body with a light carbonation. Very nice sweet, dark beer with a really appealing taste and masks the alcohol well.

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Photo of Newglarusguy
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this beer because of it's label, I'm also a big fan of ale's but I didn't check the labeling on the side that it was a dark ale. Having said that this is probably one of the best ale's I've had to date it pours a rich deep coffee colour the smell just attracted me to it nice hop malts and barley smell to it very pleasing. The taste is superb none like any other dark ales I have tried it the past tastes of caramel hops and a good malt. I strongly recommend this ale to anyone out there but beware this is a beer to enjoy not to engorge.

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Photo of mcallister
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this brew and was glad to see it at the brew pub. Bell's characteristics all the way.

A dense dark brown with no hints of light penetration. No head.

Very sweet roasty malt, coffee, cassis, hints of vanilla, with a caramel, toffee edge. Fig, mollasses and milk chocolate in the nose as well.

Rich smokey roasted chocolate malt, coffee freshly brewed, a hint of creme de brulee, blackberry, fig paste, and caramel.

Creamy, sweet mouthfeel. Overall a damn good beer. Hope they bottle this one. Complex and hell and balanced. Much like a stout. Delicious.

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Photo of aepb1
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Deep dark brown body, light brown head

S- Nice roasty maltiness, some spicy sweetness, a very inviting nose

T- Malt under it all. Sour fruits moving into sweet fruits and some coffee bitterness. Very nice complexity

M- Medium bodied and creamy. Considerable warming for a 7.5% abv

D- Very Cool take from a very cool brewery and it is easy to revisit!

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Photo of StevenNebulous
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tavernjef
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amazingly dark and deceptive pour as it sits like a stout - heavy and black with a finger high head of light cocoa brown firm foam. Keeps its stay for a bit and then some before keeping a slim ring always present. Lacing sticks in tiny little inky strings and patches.

Aroma is a bit muted at first, takes a bit of warming before the tones of dark rounded chocolate begin to take shape. Has some mite sized hints to slight dark fruity raisiny stuff, dates, and banana bread with nuts. A slight warmth also emerges into the nose late.

Solid, robust taster. Deep, dark, lasting flavors roll across the palate with a nice darkly sweet chocolatey tone thats chewy smooth and quite thickly; portly even, and kinda smokey/peaty too. Wonderful! Nice little medley of toasted fruity nut breads with glimmers of caramel and vanilla thrown in. A big time Bell's treat! Yum!

Feel is thick and lovingly soft in a stouty texture. Fullish body, semi chewy and bready, yet very smooth, creamy, and soft with a very hearty warmth and character that suits the colder air weather.

Styles aside; stout, dubble, Belgian dark, whatever...its a whole lotta goodness. Kinda makes me think Expedition stouts' little brother of a sorts. Big and stouty with a tiny flare of the Belgian candy, bready, sweetness. Godd stuff!

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Photo of spartan3186
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jesstyr
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a palm tulip.

Pours dark brown, nearly black, with some like reddish/amber characteristics. Head is light, barely a finger, but lingers nicely with good lacing. Nose is strong in belgian sugar - the sign of a potentially great beer to me.

Taste is strong and malty, excellent hint of chocolate and overall strong belgian sugar flavor that is perfectly balanced. Very smooth, but you can tell its a bit heavy on the booze - it has the slightest of alchohol burn. Nice medium body that finishes a great overall beer.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to nflmvp for this bottle, an extra in a trade, what a guy!

A - this belgian pours a wicked dark inky color, with a thin dark tan colored head that laces to a stubborn ring after half a minute

S - wow, what a complex aroma, every time i smell it i get a new characteristic, most prominent is a deep dark fruity raisin or date, with hints of toffee, vanilla, and spice, like nutmeg or coriander, incredible

T - WOW, i thought the taste was complex, this is an amazingly layered taste, wheaty and bready up front, with chocolate/coffee flavors, and raisiny. this beer does a good job of masking its style, It could be one of several things. it ends with a dry finish with an alcohol kick.

M&D - smooth and mouthcoating, but a bit dry and a sharp alcohol twang, but what an amazing beer, so many flavors packed in 12 oz. man i may move to MI for beer alone. this may be the best Bell's offering i've ever had.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass - batch 7673 from 2006! Thanks Josh for the chance to try this one and at such an age!

A: Pours a deep dark brown/black with a big dark brown head that fades to a ring and leaves no real lacing.

S: The nose is chocolate covered cherries and vanilla with a slight belgian yeast aroma. Smells delicious.

T: The taste is creamy chocolate with a cherry backbone and some vanilla on the finish. It's also got that belgian yeast flavor in there as well. It's pretty sweet and I am not picking up any hops which isn't a surprise given the age of this bottle. I really like this and am curious as to how it tastes fresh.

M: The feel is thick and chewy with a nice creamy texture.

D: I really like this and would definitely have it again. The ABV isn't that high and the alcohol is nowhere to be seen.

The age has given this a bit of oxidization but it's not that bad and doesn't detract from the other flavors. What a treat!

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

single finger head mild chocolate head with some lace, rapidly dissipating. very dark brown with only a small amount of light passing through. very nice almost chocolate covered strawberry like aroma with syrup notes. The flavor is mostly chocolate then dark fruit with a nice sweet finish. A slight smokey note. This beer gets better as you drink it and it is very drinkable. medium to full body and moderate to high carbonation.

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Photo of dedrinker
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black. Obsidian. Onyx. A rich and foamy tan head slowly resides into a creamy thin pancake batter, ready to flip. Aromas of roasted coffee, bitter and acidic, that mellow out to cocoa powder, chocolate chip cookies and milk. The flavor boasts complex and varied layers of coffee, cake - coffee cake - chocolate, vanilla, wood, suede, new shoes, new cars, Jonathan's beard, and a holiday that has yet to be declared. The body goes oddly from medium to light to full, and all with a creamy mouth feel that gives way to a thin acidic roasty bite. This is the taste of a bitter old snow beast who harbors a warm soul and a heart of gold.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz into a tall goblet

A: Pours very dark brown, nearly pitch black with a finger of tan head that slowly recedes to a ring around the beer. Carbonation seems fairly lively.

S: Mixture of toffee, caramel, and roastiness. Faint hops in the background. Almost like a mixture of a stout and a Belgian Dark Strong ale.

T: Quite complex, but atypical to a Belgian Dark Strong. The dark fruits are there (raisin and plum) with some sweet caramel, but the sweetness is well supported. There is an interesting roastiness that accompanies the beer with a faint smokiness in the background. I really like how these two flavors play off each other. They complement each other very well. Saying the ABV is well hidden is an understatement.

M: Exactly where I'd want it to be. Good carbonation with a fairly thick mouthfeel.

O: This beer is very interesting. I really like how the dark fruit sweetness mixes with the roastiness. It's not complex the way a Chimay Blue or Rochefort 8 is complex. It's also not typical to a Belgian Imperial Stout. It's an interesting American version of a beer with a Belgian yeast strain that is dark and strong. I make this distinction because it is quite different than most beers within the style, but I'm quite fond of the beer.

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Photo of martincm
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours up dark but still nice and thin. Head subsides fairly quickly. Looks like black water in the glass. Nice spicy taste with adequate carbonation. This beer could use a little something zingy or zesty to accompany all of the flavor. Good brew, Bell's!

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

God I am so glad to get these guys back in IL... into the Chimay goblet...

A - Dark body with a finger of tan head that drops down to a ring around the glass after 30 seconds.

S - Leather, lots of chocolate and roasted malt, almost tiramisu-esque. Hops are present, and lend a light grassyness to the beer. Citrus notes (pinnapple?) under it all.

T - Roasty for start to finish. Starts out with caramel, pine, cream, citrus (orange). Lots of hop presence. Long finish with coffee, cream, and some apricot. Reminds me a lot of coffee based deserts.

M - Silky and mid bodied.

D - I really enjoy this style, the very American Belgian dark. This might not be the most complex beer, but everything makes sense, and plays well with each other. Give me this and Nosferatu year around...

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rsyberg01 for the bottle

Let me start by saying I read nothing about this beer before I tried it, boy was I shocked!! Was expecting maybe a DIPA, or a brown ale...

Poured a deep dark brown, big thick brown creamy head faded quickly leaving a thin 1/2 inch clingy lacey gooey head that stuck till the bottom of the glass. The smell was classic belgian, sweet, dark cherries, but hints of caramel, even maybe chocolate, very full and nice bouguet. Maybe even a sherry or bourbon smell as well. Taste was wonderful, dark fruity flavors right up front, apricots, bananas, cherry, a bit of a bready taste and a nice dry finish. The feel was so much lighter tehn I though basedd on appearence, and that is a good thing in this case. Not thick at all, very nice light and lively consistency, nice carboination, dances around in the mouth, beautiful. This one really shocked me, mostly because I did not know it was a belgian strong dark, I thik I may do more blind reviews as it was a welcome suprise to say the least!

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Photo of vdread
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Hell Hath No Fury Ale is beautiful. it pours a thick black with no light coming through, a thick tan head, and visible chunks of sediment floating around.

it smells like roasted malts and sharp spice.

there is a strong dark fruit presence, as well as rich chocolate, spice, strong roasted malt, some sweetness, and a slight hint of spicy hops.

mouth creamy, thick, and with chunks.

i thoroughly enjoyed this beer's complex qualities. i would probably enjoy it more if i could find it in tejas, though.

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Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 64.8% out of 100 with 1,359 ratings
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