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.

Added by CRJMellor on 11-03-2004

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Photo of Minkybut
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this acrid beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a black rich color with a dark head. The beer was sour smelling we thought and did not smell good. The taste was slightly sweet, high alcohol taste with a smokey after taste like a smoke beer. Might be good with a thick steak, but for refreshment drinking I will not buy again.

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Photo of unklesyd
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was not at all what I was expecting. Much darker color than I would have thought for the style, not much effervescence. Nose was very muted. Picked up some underlying yeast and roasted aromas, but that was about it.

Based on the flavor and viscocity of this brew, I would have thought they were going for a RIS brewed with some Belgian yeast added late to the ferment to give it a little bit of the yeasty bite. No breadiness or raisins as I would have thought.

Usually BSDAs are deceptive in their drinkability and ability to quench thirst even on a hot day. This was very heavy on the tongue and on the palate.

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Photo of NeutroMan
2.91/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip

Pours a Black Hole black with a small tan head that quickly receded to a thin film. Aroma is somewhat weak - there is some malty sweetness and spiciness there, but not much in the way of fruitiness or alcohol warmth one might normally associate with a Belgian Dark. Taste does not redeem the smell - some maltiness and peppery spices, and although the alcohol warmth does come through here, it comes on too strong (and 7.5% ABV is low for the style). Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. You can taste the alcohol in this one and hampers its drinkability. I'm a big fan of Bell's, but now I'm debating whether I should give away my now 5-pack of this brew as a Christmas gift.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.92/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Pours an impossibly dark brown with one finger of sudsy, creamy tan head. So far so good.

Smell -- Banana, earthy Belgian yeast, toasted whole wheat bread, faint spice. That's it.

Taste -- Banana, clove, earthy yeast, deep roast and chocolate malts, candi sugar, spice cake. Finish is clove, spice, and chocolate malt. Overall, it seems pretty watered-down.

Mouthfeel -- Full in body with mild creamy carbonation. Velvety.

Drinkability -- A bit of a letdown, quite frankly. Really doesn't stand up to the Belgians. The flavors are there, but are too muted to really be appreciated. The mouthfeel, however, is pretty phenomenal, even if it's more akin to a nice Double/Imperial Stout.

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Photo of xpoweruser
2.92/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown, brown head, cloudy with sediment.

Aroma: Banana, clove, and yeast. Very malty and sweet with dark fruit and dark chocolate notes.

Taste: Nice dark fruit (raisin, fig, plums) and dark chocolate notes. Has a very sweet caramel and toffee flavor. Very yeasty, slight alcohol kick. Slight hoppiness comes though.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, somewhat creamy with a medium body. Higher carbonation then I would like with this style.

Drinkability: Not nearly as complex and full-bodied as I would like. Overall this is a very average beer.

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Photo of yeastsipper
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer was an extra as part of a trade with goRideYourBike. Thanks Mike.

Beer pours a black with some burgundy tint exposed when viewed in the light. Head disappears quickly. Smell is of candi sugar with coffee and licorice and rye break notes. There is an earthy, rooty quality that I cannot put my finger on. The taste has a strong licorice quality and again, a rooty bitterness, which really dominates as the beer warms. This flavor lingers on the palate.

Certainly not bad, but not a great beer.

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Photo of NoLiberty
2.96/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful deep chestnut brown, almost opaque black but just showing enough around the edges to show the reddish tinge. A solid off-white creamy 2-finger head rumbles, almost as if from a nitro tap, to a resting half finger cap that clings to the edges like whipped froth. Really nice. Beer is clear unless yeast is unsettled from the bottom, but otherwise nice and crisp looking.

Aroma is mild and deep in the glass, but still present and complex. Mixed incense, roasted plums, and sweet burnt sugar aromas all capped with a smokey oak quality and subtle alcohol.

The taste is, unfortunately, this beers downfall. It's not terrible by any means, but the rest of the beer is so solid that i wish the taste could match up with the rest. Immediately after pouring I get a strong metallic meat flavor followed by intense cloying sweet alcohol. Once the beer begins to warm the flavors switch to earthier flavors with some browned sugar and dried fruit. No hops, which is cool and expected. Again, this is almost Scotch ale-like with a medium bodied feel and strong flavor but dominant smoke character. I'm not sure exactly where that's coming from or why, but definitely there. The flavor is interesting but not quite to style. There is some Belgian yeast qualities at the start and finish which makes the whole experience a little confused.

Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, nice carbonation that moves the beer all around. Medium bodied with a bit more sugar-feel than I would like. Could probably use some time.

Despite the moderate alcohol strength (7.5%) this has a strong alcohol flavor and feel which makes this beer a litle hard to enjoy from start to finish. Maybe could use some time in the cellar.

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Photo of jp32
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 Phyl21ca
2.97/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle (courtesy of Tpaglia): Poured a pitch-black color ale with a small brown foamy head with minimum retention and lacing. Aroma of light sweet malt and candi sugar. Taste of sweet malt and candi sugar with no spices or yeast characteristics being noticeable. Body is about average with no alcohol being discernable. I though that this beer was generally lacking in character and not that close to the style and definitely sub par from this usually great brewery.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a st. bernardus glass. Could of got a 6-pack but only got a single.

A- Bell's HHNF ale has a very dark mahogany color to itself. Almost like a mix of black & brown intertwined. A very creamy dark tan head had more retention that i was expecting. This BSDA left nice streaks of lace. This looks promising so far.

S- A lot of roastiness in the smell which was not expected. Alot of dark fruits in the nose with some figs and a dash of clove. A lot of malts and spice in this as well. Almost detected a Belgian yeast variety but who knows. A hint of chocolate and cocco as well.

T- Altogether on first sips i felt that the Belgian yeast took a turn for the worst as this is not what i like in my BSDA. Behind that yeast is alot of dark malt character giving off a roasty appeal with some chocolate thrown in the mix. Some light coffee in the middle. The addition of spices such as clove also comes into play while some figs, molasses % candi sugar come out. A whole lot going on without structure. Somewhat dissapointing.

M- A bit on the thick side of things for a BSDA but that may be what Larry was going for. The flavors don't come together nicely leaving me sipping this pretty fast without letting it sit for any time, the aftertaste had a metallic and rust like feel to it. Coats the mouth nicely though, i just wish it was more tasty. Mild carbonation.

D- I managed to finish the bottle but barely made it through the 12oz. Glad I only bought a single as this was not to my liking. A moderate ABV would make this a candidate for multiple bottles at a time, but not this time. Much better examples of this style made in the U.S. so I won't be going back to this.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.99/5  rDev -20.7%
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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Photo of aboyd87
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of jcdiflorio
3/5  rDev -20.4%
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 rwilde
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of deuce9259
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of benjaminahudson
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of babybew
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this via trade. Couldn't resist the style and name. That said, while dark, it didn't do it for me. Not really a yeast or malt aroma / taste that says belgian or belgian strong dark ale. Sort of a murky black brew searching for a taste.

Glad to have tried it but I'll pass if ever offered another.

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Photo of sendsilk
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of rmcnealy
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hell Hath No Fury - Bell's

Poured a non-translucent dark brown that created a very small deep mocha head that diminished to a tiny ring. The smells are not very robust with just the slightest, nearly undiscernable hints of caramel and roast. The mouthfeel was nothing special with a bit of syrupiness which I thought was a little much for the moderately low alcohol content. The hops did not make much of a showing. The palate is left with not much else other than slight maltiness feeling. I wasn't overly pleased by this beer. Not the best Bell's brew I've tried. Deep down I knew I wanted to go with a P.A. tonight.. lol.

Found at Binny's, Niles IL

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Lantern
3/5  rDev -20.4%

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