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

Hell Hath No Fury AleHell Hath No Fury Ale
BA SCORE
64.8%
Liked This Beer
3.77 w/ 1,359 ratings
Hell Hath No Fury AleHell Hath No Fury Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,814
Reviews:
643
Ratings:
1,359
Liked:
880
Avg:
3.77/5
pDev:
12.2%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
72
Gots:
138
Trade:
7
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,359 |  Reviews: 643
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Simple and great for whatever it is. Black with almost no head. Dark chocolate malt, heavy carbonation, refreshingly hits the spot. Cross style, not great for a Belgian as light on the yeast. Malty but not on sweet side.Tad roast, licorice and anise.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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 Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of GRG1313
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 9999. 7.5% abv.

Pours black/brown with a thick, firm and rich dark tan head and which is long lasting.

Nose is a perfumed rich plum character that stays very floral and elegant.

Mouthfeel is rich and perfectly balanced.

Flavors are assertive and rich. Front palate is sweet carmel coffee, perhaps a bit too sweet for my taste but perhaps not for others. It is a rich and layered sweetness. Flavor goes from sweet carmel and plum to a rich coffee/burnt carmel-burnt toast character and

finishes with a rich burnt toast quality and character and ends with carmel and bitter espresso. Very nice.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one a long time ago and I really need to have it again sometime. I remember this brew really sparking my interest. The color was really dark and it looked very thick also. The head was minimal and didn't really do much in the way of lacing but the retention is great. The smell was big and loaded with sweet caramel and roasted aromas. Couldn't get much in way of Belgian yeast aromas or anything like that. The taste of the beer was burnt but at the same time it was sweet and almost reminded me of a dessert. The mouthfeel was oily and had a low carbonation to it. Overall I really wanna give this one another go. I feel that I'd enjoy this one ever more now.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color and a moderate amount of carbonation is evident from the bubbles rising near the edges of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high dense tan head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of dark malts in the nose along with notes of dark fruits and hints of chocolate malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that it has a little less flavors of dark fruits and a little more flavors of chocolate and other dark malts. Hints of Belgian yeast are also noticeable. No sweetness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be rather different compared to other beers in the style and somewhat resembles an American Stout brewed with Belgian yeast, making the taste complex yet very drinkable. I was initially expecting something very different but this beer grows on you and the taste improves as it warms up.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

That's a pretty strong beer. Alcohols make it seem much higher than the 7.7% advertised. Begins with a deep, rich mohogany / burgundy color and nearly opaque. Initially good retention, but fades relatively quick. Good lacing. Smells very fruity (dried prunes, raisons, berries, and cherries), sweet (licorice and candy sugars). Maltiness could have come through better. Tastes strong with the fruits and sugars, but still weak with the bready, malty qualities. Remains hot and spicy. Spices seem to come from alcohol and added ingredients, and not from the classic Belgian yeast. Feels hot, very very hot with a follow up of thin sweetness, and yet no real texture or firmness. The beer is nice, but comes through a little too cough syrup-like. Probably could use some age.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired in a trade with tcman128. Thanks again, buddy! 7.5% ABV per my bottle's label. Bottled 10/18/11. I like the amusing label art and colour. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stemtulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery and style.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger tan colour head of nice cream and thickness, and pretty good (~3-4 minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a nontransparent opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Sm: Lovely refined sugars, rich raisin, buried hints of fig, molasses, dark malts, burnt dark stonefruit, syrup, burnt bready notes, and a light touch of smokey earthiness. Very interesting. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Light bubblegum hoppy notes. Curious. I'm excited to try it; it's atypical of the style but I'd call it appealing. A below average strength aroma. Subtle yet inviting.

T: Burnt bread and molasses are dominant here, with pleasant dark stone fruit and fig notes complementing. It's got a good full malty base comprised of dark bready malts and touches of light earthy character. Well balanced, hiding the ABV quite well. Well handled sugars - some unrefined dark sugar and hints of candi sugar. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. A bit raisiney. Built well, if uniquely for the style. I quite like it, but it's not horribly complex. Its balance and subtlety make up for its simplicity. I quite like it.

Mf: Full-bodied. Smooth and wet. Good carbonation. Good thickness. Good presence on the palate. Complements the flavour profile nicely. Not syrupy or viscous as I feared upon smelling it.

Dr: A rather drinkable little Belgian Strong (if we're considering it that) from Bell's. I'd definitely get this again, and it seems to age nicely. It won't blow you away, but it's a solid balanced example of the style and I quite like it. Very enjoyable stuff if not on par with Belgian examples of the style. Definitely worth trying. I'd recommend it to friends. Thanks for the opportunity to try this, tcman128!

Low B

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a root beer brown color and a ringlet of a head that leaves no lace

Smell: Vinous red wine and vinegar arome with a horse blanket element to it

Taste: Woody vinous flavor with a tobacco and horse blanket finish

Mouthfeel: Thick body with very little carbonation

Drinkability: Intriguing, but not my cup of tea

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a coffee-like, black color with a mocha, one-figner head. The head quickly dissapated.

S - It smelled of malt and dried fruits. Possibly some orange, too.

T - It has a caramel-like maltiness. Also, a spicy hop quality and some bittersweet chocolate.

M - It was smooth and slightly creamy. A heavy-bodied beer.

D - An oustanding Bell's product. It almost reminds me of an RIS or great porter.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/9/2012. Pours pitch black color with a small 1 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, molasses, raisin, banana, coffee, clove, toast, roasted malt, light pepper, herbal, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity, balance, and strength. Taste of dark chocolate, banana, raisin, molasses, clove, coffee, roasted malt, toast, light pepper, earth, and yeast spiciness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, molasses, raisin, banana, clove, roasted malt, coffee, light pepper, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor robustness, complexity, and balance; with zero cloying flavors noticed after the finish. A bit dry on the finish as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian style stout! Great flavor complexity, robustness, and balance; and very smooth to sip on. This was a very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 8739

This one is dark. Color is a deep ruby red, can't even see through it except on the bottom edges. Head is a tan brown that leaves a medium level of lace.

Aromoa: This beer smelt much like a hefeweizen, fruity, only there was also a chocalte and roasted malt flavor as well. Taste was like a chocolate covered banana. There was a nice hint of floral hops and a very strong taste of carmel present.

The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy. Leaves a hoppy flavor for the aftertaste.

Overall, to me this beer seems to combine a few different styles, and for that, it is unique. I would recommend that a person tries it.

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Photo of DrBier
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black with a brownish cast. Rich, dark mahogany highlights at the base of the glass. Creamy dark tan head. Retention is excellent. Decent lacing.

Smell: Roasty, fruity (soft, sweet berries and some sweet dark fruit), mild leafy hops, subtle smokiness in the background.

Taste: Rich, full, chocolatey, fruity (more dark skinned fruits - prune, plum, raisin, dates - than the nose suggests), gently phenolic and delicately spicy, roasty, deep toffee, toasted malts, suggestions of creamy coffee, some leafy hops. The yeast is similar to Chimay in many ways. Quite rich, but not overly complex. The flavor is less roasty than the nose suggests. As it warms it becomes much more like a Belgian-style dubble - just one loaded with malt.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy with a moderate carbonation. Smooth. Chewy.

Drinkability: Hmmm. An odd beer here. It's quite tasty and enjoyable, but also full and rich... more of a sipper. One of these would be perfect on a cool night in front of the fire, or with a good drama on the DVD. You'll learn to love it by the end of the glass, and you might not be ready for another, but I'm sure you'll remember to pick some more up next time you see it.

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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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