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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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Reviews: 642 | Ratings: 1,354
Photo of John_M
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What a treat to find this beer available at the Oregon Beer Festival. I don't know if the beer was true to type, as it was a bit deeper and roastier then I expected. It very much reminded me a mythical blend of a rich porter with a dark belgium ale. Lot of dark fruit on the palate with enough hops in the finish to keep interesting and from being overly sweet. This is not the sort of beer I'd want to drink all the time (especially on a hot summer day), but this would be a great late fall or winter brew to sip before a warm fire. Another excellent beer from Bell's.

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Photo of weeare138
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a toasted, dark brown with russett highlights when held to the light. A small, tan head quickly fizzles out into a collar. Small amounts of spotty lace slide back into the brew.
Smell is of cocoa beans, brown sugar, toasted malt, oven roasted oatmeal, and Bell's signature funkadelic house yeast found in nearly all their brews that reminds me of stale bread.
Taste is of cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, figs, and cola.
Mouthfeel is sweet, sugary, fizzy up front, all in a yeasty, medium bodied brew. Cocoa powder and sugar tickles the tongue during the finish with a mild warmness.

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Photo of corby112
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with some very slight amber/mahogany edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy, foamy coffee colored head.

Roasted malty aroma with hints of dark fruit and slight smokiness. Slight hints of chocolate and licorice as well as dark berries. Overall, the aroma is very bland and the only characteristic of the beer that I wasn't impressed with.

Medium bodied and slightly overcarbonated up front with a smooth and creamy medium body and bitter dry finish. Subtle spice up front with some dry earthy hops. Hints of dark fruit, mostly berries and cherry along with some peppery spice and silky chocolate notes. An interesting take on the style. I look forward to trying this one again sometime.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with small tan head that died quick and left lace around the glass. A strong malt aroma of roasted and some cocoa overpower fruity, yeasty aromas but they are there. Taste is more of same which is slightly shameful as even though orange and dark fruit, as well a nutty yeastiness, make this a full-bodied and tasty sipper, it just has a little bit too much of a dry edge of burnt/bitter chocolate and roasted (even coffeesque) malt so there's just a touch too much of breadi-biscuitiness in the finish. Still, a quality Belgian style brew that is nice to drink and the ABV only complements the backend w/ making beer boozy.

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

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a black body with a creamy tan head that fades to a ring pretty quickly. There is a gentle carbonation that can be seen but the body is a bit dense unless held to the light where it is a warm brown as the glass narrows.

S- This beer has a slight sweet prune and brown sugar note with a smell of sweet dark roasted malt with a faint earthy hint.

T- This beer has a smooth dark malt flavor with some notes of brown sugar. There is a spicy note that finishes the flavor. The is a light cola note and a faint coffee roasted malt flavor that come through as it warms but the flavor is very well blended together.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tiny little fizz that cleans up the finish nicely.

D- The beer has a very nice flavor and is very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of akorsak
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a multi-case purchase with several central PA BA's.

A: The ale is a deep black color that allows no light to escape. The head is a small ring of off-white color, not too impressive.

S: The aroma is molasses and brown sugar with raisiny hints.

T: The ale has too much going on. The first few sips provide a molasses bitterness paired with brown sugar. Green grapes emerge after that with a bit of tartness. Finally there are some smoky flavors that bring the beer full-circle and accentuate the molasses flavors.

M: The flavors overall are a little to raw and mismatched for my tastes. Some parts, like the smokiness, really work but the molassess doesn't.

D: This is a rare miss, in my opinion, by Bell's. The flavors never come together, creating a series of conflicting tastes.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

9999 on the back label..what does this mean?

It pours a really dark brown, can't see any light shining through, with a 1 finger head of tannish foam and does a good job with the lacing.

Brown sugar in the smell, with some yeast, and some noticeable bitterness. The aroma isn't all that strong so I had to work at what I got.

Tasting...it has some chocolate and dark fruit sweetness, quite a bit of alcohol, some bready malt, more booze, some bitter chocolate notes, slight tartness on the back end. For a 7.7%abv brew, it comes across as a *lot* stronger and, imho, smothers the flavours big time.

Medium bodied with the carbonation on the light side of medium, the mouth feel is not something to complain about.

Drinkablilty, to be blunt, is pretty bad. It'll be a chore to finish the bottle.

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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 harpus
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Maroon to brown liquid with good lacing.

S: Stone fruit, apricots and peaches. Some earthy notes, which could definitely be stronger. There isn't enough strength or complexity in the nose, but it's not bad. The style is very competitive with some truly great Belgian beers, so it's a good beer that suffers more from judgment against style than on its own merits.

T: Good flavor. It's not your typical Belgian Dark. There are licorice and raspberry flavors that I wasn't expecting. It's sweeter without quite enough complex yeast flavors, but it's still rather enjoyable. Again, comparison to style hurts more than anything. I don't mean to be too apologetic. I just want to be clear about my motivations for these ratings.

M: A little thin for the style. It could use more carbonation and body.

D: Fairly easy to drink, but it's a tad too sweet and too thin for a Belgian.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Secret Santa jay23. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Dense head lasts and lasts, with plenty of slow-falling lace. Aroma is roasty dark grains, some fleeting fruitiness, and what smells to me like bug spray. Probably alcohol mixing with something else and messing with my weird nose. Taste is sweet dark malts upfront, light coffee bitterness in the middle, and twinges of fruit and alcohol in the close. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and almost slides over the tongue, and drinkability is dangerously easy. Won't mind revisiting this one.

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Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is boozy, deeply caramelized, with dark fruit notes of cherry, plum, and raisin, along with pear esters, which contrast the light roast malt character oddly. There's a touch of smoke, which adds to the strangeness.

Flavor is smoky and roasty, with Belgian esters of pear and apple skin hitting mid palate and bringing a light sweetness, finishing dry and spicy. Didn't recall it being so dark.

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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 DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid the price (4.25) for this one but it was worth it!

A - Pours pitch black which was scary since I thought it was more of a Doppelbock and had a mere half inch of head.

S - Ow wow it smelled lighter than expected! I got a lot of candied sugar, little yeast WHICH is a plus!, and a mild dark aroma of dark fruit like fig or raisin. Hmm...

T - Medium ABV at best tasted of mostly mild yeast, sweet plum and raisin and maybe a little chocolate but you would have to dig DEEP for flavors that complex.

M - Medium and surprisingly sip-able

D - Well I don't know the price of a six pack since I threw the cap away but it really wasn't as dark and horrible as I anticipated. Really balance Belgium which is easy to say since its and American Belgium which use less yeast! Nice brew.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head signature snifter. Label says Pkgd 10/18/11.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black with a 3/4 inch head that doesn't retain for too long before reducing to an 1/8 inch ring around the snifter. Lacing somewhat present.

S- Rich malty nose that's a bit glassy but has a hint of caramel in the back so it's a neat contrast.

T- Roast notes upfront with bits of caramel. Tastes a bit metallic when I swish but luckily the banana sweetness from the Belgian yeast keeps things balanced. Alcohol is also masked decently. Maybe some raisin in the aftertaste.

M- Dry and clean, almost crisp. Medium carbonation and a middle-of-the-road body for a brew so malty.

O- Not the greatest, but definitely worth it.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Is this really a Belgian style beer, or a mix between a Belgina and a stout???

Pours a satin black/brown with a deeper brown head with poor retention. You can se the bubbles clearly on the ouside edge of the beer, right next to the glass, sporadic and hasty. Tne aroma is a lightly spiced roasted malt. The taste better defines the variations between the Belgian and English parts of this beer. Very malty, not a lot of hop presence, but I know it's there. Velvety sweet mocha with some smokey, but lots of toasted mlats. IT tastes more stout than Belgian. But both styles are represented. The palate is very sweet and drak and with some good carbonation as well. A complex nightcap.

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Photo of avalon07
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a big, tan-colored, long-lasting, foamy head. Average lacing.

S: A subdued aroma of yeast, malt, and mild spices.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, some malt, but not much in the spice department. There was also an unpleasant grassy quality in the finish. A thin flavor (for a BSDA) that could have been better.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: I guess I expected better from Bell's. This isn't a terrible or undrinkable beer, but it is disappointing.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a very dark burgundy brown color with a thick head that simmers to a even thin layer of creamy head that really sticks to the sides of the glass.

S - Chocolate roasted malt, cocoa, earthy, and a little bit of charcoal.

T - Follows the nose with chocolate roasted malt, small traces of cocoa, a touch of smokey flavor, and a little bit of dark fruit. There's a mild lingering bitterness coming from the chocolate malt.

M - Medium thin body, not heavy, not too sticky, mild carbonation.

O - Well balanced and an interesting mix that works but I can only handle one bottle of this malty concoction.

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

Pretty much completely black with a fluffy chocolate brown head. Good retention and plenty of streaky lacing. Yeasty aroma with some bread crust, wheaty malt, chocolate, faint burnt and a bit of dried fruits. Low bitterness with plenty of malt sweetness, some milk chocolate, bread, yeast, and berry/cherry fruitiness towards the end. Lingering wheat, yeast, and chocolate. Full bodied, fairly heavy, with carbonation on the low side that produces a creamy texture. Some dryness. Alcohol is well hidden. This is really tasty stuff, kind of a hybrid between a dark belgian and a stout or porter. I'd definitely buy this again.

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Photo of tigg924
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 9999; september 2010.

poured into oversized snifter.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a small white head after a vigorous pour. head dissapates into a small ring around the glass. Decent lacing. Some chunks of sediment on in the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Mellow roasty cofee notes mixed with subtle chocolatety fudge. Its go some fruity notes in the nose. Raisins, dates, prunes. Mild spice.

Taste: Nice coffee roasty note. Some dark fruits start to show though. Midpalate chocolate notes are really strong. Some vanilla accompanies the chocolate. Little bit of spicy finish with some clove notes.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. The beer is a little thin. The carbonation is a bit prickly. Fair smooth beer all things considered.

Overall: This beer reminds me of a Stout and a Quad blended together. Its a good beer, Iould be interested to try the bourbon a barrel version of this beer. Should be good.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Batch # 8739

(A)-Pours black and fairly thick. Produced a decent 2-finger head that dissipated after a minute or so.

(S)- Great dark fruits with rich raisin and cinnamon bread. Subtle molasses and roastedness. Yeasty clay with hints of lemon and bananna.

(T)- Rich roasted malts with layered raisin biscuits and clay funk. Finishes in a lemon bananna cinnamon-thing.

(M)- Pretty thick feeling stuff with good carbonation level. A bit more roasted character than usual for the style, but is an interesting twist and provides balance amongst the rather fruity breads.

(D)- A very robust Belgian Strong Dark due to the pronounced roasted component that borders on stout level, but is an interesting variance from the norm. Robust in body, yet slightly lighter in the ABV department.

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Photo of Viggo
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle picked up in Michigan a while ago.

Pours a pretty dark and opaque brown, almost stout like, medium sized light tan head forms, settles to a big bubbled ring around the glass, some lace spots stick all over, looks pretty cool. Smell is neat, very rich and smokey, sweet caramel, some candi, light chocolate and roast, brown sugar, some dark fruit, lightly spicy, touch of bubblegum, pretty cool aroma. Taste is similar, very sweet and smokey, brown sugar, lots of dark fruit, butter on burnt toast, some chocolate and light roast, caramel, light spiciness, very rich in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty smooth and rich. Not a bad beer, maybe more of a Belgian stout than a BSDA, but either way its pretty good.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.28/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Black body. Thin creamy brown head. No light gets through. Looks like a stout. Lace comes in rings.

Aroma: Thick dark malts, chocolatey, mud, sludgey yeast.

Taste: Sludgey yeasts here as well. Dark, sludgey malts. Sludge in general. A little raisin, but it's hidded behind the sludgey dark malts. I think I'm getting some sludgey wet cardboard/armpit oxidation as well. Taste is not to my liking.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-full body. Low carbonation. Alcohol is absent on the palate.

Drinkability: Not one I need to return to. Probably my least favorite Bell's product to date. I just finished a Smutty Winter (dubbel) and this is not even in the ballpark of that beer.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle opened on 2-23-12.

A - Pours a cola brown with a small fizzy dark brown head. Gone almost instantly.

S - Boozy old fruit and sweet raisins.

T - Similar to the smell, stronger fruit.

D - Lower carbonation and a medium body.

O - Swwet, low carbonation, but still pretty damn good.

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

Dark brown pour with a dark white head. Roasty aroma, malt and chocolates. Taste of chocolate, caramel roast malt. Very little hop character anywhere. Pretty medium bodied. Maybe some raisin but very little fruit. Finishes a little blah. As this warmed it increased, with a banana cream pie finish. Certainly more of a strong ale. Personnally I thought this was great because it was not a standard dubbel, which I am not a fan of any of the Belgian styles really other than the quad. Thought this was great on its own, but absolutely bad if you were looking for a crappy belgian. Unique and worth trying, if you know what to expect.
I bet a barrel aged version of this could be interesting.

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Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.77 out of 5 based on 1,354 ratings.
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