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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
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
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642
Ratings:
1,356
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
17.51%
 
 
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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from GDBEERMAN in our trade - thanks Rob!!

Coming in I knew nothing of this beer so I just cracked it and poured to a NBB globe glass and started reviewing. Bottled numbered 9999.

A - Poured from brown 12 oz bottle to globe glass. The beer pours a thick dark dark brown color with dark brown edges. A huge 2 finger dark tan head with excellent retention and lots of lacing. There is a bit of yeast chunks floating around but not a lot.

S - There is a nice aroma of belgian yeast along with roasted grains and a malty sweetness. No hop character detected.

T - The sweetness of the brew starts the drink off. It's a pleasant sweetness brought on by the malt. Mild bitterness. The yeast character comes through in the middle and brings a nice banana and clove character. The beer finishes smooth with a lingering roasted malt on the tongue. Hides the alcohol very well.

M - Medium to full bodied with good carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O - This was a treat! I am jealous we don't have Bell's distribution in Colorado as I would drink a lot of this. Goes down easy and is quite delicious.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-19-2011 19:03:06

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Photo of Vec2267
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brown to black, not the head/carbonation I expect from the style

S - spicy, sour, cocoa

T - complex, tons of malt, burnt sugars, spice (anise/clove), sour

M - syrupy, extremely rich

O - this reminds me more of a bock than a BSDA

I'm not sure what to make of this beer. It is certainly a complex, tasty beer, I think it the sour notes that turn me off. Not representative of the style, but still interesting.

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Photo of matjack85
4.59/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this on tap at Quenchers Saloon in Chicago. 11oz serving into a brandy snifter for $8.

Dark brown color with red highlights when held to light. The 1-finger mocha colored head dissipated quickly, leaving a small rim on top. Lacing was good.

Wonderful smell to this! Dark fruits over dsrk chocolate and other sweet malts.

Light malty sweetness made up of caramel and vanilla. There are also chocolate and cherry flavors present. Mild hop bite in the finish. Delicious.

Velvety smooth, creamy mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation.

This is a great beer that even manages to significantly hide the 7.7% alcohol. Haven't tried it in the bottle yet, but if you get a chance to have it on tap, don't miss out.

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

Deep dark brown, with the smallest of ruby highlights. Massive dark tan head collapses into a two table top.

Dark fruity aroma. Enticing and deep.

Taste follows aroma. Big dark fruits, hints of sugar candy way in the back.

Rich mouthfeel flows gracefully.

A nice take on a Belgian Dark.

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

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look – jet black, with about half a finger’s worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – malty, somewhat spicy-smelling. Also a hint of a roasted/barrel-roasted quality.

Taste – definitely a deeper, darker, roasted malt kind of quality. Dark molasses or chocolate tones as well, most of which come out in the middle and middle-end of the tasting. The finish and aftertaste is marked with the roasted quality again.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced, but leans a little more toward the watery side.

Overall – not a bad or bad-tasting brew at all, but not terribly intriguing, but also not at all dull.

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

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown foam on top of a black body with clear, amber highlights. The head settles quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Dark sugary notes of brown sugar, molasses, smoky caramel and cola.

T - Sweet, dark malt up front with notes of molasses and dark sugar. Some smoky licorice in the middle with dark caramel and more molasses. The beer finishes with lots of dark sugar, lightly roasted grain, and light bitterness with smoke and licorice lingering in the aftertaste.

M - A thick, syrupy body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - I'm not really getting much Belgian character out of this brew, but there is a nice combination of complex, dark sugar and subtle roast. The sugar is heavy and intense, but it somehow doesn't seem cloying and the beer is reasonably drinkable despite the sweet finish. Nicely done.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A finger of super smooth brown head. Good retention, decent lace, black body.

Impossible to smell over adjacent patrons' food. I walk across the restaurant to get a whiff of plum on it, but not much else.

Taste is rich, some date, tart malt, some Belgian funk. Definitely a stout/dubbel hybrid. Relatively dry. Very faint cherry. Traces of chocolate on the finish as it warms.

Feel is super-smooth, not syrupy.

Interesting, effective style fusion. Not necessarily a new favorite, but worth a try and to try aging a few months.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, dark near-black with just a hint of light getting through the edges. Good sized head develops from a "straight down the pint glass" pour, eventually settling to a film and no lace to speak of.
Smell is malty with notes of cocoa, wood, coffee and vanilla.
Taste is richer with malt, wood, cocoa, coffee, some rum-soaked dark fruits and a slight alcohol presence.
A bit watery up front but beefing up middle through finish. Warming the palate and throat. More effervescence than expected but it fades fairly quickly. Medium + body. Balance is good throughout but could use a bit of tweaking. Aftertaste is a nice malty rum & dark fruit fade.

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Photo of zachary80
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 10735. Poured into a Globe

Strong pour shows a moderate-sized brown head with no retention. Body is very dark brown and opaque. No lacing.

Aroma is good - dark chocolaty malt, slightly toasty. Slight coffee character.

Taste follows the aroma, some faint chocolate flavors, mild esters. Not exactly typical of a BSDA, but Bell's indicates its a stout/BSDA style mix.

Carbonation seemed high at first sip, normal afterwards, works well in the beer. Full-bodied.

Overall nothing too exciting, despite being an interesting stylistic blend.

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Photo of dtivp
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with ruby highlights, a thin light brown cap with no lacing.

Aroma of bourbon, vanilla and sweet dark fruits.

Taste starts sweet with dark cherries, plum, vanilla, then a little balance with roasted malt and a bourbon, oak ending.

Mouth Feel is medium body, light carbonation, thin and smooth with a nice alcohol warming.

Overall this is a very nice dark ale, was surprised how strong the alcohol presence was at 7.7% ABV. Would like it to have a little more body. A nice sipper on a cold night with a great name.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I paid $2.99 for a single 12oz bottle.

Poured it into a Guinness glass and it was black with some deep brown at the edge when held to the light. The head was thin and beige despite a vigorous pour. It quickly receded to a ring around the glass with no lacing.

The smell was of dark roasted malts, some dark fruits, raisins, prune.

It tasted of deeply toasted malts, dark fruits, and a bit of hop bite on the back half of the finish.

Thick but not chewy. Sweet elements balance with the bit of hops and burnt characteristics.

Solid overall. One might expect a higher ABV but I liked that it wasn't 9-10% or else it likely would have put off a boozy feel. Not a great value at $3 a bottle. At $2 a bottle I'd buy it again, at $3 I'll pass.

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Photo of ales4baldo
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P-Makes note that not even hell can show the fury as a pissed off woman.

A-Poured out suprisinly thick and pitch black. Didnt retain any of its head and the color of head was a brownish coffee tan.

S-Almost get dark chocolate and wood notes. Relative to a soft stout. Deep coffee as well.

T-I get the belgian yeast and black licorice. Belgian malts as well. Roast flavors and dark coffee seem present. Belgian candy creeps in there but not much.

M-Medium bodied with flavors that arent present in the early sip but slowly emmerce out of nowhere. Subtle carbonation.

O-Different from an actual Belgian strong dark ale that i normally drink. This one has a little too much of the coffe, dark bean/roast flavors to it when i would like to taste more Belgian candy and malt.

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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 ksimons
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-very dark brown, almost black, with a thin layer of tan head that disappears quickly and leaves some lacing on the top.

S-rich roasted malt, raisins and other dark fruits, caramel, some coffee and chocolate, and spices. Nice.

T-tastes of dark fruits, roasted coffee, chocolate, molasses, and caramel malt

M-medium to full body, medium carbonation, rich mouthfeel

Overall this beer tastes pretty different compared to the first time I had it. Now seems like more of a mix between and BSDA and Belgian Stout, which according to the description on Bell's website is what they were going for. I like it.

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Photo of Suds
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a very dark, highly effervescent, brown colored liquid. The head is smaller than expected, but a thin skin of bubbles seems to be constantly repopulated due to the carbonation. The aroma is earthy and dark...smoke, toasted breadcrumbs, pepper, yeast, and a hint of alcohol. Interesting and enjoyable. The flavor is more intense than the smell...warming and sweet, with a bitter finish and lots of roasted, smokey flavors. Full in body, with more heft than the smell or taste foreshadow. This is a drinkable and very interesting brew.

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Photo of match1112
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: as dark brown as it can be without being black. quarter inch of khaki colored head slowly settled to a thin ring with an island of foam floating in the center.

s: not much goin on here, just a little bread and fruit.

t: yeasty bread with dark fruits and a smokey finish that i wasn't expecting.

m: medium body with good carbonation. dry smoke filled finish.

o: not overly impressed, not a fan of the smoke on the finish, other than that it's an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle dated 10/18/11 poured into a goblet.

pour is pitch black with a tight bubbled tan head.

Smell is rich wheat bread, ripe fruit, and molasses.

Taste is a lightly roasted, malty, fruity, slightly smokey. Kind of like a toned down imp stout with a belgian blend.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but overall this is a very interesting and good beer. I wish it was the barrel aged version, it almost needs the boozy aroma of bourbon.

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Photo of fields336
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 10/18/11
SN snifter

A: purple/black completely opaque brew, 3/4 finger of cocoa/mocha colored head, dissipates fairly quickly. A nice thick ring of lace around the edge. no lacing to speak of, but slight alcohol legs are present.

S: earthy, fruity, yeasty, and chocolatey. I'm also getting some earthy, smokey smell too.

T: Dark malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits, yeast, charcoal, burnt malts

M: medium bodied beer. not noticeably alcohol heavy. slightly warm in the stomach, decent carbonation

O: This beer is roasty and smokey which gives it interesting complexity. as it warms it gets even tastier

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

7.5% on bottle, and I'm assuming this means date of bottling: 10/18/11A. The six-pack carrier calls this a dubbel, but I don't know about that...

A lovely black liquid pours into my glass (a Gulden Draak tulip for this occasion) and while the bronze head is big and fluffy and gorgeous, it doesn't stay big and fluffy and gorgeous for even a minute. Too bad, but what's here is real nice, and a simple swirl rousts up another layer of mouth-watering looking bronze foam.

Smell: Tell-tale but sometimes tough-to-describe Belgian yeast is here, but so is the strong presence of cocoa nibs, smoke, charred meat, mineral and Ovaltine powder.

The taste is a multi-faceted, style-defying one, and something that takes some effort to process. Everything is so deeply embedded, drinking this too cold is detrimental to sorting it all out. Many of the characteristics from the nose are here: the yeast, the cocoa, the smoke and the Ovaltine powder. Even a deeper chocolate appeal, like gooey dark fudge, as well as succulent, juicy dark fruits such as plum, fig and raisin. Alcohol is a barely-perceptible presence underneath, propping the flavor up that little bit higher. I'm reminded not only of a dubbel, but of a Belgian dark ale, and a porter, and even an old ale. If pressed, I'd even say there's a Scotch ale element here. Clearly a beer that doesn't really care what style it is, and just does its own thing.

Smooth and slick and a bit silky, the body is medium-heavy and holds firmly in the mouth while disappearing with a slight bubble tickle before laying a bittersweet chocolate layer over the tongue for a dessert-y finish. Damn, that's a long sentence, but so is the finish.

Glad I tried a few of these in the couple weeks before cracking one open for review, because this one is heavily reliant upon serving temperature. Sure, all beers are to some degree, but this one will not offer up its various subtleties if too cold. At the right temp (just under room temp) Hell Hath No Fury manages to actually shine brightly in all its dark, hellish glory.

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Photo of DIM
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear, dark cola brown. It poured with a small, firm white cap.

s: Lots of dark fruit; plus some rum, toffee and bananas cooked in brown sugar.

t: Maybe not quite as deep as the genuine article, but there is plenty here to like. More roasty cocoa than in a Belgian version, but the dark fruit, candi sugar, and banana is pretty spot-on.

m: Pretty big and chewy with active, fizzy carbonation.

o: Not quite traditional, but perhaps that was deliberate. Either way I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown body. Medium tan head. Some lacing.

Smell is light grain and dark fruit.

Flavor is sweet dark fruits. Rich, smooth strength, brown sugar. Prunes...hmm...prunes. Somewhat Rochefort-like, but those are better.

Mouthfeel is slick and smooth. Slightly velvety.

Overall, this is tasty and satisfying. Not a summer quencher, but drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of andythegief
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle to a tulip glass.

Appearance: Poured with a quick dark espresso head, no more than a half inch. The head dissipated very quickly to just a tiny lacing. Black as black can be ... held it up to the light, and still couldn't see through it.

Smell: Sweet tobacco, coffee, a bit boozy

Taste: Very sweet and malty; good amount of coffee; little bit of bourbon and burnt sugar. Tastes much better as it warms. As you would expect, the flavors are exaggerated as it nears room temperature. If you have this from the bottle, I would highly recommend opening it at least an hour after taking it out of the fridge.

Mouthfeel: thick and syrupy.

Overall: This was a nicely balanced dark ale. It's a nice winter beer to enjoy after coming in from shoveling the driveway.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/black, looks like a stout really. Nice 1 inch foamy head, some lacing.

Smell - Dakr fruits, yeast, some malts, caramel, chocolate, a little coffee and added sugars.

Taste - Bold dark fruits, chocolate and malts make up flavor. After warming up, coffee, some caramel and spices really comes out. The hops add a little bitterness along with some pine flavor mixed in there.

MOuthfeel - Sweet, thick, and lots of flavor. Tounge gets alot of chocolate, coffee and malts. Palette gets remaining hops, dark fruits, and coffee. Aftertaste is rather thin and light, only slight bitterness is left.

Overall - Pretty good, its a nice twist on the style with the chocolate and coffee. Kind of like a hybird stout meets a belgian dark ale. Alot of flavor, fun and easy to drink.

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