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.

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Photo of ahurd11085
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a strange one, and tough to review, as I didn't really know what style to hold it to.

A: Poured into tulip, comes out WAAAY darker than I expected with a 1/2" light brown head. WTF? Is this a Belgian dubbel or a Stout? Whatever, it looks tasty.

S: Again with the confusion. I can pick up the Belgian yeast kicking out phenolic clove and dark fruit, but also get a lot of roast and smoke. It is a nice blend, but the write up on the label give you very little heads up for the crazy mashup going on here.

T: Whoa. Time for something completely different...Roasted malt up front along with a healthy dose of smoke quickly gets taken over by strong notes of licorice and traditional Belgain yeasty flavors. Hops? Nah. My palate is confused, yet quite content.

M: Pretty standard fare. I feel like a bit more weight would help bring out the stout characteristics a bit more, but who knows...this beer is a delicate balance.

D: Pretty good. I wouldn't want to have more than one per evening due to the sheer craziness of the beer, but it goes down smoothly and displays little or no alcohol for the ABV.

All in all cool stuff. Had been looking forward to trying it, and Im glad I did. Wouldnt want it all the time, which might explain why they put it out so infrequently, but it is an exciting and unique beer.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A massive thanks to Kevin (kzoobrew) for this great extra. Freaking love the label art :D

Appearance - Pours a dark black/brown into my Bell's Tulip. Very faint light comes through the edges of the glass. About a finger of tan/mocha colored head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates at a moderate pace leaving nice lacing.

Smell - Smoke, molasses, dark roasted malts, dark fruits, phenol, and hints of cocoa and chocolate. As the beer warms, an odd bubblegum and licorice aroma are present also (not a bad odd!).

Taste - Similar to the nose however there are more notable dark fruits in the taste (plum, figs, and raisins). Yet at the same time there is a distinct smoky flavor with slight herbs, coffee, and chocolate. The main flavor here is dark fruits and sweet malts/molasses. Now that it's sub 70 this is a great beer.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty drinkable imo. Nice and enjoyable right now - no alcohol in the taste nor warming. While I admit this is a bit odd for the style, it is a pretty good beer. Glad I was able to try this!

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

12oz bottle with no freshness dating poured into a large The Bruery tulip.

A - Black, but a clear black that shows that there is carbonation rising from the bottom, but this one has literally no head to speak of except the small ring of active bubbles on the side. A vigorous swirl does reveal a brief small tan head.

S - There are dark bread notes, some fruity esters, faint roast and crackers. Wisp of smokiness comes through in the finish.

T - Earthy and woody with some roast initially. Red apple, with a funky yeast character that makes me think horsey or wet hay. There is a smoke or slightly burnt profile in the finish but it doesn't come across as ashy at all. Alcohol bite is there but isn't hot or harsh. Clean fermentation.

M - Medium to light in body despite its' appearance, very dry, lots of carbonation is hiding in the darkness here.

D - Moderate. The ABV is not to be overlooked, but for a BSD Ale, this is a clean and tasty example of the style. Well done.

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Photo of stimulus
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a goblet.
Batch 9999; #10000 must be coming soon (I hope it doesn't take as long as 9000).

A: Pours an opaque dark brown with a tan head, leaving solid lacing.
S: Smells like dark fruits, like plums, figs, and raisins, with a bit of brown sugar/molasses to follow.
T: Some sort of mix between the aforementioned dark fruits and chocolate; no alcohol bite. What a delicious blend.
M: Medium carbonation and on the heavy side for the body.
D: This tastes like a blend between a porter and an abbey dubbel, like chocolate covered raisins. It's a nice dessert to follow up a hearty dinner.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a New Holland High Gravity Series tulip.

Pours an opaque black with deep ruby around the edges of the glass. About an inch of tan head that lasts less than a minute, with a whisp remaining. Has some legs and some lacing.

Aromas of coffee and heavily roasted malts. Like sniffing a bag of black patent malt. As it warms, the dark fruits come out, some raisin, most notably. No hop aromas to speak of.

Frist sip is of deeply roasted malts. Fairly one dimensional - roasted. A little sweetness as it warms. Some dark fruits come through, raisins, figs. No hop bitterness/flavor to speak of. Not sure where the belgian character is.

Mouthfeel is medium, not cloying. Roasted dryness dominates.

Drinkability is fairly good. Sessioning it would mess with you after 2 or 3. But the bottle is going down very well. Enjoying the flavors, and the complexity of the changes as it warms.

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Photo of chaz410
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this beer in a six pack at Brawleys in charlotte nc.
Pours dark dark dark brown read body. Unless you hold it right to the light you would swear it is solid black. It's got an off white head but it fade pretty quick.
Smells very dry, really roasted with coffee and some chocolate notes on it. The dryness is similar to a belgian but not much more is present that would scream belgian ale.
The taste is more full bodied than the smell denotes. Lots of roast but lots of thick caramel and dried fruit that is typical in belgian strong ales. Hints of raisens, dates, chocolate and even a little bit of mocha. Spicey notes ring out over the heavy body and it doesn't finish very dry, just roastey.
A thick mouthfeel that dampens the roasted taste but doesn't lend toward over sweetness.
Not the most drinkable beer but not bad at all considering the style!

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of overripe dark fruits - figs, raisins, and plums, with hints of semi-sweet chocolate aromas lingering in the background. As it warms hints of roasted malt aromas make a brief appearance.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark malt flavors with slight amounts of roast kick things off and are joined quickly by large amounts of moderately sweet dark fruit flavors - raisins and prunes mostly with hints of lighter figs. Midway through the sip mild amounts of dark chocolate flavors make their way into things before fading out into a mildly bitter ending. As the beer warms slight amounts of char come in before the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was somewhere between a BSDA and a stout although it leaned more toward the former. Most other "Belgian Stouts" I've had have featured a lighter yeast profile with lighter fruit flavors and so the huge dark fruit flavors in this beer were interesting. It's not something I'd fall over to try again but it's an interesting beer that's worth a shot.

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

Hell Hath No Fury poured dark as night with a hint of brown when held to the sun. The head dissipated quickly and left just a ring around the outside and a light dusting on the surface.

It smelled faintly sweet with a nice roasted maltiness and a hint of spice that promised to compliment the cool weather. I expected more pronounced aromas, but was not overly disappointed.

The flavor was clean and crisp with a hearty malt backbone and no noticeable heat despite the 7.5% abv. There was a nice, sweet maltiness that wasn't heavy or overbearing and a hint of spice to round out this medium-bodied ale.

The mouthfeel was not as rich or heavy as the color and abv lead me to believe and the carbonation was just right - not too heavy, not too light. It drank exceptionally well.

The label says that it "goes especially well with your favorite lost my girl/truck/dog/trailer song" and I agree, but would also add a cigar, bonfire, and smoked meat to complete the experience.

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Photo of Jacobpaul81
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Had twice: Draft into pint glass and 12oz bottle into pint glass

A: Very dark brown. ~ coffee like color, tan head, about 1/2 inch thick. Nice foam. Dissipated down to very thin.

S: Dark and fruity. On tap it was chocolate smelling, some raisin and berry. Belgian yeast sour odor existed with the bottled version, less berry and chocolate.

T: Tap: Dark berrys, bit a figs, raisin, port wine flavors. Strong Coffee taste with some hint of dark chocolate. Bottle: Stronger coffee flavor, some more yeast to the taste. Started sour and ended sweet.

M: Both were very creamy and medium bodied. Cannot detect alcohol content. High level of carbonation.

D: I liked both and enjoyed the differences. Little more drinkable from tap over out of the bottle. I imagine bottle will age into tasting like the tap. Both had great flavor and feel.

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Photo of jsh420
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

batch 9999

pours dark dark brown almost back with a 1+ finger tan head that left spotted lacing

smells mostly of clove and banana

taste is where this one goes wrong - clove banana standard wit/hefe flavors then the malts are burnt chocolate and very off putting

mouhtfeel is a medium weight beer with good carbonation but body feels thin

drinkability - glad i only bought a single(which i could not even finish)

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Batch "9999" stamped on the back label. Thanks to Franz4 for passing this along.

A: Very dark brown. ~1 1/2 brown head, which gradually to a thin incomplete cap.

S: Dark fruit mix with a nice spicy kick, carrying a distinctive "Belgian yeast" odor.

T: Dark fruits...figs/plum/raisin, hints of chocolate and coffee. Lightly spicy with a touch of cloves. Very enjoyable mix.

M: Moderately high carbonation, with a medium-full feel. Very creamy and goes down smooth. Very good.

D: Excellent. Great flavor and feel, and easy drinking....would be happy to have a few of these in a row.

Future outlook: Quite good....Might need to snag a few more of these.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours extremely dark with a dark tan head that is quick to dissipate.

S: The aroma is dark, roasty, and definitely Belgium. Notes of chocolate mix with Belgium spicy and clove to make this brew really dynamic.

T: This is a solid BSDA with a twist. This brew has many traits of an American Sweet Stout (notes of creamy chocolate), with a Belgium spice. Dark fruit notes and spicy clove round off the Belgium end.

MF: Mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and full....very much Belgium.

D: Drinkability is good at 7.5%.

Overall Hell Hath No Fury is good without being great. I love the American twist on one of my favorite Belgium styles.

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Photo of mondegreen
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has such a cool name.

12oz bottle into a balloon tulip.

Pours like a stout. Nearly black with pretty much no head. No lacing or anything else to speak of. Nose is spicy dark fruits and yeasty bread. Taste is heavy. Thick dark fruits and a touch of spice on the back end. Almost cloying sweetness.

Mouth is full, Drinkability suffers a tad from the sweetness, but not awful.

In all, an okay attempt at an American Dubbel (as the side of the six pack says). Not sure why it's a BSDA on here, but it doesn't change the fact that this is an okay beer, nothing more or less.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= The pour is a deep black color with very little light coming through. I usually expect dubbels to be a little lighter in color. The head on it is a nice finger high and a creamy mocha color. Spotty lacing and low head retention.

S= Smoke is the first thing that comes through in the nose for me for some reason. This beer isn't smoked is it? This is my last bottle of the sixer and the first I've really dug into but I never noticed this smoke before. Other than that there's typical Dubbel smells coming through with some sweet sugar and dark fruit.

T= The taste has a little smoke to it as well. Weird. There is the typical Belgian Dubbel taste with a nice amount of sweetness to it and a decent Belgian yeast thing going on but the main flavor is smoke!

M= A little low on carbonation but still steady with a nice feel and finish.

D= What's with the smoke? I haven't read any reviews for this beer yet but I am interested to see what others thought after I submit this. It's not bad at all. I actually really like this beer but was totally not expecting what I got.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is the first of tonight's line up if that tells you anything. Batch 9999, awesome! Rich dark appearance completely opaque with a very thin head. A lot of sediment on the bottom of the bottle and it must be caked on there because it takes some shaking to pull it up. A good dark Belgium sent with a fair amount of roasted malt, sweet and roasted. A bit spicy, sweet, and sugary taste. An odd combination in the mouth that warms up well. Maybe less of the roasted and more of the sugary would make this flavor taste more Belgian. A good slick oily texture with a decent thickness. Pretty decent beer. I probably could drink two or three of these.

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Photo of gopens44
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - super dark but no real head.

S - malty with some subtle spice loafing around

T - malty, spices abound and an unusual presence reminiscient of scotch.

M - generally smooth with a bitter yet light aftertaste.

decent enough beer with a fun little edge to it.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours black with a creamy three finger tan head that clings vigorously to the glass leaving lots of residual lacing.

S. Chocolate malt, biscuit, and a bit of candi sugar. Smells reminiscent of my grandfather's coffee cake come out as it warms.

T. Chocolate malt with some Belgianesque sweetness. Develops an ash/oak burnt flavor that isn't altogether pleasant.

M. Medium to full body with a medium to high carbonation

D. After loving the bourbon barrel version of this, I'm surprised I don't like this more than I do.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark mahogany with a smaller than average, creamy, sticky, sandy head. Average retention with a nice layer of lace left.

S - Usual Belgian Dark Ale. Sweet dark malt, with a nice molasses and dark candi sugar sweetness. A nice bubblegum, and some phenol aroma. Hints of dark fruit, but not as much as I would expect. Also some sweet chocolate in there.

T - Less of a dark Belgian ale flavor than the nose suggest, and a little less flavorful. Still dark sweet malt and molasses/dark candi sugar, but it is more subdued. More chocolate and some coffee flavors coming out compared to the nose. Also a healthy amount of yeast comes out in the flavor, especially toward the finish. Phenol flavors moderate strength with only a little bubblegum. Malt, chocolate, coffee, and yeast all together outweigh the rest of the Belgian flavors. Some Belgian spice (especially clove) also present.

M - Moderate body with about average carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy feel. Really nice feel.

D - Pretty drinkable with nice flavor (although a little lacking). Great body and feel though. Easy to drink and has a nice lingering taste.

Notes: Not a bad BSDA, and definitely had potential. Unfortunately the taste fell just a bit short for me. As it warmed, the flavor improved and had more Belgiany flavors (outside the yeast which was always pretty strong). I liked it, but probably won't get it unless it is on sale. Worth a try though.

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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 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 elgiacomo
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, batch 9999, bottled Sept 21, 2010.

Pours very dark brown, almost black with a two finger light brown foamy head that holds a good cap and leaves some small spots of lacing.

Aroma is heavy on dark fruit, some grass & herbal quality, a little chocolate and coffee, some alcohol. Moderate to good strength.

Rich flavor of dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, plums, figs, raisins, black cherries, minimal alcohol, semi-sweet.

Rich, full, creamy and smooth mouthfeel with soft carbonation.

A very unique and delicious brew, excellent stuff.

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Photo of tpd975
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice brown with amber tones showing through. Very small off white head.

S: Aromas of mild roasted malt, belgian yeast, chocolate, and spice.

T: Yeasty goodness with a nice bold spice character. Chocolate and mild coffee tones. Clove really stands out.

M: Medium in body, light on the carbonation.

D: Good another solid offering from Bell's.

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

Bottle from batch 9999, bottled 10/21/10.

A: Pours a dark brown/black with a thin tan head.

S: Smells of dark fruits with some sweet brown sugar/caramel.

T: Follows the smell. Also has a bit of clove in it. Finishes with a hint of alcohol warmth as the beer warms up.

M: Medium with the right amount of carbonation.

D: Pretty high. Only issue is the high abv could catch up to me...

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a tulip. They weren't lying when they said this was a DARK ale! Near jet black with a tan/mocha head. Almost resembles an RIS.

S: Very phenolic, with that famous bubblegum aroma from the Belgian yeast. There is also some coffee and dark chocolate underneath it all. Quite nice, can almost pick up a big roasty character. A bit of booze and some dark fruits.

T: Retains quite a bit of the Belgian qualities from the nose, but it comes through with more of a dark, roasty malt character on the palate. A bit bitter, which was a nice surprise after expecting a sweet and cloying beer. Alcohol heat is a bit pronounced as expected even for the semi-low abv. The Belgian yeast comes through pretty strong through all the roast qualities though. Solid beer.

M: Maintains a good crispness for the abv and style. Carbonation is on the low side, which was expected. Body is medium-high, yet the beer itself drinks pretty delicately.

D: Easy sipper, but not something I would run to grab another of. Good for every once in a while, definitely worth a try.

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

A: Pours like a big stout! Pitch black color with a small khaki colored cap. Retention is ok

S: Very complex- chocolate covered strawberries, dark fruit, cocoa, Belgian yeast notes, and rum soaked raisins...really awesome and complex. Almost like a Belgian stout black and tan, not unlike 09/09/09 vertical epic

T: The flavor simply works well with all its components. Lots of overripe dark fruit (cherry, raisin, plum), heavy on the malts, and big Belgian yeast flavors. Chocolate, a hint of lactose, and some cocoa. Somehow it works.

MF/D: Chewy body for the style, smooth carbonation and feel. Slightly tart dark fruit with an estery finish.

Notes: I've strayed away from Belgians recenty, but I really liked this one! Not exactly to-style, but well done again Bell's

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Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.77 out of 5 based on 1,359 ratings.
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