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 hosehead83
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color with a thick, tan head of foam.
Aroma-Spicy, herbal, definite clove
Taste-I had no idea what to expect from this beer because the label gives no indication. It looked a lot like a stout, but smelled spicy and herbal. That left only the taste. Cinnamon, nutty, an underlying hop bite, and a constant clove note from start to finish. Interesting and complex, but seemingly unbalanced, as if it can't make up its mind on what it is supposed to be. An interesting puzzler.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love the way this beer looks- very pitch black with a barley noticeable ruby tinge with a solid ring of brown head on top. Smell is light- some grain, light fruit- maybe a hint of coffee and malt. The taste is smooth- creamy and pretty straightforward with a light sweet. Finish is a little underachieving- decent lasting left of its strong ale taste. Drinks solidly- right inside the rule books here.

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Photo of salvo
2.4/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Pours midnight black with an inch of creamy tan head into a chalice. Nose is molasses and licorice with some hints of smoke; sweet dried plums and cherries in the background. It looks like a stout.

Taste is roasty, toasty malts. More porter in the mouth, rich coating mouthfeel. Ut-oh: it's got that taste that usually brings on my allergic headache. Yup. There it starts. Okay, sorry, Bells, but this isn't my beer.

See my beer note: this beer has a malt to which I am apparently allergic and cannot drink, and so my drinkability score is unusually low. The low taste rating is simply because I didn't enjoy this beer, and I'm very jealous of the reviewer who managed to taste this on draft because I'm stuck with five bottles I don't want :-)

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Photo of 7ways
2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Batch 9999
I smell raisins and chocolate the second the bottle opens, this is a good sign. Pours very dark brown, darker than most dubbels, with a minimal head and a lot of bubbles clinging to the inside. Leaves behind very thin lace.

Smells like raisin, chocolate cake, and a stout roastiness I easily associate with Expedition and Batch 9000. No hops, a little alcohol stands out.
Tastes awful cold, but better when left for a while. Molasses, rum, soap, rubber, and vanilla; no hint of anything Belgian here, more like bitter English hops. Pretty damn hot for 7.5%.

Mouthfeel isn't bad, nothing great, kind of coating, but the alcohol is distracting me to much to care.

I remember this beer being much better a couple years ago.

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Photo of Thur123
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 9999

The color is a very dark brown, opaque, with very little khaki head that fades quickly. The smell is restrained with a yeasty heat coming through, a slight edge of dark fruits and sweetness comes through.

Glug glug glug

The flavor is surprisingly roasty for a Belgian style, but since its American I guess it makes perfect sense. Licorice is a real big component. I get a spearmint gum aspect as well. The malt in this is sharp tasting, bitter chocolate, dates show up as well. Over all this is a very interesting take of a dubbel and I have to say I like it, quite a bit. One of the few beers lately to literally surprise me with how it tastes. Its Belgian in mouth feel and by way of the yeast character but the malts themselves are more American porter or stout in taste. The hops in this, if any are bitter and earthy, really only bringing out the malt as far as I can taste. Overall a very interesting brew I'd like to try again, and I will, five more to be exact.

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Photo of jimbus
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not well versed in Belgian Strong Ales...in fact this may actually my first venture into the style.

Dark body, dark khaki head...looks awesome.
Smells roasted, some complex fruits, and maybe some coffee?
If this is a what a Belgian Strong Ale tastes like, then sign me up. All I can keep thinking is stout though.
Smooth, clean mouthfeel and very drinkable.

I approve.

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Photo of JLeege
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 9999, bottle into a flute.

Appearance- Pours a very deep brown with a tan one finger head. Some slight ruby highlights when held to the light. Ok retention and laceing.

Smell- A lot of dark fruits, cherry, fig, plum. There is also some chocolate and faint coffee notes, is this a belgian stout!?!?

Taste- Dark fruits right up front, almost to the point of dry raisons. Lots of bubblegum in this too, weird. Does have a slightly chocolate aftertaste, but is not overly sweet or really dry.

Mouthfeel- mild carbonation, and this is actually a bit lighter than I was anticipating. No alcohol is noticed.

Overall- Decent enough flavor, but just very weird, I will drink the 6 pack, but will not be revisiting this one.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.86/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Bodega. Served in one of their blasted 10oz glasses.

A- Only a small wispy head skims the top of this dark brown/red/purple beer. Lacing is only left around the top of the glass until the head is gone.

S- Very weak nose, it helps to allow it to warm but I still cant get much other than coffee and dark fruits.

T- Surprisingly imperial stout like. Lots of coffee and chocolate, even a little bit of roast. This really is a lot more like a "Belgian stout". The Belgian style dark fruits, yeast and sweetness is pounded down by coffee flavors that are much too strong.

D- Honestly, I didnt care too much for this one. I struggled to find the motivation to finish this glass. Im pretty glad I didnt spend the $18 sticker for a 6 pack.

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Photo of SuperNova777
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 10/19/10

A:Pours a non transparent dark brown with a fingers worth of creamy tan head
that takes a few minutes to fall. Tiny lacing left down the glass.

S:Initially the nose picks up the smell of funk, spiciness, and clove. Followed up by some roasted malts.

T:Pretty much as the nose detects. Up front you get a touch of that Belgian funk that was
in the nose followed up by a bit of roastiness. Clove and spiciness linger on the back of the palate.

M:Body is a little thinner than you would expect from the look and with a small
amount carbonation.

D:A very interesting brew, if you just looked at the brew without knowing what it was
you would think stout but the taste would totally throw you for a loop. Funk and
spiciness dominate the palate and its hard to let anything else come thru. Good to try
and well made for what they were going for.

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Photo of Lolli1315
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown to black color with a small tan head. Head disappears minimally leaving a noticeable spot in the middle with a ring around the glass. Decent lacing as well.

S- Sweet malt with Belgian candy coming through as notes of chocolate and dark fruits emerge as well. Belgian yeast characteristics are apparent throughout the smell, but the chocolate smells are somewhat overpowering of the yeast.

T- The sweet Belgian candy makes a brief appearance followed by some of dark fruits such as plums and figs. The middle of the beer ushers into a surprisingly boozy alcohol taste that holds on throughout the rest of the beer. The middle of the beer also brings in a slightly bitter chocolate taste as the beer inches into a finish of dark fruits and slight bitterness.

M- Slightly thicker than medium body and a great level of smooth carbonation. Leaves the mouth refreshed every time.

D- The boozy nature of this beer takes away from what could be a better beer. Certainly not bad and I would like to see what this could turn into with some time on it, but unfortunately cannot attest to that right now.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark brown, nearly black. It has an off white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

S-Boozy, chocolate, coffee, Belgian yeast. It is incredibly boozy given its abv.

T-Chocolate, coffee, figs/dark fruits, and some Belgian yeast. It has a hint of alcohol, but nothing like the nose.

M-Thick and slightly syrupy.

D-Very drinkable despite its relatively high abv.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer, but it drinks more like a stout instead of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. However, its a good beer and worth trying.

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Photo of Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, dark brown in color, with a substantial amount of carbonation, and a head that overflowed my glass - Oops.... perhaps I poured too hard. The retention is fantastical!

S: Belgian funkiness, with brown sugar, raisons for sure, and many other dark fruits and spices.

T: Full bodied, spicy, and VERY upfront maltiness. The sugar is there and hits hard at first, but then the yeast takes over. Very nice.

M: The ABV is hidden well due to the fact that I feel the balance is astoundingly great. The yeasty fluffiness and carbonation work extremely well in this setting.

D: Bravo Bells! I tried this stuff last year and remembered really liking it. I thought I would give it another go to see if my tastes had changed... Nope!

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

The color is a deep, rich red-brown, something akin perhaps to cherry wood with surprising clarity for the color. A light brown head between one and two fingers tall has decent retention, leaving a firm, strong layer atop the beer that trails patchy lacing behind it.
The dark fruits I would expect are in the aroma with a touch of licorice beneath a roasty malt that could form a stronger backbone. Not extremely but pretty complex, a bit of a sherry aroma, prominent spiciness, and candied sugars taking over. This would have a 4.5 if the malts would come through here.
The same goes for the flavor. A sturdy and reletively complex mix of candied sugars that aren't as sweet as many Belgians (or at least standards for particular Belgian styles), dark fruits, spiciness and alcohol make up most of it, giving it a sherry-like quality. A touch of burnt wood lingers, which is actually nice with the other flavors. Alcohol sneaks up but doesn't hide for laong. This one did end up kicking my sinuses, even though 7.5% really isn't that high considering. Maybe I'm not used to the style, but I wonder where the Belgian yeasts are.
The motuhfeel is pretty thick, even verging on chewy. While sweet, this one does avoid cloying, which is good. It doesn't really go the way of either crisp or smooth, and carbonation is very light (which is appropriate).
This is a nice offering from Bell's, though I don't how how "traditional" it is.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle aquired from my friends at The Piney Grove Rd Green's.
A-Nice tan head that receedes to hug a black beer with slight lacing.
S-Really nice light anise to roasty malt smell
T-Very smooth roasted malt profile that has a nice very balanced hop finish, notes of dark roast coffee with a hint of anise and a typical belgian finish but with some hop!
M-Very luxorious & creamy, What you hope to get from a nice Stout!!!
D-Price prohibative for the workingman(that's me) But nice treat and I could go for a sixer!!!

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Photo of JoePat
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours black in color with a thick tan head.

The clove aroma dominates and I don't get much else other than some roasty and chocolate malts but they are hard to find in the clove aroma.

Smooth chocolaty malt flavor in the back ground with an abundance of of clove. I would have to say they had to add clove to this beer. I don't know of any beer that has this kind of clove flavor and aroma from yeast alone.

Light and creamy mouthfeel really helps since I am not a big clove fan. This is a stout that drinks like a pilsner.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. Batch #9999.

A: Dark brown in color and hazy, with a light tan head that quickly settles to a thin film on the surface. Lacing is there, but not prominent.

S: Some roasted character, with hints of chocolate, coffee, and some earthy qualities. Hops lend a slightly herbal character in the backround.

T: Taste is much stronger than the smell. Roasted grain character blends with bitter chocolate, dark fruit, and black truffle, followed by a grassy hop finish. Very balanced throughout with a touch of alcohol warmth.

Notes: HHNF is a full bodied elixir with a great flavor profile. It's drinkability is quite good, as it's middle of the road ABV is not too much, not too low. Another solid brew from Larry and the folks at Bell's.

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Photo of techfed87
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with a nice sized head.

Smell is definitely like other Belgian Ales that I've tried. It's hard for me to point exactly what quality that it reminds me of, it's almost anise-like in that it could come off as a liquorish type of scent, but a bit less bitter. Because this is a dark belgian ale, the flavor combined itself with that of the darker malts, which in my opinion makes for a much more satisfying mouthfeel.

Color is very dark and opaque, almost exactly the same consistency of a stout or porter.

First sip is quite nice. I think what's coming out most in this beer is the fact that it's a darker Belgian ale, which almost turns it into a doppelbock/belgian hybrid. Taste is curious, yet not very hoppy. Mouthfeel is clean, with a nice aftertaste. Overall, a very nice beer.

I had heard of this beer for quite some time and was quite surprised when it showed up at my local party store. All in all, another fine example of what should be common script for Bell's. Cheers!

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

A new one. 6 pk of 12 oz bottles.

Poured this into a Belgian snifter.

Stream of beer is very dark; body is black, head is tan and creamy.

Nose is malt, earth, smoke and cream.

Taste is creamy, coffee, chocolate and bitter malt.

Mouth feel is creamy and smooth. Drinkability is quite good for a strong beer. This comes across as an after dinner drink. It is a full flavored and sweet beer. Smells like a stout, tastes like a stout, it may be a stout.

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Photo of nkersten
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into oerbier tulip. Dark brown/black with small mocha head. Smell is dominated by a yeast with a touch of caramelized, buttery sugar and alcohol. Taste is a bit strange. Where I would expect yeast to dominate, now it is a burnt sugar with some sweetness. Reminds me of a creme brulee that had the torch on the sugar a bit too long. Medium body, light to medium carbonation. Drinks ok, but the burnt flavor is a bit overpowering.

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Photo of scottakelly
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany, almost completely opaque. When held up to the light there is a beautiful ruby tinge to the edges of the beer. Dark tan head that fades to a light lace which sticks around. Aroma of Belgian yeast and roasted malts is pretty straightforward. Taste is, well, unique. Sort of a blend between a Belgian strong dark and a stout. Lots of roasted flavors lead me to expect a healthy dose of roasted barley. There is plenty of flavor from the Belgian yeast as well. In the background is the carmalized, sugary flavor that I expect in a Belgian dark ale. There's lots going on, but it doesn't seem that well integrated to me. Mouthfeel is thick, and the carbonation is low and more stout-like than Belgian. Drinkability is good for the abv and the alcohol is well hidden. This was a very fresh beer, batch #9999.

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Photo of dudemuskie
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed a single bottle at The Andersons, Toledo.

Appearance- Pours a viscous, nearly opaque deep brown with faint glimmers of beet red at the edges. Nice mousse-like creamy brown head with tons of drippy lacing.

Aroma- Very interesting mix of roasty/chocolate malt and Belgian yeast clove spice. Theres some deep dark red fruit, maybe sour cherry in there too. Whispers of alcoholic strength barely detectable. Rich aroma with a lot to tease out!

Flavor- Starts like a stout with herbal hops and roasty, chocolaty malts. Carbonic prickle builds quickly on the tongue followed by a clovey spice yeastiness. The deep chocolate, slightly roasted maltiness, and moderate estery fruitiness fills the mouth into a slightly dry, almost acrid, edgy finish. Chewy chocolate, herbal hops, and soft clove spice linger on the palate.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, moderate-high CO2, some dextrinous residuals leave the lips sticky, but slightly drying, almost astringent feel on the tongue. Decent balance between big malt complexity and yeasty spice/hop bitterness.

Overall- Definitely a malt leaning brew, but some very interesting fermentation flavors in there as well. Not sure what to think about this one- its fun and i think a bit tough to pigeon hole into a style category. An excellent brew for the fall season that is well upon us, and worth a try if you can find a single bottle. 6ers run about $16...

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Photo of Spider889
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Bodega.

Looks like an imperial brown or a stout. Mahogany in color, nearly black. Dark head and good syrupy legs.

Smells very dark and roasty, sweet and bitter as well.

The flavor doesn't impart much Belgian anything. Super rich, roasted malt and biscuitty notes. Semi-sweet chocolate flavors.

Full bodied, sticky and chewy. Not very drinkable, but a tasty brew I wouldn't mind revisiting once a year.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Batch 9999! Pours a really dark brown color with a nice 1 finger tight tan head. Almost has a slight smokey taste to the nose along with dark chocolate and some spice. Nice lace left on my Duvel glass as the head gets jostled around. Biscuity, roasty, a little smokey, and some sweetness is how I would describe this beer. Medium mouthfeel. Ends pretty cleany. For 7.7% the3 alcohol is decently hidden with only a glimmer popping up if you are looking for it. Overall, a decent beer although I cold do without the slight smokeness it has.

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Photo of bsp77
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 9999! Still awaiting news of what Batch 10000 will be.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Almost pure black with thin tan head and a couple of lacing tendrils.

Smell: Chocolate and anise accented roasted malts, dark musty and sweet fruit, clove and alcohol.

Taste: Strange mix of musty sweet fruit and roasted malt. Notes of clove, plum, raisins, licorice and chocolate. Improves as it warms somewhat.

Feel: Creamy and chewy but slightly chalky body, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Interesting beer overall with lots of different flavors and smells kicking around. This is a more than solid BSDA overall that makes me think "Belgian Stout".

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

A-Pours more or less pitch black with a creamy tan head that fades to a thin wispy layer.

S-The nose is smoky and but also has coffee notes and some faint woody smells. Some mild dark fruits also come as it warms.

T-The taste is complex: smoky and chocolatey with mild notes of currant and raisin.

M-The mouthfeel is heavy, but not quite "thick". Very nice.

D-A nice brew to enjoy slowly and appreciate it's complexity.

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