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 mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Portsmouth tulip. Batch 9999.

a - Pours a black color that lets absolutely no light through, with one finger of tan head that's last for 2 to 3 minutes and high carbonation evident. Tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells strongly and surprisingly of smoke, as well as roasted malts. Also some toasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and light fruit, especially bananas. Pretty interesting and good, but wasn't expecting so much smoke.

t - Tastes of smoke roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit, bitter coffee, and toasted malts. Pretty nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, very nice.

d - A beer I was glad to try and would drink again, but probably wouldn't seek out again. The smell was very interesting and surprising, with a nice mix of smokey malts and bananas/fruit. Worth a try.

EDIT: As this beer warmed up, it got a lot better. It got easier to drink and a lot more banana came out in the smell. In short, I would let this one warm up a bit before you drink it.

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Photo of pdoran10
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

have had this on tap before, but never really bothered to remember how it tasted after having so many limited release bell's taps that night. bell's has started distributing more of its limited release beers to minnesota lately, which has me really excited!

this pour is a dud. jet black with very little if any head. nice color. the tiny amount of foam stays around.

smell is caramelized roast, dark slightly singed toast. a hint of earthy hops, not overly fragrant.

taste is chocolate blended with what seems like candi sugar, which makes it taste a bit like a very well crafted dove chocolate bar. some roast and fig flavors come through too. nice flavors here, but really not the flavor profile i expect from a belgian strong dark ale at all, oh well great tasting beer! seems kind of like a figgy stout with candi sugar and belgian yeast.

mouthfeel is nice and smooth, but thick and substantial. low carbonation. feels nice going down, but again not to style really in this area.

drinability is very good, could have a few of these, which is hard to accomplish in a BSDA. nice beer!

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass tulip.

$15.99 / 6-pk.

A: Opaque black body with a small brown head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing, and only a ring of cover. Much darker than typical for the style, and the head is sub-par as well.

S: Banana ester with hints of coffee, raisin, and booze. Very subdued hop aroma, and perhaps a slight lactic sour. Interesting aroma, but not what I am looking for in the style.

T: Sweet chocolate, coffee, and banana. Low bitterness, and just the slightest hotness pokes through. Very good, but once again not really what I expect from the style.

M: Medium body with moderate to heavy carbonation. Slight carbonic bite, but smooth overall.

D: Easy drinking with an interesting assortment of flavors and aromas. Excellent selection for the evening.

O: Wonderful beer, but I can't help but feel this one was mislabeled as a Strong Dark Ale. Too many of its characteristics simply do not fit.

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

I had this on tap once about a year and a half ago, and it doesn't really show up around here in the bottle too much, so when I saw it, I figured that I would be glad to try it again. Review is from notes taken on 10/10/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is darkest brown near black, and starts with a full 3 finger frothy dark tan head with pretty solid retention; body is entirely opaque and allows no light through whatsoever; a firm web, strands and spots of lacing are left all over the sides of the glass as the head slowly fades to a thin, but full and uneven cap on the surface.

Smell: A presence of deep and ripe dark fruits; bit of a smokey presence blends in with some of the Belgian spices such as cardamom and cloves.

Taste: Nice flavors come from the maltiness that is chock full of ripe (but not too overly ripe) dark fruits (raisins, figs, dates) with a bit of a caramel presence along with it; definite smokey presence still, and it's odd - I remember getting this in the on-tap version as well and not being exactly sure where it came from, but it could be a trick that it's playing on my palate, perhaps some burnt coffee/roastiness that's just coming across that way?; bit of a bitter hop bit lingering underneath it all with a bit of alcohol to boot, but that should be expected as it clocks in at around 7.5%.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight; carbonation is present, but comes across as soft and smooth in the mouth and is just a little prickly; a thin, semi-dry and sticky coating is left all over the palate and holds the smokey/roasty presence quite nicely.

Drinkability: It's not bad -- a pretty unique flavor aspect to this BSDA; the Bell's website says the shelf life is only 6 months past the bottling date, but I have to wonder how this would be with about a year on it. Perhaps I'll try it, we'll see. Anyway, it's not too heavy and has flavors that keep it interesting and me coming back for another sip -- the only thing really kind of lowers it a little bit is the 7.5% ABV -- it may sneak up after a couple, so I will likely proceed with some caution.

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Photo of jera1350
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 9999!

Pours a viscous black color with a dense brown head of foam. Cake like looking head that could be cut with a knife. Lacing is beautiful.

The nose has a deep roast to it along with a fruity presence. Some molasses and caramelized sugar as well.

Deep, deep roasted malt with dark chocolate and coffee. A grassy hop presence and a some dark fruit in the form of dates and raisin. A bit of warm alcohol as well.

Close to full bodied and velvety feeling with a dry finish.

Quite stout like in my opinion, but an enjoyable and tasty brew. This is worth having for sure. I would have it again.

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

[L] Pours a very rich, dark brown. Bordering on black. Slight tan fizz atop.

[S] Aroma of raisin, a pleasant Belgian yeast. Some darker malts leaning toward chocolate.

[T] Yeastiness imparts a large amount of the flavor here. Chocolate and raisin again. There is a very subtle banana and smokiness in the finish.

[F] Mouth is very thin, velvety. Smooth, and neutral. Not sugary or dry.

[D] This is definitely a beer I could find myself drinking a 6 pack of over the course of an evening. Some may find this to be lackluster, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of cnally
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a goblet.

Dark, oh wow is this a dark one, pitch black and thick. Head for days. We all love head that don't quit, don't we?

The aroma really relies on the belgian yeasts involved--spicy and present, with a burnt hickory, smoky aroma filling in behind.

The flavor continues the dominance by the belgian yeasts, as the flavor fills with a dark roasted coffee and barley back end. The finish is hardly bitter, it remains smoky and burnt malt. Interesting juxtaposition of those freespirited biting Belgian yeasts with a malt this roasted and woodsy.

Mouthfeel is evenly carbonated but a little shallow, and for as thick as the beer appears, it feels a lot more watery than you'd expect.

I like it for the novelty, but to call it a Belgian in mouthfeel or aroma is not accepting it is constructed more like an American stout, merely made with abbey yeasts.

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

A- Dark, dark almost black beer with a mocha head that is thick but dissipates quickly, and loudly. Leaves very little lacing on the edges.

S- Dark malts and toasted scent

T- Roasted malts and some spice at the start. The spiciness is sweeter and almost gives that slight banana-clove flavor that is characteristic of lighter Belgian beers.

M- Feels nice and thick with a medium to bigger body. Creamy texture with low to medium carbonation. Can feel a pronounced alcohol presence that warms the spice flavor as it goes down.

D- Very drinkable and enjoyable. Nothing is too overpowering to limit this beer's enjoyment, and the overall flavor is quite interesting.

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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 Andrewtherooster
4.72/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 9999

Beer appears black with a slight reddish tinge, though opaque, with a nice tan laced crown.

The smell's roasty with notes of raspberry and cranberry, as well as some earthy clove, ginger root, and allspice.

The taste starts with some floral notes (hibiscus and rose), going into the berry-like fruitiness, and finishing with alcoholic warmth. This is all amidst a consistent chocolate/roasted malt current. Goes down easily, but with more complexity than I expected.

Mouthfeel is very round, balancing well between having a decent body and maintaining carbonation levels.

Overall, this is a great beer that I'm very glad Bell's put out again. I wish this were year-round, but hey. I should make a note that this beer does not fit the Belgian Strong Dark Ale style categorization. While the beer displays qualities of a Belgian-style yeast strain, I feel as though this is more an American Stout fermented with some funky yeast as opposed to an actual Belgian-style ale. Regardless, this beer hits a great medium with being complex and warming (incredible around a campfire) while still being very quaffable.

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Photo of mcann2pu
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date is September 21st, 2010 (Batch 9999).

Appearance: pours into my pint glass an unexpectedly mysterious dark black/brown color, tan-ish carmal colored head very thin, minimal lacing left on the glass.

Smell: good smell, aggressive roasted aroma, diffidently some spice, and a good amount of malt comes through.

Taste: the smell did not disappoint, brawny malt basted backbone supporting a sweetly spiced heavier beer with a refined Belgian-ish finish.

Mouthfeel: medium to heavy body,

Drinkability: very drinkable, very interesting brew here.

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Photo of Lukafer
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 9999 

Pours an extremely dark brown/red with no light penetrating.  Swirling in my New Belgium globe leaves beautiful lacing.  Two fingers of tan head.  Smells are booze, dates, with some other varied dark fruits.  Tastes are slight banana?  Didn't expect that, some roasted malts and maybe some pepper and plum with a boozy finish.  Mouthfeel is sticky with a good amount of carb.  This is a sipper, I'll definitely put some away for a while and see how it ages.  Overall a pretty unique beer and nothing like I thought it was going to be.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A= Like the color of this pretty much jet black and had a mocho colored head that took a little bit to go away, spotty lacing.

S= For me there was some earthy smell in this one but also some dark fruits, a little roasty, and some spice and clove.

T= To me I really taste the fruit in this beer which kind of surprised me on this one. Tasted some of the spice really thought the spice would overpower this beer but it didn't really liked it.

M= For me it was kind of thin and went down really smooth again this kind of surprised me. Crisp Carbonation if anything thought it was a little to much for this style.

D= Really liked it goes down smooth easy drinking on this one.

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Photo of gormanb
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

tastes like a combo between a stout and a belgian brown ale. The aroma is the best part, but it goes down smooth and tastes nice. Flavors of dark coffee, chocolate, and fruit combine nicely with sweet and roasted malt flavors. Mouthfeel is relatively light and slick.

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Photo of beerhan
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch # 9999

Poured from a bottle into a three floyds pint glass. Very surprised by this one. Jet black with a coffee froth head. I was expecting more of a dark brown but was mistaken.

Smells like a belgian style but tastes like a stout. Very boozy for being so mellow. I am really not sure what to say about this one. I could taste licorice, chocolate and lots of alcohol with a hint of belgian yeast.

I am going to have to buy a full six pack and give this a full shot but I Kind of really liked this but at the same time thought it may be a little too boozy.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a deep black color with a thin tan head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass. The aroma is loaded with Belgian yeast, chocolate and dark fruit, with a touch of hops. The taste is rich and very-well balanced with flavors of dark chocolate, Belgian yeast and a touch of dark fruit. The malt character is very hearty and the hops presence is mild. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet. Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, sticky finish. Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good representation of style, good kick to it, I could certainly drink quite a few of these. This is a good beer to stick with for an evening.

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Photo of bobhits
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roughly a year old...this beer has changed a good bit, but the nature of it remains.

Dark brown, completely black once in the glass. A HUGE dark coco head that nearly explodes in the glass.

The armona seems off to me. Almost sour with lots of belgium yeast aromas. I suppose something has happened with the aging. Could be the glass, but I doubt it.

Thankfully the flavor of this beer isn't effected by whatever has set the smell off (and not sure that isn't just what the beer should be). Fruits, belgium yeast, sweet malty finish.

The mouth is smooth and silky and this stuff does down without a problem.

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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 thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the Mellow Mushroom in Greensboro after the Summerfest Brews Festival. Served from tap into a Chimay goblet. Pours a deep dark brown with a one finger tan head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of bananas, alcohol, malt, and vanilla. The flavor was of fruit, malt, caramel, alcohol, and vanilla. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a nice brew. Went down quite smooth and was quite enjoyable even after a day FULL of drinking at the festival. Had a very nice flavor, but just a decent aroma for its style. Worth trying for sure.

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Photo of oberon
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Greensboro for the annual brewfest that went on over the weekend here in town.Poured a deep dark brown with some ruby tint thruought,almost no head to speak of,almost flat looking.Aromas are bursting with dark fruit,raisin/prune,and plum dominate,there is some molasses,and alcohol present as well.Big and sweet on the palate,cakey with that dark fruit element playing a big role again,seems more alcoholic than it is.Its mouth coating and sticky,really a sipper,the sweetness can become a bit much after awhile as well.

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

A: Black and opaque in my goblet. The head starts at two fingers, but quickly fades to a thin, chocolatey lace.

S: Bouquet is a tad faint, but banana, clove, and rum make subtle cameos.

T: Flavor is powerful and fruit-filled. Molasses, banana, and nutmeg make for a delicious concoction.

M: Light body and perfectly attenuated. Carbonation is at an enjoyable level. There is a nice creamy aspect to this beer that reminds me of the way the Trappistes do it.

D: Overall, this is a noble attempt at a very difficult style. It is better than many offerings from other US breweries that pride themselves on their Belgian ales. While it is not up to par with the Belgian examples, it is a very good brew at a very reasonable price.

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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 vdread
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Hell Hath No Fury Ale is beautiful. it pours a thick black with no light coming through, a thick tan head, and visible chunks of sediment floating around.

it smells like roasted malts and sharp spice.

there is a strong dark fruit presence, as well as rich chocolate, spice, strong roasted malt, some sweetness, and a slight hint of spicy hops.

mouth creamy, thick, and with chunks.

i thoroughly enjoyed this beer's complex qualities. i would probably enjoy it more if i could find it in tejas, though.

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

Received as an extra in a recent trade. Dark brown, almost black, with a nice bit of tan head. Aromas of dark fruit (plums mostly, but also dates and figs), chocolate malt and dark brown sugar. On the palate, this is a very malty beer, cut by Belgian spices and a little coffee. Not a whole lot of complexity going on here, but a tasty, enjoyable beer nonetheless.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled July 2009

A - Very dark brown with a dark brown foamy head. Head is only about a finger thick with moderate retention. Excellent lacing though.

S - Roasted malts and just a touch of smokiness. Dark fruits come through later and provide a touch of sweetness. There is also some baking spice present.

T - Lots of roasted malt up front. Smoke comes through in the taste but not near as much as the nose. Still pick up some dark fruit but there is more of a spice presence. Roasted malts really dominate the entire beer though.

M/D - Medium bodied and easy drinking. Crisp carbonation. Light bitterness.

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