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
Ratings:
1,359
Reviews:
643
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
12.2%
 
 
Wants:
72
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136
For Trade:
7
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Photo of colefsuwr
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A wonderfully smoked beer. It escalates from smell to taste and carries throughout. I had it paired with a smoked kesler chop and at a restaurant and my mouth watered the whole time. Excelent job and might convince me to try smoking one of my own darker beers.

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Photo of hrking
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at the Herot.Hit you up front with a cross between a hoppy porter and a stout but is considered an American Dubbel. Surprising smooth and very drinkable..This is one of those beers you've gotta get within the first few weeks it comes out because it dries up fast. Popular when it hits the taps at the local pubs!

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Photo of TLove
3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Really surprised by the classification on this brew, but it doesnt seem that a lot of my peers are disagreeing here. I admit that I'm reluctant to review this as a BSDA, but will do my best to compensate.

Pours a thick, dark brown with a mahogany head and thin retention. The scents of smokiness and cinnamon are really strong up front with a touch of molasses and raisin. The smokiness of this beer pour into the taste, as does the cinnamon and raisin, but I really don't taste much of a yeast component to this beer, which is a crucial shaping component for the style.

The carbonation is crisp and dry and the balance renders more to a American porter. The finish, though also smoky, is a bit more syrupy than sugary and has a malt consistency that clouds the rather strong 7.5% ABV.

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

Thanks to Gcurlow for this puppy!
Pours a dark brown/black. Has a tan head that falls to a skim. There is some lacing.Smells of deep dark fruit, chocolate and roasted malts.
Taste is Chocolate, Sweet roasted malt, Little tangy with dark fruit in the middle. Pretty rich. Body is medium with nice carbonation prickle. Overall a rich and tasty brew. Not so sure that it's a Belgian Strong Dark Ale but it is still enjoyable none the less.

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

Thanks to Corby112 for this beer!

Pours black with a whipped chocolate head. Since I'm a fan of dark beers this is a thing of beauty.

Ok, I've encountered this before. I smell bacon. I don't know why, but this and Black Butte XXI smell like bacon to me. I also pick up some fruit. I like.

Thankfully the bacon doesn't get picked up in the mouth. Lots of malt, smoke, and fruit. There are a couple other things I can't identify. Very pleasant taste. I wonder how this would taste after being thrown into a barrel.

Nice and creamy in the mouth. Perfect abount of carbonation.

This is a great beer. Very drinkable. I would have this again.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of mdmako
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark dark brown with a moderate amount of tan head that leaves some lacing.

S - A nice combination of earthy malts smells with dark fruits such as raisons. A definate chocolate aroma with some smokieness.

T - A deep combination simular to the nose but more of a burnt flavor.

M - A medium/thick feel that feels like it looks, bold.

D - Excellent flavors coming together for those of you that prefer the more bold flavors. A little hard to drink all the time though especially for the price.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch N. 7673 - October 11, 2006

Bell's Hell Hath No Fury Ale pours up with a moderate carbonation that creates a rather modest tannish-brown head that nicely rounds the top of the cola-reddish brown colored body. The aroma is very malty with deep notes of chocolate pudding, burnt raisins & mocha. Very clean with some oxidative notes which aid in the overall complexity. The flavor is much like the nose with layers of sweet maltiness combined with a lovely toffee/caramel nuttiness ending with a malted chocolate menage. Low bitterness to balance, light fruitiness for a Belgian-style ale without much wollop. This medium-full bodied specialty drinks more like a Belgie-stout or an overly roasty dubbel. Quite enjoyable, but lakes the depth & complexity for a BSDA. Here's to the crew and "a brew that gives you either sympathy for the devil or the courage to face him."

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of srandycarter
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark Cola, lots of tan head, leaves slow.

S - Smoke and cloves, mostly. Sweet malt in background. Interesting.

T - More down and dirty to Smell. Earthy, peaty, smoky.

M - Creamy, well carbed, fair balance.

D - Not my favorite, but fun to try for sure.

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Photo of kels
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last beer I got to try at last night's Bell's tasting at the Indy Beer Sellar.

Appearance: Pours a very deep, warm shade of brown with the slightest reddish undertones. No head nor lace forms to speak of, and the complete viscosity of the liquid leaves the amount of carbonation up to the imagination.

Smell: Slightly yeasty with fruity esters, the smell also has light grains and mild and sweet malts. A little heavy and syrupy.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is full of light, sweet spice and chewy dark fruits. A metallic drying in the back of the taste meets a syrupy malt in an unusually bright way. Feel is moderate, viscous, chewy and bright.

Drinkability: Pretty high, but doesn't remind me as much of the style as expected.

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Photo of qchic
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Sept. 22, 2008

Expecting lots of flavor, I let this one warm up a bit out of the fridge. Pours black and I can only get some light through around the edges. Even the head, which has thinned to the top layer, is dark tan like that of a big stout. Some particulates floating about takes away from the appearance. The aroma is filled with roasty, roasty malts and smokiness, along with some tangy dark fruit. The taste, while good, is fairly straightforward. Dark chocolatey malts, figs, cherry, banana, rum, coffee. Finishes with some bitterness and alcohol warmth. It's leaning towards thick with low carbonation. Not a chore to drink, but I was expecting better stuff from this brewery, and it's not cheap. Did like the label though :) Should marketing be a category? Now there's a horrible idea....

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Photo of biegaman
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hell Hath No Fury looks like it's been licked by hell's hot flames and turned charred black as result. This is staunchly opaque and, without the typical highlights observed in a Belgian Strong Dark ale, has me looking at it as more of a porter. Its ocher-brown head drains to the perimeters. BSDA's are often dark, deep tones of mauve or brown, but never have I seen one this simply black. Just like a black hole, this sucks in light and emits nothing.

Apparently its aroma was raked over the coals as well! This smells like a smoked porter. It has a sooty, roasty, ashy persona with a generous hint of smoked meat. There seems to be some underlying phenols, but the spiciness takes back seat to the smoke character. I can't claim to be sensing much dark fruit or bready maltiness either. A little swirling brings out notes of coffee, chocolate and even more lightly spiced, heavily smoked meat.

The taste is similar to aroma and boasts the same unorthodox, perplexing combination of smokiness, spiciness and dark roasted malts. Some fruit (plum, raisin) seems to have finally bled through although they continue to be accompanied by equal parts coffee, chocolate, anise and some bourbony oak too. It would seem to me they went a little heavy on the roast malts and didn't get enough ester/phenol production out of their yeast.

What prompts me to say that is the abundance of bittersweet maltiness and the relative lack of fruity or spicy flavours. There is plenty that differs this from other BSDA's but notably it is the absence of phenols and minor presence of esters. With every sip I think more and more of this as a porter - there really isn't much of anything Belgian about it.

The carbonation is low and the beer borders on syrupy at times. There is a certain bittersweet character that is (again) more typical of porters than BSDAs. There's a note of alcohol that is neither balanced nor complimentary. This isn't very rich nor complex; there's no caramelized sugar syrup nor phenolic dry yeast. This bottle was brewed in September and it is now June, but for a beer this style and strength that shouldn't have anything to do with it.

But as things stand now I'm not too anxious to search out another bottle to be sure. If you look Belgian Strong Dark ales up in the BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) you'll see some of the world's highest rated and most coveted beers listed as "commercial examples" for this style. With those offerings readily available on the market there's no reason to settle on this, even if the same brewery does make the best stouts and IPA's around.

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Photo of waltonc
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle at Beer Depot in Ann Arbor yesterday. Pours dark brown without a great deal of head. Smells and tastes sweet, malty, with a bit of spiciness. Not hoppy. Hard to put the taste into words beyond this for me. Nothing stood out very much. Mouthfeel was on the thicker side and a bit sticky. I wouldn't call this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of grub
3.01/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. batch 8739, packaged sept 22/08. sampled may 18/09.

pours nearly black and pretty much opaque - definitely in stout territory here. a small dense light brown head forms, dropping slowly and leaving tons of lace behind. my wife says the lace looks like "cat paw prints" on the sides of my glass. a cluster of chunks can also be seen at the bottom of the glass.

aroma is odd... my first thought is of mushrooms, not really good. earthy and woody. bit of dark fruit. light alcohol. bit of roast and toast. white bread.

taste isn't much different. again, i'm getting a mushroom character that i have trouble seeing past. dark fruit. bit of chocolate and belgian spice. light alcohol. earthy and musty woody character.

mouthfeel is pretty good. medium body. medium-high carbonation level.

drinkability isn't great for me. once it's had time to breath the mushroomyness starts to fade, but it never completely disappears. i also find the alcohol a little unbalanced, feeling like more than 7.5%. i'm generally pretty happy with bells, but this one misses the mark for me.

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

12 oz bottle picked up in Michigan a while ago.

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

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Photo of sohio
3.09/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After a sixer, I decided to pour my last bottle into my trust St. Bernardus tulip. Review time.

Bell's HHNF poured a thick black, each pour kinda "blurped" into the glass. Very little head or foam. Really, no lacing either. Seems well carbonated, thats for sure.

I try to pick up a smell, and there is almost nothing there. Maybe a little burnt caramel.

I tasted roasted malts, a bready finish. A sweet, dry after taste.

Medium, slightly oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability? After the fifth, I was ready to call it quits. At 7.5% Its a sippin beer for sure. Am I glad I tried it? You bet. Will I have this again? I'd have to say no.

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

Damn dark dour. Very nice shade of black, actually. Looks wonderful against the gold lettering of my Duvel glass. If--this is a silly suggestion, I guess, but if you got a glass with a gold rim or lettering this is the beer to pour into it.

Smells firm, smooth and stouty. Like a BPA and a firmly hopped English porter. For reference, this smells a lot more like De Dolle's export stout than it does their Stille Nacht. The yeast is subdued and there's no real spiciness. Judging it as a strong stout, however, this smells exceptionally smooth and complex.

Tastes very good, though not quite as good as I had hoped. Big stout malt, roasted to a point where they don't resemble dark chocolate so much as milk chocolate that's been a little burnt. The hops are dry and not too intense (not surprising, since this was bottled 7 months ago), but still provide a nice balance to the malt. The yeast comes in fairly strong at the end, and while it has a little bit of Belgian burniness to it I really can't quite place it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark with a brownish head. Pretty good lacing.

S: Roasted malt along with some sweet fruits. A bit of hops.

T: Chocolate and dark fruit; dark malts and some style-specific yeast characteristics.

M: Full body and medium carbonation. Fairly chewy.

D: Definitely one to be sipped, but all around very enjoyable.

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Photo of popery
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to deliriumfest for this beer.

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 Yetiman420
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Unibroue tulip glass.

Pours a surprisingly dark color with a 1.5 finger light tan head. No indication of style on the bottle description - just alcohol content.

Roasted malt aroma. I'd guess this as a robust porter at this point. Still taken back by the darkness of this Belgian dark (which sounds like a weird comment).

First sip impression. Silky mouthfeel and great flavor. Bells is delivering once again up to this point.

Really no Belgian flavors to this one. The typically spicy yeast is hidden by the (wonderful) roasted malt. I suspect this is another instance of Bell's loose interpretation of a style which is fine by me. Belgain and style don't go together anyway.

Back on track. Soft and silky in the mouth.

The only downside to this beer is the lack of distinct Belgian flavor. It really didn't impact my rating. I wonder how people would rate this one blind.

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Photo of Martin2D
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown in color, average head which faded quickly

S - Roasty malt

T - Malts are definitely the show here. More like a porter to me then a BSDA.

M - Approximately medium to full in body

D - If you're looking for a BSDA, look elsewhere, but definitely worth a try for an interesting beer. I could drink a lot of these, but I doubt I would.

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

A - Poured a dark brown color with a light brown head that leaves lacing behind yeast chunks towards the bottom of my glass

S - Is of roasted malt dark fruits and yeasty

T - Dark fruit and yeast taste stand out the most for me

M - This beer has a fuller body with medium carbonation to it

D - Not a bad beer but theres better beers from the style out there that I'd pick up first but its still worth trying sometime

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle into chalice.

Pours a dark brown, reddish brown with the light peeking through around the edges, nice khaki head.

Nose is a bit roasty, with a bit of yeast around the edges.

Taste is roasty, with hints of dark brown sugar and dark fruits, nice and dry. yeast comes on more towards the finish, but the roastiness never really goes away - leaves just a bit of acidity with the dry, slightly roasty finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth but still just a bit sharp, medium bodied. Really fascinating beer - delicious.

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

batch #8739. A very dark brown to black color with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee,caramel,molasses,and a little doughy yeast. Very complex flavors of grain,chocolate caramel,coffee,cola,rasins,dates and maybe a hint of nuts, very earthy. A smooth rich mouthfeel, medium carbonation,and a ever so slightly bitter finish. Very drinkable and very good.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As i pour this into my glass, as much as i tried i could get a head to form. On the whole i found it to be dark chocolate and slightly reminiscent of coke in color.

S - Cinnamon, plum, and dark chocolate

T - this doesn't remind me too much of a BSDA at first sip as it does a stout. I am getting a lot of roasted, almost smoky dark chocolate with a hint of spice. Has a bitter back end on it that almost makes me want to pucker and do note hints of cherry and plum as the tastes lingers on

MF - Decent body that leans a little thin for my taste for the style. Does a nice hint of carbonation though that fits well

D - Overall an okay beer but there are better BSDAs out there to drink and better session beers to drink multiples of

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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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