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

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3.78/5
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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): 7.50%

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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#17,839
Reviews:
662
Ratings:
1,420
pDev:
11.9%
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Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
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.
Cheers

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Photo of gopens44
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
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 -11.1%
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%
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 -22.8%
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 +11.1%
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 +7.9%
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 +3.7%
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 +3.2%
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 +3.2%
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 +11.1%
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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Photo of hosehead83
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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 +5.3%
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 -36.5%
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 -32.5%
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 +7.1%
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 +9.5%
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 -13.5%
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 -24.3%
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 +4.5%
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%
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%
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 +12.4%
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 +5.8%
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 +10.6%
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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Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,420 ratings
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