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

Hell Hath No Fury AleHell Hath No Fury Ale
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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 bakeller
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chimay goblet.

A: Pours very dark brown/black. Has a thin, half-finger brown head that dissipates into a ring fairly quickly. There is some sticky lacing but nothing to heavy. Tiny bubbles cascade towards the top of the glass

S: Nose is full of dried fruit. There is a sweet caramel/brown sugar smell as well. Maybe a little medicinal.

T: Taste up front is dried dark fruits. Mostly raisin and fig. There is a great malty character in the back with a slight hint of coffee. A twinge of alcohol is present.

M: Heavy body that goes down smoothly. Almost has a syrup feeling that coats the throat as it goes down. There is a medium amount of carbonation that dances delicately on the tongue

D: This beer is great as a sipper as the taste drastically changes as the beer warms. While several of these could be had in a night, I would recommend taking your time and enjoying this one. I know I did.

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Photo of strangebrew52
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Appears black with a small amount of tan head

S: Yeast, dried fruits and some spice notes in there

T: Roasted malts, a little bit of dried fruits, coffee.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Smooth

D: I really enjoy this brew, I would definitely drink this again

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GLASS: Unibroue Tulip
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BATCH #8739 (September 22, 2008)

This pours damn near black. I wasn't quite expecting that. Big espresso foam colored head. Retention is fairly good. Lacing is all the way around and slightly sticky.

This smells like a cake in a glass. Very yeasty and sugarey. Huge brown sugar presence. Lots of molasses, also. Dark fruits, mostly figs, wrapped in caramel. A decent level of maltines comes through. Mild hints of chocolate.

Taste is very dark and not nearly as sweet as the nose leads you to believe.
Roasted malts come out, in a big way. Lots of dark fruits are here, but they are covered in bittersweet chocolate and sprinkled with ground coffee beans. Mild notes of molasses and licorice.

The feel is smooth, but the carbonation is wrong, for this style. Way too sharp and cutting. This should be much creamier.

If this one were creamier, it could be a go-to beer. As it is, it's a bit too sharp to enjoy all of the time.

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Photo of budgood1
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a nearly opaque black tinted brown colour with a thin but tight tan head that seems to want to stick around awhile. thin wisps of lace. the aroma caught me off guard with all of the cocoa and caramel aromas. there are underlying hints of figs and prunes and other fruitcake like aromas...all seeming very porter-ish. the flavour is all cocoa and dark chocolate with ripe red fruity edges and belgianesque yeast notes with a pronounced spicy alcohol presence. warming and flavourful, and definitely breaks the mold of a belgian dark strong ale in all aspects, if that's what they were going for. nice balance of velvety smoothness and prickly belgian-like carbonated mouthfeel. full bodied and sort of appropriate for a cold, snowy winter's eve. drinkability is pretty good.

ok, this defies style and can't be pigeonholed into a distinct category. if Bell's would have bottled and marketed this as their x-mas ale, instead of the underwhelming scotch ale, i'm guessing it would be widely praised and equally hyped. but as BSDA, it feels wrong. like a porter recipe with some belgian yeast. this beer screams "winter warmer"...and IMHO should be judged as thus.

i liked this offering. it's tasty, interesting, and perfect for winter.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a st. bernardus glass. Could of got a 6-pack but only got a single.

A- Bell's HHNF ale has a very dark mahogany color to itself. Almost like a mix of black & brown intertwined. A very creamy dark tan head had more retention that i was expecting. This BSDA left nice streaks of lace. This looks promising so far.

S- A lot of roastiness in the smell which was not expected. Alot of dark fruits in the nose with some figs and a dash of clove. A lot of malts and spice in this as well. Almost detected a Belgian yeast variety but who knows. A hint of chocolate and cocco as well.

T- Altogether on first sips i felt that the Belgian yeast took a turn for the worst as this is not what i like in my BSDA. Behind that yeast is alot of dark malt character giving off a roasty appeal with some chocolate thrown in the mix. Some light coffee in the middle. The addition of spices such as clove also comes into play while some figs, molasses % candi sugar come out. A whole lot going on without structure. Somewhat dissapointing.

M- A bit on the thick side of things for a BSDA but that may be what Larry was going for. The flavors don't come together nicely leaving me sipping this pretty fast without letting it sit for any time, the aftertaste had a metallic and rust like feel to it. Coats the mouth nicely though, i just wish it was more tasty. Mild carbonation.

D- I managed to finish the bottle but barely made it through the 12oz. Glad I only bought a single as this was not to my liking. A moderate ABV would make this a candidate for multiple bottles at a time, but not this time. Much better examples of this style made in the U.S. so I won't be going back to this.

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Photo of yeastsipper
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer was an extra as part of a trade with goRideYourBike. Thanks Mike.

Beer pours a black with some burgundy tint exposed when viewed in the light. Head disappears quickly. Smell is of candi sugar with coffee and licorice and rye break notes. There is an earthy, rooty quality that I cannot put my finger on. The taste has a strong licorice quality and again, a rooty bitterness, which really dominates as the beer warms. This flavor lingers on the palate.

Certainly not bad, but not a great beer.

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Photo of argock
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into an oversized wine glass. No freshness date but cryptic batch number on back. Single purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.70.

A: Deep chestnut brown with light tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves little to no lace.

S: Aroma is pretty subdued with raisins, brown sugar, licorice, and light nutty smells. Pretty musty smelling with some yeast aromas too.

T: Flavor is solid but lacking in punch. Dark, dried fruits including raisins, dates, and currants are there with some lighter licorice and nutty accents. The malting seems a little lower than it should be for the vague flavor, but the leafy hops finish makes it fairly drying.

M: The mouthfeel is full with fairly low carbonation. The aftertaste is long and musty.

D: Not Bell's best offering. For a Belgian Dark Strong Ale, this one falls pretty far short, especially for a brewery as accomplished as Bell's.

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

batch 8739 bottle by way of moelikebeer.

pours a viscous dark rich coffee brown with a thick fluffy instant hot cocoa colored head. wow!...odd smelling dubbel... coffee, caramel/nicely made butterscotch (the good kind), warming spices, raisins, chocolate covered cherries, vanilla and flowers/floral yeast/floral hops(?).

lots of chocolate in the flavor along with caramel, dark fruit/raisins/cherries/plums, molasses(what?), coffee, florals and some cola (i'm thinking cherry coke, maybe dr. pepper)... there's an ashy charred note toward the finish which leads to a bunch of luscious rich coffee in the aftertaste. the medium body is slick and full of soft carbonation which makes the mouth feel crazy creamy.

i would have to agree with previous raters about this being a porter in disguise. neat-o...8/4/8/4/16/4.0

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Photo of deereless
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The color of espresso, a thin layer of head on the pour - 3.75, S: Candied sugar, possibly some cinnamon, a touch of spiciness, lots of caramel malts and some Belgian yeast aromas, touch of burnt coffee grounds - 4.25, T: Dark chocolate, some molasses and charring, quite sweet from the solid malt backing, nice dollop of hop bite on the tail - 4.25, M: Thick and slightly syrupy - 4.25, D: The more this one warms the more I am enjoying it, an interesting array of flavors on a Belgian yeast - 4.50

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Photo of Redwood21
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: the beer looks ok with a decent tan head ontop of what looks like an impossibly deep purple black color.

S: very dried fruit and delicious sorta wild and estery even though the alcohol is not too high. it def has that fruity aroma though

T: very wine like in taste, a great beer to convince wine fans that beer is good too. there are deep dried fruits and tannins. there is a sweet start with a dry bitter finish that is refreshing and cleansing

over all a very good beer and a solid introduction to the style, neither the most wild nor the most mild example of the style

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Photo of Jekster
2.63/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a deep dark caramel brown with a thick two finger coco brown head.

Smell: Instantly I smell deep dark rich malt. There is a hint of fresh baked bread, dark chocolate, with a slight tart sour dark cherry background. Also present is a slight woody musky smell. There is also the aroma of dark roasted malt and a like tart belgian yeast character.

Taste: There is a savory flavor of near burnt caramelized sugar and a sweet caramelized dark fruits. The tart smell carries over in a light background flavor, but is dominated primarily by the sweetness. It finish dry and clean with a slight alcoholic singe and warming character.

Mouthfeel: This is a medium thick beer with a slick and pleasantly coating mouthful. At the same time the finish is extremely dry and thin. It's an odd juxtaposition.

Drinkability: This is a great beer to sip on a cold night. I could probably drink two or three, but would definitely not want to drink a lot of these in one session.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: For the high pricepoint I would grab something else Bell's has to offer. Don't get me wrong, the beer is tasty, but I think there are better representations of the style for a cheaper cost. I'd say grab it on tap some time to try though, but don't be expecting to be blown away.

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Photo of tburkhart
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 2 of these awhile back at the brewery and finally got a chance to try it.

Pours pretty black with a thin head. I was a bit confused as it didn't say what kind of ale it was and I was expecting something lighter. Now knowing it is a Belgian Dark Strong Ale it's quite fitting.

Smells of Belgian yeast and spices.

Taste reminds me of a porter with slight roasted malts. Aftertaste is 100% Belgian.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

A solid beer from Bells.

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

From a 12 oz. bottle into my Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale pint glass. This is one beer that I admit that I purchased on image pretty much alone. I cannot find anywhere on the label what type of beer it is. I get home, look it up on BA and it is my most favorite style....cool!

A No light gets through, not even direct light. Head of a stout medium to dark brown frothy head which dissipates in two minutes. Looks like a stout really. After pouring I notice some sediment and so I investigate....sure enough there is yeast at the bottom of my glass..

S Stout dark, roasted malt smell only a little alcohol and do I smell dark cherry sweetness?

T Nice sweet malt taste with a bit of dark roasted character. The taste moves away from the perceived smell of a stout but this is certainly darker/roastier then other Belgian Strong Dark Ales that I have had. I don't get much hops. Taste is even from beginning to end and there is a nice sweet syrupy nectar like stickiness to it that lingers for a while. I like that for this style.

M Full for sure with dark roasted tastes, later nectar like thickness.

D One or two only for me. This is a big beer and that ABV could easily creep up on you if you are not careful. I had no problem finishing two pints though due to the interesting taste and mouthfeel.

Notes: Glad that I took the leap and tried this. Of course it was not THAT much of a leap since it is from Bell's, a consistent producer of good beer.

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Photo of dbONE
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a wonderful find on my trip to North Dakota.
A big beer in a little bottle. Pours out black black black. Very big on the malt profile with lots of spice and very faint hoppiness and nicley toasted. Sweet all the way through the pallet with some chalky chocolate caramel flavor.
Warming is very friendly to this one. A bit smoother and a skosh dry.
I will be aging my last bottle until next year. This should round things out a bit.

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Photo of tempest
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from one of the many coolers at Abe's. This is a strong B+ beer. Very American in that, while it's clearly Belgian inspired, the yeast is still fairly clean (like the Sparkling Ale) and the malts control the flavor. That's not a bad thing, but this isn't an amazing Belgian. It is a nice sort of strong brown/porter-ish beer with hints of clove and cinnamon on top of the chocolate loaf and roast character that really defines and makes the beer. The aroma, while not much more than the flavor in terms of depth, is oddly intoxicating. I don't understand it, but while I might only want to drink one or two of these beers in a day, I could smell it all week. Go buy this beer, and then smell it.

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Photo of Bung
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a dark white head. Roasty aroma, malt and chocolates. Taste of chocolate, caramel roast malt. Very little hop character anywhere. Pretty medium bodied. Maybe some raisin but very little fruit. Finishes a little blah. As this warmed it increased, with a banana cream pie finish. Certainly more of a strong ale. Personnally I thought this was great because it was not a standard dubbel, which I am not a fan of any of the Belgian styles really other than the quad. Thought this was great on its own, but absolutely bad if you were looking for a crappy belgian. Unique and worth trying, if you know what to expect.
I bet a barrel aged version of this could be interesting.

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Photo of Atricapilla
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not exactly what I was expecting based upon the description on the bottle's label. The beer was a very dark brown, almost coffee colored, with a light head that dissipated quickly. Had a very malty aroma, it also smelt roasted. The beer tasted roasted, and had flavours of smoke, malt and bread.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Woo hoo. Another great Bell's beer. This is a big one. A little sweet. Stoutish. Unique. Recommended. I am putting a couple bottles up for storage to try in a year of so.

I recently put up some Hopslam in long term aging. This is very different, with much more of a maltyness going on.

After a year:

Woo hoo! I have had a few of these sitting in the aging bin for 11 months. Since I don't feel like going out, I've gotten a few old ones cold today. This one is barely cold. It is about a year old, in my ager...

It might be better if it were colder. It's black as night. thick smelling, with nothing foul. Enjoyable aroma and taste. It tastes stronger than it is, but inoffensive.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My sense is that everyone gets the same flavors out of this, and it's just a matter of taste if you like it or not. As other reviewers have said, it basically tastes like a crazy melange of an American stout and a Belgian strong dark ale. I dug it. Pours a black color, with brown highlights and a small off-white head. No lacing. Nose is spicy candy Belgian malt, breadiness, light cherries and fruitiness. Much more roasted flavor than your average BSDA. Flavor is similar, and leans to the stouty side of things especially as it warms up. Overall, a really unique one that I'd try again in a second.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Very dark brown to black body with a tan head that dissapates quickly. No lacing at all.

Not exactly what I would expect. Smells like an American stout. Chocolate aromas dominate. Some dark fruits like fig come through also though.

OK, so I don't really dig this one. Some stout was on its way home and got lost, falling into a bottle of a belgian strong dark ale. This mistake was overlooked and bottled, turning into Hell hath no fury. Big chocolate taste with a slight roasted flavor. Tastes like a stout most of the time, but finishes with some peppery and dark fruit flavors. I feel like these flavors were just thrown in at the last minute; a desperate attempt to stick to style. The peppery is fine but the fruit taste overly ripe and spoiled to me. Hell hath no fury...like a bad beer?

A thick mouthfeel, chocolate malts seem to stick to your tongue until you can't taste anything else. Am I still drinking it? I thought I finished this last night?

Drinkability, not so great.

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Photo of mentor
2.31/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Batch 8739. Solid finger of brown head over a dark brown liquid. Smells dark and earthy chocolate with mild coffee, grassy hop edge, and peppery.

Tastes potent chocolate with surprising present of light esters and a phenolic that is disjointed and misplaced on the thick, dark, and sweet of this beer. Comes across as a kind of dry papery and not pleasant at all. Flavors present are chocoalte, old anise, fig, pear, and a peppery sting. Carbonation is too rubust and mouthfeel is thick with roast grain clinging to the tongue. Fuggles-flavored hoppiness and artificial chocolate syrup. This beer can go away and I would never miss it.

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Photo of TheBear11D
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark, black in color with adark tan brown head that lasted a good while.

Dee grape scents, perhaps even wine with a bit of caramel, chocolate and woods.

Tastes of alcohol and grapes up front with a brief chocolate middle quickly fading back to a citrus edge.

Medium to think body with active carbonation.

Fairly strong, but still very drinkable.

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Photo of marcpal
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to maximum12 for sending this my way. Appreciate it sir.

12oz bottle poured into Delirium Tremens glass that matched the bottle.
Bottle Graphics: 7/10. Better than most Bell's.

A: What the hell is going on here? This is a Belgian, this looks like a damn stout. Opaque brown with a tan frothy head. Borderline black with patchy lacing.

S: OK, there is something more Belgian here but also a huge amount of roasted chocolate. There is some raisin smell, other fruits but the smokiness and chocolate are the lead singers.

T: I let it warm a bit and it was pretty damn good. The sweetness was unexpected, completely a shock to me when I had thought something much different was coming- this is a Belgian Chocolate stout in my opinion and if it were, the taste would be spot on. I do see some Belgian spices but I'm searching here.

M: Modest mouthfeel and thickness. The carbonation left something to be desired.

D: Totally off style (to me at least) but something that I enjoyed sitting back and glad I had the chance to try. Won't seek out trades for it but if it were in my fridge, I'd drink it. Thanks Corey.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this acrid beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a black rich color with a dark head. The beer was sour smelling we thought and did not smell good. The taste was slightly sweet, high alcohol taste with a smokey after taste like a smoke beer. Might be good with a thick steak, but for refreshment drinking I will not buy again.

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Photo of Shumista
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass after being left out for a while to warm up a bit.

A- Hell Hath No Fury pours a much darker brown than I expected, with a small brown head. Looks dark enough to be a porter or a stout. Lots of chunky white sediment settles to the bottom quickly.
S- Smells very belgian. Ripe dark fruit, sweet roasted malts and some yeast.
T- The dark fruits and sweet malts from the aroma are there, but there's other flavors that I didn't expect from the aroma. The roasted malts give it very noticeable chocolate and coffee flavors that remind a lot of a stout or porter. It's sweeter than I expected from the aroma as well.
M- Creamy, medium bodied (almost thick/full bodied), with a decent amount of carbonation.
D- Very high for how flavorful of a beer this is. I'd put a few more back if I hadn't only bought the single.

This is a really interesting beer that blurs the lines between style. Some aspects of it remind me of a sweet stout like Bell's Double Cream Stout while others remind of a Belgian Dubbel. Definitely worth a try and something that I will be buying a six pack of soon to share with friends.

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Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 64.8% out of 100 with 1,359 ratings
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