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 | website

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 smakawhat
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass, this odd beast I guess.

A deep dark brownish plum like purple body, thick and opaque as all can be. Real nice creamy tan two finger head as well, with an espresso like consistency and appearance. Neat looking brew.

Interesting aroma. Hints of scorched toffee, dark fruit raisin and a bit of brown sugar. A mix of char like roast and dark fruits, with the former being a little more subtle.

Sort of expected, yet unexpected palate. Porter like roast notes but with thicker body and a fruitier mid palate. Chewy scorched raisins and hints of carbon sugar notes with a tolerable flavor. Real thick but not horribly syrupy almost with a licorice like feel and consistency, even a bit of black licorice coming off on this on the aftertaste.

What a unique brew, very interesting, out there and a lot of fun. Have to remember to put this on my list every year.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours near black with a little fizzy head.

Nose has a bit of dark dried fruit but not overly so.

Flavor is that of a typical belgian strong, good amount of syrupy sweet with the raisin/prune notes.

Body is definitely on the lighter side and the ABV isn't as "strong" as other strong ales I've had. It's nice but not eye opening.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip.

Deep cola color (near black) with 1 finger of brown head. Very little light penetration.

Cocoa nib, roasted barley, vanilla, raisin, and milk chocolate.

Roasted barley, dark Belgian candy syrup, molasses, raisin, and fig. Powdered cocoa, milk chocolate, and banana peel. Hints of clove and potpourri.

Medium bodied, syrupy, smooth, slick, and mildly sweet.

A smooth, sweet, and complex ale just straddling the line between a Sweet Stout and a Belgian Dark Ale.

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Photo of babaracas
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours pretty close to black with thin layer of light brown foam, spots of lace on the glass. Smell: quite roasty, meaty, burnt sugar, cola and anise notes. Taste: caramel, fig, burnt toast, anise, earthy note buried in some lactose-y sweetness. Feel is a bit slick, sticky and messy. I suppose this fits in that anything goes "Belgian stout" category but, even so, it's messy.

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Photo of madelfonatree
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled August 28, 2015 and enjoyed September 27, 2015 in a Med Elf tulip/snifter.

"A brew that gives you either sympathy for the devil or the courage to face him. Goes especially well with your favorite lost my girl/truck/dog/trailer song."

Look - Looks like a stout with no head. Aggressive pour yielded a thin ring of tan head. Lacing comes in the form of sporadic bubbles and a clear film.

Smell - Sweet coffee. Chocolate. Raisins. Bread. Malt. Dark fruit.

Taste - Fig. Honey. Bread. Nut. Char.

Feel - Heavy carbonation. Doesn't sit well in the stomach. Syrupy.

Overall - Looking at reviews it looks like we are drinking many different versions of this. I like Belgian darks. This is okay. No head but a lot of fiz.

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Photo of tlema1
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: jet black, very stout-like...beautiful tan head
S: fruit, bread...kind of a mess
T: some roast, some dark fruit, some Belgian yeast....terrible after taste
F: mouthfeel ok, but overpowered by a terrible aftertaste
O: can't wrap my tastebuds around this mess

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Photo of Budinetz
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle at Molly's Irish sports pub and grille in Bethlehem, Pa. Date the bottle was packaged is 8/28/15.

Pours a deep, dark, reddish black color with a tan head that dissipates quickly. A thin layer of film adheres to the sides of the glass as I consume.

Smells of roasted malt, subtle alcohol, raisins.

Tastes of bready Malts, honey, fig. Tastes very viscous.

Mouthfeel is heavy as the viscosity of the beer is quite high. Finishes with a slight prickle on the tough.

Overall a solid brew. Would definitely get this again.


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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet: color is dark brown to black, head is tan, presenting 1/2 inch thick and remaining as a nice top.

Smell is clean, subdued for the style, more light roast and toast than off notes from the yeast as possibly expected.

Taste is very pleasant, simple; malt is lighter roast and toast, yeast flavors are subtle raisin/plum with hint of phenol on the back.

Mouthfeel is smooth for a style that can be quite sweet/cloying. Presence is balanced through the mouth with a somewhat dry finish.

Overall, a very good, somewhat simple flavored beer, but very drinkable and flavorful.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle dated 8/28/15 poured into a goblet
A: Pours a dark brown with just a thin lacing that quickly disappears
S: Lots of roasted malt/oat/grain notes with a decent amount of Belgian yeast and some caramel
T: Starts off with nice roasted grain notes, again a Belgian yeast mid-palate but the finish turns bitter and discordant; unfortunately that's what you remember
M: Medium-bodied, a touch sweet, nice carbonation
O: I don't know what's going on with the finish, as there are no flaws anywhere else with the beer. The rest of the beer is decent but doesn't exactly know which direction it's going and unfortunately doesn't harmonize well. I like Bells but this won't be one I'll revisit

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Photo of Stevem68
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chocolate color. Has aroma of Belgian yeast and molasses. Flavor is a little sweet. The yeast gives a bitter flavor. Very smooth to drink. Overall it's as the bottle says. Tastes like a Belgian mixed with a dark ale.

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Photo of mlockman
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark, with no head, but a surprisingly foamy mouthfeel when agitated. Strong flavor of Belgian yeast is not masked by the dark malts; taste is reminiscent of a tripel, but perhaps without as much pronounced banana flavor. Not tasting a whole lot of the dark chocolate or coffee flavors as included in the description (definitely some as it warms, however), but a lot of the clove and fruitiness. A very interesting beer and surprisingly light for as dark as it is.

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Photo of ivorycannon
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taste is molasses, chocolate, fig, maybe some raisin. some roasted coffee. Mouth feel is medium as I drink it there is something lingering in the back. Maybe some brown sugar. Try it if you can find it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown opaque body with an inch of soapy, beige head. Aromas of raisins, plums, yeast, brown bread. Similar flavor. Aggressive carbonation. Alcohol presence is pretty mild, likely attributed to the 2+ years of cellar time. I've yet to have an American dubbel or strong dark ale that stands up to the Belgian greats. This one was pretty good.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hell Hath No Fury pours an extremely dark shade of brown - it's oily, with a hint of garnet, and almost black. In the context of this as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, this is too dark for the style. The aroma also does not hint at its supposed style - I am picking up roasted malts, brown sugar, molasses, a touch of dark chocolate, and only the slightest hint of fruit esters one might expect. I am going to abandon scoring this beer within the confines of this style for the rest of the review, because it's clear to me that Bells did not intend to adhere to it so much. As for the flavor, I'm getting some dark fruit elements up front along with a sweet taste that's something along the lines of a 'Stella Doro' Italian cookie. The finish consists of bittersweet chocolate with much evidence of alcohol presence. Overall, this one tastes like it's not sure if it wants to be a Belgian Stout or a Strong Dark Ale... it doesn't excel at either point of view and it's not an interesting combination. Not a bad tasting beer by any means, but I would not buy it again.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

A little fruit in the aroma with some roast.
Pours black with ¼” tan head that quickly dissipates.
fruity and sweet up front with good body. Starts sweet and then the bitter grows followed by a lingering malty fruity sweetness. There are some nice roasty malt flavors in the background. The dark malt flavors are not burnt malt flavors.
Chewy and creamy.

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

A- Dark as midnight. A rich grainy mocha colored head develops with tight clusters of slightly larger bubbles in small islands in a creamy sea of foam.

S- Rich dark roasted coffee. Chocolate. Cocoa. Molasses. A bitter hop presence behind.

T- Molasses sweetness vs. Hop bitterness. Or more of a well choreographed dance between the two. Rich mocha and smoke. Very interesting and flavorful.

M- Med. to light bodied per the style. Although the moderate abv may have something to do with it. A good carbonation fizz follows this brew down to the gullet.

O- A solid brew for sure. Plenty of flavor to go around and then some. Complex and balanced. This beer was bottled 10/3/12 so it ain't young. I'm sure this one gets Better with age.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a brown ring of head.

S: Hoppy nose, full of citrus and floral notes as well as fruity Belgian yeast esters. Molasses? Yes. Molasses.

T: Dark fruit, chocolate, molasses, citrus fruits, citrus rind.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

O: Pretty good, not their best beer, but definitely worth a try. Recommended.

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Photo of Brandegee
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From 12 oz bottle into Chimay goblet

Appearance: Dark mahogany brown, almost black. Accurate description by Bell's as it's a bit darker than the usual dubbel. Very little head and no lacing. A firm layer of sediment remains in the bottle

Smell: Not much! Some wood, maybe some toasted nuts and tobacco.

Taste: Actually, mouthfeel dominates first, with a heavy carbonation. When the taste gets going I have to agree with most reviews: fig and raisin first, with some molasses as the tail end. The finish is fairly clean, without being overly bitter or sweet, but a lingering syrupy, burnt flavor reminds me I'm drinking a slightly different Belgian dubbel.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation up front, but the finish feels almost flat.

Overall: Dubbels don't always appeal to me but this one has a nice roasted flair at the tail end that is different. Not the best dubbel I've had, for sure, but pretty decent.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

P- Thanks to Jim in Pittsburgh for this brew.

A- motor oil black with minimal head and quite opaque.

S- fig, raisin and dark roasted malts hit the nose. Simple yet great complements.

F- fig and dark roasted malts and also molasses.

M- syrupy like molasses mixed with fruit juice and burnt malts. Actually not bad but not great.

O- an average one from Bell's. Wasn't expecting too much from it so it didn't disappoint.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired in a trade with tcman128. Thanks again, buddy! 7.5% ABV per my bottle's label. Bottled 10/18/11. I like the amusing label art and colour. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stemtulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery and style.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger tan colour head of nice cream and thickness, and pretty good (~3-4 minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a nontransparent opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Sm: Lovely refined sugars, rich raisin, buried hints of fig, molasses, dark malts, burnt dark stonefruit, syrup, burnt bready notes, and a light touch of smokey earthiness. Very interesting. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Light bubblegum hoppy notes. Curious. I'm excited to try it; it's atypical of the style but I'd call it appealing. A below average strength aroma. Subtle yet inviting.

T: Burnt bread and molasses are dominant here, with pleasant dark stone fruit and fig notes complementing. It's got a good full malty base comprised of dark bready malts and touches of light earthy character. Well balanced, hiding the ABV quite well. Well handled sugars - some unrefined dark sugar and hints of candi sugar. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. A bit raisiney. Built well, if uniquely for the style. I quite like it, but it's not horribly complex. Its balance and subtlety make up for its simplicity. I quite like it.

Mf: Full-bodied. Smooth and wet. Good carbonation. Good thickness. Good presence on the palate. Complements the flavour profile nicely. Not syrupy or viscous as I feared upon smelling it.

Dr: A rather drinkable little Belgian Strong (if we're considering it that) from Bell's. I'd definitely get this again, and it seems to age nicely. It won't blow you away, but it's a solid balanced example of the style and I quite like it. Very enjoyable stuff if not on par with Belgian examples of the style. Definitely worth trying. I'd recommend it to friends. Thanks for the opportunity to try this, tcman128!

Low B

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Photo of dbossman
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Black with a thin fairly quickly dissipating light brown head; nearly no lacing

S: The Belgian yeast hits you first: banana, bubblegum, cloves, and though those are quite prominent, there is some darker fruits and some slightly bready roasted malts peaking through, but man, that yeast strain is dominant

T: While the banana/bubblegum flavors from the yeast are still prevalent, they aren't dominant in the flavors; in fact, there is a pleasant roasty, chocolatey, bready and slightly boozy malt presence with just a touch of coffee and dark fruits as well

F: A touch thin upfront but creamy and sticky on the back end

O: An interesting beer; I wish it was a bit more assertive in hops and mlats so it wasn't so much of a yeast bomb, but I still really enjoyed sipping this down on a cool Halloween night

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a nice dark pour with a rim of off-white head. smells of raisins, rum barrels, coffee, toffee, wet grass. the flavor is extremely bitter.. very dirt-manure like. coffee, sweet malt bill is buried behind a raunchy bitterness. medium body, higher carbonation. definitely a weird tasting beer, but it gives me high hopes for a beer i just bottled. it has a weird poop-like flavor overall, but somehow it works. a nice mellow dirt-taste with coffee, dark fruits, but that overall dirt bitterness takes over everything. the beer i bottled is the same way but fresh. this is old.. hoping it turns out something like this.

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Photo of mikeyv35
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Date: 06/02/2011
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2009
Glass: DFH Chalice

Pours a dark brown maple in color w/ a skim coat light brown head that leaves medium lacing. Aromas of molasses, raisins, figs, and charred smokiness. The taste was of molasses up front, and finishes w/ slightly smokey malts and hop bite. Medium bodied and slightly lush. The Belgian style carbonation was not there in order to fit the style, more slick than anything. A little odd for the style, but pretty drinkable.

Overall, an OK brew. I would not actively seek this out again, but would drink if offered.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Liberty in Charlotte, NC

Dark fruits like plums and raisins. A bit of a nutty flavor lingers and had a chocolaty backbone. Nice lacing around the glass that lasts for a while. Mouthfeel is a bit carbonated on the tip of the tongue. Overall very solid.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown to black with only darkness when held up to light. Not much head and no lacing. Aroma is dark malts with a hint of black licorice. Flavor is smooth front to back with not a lot going on other than a real nice malt flavor. A bit thicker but a nice topper on the end of the night.

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