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

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1,359
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643
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
12.2%
 
 
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Photo of Trilogy31
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty black with a thick khaki head into my duvel tulip. Nose is some light roasted malts and espesso. Taste reveals nice mocha espresso notes and coffee caramel, it does have a slight metallic twang at the end. Decently well done, solid but not great effort.

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Photo of meatyard
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a 1-finger, light brown head that falls fairly quickly leaving just scraps of lace.

The smell is dark fruits, sweet and malty.

The taste is sweet malt and a dose of coffee flavor. There is also some dark fruit and a light bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium tending to thin and a little drying.

Overall: The flavor beats the aroma for producing interest. In the end, it's pretty satisfying but not as good as some that are available.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. This is the 2010 fall release.

Appearance: Pours black like a stout with a brown head. The head fades very quickly and the lacing is little more than a few spots. Uninspiring.

Smell: Spicy, lots of clove. Fruity esters from the Belgian yeast and a little roasted malt. Good but not the best.

Taste: For not having the most interesting aroma, this beer tastes great. It integrates the Belgian and stout characteristics better than most "Belgian stouts" I've had. There's quite a bit of spicy clove and some anise, powdery yeast, and dark fruit, then the roasty and chocolate flavors swirl around perfectly. A touch of bitterness, then a long bready, yeasty finish with a touch of cocoa.

Mouthfeel: Pretty nice. Smooth with lots of carbonation that stays soft, not sharp. Lots of heavy residual feel and flavor.

Overall: The Bell's website describes this as a beer that was conceived as a dubbel, but they ended up with a recipe for a stout. It really works well with the Belgian yeast elements leading the way, complemented perfectly by the roasted malts.

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

Pours nice an dark with a decent, but short lived head.

Smells very Belgian, looks more like a porter. And unsurprisingly has taste components of both. Roasty and malty, somewhat syrupy, but not cloying. Malt gives way to dark fruit flavors, maybe blackcurrant. Biscuit on the finish, but not in initial aroma, which seems "backwards" to me, but interesting.

Lots going on here, This may be the cold weather Bell's go-to for me covering the non-Oberon part of the year.

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Photo of cwcolby74
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this 2/27 in a 12-oz. bottle I purchased in a 6-pack at Payless Liquors on 96th and Uptown.

Appearance - Very dark, looks like a porter. A small amount of lightish-brownish head and leacing. Pours nice and thick, again like a porter.

Smell - I'm not sure what I get here. It has a very minor roasted quality. At least by smell it doesn't strike me as a very extreme beer, which is interesting considering its 7.7% ABV. This is classic Bell's, to me. They aren't a real extreme, risk-taking brewery with its styles. They're more understated, letting the quality overall do the talking.

Taste - Nice, smooth, kind of sweet. The taste borders on bitter but doesn't quite get there. You can definitely taste the alcohol. A very nice lingering aftertaste. I like it a lot.

Mouthfeel - Substantial, without being thick.

Overall - I had tried a bottle previous to this and liked it enough to buy a 6-pack, then a second 6-pack to store, as this is a mid-fall seasonal (it doesn't tend to sell well so you can usually find it well into the next year). I really like it and think it's one of Bell's best offerings.

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Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint, batch 9999

A - Pours a deep dark ruby to pretty much black. Strong mcoha colored head formation. Breaks down to only a light film.

S - Dark fruits, black currants. Very earthy. Some yeast and some alcohol.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, malty, turning dark, bring in the dark cherries and currants. mid-stream gets some spiciness, both yeast and some coriander. Finishes with a bitter earthy sweetness.

M - Solid beer body, at times thick. Carbonation is pretty strong, but not enough to cut through the solid syrupy build. Pretty clean finish.

D/O - A slow and steady sipper - the flavors are so potent and complex that you don't want to rush it. Especially if you let it warm. ABV is fairly zingy - be careful. At least it only comes in 12oz. Somewhat heavy on the stomach.

A very interesting and complex beer. This beer appears to be solid without extended aging, which hasn't held true lately for Bell's Belgians.

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

12oz bottle
Served in tulip glass

A - It pours black with one finger of mocha head. I got some yeast in the bottom of my glass. This beer looks almost like a stout.

S - I immediately get Belgian yeast. That is followed by roasted malt. I also get whiffs of alcohol.

T - The taste mirrors the smell. Spicy Belgian yeast followed by roasted malt.

M - Moderate mouthfeel with a bite from the carbonation.

O - The yeast tended to overpower the malt. It was an alright beer but nothing to rave about.

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Photo of cpmichael
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 9999, poured into a Founder's snifter

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black. A small amount of mocha colored foam that dissipates quickly.

S: Not a long on the nose. Hints of chocolate and coffee, maybe some smoke, but nothing much.

T: The front end of the beer has a baker's chocolate feel to it, with some coffee and malts added in. Some prunes and hints of smoke are noticeable. Seems like something is lacking on the back end of the beer, no real lingering taste after.

M/D: This felt very quad-like, there was a good amount of carbonation that balanced the beer pretty well.

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Photo of Brunite
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bell's Brewery batch number you searched '9999' is a Bell's Hell Hath No Fury Ale and was packaged on September 21st, 2010.

A- Dark as night with ruby edges. A tan head that dissipates quickly.

S- Faint hints of coffee and caramels. Maybe some dark fruit. Not much else.

T- A bit of spicy yeast flavor. Dark fruity characteristics of fig and prunes. This is followed with some roasted grain and coffee taste. Complex and interesting for not having much smell.

M- Thick and full bodied with a dryish finish.

D- Enjoyable with the complex flavor profile. Thick and chewy...almost like a quad.

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Photo of madamebeer
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours very dark, with a slight lacing of heavy head.

The taste is exceptional and i find this beer's flavors still shine through even when the beer is very cold. this is one of the few beers i could drink warm because it still tastes amazing no matter the temperature.

And the abv isn't anything to sneer at either. i like beer's that are a litle above average when it comes to abv.

this isn't a beer that you could drink alot of but it's flavors are definitely something that should be experiences

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Looks jet black in the glass, but poured a very dark brown. Head was silky, sort of lose and very frothy.

S- This actually smells like some homebrewed stouts I've made and opened too early. The sent of residual sugars is present. Chocolate, smoke, vanilla, and a hint of fig.

T- The taste is interesting. There is a big wood note, and is that mint? Not the first time I've had mint brewed in a beer. The smoke is there and slightly astringent. There is some cherry tastes to this as the beer sits out.

M- This is a bit thinner then I would have thought. It doesn't taste like any other BSDA that I've ever had so it is thought to put in a place for feel.

D- It is drinkable, but it is a very interesting brew.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 9999. 7.5% abv.

Pours black/brown with a thick, firm and rich dark tan head and which is long lasting.

Nose is a perfumed rich plum character that stays very floral and elegant.

Mouthfeel is rich and perfectly balanced.

Flavors are assertive and rich. Front palate is sweet carmel coffee, perhaps a bit too sweet for my taste but perhaps not for others. It is a rich and layered sweetness. Flavor goes from sweet carmel and plum to a rich coffee/burnt carmel-burnt toast character and

finishes with a rich burnt toast quality and character and ends with carmel and bitter espresso. Very nice.

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Photo of n2185
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown with two fingers of light tan head that fade into a thin film with some lacing.

S: Interesting mix of smoky, roasted malts with spicy, Belgian yeast with some banana and bubblegum aromas as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are some smoky, roasted malts up front. Then the Belgian yeast kicks in, adding a nice spicy, chalky yeast flavors with traces of bubblegum. The finish has a light bitter and char flavors to go along with the Belgian sweetness.

M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, but with a slight oily texture.

D: Goes down smoothly and easily. Overall, a pretty good beer and what I would call a Belgian stout. Unfortunately since that's not a recognized style, it falls into the catch-all BSDA category.

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Photo of jsanford
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Batch 9999, poured into a DFH Goblet.

A - Pours a dark black with a thick, fluffy, mocha-colored head that takes a while to recede, eventually settling to a thin haze. Leaves behind some sudsy lacing on the glass. Looks like a Stout, I wasn't expecting such a dark beer!
S - Sweet aromas of dark malt, milk chocolate, coffee, caramel and spicy Belgian yeast.
T - Sweet, malt-forward flavors of chocolate, coffee, caramel and figs with a slightly smokey character and a healthy dose of alcohol "burn" in the finish.
M - Smooth and creamy, with a full body and moderate "prickly" carbonation.
D - Definitely a sipper, but it's just not my favorite style. Dunno what it is, maybe the yeast profile, but despite all the components being right up my alley, I'm just not digging this too much. Still, glad I tried it, Bell's usually can do no wrong in my book!

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Photo of bertram
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. Pours thick and almost black with a slight tan head. The aromas are sweet and malty, with hints of caramel and vanilla. This beer has a nice, smoky flavor with hints of toffee and vanilla. This will definitely be going on my "favorite beers" list.

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Photo of frikker
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This puppy is dark. By the labeling, which only says "ale", I was expecting something lighter in color. This poured a thick light brown creamy head with incredibly dark liquid. Looks like a stout. I was surprised. The lacing doesn't quite hold, which means to me that it could be aged for quite a bit longer.

Smell: Smells like a bit of a rye ale, surprisingly. The belgian smell, if you will, isn't present. It smells sweet, probably from the malt character. The hops are there, too, to remind you that this isn't a stout. Nothing to powerful here, though.

Taste: You know, I really like this one. Reminds me a bit of coffee tones, with some beautifully balanced malt character. It leaves a bit of a sweetness on your palette after you swallow, as opposed to a dark profile like I'd expect out of a stout. I like it. There is a bit of a bitterness on the outside, but it quickly subsides so that the sweeter characters can come out and play.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, thick, but not over the top.

Drinkability: As usual, bell's nails the balance. I could drink this all day. It isn't too sweet, and has enough character that I keep finding more I like about it.

Batch 9999

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

9999 on the back label..what does this mean?

It pours a really dark brown, can't see any light shining through, with a 1 finger head of tannish foam and does a good job with the lacing.

Brown sugar in the smell, with some yeast, and some noticeable bitterness. The aroma isn't all that strong so I had to work at what I got.

Tasting...it has some chocolate and dark fruit sweetness, quite a bit of alcohol, some bready malt, more booze, some bitter chocolate notes, slight tartness on the back end. For a 7.7%abv brew, it comes across as a *lot* stronger and, imho, smothers the flavours big time.

Medium bodied with the carbonation on the light side of medium, the mouth feel is not something to complain about.

Drinkablilty, to be blunt, is pretty bad. It'll be a chore to finish the bottle.

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

12oz. bottle. Batch 9999. Bottle conditioned. Served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a deep reddish brown with a finger of tan head. Aroma of dark malts and a hint of smoke. Medium bodied. Lots of carmelized sugar in the flavor, along with more smoke. Carmelized sugar lingers in the finish. Didn't get much Belgian characteristics from this. Glad I only bought the single.

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Photo of weizenbob
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased at AJ's Party Port in Ludington, MI. Batch 9999 (bottled September 21, 2010). Poured into a wine goblet. I finger of mocha tinted head forms on the pour and immediately recedes. A few isolated spots of lace touch the glass. The brew is a dark cola shade of brown. There is some unattractive chunky sediment floating around. I wish the label had made mention of this so I could have decanted the bottle or at least swirled the last bit in during the pour.

The smell is not unlike a stout with some added sweetness. Chocolate malt is forward in the nose with a fruity sweetness in the background. The aroma is then overtaken by the strong scent of alcohol, which singes the nosehairs. All of the aromas compliment each other nicely.

The taste is that of a Trappist Dubbel brewed with some roasted malts that maybe turned stale before they ended up in the brew kettle. This is a malt-forward brew that is earthy, and smoky. There is an oat-like flavor that (as stated before) tastes a little stale. However, it's not far enough gone to detract from the really interesting combination going on here. Also, the alcohol is fairly well hidden. Simply put, it's tasting like a dubbel/oatmeal stout hybrid.

In the mouth, this beer is medium bodied. It's creamy and lightly carbonated. The alcohol helps smooth things out, but the robust smokiness/roastiness ensures that it still retains a slightly rough around the edges feel. The 7.5% ABV is well hidden in the flavor, but hits the body pretty hard; otherwise this is really drinkable. If you sessioned this beer, it would be a very short night. However, as a dessert sipper, this fits the bill quite nicely.

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The Two Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
Yeah, I give two Schlitz about this.

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

Poured from a bottled into a clean tulip.

Pours nice and dark like a good heavy porter. Has an interesting nose as I smell malts and sugar sweetness.

Very interesting and complex beverage. First flavors of dark fruit (dates, raisin) and some candy sugar typical of a Belgian dubbel then give way to malt sweetness and dryness. The sugar sweetness carries over with subsequent sips to form an interesting interplay with the malts. Delicious to drink with lurking fruit flavors. Not too heavy that you feel like you only have room for one.

I like this. It reminds me of a Belgian porter, not being too malty to cause a flavor disparity as with belgian style stouts.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
2.84/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: brown black with kahki colored top layer of foam, more deep brown as it gets closer to the brew. fairly minimal head retention overall.

S: kinda like caramel apples. there seems to be some chocolate and spice mixed in there, but its really overflowing with apples mainly. i knew nothing about this beer going into it, so i guess its off to a good start, smells good.

T: heres where it throws me for a curveball. again i get the apple again, but its kind of acrid. theres a weird heat to it with the boozeiness thats not really boozy but still prominent, if that
makes any sense. its unlike any other kind of alcohol hit ive ever had before: the more i drink it, the more unsure i am about that and just wonder if its some kind of weird aftertaste. this is all over the place.

M: its creamy and smooth enough to feel ok, but the flavors still just throw me off.

D: sorry, wont go back again. not feeling it at all.

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

256th review on BA
bottle to tulip
Batch 9999

App- A very dark brown with a very smooth looking pour. Very syrupy pour. A nice tan 1 one finger head.

Smell- Chocolate, Roasted Malt and Espresso

Taste- More roasted malt with a creamer taste to it. Almost an American Stout flavor

Mouth- A bit on the thin side without the bite I was looking for. Too much coffee/espresso not enough Beligian taste for me.

Drink- A very different direction of the style. It was good but not what I was hoping for.

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Photo of Duff27
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours into a Bell's tulip. Huge three-fingered mocha head atop a near black beer. Head appears thick and frothy. Excellent lacing.

S- Chocolates, dark fruits. Slight whiff of Belgian yeast.

T- Grapes, more dark fruits. No hops detected. Belgian yeast is more subdued than other Belgian-style beers I've had recently...and that's okay.

M- Good carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

D/O- Well overall I'd have to say this pleased me. I found no glaring flaws, at least my tastebuds. Pairs well with Hellmouth's "Pawnshop St. Christopher".

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Photo of GregSVT
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass - batch 7673 from 2006! Thanks Josh for the chance to try this one and at such an age!

A: Pours a deep dark brown/black with a big dark brown head that fades to a ring and leaves no real lacing.

S: The nose is chocolate covered cherries and vanilla with a slight belgian yeast aroma. Smells delicious.

T: The taste is creamy chocolate with a cherry backbone and some vanilla on the finish. It's also got that belgian yeast flavor in there as well. It's pretty sweet and I am not picking up any hops which isn't a surprise given the age of this bottle. I really like this and am curious as to how it tastes fresh.

M: The feel is thick and chewy with a nice creamy texture.

D: I really like this and would definitely have it again. The ABV isn't that high and the alcohol is nowhere to be seen.

The age has given this a bit of oxidization but it's not that bad and doesn't detract from the other flavors. What a treat!

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

Received in trade as an awesome extra from rschne13, thanks!!! batch 9999

a - Cracked the bottle open and poured into an ommegang chalice. Filled the glass pretty much to the rim leaving less than half of an inch for the the BSDA head that I love about the style, but there wasn't much there...maybe a cm or so and it didn't hang around long. Color was a deep ruby purple, almost black.

s - Banana and bubblegum mixed with a tinge of some of the dark fruits that I love. Has a nutty backbone. Different.

t - The lighter flavors on the nose are there, but not nearly as prevalent. Alcohol is also noticeable and the dark fruit medley isn't as tropical and complex as I like.

m/d - A bit on the thicker side with a nice alcohol bite. Not nearly as creamy as I tend to look for. Bells is a great brewery and this is definitely a good beer...but it isn't great in my opinion. I'm really glad I got to try this since I love BSDAs and Bells so when I heard of this, it was an insta-want. However for BSDAs and for Bells beers, you can certainly find something way more spectacular for both the style and from this brewery.

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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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