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
Gots:
136
For Trade:
7
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Photo of yemenmocha
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with tan head. Nose demonstrates some traditional Belgian strong ale notes of esters, dark bread, as well as cocoa powder and figs. Palate is somewhat sweet with figs, dark bready dessert flavors, and little hop influence. Overall light and easy drinking. Alcohol masked well for this ABV.

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

Batch 9999; consumed 10/10/10

A - Pours completely opaque black/dark brown with two fingers of dissipating light brown head; looks more like a stout.

S - Dark ripe fruits (plums And figs), roasted malt, with a faint sour aroma and a bit of alcohol as well.

T - The fruits in the aroma and joined by some nice chocolate and deep roasted malts.

M - Relatively light mouthfeel for such a complex flavor profile. A bit drying on the tongue, but a little creamy as well. Mouthfeel seems to change from one moment to the next, which is interesting.

D - With the flavor profile, I'm not sure that I would have more than a couple in a sitting, but I'm enjoying it. Seems like a cross between a Belgian strong ale and a stout.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This isn't a terrible beer by any means, but it's not my favorite. Pours a pretty dark brown-black with pretty big tan head. Nose is a bit boozy with some dark fruit, but a bigger play on the toasted malt. Flavor is again a bit boozy, nice sweet toasted malts, maybe a bit of fruitiness to it. Not a bad flavor profile, but pretty simple as well. MF is actually a bit watery--I found it to be thin and not really what I was looking for. Decent drink, since this has disappeared far faster than I expected, but I'm sticking with Two Hearted, Hopslam, or Expedition from Bell's.

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

A - Dark, dark chocolate. Light chocolate head.

S - Brown Sugar. Dark Malts - Carmel, Toffee, some Coffee.

T - Malts lead the way...same as nose. Little bit of dark choc and brown sugar in there. Pleasantly sweet finish.

M - Medium to Heavy bodied. I think it could use a little more carbonation.

D - When priced up there with hopslam, I expected something that would wow me more, but overall for the style it is good.

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Photo of avalon07
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a big, tan-colored, long-lasting, foamy head. Average lacing.

S: A subdued aroma of yeast, malt, and mild spices.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, some malt, but not much in the spice department. There was also an unpleasant grassy quality in the finish. A thin flavor (for a BSDA) that could have been better.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: I guess I expected better from Bell's. This isn't a terrible or undrinkable beer, but it is disappointing.

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Photo of afksports
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Well this is all super-fantastic and what not, but shucks. I was hoping this would be a lighter beer and I didn't look up the style description and now I'm dealing with a Belgian Strong Dark where I really wanted an Amber. Shucks. Woe is me.

All said, it looks sexy. Dark brown, nice tan head, settles sweetly in the snifter with good lacing. Smells like belgian yeast with sweet malts and a touch of hop bitter. But mostly like yeast and a bit of fruits. Taste follows, with that Belgian like sweetness combined with yeast and heat that tinges the palate and colors the drink. Whupdeedoo.

Feels good in the palate, but hard to drink. And I really just want a lighter beer. My stupid fridge only has these big ones.

On to Tecate.

Well... maybe.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter glass.

Pours a deep brown almost black color with a small tan head that fades real quickly. Smell is really complex. Lots of different things going on, including licorice, chocolate, syrup, bourbon, and malts. Taste is similar to the nose, extremely complex. Dominant flavors are chocolate, bourbon, and alcohol. This needs to mellow a little bit. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Drinkability is mediocre, don't think I could drink more than a single 12 ounce glass.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to sweemzander for hooking me up with this bottle.

A: Dark chocolate brown nearing black. About a finger of mocha hued head leaves a tiny amount of soapy lace.

S: Super sweet dark fruits, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, coffee and just a touch of cinnamon. Wow there's a lot going on here.

T: Roasted malt and coffee forward for sure. Toffee, tobacco, dark fruit, brown sugar, dark chocolate. Great complex flavor.

M: Medium smooth body. Modest carbonation.

D: The flavors and the sweetness knock the drinkability down a touch but overall this one blew my expectations out of the water. I'm going to have to pick up more of this.

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

Dark brown little bit of head that recedes and leaves very little but a few speckles of white in the glass. chocolate yeastyness, some caramel aromas. flavor is chocolate bananas and heavy yeast with an alcohol bite at the end. Eventually the bananas become a bit bit much and it's annoying towards the end. Remember banana Nesquick? Well this beer makes me remember it. I think I'll probably finish the last couple ounces but it's looking even murkier. I liked it a lot better at the beginning than at the end.
It's not a bad beer, and probably would be even better with a little age, but it's far from my favorite Bell's offering. This is what happens, Larry.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beautiful dark colour and delightfully rich mouthfeel.

Not a flavour profile of my choosing, but believe it to be very well done for the "belgian strong dark" style. Balanced taste with a sweet finish, masking the 7.7% ABV almost completely.

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

Nicely full two finger head of dark brown foam, a more aggressive pour creates larger bubbles and hurts retention, lacing streaks possess admirable thickness. Pure black liquid, darker than most imperial stouts, maybe a glint of brunt orange. Big, sassy nose of cinnamon stick, ginger, anise, milk chocolate, caramel and graham crackers, then loamy with fresh, soft forest floor matter and a saline edge, due to the latter smoky rather than roasty, overall good punch into your nostrils and then longlasting presence. Medium-bodied, more muscular than heavy, sinewy forward progress from sip to swallow. While generally dry, the robust chocolate, cocoa, coffee aspects heard loud and clearly. Licorice, toffee, cinnamon and spiced orange peel come next. You'd think that dryness would create more room for the herbal matter and earth but it sort of recedes here, more mineral water and dried straw instead. Yeasty but not bready, shy murmur of apricot, peach, apple fruit. Carbonation plays it lowkey, there when you look for it. Smooth finish leads easily to subsequent sips.

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Photo of BB1313
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a dark, almost black, w/ very nice head and sticky lacing. This beer smells great! I'm picking up yeasts and chocolate. This is a very bittersweet brew. There's a balance between the belgian yeast and the robust chocolates and malts. I'm also picking up some dark fruits. There's also a nice spiciness, but nothing overboard. Lots of banana too. Mouthfeel is thick, slick, and well carbonated.. very smooth. Drinkability isn't too bad, but the heaviness hurts it a tad. THIS DRINKS LIKE A STOUT.

This is a pretty underrated brew from Bell's. I find it to be very unique, pretty hard to categorize, but very tasty. Recommended.

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Photo of atsprings
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a deep almost opaque black with barely any head. Aroma is dried fruit, dark malts, and a hint of alcohol. The taste is a nice amount of sweet fruits with dark malts and a bit of spice. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with mild carbonation. This is an interesting yet very tasty beer, one I would certainly have again.

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

Had this brew a few years back, glad to revisit it, and it seems better the second time around...

A--Deep dark brown, reddish hue. Minimal lacing that fades quickly...

S--Peppery spice, black licorice, it does have some of that BSD flavor I love, great nose, enjoyable.

T--Excellent, very strong flavors, spice, licorice in the back end of this guy.

M--Good feel a little bit too much carbonation, but still very solid.

D--I really like this beer. Bell's is such a great brewery, I love to see them do Belgian styles and this one does not disappoint. Highly recommended.

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

A: poured a dark brown with brown highlights when held up to the light with a very thin khaki head and left almost no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: upfront on the nose I was greeted by chocolate and dark fruit notes alongside some mild roastiness and mild minty spice notes.

T: the taste had some banana and mild belgian yeast flavors with chocolatey, mild minty herbal, and roasty accents. It did also have some dark fruity character.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, dark fruity, chocolatey, and slight creamy boozy finish.

D: I thought it was a solid BSD and really liked the beer all around which drank pretty good.

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

Pours opaque with light brown head. Head falls to a minimal one.

Thin, even lacing. Smells of roasted malts and fruits.

Sweet, caramel malts in the taste. Quite roasted and bitter in the finish. Lingering bitterness in the finish.

Medium to full bodied and biting on the tongue.

Not bad. Not pleased with the finish but good nonetheless. Not what I think of when I think of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale though.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. 7.5% ABV, Batch # 9999 (Sept. 21, 2010).

Thanks to both GormanB and Sweemzander for bottles of this. I figured I'd age some and see how it turns out.

A - The slow, tall pour creates a nice frothy tan head with nice staying power and some clingy lace above the black beer.

S - A funky Belgo-American yeast seems to populate the beer alongside a bittersweet chocolate and cocoa aroma. Dark candi sugar, dark fruits, and roasted chocolate malt in the mix as well. Sort of grainy on the back end.

T - A rough blend of Belgian and American, Hell is a mix of light Belgian nuances; yeast, candi sugar, and fruit esters with fully American coffee and heavily roasted chocolate malts. A Belgian-ized porter if you will.

M - Medium-bodied and soft up front with a smooth mid-palette finishing very dry and just a touch acrid bitter. Lingering sweetness provides a bit of balance.

D - Unique but not fantastic, Hell is a sipping beer and the next time I open a bottle I'll probably split it with someone.

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Photo of kbnooshay
2.64/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured a super black shade with a thing light beige head. Aroma is smokey and roasted malty. This doesn't taste like a belgian abbey beer. It tastes like a smoke beer which grosses me out. Unless its magic hat Jinx for some reason i liked. Feel is smooth and thick.

No this isn't drinakble. It tastes like a stout drenched in smoke.

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Photo of bernardus1212
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a brandy snifter.

Pours almost black with a tan head

Smell of malts and belgium yeasts, chocolate, coffee, and allspice.

A crisp beer with a smokey spice with some chocolate and coffee. Really enjoyed this. Bells comes up with some wild stuff. Ive had bber in the similar style but this was unique. Going to pick up some more of this.

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Photo of xpoweruser
2.92/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown, brown head, cloudy with sediment.

Aroma: Banana, clove, and yeast. Very malty and sweet with dark fruit and dark chocolate notes.

Taste: Nice dark fruit (raisin, fig, plums) and dark chocolate notes. Has a very sweet caramel and toffee flavor. Very yeasty, slight alcohol kick. Slight hoppiness comes though.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, somewhat creamy with a medium body. Higher carbonation then I would like with this style.

Drinkability: Not nearly as complex and full-bodied as I would like. Overall this is a very average beer.

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Photo of headbucket
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A:very dark brown/black. Nice dark white head at first. It recedes and doesn't leave much lacing.

S:dark maltiness-charcoal and a bit of chocolate.

T:starts off with the charcoal/chocolate taste in the smell. Then their is a weird spiciness in the middle and an odd resemblance to flavors found in a hefeweizen:bananas and cloves(stronger when it is colder) Finishes very sweet and dark.

M:medium thickness and dense feeling.

D:average. It doesn't taste too alcoholic but the flavors are an odd mixture and very unusual. The sweetness and odd flavor profile limitas drinkablilty. I am glad I split this bottle but I would definitley try the barrel-aged version if I had the chance.

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Photo of faernt
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is sweet. It would work as a digestif as well due to this sweetness.It pours with a small head and moves nearly to stillness. It's opaque. It's silky with a dance of subdued carbonation lifting it slightly off the tongue. It is a good beer to pair with root vegetables, gravy and mashed potatoes...and really good roast beef. (That sounds English). This recalls Batch 4000 for me. I look forward to more.

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

12 ounce bottle, batch 9999. Christmas gift.

A - dark brown, with an excellent lingering head (half finger) that's darker than most

S - raisins, burnt sugar, chocolate, a little citrus zest, Belgian yeast and a touch of alcohol

T - much of the same, chocolate, plum, raisin. awful sweet. spice notes in the finish, yeast is fairly prominent

M - Only mildly cloying despite the sweetness, goes down pretty smooth

D - could consume a number (with some sort of salty bar food to accompany), won't cause of the price

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured brown, bordering on jet black. Khaki to mocha head that sticks well to the glass.

Dark chocolaty stone fruits in the aroma. Some roasted malts, lightly roasted coffee and non-phenolic belgian yeast. Applewood comes out as it warms.

Taste is very bitter from the roasted malt. Usually I'm a fan of a good cocoa flavor in a beer like this but this is a little acrid at colder temps. Some tobacco and almost a beef flavor. There's some very odd flavor that I can't quite put my finger on. Almost like vanilla mixed with cardboard and macintosh apples. I'm gussing I'm picking up the smoked malt. Smokey meat, coffee bean, and even lead pencil finish.

This was one strange beer, I must confess.

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Photo of boomer31
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep brown, near black with a dark tan head.

S - Hints of leather, figs and smoke.

T - More of the same from the nose but no smoke. Very sweet and molasses. None of the spicey belgian yeast I was expecting. As is warms the malts come thru as sweet

M - The sweetness clings a bit. Carbed nicely.

D - A sweet beer but a nice belgian dark ale.

Overall a nice beer, less of the typical belgian spicey character which is a nice change

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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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