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:
71
Gots:
136
For Trade:
7
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Photo of birderbeerer
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark black, like a stout. Pours an off-white head. Some lace, mostly just above the top of the pour. After a sip, the lace quickly slides down the glass and disappears.

S: Sweet, earthy, roasty.

T: Like an almost-stout. Light roastiness, coffee, something sweet and tangy as well.

M: Pretty carbonated. A little too sharply in that it takes away from the flavor. Leaves a dry aftertaste.

D: This drinks heavy. It is basically a stout. It's not quite as heavy and not quite as roasty as most stouts.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this one very unique and interesting.

A- Dark, thick and black as night with thin tan head that dissipates quickly leaving thin rings of watery lace.

S- Faint hints of coffee and caramels. Dark fruit and brown sugar.

T- Spicy belgian yeast flavors like clove lead the way giving way to dark fruity characteristics of fig and prunes. This is immediately followed by a roasted grain and coffee taste with smokey notes of oak and chocolate. Slightly bitter coffee finish. Complex and interesting sensation. Confuses me on what style it is, but very enjoyable.

M- Thick and full bodied with a dry finish.

D- Very enjoyable because of the complex flavor profile. Thick and chewy though, and high in alcohol though it is masked very well. A definite sipper, but an enjoyable one.

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Photo of tmcelvain
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: dark black, with the best lacey foam that I've seen in a long while. Tiny brown flecks are floating around - a signature less filtered look from Bell's.

S: oaty malts.

T: Smooth Belgian yeasts are right up front - more so than many other beers that lay claim to the style. Hops play a supporting role. Tastes very European compared to our American strong ales.

M: light carbonation and very smooth, though a bit o the thick an chewy side by the end of the glass.

D: pretty good, but a little strong and having a lot of complex flavors to put back more than a couple in a night.

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Photo of EtOHMD
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick looking very dark brown to black with thin head. Smoky aroma up front, reminds me of a barbecue. Kept looking for more behind it but didn't detect anything else. Smoky Chocolate, cola, oak, tobacco, mild resin and pine. Very complex and warming flavor. Generally a dry feel. Excellent beer. Could drink a couple to three. Nice compliment to a meal of roasted chicken and winter veggies.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Really dark color almost black. A touch of brown around the edges. A thin coating of brownish head. No lacing really.

S: The nose has a little bit of a coffee thing going on. Roasted malt Little bit of caramelized sugar as well. Kind of a tight nose.

T: Lots of sweetness. Almost tastes like an imperial milk stout. Little bit of burnt sugar. Just kind of meh really. Nothing is really popping out at me. Not bad though.

M: Feels a little bit thin. Carbonation is very soft but it works.

D: Decent enough beer just not memorable. Not something that I would seek out again.

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Photo of Phelps
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Batch 9999.

Pours from the bottle a chocolate brown, dark as night, with a two-finger head of craggy, silky bubbles that pop and fizzle away quickly, leaving a thick ring and filmy top layer.

Smells sweet and spicy, with pears, cinnamon and molasses. Not much else to it, though.

In the flavor: pears again, along with plums, cloves, light cinnamon and an odd smokiness in the back. It's almost like a Belgian rauchbier. Mildly sweet finish.

Feels a little thin. Light carbonation, but fizzy as it moves about the mouth. The alcohol is a bit tongue-numbing and flames the throat at the swallow. Very light-bodied.

I wasn't impressed by this one. Some mismatched flavors bandying about in there.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at City Tap House, Philly, PA

A: Dark brown, and almost stout-like.

S: Dark fruits, dark sugars.

T: Matches the aroma pretty much: dark fruits, dark sugar and molasses, some bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, small amount of carbonation.

D: Drinkable.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look:
A little flat, deep brownish purple.

Smell:
Sweet with almost no bitterness. Dark Fruits and Cocoa.

Taste:
Dark fruits, raisin, bitter chocolate and toffee. Not much in the way of bitterness to balance the sweets, but it stays true to the style. Felt a bit toned down, though the actual flavors are solid.

Feel:
Perfect carbonation, though you wouldn't realize that looking at it. Great creamy feel and leaves little lingering aftertaste.

Solid all around take on the style, though not as hard hitting as expected.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Bruery tulip...Dark brown with a nice medium brown head, pretty nice retention but lacking on the lacing...Light aroma, I can sorta see the dubbel notes; alcohol, plums, sugar and spiced mixed with coffee, and strangely clove...More dubbel characters but this has way to much alcohol for me, candied sugar, dark fruits and spice. Light chalk finish.

Don't hate but don't love it. Not a drain pour but wouldn't have it again.

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

A - Deep brick red/brown; dark; nice one and half finger head; nice lacing

S - Dark Fruit; raisins, plums, turbinado sugar, molasses, bittersweet, coffee, roasted malts, figs

T - Roasted malts all over this giving way to figs, raisins, chocolate and coffee. Slightly bitter in the finish. Sweetens slightly as it warms in a rich, yet subtle way

M - Creamy medium bodied; thick w/o being sweet

D - Great fall beer; not a warmer, but definitely not light. Drinks smooth.

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

Acquired from GBVDave so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consumed 12/4 poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours an opaque black with a one finger of medium brown, sudsy head. Head recedes quickly and leaves wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is raisin, prune, and caramel.

T: Taste starts with a burst of raisin and prune flavoring. Middle is filled with caramel malts and chocolate. The caramel malt holds over in to the finish where a slight licorice flavoring comes in, with fig, and perhaps a pinch of cinnamon? Odd, but flavorful.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slick, oily body.

D: Goes down easily, not too filling, nice kick, decent representation of style.

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Photo of cjacobsen
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, opaque black color with a quarter inch of brown head that diminished to a scattered mass on top of the beer.

Smells of fruits, coffee, chocolate.

Taste is of biscuit, chocolate, toffee. Has a bit of coffee once it hits the back of the tongue and throat.

It is smooth with little carbonation bite.

I didn't know what to expect with this beer. I got it in a trade with sweemzander. It is quite good. I didn't expect it to be so dark, more stout than dark ale. This is a nice beer. I had this right after work and let me tell you, it was a nice welcome home and start of my night.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Batch #9999. Poured into a tall tulip.

Pours a very dark "stout-like" deep black. A thin tan head grows on top, then recedes quickly. Faint lace left behind. The nose is much more roasted than I'd have thought. Some mild spice and pale fruits noted, like pear and white grape.

Decent heft in body. Carbonation is a bit spritzy at times. Moderately thick. The roasted qualities come out in full flavor. Toasted bread, chocolate, and some faint espresso noted. The spices are muted, and the yeast aspect is a ghost in this beer. Pretty weak for a BSDA, but still, my score is reflected in the fact that I still enjoyed it as a beer, regardless if it was to style or not.

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

12oz bottle, Boulevard tulip, batch 9999.

Imperial Stout territory is being intruded upon by this brew, with its just about opaque, red-brown edged body, and very dark head. The head is tall, poofy, and big bubbled with good retention.

Intriguing is one thing I think about this beer's aroma, because there is a big base smell that I don't recognize and am trying to relate to something I know or just describe. It may be from Belgian candy sugar, it's similar to that. It is nose cleansing, nutty, and not sweet. Other aromas are of dark fruit, dark chocolate, roast, bananas, and figs; fruity Belgian yeast is at work. I'm getting a smoked in motel room now.

Stout-like roast mingles well with dark fruits, fruity Belgian yeast, a little dark chocolate, banana esters, and some noble hops. This is like a Porter with molasses I once brewed that turned out with a lot of overripe banana.

The mouthfeel isn't really noticeable, which is indicative of how tame this beer is compared to my expectations based on the description, name, and some postings around the site. Not flat, not fizzy, not thick, you get the picture.

Quite easy to drink, I do like the roasted notes married to more standard BSDA flavors. I think it could be cranked a notch or two higher for more character.

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Photo of wnh
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep chestnut brown with ruby highlights and a fizzy and fleeting dark tan head.

Nose has a distinct soda-like quality, fruity (mostly cherry), woodsy and rooty, a bit of bright tartness. Also espresso beans, a bit of leather. Vaguely stout-like.

Surprisingly roasty on the palate, then back to a woodsy and fruity soda quality. A bit of a vague evergreen needle flavor. Quite mild on the whole, but still big.

Mostly full in body, firm and dryish and tacky. Mild lingering bitterness. Interesting, if something of a non-style beer.

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Photo of aepb1
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Deep dark brown body, light brown head

S- Nice roasty maltiness, some spicy sweetness, a very inviting nose

T- Malt under it all. Sour fruits moving into sweet fruits and some coffee bitterness. Very nice complexity

M- Medium bodied and creamy. Considerable warming for a 7.5% abv

D- Very Cool take from a very cool brewery and it is easy to revisit!

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

12oz bottle, served in a small tulip

A - pours with a short lived quarter inch of loose and foamy, tan colored head. the beer is *very* dark brown/ruby, bordering black in color. just a couple spots of wet foam left around the glass.

S - my fridge went haywire on this one, so i had to let it sit settle and open up a little bit. picking up some lightly charred malts (smells like toast actually), prunes and raisins. some sparse spiciness, namely cloves and pepper.

T - very peppery from the start. clove really starts to creep in from sip through the swallow and lingers. dark fruits, and other sweetness struggle to make it through. yeast barely makes a dent against the spice, and a really unappealing cardboard-y stale hop flavor creeps in. i am really struggling to pull more out of this. long, lingering clove and bitter spicy aftertaste.

M - light bodied with bright and prickly, Belgian-esque carbonation. very dry in the finish, bordering abrasive due to the lack of residual sweetness to balance.

D - what this reminds me most of is my homebrew Pumpkin Porter (aka - Clove & Nutmeg Bomb) which went a little awry. one of the best characteristics of a good Belgian Dark are the nuances of dark fruits and yeast - this just doesnt have a chance.

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Photo of Natural510
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, batch #9999

Pours a ruby-black with creamy, dark tan head. Lovely-appearing head & lacing.
Pungent scent of sweet maltiness; notes of dark fruit and caramel. A bit winy, overall.
Flavor syrupy sweet; all malts with an ample hop balance. Hints of caramel, cinnamon, dark fruits and a bit of cocoa. Alcohol present but not overpowering.
Full body, completely in-line with the style.
Very enjoyable strong ale. Smooth, delicious, left me wanting more.

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Photo of curly31989
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Brown, soda like.. with a decent amount of carbonation. Very little head and lacing.

S- Roasted malt, dark fruits, and caramel

T- Tastes like dark fruit, light hints of coffee, touch of alcohol

M- There was a little to much carbonation for me. While it was fairly smooth, it could have been lower for me.

D- This is a really drinkable beer. Its something that could really grow on me because the flavors are there but you don't have to commit to a strong abv beer.

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Photo of kk73
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my glass. Batch #9999. Thanks to dmunroe for this one.

A - This pours out dark brown almost looks like a coca-cola. A one finger espresso colored head forms, and quickly disappears into a light tan ring around the glass.

S - Smells of roasted malts, light coffee, and some definite ripe fruit, banana and clove. The clove gives it a bit of earthiness.

T - Taste is of dark ripe fruit, raisin, bananas, figs. Roasted malt and coffee, give it a balance from the sweet fruit. No hotness or little alcohol detection.

M - Medium bodied, a little light on the carbonation. Better to little than to much for me. Smooth and creamy.

D- Does Bells make a bad beer? Although I have not had them all, I have not had a bad one yet. Very drinkable and its Belgian. Not my very style, but I wouldnt hesitate to grab another.

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Photo of KidsDoc
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into large tulip.

A: pours dark brown/mahogany with tan one finger head. Bubbly carbonation on aggressive pour rose quickly and settle but did not contribute much more to the head. Most interesting in appearance was the variable size range of the yeast floaties - most were small specks but there were scattered chunks of yeast hovering around the lower third of the glass - awesome.

S: Best feature of this beer. On initial pour aroma was more burnt/roasted with faint coffee but this transitioned to a dominating sweet malt and heavy yeast nose as the beer warmed in the first couple minutes. Beyond 5 mins their was impressive sweetness with caramel and dark fruits. The alcohol even began to push through the nose at the end of the session.

T: Very good in the belgian style. I lost some of the true taste as the beer warmed. Actually tasted better to me right out of the fridge with more depth of roasted malt, dark chocolate and hints of sweet caramel. The aroma blossomed as it warmed but the taste diminished. Still some sweetness toward the end and a bit hot on the palate reflective of the 7.5%.

M: This was a evolving beer. Unfortunately the feel stagnated. This was great at first - medium to full bodied and gave a very satisfying feeling as it went down, smooth but felt a good belgian heavy. As it warmed it became unexpectedly watery and thin and did not keep that strong feel.

D: Higher ABV that is certainly "felt" but well hidden in the taste until the end. This was an exciting beer to drink and I will definitely seek this out again. I could see drinking 2 back to back and being very satisfied.

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

Hell Hath No Fury pours a very dark brown, with a good sized light brown froth. Aroma is malty, a little fruity. The flavors of this beer are very complex. Strong roasted malt, brewers chocolate, brown sugar and some pit fruits (cherry like) to name a few. Definately alittle boozy, even though its only 7.5%. Not so sure this is a Belgian Strong Dark, but whatever it is, its a pretty damn good beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

I was lucky to find a single o' this in Mundelein...then everywhere seemed to have it on-tap. Dammit. Oh well. It pours a pretty much opaque black-brown topped by a short finger of stark ecru foam. The nose comprises rum, figs, raisins, cherries, cinnamon, chocolate, nutmeg, black pepper, clove, and a touch of black olives. The taste runs very similarly, though the spice reign slightly more supreme than the fruits, with the pepper, cinnamon, and clove really taking some firm control. Some light sourdough seeps in there as well. The body is a hefty-ish medium, with a light carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice and tasty BSDA, one that is dangerously drinkable: I'm not entirely certain I can stop...

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Photo of masey222
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First off it had a sweet label and name...
it poured a dark dark black brown with a thick creamy head that didn't really last though its lacing was impressive...
the smell was peppery and full of malts and kind of on the alcohol side of things but not in a warming way it pretty much looked me right in the eyes and said im going to kick your ass...
super complex flavor but it was very hard for me to get past the boozie taste, roasted malts and very much sweetened hawaiian coffee, I will say it did get much much better as it warmed up though...
it was a nice beer to drink besides the fact that it tasted like I was drinking something that I would regret, it had the right consistency and carbonation for the style...

Over all the beer was a bit stiff for me but my dad suggested because he is a fan of them it would make a good black and tan and I am going to go ahead and agree with him on that but there are better beers for less than the $15 this one will set you back.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is that of a stoudt, deep brown black with a deep tan head.
Smells of roasted malt candied sugar and some fruity essence.
Tastes sweet with candied sugar and alcohol, roasted malts and some light fruit, similar to it's aroma.
Thick and oily feeling with an alcohol wallop.
Very rich and robust.
Good for cellaring I think.
Drink well my friends

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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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