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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

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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 bertram
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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 +14.6%
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 -18.5%
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 -5.3%
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 +3.4%
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.


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 +5.8%
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 -24.9%
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 -1.3%
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%
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 +16.9%
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 -4.2%
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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Photo of yemenmocha
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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 -3.4%
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 -3.2%
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 -9.8%
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 -10.6%
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 -15.1%
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 -2.1%
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 +14.3%
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 -19.3%
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 -11.1%
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 +13.8%
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 +9.3%
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%
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 +14.3%
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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Hell Hath No Fury Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,420 ratings
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