Bourbon Barrel Aged Hell Hath No Fury Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American take on a Belgian Dubbel aged in bourbon barrels.

Added by grub on 01-24-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
123
Reviews:
51
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.74%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
9
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Reviews by bobhits:
Photo of bobhits
3/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hell Hath No Fury is to me the ultimate starter Belgium beer. It's got some Belgium characteristics but it takes on just a sweet and simple strong ale flavor that I feel is pretty enjoyable though completely underwhelming.

Reviewed based on my serving at Beer Trappe today:

Pours a near black body, no head but that's a result possibly of just how the beer was poured, no room left for the head. Very thick, yeast and protein clearly adding to the darkness. Held to the light a deep murky amber/brown color.

The bourbon comes off in the nose in full force. The aroma is subtle compared to some, but it dominates the aroma. It actually here works extremely well with the dark fruity nature of the Hell Hath No Fury.

The problem for me is that the woody bourbon nose doesn't really shine as brightly in the taste. The bourbon is what holds this beer together and keeps it from being fully disappointing, but there is just something greatly lacking here. There is no alcohol kick, no hops to finish it off, just some wood mixed in with an overly sweet and absurdly one dimensional base beer. For what it's worth, dark fruits, molasses, subtle wood and alcohol from the bourbon, and slightly burnt malt flavors as well.

The beer lacks any real character in the mouth as well. Nearly flat, rather full bodied, but lacking anything to keep the drinker interested.

Overall I don't dislike this beer as much as the review may sound. I've had it twice on tap now, once a year ago where I discovered it doesn't pair with a cigar and then today. The problem is that I expect some character to a bourbon aged beer. The bourbon helps in this regard, but it never takes it up that final notch to really give me anything to write home about.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shawner
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 13esd
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Jose Pistola's in Philly; served in a tulip for $6.50. This beer is a lot more bourbon than Belgian dark, but it's pretty tasty, so I'm not complaining. As it warmed, however, an odd earthy apple core or pear aroma came out that took away from the otherwise amazing vanilla bourbon notes. The flavor had a little hit of berry esters, but it was dominated by cocoa and toasted oak from the again. Among bourbon-barrel beers, this is on the more drinkable end of the spectrum; it's nice to have something that doesn't just need to be sipped. Check this out if you can find it.

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Photo of beergorrilla
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this one with mikesgroove during the Growler Party this weekend! Served from growler into a Southern Tier tulip. Poured dark brown with a minimal brown head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, dark fruit, and subtle chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, wood, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a really nice brew. It was quite easy drinking as it had a good flavor and the mouthfeel wasn't destructive to your palate. The flavor on this one was what really stood out for me, but the aroma was still quite good as well. A definite must try if you get the opportunity!

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of WillyMac
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of hemorhoidzz
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of ububru
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of jsanford
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brewvival 2011.

Pours a very dark brown with a thin, mocha-colored head. Huge aromas and flavors of figs, brown sugar, chocolate, cherries, and caramel with a ton of Bourbon. Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. The ABV is completely hidden, I'd love for Bell;s to work this into the seasonal rotation!

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

another gem that i was able to share with calton last night. enjoyed on 5.14.11.

Rich caramel colored pour with a light head of off white that caps it off rather nicely. Settling down it left a little bit of a light sticky lace along the sides. Aroma was the best I have ever come across. Rich toffee and butterscotch, tons of sweet nectar notes. Candy in all its glory. Perfectly aged with a smooth, perfect profile of vanilla, toffee, and rich butterscotch that will not let up. Rich bourbon flavor just rolls across the palate with a smoothness unlike anything I have run across before. Rich vanilla and boozy notes combine to form a perfect balance of rich sweet notes and oak soaked barrel flavor.

Incredibly complex and drinkable this was was everything I had wanted it to be and more

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tommy5
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Woodford Reserve was a great choice for the barrel on this beer. The Belgian funk is there, and it integrates much better with the caramel and oak from the bourbon barrel than I would have expected. Complex, a bit tart and quite satisfying. This is something I'd love to see bottled.

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Photo of EL48823
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Opaque dark brown color. Texture is shiny and thin like it's been aged.

Smell is strong sugar but has a slight cleaner smell from the alcohol. Seems it rummified a bit. Moderate bourbon note. Slight burned candy aND a hint of roasted notes.

More Dubbel less barrel age. Moderate bourbon note mixes with the sugary belgian notes and gives off bits of dark fruit notes.

Heavy body but with a nice and slight thinness. Very smooth and extremely silky. With very little carbonation but enough to give it texture.

Fantastic and pretty good go for it.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew found its way to my table almost completely opaque black with a nice fluffy tan head that left sticky lace. I was taken aback because it looked much more like a stout than a strong Belgian dark ale. The aroma was slightly sweet with plenty of dark fruit and some bourbon notes. It also carried a fair amount of earthiness and some vanilla, and perhaps a bit of dark malt roastyness. The bourbon was much more noticeable in the flavor, but not overpowering. This brew was on the malty side with notes of brown sugar, dark malt, vanilla, plums, dark cherry, wood and some nuttiness. It had a nice smooth body that was on the fuller side of medium and finished well. Very drinkable for style with very little alcohol showing through. Very well done.

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Photo of Zaphog
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Giggy
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Crunchy's, E. Lansing, MI. Part of a Bell's Barrel Aged Beerfest. I've had the normal HHNF in a bottle, thought it was good. The bourbon Barrel aging takes this beer to a premium level. Keep up the good work Bell's!

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Photo of ROBSTARR
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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