mamabeer (39) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap - LET IT WARM UP!!! This was served too cold and letting it warm up made a GREAT difference in taste and mouthfeel. Aroma was caramel and molasses mixed with a sour cherry note. Poured a very dark brown with a nice tan head. Taste had a definate stout roastiness with dried fruit additions. I loved the palate.. just wanted to let it roll around in my mouth to get its full flavor.
Dogbrick (11327) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown, almost black, with a medium light tan head that dissipates to a compact leftover. Thin rings of lacing. Smoked aroma of coffee and roasted malt. Medium-bodied with a smoky character, and roasted malt, dark fruit and coffee flavors. Some figs as well. The finish is malty and fruity with a lingering roasty aftertaste. Very good overall.
Stine (1746) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2007 Nearly black with burgundy shades. Aromas of alcohol, chocolate, mollasses, cedar, and rye. Complementary sweet and dry flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, plum and more dark fruits. Very fleeting ’typical’ belgian flavors if any, and strikingly stout-like on most fronts. Warming and rich.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with sliffy - Pours a dark brown color with a good size tan head. Has a light fruity aroma and flavor. Bitterness lingers on the palate. Medium body. A typical dark belgium beer. Worth a try. Thanks Dan.
EithCubes (5555) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 Bottle. Yeasty and malty aroma with a touch of plum/dark pitted fruit. Aroma would have earned more points if it were strong. Medium-dark brown head on a nearly-opaque black-red body. Silky smooth full body with a light highlight of hoppy crispness. Taste is thickly malty with light roast, sweetness, light fruitiness. Mellows and dries out after a few moments. Touch of lactose before the dry and richly malty aftertaste leaves the impression of velvety dark chocolate. A distinct Belgian quality in that brief smack of spice/yeast following a quick sip and swallow. Alcohol flavor is non-existent. Good one!
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mmmmm, yummy! This was very dark, kind of surprised me for some reason. The colour was mostly brown, and you couldn’t see through it even when up to a light source. The head was pretty large even after a controlled pour and had a nice off white head. the aroma contained spices of clove and others of unknown name. This was light but creamy feeling, filled more with flavour than body, but could never be considered thin or watery. the flavour was predominatly tasty up front malts with some spice lending a nice flavour balanced outg by a bit of a hop note, but that seems to merely balance this beer rather than add it’s own flavour profile. there was a bit of a lingering feeling that made me feel more like I should drink more, opposed to making me feel like I can nurse it. I’m glad I got to try this finally, and it only increases my respect for Larry Bell.
undsioux7 (871) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2006 Pours a very dark opaque brown with a small tan head. At first wiff the aroma of belgium kicks you upside the head, but then some other more classic bell aromas kick in. I can’t even comprehend the taste. Its like an abby double, ipa, stout mix. Not my style, but well done.
POD (198) - USA - NOV 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cute 12 ounce bottle w/Lucifer & his wife going at it in a Sergio Argones homage. Beautiful dark brown pour topped with a huge cream head. I inhaled whiff’s of heavy spice, smoke & clove. Georgeous lacing appreciated all over my dimpled mug. I was taken aback by my first taste as the flavors were Hefe-esque! I love my Hefes. Second sip was less clove & hefe-like. Big bold malt, smoke, sweet spice and even some citrus & hoppy earthiness began to creep through. Aftertaste was a lingering hops, malt and a hint of spice. Bells is becoming my favorite brewer really fast! Two big thumbs up for one helluva good ale!
ross (2141) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Chris (styles) Thanks! Really amazing that I get a bells beer and then the same day I have already drank it.. Pours out a dark brown almost black color with a tan head. I knew it was an "abbey dubbel" but after the pour it looks like expedition stout. Smell is malty and smoked, earthy and rich. Taste is smooth and rich without an alcohol presence at all. Really something that might improve with a few months in the cellar. Not too shabby, and as always, a pleasure to drink a new bells beer.
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury
12 oz bottle
Packaged 10/06, descended into 11/06
Medium pour in a snifter.
Poured black, with brown highlights, with an average frothy mostly diminishing light brown head with a tiny ring of lacing.
Smelt of smoked game, earthy, burnt malt.
Taste was upfront moderate sweet and bitter coffee roast and earthy yeast, followed by a moderate bitter soy sauce and dark dark chocolate sweetness on a long smokey finish. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied, syrupy and velvety, softly carbonated, with light astringency.
Overall, the flavors are a bit odd and interesting, a combination of dark malt roast bitterness and yeasty sweetness. Despite the strongly astringent finish,it mostly works.