Hell’s Belle by Big Boss holds a special place in my heart as it was one of the first beers to introduce me to the Belgian style. As an added bonus, the label features a fiery inferno woman! I know I talk about the label art a lot, but I really think it adds a great deal to the beer drinking experience. A well done label helps tell the story of the beer…and it gives me something to write about. In short, this is a badass label.
Hell’s Belle pours a clear, golden copper with virtually no head. At least that’s what happened when I poured it…It almost looks like whiskey. The aroma is a cornucopia of tropical fruit and sweet/biscuity malt with the slightest hint of bubblegum.
The aroma does a good job of foreshadowing what is to come with the flavor. The profile starts with tropical fruit, banana, sweet malt, and light bubblegum. This transitions into an intense peppery spice that unfolds into a citrusy finish. There’s a decent malty body that holds up these flavors, but it’s still relatively light for the style.
Big Boss delivers an excellent beer drinking experience with this Belle-gian from bottle to brew. Hell’s Belle is an awesome gateway Belgian ale that pairs well with a plethora of rich and/or spicy foods. Just don’t get burned by it’s easy-drinking deliciousness…it’s still 7%.
- Appearance: Golden copper
- Aroma: Tropical fruit, sweet malt, light bubblegum
- Flavor: Fruity sweetness, peppery spice, citrus
- Mouthfeel: Medium
- ABV: 7%
- Size/Price: 6pk 12 oz. / $8 – $10
- Score: 85