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Bell's Kal-Haven Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Kal-Haven Ale
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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: akorsak on 07-19-2009)
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

Intentional souring.. Wait, what?! Bell's brewers step into the wild side and put bugs in their beer, but do so for the most distinctive and characterful taste, aroma and texture possible, harking back to Belgian's rustic roots.

The "wild rye" kicks off with a brazen gold color with margins of straw wrapping about. Its earthen and weathered nose plays off of the pungency of cellar-like must, wine-soaked cork, horse hair, dried citrus, sea air and a peppery peaten bouquet. Its delicate sweetness underneath layers upon the tongue with steely caramel and grain with savory toast and spicy bread crust.

The middle palate drops its sweetness and invites a spicy effervescent to bounce off the tongue like champagne. Its acidic taste of green grape, grapefruit, crabapple, lime, orange peel and lemon latch onto the tastebuds while earthy spices of peppercorn, grain husk and savory crust are counter to the fruit.

As the characterful ale finishes, it moves from the medium weight of Biere de Garde early and to the mid-light body of Belgian pale ale late. Its peppery, peaty and citrus pith finish is arid with carbonic bite and piney bitterness while sweaty brine and barnyard return in waves of aftertaste. With each sip, the memory of Goose Island Matilda and Orval Trappist Ale come to mind in comparison.

BEERchitect, Oct 01, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev -0.8%

Brett funk, bubblegum in aroma, with a lightly tart, vinous flavor, underlying woody notes, and a slightly barnyard finish. The rye is fairly subtle initially, but lingers in the finish.

barczar, Oct 01, 2014
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Dylanjf, Oct 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

This one was kinda wierd. It wasnt as good as I was hoping for. Still good, just not great. Its medium-light in color. The brett really comes through. lots of Dank, funk, and basement smell, but not in a bad way. Rye didnt have much peppery overtones to it. not sour.

Overall glad I tried it, but not the best of the fest. (ABR)

MCImes, Sep 29, 2014
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Bell's Kal-Haven Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.