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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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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | 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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Photo of tectactoe
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Pours a pure copper color with an ever-so-slightly off-white head; slight lacing left behind on the glass, but not much. Sour, sweet, and a bit tart on the initial whiff; fruity and dense with some old-cork funk to it. Not much rye on the nose, even though it's a rye beer. For some reason, it seems like rye is much harder to detect in the aroma most times.

The initial taste bites with a touch of leafiness that quickly subsides in favor of a heavy fruity sweetness that comes about. Strawberry-ish, oranges, some other fruits I can't exactly place my finger on. Without wasting much time, the sweetness turns into a tart, nearly puckering flavor rush for a split second, right about the time the carbonation bubbles become noticeable. Once the tart shock is over, the taste subdues a bit into this funky, yeasty, old soaked cork type of flavor. Damp, musty, slightly woody; very barnyard-esque. Just as the beer heads down my gullet, the rye finally hits and hits big. Heavy rye at the very end, dark and toasted and dry. Aftertaste is nothing but rye with the decrescendo funk. Medium, slick body with a seemingly dry finish from the rye. Carbonated heavily.

Certainly a different and creative beer, here. Not quite a sour, not quite a rye beer... what the hell is it? Who knows and who cares, as long as it tastes good, right? Well, it's pretty good. The tartness gets weaker as the beer goes on and the funky rye flavors get more powerful. Still not sure if I like that or not. I'd like to try this beer again a few months from now. Probably wont be able to find it, though.

tectactoe, Dec 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

warnerry, Jan 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

JeffNev, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of jeonseh
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bell's

A - Golden and orange with a slight haze to it.

S - Lemon, grassy, blue cheese funk with a slight vinegar. Reminds me of Orval in the nose

T - Banana with a slight bubble gum. There is also lemon in the middle. The finish is slightly grassy and slightly bitter. There was not as much funk or complexity in the taste as I picked up in the nose.

M - Lots of carbonation that leads to a nice full feeling in the mouth. Slight astringency in the finish that lingers on

O - From the nose, I was hoping this would be a great beer but the flavor and astringency lead to this being only solid. It is nice to see Bell's experimenting with Brett.

jeonseh, Jan 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

weonfire, Apr 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

mzeld, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An experimental rye beer brewed with wild yeast served on tap at the brewery.

A: The ale is a copper brown color, darker at the wider points of the 10 oz glass. An egg white colored head lasted for the frest few sips.

S: The ale is strongly influenced by brattanomyces, with a wild horseblanker aroma that blocks out rye and any other aromas.

T: The first sip is mild, slowly transitioning the brett flavors into the mix. Mid-sip the rye flavors appear with a peppery bread flavor that sets the stage for the funk. Brett is happy to oblige with a gamey, barnyard flavor that dominates the end of each sip. The brett leaves things dry, making me wany another sip.

M: The mouthfeel is dry at the end but bready and soft in the middle. A well-thought-out experiment indeed.

D: My first visit to Bell's, so I was hesitant to get more than one glass at a time. That being said, this one is interesting, especially whem the rye makes itself known.

akorsak, Jul 19, 2009
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

buschbeer, Dec 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Zaphog, Sep 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

jhillwastaken, Mar 29, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dusty copper color with orange highlights, decent cap of off-white head and good lacing. Scent is mellow - funk, earth, clay with dry, spicey grain. Taste is a little more aggressive, spicy rye with a mild funkyness to it. Medium bodied, active carbonation, dry and lingering. A decent beer which combines ingredients from different styles nicely.

rfgetz, Jun 08, 2010
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

johunnic, Jul 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

outoffocus, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of karst
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap downtown Madison, WI at the Great Taste of the Midwest Bell's preparty.

We ordered all of the offerings and this one was my last and certainly the best by far.

Larry Bell explained how the beer was named but I will leave that for others and tell you about my one and only pint (so far) of this handsome deep brown Brettanomyces aroma that promised huge barnyard flavors but instead delivered wonderful rye with soft (vs the expected "hard" brett flavors that come after the first year of fermentation.

This softness of brett flavors play nicely with the pepper and phenolics that are natural to a big rye grain bill.

the balance is perfect to display the rye and a dry finish with litte evidence of hops is from the high attenuation expected as brett ferment out those sugars to complex for regular brewing yeasts. They chew away some of the chewyness you would expect but leave more than enough as a reward for loss of mouthfeel. Brett wrecks the head a bit too, thus the half point reduction in appearance. That night it drank ALL 5's

It is my prayer that I find this again. It is one of the easiest drinking brett beers I have experienced after five years or more of exploring Belgian's

I was hoping to retaste it the next day but it was not poured at the beer fest (to my knowledge). It was enjoyable sharing my appreciation of this Rye with the owner and his brewers.

karst, Aug 11, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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Bell's Kal-Haven Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.