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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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very good

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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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

shep8821, Mar 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Makubex, Sep 12, 2014
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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 10, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

JeffNev, Jul 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

gratefulbeerhead, Mar 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

scott2269, Feb 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

PatGreer, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of cfrances33
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at O'Rourkes in South Bend, served in a Bell's snifter.

Pour: hazy, deep orange, with two fingers of deep creamy head. Some lacing, and the head hangs around as a rim.

Smell: big tropical fruits up front... Pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and even a touch of red berries. Fruits carry most of the nose, with just a touch of earthiness from the brett, and a light spiciness from the rye on the finish.

Taste: again, big tropical pineapple, mango, a touch of citrus, and some floral notes sneak in. Lots of earthy brett in the middle, and some breadyness. Rye shine on the back end, with a touch of spice, that cuts through all the other flavors and lingers.

Mouthfeel: rather heavy, but in a good way. Definitely took my time with the glass. Earthyness and rye really builds as it opens up. Finishes with an interesting mix of dryness and a lingering rye taste.

Overall: definitely a delicious and underrrated beer. A great showcase of what brett can do, and the rye adds a nice complexity.

cfrances33, Mar 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

mzeld, Dec 07, 2012
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krome, Aug 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.24/5  rDev +6.8%

Brewsed, Yesterday at 09:37 PM
Photo of elNopalero
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love the pun on this—it’s a play on the Kal-Haven Trail that runs across southwest Michigan. The beer is a light tan amber with light foam. I get a earthy funk from the aroma. It’s light but present, like a light onion sliced in the adjoining room… which is the only way I could think of describing it. Nice malt body with a delicate brett note that emerges as it warms. Not bad, but I’d like to see what could happen with some more time on this one. It shows promise and plenty of potential.

elNopalero, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at The City Tap House for their Bell's event during beer week. I love this city.

Pours a mix of light bronze and hazy amber with bits of dark yellow. The head was an inch of loose off white suds that look die off into nothing. Small spots of lace. Smells like a lot of great bretted up homebrew I've had. Brett and some funk and a lot of barnyard IMO. Some rye is under all the wild. Some caramel and grain. The taste is pretty marvelous. Bretty up front with hay and grass and other earth, barnyard. Not overly funky, kinda tart. I like the low level of rye in this. Some rye bread and grain towards the end. Feel is below medium with a nice carb punch from the tap. Crisp and evervesant, easy going down, if brett's your thing. It's mine so this is insanely drinkable. Good job.

BARFLYB, Jun 12, 2010
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4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at City Tap House.

Pours a very cloudy dark golden orange/copper color with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy off white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Streaks of Lacing left behind.

Slightly funky tart aroma with lotsnod swee caramel malt and dry Brett notes in the nose. Sweet citrus hops and rye compliment the sweet malts and Brett character. This one smells pretty good.

Chewy medium body that is slightly spicy with lots of sweet caramel malt and rye along with a slightly puckering dry bretty efervescence. The tart Brett presence is mos prominent up frogt and slowly fades throught the palate as the malts and rye counter it. Very well balanced and quaffable with a sweet dry finish.

corby112, Jun 08, 2010
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4.16/5  rDev +4.8%

NateMac13, Aug 25, 2014
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Bell's Kal-Haven Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.