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

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Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by akorsak on 07-19-2009

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of karst
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

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Photo of mdcarone1
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a deep, earthy reddish orange. A small amount of white foam that doesn't really fade away at all and leaves a slight lacing behind. Completely opaque and cloudy.

Smell: initial scent is fruity followed by a some earthiness. Some notes of oak, spicy rye, and some funkiness.

Taste: opens with fruit. A mix between berries and dark fruit sometimes almost tropical. Any juiciness is quickly put out with a big earthen oak character that is fairly dry. Spicy rye is almost an afterthought and comes in lightly towards the end. Funkiness comes sporadically but mostly during the middle along with the oak.

Mouthfeel: thick, sticky and dry. The rye really adds a lot of depth here as it is slightly creamy but also has a viscosity to it. Some slight bitterness as well

Overall: a bells tap only that is easy to miss but great if you find it. Great balance between tropical, juicy fruit and earthy funky yeast. Certainly one of the more interesting beers I have had

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4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cfrances33
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of unclejazz
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap with about 5 month age on the Brett. Wonderful Granny Smith apple smell with hints if wine and barnyard. The Rye balances well with the beginnings of a lactic-like souring.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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