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

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3.88 w/ 149 ratings

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

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by akorsak on 07-19-2009

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

really surprised to see people liking this so much, i thought it was pretty lackluster, especially for a brewery as good as bells. a bretted rye ale that never really gets off the ground for me. it has a terrible aroma of old cheese and socks and sweat and stinky wild yeast, like a dregs starter in apple juice or something, more fitting in a homebrewers garage than in a beer from bells. its amateur and flawed, and if it werent for a nice heaping dose of fresh rye malt coming through, it would be unappealing altogether. the flavor is fine until the finish, the rye is simple but good and robust in here, there are some subtle fruit notes from the wild aspects, white grape and apple are most forward, and there is a little funk thats way better than it smells. the finish though is the taste manifestation of the off smell i got, its all after the swallow, stale cereal and old yeast flavor on the tongue, lasts forever and is hard to get to go away. i couldnt believe how off putting it was on the first sip, so i took another sip to confirm and that was my last taste of this one. the first beer i have encountered in a long time i couldnt drink. the rye saves it a little bit, and i like seeing bells push in this wild ale direction, but this is way off from the quality we are accustomed to from them! avoid.

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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

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3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Basin Pub in Bushnell's Basin, NY.

This one pours a clear light brown, with a small head, and no lacing.

This doesn't smell a whole lot like rye, but it does smell like sweet and funky Brett, with light cherry and red wine.

There's only the slightest wisp of rye taste here, the Brett yeast action drives the train here. It provides some significant cherry flavors, with light red wine, and a bit of the barnyard thing. It's simple, but very lovely.

This is light bodied, and pretty drinkable, with a good level of carbonation.

I wouldn't have expected something like this from Bell's- they don't do a ton of sours.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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Bell's Kal-Haven Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 77.2% out of 100 with 149 ratings
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