Monastyrskiy Kvas - Monastyrskiy Kvas
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Reviews by UCLABrewN84:
3.75/5 rDev +23.8%
After a long and fruitless search I found this at an out of the way Russian grocery store near my work. Comes in a 70 ounce bottle - more ounces than a 2 liter!
Pours a clear darkish iced tea color with a fizzy 1 inch beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing whatsoever either. Smell is of rye bread, raisins, grapes, figs, and maybe some prunes. Very big dark dried fruit aromas. Taste is of bread, raisins, prunes, and some brown sugar to boot. Very much like a raisin bread in liquid form. I am pleasantly surprised by this to be quite honest. Pouring this out was quite fizzy but the mouthfeel is a tiny bit flat with some small carbonation bubbles on the tongue. This is my first kvass ever and I must say I think that this is a good "beer" coming out of Ukraine. I was expecting something disgustingly gross but I actually really enjoy drinking this one. I will be on the lookout for more kvass to do some comparisons.
08-09-2011 05:37:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.45/5 rDev +13.9%
The standard Monastyrskiy Kvas pours a dark mahogany body (around 30 SRM)with a hint of a ruby cast to it. While you're pouring it a flimsy surface of light tan bubbles appear, but then immediately fade - not unlike a cola. It's crystal clear, but there are are tiny specs of sediment at the bottom of the glass.
The aroma displays cereal, toasted sweet bread with a thin edge of burnt sugar along the side, and "Ovaltine".
In the mouth it's light-medium in body with a very moderate carbonation that's just enough to help keep it refreshing. Interestingly, all kvas used to be served flat until the 1980's when producers started carbing it up to compete with western soft drinks.
The flavor follows the aroma, but it's less cereal-like, and more like caramel nougat. It's also sweeter in a cola-like way; and there's an edge of milk chocolate or dark cocoa to it. There's obviously no bitterness added to it, and it's not tart in any way. It's sugary and bready sweet but it doesn't overwhelm (it's clearly kvass and not "Malta"). It lingers in the mouth with a residue not unlike that of cola, except that there are no mint notes to help balance it.
Overall, it's well made and fairly drinkable but it lacks the character of some of the better examples of the style.
03-26-2011 22:17:58 | More by NeroFiddled
2.53/5 rDev -16.5%
Thanks to woodychandler for yet another Kvass for me to try. Poured from a brown plastic 70 oz. !!! bottle. Has a cola like color with lots of carbonation and no head at all. Smell is of dark breads and molasses. Taste is very sweet, malts, molasses, a touch of spice. Feels syrupy in the mouth and overall is just a bit to sweet for my liking.
05-22-2011 14:20:15 | More by tone77
2.93/5 rDev -3.3%
Cap: 05.01.12 "Beverage fermented"
"Shelf life: 6 months from date of production (marked on the closure or bottle). Ingredients: water, sugar, CO2, kvass concentrate based on rye malt, naturally identical flavors Kwass, malt, citric acid, lactic acid, sodium benzoate."
Giant plastic bottle opens with a muted hiss, into a rinsed pint it pours with little foam at all. Soda bubbles, still surface, glassy. Dark amber in the light, otherwise looks like a soft drink (cola or root beer). Second pour into a dry mug yielded a brief flurry of tan bubbles on top.
Smells like caramel and tootsie rolls.
Also tastes like tootsie rolls, with a little bit of cocoa and currant/grape flavor too. More specifically a grape tootsie roll pop I suppose. Fizzy, astringent soda carbonation. Rather sweet and one-dimensional.
The first glass disappeared in minutes, it's refreshing if nothing else, but sugary.
08-23-2011 22:48:10 | More by emerge077
3.2/5 rDev +5.6%
A: The "beer" is crystal clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, but there are a couple of small patches of bubbles on the surface that are continually replenished by the rising carbonation.
S: Light aromas of cola and dark fruits are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark fruits—grapes and raisins seem to stand out in particular—and has some sweetness. The sugariness becomes more apparent as the beverage warms up, although it was never became cloying.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and somewhat fizzy with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Among the kvass that I have sampled, this is the one that tastes more like soda and doesn't have any flavors that might be considered unappealing. If someone gave this to me in a blind taste test, I would have thought that this was some type of blend of a soda and juice.
Note: 0.5L plastic bottle
10-01-2013 23:42:56 | More by metter98
3.48/5 rDev +14.9%
It is Easter Sunday and although I am under-motivated to throw on my monk's robe in order to emulate the bearded fellow on the label, I am interested in having some more from this manufacturer. I have to give props to TMoney for inspiring me to go on a Kvass Kick of my own.
I have to say, theirs have been some of the more carbonated examples of the style thus far. The bubbles are tiny and tight, like soda pop and the resultant head lasts about as long as it does with pop. Color was arguably either mahogany brown or garnet red, but with NE-quality clarity either way. Nose was like a box of Raisin Bran coupled with the interior of a tobacco drying barn. Very earthy, dark and deep in terms of its scent. Mouthfeel was sort of thin, kind of flat given all of the CO2 bubbles, with flavors of raisins, malt, milk chocolate and tobacco. Interesting, to say the least. Finish was very sweet, very malty for my taste. I did like it more than some of the other standard Kvasses that I have tried so far, however.
I just sliced off a piece of Kulich (Easter bread) and it goes REALLY well with this version of Kvass. Man, I need a Russian mail-order bride at this rate.
04-24-2011 20:35:58 | More by woodychandler
2.13/5 rDev -29.7%
2 liter plastic bottle.
Ir pours a clear cola color with a weak quickly dissipating head.
Smell is fruity with some chocolate.
It tastes like chocolate flavored soda with some raisin.
It isn't too offensive. It less of a traditional kvas than most.
11-09-2011 02:30:39 | More by crossovert
3.05/5 rDev +0.7%
Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.
The Kvass Kick continues, baby! This one pours a clear garnet-brown (heavy on the garnet) topped by a short-lived bit o' ecru soda fizz. The nose comprises pumpernickel, maple syrup, fennel, and a touch of light roasted malts. The taste isn't too different, though whatever roast character dwelled within the nose has escaped so that it may avoid the gullet altogether. The body is a light medium, with a fizzy carbonation and a light syrupy feel. Overall, a decent kvass, but this one's a bit more fizzy and soda-like than the others thus far. Can't say that that endears it to me very much.
11-19-2010 08:56:47 | More by TMoney2591
3.1/5 rDev +2.3%
Poured from 2-liter bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: dark brown hue with a clear body and a light effervescence. There is no head or lacing on the glass at all -- aside from the few bubbles, this appears completely flat. Not unusual in a kvass, but still not super enticing.
Smell: lightly bready with a definite dark rye character and a bit of a molasses aroma. Not bad, but pretty light.
Taste: bread, molasses and a little bit of chocolate character are all present. Pretty sweet but not cloyingly so. Actually a pretty tasty kvass.
Mouthfeel: light body with minimal carbonation. Not quite insipid, but getting there.
Overall: a tasty kvass, but I like a little bit more effervescence. This would help it a great deal, I think.
10-05-2012 17:32:13 | More by flagmantho
2.05/5 rDev -32.3%
2 litre plastic bottle, poured into a pint
Pours a cola-like brown with a bubbly, fizzy tan head. The body sits a fairly still dark brown with no lace anywhere. The nose is fairly sweet brown sugar, rye, dark malt...kind of a pumpernickle/brown bread presence. On the palate, sugary cola-like sweetness, with rye, dark malt, and brown bread. The taste is a little off-putting at first. Think carbonated wort. The feel is exactly what you think carbonated wort would taste like. Sweet sugary malts and mild carbonation. Medium body and syrup. I think this bottle was a little old, as the carbonation has fallen a bit. This was worth the tick, but probably not something I need to have again.
09-15-2012 12:12:04 | More by ColForbinBC
2.93/5 rDev -3.3%
Right off the bat, this is far more carbonated than most representatives of the style. The head even sticks around a bit as a ring, and you can see the bubbles streaming upward throughout the time it takes to empty the glass. It pours a chestnut brown, about normal for the style. Smells thin, and somewhat sour, even acetic a bit. I wouldn't call that exactly pleasant. Luckily, there is only a smidgen of the tang in the taste, and mostly at the finish. Mostly, you get some light sweetness up front, followed by some almost crackery breadiness, and then the sour kicks in. Somewhat refreshing, but a bit off balance.
05-15-2011 03:42:53 | More by Georgiabeer
2.98/5 rDev -1.7%
A- Clear, brown to amber slight head that died fast.
S- Light malty smell. Zero hop. Sweet like powdered Ice Tea.
T- Very Malty. Sweetness is of added sugar or corn syrup perhaps? Like a malty beer minus the hops and alcohol. Not at all unpleasant. Again iced tea comes to mind.
M- Pretty much a soda mouth feel. Thin. Carb is soft.
O- My first stab at this style. It's like a malty iced tea with raisins and soft carbonation. I'm enjoying it, but I imagine it could get sickening in larger quantities.
06-07-2014 02:32:29 | More by Justin23060
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