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Kvasir - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

527 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 25
Gots: 67 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jonada on 10-22-2013

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Ratings: 527 | Reviews: 80
Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of devin305
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mchegash
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5/5
Pours a deep orange, quite clear. About 1 finger of head upon initial pour, dissipates down quickly. An above-average amount of carbonation can be seen rising up through the beer. Nothing super great or bad about the look.

Smell - 4/5
Cranberry, lemon, honey, some faint alcohol smell. I'm not sure if cranberry is the dominant aspect of the smell, or if it's just the only ingrediant my nose is familiar with (i.e. I have no clue what lingonberries or birch syrup tastes like). Overall the smell is okay, not incredible, but it gets points for being interesting and unique

Taste - 4/5
Strong cranberry taste. Tastes like alcoholic sparkling cranberry juice, if such a thing were to exist. Besides the cranberry there is honey, and then some other floral/herbal flavors. Overall I like the taste. The cranberry does not overpower, and there are enough other flavors going on to make it interesting. Also, the alcohol is well concealed by the taste (this beer is 10%).

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Crisp, carbonation is light, a tiny bit syrupy. Overall it's quite smooth. A good feel.

Overall - 4/5
I definitely enjoyed drinking this beer. It had a fairly tasty and unique flavor. Given the cost and the rarity, this is likely not something I will get again, at least for a long while. Still, I love DFH's Ancient Ale series and love taking part in history by enjoyed these ancient brews.

Photo of tommy5
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of secondtooth
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finally found a bottle of this in Louisville after searching for probably a year. $14.99 is a bit pricey for me, but this one is special, being an ancient Scandinavian viking ale.

Appearance: A reasonably clean ruby-amber, with a thick, off-white head. Lace is virtually nonexistent here.

Aroma: Fruity, with the lingonberries and cranberries coming to the forefront.

Taste: Definitely a tart, sour berry character first and foremost. The honey and birch syrup lend a sweetness to the character, too, but it’s well-suited and not at all overdone. I also get an earthy, herbal note underneath it all. Not nearly as sour as the true “sour” brews, but the similarity is there. At a hefty 10%, I expected more of a warming character, but this one is deceptive on the palate, and the alcohol is well-hidden (until the bottle is done - hah!).

Overall, a light-drinking ancient ale with a magnificent history. Well-worth a try.

Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ale207
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Matt141
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucular
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek_Besly
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of swgwilt
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of garuda
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Duffman79
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sulldaddy
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Split a bottle with Stopper the other night. Poured at cellar temp into a snifter.
Beer pours a chestnut color with dense fizzy off white head of 1 cm that fades to a sturdy surface layer. Aroma is fruit dominated with pear and berries coming through. Not much malt nose and is more of a wine aroma, generally sweet. First sip reveals an average to light body with fine spacious carbonation. Body may be a little thinner due to the honey.
Flavor is sweet and fruity like the nose advertised, I get tart cranberry and general fruit, again, pears. Not any hints of the 10% abv on this bottle.
Be ready as this doesnt taste like a modern beer, but is enjoyable as an alcoholic beverage and is very easy to drink.

Photo of JOrtiz
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tbone2131
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Karibourgeois
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kevinmost
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jjwisenheimer
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Vogt52
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of let8it8grow
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ejmw
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Kvasir from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.