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Kvasir - Dogfish Head Brewery

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536 Ratings
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Ratings: 536
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 28
Gots: 71 | FT: 4
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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: 536 | Reviews: 81
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Photo of Jason
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml brown bottle with no freshness date.

Bright copper hued brew, decent enough lacing to keep a beery appearance. Tart exotic berries, faint honey, spicy alcohol, birch, wild herbs, & some breadiness are all in the nose. Mild crispness, medium body, dry character throughout, fresh herbs, tart berries, estery, mild bitterness, hint of birch, earthy, mineral, faint peppery tone, & alcohol. Dry finish.

Hand it to Dogfish Head to go far out on the craft beer limb with another Ancient Ale and this one I'd love to see more of.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber hued with good clarity. A quarter inch head of off white foam covers the majority of the beer. Brussels lacing. Aroma of cranberries and faint lingonberries. The body is surprisingly light but a bit sticky. The flavor is slightly tart cranberries balanced with a bit of sweet honey. You can also sense a light malt base

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into shaker pint; slightly reddish amber color, clear with lots of carbonation and a thick fluffy off-white head that faded after a bit into a ring of bubbles.
Smell is metallic malt, with lots of fragrant berry scents, tart and sweet. Very herbal and fresh.
Taste is tart cranberry, acidic malt with some other sour characteristics, and some herbal vegetal crispness from hops or other additions.
Mouthfeel is low-carbonation (surprising for how it looks, and the head), light-bodied and smooth.
Overall, this is an interesting entry in the ancient ale series. Instead of the super-sweet boozy mead-wine-beer hybrids like Sah'tea, Jaihu and the like, this is a relatively crisp and tart brew that is very interesting.

Photo of secondtooth
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
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 SpeedwayJim
2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml capped bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared by schen9303.

Pours a 2 finger light cream colored head with great retention. Beer is a clear strawberry red. Lacing is stringy and spotty with little stick. Great for the style.

Nose is tart raspberry and cranberry with notes of honey, spice and sugar. Some ginger and cinnamon too. Kind of awkward but I like it.

Opens cranberry and unripe raspberry. Cinnamon, rotting peat, soil and moss in the middle with more tart red fruit. Spice and pepper at the end mixed with honey, molasses and floral notes. Finishes filmy sweet red fruit with the same aftertaste. Really strange... and not in a good way.

Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Slick and filmy in the mouth and goes down slightly aggressive and warm. Finishes messy with a lingering aftertaste. Average.

I appreciate the innovation beer and this beer does start to grow on you after a little while. That being said, its still not nearly worth drinking considering the other offerings in the style.

Photo of kellyej
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Little head, color of a darkish tea, fairly clear
S: Flowery, fruity, hint of candy/honey
M: Medium-light body, bubbly
T: Overall a balanced beer. It tasted quite a bit like a hibiscus tea with hints of sweet-tarts and honey.

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As a man of Swedish heritage I must say I was intrigued and excited by this beer. It poured as any darker ale with little to set it apart. The nose was nice with tinges of spice and malt. The flavor is what set this apart as it was reminiscent of a Christmas beer with nutmeg, spicy cinnamon, barley malt, tea leaves, prune, date and then a tangy cranberry finish. The feel was a tad thin when it comes to the overall style. I enjoyed this immensely, perhaps a touch jaded by the history, but it had great flavor.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the Hudson Street Stackhouse (from notes).

A: Amber with a 1 finger head and lacing. Looks like a red wine.

S: Quite sweet. Almost tart. Red wine fruity.

T: Odd flavors here. Fruity. Like a saison. Weird but ok. Different.

M: Frothy, almost slimy.

O: Ok, but different like all of their Ancient Ales.

Photo of puboflyons
4/5  rDev +7.2%

From the 750 ml. bottle. 2014 batch. Sampled on December 6, 2014.

Gorgeous looking amber pour with a moderate off-white head and lovely clarity.

One needs a checklist to figure out all those aroma characters. Malts, berries, yeast, and herbs. But the fruit character is more front and center.

Medium and smooth body.

Like the nose, the berry and juicy fruit flavors are the main thing one gets but then I pick up those roasted malts. Mild bitterness. A refreshing and easy to drink beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-Ancient ale brewed with lingonberry, cranberry, birch syrup, honey, cranberry juice and herbs. Bottled 3/12/13. Consumed 2/14/14.

A: Coppery orange with some cranberry hints for coloring. Glass consuming effervesce fills the vessel within with a steadfast rate. A crowning head of 2 inches sits atop with a light tan color and a creamy whipped consistency staying with good retention. Spongy-dab lacing, light coverage rate.

S: The aroma was of sasafras, rootbeer, sweet honey and birch syrup. Some cola, fresh herbs mix with a light finish of dry earthy birch bark.

T: Flavor was tart cranberry, honey sweetness, and birch. The cranberry is rather tart, forefront, with some musky herbs. Hints of sweet grapes, im guessing the lingoberry which im unfamiliar with. Final thoughts of lemon, sage and some bubblegum sweetness.

M: Mouthful was tart, viscose with lots of carbonation dacining on the tongue.

O: Overall sweet honey and tart cranberry, Unique, but more of a cranberry beer then anything. A bomber could lead to quite the struggle once the novelty wears off. For the record i picked this up from a local store which had 20 bombers on closeout at $3.98. A price always worth a curious buy when it comes to dogfish head, but dont expect to be knocked over. I understand the experimental aspect, but overall if i didnt know what i was drinking in a blind taste test, i probably wouldnt be to impressed.

Photo of emerge077
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crimson copper, bright clarity. Billowing head of foam, flecks of lace and a thick ring around the edges.

Aroma is a little bland for all the obscure ingredients and fluffy backstory. I want to smell a Viking tomb goddammit. Yeasty, malty, blah. Faint indistinct fruit.

Tart and bitter, cranberry and lingonberry in spades. Malt underneath, lingering bitterness verges on herbal. Initially more carbonated, though it ebbs away towards the end. It drinks more as a Gruit, which is essentially what many of these attempts at ancient ales are.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, bottled on 10/11/2013. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a reddish/amber color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like sweet and tart berries (cranberries, other red berries), honey, sweet syrup, and some peppery herbalness. It tastes like cranberries, sweet and tart red berries, white grapes, honey, bready/grainy malt and some woody herbs. There's some nice sweet, tart and herbal flavors that mesh well together in this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy and creamy with moderate carbonation. The 10% ABV is pretty well hidden. I think it's a good, interesting brew. I'd pick this up again in the future, it's definitely worth trying if you've never had it before. $11.99 a bottle.

Photo of philbe311
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not quite sure what to expect with this one...

A - A standard pour yields two plus fingers of crisp lively audibly fizzy light khaki colored head that turns creamy as it begins to settle a bit... Decent retention... What's left is a full even thick veil of creamy lacing... Mostly still with just a couple streaks of sluggish carbonation... The color is a watered down pale red with some amber undertones...

S - A completely unique and rather inviting aroma... The birch syrup and cranberry juice are at the forefront and work harmoniously together... There are also notes of pomegranates... There is a layer of honey... A very light subtle spiciness lingers a bit beneath the surface... Nice balance and complexity... Each subsequent whiff yields a new layer of depth and complexity...

T - The layers of depth and complexity on the nose become a bit muddled on the palate... Cherries... Pomegranate... Cranberry... Not sure what a lingonberry is, but I'll assume there is some of that mixed in as well... The birch and honey notes are light and linger beneath the surface... Some light sage notes as well... There's a light to moderate medicinal quality to the finish that proves a bit challenging and off putting...

M -Medium bodied... Sturdy... Sharp carbonation... Syrupy...

D - This brew is quintessential Dogfish Head... Not great nor bad, but completely unique and challenging... The aroma is the best part of this offering... The flavor profile and mouthfeel are a bit rough around the edges... The end result is a beer worthy of the curious... Probable a couple notches below Theobroma in terms of my favorite DFH Ancient Ale...

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Draft: Poured a reddish color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of berries and herbs is not the most enticing. Taste was also a weird mix between some berries notes, herbs with weird unrefined grainy notes. Body is light with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting experiment but with such low drinkability I think I will avoid in the future.

Photo of CheckMate
4.67/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Brown 750ml bottle purchased at The Lighthouse in Manchester, ME. Pours a mostly clear ever so slightly hazy pale amber liquid with about an inch of bubbly off white head that dissipated after a couple of minutes. The scents of honey and cranberries immediately hit the nose with an herbal background. The flavors of cranberries, with some citrus, vanilla, spicy clove and with a woody finish. On the first sip, bubbles hit the tongue. the liquid s very effervescent, it tingles my nose. Can't taste the alcohol in the beer, but leaves a slight herbal aftertaste in the finish. In my opinion, this beer is delicious! Although I am almost half n the bag as I write this ( I have only had half of the bottle so far). I can definitely say it was worth the 12.99 + tax and deposit! I can't wait to finish this lovely bottle!

Cheers!!!

Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

Deep bronze red and orange body, quite crystal clear, but too dark to see anything through it. Slow rising column of carbonation in the middle, topped with a large and even made thick and fluffy four to three finger yellow to tan light head very uniform in appearance. Settles slowly with no lacing but with a large thick even puck. Great looker.

Nose seems heavily floral, lightly sweetened. I get this large lavender and lilac like nose off this thing, deeply floral with a little bit of honey sweetness. Very perfume like, and aromatic that carries throughout the air and nose. Quite enjoyable, and definitely unique. Not much else, but definitely herbal bents come later with garden green senses as it warms.

Palate brings nice feel and aromas for this grog. Definitely red berry like fruit but without large tartness, but just a tad, if mostly neutral between tart and sweet. Fruit component comes out like a juicy red apple as it warms as well. Nice played down sweetness, nothing hot or sticky off of this either. Real good juicy like mouthfeel to this if light bodied. Virtually no alcohol heat on this at all, zippo, nada, zilch. Sort of hints at winter warmer like spices, but more gruit and herbal with perfume aromatics on the finish.

Real fun and neat creation, quite memorable and unique. Nice work.

Photo of Vec2267
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A = Deep orange, voluminous tan head that falls quickly to a thin lace

S - Floral, honey, herbal/woody - interesting but nothing to make you go wow

T - Tart but plenty of sweetness to keep it from getting sour, bitter on the end

M - Thin and crisp, quite a bit of carbonation, alcohol well hidden

O - Certainly unique, I'm glad I tried it, but I'm now ready for a stout. This is certainly very different. Closer to wine than beer. A strange combination that they made work, but not something I would drink again.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium bronze amber with a two finger light tan head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of cranberry, mixed berries, light bready malt, lightly spicy and tart. Flavor is earthy; bark and light toasted malt to start, developing cranberry flavor and tartness with grape and berry elements and finishing with tart cranberry juice and earthy bitterness. Medium bodied with peppery carbonation. Another very interesting reconstructed beer that really does taste as if it were the result of an ancient brewer experimenting with flavors from the nearby environment. The profile of the base beer is reminiscent of a light Berliner Weisse, fruity and tart, but the rustic herbs have an interesting woodiness of putting your tongue on an unfinished pine board; woody without a resiny element. Likely due to a mint family herb like sage. Tart and refreshing with an odd herbal taste that I enjoyed despite its unfamiliarity. We don't know what these early brews tasted like, but a lot of the Dogfish Head attempts sure are convincing that they could have been brewed at the dawn of time.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Copper, almost red. Thick foamy head on the pour that recedes to a respectable off white swath. Thick messy lacing. Handsome brew.
smell: I thought with the honey and birch syrup (whatever that is) would be prominently sweet but not the nose. A little subdued (at least a few min out of the fridge). I'm getting aromatic spice, I suppose coming from the exotic stuff.
taste: Wow, lots more happening here. A hint of sweetness but mostly dry. A nice tartness in the finish with a slightly bitter wrinkle.
overall: More kudos to Sam and team. Very interesting experiment and a solid beer.

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear light reddish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that gradually died down and left a thin head covering the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: moderate aromas of tart berries are present in the nose—which I presume are mostly from the cranberries and lingonberries.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that there are also notes of honey and this contributes slight amount of sweetness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I thought that this beer would be quite tart with the cranberries and lingonberries, but the honey helps to balance things off and even adds a bit of sweetness.

Photo of SHODriver
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: poured into a tulip to a reddish orange with a finger of off white head that fades to a small pool and collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells like grape jelly with a lot of berry notes. very sweet
T: taste is berries with a bit of tartness and honey sweetness. the tartness and the sweetness do battle on the taste buds for dominance. swallow is more berry flavor with a bit more tartness and some herbal notes
M: fairly full in the mouth with slightly prickly carbonation. finish is slightly drying
O: Overall a very solid beer. It has good flavors and definitely isn't your run of the mill fruit beer.

Photo of rlee1390
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear ruby, one finger white head that tries to leave some lacing.

S-Good deal of cranberries, some honey as well. Some grassy earthy notes as well.

T-A good balance between the cranberries and the honey. But beyond that not much else. Slight grass but very little.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation.

O-Not much besides cranberries and honey. Would have like more subtly or flavors.

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Dogfish Head's Kvasir a couple weeks ago for $13.49 at The Lager Mill. It's been awhile since I've tried a new beer from Dogfish Head and this one sounds pretty interesting, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, I'm not really sure if it goes with the name, but it is eye catching. It poured a very cloudy dark orange color that didn't really let much light come through and it took on a nice ruby orange color. It had three fingers worth of very creamy white head that left some patchy and spotty lacing behind and it died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end. This was a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of sweetness along with a noticeably tart aroma that leads right into the fruits which impart a nice berry aroma with the cranberry seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a light malt aroma with some lightly toasted malts and bready aromas coming through and it's followed by a nice and lighter spicy and herbal like aroma. This beer had a good aroma, I liked the berry aspect and I thought it was a little unique.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness along with a lighter amount of medium tartness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart the same aspect that they did in the aroma with no single aspect sticking out the most and it provides some nice balance to this beer. Up next comes the tart berries with the cranberries still sticking out the most. On the finish comes that same light spicy and light herbal aspect that I got in the aroma with a lingering tartness and cranberry like aftertaste. This was a good tasting beer, I like how it had some balance and complexity to it and it just wasn't completely dominated by the tart berries.

M- Smooth, not too acidic, crisp, slightly refreshing, the alcohol was hidden very well, a little creamy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example of the style, I don't have a lot of the experience with this style, but when done right it's a style that I enjoy and after trying this beer I have no doubt that Dogfish Head did a good job with this beer. It had good drinkability, it was smooth, not too acidic, crisp, the alcohol was hidden very well, slightly refreshing, a little creamy, not too filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I don't think I would have a problem drinking the whole bottle since it's not really acidic and the alcohol seemed to be expertly hidden. What I like the most about this beer was the balance, no single aspect ever got too overpowering, the balance was right where it needed to be. What I liked the lest about this beer was nothing, there isn't a single thing about this beer that I disliked or would change. I would for sure buy this beer again and I might consider seeing how it ages. I would recommend this to anyone who likes the style or just tart fruity beers in general, it's for sure worth a try. All in all I was happy with this beer and a little impressed, some of these beers from this ancient ale series were hit or miss for me, but this one was for sure a hit and enjoyed drinking it, it exceeded my expectations. So far it's one of the better Dogfish Head beers I've had it's now my favorite of the style. Good job guys this was one tasty, unique and interesting beer, keep up all the hard work.

Photo of Zorro
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Another one of these DFH weird beers, part beer, part archeology experiment.

Clear amber ale with a small tan colored head. There is a distinct redness to this beer probably from the berries used.

Smells mildly sweet and of berries and spice. Faint cranberry and the scent of spruce. Slightly earthy and musty scent something like a bog. Slight citrus aroma, wondering if they used spruce boughs in this somewhere.

Starts out slightly sweet and sour with one hell of a sharp aftertaste. Sharp as in you taste it and then it is gone. Slight sour aftertaste. Slight sensation of alcohol warmth in the stomach but you can't taste it. This leaves behind the distinct question of just what the heck am I drinking? with every taste. Very mild flavors, this reminds me of a a very dry mead a bit.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall this is interesting, but not what I would call beer.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Split with duffextracold while watching reruns of Brewmasters (I now know why DFH beers are so pricey - they seemingly dump a stuck batch of beer every other episode).

Coppery pink color with wispy ring retention. Smells like cranberry and bread crust with a metallic copper element. Cranberry juice dominates the flavor profile with a little wheat bread and pollen must. I don't get much honey or birch syrup (never having had birch syrup I don't know that I would be able to identify it if it was obvious) but having brewed with cranberries before I'm assuming it's balance out the acidic tartness of the cranberry/lingonberry which is mild. Lingonberry is pretty much viking cranberry right?

I don't care for this beer in the sense of it being tasty and pleasing to drink. I love this beer in the sense that DFH allows me to take a journey back to fermented beverage history. Thanks for brewing.

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Kvasir from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.