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Kvasir - Dogfish Head Brewery

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.

93 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 93
Hads: 610
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 41
Gots: 101 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jonada on 10-22-2013

With the help of biomolecular archaeologist Dr. Patrick McGovern, we've re‐created another Ancient Ale, this time from the Nordic climes of Scandinavia.

The recipe for Kvasir was developed with the help of chemical, botanical and pollen evidence taken from a 3,500‐year‐old Danish drinking vessel. The vessel, made of birch bark, was found in the tomb of a leather‐clad woman Dr. Pat says was probably an upper-class dancer or priestess. The analysis pointed to the ingredients used in this unique brew: wheat, lingonberries, cranberries, myrica gale, yarrow, honey and birch syrup.

The base of Kvasir is a toasty red winter wheat, and the bog-grown berries deliver a pungent tartness. While a handful of hops is used, the earthy, bitter counterpunch to the sweet honey and birch syrup comes from the herbs.
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Reviews: 93 | Hads: 610
Reviews by philbe311:
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3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
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...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of skcrowley
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Jason
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Prospero
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.87/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.74/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of DrKarl
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on Thanksgiving into a wine glass, bottle date says 2015, I believe. Pours copper color with a decent white head that takes some time to fade. Smell is very sweet, tart fruit, hints of herb. Taste is similar, this is a sweeter brew for sure. Notes of plums and apricot first, some nondescript herbal notes in the middle. Finish is dry, tart, and has a strong cranberry taste. Effervescent and lingering taste in the mouth, medium bodied. No hints of alcohol so this will catch up fast. Nice beer overall.

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3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

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Kvasir from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.