Kvasir - Dogfish Head Brewery
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3.73/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
03-09-2014 03:02:40 | More by metter98
2.5/5 rDev -32.2%
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.
08-22-2014 19:09:36 | More by Phyl21ca
3.74/5 rDev +1.4%
The next evolution in beer comes from the old revolution in beer as Dogfish Head resurrects a taste of days gone bye in Scandanavia with a potent ale that employs cranberry, honey, lingonberry, myric gale and birch syrups to achieve such tangy, fruity and thinly sweet taste.
The ale simply sells itself because once poured, the ale is bright and beautiful as it catches the eye with glowing mauve, ruby and pink tones. Its streaming carbonation seems to dance to the top of the glass where it forms a creamy meringue of a head. Its persistent retention and collared lace reinforce the notion of an ale done well.
Tangy fruit and berries rise to greet the nose immediately- overtones of cranberry and honey give a highly floral character that seems more of mead than of ale. Yet a backing of tangy red wheat, thin bread and wine-like acidity decorates the periphery of aroma as the first sip beckons.
Thin honey and rose wine-type sweetnesses greet the early palate, accompanied by wheat, grain and light bread. But the middle comes calling with a strong fruit presence- cranberries, tart green apples, white grapes and kiwi. Its all that tangy and acidic fruit that creates the balance for the beer's honey taste, especially in the absence of hop complexity or balance. Finishing with the elegance of honeywine and fruit, its spiciness and crispness is best described from wine perspectives than of ale.
Racy and tangy even early, the beer's sweetness seems to latch onto the palate with more of a fructose sugary feel than that of creamy or bready malt. As those sugars are slow to fade, they saturate the taste buds with a sense of fruit sweetness that is only cut by the beer's wine-like acidity and peppery alcohol. Its late warmth attests to a peppery notion while fruit extends into aftertaste.
The enjoyable beer would be most appreciated with summer salads, feta cheese, cheesecake or bitter greens. That's because as a stand-alone taste there seems to be something amiss. Food and good company would provide answers.
02-25-2014 07:02:30 | More by BEERchitect
3.93/5 rDev +6.5%
750ml bottle - $10.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, amber-esque body, maybe with a perceived hint of pink/red from the incorporated berries and a thin, whitish head.
Smell: Sweetish, fruity berry notes (cranberry, cherry), hinting of succulent honey, light birch, and herbs with reasonable spritz of alcohol.
Taste: Tartish, juicy berries stirred up with a more sweetish birch beer (it hits the malts and hints, for a brief moment, of cream soda). Mid-taste is a gnarled composite of dried herbs, restrained tannins, phenols, and alcohol. Drying, with a fair amount of sustained berry tartness on the lingering, crispish finish
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: Neither too sugary, nor is it too tart or boozy. Add in some appreciated suds and it's one of the better cranberry beers and one of the more likable Ancient Ales from DFH.
01-18-2014 21:18:29 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.7/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
12-05-2013 02:48:57 | More by emerge077
3.86/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
12-19-2013 03:26:21 | More by Jason
4.1/5 rDev +11.1%
I picked this up at Wegman's in the cooler, poured chilled in a goblet and wine glass, shared with my wife.
The color is dark red like a sunset with mild hazed appearance with thick off white head with fine bead the settles to a ring with spotty lace that sticks. The smell is very fruity with cranberry evident in the nose with slight herbal aroma and light sweet accent with mild alcohol ester. The feel is full with slight spice and sweet middle and tangy fruity texture with light tinge of astringency and semi warming lingering alcohol with semi dry finish.
The taste is interesting with fruity cranberry providing a juicy slight tangy taste with an herbal flavor and mild sweetness of the honey and birch syrup noticeable on the palate with a sweet/sour complimentary taste. The yeast adds a light hint of dryness with the alcohol as it finishes with some fruit there after the swallow. Overall I really enjoyed this Ancient ale - it is kind of straddling the line between mulled wine and beer with the birch syrup and hone making for a smooth 10% ale - I recommend this for those who like historic beers
03-04-2014 23:49:01 | More by Slatetank
3.75/5 rDev +1.6%
An interesting beer, grog like style with Kvass maybe, hard to really tell where it's supposed to lie, but interesting and quite unique I'm sure, normally wouldn't buy something like this for the price it was at, but a supposedly fairly true Scandinavian like beer I had to try. Also with my family so big in cranberries I had to try this.
Pours a decent fizzy slightly fluffy thick 1/2 finger head with many big bubbles popping to leave a little lacing, very clear amber-cranberry juice like colored beer.
Nose is all over the place, a mix of so much, a spicy piney juniper like aroma seems to cut right through, a syrupy like sap with that which does lead to a Birch sap like thought, a tart berry with a little green tannin, a definite cranberry aroma in the background too like a fermented juicy cranberry, as well as a hint of a fermented honey and dry herbal note, a hint of a sweet candy malt and perhaps touch of oats, and the more I smell the more I get a tart cranberry sauce and little piney aroma, and a touch of a phenolic booze comes through.
taste starts with the fruit right out, tart berry, almosy piney juniper berry but enough tartness and juiciness to be lingonberry, and eventually a fresh cranberry taste, tart freshly crushed cranberry pulp, as well as a green tannic bitter berry stem note. In there is also a mild sweet malt, actually fairly sweet but not too much yet, a little syrupy with some candy malt notes, a sap like character with mild piney green pine tree bitterness but not a ton, more mild, like Birch sap I guess. It also brings a little creamy oat feel, and if there isn't oats I'm surprised but usually they put it on the label. Bit of an herbal note with like a pine tea almost. Mild phenolic booze that balances well and is hard to really notice until the finish. As it finishes it gets very dry, despite the sticky feel lingering, a but of a sticky sap feel, but super dry with a honey like dry finish and note of honey character, more lingering cranberry and tart lingonberry with juniper like flavor and mild pine forest. Some booze warmth and slight tingle really comes through as it dries on the finish.
Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, little sticky syrupy feel, some warming tingly booze but mostly on the finish, and lots of small bubble tickling carbonation like a seltzer almost.
Overall well it was definitely really unique and interesting to try. I did like the tart berry notes, really liked how well the cranberry actually came through unlike most beers, and tart piney lingonberry that really makes me think juniper berry, the birch sap led to a pine forest note with syrupy flavor mixing well with the nice malt base, and honey to really dry out the finish which didn't let it get too syrupy or sticky, but also let the booze finally cut through as it was mostly well hidden. A really interesting beer to try, but not sure if I would really buy it again, but I may want to bring it to a family event so the Finnish cranberry farm side of the family can try it.
01-17-2014 00:27:39 | More by jlindros
3.73/5 rDev +1.1%
cool beer here loaded with a bunch of unconventional berries for brewing that have stained it a grapefruit pink color and even the head a pale shade of pink. the nose on this is more herbal than fruity, with a lemongrass vibe and a moderate acidity. the flavor starts with berries, but its a bit thin. the grain profile is very light, but interesting too, not sure what all is in here, but its more than wheat and pale malt. i like how ripe this is with tart berries without being sweet at all. the grassy flavors come on in the finish, lush and well hopped for a fruited beer. long tart finish, maybe a touch of honey sweetness, very interesting. also, the alcohol is superbly well disguised, you cant get it at all. i would have guess 6.5% abv, not 10, no way. well carbonated and maybe a tad thin in body. i certainly like this a lot, and would like to see some of these berries resurface in other beers. i genuinely like these far out dogfish beers, and although they have faced some criticism, i think they are moving brewing forward in a cool new way.
01-20-2014 21:50:21 | More by StonedTrippin
2.25/5 rDev -39%
On tap at Jose Pistola's, Philly, PA.
Orange-red color, good clarity, a few dishwater-like bubbles on top, but otherwise no head, and very little activity in the glass overall, indicative of low carbonation. In the nose, earthy wood, stale fruit, notes of cough syrup and solventy booze. I actually said *blech* when I took a sip of this. Rotten fruit, cranberry jam, cardboard, decomposing wood, a medicinal and almost vodka like booziness. Really messy, and the almost non-existent carbonation wasn't helping the mouthfeel either, which came off as slick and lifeless. Definitely couldn't drink this one, so I'm glad I only got a sample.
08-18-2014 22:59:53 | More by Rifugium
3.79/5 rDev +2.7%
Pours amber with a large off-white head that settles to a lasting thin cover. Trailing lace sticks.
The smell is of cranberry, birch beer, grainy pale malt and earthy, tea-like spicing.
The taste is of cranberry tartness with some honey-like sweetness and some bitterness in the finish. Bitterness comes more from the spicing than from the hops, which are subtle. The cranberry is noticeable but not too forward. A malty backbone keep the fruitiness and spiciness well-balanced. It has a balanced tart finish.
It has a pretty creamy body with some slickness as it progresses. The alcohol is well-integrated giving some peppery warmth but not in a harsh way.
Unique but quite drinkable for the abv and the odd blend. It is a unique blend of ancient and modern. "Interesting". The scores are a bit higher than I personally liked it, but I think they did a good job with it.
By the way, it has an interesting description and history of it on the DFH website.
10-29-2013 16:04:24 | More by jwc215
3.31/5 rDev -10.3%
I figured this was a kvass stye beer when I bought it due to the name, but the label doesn't explicitly identify it as a specific style. Reviewed generically as an "ancient ale." 10% ABV confirmed. 750ml brown glass bottle with appealing label art and branded red colour pry-off pressure cap acquired at me local CO bottle shop and served into an EKU 28 stem-snifter as Dogfish Head recommends a snifter as the ideal glass for this beer. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm not a big Dogfish Head fan but this sounds interesting.
Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a two finger wide head of pinkish white colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Good even smooth consistency. Complexion could be softer. It's not too airy or fluffy. Head retention is good for the ABV - about 4-5+ minutes. Uneven inconsistent spotty lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.
Body colour is a clear translucent transparent orange-red of above average vibrance. Stunning clarity. It's quite clean; no floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.
Definitely not a kvass. It's appealing overall, but not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws here. An intriguing appearance.
Sm: Birch, depleted honey, vague unidentifiable berries, nebulous herbs, and a hint of cranberry. It's got a nicely subtle sweetness suggestive of good balance. Some might argue it's medicinal, and I can see that, but I find the aroma appealing and intriguing. It's not quite unique, but it's certainly uncommon. Pleasant. It's a change of pace. My interest is piqued.
No yeast character or alcohol is detectable (not too shabby at 10%). Aroma is of below average strength.
T: Hm. The cranberry is very subtle almost to the point where I wonder if I'm only picking up on it because I'm looking for it. The body is a hard-to-describe balanced collection of oddities: light hints of herbal notes, wisps of unidentifiable berry/bright fruit (for the record, I have no idea what in fuck's name lingonberry is), and honey. I don't find any birch syrup in the build. There are some tea-evocative notes that I can't quite place. Has a kiss of red apple towards the back end. The foundation is hard to pin down; I'd guess it's a mix of Belgian pale malts and American amber malts. I expected a lot of earthiness, but it's actually a really clean build - there isn't even any yeast character here. Certainly cohesive, but not quite gestalt. It's also pretty tame for the ABV; the sweetness hides the alcohol and none of the flavours are real bold or aggressive.
The highlight here is the very light tartness; I could use far more of that.
I do like it. Below average depth and intensity of flavour. Average duration of flavour. Above average subtlety. It's complex enough, and has some intricacy. I wouldn't call it special or nuanced, but there's a case to be made that it's somewhat unique.
Mf: Smooth and surprisingly light on the palate. Great balance of dryness/smoothness, with just enough dryness to coax out the next sip but enough wetness to keep it semi-refreshing. It has a good clean presence, with only slight overcarbonation. Full-bodied.
Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, biting, rough, or scratchy.
Texture suits the flavour profile well in a general sense, but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to it.
Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV. If I had this blind, I'd probably guess it was around 8%. I'll easily kill the entire bottle alone. I wouldn't even call this a sipper. It slides down real easy. It's far from amazing, but it's nice to have a Dogfish Head beer that doesn't make me regret my purchase for once. That said, I wouldn't get it again. Might be interesting aged. I expected another lame gimmicky brew from Dogfish Head, but this is actually fairly interesting and worth trying once. I wouldn't turn friends away from it. My biggest criticism is that it's too timid for its own good.
Could pair well with cranberry salad.
Drinks about as well as it can out of a snifter.
12-26-2013 09:16:09 | More by kojevergas
Kvasir from Dogfish Head Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.