Kvasir - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

550 Ratings
THE BROS
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very good

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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 30
Gots: 75 | 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

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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 barczar
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear reddish with a frothy khaki head that dissipates to a layer of foam.

Aroma is reminiscent of cough syrup, with sweetness countering soft cranberry notes.

Flavor is a bit more bitter, with cranberry at the forefront. Acidity balanced the alcohol fairly well.

Body is a tad light, with carbonation a touch high, and noted alcohol warmth.

High in alcohol, but the tartness counters well. Probably one of the better big beers from Dogfish.

Photo of SebD
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes

Appearance: It has a nice dark brownish amber color to it. It has a nice off-white/light pink head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet berries (mainly cranberries), slight herbal notes, some tartness and sweet honey.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some cranberries upfront, a slight herbal quality, slight tartness, sweet honey and some bready malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of QueerBeer
2.91/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rich, clear cranberry with a one-finger, off-white head that quickly dissipates. Only aroma I could get was faintly honey; not liking honey, this isn't a perk. Tastes mostly like carbonated cranberry juice with a bit of honey and a touch of cough syrup. Not for me.

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

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 10/11/2013. Pours slightly hazy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart berries, cranberry juice, strawberry, pear, apple, red grape, honey, toast, bread, light pepper, light woodiness, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast ester, fruit, spice, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tart berries, cranberry juice, strawberry, pear, apple, red grape, honey, toast, bread, light pepper, light woodiness, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart berries, cranberry juice, pear, apple, red grape, honey, toast, bread, light pepper, herbal, light woodiness, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of yeast ester, fruit, malt, and spice flavors; with a great malt/fruit flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and lightly slick/syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice fruit/spiced ancient ale style. All around good balance and complexity and balance of yeast, ester, fruit, spice, and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of athomasPSU
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Color is an amber red with an off white to cream colored head. Head shows carbonation with tons of tiny bubbles.
Smells of tart berries, fruits, and like a fruity red wine.
Tastes of juice, tart cranberries, lots of honey and spices come through.
It feels like a medium body but also lighter with lots of carbonation.

Overall, this beer surprised me. I expected a lambic tasting beer that would be sour. It has a great balance of tart and sweetness that makes it so delicious. I definitely recommend trying it.

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 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 jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light fruity nose and flavor is tart fruit, some sweetness, high ABV is hidden. Take out the hops and it would be close to a wine. Pricey at $14.00 for a 750ml bottle from Tullys Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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 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 Slatetank
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of snaotheus
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a pair of large snifters. Bottled on 10/11/2013 08:24. Poured completely (so sediment will be included) at fridge temp, 41 F.

Now, after a little interruption (being bitten by a three year old), I shall resume my beer experience.

Pours a little cloudy brownish-orange with a medium sized head. Head fades fast. Medium amount of very slow, fine carbonation. Smell is fruity. Berries, cranberries. Smells more like juice than beer. Maybe a slight hint of yeast.

Taste is tart, very strong cranberry flavor, slight berry profile. Some lemony sourness. More like a juice than a beer again. Not bad.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin, a little watery. Fairly flat or still. Overall...more a juice than a beer. But not bad. Maybe something to surprise a friend who believes all beer tastes the same.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of microbrewlover
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a clear copper color with a small fluffy white head remnants of which remain on the brew until the end. There is moderate lacing and heavy carbonation.

The smell is heavy with berries wet hay. Some sweet malt and light spice is present but the berries dominate.

This brew is tart and sweet. Lots of dominate berry flavor. The berries dominate from beginning to end. There is a sweet malt backbone with just enough hops to keep the whole thing from being too sweet.

The feel is thin but the tartness and carbonation make the mouth pucker. There is a slight dryness to the brew but no aftertaste.

Overall this is a well balanced fruit beer. Not too sweet like most fruit beers. This strikes the right balance and I could see myself having a couple of these on a hot summer day. The fact that it is based on an ancient Scandinavian brew is a plus for me since I am a history buff.

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly clear dark orange with an off white head. Cranberries on the nose, super tart and sugary sweet. The beer feels Smooth and balanced at first. It then takes on a dry tartness and hits you with the cranberry, which is the beers most dominant flavor. A very malty and plain backbone but rather pleasant and puts off no off flavors. The honey is somewhat there but this beer is mostly about the cranberry. A touch of alcohol in the taste but rather well balanced. ITs sweet at first and dry and tart later. A decent fruit beer and worth checking out.

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 Cervezaconcalor
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a large Delerium snifter

A - Poured a big three finger head into the glass with a deep golden red color

S - A unique fermented fruit and honey come out on the nose.

T - Very fruity and sweet. You get flavors from the Cranberry juice and other berries they used. It is an interesting mix.

M - OK feel

O - Very good fruit beer. Nothing funky or weird just a really nice blend of some unique ingredients. I think I will put a couple in the cellar for a year or two as they should age well.

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 StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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

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.

Photo of Tony49er
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving type- On draft poured into a tulip glass

Appearance- Dark ruby color, a beige head disappears quickly

Smell- Cranberry,lingonberry , honey, bread notes, herbal notes

Taste- Lingonberry, cranberry, minerals, brown sugar, honey, birch syrup, a slight alcohol booze note, but very soft at the end

Mouth feel- Smooth, fresh fruit, dry tart taste on front of the palate, almost sticky or sugary on the back end, the alcohol is pretty muted a great tart fruit beer

Overall- One of the better fruit beers I have had it does not try to be something else or copy someone else's style it is its one thing which I love, a good representation or take on an ancient ale and what it should be not aggressive and booze but soft subtle and tart

Photo of mrfrancis
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An aggressive pour reveals a clear, ruddy amber liquid with a thin, quickly dissipating beige head.

S: Muted aromas of lingonberry, cranberry, honey, birch, bread, caramel, and herbs are present on the nose.

T: Notes of lingonberry, cranberry, birch syrup, honey, bread, mountain herbs, caramel, brown sugar, and minerals fill the mouth. The finish is fruity and sweet with notes of lingonberry, cranberry, honey, and birch syrup underscored by mellow, warming alcohol.

M: Medium-to-full in body. Surprisingly dry on the entry, though it does turn somewhat sticky on the finish. Carbonation is very active and firm. Alcohol is muted. A sipping beer to be sure, but it goes down with incredible ease.

O: A really nice fruit beer from Dogfish Head. Definitely a pleasant surprise for me.

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

750ml bottle dated 10/11/13 poured into a pint glass
A: Orange color, one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Malty, fruity, some honey
T: Non-specific sweet fruit but with a bit of acidity, light malt
M: Light-bodied, the alcohol is well hidden
O: Nothing bad here and with most of Dogfish Head's beer I'd recommend trying it, I just didn't get any of the notes mentioned on the label and for me it would not be one I'd seek out again

Kvasir from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.