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Kvasir - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

506 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 506
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 23
Gots: 58 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of rlee1390
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  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

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of snaotheus
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Kvasir from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.