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Kvasir - Dogfish Head Brewery

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450 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 450
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 15
Gots: 46 | FT: 2
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jonada on 10-22-2013)
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Lehighace06, Jan 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +34.8%

jonathaniler, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

jbaker67, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of anhigdon
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

anhigdon, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

jlindros, Jan 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

ILikeGoodCider, Jan 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

BrandonSeal, Jan 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Drknight, Jan 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

BuckTuckian, Jan 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

mattmarka1, Jan 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Iowacraft, Jan 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

bsuedekum, Jan 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

poolemhore, Jan 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

AaronBurr, Jan 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

JRod1969, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Tony49er
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
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

Tony49er, Jan 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

sneaks2210, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of mrfrancis
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

mrfrancis, Jan 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Evarigan, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of ONUMello
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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

ONUMello, Jan 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Xandrose, Jan 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

spikechiquet, Jan 04, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Kayaker, Jan 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

CaptDavyJones, Jan 04, 2014
Kvasir from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 450 ratings.