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Kvasir - Dogfish Head Brewery

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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
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of Cervezaconcalor
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Tony49er
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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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 philbe311
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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Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Low B-

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Photo of JRed
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear shiny amber with almost no head. Smells of cranberry, booze, and the medicine cabinet after a flood. Tastes of cranberry, herbal notes, sweet syrup, and warming booze. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Sweet but not very interesting. No reason to have more than once.

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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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 10.30.13
Bottled 10/11/2013

A - Pours a clear reddish-brown with a huge two inch light tan foamy head.

S - Sweet berries and slightly herbal.

T - Medicinal, herbal, swwet berry finish.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Ok, better then most recent DFH stuff lately.

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Photo of Vec2267
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A = Deep orange, voluminous tan head that falls quickly to a thin lace

S - Floral, honey, herbal/woody - interesting but nothing to make you go wow

T - Tart but plenty of sweetness to keep it from getting sour, bitter on the end

M - Thin and crisp, quite a bit of carbonation, alcohol well hidden

O - Certainly unique, I'm glad I tried it, but I'm now ready for a stout. This is certainly very different. Closer to wine than beer. A strange combination that they made work, but not something I would drink again.

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Photo of CochonKing
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a clear ale with slight reddish hue. Heavy lacing. Small head that fades quickly with a large amount of disproportionation in the bubbles. -3.75

Smell - The highlight of the beer. Aromatically very complex. Cranberry leads the attack in then fades back to open up the smell of lingonberry. Very powerful and fruit forward on the nose. - 4.75

Taste - Cranberry fruit forward attack with a strong acid presence on the tip of the tongue. Originally a 3.5 but the palate on this beer opens up a lot after a few sips. Honestly beautiful with nice acidity , herbs come forward as well. The birch comes forward on the finish melding with the cranberries bitter qualities for a mellow long finish that lingers with cranberry flavor. Very nice in further evaluations - 4.5

Mouthfeel - Nice bubbles that coat the palate but fade quickly. Coats palate lightly but also fades quickly. Nice and smooth. - 4.0

Overall - Excellent, let a small amount warm up in the glass so the bouquet opens up as well.

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Photo of emerge077
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 is more of a Gruit, which is essentially what many of these attempts at ancient ales are. Not Kvass.

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Photo of Zorro
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Another one of these DFH weird beers, part beer, part archeology experiment.

Clear amber ale with a small tan colored head. There is a distinct redness to this beer probably from the berries used.

Smells mildly sweet and of berries and spice. Faint cranberry and the scent of spruce. Slightly earthy and musty scent something like a bog. Slight citrus aroma, wondering if they used spruce boughs in this somewhere.

Starts out slightly sweet and sour with one hell of a sharp aftertaste. Sharp as in you taste it and then it is gone. Slight sour aftertaste. Slight sensation of alcohol warmth in the stomach but you can't taste it. This leaves behind the distinct question of just what the heck am I drinking? with every taste. Very mild flavors, this reminds me of a a very dry mead a bit.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall this is interesting, but not what I would call beer.

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Photo of adamette
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the 1 pint, 9.4 fl. oz bottle that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio for $11.99 a few weeks ago. “Bottled on 10/11/2013 0858” stamped on the neck of the bottle.

A Huge 4 inch light brown head that lingers for 3 to 4 minutes over a nice translucent copper body. Really, it looks like a translucent shiny new penny! I like the generous a long lasting head 4.0

S Hmm…berries, spices, maybe some grains and some malt sweetness but no hops bitterness detected by my nose. Certainly interesting and as I repeat some sniffs I am reminded of how dynamic DFH can be. What a great brewery to demonstrate so many different styles and attempt so many interesting beers! 4.0

T Ok…my first impression is actually a surprise to me. The taste is very brief! It disappears within a second or two. I had to repeat sips to make note of some brief sweet, tart berries along with some spices. There is just a thin syrupy film left in the aftertaste which is the sweet berries. Wow, this is a “quick” tasting beer. What I do not taste nearly at all is the 9.0% ABV. It is really hidden well. Certainly interesting but a little bit of a mystery, really. 3.5

M Thin, of course (see comments in taste section) and probably too thin for me. I would have preferred a more thorough mouthfeel, a longer lasting feel if you will. 2.5

D/O Drinkability is alright but the elevated ABV, price tag and all too brief taste would drive the drinkability down for me. Overall an interesting and challenging beer but not one that I would likely return to. 3.0

Notes: Again, Bravo to DFH for pushing limits of beer and seemingly to always try new things. DFH Kvasir is an acquired taste in a beer.

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Photo of Suds
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I love trying unusual and anciently inspired ales. This one was particularly good. The beer, from a heavy 750 ml bottle, is a burnt-copper color...clear, with a very fleeting head. Moderate carbonation. The aroma is rich with berries and honey. It smells like a a fresh forest harvest...meaty berries, wood, herbs, and very prominent honey. The taste is a bit tart, followed with a fruity sweetness. Dryish, with lots of flavor. It has an herbal bitterness up front, which does not linger. Medium body, and lightly carbonated. Very drinkable, and it really masks its ABV.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-amber with a hint of pink to it. stable cream colored head. lots of bubbles, can really hear the fizz to this one. truly a beautiful beer.

S-smells very interesting. there's definitely berries in there, possibly honey and sweetgrass. i do get a pretty good hint of what might be the birch syrup too. i like it. has a decent strength as well.

T-comes in with a surprisingly tart flavor berries, honey, and birch. it's very sweet yet the after-taste is definitely more dry. it's a very quick hit of a flavor that seems to subside once you taste it. it's good but subtle, not too complex. the after-taste is mellow with mainly a taste of honey.

M-medium dry carbonation with a dry after-taste

O-defintely an odd ball of a beer. i'm liking it a lot more than many of their other crazy 750mL beers. it's not spectacular, i wouldn't recommend it unless you're the type of person (like me) that needs to try every DFH beer at least once. it holds the alcohol well, you can barely taste it at all. probably the most tart DFH beer i've ever had.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Red-orange amber color with a persistent ring of foam. Lacing is nil.

Bitter orange, cranberry, dark honey, toffee malts (birch syrup), and herbal notes. Smells a little syrupy.

Lingonberry sweetness meets cran tartness. Dark honey, like buckwheat honey, accentuates the birch syrup and herbal bitterness. No hops in the nose, but I get an herbal note from small doses of hops in the flavor. Tastes a little too sweet and birchy. I wish there was a more vigorous carbonation to cut it back, because the body feels thick and staunch.

Just another Dogfish Head fruit beer. Features the tart berries and captures that tartness at a minor level. Not very special, in actuality. Could be considered skippable amongst others in their lineup.

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3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear reddish orange with a two finger off-white head.

S- Tart cranberries, earthy spices, birch.

T- Tart cranberries, earthy herbal bitterness, birch, some pale malts, slight medicinal, flavors seem to be clashing some but not too much.

M- Smooth, light to medium body, nice crispness.

O- Intresting and unique, not my favorite ancient ale, but not bad at all.

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