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Kvasir - Dogfish Head Brewery

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80 Reviews
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Reviews: 80
Hads: 569
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 31
Gots: 80 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jonada on 10-22-2013

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Reviews: 80 | Hads: 569
Photo of JRed
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of Vec2267
3.61/5  rDev -4%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of CochonKing
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (1,012 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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 drinks more as a Gruit, which is essentially what many of these attempts at ancient ales are. (543 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of adamette
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (1,721 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,043 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (738 characters)

Photo of larryi86
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of CheckMate
4.67/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Brown 750ml bottle purchased at The Lighthouse in Manchester, ME. Pours a mostly clear ever so slightly hazy pale amber liquid with about an inch of bubbly off white head that dissipated after a couple of minutes. The scents of honey and cranberries immediately hit the nose with an herbal background. The flavors of cranberries, with some citrus, vanilla, spicy clove and with a woody finish. On the first sip, bubbles hit the tongue. the liquid s very effervescent, it tingles my nose. Can't taste the alcohol in the beer, but leaves a slight herbal aftertaste in the finish. In my opinion, this beer is delicious! Although I am almost half n the bag as I write this ( I have only had half of the bottle so far). I can definitely say it was worth the 12.99 + tax and deposit! I can't wait to finish this lovely bottle!

Cheers!!! (833 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, bottled on 10/11/2013. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a reddish/amber color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like sweet and tart berries (cranberries, other red berries), honey, sweet syrup, and some peppery herbalness. It tastes like cranberries, sweet and tart red berries, white grapes, honey, bready/grainy malt and some woody herbs. There's some nice sweet, tart and herbal flavors that mesh well together in this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy and creamy with moderate carbonation. The 10% ABV is pretty well hidden. I think it's a good, interesting brew. I'd pick this up again in the future, it's definitely worth trying if you've never had it before. $11.99 a bottle. (826 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium bronze amber with a two finger light tan head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of cranberry, mixed berries, light bready malt, lightly spicy and tart. Flavor is earthy; bark and light toasted malt to start, developing cranberry flavor and tartness with grape and berry elements and finishing with tart cranberry juice and earthy bitterness. Medium bodied with peppery carbonation. Another very interesting reconstructed beer that really does taste as if it were the result of an ancient brewer experimenting with flavors from the nearby environment. The profile of the base beer is reminiscent of a light Berliner Weisse, fruity and tart, but the rustic herbs have an interesting woodiness of putting your tongue on an unfinished pine board; woody without a resiny element. Likely due to a mint family herb like sage. Tart and refreshing with an odd herbal taste that I enjoyed despite its unfamiliarity. We don't know what these early brews tasted like, but a lot of the Dogfish Head attempts sure are convincing that they could have been brewed at the dawn of time. (1,134 characters)

Photo of mattkoon
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer has a good amber color with thin lacing. the smell is sour with a touch of sweetness. the taste is sour, but not off-putting. you can really taste the cranberry- which adds a nice bitterness. and the sweetness of the honey paired with the sour goes good together. this isn't my favorite dogfish head, but its a good one- if you see it try it. (352 characters)

Photo of WorldWideStout
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: I was hoping to see a fair amount of red in the body, but it was pretty much just a typical orange-brown. There was quite a bit more head than I expected, of a beige color, though only a bit of lacing of which to speak.

S: Predominant flavor is sweetness and a bit of tartness from red fruit, namely, dem cranberries. Honey and alcohol are also apparent, and there is a hint of something a little smoky, or perhaps sage-like.

T: Starts off with slightly sweet and muted red fruit flavors - perhaps the lingonberries? The taste becomes much more intense mid-palate, with that odd smokiness interplaying with tartness from the cranberries, and a bit of sweetness as well. The end is more of the same, with a medium-length aftertaste involving a bit of sage.

M: I don't really know what mouthfeel would best suit this beer. As is, it's a bit on the heavier side, with medium carbonation.

O: Better than some of their other ancient ales, but still nothing to write home about. Midas Touch and Sahti, if that's technically one of their ancient ales, are still far and away the best they've made in this category. (1,117 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml, 10/11/13
DFH signature glass

A: Like almost all DFH beers, crystal clear. Pinkish hued orange color. Off white frothy head of about a finger. Leaving some good lacing. Good carbonation coming from bottom.

S: Smell that tart cranberry juice note. Think you get some of the birch syrup. Sweetness. Cereal grains like other DFH big bottle beers.

T: Ah....just ok. Weird beer. Thought from nose there would be more cranberry tartness. Very mild. Cereal grains. That DFH yeast that they always use. Sweetness coming in towards the back end of sip. Some booze actually at back of throat. Lingering berry.

M: Medium bodied. (627 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a ruby-orange amber color with a nice thick two finger foamy just off white head. The head has a pretty good level of retention, fading over time to leave a film of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of sweet and malty smells. The malty aromas are mainly of a grainy and light wheat nature with the sweet being a rather big mix of smells. Aromas of cranberry, loganberry, honey, boysenberry, and citrus are all there. There are some lighter notes of grass and herb mixed within there as well, giving the beer an overall fruity and sweet aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a crisp fruity and lightly wheat and grain flavor. The fruit is mainly of a loganberry and boysenberry flavor mixed with some light citrus and pear flavors upfront as well. Along with the sweeter fruit, is a nice big honey flavor creating a sweet and fruity taste overall. As the flavor advances the bready and wheat like flavors dwindle some, with more fruit flavors coming to the tongue. Instead of the fruit being sweet like it was upfront, the fruits of a cranberry flavor and some lemon that come in the middle bring with them a much more tart and slightly sour flavor to the taste. As the flavor advances more toward the end, it gets quite a bit more tart with some lighter hop flavors of a grassy flavor coming in as well. Along with the grassiness, comes some white wine like flavors with them bringing some tannin and alcohol tastes, which in the end produce a fruity and somewhat tart white wine like flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is on the thinner and crisper side with the carbonation level being rather average to slightly on the higher side. Both are quite fantastic for the wine and tart fruit flavors of the brew giving it a very crisp and clean feel overall.

Overall – A rather interesting brew with a rather interesting tart fruit and wine-like taste. At first sip I didn’t think I liked it much, but over time, the more subtle, hard to explain nuances and flavors became more apparent, producing a rather intriguing and enjoyable sipper of a beer. (2,178 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Chestnut colored body with a bubbly bone-white head. Some of the head clings to the glass, though the head dissipates quickly. Body is very transparent with some tiny bubbles floating to the top of the glass.

S- Some sweet berry aromas, wheat, honey, hints of fresh grass, an earthy herbal note, hints of citrus.

T- The berries come through first, leaving sweet then tart flavors, with the honey not far behind. Wheat comes through as well, adding a grainy flavor to take some of the sweetness away. Lots of bitterness on the finish, with some of the berry and hints of tart citrus coming through.

M- Thin and syrupy with medium carbonation. Very sticky, lingering aftertaste on the tongue.

O- Interesting, as most DFH beers are, but there is just too much going on for me. I think it might be tolerable if the berries weren't so potent. I will give it credit for drinkability, especially as it warms up. for a 10% beer it hides the alcohol well. Lots of sweetness too. (977 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL into a snifter, the beer is a rose tinted copper coloring, slightly hazed and bright, with a frothy, filmy, off-white head. Aromas of cranberry and raspberry, but concentrated like they have been boiled for jam, with toasted grains and a kick of booze. Flavors are tart forward, with cranberry in the forefront, a subtle rich sweetness of honey, roast characteristics, woody notes, and a hint of booze. Bold, robust bodied, but it remains thin enough to be drinkable. The aftertaste is roasted and richly tart, with a subtle warmth building. Tangy fruit sweetness lingers into a thin, slick finish. (618 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

Deep bronze red and orange body, quite crystal clear, but too dark to see anything through it. Slow rising column of carbonation in the middle, topped with a large and even made thick and fluffy four to three finger yellow to tan light head very uniform in appearance. Settles slowly with no lacing but with a large thick even puck. Great looker.

Nose seems heavily floral, lightly sweetened. I get this large lavender and lilac like nose off this thing, deeply floral with a little bit of honey sweetness. Very perfume like, and aromatic that carries throughout the air and nose. Quite enjoyable, and definitely unique. Not much else, but definitely herbal bents come later with garden green senses as it warms.

Palate brings nice feel and aromas for this grog. Definitely red berry like fruit but without large tartness, but just a tad, if mostly neutral between tart and sweet. Fruit component comes out like a juicy red apple as it warms as well. Nice played down sweetness, nothing hot or sticky off of this either. Real good juicy like mouthfeel to this if light bodied. Virtually no alcohol heat on this at all, zippo, nada, zilch. Sort of hints at winter warmer like spices, but more gruit and herbal with perfume aromatics on the finish.

Real fun and neat creation, quite memorable and unique. Nice work. (1,371 characters)

Photo of xShoWTeKx
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a pinkish orange with about a 2 finger white head that dissipates pretty fast.

S: Strong cranberry and lingonberry smell up front with a light herb and alcohol finish.

T: Cranberry and lingonberry are the primary focus, with a very odd bitter tasting finish I assume it is some of the herbs I a picking up on the nose.

M: Extremely light bodied and very dry finish, pretty high carbonation.

O: I believe this is my least favorite DFH brew I have had yet, it's really watery and just not really all there it seems. It's not terrible but it's not really good either. (578 characters)

Photo of MikeB20
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 750ml bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A: Ruby brown with a huge creamy light tan head. Tons of lacing that remains throughout the glass.

S: Sugary berries, honey and some bready malt. An ever-so-faint licorice like aroma creeps in but it's an aroma that is tough to place, I'm guessing it's the birch syrup. The honey aroma becomes much more discernible as the beer warms in the glass, as does the alcohol.

T: Interesting comes to mind after taking the first sip. As with quite a few of the "Ancient Ales" from Dogfish, it doesn't really taste like beer. It's quite sweet with a pronounced tart fruit flavor from the cranberries and cranberry juice. The bitterness is very earthy but once again, it's not something I can place specifically. It seems odd to say but this beer has an "old" flavor to it, not as in bad or stale but you know it's not a modern recipe.

M: Moderate body with moderately high carbonation, syrupy. Lots of small tingly bubbles.

O: I find the Ancient Ale's from DFH to be a lot of fun, for better or worse. Never knowing what to expect from any standpoint is my main attraction to these beers. I'd say Kvasir is a hit in comparison to several of the others but perhaps not one of the top tier brews from the series. I really think any of these beers are worth a try and Kvasir is one that I could see myself buying again, like Theobroma, Sah'tea or Birra Etrusca. Worth a go for sure. (1,419 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a nice amber pour with 2 fingers of off-white fluffy head, great head retention / slow dissipation, decent amount of lacing. a sweet fruity aroma rises from the glass.. getting hints of cranberry, strawberry, wheat bread, honey.. and caramel. the flavor is a bready tart fruit mashup.. there are bitter herbal notes that are a bit off-putting, but i suppose it does its job in balancing out the sweetness of all the berries and sugars used in this beer. medium in body with a good amount of carbonation. not a real easy drinker due to the strange flavor profile, but it is actually quite refreshing for being what it is.

i'm not sure if this was meant to be the "new fort" or just another crazy idea from dfh, but if fort was what you were expecting from this, it's not close by a longshot. (791 characters)

Kvasir from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.