Russian Gift (Russkiy Dar) Kvas | Deka Brewery

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Russian Gift (Russkiy Dar) KvasRussian Gift (Russkiy Dar) Kvas

Brewed by:
Deka Brewery
Russian Federation

Style: Kvass

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 1.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Produced at Deka but owned by PepsiCo.

Added by NeroFiddled on 03-28-2011

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Photo of Oleg85
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown color with thin decteasing head. Smells caramel and rye bread crust. Very sweet. Tasted sugar. Faint taste of crust. Perfect carbonation. Too sweet, not enough fermentation.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deka's Russkiy Dar ("Russian gift") Natural Kvas pours a very dark, almost black mahogany-brown body with clear, deep russett brown highlights beneath a bubbly tan head that barely rises before it's gone. Once it's dropped, however, a pretty full surface covering of big bubbles are left behind. It looks like a glass of cola, and like a cola, the bubbles soon fade to just a collar.

The aroma is malty (very much like "Malta" or unfermented wort) and fruity, displaying dark-skinned fruits wrapped in almost-burnt sugar. A hint of mintiness is present as well.

In the mouth it's medium-light bodied with a very restrained carbonation. It's very soft, and more like the traditional flat kvas than most other commercial examples.

The flavor displays the same caramel and fruit blend that the nose suggests. It's initially caramelish with a light dusting of cocoa, but that quickly changes as the fruit comes forward. It's just slightly tart, and more like cherry than anything else. It quickly fades at the swallow, unlike most versions that tend to linger stickily; and it's quite clean and smooth without any astringency. It lingers shortly with notes of malt that display golden caramel and toffee; and a bit of "cola" character.

Overall, this is a really nicely done kvas. It's nicely balanced and rounded from start to finish, but it also offers some complexity, and a refreshing bit of light acidity. The cola flavor isn't exactly traditional (although Birch sap, mint, and other herbs do have a history in the style), but seeing as how this is a Pepsi product (contract brewed by Deka), that seems to make a whole lot of sense.

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Russian Gift (Russkiy Dar) Kvas from Deka Brewery
3.49 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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