Kvass | Jester King Brewery

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Kvass

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Myotus on 11-23-2016

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Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2 Sep. 2017

Bright saturated copper, ample foam and some spotty lace.
Aroma has hints of dried fruit, pepper, and clove. Also musty wet dishrag.

Tart crabapple, peppery phenolics, light salinity, probably from the bread.
It’s so dry and attenuated, the finish is pretty short lived. Light Brett funk.
Medium to light bodied with ample carbonation, finishes dry.

Elements of this are reminiscent of a traditional Kvass, though it veers more into wild ale territory with the prominence of Brett and Lacto. If you want to try a fresh traditional Kvass, seek out a European bakery that makes it. It’s a unique experience.

Kvass #32

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Photo of Ben1313
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ristaccia
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of champ103
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a brassy, copper amber color. At first a two finger white head forms with good retention initially. That fades to a small ring with light lace.
S: Toasted and baked bread up front (kind of a grainy rye character). Lightly tart, with just a hint of pears and yeast. Very simple, but really enjoyable in the nose.
T: That toasted bread flavor is excellent, and becomes more like grains, sourdough, and rye after a while. There is a pleasant tartness of pears, very light yeast, and spice.
M/O: A light body with effervescent carbonation. Crisp, very dry, and smooth at the same time. Really enjoyable to drink. I kept wanting to come back to this.

I am not sure how authentic this is to a real Kvass, but is very enjoyable. I love the baked bread character and mingles well with the light tartness. Which all makes me want to keep coming back. Well done.

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Photo of Sirnickatnite
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jcb7472
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cd34
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Price not noted (And no itemized receipt) but between $10 - $14/750 mL bottle.
Batch #2 September 2017. Stored in my garage at 40 degrees, served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Yeast – not strong and weakens as the pour is consumed.
Head – Small (Maximum 1.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy with rocky covering, rapidly diminishing to two mm ring fed by effervescence and a complete thin layer.
Lacing – Poor. Some broken thin rings and narrow columns of tiny bubbles.
Body – Reddish copper, slight chill haze, mild effervescence.
Flavor – Hard to pin down. A little yeast, very little rye spiciness, a hint of hops at the end. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression: Despite the tons of malted, flaked, raw rye, and rye bread used to make this, it’s kind of bland. However, this grows on me. It’s low alcohol (4.4% ABV) so drinking a bottle of this is not even noticed by my liver. As it warms above 50 degrees, the beer sort of rounds out
Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.75.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one has an unusual color of burnt amber to sunset brown with a medium head dying to a creamy khaki film leaving wavy fluid lace. The last third of the bottle hazes up immensely, but it's not chunky like yeast or uniform like proteins...it actually seems pretty apparent to be a micro fine dust of bread crumb.

Smell is wild herbs, lemon pepper, spiced mature toasty oak, and a mixture of licorice and pear with a discernible minerality. A faint nutty cheesy funk comes out at the very end, becoming candied nuts and rye sourdough as it warms.

On the palate, sweet bread barely has enough time to introduce itself when a slight tart, spicy aged oak and herbal mustiness comes in, with a very unique ester profile that's hard to pin down. The grassy bitterness is light, and as it warms, the rye sourdough comes into the mix.

Moderate body, mild soft fizz with a finish that starts off semi-wet, but dries up a tad just after the swallow.

2017 vintage

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Photo of mamaraza
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puck1225
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Cloudy yellow brown with a short lived head and light lacing. Pleasant sweet and bready smell. The taste is slightly sour. Herbal and bread notes. Good with comfort food.

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Photo of Jame515
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first Kvass. My first from Jester King (who seems like an innovative and thoughtful brewer that I want to get to know.)
Kvass seems like a Russian gruit... whatever is around after the harvest gets thrown into the kettle... along with some dark bread. A flexible recipe. So it is important to note that this bottle was Jester King's second rendition and was released 9/17.
This is the highest and most frequently rated Kvass. Instead of the LSTFO format, maybe I should changeup the recipe too.

I liked JK's Kvass. I might even Have it again... (despite its funny Looks and slightly lingering herbs.) I Had it with Thanksgiving dinner, also a medley of tastes that are familiar only once or twice a year after the harvest. The low-alcohol worked because I was driving. And while this Kvass was flatter on the second day, it was still welcome with T-Day leftovers.

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Photo of Vicirus
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DucksFan16
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of BJB13
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch one 8/22/16 printed on the label.
Bomber poured into a large wine glass.

In subdued lighting it appears to be a rich and hazy golden yellow with a crown of micro-bubbles that slide down the glass in a glistening curtain with every tilt.

The nose is only moderate in strength but nice with light fruit and an effervescent lemon-lime aroma. There is also a bit of a tang that reminds me of wet green hardwood or May apple. Taste is of green apple and pear, a little tangy with a tart drawn out finish. It is a little thin and there is a small spicy aftertaste with some astringency that builds slightly.

This is my first Kvass so I don't have anything to compare it to. That being said It is light, refreshing and enjoyable. I am glad to have had the opportunity to give this style a try.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 8/2016:
Pours a hazy yellow, perhaps a slight orange tinge. Head is solid, though I keep stirring it, ok lacing.

Nose is enticing with apple, apple skin, pear, and strangely, French toast (with the aforementioned fruit topping). The latter was fleeting, but a background has a woodsy (not woody) note to it.

Flavor has a quick berry and lemon tartness, but with a light funk. Light on the palate, it turns a little watery by the end. Taste seems less complex than the nose that I kept getting new impressions as I drank it.

Quite interesting and I waffled on it a bunch. Felt the nose was amazing though the lighter taste failed to live up to it.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Parmesan
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours a slightly cloudy copper orange color with a very creamy white head and very little lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of bread upfront, some light grass and hay, a small mineral note and restrained fruit, restrained but

T: Bread, light grass, mixed with a bit of tartness and some restrained fruit and hay. Restrained but nicely drinkable.

F: Light body but fairly creamy carbonation.

O: Very restrained beer but a nice change from usual beers.

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Photo of Magery
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aasher
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jamison85
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Inglewood
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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