Kvass | Jester King Brewery

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Brewed by:
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
jesterkingbrewery.com

Style: Russian Kvass

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Myotus on 11-23-2016

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#11,481
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
61
pDev:
6.82%
 
 
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Photo of beergoot
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber and orange body, a bit cloudy; dense, creamy head. Deep cereal grain aroma infused with a bit of berry and citric notes. Mildly sour and gently tart flavor; orange and lemon notes; a bit of green apple; cidery. Heavy body; full juicy; mildly tangy.

My first stab at this style, and like others, I don't know how close this may be to an original version of this beer, but Jester King has created a fine tasting wild/sour beer that, authentic or just inspired, is quite refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Eman17
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FBarber
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark orange tinged brown. Somewhat cloudy. Thin fizzy tan head dissipates quickly leaving no residual head.

Aroma has notes of tart apple, spicy rye, bread, sour fruit, and some funky wild yeast. I can't place it - must not be a usual strain of wild yeast.

Taste has notes of bread, tart apples, dark fruits, spicy rye, dark bread, lactic acid which becomes more pronounced as the beer is consumed. Bitter spiciness on the finish.

Feel is light bodied with some moderate carbonation. The acidity provides a somewhat tart sensation in the mouth. Semi-dry finish.

Overall, I don't know how traditional this is for a kvass - although since this was decent and everything Ive heard about traditional kvass has not been positive, I suspect this is far more "inspired by" rather than traditional. On its own merits, Its a solid beer - very unique. Worth trying if you like JK and wild ales.

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Photo of denver10
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zonker17
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1. Poured to snifter, clear golden approaching amber with white head, very little retention or lacing. Fruity nose with elements of yeast. Flavors follow nose with green apple, lime. Average body and below average carbonation.

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

Photo of ATXBrew
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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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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

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Kvass from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 61 ratings