Kvasir | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

KvasirKvasir
BA SCORE
61.6%
Liked This Beer
3.74 w/ 657 ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Jonada on 10-22-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,185
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
657
Liked:
405
Avg:
3.74/5
pDev:
12.03%
Alströms:
3.87
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
111
Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 657 |  Reviews: 109
Photo of drdiesel9483
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Got this in a flight of 4 aged beers at dogfish head
Bottled 2013 drank 2017
Look - thin dark golden color with no real head
Smell - light fruit punch
Taste - lacking much taste, super super super light fruit punch. Kind of like when you forget to add enough powder or suger to your fruit punch
Feel - medium bodied syrup with no real carbonation
Overall - needs more taste

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange /bronze color.smells tar,sour,various fruit,and alcohol. Definitely the alcohol comes out in the taste as well as the fruit and sour tart taste.. otherwise it also had a taste that reminded me of wine if all things. It can get a bit sour but otherwise I found it to be very different in a good way.it's something to try when you want to get out of the box

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Photo of q33jeff
1.74/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

**
09/23/2014

Aroma: Sour fruit,
Appearance: Reddish orange Clear look.
Taste: tart cranberries, orange rind.
Feel: Flat.

Not a fan.

**

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Photo of LennyBound
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bluehende
4.74/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Look: Pours a cloudy, unfiltered burnt orange color with a thick two finger head of off white foam.

Smell: Delightfully tart with aromas of cranberry and sugarplums, even raspberry. Herbal notes of english tea and honeysuckle.

Taste: Hmm... this one is hard to describe. Upfront, you're greeted by the warmth of the alcohol. The heat from the ABV combines with the flavor of sour cranberry and sweet birch syrup to give the beer a slightly medicinal and bitter, pleasantly tart and sweet Ludens cough drop-esque taste. There are some herbaceous notes of tea in the background, dancing with sweet notes of honey and very, very mild caramel. Finishes bittersweet with more notes of wet tea, tart berries and alcohol.

Feel: Noticeably boozy but not extremely hot or alcoholic on the palate. Medium body with low carbonation.

Overall Comments: Very intriguing. My only complaint is that the medicinal, bitter flavor can get a little too much at times. Otherwise a really unique beer with an incredibly interesting flavor profile.

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Photo of Jeromedepot
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drummerdwzp
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnnniee
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample while checking out the expo at HomeBrewCon.
Slightly hazy light copper color with a decent off white head. Tart berries light earthy herbal something to counter. Weird for sure but it kind of works.

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Photo of edthehead
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

An odd one from DFH, but interesting anyway. Not overwhelming in any of its attributes, most of the aromas and flavors are subtle. Enjoyable but Its probably not going to get me to do a cartwheel lol.

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Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Large botle served in a Belgian snifter. Bottle Date: 8/6/15

Appearance: slightly hazy copper-amber; not much lacing gets left on the glass, though.

Aroma: fruity, moderately strong and pleasant. Suggests both tart and sweet elements. Hints of honey and berries.

Taste: tart and sweet in about equal measure, with a bit less bitterness. Cranberry is pretty obvious; lingonberries less so; birch syrup not at all. Suggestions of plums and faint cherries.

Feel: Near medium carbonation. Medium-full body; near puckering tartness.

Overall: very interesting; engaging and complex but not challenging. I'm glad I got to try this.

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Photo of informaticsDoc
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PUbeer
2.94/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LeRose
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was poured into a tumbler at about 40 degrees.

Appearance - a slightly cloudy, bronze colored brew. Definite hints of reddish color. Carbonation was lively, and an aggressive pour produced half a glass of foam that quickly fell to a cap. Some cling.

Smell - honey is right in the forefront on this beer. Then some herbal aromas that I will assume are from the yarrow and other herbs used in this concoction. I don't know specifically what these things smell/taste like, but suffice to say there are herbal/floral smells. I get a faint fruit in the aroma, and a wheat/biscuit undercurrent. Very mild fruit/berry note on the nose.

Taste - honey and sweetness on the initial taste. The honey is dominant but somehow fails to overwhelm. There are herb-like flavors (again, assume they are what they claim), and not too much in the way of actual berry or cranberry flavor. Since this beer is an ancient ale, supposedly 3500 years old, not sure how cranberries would be in the recipe since true cranberry is a native North American fruit, but OK it has some red berry flavor. There is a significant bitter punch to this beer that subsides quickly to be replaced by a sensation of sweetness (not sticky) and the phenolic mouth feel characteristic of cranberries. I get a sensation that reminds of of a gose - I swear there is a sense of saltiness. There is a mild tartness thanks to the berries. It is an interesting, if somewhat jumbled, combination of flavors.

The mouthfeel - this is where I get more of a sense of the berries. Not so much the flavor, but the "phenolic" feeling cranberry imparts to the tongue (I work with them every day). The acidity reinforces that. The 10% doesn't hide, but it is not obtrusive, either. The beer is light bodied, a bit of carbonation tingle, dry and astringent on the finish.

I like the ancient ales in general as much for the story as the beer, and this one is no exception. But love or hate, they are an experience. This one was a good experience - not great, but enjoyable enough. I don't think it can be judged to style - nobody alive knows what this brew actually was, but gruit is probably as close as it gets and it fits the rather loose definition, maybe a bit loosely. It's not a smooth drinker, but it does contain enough interesting highlights to make it worth a try for the slightly adventurous.

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Photo of retry4z
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Belgian yeast with cranberry, fruit, nutmeg, and spices.

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Photo of bmcl16
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PatrickCT
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of robear
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of poppollutesminds
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeWard
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Kvasir from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 61.6% out of 100 with 657 ratings
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