Kvasir
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Style:
Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale
Ranked #21
ABV:
10%
Score:
85
Ranked #34,093
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 11.97%
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
666
From:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
  114
SCORE
85
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Notes: 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.
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Reviews by richj1970:
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richj1970 from Alabama

4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle dated 8/6/2015.

A: Pours a reddish golden brown with 3 finger white head. Nice retention and plenty of sticky lacing.

S: Tart berries, green apples, honey, caramel, and biscuit malts.

T: Cherries, cranberries, and honey mixed with some herbal qualities.

M: Full bodied with a slight syrup light quality. Finish is a little tart and sweet.

O: Based on some of the reviews, I had some reservations about this one, but it turned out to be a nice change of pace and something I enjoyed quite a bit.

Oct 17, 2015
More User Reviews:
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Jun 19, 2016
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IPAchris from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.2%

Dec 02, 2014
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bosslux from New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Jul 22, 2014
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DWolf from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.2%

Nov 12, 2013
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Scott_McCool from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Dec 18, 2013
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DrBobPierce from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Nov 17, 2014
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canawler from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Oct 30, 2013
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greyghost86 from Delaware

3/5  rDev -20.2%

Jul 07, 2014
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ChipChaight from New York

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 05, 2015
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tykechandler from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Sep 12, 2014
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VeganUndead from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Feb 27, 2014
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JCicero08 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13%

Jun 19, 2014
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Griffith from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Aug 06, 2014
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Sarge3130 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Nov 15, 2013
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Derek_Besly from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mar 08, 2015
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abdielyoda from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Mar 23, 2014
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jschott75 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Jan 19, 2014
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Lucular from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 09, 2015
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webmanspidey from Michigan

3.76/5  rDev 0%

Nov 13, 2014
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Jonada from New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottled on 10/11/2013. Served in a Teku

Appearance: Pours amber in color with hints of red. 2+ fingers of an off white head with decent retention and lacing. Body is reasonably clear with some light visible carbonation.

Smell: Generic herbs and spices, spicy almost quasi belgian yeast character, somewhat medicinal. I was able to pick out the lingonberries also

Taste: Nice mild tartness upfront followed by a general tart berry character and a strong sweet spiciness (I believe this is the birch syrup but I could be mistaken) and a hint of molasses.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, soft mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium and works quite well for this particular beer. Booze is hidden well. Has an almost dry finish which seems rare for a DFH beer.

Overall: A bit more herb/spice forward than I was expecting. I was hoping they'd really let the berries shine through an be the star of the beer, but that didn't end up being the case. Nevertheless, this is still a decent offering that's worth picking up if you're a DFH fan. Not the best of the ancient ales series, but certainly not the worst either.

Oct 22, 2013
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Ryan25 from North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev 0%

Nov 15, 2014
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kaelingirl from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Mar 19, 2014
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skcrowley from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +13%

Nov 09, 2014
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drwatson32 from Ohio

4.98/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I like all of the factors that much

Dec 28, 2014
Kvasir from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 666 ratings