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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:
#23,517
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
659
pDev:
12.03%
Bros Score:
3.87
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
111
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 659 |  Reviews: 109
Photo of Gkruszewski
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BranfordBound
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on Thanksgiving into a wine glass, bottle date says 2015, I believe. Pours copper color with a decent white head that takes some time to fade. Smell is very sweet, tart fruit, hints of herb. Taste is similar, this is a sweeter brew for sure. Notes of plums and apricot first, some nondescript herbal notes in the middle. Finish is dry, tart, and has a strong cranberry taste. Effervescent and lingering taste in the mouth, medium bodied. No hints of alcohol so this will catch up fast. Nice beer overall.

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Photo of CreightonSM
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Donkster46
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Korbynlehr
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of beaulabauve
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CMIKEHUNT
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper tinted amber body with light head and little lace. Aroma comes across as floral and honey sweetened along with a minor tart berry scent. Medium bodied, slightly sticky and sweet from the honey and this sweetness is balanced with a non-descript yet tasty berry profile that comes across as slightly sweet and tart. ABV is well-hidden and beer is easy to drink and finishes dry and slightly tart.

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

Photo of nuebs
2.99/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerImmediately
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Haven't been reviewing much in past year, but never had this style, so here we go...

750ml capped bottle. Pours w/short off-white head over a cloudy deep-orange body. No lacing.
Aromas are full of flowery honey, with sweet syrup, and cranberries in the back.
Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, but even more carbonation than I expected.
Flavor is as advertised - juicy, and featuring slightly tart cranberries balanced by honey and syrup.
Overall, an easy drinking 10% that had all the originality I've come to love from DFH!

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours red amber with a big but light bodied head that fades quickly. Smell is sweet, fruity and dessert-like...almost cherry pie. Taste is incredibly sharp and sour, lots of cranberry coming through along with bits of honey and herbs. Mouthfeel is quite thin and dry, with a noticeable alcohol burn...although the flavors mask the 10% ABV beautifully.

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Photo of Lynn
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of richj1970
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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

Photo of mcrawford
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbl_delta
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at Good Beer Festival in Salisbury, MD. I will admit that I didn't take copious notes, but this was not a standout. The 10.00% ABV can cover up a lot of transgressions, but "cherry/cranberry tart" is not one of them. Plus I really don't particularly like cranberries. Once you strip those two away, there's not much left of this beer.
Maybe I'm just not into sours, but this one did not do anything for me.

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Photo of Drewsive
4.66/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AMCPhD
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JratBones
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Kvasir from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 659 ratings
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