Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Dogfish Head Kvasir

TASTING NOTES: Indeed a delicious and unusual brew. So much tart, fruit in both the aroma and flavor. Lingering stickiness brings, wood, cranberries, hop bitterness, and it all combines in a complex and enjoyable beer. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but I would definitely get this again. Tasted at 50F.


COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION: In ancient Europe, before wine arrived from the Near East, alcoholic beverages were cocktails of sugar-rich ingredients like honey, fruit and grain. With the help of biomolecular archaeologist Dr. Patrick McGovern and Swedish brewer Lasse Ericsson, Dogfish Head is re-creating another ancient hybrid ale, this time from the Nordic climes of Scandinavia. "Last year, we brewed an Ancient Ale from southern Europe," says Dogfish Head Founder and President Sam Calagione, "so it's been interesting to see the differences driven by the Scandinavian climate and terroir." 

The recipe for Kvasir, which clocks in at 10% ABV, 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 who Dr. Pat says was probably an upper-class dancer or priestess.

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