dnicolaescu (1078) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - MAY 10, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
PET ON TAP.
Look: clear ruby-brown, beige-frothy head with below average retention.
Aroma: rye spice, sweet, caramel.
Taste: quite sweet, rye or dark bread character, a bit metallic, prickly carbonation, no biting acidity.
Erzengel (4909) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - APR 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Dorin for this plastic-bottle. I only know Kwas (квас) as a malt-lemonade from the Russian shops - so I’m very keen on trying a real alcoholic (and brewed!) Kwas!
The beer in the glass (and the clear bottle) is muddy-nut brown. The nose is very smooth, milk-chocolate and has hints of rye (which should be used in a real Kwas). The brew starts really a bit like the lemonade, but turns much more into a real brew than a lemonade quickly. Not highly carbonated. Nicely milk-sourish (lactic acid) with sweet hints. Highly drinkable. The rye-body is not too heavy, bit nicely roasted-nutty present. Milk-chocolate with caramel. And absolutely smooth! Absolutely great - nothing artificial on it - I really start liking real-made квас - but I think they’re quite hard to get :). On the tongue remains a sweetish milk-chocolate, lactic-acid aroma with the typical nutty rye-flavour.
A great brew! Even if the sweetnes doesn’t derive from the rye-malt I like this brew! Smooth, lots of rye and nice lactic acid! --> 12/12/12/12