seymour (1099) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 5, 2011
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Sampled from plastic 2 liter (uh huh) at the Saint Louis Ratebeer Gathering in a tulip glass. Poured a clear copper color with very weak white foam. Historically, kvas was brewed from stale rye bread, considered "small-beer," "children’s beer," and drank like soda across slavic cultures. I can imagine there’s some pumpernickel in the aroma and flavor, but I’m getting more modern-day adjuncts and chemicals, Nutrasweet even. Some sour and tart notes, I’d like to believe are from the old-fashioned microbiotic yeast/bacteria blend, but who knows? Watery and weird. Strange brew, man.
phaleslu (4431) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Big-ass plastic bottle shared by Seymour at the STL RB Gathering- thanks for sharing this oddity! Pours a cloudy brown with a tiny off-white head. The aroma, I kid you not, smells like fried chicken. I get a little bit of nuts and brown sugar, too, but mostly I get fried food from this. So weird. Flavor of sweet tea, candied pecans, and artificial sweetener. Also very, very weird. Light-medium bodied, with a sweet, sticky mouthfeel and low carbonation. Absolutely bizarre experience of a beer.
jandd1983 (1566) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampled at the St. Louis RB gathering. It came in a plastic soda bottle, kind of unique. It poured a dark brown color with a light brown head. The aroma was of somewhat sweet bread. The taste was of malt, sugars, soda carbonation and a little fizzy aftertaste. A very different experience.
crossovert (4558) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2011
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
"Monastyrskiy Kvas" It says it is from Odessa.
2 liter plastic bottle.
Ir pours a clear cola color with a weak quickly dissipating head.
Smell is fruity with some chocolate.
It tastes like chocolate flavored soda with some raisin.
It isn’t too offensive. It less of a traditional kvas than most.
Quack-Duck (6811) - Down South, GERMANY - MAY 17, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
small plastic bottle bought in Dresden. Dark brown, tiny beige head. Citrusy-fruity, caramel and coke are predominant flavours.
CanIHave4Beers (2495) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
2 Liter plastic bottle from the European Grocery.
Pours a dark amber color with a head that fizzes out just like soda pop. The aroma is molasses and cola with some chocolate, cinnamon, and bitter herbs. This smells pretty sweet all around. The flavor is at first a blend of tart and chocolaty notes that let on to a very sweet lightly spicy drink. The dominant flavor is very similar to a chocolate malt which works well with the vanilla flavor. The palate is thin and fizzy, basically like a cola, this is remarkabaly easy to drink but given that it was in a two liter bottle I drank it at various stages of carbonation over two days and I can confidently say that the mouthfeel doesn’t hold much baring here.
Absolutley more on the soda side of the Kvass spectrum, strikingly more so than the Moskvas Klassicheskiy that I tired about a month ago. Like Malty pop really, which is for what it’s worth kind of awesome.
tgncc (2287) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I have this thing about tradional ales, and I was looking for a Kvass for a long time. One of my Russian friends was good enough to find this for me in a Russian store. The aroma is sweet like cola, bread, malts, rye. The appearance is dark, dark red brown, very fleeting white head. The flavor is cloyingly sweet, brown sugar, some rye bread. The finish is a slight spicy burning in the mouth, carbonation (this is the only place it shows) and spicy rye. Thick, sticky mouthfeel. As I said, as a big Traditonal Ale fan, I like to try these things. Overall, I wouldn’t seek this out, unless I was the DD for the day.
Sammy (7034) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2008
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
can from Yummy Market, the best kvas store in the country. This is supposed to be a cabonated kvas, but as totally flat. I have had bette kvas.. Pours light brown and bready aroma. A bit better than thin mouthbody. Sweet.
liinis (1316) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 24, 2008
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
grocery in Kiev: big plastic bottle of dark brown thirst quencher. sweet malty and carbonated. like soda.
Radek Kliber (5906) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 2, 2006
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Plastic Can. pours ruby brown, smallish short head. Light sweet bread like aroma. Sweet malt, sugars coke like accents, big carbonation. Late sugary roast. Too sweet for my taste